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Friday, June 28th, 2013

The Edmonton Eskimos will start their 2013 Canadian Football League season Saturday afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium against the Saskatchewan Roughriders (Saturday, TSN, 1:30 p.m.).

The Eskimos will enter the 2013 season with Mike Reilly at quarterback, who backed up Travis Lulay last season, and won the job when Matt Nichols tore his ACL against the Roughriders in the preseason. According to the Canadian Press, Eskimos General Manager Ed Hervey was very excited in the offseason of the acquisitions of backup running back John White from Utah and offensive lineman Carson Rockhill, who was acquired from Hamilton.

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Eskimos lose Nichols for the year

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

The Edmonton Eskimos quarterback situation just got a whole lot clearer, just not in the way they had hoped.

On Tuesday it was reported that Matt Nichols will be out for the season after sustaining a torn anterior cruciate ligament (better known as an ACL) in his right knee during the Eskimos’ 31-24 loss in a meaningless exhibition game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Friday night at Commonwealth Stadium.

Nichols’ pass on the play that he torn his ACL was intercepted by Roughriders’ defensive back Carlos Thomas, who ran 30 yards for the touchdown.

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Ottawa RedBlacks not very popular

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

The new team name for Ottawa’s new Canadian Football League franchise is going to be the RedBlacks.

That’s right one full word with a capital B. The logo will contain the old Ottawa Rough Riders R in honour of Ottawa’s CFL team from 1898-1996, inside a black circle, a red outline and a black saw blade along the border.

However according to Andrew Buchholz of Yahoo! Sports, the team name is generating significant controversy. In a poll conducted by the Ottawa Citizen, 91% of respondents oppose the name and those involved in the twitter world have also united in voicing their displeasure overwhelmingly.

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Eskimos’ offensive lineman out for the season

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

The Edmonton Eskimos are experiencing injury woes even before the season starts.

On Tuesday, it was reported by TSN, that offensive lineman Orrin Thompson would be out for the season because of a knee injury sustained in training camp.

Yikes! Training camp has barely even started and the Eskimos are dealing with injury issues.

At 30 years of age, Thompson was a key component to the Eskimos’ offensive line in 2012, as he was their most outstanding offensive lineman.

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Three Dinos drafted in the top five of the CFL Draft

Monday, May 6th, 2013

The University of  Calgary Dinos might not have won the Vanier Cup this past season, but were the big winners on Monday in the first round of the 2013 Canadian Football League draft.

A total of three Dinos were drafted among the top five selections on Monday. Defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh was drafted first overall by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He was followed by the Montreal Alouettes selecting linebacker Mike Edem with the third overall pick and the Alouettes selecting Steven Lumbala with the fifth overall pick.

A poor decision by former Edmonton Eskimos General Manager Eric Tillman is a major reason why Montreal had two first round picks in the 2013 draft today, while the Eskimos had none. On September 12, 2012, the Eskimos traded their first and fourth round pick of this year’s draft with kicker Derek Schiavone for kicker Brody McKnight.

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Stampeders sign LB Rod Davis

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

The Calgary Stampeders are turning to a former Edmonton Eskimo to improve their defense.

This week they signed import linebacker Rod Davis from the Montreal Alouettes.

Davis has four years of Canadian Football League experience, three with the Edmonton Eskimos and one with the Alouettes.

During his career he has an impressive 184 tackles, 10 sacks, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and eight interceptions.

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Alouettes name Dan Hawkins head coach

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Dan Hawkins (Wikimedia Commons)

The Montreal Alouettes have found their replacement for Marc Trestman.

On Tuesday, the Alouettes will name Dan Hawkins as their new head coach. The decision is an interesting one by Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp.

Hawkins was 53-11 in five seasons as Boise State’s head coach in the NCAA from 2001-2005, but was only 19-39 with the Buffaloes from 2006-2010.

Hawkins may have a strong offensive mind, but so does many other coaches in the Canadian Football League at the moment.

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Eskimos sign Willis from Roughriders

Friday, February 15th, 2013

The Edmonton Eskimos have made the first key signing on the opening day of Canadian Football League free agency.

On Friday, the Eskimos signed defensive end Odell Willis from the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Willis has previously played for the Calgary Stampeders, Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers over his first four Canadian Football League seasons.

Willis, who attended the University of West Georgia, was a CFL All-Star in 2011 after he recorded a career high 13 sacks.

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Argonauts sign Bryant Tuesday

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

The Toronto Argonauts have signed Romby Bryant from the Calgary Stampeders on Tuesday.

Bryant, who was released by the Stampeders last week, has signed a two year contract with the Argonauts.

Bryant has 295 catches for 4428 yards and 31 touchdowns in his CFL career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Calgary Stampeders.

Last season Bryant caught 55 passes for 678 yards and two touchdowns.

Bryant has been brought in by the Argonauts to compliment Chad Owens, who had a breakout season in 2012 where he was named the Canadian Football League’s Most Outstanding Player and set a CFL record for the most all-purpose yards in a single season with 3,863.

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Kerrzy’s Notebook: 15 Minutes of Fame

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Happy Monday!

This week on 15MOF we recap a very interesting Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, we discuss the opening weeks of the NHL season and how the Edmonton Oilers are looking and we answer the question: who owns the Phoenix Coyotes?

In the GABBYs: Vincent Lecavalier, David Beckham, the NFL, Ottawa’s CFL team, PED’s and pro sports blackouts. The Punchline this week is OHL ref Joe Monette.

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Eskimos trade Messam to Montreal

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

The Edmonton Eskimos have decided to part ways with the top Canadian in the Canadian Football League for 2011.

On Tuesday, the Eskimos traded running back Jerome Messam for a sixth round draft pick in the 2013 Canadian draft.

In 2011, Messam became the first Canadian since Sean Millington of the British Columbia Lions in 2000 to rush for 1,000 yards in season.

However  a knee injury against the Calgary Stampeders in the 2011 Western Division Semi-Final meant Messam was not 100% in 2012. After Messam was cut the Miami Dolphins, he rejoined a crowded Eskimos’ backfield that had Cory Boyd and Hugh Charles in the mix.

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Eskimos acquire Reilly from Lions

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

It appears the Edmonton Eskimos are not set on Matt Nichols as their starting quarterback for the 2013 Canadian Football League season.

On Thursday, the Eskimos acquired quarterback Mike Reilly from the British Columbia Lions with the second round pick in the 2013 Canadian Football League Canadian draft for the second round picks in the 2013 and 2014 Canadian Football League Canadian draft.

In 2012, Reilly, while backing up Travis Lulay for the Lions, completed 53 of 74 passes for 684 yards and four touchdowns, while Nichols backing up Kerry Joseph and Steven Jyles for the Eskimos, completed 48 of 83 passes for 884 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Eskimos name offensive co-ordinators

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

The Edmonton Eskimos are bringing back a big name as their defensive co-ordinator. On Friday, it was confirmed by the Canadian Press that former Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Greg Marshall will be the team’s defensive co-ordinator for the 2013 season.

Marshall has great experience in the CFL as a defensive co-ordinator, winning a Grey Cup with the Edmonton Eskimos in that role in 2003. He has also held the defensive co-ordinator position in Saskatchewan, Hamilton, Ottawa and Winnipeg.

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Roughriders acquire Simon from Lions

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Geroy Simon (Wikimedia Commons)

In a blockbuster Canadian Football League trade, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have acquired slotback Geroy Simon from the British Columbia Lions on Thursday.

Simon, is the all-time leader in receiving yards with 15,744. The native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania is 37 years of age and is coming to the Roughriders at the end of his Canadian Football Hall of Fame Career.

The 2006 Canadian Football League Most Outstanding Player Award winner, Simon 12 seasons with the Lions after two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to commence his career.

The Lions received wide receiver Justin Harper and a third round draft pick in the 2014 Canadian College Draft in return.

It is interesting that Simon follows in the footsteps of slotback Jason Clermont, who was released by the Lions near the end of his career in 2008, and spent three seasons with Saskatchewan before retiring.

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