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  1. Yeah, that’s why I mentioned it. Don’t think we should give a second time. Been there done that...start with the next guy on the list.
  2. Radz was already given a voyageurs plaque upon his retirement. No suggestions on a name.
  3. This morning, Ian Wright and Robbie Fowler were both of the opinion that the Jagielka red was harsh. Personally, I like red for those sorts of fouls, but I’m not sure it is as clear cut as some are making it out to be.
  4. Dwayne (Winnipeg Fury) was definitely a key player, and certainly the person I would point to for these sorts of interviews, but as he explains in the article, the ‘creator’ was the voyageurs. IIRC, and I may be mistaken in my dotage, there was a small organizing committee of which Fury was a member. He did do all the leg work associated with acquiring the trophy and case (and took all of the heat for the choice from some) and was heavily involved post creation so I don’t want to undersell at all his contributions - they were massive - but it overstates to say he was the creator. If you’re lurking Dwayne, please correct anything I’ve misstated!
  5. Title is wrong but a good read nonetheless: http://canpl.ca/video/voyageurs-cup-creator-delighted-with-addition-of-cpl-clubs-to-canadian-championship
  6. Gordon

    TFC 2018

    What the fuck is this about:
  7. What do you need from us to push this forward? With regards to the forum/Vs issue. I personally don’t see anything wrong with “membership has its privileges”. Is it a loss if a small number can’t take advantage because they are not capable of interacting appropriayely with the rest of the community?
  8. So, was this all just another hand-wringing excercise?
  9. We play in CONCACAF, I have dreams - fantasies even - of Canadian players selling dives and injuries up one, late at Saprissa with Costa Rican (or any nation) seething at the injustice. Welcome to our world Bitches!!!
  10. Don’t think it is a troll nor malicious but do agree with UT that it is a breach of etiquette to transfer his post without consent. There is context lost - although I often think folks forget everything 2 minutes after they read it - when things are plucked from a thread and I think it is important to respect that even if you think no harm is being done.
  11. There are critiques, and then there are 5-6 repetitive posts per page for 225 pages. These are not the same thing, particularly when there is a refusal to: Reflect on and learn anything from the responses to said posts; respect the opinions of others while claiming victim hood when the same is not returned; and, ascribe genuine motives to the investors Coming forward and/or holding public info sessions; Not to mention: Challenging the integrity of the person breaking the story ad nauseum - and others piled on in this regard - long after the genuine nature of the story was well established (and those who piled on should start a mea culpa thread and apologize to Duane); and, responding with thinly veiled hostility to folks coming on to convey information shared at the various public information meetings. I see from those who have quoted him and that he still does not get it. The CanPL thread is not the only time this has occurred. We see the same in the CFL thread and countless others over the years.
  12. Wow! Mixed feelings, but Bayern is pretty much as big as it gets. That is massively impressive. And as a young still developing player, Germany>England. I’d expect a few years of loans if it goes through, but still...Bayern. It turned out well for the last Canadian to sign with them (other than the whole England thing) and Germany generally has been good spot for Canadians.
  13. While it is almost certainly a bullshit tweet, Huddersfield would be a significant step up on the Whitecaps and David Wagner is to Carl Robinson as a Ferrari is to a Skoda. If Davis is to make the roster of a massive team, he’ll almost certainly need a stepping stone club (not many teens get minutes for the biggest teams - even exceptional ones) to get there.
  14. All SGs? I thought it was pretty clear which specific SG was the guilty party? Am I missing something out here is Saskabush?
  15. Gordon

    CPL General

    https://www.westlawnextcanada.com/blog/insider/ced-an-overview-of-the-law-sports-25/ I’m no expert, and I think this might be a few years old, but the section exempting pro sport from certain provisions of the competition act may be the window they are using. Of course the issue of unreasonable may also apply, especially if no initial contract is reached. I’d like to think they would have consulted with a law firm and for the most part the owners have the type of background and experience that makes me think they would. My apologies for the amount of gobbledygook the link contains.
  16. TIL about the CanPL subreddit. Thank you!
  17. Gordon

    CPL General

    The import/domestic ratio in the cfl serves to limit skill players primarily. The problem is that if you have a Canadian CB/RB/WR who is cfl quality, you really need to have three. Injury, form, or family emergency can affect availability to start, the first two the need for substitution. A Clever team with a flexible roster can maybe mitigate the issues with starting lineup but it is much more difficult to use two substitutions. This rule has potential to limit Canadian starters in attacking positions IMHO.
  18. Serious reply: invest in coaching. Eg If anticipating a savings of $8millions, then one million per year, hire - say - 16 young coaches from established nations on 6 month summer contracts to conduct coaching education with Canadian coaches and training with youth players at all levels. Base them regionally. Do this for the 8 years until 2026. Pay $50,000 each and use leftover $ to support travel & program costs. ***The above is just a spitball example of a program, not a specific proposal***
  19. Gotta think he’ll make considerably more money in the championship. I always hope that our players do as well financially as they can.
  20. Gordon

    Victoria CPL

    I don’t recall the Highlanders ownership group having any desire to move into CanPL. The notion that they should now be invited to the table seems, well, an over reach.
  21. Gordon

    CPL General

    The study commissioned looked at 12 potential sites (which were not published), determined downtown was optimal and one of the sites is city yards - or at least those in the know seem to act as if it is. The traditional location - which I assume you are thinking being the A.L. Cole site? - is no longer the slam dunk it once was for a variety of reasons. I should note that another proposal is from Arbutus - a Vancouver developer who are willing to buy the property, and among other things, develop a grocery store -badly needed in the downtown area due to the development of +55 condos and seniors building, but, to date deemed unviable by the marketplace as the numbers living downtown are not sufficient to support a large grocer. And of course, the question is asked in the various media outlets is whether the dreams of a downtown arena are blocking the development to which the standard response seems to be, “it’s too early to tell”. I’d think Belan’s only real shot of getting the site will be to exist in the market and be attracting Good attendance and community buzz, and he come with a plan that was more than a stadium, and included development of a trendy mini-Yaletown type area, which is - like a downtown arena or a downtown grocery store, is something the city council covets. But that is a much bigger undertaking and, unless you are a developer, a bit much to ask of someone may want only the stadium and team.
  22. Gordon

    CPL General

    I think the Saskatchewan supporters groups recently posted to FB - or perhaps a tweet can't recall - that Belan was working for a 2020 or 2021 entry. Now, i'm not in the know at all, but I'm more pessimistic. Joe Belan seems pretty committed to the idea that the stadium should be downtown as part of his business plan. I am not sure that will come to fruition in either Regina or Saskatoon. In Saskatoon the parcel he looked at has two others also interested, one of whom is promoting an arena and convention centre. It comes with a $200 millions cost, and very little funding - maybe 10% as the owner of the Saskatoon Rush offered up $20 millions but I am not aware of any other committed cash. Sounds like a non-starter right? Well, a downtown arena has been a consistent (pipe) dream for at least 38 years. And a convention centre is like crack cocaine to small city council's who all too readily channel visions of economic rewards of larger conventions coming to town and typically over rate the attractiveness of the City as a whole to convention planners. So while this proposal will never come about (thankfully because it is a con job and only the gullible would go for it), the parcel of land will be effectively frozen for the next 5-10 years, before we finally move on. The City wont be unhappy about that because they can save the cost of moving the yards, while still fooling themselves that they are being active. The province has screwed them financially, so they'll be happy to postpone the expenditure. I'm not as familiar with circumstances in Regina, but the City did stump up some cash for the new Mosaic Stadium, and they too have been screwed by the province. So anything that might require municipal cash or uncompensated asset transfer is going to be a tough sell. Regina's Council has always been more willing to spend money when they see a value to the community - certainly considerably more so than Saskatoon - I am just not sure they are in a position to do so after Mosaic. And I don't think there is any parcel of land available that fits the criteria other than the former Taylor Field grounds. If that is not available to Joe Belan, I don't know where else he could go. Feel free to chime in Regina folks! I do think there is another option in Saskatoon - and it has been proposed already as a temporary site. Prairieland Park and the adjacent Diefenbaker Park would be very viable spots in my opinion. Since Circle drive became an actual circle, it is easy to access from anywhere in the city, and really, if it was more than a 15 minute drive from anywhere in the city it would mean someone was a feather foot. Also, because major events are held there, public transit could easily be marshaled on Game days (as occurs during exhibition week, Canada Day and occasional other events that occur in the area). I do hope I am way off on all of this, and am very pleased with CPL progressing as it has. I am just not as sure that Saskatchewan will be part of it anytime soon.
  23. Gordon

    Victoria CPL

    It speaks to the sophistication of Saskatchewan that the town of Bienfait, where the striking miners worked, is pronounced Beanfate. I don’t know if it was always so, but has been the case for 40+ years. Of course the true lessons of Estevan, Winnipeg, Kent State and any number more modern examples around the world Is that there will never be a shortage of young men willing to beat up and/or kill to put a meal on their table.
  24. While I don’t begrudge anyone a job, I do hope we see one or two up and coming young coaches emerge also.
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