Canadian Football League

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Now you can catch every Canadian Football League game live on the internet

The Canadian Football League (CFL), in partnership with TSN, CBC and Internet Netcasting Systems Inc. (INSINC), announced today the official launch of live game webcasts on CFL Broadband. This new service will provide fans with another media platform, in addition to TSN and CBC broadcasts, to watch live CFL games. The webcasts will stream the broadcast feed from TSN or CBC which guarantees the highest quality online presentation for viewers. All regular season games, the Scotiabank Championships and the Grey Cup will be webcast.The webcasts kick-off tomorrow night with Wendy’s CFL on TSN Friday Night Football featuring the Toronto Argonauts at the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (June 23 at 8 p.m. ET). Live webcasts may be viewed from the CFL Broadband landing page at / , and via links on and network websites, and The regular season games will be offered on a Pay Per View basis at a cost of $9.95 per live view and $6.95 per archived view. Post-season and Grey Cup PPV rates will be available later this season.“Live and archived webcasts of CFL games provide our fans with another way to stay connected to their favourite CFL team when they can’t watch the game on TSN or CBC. Our Broadband initiative is another key element in our fan-first philosophy of providing the maximum quality and broadest range of digital content on-demand”, said Chris McCracken, the CFL’s Vice President, Broadcasting & Media Assets.“INSINC is delighted to be participating in the CFL’s Broadband initiative,” states INSINC President, Hugh Dobbie. “With the proliferation of broadband connections to homes around the world, more and more people are turning to the Internet to get the content they want – when they want it. In combining the professional broadcast quality of TSN and CBC productions with broadband Internet, the CFL is leading the way in giving their fans access to games via a variety of viewing platforms.”

Friday, June 23, 2006

Canadian Football League week #2 picks

Argo's vs. Bombers

The Bombers played some decent football for three quarters last week, can they make it
four this week? They might not have too. With Damon Allen out, the Argo's will be looking
to Spergeon Wynn. Wynn looked good last week off the bench but he is not starting and against
his old team and what should be close to a sellout crowd. Take the Bombers by 7

Al's vs. Tiger Cats

This one will be a battle. Look for Maas to have a big day in the Cat's home openner. The
Als look like they still need some fine tunning on the Defence. Hamilton by 8

Stamps vs. Eskimoes

The battle of Alberta week #2. Tradition has the teams spilting back to back meetings.
Neither team looked in top form last week. Perhaps the weather delay played a factor.
Edmonton still needs some time to iron out it's O-line. Take the Stamps by 3

Lions vs. Riders

The Riders have something to prove this week after giving up the most points on openning
day history. While it is only week #2, this could be the match that decides the Riders season.
Rider coaches and management are on a make or break year. Lose today and start the year
0-2 could mean the team simply won't play for these guys. Look for the Riders to rise to
the challenge. Riders by 10

Last week 3-1

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Former Canadian Football League player shares his passion with children

Paul Randolph's message is clear with kids this week during the football camp that bears his name: Balance Your Act.
Randolph doesn't want just to produce successful football players at the Randolph Big JK Blue football camp, he also strives to cultivate well-rounded students that will achieve in the classroom.
In fact, Randolph, a 10-year veteran of the Canadian Football League, makes it a camp priority to spend time each day working on academic activities with the 86 kids, who attend third through eighth grade.
That's because Randolph, the defensive coordinator and associate head coach at Rice University, has seen a gap between the football abilities of top prep prospects and their academic background. And, as a Johnson High graduate, he wants to keep kids in Northeast Georgia from falling into that same trap.
"There's definitely the need for the educational component," Randolph said. "It just happens that our avenue to working with the kids is through the game of football."
According to Randolph, kids enjoy the academic activities, including reading, grammar and math, and he uses awards to keep the kids focused on "not letting their minds go idle."
C.W. Davis seventh grader Jeremy Haley appreciates the fact that they make academics the backbone of the camp, as well as helping with football.
"They've helped me a lot with working with decimals," Haley said.
This marks the first time since 2002 that Randolph has been involved with the camp firsthand.
When Randolph started the camp in the spring of 1997, he feared that football in Hall County was on the decline. Yet he knew with his professional football background, it would give him a voice to work with kids.
Randolph uses his own story of growing up locally to help the kids understand that "if I can make it, anyone can."
But while he hopes to instill a sound perspective on what it takes to be successful in football, he's quick to let campers know that becoming a professional player is a long shot at best.
"I want to be a great role model for these young people," Randolph said. "Someone has to make sure they stay encouraged."
But don't be fooled, while academics are a high priority for Randolph, campers from every corner of Hall County still came to "Big Blue" to play football.
According to Randolph, it's a priority to expose young kids to positions on both sides of the football. Players go through drills on both offense and defense to give them a base to grow into better players.
"It's important to teach the fun and the fundamentals involved with football," Randolph added.
Lakeview Academy sixth grader Cody West, 12, has attended the camp the past few summers and has learned everything from throwing and catching, to being a better teammate.
West plays for the West Hall Junior Spartans and says he enjoys playing quarterback, as he likes the responsibility of leading his team.
"They've taken me from being a rock into gold," West said.
The past three seasons, Randolph coached the defensive ends at the University of Alabama, and due to strict guidelines with summer camps as a Southeastern Conference coach, he turned over the administration of the camp to his sister, Angel Randolph.
Despite being more than 800-miles from Oakwood with his coaching responsibilities now at Rice University, Randolph says his ability to run the camp is made possible with the overwhelming support of the community. He also remains encouraged about the direction of football in recent years in Hall County and hopes to see it continue to grow.
"We're trying to train leaders here," Randolph said

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Ricky Williams makes his Canadian Football League debut a good one

Star running back Ricky Williams enjoyed a winning CFL debut Saturday, but the victory came at a cost for the Toronto Argonauts.

Quarterback Damon Allen, last season's CFL outstanding player, broke the middle finger on his right hand during Toronto's first drive in a 27-17 Argos victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Rogers Centre.
Backup Spergon Wynn put in a gutsy effort in relief of Allen, tossing a pair of touchdowns, including a 26-yarder to Tony Miles on his first play, and throwing for 224 yards in the season-opening triumph.
"There's always a jolt of reality," Wynn said of Allen getting hurt on an innocent-looking play. "You never know what can happen. You're relaxed on the sideline and suddenly you're in."
Williams rushed for just eight yards in the first half, but exploded for 89 yards in the second to finish with 97 yards on 18 carries.
"Ricky did his job very well," Hamilton coach Greg Marshall said. "He's a load."
Many of 27,689 spectators in attendance roared every time Williams was able to find any open space to run.
"Even if I had 10 yards today and we won, then I did my job," Williams said. "It's easy to get caught up in personal [stuff] but if you have individual players on your team, then you're not going to win.
"Just me being here, my presence, really opened up a lot of things for us and helped us get the win."
But Allen's injury overshadowed Williams's debut. The veteran quarterback, who turns 43 next month, sustained the fracture during a late hit by Tiger-Cats safety Wayne Shaw, who was penalized on the play.
"Four to six weeks is the initial diagnosis," said Toronto head coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons when asked how long Allen would be out. "But you look at Spergon and the way he played, that's why we went out looking for a guy who can come in and do the kind of things you need your No. 2, now No. 1, quarterback to do."
Arland Bruce III scored Toronto's other touchdown to give the Argos some insurance.
Bruce hauled in a 30-yard pass from Wynn at 9:09 of the second quarter to put the Argos ahead 15-8 before kicker Noel Prefontaine booted a 12-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining in the half to make it 18-8 Toronto.
All of the second-half points came courtesy of the kickers, with Prefontaine booting three field goals and Hamilton's Jamie Boreham booting a field goal and a single.
Julian Radlein scored Hamilton's touchdown in the first quarter.
With files from Canadian Press and Associated Press