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Friday, July 14, 2017

#WHATABOUTKAREN

John Woods/Canadian Press
WINNIPEG - A penalty flag cost the Toronto Argonauts a touchdown on Thursday night in Winnipeg.

It also cost a Blue Bombers fan a $1 million prize.

Karen Kuldys of Winnipeg was the contestant for a Safeway/Sobeys $1 million touchdown promotion, needing two kick returns for touchdowns in the CFL game to win the grand prize.

Ryan Lankford ran back a 105-yard kick return for a touchdown on the first play of the game to get her halfway there.

Toronto's Martese Jackson then ran a 109-yard kick return for a touchdown in the second quarter that should have sealed the deal for Kuldys, but a flag for an illegal block in the back by Toronto's Llevi Noel negated the touchdown.

It didn't take long for a "#WhatAboutKaren'' hashtag to begin trending on Twitter in Canada, with many fans saying the referees had made a bad call and that Kuldys should get the $1 million.

The CFL found itself under fire on Friday with many fans - and league staffers alike - criticizing the call. Some are even calling it "an embarrassment to the CFL".

On Wednesday, Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell was fined for criticizing CFL referees in a game last week.

But Kuldys didn't leave empty-handed. She won a home theatre package worth $25,000 thanks to Lankford's touchdown 14 seconds into the game.

The Blue Bombers went on to beat the Argonauts 33-25.

(With files from Canadian Press)

19 comments:

Anonymous said...


Ring, Ring

Glen Johnson: Hello

Other caller: Hi Glen, this is your new boss Randy Ambrosie. Your guys really embarrassed the league that I am now the commissioner of. These guys answer to you and you answer to me. Be in my office at 9 AM please and free yourself up for the day. We need to talk about some things. I take two creams and one sugar in my coffee. Bring two!





Anonymous said...

Booooooo CFL refs cost this woman $1,000,000 on a call that wasn't a penalty

Patrick Dale said...

Immediately fire whoever made that call! So ironic that a million dollars is lost by a flag in the CFL. Brutal!

Patrick Dale said...

Although reading closer, I'm not happy with the statement that she'd rather go on welfare than send her kid to daycare. Great! I get to pay for her choice to have kids!

Anonymous said...

Why have video review if you can't get it right? This one looked pretty obvious. The Bomber fell down & the Argo behind him tripped over him. If this is still the same guy who's been there the 1st 3 weeks, time for another position elsewhere. Huge black eye for the league. They aren't going to win this one. You don't want the CFL trending on social media for this - oops, too late. Bombers got the benefit of a lot of calls. Missing that shot to the head on Ray that ended last drive was another real bad error. The crew was brutal.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm ... not a peep out from the new (another puppet minion hire) CFLeague commissiner office on his horrid officiating dept. last night in Winnipeg. Bigfoot Ambrosie? You hear about him, but rarely see or hear from him.

Anonymous said...

uh Patrick the women is a grandmother...

Anonymous said...

Once again again and like always; the CFL covers itself in glory!

Anonymous said...

TSN interviewed Karen and by her voice, and the fact she has had Bomber season tickets since the 1970s, it sounds like she is an older woman.

Not sure where the idiot above thinks she is a single woman on welfare.

Safeway/Sobey's should do the right thing and give her the money. And, the CFL should fire whomever pulled the flag and called that a penalty.

IMAGIRL

#GIVEKARENTHEMONEY

Anonymous said...

If this league doesn't start addressing it's brutal officials and the phantom calls they make and miss/ignore the legitimate infractions (hit to the head of Ray) it's doomed. Coupled with all the ways coaches can challenge/fish for a call it is becoming very hard to watch and enjoy. This lady had 1 million dollars snatched right out of her hands by an overzealous official. Was it a blocking from behind, yes by the rule book. Common sense and applying good judgment would say no as it had no bearing on the play. Sad part is if he didn't call it the smirking Mike O'Shea would have found a way to challenge it for being a non call and likely would have succeeded.

Anonymous said...

ABSOLUTE EMBARRASMENT..I'm thinking it's got to be rigged ..Has Safeway ever paid out one of these? Rod you need to find that out,Because if not I'm totally going with Rigged..I'm sure the refs we're told if there's another kick off ran back just throw the flag and find something ..No one of sound mind and body would ever throw that flag otherwise..

Anonymous said...

BTW nice win for the Bombers, Dressler looked great 3 for 3 in 100 yard games..Lapo seems to know how to use him, finds ways to hide him in the slot..sometimes smaller receivers CAN be use full right MR.JONES!

Anonymous said...

CFL Should deduct 100 bucks from everyone on their payroll and give it to Karen..Pedersen that means you too..all the players all the coaches all the officials all the media..that should add up to a pretty decent chunk..after all didn't every Canadian just pay 10.5 for a "mistake" made by our Government! all's fair in love war and uh "politics"?

Anonymous said...

Karen can go and exchange stories with that other poor schmuck from Winnipeg from a couple years back...Mathieu "frenchie" Perrault had 4 goals going into the third period and had a couple of beauty chances to pot #5 but didn't ..then when interviewed after the game both him and coach Maurice said they had no idea about the promotion otherwise they'd of played frenchie for 10 minuites in the third period... game was a blow out anyway..O well back in line at the lottery desk I guess..

Patrick Dale said...

She was referring to her daughter - bottom line - she was screwed out of the money. CFL is trying to remedy it as best they can but still can't compare to getting a schwack of cash

Anonymous said...

Couldn't Toronto coaches challenge the penalty ?

Anonymous said...

Why didn't Toronto challenge the bad call ?

Anonymous said...

Why didn't Toronto challenge the bad call ?

Anonymous said...

The Winnipeg Sun just reported that her husband Stan won $670,000 in a 2007 PayDay Jackpot, therefore, there is no need to feel sorry for Nancy. As for her daughter who's about to return to her job at Superstore after her maternity leave, but has vowed to go on welfare rather than return to Superstore, that's another matter in itself.