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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

THE POINT AFTER: K.G. CLARIFIES, SHEPHERD GETS ROASTED

For Kevin Glenn, it was a chance to show family and friends south of the border that Americans in the CFL are aware of what's happening in their native land.

Glenn and his Saskatchewan Roughriders teammates and coaches linked arms Sunday during the national anthem prior to their 15-9 home loss to the Calgary Stampeders. Glenn said the gesture was a show of unity following U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial remarks about NFL players kneeling during the American anthem.

"It's not a protest,'' Glenn said Monday. "We (Americans) have the luxury of coming up to this fine country and spending six months here playing football and meeting many great people.

"But after that, we go back home to America so we still have to keep abreast of what's going on back there. It hits home with us because it is home. It (linking of arms) shows the solidarity of what's going on back home because we can't be there but it's also a solidarity approach to show the unified humanity aspect of it. We're people from all different walks of life, two different countries, race, colour, creed and we can get along and link arms.''

During a rally Friday, Trump stated: "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired. He's fired.'''

Trump also rescinded an invitation to the NBA-champion Golden State Warriors to visit the White House after all-star guard Steph Curry said he wasn't interested in attending.

On Sunday, numerous NFL players took a knee, sat, stayed in the tunnel or linked arms during "The Star-Spangled Banner.'' In London, Jacksonville owner Shahid Khan stood arm-in-arm with his players before the team's 44-7 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

But Trump has his supporters. On Sunday Tom Shepherd, the Riders' former president who now runs the team's fundraising lottery, agreed with Trump's stance during the CFL club's pre-game radio show on 620 CKRM. He referred to Trump as "my man".

The comments were harshly criticized and some fans even threatened to boycott the lottery. However others purchased tickets because of Shepherd's remarks.

Trump's effect on pro football has been that profound.

On Saturday, Glenn didn't mince words regarding his take on Trump's statements, tweeting: "#trump is the disrespectful one, he should be fired #trumpisabean.''

"Anybody who follows me would knows I don't usually tweet,'' Glenn said. "But I felt, like everyone else, I have the right to send out a tweet.

"I get tweets about me that are worst than that. All I said was he was disrespectful and should be fired. It's Twitter, it's just a way for people to voice their opinion to the masses and show how you feel.''

It's not the first time CFL players have come together. Last month, the Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers shook hands at midfield before their game as a sign of solidarity.

And Glenn said the Riders took great pains to be respectful in their approach. On Monday, the Riders, CFL and CFL Players' Association all supported players being able to express themselves.

"We cherish our anthem because of the values it has come to represent,'' the league said in a statement. "One of those values is freedom of expression.

"Regardless of whether we liked it or agreed with it, we would absolutely respect our players' right to express their views in this way, which is peaceful and does not disrupt our game in any way. If the words 'true north strong and free' are to be truly celebrated, we must honour their meaning, not just their singing. We say this in a sincere and heartfelt attempt to be faithful to those who over the years have fought and sacrificed for our freedom by supporting, in the present day, the exercise of that freedom.''

Added the CFLPA: `"We are fortunate to live in a country where our culture accepts and supports people's rights to peacefully express their opinions. Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees it. The CFLPA supports our membership and their right to demonstrate solidarity. We support all of our members' rights in this great country to peacefully express their views at anytime.''

Glenn is unsure if other CFL teams will follow suit but said what's happening south of the border is being discussed in locker-rooms across Canada. That's no surprise considering a minimum of 20 players on a club's 46-man roster are American.

"Each team is different, I think you could see it from other teams,'' he said. "You don't know it will affect other teams but I will tell you this, it does affect every team because every team has Americans on it.

"The topic of discussion is going to enter the locker-room and it's going to be talked about.''


NOT FORGOTTEN: Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Calgary Stampeder Mylan Hicks.

Hicks, 23, was fatally shot outside a Calgary club. The former Michigan State defensive back was in his first CFL season and on the Stampeders' practice roster.

"We'll never forget about you brother,'' Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell tweeted Monday.

Calgary dedicated the remainder of the '17 season to Hicks's memory with defensive back Jamar Wall changing his jersey number from 29 to Hicks's 31. Hicks's mother, Renee Hill, made the trip to Toronto from Detroit to watch the Stampeders face Ottawa in the Grey Cup game, which the Redblacks won 39-33 in overtime.

"Mylan Hicks, who was tragically lost a year ago today, will be in our hearts forever,'' the Stampeders tweeted.  "A great teammate and friend.

"We will miss you.''



RECORD CLIP: The Calgary Stampeders are the first CFL team to clinch a playoff position.

Calgary (11-1-1) earned a 15-9 road decision over the Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-6) on Sunday to remain atop the CFL's overall standings. The win was also the Stampeders' league-record 16th straight against a West Division rival.

Calgary's league-best defence took centre stage, registering five sacks, an interception and forced fumble while holding Saskatchewan to 13 first downs and 210 net offensive yards. The unit leads the CFL in fewest offensive points allowed (16.2 per game), touchdowns (23), passing TDs (13), quarterback pressures (97) and turnovers forced (33), is tied with Toronto for most sacks (38) and stands second in net offence (320.8 per game).

That's bad news for the Montreal Alouettes (3-10), who head to Calgary on Saturday riding a six-game losing streak. What's more, the Stampeders are 6-0 this season at home, having outscored opponents 219-88.

Montreal is 0-6 on the road.

If Calgary beats Montreal and Edmonton loses to Winnipeg on Saturday, the Stampeders will clinch a home playoff date. They've hosted a post-season contest the last five years and 10 times in the last 12 seasons.

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IMPRESSIVE ROLL: James Wilder Jr. is on quite a roll.

The first-year CFL player ran for 141 yards in leading the Toronto Argonauts past Montreal 33-19 on Saturday night. That gives Wilder a club-record 331 yards rushing in consecutive games after registering 190 yards in the club's 34-26 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos on Sept. 16.

As impressive as Wilder has been, the CFL record for most yards in consecutive games is held by Hall of Famer Mike Pringle, who ran for 425 yards over two games in '94 with the Baltimore Stallions.

Toronto will chase a season-high third straight when when it visits Hamilton (3-9) on Saturday night. 

A victory would give the Argos the season series and put the Ticats' already faint playoff aspirations on life support.

Hamilton is 3-1 under interim head coach June Jones.

(With files from the Canadian Press)

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can see why a white, privileged, old man with money would agree with Trump.

Anonymous said...

All the stuff going on in the states is so crazy. I feel so bad for all the people dealing with all the stuff. It's the worst place in the world since Trump took over office....so much has changed. Social media is the worst thing ever invented.

Anonymous said...

You should all read the banned book online The Turner Diaries. A work of fiction written in 1978 which to a T describes what is and will happen due to this lunacy.

Anonymous said...

Glenn should worry about football and completing passes and helping the team win then his Twitter feed

Anonymous said...

Someone who 'avoids the draft' during Nam and then accuse others of lacking patriotism for 'kneeling' is not credible. I like the CFL statement ... it is real ... exactly what our country stands for.

Handy Andy said...

Re: Shepherd getting roasted ... so everyone is allowed free speech unless they agree with President Trump? Guess we can't really call it free speech anymore...
Wish the media would leave this one alone. It's dangerous to mix sports with politics. Now some left-wing wackos are going after Shepherd and not spending money on the Riders anymore.

Anonymous said...

Free speech goes both ways, you say whatever you want. People are entitled to respond, free speech also requires you to be accountable for what you say. Ask Roy Shivers what he thinks about Tom Bubba Shepherd?

donna Campbell said...

There is such a thing as free speech? who knew! Look at what's happening in our Universities and Colleges in the States. Go to a Restaurant and as soon as Politics comes up some wing nut leftie is screaming his/her head off, times have certainly changed in the last 9 years.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Tom Shepherd.

Tom R.

Anonymous said...

Racist loser

Anonymous said...

Well Tommy Boy, Trump may be "your man" but these definitely aren't "your Riders" either.

Anonymous said...

Tom is correct

Anonymous said...


Tom Shepherd = senile old man


And that was BEFORE I read this.

Anonymous said...

HE GONE...

Anonymous said...

Nor Yours.

Anonymous said...

If Trump is Shepherd's man then why doesn't he move to the States and oh ya give up free Medicare.

Anonymous said...

It's funny that the left stand on the freedom of speech issue, but disagree with them, LOOKOUT. Which is exactly what's happening.

The left has also show that in victory they are the worst, except when they lose, then they are even worse.

You disagreeing with someone does not take away their right to continue to say what they are saying.

Stand up, protests at work are not allowed anywhere else. And for the record, the guy that started this whole thing wore a Castro t-shirt to make a statement. All credibility was lost at that moment.

Anonymous said...

Shepherd did more for the Riders than Glenn ever could or ever will. Obama did nothing for 8 years but allow and build this problem. Now when someone tries to clean it they are the problem. They say they were protesting police brutality yet they had policemen looking after them every game..Hypocrites nothing more. Over indulged athletes who get paid for catching a ball not doing real work. On Gold Star weekend to see these pukes disrespect the mothers who lost children fighting for their country is reprehensible. Check on line and note that's how the country feels. glenn should keep his mouth shut and try to figure out how to win a game when playing good opposition. We in this country should shut up, we got a PM trying to put dope into the hands of 12 year olds…brilliant.

@mrt_man said...

JEEZ, EVEN ON MY FAVOURITE SPORTS BLOG, I CAN'T GET AWAY FROM THIS CRAP.

I'M SURPRISED THAT THE NFL LET IT GET THIS FAR. I WOULD HAVE EXPECTED THEM TO JUST FINE THE CRAP OUT OF ANYONE INVOLVED FROM THE START AND GET BACK TO PLAYING FOOTBALL. I DON'T KNOW ANYONE WHO GOES TO WORK AND THEN SPENDS THEIR WORK TIME DOING POLITICAL PROTESTS. CHOOSING THE ANTHEM TO PROTEST SEEMS LIKE ABOUT THE MOST DISRESPECTFUL OPTION POSSIBLE, BUT PPL GET MORE ATTENTION THAT WAY SINCE IT IS SO RIDICULOUS. TRUMP OBVIOUSLY SAYS DUMB STUFF AND LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE GETTING SHOT, BUT I WOULD HAVE MORE RESPECT FOR THOSE INVOLVED IF THEY CHOSE ACTION THAT ACTUALLY HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH WHAT THEY WERE PROTESTING OR IF THEY ACTUALLY TRIED TO DO SOMETHING THAT HAD A CHANCE OF BEING PRODUCTIVE.

Anonymous said...

Nobody is jailing or threatening shepherd for his comments, so that is free speech. Free speech does not excuse you from any commercial ramifications, that fall within the bounds of the law, of what you say.

I've gone from a full on die-hard, to a minimalist fan (i.e. i go to games and thats it - no merch, no lottery, etc) because of some of the things Chris Jones has said and done. It's called voting with your wallet.

Anonymous said...

Shepherd ran the team into the ground. Retire old man .

Anonymous said...

Anyone who thinks the protests are intended in any way to disrespect military personnel is ill informed. The national anthem represents far more than just military history. It also represents the rest of the systems installed within a country, including police forces and the judiciary.

GB said...

Why am I not surprised at many of these comments coming out of Saskatchewan.

Anonymous said...

I don't think he's a loser but he is the typical white rich privileged type that the Donald appeals to.

Anonymous said...

Obama did nothing for 8 years? He got you guys so riled up for years with his comments you were ready to burn him at the stake some days.

Anonymous said...

I've also had the same experience with the right wing loonie tunes. Proves the door swings both ways.

Anonymous said...

So, everyone should just shut up then? Or just the ones that disagree with you.
Glenn is OK as long as he's winning football games for you? You are a piece of work.

Anonymous said...

Canadians defending Trump, what a great nation we are lol. You can't fix stupid.

Anonymous said...

Yes, that is what our PM is trying to do...put dope in the hands of 12 year olds. What a BRILLIANT comment! How ridiculous. Taking a knee is NOT a sign of disrespect. It is a different way of behaving during the national anthem to be sure. I think that is the point...to do something different to draw attention to an issue that the person taking a knee feels strongly about. The only DOPE is the guy who made that comment. Are you 12 years old?

Anonymous said...

Back to football,
When is Mr. Jones going to anounce the player signing of qb extrodinaire Collin Kapernick? He will do good for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Anonymous said...

Let me start this comment with a preface. Im not a fan of Donald Trump. I wish that the leader of the free world would pay more attention to the most important issues. One would be bringing his Country together not dividing it even more.
The reason for my comment is I want people to be more informed about Tom Shepherd and the good things he's done. Especially Anon #1 ... Im sorry man but you are so wrong. Tom Shepherd is not a Man of Money. Tom is nothing more than middle class. Tom has run the Friends of the Riders Lottery for many years and he does so all by himself! He has raised Millions of Dollars for the Riders and he has never taken a penny for himself. Not a red cent! Trust me when I say that the amount of time he dedicates to this cause is incredible. I for one wish he would look after himself but he never does.
Tom is everything in the Lottery. Tom has no one working for him in the Friends of the Riders Lottery. So for those of you who have called for his dismal. Well that is just plain and simple ludicrous. You are simply uninformed of the situation. Im hoping to shed some light here.
Tom is a senior citizen with a good heart towards his Country, Province and football team. Tom is loyal to a fault. As a senior citizen I would suggest to you that Tom, like many other seniors are not always informed as to what is going on Internationally. I honestly believe that Tom thought 100 percent that when the NFL Players were taking a knee that they were taking a knee to the flag and the national anthem just to be disrespectful. As loyal as Tom is towards Canada, Saskatchewan and the Riders. All that Tom knew and what he thought was happening was disrespect. I can assure you that Tom did not know that many of the players were not being disrespectful to the flag. That they were using the Anthem as a platform to peacefully protest. With the 120 NFL players reacting and joining in after the words of President Trump. As well as the Riders showing solidarity on Sunday. That Tom is now fully informed on the subject and realises that the players are only using the Anthem as a platform to peacefully protest awareness towards racism and hate in the United States of America.
Keep in mind that if you decide not to buy a Friends of the Riders Lottery ticket because of the unfortunate and uninformed words of a Saskatchewan Senior. Who is now fully informed. Your not hurting Tom. Your hurting the Saskatchewan Roughriders. As every penny of the over and above proceeds go to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
We all Love our Riders
Go Riders Go

Mr. Olly Branch



Anonymous said...

Translation: "Chris Jones isn't folksy and doesn't kiss my unsophisticated townie bumpkin ass and I don't like that. I need more than a coach, I need a personality that makes me think of grandma's apple pie."

Anonymous said...

Just what we need a clown show in Sask.

Anonymous said...

It's absolutely his right to say that and agree with it. It's also everyone else's right to disseminate his opinion and provide rebuttles and their opinions. Your "left wing wackos" comment shows your ignorance on the subject as people from all different sides of the spectrum have voice their displeasure and opposition to the divisive remarks made by trump

Anonymous said...

Yup, no lie! Our PM is allowing up to 5 grams in the hands of 12 to 18 years olds

Anonymous said...

Then maybe your boy should issue an apology. A heartfelt apology that is.

Anonymous said...

Man!!! Wish I was 12 again.

Anonymous said...

Kaps rights are to Montreal.
I wish we could get him, need a QB with a running game (ack, so does SanFran!)

Chris said...

We are experiencing the death of meaningful public discourse. The media has created a an environment where there is no room for middle of the road opinions. You either watch Fox News and lean heavily right or CNN and its leftist slant to things. That has created an environment were people opinions are generally about as firm as they possibly can be. There is no room for compromise or any sort of desire from anyone to seek to understand the other side. So there no ability to make progress on issues because no one is willing to give any ground and allow for any amount of flexibility on their positions.

Anonymous said...

Solution is to stop watching the news.

Anonymous said...

I do need more than a coach. My dollars wont go back until we have a GM and VP of football ops, who acts accordingly and treats players and the organization with respect.

Anonymous said...

CNN leftist slant? Propoganda like nazi germany...ctv.cbc.msnbc.cbs.abc.nbc are nothing but propogandists with a global agenda...wake up

Anonymous said...

I hope that ahole Colon Krapperdink never sets foot anywhere near Mosaic, or the CFL for that matter!

Anonymous said...

You are laughably misinformed if you think that

Anonymous said...

Conservatives should donate their "brains" to science. Much like football players.

Anonymous said...

It is fact that the PMs office has a ruling in place that if a 12 year old is holding up to 5 grams of pot. It will simply be taken away from them. Just like alcohol would be. The difference is the 12 year old will no be charged. As he would be with alcohol. A stiff warning and no criminal charges.
I sincerely hope they change that to a misdemeanour with a coupe hundred dollar fine.
It’s agsinst the law to sell the ichy sticky gunja to a minor. Therefor a 12 year old who has purchased some bad ass Thailand Thai stick (all 70’s jargon) should be slapped with a fine. Then and only then will they think twice.
Even though Pot does not inebriate a person to the point of a babbling idiot like alcohol does. It should carry the same laws.

Anonymous said...

At this point in History. It will show that Social media did not help world tensions. In fact it heightened the hate and made the flames soar even higher regarding free speach. There is no longer a neutral zone between the Left and Right. The anger and hate has been heightened between Christianity and Islam. Islam and Judaism. So far it has destroyed any chance of our Planet finding Peace and moving forward. I can only hope that we will look back at 2017 and see that Bigotry, hate and violence being promoted by the highest of levels. Witnessing leaders of Countries posturing with the safety of all of our lives. Was enough to begin a world wide campaign of change. Early 1960’s History repeating itself once again because of the possibility of annihilating of humanity and possibly all life as we know it.

Anonymous said...

Libtards have nothing to give.

Anonymous said...

You want to fastforward to see how things turn out? Pick up a Bible...all the prophecies are there to see