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RWB CFL podcast #172 – Wake up, the schedule is out!

RWB CFL podcast #172 – Wake up, the schedule is out!

June 17, 2021

So there is Canadian football after Covid, as evidenced by the CFL’s release of the abbreviated, adapted 2021 schedule. Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast co-hosts Joe Pritchard and Os Davis take note of some of the highlights in 16 weeks’ worth of games scheduled for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays  -- essentially any days not occupied with broadcasts of the big bad NFL…

The RWB also takes stock of the long, strange history of the CFL and organized Canadian football itself, an outlier among the world’s sports associations. After over a century, professional Canadian football has become a mishmash of British, European and American ways of doing the business of sport. No matter what happens in the 2021 CFL season, this will be a year of historical significance for the game…

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The Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast: Is it August yet…?

RWB podcast #170 – On the CFL/XFL talks (What else…?)

RWB podcast #170 – On the CFL/XFL talks (What else…?)

March 12, 2021

If you’re a CFL fan, you’re thinking and talking about one topic this week, i.e. the announcement from CFL officials that the league was in discussions with the XFL about some sort of expanded partnership, and speculation naturally quickly ran rampant online.

In this episode of the Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast, co-hosts Joe Pritchard and Os Davis, like many, consider the possibilities: Is this much ado about very little or is a revamping of the financially reeling CFL from top to bottom in order? The RWB mulls over everything from the ratio and the schedule to rule changes and expanded TV coverage.

And no matter how you take our hot takes, remember: It beats guessing at how much more football that Covid-19’s gonna kill before it’s over.

The Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast: Eagerly awaiting the Baltimore Stallions 2.0…

RWB podcast #169 – The CFL is back! Maybe. Probably.

RWB podcast #169 – The CFL is back! Maybe. Probably.

February 8, 2021

“The CFL is back,” they said with cautious optimism, “and so are we.” After a bye year for the Canadian Football League, the Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast is getting back on the metaphorical field in advance of the prospective 2021 season.

RWB co-hosts Joe Pritchard and Os Davis work the podcast-muscle memory in discussing recent and ongoing events in the CFL, including the quarterback “swap” and other key personnel and player acquisitions by the Ottawa Redblacks and Toronto Argonauts, who suddenly frighten Os the Montreal Alouettes fan a bit.

And there’s talk of Edmonton, whose 2021 has already included the abrupt departure of one head coach and the hiring of a replacement – but no word on whether Edmontonians will be backing the “EE Football Team” in five months. Joe and Os debate the merits of 10 (nine, really) possible names which emerged from the team’s suggestion box.

Finally, the RWB gets an update from some of 2019-20’s most interesting (if not necessarily the speediest) CFL action – namely the tabletop game-based Cold Snap Dream Canadian Football League. Well Warren Moon and his 1981 EE Football Team (see, that’s not great…) continue to roll for the title?

The Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast: Back for good – we think…

RWB podcast #168 – On the CFL’s future and Birmingham football’s past

RWB podcast #168 – On the CFL’s future and Birmingham football’s past

September 7, 2020

With no CFL season to be played in 2020, what can the Rouge White & Blue Podcast co-hosts Joe Pritchard and Os Davis find to talk about? How about professional football in Alabama, for starters?

Joining the RWB for this episode is sports journalist/columnist Scott Adamson to talk his new book, The Home Team: My Bromance with Off-Brand Football. Scott talks to us about the nine professional football teams that have (briefly) called Birmingham, Alabama, home, including the Birmingham Barracudas of the CFL USA and the Birmingham Stallions of the good old USFL.

No, the RWB cannot avoid the elephant in the room and so discuss the future of the CFL, Canadian football and other major sports from whom the end may be in sight…

The Rouge, White & Blue CFL Podcast: Ardently wondering what the future holds.

RWB CFL Podcast #167 — The Name Changes

RWB CFL Podcast #167 — The Name Changes

July 26, 2020

Considering that no manner of professional football is happening on either side of the Canada/US border, this July has been historic. In the NFL, the professional team in Washington, D.C., will finally be ditching its racial slur of a name; meanwhile, the CFL’s Edmonton franchise will no longer be known as the “Eskimos.”

 

Naturally, Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast co-hosts Joe Pritchard and Os Davis are excited about these needed changes and kick around a few aspects of the move(s) forward, including possible new names – hey, everyone else is doing it! Also, how should white-guy football fans approach backers of such teams who decry the disrespect for history, tradition, etc.?

 

O, and this other sports thing. Baseball – or something resembling baseball – began this week in 29 MLB markets in the US plus Buffalo, Canada, and RWB weighs in on the general absurdity unto futility. Os, for one, will never be the same after just a few innings of what looks more like Kafka’s romper room.

 

The Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast: Loving the history, looking to the future…

RWB CFL Podcast #166 – What we talk about in June 2020 w/special guest Ryan Ballantine

RWB CFL Podcast #166 – What we talk about in June 2020 w/special guest Ryan Ballantine

July 3, 2020

What do CFL fans talk about when not talking about the CFL during a suspended season?

On their parts, Rouge, White & Blue CFL Podcast co-hosts Os Davis and Joe Pritchard together with CFL Horseman host/3 Down Nation writer Ryan Ballantine chat it up about Christion Jones’s recent job-losing tweet, classic CFL games on the tv, and the relative likelihood of the CFL, MLB, NBA and NFL actually playing out anything meaningful in 2020.

Plus, we’ve got an update on the Cold Snap Dream Canadian Football League and word of Joe’s latest ambitious CFL tabletop football project – which in turn gives Ryan a chance to remind us of how incredibly dominant his Calgary Stampeders have been for the past three decades.

The Rouge, White & Blue CFL Podcast: We gotta put that unused CFL-watching energy somewhere…

RWB podcast #165 — CFL present & future w/guest Josh Smith

RWB podcast #165 — CFL present & future w/guest Josh Smith

June 24, 2020

We can assure you that this is the correct version of episode 164. The duplication of episode 163 was due only to technical difficulty and was not at all sloppiness on Os's part. Yeah, that's the ticket...

CFL football season may be postponed, but the CFL podcasting game goes on! Rouge, white & Blue podcast co-hosts Joe Pritchard and Os Davis are joined by he of Podskee Wee Wee, Josh Smith, to commiserate on strange times for football, sports and world.

The RWB deep-dives into this week's statement from CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie, the possibilities for the 2020 season and Josh happily talks Os out of his doomsday scenario for Canadian football.

Plus and update on the going-on in the Cold Snap Dream Canadian Football League, a quite interesting substitute for real football.

The Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast: Wishing fathers a Happy Father's Day and everyone a Happy Juneteenth!

RWB CFL podcast #164: Talking 1995 Baltimore Stallions w/head coach* Greg Smith

RWB CFL podcast #164: Talking 1995 Baltimore Stallions w/head coach* Greg Smith

June 12, 2020

Normally, the Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast would be celebrating that the question “#IsItJuneYet?” is no longer relevant, but of course this is 2020. Thus the only CFL football happening right now is of the sim variety. For example, the Cold Snap Dream Canadian Football League, of which RWB co-host is commissioner.

Joining Joe and co-host Os Davis for analysis of and discussion about the CSDCFL is Greg Smith. Greg is the head coach – but not the owner! – of the Cold Snap 1995 Baltimore Colts/Stallions and a new devotee of tabletop sports gaming; he talks about learning curves and his team’s 0-2 start in the league. Currently atop the standings board are Joe’s real-life 2019 Winnipeg Blue Bombers and between these two are the 1981 Edmonton Eskimos, the 2003 Edmonton Eskimos, the 1991 Toronto Argonauts and the 1994 Sacramento Gold Miners.

Hey, it may only be simulated CFL football, but it’s CFL football nonetheless…

Preview — Truly the GOATs episode 1: Jim Thorpe

Preview — Truly the GOATs episode 1: Jim Thorpe

February 28, 2020

A preview of episode 1 of Truly the GOATs, a sports history podcast by RWB co-host Os Davis. This one focuses on Jim Thorpe, the 20th century's greatest athlete and the NFL's first bonafide superstar...

An introduction to Truly the GOATs

An introduction to Truly the GOATs

February 28, 2020

An introduction to Truly the GOATs, a new sports history podcast by Rouge White & Blue co-host Os Davis.

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