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RWB CFL Podcast #144: Madness, controversy, conspiracy, chaos — plus Vernon Adams and a pretty good D — in Montreal

RWB CFL Podcast #144: Madness, controversy, conspiracy, chaos — plus Vernon Adams and a pretty good D — in Montreal

July 18, 2019

This week, Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast co-hosts Os Davis and Joe Pritchard thought they'd be talking up the Montreal Alouettes' second consecutive winning, but instead devote time related to the bizarre firing of GM Kavis Reed, the even stranger stories that are cropping up in the aftermath of the dsmissal, and the ensuing totally weird conspiracy-mongering.

Sure, the rest of the CFL gets their due as well, with kudos to (again) the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, not to mention the RWB's early choice for surprise of 2019, those 3-1 Edmonton Eskimos. And o yes, there's derision for those totally disappointing BC Lions.

Then, as they say, RWB's onto next week, with picks and forecasts for week 6, particularly the Eskimos-Alouettes game of Saturday afternoon -- a surprisingly important match for both teams and the league.

The Rouge, White & Blue CFL Podcast: Who doesn't love a good conspiracy?

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RWB CFL Podcast #143: Joe’s team is good

RWB CFL Podcast #143: Joe’s team is good

July 11, 2019

RWB CFL Podcast episode #143: Joe’s team is good

Things settled down to normal in the CFL last week: Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast co-hosts Joe Pritchard and Os Davis each went 2-2 in picking the games; CFL Twitter blew up irrationally about nothing; the Calgary Stampeders smoked the opposition in scary fashion; and we got one more reminder that Joe’s beloved Winnipeg Blue Bombers are actually really good.

Joe and Os give their rundown of the week 4 games – well, except for the BC Lions-Toronto Argonauts match which infamously ended on a game-winning rouge. For that one, they mostly discuss said rouge and the ridiculous overreaction to the outcome of what will likely be a meaningless game in the final analysis.

The RWB also forecasts next week’s games, particularly with regard to the short-term futures of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and BC Lions; one already seems unlikely to survive through to the postseason…

The Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast: Did we mention the Bombers are good?

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RWB CFL Podcast #142: Happy (belated) Canada Day, Happy July 4th! Now WTF was up with the Esks?

RWB CFL Podcast #142: Happy (belated) Canada Day, Happy July 4th! Now WTF was up with the Esks?

July 4, 2019

Holiday, schmoliday – nothing can stop the Rouge, White & Blue CFL Podcast from another episode of chatting about Canadian football.

RWB co-hosts Joe Pritchard and Os Davis do the usual rundown and commentary on last week’s games, with probably too much emphasis on the Edmonton Eskimos-Winnipeg Blue Bombers game, but really WTF was up with that? How does a team have the ball for just about 60% of the game, pass the ball 54 times, take 95 snaps and not score a touchdown? Is this some sort of record for offensive inefficiency? How can the Esks win with this game plan? And like that.

Also from last week, Os laments his pitiable Montreal Alouettes, Joe plays up the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and they wonder about the immediate Bo Levi-less future for the Calgary Stampeders.

And what can the RWB guys do to top last week’s excellent 4-0 performance in picking CFL games? Disagree on a couple of this week’s matchups, of course! Have a good laugh at Os’s purely contrarian picks – you can guess who *won’t* be killing Vegas this weekend…

The Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast: Now things start to get interesting!

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RWB CFL Podcast episode #141: Ticats win by 40, Pod Skee Wee Wee gleeful

RWB CFL Podcast episode #141: Ticats win by 40, Pod Skee Wee Wee gleeful

June 27, 2019

Given the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ 40-point beatdown of the Toronto Argonauts in week 2, who else should Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast episode 141 feature other than Josh Smith of  Pod Skee Wee Wee and 3 Down Nation?

Have you ever heard two CFL fans this confident about their teams’ Grey Cup chances going into week 3? Os Davis can do little but envy the swagger Josh and his RWB co-host Joe Pritchard show based on their Ticats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, respectively.

The RWB also talks those other games of last week: The mind-blowing statfest between the Ottawa Redblacks and the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the next-to-no-show turned in by BC Lions against the Edmonton Eskimos. Among the questions not necessarily answered but asked: Do the Riders have any pass defense at all? How concerned should BC be and where can the early blame be placed? How good are the Eskimos and how bad are the Toronto Argonauts?

Then it’s on to the futility of picking next week’s games, which in week 3 cannot be nearly as easy as it looks. (Come on, all four home teams winning? Think before you submit that CFL Pick ‘Em ticket, pardner…)

The Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast: Just waiting 20 more weeks ’til that Bombers-Ticats Grey Cup…

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RWB CFL Podcast #140: The traditional overreacting to week 1

RWB CFL Podcast #140: The traditional overreacting to week 1

June 20, 2019

It’s one of the grandest traditions in football: Overreacting to opening week. In this episode, Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast co-hosts Os Davis and Joe Pritchard try not to indulge, however, despite the Ottawa Redblacks’ gift-wrapped win over the sluggish Calgary Stampeders. Topics up for discussion on the RWB this week include:

At 00:40 – HOW ’BOUT THEM BOMBERS?!?!!?

01:01 – the potentially career-ending late hit on Saskatchewan Roughriders QB Zach Collaros by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ Simoni Lawrence and the two-game suspension handed down to Lawrence. (Spoilers: More must be done before this gratuitous dangerous nonsense ends.)

13:50 – last week’s games, plus some opinionating on the Montreal Alouettes’ new look.

45:50 – next week’s games: Saskatchewan at Ottawa, BC Lions at Edmonton Eskimos, Hamilton at Toronto Argonauts.

56: 27 – It was funny because.

The Rouge, White & Blue CFL Podcast: Going into week 2 with no expectations. Well, maybe one or two…

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RWB CFL Podcast episode #139: What else to say but “Opening Day”?

RWB CFL Podcast episode #139: What else to say but “Opening Day”?

June 13, 2019

Opening day. Or Opening Day, depending on how you feel about it. –Jim Bouton, Ball Four

It is June yet! Opening day of the 2019 CFL season is upon us, and the Rouge, White & Blue Podcast is stoked to enter our fourth full season of chatting Canadian football from South Of The Border.  In RWB episode #139, co-hosts Os Davis and Joe Pritchard discuss…

At 00.00 – the Jonathan Rose non-suspension and the potentially very disturbing precedent this causes.

10.04 – Kevin Glenn’s retirement from the CFL and in what uniform he should be enshrined into a Hall of Fame wearing.

16.59 – Our predictions for the 2019 season through the prism of the annual CFL media poll which the RWB was privileged enough to participate in. Sparing the spoilers, the co-hosts like the chances of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, BC Lions and Hamilton Tiger-Cats to varying degrees; are down on the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders; and show an interesting divergence of opinion on the Montreal Alouettes. Lots of predictions about individual awards and numbers are made as well.

54.32 – And finally, the old standby: Picking next week’s games. Joe and Os mull over week 1 games, with an eye (Os’s, that is) on betting Saskatchewan +3 at Hamilton, Montreal +10 at Edmonton, Ottawa Redblacks +6 at Calgary Stampeders; and Winnipeg +2 at BC.

The Rouge, White & Blue CFL Podcast: Ready for another season!

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RWB CFL Podcast episode #138: Talking tabletop sports with Keith Avallone of Plaay.com

RWB CFL Podcast episode #138: Talking tabletop sports with Keith Avallone of Plaay.com

May 23, 2019

The Rouge, White & Blue Podcast presents something of a minimalist edition of itself this week, as everything CFL seems stuck in past or future: The collective bargaining agreement is behind us, the first preseason game of 2019 is ahead – and so we’re stuck in the middle with sports gaming.

And so the RWB welcomes back to the show Keith AVallone, the creative mastermind behind Plaay.com tabletop sports games. RWB co-host Joe Pritchard is just about the world’s most devoted tabletop gamer and essentially geeks out with Keith about creating games for such diverse sports as CFL football, hockey and lacrosse. Plus, Keith tells how Ricky Ray’s Grey Cup-winning season of 2012 just about broke his system for football game creation.

Next week, Joe and Os will probably actually interact within the RWB podcast – we’ve got to start getting in some predictions soon…

The Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast: Next season is but a dice roll away.

RWB Podcast #137 w/Kevin Holden of CBS 58 Milwaukee: Talking Bucks basketball, NFL game in Winnipeg and even some CFL

RWB Podcast #137 w/Kevin Holden of CBS 58 Milwaukee: Talking Bucks basketball, NFL game in Winnipeg and even some CFL

May 16, 2019

The Rouge White & Blue welcomes back returning guest Kevin Holden to this week. Producer and voice for sports at CBS 58 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (hey, that’s RWB co-host Joe Pritchard’s neighborhood!), Kevin covers a lot of sports but counts CFL football among his favourites. So naturally, we spend some time talking Milwaukee Bucks basketball.

Kevin has a particular interest in the might-happen preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and “Oakland” Raiders slated for August 24, as he’ll be broadcasting the game – in Spanish! As a bonus, Kevin, Joe and Os present several ways in which that exhibition would be thousands of times more fun.

And yes, there’s actually some talk about CFL football as well, including thoughts on the reported collective bargaining agreement, June Jones’s departure for the XFL and Jon Ryan’s triumphant return to Saskatchewan.

The Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast: The only podcast where Wisconsin is south…

RWB CFL Podcast #136: Talking CFL Draft, Ricky Ray, CanadaFootballChat.com Prospect Game

RWB CFL Podcast #136: Talking CFL Draft, Ricky Ray, CanadaFootballChat.com Prospect Game

May 9, 2019

The Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast is back after a one-month hiatus, and we've brought Lee Barette, CEO of CanadaFootballChat.com, with us! 

Lee gives us the details on the June 1 CanadaFootballChat.com Prospect Game, Canada's first-ever nationally televised game of its kind. This certainly sounds like an interesting development for Canadian football and certainly helps percolate the excitement for the upcoming CFL season.

And speaking of the big league itself, RWB co-hosts Joe Pritchard and Os Davis talk some recent CFL happenings, including last weekend's draft and the just-announced retirement of the already-legendary Ricky Ray.

The Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast: It's almost June already!

Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast episode #135 (w/special guest Scott Adamson): R.I.P. AAF

Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast episode #135 (w/special guest Scott Adamson): R.I.P. AAF

April 11, 2019

So you may have heard that the grand experiment called the Alliance of American Football crashed hard and is already making the transition into collective memory loss.

Joining Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast co-hosts Joe Pritchard and Os Davis to talk the demise of the latest North American spring football league is Scott Adamson, a sports journalist formerly based in Birmingham and therefore someone who knows a thing or two about defunct football associations -- Could the AAF disaster actually be the best thing that could happen to the CFL...?

Beyond this, Joe and Os talk some more CFL news, including the just-approved rule changes for the 2019 season and the departure of offensive coordinator Jaime Elizondo.

The Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast: Shoveling dirt onto the AAF and once again waiting until June...