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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…

(Theme music: “Cloudy” by Tab & Anitek. Used with Attribution Noncommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License.)

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!

(Theme music: “Cloudy” by Tab & Anitek. Used with Attribution Noncommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License.)

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...

RWB 134: The Good Old Days

RWB 134: The Good Old Days

March 13, 2019

Os is on assignment, so Joe has Shawn Heimberger on to talk about his first exposure to the CFL, what made him a fan, his experience as a fan, and his return to CFL fandom this past year. Topics brought up during the show include ESPN's early days, his early fandom of the Ottawa Rough Riders and his conversion into being a Hamilton Tiger-Cats fan, the US expansion, the USFL, a vast collection of CFL odds and ends, the potential of Shawn making his first trip across the border, and a whole lot more!

Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast #133 (with guest Josh Smith): Goodbye Johnny

Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast #133 (with guest Josh Smith): Goodbye Johnny

February 28, 2019

As an American podcast about Canadian football, the Rouge White & Blue feels compelled to tie a bow on the CFL career of the most infamous of our countrymen to play up north in decades. And so in this episode, the RWB wishes a hearty “Goodbye, Johnny!” with only a maddening amount of non-transparency about the whole situation with Manziel to distract from the overall joy of J. Football’s departure from our favourite football league.

Since Josh Smith of Pod Skee Wee Wee is aboard as guest, the RWB does discuss more than the perpetually disgruntled Manziel. Josh tells us about the excitement of Hamilton hosting Grey Cup 2021, his assessment of the Tiger-Cats’ performance in free agency, and what kind of competition Josh’s beloved Ticats might see in the East (spoilers: Toronto and no one else are in this race with Hamilton).

And sadly, the podcast contains no actual proof that Antonio Pipkin is the answer in Montreal.

The Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast: Convinced Johnny Football’s the heel in Vince McMahon’s new XFL...

(Shout out and thanks to Primal Scream, who generously and unknowingly let Os rip off and distort their stuff for use in this podcast.)

RWB CFL podcast #132: Talking CFL Free Agency Frenzy with Rod Villagomez

RWB CFL podcast #132: Talking CFL Free Agency Frenzy with Rod Villagomez

February 14, 2019

CFL Free Agency 2019 has opened and joining the Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast to lament the picking apart of his Ottawa Redblacks is Rod Villagomez of the Wood Cookie Sawcast and the Alliance Football Podcast.

Along with RWB co-hosts Joe Pritchard and Os Davis, Rod also offers takes on the new-look BC Lions and Edmonton Eskimos, the most important singing of this free-agency period early on, and just how good the odds might be on a Atlantic Schooners team winning the East if the league hurriedly expanded for 2019.

Joe and Os go on to discuss the departure of the RWB's former third co-host, Dr. Rouge, and some hard reality that football fans must deal with in the 21st century.

The Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast: Almost signed by Edmonton earlier this week...

Andrew Bucholtz joins RWB to talk CFL on USA TV, ESPN, AAF, XFL and a new CBA

Andrew Bucholtz joins RWB to talk CFL on USA TV, ESPN, AAF, XFL and a new CBA

January 31, 2019

The Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast is back, and joining co-hosts Joe Pritchard, Dr. Rouge and Os Davis this week is returning RWB guest Andrew Bucholtz of Awful Announcing.

With no new collective bargaining in sight and the opening of free agency about two weeks away, Andrew tells us about the CFL's latest TV deal with ESPN/ESPN+ and the future of Canadian Football broadcasting through the ESPN+ service going forward.

Andrew then gets embroiled in this offseason's hot topic, namely the effects on player movement and signings should the nascent American Alliance of Football (AAF) and/or XFL actually stick around as a viable source of employment for pro football players in North America.

And we've got some wild speculation as to the 2019 Winnipeg Blue Bombers, too.

The Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast: All our free agents are re-signed...