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I used to work at a place where Casey and his younger brother used to come to all the time. Casey was probably around 9 or 10 years old at the time. I got to know his parents pretty well too. It was sad when his dad had died. Of course I hadn't heard anything from them since I last worked there many years ago. I actually had no idea Casey was that good a football player. Shouldn't be surprising though considering who his dad was.

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Just saying, ask anyone outside of North America and they'll tell you what "Real Football" actually is.

When I first came to Saudi Arabia, people said there is no American football and football.

Its just Football and "Hand-egg". :P

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Just saying, ask anyone outside of North America and they'll tell you what "Real Football" actually is.

When I first came to Saudi Arabia, people said there is no American football and football.

Its just Football and "Hand-egg". :P

People who are so offended by local dialects are way too petty. It's mostly just rampant anti-Americanism, but it doesn't take into account Canadian and Australian variations. It's pretty pathetic.

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Looks like the start of the CFL season isn't likely to start on time:

Dear CFL Fans:



Thank you for your patience and understanding during our contract talks with our players.

Out of respect for our players and the negotiation process, we have had little to say in public. But now that the talks have reached a critical juncture, I want to provide you, the most important people in the CFL, with an update.

Today, we have directly communicated to CFL players the full details of our offer to them.

It is fair and reasonable. It would increase the average player salary by 12 per cent this season, to $92,917. It would increase the minimum player's salary by 11 per cent this season, to $50,000. It would increase the salary cap by nine per cent this season from $4.4 million to $4.8 million per team. More increases would come over the life of an agreement.

Unfortunately, the union's bargaining team has rejected this offer, and instead put forward an unrealistic proposal which, if adopted, would threaten the very existence of the CFL.

This is why we are now communicating directly to the players. The details of our offer, in a letter from me to the players, are posted on CFL.ca.

You may hear a lot in the media about revenue sharing. Our offer would share increased revenue with our players. But we cannot agree to an approach that would focus solely on our teams' revenues while ignoring their costs and the investments we must make to modernize, stabilize and maximize the CFL.

For example, our teams are directly investing $175 million in new stadiums and stadium improvements. Like your mortgage, these costs have to be financed over several years. We also need to invest in our digital properties, our social media, marketing and ticketing, and the fan experience in our stadiums. We need to serve you better to continue to earn your support and attract new fans.

Like you, we want football. We want training camp to open and our full pre-season and regular season schedule to be played. We don't want a work stoppage.

Like you, we admire and appreciate what our players do on the field and in the community. They deserve to be paid fairly.

But also like you, we love this league. And that means we have a responsibility to you, and future generations of fans, to keep it strong.

Thanks to your support, the CFL is in a better place today than it has been in years. And we have made an offer that reflects this growth.

But we still have work to do to ensure all of our teams can make a profit, which is crucial to attracting the next generation of owners, at the same time we attract new fans. We still have a long way to go to realize our vision of a strong, sustainable league that can succeed in today's rapidly changing business climate, and in every market.

It was a long winter in Canada. And like you, we can't wait for the season to start. But we owe it to everyone who loves the CFL to seek an agreement that's fair to our players and right for our league and its future.

Thank you again for your patience and all you've done to help us grow.

Cohon Signature
Mark Cohon
Commissioner, Canadian Football League

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2014 BC LIONS SEASON KICK-OFF

The BC Lions Football Club is proud to invite you and your family and friends to the BC Lions Fan Open House on Sunday, May 25th!

When: Sunday, May 25th
Time: Fan Open House from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Where:
BC Place Stadium (Enter Gate A)

Bring your family and friends and join us at the BC Lions Fan Open House at BC Place!

  • meet Lions alumni greats and current BC Lions players for autographs
  • get a behind-the-scenes look at the BC Lions locker room
  • take a photo with the Grey Cup trophy
  • check out the brand new line of BC Lions merchandise
  • take part in tons of great family activities such as fun inflatables, football tosses, balloons, face painting and much more!

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A SPECIAL BONUS FOR ATTENDEES - Single game ticket sale does not launch until May 31st, but fans attending this event will have access to seats before the general public! Visit the BC Lions ticketing team on the field during the event to get your tickets booked before anybody else!

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We're now just days away from training camp and the 2014 season is just around the corner. 2014 BC Lions season ticket holders get access to their seats for the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver on November 30th at an exclusive 10% discount!

With public sale for the Grey Cup launching shortly, make sure you book your season tickets now to get access to the best seats in the stadium before it's too late!

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Email I received yesterday regarding the possible lockout:

In the last few hours, negotiations between the CFL and the CFLPA have broken off for now. Both parties exchanged proposals and it would appear that the dialogue has come to a stalemate after long bargaining sessions in the past 24 hours. As you are all aware we have our Lions rookies right now at training camp practicing in Kamloops as we speak. We still have not heard anything that would suggest we will not be starting our full training camp on Sunday, June 1st.



We understand and appreciate that negotiations are a process and we as a football club are still continuing to operate as business as usual including launching our single game ticket on sale this Saturday, our complete plans for training camp, and our annual FanFest in Kamloops next Sunday.

I don’t know when the negotiations will resume but would expect that they will, once both sides can digest and analyze the proposals put forward in more detail. The present collective bargaining agreement expires tomorrow at midnight but for now, both parties are suggesting we’ll operate as usual. Obviously, that could change at any moment, but I want to assure you that your BC Lions appreciate your patience and understanding as we get a deal done that sets this league up for continued success. Thank you for being the best fans in the CFL and we look forward to seeing you in the stands very soon.

Thank you,
Dennis Skulsky
President & CEO
BC Lions Football Club

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Sigh. Too bad for the CFL. Any labour disruption is really going to set them back. Let's hope the pressure from TSN and other sponsors really resonates with the league and they get the players back on the field. C'mon CFL, treat your product better! The players are your product!

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Sigh. Too bad for the CFL. Any labour disruption is really going to set them back. Let's hope the pressure from TSN and other sponsors really resonates with the league and they get the players back on the field. C'mon CFL, treat your product better! The players are your product!

Yep, The League is in the best position it's been in, Id say ever. Record TV deals, new team, Lots of new stadiums built and being built.

I'm with the players on this one, give them what they want.

The Lions have a lot to lose with a lockout. The Canucks losing has definitely increased Lions ticket sales. By the looks of the turnout last Sunday for the season ticket holder event, there are a lot more season ticket holders this year.

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CFL has definitely got alot more popular over the last 5-10 years.

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Farhan Lalji @FarhanLaljiTSN · 6h
Its expected that @geroysimon, the all-time leading reciever in #CFL, will retire as a Rider. Formal announcement expected later this week
Farhan Lalji @FarhanLaljiTSN · 4h
I fully expect the @BCLions to retire @geroysimon's #81. And it won't take long. Classy #Riders will also pay tribute to the GOAT. #CFL
Looks like Superman is done.
Best WR of all time in the CFL career has come to an end, it was truly very exciting watching him. Hope he has a great retirement.

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Farhan Lalji @FarhanLaljiTSN · 6h
Its expected that @geroysimon, the all-time leading reciever in #CFL, will retire as a Rider. Formal announcement expected later this week
Farhan Lalji @FarhanLaljiTSN · 4h
I fully expect the @BCLions to retire @geroysimon's #81. And it won't take long. Classy #Riders will also pay tribute to the GOAT. #CFL
Looks like Superman is done.
Best WR of all time in the CFL career has come to an end, it was truly very exciting watching him. Hope he has a great retirement.

I'm actually a bit surprised that nobody is worked up about Geroy retiring in Rider Green.

Personally I feel it's a slap in the face to Wally and the Lions organization.

I get that he's still bitter at Wally for letting him go last year, but to retire in Rider green after one season of 600 yards with them? It doesn't look good on neither the Riders nor the Lions.

Even the Riders were 50/50 on bringing him back this season, and were only going to bring him back if he took a big pay cut. This is likely the reason for his decision to retire. What I don't get is that how can Geroy not see that what Brendan Taman and the Riders are doing now with him actually vindicates Wally's decision last year.

It's just seems absurd that he's decided to retire as a Rider. Even the great Jerry Rice after bouncing around with Oakland and Seattle in his last years decided to come "home" to the Niners when he signed a one day contract with them to retire as a Niner.

Even though Geroy is acting like a petulant school child here, I feel Wally and the team need to reach out to him to get him to retire where he belongs...at home!

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I will do nothing but wish Geroy well. Just because he's retiring in Rider green doesn't discount what he's meant to the Lions' organization or how I feel about him.

Perhaps he wasn't "decided" yet and signed with the Riders thinking he may have a season OR TWO left in him. A lot can happen over the course of a year that may have pushed him in this direction. Business decisions were made but that won't change the fact that I watched some of the most exciting football ever because of his contribution.

All the best, Geroy. Will miss you, Superman.

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Is there any other proof on Simon retiring a Rider besides Farhan Lalji?

If not, I need a little more proof as Farhan is a bit of an idiot.

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Geroy should have finished his career with Lions. It's very sad and disrespectful that he didn't because of Wally.

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Geroy should have finished his career with Lions. It's very sad and disrespectful that he didn't because of Wally.

We had better player to fill the position. His numbers were on a steady decline. You can't just blame Wally here, he's the one that left for more money.

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We had better player to fill the position. His numbers were on a steady decline. You can't just blame Wally here, he's the one that left for more money.

Geroy retiring as Rider is slap in the face of Wally.

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Geroy retiring as Rider is slap in the face of Wally.

As I said, I'll believe it when I see it. Farhan has a pretty good track record of being wrong.

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I was happy for both Geroy and Wally. Geroy made more money and Wally made space for a newer, younger guy. Win/Win

Would Geroy even want to sign a one day contract? His decision to retire as a rider may have nothing to do with the lions or Wally.

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So does Braley get 2 votes during negotiations? Seems if a majority vote is required by the owners to accept a new deal, he would be voting twice. If the Lions and Argos are owned by different people the vote would be different as the Lions are a money maker and can thus afford a better deal for players while the Argos are losing cash.(Prior to the new tv deal anyway). So will Braley vote 2 times in favour of what his Argos need?

And wouldn't a lawyer for the players be all over looking at this to see if it is even legal?

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So does Braley get 2 votes during negotiations? Seems if a majority vote is required by the owners to accept a new deal, he would be voting twice. If the Lions and Argos are owned by different people the vote would be different as the Lions are a money maker and can thus afford a better deal for players while the Argos are losing cash.(Prior to the new tv deal anyway). So will Braley vote 2 times in favour of what his Argos need?

And wouldn't a lawyer for the players be all over looking at this to see if it is even legal?

Now those are some interesting questions. I would assume he gets 2 votes, hopefully it doesn't come to that, but I think it will. From what I heard on the news, the players could strike as early as tomorrow.

Personally, I think Braley should be forced to sell one of the teams, too much of a conflict. Nice enough guy to talk to, but when he told all the fans last Sunday that he was committed to win the Grey Cup, it just seemed empty. I'm sure he said the same thing at the Argos event as well.

On a side note, damn those Lions Grey Cup rings are huge!

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