After 297 consecutive NFL starts, Vikings’ quarterback Brett Favre’s streak is over.

Brett Favre

Brett Favre's NFL games started streak ended last night (in Detroit) at 297 games. It will be the best thing for everyone involved.

Thank God. Games-played streaks, in sports, are cancer. They do absolutely nothing to enhance the structure or work ethic of a team. All they do is put unneeded pressure and stress on players, head coaches, general managers and just about everyone else involved with a team. And, if the number-lovin’ media didn’t keep hammering streak stats into our heads, we’d all be better off for it. In the history of any game, there’s never been a games played streak that did anyone any good. (more…)

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Producing telecast of 77th Grey Cup was thrilling!

Twenty-one years ago today, I did something I’d never done before (or since) – I produced the Grey Cup on CBC.

Dave Ridgway

"RoboKicker" Dave Ridgway hammers the biggest field goal of his career - the one that ended the greatest Grey Cup game ever played

The 9-9 Saskatchewan Roughriders, under John Gregory, were going up against the 12-6 Hamilton Tiger-Cats, under Al Bruno. It was the first Grey Cup game played in Toronto’s brand-new SkyDome. And it’s generally regarded as the greatest Grey Cup game ever played. You remember…Saskatchewan’s Dave Ridgway kicked a 35-yard field goal as the game ended, giving the green Riders their first Grey Cup in forever. Final score – SASK 43  HAM 40. And producing it was an experience unlike any other. (more…)

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If our intrepid photog was any higher in Commonweath Stadium, he'd fall off the back

If our intrepid photog was any higher in Commonweath Stadium, he'd fall off the back!

One of TSN's two main Grey Cup mobile monitor walls...34 cameras in total

One of TSN's two main Grey Cup mobile monitor walls...34 cameras in total

 

Over the years, the Edmonton Eskimos have done many, many smart things. And they’re about to do another one.

Eric Tillman

In November 2007, Eric Tillman's Saskatchewan Roughriders won their first Grey Cup since 1989. (Bryan Schlosser/Regina Leader-Post)

Today, the Eskimos will officially announce that Eric Tillman will become their new general manager. As a CFL GM, he has won the Grey Cup three times with three different teams. And, on January 4, 2010, he also pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his sixteen-year old babysitter. And that last little tidbit of information is completely irrelevant – and should be – as the Eskimos move into the future. (more…)

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Former USC running back Reggie Bush is about to find out that, no matter how big or invincible you think you are, your actions have consequences.

Reggie Bush

In 2005, USC running back Reggie Bush averaged 134 rushing yds per game - and it earned him Heisman Trophy

Because, very soon, Bush is going to have to give back his 2005 Heisman Trophy – the most prestigious award an American college athlete can win. When Bush is forced to relinquish the Heisman, it will mark the first time in the 75-year history of the award that this sanction has been applied. All because Reggie Bush thought he was bigger than the college game. That the rules didn’t apply to him. That he set his own parameters in life. And, the saddest part is that Bush’s selfishness will affect the University of Southern California for years to come. (more…)

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