Delaying training camp would taint the CFL

Just when you think the CFL is mobilizing, it always does something that makes you pull your hair out, wondering how people so bright and balanced could be collectively so blind and deaf. Listen to the hoofbeats, people. After battling a year-long pandemic absence and a delayed fresh start until 2021, the CFL managed to stage all of its games and stage a very successful, albeit scaled-down, Gray Cup highlighted by one of the league games of all time. And they spent the winter talking about “partnership” with players, introduced new rules to speed up the game and hopefully increase the score, and eagerly awaited the first full training camp and games. of exhibition improving products. , in three years.

But nothing has really been done on the collective agreement which expires on Saturday, the day before the official opening of training camp on Sunday. The next negotiation session with the players will not take place until Wednesday, and the players’ association advises its members – as it should, as a negotiation tactic – not to show up without an agreement. The union understandably rejected the league’s proposal reported last week for a 10-year deal with no salary cap increases and the elimination of the Canadian starting ratio. Yes, we know owners have taken a serious dip and we appreciate that, but so have gamers, whose years of profitability are shorter. The timing and untenable proposition were hand grenades doomed to go off, collaterally damaging the fans’ growing excitement for training camp. Both parties, the owners in particular, must surely realize that another delay, especially when there were months to avoid it, is just one more reason for non-hardcore fans to turn to. elsewhere for their dose of sport. They realize that, don’t they? Is not it?

So will this even mean anything?

The Ticats are expected to open official on-field training camp in McMaster Sunday morning at 11 a.m. with rookies reporting for medicals and off-field prep four days early. The Ticats signed all six selections from last week’s Canadian Draft: defensive lineman Anthony Federico, receiver Kiondre Smith, linebacker Jared Beeksma, corner Khadeem Pierre, offensive lineman Nicolas Guay and linebacker Jaxon Ciraolo -Brown, the Cathedral graduate.

And, is this?

We may not have enough eyes and fingers to follow these battles for starting and roster spots in four position groups.

At last count, the Tiger-Cats brought 13 offensive linemen to camp, nine Canadians and four Americans, and a dozen wide receivers, including eight Americans to accompany Canadians David Ungerer III, Lemar Durant, Tyler Ternowski and Smith. That would be 13 if versatile fullback Sean Thomas Erlington lines up as an inside receiver, and doesn’t count where hybrid fullbacks Jake Burt and Nikolas Kalinic (if returning from the NFL) fit in. There are five kickers (three Canadian and two World), possibly six if their No. 2 overall rookie, Bailey Flint, doesn’t stay in NFL mini-camps. And the Cats finally announced they had re-signed star defensive back Ciante Evans, which means at least 13 will be in contention for five starting secondary spots and the semi-secondary spot at wide side linebacker. At least seven of them have proven to be legitimate CFL starters.

Three weeks, three leagues

Over the next three weeks, Forge FC will play home games against Quebec Premier Soccer League teams (Canadian Championship game Wednesday night against Outremont); their own Canadian Premier League (Ottawa, Saturday afternoon) and MLS (Toronto FC, June 4 for the 2020 national title).

“It’s really good for Canadian soccer,” said Forge forward David Choinière. “It’s good to see all the different leagues compete and see how they compare.”

If Forge survives Wednesday’s visit from Outremont, he will face another MLS team, CF Montreal, who edged Hamilton in the Canadian semifinals last year. Choinière played for Montreal and his brother Mathieu is still with the team.

United they stand

An important night for Hamilton soccer went relatively unnoticed two weeks ago when Hamilton United played their inaugural game in the Ontario League1 Men’s Premier Division – held by the CPL – and won 2-0 against similar newcomers of the Premier Division Burlington SC. United’s women’s team has been in the elite semi-professional league since 2018, and now Hamilton United has had teams in all three tiers for men and women in the province’s top league for over 18 years.

“It’s a great thing for the whole soccer community in Hamilton because it completes the player’s journey,” United chairman Sa Di Santo said. “We have teams from U-13 up to the top level, League1, and that gives all players the opportunity to stay and play in their own community. And we’re fostering closer relationships with McMaster and Mohawk, who will continue to grow and that’s essential. As the players come from our system, they will have the opportunity to play in the city where they grew up and where they went to school. McMaster female head coach, Miranda Wiley, is also the new technical and commercial director of Hamilton United, their Premier League teams play at the Ron Joyce Stadium.

We’re not harassing you but…

The Hamilton Honey Badgers are less than a week away from hitting the hard court for a fourth CEBL season and have signed the first major non-American in the young franchise’s history. Martin Krampelj, a 6ft 9in Slovenian striker, played for Aguada in Uruguay. The third-year professional was named Creighton University Returning Player of the Year after suffering an ACL injury in his freshman season in 2015-16. and played 42 games for the Miami Heat’s NBA G League affiliate in Sioux Falls.

The Badgers open their 2022 training camp next Tuesday at Canada’s National Men’s Team Training Center at Humber College North Campus in Mississauga and welcome the Montreal Alliance expansion team for the opening of the season on Wednesday, May 25 at the FirstOntario Centre.

End stops

A huge Monday night for Waterdown’s Carter Verhaeghe, who scored Florida’s first goal, then grabbed his own rebound to claim the winner at 4:47 of overtime as the Panthers pulled out of the mat with a 3-2 victory in Washington to tie their series at two games each. They were Verhaeghe’s fourth and fifth goals in the playoffs, and his first in overtime… Ryan Raposo Hamilton made excellent inroads into the box from the left side and made the first of a series of four passes that culminated in the goal in the 90th minute of Tosaint Ricketts in the Vancouver Whitecaps’ 1-0 victory over Toronto FC in a rowdy BC Place on Sunday… Mitchell Dunham, a sophomore ground ball maestro at Mount St. Mary’s, Maryland, was named to the All-Northeast Conference All-Rookie Lacrosse Team… Ella Jansen of Burlington was named to the Canadian Commonwealth Games swim team… Burlington’s Josh Andersonof the Canadiens, will play for the former coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) Claude Julien at the Men’s World Championship in Finland. … Kaden Fulcher, who backed the 2018 Bulldogs to the OHL Championship, finished the AHL season at Grand Rapids after a strong ECHL season (.912 save percentage; 2.46 gaa) at Toledo… The big winner was the Athletics as the 1,600 Athlete Mark Graham Invitational returned after a two-year absence last week. The flagship events, the Open Girls and the Open Boys 400 meters (Graham distance), were won by Amelie Dodds of Saint Thomas More and Aaron Gallichan of Burlington Notre Dame. The winners included, among many others, in the 100 meters Jac Noy Davis (Sr. Boys), President Ogebor (Junior Boys), Brad Watter (Midget Boys), Kristina Vincic (Sr. Daughters); Siena Garcia (Junior girls) and Sophia McCulloch (Midget Girls); Kalista Elliott, (Sr G), Victoria Massoom (Jr.G), Alexa Cormier (medium soil), Jordan Williams-Neheli (Sr.B); Liam Miller (Jr.B) and Ben Kingston (Mid. B) in the sprint hurdles; 1500 meter leaders Riley Flemington (Sr B), Iain Thomson (Jr.B), Matthew Luke (Avg. B), Olivia Dodd (Sr G), Vanessa Gainou (Jr.G) and Erika Gordon (Mid.G); and 4 x 100 favorites, Bishop Redding (Sr. G), Baker (Jr. G), Dundas Valley (Mid. G); Westmount (Sr. B), St. Thomas More (Jr. B) and Kings Christian (Mid. B). The results of the field events and the ranking of each participant in the competition can be viewed on