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jonny24 May 25, 2018 3:42 PM


Originally Posted by MolsonExport (Post 8198397)

And what the fuck is the deal with tailgating parties? Sorry, sitting around in lawn chairs around some pickup truck with a bbq and coolers looks extremely trashy to me.

I agree with the rest of your post except for this (and I'll add TSN has done good things for the CFL)

But man, what's not to like about tailgating? It's the one thing in this discussion that isn't about image and "sizzle over steak". Beer is good, BBQ is good, hanging out with other fans and friends is good, and then you get to go watch your team :cheers: IT something you do because it's fun, not for how it "looks".

Edit: Pickup trucks also rock.

elly63 May 27, 2018 8:36 PM

Press Releases ESPN+

All 2018 Canadian Football League Games to Air on ESPN Networks and ESPN+
Allie Stoneberg espnmediazone May 24, 2018

Live Coverage of 90 Games, Including Nearly 70 Exclusively on ESPN+

ESPN networks and ESPN+ – the recently-launched direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment and ESPN – will combine to present all 2018 Canadian Football League (CFL) regular season and postseason games. ESPN2 and ESPNEWS will televise more than 20 games, including the Eastern and Western Finals and 106th Grey Cup, while nearly 70 games will be streamed exclusively on ESPN+.

The ESPN+ CFL schedule begins with four preseason games, including the June 1 contest between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who recently signed former NFL quarterback and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, and the defending Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts (7:30 p.m. ET).

ESPN2 kicks off the CFL regular season on June 14, and will televise all four week 1 games in prime time. Opening weekend matchups feature the Edmonton Eskimos vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (June 14, 8:30 p.m.); Argonauts vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders (June 15, 9 p.m.) and a doubleheader on Saturday, June 16: Tiger-Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders (7 p.m.) and Montreal Alouettes vs. BC Lions (10 p.m.).

ESPN, which first televised CFL games in 1980, has exclusive rights in the U.S. to present all regular season and postseason CFL games, including the Grey Cup. ESPN International and its affiliated networks also distribute CFL games internationally to more than 47 million households and 74 countries.

CFL Games Available via ESPN+:
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elly63 May 27, 2018 11:17 PM

Manziel still getting attention and CFL vibe still good this preseason. Unless this blows up big time the promotion of the league couldn't be better.

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elly63 May 28, 2018 2:18 PM

Not a bad song and I am not a country fan

Country duo ‘The Reklaws’ to perform at 2018 CFL Kickoff in Winnipeg Staff May 28 2018

WINNIPEG — The Canadian Football League announced Monday that Canadian Country duo The Reklaws will perform at the CFL season kickoff game on opening night between the Edmonton Eskimos and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on June 14 at 8:30P.M. ET.

Not only is the duo performing in Winnipeg as part of the season kickoff festivities, it will become intertwined with Thursday Night Football presented by The Brick throughout the summer. The Reklaws cut a new Thursday Night Football themed version of their latest hit, “Long Live the Night” which will be the opening intro song for each Thursday Night Football game on CFL on TSN and is set to become CFL’s song of the summer.

Born and raised on their family farm in Cambridge, Ont., siblings Jenna and Stuart Walker first made waves in the Canadian country music scene by winning the biggest country music talent competition in Canada, the SiriusXM Emerging Artist Showcase at Boots and Hearts in 2013. They have since played all over Canada opening for the likes of Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Thomas Rhett, and High Valley.

Now signed to Universal Music Canada, the duo’s debut release, “Hometown Kids,” reached top 15 on the Canadian country radio charts garnering over 3 million streams in the process. Their recent EP debuted at #1 on the national iTunes country sales chart, and their second single, “Long Live The Night”, is blazing up the Canadian country radio charts currently sitting in the top 15 after only 10 weeks. With more than 2 million streams thus far, it is already the second most streamed Canadian country song released in 2018.

“It’s an absolute honour to perform in front of a packed house in Winnipeg at Investor Groups Field as well as the rest of Canada that will be tuning in to CFL season kickoff,” said Jenna Walker, vocalist from The Reklaws. “I hope CFL fans love the new intro song on Thursday Night Football as much as we loved getting the chance to create it. It’s going to be so cool to hear it throughout the summer months every Thursday night on TSN!”

elly63 Jun 1, 2018 7:46 PM

The Manziel Effect: Attention lavished on Johnny raises profile of Ticats, CFL
Steve Milton 3downnation June 1, 2018


This is a 25-year-old nicknamed “Johnny Football” whose Twitter account has a stunning 2.2 million followers and his Instagram another two million; who has a podcast contract with the controversial satirical culture/sports website Barstool Sports; who has his own website named ComebackSZN which sells “comeback season” merchandise; whose name is recognized by more casual sports fans than those of highly accomplished NFL and CFL players; who has made enough mistakes, many captured on social media, that he said last week that he knows he “can never outrun my past.”

He’s such a lightning rod that online gambling sites are offering odds on all aspects of his CFL career, ranging from number of games played to whether he’ll be arrested by next February. Emails sent to a Spectator columnist from Manziel’s home state of Texas predict a massive following of Ticat games there through giant U.S. broadcaster ESPN.

There is an assumption in some quarters that the Tiger-Cats have signed Manziel for the publicity and increased turnstile count. But while casual fans will certainly be more aware of the team, this is a franchise already on sound financial footing and the CFL reality is that winning is by far the biggest boost to ticket sales. So Manziel would not be here if the Ticats football operations staff did not think he could play in the CFL, as a starter or backup.

While a sizeable number of Manziel Ticat jerseys have already been seen around town, the team would not comment directly on Manziel’s effect on either ticket or merchandise sales.

But as of Thursday night, there were only about 200 tickets available on Ticketmaster for Friday. Season’s ticket holders take up about 16,000 of the 22,500 seats available for each game including pre-season, and vouchers were distributed to about 2,000 participants in the Ticats’ BeFit school program which could be redeemed for Friday night tickets.

elly63 Jun 3, 2018 6:08 PM

JONES: New Grey Cup era with elimination of money grab
Terry Jones Edmonton Sun June 2, 2018

Gone are the days of teams pocketing $6-to-$8 million while spending as little on the Grey Cup Festival as they can get away with.

“I think that’s the story,” said Ambrosie as ticket sales passed the 49,000 mark at 2 p.m. Saturday to leave only 6,819 available 24 hours they went on sale.

“What these guys have done is to have the vision that when you make the Grey Cup bigger, the future of the Grey Cup and the future of the league will be bigger.”

The dispersal of profits will be entirely different now.

“There will be a sharing of the proceeds,” said Ambrosie. “After the covering of costs there is a percentage that will go to the host, because they’re the ones doing the work, then there’s a percentage that will go to the other teams. Previously all of the proceeds went to the host team.

elly63 Jun 3, 2018 11:45 PM

The amount of publicity and promotion the league and Hamilton are getting is amazing. Hope Manziel can keep rebuilding himself and his career, off to a good start so far.

Bre Tiesi gets her own ‘Mrs Manziel’ Ticats jersey
3Down Staff June 3, 2018

Bre Tiesi – a.k.a. Mrs. Johnny Manziel – has got herself a personalized Ticats jersey.

Tiesi took to Instagram over the weekend to show off her new purchase as well as voice her support for her husband as he attempts to make a comeback in pro football. Tiesi was also in attendance at Friday night’s game in Hamilton in which her husband saw his first CFL action.

The 25-year-old Tiesi is a model and Instagram celebrity with more than 355,000 followers. She and Manzel were married last March in a private ceremony in California.

Hybrid247 Jun 4, 2018 9:06 AM

Great to see the Manziel effect bringing a new wave of followers to the Ticats and the CFL. It'd be a great story if this move truly resurrects his football career.

On a side note, am I the only one bothered by the full capitalization of the Redblacks name while every other team's name is written normally? It just looks ridiculous. And this is coming from a Redblack's fan...

le calmar Jun 4, 2018 12:03 PM

The Redblacks name is officially stylized as REDBLACKS in all official communications, but I don't think it is necessary to capitalize it every time one mentions the name. I don't think anybody does that.

elly63 Jun 4, 2018 12:20 PM


Originally Posted by le calmar (Post 8209144)
The Redblacks name is officially stylized as REDBLACKS on all official communications, but I don't think it is necessary to capitalize it every time one mentions the name. I don't think anybody does that.

I think ownership wanted the public to use the ALL CAPS but it doesn't seem like anybody complies and ownership hasn't seemed to make a big deal about it.

Acajack Jun 4, 2018 2:01 PM

I don't believe the written media uses REDBLACKS, for example. At least, most of them don't AFAIK.

Hybrid247 Jun 4, 2018 8:03 PM


Originally Posted by elly63 (Post 8201438)

I'm referring to this type of thing, where it's fully capitalized for all official media coverage. I guess it's sort of a pet peeve for me to see all other names written normally and then the all caps Redblacks name. Feels like an attempt to one-up every other team.

le calmar Jun 4, 2018 8:20 PM

I agree this is something I have never seen in any other sports leagues, with the exception of the Lewiston MAINEiacs in the QJMHL, which had their name officially spelled this way. But unlike the Redblacks they had a good reason to do so to emphasize the State they played in.

I am not sure a team would be allowed to capitalize all their letters in the other major sports league. It can look like a cheap attempt to one-up the other teams or a desperate attempt to get a tad more attention in media coverage.

esquire Jun 4, 2018 8:51 PM

^ I always found it annoying when people would deliberately write out their proper name in lower case a la ee cummings , always kind of looked like a bit of a plea for attention. But for whatever reason seeing the allcaps REDBLACKS doesn't push those buttons for me, I'm kind of indifferent to it.

elly63 Jun 4, 2018 11:36 PM

The Johnny Effect: TSN to broadcast Ticats second pre-season game
Drew Edwards 3downnation June 4, 2018

Call it another example of the Johnny Effect.

CFL broadcast rights holder TSN has elected to televise Saturday’s exhibition game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes at Percival Molson Stadium in Montreal, which kicks off at 12 p.m. ET. The game wasn’t initially on TSN’s slate of four exhibition contests but has been added to the list.

Ticats’ head coach June Jones announced on Monday that starting quarterback Jeremiah Masoli won’t play against the Alouettes and while he didn’t specify, it seems likely that Manziel will get the start. Fellow backups Vernon Adams and Byrant Moniz are also expected to see time.

Manziel made his CFL debut last Friday in a 36-18 loss to the Toronto Argonauts, going 9-for-11 for 80 yards in approximately a quarter of play.

The level of interest in Manziel has been off the charts across North America. Reporters for ESPN and USA Today made the trip to Hamilton for Manziel’s debut and video of his first drive is now the eighth most watched item on TSN’s YouTube channel.

elly63 Jun 5, 2018 9:22 PM


Tuesday, June 5, 2018 — TORONTO (June 5, 2018) – The Canadian Football League (CFL) in partnership with Universal Music Canada and Apple Music announced that a top artist will perform at each team’s first home Thursday night game in 2018 as part of Thursday Night Football.

“By launching a Thursday Night Football Concert Series this season we are bringing more value to our game days across the country,” said CFL Chief Marketing, Digital and Strategy Officer Christina Litz. “Adding these talented artists to the summer portion of the schedule on Thursday evenings brings a special atmosphere and energy to Thursday Night Football.”

The CFL season kickoff between the Edmonton Eskimos and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday, June 14 will premiere the first Thursday Night concert with Canadian Country duo ‘The Reklaws’. See below for the entire Thursday Night Football Concert Series lineup:

“Live music, like a touchdown, can bring a crowd to its feet. We can’t wait to build on that home game exhilaration with performances from an incredible line-up of artists this season,” said Kristen Burke, Executive Vice President and General Manager at Universal Music Canada.

Fans can find additonal information and purchase tickets for Thursday Night Football Concert Series games by visiting

The CFL is thrilled to now be featured as a Curator on Apple Music. Fans can find a number of CFL playlists on Apple Music, which will be updated monthly. These playlists are created for fans, and feature the latest (or most requested) game day tracks to get you amped for the 2018 CFL season. The CFL Curator Station features team-specific playlists, a workout playlist “The Grind” created by Brodie Lawson, and a Thursday Night Football playlist, featuring all artists performing at the Thursday Night Football Concert Series. Visit for your listening pleasure.

In May, the CFL and TSN announced that ‘The Reklaws’ will headline the new Thursday Night Football opening intro song to CFL on TSN. ‘The Reklaws’ will also be the halftime performance act at the 2018 CFL Kickoff game in Winnipeg on June 14.

Thursday Night Football Concert Series Artists:

The Reklaws | June 14 | Winnipeg

Born and raised on their family farm in Cambridge, Ontario, siblings Jenna and Stuart Walker first made waves in the Canadian country music scene by winning the biggest country music talent competition in Canada, the SiriusXM Emerging Artist Showcase at Boots and Hearts in 2013. They have since played all over Canada opening for the likes of Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Thomas Rhett, and High Valley.

Now signed to Universal Music Canada, the duo's debut release, “Hometown Kids,” reached top 15 on the Canadian country radio charts, garnering over 3 million streams in the process. Their recent EP debuted at #1 on the national iTunes country sales chart, and their second single, “Long Live The Night”, is blazing up the Canadian country radio charts, currently sitting in the top 10. With more than 2 million streams thus far, it is already the second-most streamed Canadian country song released in 2018.

Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine | June 21 | Ottawa

Platinum-certified up-and-coming Canadian duo Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine (Ottawa, ON), will surprise you with their candour and depth of intention to their art. Comprised of instrumentalist/composer Elijah Woods and lyricist/vocalist Jamie Fine, EWxJF is a delicate marriage of exploratory musical styles and masterful emotional play. The best way to prepare for the new EWxJF is to prepare to eliminate expectations. The duo purposefully breaches the boundaries of pop music – touching on so many influences including pop, dancehall, hip-hop and jazz that consistently shake up their sound. What remains will continue to be a vision that deviates from the mainstream in a bid to “make people feel real” as they listen and expose their vulnerabilities - even those they didn’t know that they had.

EWxJF are the season one/week two winner of CTV’s THE LAUNCH and second chosen artist to release a new original song (“Ain’t Easy”), which has garnered over 12 million streams to date worldwide. Currently a Top 20 best-selling single of the year in Canada, “Ain’t Easy” debuted at #1 on the iTunes All Genres chart upon release and peaked at #1 on the Top 200 most Shazamed songs in Canada. The Top 5 hit at Pop and HOT AC Radio was certified Platinum in May and continues to dominate the airwaves across the country.

James Barker Band | June 28 | Calgary

The 2018 JUNO Award-winning James Barker Band (James Barker, Taylor Abram, Bobby Martin, and Connor Stephens) have taken the Canadian country music scene by storm, breaking new records one release at a time.

Their debut EP “Game On” has so far accumulated over 30 million streams, five top-10 hits at Canadian country radio, and three gold-certified singles. James Barker Band was the most played Canadian artist on Canadian country radio in 2017 and have held on to that esteemed spot so far in 2018 as well. Their current single “Good Together” is already the most-streamed Canadian country music single released in 2018. The band has had a whirlwind tour schedule in 2017 and 2018, sharing the stage with the likes of Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore, Darius Rucker, Brothers Osborne, Eric Church and more.

Most recently, the band have made history with a SOCAN Songwriter Prize nomination for their song “CHILLS”. This is the first time a country song has ever been nominated for this prestigious all-genre award.

Tim Hicks | July 5 | Saskatchewan

A determined road warrior known for his compelling live show, Niagara Falls native Tim Hicks has cemented his reputation as an elite chart-topping act since making his country label debut in 2013. Hicks’ catalogue of highly praised releases including “Throw Down”, “5:01”, “5:01+” and “Shake These Walls” have earned the three-time JUNO Award nominee and CCMA Rising Star Award winner two PLATINUM selling singles, six GOLD singles and one GOLD album with his long-time label Open Road Recordings, in addition to multiple sold-out headlining dates and tours across the country.

With multiple CCMA Award nominations, CMAO Award wins and a 2015 SOCAN Award, Hicks will release his fourth full-length album this summer, followed by a national headlining tour. The album’s first single “LOUD”, released on April 11th, was licensed by the NHL for the playoffs and was the #1 most added song at Canadian Radio (all genres) the week of release. The track currently boasts close to 800,000 streams to date and is off Hicks' forthcoming new album “New Tattoo” out June 22, 2018.

The Beaches | July 19 | Hamilton

The Beaches are a Toronto-based glam rock and garage band comprised of sisters Jordan and Kylie Miller (on lead vocals/bass and guitar, respectively), Eliza Enman-McDaniel on drums, and Leandra Earl on keys and guitar. The band were awarded Breakthrough Group of the Year at the 2018 JUNOs and recently completed their first ever national headline tour in support of their debut album Late Show, released last fall via Universal Music Canada.

LOUD | July 26 | Montreal

Montreal rapper-songwriter Loud, whose real name is Simon Cliche Trudeau, has a well-established reputation as a rapper and entertainer. Part of the Quebec rap scene for over a decade, several experts of the Franco-Rican hip-hop scene consider him one of the most talented rappers of the American Francophonie. In November 2017, he launched "Une année record" on Joy Ride Records, a critically acclaimed and well-received debut album. He is currently on tour in Canada and Europe.

Kardinal Offishall | August 2 | Toronto

For the past two decades Kardinal Offishall has become a highly regarded rapper and record producer recognized for spearheading the Canadian hip-hop music scene. Since the late 2000’s he’s claimed the international music stage with features on hit records such as Akon’s “Beautiful”, Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” and his own single “Dangerous”, which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, making him the first rapper in Canadian history to do so.

Kardinal has been nominated for 15 Juno Awards, and is a multiple ASCAP Award and SocanAward winner. Kardinal is one of the hardest working men in the business and never stops working to perfect his craft as an artist, performer, entertainer, and businessman. The Toronto bred star has criss-crossed the globe performing in some of the most prestigious stadiums, arenas, and festivals, giving his fans the ultimate high energy, mash-up performance.

Jazz Cartier | August 2 | Edmonton

Jazz Cartier is a Toronto based rapper. With two mixtapes under his belt, "Marauding in Paradise" and "Hotel Paranoia", Jazz Cartier has earned a flurry of major award nominations, most notably winning the 2017 JUNO for rap recording of the year. Meeting demand, Jazz Cartier is set to release his debut album “Fleurever” this summer.

Chad Brownlee | August 9 | BC

Former NHL draft pick turned country star, Chad Brownlee entered the limelight when he received his CCMA Rising Star Award in 2011 and has gone on to be a mainstay in the top 10 at Canadian country radio ever since. In 2012 Brownlee toured across Canada with Dierks Bentley and the following year, he co-headlined the “Your Town Throwdown” tour with fellow Canadian country artists Deric Ruttan and Jason Blaine.

Recently, Brownlee has received critical acclaim and numerous accolades including a highly coveted JUNO nomination for Country Album of the Year and a slew of nominations for the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA®) Awards™. These include Male Artist of the Year (2012, 2013, 2017), Fan’s Choice Award (2017), Album of the Year (2016) and many more. Brownlee has spent the past few years between his hometown of Kelowna, British Columbia and Nashville, Tennessee writing and recording new music set to be released later this year with his new team at Universal Music Canada. Stay tuned for more music from Chad Brownlee at

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Pavlov Jun 6, 2018 5:06 PM

^ Seems unreasonably dominated by country music.

Acajack Jun 6, 2018 5:29 PM


Originally Posted by Reesonov (Post 8211763)
^ Seems unreasonably dominated by country music.

I dunno. It seems like they've mostly slotted the right musical genres in the right places.

SaskScraper Jun 6, 2018 5:56 PM

^ Universal Music Canada & the CFL seem to have decided to only feature Ontario artists (except for BC & Montreal game) in Thursday night CFL concert series.

Considering half of CFL teams are on the Prairies, hope this doesn't come off with Prairie CFL fans as some kind of Ontario-centric entertainment gratification by the "Canadian" music industry.

VANRIDERFAN Jun 6, 2018 5:59 PM


Originally Posted by Acajack (Post 8211795)
I dunno. It seems like they've mostly slotted the right musical genres in the right places.

Some people only see the red mist when they hear the phrase "country music".

But to be fair, some of the shyte I hear on the radio do a dis-service to country music.:haha:

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