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Author Topic: 2023 Free Agency Transactions - Other Teams  (Read 9444 times)
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« Reply #195 on: April 27, 2023, 11:50:11 PM »

Was he signed and then retired?  Or went un-signed and then retired?  Strange timing.

Ackie was a good player, very tough and hard-nosed and playing on the edge.  He's the one who put the headshot sack on Nichols in the MTL Miracle Game that helped us win.  Without that extra 15 we might not have had enough time for the yards.


He showed up as 5th on the LB's salaries list. $146K-$166K if all things fall into place for performance bonus's. At 31 years old he still had some some very good ability to play.
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« Reply #196 on: April 28, 2023, 02:12:51 AM »

He showed up as 5th on the LB's salaries list. $146K-$166K if all things fall into place for performance bonus's. At 31 years old he still had some some very good ability to play.

He had a very good job offer to make more money in the private sector, and he was at odds with Noel Thorpe, who only used him part-time last year.

https://montrealgazette.com/sports/football/cfl/montreal-alouettes/lucrative-job-offer-friction-with-alouettes-dc-push-chris-ackie-to-retire
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« Reply #197 on: April 28, 2023, 02:45:11 PM »

He showed up as 5th on the LB's salaries list. $146K-$166K if all things fall into place for performance bonus's. At 31 years old he still had some some very good ability to play.

Looking over his stats. Ackie had a pretty mediocre career, only reaching 80 tackles on one occasion in 2018, I would say he never played up to his potential.

https://www.cfl.ca/players/chris-ackie-2/161490/
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« Reply #198 on: April 28, 2023, 10:42:10 PM »

Not a free agent news story but interesting too see the decline in Calgary

https://3downnation.com/2023/04/28/stampeders-expect-fewer-than-15000-season-tickets-sold/
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« Reply #199 on: April 28, 2023, 10:49:50 PM »

Not a free agent news story but interesting too see the decline in Calgary
https://3downnation.com/2023/04/28/stampeders-expect-fewer-than-15000-season-tickets-sold/

That can be entirely attributed to going from a GC-visit-every-year, never-loses-at-home team to the shoddy embarrassment at the end of BLM's career.  I found CGY fans to be a weird bunch.  They want to go, arrive late, party, drink and eat, and see a guaranteed win.  They really don't like to feel like 2013 WPG fans.  They can't handle the pain.  Which is funny, because their team still hasn't reached the depths of 2013 WPG.

Not to dis CGY fans, as they've always been exceptionally gracious and kind to me and my son the 3 times I've gone to McMahon in recent years.  They're just not happy with losing (maybe Jets fans can teach them?).

It might require them finally building a new stadium to get the excitement and crowds back...
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« Reply #200 on: April 29, 2023, 03:15:46 PM »

That can be entirely attributed to going from a GC-visit-every-year, never-loses-at-home team to the shoddy embarrassment at the end of BLM's career.  I found CGY fans to be a weird bunch.  They want to go, arrive late, party, drink and eat, and see a guaranteed win.  They really don't like to feel like 2013 WPG fans.  They can't handle the pain.  Which is funny, because their team still hasn't reached the depths of 2013 WPG.

Not to dis CGY fans, as they've always been exceptionally gracious and kind to me and my son the 3 times I've gone to McMahon in recent years.  They're just not happy with losing (maybe Jets fans can teach them?).

It might require them finally building a new stadium to get the excitement and crowds back...


It's not the fans in the stands that should be questioned, it's the football fans that would rather watch NFL on TV than attend a live CFL game and support their local team that are the problem.  Calgary is just as bad as Vancouver and Toronto for their obsession with the NFL.  They're getting a new NHL arena but not a peep about upgrading the aged McMahon Stadium, it's not politically beneficial to even discuss.
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« Reply #201 on: April 29, 2023, 10:05:26 PM »

It's not the fans in the stands that should be questioned, it's the football fans that would rather watch NFL on TV than attend a live CFL game and support their local team that are the problem.  Calgary is just as bad as Vancouver and Toronto for their obsession with the NFL.

I don't know, that doesn't explain why McMahon was usually pretty full, and STH count was pretty high, 5-10 years ago.  Maybe it's also a case of CFL-itis where the senior citizen fans are dying off.  In my late dad's group of football friends this is occurring rapidly.  Maybe CGY fans were as aged as WPG's -- or even more?

Maybe it's all the above.  EDM stands which were once pretty busy were dead last year after the team sucking badly for so long.  Maybe Albertans don't put up with losers.  Problem is, losing usually begets losing, especially when there's no fan support.
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« Reply #202 on: May 22, 2023, 05:53:05 AM »

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Montreal Alouettes' cornerback Jumal Rolle retires from CFL: All-star cornerback Jumal Rolle has informed the Montreal Alouettes of his intention to retire from the CFL. The 32-year-old was placed on the team?s suspended list when? via @3DownNation
  https://3downnation.com/2023/05/21/mon
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