Blue Bombers add to roster - January 23, 2024

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Blue Bombers add to roster - January 23, 2024

WINNIPEG, MB., January 23, 2024 p- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has signed seven American players – receivers Keric Wheatfall, Braxton Burmeister, Peter Afful and Oliver Martin, kicker Jose Borregales and linebacker/defensive back Marcus Hillman. defensive end Ali Fayad.

Wheatfall (6-2, 194; Fresno State; born:  in Brenham, TX) has signed with the Blue Bombers after dressing for three games with the Philadelphia Stars of the USFL in 2023 and following a stint with the Philadelphia Eagles in their 2022 training camp as an undrafted free agent. He began his college career at Blinn College before transferring to Fresno State. Over three seasons with the Bulldogs Wheatfall had 78 receptions for 1,286 yards and six touchdowns, posting 38 catches for 616 yards and four TDs in his senior season.

Burmeister (6-1, 205; San Diego State; born: in La Jolla, CA) joins the club after attending Los Angeles Rams training camp last summer. A converted quarterback, Burmeister began his collegiate career at Oregon, before transferring to Virginia Tech and then to San Diego State. Over that span he combined to throw for 3,020 yards with 19 touchdowns against 11 interceptions while rushing for 834 yards and seven scores. At San Diego he passed for two touchdowns and three touchdowns, rushing for 224 yards and one more TD while beginning the conversion to receiver and catching one pass for 19 yards.

Borregales (5-10, 185; University of Miami; born: December 15, 1997, in Caracas, Venezuela) comes to the Blue Bombers after signing with the Orlando Guardians of the XFL in November of 2022, but then seeing that team fold when the XFL merged with the USFL to form the United Football League. He first signed professionally as an undrafted free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in May of 2021 and spent that year on the practice roster before being let go in August of 2022.

Borregales began his collegiate career at Florida International University in 2016 and became the school's starting kicker after a redshirt season. He connected on 76.9 percent of his field goal attempts at FIU and was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award as the nation's best kicker in 2018. He transferred to Miami in 2020 and playing as a graduate student and was a unanimous All-American and captured the Groza Award after hitting on 20 of 22 field goal attempts.

Hillman (6-0, 200; Elon University; born: in Camden, NJ) joins the Blue Bombers after starring with the Elon Phoenix. He played in 47 games over five seasons at the school (2018-22), registering 101 tackles, 13 sacks, one interception, eight forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and five pass knockdowns. As a senior he was a First Team All-CAA (Coastal Athletic Association) after leading the team with 83 combined tackles.

Fayad (6-2, 250; Western Michigan; born: May 12, 1999, in Dearborn, Michigan) signs with the Blue Bombers after appearing in four games with the Toronto Argonauts in 2022 and then signing with the Philadelphia Stars of the USFL last spring before the league folded to merge with the XFL.

Fayad starred at Western Michigan and in 2021, his final season, was named the MAC (Mid-America Conference) Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Mac after finishing with a team high 13 sacks, 40 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss and two pass breakups. Fayad played in 55 games over five years at Western Michigan, registering 98 solo tackles, 33.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

He first turned pro as an undrafted free agent signing by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2022 and then signed with Toronto in September of that year, dressing for the four games, and finishing with four tackles, one special teams tackle and a sack.

Afful (5-10, 190; Washburn University; born: November 5, 1997, in Lawrence, KS) attended mini-camp with the Kansas City Chiefs last spring and attended the UFL Showcase in St. Louis last summer. He played one season at Coffeyville Community College before joining Washburn where he had 63 catches for 1,220 yards and 16 touchdowns, adding 170 yards on eight carries and 138 yards in 23 games with the Ichabods. He was a two-time All-MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) and finished his career ranked third in program history with an average yards per catch of 19.4.

Martin (6-1, 200; University of Nebraska; born:  in Coralville, Iowa) was part of the Blue Bombers practice roster expansion last September and rejoins the club for 2024. He spent preseason last year with the Jacksonville Jaguars after collegiate stops at Michigan, Iowa, and Nebraska. He had 25 catches for 405 yards in three years with the Cornhuskers and got the attention of NFL scouts at Nebraska's Pro Day in 2023 when he posted a 41-inch vertical and 134-inch broad jump in testing.

 
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Jose Borregales married a Winnipeg girl that is friends with my son. She went to U of Miami on a scholarship for diving. Jose was on the Tampa Bay practice roster for awhile. Welcome to Winnipeg Jose!!

Blue In BC

That's athe 3rd new QB we've signed so far IIRC.
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Blueforlife

Kicker sounds great.  Anyone remember anything about Martin from the PR?

Nice to see so many QBs coming to town.
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VictorRomano

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I imagine a lot of these guys are just going to get a look-see at TC, although some of them might get a look at the returner position as well.  Although, given how the league is doing their best to eliminate kickoffs (due to the highest chance of injury on that kind of play), I wonder how long teams will dedicate a roster spot to a guy who might only get used once or twice per game.

Blue In BC

Bombers signed another group of 3 players today according to CFL.CA. One of them is a DB Raleigh Texada that played for the Houston Roughnecks. IIRC, he was not a bad player.

Also brought back the Global OL we've had on the PR in 2022-2023: Mujlo?

Lots of players being signed around the league are from the XFL/USFL pool of players released as a result of the merger.
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TecnoGenius

Quote from: VictorRomano on January 23, 2024, 07:37:00 PMI imagine a lot of these guys are just going to get a look-see at TC, although some of them might get a look at the returner position as well.  Although, given how the league is doing their best to eliminate kickoffs (due to the highest chance of injury on that kind of play), I wonder how long teams will dedicate a roster spot to a guy who might only get used once or twice per game.

Except it's not.  I'm trying to recall even a single returner getting injured in 2023... Look at Grant, he was hosed on that O snap, not a ST play.

Ya, it happens sometimes, but I wouldn't say KO is the most dangerous play in the CFL.  Not only can't I recall a returner getting injured, did anyone at all get a serious season-ending injury on ST in 2023??  The last horrific one I recall was Brady getting maimed on the first play of the first CFL game he ever played in like 2019.  And that was probably more of a fluke than something endemic to ST.

I'm watching the NFL playoffs (don't watch the rest of the year) and once again I'm reminded of how lame USA football is on the kick game.  Fair catch and every KO is a touchback is just lame.  Don't get me started on what the USFL was doing with their don't move until it's caught lameness.

The CFL is the only league that has the ST game "right".
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Blue In BC

Quote from: TecnoGenius on January 23, 2024, 10:16:30 PMExcept it's not.  I'm trying to recall even a single returner getting injured in 2023... Look at Grant, he was hosed on that O snap, not a ST play.

Ya, it happens sometimes, but I wouldn't say KO is the most dangerous play in the CFL.  Not only can't I recall a returner getting injured, did anyone at all get a serious season-ending injury on ST in 2023??  The last horrific one I recall was Brady getting maimed on the first play of the first CFL game he ever played in like 2019.  And that was probably more of a fluke than something endemic to ST.

I'm watching the NFL playoffs (don't watch the rest of the year) and once again I'm reminded of how lame USA football is on the kick game.  Fair catch and every KO is a touchback is just lame.  Don't get me started on what the USFL was doing with their don't move until it's caught lameness.

The CFL is the only league that has the ST game "right".

C. Worthy got injured last year although it might have been on a punt. Same with Grant in 2022 getting nicked.

ST players get injured all the time. How do you think Miller missed all of 2023? Beeksma got injured last season as did Gauthier.

Granted most injuries happen to non returners on ST's but they also out number the returner 11 to 1.
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theaardvark

Quote from: Blue In BC on January 23, 2024, 06:41:01 PMThat's athe 3rd new QB we've signed so far IIRC.

QB?  Do you mean Bormeister?  He's a "converted QB"...
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TecnoGenius

Quote from: Blue In BC on January 23, 2024, 10:38:31 PMC. Worthy got injured last year although it might have been on a punt. Same with Grant in 2022 getting nicked.

ST players get injured all the time. How do you think Miller missed all of 2023? Beeksma got injured last season as did Gauthier.

Granted most injuries happen to non returners on ST's but they also out number the returner 11 to 1.

Ok, Worthy was the 2023 casualty in terms of returners.  Miller is a special case as no one saw him get injured, no one knows what happened, and now people are talking about a degenerative thing?  i.e. There may have never been *the* injury that did Miller in.  It may have just been his body not being able to take anymore football.

I don't recall seeing the Beeksma or Gauthier ones either.  TSN does a really bad job of showing ST replays after commercial... especially when it's "just a STer" getting hurt.  It would be nice to see what happened to judge if it was just a fluke that could happen on any play or whether it really was a "KOs are dangerous" thing.

I wonder if anyone has ever actually run stats on injuries-per-play KOs/punts vs normal O/D snaps.  Is it roughly 1:1?  Or maybe KOs are 2:1?  5:1?  What ratio would make a KO "dangerous" enough to warrant "ruining" the KO game?  Tough to say.  I'd let the ST players vote on it.
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Quote from: TecnoGenius on January 24, 2024, 04:22:11 AMOk, Worthy was the 2023 casualty in terms of returners.  Miller is a special case as no one saw him get injured, no one knows what happened, and now people are talking about a degenerative thing?  i.e. There may have never been *the* injury that did Miller in.  It may have just been his body not being able to take anymore football.

I don't recall seeing the Beeksma or Gauthier ones either.  TSN does a really bad job of showing ST replays after commercial... especially when it's "just a STer" getting hurt.  It would be nice to see what happened to judge if it was just a fluke that could happen on any play or whether it really was a "KOs are dangerous" thing.

I wonder if anyone has ever actually run stats on injuries-per-play KOs/punts vs normal O/D snaps.  Is it roughly 1:1?  Or maybe KOs are 2:1?  5:1?  What ratio would make a KO "dangerous" enough to warrant "ruining" the KO game?  Tough to say.  I'd let the ST players vote on it.


lol. If we let the players vote, there wouldn't be any safety rules.

And remember that with the CTE discussion in football, we're not talking about a player going down on a play, taking him out of the game. We're talking about repeated hits over years that cause these guys to have a life expectancy 20 years lower than the average population.
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Quote from: TecnoGenius on January 24, 2024, 04:22:11 AMOk, Worthy was the 2023 casualty in terms of returners.  Miller is a special case as no one saw him get injured, no one knows what happened, and now people are talking about a degenerative thing?  i.e. There may have never been *the* injury that did Miller in.  It may have just been his body not being able to take anymore football.

I don't recall seeing the Beeksma or Gauthier ones either.  TSN does a really bad job of showing ST replays after commercial... especially when it's "just a STer" getting hurt.  It would be nice to see what happened to judge if it was just a fluke that could happen on any play or whether it really was a "KOs are dangerous" thing.

I wonder if anyone has ever actually run stats on injuries-per-play KOs/punts vs normal O/D snaps.  Is it roughly 1:1?  Or maybe KOs are 2:1?  5:1?  What ratio would make a KO "dangerous" enough to warrant "ruining" the KO game?  Tough to say.  I'd let the ST players vote on it.

I'm going to assume that nobody has this tracked. Even if it's 1:1 there are at least triple the amount of O/D snaps as there are special teams plays per game.

I hope the vote never comes up to get rid of special teams. I think it's one of the most interesting parts of the CFL game. I do think that the no-yards rule helps protect the returner, and eliminating the crack back blocks helps for the rest of the players, and doesn't hurt the game.

theaardvark

Special teams are a vital part of the CFL game.  Vital. 

3 downs means more ST plays.  ST plays make more highlight reels.  Nothing more boring than an NFL kickoff or punt.  Out the endzone or fair catch.  Bleh.

Spring leagues tried to spice it up, and some of the ideas were good.

Some suggest that the calibre / size / athleticism difference NFL to CFL alows for our game to have more of the "high excitement / high risk" plays because players are less likely to get decapitated through sheer athleticism, but the 5 yard rule, goal post placement and wider field (amongst other differences) give rise to the ability to utilize ST's as an integral part of making the game more exciting.

As soon as the league starts looking at ST rules to "reduce danger", that's going to really hurt the 3 down game.
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Quote from: theaardvark on January 24, 2024, 02:00:37 AMQB?  Do you mean Bormeister?  He's a "converted QB"...

I missed that but he may get an opportunity at multiple positions? He doesn't have NFL QB size but might be more suited to the CFL in that role as a # 3 QB that might be a good short yardage skill set.
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theaardvark

Quote from: Blue In BC on January 24, 2024, 06:12:38 PMI missed that but he may get an opportunity at multiple positions? He doesn't have NFL QB size but might be more suited to the CFL in that role as a # 3 QB that might be a good short yardage skill set.

Pretty sure if they list him as a WR, he's coming in to compete at WR... 

Might he get a chance to get some reps in at QB in rookie camp?  Why not. But his college stats don't really look that great at QB. 

I guess it depends on whether he wants to play QB or football... is he a Sinopoli or a Nick Marshall
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VictorRomano

Quote from: TecnoGenius on January 23, 2024, 10:16:30 PMYa, it happens sometimes, but I wouldn't say KO is the most dangerous play in the CFL.

The pressure is coming from a multi-year study done in the NFL, which showed it was twice as likely that a player gets injured on a kickoff, compared to literally any other play.  Teams and leagues are trying to reduce liability for player injury.

theaardvark

Quote from: VictorRomano on January 24, 2024, 07:35:38 PMThe pressure is coming from a multi-year study done in the NFL, which showed it was twice as likely that a player gets injured on a kickoff, compared to literally any other play.  Teams and leagues are trying to reduce liability for player injury.

If you've ever watched a CFL game, you will notice on kicks that a defenseless returner can never be legally blown up due to the 5 yard halo.  The problem in the NFL, they have no halo, and if a returner doesn't see that there is a cover team guy on a collision course, he may not call for a fair catch, and that collision at the moment of catching the ball can literally rip his head off.

The CFL has the proper set of rules to make ST plays both incredibly exciting and relatively safe.  Safer even than when a QB throws a suicide pass...
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Jesse

Quote from: theaardvark on January 24, 2024, 07:51:59 PMIf you've ever watched a CFL game, you will notice on kicks that a defenseless returner can never be legally blown up due to the 5 yard halo.  The problem in the NFL, they have no halo, and if a returner doesn't see that there is a cover team guy on a collision course, he may not call for a fair catch, and that collision at the moment of catching the ball can literally rip his head off.

The CFL has the proper set of rules to make ST plays both incredibly exciting and relatively safe.  Safer even than when a QB throws a suicide pass...


1. He didn't say that a returner is more likely to be injured, he said "players".

2. I think the CFL disagrees with you, as they are discussing the rule changes.
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theaardvark

Quote from: Jesse on January 24, 2024, 07:54:05 PM1. He didn't say that a returner is more likely to be injured, he said "players".

2. I think the CFL disagrees with you, as they are discussing the rule changes.

Returners are the primary victims of ST injury.  Which is the reason for fair catches.

Other players on ST plays can get hurt, running at full speed down a huge field, yeah, contact and non contact injuries can happen.  But the plethora of penalties called on ST plays says they are concerned about those actions that are dangerous...

As to rule changes, I truly hope they don't make any.  And just because they are discussing them... 
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Jesse

Quote from: theaardvark on January 24, 2024, 10:24:36 PMReturners are the primary victims of ST injury.  Which is the reason for fair catches.

Gotta say, this sounds made up. Have you seen stats on this or just trying to argue based off of an assumption?
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Both Augustine and Demski names active on the CFL transactions list, I take it Johnny has been re-signed and Nic's contract is getting a makeover to free up more money.

Also added:

DB TEXADA, Raleigh

Name seems familiar, I think he attended last year's TC.

TecnoGenius

Quote from: Jesse on January 24, 2024, 11:26:34 AMlol. If we let the players vote, there wouldn't be any safety rules.

And remember that with the CTE discussion in football, we're not talking about a player going down on a play, taking him out of the game. We're talking about repeated hits over years that cause these guys to have a life expectancy 20 years lower than the average population.

I don't know... the CFLPA is definitely thinking more about safety than they did, say, 10 years ago.  Like their desire for the (idiotic) no-pad practices.

As for CTE: I'm not sure that's a big thing on kicks.  Blockers/coverage don't really have big collisions as they are all running the same way.  Concussions aren't a big thing in ST plays, but if they do happen it'll be the returner or, more likely, the coverage guy making the big hit/tackle while lowering his head.

It will be a sad day, though, when we don't get to all personally witness things like the Hansen ST double-tackle in the 2019 GC.

Without going completely nuts, I'm not sure what the CFL can do to tweak ST here and there to be "safer".  Maybe a slightly bigger halo?  But players need lines to judge so it would have to go to 10Y, and that seems way too hard to maintain.  Anything else won't be a "tweak", it'll be a major change like no movement until catch.

Maybe for returns every player should be in the IGF-break human-sized hamster ball?
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TecnoGenius

Quote from: Throw Long Bannatyne on January 24, 2024, 11:01:26 PMDB TEXADA, Raleigh

Name seems familiar, I think he attended last year's TC.

Ya, definitely had a Texada here in TC at some point.  Not sure if he made it through to actually play in pre-season though.  Don't recall seeing him on field.  Maybe they think he has growth potential.  We could sure use some more top-notch-but-ELC DB help.
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Jesse

Quote from: TecnoGenius on January 25, 2024, 01:14:01 AMYa, definitely had a Texada here in TC at some point.  Not sure if he made it through to actually play in pre-season though.  Don't recall seeing him on field.  Maybe they think he has growth potential.  We could sure use some more top-notch-but-ELC DB help.

I think he was a late PR add.
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Quote from: TecnoGenius on January 25, 2024, 01:12:43 AMI don't know... the CFLPA is definitely thinking more about safety than they did, say, 10 years ago.  Like their desire for the (idiotic) no-pad practices.

As for CTE: I'm not sure that's a big thing on kicks.  Blockers/coverage don't really have big collisions as they are all running the same way.  Concussions aren't a big thing in ST plays, but if they do happen it'll be the returner or, more likely, the coverage guy making the big hit/tackle while lowering his head.

It will be a sad day, though, when we don't get to all personally witness things like the Hansen ST double-tackle in the 2019 GC.

Without going completely nuts, I'm not sure what the CFL can do to tweak ST here and there to be "safer".  Maybe a slightly bigger halo?  But players need lines to judge so it would have to go to 10Y, and that seems way too hard to maintain.  Anything else won't be a "tweak", it'll be a major change like no movement until catch.

Maybe for returns every player should be in the IGF-break human-sized hamster ball?

Just for the record, I entirely agree with you. Kick offs and punt return are some of the most exciting, game changing plays in football and if player safety wasn't a concern, we'd be seeing rule changes the other way in order to increase the number of returns seen - just like the leagues do for offense.

But looking at where both the NFL and CFL are going, it's probably not going to be a part of the game anymore.
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I am on the fence about kickoffs only because of what we all saw in last year's western semi.

A reminder of what can happen.

https://youtu.be/IdcPEii8LkI?t=8041
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theaardvark

Quote from: Waffler on January 25, 2024, 11:58:32 AMI am on the fence about kickoffs only because of what we all saw in last year's western semi.

A reminder of what can happen.

https://youtu.be/IdcPEii8LkI?t=8041

That can happen on a jet sweep, or a multitude of other plays.  The wide field allows a ball carrier to get up to speed before going north/south, and allow a DB to come from depth.

Yes, ST plays it can happen more, but it takes a perfect storm of circumstance for it to result in serious injury.

Like the Hamlin hit.
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Quote from: theaardvark on January 25, 2024, 03:03:49 PMThat can happen on a jet sweep, or a multitude of other plays.  The wide field allows a ball carrier to get up to speed before going north/south, and allow a DB to come from depth.

Yes, ST plays it can happen more, but it takes a perfect storm of circumstance for it to result in serious injury.

Like the Hamlin hit.

Can't take returns out of the CFL game, but they have to find a way to slow down ST tacklers.  I whince everytime Grant gets nailed by 2-3 tacklers on a punt return, there seems to be no limit on how many tacklers can pile on after he's down.

Can't blame the ST players as they play with zeal knowing it could be there only chance to make an impact and hold onto their jobs.  Maybe if they would call more head contact penalties on these plays there would be more attention paid to tackling form, instead of just blowing the returner up and body-slamming them into the ground.

TecnoGenius

Quote from: Waffler on January 25, 2024, 11:58:32 AMI am on the fence about kickoffs only because of what we all saw in last year's western semi.

A reminder of what can happen.

Ouch.  I forgot about that one!  However, what was the outcome of this in terms of injuries?  What did each player end up with?  Any concussions?  Sometimes the tv looks worse than it was in terms of lasting injuries.

That was probably the biggest ST hit since the Hansen '19 GC hit??  It's not often two players at speed manage to collide like that.  That was some ace tracking, open-field work by the BC player.  Do you change the KO rules for a once every 1 or 2 year crazy hit?

Quote from: Throw Long Bannatyne on January 25, 2024, 05:14:50 PMCan't blame the ST players as they play with zeal knowing it could be there only chance to make an impact and hold onto their jobs.

Not just that, but one mistake or lack of 100% effort by one ST guy can mean it's a 100Y TD than lose you the game in all sorts of ways.  Look at all the big returns that occurred against us in 2023: it usually boils down to one guy with the best shot getting held or expertly blocked, or someone falling.  I'd rather our coverage guy put a west-semi type hit on the returner than give up a 100Y TD.
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TecnoGenius

There's one big unspoken problem with removing or massively minimizing kickoffs... We call the start of the game (and 2nd half) "kickoff".  If it's not a kickoff anymore, then we can't use it in speech anymore!

"Meet me at the gates at 7:15 so we can be in our seats before wimpy lame no-one-can-move-much but super safe play."  It doesn't roll off the tongue quite as well as "kickoff".
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theaardvark

How many injuries happen to players in bathroom, in the shower, in the locker room or even in warmup?  How many injuries are non-contact. 

Playing a full contact game, with pads, against trained opponents, with penalties in place for dangerous play that include ejection from the game, and potentially the league is pretty safe, all things considered.  There are many much more dangerous jobs that do hot have any glory or potential huge paydays.

Sure, making the game safer is good.  But making it boring so that no one watches kills jobs.

Not suggesting the go full Nascar where many viewers tune in to see massive car crashes, but eliminating the exciting plays that people tune in for reduces viewers, which reduces revenue, which kills jobs.  Likewise at the gate, if we turn it into touch football, teams will die.

A balance of exciting and safe is key.  And every year, advancements get made in safety equipment, so leave the rules alone and the game gets safer by itself.
 



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Quote from: Waffler on January 25, 2024, 11:58:32 AMI am on the fence about kickoffs only because of what we all saw in last year's western semi.

A reminder of what can happen.

https://youtu.be/IdcPEii8LkI?t=8041

Took me awhile to find this but the result of that collison was Logan reportedly suffered a fractured vertebrae, while Hinsperger has dealt with nerve damage.

TecnoGenius

Quote from: Throw Long Bannatyne on January 26, 2024, 07:04:10 PMTook me awhile to find this but the result of that collison was Logan reportedly suffered a fractured vertebrae, while Hinsperger has dealt with nerve damage.

Well, that's not good in any way shape or form if that's the real deal.  I hope both are able to recover and continue their careers, if that's what they want to do.  I guess we'll see come week 1 2024.

Things like the Hefny injury are definitely something I don't want to happen to anyone.  Luckily career-enders like that are rare in the CFL.
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