Archive for March, 2007

CFL Appoints New Commissioner

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 by Jon

The CFL announced in a press conference today that Mark Cohon has been appointed the twelfth commissioner of the league. A search for a new commissioner began last year when it was announced Tom Wright’s contract would not be renewed past December 31, 2006.

Violence in Hockey Getting Headlines

Friday, March 23rd, 2007 by Jon

When Todd Fedoruk was knocked out in a fight Wednesday night and taken off the ice on a stretcher, the number of recent images of NHL hockey players injured in violent acts hit a tipping point, causing NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell to say it is time to question the place of fighting in hockey.

Tootoo Suspended Five Games

Monday, March 19th, 2007 by Jon

Nashville Predators forward Jordan Tootoo was suspended five games by the NHL for a gloved punch to the face on Dallas defenceman Stephane Robidas. Robidas was knocked unconscious, taken from the ice on a stretcher and is out a week with a concussion.

Speculation is that Tootoo, after putting a hit on Dallas forward Mike Modano, was expecting retaliation from other Dallas players despite the hit being clean, and in instinct and self-defence, reacted to the first player upon turning around. This is not to justify his gloved-punch, but to raise the issue whether the NHL player code is flawed, requiring players have to protect themselves after clean hits.

This post is here to take your comments on this and other recent incidents.

Reviewing the CFL Rule Changes

Saturday, March 10th, 2007 by Jon

As noted the CFL has approved eight rule changes and one interpretation change for 2007 that were proposed in February meetings. The focus during the off-season has been on the kick return blocking rules, but there are other substantial rule changes which are important to the CFL‘s game play. As we examine each rule, we will note the necessity and impact of the rule.

OC Jottings

No jottings in the last 7 days. Here is a random jotting.