A cultural icon, Al Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders of the NFL passed away on October 8th. A straight shooter and rebel, who coined the phrase “Just Win Baby”, lived his life, and ran his team, in the way he wanted to, damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead. His teams were always stressing the vertical passing game and usually consisted of misfits and “characters” that did not fit well on other teams. He let them be themselves as long as they won and the strategy usually paid off in victories. RIP Al Davis.
- Raiders just win, baby, in aftermath of Al Davis’ death (denverpost.com)
- Al Davis Dead: How Will Raiders Honor Fallen Leader? (bleacherreport.com)
Believe it or not there are Canadians in the NFL. We in Canada are proud of our guys that make the grade in the USA.
The current list of these Canucks are:
|O.J. Atogwe||Washington Redskins||Free Safety||Windsor, ON|
|Nate Burleson||Detroit Lions||Wide Receiver||Calgary, AB|
|Austin Collie||Indianapolis Colts||Wide Receiver||Hamilton, ON|
|Cory Greenwood||Kansas City Chiefs||Linebacker||Kingston, ON|
|Israel Idonije||Chicago Bears||Defensive Lineman||Brandon, MB|
|Nick Kaczur||New England Patriots||Offensive Lineman||Brantford, ON|
|L.P. Ladouceur||Dallas Cowboys||Long Snapper||Pointe Claire, QC|
|Vaughn Martin||San Diego Chargers||Defensive End||Windsor, ON|
|Jon Ryan||Seattle Seahawks||Punter||Regina SK|
|Shaun Suisham||Pittsburgh Steelers||Kicker||Wallaceburg, ON|
|Jamaal Westerman||New York Jets||Linebacker||Brampton, ON|
In Week 1 the stats for these players were:
Austin Collie 0 catches
O.J. Atogwe 2 tackles
Nate Burleson 5 catches 60 yards and 20 yards rushing
Cory Greenwood 1 tackle
Israel Idonije 1 tackle
Shaun Suisham 1 convert
Jamaal Westerman 1 fumble recovery
Jon Ryan 7 punts 48.9 yd average
The CFL is also known as a bit of a developmental league for the NFL, supplying some fine talent back to the NFL. Names that may be recognizable to a casual NFL fan who have played in the CFL include Cameron Wake on Miami, John Chick on Jacksonville, Mike Sellers on Washington, Stefan Logan on Detroit and Brandon Browner on Seattle.
I love watching an NFL game and seeing a Canadian player do well, or see a player who had spent time in the CFL on the field. Makes me appreciate the CFL that much more.
Bubba Smith passed away on Tuesday. An all-pro defensive end with the Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers, Bubba will also be remembered for his role as Hightower in the Police Academy movies and for his series of Miller Lite commercials with Dick Butkus. He won his only Super Bowl with the Colts in 1970. He never wore the ring as he did not believe the performance in the game was anything else but sloppy.
- Bubba Smith, Police Academy Star, Dead at 66 (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Football star and actor Charles “Bubba” Smith dies (reuters.com)
- Police Academy Star, NFL Great Bubba Smith Dies (eonline.com)