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Old Posted Jul 15, 2019, 4:52 PM
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Montreal looking much more solid than expected.

Ottawa looks to have been overrated in pre season predictions.

Toronto is a total train wreck.
Don't forget BC they are in both the Ottawa and Toronto category. I thought BC would be much better, but man... In the west Winnipeg is the team to beat this year. The Stamps are actually looking better than I thought they would after losing their whole D-line in the off season. Backup QB Arbuckle looks like a player.
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Old Posted Jul 16, 2019, 3:09 AM
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Contrary to the Sens vs the Habs, the Redblacks dominate the Gatineau market. But there are still straggler Alouettes fans here.
Not too surprising to hear that, the Redblacks came into being right around the time that the Als started falling apart. I guess the nice thing about living in Gatineau or Outaouais generally is that you can shift your loyalties between Ottawa and Montreal (in hockey and football) depending on who's doing better... it's probably like living in Red Deer in that way

Anyway, I am looking forward to seeing the Redblacks come to town this week... I read a factoid heading into this game that said if the Bombers beat Ottawa, it will be their first 5-0 start since 1960 so I am already starting to feel anxious about the stakes...

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IF they built a new stadium there is no way it would be bigger than current capacity, it would be smaller.
Not really unlike the NFL... the general trend in the NFL is for teams to build similar sized or even smaller stadiums than what they had before. Not surprisingly, the focus is on premium seating. All Calgary needs is 30,000 seats with a ton of skyboxes and club seats.
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Oh it could be a bloodbath tonight in Calgary. Toronto is in big trouble. I don't expect the score to be close at all in this one.
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I've been to McMahon more times than any other stadium in the CFL and it's really a poor facility. Compared with other stadiums, and the prices they charge, it's a testament to the strong Stamps fanbase. A 35% drop might sound like a lot but the stadium is really bad.
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Bombers throttled the Redblacks en route to their first 5-0 start in nearly 60 years!

The biggest test of the season so far comes next week against a solid looking Hamilton team. It will be nice to have Bighill back for that one...
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Bombers looking really strong.
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Did anyone see the article on one of the proposed Als owners, I thought the lawyer (brother of the producer) was the poor relation. Apparently he's quite the playa. I'll try and find the article.
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Found it, it's an old article but still impressive

Don't Mess with the Bulldog
Jeff Lenkov’s clients love him, and it’s not just because of the pet rocks
Joe Mullich Southern California Rising Stars — September 2005

As a litigation specialist for Federated Department Stores, Rob Diesel receives all sorts of business cards, brochures and newsletters from lawyers who would like to get his business. But only one lawyer has ever sent him a bobble-head doll of himself: Jeffrey M. Lenkov, a partner at Manning & Marder.

“He’s a character,” Diesel says. “Initially, some people around here had reservations about him because of that, but I like the personal touch.”

What Diesel really likes is the results that Lenkov has gotten for the chain of department stores, which includes Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. “He’s aggressive from the start and has gotten cases dropped that some people around here couldn’t believe were dropped without us having to pay anything,” Diesel says.

As a result, Lenkov now handles all of Federated’s business in California and Arizona. Having one lawyer cover that kind of territory “is almost unheard of for us,” Diesel says. “We don’t know what we would do without him.”

The 40-year-old Lenkov has developed one of the most impressive client lists in Los Angeles for a young attorney — Best Buy, Cheesecake Factory, JCPenney, Gap, Kohls, the Los Angeles Lakers, and on and on.

“Believe it or not, I got virtually every client through cold calling,” he says.

He develops clients with the same methodical approach that he uses to play the war game Risk, where he patiently conquers the world country by country. Mention any retailer or restaurant with a presence in Southern California — from Border’s to Starbucks — and he’ll spout out the name of a contact there and who the company employs as its lawyer. At least for now, he implies.

Lenkov is so Type A, you wish there was a higher letter in the alphabet to define him. His relentlessness takes a page from Donald Trump, who wrote in his latest book that his routine didn’t vary even after he became a billionaire.

“Too many law firms become complacent,” Lenkov notes. “I’ll become complacent after I’m dead.”

The Montreal native seems to be running with the same hunger as when he first arrived in Los Angeles with only $500 and a law degree from a small Illinois school. “I had to compete against people from great schools who had every connection in the world,” he says.

He wakes up at 5 a.m. every morning and downs some juice for breakfast. By 6 a.m., he is returning phone calls and e-mail messages to the East Coast. His day remains a frenzied whirlwind. He walks around the office talking into his wireless headset while he attends to a dozen tasks at once — reviewing documents, writing articles for newsletters he sends to clients and preparing material for the sports law class he teaches as an adjunct professor at Southwestern University School of Law.

He gives his home number to clients and is available on vacations. He recalls one Saturday night when his wife was pregnant with their first daughter. She had a food craving, and he started to go out to get her a particular salad. He received a call from a client and spent the next three hours working on an important case, while his wife waited.

“I couldn’t do this if my wife and family weren’t so understanding,” he says, in an atypical moment of understatement.

He likes to tick off all sorts of role models: His dad, who left at dawn every morning to go to work. A law school classmate, who was a Navy fighter pilot, and returned every phone call within two minutes. The McDonald brothers (of hamburger fame) for refining the art of service and marketing, which he says can be a model for law firms too.

“You can differentiate yourself with your marketing,” he says. “If you’re just some schmuck from Montreal who nobody knows, you have to work harder than the thousands of other lawyers who want a client’s business.”

As someone who touts himself with bobble-head dolls, Lenkov’s middle initial might as well stand for “marketer.” He clips pertinent articles and sends them to clients’ attention. He constantly appears at seminars, does public speaking engagements and appears on television. “Clients like to know that their lawyer is prominent,” he says.

One of those clients calls him “The Bulldog,” because of “his remarkable ability to resolve claims quickly and cost-effectively.” Susan Wong, liability claims coordinator in the risk management department of Smart & Final, calls him a “legal star.” Like almost everyone else who talks about Lenkov’s legal style, she uses the words “aggressive” and “tenacious” to describe him.

When one client — someone he declines to name — was accused of sexual harassment, Lenkov relentlessly checked the background of the woman who made the claim. Lenkov found a former boyfriend of hers who said she had posed nude in magazines under a different name, which, if true, would have contradicted an important point of her claim. Lenkov had a library worth of pornographic magazines sent to his home. “My neighbors thought I was some sort of sexual deviant,” he says. “I went through each until I found her.”

As he says, his wife is a very understanding woman.

In another case, a department store was sued by a part-time soap opera actor, who claimed he was injured by a mechanical door. The actor sent a letter from a production company that said he was up for a starring role in a new show, which was the basis of the monetary compensation he asked for. Lenkov pored over the documents with his typical zeal and obsessed over the letterhead. Something struck him as wrong. He discovered the actor had forged the documents on his home computer. There was no TV offer. The case immediately dissolved.

Lenkov likes to win, of course, but he particularly likes to win with style. After he won a case for the Cheesecake Factory, he sent his clients a plastic heart with a note that read, “Not only did we win the case, we took their hearts out.” He sent another of his clients, Fry’s Electronics, a pet rock because he felt its office needed a pet. Federated’s Diesel says he has “a Jeffrey Lenkov drawer,” filled with attention-getting trinkets that his client has sent him in addition to the bobble-head doll.

“You can’t just be a fun guy and expect people to give you business,” Lenkov says. “But if you do the job, people prefer to have a lawyer who’s enjoyable to work with.”
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Old Posted Jul 20, 2019, 10:29 PM
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I've been to McMahon more times than any other stadium in the CFL and it's really a poor facility. Compared with other stadiums, and the prices they charge, it's a testament to the strong Stamps fanbase. A 35% drop might sound like a lot but the stadium is really bad.
I love McMahon for the sightlines, game experience, location/ease of access, but ya, everything else is bad.... concessions are brutal, concourse wayyy too small, lineups and more lineups for bathrooms and food.

The only other stadium I’ve been to is Commonwealth for last years Grey Cup. That’s a masterpiece, in my very limited opinion. (Though the south end of Commonwealth during pre-game was so bottle necked it took close to 20 minutes to get from the east side to the west side / vise versa.
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Is anyone else finding themselves cheering for the Als? What a great team attitude in the midst of adversity. Weather delay against the Esks, heat and thunderstorms. It's 31 and a heat warning where I am.
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Has the ghost of Calvillo finally been exorcized? This is a new Alouettes, this positivity has to hasten the sale.
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Yeah - I'm glad to see the Als doing well and appearing to be turning a corner
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I've been to McMahon more times than any other stadium in the CFL and it's really a poor facility. Compared with other stadiums, and the prices they charge, it's a testament to the strong Stamps fanbase. A 35% drop might sound like a lot but the stadium is really bad.
McMahon is a disgrace to the city of Calgary. It is a dump.
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Is anyone else finding themselves cheering for the Als? What a great team attitude in the midst of adversity. Weather delay against the Esks, heat and thunderstorms. It's 31 and a heat warning where I am.
Yep, really enjoying the Als resurgence. Love the dark blue uniforms too!
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Is anyone else finding themselves cheering for the Als? What a great team attitude in the midst of adversity. Weather delay against the Esks, heat and thunderstorms. It's 31 and a heat warning where I am.
Yes, in the CFL you always have to cheer for the team currently most likely to go bankrupt! It's part of the deal.

But even if that weren't true, it would be hard not to like the Alouettes.
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Yes, in the CFL you always have to cheer for the team currently most likely to go bankrupt! It's part of the deal.

But even if that weren't true, it would be hard not to like the Alouettes.
A couple of things really hammering the new attitude home. Taylor Loffler gets a pick and goes off the field and tells the coach he's not doing 10 pushups, the coach laughed and hugged him. Vernon Adams going the length of the stadium exhorting the crowd, just a great attitude and really fun to watch. Tell you the truth, as a team on the field they're not there yet (good D though), but it's their spirit that is the fun part to watch.
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Yep, really enjoying the Als resurgence. Love the dark blue uniforms too!
I didn't think I would like the uniforms when they first came out and everyone seemed to be praising them but they've grown on me. Also, I didn't hear it on the broadcast because I was tuning in and out but I think the dress code was relaxed for the game because of the heat. I noticed Henoc Muamba wasn't wearing socks and other players did whatever they could to mitigate the heat.
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Really enjoyed the TSN highlight reel of repeatedly showing the player throwing up on the field several times during the Winnipeg game Friday lol. And then the close-up camera work of the grounds crew shoveling up the chunks lol.
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Montreal is a weird situation. They had such a lousy season last year and appeared to be the classic CFL basketcase of inept coaching and revolving door of seemingly random players (hello Johnny Football). Then in the offseason the owners bailed and the coach and GM were fired early on. All in all practically a recipe for a 1-17 season.

Yet here we are, Khari Jones has found a way to motivate his team and they're winning games. It's surprising to me more than anything else.

As for BC, Reilly is just getting brutalized out there. It is tough to watch. It's as bad or worse than when Buck Pierce was stuck behind Winnipeg's porous offensive line circa 6 or 7 years ago.
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I didn't think I would like the uniforms when they first came out and everyone seemed to be praising them but they've grown on me. Also, I didn't hear it on the broadcast because I was tuning in and out but I think the dress code was relaxed for the game because of the heat. I noticed Henoc Muamba wasn't wearing socks and other players did whatever they could to mitigate the heat.
I've noticed that on especially hot days (mainly in the eastern division) they let the uniform infractions slide.

For what it's worth I love Montreal's new look. It's really good. All the teams look pretty good now, although Calgary still needs to turn down the black and Toronto needs to bring the sleeve stripes back.
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