The Waggle is the official podcast of the Canadian Football League hosted by Donnovan Bennett.
To celebrate International Women's Day, we speak with 3 of the many women doing great work around the CFL. TSN's Kate Beirness, BC Lions' Tanya Henderson and Edmonton Elks' Ashley Callingbull.
0:30 - Orlondo Steinauer, Head Coach & President, Football Operations - Hamilton Tiger-Cats19:10 - Corey Mace, Defensive Coordinator - Toronto Argonauts42:00 - Geroy Simon, Assistant General Manager - Edmonton Elks
0:00 - Intro2:00 - Ottawa's new coaching staff3:30 - Montreal's coaching search6:25 - Nathan Rourke watch11:30 - Gift giving season12:00 - A gift for the BC Lions15:00 - A gift for the Edmonton Elks17:30 - A gift for the Calgary Stampeders20:00 - Gifts for Winnipeg and Saskatchewan25:30 - A gift for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats29:40 - A gift for the Ottawa REDBLACKS33:25 - A gift for the Montreal Alouettes36:00 - A gift for the Toronto Argonauts39:00 - Conclusion
That's Mr. Muamba to you! Our own Henoc Muamba is not only a Grey Cup champion, but was named the game's MVP and MVC (Canadian). To debrief the entire lead-up, Grey Cup game and week-long "Club Dub" that followed, we've got you covered with Donnovan and Henoc on this episode of The Waggle.
In the West it's Nathan Rourke and the exciting BC Lions team trying to knock off the 2x defending champion Bombers. Darrin Bauming of Bonfire Sports joins us to break down that match-up, and later CFL.ca's Marshall Ferguson joins the guys to talk about Henoc's Toronto Argonauts ahead of their Eastern Final clash with the Alouettes.
We're joined by our East and West analysts this week to help us tee up a great weekend of playoff football. First, Darrin Bauming helps us look ahead to the great Western Semi-Final showdown between the Calgary Stampeders and BC Lions. After, Marshall Ferguson crunches numbers and gives a look at what we can expect in the Eastern Semi-Final between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes.
Eugene Lewis joins the Waggle to talk about his journey to the top of the CFL, plus Donnovan and Henoc analyze the matchups heading into the final week of the regular season!
0:00 – Intro 2:00 – Week 19 Montreal @ Ottawa Game Recap 4:10 – Week 19 Hamilton @ Calgary Game Recap 7:30 – Dane Evans coming up clutch 8:50 – Week 19 Toronto @ Edmonton Game Recap 10:10 – Edmonton's home losing streak continues 11:50 – Taylor Cornelius injury update 12:40 – How real are the Argonauts? 15:00 – Week 19 Winnipeg @ BC Game Recap 18:15 – Henoc's Unsung Hero 20:00 – Playoff picture update 22:30 – Week 20 Ottawa @ Hamilton Game Preview 23:50 – Week 20 BC @ Edmonton Game Preview 25:30 – Week 20 Toronto @ Montreal Game Preview 27:55 – Week 20 Saskatchewan @ Calgary Game Preview
Bombers legend Doug Brown chats with the boys about the Winnipeg dynasty. Then, with the Grey Cup Playoffs only 3 weeks away, Donnovan and Henoc analyze the upcoming games in Week 19 and debate which teams are will make the cut heading into the postseason.
The Lions, Stampeders and Argonauts all clinched playoff spots last week. We break down their games and how the rest of the season (and playoff picture) is starting to shape up.
0:00 – Welcome Sara Orlesky2:30 – What inspired her to get into this field4:45 – The Sara Orlesky Farewell Tour8:30 – Being able to thrive in a traditionally male-dominated field12:30 – The career path and choosing to move on17:45 – Advice for young girls who want to be like Sara20:30 – Changes in the CFL and industry since Sara started24:00 – Sara's new role with the Jets27:45 – What Sara will miss the most32:15 – Week 15 “upsets”36:30 – Playoff implications37:45 – Extra-curriculars postgame in Calgary40:00 – Signing off with Sara
Donnovan and Henoc look ahead to Week 15 in the CFL and discuss who could go on a run during the home stretch of the regular season as we begin the road to the Grey Cup in Regina this November.
In our final Diversity is Strength Conversation of 2022 we speak with 3 great guests from around the CFL: Lions' defensive back Jacob Firlotte, CFL official Brian Chrupalo and Elks' game day host Ashley Callingbull.
RUNDOWN0:00 – Intro1:00 – Ottawa @ Montreal – OK Tire Labour Day Weekend Recap4:40 – Could a receiver make a case for MOP?6:50 – James Smith Cree Nation7:50 – Winnipeg @ Saskatchewan – OK Tire Labour Day Weekend Recap9:30 – Discipline issues in Saskatchewan13:00 – Marino's latest offence15:35 – Collaros continues to dominate19:40 – Toronto @ Hamilton – OK Tire Labour Day Weekend Recap24:20 – Jamal Peters breakout performances26:00 – Trouble in Tiger Town30:00 – Edmonton @ Calgary – OK Tire Labour Day Weekend Recap32:30 – Week 14 Montreal @ BC Preview34:05 – Week 14 Toronto @ Ottawa Preview36:00 – Week 14 Saskatchewan @ Winnipeg Preview41:10 – Week 14 Calgary @ Edmonton Preview43:40 – Sara Orlesky's last game on the sideline
The best part of summer is finally here - OK Tire Labour Day weekend! The best rivalries in the CFL take centre stage and we are here for it.
This week we're picking our All-Stars for the first half of the season! Also, with the Alouettes perhaps settling their QB question, many more arise across the league with Nathan Rourke going down and back-ups making a case in Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Saskatchewan.
We brought in a few ringers from out west as Pat Steinberg in Calgary and Darrin Bauming in Winnipeg take over the controls of The Waggle this week. We're looking back at some big upsets in week 10, looking ahead to week 11 and beyond as the West Division is getting ready for an incredible finish to the 2022 season.
386yds passing & 5 TDs in one half of football? You know Donnovan's driving the Nathan Rourke hype train this week, especially as 'Kid Canada' gets set to take on the O.G. Bo Levi Mitchell in Calgary this week. We also discuss the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 4th quarter woes and are the Riders looking east for their road to the Grey Cup?
Week 8 had some big moments, including another great game between Calgary and Winnipeg, and Ottawa finally getting that elusive first W. But with the Argos loss and Ticats win, their 4-game head-to-head over the next 5 weeks becomes increasingly intriguing.
0:00 – Intro0:39 - Week 7 TOR @ SSK Recap4:01 - Andrew Harris Surpasses 10 000 Yards Rushing9:09 - Jake Dolegala First Impressions11:46 - Toronto Defensive Performance in Week 712:50 - Week 7 MTL @ OTT Recap15:25 - Who Should Start at QB in Ottawa?16:51 - Rourke Struggles in Lions Win20:22 - Looking ahead for Hamilton21:08 - Winnipeg Finds a Way to Win23:23 - Week 8 MTL @ HAM26:33 - Week 8 BC @ SSK29:15 - Week 8 WPG @ CGY30:54 - Week 8 OTT @ TOR34:04 - John Metchie III
0:00 – Intro1:30 – Marino suspension7:00 – Duke vs. Shaq at TDA15:00 – Henoc's argument with Pinball17:00 – Maintaining composure in the heat of battle19:30 – Touchdown Atlantic atmosphere23:00 – Edmonton's comeback win over Montreal26:30 – Heavyweight bout between Calgary and Winnipeg32:30 – Hamilton holds on to beat Ottawa35:30 – Pressure on Montreal heading to Ottawa40:10 – Khari Jones lands a job in Hamilton41:00 – Hamilton heads to BC43:00 – Can Edmonton push Winnipeg in week 7?45:00 – Toronto/Saskatchewan rematch in Regina
The CFL is headed east as Wolfville, Nova Scotia plays host to the Argos and Riders in the 2022 version of Touchdown Atlantic. Commissioner Randy Ambrosie joins us to talk about the event and the potential of CFL football on the east coast.
0:50 Henoc on tough loss to Winnipeg11:20 Collaros dominance15:00 Rourke/BC in week 419:45 OTT in week 4 and how to turn team around22:50 EDM@HAM thoughts26:30 Tre Ford initial impressions30:00 Where does Hamilton go from here?32:25 Edmonton and Ford predictions + Rourke vs. Ford38:50 MTL@SSK recap42:30 CGY@EDM preview43:55 OTT@SSK preview45:10 WPG@BC preview
Rundown:0:00 – Intro0:55 – Welcome Brad Sinopoli1:30 – Impact Canadian players in the CFL5:00 – Switching from QB to Receiver15:15 – Brad's favourite team to watch right now17:30 – Nathan Rourke emerging star as Canadian QB29:30 – Has Trevor Harris taken over the reins in Montreal?34:30 – Time to panic in Hamilton?38:00 – Winnipeg the most underwhelming undefeated team?44:45 – The first Battle of Alberta of 202248:00 – Another blowout in BC52:00 – BC @ Ottawa, Thursday56:30 – Edmonton @ Hamilton, Friday59:30 – Montreal @ Saskatchewan, Saturday1:05:00 – Winnipeg @ Toronto, Monday1:09:00 – Statement game for Andrew Harris
1:00 - Ricky's call to the Hall5:00 - Henoc's scouting report on QB Ricky Ray7:00 - Playing under different coaches and coordinators10:30 - Which Grey Cup victory is Ricky's most cherished?14:30 - The Hall of Fame induction15:40 - Does the Hall of Fame creep into Henoc's mind?18:00 - Week 2 MTL @ TOR20:40 - QB controversy in Montreal24:00 - Week 2 WPG @ OTT26:00 - Week 2 CGY @ HAM30:15 - Week 2 SSK @ EDM33:30 - Week 3 SSK @ MTL34:55 - Week 3 HAM @ WPG36:20 - Week 3 EDM @ CGY38:20 - Week 3 TOR @ BC
4:15 - KG's favourite CFL cities9:15 - Fans with the best chirps in the CFL13:00 - Best restaurant in CFL cities16:00 - How the new hashmarks change the game25:38 - Week 1 games, Montreal @ Calgary29:15 - Montreal losing William Stanback33:00 - Can Calgary handle a brewing QB controversy?37:20 - Ottawa @ Winnipeg43:45 - Hamilton @ Saskatchewan49:40 - Edmonton @ BC53:30 - Looking ahead to week 21:02:00 - KG's take: the best rivalry in the CFL
2:30 - Grinding through CBA negotiations7:00 - Argos on a bye week 1, blessing or curse?10:00 - Going all-out in pre-season vs. holding back15:45 - Montreal @ Calgary18:30 - The rise of Vernon Adams Jr.20:30 - Ottawa @ Winnipeg23:45 - Getting hyped too early with pre-game ceremonies26:30 - Hamilton @ Saskatchewan28:45 - Dane Evans taking over the reins30:00 - Edmonton @ BC31:15 - The Chris Jones era begins (again) in Edmonton34:30 - The best QB in the CFL?38:00 - The best player in the CFL?41:30 - TSN's "Top 50 Players"
On International Women's Day we speak to 3 great Canadian women working in football about the lack of females within the sport and how we can improve that.
In honour of Black History Month, we bring you our first 'Diversity is Strength Conversations'. For this episode, we feature Edmonton's Geroy Simon, Montreal's Khari Jones and Ottawa's Bob Dyce talking about their careers, black representation in football personnel, allyship and striving for improvement.
1:00 What will be remembered looking back on Grey Cup 108 down the road4:00 Hamilton's decision to take a knee7:00 How the kicking game plays a huge role in CFL football9:00 The play of Zach Collaros and does he stack up as one of the best CFL QBs of all time13:00 Will Winnipeg be able to keep this team together in free agency?17:30 How special was having the CFL back after a year off21:00 Goodbyes From Donnovan
1:00 - Dane Evans17:00 - Zach Collaros
3:30 – Different journeys for Hamilton and Winnipeg7:00 - What did we learn about both teams?12:00 – The scariest thing about the Bombers15:00 – The scariest thing about the Ticats17:30 - Grey Cup Predictions19:00 – Donnovan's final thoughts
2:00 - What we learned about Fajardo after the Western Semi-Final 5:30 - What does it actually mean to be clutch and is there really a clutch gene?7:00 - What should Winnipeg be worried about heading into the Western Final?10:00 - What should Saskatchewan be worried about heading into the Western Final?13:15 - X factors for both teams16:30 - Donnovan's final thoughts
2:30 - The unpredictability of the Eastern Final between Hamilton and Toronto6:15 - Assessing both running games12:30 - The pressure is on in Hamilton19:00 - A look-ahead to the Vanier Cup between the Saskatchewan Huskies and Western Mustangs22:00 - CFL draftees to watch on Saturday in the Vanier23:30 - Donnovan's final thoughts
1:20 The Elks clean house and what went wrong in Edmonton5:20 What did we learn from the three games between Calgary and Saskatchewan?9:00 Calgary's defence giving the Riders problems during the season12:30 Critical defensive line play for both the Riders and Stamps this season15:30 How does Bo Levi Mitchell look going into this playoff game 18:30 Who would give Winnipeg the biggest test in the Western Final22:00 Final thoughts with Donnovan
Playoffs?! That's right, we've made it to the 2021 CFL Grey Cup Playoffs and first up is the Eastern Semi-Final between the Montreal Alouettes and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. To help us prepare, Marshall Ferguson joins Donnovan to take a deep look at the match-up.
To wrap up our Game Changers series we talk to one of the first women to officiate a CFL game, Emily Clarke, on growing up playing the game and how she earned her stripes.
1:30 – More critical week 16 – Montreal or Hamilton?7:00 – Calgary's 16th consecutive post-season appearance10:30 – What went wrong for BC this year?14:15 – Brandon Alexander interview begins15:45 – Defending the 2019 Grey Cup with an impressive 202119:30 – Does Brandon Alexander think he should be an all-star this year?20:20 – Alexander & Stanback repping UCF in the CFL24:30 – What's the secret to Zach Collaros' success this year?26:30 – What has B.A. learned since coming to the CFL?29:30 – The complexity of playing safety in the CFL33:00 – The burgeoning music career of B.A.39:00 – The Winnipeg fan base and how they fuel the team41:30 – Final thoughts
With playoff spots and seeding hanging in the balance, Donnovan and Pat look at the all-important match-ups this weekend in 'Cover 3'. Then, Stampeders star running back Ka'Deem Carey chats with Donnovan about how they've been able to rebound in Calgary and make a run at the post-season.
The CFL's leading rusher joins us this week to talk about his Alouettes and how he hopes to help carry them to a Grey Cup. First, we check in with our friend Pat Steinberg to look at some western teams that may be able to stop the dominant Bombers.
A big week in the CFL! Nick Arbuckle heads back west, Ottawa says goodbye to Marcel Desjardins and playoff spots are up for grabs. Speaking of which, with a big win in Calgary last week our guest Cody Fajardo and his Saskatchewan Roughriders are right in the thick of the playoff hunt in the west.
It's the second instalment of Game Changers presented by CDIC! This time we speak with Nadia Doucoure, who originally hails from France but moved to Canada 7 years ago and is currently the receivers coach for the Carleton University football program. Tune in this season to these special edition episodes presented by CDIC.
1:45 - 'Cover 3' with Pat Steinberg18:45 - Chris Jones interview
Pat Steinberg checks in with DJ after a full slate of Thanksgiving football.
2:00 – Three week 9 games that saved 3 seasons7:45 – Who is the best team in the East?13:00 – Can Winnipeg be stopped?20:00 – Lucky Whitehead interview begins20:30 – Injury update21:00 – Trying to re-enter game against Winnipeg23:00 – Timeline for recovery24:30 – Emerging as a receiver in BC25:45 – Comparable story to that of 2019 MOP Brandon Banks?26:45 – Giving returners a chance at receiver28:00 – The long road to landing with the Lions30:00 – The Lions sale pitch in free agency33:00 – The competition in the west division34:00 – Who will step up for Leos in Lucky's absence?35:45 – The story behind the name Lucky37:15 – Donnovan's final thoughts
3:00 – Pat Steinberg's mid-season player awards5:00 – Is Willie Jefferson in the MOP conversation?6:30 – Most Outstanding Canadian8:00 – Coach of the Year frontrunner10:45 – A week 8 thriller in BC13:00 – Is McLeod Bethel-Thompson underappreciated?16:30 – How nervous should the Alouettes be?21:00 – Dane Evans interview start22:00 – Emotional when injured in Toronto game24:45 – Ticats starting to get healthy down the stretch27:45 – Throwing a historic TD to Papi White30:45 – Dane's custom cleats32:30 – Connection with Papi White around Indigenous backgrounds34:00 – Dane's Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood35:30 – Getting his feather from his tribe at age 17 37:15 – Dane's great grandmother and her legacy in the Wichita Tribe39:30 – Why reflection is important on the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation41:45 – The strength and beauty of Indigenous culture45:00 – Donnovan's final thoughts
Pat Steinberg tees up his new weekly segment where he and Donnovan cover the 3 biggest storylines in the CFL. This week, they all land out west where Calgary and Edmonton are shockingly at the bottom thanks to the surging BC Lions.
What Grey Cup hangover? The Winnipeg Blue Bombers looked dominant in back-to-back weeks against the previously 1st place Riders. TSN's Sara Orlesky covers the Bombers closely and stops by to talk about that team and the league as a whole.
We have CFL on TSN's Claire Hanna joining us from Regina this week to discuss the mood in Saskatchewan following a tough loss for the Riders at Mosaic last weekend. We also discuss the Stamps' tough road ahead out west and even mix in a few volleyball takes with our former member of Team Canada guest.
We're teeing up all the headlines around the CFL, including the great rivalries that encompass Mark's Labour Day Weekend with someone who's seen them all for a long time - Derek Taylor.
Recently retired Ottawa great Brad Sinopoli joins Donnovan this week to give his perspective on the 2021 season so far, as well as talk about the REDBLACKS .500 start ahead of their home opener this weekend.