News & links – May 25, 2012

In case you didn’t see the link in a comment posted earlier today I wanted to share the photo below.  The photographer, David Akin, will be familiar to most of you because he is the National Bureau Chief for Sun Media and Host of The Daily Brief on the Sun News Network.  Akin was also Editor of The Ontarion at Guelph back in the late 80s.  That wasn’t his only on-campus job, he is a former DJ at the Bullring .

Alumni Stadium circa 1988

That is a fine looking crowd for a regular season game (judging by the weather).  And the natural grass field is in excellent condition.  I know there are a lot of good memories for a lot of people connected to that turf. It is an end of an era.  The 2012 season will mark the first time in 130 years a OAC/OVC or University of Guelph team has played a home game on synthetic turf.

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More on the history front courtesy of the Hamilton Spectator … being inducted yesterday into their high school Athletic Hall of Fame are a former Gryphon All-Canadian and Gryphon coach.  Both achieved success at Guelph and in the CFL.

Four new members will be inducted Thursday into the Glendale Secondary School Athletics Hall of Fame.

The group is comprised of: Rudy Florio (male athlete, football); Frank Marof (male athlete, football) …

Florio played for the Glendale Bears from 1966 to ’68 and went on to a distinguished eight-year career in the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes and B.C. Lions. He won a Grey Cup with the Als in 1974. Florio also coached at the University of Guelph where the Gryphons captured a Vanier Cup in 1984.

Marof’s outstanding multi-sport career at Glendale spanned from 1986 to ’89. He was a three-time city champion in basketball and a two-time city champ in football. Marof also was an all-star quarterback and slotback at the University of Guelph before suiting up for several seasons in the CFL with Hamilton, Calgary and Ottawa.

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One Response to News & links – May 25, 2012

  1. gryphfan says:

    Thanks for bringing back good memories Peter. I remember David DJ’ing at the Bull Ring and had a witty sense of humour writing for the Ontarion. The 1988 & 1989 teams lead by QB Mike Shoemaker had a lot of weapons with Marof, Dan Tocher, McLay and Chuck Sims. The Western game that year was 53-53 OT thriller.

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