News & Links – Dec 3/12

♦  Rob Maver is named a CFL All-Star – From 2012 CFL All-Stars unveiled

The Canadian Football League unveiled the 2012 CFL All-Stars today.

The All-Stars were selected by fans, Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and CFL head coaches. In total, the voting panel consisted of 57 voters, plus hundreds of thousands of fans from across the country.

Rob Maver

♦ Another former Gryphon was in the CFL news this past week. The Montreal Alouettes extended Ryan Bomben’s contract by three years.  From a story:

The Montreal Alouettes announced on Friday that the team has extended the contract of non-import guard Ryan Bomben.
Bomben has been signed to a new three-year deal with Montreal following his breakout season.

The Alouettes found an unconventional target in the versatile offensive linemen from Burlington, ON who also lined up as a tight end, hauling in five receptions for 33 yards last season.

“Ryan is one of the most versatile big men in the CFL. As you can see we have used him in a variety of ways,” said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. “The sky is the limit and he has the potential to be a dominating player.”

♦ The Guelph Mercury talked with another former Gryphon great just prior to the Grey Cup game. The story, an interview with Nick FitzGibbon, was about his experiences in last season’s Grey Cup game. FitzGibbon also discussed the disappointment of being released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last spring and his new career.

“That was an experience of a lifetime,” he says. “It was a dream come true to even go out and get to play in the CFL and then to be part of a team that goes all the way to the Grey Cup.”

… Now the 25-year-old, who was a star player at Centennial High School and went on to hold Guelph Gryphon records for most yards rushing in a career (3,601), most touchdowns in a career (40), most carries in a career (601), most points in a season (84, in 2009) and most touchdowns in a season (14, in 2009) is in another line of work. The Grey Cup might have been his last game.

The full story: FitzGibbon looks back on Grey Cup as career high.

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A couple of other links with Guelph and CFL content.

First, Hamilton Spectator sports writer and Ticat blogger Drew Edwards tells the story of his, and his family’s, transition to CFL fans in his column Guelph should love its fling with the CFL.

Of course, people in this region are about to get a year-long taste of what CFL football is all about. The Ticats announced this week that they will be playing their 2013 games at the University of Guelph while they wait for their new facility to be built on the current Ivor Wynne site. The team will expand the seating capacity of Alumni Stadium and shoehorn as many Black and Gold fans into the place as they can manage.

It’s a team with a long history and some unique traditions. From Angelo Mosca to Danny McManus to Pigskin Pete to the Box J Boys, it’s an eclectic, entertaining cast of characters. Once you’ve mastered the “Oskee Wee Wee” chant it will be stuck in your brain pan forever.

Second, Guelph writer Greg Mercer describes his experiences at the 100th Grey Cup. Particularly the zany and wonderful characters who are CFL fans. “With the Ticats coming to Guelph for a season, we can revel in CFL fan weirdness.” His Mercury column is titled Get ready for the oddballs.

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