Some Gryphon/CFL news – June 16/13

Defensive Line Coach Brian Cluff along with five of his DLs [Jordan Thompson, Patrick Gerrie, Blake McNeely, Ryan Searle and Cam Walker] took in a practice at the Toronto Argonauts training camp this week. They were there not only to observe a CFL practice but to support teammate Jake Reinhart. They also had a chance to meet with two other former Gryphons –  Argos’ ST Coordinator Mike O’Shea and Player Personnel Asst Chris Rossetti. This wouldn’t have been Coach Cluff’s first visit to an Argonaut training camp as he is a former draft pick of the Boatmen.

Coach Cluff and members of the Gryphon DL visit with Jake Reinhart, Chris Rossetti and Mike O'Shea

Coach Cluff and members of the Gryphon DL visit with Jake Reinhart, Chris Rossetti and Mike O’Shea. Argo Equipment Mgr  Tom Bryce [front right] held the same position at the University of Guelph in the early 1990’s

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I was sorry to read earlier this week at that an injury has ended Cam Thorn’s CFL tryout, at least for now. From Training Camp Report – Day 9:

Three Lions departed camp today, including … offensive lineman Cameron Thorn (returning home to recover from a concussion suffered in rookie camp) and Jordan Yantz (returning to Vancouver Island to prepare for his first season with the University of Manitoba Bison).

Thorn @ BC Lions camp

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Artist’s rendering of Alumni Stadium for 2013

Artist’s rendering of Alumni Stadium for 2013

This week – Thursday @ 7pm – will give Canadian football fans their first look at the expanded Alumni Stadium in a game situation as the Tiger-Cats will take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in an exhibition match. It will be the only opportunity to see, to a limited extent, how the stadium (seating, concessions, washrooms, etc.), parking, traffic and security plans work out before what I expect will be a sold-out home opener on Sunday, July 7 vs the Edmonton Eskimos.

A quick check of ticket availability on the Ticats’ ticket website reveals that even for this exhibition game … ” NOT MANY LEFT”.

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2 Responses to Some Gryphon/CFL news – June 16/13

  1. azucar orso says:

    In the picture at the Argos camp of past and present Gryphons, don’t forget Tom Bryce (standing next to Osh) a long time equipment manager with the Argos, Ticats and Ottawa Rough Riders, who began his career as a Gryphon equipment manager in the early 90’s. He’s a really interesting and respected individual who would be a great subject for a Gryphon football related article.

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