Thoughts on Grey Cup Sunday

RB Coach Neil Lumsden

RB Coach Neil Lumsden

Congratulations to Gryphon assistant coach Neil Lumsden on his selection into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Lumsden is being inducted on the strength of a record-setting playing career at the University of Ottawa, followed up with an outstanding career in the CFL with Toronto, Hamilton and Edmonton. Lumsden is one of five players, and seven total inductees, in the CFHOF’s 2014 Induction Class. [News release here.] Lumsden has been involved with coaching the Gryphons since his former Eskimos teammate Stu Lang became head coach. He has been the RB Coach the past two seasons playing a significant role in the emergence of Rob Farquharson as an All Star at tailback.

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Ticats_Guelph_LOGO copyIt was great to see the Hamilton Tiger-Cats showing respect for the University of Guelph in the Grey Cup pregame. The University and the City of Guelph did a great job serving as a temporary home for the Ticats. It’s hard to imagine that a season played under the circumstances the Ticats faced could have been any more successful. The Ticats showed their appreciation – carrying the Guelph Gryphons flag out onto the field. A class move by a class organization in my opinion. Go Cats Go!

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The Gryphon flag wasn’t be the only representation of the University of Guelph at today’s 101st Grey Cup game. Several Gryphon players – #7 Lucas Spagnuolo, #8 Ben Osmow & #92 Daniel Horta – appeared in Nissan Canada advertisements, including this ad in the Grey Cup program. Source:

Photo: Nissan Canada

Photo: Nissan Canada

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Guelph also got lots of image “facetime” in Steven Brunt’s video essay on the Vanier Cup. Check it out and you will recognize many familiar Guelph people and scenes. At – Stephen Brunt Essay: The Vanier Cup. In my opinion, this is just one of an increasing number of instances where “the media” uses the University of Guelph and Gryphon football as a representation of CIS football.

There are several reasons for that. First, Guelph is conveniently located close to Canada’s most important media centre – Toronto. Second, the campus and the football atmosphere more closely meet the ideal expectations of what the college football experience should look like than closer schools like York and UofT. Third, the new and improved facilities are impressive, photograph well and translate better into modern media than some of the other close-by institutions – Mac, Laurier and Waterloo. No doubt, some of those very things figured into Sportsnet’s decision to record a segment for their sports reality show – Gillette DRAFTED Year 5: Episode 2, Part 2– at Alumni Stadium and use Coach Stu and Gryphon players Jazz Lindsey, Jadon Johnson, Cam Wilhelm and John Rush, in it.

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