Pre-Christmas Sunday thoughts – Dec 22/13

Bombers GM Kyle Walters [UofG '96] Photo: Winnipeg Sun

Bombers GM Kyle Walters [UofG ’96]
Photo: Winnipeg Sun

I was glad to hear that Kyle Walters has been confirmed as the guest speaker for this spring’s Football Gala Dinner. Since he left Guelph in 2010 Walters has risen from Special Teams Coordinator to Assistant GM to General Manager of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Walters has continued to support the Gryphon program since he moved on to the CFL. He attended his first Gala Dinner back in May.

The dinner will be back at the Delta Hotel on Saturday May 3, 2014. This will be the 4th annual dinner and one of the major fundraising events for the Gryphon Football program. Walters’ appearance will continue a tradition of quality and relevant speakers.  Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff Jr headlined the initial Gala Dinner. He shared the microphone with the NFL Network’s Jay Glazer at the 2nd annual Gala Dinner. CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon spoke at the 2013 Gala Dinner.

View videos of the previous Galas – 2nd Annual Coaches Gala and 2011 Gryphon Coaches Gala.

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Last month I wrote … It was great to see the Hamilton Tiger-Cats showing respect for the University of Guelph in the Grey Cup pregame. I specifically was referring to the Ticat players carrying the Gryphon flag and the City of Guelph flag out onto the field for a national television audience to see. Now here is the photo …

Grey Cup 2013 in Regina Sk Photo: John Sokolowski/Ticats

Grey Cup 2013 in Regina Sk
Photo: John Sokolowski/Ticats

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Tim Randall with Bobsliegh CanadaFrom the Canadian Olympic Committee we learned last week that two former Guelph Gryphon athletes will be competing for their country in Sochi. Former Gryphon football player Tim Randall and former Track & Field All-Canadian Cody Sorensen were named to Canada’s 2014 National Bobsleigh Team. Randall, a product of Burlington’s Assumption HS, played fullback for the Gryphons from 2005-2009. He joined the National Bobsleigh program right after his 5-year Gryphon football career ended. Read Olympic.ca’s press release here.

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In some less positive news, last week it was announced that second year Gryphon receiver Mac Morrison has been suspended for two years for an anti-doping violation. While I had only ever heard positive things about Morrison, and was impressed by his high school highlights, he has broken the rules and will suffer the consequences. Morrison redshirted as a freshman and dressed in a single game in 2013.

Morrison was among 13 Gryphons tested by CCES back in September. A similar number were tested the previous year. So one would hope that 1 positive test among more than 25 players tested would indicate that there is no serious problem at Guelph. Mind you, one is too many, especially when you consider all the effort that the Athletic Department and the coaching staff put into educating players about the problems of performance enhancing drugs.

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