Mid-Summer news & links – July

I’ve been out to watch several OVFL & OFC games in the past week or so. Each of the games I went to had some incoming Gryphon recruits playing in it. Several of those recruits I was watching for the first time, including James Roberts, Eric Starczala, Ben Leavitt and Chandler Bradshaw.  I had seen Charlie Taggart, Quincy Reid and Thomas Waight play before. All seven recruits made plays and preformed well. If one team really impressed me it was the Cambridge Lions who laid a 58-0 beat down on the London Jr. Mustangs in a playoff game.

QB recruit James Roberts looked very sharp for the Lions. He was 25 of 34 passing for 274 yards. As with his video I was really impressed with his running ability. He primarily scrambles to keep his passing options open. He’s not one of those QBs who is always tucking and running when he feels a little pressure. He is effective throwing on the run. I watched as he rolled left (he’s right-handed) at full speed with a Mustang on his tail and whistled a pass 40 yards down the field. Also, impressive was Lions’ OT recruit Eric Starczala. I can see him being ready to compete for a dress roster spot earlier than I initially thought.

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Doug PflugOnce a Gryphon, always a Gryphon.

When Doug Pflug, a Gryphon football alumnus and Sergeant with Guelph Police Services, was recently hired as the Strength & Conditioning Coach of West Virginia University’s hockey team, there was a Gryphon connection involved. Another former Gryphon football player, Jeff Frisbee, is a professor in the WVU’s Department of Epidemiology and has been involved with the Mountaineer hockey program for several years. Pflug served as the long-time S&C coach of the Guelph Storm. He is also Gryphon Football’s Community Liaison Coach and manages the University of Guelph – Gryphon Football facebook page and the @GryphonsLair twitter account. To understand how Pflug handles all that and more, read this Guelph Mercury article. Good Luck with the Mountaineers Doug. Burn a couch for us!

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FieldTurf is the #1 name in synthetic turf surfaces for football. It counts 22 NFL teams, more than a hundred NCAA football programs and an uncountable (by me) number of high school football programs across North America among its customers. When the FieldTurf blog recently ranked The 5 most creative football end zone designs the University of Guelph’s Alumni Stadium made their short list. That is a pretty amazing accomplishment when you consider the competition. Mind you, some people just don’t try to be creative. The red & black checkerboard end zone design was chosen by a committee

#5 End Zone

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Ten days ago gryphons.ca announced the introduction of Gryphon Gold Lager. An initial batch of the brew went on sale and was selling much faster than anticipated. Last Friday I talked with the people at Wellington Brewery and they expected their supply to be sold out by today. Unless they can solve some scheduling issues the next, and much larger batch may not hit store shelves until the end of August. A new batch of Gryphon Gold is on sale at Wellington’s retail store on Woodlawn Rd W.

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Tim Baines, a friend of Gryphon Football and the father of two players – Jarryd and Riley, covers the Ottawa RedBlacks for the Ottawa Sun. Last week he wrote a more personal story about his football journey that people who know him will want to read:  Welcome back CFL, Good to see you again.

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