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Promoters enthusiastic about Winnipeg NFL game despite fumbles

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WINNIPEG — The promoters of an NFL pre-season game in Winnipeg remained  enthusiastic in the hours before Thursday’s kickoff despite some earlier fumbles.

“It’s going to be an exciting game and I know the fans that are going to be here are going to be passionate, committed and they are going to see one heck of a good show,” said Terry Dale, operations manager with On Ice Entertainment.

City Coun. Kevin Klein thanked the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers on Twitter for choosing to play in the city, even if it meant they faced some “social media bumps” along the way.

There were many online jabs after some players arrived wearing “Winnipeg, Alberta” shirts.

Raiders punter A.J. Cole apologized to the city and responded to a Twitter user that he’d purchased the shirt on Amazon, saying he’s “just a kid from Atlanta, Florida playing football in Oakland, Nevada with a low geography IQ.”

Safety Johnathan Abram was also spotted in the same shirt in a photo posted on the Raiders website.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers embraced the Prairie locale by sporting a jean-on-jean-on-jean “Canadian tuxedo” with a bolo tie.

Organizers of the game received word from NFL inspectors late Wednesday that IG Field, home of the CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers, was approved for play. But to get there, Dale said, it was all hands on deck for three days following a soccer game Monday.

Goalposts had to be pulled out and specially ordered NFL posts were brought in and mounted, which involved digging holes and filling concrete 1.5 metres deep.

CFL Bombers logos and lines were stripped off the field which was repainted to match NFL regulations. An entire edge of asphalt around the field was replaced with synthetic turf.

Even the team rooms had to be reconfigured.

There was also plenty of skepticism about whether the game would fill seats. Tickets sales appeared slow with people pointing to high prices. Lower-bowl seats cost about $300, although end-zone tickets were recently reduced through a sponsorship deal to $75 from $164.

Earlier this week, the president and CEO of the Bombers announced the team would hold a viewing party downtown.

“Based on the price of these tickets, there was going to be a lot of fans who wouldn’t be able to afford to come to the game and we wanted to make sure that our season-ticket members and football fans in the entire community had a place to gather and have a great event,” said Wade Miller.

Dale said there was a lot of ticket movement in the last few days and he was eager to see seats full of football fans.

Thirty youth and members from northern Manitoba First Nations were being flown in to attend the game. There was also to be an area for members of the Armed Forces and their families. Amateur football players will on deck to hold the Canadian and American flags at the game.

Dale said it’s clear from their Winnipeg-themed arrival that the players were excited, too.

“When they arrived, I can be very straight up and say they were laughing. They were joking. They were excited. They were having fun. They were looking forward to it.”

The game is the first NFL contest in Canada since the Buffalo Bills completed a run of eight games in Toronto with a regular-season clash against the Atlanta Falcons in 2013.

Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

Alberta

Red Deer Race Car Driver is up for Move of the Year – and you can help him win this race!

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Parker Thompson is taking his auto racing career to a whole new level this year.   Not only did Thompson race on two completely different North American Circuits, in his first season “inside” a race car, he managed to lead the pack from beginning to end and win the 2019 Canadian Touring Car Championship title for the GT Sport class.

In the more familiar open wheel Indy Pro 2000 circuit, Thompson has pushed the leaders all season long and sits in third place going into the final races of 2019.

As the season winds down Parker Thompson also finds himself in another race.. and this time you can help him win!

Thompson is up for the Move of the Year for a lightning quick move he made at The Streets of Toronto competition back in July.  It’s hard to believe that a driver already moving at such speed can dispatch of another driver this quickly…

Parker Thompson: ” I am honoured to be nominated for the Indy Pro 2000 Championship AiM Sportline Move of the year.”

Click here to see Parker’s move and to vote for Alberta’s favourite race car driver, Parker Thompson

Move of the Year Finalist

Parker Thompson about to overtake the competition with lightning speed!

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Edmonton

LISTEN: The Outsiders get into it with TSN’s Darren Dreger and Oilers Now host Bob Stauffer

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Two INSIDERS join the OUTSIDERS.This week a look at the Oilers overall mood with OilersNow host Bob Stauffer. Plus a look at what’s new around the NHL with TSN’s Darren Dreger. Plus the usual BS from the boys.

BOB STAUFFER AND DARREN DREGER

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Email:     mightymouth@shaw.ca
Twitter:  @BrynMightyMouth and @Robin_Brownlee

What is The OUTSIDERS?

The Outsiders are Edmonton media veterans Bryn Griffiths and Robin Brownlee. Together, they intend to bring us a different perspective on sports gained from decades inside the business. They’ve been around for a while, and both have rolodexes literally overflowing with the contacts of some amazing sports figures.

This is a new weekly sports podcast with a keen eye on the hottest topics of the week in Canada.  Expect them to serve up some outstanding conversations with a sports luminaries new and old.

Above all,  expect lots of opinions! 

“NOT always right but willing to listen.” – Bryn Griffiths

Bryn Griffiths and Robin Brownlee take a weekly look at the World of Sports from their unique perspective. Great guests. Outstanding conversation. Lots of opinion. NOT always right but willing to listen.

Listen to more podcasts from The Outsiders.

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