On this week's show, Mike and Josh make up for a major screw up by remembering the late Don Matthews and pat themselves on the back for the show being mentioned on the CFL's website last week. After that, they break down Hamilton's season-opening loss to the Argos, what the season-ending ACL injury to Terrence Toliver means for the team going forward, discuss the signing of former Argo DB Aaron Berry, and get into some TSN Top 50 talk by telling you which Ticats made the list, which Ticats were snubbed, which CFL players shouldn't have made the list and which non-Ticats were snubbed. Josh then asks Mike why the Als signed Drew Willy, and they hand out a Bozo of the Week award, give you their weekly CFL picks and answer some rather ingenious questions from a couple of listeners.
It's the season preview episode, y'all! That's right, the 2017 CFL season starts this week and Mike and Josh have you covered, but not before they wrap up the preseason by talking about Hamilton's 23-16 loss to the Argos last Friday night at Tim Hortons Field. After that, they discuss the Ticats cuts, the notable cuts from around the league and Josh hands out a Bozo of the Week award. Then they preview the Ticats season opening game against the Argos and do a little prognostication by giving you their predictions for the season: who will finish where, who will win the Grey Cup and who will take home some of the CFL awards. And things end off just like they did last year, with the boys making their picks for Week 1 of the regular season.
Mike and Josh review Hamilton's pre-season loss to the Redblacks, talk about the Ticats signing of former Argos QB Logan Kilgore, the team once again streaming their home preseason and the anger from fans that all pre-season games aren't televised, Edmonton being named host of the 2018 Grey Cup, the Argos adding Bear Woods and subtracting Winston Venable, the CFL's new lacklustre fantasy game, the future of Vince Young in Saskatchewan, and end things with a preview Hamilton's final pre-season game against the Toronto Argonauts this Friday at Tim Hortons Field.
Mike and Jost begin things with Josh asking Mike to hear his confession and absolve him of his sin before they get into the news around the league. In Ticats news, the boys talk about Andy Fantuz's new role, the retirement of Jake Olson, Brandon Banks' paycut, the release of five players and what was learned from the first two days of training camp. In league news, the boys cover the trade that sent Peter Dyakowski from Toronto to Saskatchewan in exchange for Armanti Edwards, the return of Marcus Ball to the CFL with the Argos, the shocking release of Bear Woods by the Alouettes, and the acquittal of Justin Cox. The boys then finish their CFL player video game ratings by looking at the receivers of the West Division.
Mike and Josh talk CFL Draft, including analyzing what the Ticats did as well as discusing some of the ways the draft presentation could be improved going forward. After that, it is Ticats news time, with John Chick's extension, Spencer Watt's release and some Ticats kicker news being discussed. Then the boys get into some league news, chatting about a pair of former players talking about their interest in being the next commissioner, the Redblacks signing Tori Gurley and Shakir Bell, and finish off by laughing about Ricky Foley's "Zero Dark Thirty-95" tweet.
Mike and Josh discuss Hamilton's recent mini-camp (and the false rumours of impropriety by the team), the trade that saw Hamilton acquire DB Khalid Wooten from Montreal and the release of Jeremy Lewis. They also touch upon the fine handed out last week to the B.C. Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders, the release of Justin Cox by the Riders, Saskatchewan's reported interest in Michael Vick, the Argos trading for S.J. Green, the Argos signing Cleyon Laing, the Eskimos hiring Brock Sunderland as GM and the Colts releasing former B.C. Lion standout Alex Bazzie. They give a tint CFL Draft preview, mostly about what they think the Ticats will and should do, before answering a pair of listener questions and giving video game ratings to receivers for the CFL's East Division.
On this week's show, Mike and Josh talk about Jeffrey Orridge's surprising removal as CFL commissioner, Terrell Sinkfield signing with the Minnesota Vikings (as a DB, no less), the Ticats' decision to reveal who is on their neg list, Mathieu Girard's retirement, the signing of four DBs and the revelation that Hamilton's preseason tilt at Ottawa will be televised on TSN. In league news, the boys discuss Ed Hervey's shocking firing in Edmonton, the resurrgence of interest in the CFL's US expansion era, the Argos re-signing of Brandon Whitaker (which Mike and Josh jokingly take credit for), the Argos cutting Ricky Foley and the Boatmen's decision to replace their radio broadcast crew with a TV simulcast. The gents close things out with Mike handing out a rare offseason Bozo of the Week and by answering a pair of listener questions.
Mike and Josh kick things off by talking about the kind words some strangers had to say about the show on Reddit. They also talk about the Ticats adding QBs Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III to their neg list and what the loss of kicker Brett Maher means for the team. They discuss CFL Week, what they thought of it and what the future holds for the event; the Hall of Fame announcement; Antonie Pruneau's major man code violation; the rumours of Henry Burris and Jim Barker joining the CFL on TSN panel; and the trade that sent Jovon Olafioye from B.C. to Montreal. The boys then close the show by continuing their ranking of CFL players for a hypotetical video game. This week's position group: running back.
Mike and Josh discuss Kevin Elliott's return to Hamilton, as well as the slew of signings the team made and what they mean going forward. They also talk about the Vince Young signing in Saskatchewan, Marc Trestmen naming Ricky Ray the starter in Toronto, Corey Chamblin's resurfacing as Argos DC and the nonsense regarding the eligibility of highly touted prospect Rashaun Simonise. Mike then introduces us to a fun, new offseason game: giving video game ratings to CFL players. We start this week with, surprise surprise, the quarterbacks.
Mike and Josh dicuss all the Ticats news, including the release of Peter Dyakowski and the pair of trades the team made with the Montreal Alouettes. The boys also talk about the Drew Tate trade and the rumours of Jim Popp and Marc Trestman landing in Toronto. Then it is free agency wrap-up time, as the boys talk about who is arriving in Hamilton, who stayed and who left. They also tell you which free agency moves from around the CFL that they loved, liked (but with some reservations) and hated. They end things by answering three listener questions.