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DELMONACO READY FOR MORE RESPONSIBILITY

December 12, 2019 | George Johnson
The progression, says the man relinquishing a familiar post, is entirely logical; a part of the natural order of things. “There’s just a lot going on in the CFL right now and it’s a challenge to ...

TOGETHER, THEY WERE SOMETHING GREATER

November 28, 2019 | George Johnson
At the outset, anyway, the atmosphere in one specific, smallish space of a large dressing room seemed as stretched, as taut, as an overtightened violin string. Curt nods. Strained smiles. “Oh ...

“IT’S BEEN QUITE THE RIDE”

November 28, 2019 | George Johnson
Looking back over a decade’s worth of work, from the arrival of a raw, slightly chubby prospect with a jackhammer for a right leg fresh off the University of Guelph campus to the finished-product ...

WHAT A SEASON FOR HOLLEY

November 21, 2019 | George Johnson
There are certain moments of visceral impact, says Nate Holley, when the sensation rivals Christmas, New Year’s Eve, a 10th birthday bash and high-school prom night all rolled into one. “One ...

A STRONG FOUNDATION

November 11, 2019 | George Johnson
Nate Holley tenaciously hunting down a ball carrier as if the guy had just lifted his wallet. Cory Greenwood, same. Reggie Begelton’s laser-light breakout show. An often-changing offensive front ...

“LOSING’S DISAPPOINTING. IT SUCKS.’

November 10, 2019 | George Johnson
As one man made the rounds of a room that he’s come to regard as a second home, going player-to-player to offer thanks and support, a hand-clasp or a hug, that end-of-an-era feeling reverberated ...

WELCOME BACK, KJ!

November 9, 2019 | George Johnson
Forgive Kamar Jorden if he looks and sounds like a guy who’s just realized the winning lottery ticket is tucked away in his jeans, landed a date with the high-school prom queen and has some ...

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE

November 8, 2019 | George Johnson
Creator of chaos. Harbinger of havoc. Disrupter of dreams. “Willie Jefferson? He’s a freak of nature, man,’’ the Bonecrusher, Derek Dennis, whistles admiringly. “A force. A good friend of mine ...

“THIS IS A BIG TIME GAME”

November 7, 2019 | George Johnson
A best-of-one coin flip. Cut the deck, high card wins. The entire stack of chips, all in, one number, riding on a single spin of the roulette wheel. Broken bank. Or broken hearts. Over three ...

FAMOUS AMOS

November 6, 2019 | George Johnson
The nickname dates back to his first year trying out for the Manchester High School Lancers in Midlothian, Va. “The ritual is, when you’re a new guy coming in and nobody knows you, they put your ...
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