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BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD

October 20, 2018 | George Johnson
There’s no cinch in c(l)inch. “It’s getting closer,’’ murmured DB Jamar Wall, the mounting dissatisfaction of back-to-back losses evident, “so people are getting more uptight. “We’ve still only ...

‘WE DIDN’T PLAY WELL ENOUGH’

October 13, 2018 | George Johnson
The easy way, the convenient out, would’ve been to play the just-one-of-those-days-at-the-office/Get Out of Jail free card. Honesty, though, the Stamps expect nothing less than a win. Which made ...

INTO THE FIRE

October 12, 2018 | George Johnson
Go be famous, Amos. “You cover your man right there,” instructs Josh Bell, post-practice, pointing to an imaginary opponent on an imaginary spot on a deserted field. “You talk to the guy next to ...

“He’s very … Wally”

October 12, 2018 | George Johnson
Even an innovator with the pedigree of John Hufnagel doesn’t mind admitting he appropriated a few pages from Wally’s playbook. “Two things impressed me about Wally the years that I worked for ...

ALWAYS PART OF IT

October 11, 2018 | George Johnson
Back then, the curly hair was jet black, not snow white. He wore those clunky glasses that everyone somehow thought were fashionable in the early ’90s. “Good lookin’ guy, right?” parries the ...

ONE GOAL IN MIND

October 10, 2018 | George Johnson
The men in position to rewrite a small slice of local history seem singularly unimpressed by the opportunity. “Scores,’’ protests the big man wearing the just-so tilted ballcap, Calgary ...

Stamps Fall Just Short

September 8, 2018 | George Johnson
They never ran out of belief. Just out of time. On a late afternoon into early evening, the Calgary Stampeders found themselves chasing, chasing, chasing. They just couldn’t, in the final ...

NEXT MAN UP

September 7, 2018 | George Johnson
Imagine, as a comparable, being pencilled into the batting order to replace Reggie Jackson at clean-up during his A’s or Bronx Bombers years. A daunting ask, you say? Well, that’s where Reggie ...

HEAVYWEIGHT SLUGFEST

September 3, 2018 | George Johnson
The Marquis of Queensbury Rules definitely did not apply. “That,”confessed Ja’Gared Davis, “felt like a 15-round bout. Ali vs. Frazier. Two big old heavyweights not giving an inch, swinging for a ...

REVEL IN THE RIVALRY

September 2, 2018 | George Johnson
Shut his eyes tight, allow thoughts to drift back in time and Brandon Smith can still see the pride of Happy Camp, Calif., hanging resolutely in the pocket, zeroing in on one receiver, remembers ...
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