Nik Kowalski, Editor - Apr 1, 2020

In the last three months you’ve probably seen, read, and watched an overload of “best of the decade” sports lists — they’re a trendy and easily-debated topic. We’ve done a fair share of our own pieces at LWOCF, such as the best teams, quarterbacks, Saskatchewan Roughriders, and Edmonton Eskimos of the decade. While the list […]

CFL Gambling
Nik Kowalski, Editor - Mar 10, 2020

If you follow my CFL writing, you know I’m not afraid of suggesting as well as placing a gambling wager or two. Well, technically 439 wagers over the past three regular seasons. Gambling lesson number one: you have to spend money to make money. The proof is in the pudding for me; I’ve hit at […]

CFL Quarterbacks, number one Bo Levi Mitchell.
Josh McSwain - Mar 2, 2020

With the 2010s ending and a new decade beginning, I’m ranking the top CFL quarterbacks from the past 10 seasons of Canadian football. The Cream of the Crop 1. Bo Levi Mitchell Mitchell became the starter for the Calgary Stampeders in 2014 and led them to two Grey Cup titles. Each Grey Cup win he […]

Jason Maas

The Saskatchewan Roughriders surprised many fans when they were able to hire Jason Maas. While his tenure as a head coach in Edmonton left much to be desired, his qualities of a coordinator were coveted by many. Many thought a reunion with Mike Reilly was in store in BC. However, Cody Fajardo will be the […]

CFL teams
Nik Kowalski, Editor - Feb 27, 2020

In American sports, big threes are a common trait of a winning organization. To win, you need three players who together shape a team’s dominance and eventual playoff success. With just over 100 days until the kickoff of the 2020 CFL season, a big three of players isn’t forming within a team, but a big […]

Willie Jefferson
Nik Kowalski, Editor - Feb 10, 2020

Reigning CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player Willie Jefferson is staying in Winnipeg. According to TSN’s Farhan Lalji, Jefferson took less money to re-sign with the Blue Bombers instead of Toronto’s offer of reportedly over $280,000 per season. TSN’s Dave Naylor added that Jefferson’s deal is for two years. Jefferson made 24 tackles and a career-high […]

J.R Tavai
Nik Kowalski, Editor - Feb 10, 2020

Eight Winnipeg Blue Bombers are set to test the market as free agents tomorrow. Winnipeg has the fewest pending free agents, but have already lost and could lose more key players. Willie Jefferson is the biggest in-house name on Winnipeg’s to-do list, and arguably the biggest name on the entire league’s radar. Even if Jefferson […]

Saskatchewan Roughriders Free Agency

It’s amazing how fast things change in one year. In 2019, the Saskatchewan Roughriders free agency period was blanketed with a cloud of uncertainty. Chris Jones, the VP of Football Operations, Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator headed south to Cleveland for an opportunity in the NFL. Both of the Riders quarterbacks were free agents leaving […]

Chris Streveler and the fur coat
Nik Kowalski, Editor - Feb 6, 2020

While awaiting the pre-game ceremony at the Dallas Stars­–Winnipeg Jets game last December, I grinned knowing I had insider knowledge few others had: Chris Streveler would not be walking onto the ice in a fur coat. Streveler, along with Winnipeg Blue Bombers teammates Andrew Harris and Nic Demski were in the building for a celebratory […]

Matt Nichols
Josh McSwain - Jan 30, 2020

Matt Nichols entered the fateful 2019 season as the unquestioned leader of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He had 43 touchdown passes during the 2017 and 2018 seasons and threw for nearly 4,500 yards in 2017 with a 71 per cent completion percentage. He has proven that he is a capable CFL starter, but with the […]

Matt Nichols
Nik Kowalski, Editor - Jan 29, 2020

Now that Matt Nichols is no longer a Winnipeg Blue Bomber, there are some distasteful, faulty narratives spreading about his four-and-a-half seasons in Winnipeg. When Winnipeg announced the re-signing of Zach Collaros, the writing was on the wall for Nichols. The team couldn’t afford both, and frankly, Winnipeg’s decision makes sense. While Collaros’ head injuries […]

blue bombers quarterbacks
Nik Kowalski, Editor - Jan 6, 2020

It’s been a month since the Winnipeg Blue Bombers hung up both their cleats and partying shoes, and free agency is now in sight with a massive uncertainty: who will quarterback the Bombers in 2020? Zach Collaros, Matt Nichols, and Chris Streveler all contributed under centre during the Bombers’ championship campaign last year. All three are […]

Saskatchewan Roughriders All-Decade

With the 2010s quickly coming to a close, ’tis the season for decade lists! Yes, it’s been quite a decade for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Starting with a Grey Cup loss for the second year in a row at the hands of the Montreal Alouettes and ending with a goal-line heartbreak in the West-Final to the […]

Top 10 CFL
Nik Kowalski, Editor - Dec 19, 2019

Over the past decade, one CFL dynasty came to an end right before another took off. To no surprise, both had the key ingredient in a star quarterback; first Anthony Calvillo for Montreal and now Bo Levi Mitchell in Calgary. Both pivots enjoyed at least one CFL championship in the last 10 years, and both […]

CFL coaching
Josh McSwain - Dec 17, 2019

The CFL offseason produces new head coaches for four of the nine teams, and here’s what it means for each of them heading into 2020.

Bombers defenders
Nik Kowalski, Editor - Dec 12, 2019

The Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers mixed up how their pass defenders performed their jobs in 2019. And while potentially on his last chance as the team’s defensive coordinator, Richie Hall had to. The additions of Winston Rose, and later Mercy Maston and Nick Taylor, gave Hall the personnel to play more man coverage […]

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Nik Kowalski, Editor - Dec 12, 2019

When a team ends a nearly 30-year drought, an epic celebration will surely follow. The social media era has allowed football fans, and more importantly Winnipeg Blue Bombers fans, a variation of a front-row seat to the Grey Cup champion Bombers’ festivities. It has been the perfect end to a perfect playoff season. Winnipeg Blue […]

Edmonton Eskimos
Josh McSwain - Dec 12, 2019

The Edmonton Eskimos started out the season hot at 6-2 but sputtered to an 8-10 finish. Still, it was good enough to get them to the playoffs after a one-year absence in 2018. They will go across the continent this weekend to face off against the Montreal Alouettes, who finished 10-8 and second in the […]

Nik's Picks
Nik Kowalski, Editor - Dec 12, 2019

Nik’s Picks – East and West Semifinals CFL Predictions Last week’s Nik’s Picks. Nik’s Picks East and West Semifinals YouTube video. Sunday Edmonton Eskimos @ Montreal Alouettes: It gon’ rain! Or snow, or simply be miserable and windy outside in Montreal. If so, it changes Edmonton’s entire gameplan on offence. Trevor Harris has the ability to […]

CFL Fantasy
JR Reynolds - Dec 12, 2019

Only a few weeks of CFL Fantasy remain before the playoffs get underway! In Week 19 we have a full four-game slate to digest. It is full speed ahead from here on in. A few notes before we get into the fun stuff. Mike Reilly’s season is unfortunately over, due to a wrist injury. Danny […]