October 31, 2018

CFL threads beyond the gridiron

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Just yesterday, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair donned the Black and Gold as he announced he’ll be at Tim Hortons Field for the Tiger-Cats Eastern Semi-Final game.

We also saw just a few days ago Dallas Mavericks’ De’Andre Jordan showing up to the Scotiabank Arena wearing his brother Avery’s Ticats jersey, so what better time to take a look back at some fond memories where CFL teams were honoured away from the gridiron!?

The most recent case of a CFL team being recognized would be fellow tenants at Ottawa’s TD Place, as the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67s introduced some spiffy looking REDBLACKS sweaters for their October 14 game against the Erie Otters.

In 2013, when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats spent the season playing out of Guelph, the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm took the opportunity to sport these Ticat-themed unis. (GuelphStorm.com)

You wouldn’t see it now, especially considering Hamilton has their own Black and Gold-wearing hockey team since the Belleville Bulls moved to the Hammer to assume the Bulldogs name after the departure of the city’s American Hockey League team, but in 2013, the year the Tiger-Cats called Guelph home, the OHL’s Guelph Storm introduced Ticat-themed throwbacks. Front and back numbers on a hockey jersey? Throwbacks indeed!

Performing at Copps Coliseum in 1998, the late-Owen Hart took to wearing a Toronto Argonauts jersey in front of the Hamilton crowd ahead of his match against fellow-Torontonian Edge. (WWE Network)

Speaking of Hamilton, in 1998, the World Wrestling Federation (now more commonly recognized as the WWE) made a stop at Copps Coliseum for their September 27 edition of Break Down. The late Owen Hart was tabbed for a tilt against Edge. As you may know, Hamilton doesn’t like Toronto and Hart was well aware of this as he came out wearing an Argos jersey. Perhaps some poor timing by Hart, however, considering the Ticats defeated their rival from up the QEW 26-7 earlier in the month in the Labour Day Classic. *shrug*

Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames shows off his Stamps hat ahead of the 2017 playoffs. (Stampeders.com)

In Calgary, the Stampeders are owned by Flames Sports and Entertainment, the same company that operates the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League. Last year, it was particularly cool to see Mark Giordano and other members of the Flames representing the Stamps during the 2017 playoffs.

Canada’s rap star Drake has often held ‘Drake Night’ at Toronto Raptors games. Last season, a shirt giveaway had fans taking home shirts with all of Toronto’s major sports teams, yes, including North America’s oldest professional sports franchise – the Toronto Argonauts.

Let’s also not forget about the strong relationship that is sports in Saskatchewan. The Regina Pats felt a little green when they decided to change things up.

The Pats urged their fans to turn Brandt Centre into a ‘Sea of Green’ as they changed up their usual Blue and White look for a stylish new Green and White design back in 2013. They then followed it up the following year with a clean white-based look with green accent. ‘Pat’ yourself on the back, Regina!

Who knows what the future holds for CFL fashion. Maybe it’s only a matter of time before we see a CFL logo making its way into a music video. I mean, we have already seen some make their way onto the set of some well-known shows, so maybe it’s not that far down the road.

The Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats put together some slick threads to honour the Roughriders in both the 2013 and 2014 season. (ReginaPats.com)