‘The Waggle’ is the official podcast of the Canadian Football League, hosted by Gemini Award winning broadcaster Donnovan Bennett.

Below is an archived library of episodes from 2021.

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Episode 294: Wrapping up the 2021 season

EPISODE OVERVIEW: We wrap up an incredible 108th Grey Cup that saw the Bombers go back-to-back, as well as reflect back on a successful 2021 season in tumultuous times.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: What will be remembered looking back on Grey Cup 108 down the road (1:00), Hamilton’s decision to take a knee (4:00), how the kicking game plays a huge role in CFL football (7:00), the play of Zach Collaros and does he stack up as one of the best CFL QBs of all time (9:00), will Winnipeg be able to keep this team together in free agency? (13:00), how special was having the CFL back after a year off (17:30), goodbyes From Donnovan (21:00).

Episode 293: Previewing the 108th Grey Cup

EPISODE OVERVIEW: It’s back! We made it back to another Grey Cup game, and this calls for a celebration. Donnovan and Pat look ahead to Sunday’s tilt between the Bombers and Ticats, but no matter your team – let’s all enjoy this special Grey Cup.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Different journeys for Hamilton and Winnipeg (3:30), What did we learn about both teams? (7:00), The scariest thing about the Bombers (12:00), The scariest thing about the Ticats (15:00), Grey Cup Predictions (17:30), Donnovan’s final thoughts (19:00)

Episode 292: Previewing the Western Final

EPISODE OVERVIEW: IG Field hosts the next big chapter in the Winnipeg/Saskatchewan rivalry as the Riders get a shot at redemption on the road in a rematch of the 2019 Western Final. Along with Pat Steinberg, Donnovan takes a look at what should be another all-time playoff classic.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: 2:00 – What we learned about Fajardo after the Western Semi-Final (2:00), What does it actually mean to be clutch and is there really a clutch gene? (5:30), What should Winnipeg be worried about heading into the Western Final? (7:00), What should Saskatchewan be worried about heading into the Western Final?13:15 – X factors for both teams (10:00), Donnovan’s final thoughts (16:30)

Episode 291: Previewing the Eastern Final

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Division finals or Rivalry Week? After the Hamilton Tiger-Cats were victorious in the Eastern Semi-Final at home, they have a short journey up the QEW to take on the Toronto Argonauts in the Eastern Final. Our friend Marshall Ferguson stops by to lend his thoughts ahead of this important game between bitter rivals.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: The unpredictability of the Eastern Final between Hamilton and Toronto (2:30), assessing both the Argos and Ticats’ running games (6:15), the pressure is on in Hamilton (12:30), a look-ahead to the Vanier Cup between the Saskatchewan Huskies and Western Mustangs (19:00) CFL draftees to watch on Saturday in the Vanier (22:00), Donnovan’s final thoughts (23:30).

Episode 290: Previewing the Western Semi-Final

EPISODE OVERVIEW: There are just three teams left in the West and two great ones go head-to-head on Sunday for a chance to play Winnipeg in the Western Final. Pat Steinberg checks in with Donnovan to break down what he thinks will be a “slugfest” in Regina.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: The Elks clean house and what went wrong in Edmonton (1:20), What did we learn from the three games between Calgary and Saskatchewan? (5:20), Calgary’s defence giving the Riders problems during the season (9:00), critical defensive line play for both the Riders and Stamps this season (12:30), how does Bo Levi Mitchell look going into this playoff game? (15:30), who would give Winnipeg the biggest test in the Western Final (18:30), Final thoughts with Donnovan (22:00).

Episode 289: Previewing the Eastern Semi-Final

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Playoffs?! That’s right, we’ve made it to the 2021 CFL Grey Cup Playoffs and first up is the Eastern Semi-Final between the Montreal Alouettes and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. To help us prepare, Marshall Ferguson joins Donnovan to take a deep look at the match-up.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: The Masoli/Evans debate (2:50), What kind of factor is Trevor Harris going to be for the Alouettes (7:50), Best case scenario for each offensive group on Sunday (12:45), The impact and utilization of fullbacks in both offences (17:15), The U SPORTS road to the Vanier Cup (23:00), Goodbyes from Donnovan (31:00)

Game Changers presented by CDIC: Episode 3

EPISODE OVERVIEW: To wrap up our Game Changers series we talk to one of the first women to officiate a CFL game, Emily Clarke, on growing up playing the game and how she earned her stripes.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: How Emily first got exposed to football (2:00); how does one transition to playing football to officiating it? (3:45); the ascension to the CFL as an official (6:30); Emily’s CFL debut (8:15); inspiring a younger generation of girls (10:00); reactions on social media and drowning out the noise (13:30); the level of scrutiny on officials (15:00); difficulties around recruiting new officials (17:30); the preparation required before officiating a game (19:15); being a teacher and the similarities to officiating (20:30); being better than the boys in her playing days (26:30); message to anyone who would like to be an official (28:00); Donnovan & Kate’s final thoughts (29:30).

Episode 288: Home stretch 2021 & catching up w/ Brandon Alexander

EPISODE OVERVIEW: It’s the final week of the 2021 CFL season! Snow is flying, playoff tickets are punched and we’re officially on the road to the Grey Cup. Pat Steinberg breaks down the Montreal/Hamilton battle to host the Eastern Semi-Final before Donnovan chats with Blue Bombers defensive back Brandon Alexander.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: More critical week 16 – Montreal or Hamilton? (1:30), Calgary’s 16th consecutive post-season appearance (7:00), What went wrong for BC this year? (10:30), Brandon Alexander interview begins (14:15), Defending the 2019 Grey Cup with an impressive 2021 (15:45), Does Brandon Alexander think he should be an All-Star this year? (19:30), Alexander & Stanback repping UCF in the CFL (20:20), What’s the secret to Zach Collaros’ success this year? (24:30), What has B.A. learned since coming to the CFL? (26:30), The complexity of playing safety in the CFL (29:30), The burgeoning music career of B.A. (33:00), The Winnipeg fan base and how they fuel the team (39:00), Final thoughts (41:30)

Episode 287: Surging Stamps w/ Ka’Deem Carey

EPISODE OVERVIEW: With playoff spots and seeding hanging in the balance, Donnovan and Pat look at the all-important match-ups this weekend in ‘Cover 3.’ Then, Stampeders star running back Ka’Deem Carey chats with Donnovan about how they’ve been able to rebound in Calgary and make a run at the post-season.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: What’s on the line for Ticats and Argos on Friday (2:00), What do we expect from Montreal? (7:30), Can Harris put Als on a Collaros-like Grey Cup run? (11:15), What BC needs to do to make playoffs (12:15), Ka’Deem Carey interview starts (17:45), Becoming an offensive focal point for the Stampeders (18:45), Receiving praise from peers (19:30), Other RBs in the CFL (20:45), How has Calgary rebounded mid-season? (21:55), Ka’Deem’s sons the next great RBs (22:30), The learning curve adapting to the CFL (23:45), Quickly becoming a veteran with a young Calgary team (24:20), Adding Reggie Begelton to the offence (25:0), What’s the ceiling for the 2021 Stampeders? (26:20), A dangerous trip to BC this week (27:00), Can Stamps fans book their tickets to the Grey Cup? (27:40), Donnovan’s final thoughts (28:30)

Episode 286: Runnin’ wild with William Stanback

EPISODE OVERVIEW: The CFL’s leading rusher joins us on this week’s episode of The Waggle Podcast to talk about his Alouettes and how he hopes to help carry them to a Grey Cup. First, we check in with our friend Pat Steinberg to look at some Western teams that may be able to stop the dominant Bombers.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Are the Ticats peaking at the right time? (2:00), Have we given Winnipeg enough credit? (5:00), Who is best suited to knock off the Bombers? (8:30), Playoff scenarios for this week (12:50), William Stanback interview begins (14:30), Consistency week-to-week and year-to-year (15:45), Dishing out punishment as a running back (17:45), Getting the energy back in Montreal (20:00), How the Als players have gelled as a unit (22:15), The Khari Jones effect on team camaraderie (23:15), Running behind different QBs (24:30), Why the Als have Grey Cup aspirations in 2021 (26:00), Donnovan’s final thoughts (28:00)

Episode 285: Riders hitting their stride w/ Cody Fajardo

EPISODE OVERVIEW: A big week in the CFL! Nick Arbuckle heads back west, Ottawa says goodbye to Marcel Desjardins and playoff spots are up for grabs. Speaking of which, with a big win in Calgary last week our guest Cody Fajardo and his Saskatchewan Roughriders are right in the thick of the playoff hunt in the West.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: ‘Cover 3’ with Pat Steinberg (2:30), Surprise trade sends Arbuckle to Edmonton (3:15), Marcel Desjardins out in Ottawa (10:45), Who fills the GM vacancy? (17:30), Rejuvenated Riders offence (21:15), Cody Fajardo interview (25:30)

Game Changers presented by CDIC: Episode 2

EPISODE OVERVIEW: It’s the second instalment of Game Changers presented by CDIC! This time we speak with Nadia Doucoure, who originally hails from France but moved to Canada seven years ago and is currently the receivers coach for the Carleton University football program. Tune in this season to these special edition episodes presented by CDIC.

Episode 284: Catching up with Chris Jones

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Back in the CFL, Donnovan Bennett had the privilege of speaking with Argos defensive consultant Chris Jones on this week’s episode of The Waggle. Before that though, our friend Pat Steinberg discusses the surging Stampeders and the shocking Trevor Harris trade.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Trevor Harris traded to Montreal (2:00), How do you grade Trevor Harris’ time in Edmonton? (4:00), When do we see Harris suit up with the Als? (7:00), Who are the starting QBs in the East to end 2021? (10:30), How has Calgary turned things around? (15:30), Chris Jones interview start (18:45), Learnings in the NFL with the Browns (19:30), The value of coaching high school ball back home (20:15), Teaming up with Rich Stubler (21:30), Jumping in mid-season (22:45), How has the CFL evolved since he left? (24:10), The depth of talent on the Argos defence (25:20), What’s the ceiling of this Argos group? (28:15), Coach Dinwiddie’s first season as a head coach (29:00), Chris Jones’ top hip-hop artist selections (31:20), Donnovan’s final thoughts (32:30)

Episode 283: The Rise of the Boatmen

EPISODE OVERVIEW: This week’s guest on The Waggle Podcast is Pat Steinberg who joins Donnovan Bennett to chat about what’s going on across the league. He breaks down if Calgary’s defence is getting the credit they deserve, Toronto proving they’re the best team in the East and Matthew Shiltz’s nerves of steel.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Donnovan tees up the show and introduces Pat Steinberg (0:00), Pat talks about how unpredictable this season has been (2:00), How the Argos have been able to be the best team in the East this season (3:00), Discussing Matthew Shiltz strong play after coming in and helping the Als defeat the REDBLACKS (7:00), The Stamps and their strong play of late (10:00), Donnovan final thoughts (14:00)

Episode 282: Path to Stardom & Road to Recovery w/ Lucky Whitehead

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Our guest this week is perhaps a bit un-lucky, as Lucky Whitehead had become a legitimate CFL superstar prior to a hand injury just last week. We talk to him about that as well as his path to the CFL on this week’s episode of The Waggle Podcast.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Three week 9 games that saved 3 seasons (2:00), Who is the best team in the East? (7:45), Can Winnipeg be stopped? (13:00), Lucky Whitehead interview begins (20:00), Injury update (20:30), Trying to re-enter game against Winnipeg (21:00), Timeline for recovery (23:00), Emerging as a receiver in BC (24:30), Comparable story to that of 2019 MOP Brandon Banks? (25:45), Giving returners a chance at receiver (26:45), The long road to landing with the Lions (28:00), The Lions sale pitch in free agency (30:00), The competition in the west division (33:00), Who will step up for Leos in Lucky’s absence? (34:00), The story behind the name Lucky (35:45), Donnovan’s final thoughts (37:15)

Episode 281: Truth & Reconciliation w/ Dane Evans

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Pat Steinberg gives us his mid-season CFL awards before Donnovan is joined by Hamilton Tiger-Cats QB Dane Evans to acknowledge the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation by talking about his experiences and his pride as a member of the Wichita Tribe.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Pat Steinberg’s mid-season player awards (3:00), Is Willie Jefferson in the MOP conversation? (5:00), Most Outstanding Canadian (6:30), Coach of the Year frontrunner (8:00), A Week 8 thriller in BC (10:45), Is McLeod Bethel-Thompson under-appreciated? (13:00), How nervous should the Alouettes be? (16:30), Dane Evans interview start (21:00), Emotional when injured in Toronto game (22:00), Ticats starting to get healthy down the stretch (24:45), Throwing a historic TD to Papi White (27:45), Dane’s custom cleats (30:45), Connection with Papi White around Indigenous backgrounds (32:30), Dane’s Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (34:00), Getting his feather from his tribe at age 17 (35:30), Dane’s great grandmother and her legacy in the Wichita Tribe (37:15), Why reflection is important on the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation (39:30), The strength and beauty of Indigenous culture (41:45), Donnovan’s final thoughts (45:00)

Episode 280: How The West Will Be Won w/ Pat Steinberg

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Pat Steinberg tees up his new weekly segment where he and Donnovan cover the 3 biggest storylines in the CFL. This week, they all land out west where Calgary and Edmonton are shockingly at the bottom thanks to the surging BC Lions.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Khari Jones back with the team (0:30), Chris Jones back in the CFL with the Argos (1:00), Teams starting to separate in the west division (3:45), BC on a roll (6:00), Concerns with the Calgary Stampeders (8:30), How long or is the leash for Bo Levi Mitchell as a starter? (14:30), How will the west division play out? (20:30), Saskatchewan @ BC on Friday Night Football (22:30), Early look ahead to next week (30:00), Orange Shirt Day & the Lions t-shirt giveaway (33:00),Condolences for Ottawa Gee-Gee’s and the loss of Francis Perron (34:15)

Episode 279: Come on down to Winnipeg w/ Sara Orlesky

EPISODE OVERVIEW: What Grey Cup hangover? The Winnipeg Blue Bombers looked dominant in back-to-back weeks against the previously 1st place Riders. TSN’s Sara Orlesky covers the Bombers closely and stopped by to talk about that team and the league as a whole.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Chris Jones to Toronto rumours (1:00), Khari Jones to miss Week 7 (1:30), Sara Orlesky introduction (3:30), Toronto at Saskatchewan on Friday storylines (4:30), COVID impact on the season so far (7:30), Gratitude to have football back this year (11:00), Winnipeg defending their championship in style so far (15:00), Former Bombers struggling in Ottawa (17:30), Why has Zach Collaros re-found his game in Winnipeg? (19:00), The dominance of the Bombers defence (22:30), Who might be best suited to challenge the Bombers? (26:30), Sara preparing to cover the Winnipeg Jets as well as the CFL (31:30), Covering sports during the pandemic (38:00), Donnovan’s final thoughts (43:00)

Episode 278: Reeling in Rider Nation w/ Claire Hanna

EPISODE OVERVIEW: We have CFL on TSN’s Claire Hanna joining us from Regina this week to discuss the mood in Saskatchewan following a tough loss for the Riders at Mosaic last weekend. We also discuss the Stamps’ tough road ahead out west and even mix in a few volleyball takes with our former member of Team Canada guest.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Claire Hanna introduction (2:30), The vibe in Saskatchewan without football last year and to have it back now (3:30), Cody Fajardo and the mindset around Labour Day games (6:30), Labour Day & the upcoming Banjo Bowl (8:00), Covering multiple sports, Olympics and promoting volleyball coverage (11:30), Claire’s volleyball journey to Team Canada (15:00), Using her athletic background as a way to better relate to athletes she covers (17:00), The surprising start for Stamps QB Jake Maier (20:00), Injury reporting and players knowing if they’re ready to play (22:30), Building the CFL brand (24:30), The association of Claire Hanna the reporter as a member of the CFL family (29:00), Banjo Bowl and how the Riders respond (30:30), Must-win for the Stampeders in Edmonton? (31:30), Donnovan’s final thoughts (35:00)

Episode 277: Welcome to Mark’s LD Weekend w/ Derek Taylor

EPISODE OVERVIEW: We’re teeing up all the headlines around the CFL, including the great rivalries that encompass Mark’s Labour Day Weekend with someone who’s seen them all for a long time – the voice of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Derek Taylor.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Which Mark’s Labour Day Weekend rivalry is the best? (1:30), Which matchup has the biggest long-term ramifications this year? (3:00), QB struggles to start 2021 for Montreal and Ottawa (4:45), Where does Hamilton turn at QB this week and down the stretch? (8:30), How are other teams handling the COVID scare in Edmonton? (10:45), Jacob Ruby released and front office policing instead of locker rooms (13:45), Fan reaction in Saskatchewan to Mosaic requiring proof of vaccination (16:30), Impact legalized sports betting can have on the CFL (20:00), Early betting opportunities heading into the weekend’s games (23:45), Sign off (26:25)

Episode 276: Breaking things down with Brad

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Recently retired Ottawa great Brad Sinopoli joins Donnovan this week to give his perspective on the 2021 season so far, as well as talk about the REDBLACKS .500 start ahead of their home opener this weekend.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Right to ‘congratulate’ someone on retirement? (1:00), Finding yourself away from football (5:00), Brad’s new position with Ottawa (10:30), REDBLACKS surprising the league so far (12:30), RJ Harris and stepping into a leadership role as a receiver (16:00), Rick Campbell returning to Ottawa this weekend (19:30), Edmonton going through their Covid-19 situation (23:00), Scouting the future of Canadian QBs (25:30), Bigger surprise: East standings or Calgary struggles? (29:00), Wrap up with Sinopoli + Donnovan’s final thoughts (31:40)

Episode 275: QB Controversies with Farhan Lalji

EPISODE OVERVIEW: The QB position is dominating headlines in the CFL, whether it be the Michael Reilly/Nathan Rourke situation in BC, questions around who will start in Hamilton and Toronto, or the 0-2 Alberta teams. To help us make sense of it all is the CFL on TSN’s Farhan Lalji.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Bo Levi Mitchell (recorded prior to 6-game announcement) (2:30), Struggles in Calgary and urgency to rebound (5:40), More concerning: Calgary or Edmonton? (8:30), BC QB reporting and starting (10:45), What does Hamilton do at QB after the bye? (18:55), Similar questions surrounding the Argos QBs? (22:30), BC and Toronto team success and their markets (26:00), Canadian skill position players stepping up in the NFL (29:50), Donnovan’s final thoughts (34:00)

Episode 274: Welcome back with Rod Black

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Hello Canada! How good did that feel? We FINALLY welcomed our beloved league back last week, and this week on The Waggle we talk to a man who was in the building calling the action as we kicked off the 2021 season, CFL on TSN’s Rod Black.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Rod Black intro (1:00), Getting back in the saddle (1:30), The atmosphere being back in a stadium (3:15), Adjusting to all the new names and faces (5:00), Defence dominating across Week 1 (7:30), Will offences rebound in Week 2? (9:00), Injury reporting and the Reilly/Rourke confusion (12:30), Alouettes making their 2021 debut (15:30), What’s the premiere game of Week 2? (19:00), Rod looking ahead to Women’s World Hockey Championships (21:30), Tyler Black (Rod’s son) being drafted into the MLB (26:00), Donnovan’s final thoughts (32:00)

Episode 273: We’re Back! Previewing Week 1 w/ Marshall Ferguson

EPISODE OVERVIEW: It’s been a long time coming, but here we are. Week 1 of the CFL season is upon us! To take a look at all nine teams heading into kickoff of the 2021 season, CFL on TSN’s Marshall Ferguson chats with Donnovan Bennett about all the match-ups.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Marshall’s new gig (1:30), Hamilton @ Winnipeg (4:50), BC @ Saskatchewan (10:15), Toronto @ Calgary (15:00), Ottawa @ Edmonton (20:40), Montreal (bye week) (26:30), Introduction of injury reports (29:00)

Game Changers presented by CDIC: Episode 1

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Our first episode of Game Changers presented by CDIC, a very special edition of the Waggle Podcast, is out now! Donnovan Bennett is joined by Jo-Anne Polak, the first ever female GM in a professional sports league in North America, and by a special co-host, KateMcKenna.

Episode 272: Catching up with Courtney Stephen

EPISODE OVERVIEW: This week, Donnovan is joined by former Hamilton Tiger-Cat Courtney Stephen, who was just named the organization’s director, community partnerships.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Courtney Stephen introduction (0:50), Courtney talks about his new role in community relations with the Ticats (1:30), discussing how to handle finances after professional athlete career is over (5:30), Courtney talks about the future business seminar series (7:30), diversity in leadership roles in sports and business (8:30), how Courtney is planning to deliver with his his new role for the Ticats (13:45), personal finance advice after Covid could have disrupted your income (17:30), how important it is to be aware of where your money is going (19:30), games you can play with yourself to be more aware about finances (22:00), athletes and handling  finances (25:00), NCAA athletes starting to make money and how they should handle it (30:00), importance for young athletes/students to save and start investing (33:00), what to expect from this CFL season (34:30), how fast teams will be able to get up to speed with no pre-season (37:00), Donnovan’s final thoughts (40:00).

Episode 271: Season preview with Natey Adjei

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Donnovan is joined by recently retired receiver Natey Adjei, who discusses his post-playing transition and helps break down the coming 2021 CFL season.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Donnovan introduces Natey Adjei (30 sec), Adjei talks about his decision to retire (1:15), the transition in life to no longer playing football (7:00), missing the start of training camp and and what Adjei misses (8:30), different ways to still channel his competitive nature (11:00), how players get their bodies back to playing shape after the long layoff (15:00), training by yourself is different than training on the field (17:30), how to evaluate players during training camp (20:00), new challenges for players for being COVID-19 compliant (21:30), how players need to be following the rules for the league-implemented COVID restrictions (25:00), injuries that have happened in training camp so far (27:30), what the Argos’ new talented roster will look like (31:00), competition for roster spots on the Argos will be very high (33:30), dark horses for West player and team (38:00), dark horse team in the East (42:00), dark horse player in the East (43:30), Adjei talks about his podcast (45:00), Donnovan’s final thoughts (45:00).

Episode 270: Previewing the Riders and the Bombers

EPISODE OVERVIEW: We wrap up our team previews with help from Murray McCormick covering the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and Darrin Bauming discussing the defending Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

EPISODE RUNDOWN:  Murray McCormick intro (1:15), A wild, injury-riddled start to Riders camp (1:45), How does Jeremy O’Day handle this, given restrictions? (5:45), How does the team make up for the loss of Brendon LaBatte? (8:45), Additions and subtractions in previous free agency periods (11:30), How do the Riders stack up in the west? (13:00), No fans allowed at Riders camp (15:30), Darrin Bauming intro (17:30), The vibe in Winnipeg waiting so long to defend the title (18:00), Being able to keep a championship roster mostly intact (20:00), Big losses or additions since 2019 (24:45), Losing Paul LaPolice and how Buck Pierce steps in (27:00), Are we still concerned about Zach Collaros’ health? (30:45), How do the Bombers stack up in the west? (34:30), Darrin’s new venture, bonfiresports.ca (37:25) Donnovan’s final thoughts (40:00).

Episode 269: Previewing the Alouettes & REDBLACKS

EPISODE OVERVIEW: This week we look east as we preview the 2021 REDBLACKS and Alouettes, and to do so we get help from our friends Tim Baines in Ottawa and Joey Alfieri in Montreal.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Tim Baines intro & mood in Ottawa with football coming back (1:30), Ottawa’s short legacy of success and will that be sustained? (2:45), Changing faces at QB (4:30), The impact of losing Brad Sinopoli to retirement (6:00), Who will fill the voids in the receiving corps? (8:00), Other big losses to retirement (10:15), Realistic expectations in the East this year (12:15), What it means to get football back across Canada (13:30), The buzz in Ottawa on game days (16:30), Joey Alfieri intro & expectations for the Alouettes in 2021 (17:00), Maciocia’s early impact on the team as GM (19:30), The ceiling for Vernon Adams Jr. as QB1 (21:30), The strength and depth of the receiving corps (23:45), The impact of William Stanback returning (26:00), Upgrades to the pass defence (28:00), What is the barometer for success in 2021? (31:30), The feeling and belief in the new ownership (33:45), Analyzing a very tough schedule to start the season (35:30), Montreal as a sports city and the Canadiens playoff run (38:30), The next Montreal sports team to be crowned champions? (41:00), Donnovan’s final thoughts (42:45)

Episode 268: Previewing the Lions & Betting on the CFL

EPISODE OVERVIEW: The BC Lions have a new front office and coaching staff, but how will they fare on the field in 2021 against the ultra-competitive west division? Later, TSN’s Dave Naylor discusses Bill C-218 that allows legal single game sports betting in Canada, and how it may impact the CFL.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Giulio Caravatta interview begins (1:30), Biggest differences from 2019 Lions to 2021 Lions (2:00), Offensive line struggles in 2019 (3:30), The depth of the Lions young QB room (7:00), Big names lost/gained in free agency (9:45), How do the Lions stack up in the west? (12:45), Dave Naylor interview begins (16:00), Growth opportunities with the legalization of single game betting (16:30), Implementing betting into the culture and experience of a CFL game (19:30), Is the CFL a bet-friendly game? (23:00), Real concerns over influence betting can have? (26:00), Adjusted roster sizes in 2021 (29:45), Donnovan’s final thoughts (32:45)

Episode 267: Previewing The Rival Ticats & Argos

EPISODE OVERVIEW: We travel along the QEW this week as Don Landry previews the 2021 Toronto Argonauts, followed by Ticats Digital Host Louis Butko talking Tabbies.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Don Landry introduction (1:10), Biggest difference from the 2019 team (2:00), The changing face of QB for the Argos (4:00), The Stampeders of the East (6:15), Big splash signings in free agency (8:00), Canadian linebackers (10:30), Noteworthy Argos making their CFL debut (13:00), Competition in the kicking game (16:00), What are expectations for the Argos in 2021? (18:45), Louis Butko introduction (21:30), How different is the 2021 version of the Ticats? (22:00), Necessary changes and staying the same (23:45), Two proven starters at QB (25:30), Assessing Ticat draft picks (28:00), Two years of free agency moves (30:00), The Grey Cup being held in Hamilton (33:00), Ticats chances of winning the East (36:45), Donnovan’s final thoughts (40:00)

Episode 266: Path to kickoff with Commissioner Ambrosie

EPISODE OVERVIEW: The CFL is coming back August 5th! To talk about how we got here, and what will happen between now and the start of the 2021 season we spoke to the CFL Commissioner himself.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: The reaction to the CFL’s return (2:00), What went into getting a CBA ratified (2:45), Collaborating with Provincial protocols (4:00), The hope of getting fans in the stands (6:00), The possibility of “vaccine passports” for attendance (7:00), Board of Governors decision to play in 2021 (8:15), Could we see the playoff format change? (10:30), Getting players back into the country and their markets (12:30), What else needs to happen before we kick off the season on August 5th? (15:00)

Extra: Time for change with Natan Obed

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Natan Obed is President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national representative organization for Inuit in Canada. In 2015, he spoke up against Edmonton’s team name at the time. Today, in honour of Indigenous History Month, we speak with him about why the change was so important and how we as a country can continue to seek change for the better.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Speaking up against the Edmonton team name in 2015 (1:45), Why the former team name was offensive and problematic (4:30), The importance of names and how we address individuals and their communities (8:00), Does the Edmonton conversation apply to other indigenous mascot names? (12:15), Natan’s personal experience as a minority in sport (16:45), Conversations with the Edmonton team to influence the name change (20:30), What can be done to better engage and include Indigenous communities? (25:00), Learning our past and gestures intended to influence change (28:30), Embracing change (34:45)

Episode 265: Previewing the Alberta teams

EPISODE OVERVIEW: It’s all about Alberta this week as we talk to Morley Scott about the new-look Elks, as well as Stampeders legend and hall-of-famer Jon Cornish about his philanthropic contributions to the city of Calgary and what the Stamps might look like in 2021.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Morley Scott introduction & constant change in Edmonton (2:30), Where does Edmonton’s roster stand? (3:50), Jaime Elizondo’s philosophy and how the roster will be shaped (5:00), Local response to the Elks new name (7:00), Support for Indigenous rights in Edmonton (12:15), Oilers vs Elks, who wins a title first? (14:30), the state of Alberta’s fight against Covid-19 (19:30), Can the Elks win the West in 2021? (21:30), Jon Cornish introduction (24:30), The ‘Cornish Trophy’ in the NCAA (25:30), Advocating for important causes and what role can football play? (27:45), Inclusion in football for LGBTQ2S+ (32:30), Stampeders long stretch of success and expectations for 2021 (37:45), Jon’s philanthropic involvement in Calgary (40:30), Donnovan’s final thoughts (43:00)

Episode 264: Bo Levi Mitchell loyal to the soil

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Calgary QB Bo Levi Mitchell checks in this week to talk about getting ready to take the field again, staying loyal to Calgary and his new podcast.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Bo Levi Mitchell introduction (1:00), How his new podcast started (1:30), Bo knows golf (4:45), How has he evolved as a QB over the years? (5:45), The meaning behind Bo’s tattoos (7:35), What does Canada and Calgary mean to him? (10:00), Being around family more this past year (13:30), The ability to get fully healthy over an extended off-season (16:25), Roster changes in Calgary since 2019 (18:45), Shoulder health going into 2021 (22:45), Bo’s thoughts on talks with the XFL (25:10), The Benny & Bo Show (28:30), Donnovan’s final thoughts (32:20)

Episode 263: Returning Stronger w/ Vernon Adams Jr.

EPISODE OVERVIEW: We check in with 2019 breakout star QB Vernon Adams Jr. who is excited to get back on the field with his Alouettes teammates for 2021.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Vernon’s excitement about an August 5th start date (1:30), Travelling back to Montreal in June (2:10), Getting vaccinated (2:40), Spending some extra time at home (3:30), Is VA in a better position to lead the Alouettes now vs this time 2020? (4:45), Coaching youth football camps (5:45), The difference of off-season work-outs now that things have opened up slightly (7:40), “Als Flock West” workouts in Washington (8:40), How the roster looks heading into 2021 (9:30), One free agency loss that the team will really miss (10:30), One free agency signing that Vernon’s most excited for (11:00), Continuing momentum from 2019 or clean slate/fresh start? (12:35), What it’ll take to get fans back in the stands (13:45), Donnovan’s final thoughts (15:10)

Episode 262: Hangin’ with Hall-of-Famer Don Wilson

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Hall of Fame football player, and Hall-of-Fame-level storyteller Don Wilson joins the podcast this week to talk about his memories of the CFL, attending Wayne Gretzky’s wedding, his acting career, beating Jamie Foxx at ping-pong and much more.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Don Wilson introduction (1:00), Finding out he was entering the CFHOF (2:00), Playing for Edmonton and Toronto (5:30), 4x Grey Cup champion (6:30), Attending Wayne Gretzky’s wedding with Damon Allen (8:00), Moving to LA and getting into acting (9:00), Doing a scene with Pierce Brosnan in “After the Sunset” (12:30), Common traits of greats Don’s been around in sports and acting (14:00), Taking John Candy’s private jet while playing for the Argos (15:30), Playing twice for Pete Carroll in NCAA & NFL (17:30), Missing out on being in “Any Given Sunday” film (20:20), Working with Jamie Foxx (22:00), The best “Don Wilson story” (23:00),  Interview wrap-up (27:00), Donnovan’s final thoughts (28:30)

Episode 261: No. 1 Draft pick Jake Burt

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Hear from 1st overall CFL Draft selection Jake Burt, as the former Boston College/New England Patriots TE expects a lot from himself and his new team – the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Jake Burt interview begins (1:10), How Jake decided to pursue the CFL (1:45), How highly touted did he think he was entering the CFL Draft? (5:30), Getting the call from coach Steinauer and his Ticats ‘care package’ (8:30), Keeping the news from family until the draft started (11:00), Getting a shout out from Boston College/Ticats great Darren Flutie (12:00), Family roots in Regina and converting them to Ticats fans (14:10), Burt family ties to Newfoundland (16:00), A message to a Ticats season ticket holder (17:55), Sharing stories about Riders fans (22:25), Jake’s season with the Patriots and how much he learned and grew (24:00), How would things have been different if he entered the CFL last year? (30:00), How the CFL game might uniquely suit his skill set (34:00), Story of being a highly touted volleyball player in high school (36:15), Jake’s final thoughts and excitement for getting started (41:30), Donnovan’s final thoughts (43:00).

Episode 260: CFL Draft breakdown with Farhan Lalji

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Fresh off TSN’s broadcast of the 2021 CFL Draft, Farhan Lalji joins Donnovan to share his thoughts on the Draft overall, the recent rise in quality Canadian talent in the NCAA and a look ahead to getting the CFL back on the field this summer.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Farhan’s overall perspective of the Draft (1:30), Chuba Hubbard to Calgary (3:00), Jake Burt to Hamilton 1st overall (5:00), Ottawa’s draft (7:50), Lions long-term approach to the Draft (12:20), Liam Dobson to Winnipeg 3rd overall (15:00), Nelson Lokombo to Saskatchewan 2nd overall (16:20), How deep the DB class was, yet not many in first 2 rounds (19:15), Saskatchewan grouping 2020 & 2021 Draft to assess larger needs (21:45), Canadians being selected or signed following NFL Draft (24:45), Emergence of Canadian skill position players (27:30), Players coming from across the country, not just GTA (30:00), Updates on the CFL’s return to play plans (32:00)

Episode 259: CFL Draft preview with Marshall Ferguson

EPISODE OVERVIEW: CFL Draft expert Marshall Ferguson joins Donnovan on the show this week to help preview the upcoming CFL Draft on May 4th.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Marshall Ferguson intro (1:30), The impact of double draft class (2:30), Players opting out or returning to school (6:00), Global Draft impact on Canadian scouting and roles (9:15), New staffs building new teams across the league (14:30), Linemen (O&D) fitting into the 2021 class (19:00), Canadian QB options draft day sleepers (24:45), Donnovan’s final thoughts (30:45)

The Waggle Extra: Randy Ambrosie & Taking the Field in 2021

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Commissioner Randy Ambrosie joins us to discuss today’s announcement of the CFL’s plan to return to the field on August 5th.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Summary of the ‘return to play’ announcement (0:40), Randy Ambrosie introduction (1:30), How the revised kickoff and Grey Cup date were decided (2:00), ‘drop dead date’ for when a decision can be made (6:00), Rumors around owners/B.O.G. not being on same page (8:30), Capacity threshold for fans in stadiums? (10:30), Will Grey Cup Festival still be possible? (12:30), How vaccines will impact the fans in the stands (14:45), the CFL taking strategies from other leagues (16:35), Improving the long-term business model of the CFL (19:00)

Episode 258: Going Global with Greg Quick

EPISODE OVERVIEW: The CFL’s former Director of Global Scouting, Greg Quick (now with Montreal) gives his insight to the level of talent converging on the CFL from around the globe and how his Alouettes fared in the Global Draft.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Greg Quick intro (1:40), Greg’s take on the 2021 crop of Global players (2:15), Alouettes selections and taking a punter first (4:30), What’s in the water in Australia for kickers? (10:30), The complexities of CFL GM’s balancing rosters and adding Global players (14:45), COVID-19 and how it impacted both Global Draft and CFL Draft (14:45), Thoughts on the 2021 class of Canadians in the CFL Draft (14:45), How do you approach training camp in this climate? (27:30), The Alouettes and the outlook in 2021 (29:30), Donnovan’s final thoughts (33:30)

Episode 257: Meet the 2021 Hall of Famers

EPISODE OVERVIEW: The honour is all ours on this episode of The Waggle as we get the opportunity to speak with three of the newest members of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame – Orlondo Steinauer, Nik Lewis and Marv Levy.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Orlondo Steinauer interview begins (1:50), Orlondo gives credit to those who helped him along the way (2:50), The players he coaches knowing he’s a hall-of-famer (5:30), How Orlondo would fare in today’s game (8:00), Longevity and how the game has changed (9:30), Individual vs team accolades (11:30), Other deserving players of HOF recognition (11:30), Nik Lewis interview begins (11:30), What made Nik different and a hall-of-famer (11:30), The signature Lewis leap/hurdle (19:30), How Nik would fare in today’s game (21:55), Training mentally (23:30), Both chapters of his pro career – Calgary and Montreal (23:30), Who else does Nik think should be in the Hall? (29:25), Message for young kids looking to become pros (33:00), What’s next for Nik Lewis? (36:25), Marv Levy interview begins (40:00), Being honoured in both CFL and NFL (40:30), The beginning of Marv’s coaching journey (41:30), Ideals from the CFL that he took to the NFL (43:00), The Alouettes and the Bills both on the rise once again (45:00), Donnovan’s final thoughts (48:45)

Episode 256: Global Draft and Scouring the World for Talent

EPISODE OVERVIEW: With the CFL Global Draft coming up on April 15th, the Canadian Football League’s CFO & Head of Football Operations, Greg Dick, joins Donnovan to discuss the challenges of scouting and drafting global talent during a pandemic.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Donnovan intro (0:10), Greg Dick interview begins (1:50), Challenges faced and adaptations made to scouting virtually (2:30), Impressive numbers coming from virtual combines (5:30), How global players are identified as candidates for CFL (8:00), Covid impact on players travelling (12:00), Backlog of young talent (Canadian & Global) at 2021 training camps (14:00), NFL International Pathway players and how they’ll be evaluated (15:50), The move to “snake” draft format for Global & National drafts (18:45), Greg interview wrap-up (20:30), Donnovan final thoughts (21:00 )

Episode 255: Henoc Muamba on boarding the ship in Toronto

EPISODE OVERVIEW: The always-inspirational Henoc Muamba joins Donnovan to discuss his decision to sign with the Argonauts, the influence of the perhaps even MORE inspiring Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons and how his family has changed him as a person.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Donnovan episode intro (0:00), Henoc introduction (1:00), The decision to leave Montreal in Free Agency (1:45), Being recruited by Pinball and the Argos (6:45), Henoc’s secret Pinball story (12:15), The ‘Muamba Moments’ podcast (13:15), Henoc partnering with the Peel District School Board in mentorship role (17:45), How becoming a father has changed his perspective on life (20:30), Henoc’s daughter learning that her Dad was no longer an Alouette (23:00), How Henoc fits on Argos roster + reuniting with Cameron Judge (26:00), How do Argos take a roster on paper and make it a competitive team (30:00), Henoc’s message to Montreal and Alouettes fans (32:00), Bringing a buzz back to Toronto (34:30), Henoc interview wrap-up (37:30), Donnovan’s final thoughts (38:45)

Episode 254: Bryan Chiu and Dave Dickenson

EPISODE OVERVIEW: In the wake of violence toward Asian communities, former Grey Cup champion offensive lineman Bryan Chiu shares his experiences and challenges, as well as those of his family. Later, Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson talks to Donnovan about the unique scouting challenges posed in 2021 without a traditional Combine, as well as how he has coped without a team to coach for over a year.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Episode introduction; Bryan Chiu intro (2:50); how recent events have impacted the Chiu family (3:50); has the pandemic increased racist acts? (6:00); Bryan playing youth football as an Asian child (6:45); Asian hate crimes on the rise in Vancouver and racism in Canada (8:30); how events are discussed and portrayed in media (14:30); how do we improve and how do others become allies? (16:15); Bryan being a trailblazer as a professional Chinese-Canadian football player (17:45); Donnovan’s final thoughts and Dave Dickenson intro (20:55); grading players now vs. when Dave was a player (23:00); the challenge of scouting highlight tapes (27:20); interviewing players virtually vs. in-person (30:30); dealing with the “backlog” of Canadian talent with 2020 picks not playing last year (32:30); the typical Stampeders “type” player, ie. Alex Singleton, Fraser Sopik (35:20); Stampeders’ inactivity during Free Agency (38:45); John Hufnagel & Dave’s involvement in scouting (43:00); Calgary’s backfield and the Trey Williams signing (45:25); how Dave has coped through the pandemic and the past year (47:45); thoughts on the CFL/XFL discussions (52:00); Dave Dickenson interview wrap-up (54:30); Donnovan’s final thoughts (55:00). 

Episode 253: Celebrating the Women of the CFL

EPISODE OVERVIEW: This week we speak to just a few of the great women doing incredible work around the CFL. Donnovan is joined by guest co-host Kate McKenna as they talk with Sara Orlesky (CFL on TSN), Arielle Zerr (Saskatchewan Roughriders), Gemma Karstens-Smith (The Canadian Press) and Kristina Costabile (CFL.ca).

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Donnovan intros Kate McKenna as co-host (1:00); Kate’s relationship with football and the CFL (2:00); introducing the panel of guests on this episode (4:00); areas to grow when it comes to diversity (5:00); Sara Orlesky interview start (6:10); Sara and Kate’s memories of Chris Schultz (8:00); Sara’s relationship to football growing up (12:25); Donnovan & Sara remember covering the Vanier Cup (in the frigid cold) (15:20); Sara’s perception on sideline reporting as a woman (19:30); Sara’s authenticity on camera and being a role model to young girls (21:50); balancing being a mother and a demanding career (25:30); Sara Orlesky interview wrap-up (37:00);  Kristina/Gemma/Arielle interview start (38:45); Arielle’s introduction to football growing up in Saskatchewan (39:10); Gemma’s early CFL memories growing up in Edmonton (41:50); Kristina’s connection to football growing up near Hamilton (44:30); times wishing there were more women working in the industry (46:30); women bringing a different perspective to the sport (47:30); being able to take pride in your work (50:15); Gemma on changing work perspective since becoming a mom (51:30); allyship and making professional sports a better place for women to work (53:20); advice for young women wanting to get into sports journalism (58:00); panel wrap-up (1:00:00); final thoughts from Donnovan & Kate (1:01:45).

Episode 252: Remembering the Gentle Giant, Chris Schultz

EPISODE OVERVIEW: James Duthie, Dave Randorf and Rod Smith join Donnovan to share stories and reflect on their time spent with Chris Schultz on the CFL on TSN panel. Schultz, the face of football on TSN in Canada, sadly passed away at the age of 61 last week.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Donnovan intro (0:00), Interview start (2:30), Duthie shares early memories on ‘CFL on TSN’ panel (3:00), Randorf early memories (6:30), Smith early memories (11:15), Schultz’s meticulous note-taking (14:30), Duthie’s video features with Schultz (20:00), Randorf stories of Schultz’s rigid punctuality (21:30), Smith’s story of Chris speaking to a HS team (25:00), Duthie’s small airplane story (27:45), Schultz’s connection to football people (coaches & players) (29:20), Schultz’s legacy as a Canadian football player (31:30), His dedication to the Purolator Tackle Hunger initiative (37:14), Everyone’s final thoughts on what Chris meant to them (39:15), Interview wrap-up (39:15), Donnovan episode close (48:20)

The Waggle Extra: Reina Iizuka is changing the game

EPISODE OVERVIEW: For International Women’s Day we spoke with Reina Iizuka, the first woman in history to crack the roster of a Canadian University men’s football team with the Manitoba Bisons.

To see a great video on Reina’s story, click here for a feature by Lewis Gordon.

Episode 251: Building the Boatmen w/ Ryan Dinwiddie

EPISODE OVERVIEW: The Toronto Argonauts made a big splash, in fact, a number of big splashes this off-season. This week on The Waggle, Donnovan talks to head coach Ryan Dinwiddie about all the moves and how he’s feeling finally heading into his first season at the helm.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Intro (0:00), Ryan Dinwiddie intro (1:30), Being a new head coach through a missed season (2:00), 2021 free agency signings (4:30), Defensive depth (7:00), Stable of ‘playmaking’ receivers (9:00), Bringing in John White, Terrell Sinkfield, Antonio Pipkin and Nick Arbuckle (11:30), Comfort level bringing in former Stampeders players (15:00), 2021 roster in March vs. 2020 roster in March (16:15), Toronto becoming a destination for talent (17:30), Dinwiddie’s involvement in scouting and player acquisition (18:50), Getting the fan base excited in Toronto (20:30), Interview wrap-up (22:45), Donnovan closing remarks (23:30)

Episode 250: Shared experiences as black broadcasters w/ Milt & Jermain

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Donnovan is joined for the final instalment in our Black History Month series by TSN’s Milt Stegall and Jermain Franklin, who have each blazed their own unique trail through the landscape of the CFL and Canadian sportscasting.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Welcome to the Waggle presented by Sport Clips (0:00), What does Black History Month mean to you? (2:17), Navigating the CFL as a Black person (10:41), On raising children in a complex and divided society (24:52), Where can we strive for improvement (24:52), Milt sneaks in some fashion talk (37:26)

Episode 249: Mentorship & representation w/ Duane Forde

EPISODE OVERVIEW: In the first of a two-part series, Donnovan is joined by his mentor and broadcasting colleague Duane Forde, a mainstay of the CFL on TSN broadcast team since 2008, for a discussion about the experience of Black broadcasters in football and the media industry as a whole. Donnovan continues the conversation next week with two more special guests.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Welcome to the Waggle presented by Sport Clips; Duane Forde and his quick thoughts on off-season activity (2:38); Duane’s influence on Donnovan’s early career (10:30); Duane tells how a meeting with Elliot Friedman led to his start in broadcasting (12:47); Diversity and representation in sports broadcasting (16:23); Where is there room to improve? (24:42).

Episode 248: Free Agency Frenzy w/ Lalji & Zimmerman

EPISODE OVERVIEW: With day one of 2021 Free Agency in the books, Donnovan is joined by two experts with a deep passion for the game. TSN’s Farhan Lalji provides his thoughts on Solomon Elimimian’s retirement, the Argos’ impressive early moves, and how grassroots football can bounce back in Canada post-COVID. Later on the episode we hear from Spencer Zimmerman, an experienced scouting director with stints with both Hamilton and Toronto to his name, who gives some deep insight into the thought processes teams go through during free agency.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Welcome to the Waggle presented by SportClips (0:00), Welcome Farhan. Solly retires with a lasting legacy (2:49), Argos’ early moves make waves (12:23), Bombers quiet on day one (16:28), Ottawa REDBLACKS and the Arbuckle/Nichols swap (18:29), Michael O’Connor gets another shot (22:29), Edmonton and BC (24:47), COVID effects on grassroots football (29:40), Welcome Spencer Zimmerman (32:44), Two styles of approach teams take in free agency (34:01), Highlighting two interesting moves from day one (40:45)

Episode 247: CFL memories & new job w/ Marcus Brady

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Donnovan connects with former CFL quarterback and coach Marcus Brady, who transitioned from the Argos coaching staff to the NFL in 2018 and was promoted to offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts last month.

Episode 246: Kyle Walters on unique off-season & looking ahead to 2021

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Winnipeg’s General Manager Kyle Walters chats with Donnovan about the unique challenges and tribulations of the pandemic off-season, and looking ahead to the new landscape of the CFL post-COVID.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Welcome to the Waggle presented by Sport Clips (0:00), Welcome Kyle Walters (2:07), Art vs. Science: is CFL GM the toughest exec job in sport? (5:28), Implications of a potential double draft class (9:01), Process of restructuring contracts and budgets (11:15), Has the pandemic made it easier to keep the Bombers championship roster intact? (20:28)

Episode 245: Catching up with CFL prospect Liam Dobson

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Fresh off the release of the winter edition of the Scouting Bureau, Donnovan chats with Canadian NCAA lineman Liam Dobson, CFL prospect and sought after transfer from University of Maine who has found a new home at Texas State for his final season of college play.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Welcome to the Waggle presented by Sport Clips (0:00), Why Texas State was a good fit (3:33), Liam’s viral photo from  last year (9:49), Natural athleticism in football (13:35), Ottawa’s emergence as a football hotbed (15:07), BBQ favourites (17:03), On the prospect of going pro (19:06)

Episode 244: New deal and new normal w/ Cody Fajardo

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Cody Fajardo checks in on The Waggle to talk about his latest extension with the team and share how he’s handled a year without football at home. Later on the show, Cody shows off his analyst chops as he gives his thoughts on each NFL quarterback in the playoffs this weekend.

EPISODE RUNDOWN: Welcome to the Waggle presented by SportClips  (0:00), Catching up on 2020 and feeling the love from Riderville (2:05), Lessons learned from past QB teammates (8:39), Staying healthy during extended off-season (11:17), Dealing with the pandemic at home (20:33), NFL quarterback analysis and playoff matchups (23:29), Looking ahead to a Grey Cup in Regina (36:12)

Episode 243: Ringing in the New Year with Marshall Ferguson

EPISODE OVERVIEW: Marshall Ferguson checks in on the ‘Pod for our first episode of the new year. Donnovan and Marsh chat about the wealth of Canadians excelling in the NCAA and take a look at the Free Agency pool including a check in on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Plus, Chris Streveler made headlines this weekend in the NFL, what did Marshall think about it?. All that and more on this episode of The Waggle.

The Waggle Archive

Want to catch up on old episodes of the pod? You can find previous seasons below:

2018 and 2016