‘The Waggle’ presented by Sport Clips is the official podcast of the Canadian Football League, hosted by Gemini nominated broadcaster Donnovan Bennett and three-time Grey Cup Champion, two-time CFL All-Star, and Most Outstanding Canadian East nominee Davis Sanchez. To subscribe and listen to recent episodes, please see below.
EPISODE OVERVIEW: Meaningful football is back! The guys break down Week 1, from the run game dominance to the Riders’ QB situation. Plus, a look at what’s on tap for Week 2.
EPISODE RUNDOWN: Week 1 takeaways (0:30); Simoni Lawrence (3:10); What now for the Riders? (14:00); Trevor Harris’ big debut (20:00); Run game dominance (24:30); Adam Bighill claps back (34:00); Week 2 preview (37:30)
EPISODE OVERVIEW: With the pre-season wrapped up it’s time to check the official odds for this year’s Grey Cup Champion. Who’s the favorite and who do the guys like to win it all?
EPISODE RUNDOWN: Grey Cup odds for each team (0:40); Best game of Week 1 (8:20); Montreal coaching change (15:30); Pipking takes over the starting job (27:30); Surprising cuts as camp closes (32:45).
EPISODE OVERVIEW: Bo Levi Mitchell, Mike Reilly, Trevor Harris… all former back-up QB’s in the CFL who waited for their moment to shine. With some pre-season looks at QB’s across the league, who has the potential to be the next big time CFL quarterback?
EPISODE RUNDOWN: REDBLACKS Are Dom. Davis’ team (0:00); Dane Evans the insurance plan (4:30); The value of the backup pivot (8:00); RJ Sheldon injury (13:12); ‘Chez’s Oregon injury (15:40); Shamawd’s release (19:00); Argos embrace Raps success (24:00); Duron tweets, takes shots at Bo (28:15); Bombers/Esks pre-season (37:30); Als/Argos pre-season (41:50).
EPISODE OVERVIEW:On this week’s episode Donnovan and Davis focus on the West Division and how pre-season injuries could have a huge impact on early storylines in the season.
EPISODE RUNDOWN: BC and Edmonton’s approach to the pre-season opener (2:20); pre-season injuries could have lasting effects (21:30); how does the West shake out this year? (34:30); who has the better offence on paper, Winnipeg or Edmonton? (45:00); Will Mike Reilly be an MOP in BC? (47:00).
EPISODE OVERVIEW: Football is finally back! The guys break down some of the key positional battles to watch across the CFL as depth charts take shape during training camp.
EPISODE RUNDOWN: Davis and Donnovan reflect on their training camp memories (0:00); QB position battles and the advantages of naming a starter (8:20); Montreal’s quarterback situation (18:50); Hamilton’s running backs and possible ratio switch (22:00); Winnipeg’s offensive line competition (26:00); BC’s battle at running back (29:40); Calgary’s linebacker options (34:10); Trevor Harris’ comments on favouring receivers (38:00); The pressure is on in Edmonton (42:00)
EPISODE OVERVIEW: Another CFL coach departs for the XFL, Ricky Ray calls it a career on his own terms, Solomon Elimimian lands in Riderville, Winnipeg snags Chris Matthews, and Davis recounts a Raptors win for the ages.
EPISODE RUNDOWN: June Jones departs for the XFL (0:00); Ricky Ray calls it a career (7:16); What does Elimimian bring to the Riders? (17:11); Matthews touches down in Winnipeg (22:16); Davis recounts an iconic moment in sports (26:20).
EPISODE OVERVIEW: Donnovan breaks down which teams won and lost in the 2019 CFL Draft while Davis has the inside scoop on the Solomon Elimimian situation in BC.
EPISODE RUNDOWN: Ranking team performances at the draft (0:00); why did the Lions release Elimimian? (34:00)
EPISODE OVERVIEW:Davis is joined by resident draft guru Marshall Ferguson to officially tee up the 2019 CFL Draft set to take place on Thursday evening.
EPISODE OVERVIEW: Davis and Donnovan are joined by CFL.ca Managing Editor Jeff Krever to share some way too early predictions for the 2019 season.
EPISODE RUNDOWN: Predict the Pick (1:49); Which QB will lead the way in 2019? (5:30); Whose d-line will dominate in the West? (12:50); Is 2019 the final season for a certain superstar? (23:27); Which receiver gather the most majors? (29:40).
EPISODE OVERVIEW: The Ottawa REDBLACKS rebounded from losing Jamie Elizondo by welcoming back former Renegades head coach Joe Paopao. Donnovan and Davis assess the hire, as well as look ahead to the upcoming CFL Draft and who holds all the cards.
EPISODE RUNDOWN: Tiger Mania (0:35); Ottawa’s hiring of Joe Paopao (11:00); Predict the Pick/Draft strategy chat (29:00); Scouting Bureau (35:00); Who holds the cards on Draft day? (47:30); Toronto tailgaiting (53:45).
EPISODE OVERVIEW: Ray Elgaard wants his number back, the end of the AAF, and Jon Ryan looks to make a homecoming. All that and more on this week’s edition of The Waggle.
EPISODE RUNDOWN: Ray Elgaard’s comments on claiming ownership on jersey numbers (2:24); Reaction to the AAF folding last week (11:51); The John Manziel saga continues (25:50); Jon Ryan wants to be a Rider (38:10).
EPISODE OVERVIEW: With the news that former offensive coordinator Jaime Elizondo suddenly left the REDBLACKS for a role south of the border, Donnovan and Davis debate the timing and etiquette of the move, as well as where Ottawa goes from here. Later, we rank our top prospects at different positions based on Combine performances.
EPISODE RUNDOWN: Elizondo quits on REDBLACKS (1:11); Etiquette on letting team know about discussions (6:00); Timing of locking down coaching staff (14:30); Etiquette on Trestman poaching a CFL coach (18:30); Where to REDBLACKS go from here? (26:30); Top 5 receivers from Combine (32:00) Clarification on QB slide/dive ruling (50:30) Ranking defensive linemen (54:00).
EPISODE OVERVIEW: Davis and Donnovan break down the top performers, and no-shows, from the 2019 CFL Combine presented by New Era. This week, they dive especially into a deep pool of talented Canadian receivers.
EPISODE RUNDOWN: Draft board risers (2:55); Osei-Kusi vs Gittens Jr.: who is the top guy? (12:00); Canadian O’Connor refuses to test (33:00); Rules committee changes (39:30).
EPISODE OVERVIEW: With the CFL Combine presented by New Era kicking off this weekend, DJ & Davis take an early look at Marshall Ferguson’s mock draft and weigh in on each team’s needs heading into this weekend and, ultimately, the Draft.
EPISODE RUNDOWN: Nothing to say on CBA talks (1:52); Mock Drafting (2:45); Argos Mock (3:18); Ticats Mock (6:15); Esks Mock (9:00); Bombers Mock (14:20); Riders Mock (17:15); Ratio Depth Stragety (20:00); REDBLACKS Mock (24:45); Stamps Mock (30:10); Quick Second Round runthrough (32:35); What do Lions do with early picks? (36:40).
EPISODE OVERVIEW: This week Donnovan and Davis chat regional combine results, the Russell Westbrook fan altercation, and whether or not it makes sense for a top prospect to skip a combine. Later, Donnovan speaks with Arielle Zerr, CJME beat reporter covering the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
EPISODE RUNDOWN: CB Negotiations begin (1:00); Regional Combines (4:40); Russell Westbrook and fan engagement (34:30); Arielle Zerr drops in (41:31).
EPISODE OVERVIEW: Davis and Donnovan analyze the aftermath of Manziel mania, and tackle some of the tough questions that players may face at the upcoming national and regional combines.
EPISODE RUNDOWN: Montreal enters the post Manziel era. Is Pipkin the answer to what’s next for the Alouettes? (0:00-24:37); With the CFL national and regional combines around the corner, Davis reflects on his experience as a CFL prospect, plus some of the stranger questions that players may face in their interviews (24:38-40:00).
EPISODE OVERVIEW: Davis and Donnovan discuss some intriguing names still left to be signed, the effects of the AAF, and the back-to-back Grey Cup announcement by Randy Ambrosie. Plus, the guys are joined by Manny Arceneaux, a man on a mission with a rematch against his former team in his sights.
EPISODE RUNDOWN: Duron Carter drops new track (1:05); The AAF effect, Ciantae Evans, Stefan Charles (1:52); Remaining players to be signed (13:25); Should playoffs be moved to Saturdays? (17:30); Next three Grey Cup locations (29:07); Manny Arceneaux (33:20); Outro 52:57
Extra: An extended chat with three generations of blacks QBs
Episode 146: Who won Free Agency?
EPISODE OVERVIEW: Donnovan and Davis are on opposite sides of the country this week, breaking down all the wild moves from free agency and taking a larger look at the remaining holes on every team’s roster.
EPISODE RUNDOWN: Toronto’s Day 2 FA deals (1:45); QB questions and Ottawa’s free agency approach (11:40); Calgary refuses to over-spend (23:00); The free agents still available (30:30); Impact of the AAF (44:30); Edmonton linebackers (55:24); Solomon and the BC linebackers (57:40).
EPISODE OVERVIEW: Donnovan sits down with Commissioner Randy Ambrosie to get all the details behind the global football initiative that he calls CFL 2.0.
Episode 145: We have ourselves a Free Agent Frenzy
EPISODE OVERVIEW: Donnovan and Davis break down the huge moves across the league following the start of CFL Free Agency. From Reilly to BC, Edmonton loading up and the Bombers landing Willie, the west is wilder than ever before.
Episode 144: Free Agency Preview Part 2 (East Division)
EPISODE OVERVIEW: We’ve moved east, talking free agency implications for all of the teams in the East Division. Who will be major players? Who’s on the move? We’ve got Milt Stegall back to talk about all of it with us as we get you primed for CFL free agency!
EPISODE RUNDOWN: Tiger-Cats FA Primer (2:00); Argonauts FA Primer (15:15); REDBLACKS FA Primer (19:26); Alouettes FA Primer (27:00).
Episode 143: Free Agency Preview Part 1 (West Division)
EPISODE OVERVIEW: With a potentially crazy free agency period kicking off next week, we invite Milt Stegall to join us as we go through each of the West Division teams to discuss who’s staying, who’s going and who’s due for a big pay day.
EPISODE RUNDOWN: Lions FA Primer (4:20); Stampeders FA Primer (13:50); Eskimos FA Primer (19:18); Roughriders FA Primer (25:34); Blue Bombers FA Primer (32:54).
Episode 142: Debating the QB landscape + O’Day drops in
EPISODE OVERVIEW:With free agency looming, Davis and Donnovan look at some of the top available pending FA’s, including some big name quarterbacks. Later, newly-minted Riders GM Jeremy O’Day stops by to talk about his whirlwind week.
EPISODE RUNDOWN: Sherritt bound for Cowtown (5:30); The guys who have signed (9:00); Ranking Reilly, Bo, Trevor (11:15); Evaluating the top 30 free agents (14:45); More free agent QB banter (17:30); Top Super Bowl recipe searches (31:45); Mental health awareness in football (37:00); Sitdown with Jeremy O’Day (42:30).
Episode 141: Allow us to re-introduce ourselves
EPISODE OVERVIEW: New co-host Donnovan Bennett and Davis tackle how the differing replay rules impact football on both sides of the border, take a deep dive on the Riders’ coaching search and candidates they weren’t granted access to. Later on, TSN’s Insider Dave Naylor stops by to talk about what has been a busy off-season for him, addressing the CFL in Atlantic Canada, the LFA Mexican Combine and the latest news and rumours ahead of free agency.
EPISODE RUNDOWN: Introducing Donnovan Bennett (0:30); NFC Championship PI chatter (7:30); How many challenges is too many? (16:22); More on Chris Jones’ departure (20:30); Where do the Riders go from here? (27:00); Special teams coaches should be head coach candidates (33:00); Is Jerry Glanville truly a head coaching candidate? (38:50); Dave Naylor interview (43:00); Naylor on Jones (43:45); Naylor on LaPolice/Elizondo Denials (45:50); TD Atlantic Stadium debate (1:03:10); Reax from the LFA Combine w/ Naylor (1:06:30); Davis and Donnovan debate if coaches should be blocked from interviews (1:12:00).
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