On January 8, then-General Manager Eric Tillman of the Canadian Football League Saskatchewan Roughriders quit his job despite a stellar season for the team on the field. Tillman stepped down because four days earlier he had plead guilty to the sexual assault of a 16-year-old babysitter.
(Tillman pleaded guilty to sexual assault in January)
Yesterday, after a 2-8 start, the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos hired Tillman as their General Manager, sparking outrage across the country.
After the hire was made, Eskimos Chairman Doug Goss told the EDMONTON JOURNAL that despite his own children objecting to his hiring of Tillman and opposition countrywide to the move running at around “75 percent“, he was comfortable with the decision.
“Shame on us if we wouldn’t have had the courage of our convictions to do the right thing in face of overwhelming evidence that this is a man who is not only going to bring good football to Edmonton, but he’s not going to do anything to harm our reputation.”
From reaction of many media members and various polls, it appears Goss already has harmed his team’s reputation - at least for now.
So what exactly happened between Tillman and the 16-year-old girl and why would the Eskimos consider hiring Tillman only 10 months after his conviction?
Everybody knows by now that things get done a little differently in Canada. The culture barrier is subtle, but distinctive; a Norm MacDonald, after all, could never have come from the USA. That’s why when that fan climbed onto the goalpost during a game earlier this week, people were worried, sure, but not really surprised.
(Hey, maybe it’ll help if I pick this thing up and swing it at my teammate.)
But after yesterday’s narrowly-averted shovel attack involving the Edmonton Eskimos - more on that in just a second, because you’re definitely saying “hang on, shovel attack?” right now - we’re beginning to fear that the entire league’s gone off the meds. Ahead, a brief but sufficient look back.
Everyone who straps on the shoulder pads and ties their cleats wants to make it to the NFL one day. That’s where fortunes are made and men who are such athletic freaks of nature that they’re barely classifiable as human are revered. Sure, you’d get hurt, but you’d be good enough at football that you’d dole out some hurting yourself, and plus bones heal anyway, so what’s the big deal, right?
(Well, you have to take this guy out, his brain is glowing.)
Well, according to the CBC’S FIFTH ESTATE program, there is, in fact, no big deal–as long as you don’t feel like living much past your fiftieth birthday.
• Michael Phelps apparently needs to work on his social skills & wardrobe.
No wonder Amanda Beard doesn’t want him.
• An Orlando artist bluffs a local magazine into believing that he used to play for the New York Yankees.
• Any Hollywood film studios want to help blow up Texas Stadium?
• Hideki Irabu may have beaten up a bartender after chugging down 20 beers, but he did pay his bar tab.
• One CFL coach is a cut above the rest - since he uses a knife at practice.
Tags: Amanda Beard
, Beijing Olympics
, Charles Barkley
, Dallas Cowboys
, Edmonton Eskimos
, Fake Baseball Players
, Hideki Irabu
, Jason Taylor
, Juan Carlos Navarro
, Michael Phelps
, New York Yankees
, Spanish Basketball
, Texas Stadium
, Usain Bolt
, Washington Redskins
Football coaches are always reinventing themselves, finding new and interesting ways to motivate their players. Much of that has to do with the competitive nature of the sport — the NFL is often referred to as a copy-cat league, and I’m guessing that the CFL isn’t much different. Teams are quick to adopt a scheme or technique once it proves successful elsewhere. You know, survival of the fittest and all that.
Which brings us to Don Wnek, Edmonton Eskimos defensive line coach, who is on the cutting edge of coaching techniques. Literally. You see, he motivates his players by wielding a knife.