Football more so than perhaps any other sport can your career come to an end sooner than you know it.
Not only can the nature of the game lend itself to horrible injuries that might end a player's career but at training camps across North America every year veteran players are pushed hard by younger up and coming players. Sometimes those veterans lose their jobs because of those younger players.
The CFL and CFLPA are closer to making sure games are played this season but there's still a long ways to go.
On Saturday the league and it's players tentatively agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement for the next five seasons. It was a somewhat surprising move after basically little to no talk since the previous agreement expired on May 29.
Now, there's plenty of talking as players across the league were quick to take to twitter and local media to share their two cents on the deal they will be voting on over the next while.
The littlest of Rider Nation got up close and personal with their favourite players Saturday at Griffiths Stadium during the Rider Fan Fest Day.
The Roughriders wrapped up their week-long training camp with the fan day which drew hundreds of fans of all ages.
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There are many different paths to the Canadian Football League but few have the background that punter Josh Bartel has.
Bartel is coming into his third season in the CFL, first with the Saskatchewan Roughriders after he was picked up in an off-season deal with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Bartel isn't your typical non-import punter as his previous football experience actually comes from Australian Rules football rather than the CIS, NCAA or the NFL.
As the New York Rangers look to even the score in Saturday's Stanley Cup game in Los Angeles, one of their Saskatchewan-born players will have a little extra help in the crowd.
Derek Dorsett's entire family has converged on L.A. to cheer on the Kindersley boy.
The dark cloud of labour negotiations continues to hang over training camps across the CFL.
The latest report comes from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press and TSN Radio where he has been told that the players association could be going on strike on Tuesday (June 10). That's the date that's kind of been floated around for a while because of timing with Alberta labour laws and other factors.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders are looking for a middle man.
Like many other positions on the field the linebacking corps has had a lot of turnover from last season. Middle linebackers Rey Williams and Mike McCullough have both retired and Ejiro Kuale was released and signed in Winnipeg. Outside linebacker Craig Butler has signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Diamond Ferri has returned to Montreal.
There's no battle in training camp better than at running back.
A lot has been made about star running back Kory Sheets no longer being with the team after signing with the Oakland Raiders of the NFL. But, Sheets isn't the only tail back out the door; both Jock Sanders (who signed in Calgary) and Chris Garrett (released) are gone as well, meaning every running back that saw the field in 2013 are gone.
On Tuesday morning the players picked up the intensity level.
Now, it's the coaching staff that's starting to show the players some tough love to try and take them to the next level.
As practice came to a close on Wednesday afternoon head coach Corey Chamblin gathered the entire team for a post-practice chat, something he does every day. This time however the message was a little different than it had been up to now.
Saskatchewan is well-represented in the Stanley Cup finals.
Michael Dorsett, older brother of Derek Dorsett of the New York Rangers, said his entire family is extremely proud to see Derek play in the finals against the Los Angeles Kings. It’s also very exciting for the small town of Kindersley, where Derek grew up.