Saskatchewan deserves a CFL Week repeat

After watching my favourite city — my hometown of Regina — become reinvigorated by the activities of CFL Week, I think it would be wise for the league to book it again.

Same time. Same place.

Make sure to invite Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, Edmonton defensive end Odell Willis, B.C. head coach/GM Wally Buono and CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge.

They were among the event’s stars, with Mitchell raving on social media about the friendly treatment he received, Willis being his off-the-wall self, Buono offering sage advice to his peers about accessibility and Orridge, pausing while dashing to another commitment, saying, “It just keeps getting better.’’

Bring CFL Week back to Regina for a second run-through next March. File off the rough edges. Decide what was perfect, throw out a couple of things and maybe shorten it by a day or two, then offer it to the highest bidder in 2019. Winnipeg, Hamilton, Ottawa, Calgary or Edmonton might be interested.

As a close friend from TSN told me, “The NFL doesn’t take the Super Bowl to every city. Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal might never get this, but you know Winnipeg and some other places would take it in a heartbeat.

Any centre with a passion for the CFL would be a perfect site. Regina was the perfect site for the inaugural event.

Everyone knows how entwined the citizens are with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, which explains why so many wandered through the displays, tossed footballs, listened to the panel discussions, got autographs from the many gracious players/alumni in attendance, watched the draft-eligible college players perform in the combine and bought expensive tickets for the banquet announcing the Canadian Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017, staged inside the flashy, new Mosaic Stadium.

Next year’s CFL Week would be on a local sporting agenda that also includes the Memorial Cup and the Brier. Regina can handle it. The Regina Pats started their WHL playoffs during this year’s event, while the provincial high school basketball championships were being staged in nearby gymnasiums. And it followed a double-whammy on the political scene, with the provincial and federal budgets being presented mid-week.

Trust me, if we can deal with those budgets, CFL Week is a breeze. A nice, warm breeze.

Darrell Davis

Darrell Davis

Darrell Davis has reported on the Riders for more than 20 years and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame media wing in 2006.
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17 Comments on Saskatchewan deserves a CFL Week repeat

  1. stampland // March 25, 2017 at 11:57 am //

    Good job Regina and Saskatchewan

  2. I completely agree – good thought and planning went into the weeks events – keep it up CFL

  3. Scottsask // March 25, 2017 at 2:18 pm //

    Thank you Stampland, you missed a great time.

    • stampland // March 25, 2017 at 2:33 pm //

      I,ve been thinking about making a trip there in the fall. Not necessarily for football just to see.

  4. Scottsask // March 25, 2017 at 2:41 pm //

    I haven’t been in the new stadium yet, so I’m certainly looking forward to June.

    • stampland // March 25, 2017 at 2:47 pm //

      I’d like to the city in general
      The stadium is nice I must admit.The players/team facility is as nice as any you’d see in the NFL (albeit on a smaller scale).I like how they integrated some of the old colored benches in some walls/columns in the concourse.
      I’ll have more to say as opening game draws closer

  5. Scottsask // March 25, 2017 at 2:43 pm //

    I’ve also gained a new respect for Bo Levi Mitchell, he was a hit with the fans. That is exactly why this event was so great.

  6. stampland // March 25, 2017 at 3:15 pm //

    yes and he didn’t even need a body guard lol

  7. Saskatchewan did a great job but this needs to travel to all nine teams . Great way to build the fan base of the leage. The CFL doesn’t revolve around Saskatchewan

    • Absolutely. I could understand some reluctance in some of the markets at the moment but Winnipeg, Hamilton, Ottawa, I assume the Alberta teams…More than one team can pull this off.

  8. I’d like to see this in Winnipeg next year. After that I’d like see them take this to the Maritimes or Quebec City. I think it would be a huge hit!

  9. stampland // March 26, 2017 at 10:36 am //

    Calgary..They can integrate the Calgary Stampede Tarp auction into it to add an extra flair

  10. They were still a lot of fine tuning that needs to be done. It’s not like it was super full at the beer garden or most of the displays and stuff

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