Richard Leonard: CFL all-star snub ‘big joke’

Ticats defensive back Richard Leonard is a little salty about not making the CFL’s all-star team.

The league released the list of names Tuesday morning and Leonard, who was named to the East Division squad, lost out to Calgary’s Ciante Evans and Winnipeg’s Chris Randle.

He took to Twitter to express his displeasure.

He also got some support from teammates…

And some media types…

Leonard, 26, started 18 games at both cornerback and halfback for the Tiger-Cats in his rookie CFL season in 2017. He tied for the CFL lead in pass knockdowns (13) and fumble recoveries (3), was second in interceptions (7) and 11th overall in defensive tackles (72). He also returned one of his fumble recoveries 84 yards for a touchdown after a blocked kick in Week 1 against Toronto.

Meanwhile, Randle played in all 18 games, accumulating five interceptions, 60 defensive tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery and two defensive touchdowns while Evans was named for the second straight season after starting 17 games and registering five interceptions, 53 tackles, one forced fumble and six knockdowns. Evans was part of a Stamps secondary and defensive unit that allowed a league-low 254.6 passing yards per game this season.

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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29 Comments on Richard Leonard: CFL all-star snub ‘big joke’

  1. Bart Oatess // December 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm //


    • Bart Oatess // December 5, 2017 at 3:34 pm //

      But seriously, the real story of the All-Star list is this:

      23 – All-Stars from the West Division
      4 – All-Stars from the East Division

      Congrats to the Argos. But having the two divisions is an absolute joke and the Argos would not have won if the game had been played in Regina.

      • Drop it, Bart. The CFL is NEVER going to one division, because you will never get the seven votes you need from the board of governors to make it happen.

      • What difference would it have made if the game was in Regina? Try and make some sense? If you don’t understand by now one division will kill the league then you really haven’t put much thought into your post. If 3 of the east or all 4 were out of the playoff race by mid season the gate receipts for those teams would fall dramatically not to mention TSN’s numbers. An all west cup would have been catastrophic for the league. Instead this years Grey Cup had the most viewers in years and TSN’s ratings soared. With more than two thirds of the country living in Central Canada, Ontario and Quebec you need to have those teams fighting for playoff contention in October and November. So you say the East sucks but yet a highly well rested Calgary team has lost the last two Cups to eastern teams. Also other than Montreal the East was much more competitive in the second half of the season. You look at the Tiger-cats first eight games five straight were against western teams three of them on the road with back to backs against the leagues two top teams. Scheduling is the leagues biggest problem not two divisions. Having an eastern club start at 11:30pm eastern time on the west coast in BC is an obvious advantage to the west and no wonder BC has a great winning percentage against the east at home. Oh and I live in BC by the why so this isn’t eastern bias!

        • Jason Gult // December 5, 2017 at 11:55 pm //

          guys get over Regina already. it’s in every chat. if you have com paints, talk to your ownership. My important info to come, it’s not only a knock on you peeople.

          Majority in Toronto is sad/doesn’t care that the Agra’s were in it and won, and when i say majority, i really mean it. The parade had NO ONE.

          We would rather have Toronto leave, and other Canadians cities get the privilege of a minor league football team in the CFL. It will help fans.

          I would say get past the numbers initially and build a proper franchise in cities that want it and care.

          For examples, my companies donate to the CFL, but no one goes int he company and we have i believe a box and 15 seats. it’s always a joke of who has to go.

          Get rid of us and build a team. move to NFL rules. Change up the game.. it’s been losing for too long.

          and the numbers quotes above are not correct. 2 thirds of the country watching the Superbowl at one point or another, the CFL at its peak is around 10M users, so 33% ish.


          • Smarterthanthis // December 6, 2017 at 3:16 pm //

            If you think the Toronto rally had no one or somehow switching to NFL rules (after the NFL keeps failing in Toronto), you’re letting your biases show through.

      • Argos Rule // December 5, 2017 at 8:20 pm //

        Riders wouldnt have had a home playoff regardless of the playoff format. They finished 4th in the west/overall.

        • DiehardFan // December 6, 2017 at 4:32 pm //

          Uhh yes they would’ve. Calgary and Winnipeg get byes, Toronto goes to Sask in one semi and Ottawa to Edm in the other. Of course the east isn’t going to give up their cake walk

    • Agreeded totally with your comment !!! A player on a 0-8 strating team, that had 2 of there resurgent wins against a total tire fore of an ALs team that quit the season somewhere around laborday, hmm how can you think your an outstanding DB when par tof a D that gives up 60 points in one game, and 45 against Ottawa when apparently your playing the best football of oyur season. What a JOKE this guy is , an average player on BAD team, in a division where all teams hugely struggled to be competitive all season till playoff time . ( Credit Ottawa and Toronto for playing Good football in last 1/3 of season ) IMO Cats will struggle again next year if Jerks like ME ME ME Lenord, are their leaders//whiners

  2. I think Leonard was punished for being on a poor Ticat team, especially at the start of the year. Still not fair.

  3. Meanwhile, don’t recall Mr. Leonard getting burned as bad as Mr. Randle vs. Mr. Banks

  4. No one can say that Toronto would have lost if they had played in Regina. That’s why they play the game; no one knows. If games were that predictable, the Stamps would have been handed the Cup. The Riders did not play their best games at home. Ever heard the term “any given Sunday”. When the game starts, it is anybodies game. The Riders had their opportunity and blew it. A good team has to win without home field advantage.

    • Jason Gult // December 5, 2017 at 11:45 pm //

      look i’ll be honest, i don’t even know where Regina is, and i’m from Toronto. Nor am i am a fan of the league, but i do watch football. (CFL only if i am extremely bored and Toronto is playing)

      to try and say if a team will be a successes elsewhere is almost impossible. there are a lot of factors to take into account.

      At the end of the day, the league needs to either find a way for Toronto to move to have a fan base who actually care, and/or, find a way to integrate colleges in Canada to adopt real football rules and go 4 downs then slowly do the same for the CFL. at least players will then learn proper football macanics and may be willing to spend time here developing with the remaining hope to go the NFL – of back to NCAA if talented enough.

      Canada can still keep the CFL, but needs to adapt already. Games change over time, and the preference is not CFL.

      • Ibleedgreen1111 // December 6, 2017 at 6:41 am //

        For a guy who doesn’t like the CFL. You sure comment alot. You should learn to spell. Take some geography lessons on the Canada.

        If you don’t like the CFL don’t watch. If you like the NFL better then thats your problem. Watch there games. Spend your money going to there games. Or even better. Move to the states with your imaginary company you work for and they can purchase an imaginary box for you to sit in when you go to the games.

        Time to move on. Nobody cares about your opinion. Nobody believes anything you post. Your just another troll hiding behind a keyboard full of hot air. Time to move on.

        Go Riders!
        Go CFL!!

        • Jason Gult // December 6, 2017 at 10:56 am //

          People care don’t fool yourself.

          DOWN WITH THE CFL!!!!

          • Smarterthanthis // December 6, 2017 at 3:18 pm //

            Funny how many Americans like the CFL rules once they start watching. “Real” football rules are Canadian, we taught it to the Americans in 1874. Go read some football history that starts before Fox started showing games.

  5. Leonard got burned AGAIN – first not being nominated as East Division ROY and now being snubbed for the all-star team in spite of having better stats than a couple of the players from the west who WERE chosen. Wilder had great stats in a handful of games while Leonard played well ALL season at 2 DB positions – not easy for a rookie especially. He played well against all teams regardless of what the rest of the team did. All stars should be chosen on individual merit instead of on team success but that’s clearly not the case here!

  6. justforkicks // December 5, 2017 at 9:32 pm //

    I don’t have a strong opinion one way or the other but could you not say that a player with high stats on a losing team must have been something special while players surrounded by higher caliber players would possibly have an easier time collecting stats??

    • Jason Gult // December 5, 2017 at 11:36 pm //

      higher caliber got only be debated to a certain. Trying to determine a persons caliber comes down to many factor outside of which division is played for.

      At the end of the day, none of these guys are NFL worthy, they are entertaining Canadian fans for the most part live in very small metropolis areas.

      The pro bowl for the CFL needs to be lifted by overall talent in a way to show the league has a reason to exist and show fans there can potential be some excitement in the year to come.

      • Smarterthanthis // December 6, 2017 at 3:22 pm //

        Nobody here cares about your point about comparing NFL to CFL players. A lot of NFL players tank in the CFL (Ricky Williams was supposed to average 10 yards per carry – how’d that turn out?) because it’s a different game, and while the NFL gets better athletes, that’s only because they pay them stupid amounts of money, it has nothing to do with the entertainment value of either game. And if you watch the NFL, you’ll see plenty of missed tackles, dropped balls, blown coverages (somehow, given how puny the field is), because at the end of the day it’s relative talent vs. relative talent.

  7. Well it’s not like any other Ticats made the all-star team.

  8. What would be wrong with 1 and 2 getting a bye and 3 plays 6 and 4 plays 5 the lowest seed winning plays 1 and the next plays 2 this would be one division and geographically includes everyone for a longer period of time.

  9. Alex Droho // December 6, 2017 at 6:11 pm //

    He who laughs last laughs best. That’s you next year Richard. You show them young man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Some Rider fans seem to have short memories . Eastern teams like Argos and Cats sent money to Regina in the gate equalization program . Riders held telethons to stay alive and eastern players like Mosca showed up to support them . The CFL unites all of Canada and the East/West battles have always been a part of that . Bud Grant vs. Jim Trimble were classics with the Peg usually prevailing . One division would end the “friendly” east vs. west . Why even the NFL sees the advantage of AFC vs. NFC rivalries.

    • Jason Gult // December 7, 2017 at 11:32 pm //

      I dont think you can say the CFL unites “ALL OF CANADA” when you have a city like Toronto for one where majority of the city does not care whatsoever for the team or the league.

  11. Ottawa and Montreal lost their teams but managed to get them back . No more Renegades or Concordes(sp?) and that’s a good thing . The Argos have always been there in good times (50 000 at CNE) and bad ( 12 000 at BMO). Look at the long term picture of the CFL . The Argos will continue to be there ! I’m a 50 year season ticket holder with the TiCats who remembers Leo Cahill and “only an act of God” will stop the Argos .

  12. Gult are you stoned or just stupid but I can’t make out what the hell your saying your spelling sucks.You keep talking about some big company you work for yea right
    your not fooling anybody with that spelling. Please just go away nobody wants to hear or can even read what you are saying
    Does your mommy answer the math question for you so you can play on hear.


    and they are having an actual parade for them

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