Dave Dickenson said a bad word on TV and now he’s taking a rap from Knuckles.
The Calgary Stampeders head coach has raised the ire of legendary Winnipeg Blue Bombers play-by-play man Bob Irving – nickname “Knuckles” – after Dickenson appeared to refer to Bombers’ head coach Mike O’Shea as a “fucking Canadian” during a rant about the officiating in Sunday’s West Final.
Just saw the Dickenson rant where he moaned about penalties and appeared to refer to Oshea as a F’ing Cdn. Dickenson and the Stampeders owe an apology to OShea, the Bombers and everybody who cares about the CFL.
— Bob Irving (@BobIrvingCJOB) November 19, 2018
Dickenson’s words, which were picked up by a TSN camera and broadcast during the game, are tough to decipher but there’s little question that the words “O’Shea” and “fucking Canadian” are in there.
Wow!! Did Dickenson just say "F'n Canadians"?
— x – Bush Pilot (@BushPilotDHC2) November 18, 2018
This isn’t the first time Dickenson has been caught by TSN mics saying something of questionable taste. During one of the Live Mic broadcasts in August, he was heard taunting Saskatchewan Roughrider kicker Brett Lauther before a field goal try. And of course, there was that time Riders’ coach Chris Jones told him to “win with class.”
Dickenson spent his post-game press conference comparing his team to Tiger Woods saying “I think they enjoy seeing us fail.” If he’s going to insult the country that produces the overwhelming number of CFL fans (not to mention half the players) then that’s hardly surprising.
We’ve reached out to the CFL to see if they’re looking into this. But surely some effing Canadian reporter will ask Dickenson about it at Grey Cup.
Dickenson has aplogized for his comment and we now have a more fulsome explanation as to what he said and why:
Dickendon says 'Canadian' content not directed at O'Shea, but rather a nickname. Apologizes for any one offended.
— Sports On 770 CHQR (@SportsOn770) November 19, 2018
He said f’ing Canadian mafia ????????????????
— Derek Dennis (@6BONECRUSHER3) November 19, 2018
????????????We got a winner ????????????
The trio of Miller/Walters/O'Shea leading a #CFL team have been referenced as the Canadian mafia by more than just Calgary! And if you like trying to lip read … watch the tape again (a player does get in the way for a portion of it) https://t.co/aObOIlt4iw
— Jamie Nye (@jamienye) November 19, 2018
Mike O’Shea says he has spoken with Dave Dickenson about the viral clip of his comments on the @CFLonTSN broadcast. He says they have a good relationship and that the conversation will remain confidential. O’Shea says he respects Dickenson. #Bombers #Stamps
— Darrin Bauming, TSN. (@DarrinBauming) November 19, 2018