The CFL Mexican combine got underway in Mexico City this morning and one of the more interesting subplots is who showed up from the various teams. While the CFL was reportedly putting pressure on teams to send top brass, Edmonton Eskimos general manager Brock Sunderland said he and head coach Jason Maas weren’t going.
So who did show up?
Well, CFL senior writer Chris O’Leary apparently got himself an all-expense paid trip to Mexico City (PostMedia sent somebody as well) and he posted a pic on Twitter that gives us some clues.
After taking a Zapruder-esque look at the photo, here’s who I think is in it.
Going from left to right: Saskatchewan Roughriders’ assistant vice president, football operations and administration Jeremy O’Day; Toronto Argonauts’ director of football administration Catherine Raiche; Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ senior director of personnel and co-manager of football operations Drew Allemang; Ottawa Redblacks’ head coach Rick Campbell; TSN reporter Dave Naylor; the CFL’s chief marketing, digital and strategy officer Christina Litz; Ottawa offensive coordinator Jamie Elizondo; the currently unemployed John Murphy (likely with the Argos); Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ head coach Mike O’Shea; Winnipeg GM Kyle Walters; Saskatchewan offensive coordinator Stephen McAdoo; Hamilton senior director of personnel and co-manager of football operations Shawn Burke; B.C. Lions’ general manager Ed Hervey; Calgary head coach Dave Dickenson; Montreal general manager Kavis Reed; Edmonton Director of Scouting Bobby Merritt; Argonauts scout Justin Hickman; Alouettes director of national scouting Miles Gorrell.
Now, it’s certainly likely that there are other team and league staffers not in this photo but the list gives us an indication of who is taking the exercise seriously – or is at least following orders from the league office – and who is not.