For Jeffrey Orridge, his dream job was to be the commissioner of a major sports league.
Now, he can add that to his impressive resume.
The CFL named Orridge the league’s 13th commissioner on Tuesday, replacing Mark Cohon who held the title for 8 years. The CFL isn’t new to the Queens, New York Native. He fondly remembers watching the CFL at home with his father when Warren Moon quarterbacked the Edmonton Eskimos in the early 80’s. His father instilled in him that Canada was a land of fairness and opportunity, in a time when a black quarterback wasn’t wanted in American football. Orridge, who is currently the Executive Director, Sports and General Manager, Olympics for CBC, has lived in Canada with his family since 2007.
He was responsible for CBC acquiring Olympic media rights through to the 2020 games and the 2015 PanAm/Para PanAm games. Now he’s responsible for the continuing success of Canada’s professional football league and more importantly, North America’s oldest sports franchise. Solidifying the stability of the Toronto Argonauts has to be the top priority for Orridge. The loss of the Argonauts would be disastrous for the league and a black-eye on the new commissioner’s stint in the CFL.
The good news for Orridge is he’s stepping into a relatively good situation.
There aren’t any teams on the brink of bankruptcy and there aren’t any stadiums falling apart. The league is in a good place. However, the growing concern is the future. With a fan base that’s growing older the league and Orridge need to find a way to entice a new generation into loving a great Canadian pastime. Orridge also brings a different perspective to the CFL. He’s the first American commissioner in the league’s history. The hope is that he can put a different spin on the league, one that hasn’t existed because his Canadian counterparts were still living in what the league was. Living in the past.
Mainly, the CFL needs someone who can find them a future. Someone who understands apps, smartphones and their marketing strategy. Someone who understands that the demographic they’re searching for lives through the connectivity of their devices. With all his accomplishments, a question still remains.
Is Jeffrey Orridge the man to lead the Canadian Football League into a new frontier?
The CFL certainly hopes so.
Its a nasty time to be a Toronto sports fan.
The Leafs are awful, the Raptors aren’t much better, the Jays are injured and TFC is back to its ways of old. The lone bright spot, The Sports Cave Podcast of course. We’re back with a massive amount of sports talk. Beginning with a feel-good story from the Ottawa Senators, where Andrew “The Hamburgler” Hammond has single handedly driven the Sens up the Eastern Conference standings. We also talk about NFL free agency, and polish it off bantering about the Raptors woes.
We have a special guest on the show tonight. Andrew Selbie, a former Junior hockey goaltender, joins us from Sunrise, Florida to talk about a fantastic opportunity he had with the Florida Panthers.
Check it out, Sports Cave Dwellers.
Once again, our guy Lance has his hand in another project. This time, it’s a bid to become 102.1 The Edge‘s new Monday morning sports guy. This morning (Tuesday) he was on the station with a quick Leafs update. Listen to it here.
What’s up Cave Dwellers? It’s TSC Podcast crew com in’ at ya with episode #38. This time around we’re discussing Alex Rodriguez back in pinstripes and we throw four new crew members into the Douche Canoe. The Blue Jays are getting ready for spring training, so of course that’s on our radar.
Enjoy everyone and look for us in two weeks!
In recent weeks there’s been a lot of chatter about what the Toronto Raptors need to do in order to elevate from a good team to a great team. Who do they trade? Who can they get? The answer is very simple and doesn’t require any drastic decisions: Stay the course with the current crop of players. This team doesn’t need to trade any of its core pieces.
The Raptors have become exponentially better each of the last three seasons. The team finished the 2012-13 campaign at 34-48, 5th in the Atlantic division. In the 2013-14 season, the Raptors made a complete turnaround, finishing 1st in the division with a 48-34 record and securing a playoff berth for just the third time in the franchises history. This season the team’s off to its best start at 29-15.
The acquisition of Kyle Lowry in July 2012 meant the addition of what would eventually be the cornerstone of the Raptors franchise. Lowry’s impact wouldn’t be fully realized until after December 8, 2013.
The day General Manager Masai Ujiri altered the Raptors course, sending Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings. This bold move opened the door for Demar DeRozan to show the organization what he can do. In 2012-13, DeRozan finished with 1485 points, but in 2013-14 he finished over 300 points better than that. Terrence Ross continues to improve while clocking more minutes than he has in previous seasons.
In 2013-14 Jonas Valanciunas emerged as a more prominent player down the middle, helping to solidify the Raptors rebounding game. The big Lithuanian has improved his blocks and rebound numbers in each of the last three seasons. Keep in mind he’s only 22 years old. Perennial bench starter, Lou Williams has been nothing short of fantastic, adding minutes and points when called upon. Take Toronto’s core of Lowry, DeRozan, Ross, and Valanciunas and you have an average age of 24.5. One of the youngest core groups in the NBA.
While the team struggles defensively at times, they’re in the top 10 in nearly every offensive category and 5th in points per game at 106.
The idea that this team needs to trade one of its younger core players is foolish. Every young player goes through up’s and down’s, but with consistent coaching can only improve. With Dwane Casey, the young Raptors coaching is very consistent. Players like Ross, DeRozan and Valanciunas can only get better.
Masai Ujiri needs to stay in his current holding pattern, and let these young players blossom into the great players they will become. Like a fine wine, this team will only get better with age.
We’re back with episode #37! This time around we’re discussing one of the better Super Bowl’s of our generation. We also get into some Toronto Maple Leafs discussion and we polish it off talking about the University of
Vagina Regina. Come on America…..
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We’ve got it. It’s Episode #36 of TSC Podcast and this time we’re coming at ya with a plethora of NFL talk, NHL All-Star fodder and jersey retirements.
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See you in two.
TSC Podcast is back with another sledgehammer of sports talk punishing your grill. We talk a little NFL playoffs and try to squeeze in a game show. Of course, there was some crying and complaining, but we got through it.
Have a listen!
How appropriate that we release our Christmas show (and final show of the year) on the 25th of December. Merry Christmas to all our Sports Cave Dwellers and Happy New Year!
This week Terik throws an entire franchise in the Douche Canoe, and Gary Thesoundguy tries to get into the wine. All the boys were together once again, so of course fun was had all around.
Well see you in 2015!
The juggernaut that is The Sports Cave Podcast was in full swing dealing you a sledgehammer of sports to the face. We’re talking favourite Christmas sports traditions, and Toronto Blue Jays Baseball among other things.
Big News out of The Sports Cave as we introduced our newest member of the crew, Gary Thesoundguy! Gary brings a wealth of sound engineering knowledge to the team, along with a vast array of stories that we’ll be looking forward to hearing during “Storytime with Gary”.
Check it out!