My 10 Most Missed CFL Characters

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  1. Bronko

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    Of recent vintage.....

    1. Troy Westwood – the epitome of the mealy-mouthed CFL FG kicker, also miss him trying to keep pace with exploding run back specialist, showcasing his speed by always careful to never actually close the angle.

    2. Wad “Wade” Miller – only 5’7”, 185 lb. man to play MLB, Fullback and various other special duty jobs for a CFL team. Was routinely rostered as the only thing the bombers had to determine during the Miller years was whether they were going to lose by 20, 30 or 40.

    3. Coach Dave Ritchie – international man of mystery. Great lines, some savvy but never rode his teams very hard. Lackadaisical would describe him the most.

    4. Adrianno Belli – this man was an idiot, make no mistake about it but he was a thoroughly entertaining idiot.

    5. Doug Brown – as unemotional a defensive tackle as this league has ever seen. However, he was a respected giant who routinely drew double coverage and often busted thru the doubles.

    6. Brett ‘Bobo’ McNeil – the height of emotion. Slightly under-talented OG or OT who played injured most of his career. I learned to respect this man greatly.

    7. Matt ‘King Kong Bundy’ Sheridan – a 6’4”, 388 lb. offensive olineman. When he was right, he was virtually impenetrable.

    8. Adam Rita – another village idiot who’s antics I miss

    9. Charles ‘Blink’ Roberts – never be another one like the little man with the frying pan hands. Broke all bomber rushing records (Lewis, Reaves, etc.) and did it while working out at the McDonalds drive-thru and the local cigarette kiosk.

    10. Ben Cahoon – this smug, arrogant receiver was a legend. Miss him a lot, although his absence makes the bombers better.
     
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    1. Danny Mac and Damon Allen. CFL not the same without 'em.
     
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    Johnny "Ordinary Superstar" Rodgers
    Larry Highbaugh
     
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    got my pic taken with him last year. a keeper for sure.
     
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    Another guy was ex Bomber & Alouette John Harvey. He was a bad boy. Loads of talent as a tailback but had discipline & off field issues in Winnipeg. Bomber head coach Jim Spavital already fed up with the behaviour of his star fullback Ed Williams in 1972 unloaded him in 1973 & he ended up in Montreal where he starred in the same backfield as Rodgers for another year or two. Discipline issues caught up with him in Montreal & he was gone by 1975.
     
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    Nobody misses Gizmo & Pinner???
     
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    Nate, your thoughts on John Harvey?
     
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    Just remember the name - I was on a temporary leave of absence as Fake CFL Commissioner during Harvey's time!
     
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    Too bad, I thought we could have a little discussion about the guy. Loads of talent but all kinds of personal issues he had to deal with. Marv Levy kept him for a couple of years & got rid of him.
     
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    I always thought Milt Stegall was a character on the field and the Gizmo I miss for being a short man that was so consistently dangerous. Pinball was pretty similar to the Williams but had such an off the field persona that you just couldn't help but like him even if he was lighting up your team.
     
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    Swac Payton and Mike Pringle
     
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    Dick Thornton was a real free spirit. He really let loose when he went to the Argos from under the heavy hand of stoic Bud Grant to the anything goes, Leo "Just Play Hard For Me On Game Day" Cahill. Once said the best thing about Winnipeg were the roads leading out of it. One of the best defensive backs to ever play in the CFL. And he actually was a quarterback first at Northwestern who switched to defensive back as he was never going to beat out Ken Ploen.
     
  13. Bronko

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    My initial list of "most missed" included most comedians, sickopaths, boasters, cronies & nail-biters. I miss the inherent comedy combined with lack of talent (other than Bubba)

    Seriously, I miss pros like Rod Hill, Tyrone Jones & James West in terms of pure performance and crowd-elevating antics.
     
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    We could go on forever with this topic, Nate. Great choice of subjects. Anyone else, please join in.
     

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