Articles by: Ben Browne

BROWNE’S BYTES: Numbers aren’t everything

BROWNE’S BYTES: Numbers aren’t everything

August 10, 2020 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

This year’s CFL Draft was different in many ways: it was done virtually, teams did not have access to their typically-available war rooms, and one other extremely important difference.

BROWNE’S BYTES: The importance of football in smaller high schools

BROWNE’S BYTES: The importance of football in smaller high schools

July 27, 2020 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

To the schools that boast them, football programs are a fundamental pillar of their identity. There are thousands across the country, and while high school football in Canada isn’t nearly the scope of what it is South of the border, success on the gridiron is, in more cases than not,Read More

BROWNE’S BYTES: U Sports shoots itself in the foot … again

BROWNE’S BYTES: U Sports shoots itself in the foot … again

July 13, 2020 at 6:00 amby 0 comments

As I feel like I’ve said a thousand times since the COVID-19 pandemic began – we are in uncharted waters; unprecedented times. All sports leagues at all levels have paused. Some have outright cancelled, while others have begun to resume or are close to resuming in the coming weeks.

BROWNE’S BYTES: Football must become a welcoming space for LGBTQ2S+ athletes

BROWNE’S BYTES: Football must become a welcoming space for LGBTQ2S+ athletes

June 30, 2020 at 4:45 amby 0 comments

I, frankly, debated writing this piece, for the seemingly-inevitable backlash it would receive. I decided to do it, anyway, because I came to a simple realization: any negativity a column about LGBT rights (human rights, by the way) on a football site may garner would serve as all the proofRead More

BROWNE’S BYTES: The delicate balance between academics and athletics for prospective recruits

BROWNE’S BYTES: The delicate balance between academics and athletics for prospective recruits

June 24, 2020 at 5:30 amby 0 comments

The recruiting process is one of the most rewarding, yet stressful times of a young student-athlete’s life. There is so much on the line: a chance to play the game you love, a chance to receive a world-class post secondary education and, in some cases, an opportunity for a careerRead More

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie on Jan. 10, 2018. Photo by Scott Rowed, Canadian Football League.

BROWNE’S BYTES: U SPORTS football depends on the viability of the CFL

June 21, 2020 at 6:45 amby 0 comments

There is no shortage of uncertainty regarding the state of football in our country these days, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. U Sports has cancelled the 2020 Vanier Cup, while the OUA, AUS and Canada West conferences have axed their fall seasons, with some hope of possibly playing a spring schedule.Read More

BROWNE’S BYTES: How a potential cancelled season impacts the 2021 recruiting class

BROWNE’S BYTES: How a potential cancelled season impacts the 2021 recruiting class

June 9, 2020 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

(Photo Source: U Sports) This is COVID-19’s world, and we are just living in it.  The pandemic has been front page news for nearing three months now, and has altered everything we considered normal.

BROWNE’S BYTES: Coaches – your players need you to step up on anti-racism

BROWNE’S BYTES: Coaches – your players need you to step up on anti-racism

June 8, 2020 at 6:15 amby 0 comments

We have all seen the appalling and heart-wrenching video of Derek Chauvin – a now-former Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer – pressing his knee on the neck of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man, for nearly nine minutes, killing him.

BROWNE’S BYTES: The pivotal role of community coaches in high schools

BROWNE’S BYTES: The pivotal role of community coaches in high schools

May 4, 2020 at 6:00 amby 0 comments

Coaches are the very people that make football – and all the sports we love – possible. They play an important role in the development of their athletes. Not only do they provide them all the tools necessary to excel at their chosen game; the best ones also mould theirRead More

BROWNE’S BYTES: Why is summer rep not a national enterprise?

BROWNE’S BYTES: Why is summer rep not a national enterprise?

April 27, 2020 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

Summer football has been a staple in Ontario since 1993. That year, the now-dormant Great Lakes Football League (GLFL) was formed with three teams: the Huronia Stallions (who won the inaugural league title), the Mississauga Warriors – who the Stallions beat in the final – and the Oshawa Hawkeyes. SinceRead More

QB DiVito coming off breakout campaign

QB DiVito coming off breakout campaign

April 19, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

Steven DiVito, quarterback for the Toronto Jets (Senior Varsity) of the Ontario Provincial Football League (OPFL) made quite the exit from the JV ranks in 2019. He had his best season to date, throwing for 2,120 yards – a career high – and 22 touchdowns. He also added a pairRead More

BROWNE’S BYTES: The remarkable resurgence of the Waterloo Warriors

BROWNE’S BYTES: The remarkable resurgence of the Waterloo Warriors

April 14, 2020 at 6:00 amby 0 comments

Last Tuesday was a monumental day for the Waterloo Warriors. They landed CFC100 James Hinsperger when he announced his commitment to the program via Twitter. The native of Cambridge – about half an hour outside Waterloo – becomes the third member of his family to join the Warriors; brothers JackRead More

BROWNE’S BYTES: Introducing your newest CFC Columnist

BROWNE’S BYTES: Introducing your newest CFC Columnist

April 6, 2020 at 5:30 amby 0 comments

Hello! (You can’t start an “introductory” piece without an introduction!) If you’re a regular visitor to this site, my by-line should be nothing new to you. Although I’ve taken a step back over the last year or so, I’ve been a writer with CFC for almost five years now. I’veRead More

DE Mucha relishes being a playmaker

DE Mucha relishes being a playmaker

February 27, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

Class of 2022 defensive end Drew Mucha with the Miller Marauders in Saskatchewan may only be a month away from his 16th birthday, but he is no stranger to a gridiron. He began playing as an 8-year-old after some encouragement from his friends, and says he “fell in love” withRead More

LB Wendt a pillar of positivity

LB Wendt a pillar of positivity

October 5, 2019 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

Did you hear about the CFC Prospect Game on TSN? REGISTER for a CFC Tryout and Showcase near you!  For Centennial Chargers linebacker Chase Wendt, physicality has always been the name of the game. With that in mind, it’s no surprise he jumped at the chance to partake in perhapsRead More

DL Beaulieu leaving pivots on notice

DL Beaulieu leaving pivots on notice

September 17, 2019 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

Quinton Beaulieu may only be 15, but the defensive lineman for the Garden City Gophers of the Winnipeg High School Football League (WHSFL) has been playing football for seven seasons. And he has opposing quarterbacks on high alert. REGISTER NOW: CanadaFootballChat.com Tryout & Showcase REGISTER NOW: Fox 40 Prospect Tryout

RB/WR DuPlessis puts in the work

RB/WR DuPlessis puts in the work

September 7, 2019 at 5:20 amby 0 comments

Jack DuPlessis is #1 on the field, and is one of the hardest working players on his team off the gridiron; He is someone who fits the category of the proverbial ‘student of the game’ to a tee. REGISTER NOW: CanadaFootballChat.com Showcase & Tryout REGISTER NOW: Fox 40 Prospect Tryout

OL Hilchie plays big in the trenches

OL Hilchie plays big in the trenches

August 29, 2019 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

Hayden Hilchie may only stand 5’10, but he plays – and weighs (241lbs) – much bigger. He will soon be entering his second year of junior with the Prince Andrew Panthers of the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation. RELATED CONTENT: Did you hear about the CFC Prospect Game on TSN?Read More

DL Kipling all business between the lines

DL Kipling all business between the lines

August 15, 2019 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

Vincent Kipling can recall vividly the day he was introduced to the game of football as a young kid. “My mom got me into football when I was younger and I remember it perfectly,” he said. “We were driving and then she asked me and my brother if we wantedRead More

WR Barbour already a Bison by blood

WR Barbour already a Bison by blood

August 14, 2019 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

Taron Barbour might be three years away from graduation, but the River East Collegiate sophomore – entering his second year of junior with the Kodiaks – is a step ahead of many his age. RELATED CONTENT: Did you hear about the CFC Prospect Game on TSN? Watch it HERE

CFC100 LB Chassie thrives in uncharted waters

CFC100 LB Chassie thrives in uncharted waters

January 10, 2019 at 6:00 amby 0 comments

Kaleb Chassie may be a linebacker, but that isn’t the only position he piloted for the Sandwich Sabres (Windsor & Essex County Secondary School Athletics Association; WECSSAA) junior team this season. “I was asked to play quarterback after the start of our season, and literally days before a game,” saidRead More

CFC100 DL Gonzalez believes trust in his teammates is imperative

CFC100 DL Gonzalez believes trust in his teammates is imperative

January 9, 2019 at 6:00 amby 0 comments

Eddie Gonzalez is a team player. The evidence of that assertion can be found in a few ways: he plays multiple positions, is a captain, and he says playing the game as long as he has has taught him that football is a true team sport. He says without everyoneRead More

St. Ignatius Falcons celebrate 2018 OFSAA Metro Bowl victory (Courtesy: Twitter/TBCDSB_Ignatius

Thunder Bay putting itself in football foreground

December 21, 2018 at 6:00 amby 0 comments

Thunder Bay. Football. Two words that, up until three years ago, not many people would have associated with one another. Thunder Bay – population 108,000 and one of the northernmost destinations in Ontario – is known more as a hockey town. After all, they have produced more NHL hockey playersRead More

DYK: St. John’s Tigers win championship, dedicate to fallen pivot

DYK: St. John’s Tigers win championship, dedicate to fallen pivot

November 24, 2018 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

DID YOU KNOW is a bi-weekly instalment that brings you some of the most fascinating stories in Canadian football across the country at all levels. In this week’s edition St. Pat’s Irish come back with a bang Small Sudbury school continues to do the impossible St. John’s Tigers win firstRead More

 
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