THE WEEK THAT WAS AND WILL BE
Happy birthday to us. This week marks the second anniversary of 3DownNation, and it’s been quite the ride. We’ve made remarkable progress since our launch and, thanks to passionate CFL fans across the country, we have enjoyed some remarkable growth.
The site was initially launched as a way to bring together reporters and bloggers from across the country in hopes of providing news, context and analysis on the entire CFL. While the roster of contributors has changed slightly over the last 24 months, much of our original team remains in place. We’ve also made a number of key additions, most notably reporter Justin Dunk who has broken a number of big stories since joining us in February 2016. We’ve also had valuable contributions from former players like Obby Khan, who wrote beautifully about his experiences as a Muslim man in Canada, and ex-Ticat John Williams on the challenges he faced after retirement. Last Saturday, 3DownNation was honoured at the Ontario Newspaper Awards, winning in the Online Multimedia Special Project category, and people said some awfully nice things about the site. “If 3DownNation is a one-stop website for everything CFL, it’s because founder and editor, Drew Edwards, included journalists and knowledgable bloggers from across Canada to provide perspective on every team,” judge Tim McKenna wrote. “This innovative site includes CFL news, analysis, photos podcasts and insightful columns dealing with CFL issues on and off the field.” Winning is always great — as anyone associated with football can tell you — but McKenna’s comments were even more gratifying because it’s what we set out to do. While the page view numbers and reader response have given us a good indication were on the right track — we continue to smash records every month — getting some hardware by way of validation feels pretty good, too. Which isn’t to say we don’t have our challenges. The economics of digital publishing continue to be a challenge for everyone involved and the landscape is shifting quickly. We’ll need to keep evolving in order to continue our success. *** The Hamilton Tiger-Cats released 14 players on Monday, including veteran American offensive lineman Jeremy Lewis. The 27-year-old Lewis made 39 starts over three seasons with the club, including 14 last year. He suffered a knee injury in an August game against the Calgary Stampeders and missed the last four games of the regular season as well as the East semifinal loss to Edmonton. The Florida native also missed nine games due to injury in 2015. But Lewis’ recent Twitter activity indicated he expected to be healthy for training camp.
The team currently has five American tackles listed on their roster, including veterans Xavier Fulton and Jake Olson, who missed all of last season recovering from a torn patella tendon in his knee. Three more, Jordan Swindle, Malcolm Bunche and Torian White, attended mini-camp last week and are now expected to compete at main camp at the end of the month. Also released on Monday was Canadian defensive back Elroy Douglas, who was a fifth-round pick by the Ticats last May. He appeared in four games last season while spending most the year on the practice roster. The cuts were made as teams around the CFL got down to the league-mandated 75-player roster.
Offensive lineman Jeremy Lewis was released by the Ticats Monday.