It’s the Cana­dian way, eh?

The News (New Glasgow) - - SPORTS - Kevin Adshade

The Mother of All Touch­down Cel­e­bra­tions: No won­der Johnny Manziel wanted to play in the Cana­dian Foot­ball League – we do things a lit­tle dif­fer­ent up here.

Ot­tawa Red­blacks’ of­fen­sive line­man Jon Gott avoided be­ing fined by the CFL de­spite chugging a beer dur­ing his team’s 24-9 home win over the Toronto Arg­onauts on Nov. 2.

Fol­low­ing an Ot­tawa touch­down, Gott, who is from Al­berta, ran into the end-zone stands, grabbed a beer from his girl­friend and chugged it through his face­mask be­fore crush­ing the can against his hel­met.

The only way it could have been any bet­ter (or worse, de­pend­ing on your per­spec­tive) would be if had he climbed into a hot-air bal­loon and let it carry him out of the sta­dium and into the Ot­tawa night.

The league couldn’t com­pletely let it go, of course; they quickly put in a rule about beer and drug use on the foot­ball field. I’d guess that since weed is now le­gal in this coun­try, CFL brass wanted to en­sure that no player would score a TD and then spark up a cel­e­bra­tory doo­bie un­der the goal posts.

You have to draw the line some­where.

Non-Sports Thoughts of the Week:

■ As Don Cherry says, “buy a poppy”. Vol­un­teers are prac­ti­cally giv­ing them away at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around Pic­tou County as we near Re­mem­brance Day, so drop a few coins in the jar, ac­cept a poppy and wear it to hon­our not just those who died on bat­tle­fields thou­sands of miles from home, but those who made it through, even if there were scars – some vis­i­ble, and some not so much – that stayed with them.

My grand­fa­ther, as stated pre­vi­ously in this space, spent two or three years as a POW, forced by his Ger­mans cap­tors to work in a salt mine (most of the guards, he once said, were de­cent to the pris­on­ers).

He didn’t speak of his war ex­pe­ri­ences very much un­less he was work­ing on a glass of rum (with a splash of Coke just for colour), but he got out of it alive and made his way back home. Many oth­ers didn’t, though.

Buy a poppy.

Wear it.

Other Ran­dom Sports Thoughts:

■ It’s Novem­ber, which means it’s not only the month we will cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Men’s Day (Nov. 19), it is also play­off time in the CFL, with two games this week­end, start­ing with the B.C. Li­ons at Hamil­ton Ti-Cats (even on the road, the Li­ons are a good bet, be­cause they’re hit­ting the play­offs with some steam).

Out on the prairies, the Win­nipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers will hook up in Regina, where the Roughrid­ers have the best de­fence in the CFL and should win on their rau­cous home field.

Kevin Adshade is a writer with The News. His col­umn ap­pears each week.

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