Canadian Football Is More Intense Than One Might Think

Canadian football is taken quite seriously by a.) Canadians, and b.) college option quarterbacks looking to play football for a few more years before settling down to put their name on a car dealership or do color commentary on AM sports talk radio.

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One other person who may be paying serious attention to Canadian football today: Steve Smith. Ever on the hunt for new methods to bludgeon teammates into submission, he may find this anecdote from an Edmonton Eskimos practice fight to be useful.

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↵No one intervened in the tussle. Jackson, who got the worst of it, flung off his practice jersey and headed off the field — returning with a shovel from behind some nearby dumpsters.↵
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The player had to be “talked back to reality” and escorted from the field by the team doctor. If Smith decides to beat Jake Delhomme senseless, though, he’ll need no such degree of overkill. Delhomme hasn’t thrown anything that’s hit the broad side of a barn this year, so why expect a punch to go any differently than one of his passes? A shovel would really be too much against an opponent with no defense, sir.

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