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BTP The Offseason, Day 30: The devil’s in the backfield

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What the devil? Injury-plagued quarterback Matt Dunigan may not have sold his soul to the devil to g Photo by Paul Hunter/Toronto Star via Getty Images

It was March 12th when the ACC tournament and all the rest were canceled, with the NCAA tournament not far behind. Fortunately, we’ve all made it through this month of isolation, and everything is back to the way it was before. Whew, what a relief for us all.

[holds finger to earpiece]

You say it’s not over at all, and in fact just beginning. I see. Back to crying, then.

I was thinking about how I handled boredom as a kid, and mostly that involved sports. Y’know, the standard stuff like one-person football in the back yard or imagined Final Four games in the driveway. But also sports I just made up. Did you also make up sports, and if so, do you remember how they were played?

The one I remember best involved the Nerf basketball hoop on my bedroom door. Basically you drop the ball there at the hoop, then kick it backward with your heel. Where it stops is where your opponent shoots. Each made shot is a point and another kick-out, while missed shots are played by the other team where the rebound lies (usually really close to the basket, of course). Obviously the idea was to kick the ball out as far from the hoop as possible, which would then bring in the ceiling fan as a hazard for the shooter.

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Halloween in the CFL! The devil is in the details of reading a defense, as they say.

OCTOBER 30: What the devil? Injury-plagued quarterback Matt Dunigan may not have sold his soul to the devil to get back into the Argo lineup; but he appears to be Satan’s choice. The big guy badly in need of a haircut is lineman Blaine Schmidt.