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Chris Triantafilou taught me about compassion, caring and kindness

Coach "Tri" always had my best interests at heart

University of Waterloo Warrior defensive backs 1994

Chris Triantafilou with University of Waterloo Warrior Football Defensive Backs, 1994

IN THE END, football was just a backdrop for the lessons we learned.

When I found out that Chris Triantafilou had passed suddenly from cancer on October 25, my heart sank.

Coach Tri (pronounced "Tree") was one of the most caring, thoughtful, . . .

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October 30, 2018

This story will make you question manhood

Being only tough and strong limits boys and men

Football players at line of scrimmage
Photo: Freeimages.com – Josef Faustbeck

Take it like a man.

How often have you heard this expression? Or maybe one of its cousins: Man up. Don’t be a sissy. Be a man. Don’t cry.

When I played university football, emblazoned at the top of our dressing room, in huge, black lettering, read the words: INTIMIDATE AND . . .

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July 06, 2017

An awesome Redblacks Grey Cup parade

My son and I joined thousands for an Ottawa football celebration

Ottawa Redblacks parade on Bank Street

A grey, drab, Tuesday morning. Ottawa awoke to a thin sheet of freezing rain coating the streets. By noon, the temperature had risen, the ice had melted and thousands of fans lined Bank Street for a victory parade to cheer on their football heroes and 2016 Grey Cup champions, the Ottawa Redblacks.

We parked on Fourth Avenue between . . .

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December 01, 2016

Growing up Grey Cup

The Canadian Football League is quirky, exciting and intimate

Montreal at BC, 2005

The television’s blue-hued light flickered in the dark. “I hear someone coming,” I whispered to my brother. “Turn off the TV and hide!” The stairs creaked as Dad made his way downstairs to get a drink of water. We hid behind the laundry room door.

“Shh … be quiet or we’ll get in . . .

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November 24, 2016

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