Articles by: Sonny Wolfe

Wolfe: Super Bowl Reflections

Wolfe: Super Bowl Reflections

February 11, 2018 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

I suspect that everyone reading this article, watched Super Bowl LII. We all came away from this game with our own impressions of this most exciting game. The following are some of mine – many I suspect/hope will be different and somewhat controversial.

WOLFE: Why are RPOs so big??

WOLFE: Why are RPOs so big??

February 4, 2018 at 6:30 amby 1 comment

As most football fans know; the RPO (Run Pass Option) has become the “big thing” in today’s offensive football; and it is big at all levels. TV commentators discuss its merits on a regular basis. Two prominent and incredibly successful coaches; have discussed RPOs as follows – Bill Belichick –Read More

The Haves and the Have-Nots

The Haves and the Have-Nots

January 21, 2018 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

In my previous article, I point out the flawed U Sports semi-final structure; the article also contained some possible solutions. Today I tackle a more complex and essential concern; the great imbalance that exists in U Sports football.    

WOLFE: Mighty dollar speaks loud in RSEQ, plus National Bowl change needed!

WOLFE: Mighty dollar speaks loud in RSEQ, plus National Bowl change needed!

January 19, 2018 at 6:10 amby 1 comment

There are two U Sports issues that should be dealt with; one an RSEQ (Quebec Conference) concern, the other a national and more essential matter.  

WOLFE: SMU football & honour

WOLFE: SMU football & honour

January 7, 2018 at 6:30 amby 1 comment

Happy New Year to all!! 2018 football is off to a great start; there was some exciting football played on New Year’s day. The Rose Bowl was great entertainment. The NCAA championship game matchup is intriguing. The NFL playoffs are about to start. All of that said, there remains aRead More

Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier is carted off the field. (FRANK VICTORES/AP)

WOLFE: Monday night was not a good night for football

December 10, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

Last Monday night like many football fans; I was looking forward to watching a tough battle with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cincinnati to play the Bengals. The game had playoff implications, and featured a divisional rivalry, with “bad blood” between the teams. Recent games between the teams had been veryRead More

Players from the the Laval Rouge et Or attempt to block a field goal attempt by Western Mustangs kicker Marc Liegghio (80), which missed, during first-half Vainer Cup football action in Hamilton, Ont., on Saturday, November 25, 2017. Peter Power / THE CANADIAN PRESS

WOLFE: The good, the bad, and the ugly of 2017

December 4, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

The Canadian football season is just about complete; perhaps high school football in BC is the only remaining football to be played. This is as good a time as any to look back on some of what has transpired. (feature photo: Players from the the Laval Rouge et Or attemptRead More

(credit: Katie Burt, CFC)

WOLFE: The importance of Referees

November 24, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) I have previously written about the importance of referees and they’re being super vigilant with respect to the safety of the players; and in particular, penalizing any and all contact with the head, and to the head. The dialogue regarding brain injury and football continues,Read More

Former head coach, Sonny Wolfe, McGill Redmen

WOLFE: U Sport controversies

November 20, 2017 at 6:15 amby 0 comments

This past weekend had enough football to satisfy any fan of the game. High school playoffs, CEGEP playoffs, U Sport playoffs, CFL playoffs, and NCAA & NFL regular season games. The following are some random thoughts provoked by an overdose of my favourite game. What a mess created by theRead More

Handsworth Royals pile on Seaquam Seahawks BCSHFB (credit: Katie Burt, CFC)

WOLFE: Training For Football Excellence – Minimal Contact – Possible?

November 12, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

As I have previously indicated, I hold that players can be prepped to play football, at a very high level, without having to constantly make contact. Why this insistence on limiting contact? I believe that changes must occur to save our game. The passage I have cited below, captures myRead More

#FPC17 West Coast Selection Camp Tryout (credit: Katie Burt, CFC)

WOLFE: Non-contact football prep

November 5, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

My previous opinion piece, “Is it Time for BIG Change”, included a statement, some would see as controversial. The statement claimed that athletes can prepare to play the game of football at a high level, with little if any live contact. Many coaches and perhaps as many athletes, would disagree.Read More

Members of Ecole L’Odyssée Olympiens stand for the national anthem before a game against the Saint John Greyhounds in Moncton on Friday. (DARREN CALABRESE/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

WOLFE: Is It Time For BIG Changes?

October 29, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

I suspect everyone reading this piece is a fan of football and desperately wants to see the game not only continue, but to thrive. I have written articles pointing out how much negative press the game has received; notably with regard to health issues (brain injuries). I have also reportedRead More

WOLFE: The role of Referees

WOLFE: The role of Referees

September 30, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

Much has been written, and many discussions have occurred regarding football safety issues, and the need to better protect the athletes. It occurs to me that there has not been sufficient emphasis on the role that the game officials play in protecting the players. Changing and emphasizing rules that eliminateRead More

WOLFE: President Trump and Football

WOLFE: President Trump and Football

September 25, 2017 at 12:32 pmby 0 comments

When reading the headline, you might assume this article is about Trump’s statements regarding the Colin Kaepernick protests. While it seems quite incredible that the “leader” of the USA continues to talk about issues that divide, rather than unite Americans; I will leave it to the political experts to deliberateRead More

Fox 40 Prospect Challenge 2017 - West Coast

WOLFE: Is more football better for the game?

August 30, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

During the span of a 48 year coaching gig, I have seen many changes, most that benefit  the game of football. The one development that I find troubling; players seem to have far more opportunities to practice and play the game, than was the case years ago. On first appearance,Read More

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WOLFE: Football and Academics

August 17, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

It has always been obvious to me that university sports teams are impacted as a consequence of their admissions standards. That is to say, that the schools with the highest standards, have the greatest difficulty winning games and championships. This is more the case in football than other sport. ARead More

Fox 40 Prospect Challenge 2017 - West Coast

WOLFE: The QB Spring & Summer prep

August 7, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

Continuing to look at the quarterback position, let’s look at the spring and summer portions of the preparation that should go into this position.

QB Josh Donnelly, U18 Team Saskatchewan (17) (credit: DheillyFire Photography)

WOLFE: The Making of a QB

July 30, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

In a previous article, “So you wanna play QB”, I made the point that playing QB and/or preparing a QB to play high school football requires an off-season plan. It goes without saying that this is a must at the university and pro levels. Let’s examine how to develop quarterbacksRead More

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WOLFE: So You Wanna Play Quarterback?

July 21, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

Who should play this complex position? Many (including me) feel that quarterback is the most difficult and exhilarating position to play, of any position, in any sport. Furthermore the QB is often times the most important member of the team. A quote by hall of fame coach Bud Grant, perfectlyRead More

WOLFE: Bengals/Bears Camps – “Inside Stuff”

WOLFE: Bengals/Bears Camps – “Inside Stuff”

July 14, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

The previous two articles included what might be described as football specific info. The following anecdotes did not fit into those pieces. They are in no specific order, but were all major discussion items on the long long, Chicago to Montreal return trip.

Wolfe (2): The Great Football Coaching Fraternity

Wolfe (2): The Great Football Coaching Fraternity

July 10, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

This is part 2 to the Football Coaching Fraternity. To view part 1, CLICK HERE.

WOLFE (1): The Great Football Coaching Fraternity

WOLFE (1): The Great Football Coaching Fraternity

July 7, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

To be a great coach one has to be a great teacher – coaching is teaching. To be a great teacher one has to be a great student. In this case, I am referring to being a student of the game of football. As I often tell our players; footballRead More

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