The Waggle

Canadian Football League

The Waggle is the official podcast of the Canadian Football League hosted by Donnovan Bennett.

All Episodes

1:20 The Elks clean house and what went wrong in Edmonton5:20 What did we learn from the three games between Calgary and Saskatchewan?9:00 Calgary's defence giving the Riders problems during the season12:30 Critical defensive line play for both the Riders and Stamps this season15:30 How does Bo Levi Mitchell look going into this playoff game 18:30 Who would give Winnipeg the biggest test in the Western Final22:00 Final thoughts with Donnovan

Nov 25

23 min 17 sec

Playoffs?! That's right, we've made it to the 2021 CFL Grey Cup Playoffs and first up is the Eastern Semi-Final between the Montreal Alouettes and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. To help us prepare, Marshall Ferguson joins Donnovan to take a deep look at the match-up.

Nov 25

32 min 27 sec

To wrap up our Game Changers series we talk to one of the first women to officiate a CFL game, Emily Clarke, on growing up playing the game and how she earned her stripes.

Nov 18

32 min 12 sec

1:30 – More critical week 16 – Montreal or Hamilton?7:00 – Calgary’s 16th consecutive post-season appearance10:30 – What went wrong for BC this year?14:15 – Brandon Alexander interview begins15:45 – Defending the 2019 Grey Cup with an impressive 202119:30 – Does Brandon Alexander think he should be an all-star this year?20:20 – Alexander & Stanback repping UCF in the CFL24:30 – What’s the secret to Zach Collaros’ success this year?26:30 – What has B.A. learned since coming to the CFL?29:30 – The complexity of playing safety in the CFL33:00 – The burgeoning music career of B.A.39:00 – The Winnipeg fan base and how they fuel the team41:30 – Final thoughts

Nov 17

42 min 51 sec

With playoff spots and seeding hanging in the balance, Donnovan and Pat look at the all-important match-ups this weekend in 'Cover 3'. Then, Stampeders star running back Ka'Deem Carey chats with Donnovan about how they've been able to rebound in Calgary and make a run at the post-season.

Nov 10

30 min 35 sec

The CFL's leading rusher joins us this week to talk about his Alouettes and how he hopes to help carry them to a Grey Cup. First, we check in with our friend Pat Steinberg to look at some western teams that may be able to stop the dominant Bombers.

Nov 3

29 min 53 sec

A big week in the CFL! Nick Arbuckle heads back west, Ottawa says goodbye to Marcel Desjardins and playoff spots are up for grabs. Speaking of which, with a big win in Calgary last week our guest Cody Fajardo and his Saskatchewan Roughriders are right in the thick of the playoff hunt in the west.

Oct 27

57 min 12 sec

It's the second instalment of Game Changers presented by CDIC! This time we speak with Nadia Doucoure, who originally hails from France but moved to Canada 7 years ago and is currently the receivers coach for the Carleton University football program. Tune in this season to these special edition episodes presented by CDIC.

Oct 22

29 min 39 sec

1:45 - 'Cover 3' with Pat Steinberg18:45 - Chris Jones interview

Oct 20

35 min 6 sec

Pat Steinberg checks in with DJ after a full slate of Thanksgiving football.

Oct 13

16 min 32 sec

2:00 – Three week 9 games that saved 3 seasons7:45 – Who is the best team in the East?13:00 – Can Winnipeg be stopped?20:00 – Lucky Whitehead interview begins20:30 – Injury update21:00 – Trying to re-enter game against Winnipeg23:00 – Timeline for recovery24:30 – Emerging as a receiver in BC25:45 – Comparable story to that of 2019 MOP Brandon Banks?26:45 – Giving returners a chance at receiver28:00 – The long road to landing with the Lions30:00 – The Lions sale pitch in free agency33:00 – The competition in the west division34:00 – Who will step up for Leos in Lucky’s absence?35:45 – The story behind the name Lucky37:15 – Donnovan’s final thoughts

Oct 5

39 min 46 sec

3:00 – Pat Steinberg’s mid-season player awards5:00 – Is Willie Jefferson in the MOP conversation?6:30 – Most Outstanding Canadian8:00 – Coach of the Year frontrunner10:45 – A week 8 thriller in BC13:00 – Is McLeod Bethel-Thompson underappreciated?16:30 – How nervous should the Alouettes be?21:00 – Dane Evans interview start22:00 – Emotional when injured in Toronto game24:45 – Ticats starting to get healthy down the stretch27:45 – Throwing a historic TD to Papi White30:45 – Dane’s custom cleats32:30 – Connection with Papi White around Indigenous backgrounds34:00 – Dane’s Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood35:30 – Getting his feather from his tribe at age 17 37:15 – Dane’s great grandmother and her legacy in the Wichita Tribe39:30 – Why reflection is important on the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation41:45 – The strength and beauty of Indigenous culture45:00 – Donnovan’s final thoughts

Sep 29

47 min 55 sec

Pat Steinberg tees up his new weekly segment where he and Donnovan cover the 3 biggest storylines in the CFL. This week, they all land out west where Calgary and Edmonton are shockingly at the bottom thanks to the surging BC Lions.

Sep 22

35 min 39 sec

What Grey Cup hangover? The Winnipeg Blue Bombers looked dominant in back-to-back weeks against the previously 1st place Riders. TSN's Sara Orlesky covers the Bombers closely and stops by to talk about that team and the league as a whole.

Sep 15

45 min

We have CFL on TSN's Claire Hanna joining us from Regina this week to discuss the mood in Saskatchewan following a tough loss for the Riders at Mosaic last weekend. We also discuss the Stamps' tough road ahead out west and even mix in a few volleyball takes with our former member of Team Canada guest.

Sep 8

37 min 1 sec

We're teeing up all the headlines around the CFL, including the great rivalries that encompass Mark's Labour Day Weekend with someone who's seen them all for a long time - Derek Taylor.

Sep 1

27 min 19 sec

Recently retired Ottawa great Brad Sinopoli joins Donnovan this week to give his perspective on the 2021 season so far, as well as talk about the REDBLACKS .500 start ahead of their home opener this weekend.

Aug 25

34 min 17 sec

The QB position is dominating headlines in the CFL, whether it be the Michael Reilly/Nathan Rourke situation in BC, questions around who will start in Hamilton and Toronto, or the 0-2 Alberta teams. To help us make sense of it all is the CFL on TSN's Farhan Lalji.

Aug 18

36 min 11 sec

Hello Canada! How good did that feel? We FINALLY welcomed our beloved league back last week, and this week on The Waggle we talk to a man who was in the building calling the action as we kicked off the 2021 season, CFL on TSN's Rod Black.

Aug 11

34 min 41 sec

4:50 - Hamilton @ Winnipeg10:15 - BC @ Saskatchewan15:00 - Toronto @ Calgary20:40 - Ottawa @ Edmonton26:38 - Montreal (bye week)

Aug 4

35 min 59 sec

Our first episode of Game Changers presented by CDIC! We speak with Jo-Anne Polak, first ever female GM in a professional sports league in North America and joined by a special co-host by Kate McKenna. Tune in this season to these special edition episodes presented by CDIC.

Aug 3

44 min 54 sec

Recently retired Canadian DB Courtney Stephen catches up with Donnovan to talk about leaving the game of football and how he can help players with his new role.

Jul 28

42 min 2 sec

Recently retired Canadian receiver Natey Adjei joins us this week to give his thoughts on camp and how the 2021 season may shake out.

Jul 21

47 min 51 sec

We wrap up our team previews with help from Murray McCormick covering the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and Darrin Bauming discussing the defending Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Jul 14

41 min 32 sec

This week we look east as we preview the 2021 REDBLACKS and Alouettes, and to do so we get help from our friends Tim Baines in Ottawa and Joey Alfieri in Montreal.

Jul 7

44 min 43 sec

The BC Lions have a new front office and coaching staff, but how will they fare on the field in 2021 against the ultra-competitive west division? Later, TSN's Dave Naylor discusses Bill C-218 that allows legal single game sports betting in Canada, and how it may impact the CFL.

Jun 30

34 min 49 sec

We travel along the QEW this week as Don Landry previews the 2021 Toronto Argonauts, followed by Ticats Digital Host Louis Butko talking Tabbies.

Jun 23

41 min 9 sec

The CFL is coming back August 5th! To talk about how we got here, and what will happen between now and the start of the 2021 season we spoke to the CFL Commissioner himself.

Jun 15

19 min 57 sec

Natan Obed is President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national representative organization for Inuit in Canada. In 2015, he spoke up against Edmonton's team name at the time. Today, in honour of Indigenous History Month, we speak with him about why the change was so important and how we as a country can continue to seek change for the better.

Jun 11

36 min 31 sec

It's all about Alberta this week as we talk to Morley Scott about the new-look Elks, as well as Stampeders legend and hall-of-famer Jon Cornish about his philanthropic contributions to the city of Calgary and what the Stamps might look like in 2021.

Jun 9

46 min

Calgary QB Bo Levi Mitchell checks in this week to talk about getting ready to take the field again, staying loyal to Calgary and his new podcast.

Jun 2

33 min 50 sec

We check in with 2019 breakout star QB Vernon Adams Jr. who is excited to get back on the field with his Alouettes teammates for 2021.

May 26

16 min 54 sec

Hall of Fame football player, and Hall-of-Fame-level storyteller Don Wilson joins the podcast this week to talk about his memories of the CFL, attending Wayne Gretzky's wedding, his acting career, beating Jamie Foxx at ping-pong and much more.

May 19

30 min 9 sec

Hear from 1st overall CFL Draft selection Jake Burt, as the former Boston College/New England Patriots TE expects a lot from himself and his new team - the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

May 12

45 min 18 sec

Fresh off TSN's broadcast of the 2021 CFL Draft, Farhan Lalji joins Donnovan to share his thoughts on the Draft overall, the recent rise in quality Canadian talent in the NCAA and a look ahead to getting the CFL back on the field this summer.

May 5

38 min 2 sec

We have our CFL Draft expert Marshall Ferguson on the show this week to help preview the upcoming CFL Draft on May 4th.

Apr 28

32 min 9 sec

Commissioner Randy Ambrosie joins us to discuss today's announcement of the CFL's plan to return to the field on August 5th.

Apr 21

21 min 6 sec

The CFL's former Director of Global Scouting, Greg Quick (now with Montreal) gives his insight to the level of talent converging on the CFL from around the globe and how his Alouettes fared in the Global Draft.

Apr 21

35 min 18 sec

The honour is all ours on this episode of The Waggle as we get the opportunity to speak with three of the newest members of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame - Orlondo Steinauer, Nik Lewis and Marv Levy.

Apr 13

50 min 43 sec

With the CFL Global Draft coming up on April 15th, the Canadian Football League's CFO & Head of Football Operations, Greg Dick, joins Donnovan to discuss the challenges of scouting and drafting global talent during a pandemic.

Apr 7

23 min 51 sec

The always-inspirational Henoc Muamba joins Donnovan to discuss his decision to sign with the Argonauts, the influence of the perhaps even MORE inspiring Michael 'Pinball' Clemons and how his family has changed him as a person.

Mar 31

41 min 27 sec

This week we speak to just a few of the great women doing incredible work around the CFL. Donnovan is joined by guest co-host Kate McKenna as they talk with Sara Orlesky (CFL on TSN), Arielle Zerr (Saskatchewan Roughriders), Gemma Karstens-Smith (Canadian Press) and Kristina Costable (

Mar 17

1 hr 4 min

James Duthie, Dave Randorf and Rod Smith join Donnovan to share stories and reflect on their time spent with Chris Schultz on the CFL on TSN panel. Schultz, the face of football on TSN in Canada, sadly passed away at the age of 61 last week.

Mar 10

49 min 23 sec

For International Women's Day we spoke with Reina Iizuka, the first woman in history to crack the roster of a Canadian University men's football team with the Manitoba Bisons. To see a great video on Reina's story, click here:

Mar 8

24 min 11 sec

The Toronto Argonauts made a big splash, in fact, a number of big splashes this off-season. This week on The Waggle, Donnovan talks to head coach Ryan Dinwiddie about all the moves and how he's feeling finally heading into his first season at the helm.

Mar 3

25 min 25 sec

Donnovan is joined for the final instalment in our Black History Month series by TSN's Milt Stegall and Jermain Franklin, who have each blazed their own unique trail through the landscape of the CFL and Canadian sportscasting. 0:00 Welcome to the Waggle presented by Sport Clips2:17 What does Black History Month mean to you?10:41 Navigating the CFL as a black24:52 On raising children in a complex and divided society34:47 Where can we strive for improvement37:26 Milt sneaks in some fashion talk

Feb 24

40 min 37 sec

Donnovan is joined by mentor and broadcasting colleague Duane Forde, a mainstay of the CFL on TSN broadcast team since 2008, for a discussion about the experience of black broadcasters in football and the media industry as a whole.0:00 Welcome to the Waggle presented by Sport Clips2:38 Duane Forde. Quick thoughts on off-season activity10:30 Duane's influence on Donnovan's early career12:47 Duane tells how a meeting with Elliot Friedman led to his start in broadcasting16:23 Diversity and representation in sports broadcasting24:42 Where is there room to improve?

Feb 17

31 min 42 sec

With day one of 2021 free agency in the books, Donnovan is joined by two experts with a deep passion for the game. TSN's Farhan Lalji provides his thoughts on Solomon Elimimian's retirement, the Argos' impressive early moves, and how grassroots football can bounce back in Canada post-COVID. Later on the episode we hear from Spencer Zimmerman, an experienced scouting director with stints with both Hamilton and Toronto to his name, who gives some deep insight into the thought processes teams go through during free agency.0:00 Welcome to the Waggle presented by SportClips2:49 Welcome Farhan. Solly retires with a lasting legacy. 12:23 Argos' early moves make waves16:28 Bombers quiet on day one18:29 Ottawa REDBLACKS and the Arbuckle/Nichols swap22:29 Michael O'Connor gets another shot24:47 Edmonton and BC29:40 COVID effects on grassroots football32:44 Welcome Spencer Zimmerman34:01 Two styles of approach teams take in free agency40:45 Highlighting two interesting moves from day one

Feb 10

48 min 34 sec

Donnovan connects with former CFL quarterback and coach Marcus Brady, who transitioned from the Argos coaching staff to the NFL in 2018 and was promoted to offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts last month.

Feb 4

19 min 5 sec