CFL Ageism 101 -- the ages of the cast of characters

"He's too young!"

"He's too old!"

I've decided to provide this as a primer for folks to ponder, i.e. to situate the ages of CFL GMs, head coaches, top coordinators, and "saviours in the wings." LOL

Note -- some cited ages may be off a year either way due to lack of a firm birthdate in cited pages. This is to give you some idea of the field out there.

Most ages are derived from Wikipedia, so take that as it may. However, ages with asterisks have been verfied elsewhere:

LIST CURRENT AS OF DEC. 4/07

From East to West:

GMs
Jim Popp, Montreal - 42 (43 on Dec. 21)
Adam Rita, Toronto - 60
Brendan Taman, Winnipeg - 40* (source: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2003/11/ ... 31119.html)
Eric Tillman, Sask. - 49* (source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/cpress/20071117 ... _tillman_4, Wikipedia states he was born in ca. 1957)
John Hufnagel, Calgary - 56
Wally Buono, BC - 57* (second source: http://www.bclions.com/index.php?module ... staff_id=1)


AVERAGE AGE OF CURRENT GMs: 51 (50.66)

  • Note -- Edmonton has no official GM in their management structure

Head Coaches

Charlie Taaffe, Hamilton - 57
Doug Berry, Winnipeg - 59
Kent Austin, Saskatchewan - 44
Danny Maciocia, Edmonton - 40
John Hufnagel, Calgary - 56
Wally Buono, BC - 57


AVERAGE AGE OF CURRENT HCs: 52 (52.16)

Coordinators (Sample Group, where ages are readily available)

Steve Buratto, T.O. OC - 64* (Source: http://www.nationalpost.com/sports/story.html?id=141697)
Greg Marshall, Winnipeg DC - 51* (Source: Montreal Gazette article cited at http://www.lionbackers.com/cheer/viewtopic.php?p=201445)
Richie Hall, Saskatchewan DC - 47* (Source: http://www.saskriders.com/modules.php?n ... le&sid=111)
George Cortez, Calgary OC - 56* (Source: http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/ ... 1-sun.html)
Dave Ritchie, BC DC - 69

"Saviours" (highly speculative in some cases as to ability, desire to save the Cats, etc.)

Don Matthews -- 68
Bob O'Billovich -- 67 - serious GM candidate
Roy Shivers - 66* (2nd source: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2006/08/ ... ml?ref=rss)
Mike McCarthy -- 54* - serious Cat GM candidate, Senior Advisor of Football Operations (source: http://www.ticats.ca/index.php?module=s ... taff_id=60)
Tom Higgins - 53
Danny Barrett - 45 (source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2007/02/08 ... ffalo.html)
Matt Dunigan -- 47 (on Dec. 6, happy b-day in advance LOL)
Danny McManus -- 42 (TSN microphone would have to be pried from his cold dead hands, I would think LOL)

Mystery Men

No firm age data found for Argo DC Rich Stubler and Als OC Chris Jones.

Oski Wee Wee,

More interesting than the research I'm doing that's connecting the neural plasticity of adult hummingbird brains with Aristotle's view of the active intellect.