Coach Brown leaves Stamp on CFL club

BILLY POWERS

, Last Updated: 7:48 AM ET

It's one week into Calgary Stampeders training camp and, in my mind, one coach has outshone all of the hopefuls, who numbered almost 80 when the action kicked off at McMahon Stadium.

And this is not to knock head man John Hufnagel, but Cornell Brown has been the life of the party to this point, although most of the players won't say it's been a party at all.

Brown is the Stamps defensive line coach, and to say he is involved in the game would be an understatement.

I've been covering training camps for nearly five decades, but never has a coach stuck out like this big likeable lug, if you will.

Brown is involved in every play that's called. He watches his charges make every move, with arms flailing and his voice on high.

Afterwards, he'll praise the play of a defensive end or tackle, or chastise him for dropping the ball, so to speak. He is satisfied only when the job is done right.

Brown is a veteran of the NFL coaching ranks, with experience in NFL Europe. He's totally involved in the job at hand, and everyone on the field undoubtedly knows where he's coming from.

If not, there's something wrong with their ears.

Thing is, anything negative that happens on the field is forgotten in a hurry, and the coach is back sporting a smile that could light up McMahon Stadium.

He loves to laugh, loves to joke around, and when we meet -- and it's been 10 or so times since he got here -- he demands a joke before we get down to business.

I simply love the guy for his dedication to the job, but also for the fact he finds another side to the story once the players are off the field and he has a chance to relax.

No one has any idea what the defensive line is going to look like when the season starts for real later this month. But one thing is certain -- if the players follow the lead of their coach, they will surely be committed to the job but also be able to remember when it's over, there is a fun side to life.

The guy, I can assure you, is a treat.

Disastrous year?

Having lost most of the month of May to rainy weather, I figured Calgary-area golf clubs, especially the private tracks, might be facing a disastrous season.

I also thought the private clubs might be getting a bonus because membership dues would've been paid long before the season started.

I was wrong on both counts.

A representative of a public course suggested while the month of May was a basic write-off, they could still scramble to break even thanks to a tournament schedule that would offset whatever losses had been incurred to this point.

But another call to a private course revealed there is still plenty of cause for concern.

While membership money was indeed up front, course professionals have invested thousands of dollars -- maybe even hundreds of thousands of dollars -- in golf balls, clubs, clothing and other accessories. If the members can't play, which they haven't been able to for the most part, they aren't going to be buying the gear.

One pro suggested it could prove to be a disaster if we don't get a drastic turnaround in the weather.

BUFFALO STILL KICKIN'

A bit of a good news story for those that can get a golf fix with nine holes at Herb Crowchild's Buffalo Run layout on the Tsuu T'ina Nation.

Although we reported last year the neat little track would be dug up and replaced by a Superstore, the plan is on hold for the moment and the course will operate at least this year and next.

It is a busy little business, especially in the evenings and on weekends.

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