Even More Argonauts-As-Emoji Charades

In Part 1, we got carried away rendering the names of current and former members of the Toronto Argonauts as emoji (to recap, it all started with “๐Ÿป๐ŸŒฒ”, for “Bear Woods.”)

Here in the Department of We Just Can’t Let Things Go, are a few more.
My thanks to @TheScullerwag for some brilliant contributions to this list.

Some ground rules:

  1. You must be referring to a current or former player, coach, executive, or anybody else associated with the Toronto Argonauts

  2. The name must be rendered primarily using Emoji, but we will also allow other unusual characters from the Unicode standard

  3. We will allow broad interpretations of the meaning of certain Emoji in order to make these “jokes” work.
    In particular, we will allow a country’s flag to stand for various things – the two or three letter ISO country code or a term for a person from that country.
    Furthermore, knowing your mathematical symbols and periodic table may be required.

  4. If you don’t think all of these are side-splittingly hilarious, feel free to start your own list.

I thought I had peaked with with McLeod Bethel-Thompson but then @thescullerwag exceeded that with a brilliant rendering of Mookie Mitchell and scaled new heights – and plunged far back in history – with Nobby Wirkowski.

Without further ado,

More Argos As Emoji

The Sequence

You Should Read It As Who The Heck Are We Talking About

๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ โ˜๏ธ ๐Ÿ›€ ๐ŸšŸ ๐Ÿฆƒ ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ

MAC CLOUD BATH EL(evated railway) TOM(turkey) SON
Current Argos quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, of course


Derrell “Mookie” Mitchell.


obviously, Robert Drummond

๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿœโ˜•

Paul Masotti. @thescullerwag wasn’t sure this one would work. I think it’s brilliant.

๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ› ๐Ÿ„๐ŸŽฟ

Argo quarterback and 1952 Grey Cup Champion, Nobby Wirkowski

๐Ÿ‘ž ๐Ÿšฎ โœ๏ธ

Tobin Rote. Reaching deep into the Argo quarterback alumni ranks here.

๐Ÿ‘ต ๐Ÿ‘จ ๐Ÿ‘ฝ

Damon Allen. We are starting to wonder if it’s possible to do this for all former Argo quarterbacks.

โ˜•๏ธ ๐Ÿ— ๐Ÿ— ๐Ÿ‘จ

Joe Theismann, and yes, it sure looks like you can do this for all former Argo quarterbacks


Kerwin Bell, speaking of which.

๐Ÿœ ๐Ÿฏ ๐Ÿฎ โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Anthony Calvillo. Hey we can do this with quarterback coaches too.

๐Ÿ’Ž ๐Ÿ—๏ธ ๐Ÿšƒ

All time argo Jim Stillwagon. Wagon. That’s what they call railroad cars in Europe, OK?


Orlondo Steinauer. Good one by Kelly. Mike had a slightly different alternative – ๐Ÿšฃโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿœ๏ธ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿบโณ . Both highly worthy.


Did you know former Argo GM Adam Rita actually appeared in the Elvis Presley movie Blue Hawaii?

โš›โ‚…โ‚„ โˆง ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ ๐ŸŽฃ

Zenon Andrusyshyn. I struggled mightily with this one. Not only do I wish there was better Unicode support for specific items on the periodic table, I really wish I could get the F out of there.

๐Ÿ˜Œ ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ‘€

Jan Carinci. @thescullerwag with another gem.


The rare one-emoji identifier. It’s not glossy. It’s Matte. Matte Black. Matt Black. Work with me here.

๐Ÿ˜Ÿ ๐Ÿ’Ž ๐Ÿฎ

Cedric Minter. @thescullerwag pushing the limits once again.

๐Ÿฅง๐Ÿ’จ ๐Ÿฅ›๐ŸŽ

Pierre Vercheval, and nothing in the rules says you can’t switch languages part way through the interpretation.

๐Ÿ– ๐ŸŒฐ ๐Ÿ‘‹ ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Sandy Annunziata. “TA” is of course Tristan Da Cunha, an isolated group of islands in the South Atlantic that, conveniently for us, has its own Unicode flag.


Spergon Wynn. Definitely searching the depths of former Argo quarterbacks here.

๐Ÿฅซ โœ‹โšพ ๐Ÿฅซ

Kent Austin. Might as well get all the former quarterbacks.

๐Ÿ’Ž ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ‘ธ

Jim Corrigall. From @thescullerwag who can’t let this go either.

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฉ ๐Ÿˆถ๐Ÿˆถ

Chad Owens. Flag of Chad plus Japanese emoji character meaning โ€˜to ownโ€™, as in โ€œfor purchaseโ€ x2..

๐Ÿ’ช ๐Ÿ‘จ ๐Ÿต ๐Ÿ˜ถ ๐Ÿ“š

Armanti Edwards. Please, make it stop..

Toronto Argonauts in Emoji

I feel the need to save these gems that were getting tossed around on Twitter and Facebook yesterday.
Can you identify these current and former members of the Toronto Argonauts?
(Hints, answers, and explanation/apologies below, much thanks to Jenn and Mike and @thescullerwag and Kelly and other contributors.)

  1. ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒฒ

  2. ๐ŸŽ™๐Ÿ“๐Ÿˆยฉ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ‹

  3. ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“ฌ

  4. ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ’ฉO

  5. ๐Ÿถ ๐Ÿ˜ท ๐Ÿ‘”

  6. โ™Œ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”

  7. โœ… ๐ŸŒฒ ๐ŸŒณ ๐Ÿ‘จ

  8. ๐Ÿ•บ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ’ง

  9. ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ™โ›ฒ

  10. ๐Ÿš› ๐Ÿ‘› ๐ŸŒŠ

  11. โ˜‘๏ธ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿˆ

  12. ๐ŸŒญ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธ๐Ÿ•’

  13. ๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ…พ๏ธโ›ฑ๏ธ

  14. โœ…๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿˆ

  15. ๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿ›ฌ๐Ÿธ

  16. ๐Ÿšฝ๐Ÿฌ

  17. ยฉ๏ธโ™Œ๐Ÿ‹

  18. ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ›Ž

  19. ๐Ÿ‘–๐ŸŽ„

  20. <๐Ÿ‘”

  21. ๐ŸŒ…๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿšœ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ


  1. Current banged-up linebacker.

  2. All time Argo legend

  3. Former Heismann Trophy winner

  4. Former player 1954-1965 and GM 1976-79, one of only four Argos to have their jersey retired, and you can blame kelly for this one

  5. Another all time great. And the person in the middle has the FLU, ok?

  6. Former coach. The first icon is an astrological sign. Maybe this would have been better: ๐Ÿฆ

  7. Current coach.

  8. Ex-kicker

  9. Another ex-kicker

  10. You might need to look up the technical definition of Unicode character U+1F69B, “ARTICULATED LORRY”, but everybody loves this president of the Friends of the Argonauts fan club.

  11. See #14.

  12. Defensive line….

  13. Aha, I get it now, the third one provides something.

  14. Come on, this one’s easy.

  15. Argos Announcer

  16. Much loved former Argo owner

  17. Former quarterback

  18. Another former quarterback

  19. Jeans. What kind of jeans are they?

  20. All Time Argo and five time Grey Cup Champion

  21. Another All Time Argo

Answers, and blame

  1. Bear Woods

  2. Mike Pin Ball C Lemons

  3. Rocket Ismail (h/t @thescullerwag)

  4. Dick Shatto (blame Kelly for this one)

  5. DOG FLU TIE, and I really wish there was a “Flute” emoji

  6. Leo Cahill (h/t @jennannis)

  7. Mark Trestman

  8. Swayze Waters (blame Kelly for this one too)

  9. Noel Prefontaine (h/t @thescullerwag for another work of genius)

  10. Lori Bursey. They’re waves. So it’s LORRY PURSE SEA. OK we are really stretching here.

  11. Marcus Ball. Thx Mike.

  12. Frank Beltre

  13. Mike O’Shea. Shade. It’s an umbrella.

  14. Marcus Ball. thx kelly.

  15. Don Landry. DAWN(sunrise) LAND(airplane) DRY (martini). Hey, work with me.

  16. John Candy. (Blame Mike Hogan for this one.)

  17. C leo Lemon

  18. Kerwin Bell. CAR WIND BELL. This is too easy.

  19. Llevi Noel. Another extremely rare two-emoji-only name.

  20. Les Ascott. We ask you to be very lenient in how you interpret some of these symbols.

  21. Don Moen. DAWN and then the tractor is MOWING the grass and I really have to let this go

Stop. Just stop. Please

I’m working on one last one, stop me if you think I’m getting carried away, who is this former player?

(๐ŸŽฅ๐ŸฅŠ๐Ÿ‘ฐ)โญ•๏ธ ๐Ÿ””๐Ÿ‘ the ๐Ÿ’‹ (๐ŸŽบ๐ŸŽท๐Ÿฅ)๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

(Movie Boxer Wife) – who would that be?

(Trumpet Saxophone Drum) – what do you call that group of people?

(What is the ISO two character country code for the flag shown?)

The answer is of course

Instead of the “Kiss Cam”, how about helping people learn about football?

I shared my thoughts the other day on why it’s time to retire the Kiss Cam, an outdated and inappropriate game day video board presentation.

Teams are always looking for time fillers, so what could you do instead? Here’s an idea.

What if you showed some videos that (humourously) attempted to explain the game?

You need to welcome people who’ve never seen Canadian football before, or who are casual fans that don’t appreciate the nuances of the game. Let’s help them out!
Frankly I’ve been to almost every Argos home game in the past 22 years and there are still a lot of things I don’t understand.
Let’s help me out too!

How about showing some fun vignettes that explain …



  • The basic idea. We’re going that way, they’re going this way, we’re trying to stop them, we get 3 chances to go 10 yards…
  • Why are they called “downs”?

  • What “offside” is
  • What “illegal procedure” is. Is that different than “offside?” Show me what it looks like.
  • How come some players are “ineligible receivers”?

  • Why are there so many referees on the field? What do they all do?

  • The people holding up the sticks at the side of the field. What are they doing? Who are they? What attracted them to this unusual job?

  • What is a “rouge”? Why is it called that?
  • Safeties. Why are they called “safeties”? Why is it a good idea?

  • What is the deal with “onside kicks”? They hardly ever work. Why is that?

  • Sometimes the ref says there’s been an illegal formation. What’s that all about?

  • Tiger-Cats is redundant, isn’t it? Why does our big rival have such a stupid name?

  • Explain pass interference. (OK this is a huge can of worms.)

  • Why do we have slightly different rules than the NFL?

  • The Obscure CFL Rule of the Week: Did you know that Article 7 of the rule book, “Ball Fumbled Out Of Goal Area” says that a team can actually decline a score? Has that ever happened?

  • Teach me some of the referee hand signals. What’s going on here? Are they doing the YMCA or does this mean something? (Note, these are all actual signals from the CFL rule book.)
    CFL referee hand signals
  • Stump The Experts: A kicked ball strikes an official on the head and then clanks into the upright. Is it a dead ball? Stay tuned for the answer!

  • Here’s the thing. Sophisticated fans know all this stuff and will roll their eyes. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned, there aren’t enough sophisticated fans to fill the stadium. We need people who are unfamiliar with football to come, and enjoy, and learn, and become rabid fans. Let’s help them out.

    I bet you could make this fun and engaging and it would be something people would enjoy.

    Unlike the Kiss Cam.

    Time to retire the “Kiss Cam”

    Speaking of football game day traditions – retiring the Kiss Cam is long overdue.
    If you haven’t seen it – this is a stunt found during timeouts at lots of sporting events where the cameras pan the crowd, looking for couples, finding a man and a woman and encouraging them to kiss, all up on the Jumbotron for everyone to see and cheer.

    It’s awkward enough assuming that camera operators have some magic ability to spot people in the crowd who might be a couple.
    We don’t know anything about their situation.
    We, the people, demand that they kiss!
    Kiss for us! Now!

    But …

    Maybe they’re coworkers, maybe they’re neighbours, maybe they’re brother and sister – maybe they’re strangers. Or maybe they really are a couple and they’re having a bad day, or are embarrassed, or who just don’t want to be on the screen doing something intimate.

    Why are we putting randomly selected people on the screen and pressuring them to do something pretty personal like this?
    You can see the reluctance a lot of the time.

    As if that’s not bad enough, it used to be that after four or five rounds of finding couples to kiss, the cameras would then finish off by cutting to two players on the opposing team.
    Ha ha!, the theory apparently went, isn’t that hilarious, the idea that two men would kiss!

    Well, no, it’s not. Come on.

    At least they don’t usually end with that shot of two players any more, but it is still cringe-inducing watching the cameras pan the stands, always on the lookout for a man and a woman sitting together because a) obviously they must be romantically involved if they’re sitting beside each other, and b) a man and a woman is apparently the only “safe” combination to select.

    It’s time to retire this gimmick – it was never funny in the first place and now it’s just awkward and becoming offensive, especially in light of the great work teams are doing with projects like “You Can Play” that encourage everyone of all types to take part in sports.

    Lose the Kiss Cam. Please.

    On football crowd noise

    “People with a real love for the symphony, when other people react and clap after a first movement, they should be saying โ€œWonderful โ€“ there are new people in the audience tonight!โ€

    — Former Toronto Symphony Orchestra conductor Peter Oundjian, asked in The Whole Note about audience members clapping between movements of a piece, something long thought by sophisticated concertgoers to be a major etiquette violation.

    Yesterday I was at the Argos game at BMO Field, a thrilling 24-23 victory over the BC Lions, and the outcome was in doubt until the final second. It was the largest crowd in a while – 18,000 people and the fans were loud, and engaged, and everybody had a great time.

    And, unfortunately, the TV cameras were pointed at the east stands. At the moment, the team doesn’t sell seats in the upper deck, so it looked terrible –

    BMO Field east stands

    The crowd on the west side, where I sat, was much better. Not full, but a big improvement.

    This is the west side’s reaction after the go-ahead touchdown. Isn’t this fun?

    And it was great to see lots of new fans at the game! I hope they come back. It seems like it’s easy to get people to come to one argos game, but harder to get them to come to two.
    An exciting victory on a beautiful day with a loud crowd should definitely help.

    Here’s the thing though.
    The tradition in football is that the home crowd should be quiet when our team has the ball – so that they can hear signals from the quarterback and execute plays to perfection.
    (Make all the noise you want after the ball is snapped but be quiet while they’re getting ready.)

    Conversely, you should be loud, stomp your feet, and scream when the visiting team has the ball.
    Try to throw them off.
    Sometimes it works, sometimes the crowd is so loud that the other team will line up in an illegal formation, or make a false start – and they’ll get an “illegal procedure” penalty.

    (sidebar: here’s the difference between ‘offside’ (on the defense) and ‘illegal procedure’ (on the offense).)

    I have to admit, I never really understood this shushing business.
    Your natural reaction – as in most other team sports – is to cheer madly on offense to help your team score.
    And, aren’t they professional athletes?
    Aren’t you getting paid?
    What’s the problem with a little noise?
    What is this, Golf? You can only perform in silence?

    Well, whatever.
    That’s the tradition.
    They need to hear the signals.
    Quiet on offense, loud on defense.
    The players want it that way.

    What bugs me more, though, is when fans criticize other fans for making noise on offense.
    Yesterday there were some “Let’s Go Argos!” cheers and foot stomping when the Argos had the ball.
    I saw a few tweets from fans complaining about this.
    You’re not supposed to do that, then!
    The nerve, that people would cheer at the wrong time!

    But …
    We should be happy about that.
    It shows that there are new fans at the game.
    We want that!
    We need them!
    We want them to return!

    Peter Oundjian has the right attitude.
    “Inappropriate” crowd reactions really just mean you have new people at the event, and you should celebrate that and welcome them if you want your event to survive and thrive in the modern era.

    It’s the same at football.
    Let people cheer “wrong”.
    Let’s hope they had fun, and will come back, and will figure out our traditions and become as suave and sophisticated as the rest of us.