Smoke and Mirrors - Life in the CFL with Richie Hall

About the Book

Thirty-two year CFL veteran player and coach Richie Hall along with three-time Canadian bestselling author Guy Scholz have recently released Smoke and Mirrors: Life in the CFL with Richie Hall, published by Polished Published Group based in Calgary. 

Smoke and Mirrors is an eclectic mix of biography, a 30-year friendship with the author, sports psychology, loads of stories from his life in football, and life lessons for the sports fan to those simply interested in personal growth. The book is a unique glimpse into a warrior-poet and humanitarian. A man who is a described, ‘as a master teacher or maestro,’ by CFL Hall of Famer Eddie Davis. A fun look at the inner workings of the CFL, and the fascinating sport that pulls in life-long passionate fans. 


From his time as a Grey Cup winning player to his emergence as a championship coach, Richie Hall has been a CFL fixture. Beloved. Respected. He has earned his stature by making his life and life’s work about guiding others, helping them become better people, better players. This book is a splendid telling of Hall’s spiritual journey.

-          Glen Suitor: TSN analyst and former Saskatchewan Roughrider


There are five sections to the book:

First Quarter: It All Begins (foundation for the life and philosophy of Richie)
Second Quarter: Bomberville (a story-filled week in the coaching life of Richie)
Half Time: The Eclectic ways of Mr. Hall (the many influences of this renaissance man)
Third Quarter: Musings From The Valley (weekly dinners discussing ‘overcoming’ adversities)
Fourth Quarter: Prairie Lessons (7 life lessons from each CFL city Richie has played/coached in)