Calgary won convincingly in Winnipeg last week, but struggled against Montreal this week. Have we seen the dynasty (that never really became a dynasty) crumble? Or is this more to do with injuries and league parity?
Let’s get tonight’s game out of the way. Montreal is a train wreck. Who can they beat in the East? Hamilton? Toronto? It’s unlikely they’ll make the playoffs unless Toronto falls off the map. The reason is quite simply offence. Although it did enough to beat the Stamps, obviously, they relied on a wing and a prayer.
What Montreal has is a stalwart D. But that’s not enough to win come playoff time.
As for the Stamps. They lost Jerome Messam because of a boneheaded ejection. That was after he carelessly fumbled the ball for a return. Calgary couldn’t capitalize on their two interceptions, the storyline for this game. Too many redzone visits, too many field goals.
Couple this with the fact Calgary has lost SEVEN defensive linemen, and you have an idea why Montreal even stood a chance in this one.
Anything you can do I can do better.
Tit for tat, the rematch of the rematch went down in Week 2 as the Stamps played host in the home-at-home series. It was truly a last man standing affair, with the Stamps needing the full 60 minutes to prevail. The teams were even tied going into the half after a punt return for a TD. Here’s the rest of the game summary.
Grey Cup Rematch #1 Ends in Tie
If there was a game to iron out the kinks the season opener would be the one. Getting the short end of the pre-season, top to bottom the Calgary Stampeders were poor. Every facet of the game misfired, and if it wasn’t for some late game heroics, they would’ve lost by two scores.
In a rare CFL tie (not so rare between these two teams), the evening demonstrated Calgary is average and the RedBlacks are the returning Grey Cup champs for a reason.
Rather than a post game summary here are summaries for each.
As per the Stampeders, the club has made some roster moves:
The following players have been released:
International receiver Reggie Begelton
International receiver A.J. Cruz
National defensive lineman Ben D’Aguilar
International offensive lineman Devonte Danzey
National offensive lineman Felix Gacusana
International quarterback Mitchell Gale
International running back Jacobi Green
International defensive lineman Kingsley Ibeh
International defensive back Tre Jones
International defensive lineman Jeff Luc
International offensive lineman Antoine McClain
International linebacker Evan McKelvey
International offensive lineman Mike McQueen
International receiver Jamal Nixon
International defensive back Joel Ross
National defensive back Chris Rwabukamba
International receiver Kevin Smith
The short turnaround with two games in five days has ended the Stampeders’ pre-season a full 2.5 weeks before the season opener. That didn’t give the club the best shot to prepare for some key battles, particularly at backup QB. Here are some highlights as I saw it over the first two pre-season games.
Usually, you expect John Hufnagel to go wild on Canadian OL talent, but this year there was scant on the O-side of the football (he must think we can skip a year in O-Line development.) What we have seen before, however, is the dip into new Canadians, American players picking up their dual-citizenship. This year’s first-round draft, which the Stamps traded up for, was Randy Colling, a huge DL who’s played in the AFL the past 4 years.
The rest of the selections:
1st Round: DL Randy Colling, Gannon (6th)
2nd Round: REC Julan Lynch, Saskatchewan (17th)
3rd Round: DB Tunde Adeleke, Carleton (25th)
4th Round: LB Ante Milanovic-Litre, Simon Fraser (28th)
5th Round: OL Felix Gacusana Jr., Simon Fraser (43rd)
6th Round: DL Alexandre Gagnon, Sherbrooke (52nd)
7th Round: DB Adam Laurensse, Calgary (61st)
8th Round: WR Richard Sindani, Regina (70th)
Well at least I’m still bitter, he knows Calgary wins the Grey Cup if he gets the ball on the 1. Never make that mistake again.
Interview on TSN: http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/video/messam-still-upset-about-grey-cup-loss~1082863
It wasn’t the game anybody expected. In fact, it was the second biggest upset right behind the recent Donal Trump presidential win. The Ottawa RedBlacks, a sub .500 regular season team, pulled off a major upset against the league’s leading Stampeders.
There are a lot of story lines at play in this Grey Cup, which by all accounts was one of the most entertaining in recent memory that required overtime to to find a winner, but only two stood out.
1. Credit where credit is due, Henry Burris played a phenomenal game and carried the team on his back. He was the story line, the MVP, and Grey Cup Champion. You can’t help but cheer for the guy and his win. Against all odds, he’ll go out (and yes he should retire) a champ.
2. The game was all Ottawa until the last minute and a half when Calgary actually turned the tables and had a chance to WIN. Here’s here things turned ugly, very very ugly.
Big shout-outs to all the winners at last night’s awards gala for CFL All-stars. Winners include:
- Coach of the Year: Dave Dickenson
- Most Outstanding Player: Bo Levi Mitchell
- Most Outstanding Rookie: DaVaris Daniels (and he missed half the season)
- Most Outstanding Lineman: Derek Dennis
- Most Outstanding Canadian: Jerome Messam
Congratulations! Now go win a Grey Cup!