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42 points, 7 turnovers, and nearly a last second hail mary completion for the win. The Stampeders lost the second of a home-at-home in the Battle of Alberta Labour Day Classic. They deserved it too. The Stamps have been notoriously slow starters all year, and continue to show signs they’re slipping. For a full month they’ve progressively looked less and less sharp. Even with their ineptitude on field, they still hang in games late, which just shows if they are serious about winning games, especially in the playoff,s they’ll fix repeated mistakes.

Dropped footballs. Interceptions. Special teams gaffs. Fumbles. Fumbles. Dropped footballs. Bo Mitchell may have put up another career game in throwing yards, but 3 interceptions and a loss, all the stats just doesn’t matter.

You get the idea. Stamps shoot themselves in the foot and are right now they’re own worst enemies (and no, the horrid officiating was, as usual, horrible, but not the cause for the loss).

It’s good this team took another loss. They need a wake up call to put in the work and up their game. Right now it’s just stagnant.

Bend but don’t break. In round one of the Labour Day Classic, the Calgary Stampeders sputtered on offence, but did just enough to squeak out a win with an end of game field-goal. Both teams will want to tidy things up before the re-match in Edmonton on Friday. What this game was, however, was a hard hitting bruising affair. Players left, right, and centre going down with injury. A true battle of Alberta.

On the field the Stamps continued their MO of being slow starters. 13 points in the first half, but repeated trips to the red-zone with only field goals to show for it. That doesn’t include a Rene Paredes miss in the second quarter. He would redeem himself later, but you had the sense if the team was going to seize back momentum, the defence was going to have to step up.

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STAMPS WIN! STAMPS WIN!! #FamilyDay

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For teams to beat the Stampeders, they have to put in 60 minute games. The Stamps on the other hand, they can get away with sputtering quarters. This weekend’s game saw a Stampeder team asleep at the wheel in the first quarter. Defence, asleep. Offence, asleep. Slow starts in both games since the bye-week. Winnipeg jumped on the opportunities and made hay while they could.

Mid-way through the 2nd quarter the D started to look alive and proceeded to shutdown the Bomber offence for nearly 2.5 quarters. That gave the offence more opportunities to make plays. Despite a missed field goal in the dying seconds of the 1st half, Calgary went into half-time only down 3.

The 2nd half is where the tide turned in a big way.

Mitchell and Jorden break records

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Roughriders 40 – Stampeders 27

Even the elite teams suffer defeat once in a while. Although it’s usually in the Grey Cup Final, the Stampeders seemed to be behind from the eight ball visiting Saskatchewan. The only thing the team won was the opening toss, which they erroneously chose to defer to the Riders. From there, it was clear the team didn’t show up to play.

A defence that has led the league in pretty much every category looked below average. The ratio juggling to give the O-line a better look may have contributed. Not that it helped. THe O line was decimated all night with Mitchell struggling to find time to throw. Injuries also hampered the O-line. A lack of a gameplan around Jorden and Daniels was another problem.

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After their dominant performance against the entire Eastern division, the Stampeders started to test their game against the West with games late in July against Saskatchewan and later vs BC. Their perfect record held against BC on the weekend as the Stamps proved once again they’re the top of the CFL class.

A few teams have been hanging on until the second half, but a complete 60 minute game without killers mistakes (kind of like the Calgary Flames), sets this team apart from the rest. On all sides of the ball the team is finding success, and there’s still obvious room to build.

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The Stamps are an impressive 17-0 after coming off bye-weeks and they continued their perfect ways on the road against the Redblacks. It seems to be the ongoing theme of the young season in the CFL–Stampeder domination.

Of course, in this league it doesn’t matter if you post an 18-0 run, it matters if you can win the last two. Stamps haven’t been able to do that in the past two seasons. But it’s still fun in between.

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Week 3 in the CFL and the Stamps are a perfect 3-0 continuing their dominance of the Eastern Division. This game was close until the 4th quarter as both defences dominated throughout 3 quarters. Teams should know by now, although Calgary usually comes out slow out of the game, they are a well coached team that will play hard for 60 minutes. They routinely pull out in front in 4th quarters as other teams start to make mistakes.

The Stamps, coming off their victory last week against Toronto, struggled to generate offence throughout the first half. Bo Mitchell, throwing over 90% last week, was off target early and often. This game only broke open when the D decided to step up and make some plays.

Keys to Victory

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Calgary 41 – Argos 7

How dominant was it? Real dominant. Coming off a lacklustre performance last week, the Calgary offence looked to redeem themselves against the Argos. The whole team had something to prove after their last minute collapse in the 2017 Grey Cup Final. Despite some key player turnover, this year’s Stampeders look dangerous. Chief among them–the receiving corps.

Calgary came out of the gate strong and took a commanding 10-0 lead in the first quarter. They were threatening again in the redzone when nightmares from the Grey Cup Final returned. Bo Mitchell fumbled the ball that Toronto scooped up and returned for what looked like a sure 6 points.

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It wasn’t pretty, but it worked. Two points is two points and you need all you can in a 9-team league. The Calgary Stampeders opened their fresh 2018 season at home versus the Hamilton Ti-Cats. There are a lot of question marks coming into this season with some of the highest veteran turnover in recent memory. Key pieces from defensive line, running back, and the secondary, have been replaced with younger, cheaper, and just as talented versions.

Calgary is the team to beat once again this season, despite what pundits may try to tell you. The CFL is dominated by the West, and the Stamps will lead the charge. Of course, in the CFL all of that doesn’t matter since any crap team can play 3 good games and win the Grey Cup. See Toronto from last year. That’s the nature of a league that’s so small.

For the Stampeders, it’s the same story. Exciting dominant football, and the team being their own worst enemy. The first game rust was evident. Look no further than the opener storyline–red-zone production.

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BOA Part 2 – 2018: Edmonton 48 – Calgary 42

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Defence Steals Show in Round 1 of 2018 Battle of Alberta

A post shared by Calgary Stampeders (@calstampeders) on Sep 3, 2018 at 2:57pm PDT Bend but don’t break. In round one of the Labour Day Classic, the Calgary Stampeders sputtered on offence, but did just enough to squeak out a win with an end of game field-goal. Both teams will…

Stampeders Improve to 8-1 – Calgary 39 : Winnipeg 26

STAMPS WIN! STAMPS WIN!! #FamilyDay A post shared by Calgary Stampeders (@calstampeders) on Aug 25, 2018 at 3:32pm PDT For teams to beat the Stampeders, they have to put in 60 minute games. The Stamps on the other hand, they can get away with sputtering quarters. This weekend’s game saw…

Stamps Suffer First Loss of 2018 Season – Rider Fans Plan Parade Route

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Lucky Number 7 – Stamps Still Unbeaten

After their dominant performance against the entire Eastern division, the Stampeders started to test their game against the West with games late in July against Saskatchewan and later vs BC. Their perfect record held against BC on the weekend as the Stamps proved once again they’re the top of the…

Stamps Crush Redblacks 27 -3 – Lose Mitchell

The Stamps are an impressive 17-0 after coming off bye-weeks and they continued their perfect ways on the road against the Redblacks. It seems to be the ongoing theme of the young season in the CFL–Stampeder domination. Of course, in this league it doesn’t matter if you post an 18-0…

Stampeders Bounce Redblacks: 24-14

Week 3 in the CFL and the Stamps are a perfect 3-0 continuing their dominance of the Eastern Division. This game was close until the 4th quarter as both defences dominated throughout 3 quarters. Teams should know by now, although Calgary usually comes out slow out of the game, they…

Argos Crushed in Grey Cup ReMatch

Calgary 41 – Argos 7 How dominant was it? Real dominant. Coming off a lacklustre performance last week, the Calgary offence looked to redeem themselves against the Argos. The whole team had something to prove after their last minute collapse in the 2017 Grey Cup Final. Despite some key player…

Stampeders Open 2018 Season with Win vs. Ti-Cats

A post shared by Calgary Stampeders (@calstampeders) on Jun 16, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT It wasn’t pretty, but it worked. Two points is two points and you need all you can in a 9-team league. The Calgary Stampeders opened their fresh 2018 season at home versus the Hamilton Ti-Cats. There…

Calgary Stampeders Select 9 players in CFL Draft

The Stamps stocked the cupboards with beefy offensive linemen to make-up some of the recent losses to retirement. Here are the pics from this year’s entry draft.

Roy Finch Arrested in States

Star returning for the Stampeders has been arrested for assault and marijuana related charges. Not many details at this time. Sucks to be black and hanging out in an American suburbs. Sucks to get caught with marijuana too. Should’ve just waited until August and rented an apartment in Canada, everything…

Major D Changes for Stamps – Charleston Hughes Traded

For two seasons in a row, the Calgary Stampeders have lost in the Grey Cup Final. Neither was a problem on the D, in fact, the unit has been among the league’s best. Yet the Stampeders will have two massive components gone from their lineup for the 2018 season. S…