It took 60 minutes for the Calgary Stampeders to steal two points agains the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, in what many are now calling a Grey Cup preview. Mind you, if it wasn’t for an untimely fumble recovery for a TD late in the 4th quarter, this game was over in the first. Leading 30-14 going into the 4th quarter, Calgary looked to have the game in the bag, and as they turned down the gas, Winnipeg lit them up for 20 points in teh 4th, taking the lead for the first time with 16 seconds left to play. If it wasn’t for two clutch plays to find 34 yards, and a 52 yard Rene Peredes field goal with no time remaining, this could have been a heartbreaking loss instead of the 10th straight victory.
There was no doubt this time, no extra series, no overtime, nothing to make you doubt from the very get-go the Calgary Stampeders were going to control this game. The last time the Stamps didn’t come away with a win was against the same RedBlacks team ten games ago. Since then, it’s been nine straight wins as the team asserts themselves as the clear Grey Cup favorite just past the mid-way point of the 2016 season. Being a Stamps fan now is fun, but everyone knows you can win all season long, but the last 3 games are the only ones that count.
The Calgary Stampeders extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games with a come from behind overtime victory. In the second instalment of the home-at-home series between the provincial rivals, the Stamps sit as a class of the league. You wouldn’t have noticed that in the first half, however. Edmonton made a statement by putting up 17 points and limiting the Calgary offence for the entire half.
The Calgary Stampeders are quickly becoming the class the CFL playing a level of football that leaves the rest of the league wanting. At the mid-way point of the 2016 season, the Stamps sit at the top of the league’s standing’sI and continued their pace with their seventh straight win against their provincial rivals.
What separates this team from the rest is simply complete football games. On all three sides of football there is a steady and quality gameplan coupled with talented football players.
Every time these two teams meet you know it will be a close game. Some even call it a potential Grey Cup match-up. One thing seems to be clear, if the Calgary Stampeders are on their game nobody seems able to keep up.
If there was any doubt after the opening season game between these two teams with respect to is top of the class, tonight is game left no doubt: the Calgary Stampeders have hit their stride. In what could be considered the most complete game they played all season, the Stamps dominated from the opening kickoff and never looked back. With the win they take the season series against the 2nd place Western division rival. They also solidify their position as this year’s Grey Cup favorite, I’ll be at there is a lot of football left to be played.
Most of the pre- game talk was about Bo Levi Mitchell’s tweets earlier in the week calling out the Roughriders rule breaking roster manipulation. The CFL later find the club and reduced their salary cap. Bo was right.
Chris Jones is a cheater and lacks class. You might be able to ignore it if his team actually won a couple of games, but that stat remains elusive for the Riders. Incredibly (or incredulously) he calls out Dave Dickenson, who’s stayed out of the fray for the most part, at the end of the game (remember Jones doesn’t shake hands after games).
The Saskatchewan Roughriders are not very good football team, the Calgary Stampeders are improving every game. Put those two together and you essentially get a lopsided football game. I no point did Saskatchewan have the lead, going down three points in the opening drive. I kept a close Down only four points heading into the half, the Calgary Baroque the game open late in the third quarter and put up points in the fourth whereas Saskatchewan folded the tent.