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.
Here’s the post game summary:
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).
Here’s the rest of the post-game.
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.
Here is the post game summary:
Recently, there are two things the Stampeders don’t do: lose coming off of bye-weeks, and lose against the Bombers.
It helps the Bombers are a lost team right now. It also helps that the Stampeder offence is finally starting to kick-in.
Here’s the post game summary.
Dickenson Continues Ridiculous Throw on Goal Line Calls
Yes, a rare draw.
The game probably ended in a fitting tie because the teams were so equally matched. But it was the Stampeders who squandered their opportunity in the final OT session that could’ve lead to two points instead of one. Here’s the summary:
The final score made it seem like the game was closer than it really was. Apart from trading blows in the first quarter, Winnipeg put up most of their points in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of reach.
Here are some post game thoughts.
Most CFL fans and sports writers put the BC Lions at the bottom and there preseason expectations. Well either the BC Lions are a little bit better than everybody expected, or the Calgary Stampeders are much worse. Here’s the recap from the game which won’t take long:
- Special teams made big plays and gave up big plays.
- The Stampeder run game was completely nonexistent and they lost the game because of it
- Three times they tried to punch the football in from the 1 yard line and came away with zero points (all QB sneaks)
- The defense stood tall got zero health from a sputtering offence.
- The offence was terrible
- the O line was having troubles all night as this looks to be one of the glaring holes on the offence
Calgary can now lick their wounds and figure out what on earth went wrong. They can start with their game plan. Maybe add run game? Just saying, since it was David Dickenson’s first game as head coach.
The final cuts were handed down and this year’s Calgary Stampeders roster is now largely set.
Here are the updates:
National defensive back Jean-Philippe Bolduc
National defensive back Malcolm Brown
International offensive lineman Alex Fifita
International defensive lineman Uriah Grant
International receiver Josh Harper
National offensive lineman Quinn Horton
International quarterback G.J. Kinne
International receiver Matthew Norzil
International linebacker Cameron Ontko
International running back Lache Seastrunk
National linebacker Corbin Sharun
International defensive back Demetrius Wright
The following player is returning to his university team:
National defensive lineman Michael Kashak
The following players have been added to the practice roster:
International defensive lineman Demonte’ Bolden
National linebacker Max Caron
International receiver DaVaris Daniels
International defensive lineman Josh Francis
International defensive back Mylan Hicks
National defensive back Dexter Janke
International receiver Jamal Nixon
International defensive back Osagie Odiase
International offensive lineman Ucambre Williams
International receiver Greg Wilson
The 2016 Calgary Stampeders training camp is set to open soon, with rookie camp opening tomorrow. There’re number of personnel changes which means more starting spots open on the roster. There hasn’t been this much movement of players in recent memory, which should give new head coach Dave Dickenson a chance to put his mark on the team but may also prove challenging as he Phil spots left by veterans. As players start to arrive in the city, training camp coaches are showing up as well and there are some interesting surprises.