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Of all the teams that have a .500 record against the Stampeders, you wouldn’t think Montreal would be the one.

The Stamps looked to avenge their loss earlier in the season in Montreal.

But they shot themselves in the foot, over, and over, and over, and over again.

You’re not going to win games by fumbling THREE times within the 30 yard line. 1 INT for Mitchell. Special teams lost. Missed field-goal, punt return for a major.

Ya, nobody thought at the beginning of the year the defence would be keeping it together, and everyone else would be making pre-season mistakes.

Let’s see if the team can right the ship against much stiffer competition this coming weekend vs. the Riders.

Calgary played host to the Hamilton Tiger-cats who sit atop the Eastern Division and were coming off their bye-week rested. The Stampeders have strung together a few wins since the return of Bo Mitchell and looked to turn the tables after suffering defeat by the Ti-Cats earlier this season.

Pay the Man!

This game came down to a last second field goal BLOCK, which you don’t see very often. How it wound up there was a snapshot of the entire game. Calgary struggled to stop the Ti-Cat offence from marching down the field. They did prevents major scores, as did the Stampeder D, but a field goal was all it would’ve taken to get the win. In the last minute of the game Hamilton ate up enough yards to give themselves that lead, and if it wasn’t for the heroics of Tre Roberson, who’s having himself a All-Star year, the Stampeders would’ve walked away with the L.

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It didn’t start well but it sure did end well.

The Calgary Stampeders took the third and final regular season meeting against the provincial rivals stringing together back-to-back Labor Day classic wins. It’s unusual that the teams won’t meet again in the regular season.

The home-at-home series ended in Edmonton with another glimpse at a healthier Stampeders club including their strengths and weaknesses. Bo Mitchell back at quarterback for his second game in a row after returning from from a lengthy pectoral injury. The offense found yards when they needed. 2 throwing touchdowns, but also uncharacteristic 3 interceptions for Mitchell.

Edmonton couldn’t seem to overcome their adversity losing Trevor Harris early. That likely favored Calgary given the 3 turnovers that amounted to limited points. Credit the D, as the secondary continues to quietly display why they are operating as among the league’s best unit. The weaknesses continue to be around that defensive line, If John hufnagel is going to find any help with the cap relief from the Mitchell injury, it should be on the line.

It would seem at the mid-way point the Stampeders are finding their stride. They’ll get another test against Hamilton who are the leaders out East.

Of note this week Reggie Begelton continues his breakout season, a bright light in the slot back position. Local product Colton Hunchak strated in the SB position for the first time this season and the rookie did not disappoint.  The ground game was largely non-existent, Ka’Deem Carey running for 24 yards on 11 carries. Despite early adversity the Stamepders may be setting themselves up for a strong run to the post-season. That’s the time to peak in a 9 team league, as fans well know. So long as the lineup stays healthy, things are looking up for a squad that’s used to dominating and playing from behind in the standings.

Montreal 40 – Calgary 34 (OT)

There are significant problems with the CFL this year. Fans are complaining about the declining  product quality for some time. It seems more evident this year. Part of the issue we already know. Players switch teams faster than any jersey sales can keep up. Then there are the deeper issues. Officiating and rule changes. Which are fine, if everyone could understand them. In particular, what is the use of the command center in Toronto? Much like the NHL Command Center, the CFL Command Center has similar function but far more authority. They can change calls on the field,  call penalties missed on-field, overturn calls, review challenges, and the review every single scoring play. It used to be only a review for a challenge. It’s curious to hear more complaints about officiating despite the extra tools.

Could it be those tools are harming the on-field product when on-field officials stop making split second calls? And how are fans supposed to appreciate the real-time game when a command center, that has virtually no oversight, makes critical game decisions every night?

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Stampeders with 24-18 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos

The divisional rivals play head-to-head 3 times this year but wrap up by Labor Day. Then we won’t see another game between the two until the playoffs. With the win, Calgary shares first place in the West division despite playing the last 6 games with their backup quarterback. Not very many people thought the Stamps could win so many games when it was Game 2. But the team has consistently improved particularly on defence.

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A rainy evening after a quick turnaround with five days of rest, the Calgary Stampeders managed to pull out a victory in front of the sparse hometown crowd. They matched up against the lowly Toronto Argonauts who remain winless in the early part of the 2019 season. Tonight’s game was a sloppy affair. Nine turnovers between the two teams. Calgary won the turnover battle, while giving up two of their own,. Toronto gave up seven, and you simply can’t win games with 7 turnovers.
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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats haven’t beaten Calgary and a decade. After coming off a loss against the lowly Alouettes, they squared off vs. a Bo Mitchell less Stampeders.

The game was reminiscent of the first game of the season. Calgary did everything they could to shoot themselves in the foot. Ultimately, this came down to a one-man show. Brandon Banks, or Speedy B as they call him in Hamilton, single-handedly won the game. The Ticats had nothing going on offence, but that didn’t matter. They took points when they could and it was enough.

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CFL.ca is already musing whether or no Nick Arbuckle is, “the next one.” I’d say too early to tell. But two words do describe his play after his first start (and win) in the CFL: poise and accuracy.

Arbuckle seems to have the tools to win, and that’s what the Stamps will need heading into the next two months.

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Happy Canada Day!

How many of you were about ready to shut off the TV by the time the 4th quarter rolled around? I was, but glad I didn’t. The Stampeders came off of their early bye-week to face a worthy Divisional opponent at home. The BC Lions and the Stampeders came in both looking for their first win of the season.

On all accounts, BC dominated play from the get-go.

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A new season is upon us with this year’s Calgary Stampeders looking to defend the Championship crown. The team has been dominant for nearly a decade, but this year unlike others has seen significant player turnover. Then again, there’s always turnover in the CFL, but it’s not very often a team will lose so many significant pieces as the Stampeders did this year. It comes with the territory when you are a winning organization. Building homegrown talent in a small League will create a scenario where the organization will run out of ways to pay. The team effectively lost their entire defensive line to free agency, and then their entire linebacking corps to the NFL. Factor in new coaching on the defence as well, and you got the sense even before opening day this year was going to be tight.

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