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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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Some rule changes were recently ratified by the board of governors for the CFL. Most are on player safety. Notable changes I’ve highlighted in bold.

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This off-season marks the most turnover at key positions I’ve seen in this club in recent memory.

When you come from a winning organization as a player or coach, and a winning Grey Cup performance to boot, it usually means some of that talent will find greener pastures South of the border. It’s normal for any team in the league. But what’s abnormal this year is how many and who. The all-star linebacker corps? Gone. Alex Singleton and Jameer Thurman have signed in the NFL. The QB? We’ll find out this week if he’s going South (highly likely). Two receivers (Michel and Matthews), NFL as well.

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The Calgary Stampeders are rightfully the 2018 Grey Cup champions. The team has been dominant in the league over the past 5 season and have played in the final game four times in the past five years. They only had, coming into the 2018 final, one Championship to show for it. Four appearances and only one championship. Would they overcome heartbreaking last-minute losses in Ottawa and against Toronto, in their third shot? Was three times going to work like a charm or would the squad fizzle out?

They won.

What could have been a dynasty team with consistent championship wins is currently a great team with now two championships with their latest 2018 win. A convincing win at that against the same Ottawa Redblacks they faced 2 years ago in the same finals. This time the result was better.

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