As per the Stampeders, the club has made some roster moves:
The following players have been released:
International receiver Reggie Begelton
International receiver A.J. Cruz
National defensive lineman Ben D’Aguilar
International offensive lineman Devonte Danzey
National offensive lineman Felix Gacusana
International quarterback Mitchell Gale
International running back Jacobi Green
International defensive lineman Kingsley Ibeh
International defensive back Tre Jones
International defensive lineman Jeff Luc
International offensive lineman Antoine McClain
International linebacker Evan McKelvey
International offensive lineman Mike McQueen
International receiver Jamal Nixon
International defensive back Joel Ross
National defensive back Chris Rwabukamba
International receiver Kevin Smith
The short turnaround with two games in five days has ended the Stampeders’ pre-season a full 2.5 weeks before the season opener. That didn’t give the club the best shot to prepare for some key battles, particularly at backup QB. Here are some highlights as I saw it over the first two pre-season games.
Usually, you expect John Hufnagel to go wild on Canadian OL talent, but this year there was scant on the O-side of the football (he must think we can skip a year in O-Line development.) What we have seen before, however, is the dip into new Canadians, American players picking up their dual-citizenship. This year’s first-round draft, which the Stamps traded up for, was Randy Colling, a huge DL who’s played in the AFL the past 4 years.
The rest of the selections:
1st Round: DL Randy Colling, Gannon (6th)
2nd Round: REC Julan Lynch, Saskatchewan (17th)
3rd Round: DB Tunde Adeleke, Carleton (25th)
4th Round: LB Ante Milanovic-Litre, Simon Fraser (28th)
5th Round: OL Felix Gacusana Jr., Simon Fraser (43rd)
6th Round: DL Alexandre Gagnon, Sherbrooke (52nd)
7th Round: DB Adam Laurensse, Calgary (61st)
8th Round: WR Richard Sindani, Regina (70th)
Well at least I’m still bitter, he knows Calgary wins the Grey Cup if he gets the ball on the 1. Never make that mistake again.
Interview on TSN: http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/video/messam-still-upset-about-grey-cup-loss~1082863
It wasn’t the game anybody expected. In fact, it was the second biggest upset right behind the recent Donal Trump presidential win. The Ottawa RedBlacks, a sub .500 regular season team, pulled off a major upset against the league’s leading Stampeders.
There are a lot of story lines at play in this Grey Cup, which by all accounts was one of the most entertaining in recent memory that required overtime to to find a winner, but only two stood out.
1. Credit where credit is due, Henry Burris played a phenomenal game and carried the team on his back. He was the story line, the MVP, and Grey Cup Champion. You can’t help but cheer for the guy and his win. Against all odds, he’ll go out (and yes he should retire) a champ.
2. The game was all Ottawa until the last minute and a half when Calgary actually turned the tables and had a chance to WIN. Here’s here things turned ugly, very very ugly.
Big shout-outs to all the winners at last night’s awards gala for CFL All-stars. Winners include:
- Coach of the Year: Dave Dickenson
- Most Outstanding Player: Bo Levi Mitchell
- Most Outstanding Rookie: DaVaris Daniels (and he missed half the season)
- Most Outstanding Lineman: Derek Dennis
- Most Outstanding Canadian: Jerome Messam
Congratulations! Now go win a Grey Cup!
Calgary 42 – BC 15
Rust or rest? That was the storyline before the game for the Calgary Stampeders. Having not played a meaningful game for 41 days, Calgary had plenty of time to plan, scheme, and develop rust. What they did instead was come crashing out of the gate to assert their dominance in the Wester Final.
The tone of the game was set right off the opening kick-off when returner Roy Finch bounced his way for a 46 yard gain, crushing Lions defenders in the process. You had the sense from that point on Calgary would be in control, and they were. 8 points off the opening drive, 3 unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter, and the Lions didn’t score their first point until the third quarter.
This was a dominant performance, but it all means nothing with one more critical game left to win–The Grey Cup.
Here’s the post game.
Kyries Hebert Continues High Hit Parade
A quick post-game summary from yesterday’s game. Montréal’s defense wins solid all night although you can only keep the Stamps at bay for so long before the damn cracks. What they didn’t receive was offensive help. The first points scored by Montréal we’re in fact off of a Bo Mitchell intentional grounding penalty which resulted in the safety. After that in the dying minutes the team managed to score a penalty aided touchdown. Kudos to Calgary’s D who were even stronger than the Alouettes.
Kyries Hebert, known around the league to end careers (a la Jon Cornish) with constant high hits, continued his infamous tackles. In a league where hits the the head are in theory being cracked down upon, this game was full of them.
Can’t believe marquay McDaniel got up from his head on head cracker late in the 4th. No penalty called.
Messam with only 9 carries on the nigh. Bo Mitchell with 256 yards passing in a full night’s work. We can expect him to play limited minutes as the team waits for the Western Divisional opponent come November (one month away).
Rene Peredes wasn’t an unusual one for three. Jamal Nixon what is in for the injured Roy Finch and had a couple of drops.
The D registered 10 (TEN) QB sacks.
How can I put this? Toronto is not a good team. Calgary is. The Stampeders manhandled the Argos in every way. IN the process they clinched a playoff spot. The team is dominant and are the run-away Grey Cup favorites. That’s about it for this post-game.
Notes: Marquay McDaniel disqualified in the second. Not sure why…. A paltry 14 thousand in attendance. The game was going to be postponed but ended up starting at the original time on account of the Jays. That’s why some missed the first TD (or the whole thing)…. MEssam with 133 yards rushing, wow. Daniels continues to shine with 126 yards receiving. The D with 6 QB sacks.
Next up, Montreal at home.