The Battle of Alberta kicked off on a luxurious September afternoon as the two top teams in the West faced-off for the first time this season. Calgary came into the game a top of the division by one point, and left leading by three.
The story of the game, apart from the fantastic atmosphere for fans to enjoy the Labour Day Classic, was the defence–again.
Keeping the Edmonton offence in check all game until late in the 4th demonstrated that the Stampeders have the league’s best, particularly in the secondary.
The offence continues to do damage when it needs to, capitalizing on turnovers (squandering red zone chances) and turning big plays. Anthony Parker with the game ball this afternoon with an awesome run to break open the game in the second quarter.
Slow to post this post-game, was out golfing on the weekend. It only really needs one paragraph.
Calgary’s D may very well be at the top of the league. They shutout Toronto. An interception return for a score were the only points Toronto managed.
The Offence needs to pick it up to hit the same ceiling the D is playing at right now. But they’re doing more than enough to win.
We’ll see how this team stacks up in the back-to-back Battle of Alberta over the Labour Day Weekend.
That was messy. Nothing on offence seemed to be working, and the D was its usual formidable self.
Coming off a bye week can be tough, and the Stamps looked like they have rust, and now injuries, to contend moving forward.
Total lack of execution, struggles in the red zone, dropped passes, injuries, penalties, you name it.
But it was two points. That’s what counts, and they’ll have a chance to healup before Toronto visits town next week.
Apart from a last minute major, this game was 41 – 16, or in other words, another blowout. Two weeks in a row the Stamps have manhandled the opposition. Here are some post-game thoughts.
- Is Football done in Toronto? It looked like 32 people in the stands. Embarrassing. What’s even more embarrassing? That a professional sports team would have a field like Toronto’s approved. The end-zones are a transition from grass to turf. Stupid.
- Calgary came out of the gate this season looking shaky. I think we know why. Every team needs a month to start to find their legs and game. The competition field is more level at the start. What we see right now is Calgary going into the bye week starting to locate their dominance. We’ll see how they handle BC and Edmonton.
- Bo Mitchell is playing hurt, probably a hand. He’s throwing accurately, but one wonders what he looks like throwing at 100%.
- Jerome Messam is amassing yards, but ball protection is a huge question mark.
- Alex Singleton is the real deal at middle linebacker. Teams can’t find their run game against him.
- After being left without a catch against Hamilton, MARQUAY lead receivers with 8 catches and two TDs.
- Roy Finch fumbled one punt return and it went for an eventual major. He later made up for it with his second punt return for a TD in as many weeks.
Stampeders enter their first bye-week of the season. On the injury front, Brandon Smith was back. Lamar Durant left the game after one catch with a knee injury. Ricky Ray also left with a shoulder injury.
I thought the Montreal Alouettes were the worst team in the league. I was wrong. The Ti-Cats are.
The Stampeders, on an evening where the organization feted the 1992 Grey Cup Championship team, broke records with their thrashing of the Ti-Cats, recording the largest point differential win in franchise history.
That 1 point came off the classic Canadian football rouge.
If there was a game where all three teams produced, tonight was the night. Does it signal a turnaround back towards Stampeder dominance? Yes. But do they need to display that dominance against a better team? Yes.
Here’s the post-game wrap.
With the habitual pre-game build up, including warmup antics between Josh Bell and Duron Carter, Calgary looked to return to their winning ways after a sloppy loss last week in Montreal. The team hasn’t lost back-to-back games since the beginning of 2012. They had reinforcements tonight with the return of Charleston Hughes after two games on the D line, and Jerome Messam who left half way last game due to ejection.
The first half won the game, lead by Hughes. As a whole though, although the Stamps put another win in the W column, there are still issues.
Calgary won convincingly in Winnipeg last week, but struggled against Montreal this week. Have we seen the dynasty (that never really became a dynasty) crumble? Or is this more to do with injuries and league parity?
Let’s get tonight’s game out of the way. Montreal is a train wreck. Who can they beat in the East? Hamilton? Toronto? It’s unlikely they’ll make the playoffs unless Toronto falls off the map. The reason is quite simply offence. Although it did enough to beat the Stamps, obviously, they relied on a wing and a prayer.
What Montreal has is a stalwart D. But that’s not enough to win come playoff time.
As for the Stamps. They lost Jerome Messam because of a boneheaded ejection. That was after he carelessly fumbled the ball for a return. Calgary couldn’t capitalize on their two interceptions, the storyline for this game. Too many redzone visits, too many field goals.
Couple this with the fact Calgary has lost SEVEN defensive linemen, and you have an idea why Montreal even stood a chance in this one.
Anything you can do I can do better.
Tit for tat, the rematch of the rematch went down in Week 2 as the Stamps played host in the home-at-home series. It was truly a last man standing affair, with the Stamps needing the full 60 minutes to prevail. The teams were even tied going into the half after a punt return for a TD. Here’s the rest of the game summary.
Grey Cup Rematch #1 Ends in Tie
If there was a game to iron out the kinks the season opener would be the one. Getting the short end of the pre-season, top to bottom the Calgary Stampeders were poor. Every facet of the game misfired, and if it wasn’t for some late game heroics, they would’ve lost by two scores.
In a rare CFL tie (not so rare between these two teams), the evening demonstrated Calgary is average and the RedBlacks are the returning Grey Cup champs for a reason.
Rather than a post game summary here are summaries for each.