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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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3 reasons why the Stamps won the Western Division Final against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

1. Defence.
2. Defence.
3. Eric Rogers with 3 TD catches.

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3 trips to the Grey Cup Final in a row.

In the 9 team league it’s not exactly hard to make it to the final game. Teams can have a late push and win one or two games to make it. But to show up in three consecutive years is something to be proud of. Many teams would take the chance to show up in just one Grey Cup Final let alone three.

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Almost missed this Thanksgiving game because it was so early….

If there’s one thing that the Calgary Stampeders have struggled with over the years it’s winning in Montreal. That may sound surprising because Montreal isn’t a very good football team. NOntheless, Bo Mitchell hasn’t won in Montreal in his career, somewhat incredible given his winning percentage. After locking up a playoff date last week at home in their win against Toronto, Calgary looked to continue their winning ways in their quest for a western playoff bye.

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42 points, 7 turnovers, and nearly a last second hail mary completion for the win. The Stampeders lost the second of a home-at-home in the Battle of Alberta Labour Day Classic. They deserved it too. The Stamps have been notoriously slow starters all year, and continue to show signs they’re slipping. For a full month they’ve progressively looked less and less sharp. Even with their ineptitude on field, they still hang in games late, which just shows if they are serious about winning games, especially in the playoff,s they’ll fix repeated mistakes.

Dropped footballs. Interceptions. Special teams gaffs. Fumbles. Fumbles. Dropped footballs. Bo Mitchell may have put up another career game in throwing yards, but 3 interceptions and a loss, all the stats just doesn’t matter.

You get the idea. Stamps shoot themselves in the foot and are right now they’re own worst enemies (and no, the horrid officiating was, as usual, horrible, but not the cause for the loss).

It’s good this team took another loss. They need a wake up call to put in the work and up their game. Right now it’s just stagnant.

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