“Worth Switching to Bleacher Report For”
After not posting any real article on the CFL for two weeks, I am back with a new column: CFL Insider Report. This column will give fans a look back at the week that was, the player’s reactions to the games, and some personal observations.
Ah Labour Day Weekend in the Canadian Football League. A time when good sportsmanship is displayed between each team and camaraderie is shown between opposing fans…
And if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.
The Labour Day Weekend lived up to its billing. There was a couple of fights, some intense games, and a bit of controversy as well.
At the beginning of this week 10 review, let’s start by going…
Around the League: The week started witth a game under the lights, as the 7-1 Montreal Alouettes traveled into BC to take on the struggling 3-4 Lions. The Alouettes were looking to win in a stadium they always seemed to struggle in, and this looked promising as the Lions had recently been blown-out at home to the Winnipeg Blue.
The Alouettes continued their struggles in BC, putting up only 12 points in a 19-12 loss to the BC Lions. The game was ultimately decided by a controversial play, as the Alouettes scored a game-tying touchdown late in the game, only to have it be called back because enough time had not been added to the game clock.
Here’s what Als team president Larry Smith said to the Montreal Gazette, ““In our minds, an error was made in terms of understanding the rules.”…
The classic Labour Day Saskatchewan vs. Winnipeg match up had plenty of headlines leading up to it, Michael Bishop’s return to Saskatchewan, Mike Kelly’s comments in the off-season about Regina, and of course Fred Reid coming into town after posting 260 yards in his last game.
The Riders managed to defeat the Bombers 29-14 and the biggest storyline coming out of the game was Saskatchewan’s ability to shut down Fred Reid, as they limited him to 41 yards. The Riders also shut him down on the goaline to end the Bomber’s drive at the end of the first half.
John Chick was a force for the Rider defense, recording two sacks and Darian Durant did enough on offense to win the game.
Despite the loss, Bomber’s quarterback Michael Bishop was confident about the rematch next week. "We turned the ball over and they stopped us down on the goal
line," Bishop continued.
"If we punch that in then the momentum changes and we go in at half feeling good. But they stepped up and made plays. But
we're going to whoop their *** next week. Put that in there,” Bishop said to TSN…
Hamilton was looking for revenge against the Toronto Argonauts for their loss at home early in the season as the first half of the Monday Double Header. The Tiger Cats did get their revenge, thanks to some help from the former Argo Arland Bruce. The receiver caught 6 passes for 115 yards in a 34-15 win over the Argos.
The Argos failed to get much going on offence, as kicker Justin Medlock was called upon four times in the ball game. After the game, Arland Bruce talked to the Globe and Mail about his release from Toronto. “I think that was probably the worst decision in football that's ever been made, CFL…wherever football's been played."
In the last game of week 10, the Edmonton Eskimos traveled to Calgary to take on their hated rivals. Edmonon had defeated Calgary earlier in the year but Calgary got the last laugh this week, beating Edmonton 32-8. It was a lacklustre showing from the Edmonton Eskimos, who had been first in the West leading up to the game.
Calgary was lead by Joffrey Reynolds, who exploded for 116 yards. Quarterback Henry Burris commented to the Canadian Press on the Stamps crucial win. “"You've got to expect to win the game at home and do whatever it takes to make that happen and we did," Calgary quarterback Henry Burris said. "In order for us to be in first place, we had to get this one.”
CFL Insider’s Top Three Performers of the Week: Every week, the CFL Insider’s Report will name the top three performers. It won’t necessarily be the top offensive performers who claim the awards. Also, being a former offensive lineman myself, one of the three awards will go to an offensive lineman.
1) Arland Bruce: For Arland Bruce, a receiver disgraced and released from the Toronto Argonauts, this game was sweet irony. Bruce torched the Argos secondary, racking up 115 yards as Bruce helped Hamilton defeat his former team.
2) John Chick: Simply put, John Chick was a monster against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Chick had two sacks and four tackles, as he constantly put pressure on Michael Bishop.
3) Gene Makowsky: As promised, one award each week will go to an offensive lineman. This week it goes to the ageless veteran Gene Makowksy. Makowsky moved one again to the tackle position, and performed brilliantly, helping to give Darian Durant protection all day long.
CFL Insider’s Play of the Week: This week’s play of the week comes courtesy of Calgary Stampeders receiver Jermaine Copeland, who made an amazing one handed catch for a touchdown against the Edmonton Eskimos. But don’t take my word on it, check out the video.
(Note, the catch is about 2:41 in)
CFL Insider’s Quotables: To finish of this week review, we take a look at the most interesting quote from week 10. This week’s quote comes from Michael Bishop, whose Bomber’s were defeated 29-14 by the Saskatchewan Roughriders:
"We turned the ball over and they stopped us down on the goal line," Bishop continued. "If we punch that in then the momentum changes and we go in at half feeling good. But they stepped up and made plays. But we're going to whoop their *** next week. Put that in there,” Bishop said to TSN.
Soon after the loss Bishop guaranteed a win in the Banjo Bowl rematch next week in Winnipeg. Despite the loss, and the lower record, Bishop seems to feel that the Bombers are the better team. This seemed to be feelings shared by the entire team, as many of them were quoted saying they were the better team even in the loss.
To me, this is strikingly similar to the Grey Cup in 2007, when the Riders defeated the Bombers. Many of the Bombers players felt they were the better team even though they lost. This quote should definitely make for an interesting rematch.