Monday, July 27, 2009

Monday Musings...

What a crazy week in the CFL! Just a bunch of bad football so far this season and Week Four included some efforts that simply do not pass the smell test. And, can you say "parity"? Five teams have posted a 2-2 record through four weeks.

Hamilton AT Montreal: The Ticats have been on the receiving end of kudos for keeping the Alouettes below the 40-point mark for the first time this season. Huh? Hamilton was unable to press Montreal in the second and third quarters. Anthony Calvillo is just too good right now and the Als defense has proven itself to be the most complete unit in the league to date. But, at least Hamilton is 2-2.

Toronto AT Winnipeg: The stench smelled around southern Manitoba for much of the past weekend was a product of a terrible offence. The heat is on head coach Mike Kelly to produce and the reaction came in form of signing Michael Bishop today. Yikes! Last week, Argos quarterback Kerry Joseph proved he is capable of doing enough little things well to help his team control the ball and walk away with two points. He just wins ugly! And the Argos do have a running game with Jamal Robertson, so they are able to control the clock well.

Calgary AT B.C.: The Stamps won in B.C. Place Stadium for only the third time in their last 11 visits, so perhaps the monkey has lept off their back for now. The Lions, well, they stunk. If Calgary is truly building momentum, they will again be a force in the CFL West. Henry Burris looks poised, Joffrey Reynolds looks strong, and the defensive group looks nasty and physical. However, they have lost receiver Kenyon Rambo for awhile. Wally Buono and crew have mucho work to do, behind centre and on both sides of the ball.

Edmonton AT Saskatchewan: The 'Riders blew this one and now sport a 1-2 record at the "friendly" confines of Mosaic Stadium. If the Eskimos were indeed able to summon up the heart to claw back from a 22-0 deficit, the 'Riders may be on the hunt for a heart transplant. This one was just plain ugly. At least the Esks can return home against Montreal now with a measure of confidence. But, the 'Riders have to travel into hostile McMahon Stadium in Calgary.

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