Four games this weekend, all of them the first in a bunch of home-and-home battles. There are three intense rivalries, and then the one match up that least resembles a rivalry of any kind. Just another Labor Day Weekend in the CFL! Our picks in bold.
Montreal (7-1) AT B.C. (3-5): There is no reason for th is one to be even close. Montreal is the best team in the CFL. Period. But I've never been a fan of an Eastern Division team having to lace 'em up at 7:30pm on the west coast. You see, that's 10:30pm for the Als this week! But Anthony Calvillo and crew should have enough to handle the hapless Lions. The Als are great on both sides of scrimmage.
Winnipeg (3-5) AT Saskatchewan (4-4): The Labor Day Classic in Regina is a freak show in and of itself. Add to it the return of Jason Armstead to Riderville and the buzz this past week about Adam "Pacman" Jones joining, and then not joining, the Blue Bombers...well this could have been more bizarre than the usual nastiness. The Bombers run the ball as well as anybody in the CFL. Their secondary catches the ball better than their receiving corps. The Riders are a high energy, play 'til the whistle group that really doesn't do any one thing better than anybody else in the CFL. Home field helps, but I like the Bombers to steal this one, which really is a toss-up.
Toronto (2-6) AT Hamilton (4-4): A win at Ivor Wynne Stadium might just elevate the mindset on an Argos team that seems to have very little bounce these days. This is a bitter rivalry with plenty of storylines. Arland Bruce III against his former mates. Kevin Glenn against the team that ruined his 2007 Grey Cup hopes, snapping his arm during the fourth quarter of the Eastern Final. A win for the Ticats would send Steeltown into a tizzy. Might just be the best game of the week. 'Cats win!
Edmonton (5-3) AT Calgary (4-4): Another bitter battle of Alberta. The Stamps had no business losing at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton last month, but they have yet to return to their 2008 form. The Esks have been finding ways to win under rookie head coach Richie Hall, proof that a little belief can go a long way. Quietly two games above .500, Edmonton might just steal another one here. Then, they will have to be taken seriously.