Thursday, August 14, 2014

CFL 2014: Week Eight


We will admit to being caught by surprise with a Tuesday game slipping by us almost un-noticed, leaving us with no preview to offer as week eight got off to an early start.

We're not particularly sold on the idea of Tuesday night football as something that the Toronto market was clamouring for (and by their attendance it didn't seem to make much of a difference) but there they were the Argos and the Bombers out on the field.

Making for a pretty short turn around period for the Double Blue who will double dip week eight with a Sunday night wrap to week against the Lions.

So, with one game already entered into the books, we'll rattle off the remainder of the week in a more timely fashion.

Things ramp up again on Friday night, when the Eskimos travel to Ottawa, looking for the opportunity to continue on with the Western domination of the East that has marked the early stages of the 2014 season.

Saturday brings us a pair of games, Calgary heads into Hamilton, hoping to find the Cats still a snake bit kind of squad. In recent weeks, the Cats have shown a lot of promise, but little finish. While the Stamps on the other hand are all finish, setting the benchmark for success in the West so far this year.

The nightcap to Saturday finds the struggling Alouettes in Regina to take on the defensively tough Roughriders. The Also are having no shortage of woes on offence this year, making Saturday possibly another long night of tests as they face down a Riders squad that has made defensive play their calling card so far this year.

The weekend wraps up with the Argonauts home for the second time in less than five days, looking to side step the BC Lions.  The Argos appear to be the only Eastern team that to this point in the season looks to be able to provide a challenge to the western teams, with the David Braley western branch of the firm looking to take a win out away from their eastern partners  as the week comes to an end.

Results and other commentaries on week eight and nine to follow may be a little tardy, we'll be on the road for much of the next ten days, so our dispatches may not be the most timely of efforts, we hope to be on a more consistent basis by the Labour Day showdowns.

The previews and reviews for week eight can be found below:


Tuesday, August 12 -- Winnipeg 21 at Toronto 38   ( 18,106 
CFL.ca Game Preview-- ( video ) Argos, Bombers kick off Week 8 with Tuesday tilt

Video Highlights-- Winnipeg/Toronto
Game Recap--
Stats Pack-- Winnipeg/Toronto

Game Reviews:

12 Men--  

Winnipeg Sun-- Many happy returns
Winnipeg Free Press-- Big Blue Beatdown in T. O.
Toronto Sun-- Ricky Ray's greatness not being viewed in-person
Toronto Star-- Ricky Ray, Argonauts down Blue Bombers

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Friday, August 15-- Edmonton at Ottawa  ( 7:30 ET, 5:30 MT, 4:30 PT )  TSN  
CFL.ca Game Preview--

Video Highlights--
Game Recap--
Stats Pack--

Game Reviews:

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Saturday, August 16-- Calgary at Hamilton ( 3:00 ET, 1 MT, Noon PT ) TSN 
CFL.ca Game Preview--  

Video Highlights--
Game Recap--
Stats Pack--

Game Reviews:

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Saturday, August 16-- Montreal at Saskatchewan ( 7 PM ET, 5 ST, 4 PT ) TSN
CFL.ca Game Preview--

Video Highlights--
Game Recap--
Stats Pack--

Game Reviews:

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Sunday, August 17 -- British Columbia at Toronto ( 7:30 ET, 4:30 PT )  TSN
CFL.ca Game Preview--

Video Highlights--
Game Recap--
Stats Pack--

Game Reviews:

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

CFL Players of the Week: Week Seven




Kevin Glenn's domination of the week seven Statistical sheet, propelled the BC Lions QB onto the Players of the Week rankings as Glenn collected the Offensive Player honours for the week, a nod of acknowledgment towards his 407 passing yards and rushing efforts on the week.

The Defensive files found mostly reviews of the Saskatchewan Roughriders' John Chick for week seven, his five tackles on the night securing his second Player of the Week award for the year.

The Riders also collected another honour from week seven work, as Jerome Messam, coming on in relief for Saskatchewan rattled off an impressive offensive outing, claiming the Top Canadian Award for the week.

Special teams provided some spark for a frustrated Hamilton Tiger Cats team with the Cats Brandon Banks making the highlight reel on a number of plays, his most impressive a 97 yard punt return for a touchdown in a losing cause for the Black and Yellow.

The four top selections for the week can be found below:

Offensive Player of the Week
Kevin Glenn, QB, British Columbia Lions

Defensive Player of the Week
John Chick, DE, Saskatchewan Roughriders

Special Teams Player of the Week
Brandon Banks , KR,  Hamilton Tiger Cats

Canadian Player of the Week
Jerome Messam, RB, British Columbia Lions

CFL.ca review of the Players of the Week

Top Ten Plays of Week Number 7 

Ultimate Replay for Week Number 7 

Power Rankings For Week Number 7

Twelve Men on the Field Archive of the Players of the Week Listings for the 2014 season

Thursday, August 07, 2014

CFL 2014: Week Seven


The week begins with a family feud of the prairies, as the Saskatchewan Roughriders make the trek across the Manitoba line to take on the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg.

A game which rarely needs much in the way of hype, but this year features a much improved Bombers squad, ready to renew acquaintances with the Riders.

Friday night brings us another double header of CFL action, with the struggling Alouettes looking to find some answers, though the task will be a tough one as the soaring Eskimos will be keen to keep on with their winning ways of the start of the season.

The night cap for Friday provides for another team looking for some positive news, as the Tiger Cats travel into Vancouver to take on the BC Lions. The Cats have been close to victory a few times in recent weeks, only to see the prospect of victory slip away, the Lions come off an impressive comeback last week in Calgary.

Week Seven wraps up on Saturday night as the Ottawa RedBlacks will be anxious to banish some of the bad habits and mental mistakes that have cost them in recent weeks, the bad news for the team from the nation's capital... they take on a Stamps squad that will quite unhappy at how they let victory slip away last week against the Lions.

Facing a team that knows it made mistakes that cost them their undefeated status on the year, probably won't make the RedBlacks work any easier.

The previews and reviews for week seven can be found below:


Thursday, August 7-- Saskatchewan 23 at Winnipeg 17   ( 33,324 
CFL.ca Game Preview-- ( video ) Fierce rivals new hostilities in Winnipeg

Video Highlights-- Saskatchewan/Winnipeg
Game Recap-- Riders stage late-game heroics in win
Stats Pack-- Saskatchewan/Winnipeg

Game Reviews:

12 Men--  

Winnipeg Sun-- Bombers fatal flaw exposed
Winnipeg Free Press-- Blue second-best is slugfest
Regina Leader Post-- Dominating Green Defence was the difference
Canada.com-- Saskatchewan Roughriders scramble to 23-17 victory over Winnipeg Blue Bombers

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Friday, August 8-- Edmonton 33 at Montreal 23 ( 20,054 )    
CFL.ca Game Preview-- ( video )  Als looking for spark at home vs. Esks

Video Highlights-- Edmonton/Montreal
Game Recap-- That Green and Golden touch: Esks bury Alouettes
Stats Pack-- Edmonton/Montreal

Game Reviews:

12 Men-- 

Edmonton Sun-- Edmonton Eskimos beat dysfunctioning Montreal Alouettes
Edmonton Journal-- Injuries mar Eskimos' victory over struggling Alouettes
Montreal Gazette-- If the Alouettes think this is progress, they're delusional
Canada.com-- Reilly throws for two touchdowns as Eskimos beat Alouettes

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Friday, August 8-- Hamilton 29 at British Columbia 36 ( 24,236 ) 
CFL.ca Game Preview--  ( video ) Lions looking for consistency against Ticats

Video Highlights-- Hamilton / British Columbia
Game Recap-- Top Cat: Glenn, Lions outlast Ticats in shootout thriller
Stats Pack-- Hamilton/British Columbia

Game Reviews:

12 Men--  

Vancouver Province-- Baffling Lions grit out hard-fought victory over Ticats
Vancouver Sun-- Kevin Glenn becomes rare pass-run threat in Lions' 36-29 win
Hamilton Spectator-- Lions QB Glenn throws for 407 yards as Ticats lose another close one
Canada.com-- Glenn throws, runs Lions to victory over Tiger-Cats

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Saturday, August 2-- Ottawa 17 at Calgary 38 ( 28,391  
CFL.ca Game Preview-- ( video ) Ottawa looking to Calgary as a measuring stick

Video Highlights-- Ottawa/Calgary
Game Recap-- Instant Recovery: Mitchell leads Stamps by Ottawa
Stats Pack-- Ottawa/Calgary

Game Reviews:

12 Men-- 


Calgary Sun-- Calgary Stampeders beat Ottawa RedBlacks 38-17
Calgary Herald-- Smilin' Hank left grimacing in 38-17 Stampeders win over the Ottawa RedBlacks
Ottawa Sun-- RedBlacks drop a stinker to Calgary Stampeders
Ottawa Citizen-- RedBlacks lose to Stampeders, fall to 1-5

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

CFL Players of the Week: Week Six




Drew Willy week continued this week, as the Bombers QB was celebrated for his work during week six of the CFL season, Willy's leadership and offensive punch provided him with his second Player of the Week honours for the 2014 season.

The BC Lions collected two more Player of the Week acknowledgments for the year thus far, with Andrew Harris once again showcasing a strong running game for the Lions securing yet another Top Canadian award in 2014.  On the defensive side of the Lions room, Ronnie Yell was receiving the congratulations, a solid defensive performance in week six setting him apart from the league's defensive work on the week.

The Ti-Cats find a silver lining in their latest disappointment on the field, as Quincy McDuffie showcased his skills in a losing cause for the Cats, McDuffie securing the Special Teams Player of the week award for his efforts in punt and kick returns in week six.

The four top selections for the week can be found below:

Offensive Player of the Week
Drew Willy, QB, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Defensive Player of the Week
Ronnie Yell, DB, British Columbia Lions

Special Teams Player of the Week
Quincy McDuffie, KR,  Hamilton Tiger Cats

Canadian Player of the Week
Andrew Harris, RB, British Columbia Lions

CFL.ca review of the Players of the Week

Top Ten Plays of Week Number 6 

Ultimate Replay for Week Number 6

Power Rankings For Week Number 6

Twelve Men on the Field Archive of the Players of the Week Listings for the 2014 season

Friday, August 01, 2014

CFL Players of the month for 2014



Our Archive of the Selections for the CFL Players of the Month for the 2014 season.


Players of the Month for July

Selections by Player

July-- Mike Reilly, QB, Edmonton Eskimos, Offensive Player of the Month
July-- John Chick, DE, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Defensive Player of the Month
July-- Swayze Waters, K, Toronto Argonauts, Special Player of the Month
July-- Andrew Harris, RB, British Columbia Lions, Canadian Player of the Month


Selections by Team

Montreal (0)
Ottawa (0)
Toronto (1)
Hamilton (0)
Winnipeg (0)
Saskatchewan (1)
Edmonton (1)
Calgary (0)
British Columbia (1)



Repeat Winners This Year

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

CFL 2014: Week Six


The week begins with another contest in the comfy confines of McMaster University, where the Hamilton Tiger Cats try to make the best of their forced re-location owing to construction delays at their new football palace of Tim Horton's Field.

In to ruin the vibe of up close and personal will be the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, off to an impressive start in the 2014 campaign and looking to keep their thoughts of a First place finish in the ultra competitive West a going concern.

The Argos make the trip to Montreal, hoping to get back on track at the expense of a Montreal Alouettes team that continues to struggle in the early stages of the CFL season.

A long running western feud will rise up again, as the Lions come across the Rockies to take on the Stampeders, match ups that never fail to provide for some hard hitting football and close scoring football.

The week wraps up with the Ottawa RedBlacks hosting the team that has the name that is fondly remembered by many in the nations capital. The Saskatchewan Roughriders, sole owners of the rider brand now, will play the role of villain as they face not only the RedBlacks, but a lively and noisy crowd that has been welcoming the CFL back (maybe not so much the prairie brand owners however)

The undefeated squads have been dropping off the listings as we head into week six, will a perfect season still be on the horizon by weekends end?  Four nights of football will provide the answer.

Thursday, July 31-- Winnipeg 27 at Hamilton 26   (6,500 )   (at McMaster)
CFL.ca Game Preview-- ( video ) Willy, Lefevour ready to duel in Hamilton

Video Highlights-- Winnipeg/Hamilton
Game Recap--  Comeback Kid: Willy's late-game heroics stun Ticats
Stats Pack-- Winnipeg/Hamilton

Game Reviews:

12 Men--  


Winnipeg Sun-- Comeback kid: Willy lives for the clutch
Winnipeg Free Press-- Welcome to Willypeg
Hamilton Spectator-- No moral victories in narrowing losses, Cats must start winning
National Post-- Drew Willy seals comeback win over Hamilton Tiger-Cats will final-play heroics


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Friday, August 1 -- Toronto 31 at Montreal 5 ( 20,692 )  
CFL.ca Game Preview-- ( video ) East rivals try to turn things around in Montreal

Video Highlights-- Toronto / Montreal
Game Recap-- Boatmen Grind out important win over Alouettes
Stats Pack-- Toronto / Montreal 

Game Reviews:

12 Men-- 

Toronto Sun-- Argos jump to first in East with win in Montreal
Toronto Star-- Argos march past Alouettes
Montreal Gazette-- Alouettes lose ugly as offence falls flat
National Post-- Toronto Argonauts end three-game losing streak with dominant win over struggling Montreal Alouettes


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Friday, August 1-- British Columbia 25 at Calgary 24 ( 27,266 ) 
CFL.ca Game Preview--  ( video ) Stampeders look to stay perfect against BC

Video Highlights-- British Columbia / Calgary
Game Recap-- Roaring Rally: Lions battle back, top Stampeders
Stats Pack-- British Columbia / Calgary

Game Reviews:

12 Men--  

Calgary Sun-- BC Lions down Calgary Stampeders
Calgary Herald-- Turnovers cost Stampeders in first loss of the season
Vancouver Province-- Relief abounds as Lions survive late penalty for 25-24 win over Stamps
Vancouver Sun-- Glenn gets breakthrough win at McMahon as Lions stun Stamps
National Post--  Lions offence comes to life in win over Calgary Stampeders

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Saturday, August 2-- Saskatchewan 38 at Ottawa 14 ( 24,303  
CFL.ca Game Preview-- ( video )  Riders roll into Ottawa looking to stay hot

Video Highlights-- Saskatchewan / Ottawa
Game Recap-- Getting hot: Riders roll to another big win in Ottawa
Stats Pack-- Saskatchewan / Ottawa

Game Reviews:

12 Men-- 

Ottawa Sun-- Ottawa RedBlacks have a lot of work to do after humbling loss to Roughriders
Ottawa Citizen-- Redblacks thumped by Roughriders in second home game
Regina Leader Post-- Riders feed off first-half momentum to defeat RedBlacks
National Post-- Saskatchewan Roughriders deepen Ottawa RedBlacks' woes with 38-14 trouncing

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CFL Players of the Week: Week Five




Dan LeFevour had a break out week for the Tiger Cats, providing an offensive display in week five that secured him some space on the Players of the Week listings, a sign perhaps that the Cats are beginning to turn around the rough start to the 2014 season.

Saskatchewan also has hopes of making a reversal in some of their struggles of the year so far and in week five, they placed two players on the weekly honour roll, with John Chick and Samuel Hurl both claiming some notice for their work.

The kicking game provide the Bombers with the final placement on the list for week five, as Lirim Hajrullahu made kick after kick after kick in a winning cause for the Big Blue, his five for five performance on three pointers providing the spurt of offence in the Bombers win in BC.

For good measure, Hajrullahu placed a number of punts in strategic positions to pen the Lions up, an overall night of kicking that was made note of and rewarded by the selection panel.

The four top selections for Week Five can be found below:

Offensive Player of the Week
Dan Lefevour, QB, Hamilton Tiger Cats

Defensive Player of the Week
John Chick, DE, Saskatchewan Roughriders

Special Teams Player of the Week
Lirim Hajrullahu, PK-P, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Canadian Player of the Week
Samuel Hurl, LB, Saskatchewan Roughriders

CFL.ca review of the Players of the Week

Top Ten Plays of Week Number 5

Ultimate Replay for Week Number 5

Power Rankings For Week Number 5

Twelve Men on the Field Archive of the Players of the Week Listings for the 2014 season