Saturday, January 07, 2017

CFL Arrivals 2017




A look at some of the off season signing by CFL clubs as they look to fill holes, upgrade at positions or bring in some untapped talent for the 2017 season.


Montreal

December 22 -- Alouettes sign Maïko Zepeda, rusher Jean-Samuel Blanc


Ottawa



Toronto



Hamilton




Winnipeg




Saskatchewan

January 4 -- Riders sign former Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas


Calgary




Edmonton



Vancouver





CFL Departures 2017



With the New Year, some of the stars of 2016 will be testing the waters of the NFL, with auditions and roster signings making for a good portion of the early news for the CFL in 2017.

Below we will track the departures to the NFL from all nine CFL squads.


Montreal



Ottawa

January 6 -- Richards determined to make NFL dream come true with Panthers

Toronto




Hamilton

December 13 -- Another Ticat gets tryout with Saints



Winnipeg




Saskatchewan




Calgary





Edmonton


January 5 -- Eskimos release Walker to sign futures contract with Tampa Bay
January 3 -- Release and catch: Eskimos cut Lacey free to sign futures contract with Dolphins



Vancouver

January 4 -- B.C. Lions' Adam Bighill marches to the New Orleans Saints
January 3 -- With NFL looming, Lions set Richie Leone loose
December 9 -- Adam Bighill chasing NFL work, but has to sign by Jan. 27 or returns to B.C. Lions
December 8 --  B.C. Lions release LB Adam Bighill so he can pursue NFL opportunities





Monday, January 02, 2017

Bowling for prospects -- US Bowl Season keeps CFL Scouts hopping




While fans of the CFL settle in for the long winter, counting down the days until the first of the training camps and then the launch of the 2017 season, CFL GM's, coaches and scouts have been facing a hectic few weeks as the US college Bowl season gets underway.

With the Christmas and New Year's period now a long running festival of football, the traditional Bowl Games of the past have at times tended to get lost in the shuffle and more importantly the growing list of bowl games makes for a lengthy list of potential prospects for CFL teams to explore.

As well as keeping an eye on talent for future CFL rosters, fans can also follow the path of a number of Canadians playing in NCAA football this year.

Those playing in the Bowl games are listed below, you can find their biographies under the Game Summary.

Below we'll track the results of the Bowl Madness of the last few weeks and should we stumble across any CFL related notes that are tied into the games we'll share those as well.

College Play Off Related Games

January 9

College Football National Championship Presented by AT & T

Alabama vs Clemson
8PM ET/5 PM PT  ESPN/TSN


December 31

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (College Playoff Semi-Final)
Alabama 24 vs Washington 7
Game Summary

Brayden Lenius, WR, (Washington) North Vancouver, BC

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (College Playoff Semi-Final)
Clemson 31 vs Ohio State 0
Game Summary



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Non Playoff Related Bowl Games

January 2

Outback Bowl
Florida 30 vs Iowa 3
Game Summary

Faith Ekakitie, DT, (Iowa) Brampton, Ontario
Alaric Jackson, OL, (Iowa) Windsor, Ontario


Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
Western Michigan 24 vs Wisconsin 16
Game Summary



Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual
USC 52 vs Penn State 49
Game Summary

Daniel Joseph, DE, (Penn State) Brampton, Ontario


All State Sugar Bowl
Oklahoma 35 vs Auburn 19 
Game Summary

Neville Gallimore, DL, (Oklahoma) St. Catherine's, Ontario



December 31 

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
LSU 29 vs Louisville 9
Game Summary



TaxSlayer Bowl
Georgia Tech 33 vs Kentucky 18
Game Summary



December 30

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Georgia 31 vs TCU 23
Game Summary



Hyundai Sun Bowl
Stanford 25 vs North Carolina 23
Game Summary

Wesley Annan, DT, (Stanford) Whitby, Ontario


Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Tennessee 38 vs Nebraska 24
Game Summary

Jonathan Kongbo, DL, (Tennessee) Surrey, BC.
David Knevel, OL, (Nebraska) Brantford, Ontario



Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Air Force 45 vs South Alabama 21
Game Summary



Capital One Orange Bowl
Florida State 33 vs Michigan 32
Game Summary



December 29

Birmingham Bowl
South Florida 46 vs South Carolina 39 (OT)
Game Summary



Belk Bowl
Virginia Tech 35 vs Arkansas 24
Game Summary



Valero Alamo Bowl
Oklahoma State 38 vs Colorado 6
Game Summary

Amen Ogbonbbemiga, LB, (Oklahoma State) Calgary, Alberta
Shane Richards, OL, (Oklahoma State) Calgary, Alberta

December 28 

Russell Athletic Bowl
Miami 31 vs West Virginia 14
Game Summary



Foster Farms Bowl
Utah 26 vs Indiana 24
Game Summary



New Era Pinstripe Bowl 
Northwestern 31 vs Pittsburgh 24
Game Summary



AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
Kansas State 33 vs Texas A & M 28
Game Summary



December 27

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman
Wake Forest 34 vs Temple 26
Game Summary



Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl
Army 38 vs North Texas 31 (OT)
Game Summary



National Funding Holiday Bowl
Minnesota 17 vs Washington State 12
Game Summary

Jonathan Femi-Cole, RB, (Minnesota) Vaughn, Ontario
Julien Kafo, DL, (Minnesota) Mont-Tremblant, Quebec


Motel 6 Cactus Bowl
Baylor 31 vs Boise State 12
Game Summary



December 26

St. Petersburg Bowl
Mississippi State 17 vs Miami of Ohio 16
Game Summary

Justin Senior, OL, (Mississippi State) Montreal, Quebec


Quick Lane Bowl
Boston College 36 vs Maryland 30
Game Summary



Camping World Independence Bowl
North Carolina State 41 vs Vanderbilt 17
Game Summary



December 24

Hawai'i Bowl
Hawai'a 52 vs Middle Tennessee 35
Game Summary



December 23

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Louisiana Tech 48 vs Navy 45
Game Summary



Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
Old Dominion 24 vs Eastern Michigan 20
Game Summary



Dollar General Bowl
Troy 28 vs Ohio 23
Game Summary

Maleek Irons, RB,  (Ohio) Chilliwack, BC
Matt Seymour, WR, (Ohio) New Westminster, BC


December 22

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Idaho 64 vs Colorado State 50
Game Summary

Mason Woods, OL, (Idaho) Port Coquitlam, BC



December 21

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Brigham Young University 24 vs Wyoming 21
Game Summary



December 20

Boca Raton Bowl
Western Kentucky 51 vs Memphis 31
Game Summary



December 19

Miami Beach Bowl
Tulsa 55 vs Central Michigan 10
Game Summary

Keegan Markgraf, LS, (Central Michigan) Hamilton, Ontario


December 17

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl
Grambling 10 vs North Carolina Central 9
Game Summary



Gildan New Mexico Bowl
New Mexico 23 vs USTA 20
Game Summary

Las Vegas Bowl Presented by Geico
San Diego State 34 vs Houston 10
Game Summary

Alex Fontana, OL, (Houston) Toronto, Ontario


Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Appalachian State 31 vs Toledo 28
Game Summary

AutoNation Cure Bowl
Arkansas State 31 vs UCF 13
Game Summary

R and L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Southern Mississippi 28 vs Louisiana-Lafayette 21
Game Summary

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Notes from Bowl Season of interest to CFL fans

December 31 -- Rose Bowl Safety inherited CFL standout grandfather's skills, but lessons learned offer a different future
December 26 -- CFL guide to post-Christmas NCAA Bowl games
December 20 -- College Football Players Sit out Bowl Games in Anticipation of NFL Draft
December 20 -- Surprised NCAA players are skipping bowl games? It was bound to happen in a system that exploits athletes for profit
December 20 -- Are the lesser Bowl Games getting Flushed Away?
December 16 -- The real reason there are so many bowl games in college football - ESPN












Is this thing working ... is this thing on?




Having stumbled across the soundtrack above to relaunch our efforts to track the CFL, we offer up some cautious optimism that as we dust off our blue print and turn our attention back to our favourite league of pigskin, we can hold to a regular schedule of updates for the 2017 CFL season.

And while we'll admit that owing to any number of reasons, some of our past attempts ended up sidelined by the Labour Day break, we look to building a site that will maintain itself to a fashion on those days where our blogging plans go astray.

Hope as they say springs eternal, and the reality is that only time will tell if our ambition can put some pace into our delivery ... but considering we still have folks checking our archives on a daily basis, there still appears to be some interest in how we chronicled our observations of the past on the CFL.

We launch the site this first week of a brand new year,  and with it being the season of resolutions, we'll put one aside to seek to make a steady diet of CFL information a part of our blue print for 2017.

Over the holiday period we've been tossing around a few ideas on how best to relaunch our blog and as they come on stream, we think that they'll make for a helpful guide to the off season work in the CFL and provide some enthusiasm for the 2017 campaign.

With the US Bowl season in the final stages of the US season, we are putting the finishing touches on a recap of the results of the last two weeks and any notes related to the CFL that may come out of the month long festival of football in the USA.

We also have noticed a surge of video offerings on Canadian University players over the last few months, so one of our plans is an archive of sorts of some of those contributions with an eye on the CFL college draft for 2017.

As well, our early plans include the creation of dedicated pages for each CFL team with links to media items and other sources of information in the lead up to the 2017 season. You can wander through some of those past segments from our right hand column area to get an indication as to where we hope to take the blog as we get back into the swing of it all.

With a range of other blog properties to maintain, we don't guarantee a daily contribution to the themes of the CFL, though as we get closer to kick off we do anticipate that our pace will pick up and the blog will begin to expand on some of its offerings heading to the start of the year.

One thing that won't change will be the volume of work that will make use of our right hand column features where we will once again keep the file pages updated on a regular basis, while looking for new items to add to that roll call of CFL information.

We invite you to check back from time to time to see how it's all coming together.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

RedBlacks and Eskimos ready to bring curtain down on 2015 CFL season

The hoopla, awards and Grey Cup week commitments now behind them, Sunday brings the focus back to the field at the 103rd edition of the nation's November celebration of the Canadian game.

The Ottawa Redblacks the storyline of the season looking to write that final chapter in a story that was one of the more positive of themes for a CFL season that offered a few concerns for those that have a strong attachment to the three down game.

Issues of attendance for some cities has provided for the customary bit of reflection as to the state of the nine team league, a dip in television ratings as well noted by more than a few, though some terrible play by the teams most mentioned perhaps had something to do with the slippage in both areas.

An epidemic of Quarterback injuries left teams scrambling from week to week to revisit offensive plans to fit replacement pivots, a situation which gave those following at the need to research pretty well every week, sometimes looking up to their screens to proclaim ... who the heck is that?

One of the main stories was the fact that the residents of the nations largest market for the most part were left unaware to their own team this year, owing to any number of reasons that left the Toronto Argonauts to be CFL Bedouins, wandering from city to city seeking a few fans and a little respect.

They are issues that will be examined we imagine as part of the season review, but should  make for a task that can wait for 24 hours.

Today is Grey Cup Sunday, there is but one question to ask on this day, can the RedBlacks make a remarkable run through November last one more game, or will the Edmonton Eskimos a team with their own pretty impressive back story this year return a championship title to Northern Alberta.

You go back a few decades in the CFL history books and the concept of an Ottawa - Edmonton championship game would be an expected match up, the two cities fixtures in championship games that remain vivid for fans who can rattle off the participants on the field from memory, heart breaking moments still to be mourned, levels of excitement and success for others to be relived.

This final Sunday of November, will bring new additions to those reports, tales of exploits yet to be written at Grey Cup 103.

There are of course the sub plots, the return of Ottawa to the championship in only its second season of rebirth and the timeless nature of Henry Burris who has taken this squad and brought them along for a most fascinating ride. A coach in Rick Campbell with famous CFL bloodlines about to face the team that his father made a perennial champion. And the work ethic of the RedBlacks defensive unit, a group that brings back memories for the long starved fans of the days of the Capital Punishment units of the seventies and eighties. A time when a trip to Ottawa meant a win wasn't guaranteed and a toll would be claimed from the turf at Lansdowne Park, the personality of the team and their dedication to task quickly found favour with the fans, who having been burned by owners of the past have been quick to embrace the RedBlacks, a team that has brought a new attitude and work ethic to town.

The Eskimos offer their own stories for today's finale,  a team which has responded so well to head coach Chris Jones, the turnaround from the dark years of but two seasons ago replaced by a team that has resembled the machines of the glory years. The key feature a defensive unit that shows no weaknesses, holding the opposition in check. A team with depth in many positions, the most important at the Quarterback position, with starter Mike Reilly injured and out until late August, it fell to James Franklin to hold the fort, a process which delivered valuable playing time and key game time experience. When a healthy Reilly returned by Labour Day, the energy level for Edmonton built with each week,  his performance against the former Champs last week an indication that he and his offence are on mission, with only sixty minutes left to see that blue print through for the year.

When you reach the final game of the season you want the two best teams to be the one's standing, both Edmonton and Ottawa have earned their way into the Grey Cup the best way, through hard work and a commitment to their work.

No one will argue the point today that the representatives of the East and West don't deserve their place on the field when the anthem is played.

Whichever team claims Lord Grey's Cup at the sound of the final gun, one thing will be certain, both teams will have left all they had to offer on Winnipeg's near frozen field, neither has travelled this far into the 103rd season to take a day off now.

Some background on today's match up can be found below:

CFL.ca Preview
CFL Writers Picks
Keys to the Game
Players to Watch

Ottawa

Loggers banned after Esks raise stink
CFL to Redblacks chainsaw team: You're cut
Winterpeg painted RedBlack on eve of Grey Cup
RedBlacks looking to 'set the world on fire' against Eskimos in 103rd Grey Cup
No Respect? Nothing new for Ottawa RedBlacks
Finally, a Grey Cup to get excited about
For some Ottawa football fans, it really has been a lifetime since last Grey Cup win
'Take advantage' of opportunity Redblacks tell themselves
Pressure's on" The story of the Grey Cup football
Ottawa Redblacks fans huddle up the jammed pregame party

Edmonton

Eskimos Mike Reilly could match Getty and Warren Moon Grey Cup success
Will the Grey Cup be much of a game?
Eskimos slipping under the radar amid RedBlacks fanfare
Edmonton Eskimos invade Winnipeg for the 103rd Grey Cup
Spirit of Edmonton Hospitality room 'always the best party at Grey Cup'
Eskimos QB Reilly creates relationships with receivers on and off the field
Eskimos back in Grey Cup after a decade away, want to contend for years to come
Eskimos part of Edmonton's history, not its future

National

Grey Cup could be life-chafing for Ottawa RedBlacks offensive coordinator Jason Maas
Edmonton Eskimos QB Mike Reilly looks to add second Grey Cup to resume which includes engineering degree
Redblacks' Henry Burris knows no guarantees head into Grey Cup weekend
Redblacks  coach Rick Campbell almost out of father's long shadow
CFL kickers Chris Milo and Sean Whyte's nomadic journeys to the Grey Cup
The Grey Cup is small, quaint and distinctly Canadian
Team commitment, co-operation a recipe for Ottawa RedBlacks success
Henry Burris' cuts from previous CFL teams has driven his MVP season
Redblacks' defensive coach Mark Nelson knows old-school football
Eskimo defence may get the headlines but RedBlacks shouldn't be overlooked


Saturday, November 28, 2015

And the winner is ...

Henry Burris was a double award
winner at Thursday night's
SHAW CFL Awards
The CFL recognized excellence from 2015 on Thursday evening, handing out the SHAW CFL Awards at the annual ceremony this year held at the Club Regent Event Centre in Winnipeg.

The event, which signals the start of the real countdown to Grey Cup Sunday featured 11 different presentations and by the evening's end it became a familiar refrain to hear ... representing the Ottawa RedBlacks  is ....

The remarkable second season for the reborn entry for the nation's capital was recognized frequently at the awards podium on Thursday, as RedBlacks accepted five trophies on the night, with Quarterback Henry Burris making two trips to the stage.

Burris, the team leader and most amazing story for 2015 was honoured as the League's Most Outstanding Player, the second time in his career that the has been awarded that trophy, he also received the Tom Pate Memorial Award which is awarded to the player who displays qualities that distinguish him from his peers.

The RedBlacks also were honoured for the work of SirVincent Rogers who claimed the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman award and Brad Sinopli, who provided the RedBlacks with big play after big play through the season, was recognized as the Most Outstanding Canadian.

Rounding out the RedBlack night was head coach Rick Campbell, and there surely is no more deserving candidate for the Coach of the Year award, with Campbell having led his team from expansion to Grey Cup finalists in but two seasons of play.

Thursday's awards show may provide a bit more motivation for the Edmonton Eskimos, the Esks only received one award on Thursday as receiver Derel Walker claimed the Outstanding Rookie award for 2015.

Other award winners on the night include the Tiger-Cats Brandon Banks, the explosive receiver and kick return specialist for the Cats received the Most Outstanding Special Teams player award, while the Commissioner's Award also honoured a player with ties to the Cats organization, with Berine Custis, one of the trail blazers in the fifties was honoured for his contribution to the game.

The Most Outstanding Defensive player of the year award went to Adam Bighill, a standout on the BC Lions roster this year during a year off challenge for the west coast team.

The Jake Gadaur Veteran's Award was presented to the Montreal Alouettes Offensive Tackle Jeff Perrett, who used his own story of struggles with alcoholism, to raise awareness across Canada on the impact that addiction can have on families and to stress that help is available.

And Bob Iriving, the longtime CFL broadcaster in Winnipeg and walking encyclopedia of Canadian football history, was recognized for his contribution to the game. Irving was awarded the Hugh Campbell Distinguished Leadership Award.

You can learn more about the CFL Awards here.

The re-broadcast of the Thursday presentation can be viewed below:



Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Finals


Grey Cup berths are on the line as familiar foes renew acquaintances in the CFL divisional finals on Sunday.

The Ottawa RedBlacks, a team that looked every much of an expansion team but 365 days ago, have shown that with the right plan, the right draft and a lot of belief impressive results can be found and surprises can become the narrative to CFL seasons.

Led by the CFL's elder statesman Henry Burris, the RedBlacks surged through the final two months of the season, taking advantage of the depleted line ups of their rivals, while putting together weekly game plans that not only found success, but built confidence as the season rolled on.

With some impressive victories over Hamilton in back to back games at the end of the season, Ottawa vaulted into first in the East and a chance to rest up during Semi Final Sunday, confident that whichever squad prevailed last week, they would be prepared in seven days time.

As fate would deliver, the Ti Cats are the ones that had to book the flight to Ottawa, one more chance for Hamilton to reverse the bad karma of November and take the step that many expected at the start of the season of a trip to Winnipeg for the Grey Cup.

Yet, it's the RedBlacks in the favourites role, having show no fear or intimidation of the Cats through the year, the Eastern Final offers Ottawa the opportunity to make 2015 the benchmark kind of year for teams looking to rebuild (in the case of Ottawa just building).

They kick it off at 1 PM and TD Place Stadium will be sold out, football truly back in the nation's capital, with hopes and wishes of one more game to come riding on each and every down.

In the West, it's yet another chapter in the Battle for Alberta, a series that slipped a few notches on the intensity level for a few years as the Eskimos retooled, but now is back full on, with the Esks the team to beat, built on an explosive offence and one of the toughest of defences in the league.

Calgary stumbled a few times through the 2015 campaign, injuries provide part of those tribulations, inconsistent play as well making a rare arrival in the foothills city.  Still, a Grey Cup champion is always a team to be wary of and the Eskimos know exactly what will be in store for them as Calgary takes to the field at Commonwealth.

The match up more than anything a showcase of coaches as Chris Jones who has turned the Esks around in remarkable fashion faces one of the foundation blocks of coaching these days in the Stamps John Hufnagel.

Hufnagels teams come prepared, and with two top echelon QB's calling the signals on Sunday, the result by game's end should be significantly different than when the two teams last met in a playoff matchup with a Grey Cup trip in the balance.

Both Eastern and Western Finals offer up no shortage of plot lines and many match ups to follow.

When you get to the Final Four of any sport, you want the teams that have been hungry all year and dedicated to their goal to be the ones teeing it up and kicking off, this year, there are no surprises really, Ottawa announced early on that they were making a charge, while the three others in this weekends games the most likely of entrants when the league rolled out the 2015 season.

Some great football would seem to be in store over the six or so hours of Canadian Football on Sunday, when the lights come down late Sunday evening, two deserving squads will be making plans for Grey Cup in Winnipeg, whichever of the four making that trek will be full value for the trip ahead.

Below, is our archive for the Eastern and Western Finals.

Sunday, November 22

Hamilton Tiger Cats at Ottawa RedBlacks
( 1 PM ET, 10 AM PT )  TSN

Game Preview

-- Burris two wins away from CFL history
-- RedBlacks predict dogfight with Tiger Cats
-- For Ticats, time to respond again
-- Ticats' Simoni says, let Justin make the call

Game Reviews:

CFL.ca Game Recap
CFL.ca Stats Review
CFL.ca Highlights

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Sunday, November 22

Calgary Stampeders at Edmonton Eskimos
( 2:30 MT, 1:30 PT, 4:30 ET) TSN

Game Preview

Game Reviews:

CFL.ca Game Recap
CFL.ca Stats Review
CFL.ca Highlights

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Semi-Final Sunday, November 15, 2015


The road to Winnipeg at the end of the month begins Sunday as the Divisional semi-finals kick off the CFL's playoff season on two fronts

The Toronto Argonauts look to keep their strong season long performance on the road (as if they had a choice on that path) in place as they head to the Hammer and another instalment of one of the league's most hard hitting rivalries.

Toronto takes on the Tiger Cats in the early game of Semi-Final Sunday, a battle of teams that have struggled over the final few weeks, with both watching the Ottawa RedBlacks sprint by them in the October push towards the playoffs.

Both squads have had to deal with a number of key injuries at the starting QB position, the Argos finally getting Ricky Ray back into the lineup as the season was closing, how he adjusts to the sudden shift from idle to full throttle will probably tell the story as to whether the Argos move forward. Should Ray not find his rhythm, or the Cats begin to pull away, the key to the game could be if head coach Scott Milanovich sticks with his long time starter or turns to Trevor Harris, the more than able back up in  who carried the Argos for the bulk of the season.

The Cats will be tossing the ball to Jeremiah Masoli, with head coach Kent Austin only making that decision on Friday afternoon, giving one of the Cats depth players his first start of the year and only his second bit of game action.

The always snarling Ti Cat defence will also have a pivotal role in the semi final, ready to pounce on any opportunity to make the Argos pay the price for any incursion on the Cats side of the 55 yard line, looking to shut down the Toronto offence, aided by the what should be the usual cast of characters that make Tim Horton's Field one of the toughest stops on the CFL tour.

In the West, the Stamps and Lions will renew what has been a fairly interesting tango over the last few years, Calgary hols favourite status for the second half of the Semi-final Sunday doubleheader, a strong offensive squad that can put points on the board quickly and without mercy.

Defensively, the Stamps have found home field to be a helpful aspect of their game, leading the league in points allowed per game while defending the turf of McMahon Stadium.

The Lions have been an enigma for much of the season, occasional indications that they were finally hitting a groove, would suddenly give way to bouts of giving games away, mental mistakes and undisciplined play at times undermining much of what they had hoped to achieve through the season.

The Leos head into Sunday turning to rookie QB Jonathan Jennings and that's a start that's well deserved, for it was mostly through Jennings that British Columbia even remained in the playoff conversation this year.

He's had an accelerated curve through the season, whether he can take things to one more level given that short amount of time as the go to guy will provide us with an idea if the Lions ambitions beyond this weekend will come to pass.

If they are looking for omens, BC can take some incentive from another British Columbia based football team, on Saturday the UBC Thunderbirds went into McMahon Stadium and wrenched a playoff victory from the U of C Dinos, an impressive performance that left the top ranks Dinos somewhat shocked by games end.

One day later, the Lions will be hoping to deliver the same kind of feeling to Calgary's professional team as well.

Below, is our archive for Semi Final Sunday.

Sunday, November 15

Toronto Argonauts 22 at Hamilton Tiger Cats 25
( 24,029  )  

Game Preview

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Shaw Top Performers for Week Twenty





The RedBlacks brought their regular season to a successful finish, taking down the Hamilton Tiger Cats to claim first place overall in the CFL East, earning a bye for Ottawa into the CFL East Division final and securing two of three spots on the weekly honours list in the process.

Not surprisingly, considering the year he has had, Henry Burris once again took the first place finish of the last week, this sixth time he has been placed among the list of three, twice as Top Performer, the most recent placement coming after he threw six career high touchdown passes, amassing a total of 358 yards going 28 for 37 on his overall passing game.

Greg Ellingson, also of the RedBlacks benefited from a few of those Burris tosses, collecting 152 yards, with three touchdowns against the Cats.

John Bowman brought some positive news to a generally crummy year for the Alouettes, earning  his first Top performer honours for the week, based on three sacks in the Als final game of the year against Saskatchewan.

No results from the fan voting for week number seven have been released as of yet.

The CFL's Shaw Top Performers for Week Twenty

1st -- Henry Burris -- QB  -- Ottawa RedBlacks -- 100 points

2nd -- Greg Ellingson  -- WR  -- Ottawa RedBlacks -- 50 Points

3rd --  John Bowman -- DE -- Montreal Alouettes  -- 25 points

Fan Vote -- Ballot Results not released yet--10 Points


CFL.ca review of the Players of the Week

Twelve Men on the Field Archive of the Shaw Top Performers Listings for the 2014 season