TMQB: Thanksgiving Edition (CFL Week 15)

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It was a historic Thanksgiving Day in the CFL as Anthony Calvillo broke yet another record against the Argos. Earlier in the year Calvillo threw his 395th career TD against the Argos breaking Damon Allen’s CFL record for TD passes. On Thanksgiving Calvillo broke another record after throwing a 50-yard pass to Jamel Richardson for a TD. This time it wasn’t the TD that got him the record but the 50 yards as Calvillo broke the record for most passing yards in pro football. This pass earned him his passing record beating Damon Allen with 72,381 yards. Calvillo’s 72,382nd passing yard did not just break a CFL record as Allen had also held the passing record for all of Football. Calvillo now sits above the likes of Dan Marino, Brett Favre, and Warren Moon as he has passed for the most yards out of any QB playing professional football. Calvillo now has set the bar at 72,429 passing yards and unfortunately for the other QBs in the league this mark will continue to become more unreachable as time goes on. Calvillo has shown no signs of slowing down and has been quoted as saying he would like to go at least even on his Grey Cup record that stands at 3-5 meaning he would like to play two more seasons at least and win in both seasons. With some years ahead of him he looks to continue to put distance between him and his closest competitor Ricky Ray who currently has 39,347 in 9 seasons. Calvillo might get one step closer to his Grey Cup goals this year as the Alouettes clinched a playoff spot along with the Bombers in the East as they continue to battle for first place. Meanwhile the West is a sure thing except for where they will finish as three teams are tied for first place and will all be in the playoffs. The Season is winding down and with the record off Calvillo’s mind expect the focus to shift to a three-peat for the Grey Cup.

 

B.C. Continues to Rise

BC 33 – 31 CGY

The B.C. Lions are the hottest team in the CFL since the Labour Day Weekend as they have gone from worst to a competition for first. They have been able to turn things around thanks in large part to their defence who has been able to shut down everyone and given their offence a chance to win the game. Travis Lulay has also stepped up to lead the offence as his receivers have taken advantage of the veteran experience of Geroy Simon and Arland Bruce. Meanwhile the Calgary Stampeders have been at the top of the Western Conference for the majority of the season but have spent the entire season trying to fight off the challengers. It doesn’t seem to be changing much for the Stamps as they faced off against the Lions for first place on Thanksgiving Weekend. The game started off bad for the Stamps as they took the ball on offence first and the BC defence forced a fumble by Henry Burris () to take the ball at the 20. The Lions used this turnover to their advantage as they scored the first TD with a Travis Lulay () pass to Arland Bruce () and the BC Lions were ahead by 7. Lulay was at it again later in the quarter throwing another TD to put the Lions up 14-0. After a great return by the Stamps Calgary was able to reduce the lead with a QB sneak and finished the first quarter with the TD but still down 14-7. With little scoring in the beginning of the 2nd quarter the Stamps went to a Field Goal to try to reduce the deficit even more. The Field Goal missed but the return by Tim Brown was fumbled inside the 10 yard line giving the ball to the Stamps. They took full advantage as Jon Cornish () ran the ball in for a TD to tie the game at 14. Before the half B.C. was able to reestablish a lead and go into the locker rooms with a 24-14 lead after another TD and a Field Goal. The Stamps came out firing in the second half as Henry Burris () threw a long TD pass to Landan Talley to reduce their hole. The defences then stepped up as both teams could not get their offences going but the Special teams took over. The Lions went ahead 30-25 and went for another field goal in the 4th quarter but missed. With the miss the Stamps’ Larry Taylor returned the kick for a TD to go ahead late in the 4th. The Lions would not give up though as Lulay led the Lions down the field to set up a redemption kick for Paul McCallum (). With 2 seconds left in the game McCallum put the ball through the uprights giving the Lions the win. With the win the Lions improved to 2-0 at the new BC Place and moved into a tie with Calgary for the top spot in the Western Conference. The Stamps continued their battle against the challengers and are now locked in a three-way tie for first place but did clinch a playoff spot. Next week the Stamps will face the struggling Argos as they look to take back the sole lead in the West. The Lions will travel to the struggling Roughriders as they look to continue their strong play into the playoffs.

 

Argos Hopes dashed with Record Performance

MTL 29 – 19 TOR

The Montreal Alouettes had much more at stake than just a win against their rivals on Thanksgiving Day. The Als were looking to clinch a playoff spot and keep the Argos out by eliminating them from contention. The Als were also looking to get their longtime QB the passing yardage record. The Argos were looking to remain in the playoff hunt with a win and to make sure that Calvillo does not break another record against them. The Argos and Als faced off on Thanksgiving day to make an outcome to all of these questions. The game started with a defensive struggle as the Argos and Als defence took away any opportunity to score. With the game tied 3-3 the Argos got some help from the Flyin’ Hawaiin Chad Owens who came out of the crowd on a punt and returned it for a TD. The Als attempted to come back in the second quarter as Anthony Calvillo () began to chip away at the passing record but could not bring the team to a TD. The Als finally broke through near the end of the half as a penalty put the Als inside the ten and the ball was given to Adrian MacPherson who ran it in for a TD putting the Alouettes into a tie at 13-13. Just before the half the Argos squeaked ahead with a field goal to put them ahead 16-13. The third quarter saw a lot of the same thing as both defences stood strong not allowing the offence to score. As the third quarter wound down Calvillo began to chip away at the record again but finished off the drive with his feet running in for a go-ahead TD. The last play of the 3rd quarter saw the Als put the game away as Calvillo threw a 50-yard TD pass to Jamel Richardson (). This pass broke the passing record and seemed to deflate the Argos as they Als went ahead 29-19. The fourth quarter was all academic as the Argos seemed to give up and the Als just wanted to end the game after celebrating the new record. With the win the Als finally get passed the record questions and move on into the playoffs but will continue to battle for the #1 spot in the East. The Argos were officially eliminated from the playoffs with the loss and will now move on to next year as they finish the season as an almost audition for a number of players and the coach/GM. Next week the Argos will take on the Calgary Stampeders at home as they look to play spoilers for the Stamps who want the top spot in the West. The Alouettes will face an Eastern rival in Hamilton as they continue to battle for the top spot while the Ti-Cats are looking for a playoff berth with one more win.

 

Other Scores:

WPG 33 – 17 HAM

EDM 17 – 1 SSK

 

POW Awards

Anthony Calvillo, QB (Offensive POW)

26/38

305 yds

1 TD (1 rshTD)

1 INT

 

Anwar Stewart, DE (Defensive POW)

3 tkl

2 sck

0 INT

0 FF

 

Paul McCallum, K (Special Teams POW)

4/5 FG

53 lng

3/3 XP

15 pts

 

Jerome Messam, RB (Canadian POW)

20 rsh

118 yds

1 TD

0 Fum

 

Standings:

Western Conference

1. x-B.C. Lions (8-6)

2. x-Edmonton Eskimos (8-6)

3. x-Calgary Stampeders (8-6)

4. Saskatchewan Roughriders (4-10)

 

Eastern Conference

1. x-Montreal Alouettes (9-5)

2. x-Winnipeg Blue Bombers (9-5)

3. Hamilton Tiger Cats (7-7)

4. Toronto Argonauts (3-11)

 

x- clinched playoff spot

 

Next Week:

Calgary Stampeders vs. Toronto Argonauts (Fri. Oct. 14th; 7:30 pm)

 

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Edmonton Eskimos (Sat. Oct. 15th; 7:00 pm)

 

Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Montreal Alouettes (Sun. Oct. 16th; 1:00 pm)

 

B.C. Lions vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Sun. Oct. 16th; 4:00 pm)

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