Tuesday Morning QB (Week 3)

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The CFL is celebrating the 100th Grey Cup this year in a season that will highlight the rich history of the league. There is plenty to talk about when it comes to the history of the CFL with amazing stories around every corner. One thing that makes the CFL so great is the rivalries between many of the teams in the CFL. There is the Battle of Alberta between the Calgary Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos or the battle of French vs. English with the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes. None of these rivalries compare though to the oldest rivalry in North American professional sports in the Battle of the QEW. This is the rivalry between the oldest professional sports team in North America, the Toronto Argonauts and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. These two teams are the representation of a regional rivalry as they are two teams that truly represent their cities. Hamilton is a city that was built on the steel business and is known as the true blue-collar city. The Tiger-Cats are that blue-collar team playing in a run-down yet lovable stadium and always loving the underdog. Toronto is the exact opposite as they represent corporate Canada as the financial centre of the country. The Argonauts have almost always represented this as historically the most successful franchise with a clean image. When these two teams face off it is more than just a game, it is a statement about which city is better. With both of the cities only an hour away from each other the rivalry steps up as the debate rages on about who is better. Week 3 saw the first match-up of these two teams in 2012 as the rivalry took on a completely new face. The rivalry has always been strong but most of the time it was between two struggling teams. This year both teams radically overhauled their teams giving hope to their fans and new life to the rivalry. The Argonauts added one of the best QBs in the game in Ricky Ray and added Jason Barnes along with a new head coach Scott Milanovich. The Ti-Cats also added a new QB in longtime Stampeder Henry Burris while also adding Andy Fantuz and Sam Giguere to what was to be the fastest offence in the CFL. Both offences had struggled to get into a groove in the first few weeks but the promise of a rough game in this rivalry both teams stepped up. For Burris and Ray the situation would be very familiar as they would again play each other in a heated rivalry. After years of Ricky Ray and Henry Burris being the focal point of the Battle of Alberta they moved east only to be thrown into the middle of the oldest rivalry in the CFL. The rivalry saw these new faces for another part of the new life of the rivalry. This year is extremely important for both teams as they will look to play at home, or close to home, in the 100th Grey Cup. With the Grey Cup in Toronto this year both teams went out to improve their team so that they could make the Grey Cup and play in front of what would be a home crowd for both. With so much on the line this season the first chapter of the 2012 rivalry did not disappoint as both teams fought it out to a wild finish with the Ti-Cats drawing first blood in the battle of the QEW. The rivalry is alive and well in the CFL East Division and is just one of the many reasons why the CFL has such a great history. Both teams will get to face off again in the Labour Day Classic as the rivalry continues to step up with new faces and a new ultimate goal.

 

Four Quarters:

(Four Quick Thoughts on Week 3)

 

Calvillo’s one arm is amazing:

Even with one arm in serious condition Anthony Calvillo was able to lead his team to a win proving that even a one-armed Calvillo is better than most QBs

 

Bombers Injury woes continue:

Buck Pierce has been one of the most inured players in the CFL in recent years and he is out again while also taking Alex Brink with him as the Bombers are suffering again with injuries.

 

Rider Green moves into the future:

Before the game on Saturday the Roughriders announced the plans for a brand new stadium as the 2016 season will be the last for Mosaic Stadium.

 

Kicking Controversy in TO:

With so many missed opportunities in the Argos may be looking at a Kicker controversy with Anthony Alix taking over the kicking duties after an injury to Noel Prefontaine and the Argos adding Swayze Waters.

 

Players of the Week

 

Offensive POW:

Anthony Calvillo, QB (Montreal Alouettes)

23/38

325 yds

3 TD

0 INT

 

Defensive POW:

Jerald Brown, DB (Montreal Alouettes)

5 tkl

0 sck

1 INT

0 FF

 

Special Teams POW:

Chris Williams, KR (Hamilton Tiger-Cats)

4 PR

113 yds

1 mFG

119 yds

2 TD

 

Canadian POW:

Shea Emry, LB (Montreal Alouettes)

6 tkl

0 sck

0 INT

0 FF

 

CFL Standings:

Eastern Division:

1. Montreal Alouettes (4)

2. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2)

3. Toronto Argonauts (2)

4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2)

 

Western Division:

1. Saskatchewan Roughriders (6)

2. Edmonton Eskimos (4)

3. B.C. Lions (4)

4. Calgary Stampeders (2)

 

Scores:

Montreal Alouettes 33 – 32 Calgary Stampeders

– With Anthony Calvillo at less than 100% and Drew Tate out of the lineup this was a match-up that would come down to the defences but neither was able to shut much down with the Als coming out on top but barely

 

Edmonton Eskimos 42 – 10 Winnipeg Blue Bombers

– Edmonton surprised everyone as their offence woke up under Stephen Jyles and their defence shut down their opponents with the injuries of Buck Pierce and Alex Brink giving the Eskies a hand as they were able to dominate the bombers

 

Saskatchewan Roughriders 23 – 20 B.C. Lions

– Saskatchewan and BC were the two remaining undefeated teams in the CFL and the Lions were considered the best team in the CFL but the Riders took that title away beating the Lions in a thrilling game

 

Hamilton Tiger-Cats 36 – 27 Toronto Argonauts

– The Battle of the QEW got underway in 2012 as the Tiger-Cats offence finally started to click while the Argonauts could not capitalize on multiple opportunities as the Ti-Cats were able to win the first of three match-ups this season

 

Next Week:

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Toronto Argonauts (Wednesday July 18th; 7:30 pm ET)

– The Argos are looking to make it a 2-for-2 season at home as they take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers who will be without their star QB Buck Pierce and will go with a possibly shaken Alex Brink at QB as they try to get back on track

 

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Calgary Stampeders (Thursday July 19th; 9:00 pm ET)

– The Roughriders have shown that they are the best team in the CFL right now and will try to continue their early season run when they take on the Stamps who learned this week that Drew Tate will be out for 4 months essentially handing the team to Kevin Glenn

 

Edmonton Eskimos vs. B.C. Lions (Friday July 20th; 10:00 pm ET)

– The Eskies put up 42 points last week surprising everyone with their offensive prowess while the Lions surprised as well dropping their first game of the season but will they look for revenge or are the Eskies actually that good

 

Montreal Alouettes vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Saturday July 21st; 7:00 pm ET)

– The Ti-Cats have always had issues with beating the Als but with Anthony Calvillo at less than 100% and with only one arm they may have their shot especially if they can continue to perform on the offensive side of the ball

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