Tuesday Morning QB (Week 18)

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The CFL is only one week away from the playoffs and the playoff race is almost over with almost all playoff spots taken. There is only one spot left as the Edmonton Eskimos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats continue to fight for the last playoff sport in 2012. The fight is not over with one week left for both teams to try to earn their spot. They will both need to win if they hope to get a playoff spot with the Eskimos needed some help from the Argonauts who play the Ti-Cats this week. The Ti-Cats remain in the fight for a playoff spot and a large part of that was thanks to their win this week. The win against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers kept the Tabies in the hunt and put pressure on their longtime rivals the Toronto Argonauts. The win also put them in good position to beat out the Edmonton Eskimos in the crossover. The win was important for the Ti-Cats but for the fans it was much more than just another win and a chance to stay alive in the 2012 playoffs. This game was of much more importance than just staying alive in the playoffs or winning a game because it was the last game that would be played at Ivor Wynne Stadium. With the final home game finished this year for the Tabies the legend of the old stadium will be finished. The Ti-Cats will not host a playoff game and so the Week 17 game would be the last game at the old stadium. Starting soon Ivor Wynne will be torn down to make room for a brand new stadium. It will still be in the same place and have the same neighborhood feel but it will be much more modern than the current version of the stadium and will offer a modern experience for fans. Some fans may not like it but the one thing it will likely guarantee is that the Grey Cup will return to Hamilton soon after the stadium is finished. It will give the Ti-Cats a place that can rival the more modern stadiums and although they will lose seating it will be a better stadium. As is the case with the CFL the new stadiums get the focus and when the new Ivor Wynne is finished they will follow the pattern by likely hosting a Grey Cup in the near future and use their extra “Grey Cup Seats” that can be added to the new stadium. The new stadium is a promising part of the future of the Ti-Cats but the immediate future is much more cloudy. The Ti-Cats do not have a place to place football next year as Ivor Wynne will be in ruins as they prepare for construction and there is nothing else in Hamilton. The best place to play would have been McMaster University until they said no to the team forcing them to look elsewhere. Anywhere from Burlington to London has been proposed as the next home of the Ti-Cats but nothing has been announced as of yet. It is a cloudy part of the future of the team as there is a lot to decide in the near future. Although the future is unknown the Ti-Cats are not focused on that as they have one more week to attempt to clinch a playoff spot. For now the fans are focused on seeing their team to the playoffs as they will worry about the next season after this one is done. It was the end of an era this week as Ivor Wynne shut down and despite the iffy immediate future the more distant future is a lot more promising although nobody care at this point with their playoff hopes in the balance as they enter the last week of the season.


Four Quarters:
(Four Quick Thoughts on Week 18)


Calgary Gains Confidence
Calgary and BC seem to be on the path to the Western Finals and a big win against the Lions gives the Stamps a bit of confidence heading into the playoffs where they hope to carry the momentum from the end of the season


Hamilton Does their part
Hamilton did what they could to try to keep themselves sin the playoff hunt as they beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the last regular season game at Ivor Wynn Stadium but their playoff hopes took a shot later in the day


Boatmen Finally take advantage
The Argos have had a chance to clinch the playoffs and take control in the playoff race in the East but every time they seemed to drop the ball and lose the game but in week 18 they finally took advantage winning the game and clinching a playoff spot


Montreal Fends off Ekies
Montreal has not been the team they used to be as they have shown themselves to be beatable and their game against the Eskimos did nothing to end that speculation as they barely held on after the Eskies came back to make it a close one


CFL Players of the Week

Offensive POW:
Ricky Ray, QB (Toronto Argonauts)
305 yds
4 TD


Defensive POW:
Anwar Stewart, DT (Calgary Stampeders)

4 tkl
4 sck
0 FF


Special Teams POW:
Tim Brown, KR/PR (B.C. Lions)

11 ret
231 yds
21 avg
1 TD


Canadian POW:
Andre Durie, SB (Toronto Argonauts)

6 rec
40 yds
6.6 avg
2 TD


CFL Standings 

Eastern Division:
1. y-Montreal Alouettes (22)
2. x-Toronto Argonauts (16)
3. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (12)
4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (10)


Western Division:
1. y-B.C. Lions (24)
2. x-Calgary Stampeders (22)
3. x-Saskatchewan Roughriders (16)
4. Edmonton Eskimos (14)


y- Clinched Division
x- Clinched Playoff Spot


Calgary Stampeders 41 – 21 B.C. Lions
– The Stamps came in looking to get a bit of a mental edge against the Lions who they are hoping to meet in the Western Division Finals and they did just that as they got out to an early lead against the Lions who were resting some key starters


Hamilton Tiger-Cats 28 – 18 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
– The Tabies needed this win because if they lost all hopes of a playoff spot would be lost but they live to play another day as they closed out the regular season at Ivor Wynn with a big win to keep them alive


Toronto Argonauts 31 – 26 Saskatchewan Roughriders
– It wasn’t pretty but the Argonauts finally snapped out of their three game losing streak thanks to Ricky Ray and the offence who put the game out of reach of the Riders despite a lack luster performance by the defence


Montreal Alouettes 27 – 25 Edmonton Eskimos
– The Alouettes had nothing riding on this game but some weak performances recently have kept them on edge as they looked for a win to get them going as they head to the playoffs and they did just that holding off a late surge from the Eskies


Next Week:
Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Toronto Argonauts (November 1st; 7:30 pm EDT)
– The Toronto Argonauts do not have much to play for as they are in the playoffs but they would like nothing more than to put a wrench in the playoff plans of their longtime rivals and close out the season with a win


Calgary Stampeders vs. Edmonton Eskimos (November 2nd; 9:00 pm EDT)
– Much like in the East the Stamps have nothing to play for but ending the hopes of the Eskimos who need this win to hopefully get into the playoffs on the crossover would mean that much more against their rivals


Montreal Alouettes vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (November 3rd; 3:00 pm EDT)
– The Alouettes are still not convincing many people that they are a team that cannot be beat but they will look to do just that against the Bombers who will try to at least end their season on a high after a terrible 2012


Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. B.C. Lions (November 3rd; 10:00 pm EDT)
– The Riders need this win if they want to stay out of a crossover situation where they will need to travel out east while the Lions are just looking to get back on track going into the playoffs as the top team in the West

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