Tuesday Morning QB (Week 19)

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The CFL season is finally finished as two teams look to 2013 and six teams look to the coming weeks to enter the history books. This year the playoffs will mean that much more as teams have a chance to win the 100th Grey Cup. It will be a great playoff season and a legendary Grey Cup that will go down as one of the biggest no matter who is in it. Before teams got ready for their next steps though they all had to play one last game and for some it meant a lot more than it did for others. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Edmonton Eskimos both were fighting for their playoff life as both were looking for a win to earn their spot in the playoffs. Every other team knew where they would be and were simply playing to help their confidence as they headed into the playoffs. Teams began preparing but there was plenty of football to play in the last week and a lot more to work towards. The one constant in football is the team aspect as all players play for their team above all else. There are the few players who love the personal accomplishments but most are just happy to contribute to their team’s winning effort. Despite many players feeling uncomfortable about taking personal accolades there are always some that are forced to. The last week in the regular season would cause a lot of uncomfortable honours as three players entered the history books. First came Chad Owens who has quickly become one of the most explosive players in the CFL. It has only been three years as a starter on the Argonauts and already he has become one of the most feared players in the league. He had already become the only player in professional football to reach 3,000 all-purpose yards in three consecutive years. Now he would go for the all-purpose yard record in a single season as he slowly approached the record held by Michael “Pinball” Clemons. There would only be 73 yard standing between him and the record at the start of the game and after a good first half he quickly closed in on the record. One kick return would seal it as Owens day was over and the record was his as he finished the year with 3,863 yards and the record for most all-purpose yards in a season. It was only the first record to be broken in the week as the Battle of Alberta would produce two more records. Jon Cornish would take one of them as he would finally be seen for the great running back he has become. After years of playing linebacker and filling in a running back behind Joffrey Reynolds, Cornish finally got his chance at the feature running back job. He put it to good use as he quickly became not only the best Canadian running back but also the best running back in the league. Heading into the last week of the regular season he would cement himself as one of the best Canadian running backs to play the game. Entering the game against the Eskimos 50 yards shy of the record for most yards in a season by a Canadian Running back held by Normie Kwon. Cornish would get 69 yards in the game breaking the record and putting a stamp on a great season. The Stampeders were not the only ones in the game to have a record breaker as the Eskimos also saw their star earn a record. JC Sherritt has become a defensive force in recent years and has done it as a second year player. After a great rookie year the young linebacker had followed up with an even better sophomore year. Coming into the game he would need 11 tackles to break the single season tackle record. It took him a long time to get there but with only seconds remaining in the game he would record his 11th tackle of the game and earn his 130th tackle of the year to break Calvin Tiggle’s record. It was a thrilling last week of the season with plenty of record-breaking performances. As teams get ready for the playoffs fans can only hope that the postseason is just as good as the regular season in the march to the 100th Grey Cup.

 

Four Quarters:
(Four Quick Thoughts on Week 19)

 

Rivalries never end
Even with backup players in the Argos would not give up against their bitter rivals in the Hamilton Tiger-Cats playing a very tight game right down to the end as there is no losing to their toughest rivals

 

Eskies in for a Long Flight
With one last chance to avoid the crossover the Eskimos had a chance to pass the Roughriders and avoid a trip to the Eastern Division playoffs but they couldn’t do it meaning they will have to travel to Toronto for the crossover

 

Bombers impress legends
The Blue Bombers have had a bad season but they had a chance to impress during the Hall of Fame game in front of Bomber legend Milt Stegall and in memory of Tyrone Jones who were both inducted this year in Winnipeg as the Bombers won their last game

 

Top Teams Not Great
The Alouettes and Lions were expected to be the two teams in the grey Cup but the last few weeks have not been promising as the Alouettes lost their last game of the season while the Lions did not look great in their win

 

CFL Players of the Week

CFL Offensive POW:
Henry Burris, QB (Hamilton Tiger-Cats)

37/55
497 yds
4 TD
2 INT

 

CFL Defensive POW:
JC Sherritt, LB (Edmonton Eskimos)

11 tkl
1 sck
0 INT
0 FF

 

CFL Special Teams POW:
Swayze Waters, K (Toronto Argonauts)

5/5 FG
51 Lng
4/4 XP
19 pts

 

CFL Canadian POW:
Henoc Muamba, LB (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)

10 tkl
1 sck
0 INT
0 FF

 

CFL Standings 

Eastern Division:
1. y-Montreal Alouettes (22)
2. x-Toronto Argonauts (18)
3. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (12)
4. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (12)

 

Western Division:
1. y-B.C. Lions (26)
2. x-Calgary Stampeders (24)
3. x-Saskatchewan Roughriders (16)
4. x-Edmonton Eskimos (14)

 

y- Clinched Division
x- Clinched Playoff Spot

 

Scores:
Toronto Argonauts 43 – 40 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
– The Argos decided to sit most of their starters but that didn’t end the longest rivalry in football as they still came out to play a Ti-Cats squad who needed a win to make the playoffs but after a last second field goal by Swayze Waters the playoff hopes were squashed with the Argos taking the win

 

Calgary Stampeders 30 – 27 Edmonton Eskimos
– The Eskies had one last chance to avoid a trip out east in the crossover as they took on their provincial rivals in the Calgary Stampeders and after multiple record-breaking performances the Stamps came out on top forcing the Eskies to take a trip to Toronto in the playoffs

 

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 19 – 11 Montreal Alouettes
– Both teams knew their fate entering the last week of the regular season but both wanted to end their season on a high note and the Bombers got the chance to as they won their last game capping off a wild season in Winnipeg

 

B.C. Lions 17 – 6 Saskatchewan Roughriders
– The Lions know that they are the best team in the CFL but they are still trying to prove it to everyone else as they won their last game against the Roughriders in a very defensive game before their first round bye

 

CFL Playoffs 

Eastern Division Semi-Finals:
Edmonton Eskimos vs. Toronto Argonauts (November 11th; 1:00 pm EST)
– The crossover is in effect and for the Argos it could be bad as the Eskimos have beat the Argos twice this year and look to do the same this year while the Argos are looking for a chance to continue to fight for a Grey Cup home game

 

Western Division Semi-Finals:
Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Calgary Stampeders (November 11th; 4:00 pm EST)
– The Stamps have clearly been the one of the better teams in the CFL as they challenged the Lions all year and look to do the same by winning this semi-final while the Riders are looking to carry a strong for the win

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