Tuesday Morning QB (CFL Week 19)

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A CFL fan is generally, aside from those bandwagoners, attached to their team regardless of how good or bad their team does in a year.

They may not be happy about where their team finished but they will return back to stadium next season to see their team go for another Grey Cup.

There is no group of fans in the CFL that this is truer for than the fans throughout the province of Saskatchewan.

They are widely considered to be the best group of fans throughout the CFL as they consistently support their team regardless of how well or how bad they do.

They, of course, expect results for their loyalty and the pressure throughout the province is more than anywhere else in the country.

These fans give everything to their team and although the team fell far short of the expectations there is a lot to look forward to when June comes around next year.

One part of that is the fact that the team did look better in the last few weeks of the season as they finally seemed to buy into the Chris Jones process.

They could be a team to watch as the best turnaround if Jones can continue to work his magic, much like he did in Edmonton.

Another reason for excitement is that Rider Nation will have a brand new home for the first time since 1936 when Mosaic Stadium was built.

Percival Molson Stadium is the only stadium that outdates Mosaic as it was built in 1919 but it has also undergone massive renovations since it’s opening.

Mosaic had rarely seen many big upgrades as it remained a stadium that seemed far more community based than professional based.

That was fine for the Rider fans as they always thrived on that sense of community that connects the province under that Rider Green.

Still, it was about time that the most successful franchise in the CFL found new digs in a theme that has crept through the league.

In the last few years, more teams have found their way to new stadiums that are more suited for the game.

In Winnipeg, Investors Group Field was built to take the Blue Bombers out of one of the oldest stadiums in the league.

Ottawa, Hamilton, and Toronto all moved to familiar areas of their cities in familiar surroundings that got a new look.

Ottawa returned to the league on the footprint of the old stadium with a brand new build in TD Place.football-sidebar

Hamilton knocked down Ivor Wynne to build a more modern Tim Hortons Field and Toronto moved back to the Exhibition Grounds this time moving into a more modern BMO Field.

Teams are moving on from the old stadiums where they weren’t necessarily the first tenants or moving to places that are simply better than their old grounds.

There is something to be said for the history of these old stadiums and Mosaic has plenty of that.

They are the places where memories are made and fans young and old celebrate the greatest accomplishments together.

There is also something to be said about these new modern stadiums though as the new stadiums that have been in use recently or the new Mosaic Stadium that the Riders will call home next season make the league look better.

Playing in these nice community feel type of stadiums is not the end of the world but the CFL is a professional league with professional players and if they want to be taken seriously the community fields won’t do.

It doesn’t mean that the community feel can’t remain, Hamilton and Winnipeg will tell you that with beer snakes and the Box J Boys.

Moving on to these new modern stadiums makes the league look as professional as it actually is and for the players, it makes these places a better city to play in.

Now they have the best of everything and that helps for motivation to stay or go to certain places.

When playing in these stadiums everything looks better but for the fans, it is a massive boost.

There are better sightlines and more interesting vendors that can make games even more entertaining.

This week it was time to look back at the history of one of the most legendary stadiums in the league but next year it will be another new start for another team making the league and the teams look better and giving the fans the experience they deserve.

Fourth Down:
(More news this week in the CFL)

Coming up Just Short
The Calgary Stampeders had a chance this week to match a record and become one of the greatest teams in CFL history if they could beat one of the worst teams in the league but they came up short losing to Montreal and missing out on that 16th win

Losing a Big Target
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are in the playoffs and they looked healthy heading into the final few weeks giving them some hope at making a run but this week Andy Fantuz went down with a torn ACL as he will miss their playoff run

The Resting Question
The Calgary Stampeders made the decision to rest Bo Levi Mitchell for their final game as he now has three weeks without football and leaving many questioning whether or not he will be able to come back at the level he has been all year

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Week 19:
Edmonton Eskimos 29-26 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
– With first place still a possibility the Ti-Cats were looking for a good showing but they couldn’t get it done against the Eskimos who took a win to keep their hopes of staying in the western playoffs alive

Ottawa REDBLACKS 23-10 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
– The Bombers were hoping for a great performance to get closer to hosting a playoff game for the first time at Investors Group Field but the REDBLACKS came out to play as they took the win and clinched first place in the east

BC Lions 24-6 Saskatchewan Roughriders
– It was an emotional game for the Riders and their fans as they said goodbye to Mosaic Stadium but that emotion couldn’t drive them to get a win in the last game at home as they took the loss while the Lions held out hope to host a playoff game

Montreal Alouettes 17-8 Calgary Stampeders
– Calgary was going for a record 16th win to become one of the best teams in the history of the CFL but the Alouettes had different plans as they took out the best team, minus some key players, in a confidence, boosting win

Week 20:
Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Ottawa REDBLACKS (Friday, November 4th; 7:00 pm ET)
– There is still a chance to host a playoff game for the Bombers but they need this win and some help and it won’t be easy as the REDBLACKS are looking to remain one of the hottest teams headed into the playoffs

Montreal Alouettes vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Saturday, November 5th; 1:00 pm ET)
– There isn’t much to play for between these two but the Ti-Cats are hoping that they can get a win to help with some momentum as they head to the eastern semi-final against a western team and hope to figure things out against Montreal

Toronto Argonauts vs. Edmonton Eskimos (Saturday, November 5th; 4:00 pm ET)
– The last time these two teams faced off it wasn’t even close as it becomes one of the most embarrassing losses for the Argos and the Esks hope that they can repeat the performance as they must win if they want a chance at staying in the west for the playoffs

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. BC Lions (Saturday, November 5th; 7:00 pm ET)
– The Lions have control of their own destiny in their final week as they look to take the Western semi-finals home to BC Place but they will need to beat the Riders who would love to finish their season spoiling the hopes of the team that spoiled Mosaic’s farewell party

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