- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line18 hrs ago
There have been plenty of cases where on-field CFL plays have attracted huge amounts of U.S. attention, but it's much more rare to see that happen with an interview. That's what happened this weekend, though, as B.C. Lions' linebacker Solomon Elimimian was caught trash-talking Calgary defensive back Fred Bennett in Saturday night's game while TSN's Jermaine Franklin was waiting to interview him heading into the half:
Clint Uttley, McGill's head football coach, resigns in protest of school's comments on suspended RB Luis-Andres Guimont-Mota, who's accused of robbery and assault in domestic violence caseAndrew Bucholtz at Eh Game19 hrs ago
It's been a bad week for Canadian Interuniversity Sport across the board, with the former University of Ottawa men's hockey players accused of sexual assault expected to begin their trial, Dalhousie University suspending its men's rugby team over hazing, and the University of Calgaryforfeiting a football game over an ineligible player. What's going on Montreal is particularly concerning, though. McGill University suspended running back Luis-Andres Guimont-Mota last Thursday over criminal charges of assault and robbery in relation to an alleged incident of domestic violence, and on Tuesday, football head coach Clint Utley resigned in protest, issuing a statement that bashed the school for its comments on Guimont-Mota:
Alberta Golden Bears win 1-0 instead of losing 71-3 thanks to Calgary Dinos' forfeit, a 69-point swing, one of the largest ever in a CIS or NCAA gameAndrew Bucholtz at Eh Game1 day ago
Forfeits over eligibility are anything but uncommon in Canadian university football (and other sports), but it's rare to see one cause a 69-point swing. That's what happened with the University of Calgary Dinos, though. The Dinos beat the University of Alberta Golden Bears 71-3 on Sept. 5, but announced Monday that they would forfeit that win thanks to the participation of an ineligible player. That means the game now stands as a 1-0 win for the Golden Bears, an academic rouge if you will, a swing of 69 points from the on-field result that's one of the biggest in college sports history and is likely the biggest swing (NCAA or CIS) in over a decade. Here's a list of some other CIS football forfeits from that last period and how they compare:
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line1 day ago
Continuing our Three Stars series, here's a look at Week 13's top performances.
First star/offensive player of the week: John White, running back, Edmonton Eskimos: White turned in an incredible showing in Edmonton's 24-0 thumping of Saskatchewan Friday, collecting 192 rushing yards and a touchdown on just 17 carries. That's a stunning average of 11.3 yards per carry, meaning the Eskimos averaged a first down every time White carried the ball. The Utah alum is in his second CFL season, and he's only been part of Edmonton's running back rotation so far, but he certainly demonstrated a lot of potential this week.
(Honourable mentions: Jon Cornish, RB, Calgary; Drew Willy, QB, Winnipeg; S.J. Green, SB, Montreal.)
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line3 days ago
Both the Calgary Stampeders and B.C. Lions are coming off some of their worst losses of the season.The Lions were bearded in their own den last Friday, falling 40-23 to the then 3-8 Toronto Argonauts, while the Stampeders came up extremely short on the road last Sunday, losing 31-15 to the then 3-8 Montreal Alouettes. Now, the Stampeders get to host the Lions Saturday night (9:30 p.m. Eastern, TSN/ESPN3). Will one of these teams be able to turn their play around?
While the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are 6-6 on the year and have a better record than any East Division team, they may be facing the CFL's biggest crisis at the moment. Thanks to their offseason move to the West Division following Ottawa's entrance into the league, the team's in last place rather than first, and their current three-game losing streak is the longest (non-Ottawa division) in the CFL. Will they be able to turn things around when they host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Saturday (6:30 p.m. Eastern, TSN/ESPN3)? The answer may depend on the play of quarterback Drew Willy.
If there was any motivation added from the controversial Edmonton Eskimos' ads about Saskatchewan Roughriders' fans being "horrible human beings", it wasn't for the Roughriders. Friday night's game in Edmonton wound up being an incredibly lopsided affair, with the Eskimos prevailing 24-0. It was the first CFL shutout this year and the first one league-wide since Saskatchewan beat Hamilton 37-0 on July 21, 2013. Why'd it happen? A great defence and a terrific performance from running back John White.
The Edmonton Eskimos' "Horrible Human Beings" ad campaign about Saskatchewan Roughrider fans could have an on-field impact on Friday night's game, but it's also spawned some interesting responses from the mocked fans themselves. Rider fan Tammy Robert went and made a custom "Horrible Human Being" shirt in Rider green:
The Edmonton Eskimos made plenty of headlines off the field with this week's radio ads that dubbed Saskatchewan Roughriders' fans "horrible human beings" ahead of Friday night's game between the squads (10 p.m. Eastern, TSN/ESPN3), and those ads may have been a factor in attracting fans of both teams. As of Thursday afternoon, 39,789 tickets had been sold for the game, the biggest CFL audience by far this season. However, as Terry Jones of The Edmonton Sun writes, B.C.'s Guaranteed Win Night against Saskatchewan earlier this season provided extra motivation for the Roughriders to pull off a victory, and this promotion could backfire on the field as well:
For much of this CFL season, the overriding storyline has been how bad the East Division's teams have been. That script was flipped last week, though, with the East going 3-1 against the West (and the one defeat being Ottawa's extremely close double-overtime road loss to Saskatchewan). There won't be as many opportunities to prove divisional superiority down the stretch, as there are only five interdivisional games left (and just one this week, when Hamilton faces Winnipeg Saturday night), but did last week's results suggest that the East teams are turning into contenders (and that the crossover path through the playoffs might not be as easy as once thought)? Or were they a one-off, where anything can happen on any given Sunday (or Saturday, or Friday)? To find out, let's examine where each East team is at, in order of their records.