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- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line5 hrs ago
Sunday's double-overtime thriller between the Toronto Argonauts and the Saskatchewan Roughriders was notable for a whole host of reasons. It was an incredible quarterback duel, it received other notable star performances, and it resulted in some bad injuries, including a potentially season-ending one to Toronto star slotback Andre Durie. However, it also saw perhaps the best catch of the season so far, an incredible grab by Saskatchewan wide receiver Ryan Smith:
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line1 day ago
Here's the next installment of our Three Stars series, looking at the CFL's top offensive, defensive and special teams performers in Week Two.
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line2 days ago
The Toronto Argonauts were widely expected to get off to a poor start this year thanks to offseason attrition , injuries, and a ridiculous season-opening road trip, but they instead improved to 2-0 after edging the Saskatchewan Roughriders 42-40 in double overtime Sunday afternoon. Key to that win was Trevor Harris, the backup quarterback who dazzled in Week One in place of the injured Ricky Ray and put up another great showing Sunday. The Roughriders didn't make it easy, though, stretching this game out to double overtime thanks largely to another surprising quarterbacking performance from a backup, 36-year-old Kevin Glenn. This win is crucial for the Argonauts, and it's remarkable to see how impressive their start has been, but the quarterbacking play we saw from titular backups on both sides is a good sign for the CFL overall given the wave of pivot injuries this year.
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Henry Burris, who can be as smooth with a simile as he is with a seam route, was quick to play down the obvious narrative about the Ottawa Redblacks.
Of course, no one this side of a monastery probably has the willpower to resist pointing out that Redblacks, out of the chute at 2-0 following Saturday's 27-16 home-opener win over the B.C. Lions, have already matched their 2014 Year 1 win total. Last year was last year, though, and that 2-16 finish did obscure that Ottawa was perpetually a play or two away last season.
"We don't remember last year," Burris said.. "Do we care? No. Let's let bygones be bygones. Last year we were pickles, cucumbers and olives from other teams. Now we're all Redblacks. We're making plays and our confidence is sky-high."
"We know we have that big-play potential now," the quarterback said after a night where the pertinent stat was his passing line, 23-of-29 for 296 yards and three touchdowns with one interception, instead of his age — 40. "As long as we have that, guys are going to go the extra mile."
- Neate Sager at 55 Yard Line3 days ago
Brad Sinopoli is still a GG — as in glue guy.
The Ottawa Redblacks receiver was sidelined last August when his Calgary Stampepders made their only visit of 2014 to TD Place, which was a rundown venue when Sinopoli was a Hec Crighton Trophy-winning quarterback a half-decade ago with the Ottawa Gee-Gees. In his first game in the nation's capital since his last university game in 2010, all Sinopoli did was work underneath the B.C. Lions' coverage for a team-high 99 yards on nine receptions during the 27-16 comeback win that pushed the Redblacks to 2-0. Almost all of Sinopoli's yards out of the No. 3 receiver slot came during Ottawa scoring drives, including chain-moving second-down catches that presaged both fourth-quarter touchdowns.
You couldn't write a better homecoming than that, but then again, scramblers thrive at going off-script.
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The CFL could see a rare event Friday in the Montreal Alouettes' game against the Calgary Stampeders, as Brandon Bridge looks likely (but isn't confirmed yet) to be Montreal's starting quarterback. That would make him the first Canadian quarterback to start a regular-season CFL game since Giulio Caravatta started for the B.C. Lions on Oct. 27, 1996. Other Canadian quarterbacks have seen brief CFL opportunities since then, including Danny Brannagan, Brad Sinopoli, Marc Mueller, Kyle Quinlan, Andrew Buckley and Jordan Yantz, but most didn't last long with their teams, and none have had a chance to start in the regular season. Bridge could change that. However, a start for him will only be thanks to unique circumstances, it may not lead to anything in the long term, and it won't address the fundamental issue of the league's discrimination against Canadian quarterbacks.
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While the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' 52-26 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Thursday night saw them put up incredible stats and get crucial contributions from their offence, defence and special teams, the score doesn't tell the whole story. This game was essentially over when Bombers' quarterback Drew Willy left with a head injury late in the first quarter; Hamilton was ahead 17-7 at the end of the first, and it only got more lopsided from there. The Tiger-Cats should still get plenty of credit for the impressive things they did do, and those deserve discussion in detail, but this whole game comes with a significant caveat given the state of the opposition after Willy's exit.
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line5 days ago
The long list of injured CFL quarterbacks got another name Thursday night in the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' clash with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, as Winnipeg quarterback Drew Willyleft with an apparent head injury. Late in the first quarter, Willy was wrapped up by Hamilton linebacker Taylor Reed and then hit by defensive tackle Adrian Tracy in what looked like helmet-to-helmet contact. Willy was falling at the time, so Tracy's intention may not have been to hit his head. However, the result saw Willy lie dazed on the ground for several minutes while receiving treatment, and he was eventually helped off. If Willy winds up out for a while, what could that mean for the Bombers and for the CFL?
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On a lot of levels, the plan drawn up by the CFL, the City of Hamilton and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum's governance committee for the future of the Hall makes substantial sense. As Scott Radley wrote last year, the current situation (the Hall residing in its downtown Hamilton location) is untenable for the long term. The proposal that's been fronted has many points in its favour; it would see the most essential part of the current Hall (the busts of inductees) transplanted to a new "studio" in the Ticats' home of Tim Hortons Field where it would hopefully draw more attention, it would transfer fiscal responsibility for the Hall solely to the league, and it would potentially enable more fans from across the country to view some of the Hall's impressive artifacts, as hundreds of the artifacts currently in the main museum would be freed up for travelling exhibitions. It's not surprising that the league, city staff and the governance committee all seem to be in support of this; it looks like a generally-strong plan, it has significant benefits for all of them, and continuing the status quo indefinitely isn't really an option. However, there are some questions about this plan that still need to be answered, and there are some potential drawbacks to it.
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line7 days ago
The CFL's already-extensive list of quarterbacks out for a long while is growing, with the Montreal Alouettes placing Jonathan Crompton on the six-game injured list Monday and the Edmonton Eskimos announcing Tuesday that Mike Reilly will be gone for 10 to 12 weeks with a knee injury. Crompton was previously listed as day-to-dayafter suffering an injury against the Ottawa Redblacks Thursday, while Reilly's status was only announced as indefinite after he took a hit and left Saturday's game against the Toronto Argonauts. They join Saskatchewan starter Darian Durant (gone for the season with a torn Achilles tendon), Toronto starter Ricky Ray (on the six-game injured list with shoulder issues), and Montreal backup Dan LeFevour (out for the season with a dislocated and fractured shoulder) in the ranks of CFL QBs with long-term injuries. What will the losses of Crompton and Reilly mean for their teams?