My thoughts exactly, kid. What is going on in the CFL??
Let’s take a quick look at all of the things I have been so very wrong about thus far this CFL season:
The Arblows and Alouettes, have not been the doormats I thought they would be.
- The RODBLACKS are undefeated thus far, which I would have bet my ENTIRE YEAR’S SALARY against.
- The Schmoes’ defence has looked terrible, instead of the dominating force I predicted.
- The Stumps looked shellshocked in their game against Montreal, and lost to a rookie QB who was on the practice roster the week before.
- Trevor (No Name) Harris has been stellar, as have the Arblows in general.
- Bovine Mitchell has started one-hopping throws, which is just weird – but also wonderful.
- Darian Durant is hurt AGAIN.
- The Riders’ leading receiver is some guy named Ryan Smith – aka Dressler 2.0. (See his amazing 4th quarter catch here.)
- The Riders’ defence sucks.
And so on and so forth…
But that’s what makes the CFL the unique league it is – no lead is safe, and you should always expect the unexpected.
I was 2-2 with my picks this past week, one of which had the Riders losing. (I was kind of hoping to be wrong about that one.)
Here’s a recap of the weekend’s games:
- The football gods continue to be unkind to QBs as Free (Drew) Willy went down while the Bumblers hosted the Tiger Cats. What started out as a tight contest turned into a shellacking as the Kitty Cats scored more than 30 points in the first half. Remember when I said that the Bumblers’ defence really didn’t look that good last week? The ‘Cats proved me right (for once this season). Final score: Kitty Cats 52, Bumblers 26.
- What the h-e-double hockey sticks happened on Thursday night in Montreal to make the Stumps look like actual stumps on Friday? Bovine Mitchell missed tons of throws, the Stumps’ defence was porous and made The Rookie (Rakeem Cato in a stunning debut) look like Ricky Ray in his prime. Don’t get me wrong – I’m mostly happy with the outcome, because it keeps the Stumps with the rest of the pack in the West Division, but for the sake of my football pool, well – it kind of sucks. Final score: Les Alouettes 29, Stumps 11.
- Well lookee here – we’ve got ourselves a real football team! The RODBLACKS put together another solid effort by beating the Leos at home by a score of 27-16. Most impressive, though, was the RODBLACKS’ comeback when down in the 4th quarter. I’m not convinced they’ll be able to keep us this calibre of play all season, but they’re definitely not a free space on the bingo card these days. As for BC? Le Grand Orange made it through the entire game. That is promising. Final score: RODBLACKS 27, Cowardly Lions 16.
- I cannot believe I’m about to say this, but BRING RICHIE HALL AND HIS 10 YARD CUSHIONS BACK. At least his defence had some modicum of a pass rush. Rushing 3 linemen and yet allowing opposing receivers to be wide open when there are 9 other defenders in the backfield is simply inexcusable. Yes KG threw an ill-timed interception – but he led the team down the field for a go-ahead TD and to two TDs in overtime. Coach: When your QB throws for nearly 500 yards and your offence puts up 40 points and yet you blame the offence for the loss because it left points on the field, I have to question whether or not you were actually watching the game. John Chick was nowhere to be found today. That’s a symptom of a much bigger problem, which is that this defence has no teeth. Or, to use a more sports-appropriate metaphor, balls. Final score: Arblows 42, Riders 40.
A full breakdown and analysis of the Rider game will be posted tomorrow. Have a great Monday!