2016 Week 8 Picks

You know those days when it feels like the entire universe is against you?

Chris Jones and John Murphy must be feeling like the entire CFL fraternity is against them these days.  And you have to wonder if it’s true.

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2016 Week 7 Recap


That’s a scary picture for a Monday morning!

Let it be known that the fall of Henry Burris from 2015 Most Outstanding Player to has-been began at precisely 7:08 pm CST on Saturday, August 6 in Ottawa, Ontario when he answered this innocuous question from Matthew Scianitti of TSN:

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2016 Week 7 Picks

Maybe I’m turning into into a curmudgeon, but for the love of all things Green and White, could the social media team for the Riders PLEASE stop posting useless slo-mo clips, like the above, and GIFs – although I do love the GIFs – and get back to posting interviews and insight.  Or do I have to continue to do that for you??

Honestly.  Teams are more concerned with hashtags and emojis than actually providing their fans with *content* – which, of course, costs more to produce.  Sure we have our teams posting continuously on social media, making us feel connected, but I’d argue we’re not getting anymore information or insight than we were before.


It’s a quick turnaround this week as Week 7 gets started on Wednesday night.  Who will win and who will lose?  I have no idea, so if you enjoy reading my analysis and laughing your head off each week because I’m completely wrong, please do read on.

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CFL 2016 Week 6 Recap



In case you haven’t heard Rod Black say it – and I don’t know how you could’ve missed it; he only says it 100 times per game – the CFL changed its bylaws this year to allow teams to use iPads on the sideline, allowing them to review plays in real time.  Apparently teams receive replays less than 30 seconds after the end of a play.  You can see coaches looking at them prior to throwing a challenge flag, and defences examining breakdowns in coverages in almost real time.

Another technological change flew under the radar until the Calgary Sun’s Scott Mitchell wrote a story about it this week.

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2016 Week 5 Recap


We’re number 7!  We’re no longer last!

In a different type of list, though, Nick Moore is certainly number 1.

After celebrating a TD against the Riders last week, Moore celebrated as many CFL athletes do, by running and jumping into each other.  I’ve always thought that this is a strange way to celebrate and that the potential for an athlete to injure himself is quite high.

Let’s now look at Exhibit “A”: Nick Moore.

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Silly Nick.  He celebrated against the Riders and ended up tearing his ACL.  He’s done for the season.

Some guys never learn, like these guys:

It seems that I can’t quite get past the 50% mark each week. But I blame the Eskimos; they completely failed me.  Why?  Read on.

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2016 Week 6 Picks

This just reminded me that we’re nearly 1/4 of the way through the 2016 CFL season.

That went fast

Surprises?  How much teams are winning on the road.  That starting QBs are getting hurt frequently for the second consecutive season.  That the Tiger-Cats and the Argos haven’t been better.  That the Lions have been quite a bit better.  That teams aren’t bothering to run the ball anymore.

Duhs? The Bombers continue to suck.  The Riders’ defence is taking some time to come together.  The REDBLACKS’ (YUCK) offence has been as good as it has – except for last week.  That the referees continue to be inconsistent, that Command Centre has no clue what ‘conclusive evidence’ means, and that the ‘eye in the sky’ has been useless.

And so it goes.

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2016 Week 5 Picks

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Home field advantage ain’t what it used to be.

After Week 4, road teams are an astonishing 12-3-1.  And that includes the league-leading (YUCK) REDBLACKS, whose three wins have all come on the road.  The tie against the Stampeders happened at home.

Trivia: When’s the last time an Ottawa franchise (remember, they’re on their THIRD now) started off a season by winning three road games?

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