Monthly Archives: October 2013
Well a four-for-four week 18 in the Canadian Football League has improved my season record to 45-and-23. With nothing on the line in week 19, roster question marks, and a number of variables here is a pared down look at my picks.
Montreal Alouettes at Toronto Argonauts:
Als: LW 27-24 loss at HAM. Record 7-10 (3rd East)
Argos: LW 36-21 win vs. WPG. Record 11-6 (1st East)
The Argos are making it very clear that they are not willing to risk further injury to their stars by giving Ricky Ray, Chad Owens and perhaps Chad Kackert the week off. With a bye that will give those three players essentially three weeks off heading into the post season.
This game, however, is still very meaningful to the Montreal offence. With Anthony Calvillo shut down for the season the question becomes who will be at quarterback when the post-seasson kicks off. Troy Smith will get another chance to run the offence and build more rapport with his group headed to Hamilton next week.
PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock
A stellar opening period went for not as the Saskatoon Blades dropped a 4-3 decision to the Medicine Hat Tigers at Credit Union Centre, last night.
Despite allowing the opening goal in their first home game in 17 days, the Blades were able to rebound with three goals in the final 12 minutes of the opening period to take a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.
The second 20 saw the Tigers shake off their bus legs as they would score 3 of their own to take a 4-3 lead heading into the final frame.
Despite a frantic attempt to tie the game the Tigers would hold-off the charging Blades to get the two points.
The Blades are back on the ice tomorrow night when they host Swift Current in retro night at the rink with the Blades wearing vintage jerseys and celebrating their 1000th game at Credit Union Centre.
The Canadian Hockey League today announced the seventh edition of the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2013-14 regular season. The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.
The Saskatoon Blades play their first home game in 19 days as they play host to the Medicine Hat Tigers tonight. The Blades enter the game with a record of 7-7-0-2 through their first 16 games of the 2013-14 season.
Last Game Recap
The Tigers earned a come-from-behind 6-4 win in Medicine Hat over the Blades this past Saturday night. The Blades held a 3-1 lead early in the second period before the Tigers began to mount their comeback. Medicine Hat proceeded to score 5 goals in the next 20 minutes to lead 6-3 before a powerplay goal from Cory Millette got Saskatoon back within a pair late in the game. Saskatoon’s other offence came from Matt Revel and Nathan Burns, who scored two goals only 9 seconds apart in the second period. Offensively, the Tigers were led by captain Curtis Valk and defenceman Kyle Becker, who each had two goals in the win. Saskatoon went 1 for 2 on the PP and 2 for 4 on the PK. Saskatoon-product Daniel Wapple picked up the win in goal for the Tigers while Alex Moodie made 42 saves in the loss for Saskatoon.
The Saskatchewan Roughrider nominees for the CFL awards were announced today. This year’s nominees are: Kory Sheets (Most Outstanding Player), Chris Getzlaf (Outstanding Canadian), Tyron Brackenridge (Outstanding Defensive Player), Brendon LaBatte (Outstanding Offensive Lineman), Levi Steinhauer (Outstanding Rookie) and Ricky Schmitt (Outstanding Special Teams Player).
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
First nomination as Riders Most Outstanding Player…has played 15 regular season games…registered 1,598 yards and 12 touchdowns on 287 rush attempts…added 264 yards on 37 receptions…totaling 1,862 yards from scrimmage…began the season by recording six straight 100-yard games and has tied a franchise record with nine overall…named CFL Offensive Player of the Week twice this season…second straight season surpassing 1,000 yards rushing…last Roughrider to win Most Outstanding Player was Kerry Joseph in 2007.
MOST OUTSTANDING CANADIAN
Second career nomination as Most Outstanding Canadian…unanimous selection…has started 17 regular season games at receiver…has 63 receptions for 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns…second career 1,000 yard season…was named CFL Canadian Player of the Week once this season…the last Rider to win Outstanding Canadian was Andy Fantuz in 2010.
Not a lot of surprises in week 18 of the Canadian Football League season. However, there may be some surprises in this week’s rankings… Take a look and see If you agree.
1 Calgary Stampeders: (14-3 LW: 29-25 win vs. SK) – Last Week Ranking #1 (4th Week In A Row)
The depth that General Manager John Huffnagel has established at every position is outstanding. Not to mention how interchangeable one piece seems to be with another. No Nic Lewis no problem. Kevin Glenn not getting the job done bring in Drew Tate. The list goes on and on. The most impressive thing is that the team seems to be pulling the rope in the same direction with everyone buying in. The Stamps have proven that they are tops in the CFL and the favorite to win the Grey Cup through 17 regular season weeks.
2 Toronto Argonauts: (11-6 LW: 36-21 win vs WPG) – Last Week Rank #3
Now that seemed more like the Toronto team of old. 500+ yards through the air against Winnipeg. A stifling defensive effort and some impressive special teams work. The Argos are looking more and more like the defending Grey Cup Champions and if they can keep on rolling will make some noise in the play-offs and all but punch their ticket to the Grey Cup in Regina.
The Western Mustangs top the tenth and final CIS football national rankings of the season. The OUA powerhouse led the last five media polls of the campaign after moving past the Laval Rouge et Or, who held the pole position for the first five weeks.
Western (8-0) and second-ranked Laval (8-0) once again received 20 and 10 first-place votes from the Football Reporters of Canada panel, respectively, with the Mustangs earning 290 total points in the poll compared to 278 for the reigning Vanier Cup champions.
The Calgary Dinos (8-0), the only other team in the country to finish the regular season with an unblemished record, remain at No. 3 for the fifth straight week.
Rounding out the final Top 10 of 2013 are the No. 4 Queen’s Gaels (7-1), No. 5 Guelph Gryphons (7-1 / 1-0 playoffs), No. 6 Bishop’s Gaiters (6-2), No. 7 Montreal Carabins (5-3), No. 8 McMaster Marauders (5-3 / 1-0), No. 9 Manitoba Bisons (5-3) and No. 10 Saskatchewan Huskies (5-3).
IN no particular order here are my 10 top-most thoughts on this Tuesday morning:
10 After this weekend’s PFC final between the Saskatoon Hilltops and Regina Thunder head shots are once again up for debate. Saskatoon Quarterback Matt Karpinka was knocked out of the game in the second quarter when he took a head shot after delivering a ball downfield, a play that was not penalized. Don’t get me wrong a penalty call would not have changed the outcome of the game. Karpinka’s presence in the game may have. Unfortunately, the fifth year quarterback had to remain on the sideline and watch time expire on his junior career. The most disturbing of the entire incident was that it was not the lone time a player launched himself at the head of an opponent in the game. I know that the coaches are not coaching this method which points, in my mind to a lack of respect among players. Football is a collision sport! More needs to be done to educate the players on collisions that are acceptable.
9 With all of that being said you have to love the class of Hilltop Head Coach Tom Sargent. He was given the opportunity on more than one occasion to speak to the hit that knocked his quarterback out of Sunday’s PFC Final. Instead of taking the glow off the Thunder’s victory he instead took the high road preferring to compliment his opponent and shoulder the load for his team’s loss in the championship game.
The Western Hockey League announced today that Everett Silvertips’ forward Josh Winquist is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 27, 2013.
Winquist recorded seven points on one goal and six assists to go with a +2 rating over two games in the past week, leading the Silvertips to two
victories in that span.
On Friday, October 25th, Winquist recorded three assists, including setting up the game-winner, as Everett managed a 6-5 victory on the road versus the Vancouver Giants in Vancouver, B.C. On Saturday, October 26th, Winquist scored the overtime winner and added three assists for a four-point outing as the visiting Silvertips defeated the Kamloops Blazers 7-6 in Kamloops, B.C.
In the final week of conference season football action, Anthony Coombs (Manitoba), Brad Kotania (Saskatchewan) and Tylor Henry (Alberta) stood out above all others to claim Player of the Week honours.
OFFENCE: #1 Anthony Coombs, Manitoba
Home: Winnipeg, MB
Manitoba running back/kick returner Anthony Coombs had a record breaking game as the #9 Bisons clinched second place in the final regular season game with a 60-18 win at Alberta on Saturday.