Now We Suck The Same As The Argos
Week 10 in the CFL is now in the record book, and what a week it was. Labour Day weekend and all its rivalries, the end of summer, the start of let’s get serious football, the halfway point of the season. There was a twist this year as the Toronto Argonauts vs the Hamilton Tiger Cats rivalry had to be put off this year due to scheduling issues. This actually turned out for the best as Hamilton is tussling with the Montreal Alouettes for 2nd place in the East and is becoming a sweet rivalry in itself. To the games themselves. All were blow outs, with the BC Lions destruction of the Argos 29-16, the only one that could not be called a surprise. Hamilton destroyed Montreal 44-21 in a major surprise. The Edmonton Eskimos took apart the Calgary Stampeders 35-7 in Calgary. I was actually, to my surprise, cheering for the Stamps in this one.
The major upset occurred in Regina. The 7-1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers swaggered into Regina to take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-7) in a game that the Swaggerville boys figured would be a walk in the park. NOT!!!! The pride of Saskatchewan dismantled the Canucks of the CFL in robotic order. The final score was 27-7 in a game that saw all the missing parts of the Riders’ game come together. Riderville is back.
As I noted last week, the Riders needed to take baby steps to come back to their game. The first step has been taken. We have caught the Argos and now stand at 2-7, even with Toronto and 1 game behind BC for 3rd in the West. At this time last week, most would have said 2 losses to the Bombers. Now we can do no worse than a split.
It will be an interesting week 11 as all teams play the 2nd part of a home and home.
In related news, Cleo Lemon, one time Miami Dolphin starting QB, was cut by the Toronto Argonauts after the teams loss to BC. Steven Jyles will assume the role of starter next week. The former University of Louisiana – Monroe QB had been on the sidelines with an injury and will be assigned the weighty task of salvaging Toronto’s season.