Thursday, 2 July 2015

Through Experienced Eyes


 


 

Ham @ Wnp

Cgy @ Mtl

BC @ Ott

Tor @ Ssk

Overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abou

Wnp

Cgy

Bc

Ssk

1-3

Adams

Ham

Cgy

Bc

Tor

1-3

Congi

Ham

Cgy

Bc

Tor

1-3

Dominguez

Wnp

Cgy

Bc

Ssk

2-2

Hughes

Wnp

Cgy

Ott

Ssk

1-3

Parenteau

Ham

Cgy

Bc

Tor

1-3

Rasovich

Ham

Cgy

Bc

Ssk

1-3

Schultz

Ham

Cgy

Bc

Ssk

1-3

McCullough

Ham

Cgy

Bc

Ssk

2-2

Mullinder

Ham

Cgy

Bc

Ssk

1-3


 
Going into today’s Hamilton @ Winnipeg game (TSN 6:30pm CT), Dominguez and McCullough hold a slim lead over the rest of the pack due to their keen Ottawa picks in Week 1.  Unfortunately Ottawa’s win over Montreal didn’t convince many of the former pros in this pool that they’re ready to start stringing victories together; only Neal Hughes went with them this week.

I went back and forth with Neal about his pick of Ottawa, and he actually raised a good point;
“I just think they’re going to win a few before all the good teams get in a groove.”

Neal’s right.  Sometimes it does take the good teams awhile to get into a groove, especially in the CFL.  BC won a championship in 2012 after starting the season off 0-5, and you’ll find plenty of examples throughout the leagues history, of good teams that started off slowly.  There’s plenty of validity in Neal’s comment and Ottawa does have the home field advantage going into their game on Saturday. #ItsNotHowYouStartItsHowYouFinish

While we’re talking about Hughesy, we all know how much of a stand-up guy he is, and a big shout-out goes to him, and the rest of the Red Cross staff and volunteers, for doing whatever it takes to help those being affected by the fires up in Northern Saskatchewan.

Neal joined forces with the rest of the volunteers and staff in order to set up the Evraz Place shelter. The makeshift lodging currently houses over 1000 displaced family members.  Thanks to Neal and everyone else that is involved for spending countless hours helping others get through this ordeal.
 

Winnipeg and Hamilton have the makings of a great game this week, and a few guys parlayed what they saw out of the Bombers in week 1 and decided that Winnipeg, at home in one of the noisiest buildings in the CFL, will start the year off 2-0.  If you guys listened to the Podcast Offsides, that we put out yesterday, coach Etcheverry's comments on Hamilton got us all thinking.  Is Hamilton a team that is only good for 2 OFFENSIVE touchdowns a game?  It was an interesting comment.  Either way, the Hamilton TiCats have one of the more entertaining players to watch in the CFL, and if Hamilton does struggle to score TDs, Brandon Bank is always a threat to be the "great equalizer".


Other than that, Calgary is the only team to sweep the picks as they go into Montreal looking to take advantage of the Alouettes QB situation.  All eyes will be on Canadian QB Brandon Bridge and Rakeem Cato, as they throw the Montreal offense on their young shoulders.

I expected the Saskatchewan vs. Toronto game to be split down the middle within the group, but only 30% of the former pros are taking Toronto.  Marc Parenteau managed to break away from his real estate clients just long enough to provide this GOLDEN quote…”Two Words: WAYNE…SMITH!”
Parenteau is close to many in the Argo organization, and clearly must have found out that #52 Smith (a two-time Grey Cup champ) is being deployed as the Argos secret weapon.  Smith does play at the TE spot at times for the Argos, so hopefully he doesn’t channel his inner Dan Clark and start catching TDs.

As former CFLers, these guys never lose the ability to identify the details that may get passed over by the casual fan.  In talking with Marcus “Chunky” Adams, he noted how fast and aggressive Toronto looked on D last week, and that Brandon Whitaker is going to be a valuable playmaker for the Double Blue out of that backfield. 
Another match-up that Chunk liked for the Argos was their BIG receivers, #21 Vidal Hazelton, Tori Gurley #81, and #13 Kevin Elliot.  Each one of these guys is rangy and are over 6’3.  That’s a tall “Jump-ball” type of group that Scott Milanovich and Trevor Harris have to work with.  Add the speed and explosiveness of Andre Durie and Chad Owens into this mix here, and one can see why Toronto walks into Riderville making many uneasy.  Very good points made by one of Saskatchewan’s favourite Defensive Tackles.  Chunky knows his stuff and I know many of you will take his opinions in high regard.

You all see where the chips lie within this great panel of CFL Alumni.  If you’re out there trying to choose between teams before today’s game gets kicked-off, maybe these picks will help you. 

DON'T FORGET TO GET YOUR “MAILBAG MONDAY” QUESTIONS IN!  SHOULD BE A GREAT WEEKEND OF GAMES, AND PLENTY TO GO OVER.  ALREADY HAD SOME GREAT ONE’S INVOLVING THE RIDERS KICKING SITUATION.  LEAVE YOUR ?’s HERE OR VIA TWITTER (@lucmull95).

Talk soon!

#ProPerspective

 

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