Friday, 24 July 2015

Through Experienced Eyes...


Cgy @ Ott
TO @ BC
Wnp @ Edm
Ham @ Sask
Overall
Abou
Cgy
BC
Wnp
Sask
(5-11)
Adams
Cgy
TO
Edm
Ham
(8-8)
Congi
Ott
BC
Edm
Sask
(8-8))
Dominguez
Cgy
BC
Edm
Ham
(7-9)
Hughes
Cgy
BC
Wnp
Sask
(2-14)
Parenteau
Ott
BC
Edm
Sask
(3-13)
Rasovich
Cgy
BC
Edm
Sask
(7-9)
Schultz
Cgy
Bc
Edm
Sask
(6-10)
McCullough
Cgy
BC
Wnp
Ham
(8-8)
Mullinder
Cgy
BC
Wnp
Ham
(6-10)

It’s been a couple of weeks since we’ve last updated you guys on our how our CFL Alumni group has been picking the games this season, so I figured we’d get that done before Calgary and Ottawa get rolling tonight. 
We’ve got a 3-way tie at the top with Chunky, Luca Congi, and McCullough all batting .500, with Neal Hughes, who went 0-4 last week, bringing up the rear.  Marc Parenteau isn’t far behind Hughes at 3-13 but there’s plenty of weeks left in the season so the $200 is still anyone’s to win. 

This week is interesting.  Calgary seems to have everyone in our group convinced that they’re picking up their pace, except one of our leaders (Luca Congi) and one of our basement dwellers (Marc Parenteau).

Parenteau, a two-time Grey Cup champ, feels like Ottawa is finally starting to get comfortable in their offensive system.  He likes their playmakers on both sides of the ball and feels that their defense gives them a chance to surprise the Stamps.  He (Parenteau) also makes a great point that flying all the way across the country, and the humidity in Ottawa, vs, the dryer Alberta climate, may be a factor in fatigue especially late in the game.  Ottawa needs all the advantages they can get, and this may be one of them.  Nobody knows how critical one’s respiratory system is during long drives and games than a former offensive lineman.

Looking at the 2nd game of the CFL double header tonight, the fellas are almost unanimous in thinking that BC will get it done.  The only one who doesn’t agree is fan favourite Marcus Adams who really likes Toronto’s receivers and the way they match-up against that young BC secondary.  I shot Chunky a text or two last night and he’s also a big fan of Toronto’s defense, so we’ll keep an eye on new-comer AJ Jefferson and the way Toronto’s DC (Casey Creehan) employs his troops against Travis Lulay and the developing BC Lions.

Winnipeg and Edmonton looks to be a fun game to watch, and our troops are split 6-4 in favour of the Eskimos.  Edmonton is such a tough building to win in and our former pros surely had that in their minds when considering this match-up.  What made it hard is the fact that Edmonton has played Ottawa in the last two weeks, and nobody really knows which Eskimo team is going to show up. 

Week 5 in the CFL closes in Riderville on Sunday evening, and it’s a good one.  Both teams are coming off losses in very winnable situations, and now need a win in order to keep pace with the other teams in their conference.  All of the guys in our pick ‘em competition are former Roughriders, and a couple of guys spoke about how hard it is to pick against their former team.  When you throw in the home field advantage of playing in Ridernation, and what that feels like as a player, it’s hard to imagine the Riders ever losing. 

We’ve got ourselves another 6-4 split here with Mike McCullough, myself, Dominguez, and Chunky all leaning towards Hamilton, while the rest of the guys go Green. 

Former Guard, and 2007 Grey Cup Champ Mike Abou puts things literally for us in this week to week business: 

“If it’s truly about going 1-0 this week, and the past doesn’t matter, then I’m going Saskatchewan because they’re more talented as a team.”

It’s tough to argue with that statement.  We’ll see on Sunday.  I can’t wait.

 Feel free to weigh in here…

 #ProPerspective

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