Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Picking the CFLs Week 2 Winners

We went 1-3 last week but I’m totally fine with the way we missed on the Saskatchewan, and Montreal results.  
 
In Montreal’s case, it’s tough to win with a 3rd string QB, a rookie for that matter.  What many people don’t realize is that 3rdstring QBs don’t get any Game Plan reps during the practise week.  Their job is to mainly run the practise squad Offence that simulates the other teams O.  The Als probably had to strip the game plan down to the basics for Brandon Bridge, who I think is going to be a stud in this league once he gets his accuracy up.  
 
Winnipeg surprised, everyone including me, with their victory over the Green and White.  Granted the Riders struggled to finish plays defensively, and that killed them in the long run, but I was really impressed with the way their Oline held up against the Rider pass rush.  One of the Bombers big questions going into that game was that right side of their Oline that features Sukh Chung and the 2nd year Right Tackle Jace Daniels.  For the most part, both looked solid.  Furthermore, Marcel Bellefeuillewas on point with the offensive scheme that he came into week 1 with, and I felt that he called the final 3 minutes of the 4thquarter tremendously.
 
So here we are in Week 2, and once again we’ll take a crack at helping you guys win your office lunch bets, fantasy games and pick-em pools.  Let’s get to it…
 
Hamilton @ Winnipeg
 
After watching Winnipeg capitalize on poor tackling and a rash of injuries in Saskatchewan, this game doesn’t seem as easy to pick now that week 1 is in the books.  Hamilton will be entering its second hostile environment in as many weeks, but just like last Saturday, Coach Austin will have his team ready to go.
 
If Winnipeg wants to have success in their home debut, it’s an absolute must that they get more pressure on the QB than they did in week 1.  The Bombers can’t let Zach Collaros sit in the pocket and make comfortable throws to his big receivers.  The Blue Bomber secondary is still relatively young, and they’ll need some help.  The new CFL coverage rules for DBs prevent defenders from being physical with receivers, and it’s tough to apply the rule changes to a group of receivers that are all over 6ft tall, and can get up and catch the jump ball.
 
Hopefully Winnipeg can continue to build on their impressive performance in week 1.  Establishing the run game will be crucial for the Bombers again this week because the Ticats excel in defending against 2nd and 6+ situations.  Unlike the Blue and Gold secondary, the Ticats boast an experienced group of DBs led by Craig Butler that love playing in Orlondo Steinauers defense.
 
I’m going with the Ticats amongst the noisy crowd at Investors Group Field.  Their offensive potential, despite their key injuries, mixed with their ability to alter field position via defense and special teams (we didn’t even get to Brandon Banks) are going to be fun to watch all year.
 
Pick:  Hamilton
 
Calgary @ Montreal
 
Now I know that in the beginning of this piece I said that Brandon Bridge is going to be a stud, and I believe that.  The problem is that he’s about to be up against, arguably, the best secondary in the CFL featuring Keon Raymond, Jamar Wall, Buddy Jackson, and Brandon Smith.  Under the direction of Rich Stubler, that’s a tough secondary for Darian Durant to get at, never mind a rookie cutting his teeth in the 2nd week of the season.
 
Everything for the Alouettes is going to depend on their 1st down production.  They have the offensive line to get it done on the ground and they’re going to have to put Brandon Bridge into manageable 2nd down situations.  From there it will be on the OC to give Bridge the ability to use his athletic skill set.  They may have a shot to compete if everything goes well on 1st down.
 
My big thing with Calgary last year was trying to convince everyone around me that #3 Jeff Fuller was special; but the problem was he got hurt again and missed the entire year.  Now that Fuller back, none of the catches that he made on Friday were a surprise to anyone that has seen him play, and if he remains healthy, the combo of him and Eric Rogers have a chance to be unreal.
 
Lastly, Montreal’s Defence is up against the wall here.  Not only will they have to stop Calgary, but in order for the ALs to win the game, the defense is also going to have to find a way to contribute on the score board.  It’s doable, and there’s nothing teams like more than shocking the world, but I’m still going with the Stamps.
 
Pick:  Calgary
 
British Columbia @ Ottawa
 
Welcome back Travis Lulay!!!  The CFL missed the ginger pivot, and the Lions are a totally different team with him at the helm; everything is back to normal again in British Columbia.  Nobody has really been talking about the BC Lions as a playoff contender, and as a former pro, locker rooms tend to galvanize behind the “all we got is us” feeling that being cast aside creates.  Nobody really knows what to expect from Jeff Tedford and the offensive scheme they will employ, but the ingredients for success are still present in the Vancouver on the defensive side of the ball.  You all know the reputations of guys like BighillElimimian, and Phillips, but be on the lookout for 2nd year pro Alex Bazzie out of Marshall.  The sophomore Defensive Endmay be primed for a break-out year, and he and his teammates have had to sit around and wait for their turn to kick off the season.
As much as one can appreciate the fledgling Redblacks and their quest to improve on last season’s inaugural record, they’re in tough against a Lions franchise that has a lot to prove to themselves, and doubters, this year.
 
Pick: BC
 
Toronto @ Sask
 
Literally every worst case scenario, minus an Olineman loss, happened on Saturday to Saskatchewan.  The loss of Doubles this year has me sick to my stomach, but with KG in town, the anxiety within Ridernation has been alleviated a touch.  Glenn has a couple of things going for him right now.  He’s been in this situation before (obviously) but more importantly, this is a far better group of starters than the ones he had in BC.  One could argue that it’s also a better group than the guys he worked withwhile he was in Calgary.  As long as the talent around Glenn can stay healthy, especially upfront, he’ll be able to excel here moving forward.
 
It’s the defense for the Saskatchewan Roughriders that is the main concern right now.  Hopefully the prognosis on SheaEmery isn’t anything long term because we’ve spoken all through the month of June about his importance to the success of Coach Chamblin’s defence.  There are huge shoes to fill waiting on whomever the Riders choose to deploy at middle linebacker this week, and the Toronto Argonauts aren’t going to be coming into Sunday feeling sorry for anyone.  
 
The nice thing about picking this game is that there’s some confidence moving forward in terms of the offence, without Doubles.  They put 26 up last week, which is good enough to win, and protected the QB well.  In order to exhibit the same explosive potential on O this week, they’ll need another sterling performance from the Oline.  Toronto's Dline is a solid unit that uses their athleticism well and don't mind the physical aspects of pass rushing.  This week solid one-on-one fundamentals will be required because players like Tristan Okpalaugo and their interior rotation of Cummings, Robertson, and Laing are all capable of winning heads-up battles consistently.  I’m really excited to see how Levy Adcock and X do against Okpalaugo, and think that Saskatchewan's guard-centre-guard combo are well suited for the defensive tackles that the Argos will throw out there.
 
Defensively, if the Riders have anything going for them, it’s their attitude.  Surrounding that inexperienced LB group is a core group of vets that have been in this position before.
Last year when #4 went down, they understood what it was going to take on their behalf.  The defense has been asked to step up before, and they’ll be asked to step up again this year.  This is a group that really believes that it`s all about their performance, and it doesn`t matter what the other team wants to do.  That`s specifically refreshing knowing that Trevor Harris and the Argo offense will be playing in Sundays game with a ton of confidence.
It goes a long way for the guys in Green and White to have the inherent belief that as long as they do what they are capable of, they`ll be fine.  It would have been tough to watch the Winnipeg game at first. The players recognize that there were a ton of plays left on the field that would have altered the course of that contest.  They`ll get a chance to correct the fundamental mistakes that were made, and they`ll have a better showing on Sunday.  One would expect the vets in that group to rally around the inexperience in the LB group and get them on the right page.  Communication this week is imperative if the Riders want to have any success.  Guys need to be talking pre-snap, and detailing things out on the sidelines.  This is the perfect time for the veteran leaders on the defensive side of the ball to step up.  They have a lot of championship experience, and the adversity that they`re dealing with now is something that shouldn`t shake their confidence.
 
Pick: Saskatchewan
 
Hope you like the picks, would love to hear what some of you are thinking headed into Week 2 of the CFL schedule.

#ProPerspective 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, 29 June 2015

Mailbag Monday


Mails In! 

Saturday was one of the tougher days a lot of the guys in the locker room will have to endure all season.  The loss of their leader on and off of the field was devastating, and they'll need your support now more than ever as they rally around each other and Kevin Glenn in order to push forward.
Here's the answers to your great questions, via the comment section or Twitter, during week 1. 

Via ProPerspective

 

Glenn is our guy now. Starter reps, game plan for his strengths etc, we should be fine. I wonder about Connop. With the hit on our CDN starters he will be a fixture on the Dline I imagine so how does he look to you? Thanks DJR

 

• Considering it was his first official start, I think Rory Connop did well.  His motor is always going to give him a chance, and as he goes along he is going to start to get comfortable reading Oline pass/run keys which will really help.  The Riders really need him to develop into a guy that is capable of maintaining the line of scrimmage and taking up two blockers at that nose spot, and with time, he’ll fit the bill.  It’s all about experience and increasing his CFL IQ right now.  There will be some good and bad moments, but he’s got the potential to be a stalwart there in that interior

 

Via ProPerspective

 

Some ProPerspective for us regular Joes on what it’s like to have nagging injuries, not bad enough to sit out of games, but still have to work out, practice, play all season and deal with it at home?

 

• The term, “play through the pain” is a phrase that professional athletes get to know far too well.  Nagging injuries are a part of the sport, and being a pro means that one has be attentive and get the proper treatment needed to continually perform.  In order to practise during the week, players must attend regular treatment times set out by team physicians in order to ensure that the injury that they’re playing with doesn’t get any worse.  Sometimes it seems like one is in various types of treatment all day, but guys will do whatever is necessary to remain on the field.  Obviously treatment protocol is different with every nagging injury, and team trainers meet with coaches constantly to update the staff on player availability for the week and heading into the game.  

Players also have to be smart about the situation they’re in.  The nature of the business, mixed with an athlete’s competitive fire can equate to guys pushing themselves beyond the limits that they should be setting for themselves.  Team docs and players need to pre-determine which drills they participate in (usually most team related drills) and which parts of practice they’ll use to rest (usually indy periods etc).  In some circumstances, a team will sit players out of one or two (at the most) days of practise in order to maximize rest, and then use the third day of practise to see how the players body responded to that rest, and determine whether he is good-to-go or not.  

The most important thing for a player to do during physically limited practises is to take everything in mentally, and get his reps during practise throughvisualization and film study.  Taking care of the mental side of the game mitigates the lost time on the field and is an attribute that separates good players from great ones. 

It would be nice to just sit out of a game or two when nagging injuries hit a players but it goes back to the mindset of a professional athlete.  If a player feels he can go, then nothing is going to stop him, unless a team doctor says otherwise.  Playing hurt can definitely affect a player’s on-field performance in the stat column, but most guys don’t care; players are willing to put it all on the line in order to help their teams win football games.

Sometimes fans notice that a player’s production is down, and they automatically assume that the player needs to pick things up or get replaced by someone else on the roster.  Before one goes to make any rush judgements on guys’ careers, first consider that there may be something going on behind the locker room walls.  The player may not be at 100%.  It’s all part of the sacrifice to win a championship.

 

Via ProPerspective

 

Is it hard to refocus and get back into the game after another player suffers a devastating injury, or when the pads start popping again you get right back into game mode?

 

• When a teammate goes down with serious injury the first reaction is to pray (if that’s your thing) that your teammate will be ok.  When it’s serious, everyone in uniform knows it right away, and depending on if they caught it on camera, the crowd recognizes it eventually as well.  Athletes are so conditioned to deal with adversity and move on to the next play, that getting back into the game is automatic.  The only thing one focuses on from that point is doing one’s job.  Obviously teams can’t help but notice the injured player’s absence, but the player that steps into the vacated role is expected to carry-on with as little drop-off as possible.  Once one hits the locker room at half-time, or the end of the game, the focus then turns back to the player that went down, and guys start to transition into realizing how much of a loss the injured player represents and who, or how, they’ll make up for the loss.  In game, there’s no time to think about it.  After the action is done, reality sets in and the realization is devastating sometimes.

 

Via ProPerspective

 

What is the definition of a starter for purposes of determining the requirement for 7 National starters?

 

• I don’t know the ACTUAL definition of a starter, but for CFL purposes, the guys listed first on the depth chart are your starters per say.  After that, if guys are substituted in and out, the balance in which the original depth chart dictated, needs to be withheld.  

EX:  If the Riders start Rory Connop in the middle (on the depth chart) he is one of the 7 (minimum) Canadian Starters…If they take Connop and another American out of the game on a passing down, then one of the substitiutesMUST be Canadian, but doesn’t have to play the tackle spot in which Connop just left.  

Hope that helps.   Not sure if I actually answered your question.

 

Via ProPerspective

 

I have heard many scouts and general managers talk about drafting a smart quarterback, and others talk about having a quarterback with incredible talent. I know you would love your quarterback to have both sides. My question is would you rather take a quarterback with incredible game knowledge and decent talent or a quarterback with incredible talent but a mediocre knowledge of the game.

 

• Personally, I’ll take a smart QB over an athletically gifted QB every time.  With schemes getting more complex with the looks that they employ, teams need a QB that can actually read a defense and expose soft points within their complexities.  

Case and point:  In 2008, Michael Bishop was brought into QB our team over Darian Durant who was more than ready, and it didn’t work out at all.  Bishop was an unreal athlete that had an absolute cannon for an arm but our offence was inconsistent with him at the helm.  All the athletic attributes in the world can’t help a QB if he can’t read a defence, or diagnose how they are scheming against the installed game plan.  During the Western Semi-Finals that year, we were ousted by the BC Lions, and I’ll never forget talking to one of their DBs during warm-ups. During our convo, he claimed, very matter-of-factly, that all they planned on doing was sitting back in different zones and look and waiting for Michael Bishop to throw them the ball.  

That’s exactly what they did…I can’t remember how many picks were thrown, and how many two-and-outs there were during that day, but even a great defensive effort wasn’t enough to put us in the position to win.

I’m not placing the blame squarely on Bishop, but I am trying to illustrate how tough it is to win without a cerebral QB.

Another point to be made is that one’s athleticism fades eventually.  Father Time is undefeated, once a QB starts slowing down athletically, they need their IQ to increase.  Anthony Calvillo didn’t play all those years at a high level because he could escape the pocket throw 70 yards on a rope.  AC was one of the greatest because he could sit in the pocket and know where his best options were going to be.

The greatest off-set to this argument is great coaching.  A great QB coach, like Trestman, Milanovich, Austin and Hufnagel will always be able to find a way to extract every drop of talent that their QB has, no matter what that talent is.  The best example, that Ridernation will get, is during 2007.  The things that Kent Austin did for Kerry Joseph were a work of art.  Austin used KJ’s strengths and weaknesses perfectly.  There was nothing complex in what KJ was asked to do, and there was always an opportunity for Kerry to his athleticism in order to get him out of a jam.  The coaching that KJ received in 2007 really earned him the league MOP award.  On the field, and more importantly, in the locker room, KJ was our leader, and much of that can be attributed to Joseph being calm and relaxed due to the outstanding job that Kent Austin did for him as a player.

 

Via Twitter

 

Should the Riders go International at MLB if Emery is out for any length of time?

 

• There’s no way to replace the value that Emery brings to the Riders.  That LB group was one the thinnest positions going into camp in terms of experience.  Kevin Regimbald did ok when he took over for Shea, but there’s nobody on the roster that has the ability to manage the defense the way Emery can.  If Emery is out for a lengthy amount of time, I don’t know what the Riders options are going to be.  Someone is about to get an amazing opportunity, and the coaching staff will have to do whatever it can to facilitate that players adjustment.

 

Via Twitter

 

What do you think of the “Aggressive D” (Bomber vs. Rider game)?  The Secondary looks soft.

 

• Don’t mistake missed tackles for being “soft”.  The roughriders missed too many tackles in general against Winnipeg, and it wasn’t just the DB group.  Saturday was one of those games that will be tough to watch on film, but encouraging in the same respect, because players will see that everything that went wrong during the game is very fixable.  The team will need to shore up its fundamentals, and that will mean not going for the highlight film big hit, but getting one’s helmet in the proper position and wrapping up the ball carrier.  

There’s no need to do any extra tackling circuits this week, or have a big long players only talk, the guys just need to come out and work hard to correct their mistakes from Saturday.  If we’re into week 5, and the same mistakes are being made, then it may be time to address toughness and player positions.  I for one still think the secondary in SK has a chance to be one of the best in the league, but they’ll have to work hard.  Nothing will be given to them.

 

That’s it for the mailbag this week folks.  Keep lighting up the comment section and twitter (@lucmull95) as your questions make for some great conversation, and really help others out.  I anticipate a lot of the questions to start focusing on the league and different teams now that we’re rolling in the CFL year so I think the mailbag will be a great idea moving forward.  

Have a great week Ridernation...

DESTROY your Monday!


#ProPerspective

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Gameday...

Don't forget to get ur Monday Mailbag Questions in regarding the first CFL week and obviously, the Saskatchewan Roughrider game. 
Leave 'em in the comment section or via Twitter (@lucmull95).

It's been a GREAT 1st set of games. Hopefully the last one follows suit! 

Friday, 26 June 2015

Week 1 PRIMER

“Get The Donuts”

 

It’s the day before the game here in Ridernation, and with that, many loyal Roughrider supporters will grab their pre-game Green and White gear while heading out the door, and wear it to work or around town.  It’s somewhat of a tradition in Saskatchewan, and it encapsulates the support that this province has for their only professional sporting organization.

 

In the locker room, another tradition takes place today, and this tradition has coincided with the day-before-the-game meetings for as long as anyone could imagine…

 

Rookies need to bring the dam breakfast.

 

As the CFL football goes, there’s no embarrassing hazing rituals that happen for new guys within the organizations.  This is the pro game.  Teams are trying to win championships; not act like stupid college fraternities that demand that someone prove how far they’re willing to go in order to have friends.

 

This is also a league in which rookies (and no we don’t care how much NFL experience you have, you’re a rookie here) aren’t making a whole lot of money as yet.  There’s no exorbitant position dinners where guys are at The Diplomat Steakhouse ordering Magnums of Dom Perignon, Oysters, Market Price Lobster, and then sticking a guy like Nehemie Kankolongo with the bill.  #CashFlowLow

 

This is an organization that expects to compete for a championship, and if you’re a first year guy on any part of Saskatchewan Roughrider roster, then you’ve already earned some initial respect from the mix of vets making up the majority of this group, HOWEVER…

 

There are no free rides.  No sir.

 

A 2015 Grey Cup Championship in Saskatchewan is going to rely heavily on the health of its experienced leaders this year.  An injury in one or two key spots will mean that someone gets to step in, but more importantly, all the other VETS will need to step up. 


For a new player who just has to walk in and do his job, that's gotta be worth a few slices of bacon.

 

At one point, all the vets that are being leaned on for 2015, were in the same boat as these rookies are now.  They too had to go through the same ordeal of getting specific donuts, or a certain types of breakfast sandwiches.  

 

There’s always one vet who takes not getting their exact order, way to personally; and there will always be one or two rookies that don’t feel like they should have to fork over money, just to feed guys who are getting paid way more than them (A visit from the phantom will take care of that attitude). 

 

Either way, breakfast at the beginning of every “Day before” practice is a small price to pay considering the reliance these young pups actually have on certain guys in that locker room.  

 

Depending on the health of guys like Chris Best and Brendon Labatte for the big picture is surely worth a couple of Apple Fritters per weekHaving John Chick and T. George shouldering the load upfront is worth its weight in breakfast burritos, and young guys better not have a problem with ordering a Turkey Sausage on aEnglish muffin, from Tims, when comparing Shea Emery’s overall value to that Linebacker group.  #GetItDone


This isn’t a paying homage type of deal.  Nobody is asking to be waited on hand and foot here.  Bringing breakfast is nothing more than paying dues for an education that one will have with them for the rest of their careers, and carry with them throughout their regular lives when the stadium lights turn off for the final time. 

 

Rookies are about to get a crash course in what it takes to navigate the long roads of a CFL season.  There will be lessons in preparing both physically and mentally for each week of competition.  One will get a tutorial on how to focus on the next play and forget about how good, or how bad, the previous play may have been.  Young guys will also learn how to react to a win, and how to bounce back from a loss.  One of the most important lessons will be how to handle the pressure of playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and the fishbowl environment that exists in this province.

 

Every resource that a first year player for the Roughriders needs during 2015 will be right at their fingertips.  This team has all the tools to get to the Grey Cup this year and health is going to be a major factor in that journey.  


Within those locker room walls, the anticipation of kick-off is at its highest point.  The day before a game is a chance to put the finishing touches on all the prep work for Saturday’s clash with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  Players on both sides of the ball will get the chance to answer any final assignment issues they may have, and all that’s left to do before one leaves is figure out how to distribute their complimentary game tickets. #VetsGetThoseToIfUrNotUsingThem

 

The Championship drive starts Saturday.  Everyone in Green and White will have a role.  Some jobs will require more of an individual, but all the requirements are crucial for the development of this squad, and it's Grey Cup hope, as the year progresses. 

 

The day before a game goes by in a blink of an eye, and before one knows it, the time to strap up is upon them. 


At least guys aren’t going through the day on an empty stomach.  This tradition is not a test in humility.  All it represents is the recognition that skill doesn't make one a champion.  


Champions are moulded through process.  


For now, part of that process is simple...


ROOKIES! BRING THE DAM BREAKFAST!

 

Cups up to the boys going 1-0

 

#ProPerspective

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thursday, 25 June 2015

Through Experienced Eyes

During the 2015 season we’re going to take a page out of our friend Rod Pedersen’s book and run a CFL Pick ‘Em Competition with some great guys that just happen to be Roughrider Alumni.  We were going to do it anyway, but we'll post the picks and results here.  I figured you guys would get a kick out of that. At worst it's an opportunity to compare your picks with some guys that know the game inside and out.  

 

Each week we’ll try and catch up with an individual who is involved in the competition and talk a little bit about what they’ve been up to and why they chose the teams that they chose during that specific week.

 

The best record at the end of Week 18 takes home $200, and more importantly, the bragging rights of beating every former pro involved.

 

Joining the competition will be former Roughrider, Renegade, and Bomber Mike Abou-Mechrek who contributes to the Leader Post in a great weekly column, and is a member of the Sportscage Team on 620 CKRM lead by our boy Roddy.  

 

Marcus “Chunky” Adams has been raising his two amazing kids in Regina since leaving the CFL back in 2011.  He does a lot of work with Regina’s Correctional Facilities, but has a lot of other things on the go, so it’s great that he will take the time out to add his name in the ring.  We’ll catch up with Chunk soon.

 

Beloved Roughrider kicker, and 2007 Champ Luca Congi will be phoning his picks in every week, and knowing how competitive Luca is, he’ll be all over this comp.  Luca’s been busy working with a  consulting firm in Toronto, and recently got married to the love of his life, and long-time partner in crime Daniella. 

 

Better Homes and Gardens Broker Matt Dominguez will also take part in this year’s pool.  The former Rider remains heavily involved in the communities of Saskatchewan to this day, and also coaches football and basketball with any spare time that he has in his busy schedule.  Matt and his energetic clan of kids will be at most Rider games this season so give him a wave when you see them.

 

I’m pumped to have Neal Hughes in on this as well.  It’ll be hard to get a hold of him in the summer because I have a feeling that he’ll be enjoying his well-deserved retirement out on one of Saskatchewan’s many lakes, catching every fish that resides in that body of water.  Neal was one of the most respected guys in the Saskatchewan Roughrider locker room and one of my favourite teammates to be around.

 

Former Rider and two-time Grey Cup Champ Marc Parenteauwill be in the mix, calling in his picks all the way from Ottawa where he is enjoying a successful post-football career in real estate.  Marc had a great pro career, but will always be known for one of the best TD celebrations in Grey Cup history in 2010 with his “crack the can and chug the brew” routine.  He’s also one of the funnier guys I know, so he’ll be great to catch up with as well.

 

I wanted to get one of the Old School Head Bangers in on this and there isn’t anyone better than Dan Rasovich.  The Plaza of Honour member currently helps to run the Saskatchewan Roughrider Alumni Association, and is also heavily involved in different community initiatives.  Raz is a great guy to sit and talk to and he’s a constant face at Roughrider games always interacting with fans.

 

Scott Schultz.  The newest member of the Plaza of Honour, and founding partner of Schultz-Gareau insurance is one of Ridernations favourites.  When he’s not ripping it up on Football Fridays with Rod on the Sportscage, one can find Schultzy rockin a GI and perfecting his new found love of Ji-Jitsu at Complete MMA.  Scott’s whole family is now heavily entrenched with Novauniao Jiu-Jitsu, just recently I got to watch his oldest daughter Anna in a Tourney...She’s good…Chuck Norris Good.

 

We round out the Pick ‘Em pool with one of the smartest guys to ever put on the Green and White.  I don’t need to say much about Mike McCullough, the entire CFL family knows about his unbelievable work with different organizations around the province, and his efforts on the field are well documented.

Mike also does as bang-up job on the CKRM Pre & Post game shows with Micheal Ball. 


The guys love this sort of stuff, and a few of us are also in Rod's CKRM pool, so we'll be trying to double up with our picks!


Anyway, enjoy the games this weekend folks. We'll be unveiling a YouTube channel next week, and we're also figuring out the details on a great podcast with a great Co-Host.


Lastly, keep an eye out for our Pre-Game Primer that will be up tomorrow. Last year you guys loved the Primers we posted to Rods Blog, so it was a must that we keep pushing forward with it. 


Here's the initial set of picks...


 

Ott @ Mtl

Ham @ Cgy

Edm @ Tor

Wnp @ Ssk

Overall

Abou

Mtl

Cgy

Edm

Ssk

0-0

Adams

Mtl

Cgy

Edm

Ssk

0-0

Congi

Mtl

Cgy

Edm

Ssk

0-0

Dominguez

Ott

Cgy

Edm

Ssk

0-0

Hughes

Mtl

Cgy

Edm

Ssk

0-0

Parenteau

Mtl

Cgy

Edm

Ssk

0-0

Rasovich

Mtl

Cgy

Edm

Ssk

0-0

Schultz

Mtl

Cgy

Edm

Ssk

0-0

McCullough

Ott

Cgy

Edm

Ssk

0-0

Mullinder

Mtl

Cgy

Edm

Ssk

0-0

#ProPerspective