Saturday, February 21, 2015

Remember your please and thank you's on the field...

Something to keep our minds focused on those warm spring days ahead when the CFL kicks off the 2015 Training camp season.

The month of February features a Family Day holiday for a number of provinces in Canada and in a bit of a stretch, we highlight the event with a look at how Family Guy views a CFL training camp.

We suspect it isn't quite as polite as all this, but we imagine that the CFL doesn't mind the 23 second burst of recognition.

CFL releases 2015 Schedule

It may seem a fair bit away's just yet, but the CFL season isn't as far off as you might think, with the league releasing the 2015 schedule last week.

The first competitive hit between teams takes place on June 8th when Ottawa and Hamilton kick off the Pre-season, putting in motion three weeks of evaluation and position battles that will see coaches and GM's settle on their opening day rosters.

Ottawa will also get the honour of kicking off the Regular season, a June 25th trek to Montreal to take on the Alouettes. The first game of the 2015 season that will take us to the third Sunday of November and the Grey Cup, this year hosted by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

For the most  part the Schedule makers have tried to ensure that the usual rivalry games are kept in place and as even a distribution of home and away treks is balanced through the year.

The exception this year being the lot of the Toronto Argonauts, as Stadium issues and the Pan AM games combining to make the Boatmen more like Vikings travelling the oceans for weeks at a time.

Included in the Argo frustrations, a season opening home game to be hosted in Fort McMurray, Alberta, featuring the Edmonton Eskimos as the opposition, something that probably ends any dreams of a home field advantage on June 27th.

As well, with Canada hosting the 2015 Women's FIFA World Cup this year, a number of CFL stadiums will be in use, leaving Ottawa, Edmonton and BC looking to host a game away from their comfortable home environment.

Fort McMurray, almost gets that valued tenth CFL franchise status it seems,  as the Northern Alberta city will also be hosting a pre-season game between the Esks and Riders

The Argos won't have a "real" home game until near the middle of August,  the majority of their early season to be spent wandering the stadiums of Western Canada.

Perhaps in adversity they will find a common cause, though being the CFL's Bedouin's of the year should provide no shortage of challenges for the Argos for the first half of the season.

The full schedule for 2015 can be found here, some background on the league's creation is reviewed here.

You can keep up to date on CFL developments through their website and twitter feed

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A New Year, A new resolution for a little more longevity...

Still a few months away, but
CFL Training camps are on the way
OK, here's the plan, we're going to shake some of the cobwebs from the blog and see what kind of a playbook we can put together for the 2015 season.

Yes, we know, we've said this before, but with Spring on its way (trust us east of BC, this is the truth, it is on the way, one day) and CFL training camps in the planning stages, a new season is almost upon us.

With that, we'll issue our hopeful forecast of a more dedicated effort towards blogging on CFL issues this season, we're reviewing where things would get congested last year and with a bit of a refocus we think we'll be able to provide a more consistent effort through the year.
We have a few new ideas
for the 2015 season

Well, we hope, that's the case.

With a soft spot for the three down game in our heart, the thought of ending this overview of the CFL isn't something that we want to give serious thought to, so with that, onward, upward to the publish button we go.

Through the next few months leading up to the start of training camps, we'll keep an eye on the Free
Agent situation, as well as developments as the nine squads look to the June training period.

Posts may not be on a daily basis through these next few weeks, but we'll endeavour to at least keep the pilot light burning as we revamp our presentation.

For those that have continued to click on the site, it's that interest that has spurred on this review and from it we're hoping to be back on track shortly.

Stick around, we have some ideas that we think might just keep this ole blog tossing the ball around for another season.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

CFL 2014: Week Eight

We will admit to being caught by surprise with a Tuesday game slipping by us almost un-noticed, leaving us with no preview to offer as week eight got off to an early start.

We're not particularly sold on the idea of Tuesday night football as something that the Toronto market was clamouring for (and by their attendance it didn't seem to make much of a difference) but there they were the Argos and the Bombers out on the field.

Making for a pretty short turn around period for the Double Blue who will double dip week eight with a Sunday night wrap to week against the Lions.

So, with one game already entered into the books, we'll rattle off the remainder of the week in a more timely fashion.

Things ramp up again on Friday night, when the Eskimos travel to Ottawa, looking for the opportunity to continue on with the Western domination of the East that has marked the early stages of the 2014 season.

Saturday brings us a pair of games, Calgary heads into Hamilton, hoping to find the Cats still a snake bit kind of squad. In recent weeks, the Cats have shown a lot of promise, but little finish. While the Stamps on the other hand are all finish, setting the benchmark for success in the West so far this year.

The nightcap to Saturday finds the struggling Alouettes in Regina to take on the defensively tough Roughriders. The Also are having no shortage of woes on offence this year, making Saturday possibly another long night of tests as they face down a Riders squad that has made defensive play their calling card so far this year.

The weekend wraps up with the Argonauts home for the second time in less than five days, looking to side step the BC Lions.  The Argos appear to be the only Eastern team that to this point in the season looks to be able to provide a challenge to the western teams, with the David Braley western branch of the firm looking to take a win out away from their eastern partners  as the week comes to an end.

Results and other commentaries on week eight and nine to follow may be a little tardy, we'll be on the road for much of the next ten days, so our dispatches may not be the most timely of efforts, we hope to be on a more consistent basis by the Labour Day showdowns.

The previews and reviews for week eight can be found below:

Tuesday, August 12 -- Winnipeg 21 at Toronto 38   ( 18,106 Game Preview-- ( video ) Argos, Bombers kick off Week 8 with Tuesday tilt

Video Highlights-- Winnipeg/Toronto
Game Recap--
Stats Pack-- Winnipeg/Toronto

Game Reviews:

12 Men--  

Winnipeg Sun-- Many happy returns
Winnipeg Free Press-- Big Blue Beatdown in T. O.
Toronto Sun-- Ricky Ray's greatness not being viewed in-person
Toronto Star-- Ricky Ray, Argonauts down Blue Bombers


Friday, August 15-- Edmonton at Ottawa  ( 7:30 ET, 5:30 MT, 4:30 PT )  TSN Game Preview--

Video Highlights--
Game Recap--
Stats Pack--

Game Reviews:

12 Men-- 


Saturday, August 16-- Calgary at Hamilton ( 3:00 ET, 1 MT, Noon PT ) TSN Game Preview--  

Video Highlights--
Game Recap--
Stats Pack--

Game Reviews:

12 Men--  


Saturday, August 16-- Montreal at Saskatchewan ( 7 PM ET, 5 ST, 4 PT ) TSN Game Preview--

Video Highlights--
Game Recap--
Stats Pack--

Game Reviews:

12 Men-- 


Sunday, August 17 -- British Columbia at Toronto ( 7:30 ET, 4:30 PT )  TSN Game Preview--

Video Highlights--
Game Recap--
Stats Pack--

Game Reviews:

12 Men-- 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

CFL Players of the Week: Week Seven

Kevin Glenn's domination of the week seven Statistical sheet, propelled the BC Lions QB onto the Players of the Week rankings as Glenn collected the Offensive Player honours for the week, a nod of acknowledgment towards his 407 passing yards and rushing efforts on the week.

The Defensive files found mostly reviews of the Saskatchewan Roughriders' John Chick for week seven, his five tackles on the night securing his second Player of the Week award for the year.

The Riders also collected another honour from week seven work, as Jerome Messam, coming on in relief for Saskatchewan rattled off an impressive offensive outing, claiming the Top Canadian Award for the week.

Special teams provided some spark for a frustrated Hamilton Tiger Cats team with the Cats Brandon Banks making the highlight reel on a number of plays, his most impressive a 97 yard punt return for a touchdown in a losing cause for the Black and Yellow.

The four top selections for the week can be found below:

Offensive Player of the Week
Kevin Glenn, QB, British Columbia Lions

Defensive Player of the Week
John Chick, DE, Saskatchewan Roughriders

Special Teams Player of the Week
Brandon Banks , KR,  Hamilton Tiger Cats

Canadian Player of the Week
Jerome Messam, RB, British Columbia Lions review of the Players of the Week

Top Ten Plays of Week Number 7 

Ultimate Replay for Week Number 7 

Power Rankings For Week Number 7

Twelve Men on the Field Archive of the Players of the Week Listings for the 2014 season

Thursday, August 07, 2014

CFL 2014: Week Seven

The week begins with a family feud of the prairies, as the Saskatchewan Roughriders make the trek across the Manitoba line to take on the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg.

A game which rarely needs much in the way of hype, but this year features a much improved Bombers squad, ready to renew acquaintances with the Riders.

Friday night brings us another double header of CFL action, with the struggling Alouettes looking to find some answers, though the task will be a tough one as the soaring Eskimos will be keen to keep on with their winning ways of the start of the season.

The night cap for Friday provides for another team looking for some positive news, as the Tiger Cats travel into Vancouver to take on the BC Lions. The Cats have been close to victory a few times in recent weeks, only to see the prospect of victory slip away, the Lions come off an impressive comeback last week in Calgary.

Week Seven wraps up on Saturday night as the Ottawa RedBlacks will be anxious to banish some of the bad habits and mental mistakes that have cost them in recent weeks, the bad news for the team from the nation's capital... they take on a Stamps squad that will quite unhappy at how they let victory slip away last week against the Lions.

Facing a team that knows it made mistakes that cost them their undefeated status on the year, probably won't make the RedBlacks work any easier.

The previews and reviews for week seven can be found below:

Thursday, August 7-- Saskatchewan 23 at Winnipeg 17   ( 33,324 Game Preview-- ( video ) Fierce rivals new hostilities in Winnipeg

Video Highlights-- Saskatchewan/Winnipeg
Game Recap-- Riders stage late-game heroics in win
Stats Pack-- Saskatchewan/Winnipeg

Game Reviews:

12 Men--  

Winnipeg Sun-- Bombers fatal flaw exposed
Winnipeg Free Press-- Blue second-best is slugfest
Regina Leader Post-- Dominating Green Defence was the difference Saskatchewan Roughriders scramble to 23-17 victory over Winnipeg Blue Bombers


Friday, August 8-- Edmonton 33 at Montreal 23 ( 20,054 ) Game Preview-- ( video )  Als looking for spark at home vs. Esks

Video Highlights-- Edmonton/Montreal
Game Recap-- That Green and Golden touch: Esks bury Alouettes
Stats Pack-- Edmonton/Montreal

Game Reviews:

12 Men-- 

Edmonton Sun-- Edmonton Eskimos beat dysfunctioning Montreal Alouettes
Edmonton Journal-- Injuries mar Eskimos' victory over struggling Alouettes
Montreal Gazette-- If the Alouettes think this is progress, they're delusional Reilly throws for two touchdowns as Eskimos beat Alouettes


Friday, August 8-- Hamilton 29 at British Columbia 36 ( 24,236 ) Game Preview--  ( video ) Lions looking for consistency against Ticats

Video Highlights-- Hamilton / British Columbia
Game Recap-- Top Cat: Glenn, Lions outlast Ticats in shootout thriller
Stats Pack-- Hamilton/British Columbia

Game Reviews:

12 Men--  

Vancouver Province-- Baffling Lions grit out hard-fought victory over Ticats
Vancouver Sun-- Kevin Glenn becomes rare pass-run threat in Lions' 36-29 win
Hamilton Spectator-- Lions QB Glenn throws for 407 yards as Ticats lose another close one Glenn throws, runs Lions to victory over Tiger-Cats


Saturday, August 2-- Ottawa 17 at Calgary 38 ( 28,391 Game Preview-- ( video ) Ottawa looking to Calgary as a measuring stick

Video Highlights-- Ottawa/Calgary
Game Recap-- Instant Recovery: Mitchell leads Stamps by Ottawa
Stats Pack-- Ottawa/Calgary

Game Reviews:

12 Men-- 

Calgary Sun-- Calgary Stampeders beat Ottawa RedBlacks 38-17
Calgary Herald-- Smilin' Hank left grimacing in 38-17 Stampeders win over the Ottawa RedBlacks
Ottawa Sun-- RedBlacks drop a stinker to Calgary Stampeders
Ottawa Citizen-- RedBlacks lose to Stampeders, fall to 1-5

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

CFL Players of the Week: Week Six

Drew Willy week continued this week, as the Bombers QB was celebrated for his work during week six of the CFL season, Willy's leadership and offensive punch provided him with his second Player of the Week honours for the 2014 season.

The BC Lions collected two more Player of the Week acknowledgments for the year thus far, with Andrew Harris once again showcasing a strong running game for the Lions securing yet another Top Canadian award in 2014.  On the defensive side of the Lions room, Ronnie Yell was receiving the congratulations, a solid defensive performance in week six setting him apart from the league's defensive work on the week.

The Ti-Cats find a silver lining in their latest disappointment on the field, as Quincy McDuffie showcased his skills in a losing cause for the Cats, McDuffie securing the Special Teams Player of the week award for his efforts in punt and kick returns in week six.

The four top selections for the week can be found below:

Offensive Player of the Week
Drew Willy, QB, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Defensive Player of the Week
Ronnie Yell, DB, British Columbia Lions

Special Teams Player of the Week
Quincy McDuffie, KR,  Hamilton Tiger Cats

Canadian Player of the Week
Andrew Harris, RB, British Columbia Lions review of the Players of the Week

Top Ten Plays of Week Number 6 

Ultimate Replay for Week Number 6

Power Rankings For Week Number 6

Twelve Men on the Field Archive of the Players of the Week Listings for the 2014 season

Friday, August 01, 2014

CFL Players of the month for 2014

Our Archive of the Selections for the CFL Players of the Month for the 2014 season.

Players of the Month for July

Selections by Player

July-- Mike Reilly, QB, Edmonton Eskimos, Offensive Player of the Month
July-- John Chick, DE, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Defensive Player of the Month
July-- Swayze Waters, K, Toronto Argonauts, Special Player of the Month
July-- Andrew Harris, RB, British Columbia Lions, Canadian Player of the Month

Selections by Team

Montreal (0)
Ottawa (0)
Toronto (1)
Hamilton (0)
Winnipeg (0)
Saskatchewan (1)
Edmonton (1)
Calgary (0)
British Columbia (1)

Repeat Winners This Year


Thursday, July 31, 2014

CFL 2014: Week Six

The week begins with another contest in the comfy confines of McMaster University, where the Hamilton Tiger Cats try to make the best of their forced re-location owing to construction delays at their new football palace of Tim Horton's Field.

In to ruin the vibe of up close and personal will be the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, off to an impressive start in the 2014 campaign and looking to keep their thoughts of a First place finish in the ultra competitive West a going concern.

The Argos make the trip to Montreal, hoping to get back on track at the expense of a Montreal Alouettes team that continues to struggle in the early stages of the CFL season.

A long running western feud will rise up again, as the Lions come across the Rockies to take on the Stampeders, match ups that never fail to provide for some hard hitting football and close scoring football.

The week wraps up with the Ottawa RedBlacks hosting the team that has the name that is fondly remembered by many in the nations capital. The Saskatchewan Roughriders, sole owners of the rider brand now, will play the role of villain as they face not only the RedBlacks, but a lively and noisy crowd that has been welcoming the CFL back (maybe not so much the prairie brand owners however)

The undefeated squads have been dropping off the listings as we head into week six, will a perfect season still be on the horizon by weekends end?  Four nights of football will provide the answer.

Thursday, July 31-- Winnipeg 27 at Hamilton 26   (6,500 )   (at McMaster) Game Preview-- ( video ) Willy, Lefevour ready to duel in Hamilton

Video Highlights-- Winnipeg/Hamilton
Game Recap--  Comeback Kid: Willy's late-game heroics stun Ticats
Stats Pack-- Winnipeg/Hamilton

Game Reviews:

12 Men--  

Winnipeg Sun-- Comeback kid: Willy lives for the clutch
Winnipeg Free Press-- Welcome to Willypeg
Hamilton Spectator-- No moral victories in narrowing losses, Cats must start winning
National Post-- Drew Willy seals comeback win over Hamilton Tiger-Cats will final-play heroics


Friday, August 1 -- Toronto 31 at Montreal 5 ( 20,692 ) Game Preview-- ( video ) East rivals try to turn things around in Montreal

Video Highlights-- Toronto / Montreal
Game Recap-- Boatmen Grind out important win over Alouettes
Stats Pack-- Toronto / Montreal 

Game Reviews:

12 Men-- 

Toronto Sun-- Argos jump to first in East with win in Montreal
Toronto Star-- Argos march past Alouettes
Montreal Gazette-- Alouettes lose ugly as offence falls flat
National Post-- Toronto Argonauts end three-game losing streak with dominant win over struggling Montreal Alouettes


Friday, August 1-- British Columbia 25 at Calgary 24 ( 27,266 ) Game Preview--  ( video ) Stampeders look to stay perfect against BC

Video Highlights-- British Columbia / Calgary
Game Recap-- Roaring Rally: Lions battle back, top Stampeders
Stats Pack-- British Columbia / Calgary

Game Reviews:

12 Men--  

Calgary Sun-- BC Lions down Calgary Stampeders
Calgary Herald-- Turnovers cost Stampeders in first loss of the season
Vancouver Province-- Relief abounds as Lions survive late penalty for 25-24 win over Stamps
Vancouver Sun-- Glenn gets breakthrough win at McMahon as Lions stun Stamps
National Post--  Lions offence comes to life in win over Calgary Stampeders


Saturday, August 2-- Saskatchewan 38 at Ottawa 14 ( 24,303 Game Preview-- ( video )  Riders roll into Ottawa looking to stay hot

Video Highlights-- Saskatchewan / Ottawa
Game Recap-- Getting hot: Riders roll to another big win in Ottawa
Stats Pack-- Saskatchewan / Ottawa

Game Reviews:

12 Men-- 

Ottawa Sun-- Ottawa RedBlacks have a lot of work to do after humbling loss to Roughriders
Ottawa Citizen-- Redblacks thumped by Roughriders in second home game
Regina Leader Post-- Riders feed off first-half momentum to defeat RedBlacks
National Post-- Saskatchewan Roughriders deepen Ottawa RedBlacks' woes with 38-14 trouncing