Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The Record collector
It's shaping up to be a pretty special weekend in Montreal as the Alouettes return home to face their long time rivals the Toronto Argonauts in week three action.
If recent success is any indication, at some time on Friday night, play will stop and the CFL will pay homage to one of the most entertaining, dedicated and successful quarterbacks in the league's history.
At some point in the midst of play on Friday we imagine that Anthony Calvillo will throw touchdown pass number 395, a toss that will push him past CFL great Damon Allen and provide Calivllo with the undisputed title for touchdown passes in the CFL.
Combine that anticipated event, with the celebrations to honour the recently retired Ben Cahoon and Friday night is going to be party night in Montreal (not that the folks in Montreal ever need a reason to hold a party!).
The Als Quarterback, set the stage for Friday night last weekend with his spectacular performance at Mosaic Field in Regina, a stadium which has seen more than its fair share of outstanding performances by a quarterback over the years.
At that fabled stadium once known as Taylor Field, Calvillo provided a stunning lesson plan for students of the position across the CFL and beyond, five touchdown passes to bring him even with Allen, a command of the field and play that only served to re-enforce for CFL fans just how important to the game he has become.
In a city where Quartebacks have long forged the legacy of the CFL, Calvillo has already secured his place among the names of such former Als as Sam Etcheverry, Sonny Wade, Gerry Datillio and Joe Barnes.
Destined to be mentioned in the same sentences as Jackson, Lancaster, Dunnigan, Allen and the other icons of the CFL.
Considering the much documented personal health challenges of recent years for Calvillo and his family, his focus is perhaps one of the key aspects to his remarkable success on the field, each game on a CFL field showcases his intensity to the job at hand, his skill of play and decision making the key to his success.
He of course has thrived in an atmosphere of success in Montreal, the template franchise for the CFL as to how to put together a winning program, from the top to bottom.
No doubt a challenging task year in and year out, but when it comes time to perform on the field, that job seems a lot easier to find success with when you're putting the ball in the hands of number thirteen.
Through his CFL career he has time after time made the key play, turned a broken play into major gain and of course found the end zone with stunning frequency.
While we might think that he's perhaps in his sunset years of CFL play, judging by the renewed enthusiasm which he has begun this 2011 season, it would seem that we're going to be treated to the AC show for a few more years yet, and we're quite ok with that idea.
The Hall of Fame can wait a little bit longer, Calvillo it would seem isn't quite done yet with his quest for more CFL records and more accolades, the next stop on the ride comes Friday night in Montreal, where fans that have been privileged to watch his career for fourteen years now get yet one more chance to salute his success.
Below we offer up some of the coverage of his week two performance and the previews of Friday nights anticipated toppling of the passing record.
July 15-- Calvillo on cusp of CFL record for TD passes
July 14-- Anthony Calvillo continues to fend off Father Time
July 14-- Als' Calvillo may be greatest ever
July 14-- Cahoon returns to watch Calvillo make history
July 13-- Calvillo set to break Allen's TD record
July 13-- CFL touchdown record will fall to "true passer"
July 13-- Jackson was wrong about Anthony Calvillo
July 13-- Allen: Calvillo makes it look easy
July 13-- Allen passing TD mark to Calvillo
July 13-- Anthony Calvillo not concerned with records
July 13-- Calvillo in spotlight as Als host Argos
July 13-- Brothers in arms
July 13-- Cahoon and Calvillo look forward to hooking up Friday night
July 13-- Allen ready to see Calvillo take over as CFL's top passer
July 13-- Calvillo's greatness becoming unquestionable
July 13-- Ricky Ray on Ageless, Record-Setting Montreal Alouettes QB...
July 12-- Pass-happy Calvillo captures CFL award
July 12-- Calvillo looks forward to breaking CFL passing TD record
July 12-- Calvillo savouring his chance at making history
July 11-- Anthony Calvillo taking us on a magical journey
July 11-- Count me as a fan of Anthony Calvillo
July 11-- Als' Calvillo approaching touchdown record
July 11-- Alouettes 'playing with a legend'
July 11-- Calvillo just keeps on getting better
July 11-- Roughriders' Durant is a big fan of Montreal QB
July 10-- Calvillo's mastery bodes well for Als
July 9-- Calvillo ties record in Alouettes win
July 9-- Calvillo tosses five TDs as Als dump Riders
July 9-- Calvillo has career day in win against 'Riders
July 9-- Calvillo ties CFL record for passing TDs in Alouettes victory
July 9-- Anthony Calvillo ties CFL passing record in Als win over Riders