The CFL heads into the back half of its two week bye schedule, the preamble to the traditional Labour Day Weekend and all that the Labour Day classics and such portend (well except for the Hamilton/Toronto annual Labour Day wars, inexplicably deferred for this year).
Week nine provides some tempting fare for CFL fans for the final weekend of August, two big tests for four teams, with the Stampeders set to face the defending Grey Cup champions, while the Tiger Cats will attempt to knock the Winnipeg Blue Bombers off their perch.
If last week provided the battles of the bottom feeders, this is the week where those that soar near the top of the CFL standings will sort things out, setting the stage for the final half of the CFL season.
CFL fans will know by the end of this weekend whether the Blue Bombers will continue on with their CFL domination this year, if the Alouettes have indeed reloaded for another Cup drive. For Hamilton's fans the weekend will offer up a peek as to what plans the Tiger Cats have cooked up over the bye week while Calgary, with the chance to put the stamp on the CFL West (pardon the pun), can put more distance between their position and the fading Eskimos.
It should be two nights of football to thrill and entertain, unfolding as thus:
Friday, August 26-- Hamilton 27 at Winnipeg 30 ( A- 30,338)
Saturday, August 27-- Montreal 31 at Calgary 38 (A-30,386)
Twelve Men Prognostications: Predicted Winners
Weekly Record- 2 - 2
Overall Record -- 17 - 32