Labour Day arrives and with it the back side of the CFL 18, the final stretch where each game could mean the margin of difference between first and third, or in the playoffs or out.
Normally, the Labour Day weekend in Ontario would mean the traditional rivalry and meeting of the cultures between Toronto and Hamilton.
But this year that won't be, the annual Argos/Ticats Labour Day Classic was dismissed owing to scheduling problems (a lame little offering, that surely could have been easily administered, but it is what it is), hopefully next year the CFL remembers that these traditional bouts are appointment TV and will reconnect the Cats and Argos fans in community on the Labour Day Monday.
As it is, this year Labour Day becomes in effect the Braley Bowl, as the two of eight teams that Senator David Braley owns will take to the field in Toronto, while it may be an entertaining game, we're sorry, it's just not going to be the same as if the Argos were heading down the QEW into Steeltown.
The rest of the fare for the CFL however offers up some tempting delights, Montreal tries to rebound from last weeks loss in Calgary with a visit to Hamilton. While the Bombers and Riders as well as the Stamps and Esks show the head office what a rivalry game can provide.
A full weekend of football ahead for CFL fans, as the bye weeks are over and the race for November begins in earnest.
Friday, September 2-- BC 29 at Toronto 16 (A--19,593)
Sunday, September 4-- Winnipeg 7 at Saskatchewan 27 (A-- 30,048)
Monday, September 5-- Montreal 21 at Hamilton 44 (A--26,694)
Monday, September 5-- Edmonton 35 at Calgary 7 (A--35,650)
Twelve Men Prognostications: Predicted Winners
Weekly Record-- 2 - 2
Overal Record-- 19 - 36