Friday, June 27, 2014

CFL 2014: Week one

It's kickoff week for the CFL, their labour issues taken care of and with the excitement of a return of an old friend in a franchise in Ottawa, the 2014 season launch provides for the promise of exciting football and the start of the drive for the Grey Cup in Vancouver come November.

With new stadiums playing host to Winnipeg, Hamilton and Ottawa and plans in the works for a new stadium in Regina, the growing confidence for the league continues to increase in many of the leagues member cities.

Opening week finds a Grey Cup rematch on the schedule and an opportunity for all eight of this weeks starting grid to get a feel for how their teams will shape up in the 2014 campaign.

Below, we'll provide the scoreboard for the week, as well as any items of note from the first week of the brand new season.

June 29-- Hamilton 10 at Saskatchewan 31 ( 19,285 )

Video Highlights-- Hamilton/Saskatchewan
Game Recap-- All Allen: Riders' new tailback runs wild in win over 'Cats
Stats Pack-- Hamilton Saskatchewan

Game Reviews:

12 Men-- Riders pick up where they left off in November
Regina Leader Post-- Robust debut for 2014 Riders
Regina Leader Post-- Allen shines as riders newcomers make their mark
Hamilton Spectator-- Green Riders run roughshod over sad-sack Ticats
Toronto Sun-- Saskatchewan Roughriders hammer Hamilton Tiger-Cats
CBC-- Roughriders sock it to Tiger-Cats in rain-soaked opener


June 28-- Edmonton 27 at British Columbia 20 ( 24,524 )

Video Highlights-- Edmonton/British Columbia
Game Recap-- Road ready: Esks put freeze on Lions in 27-20 win
Stats Pack-- Edmonton/British Columbia

Game Reviews:

12 Men-- Lions and Esks keep it competitive in Game Three of the weekend
Vancouver Province-- Kevin Glenn's game magnifies Lulay's absence
Vancouver Sun-- Opening loss stuns Lions
Edmonton Journal-- Eskimos tame Lions in season debut
Edmonton Sun-- Edmonton Eskimos overcome early deficit to edge B. C. Lions
CBC-- Mike Reilly rallies Edmonton past Lions in opener


June 28-- Montreal 8 at Calgary 2926,135 )

Video Highlights-- Montreal/Calgary
Game Recap-- Stamps defence stymies Als in season-win
Stats Pack-- Montreal/Calgary

Game Reviews:

12 Men-- Bo Can Throw, Bo Can Run; on Opening Day the Stamps had lots of fun!
Calgary Sun-- Calgary Stampeders win season-opener
Calgary Herald-- Clothesline hit rocks Cornish, sparks concussion fears
Montreal Gazette-- Punchless Montreal Alouettes fall prey Stampeders
CBC-- Stampeders thump Alouettes in season opener


June 26-- Toronto 21 at Winnipeg 45   ( 24,872  )

Video Highlights-- Toronto/Winnipeg
Game Recap-- Stellar Start: Bombers shine in season-opening win
Stats Pack-- Toronto/Winnipeg 

Game Reviews:

12 Men-- Bombers Performance suggests that this might be a very different season from recent past
Winnipeg Free Press-- Slick Willy puts on a great show
Sun Newspapers-- New QB Drew Willy goes wild as Blue Bombers hammer Argos in CFL season opener
CBC-- Blue Bombers destroy Argonauts in CFL opener
TSN-- Willy leads Bombers to Blowout of Argos in Season opener

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