It’s Kevin Glenn’s show at least this week for Calgary in Montreal, though the long-term prognosis for starter Drew Tate is good.
More picks than a person has a right to read about Week 3 in the CFL, which starts Thursday
Calgary at Montreal, 4:30 p.m.
Hands up, who said before the season that Kevin Glenn would eventually be the Stamps starting quarterback? Now how about those who said it would be because Drew Tate suffered a disclosed shoulder two years in a row?
Either way, Glenn’s in charge of the offence, but the bigger worry for John Hufnagel is facing Anthony Calvillo a week after getting torn to shreds defensively by Ricky Ray. Calgary is on a short practice week schedule and stayed in Kingston, Ont., after losing at Toronto. It’s not a promising series of events, especially as Calvillo will play after initial suggestions he might be sidelined by a bruised left shoulder. Province pick: Als
Winnipeg at Edmonton, 6 p.m.
Here’s something you don’t ever get as a chronicler in this business: A GM approaching a reporter and basically saying ‘take whatever shots at me you want’. Eric Tillman thought he had it coming to him when he approached a couple of Edmonton scribes after the latest Steven Jyles horror show in Saskatchewan, then admitted a day later he wouldn’t have made the Ricky Ray trade if given another chance.
And the worst part for the Eskimos didn’t come until a day after the game when the club learned WR Adarius Bowman (knee) may have been lost for the season. You know it’s a bad game when the most entertaining quality were the tweets of Regina Leader Post beat writer Murray McCormick, plus these gems:
“With all due respect to the defences, this is the worst football game I’ve ever seen,” – Vicki Hall, Calgary Herald.
“My lord, this is painful to watch,” Dan Ralph, Canadian Press.
“This might be the worst football game I have seen in my entire life,” Bob Irving, voice of the Blue Bombers, CJOB Winnipeg.
Why we didn’t hear any of that on the TSN broadcast? Probably because we have to suffer through this matchup, in which an Edmonton offence which hasn’t registered a passing touchdown in four games meets a Winnipeg defence which was roasted for 551 yards last week in Montreal. Too bad a winner must be chosen for this one. Province pick: Bombers
B.C. at Saskatchewan, 12 noon
A first win against a divisional opponent since 2010 and two victories in as many games is all it takes to have moved Swaggerville over by one province, or so it seems. Saskatchewan is riding high again, setting up the matchup of the league’s only unbeaten teams.
It’s hard to imagine a defensive battle bigger than the one between the Riders and Edmonton but a game with the Lions has that potential. Saskatchewan has allowed only 17 points in two games, and is getting solid production out of its front end because the back line has been terrific. The key likely will be which offensive line gives their quarterback a chance. And if that’s even you give the edge to the team with the most rapid fans in the league: Province pick: Riders.
Toronto at Hamilton, 4 p.m.
What will it take to spark a feud between George Cortez and Henry Burris? A lot more than being pulled for a few minutes in the first half of last week’s game against the Lions, and judging by how the Ticats quarterback responded in reaction to the brief benching by his coach we’re in for a dandy in this one.
Burris began to find his stride against B.C., and so did Ricky Ray in the Argos’ win over Calgary. There’s a lot of like about this game, especially since not only did the Toronto offence ignite but it’s clear the Argos are also going to be tough defensively under Chris Jones. Still, we’ll go with the desperate team in this one. Province pick: Ticats.
Last week: 3-1 Season record: 5-3