Posted: 7/1/2012 2:43:38 PM
Happy Canada Day everyone!
What a great day to get drunk.
I've been looking at this Stampeders vs. Alouette matchup.
I see Montreal has 10 offensive linemen, so 4 of those will need to get cut...almost like this is another "tryout" for them.
They are missing their star defensive end with a knee injury but they still have Chip Cox back there. The Alouettes are running a new defensive scheme under a new defensive coordinator who had NO success when he coached in Winnipeg. He will be rushing 5 guys and playing mainly man-to-man coverage...obviously there will still be some zone drops but I think that Calgary will be able to put up some points at home today...in the range of 24+
I'm not sure if this will be enough to win. The Alouette offense can either look like the best the CFL has seen in years, or absolute trash. It all depends if Calvillo is making plays. The Stampeders are starting a rookie, non-import safety, who they just drafted this year. MacDougall didn't play in 2011 because of a quad injury. This will be his first game since 2010. Here is a clip from 2010 university training camp...MacDougall is #5 in the bottom left corner, he comes in the frame at about 5 seconds. Number 75, the receiver he is up against is Jade Etienne, currently with the Blue Bombers.
link to video...
short clip, but this kid can play. Turns out, he was my lab partner in spring 2011, he's a damn genius too. Some may look at him being back there as a disadvantage but I think he will do just fine.
Calvillo is old and those old legs won't be moving as fast around the pocket. The Stampeder's have a solid defensive line with GOOD defensive ends...if the Alouette's offensive line makes mistakes, which they should be prone to, the Stampeder's front-line knows they need to take advantage.
Not decided on a side or total yet...54 has jumped to 55 and that in itself a lot of points.
Good luck in whatever you choose and ENJOY your Canada Day no matter what country you may live in.
Drink safe everyone.