Canadian Football League

Friday, July 14, 2006

Canadian Football League Week # 5 Picks

Stamps vs. Ti-Cats:

Greg Marshall out Ron Lancaster in. Will that be enough to give the Cats their first win?
Probably not. Coaching changes during the season seldom work. The Stamps seemed to
get the offence in gear last week as well.

Take the Stamps by 15

Riders vs. Lions:
Another meeting between these teams. The Lions have some injury problems and the Riders
have the Kenton Keith issue hanging over them. All leads up to a Lions win.

Take the Lions by 12

Als vs. Bombers:
The battle for first in the east. The Don vs. The Doug. The game of the week.
The Bombers almost pulled off the first meeting in Montreal until a 4th quarter melt down.
This time The Bombers will finish.
The Bombers by 5

Last week 1-3 Over-all 8-7

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Canadian Football League Players Of The Week

Quarterback Ricky Ray won the CFL's offensive player of the week while linebacker Singor Mobley earned defensive honours after leading the Edmonton Eskimos to a 27-20 win over the B.C. Lions last week.
Stampeders defensive end Rahim Abdullah was named lineman of the week, while Stamps kicker Sandro DeAngelis earned the special teams award after Calgary's 53-36 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Ray had a solid performance completing 21 of 29 passes for 325 yards, two interceptions and two touchdowns. He also added 48 yards on the ground on eight carries, scoring one rushing TD.
Calgary quarterback Henry Burris and Winnipeg slotback Milt Stegall were finalists for the offensive award.
Mobley anchored the Eskimo defence that held B.C. to 20 points. Mobley registered two tackles and broke-up a pass in the fourth quarter on a crucial second down play.

Lions linebacker Javier Glatt was the runner-up.
Abdullah registered two sacks for nine yards and forced one fumble in Calgary's first road win of the season.
Edmonton's Dan Comiskey and Tim Bakker and the Lions' Rob Murphy were finalists for the lineman award.
DeAngelis earned special teams honours for the second straight week. In the Stamps victory over the `Riders on the weekend, DeAngelis was a perfect six for six in field goals, connecting from 26, 30, 35, 36, 43 and 52 yards in Calgary's victory over the Riders.
Since missing a 45-yard attempt in the first quarter of the Stamps' opening game of the season, DeAngelis has hit 15 consecutive field goals.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Lancaster back as Canadian Football League Head Coach

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the CFL's only winless team, have fired head coach Greg Marshall.
Ron Lancaster, the Ticats' senior director of football operations, will assume the role of interim head coach. Hamilton has lost its first four games of the season and is last in the East Division.
Marshall became the Ticats's head coach in 2004 after a successful tenure at McMaster University. He was named the CFL's coach of the year after guiding Hamilton to a 9-8-1 record in his rookie season. But the club was 5-13-0 last season.
Hamilton was the CFL's busiest team in the off-season trading for the likes of quarterback Jason Maas, receiver-kick returner Corey Holmes and receiver Kwame Cavil while dipping into free agency to sign running back Josh Ranek.
"This was a very, very tough decision," owner Bob Young said in a statement. "His (Marshall's) contributions to the organization, the Hamilton community and to our fans can not be understated.
"I have great admiration and respect for Greg but after careful consideration it was in the best interest of the organization to make a change. Ron and assistant head coach Joe Paopao will have a full-set of resources to improve our success on the field."
This will mark Lancaster's second stint as Ticats head coach. He served in that capacity from 1998 to 2003, shifting into the front office when Marshall was hired.
Lancaster has twice been named the CFL's coach of the year and has won two Grey Cups (1993 with Edmonton, '99 with Hamilton). Lancaster's 138 career victories are fourth most in league history and under Lancaster the Ticats finished with a record of .500 or better five times in six years.
"I hope my years of experience can help deliver the leadership necessary to help benefit the club in its current situation," said Lancaster. "I will assume the position of head coach for the remainder of the season or step down as soon as the right person is found."
General manager Rob Katz said he will immediately begin looking for a full-time head coach.
"No one in our organization is happy with how the season has started and we all accept responsibility for our performance," he said. "We're fortunate to have a guy that's as qualified and respected as Ron Lancaster.
"We feel his extensive knowledge of the current team and the ability to work closely with Joe (Paopao) and Kavis (Reed) will get this football team back on track competing for a playoff spot while we look for a long-term solution."