Canadian Football League

Friday, September 15, 2006

Canadian Football League Week # 14 Picks

Bombers Vs. Stamps

The Bombers had a strong second half last week against the Riders before a sell-out crowd.
This week they are on the road and the Stamps are not willing to lose back to back games.
Stamps by 15

Eskimos Vs. Ti-Cats
The Champs won a big game last week at home last week. They have a little confidence now.
The Cats are due to win soon, the Eskimos are the only team in the league who have not
won a road game this season. Could it be a Ti-Cat win? Nope
Eskimos by 9

Als vs. Lions
Okay, Montreal is riding a 4 game losing streak and always has a hard time at B.C. Place.
Both teams are comming off byes and the last time they played B.C. won.
Montreal has not won since the first week of August. Nothing here states the Als have
any chance.

Lions by 12

Last Week 3-0 Over-all 30-17

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Lumsden returns to Canadian Football League

Jesse Lumsden will be playing football in his own backyard for at least the next season and a half.
As expected, the Burlington-raised running back came to terms yesterday on a contract for two years plus an option with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who are expected to announce the signing today.
The new pact would see Lumsden complete the 2006 season with the 2-11 Ticats as well as the 2007 campaign.
"I'm very happy to be here," Lumsden said last night. "This is home for me."
Lumsden, who will be at practice today and may return kickoffs in Saturday's game, was cut by the NFL's Washington Redskins last month

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Canadian Football League Player Of The Week Awards

Eskimos' quarterback Ricky Ray has been unanimously chosen as the CFL's offensive player of the week, after keeping Edmonton's playoff hopes alive against Calgary on Friday.

With the announcement on Tuesday, Ray becomes the third quarterback in as many weeks to be named the league's top offensive performer, following Calgary's Henry Burris and B.C. sophomore Buck Pierce.
Ray threw for 281 yards and added 81 yards on the ground in Edmonton's 35-26 victory over the visiting Stampeders.
He ran 25 yards as part of a 97-yard drive for the winning score as the Eskimos halted a two-game losing streak and improved their season record to 4-7.
"What impressed me was his willingness to put his body on the line," CFL on CBC analyst Greg Frers told CBC Sports Online this week.
"Going headfirst to gain yards with the level of aggression he showed sent a message to the entire team. That's the mark of a true leader.
"He's very subdued and emotionless, so when he displays actions like that, he shows his desire to win."
The league leader in passing with 3,315 yards this season, Ray also took offensive honours for Week 4.
Top defensive: Roughrider's Jurineack
Meanwhile, Terrell Jurineack became the second Saskatchewan Roughrider of the season to capture the top defensive award.
The six-foot-five, 280-pound lineman had five tackles and two quarterback sacks in the Riders' 27-23 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday.
Linebacker Michael Fletcher of the Toronto Argonauts was runner-up after posting eight defensive tackles in Saturday's 11-9 decision over Hamilton.
Defensive lineman: Eskimos' Braidwood
Edmonton's Adam Braidwood cinched defensive lineman of the week honours when he returned a fumble five yards for a touchdown against Calgary on the game's final play.
The six-foot-four, 274-pound rookie added three forced fumbles, two tackles and two quarterback sacks.
"He's really matured and stepped up and become a performer for an underachieving defence," Frers said of Braidwood, a native of Delta, B.C.
Braidwood's teammate, Eskimos kicker Sean Fleming, was named special teams player of the week.
The 15-year CFL veteran connected on all five field goals he attempted versus Calgary, averaged 41 yards on four punts and added two converts.
Stampeders kick return specialist J. R. Ruffin was also nominated for the award.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Jesse Palmer lands in Canadian Football League

Jesse Palmer is looking to restart his career back home.
The Canadian quarterback signed a practice-roster contract with the Montreal Alouettes and practised with his new teammates Monday, about two weeks after getting cut by the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.
The Alouettes, who also signed receivers Ashlan Davis and Mark Simmons plus return specialist Javarus Dudley to practice-roster deals, now have 10 days to determine if and where Palmer fits into their roster.
The six-foot-two, 225-pound native of Nepean, Ont., spent the past five seasons in the NFL and became the first Canadian-trained quarterback to start a game there in 2003.
But he was probably better known for his appearance on the reality TV show "The Bachelor."
Palmer appeared in eight games with the New York Giants between 2001-04 and after they cut him in 2005, he joined San Francisco.
The 49ers re-signed Palmer in March but cut him loose during training camp.
It was then Palmer began musing about playing in the CFL, where the Alouettes held his rights after drafting him 15th overall in 2001.
"I'm definitely going to keep playing," Palmer said recently. "The question now is: Will it be north or south of the border?
"We need to make an educated decision. Do I do what I did last year and wait around (for injuries to other NFL quarterbacks), or is it time to take the dream up north?"
Als general manager Jim Popp said recently that Palmer would have to spend the 2006 season learning Montreal's offence and would have "little chance to play right away" given the presence of superstar passer Anthony Calvillo.