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 11 
 on: Today at 05:23:49 AM 
Started by The Zipp - Last post by TecnoGenius
Pure sour grapes IMHO. Sure there was holding by the OL. You could call that on any play in any game. If you take off your blue tinted glasses and look at things objectively at least IMHO the Riders are getting better on offense and the defense is pretty dang good. You can not push this off on the OL holding by the riders as their reason for the win at least IMHO.

It's not so much the holding by the O-line that is being pointed out, it's the obvious holding by their receivers on sideline plays that the officials are ignoring.  Shut that down and the Riders have little, Fajardo can't move the ball downfield with his arm.

First, no sour grapes as I have no dog in the MTL/SSK fight.  I don't mind seeing SSK win when they do it legit, like weeks 1 & 2.  Look at SSK in the 1st half when they played a traditional (not much running) Maas O.  They were outplayed by MTL, who looked like they were going to be walking away with a win.  Then after haltime they just go run after run down the weak side.

TLB is right: the holding is by everyone: OL, receivers, ST.  Everyone.  It's one big mega hold fest.  You can tell they coach this up year after year.  It's beyond "blocking".  Literally compare with any other team on the field.

And this is the problem for refs: they see every single SSK player doing this holding simultaneously and they just don't call any of it because then it's "normal" and/or who do they single out?

Before you saw "just normal holding"... I watched every single "big" run play 5+ times on my computer PVR focussing on a different OL each time.  Almost every big play has a callable hold or four.  Same with any receivers the carrier passes.  If you do this on even 1 or 2 plays, you'll see what I mean.

They weren't doing this in the other weeks.  It's literally like they just got the green light.  Or maybe it's a "playing at home - must win" thing.  I don't know the cause, but it's painfully obvious when you look at it.  Like I said before, it's like that game a few years ago where they did the same thing to us to steal a win when they literally stunk.

Maybe it's the reffing crew.  I'm making a note here: Foxcroft.  We'll see if this max-hold shenanigans coincides with Foxcroft.  I'm pretty sure Proulx wouldn't put up with this garbage.

Man, I'm rewatching some of the runs right after halftime right now and it's freakin' crackback block, illegal block, defender-tackling, holding crazy town.  So much cheatin' going on.  And the refs are blind.

The other big tactic that SSK coaches is to hold and then when it gets untenable to push/trip down the defender.  I'm not sure on the legality of that, but nearly every guy shedding his SSK blocker ends up face down on the turf.  In just the 1st (TD) drive of the 2nd half for SSK I could screenshot you at least 6 (basically every play) egregious affected-the-play holds and illegal blocks.

The alternative is you think Morrow is the best RB the CFL has ever seen -- almost single-handedly marching 70y on 6ish plays for a walk in untouched TD against a decent MTL D... because he's just. that. good.  Pfffft.

 12 
 on: Today at 04:59:00 AM 
Started by ModAdmin - Last post by TecnoGenius
And more from CFL stats: Toronto comes into this game having won 9 of their last 10 home games. That stretch will go up against Winnipeg's current road form of wins in 5 of their last 7 away games overall. Winnipeg last won in Toronto in 2018.

I think Pinball has made it clear he wants wins at home at all costs.  I'm not sure they prep much for away games; they just concentrate on winning the home games.  Makes sense to get more butts in seats.

 13 
 on: Today at 04:58:01 AM 
Started by ModAdmin - Last post by TecnoGenius
Interesting. It would appear that Houston has not only played his way onto the roster but also the boundary corner. Rose is playing with Taylor over on the field side which we have never seen before.

Yes, that's the first big non-injury-forced shuffle they're trying this season.  It's an eye-opener.

But... it makes sense as before the boundary was too strong (on paper: assuming a 100% healthy Rose).  Now we split our best assets more evenly.  Nichols can help cover a weaker Houston and if he whiffs any tackles.  Taylor can help out Rose if he's still ailing.  If Rose is 100%, the strong-side becomes verboten for opponent QBs.

Actually, look at TOR's alignment: Banks is boundary WR.  If you had to pick an adversary for Houston, Banks is literally the perfect guy!  He's not hard to tackle at all.  He's hard to stay with.  Houston shows great speed and stickiness, so as long as he's in Banks' hip pocket his weak tackling should be irrelevant.

I love it.  This move makes Hall look even more genius.

I say we have no trouble shutting down MBT's air attack.  Our DEs might have a mega game.  INTs might be copious.  The only question mark is can we stop an insanely hungry and shoulder-chipped AH... It might come down to our LB play.

Regardless, this is an insanely juicy match-up and no matter who wins I'm going to enjoy watching it.  If we can win it, it will go a long way to proving we're still #1.

 14 
 on: Today at 04:48:56 AM 
Started by ModAdmin - Last post by TecnoGenius
Funny, MOS appears to be preparing for a TOR air assault.  But I think TOR will let AH dominate between the tackles.  Our weakest point is at DT, where we're good, but not stop-AH good.  Bighill and Thompson will have to predominantly stay on AH-spy duty.  Could give MBT time for some great option runs on his own.

If we can't stop AH I suspect the game will look much like the SSK game, and not in our favor.

 15 
 on: Today at 04:37:02 AM 
Started by The Zipp - Last post by TecnoGenius
Evans is playing himself out of Canada he was horrible.

Say what you want about Matt Nichols, but faced with that same situation (or worse), he gave us some game-winning drives at IGF.  Nichols could overcome the moment.  Evans, not so much.  BLM always said as a QB that's the situation you dream of being in -- just drive the field for a minute and win.

(Remember the MTL Miracle Game anyone?)

 16 
 on: Today at 04:36:23 AM 
Started by ModAdmin - Last post by ModAdmin
Game Preview | WPG at TOR - Ed Tait

GAME #4 | WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS (3-0) at TORONTO ARGONAUTS (1-1)

THE 4-1-1


Kickoff: Monday, 6:30 p.m. CT, BMO Field, Toronto, Ont.
TV: TSN; ESPN+
Radio: 680 CJOB
Home/Road: The Blue Bombers are 1-0 on the road so far this season, courtesy their 19-12 win in Ottawa on June 17th. Toronto is 1-0 at home in 2022 after edging Montreal 20-19 in their opener. The Argos were 6-1 at home a year ago and has won nine of their last 10 at BMO Field.

BetRegal.ca odds: The Blue Bombers are favoured by 4.5 points. For more of Bet Regals numbers on this game, here.

Streaks: Winnipeg: 3W; Toronto: 1L

Notable: The Bombers, B.C. Lions and Calgary Stampeders are all 3-0, making the first time three teams have been undefeated following Week 3 since 2004. B.C. improved to 3-0 after this week's win over Ottawa, the Bombers have a chance to go to 4-0 while the Stamps are on a bye.

The QBs

    Toronto will start veteran McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who has a career record of 14-18 and is 1-2 in starts against Winnipeg

    Winnipeg lines up Zach Collaros behind centre. He is 49-34 in his career and now 20-2 in his games as a starter in Winnipeg, including playoffs and two Grey Cup victories.

The Coaches

Winnipeg: Mike O'Shea: 70-55. O'Shea's 70 wins as a Blue Bombers head coach ranks third on the club's all-time list, behind only Bud Grant (102) and Cal Murphy (86).

Toronto: Argo head coach Ryan Dinwiddie - the former Blue Bombers QB - is 10-6 since becoming the boss in Toronto.
Blue Roster Shuffle

The Bombers depth chart features three changes from last week. Coming aboard are CB Winston Rose, running back Greg McCrae and linebacker Les Maruo.

Off this week are SB Nic Demski - who was moved to the six-game injured list - DE L.B. Mack III and CB Tyquwan Glass, who was released on Friday.

"We like what he's done at receiver. He's got some versatility to him and certainly once the ball gets into his hands, he's explosive. We'll see how many plays he gets. Brendan O'Leary-Orange is going to get at that spot (for Demski), so we?ll see what Greg can do."

More on the Game Day Preview https://www.bluebombers.com/2022/07/03/game-preview-wpg-at-tor/

 17 
 on: Today at 04:00:51 AM 
Started by ModAdmin - Last post by The Zipp
Toronto has a decent set of receivers...if MBT has time it could be dangerous.  I am more worried about the bombers looking past this game and making a boatload of errors..

 18 
 on: Today at 03:56:58 AM 
Started by ModAdmin - Last post by The Zipp
a stupid time? What does that mean? More like stupid sports fans!

The game should have been Saturday or Sunday.  A Monday night in the worst cfl market isn't going to draw flies.  Canada day is over by Monday - stupid schedule all around and the Bombers play 2 games in 5 days because of it. 

 19 
 on: Today at 03:42:33 AM 
Started by Blue In BC - Last post by Pigskin
Mother-in-law finally tests negative.

 20 
 on: Today at 03:29:28 AM 
Started by gobombersgo - Last post by DM83
What?s a BOLO?.  That orange. Guy?

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