Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for October 2, 2014

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for October 2, 2014

    Post-practice comments: Coach Huff

    Coach Hufnagel announces QB Drew Tate will get the start against the Riders on Friday.

    Post-practice comments: Tate
    QB Drew Tate speaks to the media after being named the starter for Friday's game in Saskatchewan.

    Sinopoli a jack of all trades
    Sinopoli was drafted as a quarterback and was later converted to a receiver. Last week he also tried out punt returning.

    Cornish September highlights
    Running back Jon Cornish was named the CFL's offensive and Canadian player of the month for September.


    Friday night in Regina, the Calgary Stampeders will see the return of one of their biggest offensive threats as they line up against the defending Grey Cup champions, the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
    Through the first seven games of the Stamps 2014 season, Jeff Fuller was shaping up to be one of Calgary’s leading receivers with 28 catches for 366 yards and five touchdowns.

    Upon further review, Bo Levi Mitchell will sit out another game and Drew Tate will get a chance to go for a second straight victory when the Stampeders travel to Regina on Friday to take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
    The preliminary indications earlier in the week were that Mitchell would reclaim the starter’s job after sitting out the past two weeks with knee and ankle injuries, but head coach and general manager John Hufnagel indicated otherwise after Wednesday’s practice at McMahon Stadium.

    Stampeders have chance to clinch playoff spot
    The Calgary Stampeders can become the first CFL team to cement a playoff berth this weekend.
    Calgary (11-2) visits the Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-4) on Friday night needing a win or Winnipeg Blue Bombers loss to clinch a spot in the postseason. It’s also an important matchup for the defending Grey Cup champions, who are currently tied for second in the West Division with the Edmonton Eskimos.

    Stampeders' Cornish takes pair of CFL monthly awards
    Calgary running back Jon Cornish has won a pair of CFL monthly awards after putting up big numbers in September.
    Cornish was named the league's top offensive player and top Canadian after he rushed for 439 yards and two touchdowns and added 62 receiving yards and a touchdown over three games.

    Tate to make third straight start for Stampeders against Roughriders
    Quarterback Drew Tate will get his third start straight for Calgary on Friday when the Stampeders visit the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
    In his last two starts, Tate has completed 27 of 53 passes for 314 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception in a loss to the Montreal Alouettes and a win over the B.C. Lions.

    Coach Huff hands ball to Drew Tate for Calgary Stampeders start in Regina
    Drew Tate will get the start.
    Why, you ask?
    Let’s let Stamps GM/head coach John Hufnagel handle that one.
    He is, after all, the one who made the decision on his starting quarterback for Friday’s showdown in Regina against the Saskatchewan Roughriders (8 p.m., TSN, News Talk 770).

    Calgary Stampeders trying out Spencer Wilson at centre
    You gotta give Spencer Wilson credit.
    If you don’t like the question, change it to fit your needs.
    The Calgary Stampeders big offensive lineman took first-team snaps at centre this week and will back up Brett Jones when the Red & White visit the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Friday night (8 p.m., TSN, News Talk 770).
    Wilson was asked when was the last time he was forced to snap the ball in a game.

    Calgary Stampeders' DeQuin Evans still looking for storybook ending to interesting life
    You could make a pretty good movie about DeQuin Evans’ life.
    In fact, Hollywood kinda already has.
    Except the Calgary Stampeders defensive-end-turned-tackle is still writing the storybook ending.
    If you’ve seen the flick The Gridiron Gang, you’ll get an idea of where Evans has come from.

    Stamps will start Drew Tate instead of Bo Levi Mitchell against Roughriders
    Earlier in the week, signs pointed at Bo Levi Mitchell to start at quarterback for the Calgary Stampeders on Friday night at Saskatchewan. Then the brain trust pulled an end-around and, lo and behold, Drew Tate will make his third consecutive appearance behind centre.
    “After having one more conversation with Bo and evaluating yesterday’s practice, I’ve made the decision that Drew will start the game,” said head coach/GM John Hufnagel. “There’s two reasons: one reason is Drew has had an excellent week of practice; the other reason I’ll tell you when I’m done with my coaching career.”

    Stamps notes: Brett Jones up for the challenge in his hometown
    Considering the ins and outs on the offensive line this CFL season, barely a beat has been missed by the men who wear Calgary Stampeders’ colours. Certainly, the calm and cool demeanour of the man in the middle, centre Brett Jones, must help.
    “It’s been different from last year definitely,” suggested Jones, the CFL’s most outstanding rookie in 2013. “I was more of a leader this year. Each week I have lots of things to work on and have an optimistic attitude. We always are going through different guys, but each week we’re able to adapt and excel.

    Computer model has Calgary and Hamilton winning divisions: professor discusses how he built it
    The CFL has posted a computer model's predictions for who will finish first in each division at the end of the regular season over the last couple of weeks, but until now, those predictions have been a bit of a black box. We can see the results (Calgary and Hamilton are favoured as of Monday's update, with 94.8 and 59.0 per cent chances respectively of finishing at the top their divisions), but while the page mentions what criteria the model considers and a bit of its method (it runs 1,000 simulations of the remaining schedule, then probabilities are assigned based on how many times in 1,000 each team comes out on top of the division), it doesn't even include who created the model, much less what kind of relative or absolute weights it assigns to each category. Fortunately, Global Saskatoon's Lisa Dutton has solved at least part of that issue, sitting down with the model's creator, University of Saskatchewan associate professor Keith Willoughby. Here's her interview with Willoughby about the model:

    Imagine Dragons set to rock halftime at Grey Cup

    The Canadian Football League is excited to announce that Imagine Dragons will rock the half-time show of the 102nd Grey Cup this November 30th at B.C. Place in Vancouver.
    “This is a dynamic young band that reflects today’s CFL and the excitement that has always surrounded our biggest game and Canada’s biggest party, the Grey Cup,” said Sara Moore, the CFL’s Vice-President of Marketing and Events. “The millions who saw Imagine Dragons steal the show at this year’s Grammy Awards, where they won a Grammy for best rock performance, will know how exciting it is that they will command Canada’s biggest stage.”

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