CFL Down the Stretch - Western Division

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  1. Bronko

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    Other than BC this will be a dogfight for the 3 guaranteed playoff positions and probably 4th place team which will cross over and play either Hamilton or Montreal in the X game.

    Calgary - a bit of a ripple after losing so many players in the off-season; plus early loss of Bully Ray Mitchell for 8 full games. Now Mitchell is back and showing why he's the showcase QB in the league. Pinpoint passing, great pocket presence, solid leadership and fully integrated with his coaching staff. Not much more you can ask. He won't put up bomb numbers like Dane Evans, Trev Harris, Mikey Reilly or even Macbeth Thompson but he's got balanced running & passing. Decent in red zone, too! Not many deficits and a healthy Mitchell should carry them to a charge for the #1 spot in the west vs. Regina who's also been strong.

    Regina - Haven't missed a beat without Zacalero - some might say it was a blessing he got damaged early and Cody Fajardo has emerged as the next BIG GUY in Sask'n. Solid defense, inspired coaching, great team spirit. . . . and some dirtballs when you need them - the guy who concussed bomber long snapper Chaz Rempel, for instance. Regina & Calgary will battle for the 1-2 positions as Winnipeg fails down the stretch & Edmonton flails.

    Winnipeg - even though holding 1st place in W outright, this group realistically fighting with another flailing team, the Esks for 3rd or 4th. If the Bombers lose out - they'll still be 8-10 and that might just be enough to get into the eastern crossover - where they'd be absolute fodder for either Montreal in all probability. Worse than losing out is bomber season ticket base will continue to degrade rapidly and walkups will be all but non-existent. Real warts in both leadership and strategy continue to plague this team.

    Edmonton - Trevor Harris can look like a million dollars one minute and a million pesos the next. Career up 'n downer who continues to put up big stats. Volatile QB with volatile head coach does NOT bode well. Winnipeg might win one more game and still finish ahead of Edmonton - in any event Wpg. is no match for either Regina or Calgary - - - - as they'll prolly finish ahead of Edmonton with another victory (9-9)

    BC - should get roarin' about 14 games in so Reilly might be able to rally this group of ill-coached misfits and hobos to a 5-13 mark. In any event, no playoffs for you!
     
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  2. Jayman

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    Miss me?
    Retired from that thing I did, hated it, ran the fuckit list in no time flat, came back.
    Answered the phone, decided to pick it up again.
    Found my laptop, and here we are.
    Haven't scrolled back, anyone's panties in a knot?
     
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  3. Tundra Mustang

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    Hey jayman, Bombers fan from the 'peg, right?

    Long time, no see...

    So, aside from your somewhat indecipherable re-entrance today, how ya been? :D


    TM
     
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    Good to see you folks again.
    I'm ok, hung em up, did all those things we're told to do, that didn't take long, realized I have a bit left, SO, voila. (I know, French on these pages won't win me many likes...)
    Good to see Nasty Broncs has kept ahead of the tar pot, on here at least. Gotta admit, I missed this pop stand.
    Sorry about that tough loss, injuries just seemed to overwhelm you.
    That Dave Dick is sure tough to like but he's good one, he'll stay put.
    Anyway, I'm hoping when Alberta finally leaves us, you guys will put in a good word on my Visa request.
    My only WBBFC scuttle is:
    O'Shea is already gone, WAD's problem is he thought harass was two words. He will get caught.
     
  5. Bronko

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    Good to see pleasant Jayman back. Some prediction for Jay & others to mull about:

    1. Khari Jones will remain in Montreal. He's loved there. Plus he knows he's not a finished product. Lots to learn. Good team with good QB situation. (Adams is the northern Russell Wilson)
    2. Ottawa will bid for Jones services - but Redblacks are fatally flawed at QB. They could spend $725k and bring in Broken Bow-Levi or pick from one of Collaros, Streveler, Mope Nichols cuz Wpg. can't keep all 3
    3. Calgary - Huff will pick up the pieces and staunch the bleeding. But will he retain Bo or trade Bo. Bo needs to know. I need to know. Jayman needs to know. Tundra needs to know. Arbuckle & Mac Beth Thompson would be a decent duo
    4. BC - hi-paying job. Benevides? Does he deserve a 2nd go-round? On what basis? Matt Dunigan might be the 2 or 3 year answer in BC, give him a decent staff and 2 or 3 years of Hatman Reilly at his best - could be a winner! Should be a winner!
    5. Winnipeg - Win vs. Sask this weekend and O'Shea, Streveler, Collaros are mudswamp heroes. Lose and they still retain their dignity. If O'Shea is re-upped in Wpg., Plop bolts. Richie Hall is also having his tombstone prepped. Claybrooks would be a good replace for R Hall in Wpg. If O'Shea grabs the Toronto job then Plop could be enticed to take the Winnipeg job. But Plop is viable for Ottawa & BC right now, unless BC opts for a mega-brand like Dunigan.
    6. Corey Chamblin - Champ could still be viable as a head coach if Ottawa, BC & Winnipeg end up in tatters. Wpg. generally doesn't hire black head coaches or GMs, that's a given. Lots of near-racists like David Asper & Wadzilla on Wpg. board. But Chamblin could take the duke in BC or Ottawa if the chips fall the right way. Frankly, I'm sick of Chamblin in this league at all - and that has nothing to do with black or white. He's just over-rated by a longshot. One Grey Cup where the Bombers puked themselves. Otherwise, Champ is a dud.
     
  6. Tundra Mustang

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    Prediction:

    1. Bo's goin' nowhere but back to work in Stampeders' silks;

    2. Arbuckle's goin' to play the field around the league in the hopes of findin' a starter's home in maybe Trawna, or perhaps Oughtawah;

    3. The rest of the list I don't care very much about...:p

    As execrable as was his performance on Sunday, the Stampeders know full well that their prospects of returning to a pre-eminent position in the CFL rests primarily on the sometimes wonky shoulders of Bo Levi Mitchell and they expect he'll make a full comeback, and a return to what the history of his entire playing career in the CFL has shown he can do, in 2020.

    Call it "2020 foresight"...;)

    Arbuckle has shown well when given the opportunity and likely deserves a much better legacy than a 4 and 3 record as a starter in Bo's absence last season since a couple of those losses weren't on him at all. It's apparent that the Stampeders would like to keep him in the fold and will likely still make a pitch for him, but Dickenson's already on record as stating that they know Arbuckle will test free agency, and Nick will look at a starter's job elsewhere if he can find one.

    That's as solid an indication as there is that Arbuckle knows what everyone else in the organization already knows: Bo ain't packin' up any luggage to leave Calgary anytime soon...

    TM
     

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