3Down Power Rankings: Movement in the basement

In the deepest depths of the 3DownNation Power Rankings there is a new inhabitant.

Saskatchewan’s first win at new Mosaic Stadium has them on the rise while Toronto’s second-half surge in the nation’s capital has them moving on up. And a bye week didn’t hurt Edmonton at all as 3Down voters clearly respect the Eskimos 2-0 start.

1. Calgary Stampeders (last week 1)

Devone Claybrooks finally saw a strong performance from his defensive unit. Maleki Harris’ interception returned for a touchdown highlighted that effort.

2. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 2)

Even though it was an idle week in the City of Champions, Jason Maas’ group held onto the second spot. Life after John White begins but that might be an oddly good omen – Edmonton won a Grey Cup in 2015 when he was sidelined by injury for the season.

3. B.C. Lions (last week 3)

Solomon Elimimian racked up 15 tackles to set a new Lions single game record. B.C.’s ‘D’ held them in the game long enough and the offence came through with a late-game touchdown for the victory.

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray (15). THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

4. Toronto Argonauts (last week 6)

The Argos used a bouncing ball defensive touchdown, Ricky Ray’s 300th career touchdown pass and alertly recovered a quick kick to come away with a road triumph. Talk about finding different ways to get it done.

5. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 5)

Over 30,000 fans came out to IGF but went away disappointed as the Bombers bombed. Matt Nichols two interceptions really hurt Winnipeg.

6. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 4)

After a first half in which the Redblacks controlled the game, Ottawa looked like a much different team in the final 30 minutes with their own mistakes getting them beat.

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Darian Durant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

7. Montreal Alouettes (last week 7)

Darian Durant and the offence remain the focus in La Belle Province for the lack of productivity on the scoreboard. Montreal’s defence has been fine without Bear Woods.

8. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 9)

When your quarterback is handing out game balls and bringing his kids to the podium post-game, you know it’s a good night.

Ticats Kent Austin. John Rennison, The Hamilton Spectator

9. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 8)

Concern around the Ticats is growing and for that reason, Hamiton tumbles to the basement in our rankings.


67 Comments on 3Down Power Rankings: Movement in the basement

  1. Leo Lewis // July 10, 2017 at 10:34 am //

    Wait a minute…. the Riders won. Why aren’t they number one?

    (Sarcasm alert)

  2. This is a fair assessment. Once we’ve beaten better teams we’ll move further up from 8th. As for as the other teams, I’d have Ottawa and Winnipeg switched, the rest looks accurate.

    • HUh?? Ottawa has yet to win a game! They shouldn’t be ahead of Winnipeg. Overall the ratings are a fair assessment thus far.

      • No offense meant to your Bombers, however Ottawa almost beat Calgary twice.

      • George Porge // July 10, 2017 at 6:33 pm //

        Winnipeg just barely beat the Rebuild Riders, and then got body-slammed by Calgary’s practice roster. Ottawa came very close to beating Calgary twice and a decent Toronto team once.

        If you think Power Rankings should just be based on wins and losses, then just look at the league standings. If you think Power Rankings should be a prediction on how teams will fare going forward, I’d also have a hard time putting Winnipeg above Ottawa right now.

        • Paul Bomber // July 11, 2017 at 1:52 pm //

          I suspect Winnipeg is getting points for how good they look on paper, but I agree with your assessment. If they have another performance against Toronto like they did against Calgary, you’ll see them playing footsie with Hamilton in next week’s rankings.

    • Ken graham // July 10, 2017 at 8:23 pm //

      Lol too true

  3. Proudnewcandian // July 10, 2017 at 11:37 am //

    With a virtual sweep of the defending Grey Cup champs and a virtual shut out of the Winnipeg BlueBombers (score was virtually 40-0) its hard to argue with the stamps. With 2 more D-line injuries, some lucky 6th string calibre player is going to get to be star on the best team in the country

    #1-Calgary Stampeders, as it is, as it was, as it ever will be, as the universe says it should be.

    As the riders eyes adjust to above basement sunlight they will quickly realize the climb to the penthouse is a long one, rest up you’ll get our chance in 12 days

    • Lmao. I’ve never heard of these sports phenomenon called “virtual sweeps” and “virtual shutouts”! Are they unique to the CFL?

      • Hors E Power // July 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm //

        Something the stamps have experienced only. Between the refs having it out for us and very fluky things happening on the field so often.
        This stuff only happens to Calgary so other fans must recognise these “should be’s ” for the stamps.
        FYI we are the Virtually the defending Grey Cup Champs too

        • Excuses are for losers. Please don’t go down that road. If you think game officials have it for Calgary, watch a different sport. What about the fumble against Ottawa that went Calgary’s way. Yeah, the game officials, they have it in for the Stampeders. Give me a break.

        • get your head out of your ass. The refs????? fluky things, right that’s why you are pulling wins (and ties) out of your ass. Go live in your virtual world and the rest of us will watch your team take a tumble in reality.

    • George Porge // July 10, 2017 at 6:39 pm //

      It’s funny how the word “virtual” can be used to make something that is imaginary being spoken about as something a little more than imaginary. I do have to say, your comment had a lot of “virtual” insight in it.

    • You are living in a virtual reality. Your team doesn’t look so strong this year and their time is coming. Take of your pink colored glasses my friend. Virtual shut out, what a clown.

  4. Hors E Power // July 10, 2017 at 11:43 am //

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  6. Hors E Power // July 10, 2017 at 1:35 pm //

    What do you mean?

  7. Regina cheated even more than usual, put them in last where they belong.

    • Tell me more how Regina cheated??? Was it that no catch from off the turf the Ti cats were given to keep them in the game or was it the two separate occasions that Banks and Hill touched the refs?
      Please elaborate?

      • George Porge // July 11, 2017 at 6:14 pm //

        “Tell me more how Regina cheated???”

        Hang on – I’m getting Bo on the phone right now. I think he might have the inside scoop here.

  8. RalphInTheCreek // July 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm //

    What ever we got we caught it off Toronto.

  9. Wow!! Talk about a bunch of verbal diarrhea those stumps fans are spewing. “Virtual sweep and shut out” WTF is that!? New things the stumps fans are coming up with? I’m pretty sure Ottawa tied you the first game and took it to you again the second. Give some credit where it is due. You guys don’t look scary… don’t kid yourselves.

    • Hors E Power // July 10, 2017 at 5:50 pm //

      Took it to us the second game?? Um I believe the score would suggest not so much!

      • Lol What was the score of the Second game? 43-39? Wow you guys really did lay the boot stomping to them! The score suggests they took it to your defense and had just as big of a possibility to beat you guys. Almost like the week before. When you guys Tied. You big, bad stumps eh? What a joke!

        And since you are going to talk about third string lineup.. I thought you were the one that said it isn’t an excuse? “Next man” up as you put it. But here you are making excusing using your injuries. Kind of contradicting yourself there.
        Also Which team isn’t going through injuries right now? Opinions are like as*holes. Everyone’s got one.

        • Hors E Power // July 10, 2017 at 6:43 pm //

          nor did they “TAKE IT TO US!”
          I’m not using injuries as an excuse. Even if I felt they were an excuse why would I? We are undefeated. No excuses needed!!!

        • George Porge // July 10, 2017 at 6:43 pm //

          “I thought you were the one that said it isn’t an excuse?”

          Uh, that’s exactly what we’ve been saying for years now. We’re merely pointing out that our team, unlike others, is practicing what they’ve been preaching.

          Injuries *are* no excuse. Calgary is simply proving that point in spectacular fashion.

          “But here you are making excusing using your injuries.”

          Whose making excuses? Calgary tied the Grey Cup champions in their own barn, and then beat them the second game. Then they laid a licking on the Bombers. Kind of hard to make excuses when there’s nothing that needs excusing.

    • Hors E Power // July 10, 2017 at 6:23 pm //

      Calgary can field a third string lineup throughout (more so than they are now with all the injuries). With this we would still have the game won by 4th quester against sask next week. Yu guys are in for a sobering kick in the ass that day

      • Riders13 // July 10, 2017 at 6:50 pm //

        Maybe, but my money’s on the Riders to take one from the stumps on their home turf like a predicted 4-6 weeks ago. Just part of the plan for the Riders to finish 2nd just ahead of the stumps.

        • George Porge // July 10, 2017 at 7:12 pm //

          You’ve got a very positive outlook on life. Never change.

        • Hors E Power // July 10, 2017 at 7:58 pm //

          That’s very cute Riders13

          • Riders13 // July 10, 2017 at 10:04 pm //

            So it is written, so it shall be done. The stumps have nowhere to go but down.

          • George Porge // July 11, 2017 at 10:16 am //

            “The stumps have nowhere to go but down.”

            You would think that. Then you would realize that the Stampeders are winning their games with depth players, and can only improve once other starting players come off the IR.

        • Hors E Power // July 11, 2017 at 3:06 pm //

          Philosophically I suppose this is true as they can’t get any higher

  10. Vitually… You guys are idiots…

  11. How about this guys.. Does the word Choke come to mind? A Good portion of Canada got to experience that glorious scene. 🙂

    • Hors E Power // July 10, 2017 at 5:56 pm //

      Choke is not accurate. It was a close game and went to OT.. choke is a 27-11 lead with 7 minutes to play and losing on the last play because the entire organization is choking and so frazzled

      • But… Did you win the Grey Cup? Oh you didn’t? So you aren’t defending champs. Even if you want to put “virtual” in there… Stil doesn’t make you guys champs. 😉 Lol

        • Hors E Power // July 10, 2017 at 6:47 pm //

          correct but that doesn’t mean we “choked”

        • George Porge // July 10, 2017 at 6:48 pm //

          I mean, I guess your team has only lost a single playoff game in the last three seasons, so I guess we’ll give you that.

          Of course, Calgary’s been to the Grey Cup twice and won it once since the last time your team even made it to the division finals. So there’s that.

          • Your most recent GC is only one year more recent than our last GC, so there’s that.

          • Hors E Power // July 10, 2017 at 7:07 pm //

            and an 11-36 regular season record vs 37-8-2 in the same time period. That’s right riders could triple their wins over that period and still not have as many as Calgary

          • George Porge // July 10, 2017 at 7:09 pm //

            Very true. But unlike your last GC year, we didn’t go into complete melt down the following year. Seems pretty likely that our next GC will come before your next GC. We were a shoe-string tackle away from the last one.

          • Your two most recent GC’s have only come immediately following one of ours, so you better cheer harder for the Riders…

          • George Porge // July 11, 2017 at 10:19 am //

            Yeah. I’d rather not wait another 25 years for the Riders to win a GC so that the Stampeders can win the following year. Guys will have to try to control their own destiny I guess.

            So… anyone want to start an over/under on the number of games that pass before both Austin and Jones are fired from their teams, and then get hired by each-others’ teams?

          • Horsie.. I have question. Since you are talking about regular season wins.. How has that translated in the playoffs/Grey cup? Sure if you want to be proud of all your regular season wins, thats good and all. But when the game truly matters, it seems your team knows one thing… and its C.H.O.K.E.

            Since 2007 how many Grey cups have you won? 2? and how many have we won? 2? Hmmm Now do you guys want to start talking about apperances? I believe it is 4 a peice… Power house..Regular season wins…Hah! The stats never lie 😉

          • Horsie… still waiting for a response on this. I know there really isn’t much you can say right now. Maybe starting talking about before 2007..But lets be real. It was 10 years ago now, and the salary cap is in place. Thats the only time any of this should even matter, as every team has an equal chance of winning.

            I’m waiting… 😉

          • Still nothing? I’m a bit disappointed. I was hoping to see something at least. I’m a sad, sad panda.

  12. Hors E Power // July 10, 2017 at 7:24 pm //

    Bottom line
    in current day Calgary is in first in the west, Huffhiders are in last…
    nuff said

  13. The horse on the side of the Calgary helmet stands for horses’ ass..

    • Hors E Power // July 10, 2017 at 7:42 pm //

      really you see an ass in the silhouette of the white stallion. Wow that’s an amazing eye. You should be an art teacher

  14. mrincomprehensible // July 10, 2017 at 8:31 pm //

    It’s a virtual ass!

  15. Power Rankings, are you kidding? What turns on that? Here’s Mr Curling’s power rankings
    !. Ernie Richardson
    2. Russ Howard
    3. Al Hackner
    4. Kevin Martin
    5.Randy Ferby
    6. Glen Howard
    7. Jeff Stoughton
    8. Brad Gushue
    9. Ed Lukowich

    There you have it Mr. Curling’s unassailable top 9 power rankings, just as legitimate as 3 down’s “power Rankings” proves nothing, except Mr. Curling’s vast sports knowledge

  16. Christopher // July 11, 2017 at 12:49 am //

    Most of us had the TiCats in the basement from the beginning of the season… I guess it has taken Drew Edwards awhile to admit they are shit…

  17. I would rank the Ticats lower

  18. I think the rankings are pretty much spot on…
    Cats at the bottom of the pile.
    As a life long Cat fan..my team is in big, big trouble.
    With the Lions coming into THF on Saturday, the way the Cats are starting 2017.
    It could be a blow out…and prob will be.
    Many problems with the Cats, many more than this time last year.
    What the hell is up with that ?
    Should the Cats win on Saturday…big problems in all area’s of this Team will still exist..and need to be corrected.
    A win against BC..would be more of a fluke..than the Team improving.
    Some posters have written that the Cats could go 0 and 8 or 9…
    That could very well happen.
    2017 is not starting off the way it should have for this Team.
    And if they do go 0 and 8 or 9…Kent’s time on the sidelines will need to come to an end..period.
    He holds all the keys..it is on his shoulders.
    1999 was a hell of a long time ago…
    And the fan base in Steeltown is becoming restless..as well as they should be.
    Every year I say this will be our year….
    Yet for the last 3 years this Team is going backwards instead of foreword.
    Simple Truth…
    Fix this Kent..or step aside…bottom line.

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