Bo Levi Mitchell, Roy Finch lead Stampeders to convincing victory over Argos

Dan Ralph, Canadian Press

Roy Finch staggered the Toronto Argonauts before Bo Levi Mitchell delivered the knockout blows.

Finch had a punt-return touchdown for the second straight game and Mitchell threw three TD strikes to lead the Calgary Stampeders past Toronto 41-24 on Thursday night before 11,616 spectators at BMO Field.

Finch’s electrifying 103-yard punt return TD at 2:29 of the second quarter put Calgary ahead 17-7 before Mitchell found DaVaris Daniels on a 44-yard scoring strike at 14:59. It capped a three-play, 75-yard drive that emphatically answered Lirim Hajrullahu’s 19-yard field goal at 14:21 that was set up by Troy Davis’s recovery of Jerome Messam’s fumble that put Toronto at the Calgary 12-yard line.

But Mitchell, who finished 19-of-24 passing for 246 yards, cemented the win with a nine-yard TD strike to Marquay McDaniel to open the second half and put Calgary comfortably ahead 34-10. Mitchell hit McDaniel on a 10-yard TD pass at 4:05 of the fourth to boost the Stampeders’ lead to 41-13.

“Shoot, I hope we can always be like that,” Mitchell said. “That’s how championship teams play and if we want to get to that point that’s how we have to play.”

Toronto linebacker Bear Woods fears Calgary’s late first-half TD is becoming a pattern for the Argos.

“Literally, a minute left and we’re giving up scores,” he said. “That’s happened in multiple games.

“We have to find a way where we close out the half, close out the fourth quarter.”

Calgary (5-1-1) moved atop the West Division ahead of the Edmonton Eskimos (5-0), who host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-5) on Saturday night. Finch had a 97-yard punt-return TD on Saturday in the Stampeders’ lopsided 60-1 home win over Hamilton.

“I’ve been on the other side of a return for a touchdown,” Finch said. “When that happens, your whole stomach and everything deflates and you’re like, ‘Shoot, we’re in a hole.’

“It was a close game at the time and I knew if I got a big play for my team it would deflate (Toronto) a lot emotionally. It’s hard to come back from that but that’s what you have to do when you’re a playmaker.”

It was sweet redemption for Finch, who fumbled a punt in the first quarter, setting up Ricky Ray’s 10-yard TD strike to S.J. Green that opened the scoring at 4:06.

“When you do something like that your confidence level has to be very high to bounce back and have a great game,” Finch said. “I’m just happy my teammates rallied around me and kept fighting for me because they know I’ll fight for them.”

Playing twice in five nights didn’t stop Calgary from earning its seventh straight win over Toronto and third consecutive victory overall. Mitchell also improved to 7-0 against the Argos and 48-8-2 overall as a CFL starter.

Calgary is 29-6-2 versus East teams since 2013. After scoring 101 points in their last two games, the Stampeders will have some time off, returning to action Aug. 18 versus the B.C. Lions.

“It was a big win for us, the last two actually,” said Calgary head coach Dave Dickenson. “You’ve got to stay in the area code of Edmonton, they’re playing well.

“I do feel like we’re in a good spot. Not exactly where we want to be but I think this is a great start to the season and hopefully we can build on it.”

Toronto (3-4) played its third game in 11 nights (1-2 over that stretch). Ray was 15-of-26 passing for 139 yards with a TD and interception before sustaining a shoulder injury in the second half.

Ray, who missed 15 games in 2015 recovering from shoulder surgery, spoke little about his injury but was hopeful it was only a bruise the result of being hit by a helmet. Ray failed to pass for 300-plus yards for the first time this season and fell to 2-5 in his seven Toronto starts versus Calgary.

The Argos remain atop the East Division thanks to being 3-0 within the conference. But they’re 0-4 against West Division teams and have just two wins in their last 13 contests versus Western clubs.

Fortunately for Toronto, its next two games are against the Montreal Alouettes. But that was of little solace to head coach Marc Trestman.

“We certainly didn’t play well in any phase,” said Trestman. “We know we have it in us but we certainly didn’t show it tonight.

Messam had Calgary’s other touchdown. Rene Paredes booted five converts and two field goals.

Cody Fajardo scored Toronto’s other TD. Anthony Coombs had a two-point convert while Hajrullahu kicked a convert and three field goals.

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88 Comments on Bo Levi Mitchell, Roy Finch lead Stampeders to convincing victory over Argos

  1. mrincomprehensible // August 3, 2017 at 11:47 pm //

    Let’s hope all the injured are able to return to the field of play by next week. Unfortunately the argos need more than a healthy Ray to win in the west against anybody.
    Kudos to the stamps once more. Really looking forward to labour day to end the controversy re stamps or esks being #1.

  2. Hors E Power // August 3, 2017 at 11:53 pm //

    Here’s the thing:
    As good as Calgary is they are only going to get better. Branden Smith is back and Quinn Smith, Deron Mayo and Jr Turner are all off the 6 game IR. There will be some fierce competition in practice given how good the 2nd/3rd stringers have been, competition makes you even better. There is going to be a few very good/undeserving cuts coming down.
    Here’s the other thing:
    Calgary has a front heavy road schedule. We are 5-1-1 and already played in Toronto, already played in Ottawa and already played in Montreal, in fact we have already played our one and only game in Winnipeg. Save for a mid October trek to Hamilton this team only has short trips to Regina, Edmonton and Vancouver. OH! and another yet to be booked return to Ottawa with any luck.

    • dangnabbit // August 4, 2017 at 1:08 am //

      Calgary’s O-line did not play as well tonight as I’ve come to expect from them. Very frequently Mitchell would be sacked or pressured, or Messam would have no hole to run through. It’s not a disaster yet, but it’s something for the team should be concerned about, enough to address it in practice before the schedule gets really tough.

      To your scheduling comment: Calgary’s got the second-most front-heavy road schedule, if you define it as the difference between the average date of a road game and average date of a home game. Calgary is at -11 days; only BC has a more severe schedule at -15. On the flip side, Montreal’s calendar has their home games early by about +14 days and Ottawa at +9. Everybody else is within a week of zero.

      The real concern for me is the divisional games. Calgary has played every team in the East, and the worst two teams in the West. But their next five games comprise two each against Edmonton and BC, plus one more against Toronto (who is still first in the East even if the Stamps dismantled them tonight). I’m not going to rest easy until I see them rise to that challenge – beating up on the East just doesn’t cut it.

      • Hors E Power // August 4, 2017 at 1:18 am //

        Yep mid August to Mid September we have BC twice and Edmonton twice. That will decide a lot. Yes o-line was porous at times but Toronto has a very good front 7. Score would suggest it was irrelevant, Bo completed 80% of his passes and 3 TDS no picks. Messam had a solid 76 yards rushing on only 10 carries

        • George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 10:12 am //

          Mitchell had no picks, but there were a couple of “almost” picks that were just lucky enough to have been missed (or recalled on penalty, IIRC).

      • Red&White Forever // August 4, 2017 at 1:24 am //

        I think that’s the really scary thing about the Stamps: they’re already pretty good, but there is room for improvement. That’s a good thing.

        • George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 10:35 am //

          And even more importantly, the Stampeders themselves recognize that they have room to improve.

          • Hors E Power // August 4, 2017 at 11:17 am //

            Very True
            When Dave Dickensen tells his team they have to play better after a 60-1 win you know complacency is not going to set in.

  3. Turning point of the game was the punt return for a touchdown. A holding penalty missed by the officials got it all going.

    • Hors E Power // August 4, 2017 at 12:25 am //

      So if Calgary was called on your supposed penalty you think the story would be different tonight? Please explain. Calgary beat them left, right and centre

    • Just watched the Finch return in the news Chill….you are absolutely right. 85 Begelton did everything but propose to 25 Webster on the Finch return. He even looked right at the ref to see if he was going to call him !

      • Hors E Power // August 4, 2017 at 3:31 am //

        so again . i’ll ask the question. Do you think that would have really made a difference tonight?

        • It was a momentum changer

          • George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 11:40 am //

            Weaksauce. Anyone who uses a single ref call or “momentum” as an excuse deserves to lose every game they play. Blame things out of your control, you can’t find anything to fix. Look inward at your lack of skill or execution, then you can find things to improve upon.

    • George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 10:43 am //

      Completely changed the game. The win is totally on the refs and not, say, on the players for being disciplined enough to play the other 59.5 minutes of the game.

  4. Hors E Power // August 3, 2017 at 11:59 pm //

    I’m in a great mood tonight obviously. I am inviting the haters to give me one good argument as to why the Stamps aren’t the best team in the league..

    • They haven’t played the first place team yet

      • mrincomprehensible // August 4, 2017 at 12:07 am //

        Agreed! Even our lowly riders have beat the cats and argos. EE still going to be the test for all western teams.

      • Hors E Power // August 4, 2017 at 12:11 am //

        True, but would you bet against us?

      • Hors E Power // August 4, 2017 at 12:24 am //

        So you’re saying Calgary didn’t beat the Riders bad enough? 27-10?

        • Dr.Wilson // August 4, 2017 at 2:54 am //

          Tell me… does a 17 point margin of victory over the Riders feel different from a 17 point margin of victory over the Argos? How would you describe the quality of each of those wins?

      • dangnabbit // August 4, 2017 at 1:11 am //

        The Stampeders *are* the first place team. 11 points in the standings to Edmonton’s 10.

        Something something games in hand? Is that what you were gonna say?

        • George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 10:17 am //

          I’m not sure how the terminology of “games in hand” works (is it Calgary or Edmonton who have two games in hand? The way they say it on the radio, I assume GIH means “games yet to be played”, so it would be Edmonton with two in hand).

          Aaaaanyway. Edmonton only played five games, Calgary played 7. Calgary has a bye next week, and Edmonton plays tonight and “should” get two more points out of it.

          • Hors E Power // August 4, 2017 at 11:32 am //

            Edmonton is potentially 3 points ahead of Calgary by virtue of that 2 game advantage. In reality Calgary is 1 point ahead this morning. By this time next week the 2 game advantage will be gone and Edmonton really needs to win them.

          • George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 11:49 am //

            Realistically, we aren’t going to catch Edmonton before Labour day, and even then, we’ll only catch them if we actually beat them.

          • dangnabbit // August 4, 2017 at 2:07 pm //

            You’re exactly right. I just mentioned it to preempt the “no because Edmonton has games in hand, you idiot” counterarguments – at time of writing, Calgary is first in the standings; games in hand aren’t factored in.

          • George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 2:19 pm //

            “at time of writing, Calgary is first in the standings; games in hand aren’t factored in.”

            Well, I guess that’s true, but it just sounds a lot like you’re trying to pre-empt one technicality by focusing on another. In the grand scheme of things, the standings themselves don’t matter until the season is over anyway.

            The only purpose the standings serve right now is to get us fans talking about who is really a better team than who else at this point in the season. Trying to argue that the standings matter without putting that argument into context (and that context absolutely includes the fact that one team played more games than another), is nothing more than statistical cherry-picking.

            As they say, the problem with statistics is that most people like to use them the same way that a drunk uses a street light – for support rather than illumination.

    • George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 10:14 am //

      We haven’t played BC or Edmonton yet. I think we could win both. But we also may not. Either way, those games are going to be fantastic.

  5. Hors E Power // August 4, 2017 at 12:15 am //

    Looking forward to labor day, but lots can change between now and then

  6. Hors E Power // August 4, 2017 at 12:21 am //

    If Edmonton doesn’t beat Hamilton very decidedly tomorrow Calgary should be #1 in next weeks power rankings

    • In my opinion – until Edmonton loses they are #1. As you always say…you have to beat the best to be the best

      • Hors E Power // August 4, 2017 at 12:30 am //

        fair enough

      • Red&White Forever // August 4, 2017 at 1:17 am //

        Yep. Agreed. I’m not worried tho. Edmonton can have first place and the top of the power rankings (who cares about power rankings anyway? They’re only an opinion. Only the standings count) in August, as long as it’s the Stamps at the top when it actually counts at the end of the season.

    • Dr.Wilson // August 4, 2017 at 2:57 am //

      Tell me more about your investment in the “Power Rankings”. When Calgary climbs higher in the “Power Rankings”, do you climb higher in your own “Power Rankings”? What about when Calgary isn’t at the top of the “Power Rankings”… how do you respond?

      • Hors E Power // August 4, 2017 at 3:25 am //

        Probbaly not as good as you feel moving way up into the coveted 6th spot!

      • Red&White Forever // August 4, 2017 at 11:12 am //

        I think I was pretty clear. Power rankings are an opinion. I don’t care who is at the top of them. Standings are all that ACTUALLY matter.

  7. Whatever hors e..the stamps have not beaten anyone with a winning record you only beat the riders by 10 points..if winnipeg didn’t self destruct they would of won that game..you tied and beat Ottawa by 4 points ..best team in the league my ass…you have not played edmonton yet or bc..keep in mind despite edmonton injuries they are still undefeated and those players by the time labour day comes will be off the six game and edmonton will be better then they are now.

    The only reason you beat Toronto is because ray got hurt again…best team in the league my ass…you keep thinking that

    • I agree with most coach – but I think the game was out of reach by the time Ray went out ? Mind you, Ray has talent and this is the CFL

    • Hors E Power // August 4, 2017 at 1:02 am //

      I believe we beat the riders by 17 points
      WOW you have an answer for everything! So basically Calgary is the luckiest team in pro sports. We just happen to play teams on nights where these pros happen to fold tent and mysteriously “give up” for the only time in history.
      Or we’re no good because we don’t win by enough!

      You know, every time I hear this rhetoric from Rider fans I’m reminded of a Simpsons episode from years ago when the show was still good. I believe it was the one where Burns met his long lost son played by Rodney Dangerfield. Anyways it starts with a beautiful fall country scene and burns heading back to Springfield in his private luxury train car after watching his Alma mater Yale play a big game against rival Harvard. He says: “Honestly Smithers, I don’t know why Harvard bothers to show up. They barely even won !”

      • Not luckiest….they have talent. Certainly cockiest

        • George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 11:43 am //

          Nothing wrong with being cocky as long as you can back it up with play on the field. Case in point – the Hughes/Dennis mini-drama a couple of weeks ago.

          • Hors E Power // August 4, 2017 at 2:24 pm //

            Riders are now stuck with the worlds most expensive pylon.

          • George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 2:54 pm //

            I won’t dispute that Derek Dennis is a pretty good O-Lineman. In fact, I won’t dispute that he’s the best O-Lineman in the league.

            Saskatchewan didn’t make a mistake signing him, but they did overpay for him. If it wasn’t Sask, any other team would have done the same (he had multiple offers and was looking for the highest bidder).

            The mistake was doing so without dealing with their quarterback depth problem. The money they saved on Durant really should have been ear-marked for a quarterback instead of a American O-Lineman.

        • White Horse // August 4, 2017 at 6:01 pm //

          This issue of Derrick Dennis jumping the Stamps ship? If you were playing pro ball, would you go for more money on another team or take the same pay again just to be on a GREY CUP contender which includes playoff money etc? Dennis made the Stamps look good and the Stamps made Dennis look good. What does Dennis look like now playing on a marginal contender for his NFL chances?

          • George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 6:20 pm //

            Real money has a lot more spending power than potential money. I’d have probably done the same thing in Dennis’ shoes.

      • Dr.Wilson // August 4, 2017 at 3:04 am //

        You seem frustrated by the lack of validation offered by fans of the Roughriders. Do you think they are aware of the frustration they make you feel with their insensitive comments, or do they fail to even notice the way it makes you feel? How would you change their comments, if you could?

        • Priceless doc

        • Hors E Power // August 4, 2017 at 3:17 am //

          If you think I don’t realize they try to get a rise out of me of course I do. It’s very obvious. I simply don’t care. I will not respect those who do not respect me.
          I think I can stimulate a rise pretty well too cyber Dr Wilson

    • George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 10:20 am //

      “The only reason you beat Toronto is because ray got hurt again”

      Funny, because I’m pretty sure Ray was hurt late in the game, when the score was already lopsided. Are you saying that the Argos saw the future and had a premonition about Ray’s injury, so the whole team decided not to play? Or is it those football gods playing games again?

  8. I’m not so sure about Edmonton. They have 18 on the 6 game injured & besides White, Sherritt & Greenwood, a few others are gone for the year. The Esks have done extremely well dealing with it but how long can it go on? They’re down 2 OL, on their 3rd string RB, 4th string LB & lost another 6 players last game. The loss of Colquhoun necessitated a ratio change. They’re without the league’s most accurate kicker last year, their LS & Bowman, the best receiver the past 3 years. I don’t know how long they can continue along before some losses start piling up. If they continue to win & are in position to challenge for 1st on Labour Day, they are one of the stories of the year. That DL, Reilly & the receivers have been outstanding this year piling up the W’s if not the score.

  9. pantsonfire // August 4, 2017 at 1:38 am //

    For as often as Calgary wins, it’s not luck. As for the cockiest, no one talks bigger than Rider fans & has less wins to show for it. The Riders have beaten two teams from the East. The last win spawned no less than 6 articles from the local paper about “the catch”. Settle down, people.

  10. Hors E Power // August 4, 2017 at 3:20 am //

    1 catch and Carter is the greatest player of all time. Funny thing. I saw 2 brand new Carter jerseys in Calgary today…. man rider fans must have strong legs to jump on the band wagon so fast

    • George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 10:08 am //

      FFS Horsie – can you please “not” encourage fans from the second-most irrelevant team in the league to come into an article that has absolutely nothing to do with their team? Just once?

  11. cvmurrieta // August 4, 2017 at 9:22 am //

    The Stamps were definitely dominant against the Argos last night. With a little luck, Hamilton can still catch up to Toronto and the rest of the East.

  12. George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 10:07 am //

    When Fajardo came on, one of the TSN announcers said that Toronto doesn’t give any practice reps to their backup QB.

    How on earth is that even a thing in professional football?

    How on earth is that even a thing in professional football when talking about the most important position on the team?

    How on earth is that even a thing in professional football when talking about the most important position on the team when the starter is in his late 30s and has been injured almost every season for the past four years?

    • justforkicks // August 4, 2017 at 10:34 am //

      No kidding! I heard that too and the same thoughts went through my head. Talk about all your eggs in one basket. It showed immediately as well. Not that things were going to change much at that point anyway.

      • Was it Rod Black who made that statement by chance ? He doesn’t know his ass from page 4…should stick to figure skating

        • George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 11:46 am //

          “Was it Rod Black who made that statement by chance ? He doesn’t know his ass from page 4…should stick to figure skating”

          Well, it was either Blank or Ford who said it, but in this case it really doesn’t matter. They were just relaying what they saw at practice and what the Argos coaches told them – that they don’t give the backup QB reps. This is a lack of football smarts on the part of the Argos coaching staff, not the TSN announcers.

        • George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 1:09 pm //

          He had a couple of good throws, and he did score, so I’ll give him that. He just seemed to run a lot more than he needed to, and I really think it is because his lack of practice meant he didn’t really know where he was going with the playbook. I know the TSN announcers were saying that he was known as a running QB, but a QB running should still take a back seat to throwing or at least handing off to the actual running back.

        • White Horse // August 4, 2017 at 5:26 pm //

          Does anyone believe that Trestman won’t give his back up QB reps in practice?
          Get real!

          • George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 6:26 pm //

            Well, hopefully that won’t be the case now, but the way it was reported on TSN, it sounds like that was directly from the mouth of the Argos’ coaches.

            I was more than a little gobsmacked at that, to be sure.

      • Hors E Power // August 4, 2017 at 11:46 am //

        Well I will say he played admirably. Although he was playing in junk time

  13. pantsonfire // August 4, 2017 at 10:08 am //

    Hamilton has been bad & Edmonton good BUT the Esks have 20 players on the injured list. White, Greenwood & Sherritt aren’t the only ones gone for the year but Maas isn’t disclosing who else is not returning. With Colquhoun on the 6 game, they’ve had to change the ratio, so Williams sits. No offence, Horsie, but if Edmonton wins, still 3 points behind Edmonton so effectively need 2 wins to take 1st. Rating lopsided wins as “better” is like rating close “losses”. It is zero indication of Stamps performance vs Esks or BC. Now, if Edm loses to Hamilton (& I think the game will be close due to all the 1st year players in the Esk lineup) maybe you have an argument. There’s a lot to be said for teams winning close games with the game on the line.

    • George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 10:33 am //

      “Esks have 20 players on the injured list.”

      Talking to Stampeder fans about injuries is a bit cute, pantsy. Calgary’s been dealing with injuries since the beginning of the season and every game seems to bring with it new names that most CFL fans have never heard before (last night, it was Begelton, the week before it was Milanovic-Litre, before that it was Vaughters. Michel, Levels, Thurman..)

      Don’t let injuries be an excuse. BC is playing with their backup/starting quarterback, Eskimos and Stampeders are playing with their practice roster players. All three are considered the best teams in the league. There needs to be no qualifiers behind that.

      If the Eskimos lose to Hamilton, it is because they haven’t developed their depth players as well as they should have. This is one of many aspects that defines a “better” team. Either Edmonton is a “better” team than all others, or they are not.

      • White Horse // August 4, 2017 at 5:46 pm //

        Very good thoughts George…you must be sober!
        The Stamps season started with 6 starters on the 6 game IL from the previous season.
        Huff mantra is to cover your ass with both hands starting with the off season. His son is the USA college and NFL scout. He has his ducks in a row.

  14. StampsFan // August 4, 2017 at 10:36 am //

    I loved the new challenge rules. It was great to watch a game without numerous delays to see if a player 30 yards away from the play had barely touched a receiver. Also it was great not seeing the command center totally miss what the video replay showed!

    • George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 10:50 am //

      I gotta agree. Was nice to get the one and only challenge flag out of the way early and then watch the game actually get played on the field.

    • Totally agree. It’s like without the opportunity of 3 potential challenges they went back to playing football. With the exception of the TO challenge. Not sure how TO ever thought tha pi would ever get overturned

    • Hors E Power // August 4, 2017 at 11:48 am //

      It was only good because there weren’t any controversial plays

  15. Jake E Snake // August 4, 2017 at 11:14 am //

    Hmm Horsey well the Stamps aren’t the best team in the league because unlike Edmonton they aren’t undefeated! Just saying!

  16. Have to agree. You can’t say Stamps are better Stampland just because they win by more. If you bring up the 15-2-1 record as evidence of Stamps as best team last year than 0 losses trumps a loss & a tie. The loss was vs a division who is 1-13 in other games vs West. If you want to overvalue big wins vs close wins & say this offsets the loss & tie, point differential means squat. The +217 Stamps found that out playing the -12 RedBlacks for the GC. At this early stage in the season you gotta go with their records, ESPECIALLY if one team already has a loss & a tie vs an undefeated team. If Esks lose tonight, which they could, you may have an argument. But it is generally conceded Stamps, Esks & BC are the cream of the CFL so if you want to argue that, OK. Stamps have been beating up on everyone else whereas Esks, whether they have won close or not, have already got the season series from 1 of the top 3. I don’t know how a team with 3 lost points trumps a team with no losses at this point who’ve actually played 1 of the top 3?

    • Hors E Power // August 4, 2017 at 2:56 pm //

      Yeah that’s all valid E W. You’re not wrong. I just think with the dominance you could make a case.
      Power Ranking are very much based on the “right now” what teams have done most recently. I would say the last 3weeks no one has been more dominant than the Stampeders.
      Look at last year, From week 5 through division finals Calgary was #1. Yet after Grey Cup Ottawa was ranked 1. Does anyone think Ottawa was really better than Calgary? No way! Calgary finished 16-3-1 Ottawa was 10-9-1. All it took was that one game for Ottawa to ascend.

      • George Porge // August 4, 2017 at 6:37 pm //

        “Power Ranking are very much based on the “right now” what teams have done most recently. I would say the last 3weeks no one has been more dominant than the Stampeders.”

        Well, really they are supposed to be a prediction of what the upcoming games are going to be like, though it seems like most places don’t really analyze opponents or team injuries enough when compiling them. So in a practical sense you are correct.

        I would say that, given the injuries the Esks now sustained, they should have probably fallen in the power rankings. Especially since one of those injuries is to the highest-scoring player on any team (the place-kicker – and in the Esks case, the league’s best place-kicker). However, they are playing a heavily deflated Hamilton team this week, which, by all accounts, should mean an easy two points, so that should balance some of the analysis out a bit.

        Calgary, by contrast, now has a bye week, and then some pretty hard opponents coming up. Until we get through those games, I can’t see us ascending the power rankings. Especially if we, too, keep losing players like we have been. Thus, keeping the status quo (EDM=1, CGY=2) really makes the most sense.

  17. Stampland, I’m not disagreeing with you one bit. Stamps WERE the best team last year. I’d defend that to anyone. It’s a shame that the good season is lost in the fact they lost the one game that counts in people’s mind. I follow the Riders but am not a fan of the current regime. But to bring up the Esks once more, when was the last time the 16-2 team was mentioned? When the Stamps were chasing that mark. Otherwise that great season is pretty much forgotten. And that’s the real sad thing about losing the Cup last year. Outside of a few who care about those things that season is lost. I don’t consider the Stamps chokers at all. Who choked when the Bombers were up with 15 seconds left & Stamps on their own 29? Who choked when BC was up by 2 scores with minutes left? Who choked in a tie game with zeroes on the clock in Edmonton & Whyte out to kick the winning field goal? Those were all wins by Calgary. So yeah, Ottawa on the day had a hot Burris & Mitchell had a rare off day & the Stamps still almost pulled it out.

  18. Red&White Forever // August 4, 2017 at 4:43 pm //

    So, what would you prefer? 9 home games where you watched your team win every one and were sent home happy, an exciting season that went right down to the wire for the best record EVER, and a shot at Grey Cup glory, or 5-13, disappointment on almost every night, home or away? Yeah, losing the GC last year sucked, but that doesn’t wipe away all the good that happened for Stamps fans.

  19. Hors E Power // August 4, 2017 at 6:23 pm //

    Stamps will clearly finish in the top 3 in the west. Probably top 2. We will have a playoff run and home playoff game probably. How do rider fans feel about there playoff changes right now?
    The point is Calgary has hope, anticipation and the excitement of having a great and getting better team that has outscored their opponents 128-35 in the last 3. Riders hope is fading fast.
    It’s easy to look back during the long winter days of Januray and February and say “who cares you didn’t win the cup so whats the difference between being 15-2-1 and 5-13?”. The difference is the right now 🙂

  20. Tramps choked. Period . That’s Wallys legacy. And apparently Dickenson was his star pupil. Of all the years Wally had great teams in both Cowtown and BC his teams crumbled under pressure. Hell of a regular season coach but a lot of his teams fell face first in the playoffs. And tramps fans accept this as success, well I for one hope that you have all of the success in the world. Lol. GO ESKS GO.

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