Stampeders pull away as late interception sinks Ticats

After settling for field goals, the Calgary Stampeders finally broke through with fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 28-14 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday.

Calgary’s first five trips to the red zone – within 20 yards of the goal line – yielded four field goals and an interception.

But quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Kamar Jorden and Don Jackson rushed for a 44-yard touchdown in the final quarter.

Terry Williams and Jackson both ran for two-point converts for the hosts in the season-opener for both CFL teams.

“When you settle for field goals, you get a little nervous,” Calgary head coach Dave Dickenson said. “You really do because you’re missing opportunities to really put a gap between you and the opponent.

“It was a grind. It’s early season. I don’t think it’s always going to be pretty.

“The team we played is a good football team and it’s going to be a team that’s going to win a lot of games, so for us to grind it out at home in a hard-fought game, that says a lot about our guys.”

Rene Paredes kicked field goals from 22, 17, 29 and 19 yards in front of an announced 23,717 at McMahon Stadium.

Hamilton quarterback Jeremiah Masoli rushed for a touchdown.

Lirim Hajrullahu kicked field goals from 41 and 43 yards for the Tiger-Cats, who have lost 13 in a row to the Stampeders. Hamilton’s last win at McMahon was in 2004.

Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel did not see action as Masoli’s backup, so Manziel’s CFL debut will have to wait.

Masoli moved the Hamilton offence efficiently with an 82 per cent completion rate in the first half and 69 per cent overall. But the Ticats also struggled to finish drives.

“We just had a bunch of missed opportunities,” Masoli said. “We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot. Against a team like this, you can’t do that.”

Trailing by a touchdown with less than two minutes remaining in the game, the Ticats were on the march to Calgary’s end zone when veteran Calgary defensive back Brandon Smith intercepted Masoli.

“We had the ball with a chance to score at the end to win,” Masoli said. “You can’t throw a pick like that. That’s on me.”

Masoli completed 25 of 36 passes for 344 yards. Mitchell was 17-for-32 for 297 yards and was intercepted once.

“Ultimately it’s a Week 1 win that we grinded away and made the plays when we had to,” Mitchell said.

“We understand what it is and the monster we are in, which is an 18-game season, so we have time to put it together.”

Kickoff was under cloudy skies and a temperature of 12 degrees with a shower moving through late in the third quarter.

When reporters crowded around Calgary receiver Juwan Brescacin in the Stampeders locker room post-game, his teammates roared their approval.

Brescacin’s one-handed catch in the air for a 42-yard-play in the second quarter was a highlight-reel grab.

https://twitter.com/TSN_Sports/status/1008140156543688709

“It should be in the top-10 catches of the year,” Smith said.

Emmanual Davis, who spent the last five seasons in Hamilton, and middle linebacker Alex Singleton, the CFL’s defensive player of the year in 2017, led Calgary in tackles with eight apiece.

Cornerback Patrick Levels had three knockdowns.

Hamilton (41) and Calgary (40) rank first and second in the CFL in the number of returning players from last season.

Hamilton is in Edmonton to take on the Eskimos on Friday. The Stampeders are on the road against the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday.

– CP

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181 Comments on Stampeders pull away as late interception sinks Ticats

  1. This score flattered Hamilton. They’re a terrible football team.

    Jer Masoli with a catastrophic INT to seal the game. This guy is not a pro level starting QB.

    Calgary played a lazy game and Levi Mitchell was especially bad with his off target throws.

    But against a mediocre bottom feeder like Hamilton it was still a comfortable win for the Stamps.

    • A51 is a dbag // June 16, 2018 at 10:30 pm //

      Losing to the Riders must really sting for you.

      • The Argos have already clinched a home playoff game, so losing to Regina was totally inconsequential.

        • Philski // June 17, 2018 at 2:54 am //

          Didn’t know the other 3 East team’s have folded, leaving only Toronto in the division. When did this happen?

        • A51 is a dbag // June 17, 2018 at 8:05 am //

          There you go, back to your amazing analytics, or maybe it was something you picked up from the gametape.
          Go to church with your mom, enjoy the day, stop wasting pixels on here.

      • Philski // June 17, 2018 at 2:31 am //

        More like losing to a 100 year old QB.

    • Peter North // June 16, 2018 at 10:42 pm //

      The Argos are garbage as well, just like the rest of the East. I mean, if you to lose to a Zach Collaros led team you might as well fold up shop.

      That’s embarrassing.

      • Philski // June 17, 2018 at 2:52 am //

        Argo’s owner should offer free paper bags for all to go around.

        • Would the paper bags have a logo printed on them? Perhaps a 2017 Grey Cup Champion logo? The Cats could try the same idea but instead have a picture of Prince celebrating the late 90’s!!!

      • 2017 Grey Cup Champion Argonauts – how sweet it is!!!

    • Philski // June 17, 2018 at 2:49 am //

      Hmm. Masoli completed nearly 70% of his passes, compared to Mitchell’s sub .500 performance, had more yards passing and more completions as well. I think it’s time for you to go back to the bar and have another gin…then try commenting again…or better still wait until you sober up.

  2. I never thought I would ever agree with areA 51 but Masoli has to go Bring on Jon Jon Foosball.

  3. Peter North // June 16, 2018 at 10:29 pm //

    New season, same old Masoli.

  4. What a horribly written article.

  5. And decision by Masoli. But Leonard got burned all night so they need some re thinking in the backfield. The officiating is just as terrible as always Bradbury is awful

    • Philski // June 17, 2018 at 3:06 am //

      Hard to beat a team with the ref’s in their back pocket…and the Stumps have that distinction hands down. PI call on Unamba in the 4th was horrible. That ref needs to be sent back to officiating school and be told that a DB has EVERY RIGHT to go for the ball as a receiver. But Daniels did his best whinny little kiddie impression and drew the flag.

  6. Masoli is not a finisher. Lot of yards in 3 quarters but not the finishing touchdowns.
    Manziel may not be fully ready at this time but I can Assure you playing with starting offensive line and starting receivers he would have had more than 11
    points after 3 quarters in this game.

  7. I just call it as I see it, my friends.

    When I explain to you that a guy is garbage, you can be pretty certain that he’s terrible.

    And when I point out that a guy has game, you can be pretty certain that he’s going to produce at a high level.

    • 5.1”. Boy you are your own biggest fan.

    • we as a community really need you, my friend. you are a savage teller of truths!

    • And what kind of career has johnny had. NFL 7 touchdowns 7 interceptions 7 fumbles 57.4 completion percentage and 74.5 passer rating, all star yup you know it all!!!

    • Philski // June 17, 2018 at 3:10 am //

      Like your 100 year old QB? Yeah, right…whatever you say.

      • Ray – 4 Grey Cups. The last one? Ouch, 2017!!! The gift that keeps on giving!!!

  8. All BS comments above! I was under the impression the Ti-Cats weren’t in their league. That was proven false.
    The while team played well! Jones and Glanville surely have the team going in the right direction.
    To say that Madoli was bad is being VERY disengenuous!!

    Played very well! This puts teams on notice in my opinion, laugh all you want. Tremendous progress is being made with the Ti-Cats!!

  9. Sorry for typos, phone.

    • Ray Jay Johnson II // June 17, 2018 at 9:02 am //

      Playing well dose not necessarily when you games
      Plus 3 Turnover 2 By the QB I hear Pillsbury is looking to become a sponsor of the ticats Turnovers the the desert of the Hamilton tiger-cats

  10. World champs // June 16, 2018 at 10:44 pm //

    Duron will have a hard time time making the catch of the year…..Bracacins 1 hander will be hard to beat

    • longtimetcfan // June 16, 2018 at 11:00 pm //

      There should have been offensive PI called as the receiver clearly pushed off the db at the high point of their jump. The end zone tv shot from behind the Stamps offence is the most clear. The defensive PI call on Unamba was also weak and rather questionable.

      • Longtime. None of the PI’s should have been called. DB’s competing for the ball should not be called.

        • longtimetcfan // June 17, 2018 at 5:55 pm //

          Thanks for admitting a blown offensive PI call, not that it helps any.

          Along with what looked like interference/obstruction on the Stamps punt fumble (3rd quarter?) when a Stamps blocker hooked/held a downfield TiCat, preventing a clear shot at a loose ball. Such interference is supposed to be a penalty. 7 blind refs… 7 blind refs… see how they run…

    • Lancaster/Reed // June 16, 2018 at 11:20 pm //

      Yes, that was an outstanding catch, and should definitely be in the running for best catch. Btw, what world champs are you referring to? Most recent world champ is Sweden. Is that your team?

    • Considering he pushed off to make the grab and our superb officials missed another one. That makes it a great catch???

      • Philski // June 17, 2018 at 3:15 am //

        TC’s get hosed by refs when playing against the Stumps – what else is new? I’m just surprised this smoke and mirrors charade has lasted so long. But if I’m officiating in a dump like McMahon I can see why they may be intimidated and subjective.

        • longtimetcfan // June 17, 2018 at 8:11 am //

          Even the blocking penalty on the punt return for the TiCat TD was iffy. The replay from the end zone shows the official who called the penalty initially hesitated for a few seconds before holding onto the flag as if unsure whether to throw it, then eventually throwing the flag. As if waiting to see if the play would be “successful” or not and whether a need to call it or not.

  11. For the Cats, some of the little guys got to go, on offence and defence.Unfortunately,in football stature many times is critical over heart.On the offence, Masoli,Saunders,Tasker and Jones looked good. The defence was solid.

  12. World champs // June 16, 2018 at 10:50 pm //

    Stamps win like always

  13. Another ‘ref’ driven win for Stampeders

  14. Ari Katz // June 16, 2018 at 11:01 pm //

    Agree with Texan but when a quarterback goes cold , you have to change pace and give your team a real lift on both sides of the ball and this could have been accomplished by bringing in a Texan at the srtart of the 4rth quarter. Most coaches in the CFL, pull out all stops to win a game. I don’t understand our coaching quarterback mentality in Hamilton, why we would not something like this? Games like this come back to haunt you especially a game that easily could have been won. Coach Jones should know better than waisting a PI challenge. Masoli made a couple of mental mistakes in this game but Coach Jones also made some mental mistakes and it is these mistakes which cost us this game.

    • Johnny is NOT ready to start or even come in in the fourth as a change of pace. Even HE knows that he’s not ready to be playing, especially against a team like Calgary.

      Overall Masoli played decently but yes he had a mental mistake with that late interception. There were mistakes made by some of the young players in the secondary too and the Rice holding penalty probably cost them points. They have things to build on and as long as they continue to show progress and learn from their mistakes, they’ll be fine.

  15. Where's Shultz? // June 16, 2018 at 11:03 pm //

    Game was closer than I thought it would be. Bo was real rusty on his long throws. Masoli wasn’t great but played a pretty decent game until the last INT.

    • MR. Green // June 16, 2018 at 11:14 pm //

      I agree. Offences usually start the season slow. Masolli played OK. That was a big mistake he will learn from. He knows he should have threw it away right when it left his hand and just went to 2nd down. You know Bo will start connecting on some of those misses.
      There were some weak PI calls.

  16. For Johnny the Cats must get some tall receivers in the game like Darel Walker, like Manziel had in college; or you just deflate his image – rapidly.

  17. Gotta say, bottomline a SOLID team effort!
    Especially compared to last year’s route.
    Many positives, especially the defense. I was expecting a surgeon (Mitchell) to tear them apart. Glanville ain’t been around this long for nothing. His defense made Mitchell look less than pedestrian.
    Masoli was solid. Of course he got cold, as others do, but he was riding a hot hand. Hard to say he didn’t leave it all out there.

    No mistake, I’m a JFF fan, but this was not on Masoli!

    I have become a Ti-Cats fan, i see much improvement moving forward.

    • I agree Texan. What I would like to see is Johnny get some planned game reps to get him more comfortable. Even to change things up then put Masoli back in.

  18. Lancaster/Reed // June 16, 2018 at 11:15 pm //

    Bo Levi did not look good tonite. 47% completion rate, 73 efficiency rating, another “throw it up and hope a receiver makes a play” interception. Is he really 100% healthy? Even in the taped interview he looked gaunt and sickly.

    • Agreed – his receivers extended drives on more than one occasion when they caught horribly thrown balls.

    • Puck Hog // June 16, 2018 at 11:32 pm //

      Yes, there were three times that the dB mis-timed their jumps which otherwise would have been interceptions. Those 50/50 tosses have a way of evening out over time.

    • Equine Excellence // June 17, 2018 at 12:31 am //

      Yeah his efficiency wasn’t great, but he was close on a couple long throws. Completed nearly as many as Zach last night and had nearly 100 yards more!.
      Calgary scored the TD’s when they needed to at the end. That’s what good teams do.
      Work to be down for sure, but for early season game it was fine,

      • Lancaster/Reed // June 17, 2018 at 12:46 am //

        Lmfao. Completed NEARLY as many as Zach. Sure, with 11 more attempts, he completed NEARLY as many as Zach.

        • 23/34 – you ever wonder what the hell he says/does in order to get back on here so quickly ?

          Has to be a staffer. Maybe that red headed stepchild that writes on here.

          • Lancaster/Reed // June 17, 2018 at 1:51 am //

            Yup, if he’s not a staffer, and I don’t think he is, then he changes his email address and changes his IP address as well. Since he doesn’t have a life, he has plenty of time to do both of those thing daily if necessary. And as a sociopath, he doesn’t see a problem with coming back despite been banned multiple times.

          • Mind boggling really. Like the guy who shows up at the party he wasn’t invited to, with no food or drink.

        • Look at the difficulty of the throws Bo was attempting compared to Zack last night

          • Lancaster/Reed // June 17, 2018 at 2:14 am //

            The difficulty level was right up there with his last throw in the 2018 Grey Cup. I can’t recall. How did that throw work out for Bo?

    • Red&White Forever // June 17, 2018 at 10:50 am //

      Yeah, but he still did what Bo does: Win.

  19. The comment about JFF needing TALL recievers is totally void of any kind of football knowledge of his history.

  20. Bart Andrus 2nd down Pinter // June 16, 2018 at 11:48 pm //

    Masoli showed some great athletic skills. His ability to extend plays with his legs and his arm strength are unquestionably good. But the problem is he relies on those to get him out of trouble.
    The tiger cats defense looks good
    Calgary is a defensive based team as well this year. Bo is the winner but the defense won them the game. The stamps offence looked disorganized. Though there were some highlight plays, the plays are caused by bad reads, bad throws, and bad judgment.
    If Bo makes those plays against Edmonton or Winnipeg its a blow out.

  21. Texan… your positivity is big as the state of Texas. But don’t be a Pollyanna. He needs to throw that last ball away and have another go. But…He already knows that.

  22. Unseld, I agree, don’t get me wrong he should have. His performance though in my opinion exceeded that of Mitchell.
    He has the tools, I guess after watching last years initial performance, I like how the team is melding or coming together.

  23. True Green // June 17, 2018 at 12:16 am //

    Weak game and weak attendance.

    • At least the fans got to take a pee in under 40 minutes.

    • Looked better than the riders last night, We took over late to get the win. The riders fell apart and practically handed it to the Argos in the end

      • Ridersrule // June 17, 2018 at 1:02 am //

        Kinda like the stamps did in the grey cup , oh wait no they lost that nvm it wasn’t like the rider Argo game

      • Lancaster/Reed // June 17, 2018 at 1:10 am //

        No, they definitely didn’t look better than the Riders. You gave up 344 yds to Masoli. Masoli! The Riders held Ricky Ray to 233 yds. Argo’s defense is a hell of a lot better than the Ti-Cats defense, yet Zach completed 72% of his passes. Argos offense is also better than The Cats, but the riders led pretty much the entire game. Overall, the Riders win was more impressive.

        • lololol who cares how many yards we gave up. How many points did we allow?
          BTW 5 new starters on defence for us.
          You boast about giving up only 233 yards to Ray, how many did you Zach get ?

    • Philski // June 17, 2018 at 2:41 am //

      Maybe it’s time to start up the “Save Our Stumps” campaign again? LOL!

  24. Clay Connor // June 17, 2018 at 12:25 am //

    It was a whole lot better than 60-1.

  25. Rather Be In Hell // June 17, 2018 at 12:26 am //

    11,000 open seats. Further proof that even Stamps fan can’t stand going to McMahon.

    • Yet the Stamps still won. Go figure

      • Ridersrule // June 17, 2018 at 1:04 am //

        How much longer will the owner put up with poor attendance and a dumpy stadium

        • as long as there is a CFL..
          your crowd last night wasn’t great either. At least we had bad weather tonight as an excuse. What was yours?

          • People drive for hours to attend those games. People wouldn’t walk from University Heights to attend a game if there was a 25% chance of rain.

          • Ridersrule // June 17, 2018 at 9:46 am //

            Acually because we have a concourse in our big beautiful stadium a lot of people getting refreshments watch from there . The dump in Calgary you are pinned onto the wood bench

  26. Scottsask // June 17, 2018 at 1:15 am //

    Hope all 14000 enjoyed the game!

  27. MR. Green // June 17, 2018 at 1:23 am //

    Clagary just lucky they never had to play Sask, Edmonton, Toronto or BC tonight or they would’ve been spanked. At least Bo would have liked that.

  28. You know I gotta tell you everyone ( Yup and Scottsask in particular)

    Donald Trump is right. You do get tired of winning all the time!!

    YAWN…

  29. Scottsask // June 17, 2018 at 1:36 am //

    He looks sick, I hope he’s ok. Seriously.

  30. Bart Andrus 2nd down punter // June 17, 2018 at 2:08 am //

    Equine excellence you are an equine rear end. Lots of quarterbacks can throw a ball 50 yards. If you only complete 30% of those passes you are wasting downs. Stretching a defense is good. Throwing it into double and triple coverage is just hoping for a miracle to happen. Collaros May have only had 200 yards passing, but he was making plays to generate first downs and gain yardage. Much easier to navigate second and short than second and long.
    Your prize free agent Derek Dennis looked like a turnstile out there. He looked slow footed and was slow on reactions. If he keeps that play up we will be watching Nick Arbuckle or Justin Goltz for 6 or more games as Bo will be nursing his shoulder and pride.
    Stamps better be careful this year. Edmonton looked excellent. Winnipeg looked good with a rookie and the Riders looked very good as well. Those 3 teams are going to push Calgary to the limit this year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Calgary on the road for the playoffs. I hope that the stamps can overcome adversity. Or maybe they can just go bring in Kevin Feterik (your super hero)to lead the team.

  31. Anyone who still thinks Jer Masoli is a competent pro level QB is living in a dream world.

    Masoli’s arm is ridiculously weak. Watch the film again if you need to and pay close attention to how his throws just flutter to the receiver.

    Smart QBs can get away with having a weak arm. Unfortunately, Masoli is dumber than a bag of rocks.

    The guy is constantly making dumb decisions.

    Turning his back to the line of scrimmage on scrambles, throwing off his back foot, not reading coverage.

    Look at the game losing INT tonight – – Masoli threw off his back foot and acknowledged after the game that he never saw the DB.

    Then to further embarrass himself, Masoli added that if he’d seen the DB he would have thrown the ball harder.

    • Philski // June 17, 2018 at 4:32 am //

      “This kid is in a great position to be an ELITE QB” – so were the words of one Mathew Dunigan on the “panel” after the game. So I guess Dunigan is living in a “dream world”, eh? Better still, why don’t you go approach him and tell him that? I’m sure he’d flatten you in 2 seconds.

      • Philski // June 18, 2018 at 5:52 am //

        What…no response? One thing I’ve noticed is that when someone “ups” you one you go back under your rock. “Expert”…my arse.

  32. When are you suiting up, I can’t wait to see the ambulance taking you off the field

  33. Where's Shultz? // June 17, 2018 at 6:17 am //

    3downnation: Where a few genuine football fans discussing a game dissolves into a pissing match between Red and Riders fans regardless of who is playing.

  34. I was surprised June did not let John have a go in the last 39 seconds when the Cats got the ball back and hopelessly behind. It was a perfect garbage time opportunity to get Mr. Manziel some live reps running an Aggie style hurry up. I suppose protecting Masoli’s confidence for next game by ending on a positive note was more important.

  35. Peter Griffin // June 17, 2018 at 7:49 am //

    Totally agree with you Shultz!! Over 100 comments available to read regarding the Calgary/Hamilton game. When I see that about 80% of them are from the same people always insulting others and bad mouthing other teams not even covered in the article, that makes it real quick to read the other 20% of relevant comments. Wish some people would really get a life, and leave the rest of us alone, finally.

  36. Let’s take some heat of the Cats AN and point out the completely unnecessary block in the back that negated a return for a touchdown in a tight game that may have made a last drive that resulted in a interception unnecessary.

  37. Off the Cats quarterbacks…

  38. Cats fans hardly mentioned two interceptions in a little over a quarter by Masoli in pre-season 1. Now an interception and a lost fumble. Trend? Granted the called back return for touchdown was huge. Still handling pressure has been an issue for Mr. Masoli. In 2 pre-season games John Manziel no interceptions and 4 scoring drives. JF showed good decision making to throw it away or run and slide as opposed to putting it up for grabs. Something he showed at the Browns last 6 games 2015.

  39. Dundas dude // June 17, 2018 at 8:52 am //

    Pretty hard being a TiCat fan. I thought BLM looked awful, and Calgary still won by 14. Masoli did some great things, but you ain’t gonna stay a starter in this league (or lead your team to many victories) with two costly turnovers. This team needs to play at least 500 over the next 4 games, or there is going to be some restless cats in tiger town . No pressure boys, but I ain’t gonna waste my time getting pissed off watching the cats lose again this season after the team made few moves in the off season. Jones had a hell of a game, didn’t like to see him pounded with the game out of reach.

  40. Ray Jay Johnson II // June 17, 2018 at 8:55 am //

    Ticats Kept the Wrong QB but they wanted someone who’d fail
    so johnny can be the Starter .
    They’ll be 0-5 and Johnny Football will become the starter

  41. Good to see the Refs in midseason form. Let the Stamps back in with PI calls in the 4th just when Stamps needed it.
    Inconsistent as usual.
    And I hope they keep showing the highlight reel catch as it shows the reciever pushed off the DB to make that catch. C’mon 3DN you guys can’t see that?

    • Equine Excellence // June 17, 2018 at 10:46 am //

      There were poor calls both way, included a missed horse collar on Calgary’s new star running back Don Jackson. However nothing as egregious as the missed call on Saskatchewan’s 4th quarter pick 6 on Friday night.
      Brescacin’s one handed catch was better than Carter’s last year for 2 reasons:
      1)- It wasn’t a TD catch so there was less reward and therefore less motivation for Brescacin.
      2)- He had alot more control of the ball when he brought it down with his one hand.

      • Lancaster/Reed // June 17, 2018 at 11:33 am //

        It should have been offensive pass interference as he pushed the defender when the ball was in the air.

        • lol whatever you say Lancaster/Reed
          The big question is how is Carter going to take it and how is he going to handle not being the centre of attention on Friday night.
          Will he push Jones to go on to defense?

          • Lancaster/Reed // June 17, 2018 at 1:16 pm //

            You really need to start charging Carter room and board for all the space he takes up in your head.

      • Lancaster/Reed // June 17, 2018 at 11:55 am //

        Less motivation? It pretty obvious you never played sports in your life. I would be diving to make that 3 yd and out catch if thats what it took. It didnt matter the play, i wasnt going to let that ball hit the ground, and i would think most players would do the same. Life for you is apparently all about the reward, not the effort. Pathetic.

        • Equine Excellence // June 17, 2018 at 12:17 pm //

          And I love going on youtube and watching your highlights 😉

          Of course a TD play is more motivation.. that’s human nature.

          • Lancaster/Reed // June 17, 2018 at 1:21 pm //

            Whats human nature for a sociopath is different than a normal person. A true professional brings it every play. The pressure to bring in that td catch is bigger, but the motivation isnt different.

        • Why do you feel the need to throw out such personal insults?
          I only talk about the teams and their personnel. I do do insult my fellow commentators. You besmirching my character, actually besmirches your own.
          Lets keep that stuff out of it OK?

          • Lancaster/Reed // June 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm //

            Its not an insult when its true. I say it because no one in your family can bring themselves to confront you with your psychosis. I say it in the hopes that you will seek professional help before you end up really hurting someone. Thats why i say it.

  42. Ticat Mike // June 17, 2018 at 10:18 am //

    A few observations. The team needs an upgrade in talent or an improvement in execution from the guys we have: O line, secondary, run game. Three key factors contributing to the loss: 1. the late game Masoli interception — you need big plays at strategic points in a game — and we didnt get it. 2. run game — 132 for Calgary vs 56 I believe for Hamilton — cant’ emphasize enough how important the ability to run 100 yards plus (with your RBs) is to the entire offense — controlling clock, wearing out defenders, helping your pass game, eatc. 3. penalities: very one-sided on the side of Calgary — we can point to the inept or biased officiating (the ownership should quietly be addressing this pattern of calls going against us) or are the players just not good enough/disciplined enough? May a little of both.
    Team acutally competed for 3 quarters against the best team in the league and that should be commended. But its all about wins in the end. No moral victories.
    Finally, I know we’re missing Tolliver — but we really need some size/speed/hands comb receivers out there .

    • Philski // June 18, 2018 at 6:01 am //

      2014 GC…enough said about Stump biased officiating…and I’m sick of it. The PI on Unamba clearly illustrates years of frustration for TC fans against this team. He makes an excellent D play only to have a whinny gutless Daniels cry “foul”. The hockey equivalent of this charade are called “divers”…and the Stumps team are full of them.

  43. David Tress // June 17, 2018 at 11:06 am //

    It was a game that Manziel would have won. If you can’t beat Calgay when Bo is under fifty percent then you’ll never beat Calgary.

    • Equine Excellence // June 17, 2018 at 11:38 am //

      Well said David Tress
      Some of those high skilled throws Bo was making didn’t miss by much, more practice with his receivers and those will be bullseyes.
      If that happened last night, this game is a blow out!. As it was he still doubled them!

      • Philski // June 18, 2018 at 6:12 am //

        But it didn’t. And he was sub .500. So he sucked on this night. By the way it was nice to see those 14,000 fans at McMahon who care…time to raze the dump and build yourself a real stadium. If you like I’ll even mail you one of those “Save the Stumps” banners I collected in ’86…think you’ll need it soon.

  44. Remove 50% of the Troll comments on here and you have a decent thread of good analytical postings.
    Everybody has a bad game now and then. This was a bad one for Mitchell. He looked like a below average QB. No doubt the changes in the backfield, Oline as well as Bo re-learning to throw the long ball with his repaired shoulder. All played into the poor accuracy. Calgary’s defence is no where near what it has been in the past. Again that was no secret and anybody with any real football knowledge knew Calgary was not going to be the team they were the last couple years. They have some growing to do and timing issues to work out.
    Hamilton looked pretty darn good for 95% of the game. Masoli isn’t the 1st starting CFL QB to throw a bad INT at the last minute of the game. If it was going to happen. Game 1 is the best time. He probably won’t do that again the rest of the year. Hamilton looked better than I thought they would. But truth be told. Calgary’s defensive back field is young and inexperienced. I wish SK was playing Calgary next. As Preseason and regular season are completely different.
    My honest assessment is that Calgary got the Ugly win of the weekend. Calgary is about the team I thought they would be at this time with all the changes. It doesn’t stop the fact that they can grow and get back respectability.
    Hamilton looks better than I thought they would. But we’re very very lucky Bo had an off game. If Bo connected on those open receivers. It would have been a whole different ball game.
    All in all bothfan bases have something to look forward too.

    • Very good analysis, 3/1. I agree, Bo looked awful last night, and I really hope that it can be remedied with more experience with the receiving corps as the season goes on. Even though he’s not well-liked around here, Equine whatecerhisnameis makes a good point that some of the long throws earlier in the game were not off by much and seemed to improve in the later part of the game. I don’t doubt that part of Bo’s game will improve.

      Offense definitely misses Messam, and defense definitely misses Hughes. I was happy to see Hughes enjoying himself in Friday’s game – his smile is infectious.

      The West is going to be tight, with every team (even Wpg) upping their game.

      I do hope Hamilton under Masoli can keep up the progress and keep Jonny Distraction from needing to take the field. If they can keep moving forward like they had the first half of the game, I think Masoli’s starting job will be safe.

      As far as PIs go – yeah, none of the PIs should have been called IMO. Refs helped us out – I won’t lie. We need to do better so we can go back to ref calls being merely a side issue.

    • Philski // June 18, 2018 at 6:16 am //

      Nice analysis. Call it the way it is…objective all the way.

  45. A hard fought game by 2 solid teams. Masoli outplayed Mitchell.

  46. I have been a Rider fan since 2001 when I went to my first Rider game. The atmosphere reminded me of Friday Night Football High School games back home in Coppell, Texas.
    I usually go on this website to see the hate some of you have for the Riders and each other. It’s funny banter and sometime obsessive.
    I don’t post but I decided to because I read some post that we’re not truthful (you know, fake news)

    1. Rider vs Stamps Attendence- fake news (attendance was the same). Not true, the Riders attendance was not on par with last years attendance; however they still had 29,788 (89%) paid attendance and the Stamps had 23,717 (51%) attendance.
    2. Zach vs Bo – (fake news, Bo had a better game than Zach). Zach had an efficiency rating of 109.2 and Bo’s rating was 73.52.
    Happy Father’s Day

    • Equine Excellence // June 17, 2018 at 2:01 pm //

      Who said the riders and Stamps attendance was the same?

      Bo went out and won the game at the end and made the plays when they mattered. Yes Zack had a higher rating, but watch the quality of plays Bo was attempting Vs. Zach’s. Zach wasn’t throwing a lot of difficult balls and Bo was playing a game that showed the skill he is capable of. Granted he was a bit off, but not much. Consider this is game one. And Bo is playing in a modified offense from last year.
      Bottom line Calgary took the game in the final minutes giving the Ti-cats no shot at winning. You can’t say that about the riders game, the Argos were right there until the last second ticked- the were one music city miracle away from the “W”

      • Man, you are diluted

      • Lancaster/Reed // June 17, 2018 at 2:50 pm //

        Serious? Consider this is game one? And Bo was playing in a modified offense from last year? Poor baby. First game of the year, running an offense, (for essentially the same co-ordinator), that he has been playing his entire professional career, with many of the same players hes had for a year or 4. I never realized Bo had it so tough. Yet you dont take into consideration that it was Zach’s first game of the year, with a new team, new co-ordinator, new o-line, new receivers, new running back etc etc etc. Do you have nay clue how moronic you sound? You are just one gigantic a** clown arent you?

        • New running backs, No Marquay McDaniel. 2 different tackles form what he had last year. Yes,,,,these are modifications, every player has nuances that differ from every other play. You don’t think that makes a difference?
          It’s a ridiculous conversation anyways ,,,Calgary doubled the opponent!!!

          Did I say this wasn’t the case for Zach or the riders offense?
          Did I ever say Zack didn’t play well?? Show me where I said that??
          All I’ve done is compared Bo’s performance to Zack’s and pointed out the strong points for Bo. Because you guys started in on him about his completion percentage– go read through the comments. It’s all there!

      • Lancaster/Reed // June 17, 2018 at 2:52 pm //

        The riders also took the last 2 minutes, ate up the clock and clinched the win. You didnt even watch the rider/argo game did you?

        • Not really. It was still a one possession game. The Argos had a shot on their last drive. Had you been able to get a TD instead of a field goal or run out the clock, I’d agree with you!

          Calgary was able to seal it with 39 seconds to play

        • But that’s my point!!!! You didn’t clinch it with 13 seconds, you left time in a 1 score game…..but more importantly, in that 4th quarter Toronto outplayed you!!!!!!
          If not for that controversial pick, I think it’s reasonable to think Toronto would have won that game.

      • Philski // June 18, 2018 at 6:18 am //

        Bottom line is that you are a dolt…seriously.

  47. I saw Zach throw to nine different receivers that were open and I saw Bo throw to covered receivers. Either way they both did enough to help get the “W.”

    • Correction – Bo threw to covered receivers, open field where there were NO receivers, and over the head of the rest of them.

      If it weren’t for the ability of some of his receivers to make him look good, his percentage would have been 35% at best.

      • Equine Excellence // June 17, 2018 at 4:09 pm //

        Shame on the Stamps for recruiting such quality receivers!!.
        If not for the combined skill of Bo and his receivers, Calgary would have a much different playbook to prep for games with!!!

    • Equine Excellence // June 17, 2018 at 3:09 pm //

      Don’t you think it takes much better precision to throw to a receiver in tight coverage than it does when ones are wide open?? 28-14, all from the offense.

  48. 3rd & 1 // June 17, 2018 at 3:24 pm //

    I try so hard to be analytical, open, honest and write a comment that people can agree with. Then we have to read a comment from the Enquirer that is so ridiculous.
    1) The Riders beat the Toronto Argonaughts. The team that won the GC.
    2) Calgary beat the Hamilton Tiger Cats. One of the 2 lowest teams in the CFL last year.
    3) Both teams sealed their Victory with an INT late in the 4th Qtr.
    4) Bo Did not win the game as stated by the Enquirer.
    5) Rider fans can be very optimistic with what they witnessed on Friday Night. With both the offence and defence playing much better at this time than last year.
    6) The smart Calgary fans on here and there are lots. Are no doubt concerned with what they witnessed on Saturday. Both the offence and the Defence are not playing as well as last year at this time.
    If I was a Stamps fan and Masoli was driving for the winning TD in the Stamps park late in the 4th. That would give me great concern. After the INT and the Stamps taking the lead. The TigerCats just gave up on both sides of the ball and gift wrapped that last TD.
    LAST) Analyzing just the West. Any football fan looking at the games this weekend would say. Bombers QB looks better than anyone thought. No doubt the field condition after the down pour even things out for the Bombers.
    EE defence is not good at all at this time of the year if a Rookie QB who’s never played a Pro CFL game can throw 3 TD passes.
    Sask looks to be improved on both sides of the ball.
    Calgary looks to have taken a step back on both sides of the ball.
    BC is so hard to gauge because they were playing Montreal. To me it looks like BC is right where they were last year.

    • Equine Excellence // June 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm //

      I don’t believe I ever stated that Bo won the game. He certainly orchestrated the offense to timely scores, but like always it’s a team effort.

      You point out all these similarities between the Stamps victory and the riders victory. Yet your conclusion is, Stamp fans should be concerned, but rider fans should be optimistic. You realize that is an illogical argument, right?

      Bo completes less than 50% of his passes and Calgary still wins.
      Hamilton had a great game plan that they were able to execute to a large extent. That should be no surprise. June Jones and company are amoungst the greatest coaches of all time. The fact is, it wasn’t close to enough, and Calgary STILL found a way to pull off the victory. That’s what good team do.
      News flash,,, if it wasn’t for the cross over playoff rule that you benefited greatly from, Hamilton could just as easily be the Grey Cup Champs. That distinction regarding your win isn’t as great as you think.

  49. 3rd & 1 // June 17, 2018 at 4:16 pm //

    You need to know what you write Enq. You say that you don’t believe you wrote that Bo won the game. So here is a cut and paste from your comments. Maybe if you took your time and made more analytical comments. Instead of using your emotions. You wouldn’t have the back lash. I don’t use my emotions unless someone posts ridiculous self serving comments that target a team, player or fans. Even then I don’t allow my emotions to take over.
    This is cut and pasted from your comment.
    “””Who said the riders and Stamps attendance was the same?

    Bo went out and won the game at the end and made the plays when they mattered”””

    The Riders and Zach closed it out at the end. There was a couple minutes left and the Riders drove the ball and ate up the clock. Several run plays that ended up in 1st downs. Only due to a rookie Lineman with a procedure call. Left a few seconds on the clock.
    I’m saying it here again. There is a huge difference between the Argos and the TigerCats. The Argos at this point of the year is a better team. That may change as the season goes on and the TigerCats come on and the Argos drop off.

    • Fine….if you take that as a literal, than I said it, I meant it in a more figurative sense… but I’ll take the fall on that one.
      Anyways, that’s a pretty small point in the overall discussion here.

      I’m done arguing with you. This is just riderfans wanting to be compared to Calgary when it’s not earned. No matter what I say the petulant responses will keep coming. I’m moving on to week number 2.

      • Seriously……HOW MANY TIMES have you changed your IP address in the last 2 days, just to come on here and piss off the masses ?

        Do you not get the message after being banned AT LEAST two dozen times ???

        You start shit on here then play the victim. Get help, you are looooong past due !!

        • Equine Excellence // June 17, 2018 at 5:36 pm //

          Yup……it’s done,no more on this thread please. You are just taking cheap shots now

          • Bugger off. You get shut down then slither off to the corner. Next time stay there.

        • Equine Excellence // June 17, 2018 at 6:05 pm //

          It over
          Calgary had the most convincing win of the week (14 points). Deal with it and lets move on to week 2. You got the RedBlacks, I’ve got the the Argos, maybe they will share a charter out east.

          • Most convincing my ass. Bo looked like crao, and Masoli threw a pic otherwise you were DONE

            By Thursday you will have gone through 5 name changes and 8 IP addresses.

        • Equine Excellence // June 17, 2018 at 6:29 pm //

          Massoli threw a pick because our defense forced him out of the pocket into a compromising position….watch the film. It was no fluke

  50. Bo looked awful. Ticats beat themselves IMO

  51. patlynch // June 19, 2018 at 7:40 am //

    The Grey Cup winning quarterback throws a pick 6 and where are the critics? Jeremiah tosses an intercept and he’s a bum ? Please ! Ricky is a first ballot hall of famer, no doubt, but a little balance is needed if you play the blame game. Teams win and teams lose !

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