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Let's look at recent news unrelated to the draft.

Longtime CFL beat reporter Gary Lawless is leaving to join the NHL expansion team in Las Vegas.
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/03/cfl-insider-gary-lawless-leaving-tsn/#comments

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Shakir Bell has signed with the Redblacks.
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/09/redblacks-sign-rb-shakir-bell/#comments
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/05/11/redblacks-ink-running-back-bell/
http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/article/rb-bell-signs-one-year-deal-with-redblacks-1.748929

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This year's Grey Cup is almost sold out.
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/10/toronto-debacle-ottawa-grey-cup-ticket-sales-going-strong/#comments
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/05/10/105th-grey-cup-nearing-sellout-redblacks-announce/
http://www.tsn.ca/105th-grey-cup-nearing-sellout-redblacks-announce-1.747926

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The Lions have traded Mike Edem to the Riders.
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/11/riders-acquire-canadian-safety-mike-edem-b-c-lions/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/11/b-c-lions-traded-mike-edem/#comments
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/05/11/riders-acquire-safety-mike-edem-trade-lions/
http://www.tsn.ca/riders-acquire-canadian-s-edem-from-lions-1.749087

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Karl Lavoie has retired.
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/11/beleaguered-stamps-offensive-line-suffers-another-blow/#comments

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Arland Bruce lost his appeal in his concussion lawsuit against the league, so he will appeal to the BC Supreme Court.
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/12/arland-bruce-loses-appeal-concussion-lawsuit-cfl/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/13/bruces-lawyer-plans-take-concussion-case-supreme-court/#comments
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/05/12/cfl-releases-statement-court-decision-involving-arland-bruce/

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Tori Gurley has signed with the Redblacks.
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/05/04/redblacks-sign-former-argo-bomber-wr-tori-gurley/
http://www.tsn.ca/redblacks-sign-wide-receiver-gurley-1.743563

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Colin Kelly has signed with the Eskimos.
http://www.tsn.ca/eskimos-sign-former-redblacks-rt-kelly-after-nfl-stint-1.746571

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This year Jason Maas will let OC Carson Walch do the Eskimos' play calling.
http://www.tsn.ca/eskimos-head-coach-maas-giving-up-play-calling-duties-to-walch-1.748066

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Alex Bazzie has signed with Carolina.
http://www.tsn.ca/former-lions-de-bazzie-signs-with-panthers-1.745548

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The Eskimos made a profit of C$1.4 million last year.
http://www.tsn.ca/eskimos-post-16-profit-of-1-4-million-despite-being-crossover-playoff-team-1.747127

 

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Camps opened today, so we are seeing retirements announced.

Marc-Olivier Brouillette
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/27/eve-training-camp-riders-safety-marc-olivier-brouillette-retires/#comments
http://www.tsn.ca/brouillette-tweets-about-retirement-from-cfl-1.763276

Jake Olson
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/27/ticats-offensive-lineman-jake-olson-retires/#comments

Chad Kackert
http://www.tsn.ca/argos-rb-kackert-retires-from-cfl-1.762798

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The Argos haqve traded Peter Dyakowski to the Riders for Amanti Edwards.
http://www.tsn.ca/riders-acquire-ol-dyakowski-from-argos-1.763381
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/27/traded-riders-peter-dyakowski-plans-report-sources/#comments

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Marcus Ball has rejoined the Argos from San Francisco.
http://www.tsn.ca/argos-agree-to-terms-with-db-ball-1.761893

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The Ticats released Cassius Vaughn, and the next day he signed with the Argos.
http://www.tsn.ca/argonauts-sign-former-ticats-db-vaughn-1.755225

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Previews

BC
http://www.tsn.ca/radio/vancouver-1040-i-1410/2017-b-c-lions-season-preview-1.762504

Sask
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/28/just-quarterbacks-battles-watch-riders-training-camp/#comments

Hamilton
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/28/ticats-add-kickers-make-roster-moves-camp-gets-underway/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/26/camp-looming-ticats-workout-four-kickers/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/26/ten-battles-watch-ticats-training-camp/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/23/ticats-sign-pair-including-speedy-return-man/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/23/looking-avoid-injury-ticats-overhaul-training-camp-practices/#comments

Ottawa
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/28/eleven-storylines-follow-redblacks-training-camp/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/26/origins-2017-ottawa-redblacks/#comments

Calgary
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/24/camp-preview-stamps-dealing-depth-issues-along-offensive-line/#comments

Winnipeg
http://3downnation.com/2017/05/24/five-training-camp-battles-watch-winnipeg-tidbits/#comments

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Opening Day is Thursday!  As I say every year at this time, the week before Opening Day is one of my favorite times of the year because of the many season and team previews.

When I get a chance, I will post the recaps of the pre-season games.  In the meantime, let's consider the roster moves from yesterday's cut-down day.

Vince Young hurt his hamstring, and was lost for 4 to 6 weeks.  So the Riders cut him.
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/06/qb-vince-young-injured-riders-training-camp/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/12/vince-young-tears-hamstring-riders-chris-jones-confirms/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/14/3downnation-podcast-riders-cut-vince-young-yes/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/14/time-riders-move-vince-young/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/17/vince-young-headed-back-to-texas/#comments
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/vince-young-riders-torn-hamstring-1.4157266
http://www.tsn.ca/roughriders-release-quarterback-young-1.782047
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/17/vince-youngs-time-riderville/

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Jason Arakgi has retired.
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/bc-lions-arakgi-retires-1.4165900
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/17/arakgi-i-cant-thank-this-organization-enough/

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Josh Bourke has retired.
http://www.tsn.ca/long-time-alouettes-offensive-lineman-bourke-retires-1.782311

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Jovan Johnson was cut by the Alouettes, and promptly signed by the Riders.
http://www.tsn.ca/roughriders-sign-veteran-db-johnson-to-practice-roster-1.783120
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/19/riders-pick-veteran-db-jovon-johnson/

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The Argos cut Drew Willy.
http://www.tsn.ca/argonauts-release-qb-willy-1.782235
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/17/argos-part-ways-quarterback-drew-willy/#comments
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/17/argos-release-quarterback-drew-willy/

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Kenny Stafford was cut by the Bombers, and promptly signed by the Eskimos.
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/17/kenny-staffords-release-means-bombers/#comments
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/17/released-bombers-kenny-stafford-promptly-added-esks-pr/

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Calgary cut Mitchell Gale.
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/17/stampeders-cut-former-riders-qb-mitchell-gale-and-others/#comments

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Ottawa cut Shakir Bell.
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/17/redblacks-release-running-back-shakir-bell/#comments

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The Eskimos cut Kendial Lawrence.
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/17/eskimos-running-back-return-man-kendial-lawrence-released-report/#comments

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The Riders cut Anthony Allen.
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/17/anthony-allen-slams-riders-release/#comments

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The Ticats cut Dominique Ellis.
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/17/ticats-veteran-db-dominique-ellis-among-cuts/#comments

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Here are league-wide reports about cut-down day.
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-final-cuts-vince-young-drew-willy-1.4166235
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/17/making-moves-tracking-final-cuts-around-cfl/#OTT
http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/video/cfl-cut-down-day-claims-some-big-names~1141833
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/17/significant-cfl-cuts-far/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/17/official-cfl-cuts-tracker/#comments
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/17/making-moves-tracking-final-cuts-around-cfl/

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Former Tampa Bay first round pick Josh Freeman worked out with the Als.  It looked like they would sign him.  Then the Redblacks put him on their neg list!!!
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/13/alouettes-workout-former-nfl-quarterback-josh-freeman-report/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/15/former-first-round-nfl-pick-qb-josh-freeman-still-in-montreal/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/17/redblacks-stick-it-to-als-by-adding-qb-josh-freeman-to-negotiation-list/#comments

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Jeffrey Orridge's last day on the job was the 15th.
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/15/final-day-jeffrey-orridge-cfl-commissioner/#comments

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Brett Maher has signed with Ottawa.
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/09/former-ticats-kicker-brett-maher-signs-redblacks-sources/#comments

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Jim Popp has a contract dispute with the Als.
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/09/popp-alouettes-embroiled-contract-dispute-reports/#comments

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Ronnie Pfeffer was cut by the Redblacks, and promptly signed with the Argos.
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/11/canadian-kicker-ronnie-pfeffer-signs-argos-sources/#comments

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The Ticats signed former Argo Logan Kilgore.
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/12/ticats-sign-former-argo-logan-kilgore-shore-qb-depth/#comments

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And here are the Opening Week rosters!
https://www.cfl.ca/transactions/

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More next time!

 

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I am going to spend today and tomorrow looking for previews.

league
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-2017-season-preview-quarterbacks-1.4163134
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-offseason-player-movement-1.4163089
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/20/crystal-ball-nye-predicts-future-every-cfl-team/

Ottawa
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-redblacks-defending-champions-1.4162993
http://www.sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/cfl-kickoff-preview-ottawa-redblacks/
http://www.tsn.ca/harris-ready-to-shoulder-offensive-load-for-redblacks-1.783273

Edmonton
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-eskimos-2017-season-offence-defence-penalty-woes-1.4169591
http://www.tsn.ca/eskimos-enter-2017-with-high-flying-offence-suspect-defence-1.784200

Toronto
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-offseason-player-movement-1.4163089
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/20/trestman-ready-captain-new-ship-toronto/

Calgary
http://www.sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/stampeders-intend-close-door-grey-cup-disappointment/
http://www.sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/stampeders-among-three-western-teams-leading-2017-grey-cup-odds/
http://www.tsn.ca/stamps-the-favourites-to-lead-cfl-in-wins-1.784306
http://www.tsn.ca/last-year-s-disappointments-could-fuel-this-year-s-stampeders-1.783015
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/19/cold-winter-messam-stamps-done-consolation-prizes/

Winnipeg
http://www.sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/bombers-enter-cfl-season-explosive-offence-uncertain-defence/
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/20/off-edge-westerman-looks-set-tone-ferocious-bombers-pass-rush/

Hamilton
http://www.sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/cfl-kickoff-preview-hamilton-tiger-cats/

Montreal
http://www.sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/cfl-kickoff-preview-montreal-allouettes/

BC
http://www.tsn.ca/lions-happy-to-see-arakgi-go-out-on-his-own-terms-1.782009
http://www.tsn.ca/lions-looking-to-unseat-stampeders-in-2017-1.784217
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/20/bc-lions-window-wide-open-long/

Sask
http://www.tsn.ca/young-experiment-failed-but-riders-still-expect-better-offence-1.783938

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TSN ranks the league's 50 best players.
http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/video/2017-cfl-top-50-players~1150526
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/20/last-seasons-mop-headlines-tsns-top-50-players-2017/

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Week 1 picks

Jamie Nye
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/21/weekly-predictor-nye-makes-week-1-picks/

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power rankings

cfl.ca
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/20/stamps-headline-kickoff-edition-nissan-titan-power-rankings/

Scott Cullen
http://www.tsn.ca/stampeders-open-on-top-of-cfl-power-rankings-1.784189

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ESPN's CFL schedule through August.  You will recall that ESPN in the past has shown very few CFL games after Labor Day, but they carry TSN's feeds on ESPN3.com.
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/20/cfl-espn-unveil-2017-u-s-broadcast-schedule/

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league
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/12/stamps-favourite-riders-long-shot-win-grey-cup/#comments

Winnipeg
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/12/bombers-release-11-players-including-experienced-cover-man/#comments

Ottawa
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/15/marcel-desjardins-approach-not-changing-despite-redblacks-grey-cup-victory/#comments

BC
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/17/lions-release-seven-two-canadian-among/#comments

Sask
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/17/riders-cut-quarterback-bryan-bennett/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/21/six-predictions-riders-2017/#comments

Hamilton
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/17/sergio-castillo-won-ticats-kicking-job/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/18/cuts-made-heres-ticats-might-look-like/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/20/ticats-look-converts-build-offensive-line/#comments

Winnipeg
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/18/breaking-bombers-final-cuts-teams-new-depth-chart/#comments

Ottawa
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/18/five-thoughts-state-redblacks/#comments

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fantasy
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/13/cfl-fantasy-preseason-week-1-weve-learned/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/21/cfl-fantasy-dont-sleep-weeks-sleepers/#comments

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podcast
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/13/podskee-wee-wee-episode-75/#comments

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power rankings

3Down
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/20/introducing-3downnation-power-rankings/#comments

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Josh Smith second guesses TSN's list of the 50 best players.
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/21/10-biggest-snubs-tsns-top-50-players-list/#comments

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More previews...

league
https://www.cfl.ca/kickoff2017/
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/21/3downnations-fearless-predictions-2017-cfl-season/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/22/3down-podcast-picking-overunder-win-totals-every-cfl-team/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/22/breaking-bodogs-2017-regular-season-win-prop-bets/#comments
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/21/steinberg-close-call-wild-wild-west/
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/21/landry-changes-personnel-lead-intrigue-east/
https://www.cfl.ca/thewaggle/
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/19/berg-vs-ferg-will-win-grey-cup/
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/19/cauz-why-your-team-will-in-2017/

Montreal
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/22/biggest-questions-surrounding-alouettes-2017/#comments
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/22/turn-page-durant-ready-usher-new-era-montreal/

Ottawa
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/21/passing-torch-can-harris-continue-ottawas-success/

Hamilton
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/21/oleary-can-collaros-retain-mop-status/

Toronto
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/20/trestman-ready-captain-new-ship-toronto/

BC
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/20/bc-lions-window-wide-open-long/

Edmonton
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/21/reilly-eyes-passing-alberta-rivals-top-spot-west/

Sask
https://www.cfl.ca/2017/06/21/return-trip-mixed-emotions-await-carter-montreal/

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Malcolm Kelly power rankings
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-power-rankings-preseason-2017-1.4172282

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TSN ranks last year's top ten plays.
http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/video/top-10-top-cfl-plays-from-2016~1150920

 

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Before we get ahead of ourselves, let's quickly go through the pre-season games.

Calgary 23....BC 18
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2362/bc-lions-vs-calgary-stampeders/
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/07/stampeders-hold-off-b-c-lions-pre-season-win/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/07/three-things-learned-b-c-lions-pre-season-opener/#comments

Toronto 24....Montreal 20
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2363/montreal-alouettes-vs-toronto-argonauts/
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/08/sparse-crowd-watches-argos-pre-season-win-als/#comments

Ottawa 30....Hamilton 29
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2364/hamilton-tiger-cats-vs-ottawa-redblacks/
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/08/seven-reasons-care-ticats-pre-season-game/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/08/teachable-moment-ticats-rookies-pre-season-loss-redblacks/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/09/nine-thing-learned-ticats-pre-season-loss-ottawa/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/09/dozen-thoughts-redblacks-pre-season-opener/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/11/ticats-quarterback-depth-hit-hard-injury/#comments

Sask 25....Winnipeg 25
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2365/winnipeg-blue-bombers-vs-saskatchewan-roughriders/
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/11/bombers-back-qbs-shine-preseason-tie-16-thoughts/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/11/canadian-qb-brandon-bridge-shines-riders-tie-bombers/#comments
https://outlook.live.com/owa/?realm=hotmail.com&path=/mail/search/rp

Calgary 36....Edmonton 35
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2366/calgary-stampeders-vs-edmonton-eskimos/
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/12/calgary-finishes-pre-season-2-0-another-canadian-qb-shines/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/12/buckley-takes-control-stampeders-backup-job/#comments

Montreal 38....Ottawa 5
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2368/ottawa-redblacks-vs-montreal-alouettes/
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/13/nine-new-alouettes-watch-thursdays-preseason-finale/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/15/four-things-watch-redblacks-pre-season-finale/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/15/darian-durant-shines-dress-rehearsal-alouettes/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/15/darian-durant-throws-two-tds-alouettes-down-redblacks-38-5/#comments

Winnipeg 38....Edmonton 38
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2367/edmonton-eskimos-vs-winnipeg-blue-bombers/
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/16/bombers-defence-bends-breaks-preseason-tie-12-thoughts/#comments
http://www.3downnation.com/2017/06/16/second-sister-kisser-bombers-tie-pre-season-games/#comments

Toronto 23....Hamilton 16
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2369/toronto-argonauts-vs-hamilton-tiger-cats/
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/16/ticats-blow-early-lead-pre-season-loss-argos/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/16/eight-things-learned-ticats-loss-argos/#comments

BC 42....Sask 10
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2370/saskatchewan-roughriders-vs-bc-lions/
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/17/trouble-riderville-saskatchewan-crushed-pre-season-finale/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/17/three-things-learned-lions-pre-season-win/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/17/riders-pre-season-finale-leaves-plenty-desired/#comments

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Ham preview
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/17/learned-hamiltons-pre-season-games/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/22/ticats-ratio-issues-updates-practice/#comments

Ott preview
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/23/redblacks-road-repeating/#comments

Cal preview
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/23/stampeders-season-preview-time-now-shed-choker-label/#comments

BC preview
http://3downnation.com/2017/06/24/lions-better-not-yet/#comments

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