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2019 #CFL season

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There has been an unusual number of serious injuries this month, particularly for receivers.  I'll quickly go down the list, and let you judge how this affects the race.

Jalen Saunders - out for the year
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/05/ticats-jalen-saunders-likely-season/
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/06/ticats-jalen-saunders-done-season-torn-acl/
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/09/after-injuries-to-williams-and-saunders-ticats-sign-marquay-mcdaniel/

Derel Walker - 6 - 8 weeks
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/06/eskimos-receiver-derel-walker-miss-6-8-weeks-knee-injury/

Kamar Jorden - out for the year
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/06/calgarys-kamar-jorden-gone-season-torn-acl/

Travis Lulay
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/08/b-c-lions-lose-qb-travis-lulay-injury/
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/08/um-hit-travis-lulay-not-penalty/
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/14/not-b-c-quarterback-travis-lulay-leaves-game-due-injury/
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/17/lions-qb-travis-lulay-has-bad-luck-versus-alouttes/
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/18/buono-expects-lions-qb-lulay-will-be-back-playing-in-2018/

Brandon Banks
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/15/loss-brandon-banks-means-ticats/
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/18/buono-expects-lions-qb-lulay-will-be-back-playing-in-2018/
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/22/injuries-hinder-ticats-lions/
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/26/ticats-brandon-banks-to-return-against-lions/

Greg Ellingson
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/19/redblacks-place-greg-ellingson-disabled-list/

Manny Arceneaux - out for the year
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/26/no-manny-show-arceneaux-done-year-knee-surgery/

Jamaal Westerman
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/27/ticats-place-canadian-dl-jamaal-westerman-six-game-injured-list/

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Week 18 results

Hamilton 34....Toronto 20
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2531/hamilton-tiger-cats-vs-toronto-argonauts/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/ticats-leaves-hapless-argos-in-the-dust-1.4861629
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/13/milton-ticats-win-sets-showdown-east-division-crown/
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/14/ticats-avoid-trap-beating-argos/

Speedy Banks caught a touchdown pass and ran into the goal post.  I remember seeing Howard "Hopalong" Cassidy do that for Detroit in 1960.
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/13/brandon-banks-turns-heads-bouncing-off-goalpost-td-catch/

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Winnipeg 31....Sask
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2532/saskatchewan-roughriders-vs-winnipeg-blue-bombers/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-winnipeg-saskatchewan-recap-1.4861963
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/14/bombers-shutout-riders-investors-group-field-ten-thoughts/
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/14/davis-riders-embarassing-showing-in-winnipeg-cause-for-much-concern/

A shutout is always noteworthy in the Canadian league.  This was the Bombers' first since 2006.

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Edmonton 34....Ottawa 16
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2533/ottawa-redblacks-vs-edmonton-eskimos/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/redblacks-edmonton-1.4862166
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/14/shoddy-second-half-sinks-redblacks-eleven-thoughts-losing-eskimos/

The Eskimos needed this win, and they got it.

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BC 26....Calgary 21
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2534/bc-lions-vs-calgary-stampeders/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/calgary-stampeders-bc-lions-1.4862179
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/14/lions-put-dukes-road-win-stamps/

This was the Stamps' first home loss this year, but they have already clinched first place.

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Here are the current playoff scenarios with three weeks to go.
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/10/14/playoff-scenarios-close-western-race-now-even-tighter-week-19/

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Week 19 power rankings
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/15/cfl-power-rankings-hot-teams-rise/
https://cflpowerrankings.wordpress.com/2018/10/16/power-rankings-after-week-18-2/
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/10/16/power-move-ticats-overthrow-stamps-nissan-titan-power-rankings/

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Week 19 picks
https://cflpowerrankings.wordpress.com/2018/10/16/cfl-week-19-picks/

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The Stampeders have signed Bakari Grant.
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/10/16/dickenson-on-grant-hes-not-here-to-be-a-practice-roster-guy/
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/10/16/stampeders-add-receiver-bakari-grant-practice-roster/
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/16/bakari-grant-chose-stampeders-over-other-cfl-suitors-nothing-riders-do-surprises-him/

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The Riders have signed their top draft pick, Dakoda Shepley.
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/10/16/riders-sign-2018-draft-pick-dakoda-shepley/

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The Argos have signed Travon Van.
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/09/lions-release-rb-travon-van/
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/10/16/argos-sign-running-back-travon-van-two-others/
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/10/argos-sign-running-backreturner-travon-van/

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Arash Madani of SportsNet reports that Jim Popp and Marc Trestman are not getting along with the Argos' new owners; and that one or both may be gone before next season (despite their winning the Grey Cup last year).
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/13/trestman-and-popp-could-both-be-gone-from-argos-after-2018-season-report/

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Terrell Sinkfield has signed with the Ticats.
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/10/terrell-sinkfield-expresses-interest-possible-return-ticats/
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/10/terrell-sinkfield-signs-ticats/
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/11/terrell-sinkfield-says-time-right-return-ticats/

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Some time ago Jim asked about the "fare" sold at Canadian league games.  I was pleased to see a tweet the other day which said that the Argos now serve cups of craft beer!

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Are they metric cups?

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On 10/22/2018 at 7:00 PM, JSngry said:

Are they metric cups?

Jim, I don't know!  But I bet John or Ted does.

Week 19 results

Ottawa 35....Hamilton 31
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2535/hamilton-tiger-cats-vs-ottawa-redblacks/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/hamilton-tiger-cats-ottawa-redblacks-lewis-ward-record-field-goal-1.4871331
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/19/milton-ticats-outscored-28-3-second-half-loss-redblacks/
http://www.3downnation.com/2018/10/21/redblacks-rise-occasion-twelve-thoughts-beating-ticats/

With his 45th consecutive field goal, Lewis Ward surpassed Adam Vinatieri's NFL record of 44.  And he did it with a 52-yard kick!

Speedy Banks broke his collarbone, and is out for the year.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/banks-tiger-cats-broken-collarbone-1.4872227
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/21/ticats-lose-just-game-redblacks/

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BC 42....Edmonton 32
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2536/edmonton-eskimos-vs-bc-lions/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/edmonton-eskimos-bc-lions-1.4871098

BC clinches a playoff spot with the win.
http://138.197.137.206/2018/10/20/playoff-payoff-means-lions-can-author-wallys-final-chapter/

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Toronto 26....Montreal 22
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2537/montreal-alouettes-vs-toronto-argonauts/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/argonauts-rally-past-alouettes-1.4871768

James Franklin tied Doug Flutie's record of 14 rushing touchdowns.
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/20/argos-qb-james-franklin-has-doug-flutie-rushing-td-record-in-sight/

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Sask 29....Calgary 24
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2538/saskatchewan-roughriders-vs-calgary-stampeders/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-roughriders-stampeders-recap-oct-20-1.487178
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/21/gasson-course-riders-beat-calgary/

I thought the Stampeders clinched first place two weeks ago, but I was wrong.  They still haven't clinched it.

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Week 19 Plays of the Week
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/10/22/chris-rainey-speeds-his-way-to-the-top-in-timber-mart-plays-of-the-week/

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Week 20 checking down
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/10/24/checking-latest-mo-leggett-brandon-banks/

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Week 20 game notes
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/10/25/cfl-ca-game-notes-look-week-20-2/

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Here is the current playoff picture.
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/23/cfl-playoff-picture-coming-focus/

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Rod Rust has died at 90.
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/24/former-alouettes-coach-rod-rust-passes-away-at-age-90/

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Week 20 results

Winnipeg 29....Calgary 21
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2539/calgary-stampeders-vs-winnipeg-blue-bombers/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/calgary-stampeders-winnipeg-blue-bombers-1.4880972
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/27/bombers-clinch-playoff-spot-fog-bowl-2-0-nine-thoughts/

With the win, the Bombers clinched third.  Thus, the Lions will cross over.  And the Eskimos were eliminated!  I'll have to check my encyclopedia to see when was the last time Edmonton didn't make the playoffs.  This is Bo Levi Mitchell's first 3-game losing streak as a pro.

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Ottawa 30.... Hamilton 13
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2540/ottawa-redblacks-vs-hamilton-tiger-cats/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/redblacks-tiger-cats-recap-1.4881444
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/28/redblacks-complete-sweep-to-clinch-the-east-eleven-other-thoughts-on-beating-hamilton/

With the win, the Redblacks clinched first place.  So the Ticats will host BC in the Eastern Semi-Final.

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Sask 35....BC 16
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2541/bc-lions-vs-saskatchewan-roughriders/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/roughriders-defence-special-teams-beats-lions-1.4881478
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-zach-collaros-blew-call-lions-ticats-1.4883172
http://www.3downnation.com/2018/10/27/lions-dl-odell-willis-knocks-riders-qb-zach-collaros-game-head-hit/
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/28/lions-loss-shows-rebuild-far-complete/
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/28/gasson-riders-clinch-home-playoff-game-left-holding-breath/
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/29/ambrosie-acknowledges-clearly-inadequate-response-collaros-hit/
http://www.3downnation.com/2018/10/30/cfls-head-player-safety-vows-changes-wake-collaros-controversy/

Before the kickoff, BC learned they would be the crossover team.  But prior to then they had won 6 of their last 8.  They are hot, and I think they could win the Eastern Final.  Meanwhile, the Riders are still in the hunt for first place.

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Montreal 40....Toronto 10
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2542/toronto-argonauts-vs-montreal-alouettes/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/manziel-1st-cfl-win-als-rout-argos-1.4881814

Johnny Manziel gets his first CFL win.

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The league announced each team's nominees for the CFL Awards.
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/31/seven-players-double-nominees-for-cfl-team-awards/
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/10/31/cfl-announces-2018-team-award-winners/

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Peter Dyakowski has retired.
http://3downnation.com/2018/11/01/peter-dyakowski-announces-retirement/
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/11/01/11-seasons-dyakowski-announces-retirement/

Edited by GA Russell

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Week 20 Plays of the Week
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/10/29/harris-and-nichols-team-up-to-snag-top-spot-in-timber-mart-plays-of-the-week/

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Week 21 power rankings
http://3downnation.com/2018/10/31/3down-power-rankings-even-make-sense/
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/10/30/nissan-titan-power-rankings-bombers-team-beat/
https://cflpowerrankings.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/power-rankings-after-week-20-2/
https://thegruelingtruth.net/football/cfl/cflpowerrankingsweek21/

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Week 21 picks
http://3downnation.com/2018/11/02/cfl-picks-final-regular-season-call-to-ball/
http://3downnation.com/2018/11/02/slam-dunk-picks-nothing-meaningless-betting-board/
https://cflpowerrankings.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/cfl-week-21-picks/
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/10/31/weekly-predictor-montreal-plotting-trick-taking-treat/
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/11/01/prediction-time-cfl-ca-writers-make-week-21-picks/
https://thegruelingtruth.net/uncategorized/cfl-previews-and-predictions-week-21/
https://thegruelingtruth.net/podcast/cfl-weekly-pickem-show-week-21-w-robert-drummond/
http://www.rodpedersen.com/2018/11/week-21-cfl-picks-2018.html

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Week 21 checking down
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/10/31/checking-redblacks-split-game-davis-collins/

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The current playoff scenario
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/10/29/updated-playoff-scenarios-wests-top-spot-comes-saturday/

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The Als announced their seating plans for next year.
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/11/02/alouettes-announce-new-stadium-plans-2019/

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TSN has announced the results of their eighth annual Players Poll.
https://www.tsn.ca/results-are-in-on-the-2018-cfl-on-tsn-player-poll-1.1202704
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/11/02/players-say-eighth-annual-tsn-poll/
 

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Yesterday's Wall Street Journal says that since the NFL/AFL merger, the record for most interceptions thrown in a quarterback's first hundred pass attempts is 10 by Randy Hedberg of Tampa Bay.  Tied for second with 9 is John Hufnagel!

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Week 21 results

Ottawa 24....Toronto 9
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2543/toronto-argonauts-vs-ottawa-redblacks/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/toronto-argonauts-ottawa-redblacks-1.4890345
http://3downnation.com/2018/11/04/gott-steals-show-nine-thoughts-beating-argos/

Ottawa's Jon Gott had a touchdown celebration which went viral.
http://3downnation.com/2018/11/02/jon-gott-beer-chug-best-thing-redblacks-win-argonauts/
http://www.3downnation.com/2018/11/03/cfl-says-wont-fine-redblacks-john-gott-beer-guzzling-td-celebration/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/ottawa-redblacks-celebration-gott-1.4890778

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Edmonton 33....Winnipeg 24
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2544/winnipeg-blue-bombers-vs-edmonton-eskimos/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/winnipeg-blue-bombers-edmonton-eskimos-recap-nov-3-1.4890828
http://3downnation.com/2018/11/04/bombers-remain-healthy-season-finale-edmonton-12-thoughts/

The Eskimos finish in last place with a .500 record.  I'll have to check to see if that's ever been done before.

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Montreal 30....Hamilton 28
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2545/montreal-alouettes-vs-hamilton-tiger-cats/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/hamilton-tiger-cats-montreal-alouettes-recap-nov-3-1.4890830

On the last play of the game, Hajrullahu missed a 49 yard field goal attempt which would have won it.

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Calgary 26....BC 9
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2546/calgary-stampeders-vs-bc-lions/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/calgary-stampeders-bc-lions-recap-nov-3-1.4890832

BC was never in it.  This was Wally's final home game.  With the win, the Stamps clinched first place.

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2018 Final Standings
https://www.cfl.ca/standings/

Edited by GA Russell

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