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2020 #CFL hot stove league

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I see that over the weekend this thread passed the "110,000 views" mark.  I put each of my posts on twitter and facebook, but I honestly don't know where the people are coming from.  Maybe just from google.

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Week 8, cont.

Hamilton 50....Montreal 11

https://www.cfl.ca/games/2495/hamilton-tiger-cats-vs-montreal-alouettes/
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/hamilton-tiger-cats-montreal-alouettes-manziel-1.4774061

Manziel started and had a bad game, but it wasn't his fault that the Ticats scored 50 points.

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Calgary 27....BC 18

https://www.cfl.ca/games/2496/bc-lions-vs-calgary-stampeders/
https://www.sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/stampeders-top-lions-improve-7-0-season/

The Stamps are 7-0 for the first time since 1995, Doug Flutie's last year with them.

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Week 8 Plays of the Week
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/08/07/edwards-clutch-game-winner-tops-timber-mart-plays-of-the-week/

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Week 9 Power Rankings
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/08/07/nissan-titan-power-rankings-prairie-dominance/
https://cflpowerrankings.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/power-rankings-after-week-8-2/

https://www.tsn.ca/stampeders-in-cruise-control-atop-cfl-power-rankings-1.1154868
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/09/power-rankings-around/#comments

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Week 9 picks
https://cflpowerrankings.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/cfl-week-9-picks/

https://www.cfl.ca/2018/08/08/weekly-predictor-redblacks-fuming-redemption/
https://freepicks.picksandparlays.net/more-free-picks/cfl-picks/
https://www.canadasportsbetting.ca/news/betting-picks/cfl-picks-week-9.html
http://www.vegasinsider.com/cfl/story.cfm/story/1931029
http://dunkelindex.com/football_level/cfl-canadian/
https://www.docsports.com/free-picks/cfl/2018/Montreal-Alouettes-at-Ottawa-Redblacks-Week-9-CFL-Picks-Predictions-8-11-2018-105.html

https://www.cfl.ca/2018/08/08/prediction-time-cfl-ca-writers-make-week-9-picks/
http://www.rodpedersen.com/2018/08/week-9-cfl-picks-2018.html

http://3downnation.com/2018/08/09/week-9-picks-learn-lesson-pay-price/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/09/slam-dunk-picks-underdogs-in-ideal-spots/#comments

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Chris Jones worked out Terell Owens Sunday.
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/08/05/riders-work-hall-fame-receiver-terrell-owens-bye-week/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/05/riders-head-coach-chris-jones-works-terrell-owens/#comments

Edited by GA Russell

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I have added more Week 9 picks above.

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I have added to the Week 10 picks above.

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The Riders have brought back Rob Bagg.  They also released Trent Richardson, which will allow him to sign with the AAF.
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/08/15/riders-sign-rob-bagg-release-trent-richardson/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/15/riders-officially-release-rb-trent-richardson/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/15/riders-bring-rob-bagg-back/

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There are fires in BC causing smoke problems in Edmonton!  Saturday's game against the Als is expected to be played on schedule.
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/08/17/eskimos-issue-statement-regarding-status-week-10-home-game/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/15/eskimos-move-practice-inside-due-to-smoke-from-b-c-fires/

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San Francisco has re-signed Dexter McCoil.
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/17/san-francisco-49ers-re-sign-former-eskimos-defender-dexter-mccoil/

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Johnny Manziel suffered a "delayed onset concussion" last week, so I don't expect him to play Saturday.
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/14/manziel-takes-blow-to-the-head-appears-woozy-but-stays-in-game-in-second-cfl-start/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/14/alouettes-coach-sherman-says-despite-blow-to-head-manziel-ready-to-play-against-eskimos/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/14/alouettes-qb-johnny-manziel-missing-practice-due-appointment/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/15/johnny-manziel-not-present-at-alouettes-practice-for-second-straight-day/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/15/alouettes-place-qb-johnny-manziel-concussion-protocol/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/16/manziel-says-hes-dealing-delayed-onset-concussion/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/16/alouettes-sherman-says-cte-is-very-serious-and-you-dont-mess-with-concussions/
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/08/17/pipkin-start-als-vs-edmonton/

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The Bombers have placed Weston Dressler on the six-game list.
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/13/bombers-receiver-weston-dressler-expected-to-miss-time-with-injury/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/16/bombers-place-receiver-weston-dressler-six-game-injured-list/

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The Eskimos have released Sam Giguere, and reactivated Adam Konar.
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/14/eskimos-activate-lb-adam-konar-release-receiver-sam-giguere-ratio-shift/

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The Argos have cut Taylor Reed.
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/15/argos-release-lb-taylor-reed/

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The Redblacks cut Loucheiz Purifoy, and he promptly signed with the Riders.
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/06/redblacks-release-db-loucheiz-purifoy/#comments
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/07/riders-to-sign-former-redblacks-lions-db-loucheiz-purifoy/

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The union has some beefs with the league.  It believes that the teams should not be releasing players because they have been charged with a crime.  It also disputes the Riders' version of Rob Bagg's situation.  Bagg was a training camp final cut, and had an injured ankle at the time.
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/08/cflpa-says-league-may-violating-labour-agreement-suspending-players-charged-crimes/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/08/cfl-responds-to-cflpa-investigating-sanctions-against-players-under-serious-allegations/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/15/cflpa-disputes-riders-version-events-regarding-cutting-injured-players/

 

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Week 10 results

Ottawa 44....Winnipeg 21
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2500/ottawa-redblacks-vs-winnipeg-blue-bombers/
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/redblacks-blue-bombers-recap-1.4790248

The Redblacks were surprisingly strong on the road.

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Toronto 24....BC 23
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2501/bc-lions-vs-toronto-argonauts/
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/bc-lions-toronto-argonauts-recap-1.4790504

McLeod Bethel-Thompson is 2-0!!!

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Edmonton 40....Montreal 24
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2502/montreal-alouettes-vs-edmonton-eskimos/
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/montreal-alouettes-edmonton-eskimos-cfl-1.4790507

Willy, Mathews, Adams and Manziel are hurt.  So the Als skipped over their fifth man (whoever that might be) and started their sixth-string quarterback Antonio Pipkin.  Pipkin did surprisingly well under the circumstances, and will probably start again this week.

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Sask 40....Calgary 27
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2503/calgary-stampeders-vs-saskatchewan-roughriders/
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/calgary-stampeders-saskatchewan-roughriders-recap-1.4790726

The Riders were the better team, but the Stampeders made it interesting in the fourth.  The last time the Stamps lost coming off the bye week, Carrie Underwood had just won American Idol.

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Week 10 Plays of the Week
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/08/20/stampsriders-duke-it-out-in-timber-mart-plays-of-the-week/

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Week 11 results

Hamilton 25....Edmonton 24
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2504/edmonton-eskimos-vs-hamilton-tiger-cats/
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/edmonton-eskimos-hamilton-ticats-cfl-recap-1.4797330

Hajrullahu won it with a 29-yard field goal on the last play of the game.

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Montreal 25....Toronto 22
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2505/toronto-argonauts-vs-montreal-alouettes/
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/argonauts-alouettes-friday-recap-1.4798920

Fun game between the league's two worst teams, featuring two guys who have come out of nowhere - McLeod Bethel-Thompson ("MacBeth") vs. Antonio Pipkin.  Medeiros tried to tie the game with 0:00 on the clock with a 54-yard field goal, and the ball hit the left upright!

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Calgary 39....Winnipeg 26
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2506/winnipeg-blue-bombers-vs-calgary-stampeders/
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/winnipeg-blue-bombers-calgary-stampeders-1.4799097

It was a good game until the Stampeders blew it open in the fourth.

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Sask 24....BC 21
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2507/saskatchewan-roughriders-vs-bc-lions/
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/saskatchewan-roughriders-bc-lions-week-11-1.4799102

Another good game!  Wally went for a first down instead of a long field goal with 35 second left, and failed to make it.

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Week 11 Plays of the Week
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/08/27/shaq-evans-over-the-top-grab-makes-it-to-week-11s-timber-mart-plays-of-the-week/

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So at this point the season is half over.

Here are the standings.
https://www.cfl.ca/standings/

And here are the stats.
https://www.cfl.ca/league-leaders/?season=2018

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Any veteran cut after this weekend will be paid in full, so we can expect that there will be few cuts from now on.

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Duron Carter has signed with the Argos.
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/13/s-j-green-would-definitely-give-duron-carter-his-approval-if-argos-management-asked/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/13/unclear-riders-chris-jones-tried-trading-duron-carter-release/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/13/lions-wally-buono-seemed-interested-in-duron-carter-ed-hervey-not-so-much/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/15/duron-carter-feels-riders-release-was-weird-how-it-went-down/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/16/green-cast-hell-going/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/26/finally-official-duron-carter-signs-toronto-argonauts/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/27/video-duron-carter-signing-argos/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/27/new-argo-duron-carter-wont-play-labour-day-ticats/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/27/qa-argos-gm-jim-popp-on-signing-duron-carter-what-really-happened-in-montreal/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/27/marc-trestman-questions-duron-will-come-work/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/28/3down-podcast-can-duron-live-trestman-rules-toronto/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/29/marc-trestman-helped-guide-one-carter-success-can-duron/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/30/cris-carter-says-son-duron-will-be-a-better-person-from-marc-trestman-experience/

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Jon Ryan was released by Seattle, and quickly signed with Buffalo.
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/20/seahawks-release-longest-tenured-player-canadian-punter-jon-ryan/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/21/veteran-canadian-punter-jon-ryan-sign-contract-buffalo-bills/

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The Alouettes cut Landon Rice, who promptly re-signed with the Ticats.
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/23/alouettes-release-ol-landon-rice-acquired-blockbuster-johnny-manziel-trade/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/28/ticats-reacquire-piece-of-johnny-manziel-trade-for-nothing/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/29/alouettes-cut-landon-rice-due-cap-issues-june-jones/

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The New York Giants traded Brett Jones to Minnesota.
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/26/former-stamp-saskie-native-brett-jones-traded-giants-vikings/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/27/new-viking-brett-jones-theres-lot-purple-saskatchewan/

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Sergio Castillo, Trent Richardson and others have signed with the AAF.  Wally think that the two new leagues will make it more difficult to sign good Americans.
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/06/former-cflers-among-first-players-to-sign-with-alliance-of-american-football-league/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/30/former-riders-rb-trent-richardson-officially-signs-with-aaf-birmingham-franchise/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/28/with-new-spring-leagues-starting-buono-doesnt-believe-cfl-will-be-an-easy-sell-for-nfl-cuts/
 

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Lots of catching up to do:  the scores of the past two weeks, some major injuries Labor Day Weekend, and news about the NFL rosters.

Labor Day Weekend results

Montreal 21....Ottawa 11
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2508/montreal-alouettes-vs-ottawa-redblacks/
http://3downnation.com/2018/08/31/johnny-pipkin-leads-alouettes-second-straight-win/

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Sask 31....Winnipeg 23
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2509/winnipeg-blue-bombers-vs-saskatchewan-roughriders/
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/02/joy-riderville-saskatchewan-finds-way-labour-day/
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/02/gasson-riders-earning-victories-hard-way/
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/03/nichols-feeds-critics-labour-day-classic-loss-nine-thoughts/

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Calgary 23....Edmonton 20
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2510/edmonton-eskimos-vs-calgary-stampeders/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/edmonton-eskimos-calgary-stampeders-recap-1.4809051

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Hamilton 42....Toronto 28
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2511/toronto-argonauts-vs-hamilton-tiger-cats/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/toronto-argonauts-hamilton-tiger-cats-week-12-1.4809058
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/04/milton-ticats-overcome-self-inflicted-adversity-win-fifth-straight-labour-day/
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/04/arthur-argos-trouble-labour-day-loss/

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Week 12 Plays of the Week
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/09/04/kyran-moore-jukes-his-way-to-the-top-of-week-12s-timber-mart-plays-of-the-week/

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Week 13 power rankings
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/09/05/riders-continue-climb-nissan-titan-power-rankings/
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/05/power-rankings-labour-day-shakes-things/

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Now let's look at last weekend's scores.

BC 26....Ottawa 14
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2512/ottawa-redblacks-vs-bc-lions/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/ottawa-redblacks-bc-lions-1.4815359
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/08/defence-gets-done-lions/
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/09/filoso-another-loss-leaves-redblacks-questions-answers/

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Hamilton 36....Toronto 25
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2513/hamilton-tiger-cats-vs-toronto-argonauts/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/cfl-argos-tiger-cats-recap-sept-8-1.4815955

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Sask 32....Winnipeg 27
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2514/saskatchewan-roughriders-vs-winnipeg-blue-bombers/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/sasakatchewan-roughriders-winnipeg-blue-bombers-1.4816134
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/08/bombers-receiver-carted-off-field-returns-stadium-via-cab/
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/09/nichols-throws-away-banjo-bowl-nine-thoughts/
http://159.203.52.247/2018/09/09/riders-intercept-their-way-to-fourth-straight-win/
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/09/blue-bomber-talk-podcast-nichols-throws-picks-two-six-team-needs-fix/
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/12/green-cast-local-beer-local-quarterbacks-local-mob-ties/

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Edmonton 48....Calgary 42
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2515/calgary-stampeders-vs-edmonton-eskimos/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/calgary-stampeders-edmonton-eskimos-1.4816143

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Week 13 Plays of the Week
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/09/10/willie-jefferson-snags-top-spot-with-his-pick-6-in-timber-mart-plays-of-the-week/

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Week 14 power rankings
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/09/11/nissan-titan-power-rankings-dome-sweet-dome/
https://www.oddsshark.com/cfl/power-rankings

Edited by GA Russell

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Week 15 results

Winnipeg 31....Montreal 14
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2519/montreal-alouettes-vs-winnipeg-blue-bombers/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/montreal-alouettes-winnipeg-blue-bombers-1.4834474

Montreal's offensive line was terrible!  Manziel never had a pocket.

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Ottawa 28....Edmonton 15
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2520/edmonton-eskimos-vs-ottawa-redblacks/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/lewis-ward-edmonton-eskimos-ottawa-redblacks-1.4834926

Lewis Ward kicked seven field goals for the second time this season, and in so doing set the new record with 37 consecutive FG's.  Paredes had the old record with 32.

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Sask 30....Toronto 29
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2521/saskatchewan-roughriders-vs-toronto-argonauts/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/saskatchewan-roughriders-toronto-argonauts-1.4834933

Toronto has had the worst placekicking all season.

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BC 35....Hamilton 32
https://www.cfl.ca/games/2522/hamilton-tiger-cats-vs-bc-lions/
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/hamilton-tiger-cats-bc-lions-1.4834939

The Ticats let the game slip away.

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Week 15 Plays of the Week
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/09/24/bryan-burnham-toe-taps-his-way-to-top-spot-in-timber-mart-plays-of-the-week/

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Week 16 power rankings
https://www.cfl.ca/2018/09/25/nissan-titan-power-rankings-taking-back-east/
http://3downnation.com/2018/09/25/cfl-power-rankings-back/
https://cflpowerrankings.wordpress.com/2018/09/25/power-rankings-after-week-15-2/
https://thegruelingtruth.net/football/cfl/cfl-weekly-power-rankings-week-16/

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