Toronto Argonauts on a wave

Graphic: Igor Lazarevic

He is an icon of international music, a generator of traveling memes, officially the global ambassador of the Toronto Raptors and unofficially a bit the same for Canada in general. With regard to the calculated steps which Duck fact, it rarely misses.

Except Monday evening.

If the 6 Gods were a little more focused on Thanksgiving Monday – tryptophan can be a hell of an amino acid – it would have made the trip along the QEW To Hamilton to see the Argos instead of parking in Toronto for the Raptors pre-season win over Houston.

Things don’t get real in Raptorland until October 20. Waiting for, from Toronto football team came off the Tim Hortons field on Monday night with a big win and some cushioning between them and the rest of the team East Division.

We all enjoyed hearing the jokes between Drake, Matt Devlin and Jack Armstrong on the TSN aired Monday night, but imagine the possibilities for Rod Smith and Matt Dunigan to have a turkey talk with Drake as one of the oldest sporting rivalries unfolded in front of them, with a classic finish.

With five regular season games to play, the Argos can begin to realistically consider the possibility of hosting the East Final in December. It would be nice to see one of Toronto’s most famous sports fans cheering them on by then.

1. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Balance: 8-1
Last week: 1

Another week another dismantled opponent and another win for the Blue Bombers, who are now unbeaten in their last six games. The only thing that seems to be able to slow the bombers down at this point is the bombers themselves. They can’t be complacent in the face of a seemingly outclassed Edmonton team they’ve faced twice this year already. They could also use some productivity from their kicking game. Making 1-4 field goals won’t be enough in a close game and seems like the most likely thing to threaten that winning streak.

2. Toronto Argonauts

Record: 6-3
Last week: 3

McLeod Bethel-Thompson, DaVaris Daniels, and Boris Bede (to name just a few pieces of that hugely successful puzzle on Monday) provided one of the best finishes to a game we’ve seen this season. The Argos are overcoming the challenges of an overhaul and rebounding between their starting and saving QBs while facing their fair share of defensive injuries. Despite all of that, it feels like a team taking a good step at a very opportune time.

3. Saskatchewan Roughriders

Record: 5-4
Last week: 2

The Riders’ offensive struggles continue for another week and it cost them another game. The additions of Duke Williams and Shaq Evans will be important, but the Riders need big games for them in the present if they are to brighten up their future. It’s probably a much appreciated week off for a green team that needs to figure out some things.

4. British Columbia Lions

Record: 4-4
Last week: 4

The Lions are coming off their week off with a home game against a warming up Stamps team. Two weeks ago, the Lions looked like they were ready to run. Instead, they lost a one-game squeaker to the Riders and were thrown at the hulk pile Winnipeg is building this season. Finding a way to win without Lucky Whitehead will be a big challenge for this team as they rely on the talented receiver / returner.

5. Montreal Alouettes

Record: 4-4
Last week: 6

What will the Alouettes look like with Matthew Shiltz at the helm? He’s been solid in short spells of relief for Vernon Adams Jr. this season and has been with the squad for four seasons, so he and Khari Jones should have a good understanding of each other. Adams’ injury comes at a key point in the season and with it, the dynamics of the Eastern Division – at least in places 2-4 – could be shifting.

6. Calgary Stampeders

Registration: 4-5
Last week: 7

It wasn’t a nice classic win, but the odds are exactly zero in the Stampeders’ locker room put aesthetics on the results at this point. The Stamps’ possible resurgence – a victory in BC brings them down to 0.500 – creates a similar terrain configuration to what we might see in the East. First place might be out of reach, but 2-4 places turn into a very interesting race.

7. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Registration: 4-5
Last week: 5

Tests continue to pour in for the Ticats, who are in better health but now find their perfect home record marred by back-to-back games where they let the fourth-quarter advances slip away. One bright spot in Monday’s loss to Toronto: Jeremiah Masoli threw for 361 yards and a pair of touchdowns, the offense being as good as it has been in weeks, if not all season.

8. Ottawa RED and BLACK

Registration: 2-7
Last week: 8

It was a tough challenge for Caleb Evans and the REDBLACKS, playing two games in five days. While Toronto fled with Wednesday’s game thanks to a defensive clinic in the third quarter, Ottawa nearly snatched a victory over Montreal in a good atmosphere. Evans has had a few games that he would love to return in both games, but that’s life when you’re a rookie QB learning the ropes on the fly in mid-season games.

9. Edmonton Elks

Record: 2-6
Last week: 9

The Elks looked at their antlers in their 30-3 loss to the Bombers. In a cruel turn of schedule, they can welcome them to Edmonton on Friday, where few will expect a different outcome. The team said they made Trevor Harris a healthy scratch, opting for rookie Taylor Cornelius as a starter. He threw three interceptions against Winnipeg in Week 7; a debut in the CFL as unenviable as a rookie pivot.


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