102nd GREY CUP PLAYOFF SCENARIOS – WEEK 19 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:12

102nd GREY CUP PLAYOFF SCENARIOS

Week 19


TORONTO
- Entering the last two weeks of the season, the final standings for the 102nd Grey Cup Playoffs have not yet been determined.

While four of the six playoff berths have been decided, only one position has been clinched - first place in the West Division - by the Calgary Stampeders.

There will be a guaranteed crossover from the West to the East Division, but the identity of that crossover team has not been set.


West Division

Edmonton Win = Edmonton clinches second place in West Division
BC Win = BC clinches spot in Western Division Semifinal

In the West Division, four playoff berths have been clinched, but the standings have not yet been decided.

Edmonton and BC still have an opportunity to host the Western Semifinal, making for an immense game and a possible playoff preview when the two meet this weekend in Edmonton on Saturday, November 1 at 7 p.m. ET.

With a win, Edmonton will clinch second place in the West Division.

A BC victory will ensure that Saskatchewan crosses over for an Eastern Semifinal matchup.


East Division

Montreal Win = Montreal clinches playoff berth 
Montreal Win + Hamilton Loss = Montreal clinches first place in East Division 
Toronto Win + Hamilton Loss = Toronto clinches playoff berth

In the East Division, Hamilton, Montreal and Toronto are all vying for two playoff spots.

On Sunday, the Argonauts and Alouettes meet at Noon ET in Montreal in a game that will have huge playoff implications.

A Montreal win combined with a Hamilton loss on Friday night will result in the Alouettes clinching first place in the East.

If Toronto wins, the only scenario that would prevent them from qualifying for the playoffs would be a tie between the Alouettes and Tiger-Cats in Week 20.

If both Hamilton and Toronto win this week, the two teams and Montreal will be involved in a three-way tie atop the East Division with each owning an 8-9 record heading into the final week of the season.

Additionally, two wins from Ottawa to end the season, coupled with victories from both Hamilton and Toronto over Montreal, will again result in a three-way tie in the East Division with each holding an 8-10 record.

In the event of a three-way tie among Hamilton, Montreal and Toronto, final standings will be determined by winning percentage amongst the three teams.

 
CFL FINES FOR WEEK 18 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 23:12

CFL FINES FOR WEEK 18


TORONTO
- The Canadian Football League announced today two executive fines.

Toronto Argonauts General Manager Jim Barker has been fined $2,500 for violating the league's sideline policy by positioning himself on the goal line directly behind an official, and attempting to communicate with that official, during play #130 of last Saturday's game between the Argos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Barker has also been informed that he will not be permitted on the sidelines during play for the remainder the Argos' 2014 regular season and post season.

Hamilton Tiger-Cat Owner Bob Young has been fined $10,000 for public comments criticizing CFL officiating.

 

 

 
CFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK - WEEK 18 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 19:10

CFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK 2014

Canadian Football League Week #18


TORONTO - Steve Slaton, Khreem Smith, Glenn Love and James Yurichuk were named the Canadian Football League Players of the Week for Week 18 of the 2014 Canadian Football League season.

The four players were chosen by a panel of judges including: former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN, and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.


CFL Offensive Player of the Week

Steve Slaton
RB - Toronto Argonauts

Hamilton Tiger-Cats 24 @ Toronto Argonauts 26

Toronto Argonauts running back Steve Slaton was named the Offensive Player of the Week for Week 18. Slaton recorded 157 yards from scrimmage on 21 touches and scored a touchdown in Toronto's 26-24 victory over their cross-town rivals, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Slaton, the single-season rushing yards leader at West Virginia, ran the ball a career-high 16 times for a personal best of 80 yards in the Argos' pivotal game at the Rogers Centre on Saturday.

Not only was the Levittown, Pennsylvania native efficient running the ball, but he was also a key target in Ricky Ray's passing game. He caught five passes for 77 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown reception to extend the Argos' early advantage to 14-0.

In his first season in the CFL, Slaton has averaged 5.8 yards per carry, giving him 428 rushing yards on the year. Additionally, he has 34 receptions for 301 yards and has a total of five majors this season.

This is the first Player of the Week honour of Slaton's career.


CFL Defensive Player of the Week

Khreem Smith
DE - BC Lions

BC Lions 28 @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers 23

BC Lions defensive end Khreem Smith was named the Defensive Player of the Week for Week 18. Smith recorded career-highs in tackles (eight) and sacks (four) as the Lions registered a 28-23 road victory over the Blue Bombers.

The former standout from Oklahoma State sacked Drew Willy four times, resulting in a total of 29-yards lost. Smith led the way as the Lions swarmed the Blue Bombers pivot for 10 sacks. The St. James, Jamaica native registered a rare feat in the fourth quarter with back-to-back sacks on consecutive plays.

In his fourth year in the league, Smith is having a breakout campaign, having already established new career marks in tackles (46) and sacks (11) with two games remaining.

This is the first time that Smith has received a Defensive Player of the Week award.


CFL Special Teams Player of the Week

Glenn Love
LB - Calgary Stampeders

Saskatchewan Roughriders 27 @ Calgary Stampeders 40

Calgary Stampeders linebacker Glenn Love was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 18. Love compiled a career-high four special teams tackles to help the Stampeders fend off the Roughriders and emerge with a 40-27 decision at home on Friday night.

The product of UCLA recorded his sixth multi-special teams tackle game on the season and currently sits second on the Stamps with 17 on the season.

The native of Champaign, Illinois is currently in his third season in the CFL and this is his first Player of the Week award.


CFL Canadian Player of the Week

James Yurichuk
LB - Toronto Argonauts

Hamilton Tiger-Cats 24 @ Toronto Argonauts 26

Toronto Argonauts linebacker James Yurichuk was named the Canadian Player of the Week for Week 18. Yurichuk notched a trio of tackles including a sack, a tackle-for-a-loss, and a special teams tackle, while adding an interception in the Argonauts 26-24 win over the Ticats.

Yurichuk, a product of Bishop's, intercepted a Zach Collaros pass on the second play of the fourth quarter to help ignite the Argos' comeback. His interception gave Toronto the ball at midfield and the Double Blue came away with a field goal to cut Hamilton's lead to three.

A native of Brampton, Ontario, Yurichuk recorded his first career sack on the final play of the game to seal the Argonauts victory over their East Division rivals.

This is Yurichuk's second career Canadian Player of the Week Award with his last coming in Week 6 of the 2012 season.

 
CFL PLAYERS OF THE MONTH – OCTOBER PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 19:14

CFL PLAYERS OF THE MONTH 2014

Canadian Football League - October


TORONTO
- Ernest Jackson, Bear Woods, Kendial Lawrence and Antoine Pruneau were named the CFL Players of the Month for October, the Canadian Football League announced today.

The monthly awards include all games played from Weeks 15 to 18.

The four players were chosen by a panel of judges that includes former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN, and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.


CFL Offensive Player of the Month

Ernest Jackson
WR - BC Lions

BC Lions wide receiver Ernest Jackson was named the Offensive Player of the Month for October. With Jackson in the lineup, the Lions accumulated a 2-1 record and secured a playoff berth for an 18th consecutive season.

The former University of Buffalo Bull recorded 20 receptions for 438 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns, while averaging a whopping 21.9 yards per reception last month.

Jackson's standout performance of the past four weeks came in a Week 16 home date against the Ottawa REDBLACKS. He tallied eight receptions for a career-high 195 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown grab in the Lions' 41-3 blowout win.

Jackson made it back-to-back games with over 100 yards receiving when he caught another eight passes for 149 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' playoff-clinching Week 18 matchup in Winnipeg.

With his recent surge, the Rochester, New York native has climbed the receiving charts and now sits ninth in the league in receiving yards. Among receivers with at least 30 catches on the year, Jackson leads the group in yards per reception with 16.7.

This is Jackson's first Monthly award in his three years in the CFL.


CFL Defensive Player of the Month

Bear Woods
LB - Montreal Alouettes

Montreal Alouettes linebacker Bear Woods was named the Defensive Player of the Month for October. Woods recorded 24 tackles, three sacks, an interception and forced a fumble as the Alouettes took three-of-three contests in October.

This is the second month in a row that Woods has been recognized as the league's top defender.

The native of Macclenny, Florida spent the past month matching some of his best-ever performances. In Week 16, he tied a career-high with a pair of sacks against the Roughriders. Two weeks later in the nation's capital, he equaled his personal-best of 10 tackles in a single game. In that contest, Woods also came away with his first career interception.

Woods tops the Alouettes with 70 tackles and sits third on the team with seven sacks.

The former Troy University Trojan is in his third season in the CFL and this is his second career Player of the Month award.


CFL Special Teams Player of the Month

Kendial Lawrence
KR/PR - Edmonton Eskimos

Edmonton Eskimos returner Kendial Lawrence was named the Special Teams Player of the Month for October. In the Eskimos' three October games, Lawrence compiled 423 combined return yards and scored two touchdowns as his team went 2-1.

Lawrence, a native of Rockwall, Texas scored his first touchdown of the month in Week 15 against the Toronto Argonauts. He ran back a Swayze Waters kickoff for 107 yards in the first quarter of Edmonton's eventual 33-32 setback.

His second major of the month came in Week 17 with the Eskimos visiting Mosaic Stadium. He returned Chris Milo's opening kickoff of the second half for 96 yards to jumpstart the Edmonton offence en route to a 24-19 comeback victory.

Down the October stretch, the Missouri product returned 12 punts for 82 yards and nine kickoffs for 341.

This is Lawrence's first career Player of the Month award.


CFL Canadian Player of the Month

Antoine Pruneau
DB - Ottawa REDBLACKS

Ottawa REDBLACKS defensive back Antoine Pruneau was named Canadian Player of the month for October. From Weeks 15 to 18, Pruneau registered 22 tackles, a sack and a special teams tackle in the REDBLACKS' four games.

Pruneau, a native of Montreal, Quebec, had a breakthrough performance in a Week 17 away game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The first-year player recorded nine tackles, a sack and a special teams tackle in a 16-6 losing effort.

The product of the University of Montreal has had a strong rookie campaign for the REDBLACKS. The fourth overall selection from the 2014 draft has accumulated 62 tackles on the year - good for second on the team. He is tied for third on the squad with 10 special teams tackles and his pair of sacks is tied for fifth.

This is the first award of Pruneau's career.

 
CFL TO HONOUR FALLEN CANADIAN HEROES PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Friday, 24 October 2014 18:34

CFL TO HONOUR FALLEN CANADIAN HEROES
Moment of silence, Canadian Armed Forces helmet decals are tributes

TORONTO – The Canadian Football League and its teams will pay special tribute this weekend to the Canadian heroes who lost their lives this week in separate attacks on home soil.

Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was murdered in a mall parking lot in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, and Corporal Nathan Frank Cirillo, who lost his life while standing guard at the National War Memorial, near Parliament Hill, will be remembered.

All games will feature a solemn moment of silence and all teams will wear a helmet decal that bears the logo of the Canadian Armed Forces.

“These are heartfelt gestures and yet they feel small when compared to the enormous sacrifice and bravery displayed constantly by the Canadian men and women in uniform who have always put their lives on the line, for our way of life and our freedoms,” said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon.

“That these men were in harm’s way here at home deeply offends us all. That they lost their lives so suddenly and so tragically shocks us all. And that their families and friends have been robbed of their company and comfort deeply saddens us all. Our teams want to express respect, appreciation and sympathies, on behalf of  us all.”

The Ottawa REDBLACKS also plan an extended ceremony, prior to hosting the Montreal Alouettes Friday night at 6:30 pm ET. That game will be followed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders playing the Stampeders in Calgary at 9:30 pm ET.

 

Another doubleheader on Saturday features the Toronto Argonauts hosting the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at 4 pm  ET followed by the BC Lions visit to Winnipeg to face the Blue Bombers at 7 pm ET.

 
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