CFL Week 9 picks: Als are the ones who need camouflage




The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will wear their new experimental Reebok uniforms on Friday night when the Montreal Alouettes roll into Investors Group Field. Considering how great those jerseys could have looked — with a little gold in them — they are actually incredibly dull.

As one wag suggested via Twitter, “Why would they want camouflage jerseys when Drew Willy is already having trouble finding his receivers?”

That’s cute. However, in the picture above, Willy himself is looking rather bored. He’s kind of saying, “OK, these are fine, let’s practise.” When practice becomes more fun than a new uniform, you have to figure that at best, the new “signature uniforms,” are actually quite ordinary. Unlike Saskatchewan’s crazy greens that just jumped out of the TV monitor, the Bombers are patio-upholstery blue with some camo design on the shoulders and in the helmet. There is no “old gold,” the key to the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s Bombers uniforms, but there is a big white W on the front. Ooooo, that’s exciting.

Bombers fans can only hope it stands for “win.”

And this Friday it should. The Bombers take on the sad-sack Montreal Alouettes, a marginal team to be sure, but in fairness, a team with a strong 1-6 record in the East. That’s right 1-6 puts the Als right in the thick of the East Division playoff hunt.

Meanwhile, last week the ever-positive, glass-half-full Coach decided the East was going to start winning games. He was horribly wrong and is embarrassed. Straight up, the Coach finished 2-3 while Dr. Football was a sensational 5-0. Listen to Dr. Football if you know what’s good for you.

As always, the Doc writes our well-reasoned and therefore winning decisions while the Coach binges on ice cream and blames the referees.

Let’s take a close, semi-intelligent look at Week 8 in the Canadian Football League:

Montreal (1-6) at Winnipeg (5-3)

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The list of ex-Winnipeg Blue Bombers that come back to haunt them is huge: Odell Willis, Will Ford, Adarius Bowman and Brendon Labatte are just a few I can think of, off the top of my head. Don’t bet on adding Alex Brink to the list. Montreal is horrible. The Coach says: Did anyone really believe the retirement of Anthony Calvillo would result in this mess?

Dr. Football: Take the Bombers to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Bombers to win and cover.

Toronto (3-5) at Edmonton (6-1)

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Toronto played two games last week in perhaps the goofiest week of scheduling is CFL history … in a nine-team league, even a kindergarten student could figure out eight teams play each week and one has a bye. Good grief. Argos looked good in one and looked terrible in the next. Edmonton struggled a bit with Ottawa, but expect Chris Jones and his coaching staff to make the correct adjustments. Ricky Ray isn’t exactly welcomed back with open arms, he’ll be running for his life in this one. The Coach says: If any other team in the East could win, Toronto’s reign as a first-place club would be in jeopardy. But hey, that ain’t gonna happen this week. The Argos will lose by two touchdowns and still dominate the East.

Dr. Football: Take the Eskimos to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Eskimos to win and cover.

Calgary (6-1) at Ottawa (1-6)

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Calgary is in the midst of a two-game road trip, which is tough, but Ottawa, despite the great fan support, is a pretty dismal team. Calgary has allowed a league-low 114 points, while Ottawa has only scored 119. Yikes. Won’t be close. The Coach says: Big game for Ottawa. At 1-6, the playoffs beckon.

Dr. Football: Take Calgary to win and cover.

The Coach: Take Calgary to win and cover

Saskatchewan (5-2) at B.C. (5-3)

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Definitely the CFL game of the week as both teams have been on a recent roll, after both started slowly. The Lions’ offence got into high gear last week in Toronto while the Roughriders stuggled to score against Montreal at home. John Chick could be the difference in this one, he’s been known to rattle QBs and we’ve all seen Kevin Glenn get rattled and play poorly after that. The Roughriders’ defence kept them in last week’s game, and they will do it again this week. Riders regroup. The Coach says: B.C. looked a lot better last week than I expected and I have this hunch, they’ll keep it going at home.

Dr. Football: Take the Roughriders in an upset.

The Coach: Take the Lions to win and cover.

Editor of the popular Game On Hockey Magazine and The Point After Football Magazine, editor of Canadian Meat Business Magazine, sports editor of Grassroots News, TV play-by-play voice of the Winnipeg Goldeyes and author of the bestselling book: The Winnipeg Jets: A Celebration of Professional Hockey in Winnipeg. He likes virgin pina coladas, long walks on the beach, puppies and thoroughbred race horses that run according to form.
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