Regina Leader-Post - - SPORTS - — Rob Van­stone


The Stampeders boast the league’s best record (12-1-1) and are five points ahead of the next-clos­est team, the 10-4 Blue Bombers. The Stampeders ex­cel in all three phases of the game. Their de­fence, in par­tic­u­lar, is a force. It would not be sur­pris­ing to see Calgary run the ta­ble en route to what seems to be an in­evitable Grey Cup vic­tory.


The Blue Bombers had nine vic­to­ries in a 10-game stretch be­fore falling 30-13 to the vis­it­ing Tiger-Cats on Fri­day. Of great­est con­cern is a hand in­jury suf­fered by Bombers quar­ter­back Matt Ni­chols. The in­jury is not be­lieved to be se­ri­ous, which is for­tu­nate for the Bombers be­cause he is their meal ticket. If the Bombers were to lose Ni­chols for any sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod, their rank­ing could plum­met.


The Roughrid­ers started off at 2-4 be­fore go­ing on a 6-2 roll. There is un­cer­tainty about the quar­ter­back­ing sit­u­a­tion, be­cause veteran starter Kevin Glenn has strug­gled of late while 25-yearold un­der­study Brandon Bridge has made a case for more play­ing time. This much is cer­tain: Af­ter some grow­ing pains, Chris Jones has trans­formed Saskatchewan into one of the CFL’s bet­ter teams.

4 (5) ED­MON­TON

Ed­mon­ton made a strong bid to be­come the first team in the CFL to lose seven games in a row af­ter win­ning seven straight. The Eski­mos avoided such an ig­no­min­ious fate by de­feat­ing Montreal 42-24 on Mon­day. Even though the Eski­mos are on a 1-6 skid, the 8-6 over­all slate is good enough for a No. 4 rank­ing. Every other team in the league has a los­ing record.

5 (7) OTTAWA

The Red­blacks’ record (6-9-1) is an eye­sore, but they could be a fac­tor now that Trevor Har­ris has re­turned. On Satur­day, Har­ris pi­loted Ottawa to a 30-25 vic­tory in B.C. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with re­ceivers such as Greg Elling­son, Brad Si­nop­oli and Dion­tae Spencer, Har­ris could pile up se­ri­ous yardage and points down the stretch.


Toronto (7-8-0) won three con­sec­u­tive games be­fore los­ing 27-24 at home to Saskatchewan. Toronto led 16-3 be­fore Saskatchewan went on a 24-8 roll. The game was a mi­cro­cosm of the year for the Arg­onauts, who have looked im­pres­sive at times and hope­less at oth­ers.


The Tiger-Cats have four vic­to­ries and two losses since June Jones re­placed Kent Austin as the head coach. A con­vinc­ing vic­tory over Winnipeg was the big­gest eye­brow-raiser to date. An even tougher chal­lenge — Calgary — awaits. Good luck with that.

8 (6) B.C.

The Lions’ bizarre sea­son con­tin­ues. B.C. led Ottawa 25-6 Satur­day, only to sur­ren­der 24 unan­swered points and lose 30-25 at home. Touted as cham­pi­onship ma­te­rial as the sea­son dawned, the Lions are last in the West Di­vi­sion.


The Alou­ettes are the first team to be elim­i­nated from play­off con­tention. At least they are first at some­thing. On Mon­day, the Alou­ettes opened up a 15-0 lead against Ed­mon­ton and still lost by 18 points. An­other fine out­ing.

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