This past Sunday, I got to witness three amazing things;
1) The Montreal Alouettes completely dominate their opponent in front of a raucous home crowd.
2) The first Alouettes touchdown scored by special teams in almost 2 years.
3) Some amazing chimichurri steak pizza that I prepared at the tailgate. (Sorry, couldn’t resist)
The Alouettes did themselves a big favour by soundly beating the Toronto Argonauts this past Sunday. The win gave them some much needed breathing room atop the Eastern standings. With 4 of their 6 remaining games against divisional opponents, each victory becomes more and more important. If the Alouettes can come away from Hamilton this Friday with a win, they will be sitting real pretty.
Despite no Brandon Whitaker in the lineup, the Alouettes continued on their classic offensive ways. Victor Anderson relished the pressure of filling Whitaker’s shoes and earned himself 2 touchdowns in the process. As usual with this Calvillo offense, it’s never how well you can run in the backfield, it’s how well you can block. And Anderson did a great job of giving AC plenty of field to stretch the Argos secondary out.
Having missed the past 4 games with a knee injury, no one wanted to shine on the field more than Brandon London. And shine he did with some amazing catches. But he was also instrumental in firing up the hometown crowd when the Argos had the ball. Rallying the crowd and his teammates at every chance he got, he truly stepped up and got it going.
Beset by a nagging rib injury all year, no one really expected Trent Guy to do much other than protect the ball and move upfield as much as he could with this special teams unit. And while scoring your first CFL touchdown is memorable, I think people will be remembering his second TD for a long, long time.
I remember cringing when I saw Guy slightly bobble the missed field goal from Toronto’s Swayze Waters. But he gathered himself quickly and with a few key blocks from his teammates he was off to the races, setting a new team record with a 129 yard return for a touchdown. The noise from that return as well as other key moments truly helped establish Montreal as one of the loudest places to play in the CFL. Even if the PA system has to constantly remind fans to make noise on defense & be quiet on offense. Oh well.
But most impressive was the defense; the same 3-4 defense that everyone was lauding earlier this year. Led by Jeff Reinebold, who was the butt of many jokes due to his antics from his previous tenure as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Well, with each passing day that defense gets better and better. This past Sunday, not one touchdown was yielded by this D. All of Toronto’s points came from their kicker and ours (Sean Whyte did concede a safety). With veterans like Shea Emry & John Bowman leading the way, they were unstoppable and now riding a major wave of momentum into the Hammer tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s game will be the final Alouettes tilt at Ivor Wynne Stadium before they knock the old barn down for a much-needed renovation. I thought my visit this past July would be the last time I’d see IWS, but fate seems to have me attending even more Alouettes games this year. Trust me, I’ll take full advantage. But if you can’t make your way to Hamilton for tomorrow’s tilt, you can meet up with fellow Alouettes fans in Montreal at the Cage Aux Sports on 1437 René-Lévesque West, between Bishop and Mackay.
The Alouettes administration floated this idea along to season ticket holders and I hope ALL Alouettes fans show up and put the team on notice. With no hockey or NFL football to distract anyone tomorrow evening, this is a prime opportunity to get together with your fellow fans, make new friends and perhaps start a new tradition for when the Alouettes hit the road. Why not make La Cage your Alouettes home away from home?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and professional football will soon see its players don a myriad of pink gear to help raise awareness. This dreaded disease is not going undetected by the Angry Bird himself, Kyries Hebert. He has put together a gala night featuring your Montreal Alouettes and he needs you to attend!
Being held October 5th at the Time Supper Club in Montreal, this promises to be a spectacular event. There will be dinner, live entertainment and the keynote speaker will be none other than our legendary quarterback & cancer survivor Anthony Calvillo. This is a fund-raising event and all proceeds go directly to the Cedars Cancer Institute for the Calvillo Fund. Many of your favourite players will be there, so be sure to get your tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime event. For more info or to buy tickets, click here. And special thanks to Kyries for establishing himself both on and off the football field in Montreal!!
So get ready Alouettes Nation as our Flock of Dirty Birds descend into Steeltown and hopefully soar off with a victory. The Alouettes won’t be perfect in September like they were in August, but they are playing inspired football. And they will need us fans to rally them from afar as well. I hope to see more Alouettes fans tomorrow as well as Tiger-Cats fans who I befriended the last time I was there. I’ll be my usual self, live-tweeting the game. Enjoy the game no matter where you watch it.
GO ALS GO!!!
About the Author
Written by Clifford Pine
Montreal born & bred, lover of sports. Passionate about the Montreal Alouettes. Also a great cook & not too bad a dancer.