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The ALSternative

Posted By Clifford Pine On Sep 3 2013 @ 1:31 pm In Montreal Alouettes | No Comments

Tonight, youth will be served.

The Montreal Alouettes play a rare Tuesday evening game tonight as they face the Toronto Argonauts at The Skydome Rogers Centre. This game will showcase a possible glimpse into the future, as two young guns are quarterbacking tonight for their respective teams.

Two of the CFL’s most prolific passers are not be in the lineup as both Anthony Calvillo and Ricky Ray are out with injuries for tonight and maybe even longer. So instead fans will get to watch Zach Collaros for the Argos and Alouettes Nation will get to soak in the Madness once again as Tanner Marsh makes his first official start in the CFL.

Tonight also marks a pivotal point for both teams, as they play a home and home series in the span of 5 days. Toronto is in first place, but Montreal can gain ground on them and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with wins tonight and this coming Sunday.

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As thrilling as it was to see Marsh lead the Als to victory nearly two weeks ago, there’s no guarantee that his playing will equal automatic wins. But after the seeing the work Tanner’s put in practice this past weekend, I am feeling more and more encouraged that this team is in good hands with AC on the sidelines.

The one thing that Marsh has going for him above all else is a calm demeanor. It can be seen in his interviews and it was on display versus the B.C. Lions. Even when he made what could have been costly mistakes, he didn’t panic or lose control. And his teammates fed off that and are now ready to work for him. Tracy Ham had that calm demeanor. Anthony Calvillo has it as well and it’s still early, but you can see it in Marsh.

And the game tonight will be played indoors, more than likely with the roof closed. So if Tanner Marsh played the way he did with heavy rain coming down, imagine how tonight will go in a domed environment!

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With Marsh playing tonight’s game and possibly on Sunday as well versus the same Argos team, what now happens with Anthony Calvillo? What looked like a routine hit by Ricky Foley just may have been the kill shot for an illustrious career. And that would be incredibly unfortunate if it comes to be.

Take a look around Percival Molson Stadium this Sunday. Note the number of jerseys with the #13 on it, I bet you’ll lose count after a while. No one has made a bigger impact on this team than AC himself. He’s endured longer than anyone ever thought would be possible and has ZERO to prove anymore to anyone.  He’s still the standard bearer for quarterback success in the Canadian Football League.

Can he come back from this? SHOULD he come back? None of us can answer those questions. I have always said that if he can still play at the level we are used to seeing from him, he can and should play as long as he wants. If anyone has earned the right to go out on their own terms, it’s Anthony Calvillo

But concussions are no laughing matter, especially for a guy who’s taken a lot of abuse this season alone. While AC deserves at least one more Grey Cup ring, I don’t want it to come at the expense of his long-term health. If need be, he can contribute in so many other ways to football if his physical & mental health is in any sort of jeopardy.

His status as a Montreal sports legend is more than secure. He will have his day in the sun and be celebrated as the legend he truly is with his jersey being retired. Maybe this day will come sooner than we anticipated, I sincerely hope not.

However, if Anthony Calvillo retiring means he won’t become a tragic statistic, I am all for it. All Alouettes fans can do is give AC all the time he needs.

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The summer is over and we have now reached the halfway point of the season. Games are starting to count now and things are going to get more and more exciting. As a fan first and foremost, this is a very exciting time for me and the rest of Alouettes Nation.

I’ll be live-tweeting the game [1] as per usual and should be back here later this week to discuss tonight’s game more in detail. Enjoy the game tonight, wherever you watch it!

GO ALS GO!!!

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