It’s game day!!
The Montreal Alouettes will try to snap their losing skid as they play their second game out west tonight versus the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. No longer the whipping boys of the Canadian Football League, the Bombers started out white-hot but have cooled in recent weeks with losses to Saskatchewan and Toronto.
The Bombers haven’t played in over a week, so they’ll be rested and looking to defend their home turf tonight at Investors Group Field. It will also be a homecoming of sorts for Alouettes starting QB Alex Brink, who started his CFL career in the ‘Peg.
While he probably bears no ill will to the Bombers, he’ll certainly want to show that last week’s solid performance was no fluke. Brink was by no means perfect versus the Riders, but he hung tough and never gave head coach Tom Higgins any reason to enlist any other QB into the game to take snaps.
The last time these two teams met up in Montreal, it was a shootout that resulted in a one point victory for Winnipeg. Montreal’s defense was unable to close out that last game in the dying seconds; they will surely not make that same mistake again. Also, Montreal will have to really mind their P’s and Q’s when it comes to penalties. The refs have been flag-happy this season and I don’t see that trend stopping anytime soon.
The Alouettes spent the past week in Regina, practicing out there and preparing for this game. In doing so, they don’t have to account for jet lag or adjusting to different time zones.
Many also took advantage of the opportunity to do some team bonding; the offensive linemen bravely took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge together, having been called out by their former teammate Scott Flory. Daryl Townsend, Brandon Whitaker and the Alouettes QB corps led by coach Jeff Garcia also took part in that viral endeavor to raise awareness.
Alex Brink had promised to take his teammates out to dinner and made good on that. So while there may have been some turmoil in the locker room before, the Alouettes were doing all they could to strengthen their camaraderie.
We fans can strengthen OUR core of loyal partisanship for the Alouettes by attending the Station Des Sports tonight to watch the game. It’s a 8:30 PM kickoff and the cheerleaders will be there along with other guests. So if you’re in Montreal and plan to party it up into the wee hours, stop here for a spell and cheer on your Montreal Alouettes!
I couldn’t help but laugh when the news came out that the BC Lions’ president was guaranteeing a win versus the Saskatchewan Roughriders this Sunday and that as a result, Riders fans were upset at this boast. What makes it really funny is that the Riders actually bought billboard space outside of BC Place to poke the bear. Or Lion, as the case may be.
So let me guess this straight, Rider Nation….You take out billboard ads in rival cities in order to get a rise out of the team you’re playing and when they respond in kind, you are insulted?! Do you even know how chirping works?
What’s really laughable is that now all of a sudden the CFL’s scribes and talking heads are acting like Victorian-era lawyers wearing powdered wigs, agog and aghast that a team would DARE to put forth a challenge such as a guaranteed win night.
We sadly live in an era where any sort of attack, even self-defense, is considered bullying. But should we meekly allow the muscle-bound guy here to kick sand at the 98 pound weakling so as not to “rock the boat”? Well guess what, much like my friend Brian at BCLionsDen.ca, I think this promotion is a great idea!
And if Riders fans want to be butthurt whilst flinging the opening salvo and call this “bulletin board material”, then they still have a lot to learn about the art of sportsmanship. Perhaps their head cheerleader Rod Black will be on hand to call the game and soothe them in between plays, assuring their “wounded” egos that everything will be okay.
For the record, I am friendly with quite a few RoughRiders fans who were embarrassed by the actions/words of a few. While it only takes one or two bad apples to spoil the bunch, I won’t paint every fan with the same brush. Just remember, it’s called competition, people….If you can’t handle the heat, then stay out of the kitchen. Especially if you brought the heat yourself.
Now to run before some old lady whacks me with her cane….
That’s all for now. As usual, I’ll be live-tweeting the game. And again, I request that you consider donating to the Tony Proudfoot Fund for ALS if you haven’t been asked yet to do the Ice Bucket Challenge. A lot of money and awareness has been raised so far, let’s keep it going! You can donate by clicking on this link.
Enjoy the game, regardless of where you will be watching 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.