Alouettes! RedBlacks! ……. Someone has to win!!
In this never-ending attempt to remain positive with this blog, we forge ahead to preview Friday’s game at Percival Molson Stadium. The Montreal Alouettes and Ottawa RedBlacks face off and by game’s end, one of these two teams will temporarily be alone in 2nd place and one will occupy the basement of the CFL’s Eastern division.
Regardless of what Alouettes fans think of the players and coaching staff in 2014, the team carries on with this ersatz group. Jonathan Crompton will be making his first official start for Montreal. The team will also have WR Chad Johnson at their disposal, having been cleared of his concussion issues.
Crompton came in to start the second quarter last week versus Winnipeg and didn’t look awful. He threw for three interceptions but two of those were more the fault of the receiver not properly securing the ball. Crompton does have a bit of that gunslinger feel to him, much like Tanner Marsh did when he came in relief last season.
Head Coach Tom Higgins is still a believer in using a two QB system, so unless Crompton completely dominates the RedBlacks or goes down to injury, don’t count out the possibility of seeing Alex Brink behind centre as well.
Despite having a Hall of Fame quarterback in Henry Burris, Ottawa is facing their struggles as well. In a sort of flipside to the Alouettes’ woes, the Redblacks have the QB but no real playmakers for him to work with. Noel Thorpe’s defense gave Burris all kinds of fits last year when he played for Hamilton and the RedBlacks’ O-Line will have to find a way to contain guys like Kyries Hebert, John Bowman and Alan-Michael Cash, who will be looking to continue their QB feast in front of a rabid crowd at home.
Ottawa is refusing to let the “expansion team” tag be an excuse for their play this season. They are just as much in the hunt for a playoff spot and a win versus Montreal will be a major boost, as they are the only Eastern team to have beaten first place Toronto. A win against the Alouettes will bode well for Ottawa and they have done it before, albeit during a pre-season game this past June.
I’d say overall these two teams are as evenly matched as you will find at this point of the season. A scant edge to Montreal for defense and give Ottawa a slight nod for coaching. I daresay that the team who can best keep their composure regarding penalties will easily win this match.
It’s also the last Friday home game for Montreal; the next home games will be played on Sundays with the exception of the Thanksgiving Day game. If you have stayed away before, now is the time to check out your Birds of Prey before you hit up that last big blowout of the summer!
This past Monday the Montreal Alouettes debuted their new Signature Look uniforms, which the team will wear on the field during the Sept.7 & Nov.2 games in Montreal. In case you missed out, here they are (c/o The Zone Rouge):
Now that I’ve had a few days to digest the new look, here’s what I like & dislike about them:
Like: There is an actual history behind the design, which you can check out here. They stay true to the team’s main colours and give a look that has a classic feel yet also looks a bit futuristic, as though this is how we’d possibly imagine the team in 2040.
I’m also a big fan of gradient colour schemes and the blue/red “425″ chest patch & helmet looks incredible. The team also continues to remind everyone where they make their home by including the letters MTL, shortform for Montreal, on the helmet and the front of the jersey.
Lastly, I am very glad to see an actual Alouettes logo on the nape of the neck as opposed to on the lower back like what Saskatchewan does with their current jerseys. The “tramp stamp” look isn’t the best, in my humble opinion.
Dislike: These jerseys do look similar to Hamilton’s new Signature Look, but that’s an issue to be taken up with the design department at Reebok. Honestly, Alouettes fans should be happy the players don’t look like walking watermelons.
I also find the namebar on the back to look a little clunky, as though it wasn’t measured properly with the jersey. It may be one of those features that works when the jersey is worn on top of football equipment, but not when worn as a regular shirt.
I can’t say that I dislike the depiction of feathers on the sleeves, but I don’t think I would have missed them if they weren’t included. As is often the case, your mileage may vary.
Much like the Alouettes’ black alternate jerseys, people either seem to really like or really hate these Signature Look jerseys. If you are in the camp that likes the jerseys, they are being sold now and can be customized to your liking. If you don’t like them, you can take solace in the fact that you will only see them twice this year.
That’s all for now. Be sure to follow along on Twitter for last minute news and live game tweets. If you are going to the game, be sure to hit up the tailgate right next to the East entrance of the stadium.
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.