55 Yard Line
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line16 hrs ago
After starting the season 0-3, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are hoping to turn things around against the Ottawa Redblacks Friday night, and they're perhaps targeting even a bigger home-field advantage than normal. Redblacks' fans are known for wearing flannel shirts in red-and-black plaid, so that explainsthis addition to the usual Mosiac Stadium signage that the Riders' Twitter account posted:
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line2 days ago
Rapper Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus) has been involved with plenty of football things over the years, from running and coaching in his youth football league (which has produced players like Broncos' RB Ronnie Hillman) to his adidas money cleatsto his planned rap collaboration with Steelers' RB Le'Veon Bell, but it seems he hasn't really come across the CFL before. He recorded himself watching last Friday's CFL game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes, saying he didn't get the rule differences, and saying he wanted to try out for the league. (Language warning.)
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line5 days ago
The Saskatchewan Roughriders' 40-27 loss to the B.C. Lions Saturday night to fall to 0-3 would be concerning enough in its own right, but it gets even more worrisome when you throw in the injuries. Saskatchewan quarterback Darian Durant, offensive guard Brendon LaBatte, wide receiver Shamawd Chambers and cornerback Justin Cox all left the game with injuries, and while the severity of any of those wasn't known Sunday morning, they all have the potential to drag this team down further if serious. Even if the Riders do get all of those players back quickly, though, Saturday's loss shows they still have plenty of issues to address.
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line7 days ago
It's probably a good thing that the Edmonton Eskimos were on the road this week. While they pulled off a 20-16 win in nice weather conditions in Winnipeg Thursday night, the severe thunderstorm that hit Edmonton Friday has made a significant impact on their typical playing surface, The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Here's a photo Eskimos' president Len Rhodes tweeted of the field Friday:
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line8 days ago
Through their first two games, the Edmonton Eskimos' defence struggled, allowing 40.5 points and a league-leading 459 yards per game. Granted, both of those games went to overtime, but those numbers still weren't good, and they had plenty of people talking about the issues with their defence heading into Thursday's game on the road in Winnipeg. The Eskimos found a way to get their defence back on track, though, and it was huge in their 20-16 win over the Blue Bombers, especially on the final drive.
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line8 days ago
There's a quarterback change ahead for the Montreal Alouettes, but the new guy's in an awfully tight spot. As per TSN, regular starter Kevin Glenn will miss Friday's game against Hamilton (thanks to an inflamed left eye that's seen him miss four practices this week), with Rakeem Cato stepping into the void. Getting a start is a good sign for Cato, who was Montreal's regular starter for a while last season but fell out of favour once they traded for Glenn, and he'll certainly be eager to get the ball. However, there are big questions about the receivers he'll have to work with.
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line14 days ago
The CFL made some history Friday night thanks to the Calgary Stampeders - Ottawa Redblacks game finishing in a 26-26 tie, which CFL communications director Paulo Senra tweeted is the first tie in the league since a 2009 44-44 Calgary-Saskatchewan clash. It's also the first tie for an Ottawa-based CFL team since the Rough Riders tied the Eskimos 16-16 back in 1986, according to Sportsnet's stats. While the tie was highly unusual to see, and an appropriate way to end a game where there wasn't much between these sides, it came about largely thanks to missed opportunities from both teams.
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line15 days ago
Thursday night's first CFL game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers saw plenty of remarkable plays, starting with Brandon Banks' 120-yard return touchdown off a missed field goal. However, that was just the start. Here are five of the other zany things that happened in Winnipeg's 28-24 win over Hamilton Thursday night:
5. The three-man interception: Late in the game, Hamilton looked to have a crucial touchdown with Tiquan Underwood wide open in the end zone, but he dropped the pass. On the next play, Masoli's pass got deflected by first one Bomber, then another, and then it finally fell into the hands of Winnipeg linebacker Maurice Leggett for his second pick of the night.
4. The early butterball: With the score tied at 7 late in the first half, Tiger-Cats' quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was under pressure and took off running. He then got the ball stripped, but it bounced off two different Winnipeg players before Bombers' defensive tackle Euclid Cummings was able to recover.