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article imageOp-Ed: CFL - Alouettes have yet to be tested

By Joseph DeClara     Sep 23, 2010 in Sports
So Anthony Calvillo came back from injury and the Alouettes won 31-14 over the Edmonton Eskimos. Big deal, Edmonton is 2-9.
Friday they play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. I’m sure Calvillo and the Als will win that one as well. The real test is coming, just wait.
Once the Alouettes power their way through the Blue Bombers they’re scheduled for a home and home series against the 9-2 Calgary Stampeders, who happen to be the only team with a better record than that Alouettes.
Of course the Als may not properly prepare for Winnipeg and lose that game Friday, but even if they do, the real test is Calgary.
The Als lost to Saskatchewan in week one in overtime. Then in Montreal they beat those same Roughriders. It’s safe to say that Montreal and Saskatchewan have a good rivalry, and the home team in a matchup between the two has the advantage. But what if Montreal loses both games to Calgary?
Calgary has already lost to Saskatchewan, it’s true, but it was in Regina. They’ve also played twice in Calgary. The Stamps won those two games by a combined score of 81-37.
Calgary’s other loss came at the hands of the surprising Toronto Argonauts, a team that also beat Montreal in their own house. Baring a Cinderella run, Toronto probably won’t get very far in the playoffs, not with a rookie quarterback anyway. Who else is there in the East to contend? Hamilton? They’re too busy looking for a place to play.
If Montreal doesn’t make it to the Grey Cup Final it will be because of injury, bad coaching, or terrible bad luck. Bad luck can happen anytime, anywhere. Marc Trestman is probably not going to suddenly become a bad coach. Injuries though, they may be a problem.
Calvillo has already missed games because of a chest injury; he also dislocated a finger on his throwing hand this season. I know as well as anybody who fondly remembers their twenties that injuries are more frequent, and take longer to heal the older you get. Calvillo is 41.
McPherson did a fine job replacing Calvillo. The problem is he missed the first nine games of the season because of an injury himself. Avon Cobourne has also spent time on the DL.
Of course injuries can hamper any team.
If we assume Montreal makes it to the Grey Cup, they’ll play either Saskatchewan or Calgary, probably. They’ve already beaten Saskatchewan in the Grey Cup, granted they had some help in the dying minutes of the game, but still, they won. They’ve also beaten them once already this season. It would be a fun an interesting matchup.
It could be just as exciting to see Montreal play Calgary in the Grey Cup as well. Just how interesting it may be will become evident in about three weeks. After the Als have finished with the Blue Bombers and have been tested, twice, by the Stampeders. Of course you could always say that it will be Calgary being tested by Montreal. Either way you look at it, those two games are probably going to show us exactly what to expect on November 28th: another exciting Grey Cup Final for the second year in a row, or a lopsided Super Bowl like yawner.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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