While football fans have two more months to wait for the NFL season to start, those of us in Canada got to watch football all weekend.
Actually, the weekend started on Thursday in the CFL.
The first game saw the Toronto Argonauts visit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, in a rematch of the first pre-season game. In the pre-season game the Argos walked out winners by only two points, but in the rematch, the Blue Bombers found something they had been lacking and defeated the Argo by more than double the score.
Saturday's match up saw my favorite team, the Calgary Stampeders, host the Montreal Allouettes. When I checked my phone at lunch time, the Stamps were leading 2-0 and by the time I got to my favorite hangout for lunch, they had jumped to an 11-0 lead, thanks to a 102 yard pass to Maurice Price that was the longest since 1996. That pass, from Calgary QB Bo Levi Mitchell, was one for the hightlight reels, and ended the first quarter.
The video of the play, nicknamed "Bo To Mo" can be seen here.
The Stamps continued dominating throughout the rest of the game, with sacks, strong defence, and more touchdowns. The Al's were held to 9 points, while Calgary continued to score, finishing the game with 28 points.
The later game on Saturday saw the BC Lions, without Quarterback Travis Lulay, take on the Edmonton Eskimos. Lulay suffered a shoulder injury in the off-season, and continues to heal. Kevin Glenn, a 14 year veteran acquired from the Ottawa Redblacks, was successful in the pre-season for the Lions, and coach Benevides made the decision to continue with him in the leading role, placing Lulay on the 6 game injury list. He may come to regret that decision, as the Eskies were able to defeat the Lions, 27-20.
Sunday featured the Saskatchewan Roughriders hosting the Hamilton Tiger Cats. It was the rematch of the two teams who competed in the 101st Grey Cup back in November, and the result was the same. Saskatchewan lost absolutely nothing in the off-season and dominated the Ti-cats once again.
Action gets underway again on Thursday, this time with the Ottawa Redblacks visiting the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
CFL Season's Week 1 is in the history book