I have been following the CFL for 2.5 seasons now and must admit that I enjoy the fast-paced games more than those of my once beloved NFL. Today I will be watching Calgary and Montreal, giving the American games an occasional glance. The wide-open nature of the CFL is appealing. You only have to stop opponents twice to get the ball back to your own team, and other rules are incredibly interesting. Last night's developments at the end of the game provided a real conundrum for the Eskimos. In retrospect, they should have done things differently. The punt hitting the goal post was a real break for the Cats. Also, having only nine teams makes it easier to follow the league, itself. The NFL is just too big and overwhelming.
I am here as a Cats' fan because Zach is from my home town and I have been watching his games since 7th grade. At this time I must offer an apology for being an Arblows fan until last February. Barring injury, I think Zach may have found a home. Hamilton is the closest CFL city to his beloved Steubenville, Ohio and he must be quite at home in a "Steel City." By the way, he grew up 35 miles from Pittsburgh, Pa. watching Big Ben Roethesberger. Big Ben doesn't like to throw the ball away, either.
Last night you got to see Zach's determination and "never quit" attitude. He stood in there, brushed off the constant harassment by the Edmonton rush, and helped win the game. The defense and Banks did the rest. Last year, he had some amazing games with Big Blew, at times shaking off a poor first half to come back and win the game late. Honestly, I don't think we have seen anything yet. He will make mistakes, but he will never let them affect his play. Give him a little time and a slightly open receiver, and he will burn the opposition. His skill set is perfect for the CFL.
I was born on an American Air Force base in Newfoundland, and I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Canada. I'm glad you kicked our butts in the American Revolution and War of 1812 - we deserved it. You are not "just like us," but you are wonderful in your own way. Not only that, but your national anthem is the best, much better than our old English drinking song.:thup: