While I imagine some would consider it disrespectful...
I've taken to ignoring the posts that no doubt are buzzing around this forum
Analyzing and dissecting the vexed question
Of what's wrong with this team.
Instead I've contented myself to watch as destiny reveals itself
(although "contented" probably doesn't have much to do with it)
Knowing that...as usual...most everyone will grab the wrong end of the horse
Regardless of how many times they get kicked for their troubles
So it goes.
Still...I care about the fate of this team
So once again I'll try to talk sense
And hope beyond hope someone is out there to listen:
It's never easy seeing one's hero's fall
Where the once glorious badge of courage and nobility
Becomes stained with rust
Hobbled by time and falls to dust
So much for poetry...
I've come to respect the big guy
He may not be the most diplomatic of players
But if you've come for the truth...he rarely disappoints
In his pre-game interview John Bowman was asked about the team
He made the usual polite noises about "the system" and "assignments"
And then made a pointed comment about the offence moving the ball
I sometimes get the impression that most people who comment about this team
Either never actually watch the games at all
Or watch them....then proceed to forget everything they've seen
Either way...one thing is clear:
This offence is sputtering...and it's hurting the team
Oh there will be those who point to yardage gained (through the air)
And various other statistics
And claim that the problem is entirely elsewhere
THAT STATISTICS DON'T LIE
I remember a meteorologist once making a good point about this
When...in a certain region the average rainfall hadn't changed noticeably
But...since all the rain fell in a one week period
Instead of being spread out over an entire season
THAT particular statistic was useless in explaining why there was famine
And folks were dying.
Observation trumps statistics
So...despite the inherent subjective nature of the beast
In the vague hope that it will make some difference
Here's my observation (feel free to add your own of course):
On more than one occasion this year it has taken AC a quarter or more to get going.
I had an old car. I know what it's like to idle the old girl for a half hour or so to get everything warmed up.
But in this case the effects are starting to prove disastrous.
Last week...the combination of poor kick returns...a series of two and outs and then dubious punting
Gave the opposition numerous drives with substantial field position advantages
And in short order...a 2 score advantage
Admittedly I'm no defensive expert
But a defence that's designed to be aggressive and attacking
And is then consistently put in a defensive posture
Is bound to fail
The slow starts are one thing
Aberrant though they clearly are...
But while AC manages to find his "form" repeatedly throughout the game
He just as frequently manages to lose it...with inconceivably bad passes and panicked decisions
Which leads me to the final point
Calvillo is playing injured
Anyone who believes this nonsense about "he can't be injured any further"
Well I suppose they deserve the .500 team they now see
The foolishness of playing AC in this condition is unfathomable
Not only is he struggling (by his own admission) with the very mechanics of his throwing motion
(apparently he has to set his feet in a specific way or the ball "floats" off God knows where)
But he's obviously in real pain after every hit.
Brett Favre recently admitted that he played his last season entirely for the money
He (and everyone else involved) knew that the success of the previous year
had been the result of a series of fortuitous events
Never to be repeated
Still...he took the cash
Knowing what he knew.
As this season progresses
And Calvillo continues to play hurt
Mostly because he's more afraid of Adrian McPherson
And his possible success...and succession
Than 250 pound linemen
The REAL victims in all this
Are the Alouettes
And their fans
Devoted and otherwise.