It's getting tougher for the Als

Two starters for the Larks are now out for the remainder of the season…this from the TSN site…

"The Montreal Alouettes will have to make a third straight Grey Cup run without receiver Kerry Watkins and offensive tackle Josh Bourke.

The Alouettes placed the two on the season-ending nine-game injured list Monday.

Watkins suffered a fractured left fibula in the second quarter of Montreal’s 32-27 loss Sunday to the Calgary Stampeders. Bourke left the contest in the fourth with a torn pectoral muscle.

The Alouettes, who’ve won the last two Grey Cups, conclude the regular season in Vancouver on Sunday facing the B.C. Lions."

Could this be a hopeful sign for Hamilton???

Missing ingredient confounds Alouettes

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these are unusual times for the Montreal Alouettes – there is plainly something missing from a team that has so dominated the CFL over the past decade.
Head coach Marc Trestman batted aside suggestions that his squad’s not as hungry as in past years, but the absence of emotional leaders like Avon Cobourne, now playing in Hamilton, and Mathieu Proulx, now retired, might be telling.

Als have been decimated by injuries. I doubt there is another team in the CFL that would be tied at the top of the standings with the losses they took this year. Losing our NI left tackle is killer…

Probably tougher for Winnipeg to finish first, they have to go into Calgary

Won't matter much at this point who represents the East at the GC....

Tiger-Cats area cluster....
Als 1/3rd of their starters are on the nine game
Winnipeg is 3 and 9 in their last 12 games.

What's going on with the TiCat injured?

Are Collins, Williams, Hage, Johnson, Turenne, Carter etc etc slated to come back this week or at least in the playoffs? :?

And Montreal has to go into BC.
If they both lose, Winnipeg gets first. So which team has it tougher?

Even though I believe Montreal to be superior to Winnipeg, it may be much more difficult to win at Canad Inns than Percival Molson as the fan intensity/participation in Winnipeg is overwhelming which provides the BB's with an infectious play.

IMO, this is one of the reasons the Bombers have played such gritty persevered style this season.

They are not endowed with an over abundance of talent yet have an over abundance of heart.

You means they have, um, "swagger"? :o

I'm still not ruling out the 'Cats to make it to the GC. No team in the east has shown much of anything the last few weeks. And if some of our IR players make it back (i.e. Williams), then we have as good a shot as anyone. And then, who knows what could happen in the big game?

CatfaninOttawa wrote: You means they have, um, "swagger"?

I'm still not ruling out the 'Cats to make it to the GC. No team in the east has shown much of anything the last few weeks. And if some of our IR players make it back (i.e. Williams), then we have as good a shot as anyone. And then, who knows what could happen in the big game?


yes, but swagger is getting tiresome......How about "swashbuckle" instead? :wink:

of course, the Cats still have an outside chance to make it to the Cup and I'm hoping the BB's take first, leaving us to go through Montreal in the ESF.
If we can beat the Als at home, confidence and fortitude should develop going into Canad Inns and then who knows what can happen..

Als and Bombers will both lose this weekend and the Als will be in Winnipeg for the East final

Are you asking me???????
I just stated that it's "probably tougher for Winnipeg to finish first"
I think both of them will lose this weekend and Winnipeg will finish first.

Well maybe stating it in the form of a question was poorly done on my part.
I was just disagreeing with you, as I think Montreal has the tougher game going into BC, where they historically struggle, and with the Lions still playing for 1st and/or 2nd place themselves (depending on the results of the earlier games ).
Combined with Winnipeg having the tiebreaker advantage, I'd say that makes it tougher for Montreal.

CFL website says Buck Pierce will miss next game and questionable for playoff game. This could get interesting!!

yes, very interesting.

Although Brink is no slouch and fared well in his last outing.