Hey RedandWhite, remember how we were arguing about how this game was never in doubt, and that the 8 point margin of victory was deceiving? Jack B Bedell, in his article "Rouge, White and Blue", said everything I was saying and hopefully this will get to you:
"ROUGE, WHITE AND BLUE
Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - 09:14AM
An American's take on the CFL
By Jack B. Bedell -- CFL.ca
Usually, after watching the games each week Iâ€™m left with all questions and no answers, but Week 8 definitely cleared up a few things for me. Now I know exactly how comfortable an eight-point victory is. For the undefeated B. C. Lions in Calgary, it was Sunday-in-the-park comfy. For the resurgent Montreal Alouettes staring down Damon Allen and the Argos, not so much. I also know who the â€œhappiest, worst team in the CFLâ€? is according to Chris Brazzell. And I definitely know who owns first place in the Eastern Division. I guess I have the rest of the season to figure everything else out.
NOT QUITE READY FOR PRIMETIME
Friday nightâ€™s tilt between B.C. and Calgary figured to be the most entertaining match of the weekend, and if you judged the game solely by the 39-31 final score, youâ€™d probably say it lived up to its billing.
Unfortunately, the score was a little deceiving. The outcome of the game was never in question, with the Lions mauling their way to an easy win, and most of the Stampedersâ€™ points and production coming in pity time once the Lions were fat and relaxed after a good meal.
Despite 421 yards from Henry Burris, some hard running by Joffrey Reynolds, gamebreaking receivers all over the field, and a host of swarming defensive players, the Calgary Stampeders simply made too many mistakes at the most inopportune times to play up to the level of their talent. Whether it was a fumble here, or an objectionable conduct penalty there, the Stampeders were their own worst enemy. And in a division that features the 7-0 B.C. Lions and the 5-2 Edmonton Eskimos, those kinds mistakes will prove fatal if coach Higgins canâ€™t clean them up.
Dave Dickenson certainly jumped back into the Lionsâ€™ lineup without missing a beat. Just to prove his back was no issue, he even dribbled the ball before completing his first pass! No matter how much punishment the Stampedersâ€™ front seven laid on him, Dickenson moved the ball down the field effortlessly. Man, did he take some hits, though. Coach Buono might want to have a talk with his pivot about avoiding a few of those or Casey Printers will be seeing more action before too long."
This is exactly what I was saying all along. It was nice to read this article, because I felt like I was going crazy at some point when everyone seemed to disagree with me. Finally, it seems like someone was watching the same game I was.