Here are my 2 cents on the game vs Mtl:
1st off - I said this on this board last week. Having the game on Canada day was not a smart idea. Just because the game is on a holliday does not guarantee a sell out. Ottawa in the summer is a vortex for cottage country. Having the game on July 1st was all about TV and not attendance. If that game had been on June 29th (wed) - there would have been 24k for sure.
And with regards to the game - the 1st half was tough if you're a fan of the Gades. On a good note seems that the Gades coaching staff figured out that to protect Joseph who has a young O line, you have to move the qb around and your have to move the pocket around too. The result was the offence was able to get the ball away and get a "BIT" of 1st down production in the 1st 1/2. Eventhough... the Als still managed to get some sacks at critical times.... Hence the result was a 20-10 lead for MTL.
The other wicked thing that was nice to see was that Joseph who is a fantastic scrambler.... Started to duck that ball and go for the sticks. This is something that was sooo needed in the Edmonton game.
2nd half. Coach Joe obviously made some good adjustments as the D seemed to bend but not break and this is critical to win vs a good team like MTL. It was nice to see that our D was able to break up Calvillo's rythm and actually get some pressure on him. (Although more is needed)
Once again, huge props have got to go to Josh Ranek. Hell of a great running back!!! He won us that game in the 4th quarter.
MM's random thoughts:
-Thank god Kellet can kick some field goals!!!
-Cheers to you Joseph for having some balls to put your head down and scramble... IT's your job to lead this team!! What you did showed your teamates that you are willing to do anything to win... (good message!)
-Ranek,,, you're money!
-Props to the Gades D for tightening up in hte 2nd half. You'll only get better with that kind of effort.
-Congrats to Coach Joe for some sort of inspired 1/2 time chat for lighting the fire under your teams ass.
-Attendance will get better, a game on a national holiday is the reason why that game was not in the 20k for attendance.
-Winning will = better attendance...
-The red unis looked really good. Saw them from the South Side... I'm sure they looked good on TV.
-Message to the eastern div teams.... Don't underestimate the Gades. We'll beat you if you just sit on your ass in the 2nd half!!
-Ottawa can be dynamic with speed @ receiver position, a ballsy qb who can run with it and an in your face, run over you running back.
-Messge to the Ottawa Renegades... This is win 1, if you want many more, you will have to play 4 full quarters... You played only 2 (quarters 3-4) just like Mtl only played 2 (quarters 1-2).
That's all I got.
Nice job Gades! Do it again!