....want one reason you lost?....on the final pass to Rambo, after he caught the ball and went down no one touched him, ye tthe refs blew the whistle and stopped the clock with 2 seconds on it.......theoretically the time should hav eran out.....sorry....
Both teams tried to give the game away. Despite Calgary's better offensive numbers, they tried harder but the officials wouldn't let them.
Considering all the times this year the Cats have been nailed (for roughing the QB) plus the earlier similar "hitting a sliding QB" call against Gordon, it's atrocious the refs let that "one" go (no wait, not "one", but 2 Stamps that came in late).
If the penalty had been called (as it should have), Cats have the ball at about the 20 yard line with 3 new downs and less than 40 seconds on the clock (Stamps with no time out).
Game over, no field goal required and it becomes a non-issue.
This is one of those times when the refs DID help influence the outcome of a game. (and as with the missed field goal, if the penalty is called, the Cats defense not stopping the last drive becomes a non-issue as they wouldn't have been put in that position. That's not to excuse the poor defensive scheme/choice (prevent) which is Coach Reeds responsibility and fault).
Unfortunately, the CFL will just ignore and sweep under the rug another example of incompetent and inconsistent officiating.
(It seems to be another season of Cat QBs being fair game. Recall the helmet-to-helmet hits McManus took last year, especially the Esk's Gass hit, helmet-to-chin, yet no roughing calls.)
The plain and simple reason we lost last night was not because of officiating, which was a little questionable, but rather the same problems we had in that awesome season last year ..... the o-line didnt protect the backfield well, we threw what seemed like one hundred hitch passes, and our field goal kicker missed another one !!! How can we expect to win games when our offence doesnt score a touchdown. Frankly, other than the two plays on defence where we scored, Calgary didnt just beat us, but dominated on both sides of the ball.
It's a Catch--22. Maas doesn't throw deep because he doesn't have time. He doesn't have time because he doesn't threaten to even throw deep so the LBs and DBs play up close and put more pressure on the O line which means less time for Maas to wait for receivers to get downfield. Boreham is accurate from short range at best which means the opposition can give up short gains and keep the Cats out of his range. Same with Maas--he can't put it over with a long pass so the opposition knows as long he's out beyond the 30, it's unlikely he'll pass for a TD.
All of this means that their drives tend to be brief which means lots of work for the D which gets tired and discouraged quickly.
Maas should throw deep once in awhile just to keep the opposition honest. He should also buy himself more time by rolling out further--stretch everything out.
Boreham was better last night but still a problem.
Sign Montford. If he's lost too much, cut him but at least bring him in.