After watching last night's game (a sloppy one at that- but hey, it's preseason), a few things came to mind.
That game did nothing for the QB controversy in Hamilton, in fact, it probably made it worse. Danny Mac was terrible as the only man he could hit consistently was Adrion Smith. He couldn't get it done vs the Argos starting D. Marcus Brady did nothing to move himself up the depth chart and Ben Sankey only tore apart the Argos 2nd or 3rd string D players who probably won't survive the cuts.
Jordan Younger proudly proclaimed "2005 Argonauts. Nothing's changed!". Sadly, that is true for the offence too as the Argos really had a hard time moving the ball. If not for outstanding field position due to numerous TiCat turnovers, I don't think the Argos would have scored any points on offense.
Robert Baker has obviously not improved his ball control skills in the off season. He fumbled the first pass thrown his way. Exactly how is this guy better than Andre Rison (who made a nice catch/run on that play that was called back btw..)?
I wouldn't call the video review experiment a total failure, but it was also not a real success either. They really need to determine wicht plays should be challenged (i.e. line of scrimmage infractions) and which ones shouldn't (i.e. illegal substitution: how many cameras will they need to monitor the sidelines all the time?).
Given that it was the first preseason game for both teams, you'd expect a low-scoring affair, but I think this further demonstrates the need for more preseason games. I realize that with a 9-team league, you can only do either 2 or 4 preseason games per team (3 won't work for scheduling), but it's painfully clear that if the offences are in this condition now, is it realistic to think they'd be in good form by Opening Day, less than 2 weeks away and only tested in 1 more game condition? This is one of the hidden benefits that having a 10th team (not to beat the dead expansion horse any more) would have. During the broadcast, they mentioned that the Argos are expecting 40,000+ to their opening game. I'm sure many of these people will be attending their first Argo game in a long time, or even ever, and they will go home disappointed unless the offences get more time to get into game shape.
Great, enthusiastic crowd in Halifax last night. The stadium looked good and the fans really seemed into the game. The "Boring" chant during the last video review was a good touch too. Well done Halifax! You'd make a great addition to this league
Players who looked good last night:
Hakim Hill - could've used more touches though
Players who looked bad last night
That guy who missed the hold twice on the PAT (sorry, can't think of his name offhand)
The guy who failed to recover the Brady Fumble after the sack (#47 Argos, I think)