Who is the CFL's "Big 3"

If anybody here follows the NBA you would know that the Big 3 in basketball is the 2012 NBA Finals Champs Miami Heat with Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. The NFL recently did a fan poll asking who is the NFL's "Big 3" The top vote came back was the Houston Texans with QB Matt Schaub, RB Arian Foster and WR Andrea Johnson. That got me thinking who could the CFL's Big 3 be? Personally I think it's Montreal's Anthony Calvillo, Brandon Whitaker and Jamal Richardson. I wanna know who you guys think and you can include defensive players but there can only be 3! (If it wasn't already obvious enough) :stuck_out_tongue:

Thoughts?

My first reaction to this is Geroy Simon, Arland Bruce III, and whoever BC wants to have chucking the ball to them - for now, that's Lulay, but I suspect it could be anybody.

Another Big Three could be Hamiltons linebackers - Williams, Johnson, and Knowlton.

Yep that would be it.

Not to dump any water on Lulay, Geroy, Bruce/Harris, but Montreal's group is more established right now. Talk to me midseason, this could flip-flop.

Gotta go with Lulay, Simon and Bruce.
Next is Calvillio, Richardson and Green.

Keep an eye on Burris, Fantuz and Giguere.

The big three Canadians are Andy Fantuz, Dave Stala and Samuel Giguere.

Jock, Matt, and Chris

You know what, Milt has warmed up to be substantially more then Jock has.

I dunno, nothing against milt but I think Jock is a lot smarter.

I think Dunnigan could strap on the pads and go out and win another championship lol.

Lance Frazier, NickGraham and Chris McKenzie. :frowning:

The Canadian Air Force ! :rockin:

11 Giguere, Samuel

83 Fantuz, Andy

88 Stala, Dave

Sorry Canadian Air Force was and always will be Fantuz, Getzlaf and Bagg, and Clermont find a different name. "Air Canada" maybe :cowboy:

With respect, Giguere has proven nothing in the CFL, and Stala is in danger of becoming a backup this season. They might be the Canadian Air Force by midseason's mark, but it's a bit early to start giving them grandiose titles. :wink:

I've seen you on numerous occasions say that Giguère has proven nothing, but since when does being a rookie discount you from being (a) an impact player or (b) getting an obscene amount of hype? I get wanting to temper expectations, but you seem to be one of the few who don't want to believe the hype surrounding him. I didn't buy into either until I saw what he could do. Now that I have seen him in person, I'd be very surprised if he didn't make a major impact this season. You seem like a reasonable dude, and I'm sure if Giguère does prove to be as good as everyone thinks that you'll have no problems saying so, but that doesn't mean you have to keep pointing out that he has yet to do anything in the CFL. Everyone knows he's done nothing, but that's not going to stop fans (especially those that have seen him in person at camp and in games) from talking him up. You seem to want to stifle the enthusiasm around Giguère and I really don't get it.

That said, I agree with you about labeling those three as a Canadian Air Force. My hope is that they become deserving of that lofty title (and that Stala is in the starting lineup sooner rather than later) before too long.

Don't know. Schultz tore him a new orifice during the first PS game. Some seious hate there...

Funny how your fans and reporters have taken to "Swaggerville". Hamilton fans can call their guys whatever they want and considering Fantuz is in Hamilton why not.

I wouldn't dispute point A at all. For point B, I don't often see CFL rookies getting tons of hype before they've played a minute of meaningful football in the league. Canadians take a while to season, usually. And Americans don't get much either. Now, if Giguere starts the season hot, I'll be quite willing to buy into the hype.

I get wanting to temper expectations, but you seem to be one of the few who don't want to believe the hype surrounding him. I didn't buy into either until I saw what he could do. Now that I have seen him in person, I'd be very surprised if he didn't make a major impact this season. You seem like a reasonable dude, and I'm sure if Giguère does prove to be as good as everyone thinks that you'll have no problems saying so, but that doesn't mean you have to keep pointing out that he has yet to do anything in the CFL. Everyone knows he's done nothing, but that's not going to stop fans (especially those that have seen him in person at camp and in games) from talking him up. You seem to want to stifle the enthusiasm around Giguère and I really don't get it.
I don't want to stifle anyone's enthusiasm. I guess from a personal standpoint, I dislike seeing players receive accolades before they've done anything to warrant said accolades. That's just a personal preference. I have no doubt that Giguere will succeed -- he's too talented not to make an impact. But this thread, as I understand it, is about trying to determine an [i]already established[/i] Big Three, not projecting a Big Three based on our own hopes for our team. Using the NBA analogy brought up by the OP, it would be weird if the Heat's Big Three were LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and then a completely unproven rookie player who had spent the past three years not even playing regular ball. The Heat's Big Three are all proven stars. So that was my basis for the earlier comment.

If you pushed me to name a Big Three, I'd probably go with any of the following:

Lulay, Simon, Bruce
Burris, Fantuz, Cobourne
Calvillo, Whitaker, Richardson

"The new Canadian air force" :thup: DITTO!!!

Well, based on that, I'm not sure how you can conclude this.

These 3 have never played a regular season game together or done anything together to warrant anything more than a hope for Hamilton.

Sorry, I should have been more clear. I meant an established Big Three of players who have proven themselves in the CFL. They don't necessarily have to have played together before. Again, using the NBA comparison, James, Bosh, and Wade all signed in Miami in free agency. They had never played together before.