Gameday Regina: Als get 1st look at Grey Cup venue
It's their first look at Taylor Field for 2013 and I predicted before the season kicked off and I stick by it: it won't be their last.
The Als have a tremendous opportunity to make the great leap forward and start fulfilling their potential this afternoon (hear the game live on CJAD 800 starting at 3:45 for the Countdown to Kickoff on Als/Impact Doubleheader Day on CJAD.)
Ex-Als like Dwight Anderson and Jermaine McElveen have said all the right things about Anthony Calvillo and the 40-year old's capability to ignite the Montreal offense.
"I'll wish him Happy Birthday if I get a sack," said J-Mac.
"He's still Calvillo," insists Anderson, rejecting the "Decline of the Alouette Empire" Theory spreading in rival CFL cities.
But do they believe it? Are the Riders cocky and overconfident?
Certainly an Als' win will do wonders for the club's morale. Here's why it happens:
*Despite giving up the 2nd-most points in the CFL, Noel Thorpe's defense is 2nd BEST in the league in yards against, #1 in interceptions and near the top in sacks and pass defense.
*The Als just haven't been getting the bounces: losing 10/11 fumbles when the rest of the CFL has most of their drops bounce back to them.
*Darian Durant cannot go 7 games without a pick. His +15 TD/Interception mark this season almost matches his entire career +19 regular season.
*Jerome Messam's solid 6.2/carry for Montreal is only a tick off CFL rushing leader Kory Sheets at 6.4.
*Calvillo is due for a 300+ passing game, even if he's experienced pain deep in the joint of his throwing arm this week. His receivers are too skilled not to get more YAC yards.
The 41st Birthday Party for AC "FHOF" begins this afternoon on the Prairie.
NEXT FOR THE ALS: BC Lions Thursday night live on CJAD 800.