Monday, September 3, 2012


Like most of America, my family has gathered around the television set this afternoon to watch the traditional Labor Day Canadian Football League doubleheader on the NBC Sports Network. Earlier today, my 3-year-old daughter rooted on the blue-and-white Toronto Argonauts as they pulled out a 33-30, come-from-behind victory over my black-and-gold Hamilton Tiger Cats (or, "Ti-cats" for short). Now we've got the black-and-red Calgary Stampeders having drawn first blood against the green-and-yellow Edmonton Eskimos in the nightcap. It will be interesting to see which of these uniforms appeals to the girl when she wakes up from her nap. Whatever, it's good to have withstood these dry, dark weeks since the end of the Summer Olympics and tune back in to our old broadcast friend, NBCSN.


  1. The Stampeders' big star is Jerome Messam, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound running back who was named last season's "Most Outstanding Canadian" in the CFL but failed to crack the roster of the NFL's Miami Dolphins this summer. I have no idea if Jerome Messam is skilled or fast enough to play in the NFL, but, man, I would've loved to have seen a 6-foot-3, 245-pound running back getting some carries for the Dolphins this fall.

    Canada Post's CFL stamps are AWESOME!

  2. Edmonton and Calgary are slugging it out in the middle of the West Division.

    Current CFL West Division standings:

    British Columbia Lions 6-3 (12 points)
    Edmonton Eskimos 5-3 (10)
    Calgary Stampeders 4-4 (8)
    Saskatchewan Roughriders 4-5 (8)

    East Division:
    Montreal Alouettes 6-3 (12)
    Toronto Argonauts 5-4 (10)
    Hamilton Tiger-Cats 3-6 (6)
    Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2-7 (4)

    Here's how the CFL playoffs work?

  3. Last season's champions were the B.C. Lions, who beat the Blue Bombers, 34-23, in the 99th Grey Cup in Vancouver. Both teams were tops seeds from their divisions. The Eskimos beat the Stampeders, 33-19, in the West semifinal last year.

  4. And this time it's my Stampeders winning, 31-30, against my daughter's Eskimos. Looks like Calgary and Edmonton (both 5-4 and a game back of defending-champion British Columbia) are veering toward another collision in the West Division semifinal.

    This concludes the HP's coverage of the CFL for this season. We pray for the good fortune of being able to check in next Labour Day on who ended up winning the 2012 Grey Cup and whether Jerome Messam's CFL performance suggests he would've helped the Miami Dolphins win Super Bowl XLVII by an even greater margin. Dear Lord, please bring us all--the CFL, the NFL, Canada and the United States, the HP, the fam and me--happily and healthily through another year.