ARGOS, TICATS RENEW RIVALRY IN WEEK 1 FINALE
TORONTO — Week 1 of the 2017 CFL season closes out with a grudge match between the QEW rival Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tigers-Cats on Sunday at BMO Field.
Both teams are looking to start the year off on the right foot after making their exits much earlier than planned in 2016. The Ticats fell in the Eastern Semi-Final while the Argos failed to secure a playoff spot following a disappointing last-place finish.
Ticats’ head coach Kent Austin says he is looking forward to what 2017 will bring.
“It’s always exciting when the season starts because you have anticipation to see how your guys are going to play,” Austin told Ticats.ca. “(It’s) the excitement of competition and winning football games and going through the journey of a football season and trying to get to the ultimate goal… It’s a lot better than sitting in the office during the off-season, that’s for sure.”
A healthy Zach Collaros will be a key part of a successful Ticats season. The University of Cincinnati product spent half of last year on the sidelines with a torn ACL he suffered during the 2015 season. Completely healed and with a full training camp under his belt, the five-year pro will be expected to lead the charge in Hamilton.
The Ticats also boast a top receiving corps with the ability to move the sticks and steal games. Fans got a brief glimpse of receiver Brian Tyms’ skill set in his two games with the Hamilton last season. He posted a team-high 114 yards on eight catches in the Eastern Semi-Final. Tyms’ CFL sample size may be small, but he has already showcased that he is capable of being a difference maker on the field.
Hamilton will be without two crucial members of its defence entering Week 1. The Ticats bolstered their secondary during the-off season by re-signing sought after free agent Emanuel Davis while also penning a deal with halfback Abdul Kanneh. The former REDBLACK helped lead Ottawa to a Grey Cup Championship last year and has been named an East Division All-Star the past two season. But both are currently on the inured list, leaving a void the rest of the secondary must fill in the season opener.
For a tattered secondary with a new defensive coordinator following the departure of Orlondo Steinauer, who took a job with college football’s Fresno State, an early-season meeting with a Marc Trestman-coached team will be a challenge.
Perhaps no team in the CFL has gone through more off-season changes than the Toronto Argonauts.
It began in the front office with Jim Popp taking over as the general manager after two decades in Montreal. And Popp brought a friend in former Alouettes Grey Cup-winning coach Trestman, who will lead the charge on the sidelines after Scott Milanovich moved on to the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars as quarterback coach.
“[Sunday] is really the starting point,” Trestman told Argonauts.ca. “[Sunday’s] the test. It’s the first test to finding out about where we are as an offence and certainly as a football team… We’re playing against two of the more dynamic defensive ends in the league, certainly, and a defence that is going to bring it from different places, from different structures.
“We’re going to get tested physically and mentally up front in our protections and in our run game.”
The multitude of changes also continues on the field with an offence that looks next to completely different than it did a year ago after Toronto released four receivers last October.
Veteran S.J. Green leads Toronto’s new look receiving core after he was sidelined most of last season with knee ligament damage. The 32-year-old spent a decade in Montreal before being acquired by the Argos in an trade two months ago.
The Double Blue also picked up Armanti Edwards via trade from the Saskatchewan Roughriders and signed free agent Jeff Fuller.
The Argos’ offence will once again be led by veteran quarterback Ricky Ray. The 37-year-old and future hall of famer is entering his 14th CFL season and ranks fourth all-time in passing yards.
Despite the numerous new faces in the front office, coaching staff, and offence, some of the most impactful off-season additions could be on the defensive side of the ball.
The Alouettes sent shock waves throughout the league when they released all-star linebacker Bear Woods. The reigning 2016 East Division’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player did not remain a free agent for long and was eagerly scooped up by the Argos just over a week later.
Woods may be the missing piece for an Argo defence that’s also added Cleyon Laing and Marcus Ball to complement second-leading sack getter in 2016 Shawn Lemon. Not to mention the hiring of 2013 Grey Cup-winning coach Corey Chamblin, who returns to the CFL for the first time since mid-2015 to coach the Argos’ defence.
Also of note, three former Ticats will start on Toronto’s defence on Sunday, as Rico Murray, Cassius Vaughn and Johnny Sears Jr. have switched sides in the rivalry.
While the Ticats have dominated the Southern Ontario rivalry of late, two proven winners in Chamblin and Trestman look to turn the tides.
Let the 2017 chapter of the Toronto and Hamilton rivalry begin.
[B][I]By The Numbers:[/I][/B]
3 – Argos starters that spent last season with the Ticats (Rico Murray, Johnny Sears Jr. and Cassius Vaughn)
4 – The number of touchdown passes Ricky Ray needs to become the sixth quarterback in history to reach the 300 mark.
6 — 300-yard games in eight starts for Zach Collaros against his former team. The next closest against any other opponent is two.
24 – Receiving yards needed by S.J. Green to reach the top 60 all-time.
126 – Tackles posted by Bear Woods last season, leading the East Division and finishing second overall in the league
Both the Argos and Ticats are looking to start 2017 strong after finishing last year’s campaign below the .500 mark. The QEW rivalry will be intensified with a number of former Ticats making their debut in double blue, but not just on the field.
Argos receivers coach Tommy Condell led Hamilton’s offence for three seasons before suddenly stepping down at the start of 2016. Johnny Sears Jr. and Rico Murray will start in the secondary for the Argos after spending the last two and four seasons respectively with the Ticats. Cassius Vaughn will be in the lineup after he was released by the Ticats last month. He played nine games with Hamilton at cornerback last season, but has made the transition to SAM linebacker with his new squad.
Kevin Elliott was part of a group of four receivers that were abruptly cut by the Argos near the end of the 2016 regular season. He will look to pick up where he left off with the Ticats last season, registering 220 yards through three games.
Kickoff is slated for 4:00 p.m. ET and can be followed live via CFL.ca Game Tracker or seen on TSN and ESPN2.
HAMILTON (7 – 12) at TORONTO (5 – 13) – 6/25/2017, 4:00 PM [/B]
Top Trends for this game.
TORONTO is 5-13 ATS (-9.3 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
TORONTO is 5-13 ATS (-9.3 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
TORONTO is 3-13 ATS (-11.3 Units) in home games over the last 3 seasons.
TORONTO is 3-13 ATS (-11.3 Units) in home lined games over the last 3 seasons.
TORONTO is 19-37 ATS (-21.7 Units) in a home game where the total is greater than or equal to 52 since 1996.
Head-to-Head Series History
HAMILTON is 6-1 against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
HAMILTON is 6-1 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
[B]HAMILTON vs. TORONTO[/B]
Hamilton is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Hamilton is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Toronto is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Toronto is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
[B]Sunday, June 25
Hamilton @ Toronto[/B]
June 25, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
[size=”3″][I][B] Sunday’s CFL betting preview and odds: Tiger-Cats at Argonauts [/B][/I][/size]
[B]Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Toronto Argonauts (+3.5, 56)[/B]
The Toronto Argonauts host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the season opener for both teams Sunday. The new-look Argonauts overhauled their management team by bringing in general manager Jim Popp and former Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman, and the duo who led the Montreal Alouettes to back-to-back Grey Cups in 2009-10 hope to work their magic in Toronto, which missed the playoffs in two of the previous three seasons.
“The only thing I know for sure is that we have a bunch of guys who really love football and who have really worked hard,” Trestman told reporters. “That’s the platform we’re going to work off as we head into the season.” The Tiger-Cats look to rebound from a disappointing season by their lofty standards as they finished with a losing record for the first time since going 6-12 in 2012. Hamilton lost six of its last seven games in 2016, including a 24-21 home setback to the Edmonton Eskimos in the East Division Final and hope a healthy Zach Collaros, who missed eight games with injuries in 2016, can lead the Tiger-Cats back to the Grey Cup after back-to-back appearances in 2013-14. “I’m very grateful for the position I’m in and I try to live up to the expectations I set for myself every day,” Collaros told reporters. “It’s something to keep working at and all that matters is who’s holding the trophy at the end of the year.”
TV:[/B] 4 p.m. ET, TSN, ESPN2
LINE HISTORY:[/B] The Tiger-Cats opened as 3.5-point road chalk and as of Saturday night it hasn’t moved off the opening number. The total hit the betting board at 54 and has been bet up two full points to 56.
ABOUT THE TIGER-CATS (2016: 7-12 SU, 6-12-1 ATS, 8-10-1 O/U):[/B] Collaros hasn’t been able to shake the injury bug as he’s missed at least five games in each of the past three seasons and Jeremiah Masoli will be ready to deputize for the former University of Cincinnati quarterback after throwing for 2,695 yards and 15 touchdowns in Collaros’ absence last year. Andy Fantuz was named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Canadian after catching 101 passes for 1,059 yards and five touchdowns but will begin the season in a front-office role after tearing his ACL in the penultimate game of the 2016 regular season. Hamilton shored up its secondary by snapping up free agent Abdul Kanneh and re-signing all-star Emanuel Davis, but both players are doubtful for the season opener.
ABOUT THE ARGONAUTS (2016: 5-13 SU, 5-13 ATS, 8-8-2 O/U):[/B] Toronto added receivers S.J. Green, Jeff Fuller and Armanti Edwards in an effort to kickstart the passing attack, which ranked second-last at 260.9 yards per game in 2016. Quarterback Drew Willy, who was traded to Winnipeg for all-star T.J. Health and a first round pick midway during the season, was unceremoniously released while veteran offensive lineman Greg Van Roten left the team to try his luck with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL. Toronto snapped up all-star linebacker Bear Woods, who was surprisingly released by the Alouettes after recording 126 tackles last year, and hopes his presence can solidify a defence which gave up a league-worst 31.6 points per game last season.
[B]TRENDS DATING BACK TO 2016:[/B]
* Argonauts are 1-11 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
* Argonauts are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog.
* Tiger-Cats are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings.
* Tiger-Cats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Toronto.
* Over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Toronto.
CONSENSUS:[/B] The road chalk Tiger-Cats are getting 57 percent of the action from users and the OVER is getting 51 percent of the totals wagers. View full consensus data for this matchup here.
1. The Tiger-Cats have won five of the last six regular-season meetings with the Argonauts.
2. Toronto QB Ricky Ray has missed 24 games over the last two seasons.
3. Hamilton has dropped 11 of its last 12 season openers.
[B]RAY SHREDS TICATS FOR OVER 500 YARDS PASSING AS ARGOS TAKE OPENER AT BMO[/B]
TORONTO — Led by quarterback Ricky Ray, the Toronto Argonauts defeated their rival Hamilton Tiger-Cats 32-15 in the final game of the first week of the 2017 CFL season.
Ray had an impressive first outing of the 2017 season, passing for 506 yards – a career high for the quarterback and the third-highest in Argonauts history. His previous career-high was 505 yards in a single game. The Argos’ veteran pivot connected on 32 of 42 passes and one touchdown.
Although Ray was the star of the show, his performance didn’t outshine Toronto’s receivers as three different wideouts surpassed the 100 yard mark – DeVier Posey, SJ Green and Jeff Fuller all caught over the century mark.
DeVier Posey was Ray’s favourite target of the afternoon, catching seven passes for 147 yards and one major score. SJ Green also found chemistry with Toronto’s offence in his first game as an Argonaut, catching seven passes for 124 yards. While Jeff Fuller caught three passes for 104 yards.
Both teams traded two-and-outs on their first possessions but it didn’t take long for Toronto to find their groove.
On the Argos’ next series, Green made his presence felt in his first game as an Argonaut making two big catches to help move the sticks down the field to set up for Lirim Hajrullahu’s 12-yard field goal. That score put Toronto up 3-0 early in the first quarter.
Green first hauled in a 26-yard catch followed immediately by a 13-yard one-handed grab as he started to find chemistry early with Ricky Ray.
The Tiger-Cats struggled early in the contest as the Argos defence held Zach Collaros to no points in the first quarter.
Hamilton’s Sergio Castillo conceded a two-point safety with three and a half minutes left in the first quarter to extend Toronto’s lead to 5-0.
When Toronto got the ball back, Ricky Ray and his offence kept things rolling.
Just as the second quarter began, Cody Fajardo scored the game’s first major score on a quarterback sneak after Green and Fuller’s 32 and 31 yard gains respectively helped move the chains down the field. With Hajrullahu’s convert, Toronto extended their lead to 12-0.
Hamilton’s first point of the contest came after Castillo’s punt was conceded in the end zone and Toronto still led the contest 12-1 early in the second frame.
Just when it looked like the Ticats were staring to find a groove – Collaros connected with Kevin Elliott, Brian Tyms and Luke Tasker for 12, seven and 13 yard gains respectively – the Argos defence was right there to answer. Marcus Ball knocked down a Collaros pass that was intended for Tasker and Johnny Sears Jr. took down the Hamilton pivot for a sack. The Tiger-Cats had to settle for three points, as Castillo kicked a 34-yard field goal to cut Toronto’s lead to 12-4.
The Argos responded with a field goal of their own, as Hajrullahu’s 46-yard attempt was good, to extend their lead to 15-4 with just under five minutes left in the first half.
Nearing the end of the second quarter, Hajrullahu’s field goal attempt was blocked by Will Hill and popped into the arms of Richard Leonard who took the ball 84-yards down the field to score the Tabbies first major of the contest. Collaros found Tyms for the two-point convert and the Tiger-Cats cut Toronto’s lead to 15-12 heading into half time.
Just 32 seconds into the second half, the Argos scored once again.
This time, Ray connected with Posey for a 79-yard touchdown score on the first play from scrimmage, adding to Toronto’s lead (22-12).
Toronto’s defence continued to roam around the field and keep Collaros and Hamilton’s offence off the score board as the third quarter got started.
Hajrullahu missed a 49-yard field goal attempt for a single point adding to Toronto’s lead in the third quarter (23-12).
The Tiger-Cats made their way down the field on their next possession – 40 yards in eight plays – setting up for Castillo’s 35-yard field goal as the third quarter winded down. That score cut Toronto’s lead to 23-15 as Hamilton started trying to claw back in the second half.
The Argos added another the points to their lead as the third quarter came to a close with a 50-yard field goal from Hajrullahu to extend Toronto’s lead to 26-15.
After moving down the field 84 yards, Hajrullahu kicked a 27-yard field goal to add three more points to his team’s lead (29-15).
Collaros and the Ticats difficulty with Toronto’s defence continued on their next posession, as Cassius Vaughn intercepted the Hamilton pivot’s pass intended for Tasker.
That turnover turned into thee points for the Argos after Hajrullahu made his 10-yard field goal attempt with just over five minutes left in the contest. (32-15).
With the clock winding down, Hamilton tried making quick work moving down the field but they still couldn’t find the end zone. The Ticats turned the ball over on downs after Collaros’ pass intended for Brandon Banks in the end zone on second down hit the upright before Cleyon Laing knocked the ball out of the pivot’s hand on third.
The Tiger-Cats last ditch effort late in the contest was not enough as they fell to their East Division rivals.
Hamilton heads into their bye week in Week 2 and Toronto hosts the BC Lions at BMO Field on Friday night.
Neutral field college football games on Labor Day weekend:
— Alabama (-5.5) vs Florida State in Atlanta
— LSU (-22.5) vs BYU in Houston
— Michigan (-3) vs Florida in Dallas
— Tennessee (-3.5) vs Georgia Tech in Atlanta (Falcons’ new dome)
— NC State (-5) vs South Carolina in Charlotte
— Colorado (-8.5) vs Colorado State in Denver
— Louisville (-27) vs Purdue in Indianapolis
— Virginia Tech (-4) vs West Virginia in Landover, MD
[B][I]Monday’s List of 13: Wrapping up a warm weekend…….[/I][/B]
13) When I was a kid 1,000 years ago, actually 1970, baseball gave the fans the All-Star vote back; it had been taken away after Cincinnati fans stuffed the ballot boxes in 1957.
It was so much fun to take the ballot and then figure out who the best players were at each position. You argued with your friends who was better than who, and that made it fun.
Nowadays, these goofy teams just openly promote fans to vote for guys on their team, even if their team sucks. No one ever mentions about voting for the best players. Every team has to be represented in the game anyway, why not just vote for the best guys?
12) New York Mets promoted Tim Tebow and his .222 batting average up a level in Class A, I’m guessing to make room at the entry level for the new players they just drafted.
I’m giving Mets’ hierarchy the benefit of the doubt here; they’re having a bad season, I’m just hoping, for their sake, they don’t plan on making Tebow a major leaguer later this season, to inflate attendance when the team is totally out of contention.
If you want to placate the fans, how about making Amed Rosario a major leaguer? He is hitting .320 at AAA and is a solid prospect at shortstop. Fans would love to see a big part of their future play in person. Just a thought.
11) I was going to give this Big3 basketball thing a shot Monday night, watch some half-court basketball with former NBA players, then I find out the games were played Sunday afternoon. Whats the bleeping point of showing games on tape delay?
By the time the games come on TV, everyone who cares about it is going to know who won.
10) Oklahoma is a 48-point favorite over Texas-El Paso in the football season opener Sept 2. Sooners have a rookie coach, they visit Ohio State the following week- they’ll have to be looking past the Miners, right? Plus they’ll keep some of their offensive weapons under wraps.
9) Northern Illinois opened up as a 2-point favorite over Boston College (a MAC team favored over an ACC squad?), but now the Eagles are a 2.5-point favorite.
8) Eight NBA teams have deals to have advertising patches on their uniforms next year.
7) June 25, 2010, Edwin Jackson threw a no-hitter, winning 1-0. He threw 149 pitches in the game. Jackson is 93-114, 4.65 in 275 major league starts- this was his 15th year in the majors.
6) One of the many reasons why baseball is cool is that the ballparks are so different. Sunday in Miami, Giancarlo Stanton hit a vicious line drive for a homer to left field. the ball barely cleared the fence, it was hit so low.
If he hits that same ball in Boston or Houston, it is likely a single, since the fences there are so much higher, and he hit it so hard, the LF would’ve retrieved the ball quickly and it would’ve been hard for Stanton to get a double.
5) Miami’s Dee Gordon has gone 310 AB since his last home run, the longest active drought in the major leagues.
4) Ichiro Suzuki became the oldest major leaguer ever to start a game in centerfield when he started for the Marlins Sunday.
3) Cubs’ SS Addison Russell left Sunday’s game with a bad shoulder, leaving Chicago with an outfield of John Jay, Kris Bryant (starting 3B), Willson Contreras (starting C). Cubs are 38-37 and just treading water; lucky for them, they’re in a bad division and still have a good shot at winning it.
2) If the baseball playoffs started today (they don’t), they would look like this:
AL: New York-Minnesota-Houston. Wild Cards: Boston-Cleveland
NL: Washington-Milwaukee-Los Angeles. Wild Cards: Arizona-Colorado
1) A guy named Bo Dietl is running for mayor of New York; he is a former NYC police detective who made $1.8M in 2015 as a security consultant— he’s done some TV work on FOX News and was in the movies Goodfellas and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Dietl has worked for both Roger Ailes and Steve Bannon as a detective in either divorce or sexual harassment cases, so that tells you where his philosophies would generally reside.
Only reason I ever heard of the guy was because he did a TV ad for Arby’s a couple of years ago; looked him up at the time, was surprised to find out he was playing himself in the commercial.
— Angels 3, Dodgers 2— Game ended when Dodgers’ catcher threw the ball into RF trying to throw batter out at first after a strikeout/wild pitch. Winning run scored from second.
— Giants 5, Colorado 3— Rockies have scored 23 runs, hit .206 during 8-game skid.
— Phillies 5, Mariners 4— Seattle’s bullpen blew lead in ninth inning.
— Nationals 8, Cubs 4— Chicago swung at 54 Strasburg pitches, missed 26 times.
— Diamondbacks’ SS Nick Ahmed broke a bone in his hand Tuesday night when he was hit on the hand with a pitch. Tough blow for a red-hot Arizona squad.
— Chase Anderson, Milwaukee’s best pitcher, strained his oblique while batting in the second inning last night. No bueno.
[B][I]Armadillo: Thursday’s List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud…….. [/I][/B]
13) James Dolan owns the Knicks and he also owns Cablevision; he fired Phil Jackson and has to eat $24M in salary. Cable TV customers in NYC and Long Island can expect their cable bills to go a little bit higher fairly soon. Someone has to pay for Dolan’s incompetence.
Now the question is this: Will the Knicks buy out Carmelo Anthony’s contract and let him walk for nothing (Houston? Cleveland?)
12) Speaking of the Rockets, they traded Patrick Beverly, Lou Williams and Sam Dekker, plus a #1 draft pick to the Clippers for Chris Paul. Paul and James Harden both ranked in the top 7 in the NBA last year in time of possession with the ball, so someone (Harden) is going to have to adjust to having the ball less.
11) Quote of the Day, part 2: Washington Nationals stole seven bases against the Cubs Tuesday night; Chicago catcher Miguel Montero wasn’t happy about it. He said this:
“That’s the reason they were running left and right today, because they [pitcher Jake Arrieta] were slow to the plate,. Simple as that. It’s a shame it’s my fault because I didn’t throw anyone out.
“It really sucked, because the stolen bases go on me. But when you really look at it, the pitcher doesn’t give me any time, so yeah, ‘Miggy can’t throw anyone out,’ but my pitchers don’t hold anyone on.”
Montero was DFA’d Wednesday, which means he basically got cut, unless they can find a trade partner in the next 10 days.
10) UCLA guard Bryce Alford will be on Golden State’s summer league team next week in Las Vegas. Summer league is great if you like the NBA— you can meet lot of people there, because everyone comes/goes out the same doors. I had great fun on my visits to the summer league.
9) Colorado Rockies pitcher Jeff Hoffman is 3-0, 1.67 in four road starts, 1-1, 8.22 in three home starts at Coors Field. He is doing really well in his rookie season.
Mr Hoffman is from Colonie, NY (just outside Albany), went to Shaker HS, which is in north Colonie— I live in south Colonie. Sam Perkins, the former NBA star, also went to Shaker High before moving on to play ball at North Carolina.
8) In extra innings at AT&T Park in San Francisco, when the seagulls are hovering over the field waiting for the game to end so they can swoop down into the bleachers and get their dinner, what happens if a fly ball hits one of the seagulls? Is it a live ball?
I asked on Twitter and it turns out if a batted ball hits a seagull, it is a live ball, much as if the ball hit an umpire. Seagulls are a part of the field, it turns out.
7) Major league umpire John Tumpane umped the plate in the Rays-Pirates game last night, but he got a very important save hours before the game even started.
Tumpane saved a woman’s life Wednesday; the woman was going to jump off the Roberto Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh, but Tumpane, on his way back to his hotel from lunch, noticed her and talked her out of jumping.
He spent several minutes with the woman, 911 was called and the woman was taken away in an ambulance. Hope things work out well for her.
6) There is a ballpark in the AA Texas League that has a swimming pool in right-center field, kind of like the Diamondbacks’ ballpark, except this pool is elevated— takes a longer poke to hit the ball in this pool than the pool in Phoenix.
5) Quote of the Day, part 3:
“I’d see a quarterback and be like, ‘Dude is garbage, and I’m over here in the kitchen cooking turkey necks!?’ I hate to name-drop, but [Ryan] Fitzpatrick is still playing!? He leads the league in interceptions, and he’s still (bleep)ing getting paid? I mean, what the (bleep) is going on?”
Former NFL QB Vince Young
4) Baseball transactions:
— Reds put Brandon Finnegan (shoulder) on the DL, activated Austin Brice
— Royals recalled LF Jorge Soler from AAA.
— Giants put 3B Conor Gillaspie, P Mark Melancon on the DL, brought up 3B Jae-Gyun Hwang and P Dan Slania
— New York put DH Matt Holliday on DL, recalled 3B Miguel Andujar
— Detroit activated DH Victor Martinez, sent John Hicks down to AAA.
— Arizona put Nick Ahmed (hand) on DL, brought Ketel Marte up from AAA
— Mets put P Robert Gsellman (hamstring) on DL, brought Matt Reynolds up from AAA.
— Atlanta activated P Bartolo Colon off the DL, sent Jason Hursh to AAA.
3) Happy birthday to a pair of legends this week: NASCAR’s Richard Petty turned 80 years old, and comic genius Mel Brooks turned 91.
2) Chicago Cubs currently have 15 players on their active roster age 27 or younger; nine of Cubs’ 10 players who are 28+ are pitchers.
1) Was surprised to hear that when Sean McVay interviewed for the Rams’ coaching job, in his very first interview with the team, he spent two hours watching film with QB Jared Goff. I’m pretty sure that is highly unusual, for a coaching candidate to spend that much time with a player BEFORE he has the job.
— Underdogs went 2-1-1 SU in Week 1
— Underdogs went 4-0 ATS in Week 1
— Home teams posted a 2-1-1 SU record in Week 1
— Home/road teams posted a 2-2 ATS record in Week 1
— The ‘Under’ went 3-1 in Week 1
[B]Team Betting Notes[/B]
— It was a Grey Cup rematch in Canada’s capital city to kick off the 2017 regular season, and [B]Calgary (0-0-1)[/B] played [B]Ottawa (0-0-1)[/B] to a 31-31 tie. If that sounds familiar, it should, as the Stampeders and RedBlacks played to a 26-26 tie in the first regular season meeting last season in Ottawa on July 8. The teams will meet again in Week 2 on Thursday night on the prairie in Southern Alberta. It was the only ‘over’ result of the opening weekend, too.
— [B]Montreal (1-0)[/B] started its season on a positive note, edging [B]Saskatchewan (0-1)[/B] by a 17-16 score. It is Montreal’s third straight win against the RoughRiders, and their fourth straight win dating back to last season.
— The Riders, who started out 0-3 SU/1-2 ATS last season, are also 0-3 SU/1-2 ATS over their past three regular season openers. Their last Week 1 victory and cover came in the 2014 season against [B]Hamilton (0-1)[/B], the last time Saskatchewan made the postseason.
— Speaking of the TiCats, they were rolled 32-15 on Sunday in their short trip up the QEW to [B]Toronto (1-0)[/B]. The Argos were underdogs by 3 1/2 points, but came away with the most lopsided win of the opening weekend. It was surprising considering the Argos were 1-2 SU/ATS last season against the TiCats, and 1-6 SU/ATS in the past seven regular season and postseason meetings.
— [B]Edmonton (1-0)[/B] pulled off the opening weekend’s most surprising win, topping the [B]BC Lions (0-1)[/B] as 4 1/2-point underdogs, 30-27. It was Edmonton’s first win in Vancouver since June 28, 2014 after going 0-2 SU/ATS over the past two seasons.
— [B]Winnipeg (0-0)[/B] was on a bye for Week 1 with an odd amount of teams. The Blue Bombers will kick off their season in Saskatchewan on Saturday night. The Bombers are 4-1 SU/2-3 over their past five regular season games against the Riders.
[B]OTTAWA (0 – 0 – 1) at CALGARY (0 – 0 – 1) – 6/29/2017, 9:00 PM [/B]
Top Trends for this game.
CALGARY is 125-91 ATS (+24.9 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1996.
OTTAWA is 17-6 ATS (+10.4 Units) as an underdog over the last 3 seasons.
OTTAWA is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) in June games since 1996.
Head-to-Head Series History
CALGARY is 3-3 against the spread versus OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
CALGARY is 2-2 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
6 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
[b]Friday, June 30[/b]
[B]BRITISH COLUMBIA (0 – 1) at TORONTO (1 – 0) – 6/30/2017, 7:00 PM [/B]
Top Trends for this game.
BRITISH COLUMBIA is 91-64 ATS (+20.6 Units) as an underdog since 1996.
BRITISH COLUMBIA is 68-45 ATS (+18.5 Units) in road games off a division game since 1996.
TORONTO is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) in home games over the last 3 seasons.
TORONTO is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) in home lined games over the last 3 seasons.
TORONTO is 20-37 ATS (-20.7 Units) in a home game where the total is greater than or equal to 52 since 1996.
TORONTO is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) in home games in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
Head-to-Head Series History
TORONTO is 2-2 against the spread versus BRITISH COLUMBIA over the last 3 seasons
TORONTO is 2-2 straight up against BRITISH COLUMBIA over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
[B]MONTREAL (1 – 0) at EDMONTON (1 – 0) – 6/30/2017, 10:00 PM [/B]
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.
Head-to-Head Series History
EDMONTON is 4-0 against the spread versus MONTREAL over the last 3 seasons
EDMONTON is 4-0 straight up against MONTREAL over the last 3 seasons
2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
[b]Saturday, July 1[/b]
[B]WINNIPEG (0-0) at SASKATCHEWAN (0 – 1) – 7/1/2017, 9:00 PM [/B]
Top Trends for this game.
WINNIPEG is 1-10 ATS (-10.0 Units) as a road favorite of 3 points or less since 1996.
SASKATCHEWAN is 128-93 ATS (+25.7 Units) as an underdog since 1996.
SASKATCHEWAN is 18-4 ATS (+13.6 Units) as a home underdog of 3 points or less since 1996.
SASKATCHEWAN is 52-33 ATS (+15.7 Units) in July games since 1996.
Head-to-Head Series History
SASKATCHEWAN is 3-2 against the spread versus WINNIPEG over the last 3 seasons
WINNIPEG is 4-1 straight up against SASKATCHEWAN over the last 3 seasons
3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
Week 2 CFL
Ottawa (0-0-1) @ Calgary (0-0-1)— Teams tied 31-31 in Ottawa LW, second year in row first matchup of season ended in a draw. RedBlacks beat Calgary 39-33 in playoffs LY; they’re 2-4-2 overall vs Stampeders, 0-3 in Calgary, losing by 21-45-25 points in Alberta. Over is 6-1-1 in series games. Stamps threw for 376 yards LW; they outgunned Ottawa 441-416 in game that was 11-11 at the half. Ottawa ran ball for 116 yards LW, 2nd-most of any CFL team.
BC Lions (0-1) @ Toronto (1-0)— Road team won five of last six series games; Lions won five of last six games in Toronto, winning last three by 16-2-3 points. Under is 8-4 in last dozen series games. Lions lost at home to Edmonton LW on a FG with 0:02 left, after trailing 20-11 after third quarter- they ran ball for 130 yards, most in CFL in Week 1, but were outgained 420-394. Argos threw ball for 506 yards in 32-15 win over Hamilton, holding TiCats to 258 yards.
Montreal (1-0) @ Edmonton (1-0)— Both teams won close games last week, Alouettes by point over Saskatchewan, Edmonton by FG in Vancouver. Eskimos won their last six games with Montreal, winning last three matchups here by 17-18-11 points. Over is 8-2-1 in last 11 series games. Als were outgained 401-332 LW- their 233 passing yards were fewest in CFL. Eskimos kicked FG with 0:02 for win in Vancouver last week, after blowing 20-11 4th quarter lead.
Winnipeg (0-0) @ Saskatchewan (0-1)— Blue Bombers had bye last week; they’ve won four of last five games with Saskatchewan, winning two of last three visits to Regina. Over is 5-2 in last seven series games- over was 7-1 in last eight Bomber games LY. Roughriders lost by point in Montreal last week when Alouettes kicked FG with 2:45 to play; Riders managed only two FGs in second half, after leading 10-7 at halftime.
[B][I]Favorites vs spread for season: 0-4
[B]OTTAWA vs. CALGARY[/B]
Ottawa is 1-2-2 SU in its last 5 games ,when playing Calgary
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ottawa’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Calgary
Calgary is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Calgary is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Ottawa
[b]Friday, June 30[/b]
[B]BRITISH COLUMBIA vs. TORONTO[/B]
British Columbia is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of British Columbia’s last 6 games on the road
Toronto is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto’s last 7 games when playing at home against British Columbia
[B]MONTREAL vs. EDMONTON[/B]
Montreal is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
Montreal is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Edmonton
Edmonton is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Montreal
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Edmonton’s last 8 games when playing Montreal
[b]Saturday, July 1[/b]
[B]WINNIPEG vs. SASKATCHEWAN[/B]
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Winnipeg’s last 8 games
Winnipeg is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Winnipeg
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Saskatchewan’s last 5 games
BC Lions @ Toronto[/B]
June 30, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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