There you are, Chad Owens!
Just when you thought the Ottawa RedBlacks, riding a three game winning streak, were poised to create some distance between themselves and the Toronto Argonauts, we are all reminded just how tough CFL Pick’Em has been this season. [Tell me about it –Ed.]
The parity within the competitive East division has made this season one of the most exciting years in quite some time, but my personal goal of a “perfect” week may not be achieved before season’s end. 4-0 seems impossible.
Jeremiah Johnson, Henry Burris (with another 300-yard game in this one) and the entire Ottawa receiving corps had been firing on all cylinders coming into this game against a struggling Toronto defense – especially the secondary. Trevor Harris is trying to prove that he should be the Argonaut starter even as Ricky Ray nears return, and it’s hard to argue with his results. Toronto now sits in second place, a mere two points behind the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who just lost their own star quarterback for the remainder of the season last week.
The story of the year for the Argonauts has to be the play of their rookie receivers. Tori Gurley, Deontae Spencer, Kevin Elliott (shout out for the two touchdowns in this game for my Fantaseh team!) and Vidal Hazelton were all unknowns at the beginning of the year; their stellar play has kept the Argos in the race despite Chad Owens’ injury issues and general lack of production. Could the 33-year-old “Flyin’ Hawaiian” be wearing down? After multiple seasons of MOP-like production, it’s very possible that usage could be catching up to Owens.
Saturday night was different through. Chad Owens was ready to play.
Nothing gets a crowd on their feet faster than a punt return, and no one has been better at it over the past five seasons than Chad Owens.
Two-thirds of Toronto’s games have come on the road this season and their .500 record in those games in a big contributor to where they sit in the standings. The schedule hasn’t been kind to the Boatmen, but they continue to succeed as they get ready to face even more adversity.
The Blue Jays have officially clinched their first playoff spot in 22 years; three of the four games scheduled to take place at Rogers Centre in October are thus in danger of being moved. If the Argos had a “normal” schedule this season, it’s very possible this team could have an even better showing in the standings. The move to BMO Field has got to be the most necessary move in this franchise’s rich history.
Up next for Toronto is a BYE week followed by a possible “home” game in Ottawa and a tough road assignment in Montreal.
– written by Travis Currah