CFL.ca Game Notes: A look at Week 9
TORONTO– Thursday Night Football features the Calgary Stampeders visiting the Winnipeg Blue Bombers with the winner moving into sole possession of first place in the West Division. Calgary enters the game having won three straight. After opening the year 5-0, the Blue Bombers find themselves on a two-game skid following a road trip through Southern Ontario. Winnipeg is returning to the friendly confines of IG Field where they are 3-0 this season. Kickoff is slated for 8:30 p.m. ET and Canadian rock duo Crown Lands will perform at halftime.
Friday Night Football features a double-header. First, Saskatchewan will head to Montreal at 7 p.m. ET with the visitors chasing their fourth win in a row. The Alouettes will be looking to get back into the win column following last week’s 30-27 overtime loss against Ottawa.
At 10 p.m. ET, Edmonton will play host to Ottawa, marking the first game in which a pair of Esks – Trevor Harris and Greg Ellingson – face the team they left in free agency. Ottawa is hoping to return to .500, while Edmonton is looking to improve upon its 3-0 home record this season.
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The 2019 Hall of Fame game will conclude the week on Saturday with BC taking on Hamilton at Tim Hortons Field beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The Lions are coming off a bye week and will be in search of their second victory. This season, teams coming off a bye are 5-4. At 5-2, Hamilton holds first place in the East Division and is coming off a last-minute loss to Saskatchewan last week. Dane Evans will be making his third career start as Hamilton looks to remain perfect at home.
ESPN2 will broadcast the Ottawa/Edmonton game.
ESPN+ will air Calgary/Winnipeg, Saskatchewan/Montreal and BC/Hamilton game this week.
TSN’s Live Mic Game will be Saskatchewan/Montreal game this week.
HALL OF FAME WEEKEND
· Saturday’s game between the BC Lions and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be the 2019 Hall of Fame Game following the induction ceremony on Friday night at Tim Hortons Field.
· This year features seven inductees: Jon Cornish, Mervyn Fernandez, Terry Greer, Ernie Pitts (posthumous) and David Williams in the Player category, and former Saskatchewan club president Jim Hopson and legendary University of British Columbia coach Frank Smith in the Builder category.
· For bios of each inductee, click here.
CALGARY THROUGH SEVEN
o 2019 | 5-2 | Started 2-2
o 2018 | 7-0 | Grey Cup champion
o 2017 | 5-1-1 | West Division champion
o 2016 | 5-1-1 | West Division champion
o 2015 | 5-2 | West Division finalist
o 2014 | 6-1 | Grey Cup champion
o 2013 | 5-2 | West Division finalist
o 2012 | 3-4 | West Division champion
o 2011 | 6-1 | West Division Semi-finalist
O-LINE SCORING TDs
o Sept. 3, 2018: Ryan Bomben (TOR) – 3-yard sliding catch
o July 16, 2016: Jovan Olafioye (BC) – 8-yard touchdown
o Aug. 9, 2015: Ryan Bomben (HAM) – 8-yard touchdown
o Aug. 24, 2014: Dan Clark (SSK) – 1-yard touchdown
o June 28, 2014: T-Dre Player (BC) – 3-yard touchdown
WILD WEEK 8
o All four games were decided in the final three minutes
o The average margin of victory: three points
o Lead changes: eight
o Average points per game: 49
o Kick return TDs: three
BIG PLAY DATA THROUGH 8 WEEKS