It’s the weekend fans across the country have been waiting for; Scotiabank Labour Day Weekend is finally here.
The festivities get underway on Friday night with a pair of Division leaders clashing in Montreal as the Alouettes get set to host the BC Lions.
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After an off day on Saturday, the action will resume on Sunday with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers visiting Mosaic Stadium to take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
On Labour Day, a pair of provincial matchups will take centre stage, as Ivor Wynne Stadium will get its final taste of the Battle of Ontario when the Argonauts come to town, while the Calgary Stampeders will play host to the Edmonton Eskimos in a crucial divisional outing.
Equipped with the most up-to-date storylines, roster moves, stats, milestones and trends, enjoy this week's CFL.ca Game Notes.
By the Numbers:
The Amazing Anthony: The longer Montreal QB Anthony Calvillo continues to play, the more he continues to re-write the record books. Should Calvillo eclipse the 300-yard passing mark on Friday night, he will surpass Doug Flutie for most consecutive games with at least 300 passing yards. Last week, Calvillo passed for 329 yards, marking the seventh-straight game in which he has eclipsed the 300-yard barrier.
Cornish Carries on: Following his solid performance in Week 9, Cornish has taken over the CFL rushing lead with 571 yards through eight games, averaging 124 yards per game over the last three contests. No Canadian has led the CFL in rushing since 1988 when Orville Lee had 1,075 yards for Ottawa.
Coaching Changes: When the Winnipeg Blue Bombers dismissed Paul LaPolice on Saturday, it marked 54th in-season head coaching change since 1945, and the first for Winnipeg since 2004. In fact, it was only their third ever in-season coaching change. Since the 2000 campaign, there have only been 11 changes made in-season. Three clubs have made it to the Grey Cup after in-season moves: the last of which arrived in Montreal in 2006, when Don Matthews was replaced by Jim Popp.
Can’t Catch Chris: Hamilton kick returner Chris Williams leads the CFL with 10 touchdowns through eight games, a pace that would give him 23 at the end of the season. Should he reach that mark, he would tie Milt Stegall’s single-season record which he set in 2002. Williams is only the fourth CFL player to record back-to-back punt return touchdowns in a season since 1995 – and he’s done it twice already!
400-yard Club: The Alouettes have now run off five-straight games with at least 400 yards of offence – matching the longest streak in the CFL since Calgary achieved the feat in 2000.
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Friday, 7:30 pm ET: Lions at Alouettes
Sunday, 4:00 pm ET: Blue Bombers at Roughriders
Monday, 1:00 pm ET: Argonauts at Tiger-Cats
Monday, 4:30 pm ET: Eskimos at Stampeders
SJ Green: After a somewhat of an inconsistent start, the Alouette slotback has been on a tear as of late, registering consecutive outings of 10 catches for 100-plus yards. In his last three games, Green has tallied 23 receptions for 392 yards and two touchdowns, vaulting him to the top of the receiving yards leader board. Green also leads the league in 30-yard receptions with nine, and is second with 304 yards after catch.
Keron Williams: Much like he has been doing for his entire career, Williams has been a sack machine through eight games in 2012. The BC defensive end has crashed his way across the line for a league-leading seven sacks, and is on pace to register a career-best 16 QB takedowns this season.
Edmonton RBs: Even before the return of Jerome Messam to the Eskimos lineup, the Eskimos’ offensive backfield was no slouch. Last week, Hugh Charles, Cory Boyd and yes, Kerry Joseph, combined for 156 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Paul McCallum: Quietly doing his job to perfection, while the offence and defence take the spotlight and the credit for the Lions’ current four-game win streak, McCallum has connected on all eight of his field goal attempts during that same span. Not bad for a 42-year-old.
Throwing the Flag:
Heading into Labour Day Weekend, the most penalized team in the league is the Toronto Argonauts, who have been flagged 84 times for a whopping 702 yards.
The least penalized team in the CFL is Saskatchewan, who have seen the orange cloth thrown their way just 61 times for 440 yards.
The Alouettes might be without slotback Jamel Richardson for another week, as he continues to battle a hamstring injury.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders will see some new faces on defence this week, as both Diamond Ferri and Joe Lobendahn signed with the club earlier this week.
Jerome Messam rejoined his teammates on the practice field on Thursday, but he will not be suiting up for the Eskimos when they take on the Stampeders on Monday.
BC Lions receiver Geroy Simon is just two touchdowns shy of earning the 100th of his illustrious career. He also needs just six catches to surpass Darren Flutie for third all-time in the category.
Hamilton quarterback Henry Burris needs 166 passing yards to pass Matt Dunigan for the fifth most passing yards in CFL history.
Toronto kick returner Chad Owens is only 318 yards back of leap-frogging Dominique Dorsey for 12th place in most combined return yards in league history.
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