The Canadian Football League will dominate my sports viewing this weekend with three very intriguing matchups. If the Edmonton Eskimos at 2-8 are going to make any push for a playoff spot, they are going to have to win now and get some help.
Here is what I’ll be watching this weekend:
Saturday–2pm–MLB–Atlanta Braves @ New York Mets–FOX–The Braves (83-64) are quickly falling out of the National League East chase, as they’re three games back of the Philadelphia Phillies. Atlanta has not won a series since taking three of four games against the Mets at the end of August. The Braves are missing third baseman Chipper Jones from their lineup. The 1999 NL MVP is out for the season with a torn ACL. Atlanta will be sending Tim Hudson to the mound (15-8, 122 K, 2.62 ERA). Hudson has lost his last three starts against the Mets, Pirates and Cardinals, after a great start to the season. The Mets (74-73), who just swept the Pirates, will send September rookie callup Dillon Gee to the mound. The 24 year-old Texan has only given up one earned run to date in 13 innings of work.
Saturday–5pm–MLB–Chicago Cubs @ Florida Marlins–WGN–Ok, so you’re probably wondering, why I’m even bothering watching this unimportant National League matchup. Well, the answer is simple. I picked up Marlins’ starter Anibal Sanchez in my fantasy pool today and dropped Braves’ right hander Jair Jurrjens. Sanchez is 12-9, 132 K, 3.35 ERA, and I will need a Marlin win as I’m in the semi-finals. Chicago is starting rookie Casey Coleman.
Saturday–8pm–CFL–Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ British Columbia Lions–TSN–The Lions (3-7) have looked like the Lions of old lately in dominating the Alouettes and Argonauts in their last two games. B.C. will get to make it three straight against Eastern based teams Saturday night at Empire Stadium. The Ti-Cats (5-5) had a glorious opportunity to gain two points on the Montreal Alouettes last week without their star quarterback Anthony Calvillo. But the ‘Cats came out lethargic and lost 27-6.
Sunday–11am–CFL–Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Toronto Argonauts–TSN–Like the Lions, the Blue Bombers are playing some excellent football right now, as displayed by Steven Jyles’s terrific accuracy while at the quarterback helm last week. The Argos at 5-5, have dropped back down to reality after losing three straight games. Even though they’re in fourth, the Blue Bombers at 3-7, are still in contention for a playoff spot, and even a Western Division crossover in the last few weeks of the regular season.
Sunday–2pm–CFL–Edmonton Eskimos @ Montreal Alouettes–TSN–Tillman ball starts Sunday for the Eskimos. As we all know there is a lot of work to be done. The first thing is the Eskimos (2-8) need to make more big plays. I only counted three last Friday against Calgary. The Alouettes (7-3) played much better last week against Hamilton. Backup QB Adrian McPherson had 238 yards passing and 121 yards rushing for the win.
Sunday–6pm–NFL–New York Giants @ Indianapolis Colts–NBC–In the most intriguing matchup of the weekend, Eli takes on brother Peyton in a rare AFC/NFC battle. The Colts desperately need to improve their rush defense after Texans’ running back Arian Foster ran for 231 yards on 33 attempts last week. The Giants, with Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs, might be licking their chops.
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