On Saturday night the Edmonton Eskimos host a familiar person to town. Ricky Ray will be quarterbacking not the Eskimos however at Commonwealth Stadium, but the Toronto Argonauts (Saturday, TSN, 5pm).
In a very controversial off season deal, Eskimos GM Eric Tillman traded Ray for quarterback Steven Jyles, kicker Grant Shaw and a first round pick in 2012.
In the Canadian Football League I thought you needed a solid quarterback to win football games. Ricky Ray is a great quarterback and the Eskimos let him go. Apparently Tillman didn’t get the memo.
The Argonauts are hosting the 100th Grey Cup this year and are a contender to win the East. Don’t forget. Toronto had the best defense in the CFL just two years ago and with an elite quarterback at the helm could make some noise.
Here are the other events I’ll be watching:
Saturday–ATP–Wimbledon Men’s 3rd Round–(7) David Ferrer–ESP vs. (30) Andy Roddick–USA–TSN–7:30am–In the most intriguing third round matchup, Ferrer should easily be ranked higher than seventh. In fact, I have Ferrer displaying the same magic at Wimbledon as he displayed at the French Open and that is defeating Andy Murray in the quarterfinals. To get to Murray however, he’ll have a tough opponent in Andy Roddick, who has advanced to three career Wimbledon finals. Head to head, Ferrer has the 6-4 advantage but Roddick did beat Ferrer in four sets in the fourth round of the 2011 U.S. Open.
Saturday–Canadian Olympic Track & Field Trials–CBC–2pm–We will know by Saturday the complete list of Olympians Canada will be sending to the 2012 Olympic Games in London in track and field. The elite event on Saturday will be the women’s 100m hurdles with six still in the mix. Leading the charge are Olympic Bronze medallist Priscilla Lopes-Schliep and 2003 World Champion Perdita Felicien of Oshawa. Meanwhile, others that can qualify with a top three finish are Edmonton’s Angela Whyte, Ontario’s Nikkita Holder and Phylicia George and heptathlete Jessica Zelinka. The top three from the meet will represent Canada next month.
Saturday–MLB–New York Mets @ Los Angeles Dodgers–FOX–5pm–At 43-34, the Dodgers have now lost five straight and lost nine of ten after a great start. The Mets meanwhile are at 41-36. and have been one of the more intriguing stories of the baseball season. Johan Santana, who will start Saturday for the Mets, has already thrown a no-hitter this season against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Sunday–Euro 2012 Final–Spain vs. Italy–TSN–12:45pm–In the biggest soccer game of the year, Spain will play Italy in Kiev, Ukraine. The Italians currently have Mario mania. Mario Balotelli had a career game on Thursday in a 2-1 win over Germany. The biggest question in Spain’s camp is if Fernando Torres will play. He has seen limited minutes over the last two games and seems to be out of favour a little bit by the Spanish coaching staff.
Sunday–CFL–Montreal Alouettes @ Calgary Stampeders–TSN–5pm–The Stampeders and Alouettes are trying to rebound after divisional playoff disappointment last season. Calgary lost 33-19 to the Edmonton Eskimos in the Western Semi-Final, while the Montreal Alouettes lost 52-44 in overtime to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Eastern Semi-Final.
Monday–Wimbledon–Fourth Round–TSN–6am–In one of the more interesting days on the tennis calendar, all the fourth round matches on the men’s and women’s sides will take place. Among the players that have already qualified include Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters, who is participating in her final Wimbledon.
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