BY Jeff Schneberk
Week 5 of the CFL continued tonight as the Calgary Stampeders travelled to the new stadium in Winnipeg to take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on this 2nd straight Wendy’s CFL Friday Night Football on TSN from Winnipeg’s Investor’s Group Field.
For those fans of the Calgary Stampders that haven’t been paying close attention to the exploits of the team (myself included in that category), you were in a for a little surprise.
There was no Drew Tate tonight. There was no Kevin Glenn either. Instead their 3rd string quarterback got a chance to sling some passes. Bo Levi Mitchell, one of those QBs to literally come out of nowhere and do a fairly solid job for his team. Jon Cornish pounded the ball along the ground like he always does but this was more about a QB who has never previously started a game in the Canadian league.
The TSN crew has been calling Mitchell by his full name all night long: Bo Levi Mitchell. Apparently the reason for this is back in Mitchell’s home state of Texas (where football rules even supercedes religion and maybe even eating, drinking and hanging out on the firing range), Mitchell’s high school football coach used to call him by his full name all the time. And it looks like it stuck.
Mitchell is not the only QB to get his 1st league start; Winnipeg’s Justin Goltz is seeing his 1st action tonight too. Calgary however has mounted a 34-17 lead with 5;17 left in the game and Rod Black continues to annoy the hell out of everyone listening at home tonight.
Calgary has been getting it done all over the field, Rene Parades has kicked his league-record 35th straight field goal. Back in the opening quarter he had 29 before he tied (and broke) Paul McCallum’s record which was 30 straight field goals made good. Parades has now shattered that record.
With the Calgary victory, the Stamps now move into a tie with Saskatchewan for top spot in the West division. The only thing separating their records is Calgary’s one loss which came back in Week 2 in Saskatchewan. While the Winnipeg loss gives Hamilton a chance to put the Bombers in the basement going into next week as a Ticats win tomorrow puts them into a 3-way tie for top spot in the East with Montreal and Toronto.
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