No Boyd tonight. He practiced all week and is at full speed, but Barker's policy is to practice a full week after injury and then play the following week. Have to agree when it's a crucial player and still early in the season and your backup was just player of the week.
Lemon gets the ball. Our qb situation has been talked over to death and I'd love for it to be over... but until Lemon puts up a couple of wins in a row where his contribution is conspicuous, he'll never be without intense scrutiny upon him.
Kackert worked all week on ball security. Shocking that a guy could get to the pros and have poor ball handling technique, but he said that it was never a problem for him before. I reckon that was because before pro, a guy like him is quite a bit stronger than his tacklers and he could get away with holding the ball low and not covering the ball's "noses". All week long he's had the ball high and tight and covered... hope i can see it tonight, because for sure the Als will be swatting the ball as they try to tackle him... hopefully that lets him break one or two more.
Owens has not been working on ball security. Not sure if it's because they're trying to have him not think about it (ie: if he thinks about fumbles, he'll fumble) or that they figure you can only teach a guy one big project at a time... His current project is route running 101. If you watch him, he runs everything full blast. No patience. Never slow or jukey or deceptive. The only Argo (or CFL player) i ever remember being awesome at kick return and still a good receiver was Rocket Ismail. I think the skills are totally different and it might just be easier for running backs.
We gave up 14 points to shanked punts last week... I hope Shaw doesn't do that to us again tonight because much like Boyd, Pre is practicing but likely will need to wait a week and let our usually steady backup try to redeem himself.
I wonder if we can break our record we set last week of 3 plays in 2 seconds? (that was another 4 points we shouldn't have lost) At any rate, it's time for the Argo Bounce to come back tonight. The Larks are coming off a loss and will be looking to add to our misery, but I'm hopeful that the climb back to .500 should start tonight. Like I've said, we we're 2-5 to start in 2006 and finished 10-8. We spotted the division a lead again in 2007 when we went 2-6 to start and we finished 11-7. It's not like there isn't great talent in that locker room... they just need to play like it and stop doing things that help to defeat themselves.
I'm stuck an hour north of the city right now and will be here until 5:30... then the weekend rush hour will fight me all the way to the lake. I'm hoping that I'm in my seat with a beer by the second quarter.