What a difference a week (and a win) can make in the CFL.
Riding a three-game losing skid seven days ago, the Calgary Stampeders were dealing with roster moves while receiving plenty of advice from fans and media urging shakeups. Veteran defensive back Joey Boese and first-year receiver Scotty Anderson were both shown the door during the rough ride.
One game later -- a 23-7 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders -- has put the 4-4 Stampeders in a much more enviable position.
Enjoying the view from second place in the West makes hosting the undefeated Montreal Alouettes tomorrow a more enviable task.
"It's all good news in that there's no news," head coach Tom Higgins said yesterday. "We're healthy and get to go in without making many changes or any changes at all. Everybody is available."
ALS HOPE HISTORY REPEATS: The Montreal Alouettes have won seven consecutive games from the start of the season, which could be a precursor to Grey Cup glory.
Montreal's last Cup win in 2002 came after a 7-0 start while the club also stormed to the title after going 7-0 in 1977.
So far the Als have done it without an overwhelming passing attack.
QB Anthony Calvillo is in the middle of the CFL pack in passing yards, averaging 259 per game, while much of their scoring prowess has come from RB Robert Edwards. The second-year Al has produced 10 TDs this season, including seven along the ground. He sits third in CFL rushing yards with 571 (5.4-yard average), well behind leader Joffrey Reynolds of the Stamps, who has 760 for a 7.0-yard average.
EVERYBODY HURTS: While the Stampeders are healthy, the Alouettes are sporting some mid-season wounds. Receiver Sylvain Girard (groin) is expected to miss the game ... Ben Cahoon, the Als leading receiver with 554 yards, missed practice earlier this week but is expected to play ... Dangerous return specialist Ezra Landry (knee) is out.