Rest assured, beasts from East following plan sitting starters

TERRY JONES, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

EDMONTON -- What in Als going on here?

The first-place Montreal Alouettes come to town for the final game of the regular season and decide to sit six starters, including quarterback Anthony Calvillo?

What is Marc Trestman thinking?

We all know A.C. He wants to play. Every down. Calvillo made it quite clear that's the way he wanted to go a week ago. But no. His coach says sit.

The Als put away first place in the CFL East weeks ago. They weren't their usual impressive selves in losing their last one at home to Winnipeg last week. They have the bye next week. That will be three weeks between games.

And then there's the Alouettes history of starting strong, losing their edge going into the playoffs and having seasons go up in smoke.

Added to that there's CFL history of Grey Cup hosts finishing first and losing their divisional finals at home and watching the team which beat them move into their locker-rooms.

Isn't Marc Trestman playing into all this?

You'd put it down to his being a head coach with no previous CFL experience, except he's had a remarkable rookie run. It's hard to say he's made a mistake. Then it comes to you. Ah hah! The guy may be smarter than your average bear.

He's going against an Edmonton Eskimos team tonight which now must finish the season in the East.

What better way to ensure they don't get reborn, bounce back and beat Winnipeg as the crossover club in next week's Eastern semifinal and not proceed to the Eastern final in Montreal turned back into the team that beat the Stampeders Labour Day in Calgary?

All you have to do is come into their home park on Halloween and beat them with your B team!

If it doesn't work, an Eskimo win is worthless.

Trestman swears that's not the case.

"That has no influence on everything we're doing," he said. "There's an overall reason. It was not an easy decision."


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