CFL Weekly Blitz

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

The CFL goes to great lengths to ensure QBs are protected but the league's most physical kicker doesn't want the same treatment.

Argos ace Noel Prefontaine just returned this week from a concussion sustained on a blocked punt by B.C.'s Barron Miles in the season-opener. Miles hit the ball just as Prefontaine hit the ball and his momentum caused the kicker to do a front flip into the turf. The league office sent out a memo shortly afterwards -- just by coincidence -- clarifying the difference between contacting and roughing the kicker. The Prefontaine play was legal and he doesn't want to see rules added to stop players from going full speed. The league brought new laws against hitting QBs this off-season, which may cause defenders to pull up.

"That's all we need in football is more rules to protect guys," said Prefontaine, who often delivers heavy blows on coverage. "Why be hesistant? The new rules they've made about the quarterbacks ... enough is enough. They can't protect everybody."

OPENING DRIVE

Classy move by the Tiger-Cats to congratulate Anthony Calvillo for eclipsing the 50,000-yard passing mark by putting his image on the jumbotron. The Alouettes can return the favour this week if Milt Stegall sets the all-time TD record. The Ticats are just the medicine Calvillo needs with his team struggling. In the last 13 starts against Hamilton, Calvillo has 12,300-yard games. He started this one by connecting on 13 straight passes. All around good week for No. 13 ... How crazy is it for the Bombers to lose two long-snappers in the same game. Even avid observers couldn't name the long-snapper on most teams, let alone the backups. Adrian Baird did a decent job stepping in after both Chris Cvetkovic and Brian Guebert were hurt, but Winnipeg signed LB Mike Mahoney to try out.

ENDZONE TOSS

Quite the weekend for first CFL TDs, which could be a sign of the SMS and player turnover. A great comeback story in Andre Durie started it for the Argos. Durie missed a year of college with a knee injury and fought his way onto the roster, getting activated in Week 3 and scoring on his first CFL carry. Calgary DB Brandon Browner, Lions LB Javy Glatt, Eskimos WR T.J. Acree, Montreal WR Danny Desriveaux and Hamilton WR Talman Gardner also hit paydirt for the first time ... The Lions defence has taken over from the Stamps receivers in creative celebrations. Glatt did some sort of a rock 'em sock 'em robot dance after recording a sack, while Brent Johnson threw the pigskin like a bowling ball after causing and recovering a fumble.

EXTRA POINTS

The always engaging Pinball Clemons says John Avery's impression of him is too good the Argos head coach can't live up to it. "He's funnier than I've ever been. I can't do John Avery doing me. His vocabulary is better than mine with the exception of a couple of key words" ... Need further proof B.C. is the class of the CFL? In their past 18 games, the Lions have won 16 ... The Labour Day Classic in Regina is already sold out, the 'Riders announced yesterday.

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QUOTABLE

WHAT DID YOU SAY?

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HAMILTON FANS ... BOO EVERY OPPOSING QB. THEY EVEN BOO THEIR OWN.

ALOUETTES PIVOT ANTHONY CALVILLO

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GO FIGURE

PLAYIN' THE NUMBERS GAME

168

Total net yards for the Lions, who still beat Saskatchewan due to seven 'Riders turnovers.

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THREE STARS

WEEK'S TOP PERFORMERS

1. Als QB Anthony Calvillo -- Threw strikes on first 13 passes against Hamilton.

2. Esks RB Ron McClendon -- Huge 47-yard run set up winning TD over Bombers.

3. Argos S Orl-ondo Steinauer -- Picked off three passes against Stamps.

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RANKINGS

(WITH PREVIOUS WEEK IN BRACKETS)

1. (1) B.C. Lions -- Still strong with two QBs hurt.

2. (2) Saskatchewan -- Turnovers killed good defensive effort.

3. (4) Toronto -- Michael Bishop injury really hurts.

4. (6) Edmonton -- Offence rounding into shape.

5. (3) Winnipeg -- Improving with each outing but not there yet.

6. (7) Montreal -- Takes battle of winless in close outing.

7. (5) Calgary -- Huge questions after two blowouts.

8. (8) Hamilton -- Timmy Chang almost leads them to first win.

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CRYSTAL BALL

OUR PREDICTIONS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

Winnipeg at Montreal: Bombers on the rise have more than Als can offer. Blue Bombers by 4.

Hamilton at B.C.: No matter who starts at pivot, Lions are just a lot better. Lions by 8.

Saskatchewan at Edmonton: Getting first win give Esks confidence. Esks by 6.

Toronto at Calgary: Without Bishop, Argos find Stamps a tougher foe. Stamps by 3.


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