It just keeps getting better and better. Garrison Mathews Jersey . My statement is in reference to Blue Bombers quarterback Drew Willy and his pressure performance in Winnipegs 27-26 win over Hamilton. His game was good - 31 out of 43 completions - but it was the last drive that was so impressive. With 1:40 to go, he moved the ball 94 yards, completing 7 of 9 passes for 79 yards and running for another 15; every yard had something to do with Drew Willy. So as much as it is time to recognize the performance, it is also good to recognize the support behind the performance on two levels. First Marcel Bellefeuille as an offensive coordinator has excelled at teaching the foundation and developing the game plan for Willy. Also, theres Buck Pierce. Listed as running backs coach you know he must have a calming influence on the present quarterback. Pierce as a former player has pretty much experienced everything you can as a player, both good and bad, and that experience is very valuable to a player like Drew Willy who is going through that process right now. Its been mainly good for him, but you know the bad is coming. The game itself was a battle of the punters in the first half and an exchange of big play makers in the second. And that half was the only good half for Hamilton. To say that Dan LeFevour was humbled a bit is accurate as Winnipeg did an exceptional job of running, chasing and catching a quarterback who had over 100 yards rushing the previous week. One bright moment for Hamilton was the punt return for a touchdown by Quincy McDuffie - at 510" and 178 lbs he has an elusiveness that makes him special. Whomever found him deserves a pat on the back because I think the young man can play and produce. Yes, the Ticats had one and gave one away on the last play but what can you do? Only "man up" as players, learn from the mistakes and move on to play the BC Lions on Friday night. Dont over-analyze or criticize, just learn and move on. In Montreal I just dont get it. Yes they have some serious quarterback problems and some absence of confidence in both pivots. Throwing accuracy is the No. 1 problem but how do you improve upon that when you can play consistently as an opportunity to improve? Troy Smith started out the game and ran 13 plays. Then Alex Brink came in and ran 15 plays. Back to Smith and eight more plays and to conclude the game Brink ran 18 plays. That is the type of rotation you use in an exhibition game if you want to evaluate four separate quarterbacks. Its not what you do in Week 6 when you need to commit to one QB until you conclude that one can or cannot do the job. For Toronto the best running back they have is Steve Slaton. That is the guy I would make my starter. Watching the second game on Friday night, you have to wonder what type of team the BC Lions will be from week to week. Kevin Glenn showed remarkable resiliency in going 3-for-3 to win it in the end but when Travis Lulay is back it will be his team. The early performance by Andrew Harris this season has been enjoyable to watch. IF, and I know it is a big IF, he keeps this pace up Harris is on pace for 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards. Easy to say, tough to do. Finally, Saturday night in Ottawa and you could see it coming. Every team at some point of the year has a game that starts bad, gets out of control and in the game film afterward you remember it but dont let it get you down. On Saturday night the Redblacks looked like an expansion team for the first time this year. They have pieces but not the parts just yet. Rick Campbell has assembled a good CFL staff and they should be confronted with the mistakes made to make sure they dont happen again. This one has to be an education that provides future results as Ottawa looked like a collection of players, as opposed to a team of performers. With Saskatchewan this thought popped into my head at halftime. Someone should give George Cortez another shot as a head coach. For whatever the reason and its insignificant now, George did not endear himself with many in Hamilton when he was a head coach there. Why, who knows? But the second time around you learn and adapt with flexibility. His success with quarterbacks and QB systems is undisputed and like John Hufnagle his overall experience is this league is an asset of extreme benefit. I dont know if the next young talent is out there but a slightly older one is Cortez. The Riders had intense focus in Ottawa and just like Cory Chamblin said after the crushing 48-15 defeat in Toronto during Week 2, "we will learn from this" - and they did. For the future? Saskatchewan at Winnipeg is the best game in the seventh week with only 13 to go. And a final thought after the final note. My congratulations and sincere thanks to the people in Calgary. An all-time record was set in the Purolator Tackle Hunger food donation with 258,000 lbs of food brought to the stadium in one night. I an trying to visualize what that looks like and I cant. That type of response says in loud volume the compassion and strength of the people in Alberta and in the city of Calgary. And Im not comparing to any other cities, just acknowledging a great moment to help others. Oh, and Edmonton: your day is Friday, September 26. Just a reminder. Tim Legler Jersey .Stanton suffered fractures in his face and other injuries when he was hit by a pitch Sept. 11. The Marlins are confident hell fully recover and be ready for spring training, and they hope to reach a long-term agreement with him. Terry Dischinger Jersey . Yahoo! Sports columnist Marc Spears says that the Boogie Smooth album may have been an elaborate April Fools prank.David Millers magnificent century saw South Africa chase down 372 to beat Australia by four wickets and secure the ODI series victory with two games to spare. Having lost the opening two matches, Australia were dominant in making 371-6 in their 50 overs as both David Warner and Steve Smith hit hundreds at Kingsmead.At 217-5 in the 32nd over of their reply, the hosts looked set for a heavy defeat before Millers incredible knock turned the game and got his side home with four balls remaining. The tourists won the toss and made a blistering start to their innings, Warner and Aaron Finch (53) taking them to 110 before the latter, having already blasted four maximums, was caught off the bowling of Imran Tahir in the 14th over.That wicket stemmed the flow of runs to a certain extent but it took South Africa until the 35th over to break the second wicket stand. David Warner hit a superb century for Australia By that time, Warner and Smith had added another 124 with Warner having gone to his eighth ODI century off 96 balls. He was eventually dismissed for 117, caught at long-on off Tahir (2-54).Smith remained and, after a slow start, began to accelerate and reached his ton from 104 balls. He was bowled by Dale Steyn (2-96) for 108 but by that time Travis Head was beginning to cut loose.The all-rounder, alongside Matthew Wade (17no), ensured the innings ended in the same manner as which it had began, making 35 from just 18 balls.Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock then looked to replicate the start the Aussie openers had madde but the former was trapped lbw by John Hastings for a quick-fire 45 with 66 on the board. Chris Whitney Jersey. Steve Smith became the second Australian in the match to make three figures De Kock had made a relatively slow start by his usual standards but after Amlas dismissal he found his rhythm and had blazed his way to 70 from 49 balls when top-edged a Chris Tremain (1-65) delivery to fine leg.Rilee Rossouw (18) and JP Duminy (20) were the next two to go as Australia look set for the win they needed to keep the series alive.However, Miller had other ideas and went about brutally dismantling the Australian attack. Although when Dwaine Pretorius (15) fell it looked as if even Millers efforts would not be enough.He found a more than capable ally in Andile Phehlukwayo though with the No 8 initially content to allow Miller to dominate the strike - and the opposition bowlers. The odds were still very much against the Proteas as the overs ticked by but it was clear that the momentum had swung in their favour when Miller reached his century off just 69 deliveries.He continued to swing hard but just as his exertions looked to be catching up with him, Phehlukwayo stepped up to hammer four fours and two sixes in an unbeaten innings of 42.And it was the 20-year-old who hit the winning runs, reversing sweeping Adam Zampa for a couple to spark wild South African celebrations.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! ' ' '
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