Montreal Alouettes 2013 Season Preview

Only in Canada would we start a sport in which behemoths wearing tons of equipments run around a huge field in the hottest months of the year.  Must be grueling for the big guys and football is a sport in which there are plenty of big guys.  Great weather for the fans to watch games in the intimate confines of Molson stadium.  The season is upon us and it seems like it is going to be another successful one for the Alouettes and their fans.

As regularly as the CFL season starts each year late in June is as regularly as the Montreal Alouettes have fielded a quality team.  They are definitely the beasts of the East.  Especially lead by quarterback Anthony Calvillo.  Calvillo, after having been released by the Hamilton Tiger Cats, has been with the Alouettes organization for 15 seasons and as he enters his 16th fans really have begun to wake up to the fact that the end of his career is drawing near.  Despite the fact that he has earned a living as a football quarterback and suffered the abuse that comes with that particular job, Anthony Calvillo is in great shape for a man who is turning 41-years-old this season.  Still, it cannot go on forever and the organization has had to start to prepare itself for the future in that position.

General Manager Jim Popp has proven himself time and time again a master at unearthing gems.  In the off season he was his usual busy beaver.  Addressing the Calvillo age issue, Popp decided not to resign perennial back up Adrian McPherson and went out and signed former Tiger Cat Quinton Porter.  The 30-year-old was an occasional starter with Hamilton, but saw the writing on the wall when the team signed Henry Burris.  He will be the back up to Calvillo this season and is seasoned enough that he’ll be ready to jump in at any time.

Popp was a busy man this season with several players leaving the team (QB Adrian McPherson, WR Bo Bowling, JP Bekasiak, DB Diamond Ferri), some having to be resigned (DE John Bowman, WR Jamel Richardson, WR Brandon London, WR S.J. Green, WR Eric Deslauriers, LB Chip Cox, DB Jerald Brown, CB Seth Williams, FB Dahrran Diedrick, RB Brandon Whitaker, and OT Jeff Perrett), conducted some trades (got RB Jerome Messam from Edmonton), signed some free agents (DE Ejiro Kuale, DB Kendrick Burney, CB Geoff Tisdale, WR Arland Bruce, DB Byron Parker), and selected picks in the draft (WR Damone Blackman, LB Nicolas Boulay, G Simon Légaré, LB Mike Edem, RB Steve Lumbala, DE Michael Klassen).

The biggest move of the off season was the decision of head coach Marc Trestman to sign with the NFL’s Chicago Bears and for the team to sign Dan Hawkins as the new head coach.  Hawkins has no experience with the CFL, but he has been the head coach at university teams like the University of Colorado and Boise State University.  Where Trestman was in complete control and a very calm leader, Hawkins is more transparent and energetic.

Despite the fact that the team lost their two preseason games the expectations should be high for the 2013 season for Alouettes’ fans.  No matter who is on the field for the Montreal Alouettes it seems like the level of talent is always very high.  As a team they are also rich in veteran talent.  They have one of the best quarterbacks to every play in the CFL, a trio of talented veteran receivers like Richardson, Bruce and Green, and possibly the best offensive line in the league.  The only question marks seem to be with the defense and special teams.  They both have pretty much been rebuilt.

Schedule:

01

9

Thu Jun 27

Montreal

0

Winnipeg

0

9:00 pm

02

13

Thu Jul 04

Winnipeg

0

Montreal

0

7:00 pm

03

18

Fri Jul 12

Calgary

0

Montreal

0

7:30 pm

04

22

Sat Jul 20

Montreal

0

Calgary

0

7:00 pm

05

25

Thu Jul 25

Edmonton

0

Montreal

0

7:30 pm

07

31

Thu Aug 08

Toronto

0

Montreal

0

7:30 pm

08

34

Sat Aug 17

Montreal

0

Saskatchewan

0

4:00 pm

09

37

Thu Aug 22

BC

0

Montreal

0

7:30 pm

10

44

Tue Sep 03

Montreal

0

Toronto

0

7:30 pm

11

47

Sun Sep 08

Toronto

0

Montreal

0

1:00 pm

12

52

Sun Sep 15

Montreal

0

BC

0

4:30 pm

13

54

Sat Sep 21

Montreal

0

Hamilton (In Moncton)

0

4:00 pm

14

60

Sun Sep 29

Saskatchewan

0

Montreal

0

1:00 pm

15

63

Sat Oct 05

Montreal

0

Edmonton

0

3:30 pm

16

67

Mon Oct 14

Winnipeg

0

Montreal

0

1:00 pm

17

72

Sun Oct 20

Hamilton

0

Montreal

0

1:00 pm

18

75

Sat Oct 26

Montreal

0

Hamilton

0

1:00 pm

19

77

Fri Nov 01

Montreal

0

Toronto

0

7:00 pm

Additional Information:

-Website:  www.montrealalouettes.com

-Ticket Purchase:  www.ticketmaster.ca or 1-800-790-1245 or box office (1260 University, 2nd floor)

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