The opponent that the 15-3 Montreal Alouettes are facing in the Eastern Final is probably the toughest one they could be playing against. It should be an epic battle between these two teams.
No matter what season or where they play the B.C. Lions the Alouettes have had a hard time with them. This season the Alouettes record versus the Lions was 1-1. They had trouble scoring points against the experienced B.C. defence even in their victory they only scored 28 points and it took a last minute touchdown for them to come from behind for the victory. This leads me to think that it is going to be a tight game with it not being decided until the 4th quarter.
The two quarterbacks are going to be the key players for their teams. Montreal's Anthony Calvillo has had another marvelous season and is nominated for league's MVP award. He has been consistently good all season and I don't see any reason for it not to continue. He and the vaunted Montreal offence (running back Avon Coburne and wide receivers Ben Cahoon, Kerry Watkins, Jamal Richardson) will have to deal with the veteran B.C. defence lead by former Alouette Baron Miles.
It is B.C.'s signal caller who will be more of the unknown factor in the game. Casey Printers, coming back from a hand injury, played a great game in the Eastern Semi Finals passing for 360 yards and running for a touchdown. Printers, if he is playing at his best, is a mobile quarterback, which is exactly the type that have given the Alouettes (and most teams) fits in the past. It will be interesting to see which Casey Printers shows up to play in Montreal this weekend.
Another important factor will be the home field advantage for the Montreal Alouettes. They will not actually be playing at their seasonlong home field, Percival Molson Stadium, rather at the cavernous Big O. Not always thought of as the best place to play, let's hope the close to 50,000 fans in attendance will make enough noise that it will spur on the home side.
Speaking of fans, most of the tickets for the game have been sold, but there are still some available in the $15 and $25 categories.
-Ticket Purchase: www.admission.com or (514) 790-1245
-Ticket Prices: $15.00, $25.00, $35.00, $61.00, $87.00 (plus taxes and service charges)
-Game Time: 1:00 p.m.