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Its sink or swim time in Calgary for the quarterbacks but it looks like the Stampeders have some aquanauts. With Kevin Glenn now in BC by way of Ottawa, the Stampeders young and promising quarterbacks have lost their safety net, and that may be a good thing. While Glenn was the always steady veteran presence, and advanced the team as far as the Grey Cup as recently as 2012, there have been, and remain, reservations if he could ever win the big one. If one of either Drew Tate or Bo Levi Mitchell can make good on the considerable promise theyve shown early in their careers, they could do wonders leading an already talented roster. Tate began last year in the starters role but after injury struck the team turned to Glenn. Neither he nor Mitchell – who impressed in limited action when both Tate and Glenn were injured – could regain the role from a healthy Glenn late in the season. This isnt to say that Glenn wasnt an effective quarterback for the Stampeders, or that he didnt get the job done, but for a talented team seemingly on the edge of Grey Cup glory, a better option could emerge. Tates edge in experience, and more importantly experience in the system, may give him the first snap in training camp. The 29-year-old has 381 career pass attempts (a weekend for predecessor Henry Burris) in five seasons with the team. In that relatively small sample size however, the Iowa product has put up very encouraging numbers. The main knock on him at this point is his seemingly inability to stay healthy. In the past two seasons, both of which Tate entered atop the Stampeders QB depth chart, he has missed more games than hes played. It was an arm injury last year after suffering through shoulder woes the year previous. Mitchells future is even harder to prognosticate, but the small sample size hes produced has looked even more promising than Tates work. Through injuries, Mitchell gained 135 passing attempts last season, finishing with 1,156 yards, 10 touchdowns to just three interceptions, and a near 70 per cent completion rate. Five years Tates junior, Mitchell is one of the truly promising young players in the league and what he lacks in experience and veteran know-how, he makes up for with potential in spades. Potential as in, hes a potential 15-year starter and future star. Whoever leads Calgarys offence out of the huddle on Week 1 wont have to go it alone, with former Most Outstanding Player Jon Cornish taking on a considerable load from his running back position. Cornish led the league in touchdowns and rushing yards last season and for the second straight year broke the record for most ground yards by a Canadian, making his case as one of the best homegrown talents in league history. Defences crowding the box to contain Cornish is music to a young quarterbacks ears. There could be some growing pains with Tate or Mitchell, but unlike in previous years when the coaching staff may have felt compelled to go to Glenn at the first sign of trouble, this year they may allow them to work through their struggles and come out the other end a better player, perhaps around playoff time. Notes Dave Dickenson Re-signs With four coaching openings this off-season, Stampeders offensive coordinator Dave Dickenson was sure to be a hot candidate. John Hufnagels protégé politely declined all inquiries however and signed an extension with the Stamps that included the added title of assistant head coach. Dickenson is a good bet to take over for Hufnagel as head coach one day. Adrian McPherson It looked for a while like the Stampeders two horse race for the starting quarterback role was going to be a three horse race. Calgary signed Adrian McPherson, the talented, long-term quarterback of the future behind Anthony Calvillo in Montreal before playing last year in the Arena Football League. McPherson suffered a serious injury in the Arena League last season however, and after his recovery wasnt where Calgary was hoping for, the QB retired. The door however, is not fully closed and the situation may bear watching later in the year. Expansion Draft It appeared a foregone conclusion that the Stampeders would lose Kevin Glenn in the first round of the expansion draft, clearly the headline pick for Ottawa. The team also lost starting offensive guard JMichael Deane and proven Canadian safety Eric Fraser. Dimitri Tsoumpas Retires The Stampeders knew theyd be without Dimitri Tsoumpas for much of the 2013 season when he suffered a concussion last year; they were saddened to hear the concussion would lead to Tsoumpas retirement. Calgary will have its hands full replacing the three-time CFL All-Star who accepted a strength and conditioning assistant role with the team upon his retirement. Free Agency Calgary did very little venturing into the open market, doing little outside of nabbing a backup to Jon Cornish at running back in Jock Sanders. The team did keep a number of their pending free agents however, including DL Demonte Bolden and Randy Chevrier, receiver Maurice Price, and LB Juwan Simpson. CFL Draft The Stampeders traded veteran offensive lineman John Gott to the Redblacks to move up to first overall in the draft, nabbing offensive lineman Pierre Lavertu. Lavertu, who can play both centre and guard, will be needed to help fill in for two interior lineman now in Ottawa in Gott and Deane. Calgarys other selections included Concordia DL Quinn Smith, also in the first round; Concordia LB Max Caron in the second round; McGill OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff, Laval DB Adam Thibault, and Western OL Joe Circelli in the third round, Duvernay-Tardiff likely not to be available north of the border for at least a couple years; Queens DL Derek Wiggan in the fourth round; McMaster K Tyler Crapigna in the fifth round; and Western WR Brian Marshall in the seventh round. Rangel Ravelo . The Senators will put the busy off-season and training camp behind them when they open their regular season on the road. They kick things off Friday against the Buffalo Sabres and then head to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs on Saturday. Custom Cardinals Jersey China . On Saturday, the paths of Drew Tate and Kevin Glenn cross again as opposing quarterbacks. http://www.custommlbcardinalsjersey.com/...-581q.html .ca. Hi Kerry, Love reading your column and loved watching your analysis on the TSN broadcasts!And were now in Round 2! Bruins! Canadiens! We know all about the great games of the past from the players, the broadcasters and the writers. Gussie Busch . The group of Slava Fetisov, Igor Larionov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Sergei Fedorov, & Slava Kozlov were a dominant force for The Wings at one point in the 90s. Mike Mayers . Jurrjens signed a minor league contract with Cincinnati in May, and was 2-3 with a 4.46 ERA at Triple-A Louisville. He has a 53-37 record with a 3.63 ERA in seven major league seasons, including five with Atlanta.SEATTLE -- Jacoby Ellsbury provided the jolt New Yorks sluggish offence needed, even if the Yankees still are struggling to score runs. Ellsbury lined an RBI single on a 0-2 pitch to score Derek Jeter with the go ahead run in the eighth inning, and the Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Tuesday night. "This type of game is the type of win that has been eluding us," Ellsbury said. "Hopefully, if we can win these types of games well be in great shape. Its always nice to go out there and throw a bunch of runs up there and make it easy on the pitching staff, but yeah, you have very good hitters, its just a matter of time before it really starts clicking." Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 14 games -- the longest for a Yankees player since Jeters 19-game streak in 2012 -- and gave New York just its fourth win in the last 11 games. Ellsburys hit came after Jeters ground-rule double off Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma. Scoring the winning run capped a big night for Jeter, one that started with festivities. The Mariners honoured Jeter during a pregame ceremony in his final visit to the city where he made his major league debut in 1995. Jeter was given a seat from the old Kingdome and an engraved watch from former New York teammate Robinson Cano as part of his farewell tour gifts. Jeter then went out and had two hits and scored two runs. He also scored on Carlos Beltrans RBI double in the first. "Anytime you can start rallies those are big things," New York manager Joe Girardi said. "And you get yourself into scoring position with less than two outs, those are big things." Scoring runs has become a problem for the Yankees. They havent scored more than four runs since May 28 against St. Louis. While thats a small sample, its enough that Girardi was questioned before the game about his concern over the lack of offence. They didnt get a lot against Iwakuma (4-3), but the Yankees came through in key moments. Beltran had the first big hit with his opposite-field double to score Jeter. That was followed by Brian McCanns RBI infield single that handed starter Vidal Nuno a 2-0 lead before he toook the mound.dddddddddddd Then it was Ellsburys turn in the eighth, lining the two-strike pitch from Charlie Furbush for a single to take the lead. "I feel like my at-bats are better than April. I dont know where the numbers stand but I feel a little better up there," Ellsbury said. "But the big thing is we won tonight, not really extending a hit streak or anything like that. Nuno and the Yankees bullpen made sure what offence they received was enough. A rainout on Monday in Kansas City ruined a potential matchup between former teammates in Japan, Iwakuma and Masahiro Tanaka. Instead, Tanaka was pushed back to Wednesday. Nuno went 5 2/3 innings and was in line for the victory before Dellin Betances problems in the seventh. Nuno struck out two and allowed only Cole Gillespies RBI single to score Cano in the first. Nuno did escape trouble in the second and fourth innings when Seattle had runners in scoring position with two outs and were unable to get the runner home. Michael Saunders came inches from a three-run homer in the fourth, but his drive to the deepest point of Safeco Field was caught at the wall by Ellsbury. "He did what he had to do," Girardi said. "I thought he did pretty well. He got us to the sixth inning." Seattle pulled even at 2-2 in the seventh off Betances when Dustin Ackley singled just over the head of Brian Roberts to score Mike Zunino. "He throws so hard and is so long you just got to see it and hit it," Ackley said of facing Betances. "Luckily I was able to sneak it over the infield." But the Yankees responded immediately in the eighth and instead of blowing the lead, Betances (4-0) got credited with the victory. David Robertson pitched the ninth for his 15th save. Notes: Yankees RHP Shawn Kelley is expected to rejoin the club on Wednesday. Kelleys been out with a back strain. ... Seattle signed second-round pick OF Gareth Morgan on Tuesday. Morgan took part in batting practice with the team before the game. ... Seattle RHP Taijuan Walker (shoulder) was returned from his rehab assignment and optioned to Triple-A Tacoma. ' ' '
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