The Canadian Football League regular season is now officially underway. On Saturday night there will be an intriguing Western Division battle between the Edmonton Eskimos and B.C. Lions from B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver (TSN, 7pm PT).
Both the Lions and Eskimos are coming off winning seasons. In 2016, the Lions went 12 and 6, while the Eskimos went 10 and 8. Both teams also advanced to the division finals. The Lions lost 42-15 to the Calgary Stampeders in the Western Final, while the Eskimos lost 35-23 to the eventual Grey Cup champion Ottawa RedBlacks in the Eastern Final.
Both the Lions and Eskimos have added former RedBlacks to their teams. The Lions picked up RedBlacks wide receiver Chris Williams, while the Eskimos now have RedBlacks assistant general manager Brock Sunderland as their general manager, and acquired running back Travon Van and defensive lineman Aston Whiteside from Ottawa.
Here are the other events I will be watching this weekend:
Saturday & Sunday—MLB—Toronto Blue Jays @ Kansas City Royals—Sportsnet—11am PT—What a difference two years make. In 2015, the Royals beat the Blue Jays in a dramatic American League Championship Series and then beat the New York Mets for their first World Series title since 1985. Now this year the Royals and Blue Jays are having issues just reaching the .500 mark. Kansas City is currently at 35 wins and 36 losses and Toronto is at 35 wins and 37 losses. Fortunately for the Blue Jays and Royals however, they are still in contention for a wildcard spot. Both are in definite striking distance of the Tampa Bay Rays, who are only three games above .500 at 39 wins and 36 losses.