The Canadian Football League is currently in week 10 and there will be two interdivision matchups on Saturday. In the first game, the British Columbia Lions will play the Ottawa Redblacks (TSN, 12:30pm) and that will be followed by the Toronto Argonauts facing the Calgary Stampeders (TSN, 6pm). The Lions (5-4) have played very poorly offensively the last two weeks in losing 41-8 to the Saskatchewan Roughriders and 21-17 to the Calgary Stampeders. Part of the problem is that Lions quarterback Jonathon Jennings has simply not been in sync since returning from injury. It is a very important game for B.C. this weekend in Ottawa. The Redblacks have problems of their own as they are only 2-6-1 in their first nine games.
The Stampeders have an excellent record of 6-1-1, but they cannot take the Toronto Argonauts too lightly. The Montreal Alouettes did last week and were hammered by Toronto 38-6. One could argue that the Argonauts may just have the edge at quarterback. Ricky Ray is still going strong at age 37, while Bo Levi Mitchell has been inconsistent in recent weeks. The Argonauts are currently 4-5, but remarkably lead the CFL East as they have two more points than the second place Alouettes.
Here are the other events I will be watching this weekend with Canadian content:
Saturday & Sunday—World Canoeing Championships—The 2017 World Canoeing Championships take place this weekend from Racice, Czech Republic. Canada will be going for gold in the women’s C2 500m. Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec and Katie Vincent of Mississauga, Ontario had the fastest time in the heats. For the last six years, Vincent-Lapointe has been one of the world’s fastest canoers, but Canadians have not heard of her because her disciplines do not have full Olympic medal status. At the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Vincent-Lapointe could be one of Canada’s best chances for Olympic gold because earlier this month the International Olympic Committee announced they added the C1 200m and the C2 500m to the Olympic program. Saturday’s events will take place on YouTube (1:35 am PT) with Sunday’s events on www.cbcsports.ca (1pm PT).
Saturday—MLB—Minnesota Twins @ Toronto Blue Jays—Sportsnet—10 am PT—This is a critical weekend for the Toronto Blue Jays if they have any hope of making a run for the second wildcard spot. They are currently five games back of the Twins, who currently hold down the last playoff spot in the American League. Anything less than a sweep this weekend would be a disappointment. The Blue Jays are 60-67 and are coming off a very disappointing road trip where they went 1-5 after being swept by the Chicago Cubs and then losing two of three games to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Saturday & Sunday—CN Canadian Women’s Open—Golf Channel—12pm PT—The final two rounds of the 2017 CN Canadian Women’s Open is taking place this weekend from the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club. The current leader is two-time major champion In-Gee Chun of South Korea. The 2015 U.S. Women’s Open champion and 2016 Evian Masters champion has a one stroke lead at -7 over three Americans—Marina Alex, Brittany Lincicome and Mo Martin. The top Canadian is amateur Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ontario who is five strokes back at -2.