The National Football League started on Thursday night with a magical performance from Kansas City Chiefs rookie Kareem Hunt, but we cannot ignore the Canadian Football League, which will have two very intriguing Western Division matchups on Saturday. In fact there are three games, as the Ottawa Redblacks host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at 3pm PT (TSN).
However the two best games are in the West as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers host the Saskatchewan Roughriders (Saturday, 12pm PT, TSN) and the Edmonton Eskimos host the Calgary Stampeders (Saturday, 6pm PT, TSN). Even though the Roughriders and Stampeders had excellent first halves last week, for some wild reason, I am expecting the Blue Bombers and Eskimos to deliver on Saturday with significant rebound games. The Eskimos and Blue Bombers played much better in the second half during their Labour Day Classics and have the capability in delivering victories in the Labour Day rematches.
Here are the other events I will be keeping an eye on this week with Canadian content:
Sunday–Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge—Men’s Final—CBC—9:30 am PT—The first final of the 2017-18 Grand Slam of Curling season takes place this weekend from Regina, Saskatchewan. It is the first of seven grand slam events on the curling calendar. There are three men’s teams currently undefeated at three wins and zero losses. They are reigning world champion Brad Gushue, reigning Olympic champion Brad Jacobs and Ontario’s John Epping.
Sunday—Spruce Meadows Masters Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping—CBC—12pm PT—The second major of the 2017 equestrian season takes place this weekend from the Spruce Meadows equestrian complex in Calgary, Alberta. Gregory Wathelet of Belgium won the first major event of the season in Aachen, Germany on July 23. Canadian Olympic gold medalist Eric Lamaze finished eighth. The third equestrian major of the season will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on December 12.
Sunday–Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge—Women’s Final—Sportsnet—1:30pm PT—Following the first men’s final, is the first women’s final of the grand slam season. There are currently three women’s teams undefeated in Regina. They are Valerie Sweeting of Alberta, and two teams from Switzerland—2015 world champion Alina Paetz and 1999 world junior champion Silvana Tirinzoni.