The Calgary Stampeders have a great chance to continue their dominance this weekend when they host the British Columbia Lions at McMahon Stadium (Saturday, TSN, 4pm PT). The Stampeders have a regular season record of nine wins, one loss and one tie in 2017 and are undefeated at home with five victories to date. A major reason for Calgary’s success has been their running game. Jerome Messam of Brampton, Ontario leads the CFL with 730 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns. To have a Canadian at the running back position is an advantage for Calgary, who can put an American at another position. The Lions will now have the inconsistent Jonathan Jennings at quarterback after Travis Lulay is out for the season with a knee injury. The Lions are fourth in the West with a record of six wins and four losses.
Here are other games I will be watching this weekend:
Saturday—Davis Cup Qualifying—Canada vs. India—Sportsnet One—12pm PT—In what could be the last major sporting event that will ever take place at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, Canada is facing India in men’s doubles action in Davis Cup qualifying. Vasek Pospisil of Vernon, British Columbia is teaming up with Canadian Olympic gold medalist Daniel Nestor of Toronto. Pospisil is not playing singles this week. He has been replaced on Friday with Brayden Schnur of Toronto. Meanwhile there will be singles matches on Sunday (if necessary at 12pm PT) if there is no sweep in the best-of-five series.
Saturday—CFL—Edmonton Eskimos @ Toronto Argonauts—TSN—1pm PT—The Edmonton Eskimos have lost their last four games but will be back playing a franchise in a division that they have had great success with this year—the East. The Eskimos are 5-0 against the East and 2-4 against the West in 2017. The Argonauts are 4-7, but hilariously are only point out of first place in the Eastern Division.
Saturday & Sunday—MLB–Toronto Blue Jays @ Minnesota Twins—Sportsnet—The Toronto Blue Jays are out of playoff contention, but have a chance of playing spoiler. The Twins currently have a three game lead over the Los Angeles Angels and a three and a half game lead over the Seattle Mariners for the second wildcard spot in the American League. Twins second baseman Brian Dozier leads the Twins with 30 home runs and 89 runs batted in. Toronto plays Minnesota at 4pm PT on Saturday and 11am PT on Sunday.
Saturday—MLS—Toronto FC @ LA Galaxy—TSN—7:30 pm—This is a great time to be a Canadian soccer fan in Major League Soccer. The Vancouver Whitecaps are leading the Western Conference and Toronto FC is leading the Eastern Conference. When Toronto FC hammered the San Jose Earthquakes 4-0 last week, they became the first team in Major League Soccer this season to clinch a playoff spot. The Galaxy have a rich history in the MLS, but not this season. They are 10 points back of FC Dallas in the West.