Anthony Calvillo’s CFL record for all-time passing yards stands on its own merit, without being tagged the “pro football” record too.
The CFL made quite a fuss on Thanksgiving Day when the Montreal Alouettes QB surpassed Damon Allen to become the league’s new king of the passing game, then the league went out of its way to pile Calvillo’s numbers on top of NFL passing records to emphasize the point. It’s unnecessary and is an insult to players on both sides of the border.
With a 50-yard pass to Jamel Richardson, Calvillo eclipsed Allen’s 72,381 career passing yards, opening the floodgates of accolades from the likes of former NFL stars Dan Marino and Brett Favre. What does it matter? Calvillo’s numbers are worthy of praise without the recognition from the NFL and comparing the numbers from different leagues is unwarranted.
“I never looked at the numbers the NFL guys accomplished because I thought in the CFL, we have our own league with our own records,” Calvillo said. “But that was special to me.”
Special maybe, but not necessary.
Riders limp into the sunset:
Has a CFL team ever fallen as fast and as far as the 2011 Saskatchewan Roughriders? Almost guaranteed to miss the playoffs, the Riders appeared in three of the last four Grey Cup games and were picked in this column to finish first in the West. Yet the Riders’ offence under QBs Darian Durant and Ryan Dinwiddie is so inept, longstanding records for futility are starting to fall.
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The Riders haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in more than three games — 14 quarters, in fact, the longest Saskatchewan scoring drought since 1979 when the team won just two games. Their nine points scored in the last three games is the worst string of futility in Riders history.
Hard to revel in Argos’ misfortune:
Only in the CFL do fans and media pull for sad-sack teams because it’s “good for the league.” That’s exactly what’s happening with the CFL-worst Toronto Argonauts, bottom feeders at 3-11 and eliminated from the playoffs, even though most folks outside the GTA love to hate all things Double Blue. The Argos’ success is essential to the league’s survival and a key ingredient in maintaining its TV contract.