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CFLMost Valuable Players in CFL: Week 1

Posted: Monday, July 2, 2012 | 10:51 AM

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B.C. Lions veteran Geroy Simon became the CFL's all-time leader in receiving yards on Friday night. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press) B.C. Lions veteran Geroy Simon became the CFL's all-time leader in receiving yards on Friday night. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

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It was deja vu for Winnipeg as the Lions roared to another big victory and the most notable achievement came from B.C.'s Geroy Simon, and Calgary Stampeders quarterback Drew Tate was a thorn in the side of the Montreal Alouettes.
Mac's Main Man

The most intriguing battle of this opening weekend for the CFL was a rematch of last year's Grey Cup between the B.C. Lions and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

It was deja vu for Winnipeg as the Lions roared to another big victory and the most notable achievement came from B.C.'s Geroy Simon.

The 14-year veteran receiver had a game-high 105 yards coming on five receptions, and oh yeah, became the CFL's all-time leading receiver.

Breaking the 15,153 yard record mark by itself makes him the main man for this week, but in his typical clutch style Simon stepped it up when it counted most.

Although he did not score a touchdown, his 56-yard catch and run was a key factor in setting up the Lions 17 fourth quarter points and putting this one out of reach for 'Swaggerville'.

-- Andy McNamara

Listen to Geroy Simon interview. Follow Andy on Twitter @AndyMc81.

Carlan's Darling

There's been a lot of change in the busy CFL off-season, especially under centre at the quarterback position.

Four out of the eight teams in the league began the year with a different signal caller than they did just a year ago. Drew Tate seemingly walked into the toughest situation having to replace long-time starter and former Most Outstanding Player Henry Burris.

Tate completed the first seven passes he attempted in the game for 70 yards.

After taking an illegal hit from linebacker Shea Emry, Tate dusted himself off and made Montreal pay, finishing the game 25-of-35 for 299 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions as the Calgary Stampeders cruised to a 38-10 win over the Alouettes.

The young franchise quarterback oozed confidence throughout entire game and now moves to 4-0 as a starter in the regular season.

-- Carlan Gay

Listen to Henry Burris interview. Follow Carlan on Twitter @carlangay.

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