MAC'S MAIN MAN
On a bye week for half of the CFL teams -- and half of Team 3rd for that matter -- and only one game played before Monday, picking a collective 3rd and Long MVP was between the Montreal Alouettes and Winnipeg Blue Bombers and up to yours truly.
Four Alouettes could be considered the most impactful -- all on offence -- as Anthony Calvillo, Jamel Richardson, Brandon Whitaker and Sean Whyte made a lasting impression in a 36-26 victory.
Out of fear for the wrath of my AWOL broadcast partner, Carlan Gay, I will not be selecting a kicker for a second straight week -- although an argument could be made for Whyte and his burying four field-goal attempts en route to contributing a combined 18 points.
No, this week, I go with a slotback, the man they call Optimus Prime.
A notorious slow starter, Jamel Richardson busted out big time in a much-needed win that allows Montreal to keep pace in an ever-tightening East Division. The amazing part of Richardson's performance was that he put up massive numbers while only touching the ball on four occasions.
A game-high, 60-yard catch and run helped the stats as No. 18 pulled down 91 total yards. And unlike Winnipeg's Terrence Edwards, who hauled in more overall yards, Richardson's receptions converted on the scoreboard. Not once, but twice, the Texas native found himself doing a touchdown dance in the end zone -- and, obviously, drew plenty of attention all night long from the Bombers defence as well.
Richardson and Montreal's perennial, high-octane attack showed, once again, why they must be included in any conversation on who will be making the trip to Toronto for the 100th Grey Cup.
Honourable Mention: A tip of the cap to Winnipeg backup-turned-starting quarterback Alex Brink.
Although his performance did not result in a W in the standings, it was at least encouraging for Bombers fans: 25 completions on 39 pass attempts for 311 yards, two touchdowns and, most importantly, zero interceptions.
That warrants a tip of the cap from Team 3rd -- or half of it, at least!
-- Andy McNamara
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