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CFLMost Valuable Players in CFL: Week 13

Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012 | 08:50 AM

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Winnipeg quarterback Buck Pierce whoops it up in last Friday's 34-12 win over Hamilton. (John Woods/Canadian Press) Winnipeg quarterback Buck Pierce whoops it up in last Friday's 34-12 win over Hamilton. (John Woods/Canadian Press)

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This weekend was one of those very rare occasions where 3rd And Long hosts Andy McNamara and Carlan Gay actually agreed on something. For the first time this season, a CFL player is both Mac's Main Man and Carlan's Darling in the same week.

It's a rare occurrence when Mac and I agree: He's a peanut butter and jelly guy; I'm more of a Nutella man. He prefers his orange juice with pulp; I prefer mine without. He love a good underdog story; I, on the other hand, would rather see dynasties.

Our differences in opinion have led to some great heated debates both on and off the air. However, this weekend was one of those very rare times where we agreed on something. For the first time this year, a CFL player is Mac's Main Man AND Carlan's Darling in the same week.

If you've listened to the podcast over the years -- which, by the way, is available right here on CBCSports.ca every Wednesday -- you would know that Mac and I don't hold punches when it comes to the inability of Buck Pierce to stay on the field.

Last year, Pierce had his best year as a starting quarterback, throwing for 3,348 yards and 14 touchdowns and leading the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a Grey Cup appearance. Yes, he was repeatedly knocked out of games. But when all was said and done, he started 16 contests, which was a huge step up from five starts the year before.

Fast forward to this year and Pierce has already missed eight games. As bad as the underachieving Bombers have looked, they still have a realistic shot at making the playoffs.

That's just life in the crazy league we call the CFL.

As much hazing as we've done with the often-hobbled signal caller, we do give credit when credit is due. Pierce was 21 of 31 for 288 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 34-12 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. But it was the confidence that was clearly visible throughout Winnipeg's offence with Pierce at the helm that won us over.

The Bomber now sit at a woeful 3-9 with the post-season quickly approaching. And as bad as the middle part of the season has been, the town formerly known as Swaggerville sits only two games out of a playoff spot and, in the unpredictable CFL, it has as good a shot as anyone to make the Grey Cup if it can go on a run.

There you go Winnipeg, we finally said something nice about you. Hope you're happy.

Honourable Mentions

Chad Simpson and Victor Anderson. Simpson took some of the load off the returning Buck Pierce with a 19-carry, 134-yard performance. Anderson, stepping in as starting tailback for the rest of the year in Montreal, came through with 127 all-purpose yards and two touchdown in the Alouettes' 31-10 win over the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday.  

-- Carlan Gay and Andy McNamara

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