Every game is a big game in professional football — especially in a nine-team league.
Week five of the CFL season starts with Calgary in Ottawa. I believe that match up is the best east-west rivalry in the league right now.
The RedBlacks have not beaten the Stampeders since the 2016 Grey Cup game.
Last year, the teams started with a tie. In week two of the 2017 season, the Stampeders beat Calgary by four.
Calgary’s most dominating performance over Ottawa in the last two years was two weeks ago, when the Stampeders won by just 10 points.
When I was growing up, the Alouettes and Eskimos had an incredible rivalry.
From 1974 to 1979 the teams met in five Grey Cup games with Edmonton winning three and Montreal taking two.
In recent memory the Alouettes and Riders had a great east-west rivalry meeting in back-to-back Grey Cup games in 2009 and 2010.
While the Stampeders and RedBlacks haven’t lived up to those standards, it’s always good to set aside time for a Calgary-Ottawa football game.