Of all the stories ending Week 14, what the Toronto Argonauts have accomplished is the best. To win four road games all in dramatic second-half efforts says a lot about the players and the organization. To study quarterback Zack Collaros is interesting. He really does not have dominant physical skills but an internal level of self-confidence that is evident and responds to pressure as well as any 10-year established quarterback. In the last four games, Collaros is 33-38 (86 per cent) with four touchdowns, a quarterback rating of 142.5 with four straight game-winning drives. He has gone from an unknown to a respected performer and serious consideration for employment in Ottawa next season. Football players are always judged by performance with tangible qualities and intangibles; those you can see and are visual and those that are more the make-up of the person that you only notice when the pressure is on. Collaros has some very good intangible qualities as a football player. Yes, the Argos still have issues with first-half execution, but four wins without Chad Owens is an excellent accomplishment. Are they peaking too soon? No, they have many ways to improve and with that coaching staff, they will. Of all the stories ending Week 14, the most painful to watch was the absence of energy and detail with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. I dont mean this in a derogatory way although I know it will be perceived as so but when your first pass is an interception to begin a game and your first pass in the second half is also an interception, thats comical. In my present occupation, I sometimes get the impression that people perhaps think we enjoy watching the self-destructive train wreck that the Bombers are. We dont. In our perfect world, all eight teams play excellent football all the time and every game is won in overtime by the home team. Not going to happen. Watching the Bombers struggle is also watching revenue lost in an exceptional stadium and the significance of that is genuine. I could go through all the positions of need and evaluate but that would be repetitive. Basically, you start from the ground up and make a plan that you put your heart and soul into. That is happening now with five games to go and, as silly as it sounds, is an excellent opportunity to establish a new beginning. For the players on the present roster, dont lose your intensity or commitment. Everyone is watching all the time. In Hamilton, the next two games are make-or-break for the season as they are home-and-away against the Argonauts. If they were to win both, everything in terms of confidence would change. There will be a lot of discussion about Henry Burris and his three interceptions but after looking at the video in detail, one was his fault, one was not and one the receiver could have made a better play on the ball. With the Alouettes, they broke the cycle of losing, but for the Riders, the cycle moved through game #4 and is now getting serious as September moves into October. As for the Eskimos, they do not respond well to adversity or prosperity. They should have beaten Toronto and quarterback Mike Reilly should have been taken off the field immediately. Torontos Clevon Laing will be fined for the helmet-to-helmet hit but what good does that do now? That damage is done. Thomas DeMarco looked good in B.C. and John Hufnagel of the Stampeders has the inside track for CFL Coach of the Year. Two critical questions this week: Can Hamilton get back to 7-7 with a win in Toronto? A 10-win season is respectable and still a possibility. And can the Riders beat the Lions in B.C? 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Last season, Mueller was quarterbacks coach of the University of Regina Rams, his alma mater. swell Gourde .com) - Real Madrid claimed its 20th consecutive win across all competitions by cruising to a 4-1 victory at Almeria on Friday.Winnipeg Jets 3 Detroit Red Wings 2 (Shootout) – A lot of interesting statistics out of this win. For the Jets it was their second straight shootout win, the third straight extra time loss for the Red Wings and in the last 10 games that the Wings have gone to extra time at home, they have not been able to get the extra point. Andrew Ladd again had the shootout winner. The Jets are now 4-1 in the shootout this season with Ladd getting the winner in the last three. (Dallas, San Jose, Detroit). Ladd is five for five in the shootout this year and going back to last year is seven for seven. Jussi Jokinen holds the NHL record with nine straight, Jarret Stoll has eight, then Ladd at seven. Ondrej Pavelec, brilliant in the game, stopped two of three in the shootout, and has now stopped eight of the last nine. Goaltending Coach Wade Flaherty feels patience is the key for Pavelec. “The shootout is a game of chicken, who will bite first. Hes more aggressive, holding his ground and as a result not folding into his net. Hes more relaxed.” For the first time this season the Jets have won three straight, and have won four of five to improve their record to 9-9-2 and move into fifth place in the Central Division. Bryan Little celebrated his birthday by opening the scoring in the game. The last three times the Jets have scored the first goal, Little has been the shooter. It was his team leading 11th goal of the year upping his totals to 3-2-5 in the last three games, 6-4-10 in the last eight and 8-4-12 in the last 11. Andrew Ladd picked up an assist on the goal giving him 2-7-9 in the last seven games. But it was a great pass from Blake Wheeler that Little converted. Pavel Datsyuk on a power play tied the game, the goal coming on Mark Scheifeles first NHL penalty. Red Wings outshot the Jets 16-8 in the first. No goals and no penalties in fast paced second, Detroit outshooting Winnipeg 10-9. Jets took the lead in the third, with Zach Bogosian getting his first of the year, assists to Evander Kane and Olli Jokinen.. Then the Jets ran into penalty trouble. Wheeler went for tripping, and on the penalty kill Kanes stick came up on Mikael Samuelsonn and for the fourth time this season the Jets were down two men.dddddddddddd. Datsyuk showed his magic hands again, knocking a James Wright clearing attempt out of mid-air to keep the puck in the Jets zone, and then putting a loose puck home to tie the game. The goal came one second after the penalty to Wheeler expired, allowing Kane to come out of the box as well. Jets are four for four this season when shorthanded two players. Wings outshot the Jets 16-2 in the third but as he was throughout the game, Pavelec was terrific. “Pavelec put his best foot forward and really helped us win,” commented Coach Claude Noel post game. The Jets got a power play in overtime but could not score, sending the game to the shootout. Pavelec challenged Datsyuk who fired wide, Devin Setoguchi scored and is now 9/19 in his career, Daniel Alfredson scored to tie the shootout, Ladd converted and is now 11/21 in his career, then Pavelec sealed the deal stopping Todd Bertuzzi. It was Ladds sixth career shootout winner. Final shots were 43-21 in favour of Detroit. Pavelec has now stopped 112 of his last 118 shots for three wins in his last three starts, for a save percentage of .949. “It was a hard road game,” continued Coach Noel. “Their speed and skill gave us trouble in our end. Its a hard place to win. We were in good shape going into the third and even though we were outshot our attitude was tremendous. We are happy with four wins in five games. You never really see a streak coming, but you can see the attitude of your team change. Our team, the way we are, we need a lot of “A” games to have success. We stuck together. Team is coming together. Now we just keep building. We are confident in the shootout.” A busy and difficult schedule continues for the Jets. Philadelphia is at the MTS Centre Friday, Jets in Minnesota Sunday and home to Calgary Monday. (All games TSN Jets, TSN 1290) It will be three in four nights with the back to back games at the end of it. Friday also starts four of five at home and a chance to improve their home record. Friday also starts five games in nine days for the Jets. ' ' '