A few months ago, the idea of having a 2021 season seemed like an impalpable dream. In the singular time that is a global pandemic, the world of sport was shaken to its core. The elite players were idle, equipment was piling up dust and our field looked less like a home and more like an abandoned trench.
Yet we rallied together and made the impossible possible. Strange as it may seem to you, our Alouettes will finally take the field in a few days for the first battle of 2021, and we still need a daily pinch to remind us that it is no longer just a mere fantasy.
As the players recover from this intensive training camp, why not look at where we left off in 2019…
It was a memorable year for the Als. The pre-pandemic reign was one where we had debuted a brand-new uniform, a new quarterback, and a bounce-back season that put us in second place in the East Division. We hadn’t soared that high since 2014. Wow.
Destined to come back in full force, all the skeptics were fooled into thinking that a cancelled 2020 season was enough to make us backtrack. On the contrary. We came back glorious and strong.
One only must look at our defence to see the evidence.
With so many changes on this end of the ball from the 2019 season, our football operations team literally had to start from scratch coming into 2021. Yet, much to everyone’s surprise, the newcomers showed great fighting spirit against our elite offence during training camp, providing some breathtaking interceptions and incredible turnovers that gave the media plenty to talk about.
By the end of camp, tough decisions were on the horizon as to who would bolster our new defensive team… but with veterans like Almondo Sewell leading our fresh, revamped defence, we knew we had a hungry unit on our hands.
As for our offence, it is still in the good hands of our quarterback Vernon Adams Jr who intends to continue his rise after establishing himself as an impeccable player in 2019. For us, the key to our success will be the chemistry shared throughout our offensive group. Think of all the Geno’s, B.J.’s, Wieneke’s and Stanback’s making a comeback in the city, posing an even greater threat to rival teams.
One thing is for sure, games don’t win themselves, but with a coach like Khari Jones leading our troops and the many veterans who will use their experience to lead the team to success, we just took a giant step towards bringing the Grey Cup back to la Belle Province.
Can’t believe it? Then come see for yourself! See you this Saturday at 7 pm for our first game of the season in Edmonton and right here at home on August 27 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a game presented by TELUS.
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