Back-up plans in sports

It’s always a good idea to have a plan whether it be business, education, personal matters or sports.

But in case something goes sideways in any or all of these areas it’s equally as good an idea to have a solid backup plan.

When it comes to the 2013 edition of the CFL, the backup plan for all teams at the quarterback position isn’t quite as solid as the original and so the fate of those teams really depends on the health of the main signal caller.

In B.C. Travis Lulay is the man but if he goes down there is no Mike Reilly to step in. Instead the Lions are looking at Thomas DeMarco.

The aforementioned Reilly is in Edmonton but should something happen to him it will be Kerry Joseph or Jonathan Crompton.

Down the QE II Hwy. the Stampeders hope to have Drew Tate for a complete season but if not, Kevin Glenn and Bo Levi Mitchell are waiting in the wings.

Saskatchewan hopes to ride Darian Durant as far as they can and if he goes down then Drew Willy will take over.

Out in the east the starter is very much the key to the team’s fortune.

In Toronto should Ricky Ray have to step aside due to injury then Zach Colloros, Trevor Harris or Josh Potrtis take over. Right! Who are those guys?

Montreal’s Anthony Calvillo keeps ticking like the Energizer bunny but if he gets knocked out then Tanner Marsh or Josh Neiswander have to step up.

Hamilton looks to Henry Burris to lead the way but if the injury bug bites then Jeremiah Masoli and Dan LeFavour are the next in line.

And last but not least, Winnipeg puts all its eggs into the Buck Pierce fragile basket and that means Justin Goltz is the heir apparent and he might get the call very early.

So with just looking at the QB position the following predictions have an asterisk beside them if any of these guys are gone for a significant amount of time.

In the west, any of the four teams could run ahead of the rest and it would not be a shock but I will go with B.C., Edmonton, Saskatchewan and then Calgary. All four could easily be in the playoffs however.

In the East, Toronto leads the way with Hamilton, Montreal and the doormats of the league Winnipeg.

We shall see how it plays out.

sports@reddeerexpress.com

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