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What is harder to find in building a team; 24 starters or a really good quarterback? It was an interesting question we discussed on air for a brief time among us CFL panel people and discussed in length off air. Montreal beat Ottawa 20-10 to start Week 11 and the similarities are profound yet common. Both teams are trying to win while also trying to find good players that you want to sign to extended contracts. For Ottawa, it is about finding and developing top 24 starters on offense and defense. With Montreal, it is about only one player - a quarterback. Jonathan Crompton was good against Ottawa last week but not great. He had 245 yards, completing 60 per cent, no interceptions and a touchdown. Thats good but not great. When you consider there are 117 Division 1 schools that play football in the United States, 124 Division 2 schools, 300 Division 3 schools and approximately 30 CIS schools, the initial response is it must be easy to find players. Every one of those schools has at least 10 players of good ability that would love to play football for money. And they do, but finding the best ones that can play is an odyssey of difficulty in a world all its own. All those schools do have a quarterback of some talent and you would think that there is a surplus. They do, and there isnt. To answer the question: What is harder to find, 24 starters or a really good quarterback, I think it is the quarterback. His quality value may outshine 23 other players. In Saskatchewan, the Riders have moved to 7-2 and looked good in the process. Going into last weeks game against Winnipeg, they ran 402 plays -- 213 were pass plays and 189 were run plays. At the end of the 35-30 win, they totaled 239 pass plays and 215 run plays this season. Thats right, in the Winnipeg game they had 26 run plays and 26 pass plays. Remarkable balance in run/pass ratio and it goes a long way to keeping a defense completely off balance. Saskatchewan still has to play Calgary twice - on October 3 at home and on October 24 in Calgary - and they have Edmonton three times, with the last one at home on the last game of the year. Those five are going to determine first place in the West. The final drive by Saskatchewan in Sundays game against the Bombers was impressive. They were on their own 35 yard line, 2:58 to go and down 30-28. Nine plays later, they are up by five and ran the ball for 62 of the 75 yards. That is impressive, as Saskatchewan took control and made it happen. In Hamilton, there were three stories. First, the new stadium, which by everyone I have talked to, was a successful debut in all ways conceivable. Second was quarterback Zach Collaros. Did he find his personal magic? I thought so. He was 21-of-38 for 71 per cent, one touchdown and no interceptions. Considering the absence of playing time and coming off a concussion, that is magic to me. The third story is: Can this change a season for Hamilton? New empowering home, quarterback back and an East Division that is wide open. Hamilton does visit Montreal next so that is focus number one, but their last five games are all in the East so in a very real way their future in playoff opportunity may be right there for the taking from October 10 on. Instead of losing a close game, they won one with six against the East, four against the West. It can still be a good season in Hamilton and at Tim Hortons Field. Final game of Week 11 saw Calgary beat Edmonton 28-13. The Stampeders have now won the head-to-head series, winning the first game 26-22 back on July 24. After this weeks game on Saturday, that is it for head-to-head, so winning the season series is the best end of season tiebreaker there is. It will be tougher this Saturday night, as Edmonton will feel the urgency and should have Mike Rielly back. Matt Nichols is good but Mike Reilly can be great. And finally; now every team has their stadium that is traditional over time or brand new or on its way to being brand new. Come on, Toronto! Something has to give in the near or soon-to-be near future. Without a good home field or a good home practice environment, you just cant play the way you need to create a winning team. Come on, Toronto! Cheap Nike NBA Jerseys . Anderson shook off some unusually poor shooting and hit two clutch 3-pointers in overtime that carried the New Orleans Pelicans to a 111-106 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. Cheap NBA Jerseys China . Belfort was originally schedule to fight Chris Weidman at UFC 173 on May 24, but a Nevada State Athletic Commission ban on testosterone replacement therapy forced the former light heavyweight champ to withdraw. http://www.cheapjerseysnba.com/ .com) - DAngelo Harrison posted 21 points to guide No. Discount NBA Jerseys . The Grizzlies erased most of a 25-point deficit before Durant, the leagues scoring champion, got hot. Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys . There are surprises among the Vezina candidates, but most of the others are standard top-tier performers, even if the two Hart Trophy runners-ups have never been quite as good as they have been through the first half of the season.In the summer of 2016, 844 professional footballers in England found themselves out of contract. Just 154 signed new deals, but for the majority of the 690 who were released, it was the start of a long and stressful summer. There are exceptions, like Hal Robson-Kanu, who took a gamble when deciding to sit out his contract at Reading.After a season which saw Robson-Kanu start fewer than half of his sides games in an underwhelming Championship campaign, he held his nerve to focus on representing Wales at Euro 2016. A starring role, including a stunning goal against Belgium in the last eight, led to offers from far and wide before he eventually agreed a move to West Brom on Deadline Day. Get a sneak peak of Sky Sports Originals documentary Out of Contract. Watch On Demand and from 6.30pm on Sunday. But that is a rarity. Whatever level of football youre playing at, the reality for an out-of-contract player is far removed from the glitz and glamour that most would associate with life as a professional footballer.In the lower divisions, players are lucky to negotiate any more than a two-year deal. A high turnover of managers means an inevitably high turnover of players too. Laying down roots is nigh on impossible for most players and its often even tougher for their partners, constantly taken away from their family and friends with their own careers to consider too. Marvin Sordell (right) says there are times when you wake up and youre just not enjoying it as much Former Watford striker Marvin Sordell spent three years living away from his girlfriend after joining Bolton, then of the Premier League, in 2012. She finally moved to Manchester from London last year as Sordell began the season with Championship side Burnley. Within weeks of the season kicking off, the 25-year-old was released, resulting in a move to Colchester leaving his partner in the north having started a new job while he headed south.Having been let go by Colchester at the end of last season, Sordell admits his next move will be the most crucial of his career having gone from playing in the Premier League and representing Team GB at the 2012 Olympics to suffering relegation from League One in just four years.Speaking to us in June, Sordell said: There are times when you wake up and youre just not enjoying it as much. You can go from very very low to very very high, back to very very low in such a short space of time. Ive moved so many times its hard to settle into somewhere and get to know your team mates and the way youre playing. Itd be nice to find a home and settle into football really. A move to Coventry City materialised later in the summer and although his team have made a bad start to the Sky Bet League One season, recent form suggests Sordell is already benefiting from being reunited with his now fiancee, who has transferred jobs yet again from Manchester to Birmingham to join him. In that respect, Sordell is one of the more fortunate out-of-contract players. More than 200 still found themselves without a club when the transfer window closed at the end of August.One of those players, former Huddersfield Town and Scunthorpe midfielder Michael Collins, can relate to Sordells comments on highs and lows. He began last season at Oxford United, out of the first team picture he joined their League Two rivals York City on loan only for his manager to leave just a few weeks later. Michael Collins (left) believes he took himself off the radar in England while playing in India Oxford allowed him to terminate his contract in January to join League One side Oldham - just 25 miles from his Halifax home. But on the morning the deal was due to be done, he returned from the gym to discover their manager David Dunn had been sacked and the move was off. Having left Oxford to move back closer to his family, an exciting opportunity arose. The only snag - it was more than 5,000 miles away from home in India.It was back to the drawing board, then I took a phone call from Ashley Westwood [manager of Bengaluru FC] and decided it was a bit of fate. Having spoken to my girlfriend she understood it would be very difficult but said You may never get this opportunity to do something like this again in your career and I jumped at it. Bradley Pritchard opens up about life as a professional footballer when you are out of contract The 30-year-old would spend the next five months with the Bangalore-based side, a long time to part from your fiancee and 18-month-old daughter. We began our documentary filming with Michael in April and witnessed the team win the I-League title in front of a huge partisan crowd.The benefits of such a move were clear and his manager Westwood, who played for 13 English clubs in a nomadic career, could see a unique selling point: Its a saturated market in England, youre never stable. Unfortunately thats the way football is in England these days. Theres always somebody younger and cheaper. You can earn more here [in India] than in League Two, you can earn more than most League One clubs, the cost of living is very small. The club takes care of everything from accommodation to travel to meals, so all of a sudden they can go home with some money in the bank. Out-of-contract players after 2015/16 season - were they retained? Given free transfer Monthly contract offered Other offer made Premier League 128 0 0 Championship 225 5 9 League One 184 5 44 League Two 153 15 76 Totals 690 25 129 Collins says the move to India is up there with his best achievements as a footballer, but he was back to square one when returning to his family this summer and his luck was out once again: At the worst possible time Ive had the worst bit of luck with my career.dddddddddddd I came back from India and trained with Blackpool. After I was there for a couple of days I started noticing a pain in my foot. I put it down to the hard grounds in pre-season and youre hoping its nothing major. It got worse and worse and at the end of the week I literally couldnt run.At that stage in July, Collins was facing up to the possibility that his life as a professional footballer could be over: Its been the hardest part of my career without doubt. Because I wasnt associated to a club I didnt have a physio and when youre at a club youd be sent for a scan or somebody would be there to give an assessment on what youre dealing with. Because I had nobody like that I spoke to the PFA (Professional Footballers Association), theyve helped me through my treatment, sent me for a scan and got to the bottom of the issue.Thankfully the injury wasnt as bad as first feared and with the help of his cousin - Huddersfield Giants rugby league player Scott Grix, hes been using his familys gym facilities to recover. Now fully fit, Collins is hoping to find a club soon but despite his success abroad, where he played virtually every minute of every league game, its not necessarily had a positive impact back home. Emmanuel Sonupe signing for Northampton in the summer I thoroughly enjoyed going out to India but the reality is, I did take myself off the radar in England. So when I did come back in the summer there were a lot of questions of Wheres he been? Whats he been doing?. I want to play football and play as long as I can, Ill assess all options but the main thing is I want to get back playing football as soon as I can.After 12 years as a professional, Collins career has already lasted longer than many. The PFA estimates the average footballers career will last for just eight years, which leaves a long time to pursue other avenues. Younger players are particularly vulnerable; 75 per cent of players entering the industry at the age of 16 will have exited by the time they reach 21, according to the PFA.Emmanuel Sonupe, 20, joined Tottenham at the age of nine and spent much of last season training with the first team squad, but was released without making a senior appearance in May.The England youth international admitted it was a scary prospect: Ive got friends that fell out of football and cant get another club. You do have these doubts in your mind that this might happen to me. Its hard because when youve been there for so long you dont think itll happen.When we started following Sonupe, he was on trial at Millwall having already spent time training with QPR and Leicester. Despite his impressive footballing education, clubs were reluctant to offer him a contract given his lack of first team experience, just a four-game spell on loan at St Mirren in 2015. Further trials at Charlton and Birmingham followed, before finally being offered a one-year contract by League One newcomers Northampton Town, his sixth trial of the summer. Odemwingie wants to represent Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup To Sonupes credit, he was conscious of moving to a club where first team football would be most likely. When I was at Birmingham I got a call from Northampton and I thought this would be more realistic for me to play in the first team. Sometimes its better to drop down to play first-team football rather than play Under-21s.The chance to work with Rob Page seems to be paying off. Hes already made the bench on several occasions this season, including the EFL Cup tie against Manchester United.Fifteen years the senior of Sonupe, Peter Odemwingie needs little introduction. Earlier this year the Nigeria international was playing Premier League football with Stoke, ending the campaign on loan at Bristol City. Although he may not face the same financial fears as those playing in the Football League, at the age of 35, having recently welcomed his third child, he still has dilemmas.Odemwingie says: Im a free agent for the first time in my career. Its been a quiet summer. Im waiting for offers to come in, the priority is to stay in the country but realising my age and Im not a future prospect for any team that will take me on. But Im definitely a good addition to a squad.Peters dream is to play at a high enough level to be able to represent Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the country where he grew up, when his eldest son will be old enough to remember him in action. It was another family member who almost helped to engineer what would have been a perfect move to meet those ambitions. Odemwingie reveals: I have a father-in-law thats very helpful. Hes a big football fan. He keeps saying you need to be proactive and most of the tips he gives me about clubs, Hull was one of them, he sent me an article through Whatsapp and said Tell your agent to ring them up!Odemwingies agent obliged and he featured for Hull on trial in pre-season. But manager Steve Bruces departure meant the deal was off and for now the striker with 36 goals in more than 100 Premier League appearances is still without a club. Bradley Pritchard spent time studying law at the prestigious BPP Law School The biggest dilemma met by the players weve been following for the last six months was faced by Bradley Pritchard, the midfielder who was among eight players to be released by Leyton Orient. Hed spent the last two years studying law at the prestigious BPP Law School, attending classes after training and through the summer. A latecomer to the professional game at 25, he was playing non-league football for Hayes and Yeading while working as a performance analyst at Charlton, who subsequently offered him a playing deal.He had no desires to leave full-time football, although admitted: I pretty much fell into football and I know I can fall out of it just as quickly. Speaking in a video diary in July, Bradley told us: Pre-season is in full flow. I still havent found a club, but after talking to my agent a couple of weeks ago I did get the feeling that maybe pro-football wasnt going to be something that I could carry on next year.I made a few alternative arrangements. Luckily enough one of them has come about, I was offered a job at a law firm which allows me to carry on studying and gives me a bit more experience in that industry. Its weird because I didnt think Id be in this situation, I planned for a couple of years down the road.Ironically, Bradleys trainee contract comes to an end in January in time for the transfer window. Hell reassess his options and chances of returning to full-time football then. In the meantime hes keeping himself match fit playing part-time for his local side Greenwich Borough.I dont want to say retirement because it makes it very final and thats very scary, he said. Deep down I want to carry on playing.Watch Sky Sports Originals documentary Out of Contract as we follow five footballers in their search for a club (Sky Sports 1 - 6.30pm Sunday, October 16 and available On Demand) Also See: Pundits best summer signings Europes best young player... Cruyff legacy lives on Chelseas loan hot-shots ' ' '

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