Inside the CFL: Simply the Best
Ted Michaels, CFL Editor
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) -
For the Montreal Alouettes and their fans Monday, October 10, 2011, will not only be remembered as Canadian Thanksgiving, but a day they'll always remember.
For the Toronto Argonauts, it'll be a day to forget.
On a beautiful sunny day at Molson Stadium, quarterback Anthony Calvillo surpassed Damon Allen to become the Canadian Football League and pro-football all-time passing yards record holder.
Calvillo, who needed 258 yards to tie the record, set the record on the last play of the third quarter, when he connected with Jamel Richardson on a 50- yard TD pass, breaking Allen's record of 72,381 career passing yards.
The 19 year CFL veteran ended up completing 23-of-39 passes for 305 yards to bring his career total to 72,429, leading the Als to a 29-19 win over Toronto.
When the record was reached, the game was stopped for ten minutes, as video tributes were played from Damon Allen, who was at the game, as well as former CFL and NFL great Warren Moon, Dan Marino and ESPN's Chris Berman.
CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon presented Calvillo with a plaque, which read, "Many athletes win. A few lead. And the very best inspire. Anthony Calvillo has done all three."
Ironically, in July, again in front of a home town crowd, with the Argos again providing the opposition, Calvillo also broke Allen's career passing touchdowns record, throwing his 395th touchdown pass to Eric Deslauriers.
Then, three weeks later in Toronto, Calvillo connected with Brandon London on an eighteen-yard pass for his 5,159th career pass completion, breaking the record set by Allen in 2007.
And, the native of East Los Angeles may not be finished.
The 39 year-old is chasing Allen's record for career pass attempts.
He went into Monday's game 627 pass attempts short of exceeding Allen's record of 9,138 career pass attempts.
After the game, Calvillo was his usual classy self, saying "here we are on Thanksgiving Day 2011, and I've always been so appreciative of what this country has allowed me and so many other Americans a chance to do, and that's come up here and play professional football.
(The fans) embrace so many of us. It's special, because I've established my career here, made my home here, I met my wife here, my kids are going to school here and learning French. This is home now for me, and when it's all said and done, this is where I'm going to end up. So, there's a special tip of the cap to Canada, for allowing me to be in this position today."
- Richardson will no doubt be the brunt of his teammates jokes for the next little while. In his exuberance on scoring the touchdown, and perhaps not knowing he was a part of history, the slotback tossed the ball into the stands.
Good thing for him, the fan that caught the ball, chose to give it back to the Alouettes.
- The loss eliminated the Argos from the playoffs, and it appears emotions are now boiling over.
Running back Cory Boyd tweeted several times after the game.
He tweeted "seven carries this week, eleven carries last week. Welcome to 7-11 my friend, how can I help you?"
"I'm good, but take this door to the face. I guess I'm the ugly step child you love to neglect.
"I think this off-season I'm going to lose another 20 pounds so I can play wide receiver. What do you think?"
Ted Michaels is the host of the Fifth Quarter, on AM 900 CHML.
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