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"Theres no place like home" -- Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz. Adidas Superstar 2 Uomo . The road to the 2012 Grey Cup was not comprised of yellow brick. There were no lions, scarecrows or even tin woodsmen along for the journey. The final ingredient that provided the Toronto Argonauts with enough extra courage and heart to win the championship may have come from what the memorable quartet from movie lore was searching for all along - home. Eleven players on last years championship squad hailed from the Greater Toronto Area, a total of 15 called Southern Ontario home. While some of those players, most notably Ricky Foley, have left for various reasons, four new players on this years active roster are from the GTA. Jonathan Hood and Jermaine Reid are CFL veterans who have found their way into double-blue uniforms, while Shane Herbert and Jermaine Gabriel have the opportunity to take their first pro football snaps in front of family, friends and hometown crowds. Gabriel is a native of Scarborough, in the citys east end. He played in the fall at Cedarbrae Collegiate, while his summers were spent starring with the Toronto Thunder of the Ontario Varsity Football League. He also spent some time coaching at Lester B. Pearson Collegiate. The rookie defensive back is arriving just as his favourite player, long-time defensive star Jordan Younger, is leaving after announcing his retirement on the eve of training camp. Gabriel says that the two have crossed paths in the past. "I used to sit all the way up in the nosebleeds and watch the games growing up as a child,” Gabriel said. “I always used to watch the defensive backs, I watched Younger. I met him at e-camp, he was giving me a couple of pointers when we were doing the drills; it was pretty cool." Meeting your idol is one thing, but lacing up the cleats with your favourite CFL team blows that off the charts. "Its unbelievable, the love I get from everybody. Everyone is always checking up on me asking how Im doing and hows the team doing” Gabriel continued. “I feel like ever since I became an Argo everyone is like, Im going to buy an Argos hat, Im going to buy an Argos jersey and come out to all the games. Ive got a bunch of friends with season tickets now, so its been an unbelievable experience." Gabriels fellow freshman has been through the pro experience before, but like the heroine from the movie, things turned out to be a bad dream. Herbert is also from the east side of Toronto, hailing from Ajax. He played at Pickering High School and for the Pickering Dolphins and Oshawa Hawkeyes before heading to Wilfrid Laurier University, where he was a member of the Golden Hawks. He was signed as a free agent by the boatmen in 2011, but didnt make it through camp before being released. He looks like a completely different player this season. "For the past year Ive been working hard on my speed and strength,” Herbert said. “Jim (General Manager Barker) knows the potential I had and when he saw me at the workout I know I impressed him through my off-season training and my hard work and effort. I was fortunate to get invited back and Im just taking it step by step, day by day." At 61" and 190 pounds, the defensive back has the body type and attitude that Argos defensive coordinator Chris Jones loves. In turn, Herbert loves playing in the system that the DC employs. "Im a more in your face DB. Ive got long arms, Im a more rangy guy so its easier for me to get up in someones face and press a receiver and thats what Chris Jones loves. He loves the taller defenders that dont mind getting physical so I feel like I fit this defence quite well." Herberts favourite player as a kid was Damon Allen and he understands the unique opportunity to wear the same jersey as his idol. "Its an honour actually to play for your home team and to have your family and friends come out to the games and support you." Hood comes over from Hamilton after three seasons in black and gold. He appreciates the colour change and is thrilled to be donning the double blue. "It feels awesome. When I was growing up thats all we saw, we saw the Argos practices, we saw Pinball Clemons and everyone. Its amazing, we used to look up to those guys and now Im that guy, it feels great." The man who lit up stadiums wearing number 31 was idolized by just about everyone who saw him play, but what was it about Clemons that drew the native of Mississauga, west of Toronto, to the running backs style? "He was exciting to watch. He always brought energy,” Hood said. “It didnt matter that he was a smaller guy, it didnt matter who he was up against, he was just go, go, go and he made the best of everything and he won a lot of championships and he had lots of success." Hood graduated from Father Michael Goetz Secondary School and also played for the Etobicoke Eagles before heading to a CIS career at both St. Francis Xavier and Western Ontario. Hes certain that playing at home will be good for a jolt of adrenaline every game. "I definitely think so because you have a lot of family and friends that get more involved in the league,” Hood continued. “Even when I was playing in Hamilton it was close, but not everyone got involved. Now that Im in Toronto everyone is coming to the games. I have to make sure 50 people get tickets, its crazy. So it gives you that boost knowing that the support is there. Support is huge and it just gets you fired up to go and play your best." The other veteran is Reid, who suited up for Hamilton and Edmonton before heading home. His six years of pro football may be a bit of a surprise, seeing as he never played any amateur football aside from at St. Marys Catholic Secondary School in Pickering. He may have come to the game late, but it was certainly a case of love at first contact. "It was probably after the first hit. It was an inside run drill. I just shed a block and I leveled the running back and that was it, it got me." He was good enough at St. Marys to head to the University of Akron, where he played for four seasons. Now hes heading home. Reid had heard his name mentioned in trade rumours and was ecstatic to find out he was on his way back to where it all began. "It was amazing, Im going home, my family gets to see me. It was a good feeling, I was just thrilled when I heard the news." But is there an added burden that comes with playing at home? "Besides trying to round up 16 tickets a game its really not that much pressure,” said Reid. “Everything outside of the lines is washed away as soon as you cross those lines every game day, so I try not to think of any of that, I just put all that to the back of my mind and just think about the game." The first game at home will be one the foursome will always remember. Not only is it against the Argos arch rivals from Hamilton, but the 100th Grey Cup Championship banner will be unfurled before kickoff. Fridays game between the Argonauts and Tiger Cats can be heard live on TSN 1050 and TSN1050.ca with Mike Hogan and Sandy Annunziata Adidas Superstar 80s Nere . Vettel, who has already clinched his fourth straight F1 title, enters the finale with a chance to equal Michael Schumachers 13 victories in a year and match the record of nine consecutive wins by Alberto Ascari in the 1952 and 1953 seasons. Adidas Springblade Saldi . -- Playing time has been limited for Maxim Tissot this season, so the Montreal Impact defender made the most of his first scoring opportunity on Saturday. http://www.scarpeadidasnegozio.it/adidas-superstar-scontate/adidas-superstar-supercolor.html .C. -- When North Carolina freshman Ryan Switzer reported to training camp in August he was a little miffed to learn he was third on the depth chart at punt returner. The start of the 2016 college football season was billed as the greatest opening weekend in the sports history.?It delivered everything we wanted -- and then some.The action started at the crack of dawn with the first kickoff in Dublin, Ireland, and ended well past midnight PT in Wyoming. We were treated to surprising upsets, exciting finishes, incredible comebacks, inspiring returns by injured players and another dominant performance by the defending national champions.We hadnt even reached nightfall on the East Coast before seeing two top-5 teams fall. No. 3 Oklahoma lost to giant-killer Houston 33-23, and No. 5 LSU lost to unranked Wisconsin 16-14 at Lambeau Field. Not since 1972 have two top-5 teams lost during the first week of a season.It was a resounding statement by the No. 15 Cougars, who look like a legitimate College Football Playoff threat. Theyll be an overwhelming favorite to win the American Athletic Conference for the second season in a row, and theyll get another chance to impress the CFP selection committee when they play at No. 19 Louisville on Nov. 17.It also wasnt a bad audition for the Big 12, which is considering adding Houston as a new member.We were prepared to win, Cougars coach Tom Herman said. We expected to win. We train to win. It wasnt about making a statement, it was about going 1-0 the first week of the season.As for LSU, once again, the Tigers offense was the teams undoing, and coach Les Miles is right back on the hot seat, after he barely survived a push to fire him last season.We knew what was at stake this season, LSU cornerback?TreDavious White?said. Our goal is to win it all and go undefeated. Its a hurtful feeling.The top-5 upsets did not extend into prime time. No. 1 Alabama steamrolled No. 20 USC 52-6 in Arlington, Texas. The Crimson Tide struggled on offense early, but then turned to freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more.?No. 2 Clemson wasnt nearly as dominant. The Tigers had to bat away Auburns Hail Mary pass in the end zone on the final play to survive a 19-13 win on the road.Auburn is one of six SEC teams to have lost thus far in the opening week, which is the most since 1995. South Alabama stunned Mississippi State 21-20, and Kentucky blew a 25-point lead and gave up 34 straight points in a 44-35 loss to Southern Miss in what was a very bad weekend for the Stoops brothers. Talk about stooping to a new low.It wasnt all bad for the SEC, though. Texas A&M upset No. 16 UCLA 31-24 in overtime, after the Aggies blew a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter. No. 18 Georgia came from behind to beat No. 22 North Carolina 33-24 in Atlanta, which was highlighted by star tailback Nick Chubbs?return from a devastating knee injury. He ran for 222 yards?with two touchdowns, including a 55-yard run that put the game away with 3:34 to go.Amazingly, Chubbs performance was only the second-best comeback of the day. Pittsburghs James Conner, who beat cancer this past offseason, ran for 53 yards and scored the first touchdown in a 28-7 victory over FCS foe Villanova.Conners performance was undoubtedly the best highlight on a day that was chock-full of them.The best part about the greatest opening weekend in college football history? Its not over. No. 10 Notre Dame plays at Texas on Sunday night, and then No. 4 Florida State plays No. 11 Ole Miss in Orlando on Monday night.If Saturday was any indication, the next two nights -- and the rest of the season -- are going to be a lot of fun.Playoff teams after Week 11. Alabama: Another neutral-site opener, another dominant performance for the defending national champion. Under Saban, the Crimson Tide have won their last five neutral-site openers by an average of 25.2 points.2. Houston: You can second-guess this selection all you want, but perhaps no team outside of Alabama accomplished more than Houston on the opening Saturday. And, besides the Crimson Tide, who else has defeated top-10 teams in consecutive games?3. Michigan: According to ESPN Stats & Information, Michigans 60-point win over Hawaii was its largest in an opener since the value of a touchdown was changed to six points in 1912.4. Ohio State: The Buckeyes 77 points against Bowling Green were the most theyve scored since 1950, and they set a school record with 776 yards of offense. It was the second time under Urban Meyer that they piled up more than 700 yards in a game (vs. Cincinnati in 2014).Next four in contention1. Florida State: The Seminoles start their season Mondaay night against No. Adidas Zx Flux Saldi. 11 Ole Miss in Orlando. Well get our first look at freshman quarterback Deondre Francois, who is already drawing comparisons to Jameis Winston.2. Clemson: The Tigers might still be the ACCs best team, but they had their hands full in a 19-13 win at Auburn. Theyll have two nonconference games against Troy and FCS foe South Carolina State before opening ACC play.3. Stanford: The Cardinal offense was a bit sluggish against Kansas State on Friday night, before pulling away with a 26-13 victory. Quarterback Ryan Burns completed 14 of 18 passes for 156 yards with one touchdown in his debut.4. Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish open the season Sunday night at Texas, which is the first of only three true road games theyll play this season. The others are at NC State and USC.Heisman candidates1. J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State: Barrett accounted for a school-record seven touchdowns (six passing, one rushing) in the Buckeyes rout of Bowling Green. It was his second career game with six touchdown passes and he became the sixth OSU player to throw 50 career touchdowns.2. Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia: Only 11 months after severely injuring his left knee, Chubb ran for 222 yards with two touchdowns on 32 carries in UGAs 33-24 win over North Carolina. It was the third-highest rushing total by a Georgia player against a ranked opponent.3. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford: McCaffrey finished with 210 all-purpose yards (126 rushing, 40 receiving, 28 on kickoff returns and 16 on punt returns) in the Cardinals win over Kansas State. His best play -- a 97-yard punt return for a score -- was wiped out by a penalty.4. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: Jackson set a school record with eight touchdowns (six passing, two rushing) and had 405 yards of offense by halftime of the Cardinals 70-14 rout of Charlotte on Thursday night.Best momentsBest plays3. South Alabama quarterback Dallas Davis?showed off his vertical in the Jaguars shock win over Mississippi State.4. Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett lit up Bowling Greens defense, but safety Malik Hooker turned in the games best play.Worst plays2. Mississippi States Westin Graves clanked a 28-yard field goal attempt off the upright in the closing seconds of a 21-20 loss to South Alabama.3. USCs Jabari Ruffin was ejected for stomping an Alabama player in the first half.4. North Carolina gave up a safety --?on a completed pass -- against Georgia.Tweets of the nightQuotes of the night1. Ill just say this: I really, really like it here. -- Miami coach Mark Richt, whose Hurricanes blasted FCS foe Florida A&M 70-3 in his debut. The Hurricanes had three 100-yard rushers for the first time since 1987.2. This is a new era in Kansas football, an era in which you should expect to win. -- Kansas public address announcer to students, who stormed the field after a 55-6 win over FCS foe Rhode Island. It was the Jayhawks first victory since November 2014 and ended a 15-game losing streak.3. The opportunity that we had because of this game, I want them to enjoy it. But its also a great challenge for this team. What we do with this and how we move forward, thatll define who we are as a team this year. -- Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst, after the Badgers defeated No. 5 LSU, their first win over a ranked opponent in an opener since 1981.4. We pretty much got taken to the woodshed here today, Bowling Green coach Mike Jinks, after his teams 67-point loss at Ohio State.Stats that matter1. 11: This is the 11th straight season in which a MAC team defeated a Big Ten opponent (every year since 2006), after Northwesterns loss to Western Michigan.2. 6: Alabama held USC to its fewest points in a game since the 2001 season when it scored six in the Las Vegas Bowl against Utah. The Crimson Tide forced eight 3-and-out drives, the Trojans most in a game in the last 10 seasons.3. 17: Virginia lost to FCS foe Richmond 37-20 in Cavaliers coach Bronco Mendenhalls debut. It was the second-worst loss by a Power 5 team to an FCS foe in the last 10 years. North Dakota State beat Iowa State by 20 points in 2014.4. 3-0: Air Force rolled over FCS foe Abilene Christian 37-21 and clinched a 3-0 start for the three service academies. Army beat Temple 28-13 on Friday, and Navy beat FCS foe Fordham 52-16 on Saturday. Its only the second time in the 21st century that all three service academies started 1-0 (2013 was the other). Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China ' ' '