As the CFL season comes to a close, only one of the two divisions is really heading down to the wire. Out West, Calgary and Edmonton clinched their spots with wins last week, while the CFL Least Division remains a one-armed scissor fight with the off chance that three teams actually might make it. For what it’s worth, I think B.C. beats Loseapeg next week to claim the crossover spot, and the Argos won’t get to make use of their lack of a homefield advantage. But hey, that all remains to be seen. Here’s how I see things right now:
Last Week’s Rankings
1. Calgary Stampeders (13-2) Last Week: 1. With Bo Levi back behind centre, the Stamps clinched homefield advantage for the West Final with a relatively easy win over Loseapeg. Clearly, their QB is fully healthy, and he made a huge difference on offence (full disclosure: I only watched the first half) for Calgary.
2. Edmonton Eskimos (11-5) Last Week: 2. Although they’ve got absolutely no chance of catching Calgary–what with their three losses to the Stamps this season–the Esks are a solid second place out West. Here’s hoping they make it four losses come November! :P
3. B.C. Lions (8-7) Last Week: 3. Even though they didn’t play last week, I guess I’ll keep B.C. at 3 for now. Hey, unlike the entire Least Division, they’ve actually got a winning record–and unlike Saskatchewan and Loseapeg, they haven’t lost at least four straight.
4. Montreal Alouettes (7-8) Last Week: 4. I gotta say, though, Montreal is number four with a bullet, after picking up its fourth straight win. At the start of the season, I picked ‘em to finish third in the Least–and while my projected 8-10 record might actually be accurate, this team is starting to look like the class of the division right now. It’s still too early to call, of course, but there might actually be a game at the Big O this postseason…
5. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7-8) Last Week: 6. OK, so they just beat the worst expansion team since the last time Ottawa had an expansion team, and by a mere 16-6 margin, at that…but a win is a win, and with the W, the Cats keep pace with the Als in the Least.
6. Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-7) Last Week: 7. Well, it’s safe to say that, even at 41, Kerry Joseph’s a better quarterback than the two kids they had backing up Durant…and starting in his absence. Who knows, they might even win another game between now and the end of the year–I suspect that Calgary and Edmonton might rest a few of their starters in the coming weeks. ;)
7. Toronto Argonauts (6-9) Last Week: 5. Not only are they the team with the league’s smallest fanbase in the country’s largest city, but the Argos are also a sinking ship. After scoring just 12 points in Montreal last week, Toronto might hafta win out just to make the playoffs…and only one of their remaining games is against the REDBLACKS!!!!!
8. Loseapeg Blue Bombers (6-10) Last Week: Last (tied). Though they still didn’t really come close to winning, Loseapeg’s 33-23 loss to Calgary was just enough to break the tie between them and the REDBLACKS!!!!!, who only scored six points last week.
9. Ottawa REDBLACKS!!!!! (2-13) Last Week: Last (tied). Don’t have much to say about this team at this point, other than that the Riders ultimately decided to bring 41-year-old Kerry Joseph out of retirement rather than trading for the REDBLACKS!!!!! “franchise QB.” And with that, it’s time for another installment of Ottawa’s greatest attractions, back after a two-week hiatus:
It’s the Ottawa Public Library! Cuz let’s face it, where else are ya gonna go after 7:30 on a Saturday night in the nation’s capital? ;)