With all due respect to Hamilton, the better team won last Sunday. Though the Lions went into Steeltown as the underdog, it was no surprise that Casey Printers & Co. came out with the win.
This all means that we have the four best teams vying for the Grey Cup. Say what you will about the CFL and its eight teams, the fact of getting a legitimate final four is really what makes it unique (sorry George Mason). We know that regardless of which team ends up hosting the Grey Cup in a little over a week will have deserved it.
BC: Any team that has to use four quarterbacks in a single season merits some serious props. Plus it would be pretty cool if Wally Buono won another championship the same year he passed Don Matthews as the CFL’s all-time winningest coach.
Calgary: They’re still the champs until proven otherwise. Their receiving corps has been anihilated by injury all year, yet despite that, every one on offence put up senational numbers. On top of everything, if they win it all, it will mean they’ll have gone through Mosaic Stadium. Enough said.
Montreal: Pretty simple here — the best team in the league, at least in the standings (though wait until next week’s column if indeed they do make it to the Cup…)
Saskatchewan: Any team that can finish atop the meat-grinder that we call the CFL West didn’t take any shortcuts.
Let’s set the stage for Sunday’s heavyweight tilts.
East Final — BC @ Montreal
Casey Printers is back. Just ask Pigskin Pete.
They’ve battled inconsistency all year, yet are within two games of winning it all. Losing Cam Wake to the NFL was a blow that I didn’t think they’d be able to recover from, yet Brent Johnson and Ricky Foley (both Canadians, by the way) have done more than an admirable job picking up the slack.
Their secondary is just as strong with the likes of Korey Banks, Ryan Phillips and Barron Miles to name a few, but Montreal just has too many weapons. In their last game of the year, they throttled Toronto (yes, I know it was just the Argos) by 25 points without the three Cs: Calvillo, Cahoon and Cobourne. That’s just scary.
I read somewhere this week that the Alouettes are favoured by as much as ten. That’s absolutely ridiculous. BC will keep it close, but they’ll be playing catch-up all game.
Montreal 33, BC 28
West Final — Calgary @ Saskatchewan
These two teams played to a 44-44 tie just five weeks ago. That’s how evenly they match up.
However, at the risk of being cliché, the Stamps have Henry Burris, and the Riders do not. It’s not that I wouldn’t want Darian Durant to quarterback my team, but the same Saskatchewan team didn’t have enough confidence in him last year to start him late in the season. Instead, they brought in Michael Bishop, who in the playoffs threw threew interceptions and fumbled twice. In the same half.
I also think that in a game like this, the Riders will miss Weston Dressler more than Calgary has missed Ken-Yon Rambo.
This is the real Grey Cup, and Calgary will be lucky enough to have the ball last.
Calgary 35, Saskatchewan 34