There is such a wide disparity in talent when you make several comparisons between the Stumps & The Bickersons (Bombers)
CEO/GM Hufnagel - vs. management pygmies Miller & Walters
Head coach Dave Dick vs. Mike O’Shea
Cal talent acquisition and development system vs. Bombers (although bomber system has been gradually getting better, still not at Calgary level)
QB - Bo-Levi Mitchell vs. Rabbit-Ears Nichols - no comparison when it comes to winning percentage or playoff games played/won.
Defense - disparity at coordinator aside, Calgary’s def. philosophy combines greed with efficiency. Stamps far more efficient, better sack numbers, far less points given up, tighter coverages in secondary, able to diagnose what other teams do and react to it before too late.
Receivers - some will argue Manitoba receivers are better - but they won’t put their names to the document. Calgary far better, based on their development system, even facing injuries.
Winnipeg has a distinct advantage at running back with the tough-slugging & versatile Harris but that just gives Calgary a chance to focus on shutting down Harris.
Winnipeg’s o-line is slightly superior to Calgary but perhaps less well-coached. Missing Hardrick will put more pressure on the bombers and M. Nichols
Winnipeg’s d-line has nice personnel this season - again coaching makes them equal or slightly worse than the Stamps well-coached d-line
Linebackers - Bighill the import slightly better than the great canuck the stamps deploy at MLB; the gap is not that much as the Stamps guy has slightly better range than Biggy, not to mention greater height for deflections and knock-downs. Rest of the linebackers are a toss-up.
Defensive backs - athletically not much to choose; however, results wise the bomber DBs leave wide open chunks of terrain exposed. Cal guys don’t. Nuff said.
Kickers - Medlock starting to decline slightly, Parades still at height of his powers. Pretty equal here.
Returners - Advantage Stamps
Special Teams pursuit - slight advantage bombers although they can break down at the strangest times.
Based on all above factors this game shouldn’t be close.
55 minute score - should be 42-16 Stampeders but Stamps are in a mid-season funk (taking time off, afraid of more injuries, etc.) so the 55 score will be around 34-23 Stamps, leaving bombers a slight chance down the stretch.