Face it, the western team played poorly in this game. Considering they tossed aside the number two team last week and got them out of the way, they should have been easily able to handle the Argos. Argos d- line outclassed the Bomber oline, Collaros was off his game, Liegghio was terrible. The line of reasoning coming from western fans that Argos had an easy path over and over comes off as sour grapes.
Only sour grapes if it is raised just now, which I purposely haven’t done. We’ve been discussing it for months. It has nothing to do with today’s game. The Argos simply didn’t earn their way into the game and most years the Eastern team doesn’t. It’s an annual problem that needs to be fixed yesterday and has nothing to do with the game today.
Agree that the Bombers played poorly today, and they should have been able to handle the Argos, as you say. That doesn’t change the fact that last weeks's WF was the two best teams duking it out, and should have been the GC matchup based on the quality of the teams.
I'm not a West fan or an East fan... and certainly not a fan of either of these two teams.
I'm a football fan. And I love the competition.
And I feel that the GC should be between two teams that are either a) the best or b) beat the best to get there. The Argos are neither.
I honestly believe that the Argos in the GC this year is a representation of exactly what is wrong with this league.
The problem is that they never had to legitimately earn their shot at the title. It was gifted to them simply because of geographical location. There were 2 other teams that were more deserving of a GC appearance.
Fair enough and I get the reasoning. But the Grey Cup has always been an east west full week party. It’s as much about getting fans out from every area of the country, and keeping viewership interest across Canada. A BC-Wpg Grey Cup might play well in Sask, but imagine that game in Toronto or Montreal. We’ve already seen a couple of real duds in TO when Wpg was the east rep in ‘92 and 2007.
I could live with the east and west division winners getting a bye, then seeding the next 4 teams accordingly. Would be a little fairer than what’s happening now but still keep the possibility of an east- west final going.
Now if the league wants to go away from pre-awarding a host city the game, then it might make more sense to just seed 1-6 with home field advantage to the top seed all the way through. I wouldn’t even be against only going with the top 4 teams, with one week to decide the Cup finalist, then do a best two out of three week series to decide the Cup, alternating the games between the competing cities. That could take some of the fluke factor out of awarding the Grey Cup.