I'd be interested in how many times in the last 20 years the 1st place regular season team(s) do not make the Grey Cup game.
I believe it happens often.
My theory is that resting players down the stretch does NOT pay off (unless they are injured of course).
My opinion is you need to play your starters to keep sharp.
Another factor is momentum and team belief in themselves.
A team coming off a semi-final win is confident!! And, if you get a decent start on the road that usually negates the home field advantage.
I know games are won in the 4th quarter, especially in our beloved shoot-it-out CFL style of game but a visiting team is already on a high coming in and early confidence stays with them.
The Lions and Als this year have plenty of company from the past.
Any other thoughts on the finishing in first place JINX!!!!!!!!? :rockin: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:
Good reserch, the bolded part is particulary true, from 2002 to 2011 both the west and east division winners have both gone to the Grey Cup 7 times but if you dig a little deeper the 1992 to 2001 stats show a a different story. The top team in the west only went to the GC 3 times from 1992 to 2001, 2nd place 4 times and 3rd 3 times while the first team in the east went to the GC 8 times. The west was a crap shoot in the 90’s.