Ottawa Redblacks vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Sat 3:30PM ET / 12:30PM PT on TSN1, TSN3, TSN4 and TSN5
Both clubs are in playoff mode to fight for position in their respective dvisions. Ottawa eyes Hamilton for the fight for first while trying to pass Evil for second. As for the Bombers, they have to win to keep in contention for the final West playoff spot. Feels like Ottawa's game to lose, so this is a barometer of the RedBlacks' maturation into a contender in the East. We shall see.
Was hoping to see some Bad Hank and good Nicholls today and so far Hank has tossed a pick :thup: and Nicholls has completed a few nice passes :thup: but unfortunately the drive stalled :thdn: and Castillo missed the FG. :thdn:
What is it with Winnipeg’s kickers? :oops:
I was thinking the same thing. One side looks almost empty. Still sounds pretty loud but not as loud as it could be.
So far no one seems to want to hang on to the ball either! I've lost count of how many times they've turned the ball over! :oops: However it looks like the OTTRBs are poised to score their fist major of the game - yup TD Powell. Milo misses the convert so it is 10-0 Ottawa.
Hallelujah - Nicholls just tossed a TD pass to Adams! But Castillo too misses the convert! :oops: What is it with Winnipeg's kickers??? If you can't score the convert then boot the crap out of the kick off and get the single that way - they just did!
Bombers manage to tie it up with under a minute to go but Hank spoils the comeback with a TD bomb to CW and stays down after the play but does get up and walk off looking OK. Meanwhile Maas goes ballistic on the sideline? There was a RTP flag.
Convert attempt from DeMarco unsuccessful - 16-10 at the half.
Drew EdwardsVerified account ?@scratchingpost 11m11 minutes ago Last time #CFL used a two-game, total point series: 1972 East Final when #Ticats beat - wait for it - the Ottawa Rough Riders. #Redblacks
He likely missed it because written history would say the 2-game total point final format, in the East, ended with 1972 season.
After that it became, what it is today, single games for both the semi and final. In 1974, '75, '78, '80, '81, '82, and '83 the 4th place team in the West had a better record than the 3rd place Eastern team and yet did not get into the playoffs. Sometime, between 1984 and 1986 the league adopted a format that would correct that "injustice" and later lead to the crossover format, first used in 1997, and still being used today. In 1986, with 4 Western teams in the playoffs and only 2 Eastern teams, for the first time, they decided to bring back the 2-game total point format for the East playoffs, while the West had 2 single game semi-finals (#4 @ #1 and #3 @ #2) followed by the single game final. Everybody wasn't happy with that as the West first place team didn't get a bye to the final and that led to the adoption of the crossover format.
It's not surprising that anyone who wasn't at, or didn't watch, the second game of that '86 series would be aware of it. Anyone who was there, or watched it, though, would likely also consider it their all-time favourite Tiger-Cat game. I really enjoyed the several total points series the Cats played in and the different coaching strategies that they presented.