Hey, do you guys remember when the playoff format went like this:
Semi-final game: 2nd place played off against the 3rd place team
Winner of the semi-final game in the west played a best 2 out of 3 "Finals" against the 1st place team. Winner in the east played a 2 game total points Final series against the 1st place team. Winner of the Finals in the east and west go to the Grey Cup.
I never liked the 2 game total point series very much cause if a team got blown out 45- 5 in the first game they started the next game down 40 points. But I would really like to see them bring back the best of 3 Finals before the Grey Cup game is played. Here's why:
Montreal is a dynamite team this year and is leading in almost every category like fewest points scored against, most points scored etc. etc. Unfortunately, it would take only one single game, the Final where 1st place meets either 2nd or 3rd place team for the bubble to burst. In other words an inferior team could get into the Grey Cup by a fluke.
Why did they abandon the old format anyway? Does anyone know? Was it because it made the season too long? If that's the reason then start the season 2 weeks earlier or a week earlier and end it a week later. Not enough fans? When a game between Edmonton and Saskatchewan can garner a crowd of 62,000 fans it tells me the CFL is alive and well.
I say, play in the snow and sleet. I used to love watching those games. I remember in the '94 Final against Calgary when Danny McManus found Darren Flutie open in the end zone with just 4 seconds left on 3rd down. It was snowing so hard you could hardly see the players let alone the ball. What a fantastic finish! Calgary at the time was up 36-31. It was the first playoff victory against Calgary in 30 years!
Are they worried about injuries? Football is football.
I really want to see the old playoff format brought back to the CFL.