For those fans in the West looking for an open back door into the playoffs and hopefully into the Grey Cup here is a sobering stat I came across:
The crossover rule has been in effect seven times.[since 1997]. The following list tells which team crossed over
BC 1997 crossed to East and Lost Semi-Final 35-45
SSK 2002 crossed to East and Lost Semi-Final 12-24
BC 2003 crossed to East and Lost Semi-Final 7-28
SSK 2005 crossed to East and Lost Semi-Final 14-30
EDM 2008 crossed to East and lost Final 26-36
BC 2009 crossed to East and Lost Final 18-56
EDM2012 crossed to East and Lost Semi-Final 26-42
For you eastern fans whose team finishes up in 1st or 2nd place it might be an opportunity to do a little revelling. What I find interesting is that none of those games were even close.
Bottom Line? The west crossing over to the east is not free passage to the Grey Cup.