Not to take anything away from the Als. Jim Popp is a great talent scout. And sure this league operates in cycles. During Flutie's era in Toronto, the Argos were the top team. Wally fielded some really good teams in Calgary. Now we're looking at Montreal being the team that is consistently good in their division and constantly returning to the Cup.
But we see the Montreal Alouettes over and over again in the Grey Cup and hosting the East Division Final. From a fans standpoint, I'm getting bored of seeing the same organization over and over again in the East final and championship game. Fans and media(please check the Dan Barnes' article in the Edmonton Journal, TSN's Jock Climie's analysis, ect) predict that the Lions will win. So it will be a repetitive bore to see the Alouettes lose.
Although it's a good sign for the Allouettes organization when they constantly host the East Final and keep returning to the Cup, it really takes away from all of the other teams in the East. I don't think it's healthy for an 8 team league when teams like Hamilton have trouble fielding competitive teams. Once Ottawa comes back, well, they will be in a rebuilding/expansion stage again. Winnipeg, a team that has the potential to be competitive, will be moving back to the West. The East really is a weaker division with 1 or 2 teams being dominant over a decade. We can be looking at the Als hosting the East Division again and headed back to the Grey Cup next year and the year after that.
I don't know how fans from Ottawa and Hamilton can stay interested in their respective franchises if they can't field competitive fields that can challenge for a top spot in the East division as well as a place in the Grey Cup Final. And we all know that attendance is vital for the survival of a franchise. So these teams have to be successful right away in order to draw fan interest.