The Banks Statement: VGCC Week 9

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Hey football fans. I'm Rob Banks and you're not! 24 perfect weeks this week and I'm not, but I was close.

Talk about on a roll, for the second straight week Hamilton won by 30 when they lit up the BC Lions 52-22. Combine that score with the 38-8 thrashing that they handed the Blue Bombers in week 7 and the Cats have outscored their opposition 90-30, and throw in the week 6 home opener against the Argos that makes 124-48 in three games football fans.

Not to be outdone, the Stamps put an extreme whoopin' on Ottawa to the tune of 48-3. That's the widest margin of victory since Saskatchewan gave it to Winnipeg 52-0 on Labour Day 2012.

As stated in the header there were 24 perfect tickets in the VGCC this week. In fact the World itself went 4-0 by picking Edmonton by 56%, Toronto by 85%, Hamilton by 95% and Calgary by 90%, and in the process finally surfaced above .500 at 16-15. By far this was the best week collectively as well at 204-45 for a running total of 1102-996 also cracking the .500 barrier at .525%. Highlighting the prognosticating prowess was Swahgade2 who moved to the top of the board at 21-11 just in time for his birthday this week. Congratz Swahgade2!

Normally 3-1 would be considered a good week, but with all the perfection going around the Banks Statement not finding it's share slipped to 21st on the table at 18-14. The lone miss was Edmonton at Montreal dropping the record in the CloseCall to 4-4. However scoring the lopsided win in the BIG TILT improves the record in that category to 5-3 even if it meant that the Mismatch was missed for the seventh time in eight tries.

The last time that Montreal won in BC Place Charlie Taaffe was Alouettes' coach and Steve Burratto bench bossed the Lions. Damon Allen was BC's quarterback and Swift Burch sacked him for a safety touch. The year was 2000. The past 3 visits the Birds have made to the coast they have lost 41-5, 36-14, 43-10 and 43-1, football fans. Combined that's 163-30! The way the maneless Lions are playing this is a very winnable game for Montreal, especially considering the patchwork offensive line that the Leos expect to press into service, but don't go against that history. In fact call this one the Mismatch of the Week with BC winning 35-13.

Hamilton at Edmonton makes our BIG TILT of the Week. These are two evenly matched squads except at quarterback where Hammer has a huge edge with Zach Collaros versus the double-E's Matt Nichols. The Esks defense might be enough to beat Montreal or Saskatchewan, but not Hamilton. If Jones were to start anyone else (ohh, say James Franklin) that would be enough to win at home, but since Nichols has taken starter's reps this week, he'll throw one touchdown pass for his own team and two to the opposition, so go with the Ti-Cats 27-18.

Saskatchewan continues to search for their first win of the year but they won't get it. The Stamps are too strong. Don't be surprised if the Riders jump out to an early lead as Calgary has been (let's face facts here) a downright lousy first quarter team. However, the Riders specialty is the fourth quarter collapse. Stamps take this one 30-22 in the CloseCall of the Week.

The slate rounds out with Ottawa at Toronto as the league continues its farewell tour of the SkyDome. The Argo offense should jump out and give the RedBlacks a shot to the chin early forcing them to play catch up the rest of the way. Take the Boatmen 33-21.

It's shaping up to be a slate of four heavy faves. We could see another epidemic of perfect weeks, but this is the CFL so don't Bank on it!