I got to thinking how weird it would look in the standings to have 5 teams in the East, including Ottawa and Winnipeg?
There are several reasons why the Bombers should return to the West, not the least of which, it gives the four eastern Canadian teams a better chance to make the playoffs. The 4th place West team must have more points than the 3rd place East team to crossover, if they're tied in points the East gets in (and vice-versa).
It's no secret that Canadian football is strongest in the west. The east needs all the help they can get to solidify their place in the competitive sports marketplace. Having only 4 teams in the east would be a small gesture of advantage. Didn't all four West teams make the playoffs in 2012? With Wpg in the East under that scenario, three of the five East teams would miss the playoffs...which is hardly a marketing boost.
While Winnipeg has been in the "east" for several years, you only have to look at the map to know the Bombers belong in the west. Just because the Red Wings are in the Western Division, doesn't make it right or mean the CFL should copy the NHL's mistakes and mix up their geography.
Another factor is the Bombers return will add some needed flavour to the West Division. When we had 5 teams in the West, making the playoffs used to mean something. It wasn't easy but when you made it, it was a big deal. I think that added competition brought the interest level in the football to a higher level. This might give Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver a little boost of nostalgia from the glory years, with the fierce divisional and playoff battles with the Bombers returning.
With Ottawa coming back next season, the East could go back to the traditional "Big Four" which ruled Canadian Football for 100 years...and now with the playoff crossover, the eastern teams must strive to be competitive with the West division.
I realize there's support for Winnipeg to stay in the east next season and there are valid reasons on both sides...but as a western football fan, I'd vote for the Bombers to come home, where they belong in the West division. :thup: