I am calling TO in the east.
I said before the semis, that the winner of TO/Winnipeg will win the east, and I see no reason to change that view.
TO arguably has the best defence in the league, as good a group of receivers as anyone, and a good o-line and RBs. The only leak in the ship is at QB and Allen is still capable of not losing the game.
Montreal on the otherhand has many many leaks. Lots of talent, but lots of leaks!!
I'll do the West as well.
For Riders/BC, I never predict Riders games.
I hope we win, we are capable of winning, we have enough talent and chemistry to win, but....
BC has been the class of the league this year.
Their defence is solid, top to bottom (the 3 best defences are BC/Riders/To--rank 'em as you like). Offensively, they might have the best group of receivers, Smith is a solid back and Dave Dickenson, when healthy is still the best QB in the league (with the possible exception of Ray).
The fly in the ointment here is the o-line.
I have said it before, I'll say it again. If Murphy deserves to be the West o-lineman, then the rest of the group must really be awful, because as a group, about the only ones you are better than are Edmonton and Hamilton.
I think the Rider defence is as good or better, our recievers are a good group, our RBs are superior, our o-line is as good a group as there is, and we are solid at QB. The good news is, we have gotten this far without Joseph ever playing really well. He is due!
In back-up QBs, I think if it comes to that, we have the advantage. at worst, its a saw-off.
So on paper, this game looks tight to me.
And the teams respect, but hate each other which adds a little extra to the combat (as opposed to Calgary who was hated by both Riders and BC, but not so much respect).
I forgot kicking--McCallum is a better punter(not much...), and has a stronger leg, so if you need a 56 yarder, Congi is only really good inside the 45.
But so far, Congi has been clutch. I don't ever remember using that word in the same sentence with McCallum.
Anyway. Should be close. Should be exciting. Should be intense.
And the winner here, will win the Cup!