Okay....now before some of you guys start jumping all over this post at least be willing to admit that the "possibility" to achieve this feat is there.
A Lions win against the Esks this Saturday and a win in Saskatchewan next week could all but dash any hopes of a first place finish for Edmonton and Saskatchewan given the way the latter teams have been playing. Interestingly Calgary meets both of these teams in the next two weeks. Lions fans certainly want Calgary to lose both games but the way the Esks and Roughriders have been playing of late I would not count on it so this may invalidate what I'm putting forth. But let us be optimistic if not at least dream a little.
What happens in the next two weeks will have serious implications for Lions fans. Those of us at the game may well witness the Lions seal up a first place finish when they face Calgary on October 6 at BC Place. Here's how I figure it:
If the Lions beat the Eskies this Saturday, the Roughies next Saturday and Calgary on October 6 they will have 4 games remaining. Even if the Lions were to implode and lose their remaining 4 games and Calgary won its remaing 4 games the Lions would take 1st place because the Lions would have won the Lions/Stampeders series. Calgary would take Edmonton out of contention by winning its remaining 4 games.
Caveat: There is the slight mathematical chance that Saskatchewan could be the spoiler in all of this and actually tie the Lions for total points at the end of the season by beating the Lions in their last game of the season. If they succeeded then the series would be a draw and the league would have to break the tie by looking at total points scored for during the games. The key game for the Roughies [and the Lions] would take place on October 13 against the Esks. A loss there for Saskatchewan and all things being equal would wipe out any chance of the Roughies finishing off in 1st place. All things being equal meaning the Lions winning their next 3 games and Calgary winning their remaining 4 games!
The chances of the Lions winning their next 3 games are very good in my opinion. The chances of imploding and not winning at least one of the remaining 4 games is nil in my opinion. I think by October 06 the Lions will be hosting the Western Final come playoff time!
Please check my calculations and if I've missed anything let me know. :rockin: