I recall the '81 Ottawa Rough Riders finishing 7-11, finishing 3rd. Then they stunningly whipped us in the playoffs and went on to face the powerhouse Eskies, and dominated the first half of the Cup game 20-1. They came within a whisker of winning but fell 26-23, as Edmonton rose to the occasion.
The 'Cats are already 4-3 against the west, seem to be peaking, and are fairly healthy. And we might just be destined to win one this decade.