The VGCC, like the CFL, is now entering its second season: the playoffs.
Just as with the real CFL, some of us are going home. Thanks for playing, better luck next year. That is an unfortunate fact of life in sports and in the VGCC: there can only be one champion, so as the rest of us are eliminated, we are forced to watch from the sidelines as others continue on the road to glory.
The top eight carry on into the divisional semi-finals. That seems a bit harsh when 86 people have participated this year, but in a three-week post-season, eight becomes an easy number to work with. Using the Aggregate Spread as the tie-breaker, those eight people are:
Anyone may make picks in this thread, but only those eight will count.
Unlike the regular season, where picks can be made right up until game time, these people must make their picks by Friday night at midnight. You can change your picks in the usual way, but changes must be in by the deadline. If your picks are late, you will be 0-0 for the week, and will be ranked below those who go 0-2!
Make your picks in the usual way. However, there is no guarantee that you will get the teams you want. Only half of the group may pick either team, with preference given to those who are ranked higher. This sounds bad, but I assure you that I only make a change when someone’s picks give them no chance of advancing. (Of the total of twenty-six picks made during the post-season last year, only four were changed, so it really doesn’t happen as often as people might think.) Despite this, please pick the team you want, and let me worry about the numbers.
I will post who gets which teams on Saturday.
Like with the CFL, these are sudden-death playoffs. After the games are played on Sunday, the new rankings will be posted. You will be ranked based on how you did THIS WEEK, with the regular-season rankings used only as a tie-breaker. It is possible, then, to be ranked eighth now and ranked first after the games are played. The top four participants advance into the divisional finals next week.
This week’s games are:
Winnipeg @ Toronto
Saskatchewan @ Calgary
(You can still view the standings at http://home.cogeco.ca/~droddick1/vgcc_standings.htm )