You see? I told you. I told everyone about the "Labour Day mystique", and how the Cats rarely lose to the Argos on the first Monday in September. But you didn't listen, did you? Oh, no, you knew better, didn't you? I even put my money where my mouth was (figuratively, of course: I have no REAL money) and picked my Cats in the VGCC. I'm not usually the type who'll say "I told you so"...but I have no problem typing it into a message board.
Anyway, on to this week.
B.C. @ Ottawa: Not much to say here. It's hard to pick the Lions to do something they haven't done all year. Ottawa is 3-1 at home, but that's nothing compared to the Lions' 4-0 record on the road. B.C. by 15.
Calgary @ Edmonton: I missed almost all of game one, since I had to make my way to Ivor Wynne. It must have been pretty good, though, with Edmonton coming out just 2 points ahead. But it's hard to win both of these back-to-back games, and just as I picked Edmonton before because they usually seem to win on Labour Day, likewise I'm picking Calgary now because they usually seem to win the rematch. Stamps by a couple.
Hamilton @ Toronto: A rematch one week after Labour Day; something we in Southern Ontario have gotten out of the habit of. Last week the Cats had the "Labour Day mystique," and added to their total domination of the traditional matchup. Next week, at the 'Dump, the Cats won't have that. They will have McManus, Flick, Morreale, Cheatwood, Cotton, and Davis, but that was only good enough for a 3-point win on Labour Day. Won't be good enough for better than a 5-point loss in T.O. now that the Argos will be taking them more seriously. Of course, I'll be hoping I'm wrong on this pick.
Saskatchewan @ Winnipeg: Riders won game 1. Bombers should win game 2. Home field advantage, the back-to-back game jinx, and the fact that Winnipeg is a better team than their record indicates. Bombers by 7.
Summary: B.C. over Ottawa, Calgary over Edmonton, Toronto over Hamilton, Winnipeg over Saskatchewan.