weak western playoff race??

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Where 3 wins put you in thick of playoff hunt

Grab onto the edges of your seats, sports fans, and get ready for the most thrilling race in sports -- the crawl for a playoff spot in the CFL West.

It's the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders, neck on neck to the finish line, if they can find it.

There's no need to bring a stopwatch for this one. A calendar would be more appropriate.

Because with three victories apiece since June, the Bombers and 'Riders win, on average, one game per month. So while it seems they win once every blue moon, it's actually once every full moon.

Leading the putrid pack, at a pace even a snail would find laggard, are the win-one, lose-one Stampeders, with a gaudy four victories in nine tries.

You've heard of photo finishes? By the time November rolls around, you'll need your super wide-angle lens to find these three in the same picture as the front-runners in the division.

While B.C. and Edmonton race to the wire for first place, our also-rans stumble through the regular-season like drunks through traffic. Securing that last playoff spot will require only a modest accomplishment: remaining upright.

Lose five straight games, the way Saskatchewan has? Never mind, you're just two points out of third place.

Fitting, then, that the Bombers kept pace this past weekend by losing to 0-8 Hamilton.

Actually, Winnipeg gained some ground with the loss, because the Roughies lost a divisional game (to the Lions), and a team's division record is one of the elements used to break ties in the standings.

As head coach Jim Daley explained to his American rookies the other day, this idea of being in the playoff hunt with a 3-7 record might be a little foreign, but that's life in the Mild West. The Bombers were just as alive at 3-7 last season, going into the Labour Day game in Regina.

If you're considering the drive down the Trans-Canada next weekend, do so at your own risk. There's no telling what you might get.

Nealon Greene, the 'Riders quarterback, doesn't have a single touchdown pass in his last four starts. Fat, bald guys with B.O. make more successful passes than that.

If the 'Riders don't make the playoffs, they can always open a bake shop, that's how many turnovers they produce. Their recent pace: nearly half a dozen per game. Mmm, mmm bad.

But not even the hard-luck Regina faithful could have been prepared for what happened Saturday, when a rookie quarterback named Buck Pierce stuck a needle into their hearts by leading B.C. to a pair of late touchdowns.


"Geez, that's not supposed to happen," lineman Scott Schultz told reporters after the game. "Some third-string guy isn't supposed to come in here and put up points and get us."

Linebacker Reggie Hunt was equally perplexed, after a game the 'Riders had in the bag when B.C. lost starting quarterback Casey Printers.

"It's the story of our life, right here," Hunt said. "It's stupid redundant."

Then what term would you use to describe what the Bombers did Friday against Hamilton, a team that hadn't won a game in 299 days?

The Ticats, averaging 280 yards offence per game, had that much by early in the second quarter against a Winnipeg defence that couldn't stop a sink.

The Bomber game plan was to jump on the despondent Ticats early -- so they give up a 72-yard touchdown on the first play of the game.

It defies logic, and so does the idea of any of these teams making the playoffs.

"There's three teams in a dogfight for that playoff spot," Daley was saying the other day.

A dogfight?

More like three basset-hounds on sleeping pills

It seems that way. If you just look at the standings right now, there are only four teams with winning records:


this is true. but when the seasons done, i fully expect montreal to be above .500....same with calgary, and hopefuly ottawa can stay above .500

Exactly god, the seasons a long way from over.

Not many people expected Burris to immediately burn it up. He's hitting
stride now. Once we get a few of our dbs back from injury, things
should be looking good.

Man... that was a funny article... :lol:

The west is very conpetive this year, the third spot in the West and maybe the third in the East (if Ottawa or Montreal chocks) are up for grabs for these three (or five) teams

Hey , that's just league parity.

This jokes sound like a real CFL fan :roll:

Its like this every year, things dont start getting interesting until this weekend when 4 of 5 western clubs begin the double headers. Its like we westerns say, time to seperate the wheat from the chaff...