The Tiger-Cats are in it to win it in 2023, playing host to the 110th Grey Cup. Everywhere you look on the roster you see all-star level talent that wasn’t there before, from Bo Levi Mitchell to Ja’Gared Davis, Duke Williams, James Butler and Jameer Thurman, to name a few. The chemistry experiment of bringing a number of new faces together begins in earnest this week on the road against a tough foe in the Bombers.
1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2022 record: 15-3, lost Grey Cup
Next game: Vs. Hamilton, June 9
The Bombers went through the entire 2022 season in this very spot in the power rankings, only to have their hearts broken at the 109th Grey Cup. Just when you thought the three-peat talk around Winnipeg had ended, there’s still room for a similar conversation this year. If Zach Collaros can bring home his third consecutive Most Outstanding Player award this year he’d be the first three-peat winner since Doug Flutie won his third in a row in 1993. Flutie of course won four straight and six out of seven years between 1991-1997.
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1) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1)
The Bombers will live at the top of this list until there is meaningful evidence to the contrary and not even losing star receiver Kenny Lawler to an immigration-imposed suspension can make them lose their shine. As long as two-time reigning Most Outstanding Player Zach Collaros is slinging the rock and Mike O’Shea is patrolling the sideline, all the rest is just window-dressing.
Weather report from Winnipeg. Today we had another sizzler. Over 40 degrees on the humidex. We may get some thunderstorms and some wind is forecast for tomorrow but if it doesn’t break Friday night’s game will be a scorcher. At least no forest fire fallout as I read is unfortunately the case in some other CFL cities.