Which Tiger-Cats will be named among the TSN Top 50 CFL Players of All Time? (announcement to be made during Grey Cup week)http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/feature/?fid=10826
Before I provide my analysis, here’s some things to keep in mind:
• There are 50 spots for the 185 candidates, meaning the average candidate has a 27% chance of being named
• There are 9 teams, meaning that if all had equally successful histories, each team would be entitled to 5.5 players on the list. Of course some teams have been more successful than others. I think Ottawa and Saskatchewan will be underrepresented, while Edmonton will be overrepresented. Hamilton’s glory days were in the 1960s, but we have to remember that Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal have also had eras of greatness. And those whose glory days were more recent will likely fare better among voters with shorter memories.
• In other words, like it or not, there will not be 15 Tiger-Cats among the top 50. We’ll be very lucky to have 7 or 8.
• Some roster positions will likely be overrepresented on the list (QBs, RBs, Receivers, LBs) while others will claim a disproportionately low number (especially O-line and perhaps DB).
• My list of Ticats only includes players who are probably most closely identified with our team. e.g. Tony Gabriel and Paul Bennett do not meet this criteria.
I’ve slotted players into three categories.
(to be continued)