The table is being set for what could be a phenomenal finale for the Redblacks ...
The Redblacks fate as to finishing first and getting the by is in the Lions' hands. The Lions didn't make the playoffs after a 20 year run. Too bad, so sad. Usually when that happens the remaining games become 'meaningless' as far as standings are concerned. This year the Argos and Lions close the season squaring off with each other. At stake for the Argos is 1st place. All they need is a tie against the Lions. A win of course would be even better. All the Redblacks can do is sit back and keep their fingers crossed that the Argos lose. And if they do lose they should send each of the Lions players a Tim Horton's gift card or at least a thank you card.
In 2011 I attended my first ever Grey Cup game. The Lions were hosting. The Lions won the Grey Cup game that year and it was the best season the Lions has ever pulled off. They started the year off 1-6 and turned things around in dramatic fashion. They took 1st place with a decent record. They won the Grey Cup. And my wife and I got to enjoy it all...LIVE!
Last year there were few that thought the Redblacks would even be in the game against the powerful Stampeders. The Stamps last year were unbelievable and dominated the opposition. The Redblacks won the Grey Cup in nail biting fashion. What a game to watch!
This year it may well be the Redblacks squaring off against Calgary again. It is not written in stone. Calgary still has its work cut out.
The Redblacks, should they take 1st place, will have a 3 week lay off. That gives the team lots of time to heal from injuries but it also could work against the team. It will be a challenge to stay focused. Hopefully there will not be too much "rust" accumulated" with the lay off.
To earn the coveted spot in the Grey Cup the Redblacks will have to get past Toronto or Edmonton or SSK depending on which team wins the eastern semi-final. All 3 of these teams can beat Ottawa. Toronto has already done it twice. SSK is coming on strong [as in scary strong] and Edmonton is beginning to show some brilliance with QB Mike Reilly at the helm.
If the Redblacks do succeed in making it to the Grey Cup the Ottawa fans are in for a real treat and I'm sure the Redblacks will give the opposition a run for its money no matter who they face.
To be cheering for your team in the Grey Cup is a special treat. To be attending the Grey Cup game in your own city and cheering for your team is priceless!