--The Patriots seemingly get to the Super Bowl this year while the Stampeders seemingly get to the Grey Cup. NOT THIS YEAR CALGARY!!!
This blogger had a swing and a miss when it came to the Western Semi-Final. Did I ever! I thought Calgary would easily defeat Winnipeg and when Reggie Begelton scored early on a third and one play where Willie Jefferson looked ridiculous, I thought it might be a long afternoon for Winnipeg. NOPE!
As a result, Rider fans will get to see what they wanted back at the start of the season as Zach Collaros will be on the field for the Western Final playing quarterback---albeit for the Bombers as this crazy CFL season now gets down to four teams.
Collaros had one big pass on a cold Sunday afternoon in Calgary, but it was all Winnipeg needed as the Stampeders and Bo Levi Mitchell in particular looked horrible. Horrible may be too kind for BLM when it comes to his efforts.
--The question now Rider fans is how are ya feelin knowing it will be Labour Day in November next Sunday. I think a lot of you are over the moon knowing the Stampeders are out. Hey, I'm in that boat too, but now you face the prospects of seeing Collaros and Willie Jefferson accept the Western Division championship trophy at Mosaic next week. That would be a cold dagger, but the reality is it can happen and very well could if Cody Fajardo can't go. He says he will be playing and one has to hope that will occur, but until I get a 100 percent confirmation from the club that he is, I wonder.
--The temperature calls for a high of plus 5 on Sunday. We will take that. Yes we will!!
--I guess we won't be hearing about Jason Maas being let go this week. Credit to the Eskimos for going in and knocking down and knocking out the Alouettes. I can't see them beating Hamilton, but can you imagine the wailing in Calgary if the Eskimos and Riders were to meet in the Grey Cup?
--How many NFL survivor pools blew up because of the Atlanta-New Orleans result on Sunday. Sadly, I was out of both of my pools weeks ago, but I probably would have been done after that game.
--If you watch US College Football and you watched the Penn State-Minnesota game followed by LSU-Alabama, you may have seen two of the best games of the year at any level of football. The game between LSU and Alabama was an instant classic!
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was on the Riders neg list at one time. Is he still there? I will never understand why the CFL keeps these lists quiet especially at this time of year when US College Football is getting more interesting. If you know this guy or that guy is playing in a huge game you might just tune in because you are a CFL fan wondering if this guy could succeed at the CFL game or if he has a bonafide NFL'er.
The league does reveal part of the neg list which is better than what it was, but I'd like to see the whole list be revealed November 1. Is the list that secretive? All teams have a copy so its not like they are hiding something.
--One can only wonder if Don Cherry will make it to next Saturday's Coach's Corner. The words spewed by Grapes on Saturday night were over the top. There is no doubt about that. However, on Saturday I was out and there had to be a dozen people (people of all races and colour) who were not wearing a poppy. I do question that. While Ron McLean apologized, it came too late. Sportsnet never really came down on Jim Hughson for his comments earlier this year so while an apology did come, I have to wonder if Cherry will apologize on Saturday. If he does or doesn't, his time has to be coming to an end, Who's next?
--I am told the Brandt Centre was close to full for Remembrance Day Ceremonies. That was good to hear.
--Former NHL'er Matthew Barnaby sent out this tweet on the weekend.
Seriously? If you are a hockey parent and you have this app, you have a serious problem. Tracking the ice time of a 10 year old. Is this where we are going?
--I keep waiting for the Edmonton Oilers to fall. They don't. They are now 12-5-2 after demolishing Anaheim. At what point do you start to think maybe they have what it takes? Its nice to see the top three teams in the Pacific all being Canadian teams as well.
--That's all I got. Have a great week!