Anyhow, after a decent weekend of Canadian football, the smoke has cleared, and we have the Lions taking on the Als...in Winnipeg.
This year, the strongest team in the CFL would easily be the Lions, with their 13-5 record. The Als had a great year, too, going 10-8, actually tying the Argos for first in the East.
In the Grey Cup, the advantage is definately in Montreal's corner: their home turf is an outdoor field, whereas Vancouver plays in a dome. Factoring in also the weather in Winnipeg...Montreal will be better off with that.
Offensively, however, I think that BC has the advantage, and they seem balanced in the defence.
It's going to be one hella game on Sunday, and I'll be there on my sofa to watch the game. Anyone else interested? Who's gonna win?
The Grey Cup has been BC's to win or lose since about mid-season. It's been a disappointing season in the CFL, starting with the sudden dissipation of the Renegades weeks before the season started. The East has been a comedy of errors with aging and unreliable quarterbacks.
Don't get me started on the Stampeders choking in the West Semi-Final for the second year in a row. Still, the winner of that match was simply lining up to be slaughtered by the Lions.
I can't see the final going any other way than a complete rout for the Lions. I may watch it, but certainly not if it overlaps with the Chargers-Broncos match.
Hopefully the 2007 season picks up in the quality of play. I'm considering flying to Toronto for the final next year.
I would attribute the low crowds to the fact that they are being asked to watch the Cardinals! But perhaps that is just me. Being a bad team doesn't help attendance, but most of the time, a bad team in the NFL draws in the 40,000 to 50,000 range.