Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Divisional Finals

With one week to go until the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto are in full swing, the East and the West Division shall on Sunday determine their representatives in that centennial celebration.

Both East and West feature teams that for the most part might have been pencilled in as the possibilities when the season started on Canada Day, that's the case in the West for sure where the Calgary Stampeders and British Columbia Lions will renew acquaintances at BC Place.

The Lions, who have been the the top performers in the CFL this year, take on a Calgary squad which has struggled through some adversity through the year and once again find themselves reconfiguring the offence as the West Division Final looms.

The East which features the Alouettes and Argos at McGill in Montreal, perhaps could have offered up a different scenario, the Hamilton Tiger Cats were at the start of the season considered a favourite, the off season additions in Hamilton seen as a key to their quest for a Grey Cup berth.

But for Hamilton, as in Winnipeg, 2012 proved to be a most disappointing season, the Als were clear and away for a playoff spot by late September, the Argos while stumbling managed to pull it together when it counted, leading them to the where they are this weekend, one win away from hosting their own Grey Cup party and participating in the game as well.

To get there will require another strong effort from Ricky Ray and his offence and some strong defensive play to shut down the CFL's most respected QB Anthony Calvillo.

Two games that offer up much in the way of potential, four teams at the crossroad to their season, a win sends two of them to the Grey Cup, a loss and a long, long season comes to an end a game short, all that success but background to a lost opportunity.

Our previews, reviews and other information on the East and West Finals can be found below.

Sunday, November 18-- Toronto 27 at Montreal 20   50,112
Sunday, November 18-- Calgary 34 at British Columbia 29 43,216 

Twelve Men Prognostication: Predicted Winners

British Columbia

Regular Season record

37 correct, 39 wrong

Playoff Record

3 correct, 1 wrong

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