Three crazy ways to fix the CFL’s competitive imbalance

In 2017, for the fourth time in the last six years, a Western team crossed over into the East side of the playoff bracket.

This time, it was the Saskatchewan Roughriders who made the trek across the country in the hopes of becoming the first crossover team to reach the Grey Cup. They failed when they lost to the Toronto Argonauts in the East Final, but it was another season of dominance by the West over the East.

With this continuing to happen year after year, it has led to renewed calls for the CFL to change not only its playoff structure — going to a 1-to-6 format over the current one — but also renewed calls for a one-division CFL. It is an argument that has existed for many years and likely will for many more.

But making the CFL one division or altering the seeding process is boring. That’s the easy thing to do, and I think it is more fun to envision the CFL going a little nutty if they decide to change the way the league or the playoffs are structured.

So with that, here are three crazy ideas to fix the CFL’s current divisional competitive imbalance.

Beast and Least

So how about this for a change, every year the CFL does divisional realignment, similar to European soccer relegation, by keeping the top five teams from the previous year in one division and the bottom four teams in another. Based on the final standings of 2017, the 2018 divisions, named Beast and Least, would look like this:



So not much would change, expect Toronto and B.C. would switch places. The concept would be pretty crazy, but the execution would, admittedly, leave a bit to desired and might not change things as drastically as it could.

So let’s move on to second crazy idea.

Yearly realignment, but with a twist

This takes the above concept and alters it slightly. Instead of relegating and promoting teams, we take the nine teams and split them odd and even based on their order of finish the year before. Again, using this year’s final standings as a template, the new divisions would be:

Division 1

Division 2

Now this shakes things up with Toronto and Montreal essentially joining the West and Winnipeg and Saskatchewan becoming the top dogs in the East. And each year, depending on order of finish, we could see some major shakeups. It could also lead to some crazy, never-before-seen, Grey Cup matchups.

Now on to the third idea, which is probably the least crazy, so maybe it could actually get done.

More interdivisional games

The CFL schedule is weird, and not until a 10th team joins the league will it be able to make more sense — and no, I don’t mean a completely balanced schedule of playing each team twice, because if that happens, then the idea of divisions is meaningless anyway, but I digress — so how about we get away from East teams playing more games against West opponents than their division rivals and move towards more games against their divisional counterparts.

As it stands, the East plays eight games against each other and 10 against the West. Let’s change that and have the East play three games against each divisional opponent, which would eliminate total-points tiebreakers and nine against the teams in the West. Yes, that would mean that every year one West team wouldn’t make the trek east or vice versa, but so be it.

I’m not a schedule maker, so I don’t know if this would cause problems for the hard working people that do make the CFL schedule, but it would be a way to slightly alter the competitive imbalance as divisional games would take on increased importance and maybe lead to the East getting their *ahem* stuff together.

I know all three of these plans are likely to be met with laughter, derision or both. But if the CFL wants to go a little nuts in changing the way things work and not just go the lazy one division or playoff reseeding route, here are three outside-the-box ideas that might just be crazy enough to work.

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125 Comments on Three crazy ways to fix the CFL’s competitive imbalance

  1. Jeff May // April 1, 2018 at 11:19 am //

    We know, April fools!, right!! Donèt get rid of local rivalries!

    • Yes and he forgets that the last two Grey Cups were won by Eastern teams. So much for the superior West.

  2. Bill deHoog // April 1, 2018 at 11:27 am //

    How about option #4…leave it as is. Balance will change eventually. Option #3 is what we used to have..more inter-conference games.
    They should scrap the crossover rule anyways!

    • Puck Hog // April 1, 2018 at 11:39 am //

      Why would the league scrap the crossover? Do you really want to see inept teams in the playoffs, and have competent teams staying home and watching the inept teams play football? What are you thinking, Bill?

    • When will it change? How many years has it been with eastern teams getting undeserved home playoff games to get into the final

  3. Doug Mc Clintock // April 1, 2018 at 11:43 am //

    I like tradition, if it has been around this long it must mean something ! Canada is a big country, low population with few pro sports teams so the East and West is a natural. Maybe tinker with it but keep the format. The Halifax Schooners will fix everything so be patience.
    I love it when a weak team beats a stronger record club in the playoffs ! On any given day any team can win. The fans should have their input too on stuff like this, as they are the people that help pay the bills ( must have rich owners with deep pockets who love the game )

  4. B.C. Dave // April 1, 2018 at 11:51 am //

    Why do people insist on putting an ‘S’ after anyway???
    Anyway…I like the idea of two divisions. I would rather see the East add another team than mess with the divisions.

    • Blue rules // April 1, 2018 at 12:31 pm //

      BC, anyways is not a proper word, another miss used word I see on this site I “even”…. As in wingback and yup can’t “even” go a day without having a public marital spat, “anyways” it would be better if they just got a divorce.

      • No sh*t

      • B.C. Dave // April 1, 2018 at 5:39 pm //

        Agreed, thus the question, why do people always say ‘anywayS’?
        There are many ways to do something and ANY (one) WAY is correct, not any one wayS ergo…anyway is.
        LOL…I guess I should OF given up wit dis chit of train to unner stan what piple triun ta say.

        • Lavinia Vanlandingham // April 1, 2018 at 11:22 pm //

          According to The Grammarist, “‘Anyways’ is a colloquial variant of the adverb anyway. It has a casual tone and may be considered out of place in formal or serious writing. In such contexts, anyway is safer.” In my experience, more educated people tend to say “anyway”. It’s all about what ‘club’ you see yourself a part of. “Should of”? I CRINGE when I read that.

      • hey Blue Rules…don’t apply for an English teaching certificate any time soon: you wrote “miss used”…and you want to teach others? BTW, those are only the most insignificant English faux pas found in posts. There is a plethora of English diarrhea in the majority of posts.

    • Garney26 // April 1, 2018 at 6:28 pm //

      If you really want to give some balance until Halifax has a team move Winnipeg back to the east and get rid of the crossover. No western team has ever made it to the cup through the crossover anyway. This way the east will have 5 teams to compete for 3 spots and the west 4 so obviously only one western team would miss the playoffs as its been for the past few years anyway.

    • You think the CFL has the ability to add another team?? They can barely survive with what they have!

  5. Wingback // April 1, 2018 at 12:06 pm //

    Happy Easter everyone!
    I would like to see the crossover scraped, at least the way its used today. How unfair was it that the riders got to go to Ottawa while the Eskimos had to play a far better opponent in Winnipeg?
    It would have been far fairer to give that choice to Edmonton, let them decide whether they stayed west or headed east. How unfair is it to the top 3 teams in the west; who all busted their balls to finish high in the standings, that the 4h place riders were gifted such an easy playoff road? It completely undermines the entire regular seasons. It would have been so tragic had the riders come out of the east, how unfair that would have been to both Edmonton and Winnipeg.

    • Only joke today is you. IGNORE THE GNOME

    • Glad you “busted your ass” regular season because you sh*t the bed when it counted…..again. Gnomeo

      • Wingback // April 1, 2018 at 12:23 pm //

        Why not offer dialogue and make points rather than spew had comments to me?

        • Because you are irrelevant.

          • Wingback // April 1, 2018 at 12:34 pm //

            Am I? or would dialogue force you to face truths about the riders you just don’t want to face? BTW…….. all this name calling without wanting dialogue is making you sound like a leftist snowflake, and I know you’re not.

        • Rider fan // April 1, 2018 at 4:29 pm //

          Last year Winnipeg needed to cross over as the first place team in the east. Home field advantage in last years case

      • Wingback // April 1, 2018 at 12:38 pm //

        The purpose of the regular is to bust your ass so you can both entertain your fans AND more importantly, put yourself in the best position possible come playoff time. Did that happen last year with the crossover?

    • Green&Gold // April 1, 2018 at 12:43 pm //

      As an Esks fan I preferred playing Winnipeg. Please don’t speak for Edmonton.

      • Wingback // April 1, 2018 at 1:31 pm //

        You are only speaking for yourself Green&Gold. Not sure the management, players and coaches would agree with you.
        Let me ask you, are you OK with finishing higher in the standings as you rival, yet they are gifted and easier opponent in the post season? Takes away the motivation for your team with finish ahead of this team in the standings doesn’t it?

        • Green&Gold // April 1, 2018 at 1:38 pm //

          I liked the matchup better, we had less distance to travel, and won. Enough said.

        • Acually Calgary would be the choice by most teams to face in the playoffs…Someone has to find a way to get better coaching and management for the east would think they would have more pride…Does anyone think that Montreal is going to win even one game this year??

        • Hahaha Wing, you seriously think a GM and HC are gonna say “umm we’ll crossover” instead of playing at home?! Love how you think you can speak not only for a fan base, but a team’s management now?! Bold man, Bold.

      • Better if he didn’t speak period

    • Leighton // April 1, 2018 at 2:23 pm //

      How was it easy for the Riders? They lost in the east final LOL. You are daft.

      • Wingback // April 1, 2018 at 3:37 pm //

        Leighton, you are looking back with the benefit of hindsight and taking a micro example to try to argue this crossover is fair. Its not.
        The point of every regular season is to make the playoffs and put yourself in the best position to win in the playoffs (through byes, home advantage and easier opponents). This means every team has great motivation to win as many games as they can. What happened in the CFL completely undermines this and entire point of sports,sports leagues.

      • CFL family // April 1, 2018 at 6:30 pm //

        How about the fact Winnipeg would have nailed you. Ottawa was enept

    • Wingback, its people like you and Envy that have this raging hate on for the Riders that is so crazy to me. We get it. You hate the Riders, and you find a way to say so in every thread. Does it like consume you guys? The Riders are my team, but I have genuine respect for the other 8 teams/fans in the league. Seems like every problem in the CFL according to you has to do w the Riders and Chris Jones. You seriously need a hobby or something.

  6. Doug Mc Clintock // April 1, 2018 at 12:26 pm //

    I will add another comment to make playoff football more exciting. Many moons ago – the ORFU – Ontario Rugby Football Union , Sarnia won 2 Grey Cups you know, had a different playoff format. Get this. It was a total points series. First club to win 3 out of possible 5 games but your total points scored was the ultimate winner !So each team would score as much as possible to build up up their total points. That was classic football ! Anyways !

  7. Maritimer // April 1, 2018 at 12:27 pm //

    It will sort itself out soon… Halifax will fix it

  8. Consider the following;
    The Schooners come on board in 2020 which gives the league 10 teams and a balanced schedule.
    Now the curve ball!
    Bottom 6 NFL teams each year get relegated to the CFL and play our rules when in Canada and we play there rules in the U.S? Some how the league figures out a guarantee to have a CFL team in the Grey Cup. April Fools!!!

  9. Wingback should change that name to Wingnut for this comment

    • Wingback // April 1, 2018 at 12:42 pm //

      How am I wrong? Did this not happen? Im I imagining the rider at 4th place and 10-8 played a sub .500 team in the playoffs while 3rd place and 12-6 Edmonton had to play a 12-6 team?????????

  10. He pushes for one division all the time . Not Gging to happen.

  11. Blue rules // April 1, 2018 at 1:01 pm //

    Wingback what changes would you recommend, with only 9 teams and distance between BC and the Eastern teams (travel fatigue) example: Montreal vs BC 7:30pm start time. In addition would it be a total interlocking schedule (as even as possible). As it is the East already has a slight advantage travel wise, as do Edmonton, Calgary & Regina. In fact Regina has the least travel in the West and BC the most.

    • Wingback // April 1, 2018 at 1:37 pm //

      Blue rules, I’m not sure what your point is, are you saying the distance Sask had to travel negates the advantage of playing a 8-9-1 Ottawa team VS. a 12-6 much closer Winnipeg team?

      • Blue rules // April 1, 2018 at 1:52 pm //

        Wing, no not at all, I’m curious you’ve spoken a few times on a change to the playoff system. My references to distance is just one factor why having two divisions makes sense. I’m curious how a single division would work fairly to all teams, or would you propose two division for regular season with one division for playoffs?

        • Wingback // April 1, 2018 at 2:42 pm //

          I’ve toyed with various ideas. Nothing is perfect and other leagues face similar problems in terms of division and conference equality.
          Things should stay as they are, but takeaway the crossover or modify it so we don’t see the same thing happen as last year.
          If 9-9 is the standard in the east and 13-4-1 is the standard in the west, so be it.

          • Blue rules // April 1, 2018 at 3:00 pm //

            Wing, In order to create a better playoff structure the CFL would need 12 team, 8 teams make playoffs, #4 vs #1 and #3 vs #2, in each division with no bye for top spot. Of course I will never see 12 viable Canadian teams in my life time.

          • …Until your team has a better record than everyone in the East and doesn’t make the playoffs. Your tune would change real fast.

  12. Franco Farinaccio // April 1, 2018 at 1:28 pm //

    Your Option 3 isn’t crazy at all. In fact, it is how it used to up until they adopted a fully interlocking schedule in 1980.

  13. Doug Mc Clintock // April 1, 2018 at 1:32 pm //

    Hey sports writers, how about football as a whole. WE have Grey Cup, Vanier Cup, any more ? How about junior football. also high school. Nice to know what is going on here ! Diehard fans like us, like to know about all ranks. Hey, why did 4 Down Football come into playing in high school ranks in Canada ?

    • Wingback // April 1, 2018 at 1:39 pm //

      Clink on the Usport tab

    • Doug – All Canada Gridiron is a forum that touches on a bit of everything. Followed it alot while my son came through Bantam,Midget,High School etc.

  14. 3 divisions top 2 from each advance into a 1-6 point total playoff

  15. Brian C // April 1, 2018 at 1:42 pm //

    Top 2 teams in each division make the playoffs. 2 wildcards with the best records also make the playoffs (in essence that is what the crossover really is). If 3 teams make the playoffs from each division, 2 plays 3 with the winner playing #1 in the division finals. If there are 4 teams in one division and only 2 in the other then #1 and #2 play a 2 game total points playoff in the division final while the #1 plays #4 and #2 plays #3 in the other division semi finals. Those semi winners play in that division finals.
    I remember a number of exciting 2 game total points Eastern finals.

    • Blue rules // April 1, 2018 at 2:16 pm //

      Brian,Interesting idea, one major flaw, in one scenario two teams get the bye week one, and the other the two top teams play week one. If I understand you correctly.

  16. I think it would look pretty impressive to have banners, t-shirts and ball caps with “LEAST DIVISION CHAMPIONS”.

  17. Blue rules // April 1, 2018 at 2:07 pm //

    Scott how would you divide the teams, what would the reg season format look like?

    • You would play 2 games against non division teams or 12 games then 3 against division teams 6 games

      • Blue rules // April 1, 2018 at 3:11 pm //

        That’s an interesting thought, so 3 divisions would then be
        West – BC, EDM & CAL
        Central – Riders, WPG & HAM
        East – TOR, OTT & MLT
        #6 vs #1…..#5 vs #2….#4 vs #3 no bye how do you go forward in round two with only 3 teams left

        • SCOTT COWAN // April 1, 2018 at 3:26 pm //

          First two overall get a bye

          • Blue rules // April 1, 2018 at 4:21 pm //

            Scott, for sake of argument, say the East is the weakest division (example only, nobody jump on me) but because Ottawa plays Toronto & Montreal 6 times winning 5 games, whereas Riders plays Winnipeg & Hamilton winning 3 games. Unfair to think that Riders should play the extra game. Because their division is more evenly matched.

  18. Dangerdan // April 1, 2018 at 2:13 pm //

    CFL needs a Major overhaul of Playoff system but what’s proposed I don’t like
    I would drop to 1 Division top 4 Teams make the playoffs
    1 vs 4
    2 vs 3
    Winner meet in the grey cup

  19. Take this // April 1, 2018 at 2:18 pm //

    I don’t know why there is all the grumbling about this. If you check out the NFL, the NHL, the MLB and other leagues, you will find the same everywhere. If the team is in a weak division, they need far less wins to win a divisional title and make the playoffs than do teams in a strong division. I don’t hear the whining from other leagues. If the West was totally dominant in Grey Cup wins, perhaps it would bear some change but that is not happening. Who from the east would want to watch an Edmonton /BC Grey Cup or Hamilton/ Montreal Grey Cup if you are in the west? Keep the divisions as they are.

    • Wingback // April 1, 2018 at 2:47 pm //

      Exactly!…. This type of inequity of divisions/conferences occurs in all leagues

      • Huh ? Didn’t you start early on in this thread complaining about how unfair the crossover is (at length). And now you agree with @Take this when he says stop grumbling and keep the divisions as they are ?

        • Wingback // April 1, 2018 at 3:26 pm //

          AHHH. Yes I did complain about the crossover and still do!
          My point is other leagues have the same problem and live with it. The accept the imperfection and the CFL should to.

    • Except for, perhaps, Hamilton, eastern fans won’t watch the GC unless their team is in it. Even if their team is in it, they won’t watch in person…oh, I almost forgot…they will come out if they can get tickets when purchasing a pizza!

  20. Colour me green // April 1, 2018 at 2:22 pm //

    Home field advantage is huge.

    Riders lost to TO last year. TO wins GC in TO last year. League needs to consider that as well in the final structure. The team with better record in the season should get that benefit in game he cross over.

    Agree that Edmonton had tougher road than Riders though they have better record.

    East vs West is ancient thinking and really shows the league is not progressive.

  21. Paul Bomber // April 1, 2018 at 3:12 pm //

    Way to go, 3Down! Just happy to NOT see any you-know-who articles!

  22. Murray Roster // April 1, 2018 at 3:19 pm //

    Interesting ideas. Under options 1 and 2 Toronto wouldn’t even qualify for the playoffs let alone win the Grey Cup under a format that favours the Leastern Division

  23. one conference; top 2 get byes, 3 v 6, 4 v 5. one players winner with lower record, etc, and 2 final winners play grey cup. not rocket science

    • Blue rules // April 1, 2018 at 4:37 pm //

      Good, how do you play the reg season, fully interlocking or continue on the way it is now? Your answer may be an easy answer, yet may not be a good answer. If you have an all west GC for 3 consecutive years the CFL could lose the Eastern viewership then a lower TSN contract. Then start to lose teams. Having a East / West format is necessary for the league.

      • Blue rules // April 1, 2018 at 4:48 pm //

        Above post should say “Gord” not “good”, spell check got me!

      • Blue – you’re right, viewership is absolutely critical these days. Anything other than the current format could prove disastrous. You seem to have a pretty good handle on this – do you see any viable options, or any real need for a change ?

        • Blue rules // April 1, 2018 at 5:22 pm //

          Hmmm… Not a real need for change… would like more parody among the teams.

          • Either way – 2018 is going to be crucial IMO for the CFL. There were a few stadiums far from full last year. Hope the seats get filled and the on field product improves so we at least maintain the 9 teams we have.

          • Blue rules // April 1, 2018 at 5:50 pm //

            I hate 3D nation….keeps me current on events…. also get my blood flowing for the start of the season… luckily I have the Jets to occupy my time for now, hope they go long….too many days between Stanley Cup & CFL pre season. BTW an opinion not shared by my wife.

        • CFL family // April 1, 2018 at 7:50 pm //

          I think the riders should send the Stamps 1 million per year

  24. Wingback // April 1, 2018 at 3:53 pm //

    Does anyone remember 1993 when the stamp were royally screwed over in the playoffs?
    It was the first time since the original Alouettes folded in 1987 that the league had a 9 team, unbalanced divisions with of the addition of the Sacramento Goldminers. In the 4 team east 1st place Winnipeg received the bye while 2 and 3 played the semifinal (much like today). In the west first place Calgary didn’t get the bye, we had to play 4th place sask (another gift to the riders) in 1 semifinal with 2nd and 3rd place Edmonton and BC placed another semi final.
    Talk about a screw job hey?

    • Snap is back,ball ia down, Ridgeway kicks it…… and Saskatchewan WINS on a last minute field goal. That was a great day in sports history.

      • Wingback // April 1, 2018 at 4:10 pm //

        Actually, I stand corrected. BC finished 4th, You finished 3rd…. Edmonton annihilated you 51-13… I went back to check.
        I was thinking of 1994 when we played you in the semifinal…..36-3 Calgary 🙂

        • I too stand corrected. It was a last second field goal. And Saskatchewan wins – the crowd goes wild. And that’s because the Calgary fans left at halftime thinking they wouldn’t come back. Was a wonderful day

          • Too bad half your fan base wasn’t around in the 50s

          • Wingback // April 1, 2018 at 4:47 pm //

            What game are you talking about. Is this all from Mr Rodgers land of make believe?? Where most riders seasons are?

        • Too bad bandwagons were around in the mid 40’s. Your fans have been using it ever since.

          • CFL family // April 1, 2018 at 6:41 pm //

            I think the riders are pretty rehearsed to the bandwagon too. Crowds have been going down down down every season as the riders continue to wallow

    • Green&Gold // April 1, 2018 at 4:23 pm //

      I liked the cakewalk of 2015. 2 quick and easy wins and another banner was raised.

  25. Only option. Put a team in Halifax and balance out the decision. Another new team and an equalization draft will help to correct the balance most effectively.

  26. Dick Dinelle // April 1, 2018 at 5:01 pm //

    What have you been smoking? Probably not legal until July 1!

  27. I think we should have the top 6 teams make the playoffs. Lets use this past year as an example. I think 1st (Calgary) and 2nd (Winnipeg) would get first round buys. 3rd (Edmonton) would play 6th (Ottawa) in Edmonton. 4th Sask play 5th (Toronto) in Sask. I Really think they should not reward the 5th and 6th place teams with a home crowd. After this 1st plays winner of 4th and 5th and 2nd play the 3rd and 6th winner. As for the the east and west conference trophies just give that at the end of the regular season.This past year Ottawa and Toronto were rewarded a home play off game for being the 2 worst teams to make the playoffs. Makes no sense to me

  28. You referenced a Calgary vs Saskatchewan game in 1993, so did I ( only meeting close to the playoffs) Now your playoff game didn’t go well. If I recall, it was a 14 point win for Edmonton and you had a stellar second half…1 point ? Now reference 1994 – Danny McManus takes the snap, he’s looking, there’s no time left on the clock…..OHHH he finds Flutie in the end zone. Toucdown……BC. Oh, that’s gotta hurt.

    • CFL family // April 1, 2018 at 7:19 pm //

      Lolololololol….only a rider fan would find hubris in a game that had nothing to do with their team. When your history is so thin I guess you have to love vicuriuosly through another team.

      • You do it constantly. Anyhooo, I hope you found all the green eggs mom hid for you today Gnomeo. Enjoy your Easter dinner – and go easy on Uncle Chris. I know you’re mad at him but he is family.

        • CFL family // April 1, 2018 at 11:33 pm //

          I doubt any rider fans hate Jones but I think some are afraid of him.
          Happy Easter Yup

  29. waveman // April 1, 2018 at 6:08 pm //

    I wouldn’t be as interested in the grey cup if it was 2 eastern teams or 2 western teams, its east vs west, thats it. I’m not a montreal fan for instance but they’re my team if they’re in the cup against the west. I don’t even like the cross-over although I understand its fairness, we’ve seen so many times anything can happen in our league when its 1 game, the cinderella story of a 6 win team in the playoffs is intriguing.

  30. sth1988 // April 1, 2018 at 6:08 pm //

    Not sure if this has been suggested. Top team in each division hosts thier final. Western leader hosts west final and Eastern leader hosts eastern final. The other 4 teams are all wildcards and are seeded, then the winners are seeded again. Each division leader would be seeded 1st or 2nd. 1st seed division leader meets the 4th seed and the 2nd seeded division winner would meet the 3rd seed. It would keep the tradion of a East and a West final and a good chance for a east/west Grey Cup, and reward teams that are more successful. It would further force eastern teams to get thier [email protected]#$ together in order to make the playoffs.

  31. Your day must have been boring like S__t to dream this up. Go for a long walk!

  32. Ridet4life // April 2, 2018 at 12:31 am //

    Hey Cfl Family you better check your stats on crowds at games as sask the last 4 yrs have sold out everyone game and lead the league in attendance of 32500 plus average. Now that’s a fact. As well as merchandise last 6 yrs is tops as all 8 other teams combined don’t even come close to what Saskatchewan sells another fact. So there is no shortage of fans in Saskatchewan or world wide. Oh and another thing about Saskatchewan you probably didn’t know telemiricle 20 hr marathon this year for the kinsmen set another record 7.2 million brining it over 140 million in 40 yrs running another record for Saskatchewan

    • CFL family // April 2, 2018 at 12:47 am //

      Mmmmmmm. Not true. You sold out all games in 2017 but 2016 the only sellout was the mosaic farewell

      • White Horse // April 2, 2018 at 10:38 am //

        Actually they sold out 3 games in 2016. That’s 3 more than Calgary did.

        • White Horse // April 2, 2018 at 12:42 pm //

          Three more games than Calgary did!….How did someone post this using my handle? I did not post this!!!

  33. Edward Leslie // April 2, 2018 at 8:04 am //

    Blue rules: Good luck to your Winnipeg Jets. I live in Edmonton, so I hope you don’t mind if I adopt your team, as of next week. Us folks in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal won’t have our teams to cheer for because they failed miserably in the playoff quest. And I sure ain’t cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs!

    • Blue rules // April 2, 2018 at 11:01 am //

      Edward, welcome aboard, remember to yell “true north” during the anthem. That makes you an official Jet fan.

  34. Edward Leslie // April 2, 2018 at 8:12 am //

    Like Duane Forde, I was a big advocate of switching to one division and just having the top six make the playoffs. But with Nova Scotia looking like a good bet to join the CFL as early as 2020, I changed my mind.
    Two divisions of five teams each, with a balanced schedule,with every team playing each other twice, sounds perfect. Keep things as they are until then.

    I think the CFL could benefit by one change though. How about bringing back the two game total point aggregate East and West quarter finals? It would mean more revenue for teams, as every all playoff teams would be guaranteed one home playoff game that way.

  35. patlynch // April 2, 2018 at 9:29 am //

    In the 1963 playoffs, Sask played a 2 game total point series against the Stamps . They won 48-47 . The Riders then played a best 2 out of 3 series against the Lions and lost two games to one . So the Riders played 5 playoff games and never reached the Grey Cup. The TiCats made their cup appearance having played a 2 game total point series against Ottawa and won 63-35 . Can you imagine how beat up the Sasks would have been, had they gotten to the Grey Cup ! In those days, playoff games were big revenue producers for teams and the league . It kept them afloat. The good news ending to this long playoff season was that the Cats beat the Lions in the Grey Cup 21- 10. I don’t think Willie Fleming remembers that game but a lot of hall of famers played in it .
    East versus west is the way the Grey Cup should always be decided.

    • hey patlynch…I remember that playoff. You don’t have to imagine how beat up the Riders would have been after 5 playoff tilts. The reason why they had no chance to win the 2 out of 3 west final was that they were already completely enveloped in tape/bandages after the two semis. Yet, with all their injuries and guys playing hurt, they still managed to win one, but ran out of gas (and tape) in the rubber match.

  36. White Horse // April 2, 2018 at 12:49 pm //

    What is with 3Dwn? My IP address is locked with my handle
    ‘White Horse’ how can someone else use it?

  37. White Horse // April 2, 2018 at 3:36 pm //

    Hi Whitehorse, i am not the other white horse either. Maybe i’m you but i hope not!
    Piece of cake actually!

  38. White Horse // April 2, 2018 at 6:47 pm //

    Get lost you jerk. Get your own handle…loser!

  39. BMTNON37 // April 3, 2018 at 8:37 am //

    Give the division winners the 1 and 2 the top two spots and homefield and seed the rest of the teams based on points. It’s basically the same as the crossover except in 2017 Toronto and Ottawa would have had to travel to Winnipeg and Sask. respectively.

    • BMTNON37 // April 3, 2018 at 10:33 am //

      wait…Toronto and Calgary get the top seed. Ottawa @ Winnipeg and Sask @ Edmonton.

  40. I see that Blue Rules wanted to have more “parody.”
    TNX for my laugh of the day. The CFL does their best to create same by introducing stupid rules…like eliminating leaping sideline catches by allowing the defender to carry a receiver out of bounds. Methinks you meant parity, BR.

  41. Here’s and idea fold the league and bring on the NFL for Toronto and BC then form a 4 down development league for the NFL Canada in Football League cannot be sold in BC and Toronto these cities are used to seeing top athletes that why there 20000 season ticket holders for the Seahawks in BC we demand the best

    • angine, you are a dreamer. Did you notice that the NFL “test market games” in Toronto were a major flop?
      The CFL is entertainment…and better entertainment than the NFL. Why do people go to junior hockey games? Entertainment. Using your formula, all sports under the very elite level would become extinct. Hmmm…I wonder if Japan, Puerto Rico, or the Dominican are considering shutting down their baseball leagues? They could just watch MLB on their devices…why bother with their own inferior leagues? Moron!

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