Jump on the bandwagon: ranking all six 2022 CFL playoff teams according to their likeability

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We are now down to the final six CFL teams and fans of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Edmonton Elks and Ottawa Redblacks might be wondering what to do with themselves over the next couple of weeks.

Good news, I am here to help.

Maybe you don’t want to jump on a bandwagon for the playoffs, and I totally understand that. But if you do, let me be your guide for which team you should consider hitching your wagon to for the 2022 CFL playoffs.

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6. Winnipeg Blue Bombers

They are the two-time defending champions, a borderline juggernaut and a burgeoning dynasty. If you jump on the Bombers’ bandwagon now, you are lame. I would say something harsher, but we are a family website.

Winnipeg is no longer anyone’s second favourite team and unless you cheer for the blue and gold, you should be cheering for their demise. Cheering for Winnipeg is like cheering for the hunter that shoots Bambi’s mother. Just don’t do it.

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5. Toronto Argonauts

The citizens of the city they play in don’t even care about them, so the Argos could use some support. However, they are the top seed in the East Division for the second year in a row and I just do not find anything particularly likeable about the team.

Plus, Chris Edwards still plays for Toronto and he’s as unlikable as any player in the league. Stay away.

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4. Montreal Alouettes

If Vernon Adams Jr. and Khari Jones were still in town, the Als would be much higher on this list. But the gross way Jones was fired and the downgrade in fun from Adams to Trevor Harris makes Montreal a tough team to root for.

The Alouettes have great players who have yet to win a ring like Eugene Lewis and William Stanback, which gets them above teams like Toronto and Winnipeg. They fail to have the cool factor that the teams above them have.

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3. Calgary Stampeders

There was a time when Calgary was almost guaranteed to be at five or six in these rankings but they climb to No. 3 this year based solely on the fact that they are no longer the lead dog.

You can cheer for Calgary and not feel gross anymore because they are no longer an inevitability. Yes, they are still a darn good team, but they have dealt with hardships the last couple of seasons. Add in a humbled Bo Levi Mitchell and the Stamps are, dare I say it, actually likeable for the first time in a very long time.

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2. Hamilton Tiger-Cats

The Ticats are a fun group and have been since Orlondo Steinauer took over in 2019. They have likeable players with big personalities and a long Grey Cup drought that makes rooting for them the opposite of jumping on a winning team’s bandwagon.

Some will inevitably bring up Simoni Lawrence as a demerit against the team, but I ask you this: would you not want him on your team? If the answer is yes, then you know the black and gold are a likable bunch.

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1. B.C. Lions

This team could be filled with a bunch of devil worshippers and they would still take the top spot if Nathan Rourke was their quarterback.

Rourke was the most fun player to watch in the CFL this season and his absence during the second half of the year was felt across the league. Even without Rourke, the Lions have guys like Lucky Whitehead and Bryan Burnham who make the league a better place.

Settling on some of these rankings was not easy but making the B.C. Lions my top choice was the easiest decision I had to make.

Josh Smith has been writing about the Ticats and the CFL since 2010 and was sporting his beard way before it was cool. Will be long after, too.