CFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: Drama! Suspense! Our race for first is suddenly just as tight as the West division's. Make your picks inside!
Edmonton puts on their playoff hats and holds off B.C. in unfriendly territory. Montreal puts on their Montreal hats and does an old-fashion Tiger-Cats blowout dance. Calgary puts on its first-place hats and absolutely TROUNCES Saskatchewan. Whether these results are surprises depends on what you picked.
And oh yeah, Toronto blew it in Winnipeg. BUT my math last week was wrong: it turns out that Toronto can still get that second-place spot if (a) they win all their remaining games, and (b) Winnipeg loses all their remaining games. So yeah! It's in the bag!
|TOR @ WPG||EDM @ BC||HAM @ MTL||SSK @ CGY|
|Result||Winnipeg by 9||Edmonton by 7||Montreal by 31||Calgary by 37|
|Margin of Error||6 to 12||5 to 9||22 to 40||26 to 48|
Excitement and intrigue! tommytrump's underdog picks fall just short. He's still in first place, but not as convincingly as even last week. owlhouse scores four more points than tommy to move up to within a point, and JPR has a solid week to stay just behind. Suddenly the pick 'em championship seems to be up for grabs again!
|SpoFite||TOR @ WPG||S||EDM @ BC||S||HAM @ MTL||S||SSK @ CGY||S||Points||Total Points|
|Ying Yang Mafia||Winnipeg||Edmonton||6||Montreal||4||49|
With the Toronto loss last week, we're guaranteed a crossover in the playoffs this year: the fouth-place team in the West will take the place of the third-place East team in the East semi-final. No crossover team has ever won the semi-final game, but that streak is going to be hard pressed to continue this year. Why? See below.
B.C. @ Edmonton (Friday, October 17)
Both these teams are part of a three-way tie for second place in the West, only two points behind first. That means that the winner of this game has an excellent chance to host the West final, with a first-round bye. It also means the loser of this game has an excellent chance to be the crossover team, which no bye, lots of travel, and no home game. This is practically a playoff game, right here.
Montreal @ Toronto (Saturday, October 18)
Well, if desperately trying to make the playoffs is your game, then going up against Montreal seems to fit the bill. Not for practicality's sake, but definitely for drama's.
Winnipeg @ Calgary (Saturday, October 18)
Winnipeg can also eliminate Toronto with a win, but it's going to be tough to come by this week. Calgary's playing on short rest, but they've got the best shot at coming in first, and they're not going to give up now.
Hamiton @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, October 19)
We all know things are bad in Saskatchewan. But bad enough that you would pick a visiting Tiger-Cats team over them? That's a surprisingly tough call.