ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? CANADIAN STYLE?
Please allow me to boast my 11-0 record last week (11 losses, 0 wins). My best, ahem, worst wager run in my CFL history of placing wagers. Moving on...
The CFL Provincial rivalry Labour Day weekend is here. Trust me, outside of Grey Cup weekend, this week and next are the best the CFL has to offer its fanbase. Why? No matter the record, the teams pitted against one another this weekend, along with their fans, abhor each other to no end. This makes for fascinating fast paced football.
CFL Friday Night Football places Montreal (in the Province of Quebec) in Canada's Capital Ottawa (in the Province of Ontario) where the border between these two Provinces is wafer thin. Montreal slightly north of Ottawa. Back in the day, this may have been construed as French versus English, but in our present PC slash woke social climate, this aspect of the game is less expressed. These are the only teams that will not meet the week following this game. Montreal gets a bye, while Ottawa heads to B.C. to face the Lions. I am not going to provide any historical background statistics this week, but I will be making predictions, and they will be based upon the exact same method I used for every game last week. For this match-up:
Montreal Alouettes 42, Ottawa Redblacks 32
Saturday is a day of rest (go figure, only in Canada), but CFL returns in haste on Sunday when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (in the Province of Manitoba) travel to meet the Saskatchewan Roughriders (in the Province of Saskatchwan). These two Provinces border one another near the center of the Map of Canada. The Roughriders will travel east next week to battle the Bombers on their home turf. For this match-up:
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 23, Saskatchewan Roughriders 31
Finally, we have our two Inter-Provincial contests:
This rivalry has always been partial to me since I reside in the Province of Ontario. Since Ottawa (also in Ontario) is somewhat considered a bastard child of the CFL (leaving the league as the Roughriders [yes, they actually shared the name with Saskatchewan], returning as the Renegades, leaving again, and now back as the Redblacks) always having financial struggles, yet somehow (because this city is the Capital) finding their way back in. Sorry about the distraction, Ottawa tends to do, and be, that. A distraction. The Toronto Argonauts (Ontario) will drive 1 hour & 4 minutes to face their division & Inter-Provincial foe, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Toronto being the big city with entertainment & the business sector is obviously loathed by the Hamilton fanbase, in a city where blue collar steelworkers have taken pride in their "punch you in the mouth" brand of football. This, and next weekend in Toronto usually provide the most fun for spectators. For this match-up:
Toronto Argonauts 30, Hamilton Tiger-Cats 27
The Edmonton Elks (formerly Eskimos, a name that paid tribute and showed acknowledgement & gratitude to the indigenous peoples in Kanata's far north) will not drive the approximately 4 hours, but more than likely fly to Calgary to play the Stampeders. Similar story here, whereby Edmonton is considered blue collar while Calgary is depicted as white collar. I have lived in both locations, and the former is, or at least was when I was there, very factual. Like two of the three games described above, these two will attack one another again next week, but this time, north. For this match-up:
Edmonton Elks 24, Calgary Stampeders 45
In summary, you may view my wager selections below:
Alouettes -7 (-105) and OVER 43 (-103)
Roughriders -4 1/2 (-102) and OVER 43 (-103)
Argonauts +128, +2 1/2 (-105) and OVER 44 (-108)
Stampeders -5 1/2 (-105) and OVER 42 1/2 (-105)
I would like to go 9 - 0 this week, preferably 9 wins, 0 losses
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!
Edited 9/2/21 at 2:32AM by Timothy Wynn - No reason listed.
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