West dominance stirs up realignment talk

B.C Lions' Courtney Taylor (R) is tackled by Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Teague Sherman during the first...

B.C Lions' Courtney Taylor (R) is tackled by Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Teague Sherman during the first half of their CFL football game in Vancouver, British Columbia, July 25, 2014. (REUTERS/Ben Nelms)

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

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Here we are, nearly a third of the way through the CFL schedule, and the worst team in the West Division has a better record than the best team in the East Division.

This is not surprising, given the West’s dominance of its weaker cousins east of the Manitoba-Ontario border for the last decade or so.

So once again it’s time to talk about the possibility of getting rid of the league’s division format and letting the top six teams make the playoffs.

The Lions are in the basement of the West with a 2-3 mark and have more wins than the three teams tied for first in the East. The Tiger-Cats, RedBlacks and Alouettes are all 1-3, and if the playoffs started today the Lions would miss the playoffs, while two of the Ticats, RedBlacks and Alouettes would get home playoff games.

It’s unlikely to be that way when the season ends because East teams will get to play against one another more often over the next few months.


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