Wally Buono has always recognized the problem with finishing first and winning the bye to the Western Final.
The winner is always coming to play you on a high.
"I'll bet that bus floated to Edmonton," said the coach of the B.C. Lions.
This time, considering the way it's gone for the Lions lately, Buono is happy the Eskimos lost their last regular season game and left the Lions in first.
"That extra week makes us a better team today than we were a week ago at this time," he said of having an extra week to put his Humpty Dumptys back together again.
Buono says he's been in enough playoffs in the Wild West to know you never know.
Maybe, with the Lions having lost six of their last seven after starting the season at 11-0, everybody is going to be saying the Lions are going to lose the West Final.
"Everybody said Edmonton was going to lose," said Buono of the West semi-final.
"But playoff games are different every game. Everytime you play one, it's a new adventure."
There are all sorts of football people who are shocked by the fact the No. 1 defence in the league gave up 440 yards of offence -- especially that the No. 1 defence against the run gave up 198 yards rushing -- to the Calgary Stampeders.
"Forget the negative numbers. It's always about the 'W' in the playoffs. You don't have to make excuses when you win."