Decade's best of the best

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

With one week of regular-season action remaining in the decade, it's time to unveil the team of the 2000s.

It's been an interesting 10 years in the CFL, with the Ottawa Renegades coming and going, the Saskatchewan Roughriders hosting three straight playoff games after a 18-year drought and domination from the Montreal Alouettes in the East and the B.C. Lions in the West.

Putting together a 2000s all-star team can be tricky. Here are our selections:

OFFENCE

Quarterback: Anthony Calvillo -- Hard to argue with the four-time East Division most outstanding player, although there should be more Grey Cup titles for him and the Alouettes.

Running back: Charles Roberts, Joffrey Reynolds -- Roberts was the Winnipeg Blue Bombers offence through the middle part of the decade and one of the most thrilling players to watch. Reynolds has done it all for the Calgary Stampeders since arriving in 2004.

Receivers: Milt Stegall, Ben Cahoon, Geroy Simon, Jason Tucker -- A partial list of the all-time greats, with two of the four still going strong. Stegall is the all-time touchdown leader, so there is no question about him, while Cahoon and Simon have been as steady as anyone in history. Tucker's career was cut short due to a neck injury.

Offensive line: LT Gene Makowsky, LG Jay McNeil, C Bryan Chiu, RG Scott Flory, RT Dave Hack -- All five were or are mainstays with their teams at their positions and perennial all-stars.

DEFENCE

Defensive line: DT Joe Fleming, DT Doug Brown, DE Cam Wake, DE Joe Montford -- Wake's two seasons were simply spectacular, while Montford is a sure-fire Hall-of-Famer for his long career. Brown and Fleming were teammates in Winnipeg, but Fleming made his mark as defensive player of the year in 2003 with the Stampeders.

Defensive backs: S Orlondo Steinauer, HB Barron Miles, HB Eddie Davis, CB Omarr Morgan, CB Jordan Younger -- Two members of great Argos defences. Miles and Steinauer were interception machines, while Morgan is a great shutdown corner. Davis doesn't get enough credit for his long career.

Linebackers: Barrin Simpson, Michael Fletcher, Reggie Hunt -- A rookie of the year in 2001, Simpson has been a tackling machine with two teams. Fletcher made an impact on a great Argos defence, while Hunt was a force with the perennial-contending Roughriders.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker: Sandro DeAngelis -- Most accurate field-goal kicker of all-time.

Punter: Noel Prefontaine -- Those freaky low line-drives are hard to field.

Returner: Corey Holmes -- At one point the CFL's most dangerous overall player.

OPENING DRIVES

Lions LB Jason Arakgi needs three special-teams tackles to tie the Bombers' Wade Miller for most in a season with 38 ... Despite a guarantee from Bombers RB Fred Reid, it will take a massive collapse by Stamps RB Joffrey Reynolds to giveaway the league's rushing title. Reynolds has a 103-yard lead on Reid with one game remaining.

ENDZONE TOSS

Stampeders SB Nik Lewis needs 56 yards to be the first receiver with 1,000 yards and just one touchdown. The colourful pass-catcher just grabbed his first TD of the season Saturday ... Riders RB Wes Cates needs 122 rushing yards against the Stamps to be the eighth 1,000-yard rusher this season in the CFL. The seven already over that mark is a league record.

EXTRA POINTS

The Alouettes cruise into the playoffs undefeated at home, the first team to do that since 1997. They can also be the first 15-3 club since that year when the Argos were the Grey Cup champions ... Riders QB Darian Durant has 4,052 yards this season and won't have a 1,000-yard receiver unless WR Rob Bagg gets 218 yards or SB Andy Fantuz gets 241 yards against the Stampeders.

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THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS, PREDICTIONS AND PLAYOFF PICTURE

WHAT'S ON TAP IN THE CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE

EAST DIVISION

- B.C. win OR Edmonton win = Hamilton clinches playoff berth

- Hamilton win/tie = Hamilton clinches 2nd in East + B.C. and Edmonton clinch playoff berths

- Hamilton loss AND B.C/Edmonton tie = Hamilton eliminated from playoff contention

- Winnipeg win = Winnipeg clinches 2nd in East

- Winnipeg loss/tie = Winnipeg eliminated from playoff contention

WEST DIVISION

- B.C. win = B.C. clinches 3rd in West

- Edmonton win = Edmonton clinches 3rd in West

- B.C./Edmonton tie = B.C. clinches 3rd + Edmonton clinches crossover playoff spot

- Calgary win = Calgary clinches 1st in West

- Saskatchewan win = Saskatchewan Clinches 1st in West


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