Long odds against Blue home game

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

The West Division playoffs are all set, but the East is still wide open with only two weeks to go.

The Toronto Argonauts, Montreal Alouettes and Winnipeg Blue Bombers have all clinched post-season spots in the East, but there is still a lot of football to be played that will determine the placings.

The Argos and Alouettes could still finish first, second or third, while the Bombers can end up only second or third.

Toronto, which, at 10-6, has the upper hand, hosts Saskatchewan on Friday, Montreal (9-7) entertains Edmonton on Saturday, and Winnipeg (8-8) rolls out the red carpet for Calgary, also on Saturday.

Montreal goes to Toronto and Winnipeg travels to B.C. to finish off the regular season next weekend.

We put our limited math skills to the test (so, please, take this with a grain of salt) and determined that there are 32 scenarios that could play out involving the Argos, Alouettes and Bombers over the next two weeks -- assuming there are no ties.

The Bombers will finish third in 28 of those 32 scenarios, which means there's an 88% chance that Winnipeg will be going on the road for the East semifinal on Nov. 5.

The bottom line is Winnipeg must win its remaining two games and get some help if it is going to host a playoff match.

Toronto has a 62.5% chance of finishing first, while Montreal has a 37.5% chance of hosting the East final.

NOW THAT'S FUNNY: The Eskimos are out of the playoffs for the first time in 35 years, but at least they win the award for the best practical joke of the season.

Veterans Jason Tucker and Mookie Mitchell cleaned out fellow receiver Trevor Gaylor's locker before he arrived for a team meeting recently. Gaylor and coach Danny Maciocia had argued during practice earlier in the week, so Tucker and Mitchell saw it as the perfect opportunity to get him.

When Gaylor saw his empty locker he figured that was it, so he started making the rounds, shaking everyone's hands and saying good-bye.

Running back Troy Davis eventually let Gaylor in on the joke, because he feared the receiver might do or say something he would regret.

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PLAYOFF DRIVE

The remaining schedules for the three teams jockeying for playoff position in the East Division:

- Toronto (10-6) -- vs. Saskatchewan, vs. Montreal

- Montreal (9-7) -- vs. Edmonton, at Toronto

- Winnipeg (8-8) -- vs. Calgary, at B.C.


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