Logjam at top of CFL

Montreal Alouettes Seth Williams chases Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Terrence Edwards during their...

Montreal Alouettes Seth Williams chases Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Terrence Edwards during their football game on Oct. 22, 2011. The Bombers and Alouettes are in a tight race for first place in the East. (QMI Agency)

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

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Never has the CFL been this tight going into the last weekend of the season.

Five teams entered the final three games with 10-7 records, including the Edmonton Eskimos, who beat Saskatchewan on Friday night to improve to 11-8 and secure no worse than a second-place finish in the West Division.

Prior to this year, the most teams that had ever been tied with the best overall record going into the final week of the season was two, and never before in the modern era has the top team in the league finished with fewer than 12 wins.

That will change this year.

SAFETY DANCE: Bomber safety Ian Logan will miss Saturday’s critical clash with an undisclosed illness, which means cornerback Jovon Johnson, the team’s most outstanding, defensive and special teams player, will move to safety — even though he doesn’t want to.

“Jovon’s a very athletic guy with great instincts,” head coach Paul LaPolice said. “We have to do some ratio things, but we should be fine.”

Deon Beasley will replace Johnson on the corner, and newcomer Darrell Pasco will be the sixth defensive back in his first CFL game.

Canadian receiver Casey Doneff will take Logan’s roster spot and also make his CFL debut.

He hails from nearby Cochrane, Alta., spent time practising with the Stampeders when he was a junior player and went to Germany to play pro football earlier this year.

“I’ve been a CFL fan ever since I was a little kid,” Doneff said. “It’s been a dream of mine, and some people give up on dreams prematurely. They don’t give themselves a fair chance, and I just wanted to make sure I didn’t do that to myself.”

FOOTBALL WEATHER: The first snowfall of the year hit Cowtown on Friday morning, but the white stuff isn’t expected to have an impact on Saturday’s game.

The clouds had cleared out by mid-afternoon, and not much more than a centimetre fell. The McMahon Stadium field was cleared off for Friday’s CIS playoff game, and sunny skies on Saturday are expected to melt away the flakes that stuck.

This is Calgary, though, so you never know about the weather. Stamps slotback Nik Lewis is prepared if the weather turns nasty.

“If it’s sunny outside and they can clear the field it’ll be a great atmosphere for the last game of the season,” Lewis said as the snow fell outside the Stampeder locker-room. “If it’s like this then it’ll be more of a controlled game. You won’t see too many exciting things besides people sliding around and stuff.

“You gotta stay focused even more, because if the ground is slick you don’t want to slip and give up something big.”

SCENARIOS

East Division

— Bombers will finish first if they beat the Stampeders OR they lose to the Stampeders and the Alouettes lose to the Lions

— Alouettes will finish first if they beat the Lions AND the Bombers lose to the Stampeders

— Lions will finish first if they beat the Alouettes

West Division

— Eskimos will finish first if the Lions lose to the Alouettes

—Stampeders will finish second if they beat the Bombers AND the Lions lose to the Alouettes


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