Ok with the Lions losing their game tonight, that means tomorrow's; game is not meaningless. But in my mind....it's mostly meaningless. Yes the Eastern teams are not as good as the Western teams, particularly if the Argos don't have Ray. But 33-25-33. Those numbers mean anything to you? Football related...come on people try and focus! Those 3 numbers are the deficits of our three losses in two of the three cities in the East where the Riders have to win. Now you see why I am not overly excited. Our chances of doing anything comes down to a healthy Darian in the semi-final. Just my opinion.
So why am I not doing the normal matchups like I usually do, other then feeling lazy? It really doesn't make sense when teams are not using their full rosters. The Esks are not using Reilly, White, and Bowman. It does look like they are bringing their starting defense although starters could sit for backups, and we could still see 2 starters scratched.
The Riders are going to be without Best, Maze, to start with. Green and Turrenne are starting at halfback. At this point, I don't know if Fulton beign in means he's the starter or if Adcock is being rested for next week. The most intriguing thing from a Rider perpective might be watching how Burdette performs at MLB.
After watching the Lions lose tomorrow, I think we are going to go see a win tomorrow and the Riders will go through the West. I think with the way the 2nd half has gone, the team will be looking for a win. The impression I get of Chris Jones is that he's not going to take the game lightly, but physically, I thiank the Riders are going to want this one more and that will be the difference.
The Esks will either get a team next week at home that they beat by 24 or over 30. The only thing they have to worry about is this mysterious Reilly injury.
So check back in next week when I thiank I will be matching these two teams up again for realz. I leave you with one thought. When Chris Jones is on the sidelines and wears those tight turtlenecks with his head sticking out, does he remind anyone of Mr. Garrison? You shut up Mr. Hat!
See you in the playoffs.
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