Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bonus 'Rider Blogging

Since even the Saskatchewan Roughriders' most reliable boosters seem to be declaring the 2011 season over, let's provide a bonus 'Riders post to point out that there's still plenty to play for.

After all, the CFL introduced its crossover rule (providing that a fourth-place team with a better record than the third-place team in the opposite division would earn a playoff position) in 1997. Since then, 11 CFL teams have ended a season with a record of 8-10 - and all 11 made the playoffs. (The best record by a team not to make the playoffs was 7-10-1, by the 2000 Argonauts.)

To get to 8-10, the 'Riders only need to go 4-2 the rest of the way.

So yes, the 'Riders have a tough road ahead, and don't figure to earn a home playoff game at this point. But they can still make the playoffs without having to be perfect the rest of the way - which is hardly the time to give up on a season.

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