Schedule makers can rarely predict if the final games of a season will be important.
So it’s tough to ridicule the CFL’s schedule makers for this final weekend of the regular season when three of the four games are absolutely meaningless and the other contest will determine if the Calgary Stampeders or Saskatchewan Roughriders place first in the West. If Calgary beats or ties the B.C. Lions on Saturday, the Stampeders place first and get a bye into the West final. A Calgary loss gives the Roughriders those first-place privileges and drops the Stampeders into second place.
This year’s schedule had plenty of flaws, such as bunching too many non-divisional matchups together and not giving teams enough rest between games. But this year the league made sure most of the games during the final few weeks of the schedule featured divisional rivalries, with the notion the teams would be jockeying for playoff positions. It’s not the schedule makers’ fault that the Edmonton Eskimos, Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts were so bad that their playoff fortunes, or lack of same, have already been determined.