How much parity is in the 2012 CFL season? In an 8-team league, 5 teams are 3-2 and 2 teams are 2-3. Only the Winnipeg Blue Bombers fall outside that circle at 1-4.
One key difference between East and West; Every single Western team has outscored its opponents, while every single Eastern team has been outscored.
Saskatchewan, Edmonton, BC, Hamilton, and Toronto are above .500 at 3-2. Calgary and Montréal are currently at 2-3. The Tiger-Cats are the hottest team, winning their last 3 in a row.
The CFL has reached its pseudo halfway point. The league took this break a little early due to the Olympics and TSN being the only CFL outlet and a key component of the CTV Network Olympic coverage.
You may have noticed that Chris Cuthbert was working with Duane Forde. Matt Devlin has been pinch-hitting for Rod Black, who is in London. TSN put the #1 color guy, Glen Suitor, with the less experienced play-by-play guy. Gord Miller, who also works CFL games on TSN, is also in London.
For those who are getting the studio coverage on TSN, you may have noticed that Jock Climie is filling in for Dave Randorf as the main anchor, since Randorf is in London.
Cuthbert and Suitor should handle the next two weeks of CFL action. The duo would have to work back-to-back nights next week, but the CFL crews are used to doing so. Here is a look at the next couple of weeks:
|August 3||Montréal @ Winnipeg||8:30 pm|
|August 6||BC @ Toronto||5 pm|
|August 9||Calgary @ Hamilton||7 pm|
|August 10||Saskatchewan @ Edmonton||9:30pm|
Americans might be confused by the early start time on August 6. The first Monday in August is a Civic Holiday in most of Canada, falling under different names depending on the province.
Last week, 3 of the 4 games were decided by a field goal or less, two games by 1 point. We realize NBCSN is worried about blowouts, so its schedule plays it safe, relying on rivalries for a good storyline. The 2012 CFL season has proven exciting, regardless of the matchup.
Heck, CBSSN is showing twice as many UFL regular season games (18) than NBCSN will show of the CFL. And we don't even know what a UFL is.