If you’re a Canadian football fan, then sorry to you: the season is over. Moreover, why watch Canadian football when the best of the best play south of the border? In any case, the CFL and CIS both came to an end, with the Toronto Argonauts and Ricky Ray taking the former, and the Laval Rouge et Or claiming the latter, versus undefeated McMaster. Canadians now have to wait through the off-season, and Edmontonians get to wonder whether local football will ever be the same. On one hand, the Edmonton Eskimos actually made the playoffs, though their General Manager Eric Tillman is gone. For the University of Alberta Golden Bears, the question is whether the team can actually win a game in 2013. With the Calgary Dinos still breathing down the City of Champions’ neck, and Saskatchewan always boasting a solid team, this is actually a legitimate question.
Thankfully, NCAA bowl games are coming, with January bringing some outstanding games. In some divine miracle of the NCAA Gods, Notre Dame – the Irish! – are going to the BCS Championship. The winner of the SEC Conference Championship, likely to be Alabama, awaits them. On that note, it’s actually idiotic that teams like Oregon, Kansas State and Florida all have ZERO chance at making the BCS title game. Oregon crushed every team it played throughout the year, then loses a nail-biter to Stanford. Season over. Kansas State trips against a decent Baylor team, after annihilating everyone in its path. All of a sudden, the Kansas State quarterback Klein drops out of the Heisman race, and his team is nowhere near the NCAA title game conversation. Imagine if that scrutiny was placed on the U of A Golden Bears! The team’s coach would have been ousted long ago, and the college football atmosphere in Edmonton would truly exist.
So Canadian football is basically over, but the United States still has plenty on the go. Late-December and early-January games will prove to be a treat.