It's my Parting Shot to go way out on a limb and say the Saskatoon Hilltops will win a fourth Canadian Bowl Championship...or Canadian Junior Football League title...two Saturdays from now...making Tom Sargeant upset with me in the process...
I actually think the Toppers won the Canadian Bowl back on October 22nd when they defeated the Regina Thunder 36-24 for the Prairie Football Conference Championship. Yesterday's national semi-final, as it turned out, along with the Canadian Bowl in Windsor on November 11th against the A-K-O Fratmen, are just playing out the inevitable!
During inter-locking play this season, each of the six P-F-C teams beat an Ontario Conference opponent. Saskatoon bounced the Ottawa Sooners 49-15, Windsor lost 30-7 to the visiting Edmonton Huskies...the P-F-C's second place team...while the Ontario runner-ups, the Hamilton Hurricanes, gave the P-F-C's last place team, the Edmonton Wildcats, their only victory by a 40-37 score!
You see what I'm driving at, right?
Last year, a partial inter-locking schedule with the B-C Conference saw the Hilltops crush Okanagan 58-2...right in Kelowna...while the Winnipeg Rifles easily handled the Valley Huskers 35-0.
During yesterday's blow-out 48-0 C-J-F-L semi-final decision for the Toppers over Vancouver Island, one of the Raiders' players was heard to curse, then say, quote, I hate this place! Once again, the B-C and Ontario junior football conferences are over-hyped and over-rated. When it comes time to play the big games, they fall short! Well short!!
You have to go back to 2009 for the last time a non-P-F-C...or better yet, a Saskatchewan-based...team hasn't won the Canadian Bowl. It's time for B-C and Ontario to suck it up, be better and quit your whining!