The CFL Playoffs are here, and we take full advantage of this for you guys, in what is our 20th OFFSIDES podcast on ProPerspective.ca.
On todays show Coach Etch and I take a look at the CFLs East, and West, Semi-Finals from our unique perspective. After coaching for 35 years, Etch has a very unique view-point on these playoff games, and my 9 year pro career help me identify with some thoughts and feelings that the participants may be going through as they embark on the final phase of their Grey Cup pursuits.
We start the chat off by analyzing the Toronto/Hamilton situation and what both teams need to do to advance, now that they know their opponent. Topics here include, Coaching mentalities, the Hamilton D, and obviously...RICKY RAY, who I have the utmost respect for. We also give you a little prediction here to help you out if you're stuck on picking a team here in what could be a "very close game" according to Etch.
From there we go to the West and look at a game where Coach Etch says could go to anyone. I'm really looking forward to this one and I think you guys will enjoy the conversation that we have about both combatants. Calgary and BC both have some intangibles that make this game impossibly close to call and we make sure we touch on all of them.
As we know, all four of these teams (who have their offensive plays called by former QBs) are vying for the right to play either Edmonton or Ottawa, and before we close out the show we touch on the harrowing task that Edmonton has ahead of having what equates to 3 CFL weeks off before the Western Final. Etch and I discuss a couple of ways that Edmonton may choose to deal with that time off in order to prepare for whoever wins the semi-final.
Our 20th episode is embedded below but before we go, I'd like to say a special THANK YOU to all who have served, and to all who will...My Grandfather was a war veteran and the last time I got to see him before he moved on I spent an afternoon watching old war footage and listening to his incredible stories of sacrifice and camaraderie. Those men, and the ones who have followed in their footsteps, are the real hero's and role models. Thank You...