What does one say about a performance as good as Laval's on Saturday? Let's make no mistake here, the Vanier win had nothing to do with Western losing and everything to do with a crazy good football team just going out and having their way with the 'Stangs.
Laval made things look so easy that "experts" such as myself were counting them out all season. The truth is, that football team deserves to be in the conversation as the best ever.
It's a short list...UBC '82, SMU '01 and, now, I'd argue, this year's champs. I'd rank the '08 Rouge et Or as third on that list, but I might be having a different view in 10 years after various pro careers play out.
An equally interesting question is where Laval ranks all-time as a program. It's been two years since I last made an all-time Top 27. Look for an update this eek once I get done with my little court thing (don't ask).
Sadly, as always, the game, our national college championship -- the highest level of amateur Canadian football played -- got page S8 treatment outside of the cities involved. That is a debate and a lament that can't be properly addressed in a single post typed at a scuzzy Internet cafe in downtown Hamilton. But, it's something that will be addressed in detail in the near future (if I'm ever allowed to testify and continue my bloody life).
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