CFL Madness: Round of 32 Recap, Round of 16 Matchups

The Round of 32 of the CFL March Madness: Best Player of the 2010s is complete, meaning we’re into the Round of 16. If you missed it, here are the important things to know:

Bracket:

  • Regions: Quarterbacks, Canadians, Offence (including kickers), Defence.
  • Players’ seeding: Based on players’ statistics from 2010 CFL season until the end of the 2019 CFL season (July 1, 2010–November 24, 2019).
  • Background colours: Based on the team the player played the most games with from July 1, 2010–November 24, 2019.

Voting:

  • Twitter:  @nik_kowalski polls. NOTE: Only poll votes count, not replies or like.
  • Facebook: Let’s Talk CFL Facebook group polls created by Nik Kowalski. NOTE: Only poll votes count, not comments or likes.
  • ONE VOTE PER PERSON.
  • Final vote count determines which player advances.

Round of 32 Recap:

  • 2 lower seeds advanced to the Round of 16: 
    (5) Jon Cornish over (4) Henoc Muamba
    (11) Stanley Bryant Jr. over (3) Brandon Banks 
  • (11) Stanley Bryant Jr. is the highest seed remaining.
  • The closest matchup was (1) Bo Levi Mitchell over (9) Anthony Calvillo, with Mitchell receiving 50.1% of votes and winning by a single vote.
  • (3) Brendon LaBatte received 50.4% of votes over (6) Brad Sinopoli, winning by 2 votes.
  • No. 1 seed received more than 82% of their matchup’s votes.
  • All 4 No. 1 seeds are remaining.
  • The most lopsided win was (4) Adam Bighill over (5) Chip Cox, with Bighill receiving 86% of votes.
  • 2 of the 4 advancing quarterbacks are retired (Ricky Ray and Henry Burris).
  • 7 of the 16 advancing players are retired.
  • Bo Levi Mitchell received the most votes in the Round of 32 (292).
  • Chip Cox received the fewest votes in the Round of 32 (27).
  • The remaining 16 players are made up of the following positions: 4 quarterbacks, 2 running backs, 4 receivers, 2 offensive linemen, 2 defensive linemen, and 2 linebackers.

Round of 16 Matchups:

Quarterbacks:

(1) Bo Levi Mitchell vs. (4) Ricky Ray
Mitchell:

8 seasons, 27, 937 yards, 169 touchdowns, 70 interceptions, 2 Grey Cups, 5 Grey Cup appearances, 2x CFL All-Star, 2x CFL MOP.
Ray:
9 seasons, 28,364 yards, 149 touchdowns, 74 interceptions, 2 Grey Cups, 2 Grey Cup appearances, 2x CFL All-Star.

(3) Henry Burris vs. (2) Mike Reilly
Burris:
7 seasons, 30,754 yards, 176 touchdowns, 105 interceptions, 1 Grey Cup, 3 Grey Cup appearances, 2x CFL All-Star, 2x CFL MOP.
Reilly:
10 seasons, 31,522 yards, 168 touchdowns, 99 interceptions, 2 Grey Cups, 2 Grey Cup appearances, 1x CFL All-Star, 1x CFL MOP.

Canadians:

(1) Andrew Harris vs. (5) Jon Cornish
Harris:
10 seasons, 9,088 rushing yards, 48 rushing touchdowns, 5,107 receiving yards, 31 receiving touchdowns, 2 Grey Cups, 2 Grey Cup appearances, 5x CFL All-Star, 1x MOC.
Cornish:
6 seasons, 6,455 rushing yards, 41 rushing touchdowns, 1,564 receiving yards, 8 receiving touchdowns, 1 Grey Cup, 2 Grey Cup appearanes, 3x CFL All-Star, 1x CFL MOP, 3x CFL MOC.

(3) Brendon LaBatte vs. (2) Andy Fantuz
LaBatte:
10 seasons, 181 games played, 1 Grey Cup, 2 Grey Cup appearances, 6x CFL All-Star, 1x Most Outstanding Lineman.
Fantuz:
8 seasons: 8,363 receiving yards, 44 receiving touchdowns, 2 Grey Cup appearances, 1x CFL All-Star, 1x Most Outstanding Canadian.

Offence:

(1) S.J. Green vs. (4) Chad Owens
Green:
10 seasons, 9,869 receiving yards, 57 receiving touchdowns, 2 Grey Cups, 2 Grey Cup appearances, 2x CFL All-Star.
Owens:
8 seasons, 6,207 receiving yards, 27 receiving touchdowns, 10 return touchdowns, 1 Grey Cup, 1 Grey Cup appearance, 4x CFL All-Star, 1x CFL Most Outstanding Player.

(11) Stanley Bryant Jr. vs. (2) Weston Dressler
Bryant Jr.:
10 seasons, 156 games, 2 Grey Cups, 3 Grey Cup appearances, 5x CFL All-Star, 2X CFL Most Outstanding Lineman.
Dressler:
9 seasons, 7,957 receiving yards, 51 receiving touchdowns, 3 return touchdowns, 1 Grey Cup, 1 Grey Cup appearance, 2x CFL All-Star.

Defence:

(1) John Bowman vs. (4) Adam Bighill
Bowman:
10 seasons, 354 tackles, 105 sacks, 1 interception, 1 touchdown, 23 forced fumbles, 1 Grey Cup, 1 Grey Cup appearance, 2x CFL All-Star.
Bighill:
8 seasons, 655 tackles, 41 sacks, 12 interceptions, 2 touchdowns, 14 forced fumbles, 2 Grey Cups, 2 Grey Cup appearances, 5x CFL All-Star, 2x CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

(3) Solomon Elimimian vs. (2) Charleston Hughes
Elimimian:
10 seasons, 833 tackles, 33 sacks, 8 interceptions, 9 forced fumbles, 1 Grey Cup, 1 Grey Cup appearance, 4x CFL All-Star, 1x CFL Most Outstanding Player, 2x CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player, 1x CFL Most Outstanding Rookie.
Hughes:
10 seasons, 383 tackles, 119 sacks, 3 interceptions, 3 touchdowns, 30 forced fumbles, 1 Grey Cup, 4 Grey Cup appearances, 6x CFL All-Star.



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