CFL Madness: Round of 8 Recap, Round of 4 Matchups

The Round of 8 of the CFL March Madness: Best Player of the 2010s is complete, meaning we’re into the Round of 4. 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 8 Recap:

  • 2 lower seeds advanced to the Round of 4: 
    (4) Ricky Ray over (2) Mike Reilly
    (4) Adam Bighill over (2) Charleston Hughes
  • (4) Ricky Ray and (4) Adam Bighill are tied for the highest seed remaining.
  • The closest matchup was (1) S.J. Green over (11) Stanley Bryant Jr., with Green receiving 53.7% of votes.
  • Two No. 1 seeds are remaining (Andrew Harris and S.J. Green).
  • Two No. 4 seeds are remaining (Ricky Ray and Adam Bighill).
  • Two No. 2 seeds were eliminated (Mike Reilly and Charleston Hughes).
  • The most lopsided win was (1) Andrew Harris over (3) Brendon LaBatte, with Harris receiving 80% of votes.
  • 1 of the 4 advancing players is retired.
  • Ricky Ray received the most votes in the Round of 8 (286).
  • Brendon LaBatte received the fewest votes in the Round of 8 (65).
  • The remaining 4 players are made up of the following positions: 1 quarterback, 1 running back, 1 receiver, and 1 linebacker.

Round of 4 Matchups:

Quarterback/Canadian:

(4) Ricky Ray vs. (1) Andrew Harris
Ray:
9 seasons, 28,364 yards, 149 touchdowns, 74 interceptions, 2 Grey Cups, 2 Grey Cup appearances, 2x CFL All-Star.
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 Most Outstanding Canadian.

Offence/Defence:

(1) S.J. Green vs. (4) Adam Bighill
Green:
10 seasons, 9,869 receiving yards, 57 receiving touchdowns, 2 Grey Cups, 2 Grey Cup appearances, 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.

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