You can smell it in the air; football season. The best time of year.
At the same time, however, it may well be the most challenging time of year for the CFL, with the passion of Labour Day behind us, and with both the NFL and the NHL either already into their season or getting ready to get rolling.
The last thing the CFL needs, you have to believe, is non-competitive football.
But that's what we got this past weekend. Four blowouts, four one-sided contests in which the winner got way ahead early and the loser was never even in a position to mount a comeback. Three of the four East Division teams - Toronto, Montreal and Hamilton - got whacked and whacked hard, illustrating what may be a significant imbalance between east and west this season.
Not one of last weekend's games, really, was interesting past halftime, other than to the joyous supporters of the teams administering the whippings.
Even worse, it wasn't a one weekend phenomenon.
Over the last three weeks of the CFL season, the average margin of victory has been 18 points, with only two of 12 games decided by less than a double digit difference.
With B.C. going into Saskatchewan and Edmonton heading into Montreal, perhaps next weekend will be different. Maybe Casey Printers learns a little bit more of the offence and creates some excitement for Hamilton against Calgary.
But right now, it's hard to shake the feeling that this CFL season is gradually becoming a lot like last season - lacking in competitive drama and individual excellence. Indeed, when Winnipeg quarterback Kevin Glenn left the game in Hamilton on Saturday night, it was mentioned that he was probably the east's leading candidate for CFL most outstanding player honors, and after a few moments, it was concluded he was really the ONLY legitimate eastern candidate this season.
Maybe it's different out west where B.C., Regina and Calgary have looked as good or better than any of the teams in the east.
But more weekends like last weekend aren't going to help the CFL make this fall magical for fans of the three-down game.