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Using the MCU Universe to Explain the Upcoming 2024 CFL Season

The 2024 CFL season kicks off next Thursday, which is just about a month before the release of another Canadian landmark: Deadpool & Wolverine. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film is Canadian content at its finest. Ryan Reynolds (Canadian) plays Deadpool and Hugh Jackman (honorary Canadian) plays Wolverine, the most badass fictional Canadian character. Both the CFL and the film promise plenty of hard-hitting action. And we’ve got plenty to chew on here beyond CFL betting odds.


Using the MCU Universe to Explain the Upcoming 2024 CFL Season
Zach Collaros #8 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers / Brent Just / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP



CFL ‘24: Get to Know the Nine Teams

The CFL returns and it’s the usual suspects at the top. Winnipeg leads all teams in terms of Grey Cup betting odds. It’s made four straight Grey Cup Finals, winning two in 2019 and 2021. Iron Man was still alive the last time we had a Grey Cup without Winnipeg.


Winnipeg Blue Bombers (+200)

Thanks to Chad Kelly proving to be as creepy as Darren Cross (the bad guy in Antman), the Bombers return as the odds-on favorite to win the 2024 Grey Cup. Toronto previously opened at shorter odds but it has since lengthened as the reigning Most Outstanding Player (MOP) may not play at all this season. The Bombers are a year older but are still a tier above everyone.


Toronto Argonauts (+500)

The Argonauts went 15-1 with Kelly as the quarterback last season, only to fall on their faces in the Division Finals. Otherwise, this team is still ultra-talented even without the likes of Kelly and Canadian running back A.J. Ouellette. Ryan Dinwiddie coaching the team still looks like Tony Stark at the helm. Don’t count this team out regardless of who’s at QB.


Montreal Alouettes (+500)

Montreal came out of nowhere and upset Toronto and Winnipeg to win the Grey Cup. That’s like Antman beating Kang. But that’s the CFL. With just nine teams, you can’t count anyone out. Cody Fajardo finally got his redemption by beating the dreaded Bombers and the team that let him go. At 5/1, these “dogs” may not be a bad bet online.


BC Lions (+650)

It’s interesting to see the Lions with these odds. They may be a distant runner-up to the Bombers in the West, but this team could still have the best offense. This would be like seeing the Hulk or Thor at wide odds in the “strongest Avenger” market. Still, the Lions have to prove they can get over the hump. Vernon Adams Jr. is the most electrifying QB in the CFL. He’s a favorite to win the MOP.


Hamilton Tiger-Cats (+800)

Scott Milanovich takes over the woefully underachieving Tiger-Cats. While not quite like Dinwiddie’s Stark, he’s still along the lines of a Hank Pym. In short: expect Hamilton to boast some improved offense. Milanovich is a three-time Grey Cup champion and comes from the Alouettes dynasty of the late 2000s. Still, we’re unsure of what to make of the QB situation from this team.


Saskatchewan Roughriders (+1500)

Like the “Tabbies” above, the Roughriders made a coaching change in the hope of getting more juice out of this team. Saskatchewan has plenty of talent, especially on defense. This is where new coach Corey Mace could work his magic. A three-time Grey Cup champ, Mace has coached several elite defenses in the past. He’s the type of guy to give this team a “little push” like Nick Fury meant.


Calgary Stampeders (+1600)

The Stampeders are like the Avengers: they used to be awesome but are now barely recognizable. This is a once-dominant franchise that is holding on for dear life when it comes to relevance. But with Dave Dickenson still at the helm, it’s hard to write them off entirely. Still, being tied with the Elks in Grey Cup odds is some kind of a way to start.


Edmonton Elks (+1600)

Even if you never followed the CFL, you’ve likely heard of the Elks and their legendary 22-game losing streak at home. But if we look at betting odds, this is a team on the rise. Why else would we pay 16/1 on a team that went 4-14 last season? Tre Ford looks like the real deal at quarterback. And Edmonton can, at least, qualify for the playoffs. But like the current state of the MCU, lower the expectations.


Ottawa Redblacks (+2200)

The Redblacks are dead last in the CFL if we go by these outright sportsbook odds. Everyone is on the hot seat here from Bob Dyce as coach to Shawn Burke as the general manager. Ottawa has won 14 games from 2019 to 2023. In contrast, Kelly won 15 games for Toronto last season. Yes, it’s ugly for the Redblacks. And if this team can go from worst to first, it’d be as epic as that climactic Endgame battle.



Questions of the Day

Who is the favorite to win the 2024 CFL Grey Cup?

With CFL odds at +200, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are the prohibitive Grey Cup favorites.

What is Canadian football?

Canadian football is the superior brand of gridiron football, which is primarily played in the CFL.

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