Needless to say, I was underemployed at the time.
I've since developed a healthier perspective regarding the FIFA rankings. They're messed up, surely (Norway is 14th in the current edition), but they do have an undeniable effect. For Canada, which will be seeded for World Cup qualifying based on their rank within CONCACAF, it is vital to remain in the top 8 regionally between now and the draw.
So Canada's jump back into the double digits, from 101 to 88, in the latest September rankings, is good news. The friendly win over Honduras helped, but it has just as much to do with the shifting weights of older results.
Here's how things stand in CONCACAF:
|97||8||Trinidad and Tobago||327||-21||-91|
(There are 23 more countries but I doubt you'll mind me cutting it off here).
For what it's worth, here's where Canada stands in some of the other established alternative ranking systems:
ELO: 62nd (7th in CONCACAF)
Ziaian: 68th (7th)
AQB: 72nd (7th)
In each instance, the same 6 teams are ranked in front of Canada. Maybe FIFA's list isn't so bad after all.