Hello everyone! I've been working all over the place including Banff, Whitehorse and Sudbury. Anyways,I'am looking forward to the 08 season and this is how I see it unfolding.
In the West:
Saskatchewan are the defending champions until someone or themselves prove otherwise. But I'am picking the B.C. Lions to finish first, followed closely by Calgary in second. Edmonton,I believe will be a .500 team with the Riders hot on their backside! I believe you'll see all four western teams in the playoffs( Sorry Ro!)I know how you dislike the crossover rule but I support it. RW05, I understand your dislike for Wally but I think he's a heck of a coach and he always finds a way to get the most out of what he has to work with. This is why I believe the Lions will finish first. Calgary hiring Hufnagel was a very smart move and signing Dickenson was,in my opinion very smart! A heck of a backup to Henry. I'am just curious to find out where this leaves Sankey? Very good trade bait to someone. Unlike some on this site I believe the Lions have the best one/two punch at Qb in the league. Edmonton have improved but I'am not so sure how far they can go with Danny boy at the helm. Ricky Ray can't carry the team by himself but they will improve and make the playoffs. Saskatchewan are going though alot of changes and I believe this will hurt them. Can Marcus carry the load? He's a good Qb but I don't see them finishing at 12 and 6 in 08. Too many changes!! They'll compete and be respectable and I wouldn't count them out in the playoffs.
In the East:
Interesting!! On overall talent I'd pick Winnipeg to finish first.(No I'am not being bias)Toronto will be a solid second and Montreal will fight it out with Hamilton for third. Toronto's Qb situation has been solidified, their defense is still their bread and butter but I don't believe they'll be able to compete at a solid level with the western teams or Winnipeg. The Bombers have signed all their important free agents along with a major signing that is suppose to be announced shortly. They are a solid team but they still don't have a Dave Dickenson,Buck Pierce,JJ,Brady,Butler or Bishop to carry the load if Glenn goes down. This could come back to haunt them once again! Montreal will go as Anthony goes. I still believe he has what it takes but I don't believe he will have the supporting cast it will take for him to take this team to the Grey Cup this year. Hamilton's hopes are on the shoulders of Casey Printers. They have not improved enough in other crucial areas to convince me that they'll be a contender this year. I believe they'll improve from last year but it'll be a long shot at best to make the post season in 08.
Perhaps a little early for this kind of talk but what the heck!!! It's football,OUR FOOTBALL!! Nice to be back!
Calgary/Winnipeg Grey Cup