Well, who would have thunk it? The way Saskatchewan came out of the gate against Edmonton yesterday I was looking for a blow-out for sure. But The Esks had other plans of course. What a game!
With the Eskies' win it leaves the Lions in a class all by themselves. They have the dubious distinction of now being lone cellar dwellers- at least for the time being. Bottom of the pile, cellar dwellers, bottom feeders, dead last, last place, the abyss.
I remember just a couple of years ago looking at the standings in the newspaper while on the throne and smiling as I saw the Lions sitting at 18 or 20 points and the lowly Ti-Cats or Argos sitting at only 2. "Awww, so sad" I sarcastically thought. "They must feel really terrible with only 2 points" I would say. I used to watch the Ti-Cats get chewed up alive on the field though they always tried their best and would always root for them, hoping they would win.
Those sure were the "good old days".
Oh what to do, what to do?
It strikes me that with the Lions it boils down to 3 things:
Limited talent on the O line, poor play calling from the bench and superior opposition. The Lions are simply being beaten by better teams.
Full credit to the Lions for coming out game after game giving their all. After all that is what they're paid to do- to entertain us. It's gotta be real tough playing your hearts out only to get throttled each time. Should we be surprised when fights break out on the field because of shear frustration.
Unless the Lions can bring in better players to plug up some of those gaping holes on the Offensive line I cannot see this team winning more than one or two more games at best. And if there are any more wins those will likely come against teams that already have a playoff spot sewn up.
One more game and half the season is over. The O line has played together long enough to have gelled . It isn't happening. All 3 QBs have strengths but they're all inconsistent. The D is now beginning to show cracks. I've always touted that they are solid but let's face it, when you get scored 48 points against, it isn't like they're made of titanium. The D can only be out on the field for so long before getting worn down.
The Lions have been to the top of the mountain before and one day they'll be there again. It is just not going to be this year given what we've seen so far.