You know how when there is a provincial election how the networks are able to predict long before all of the ballots are counted who the winner is and whether it will be a majority etc.?
I'm making my prediction today [July 12, 2010] regarding Grey Cup 2010. Call it intuition or whatever but I feel it. Note it on your calendar. I predict it will be a Montreal/ Saskatchewan re-match barring unforeseen injuries to key players on either team. I'll also predict that Saskatchewan will take The Cup.
Based on the first two games of the season for all teams I believe Saskatchewan and Montreal are in a league of their own. Now....I may be wrong but I don't think so. I predict that both teams will end up with 14-4 records or better.
In '63 B.C. met Hamilton. Hamilton won the Grey Cup. In '64 these same two teams met again and the Lions got their revenge. I'd list all of the strengths of both Montreal and Saskatchewan but others could do a better job I'm sure.
The Lions had it all in '06 [depth, talent, balance] which was the year they won the Grey Cup. I believe both Saskatchewan and Montreal have everything needed to get into the Grey Cup for a second straight year.
The Lions will win some games this year and there may even be some squeakers. They "may" even get a playoff position but it will not be because they will be a strong team. It will be due to weakness of other teams. Yes, they will hopefully mature and "gel" as one fan suggested but this will be a rebuilding year for the Lions. The Ti-Cats have been rebuilding for the past 3 years or so and are just coming into their own.
I'm not writing the Lions off so I don't want anyone making such an accusation. They will have their moments in the sun this season but I'm also being realistic. Last year the Lions got into the playoffs through the backdoor because Hamilton knocked off Winnipeg. Since last year they've lost key personnel. This year they are playing with essentially a rookie O line. The problems they faced last year trying to protect the QB will persist and that is the Lions Achilles heel.
There are several bright spots on the Lions O and D but it will not make them Grey Cup contenders. At best they will hopefully be able to stay in most of the games but I expect to see blowouts and defeats against teams one would not expect to see win.
My hope is that the Lions do not have a 3-15 record or a similar record like the Ti-Cats and Toronto had during these past few seasons. I'm hopeful but not counting on it.
It will be Saskatchewan vs Montreal in Edmonton on November 28 in my humble opinion.