Okay, guys, just a bit of harmless fun to pass the time until training camp.
Predict the standings in each division for the 2012 season. Here are my completely unscientific, subjective picks.
#1 Lions: Can't see anyone dislodging Wally's boys from the top. Talent and depth on both sides of the ball, a young QB who's only going to get better, and Stubler back in charge of the D.
#2 Stampeders: With the changing of the guard now complete (Burris, Reynolds, and probably Rambo gone), we'll see a fresher, hungrier Stamps. Defense is a bit of a concern with a rookie DC replacing the guy who was supposed to replace Chris Jones.
#3 Roughriders: Should be competitive after an awful 2011 season, but no guarantee that they'll be able to replace Fantuz and possibly the weakest secondary in the league.
#4 Eskimos: Jyles and Joseph at QB? Losing Barnes, Stubler, Peach, Davis, and Restelli? Basement time for Gropin' Eric's unit.
#1 Alouettes: The offense will continue to roll, and should benefit from some fresh blood at wide receiver, with Watkins gone and an open battle for his and possibly Bratton's spot in training camp. Popp has done a magnificent job shoring up the defense by adding Hunt, Restelli, Davis, and Mullinder.
#2 Argonauts: The organization is finally doing things right, with a gifted offensive mind in charge, a legit no. 1 QB with a solid backup, and an improved cast of receivers to go along with a stud RB in Cory Boyd. Jones will milk that defense for every ounce of productivity he can, and O'Shea will continue to lead a dangerous ST unit. They will grind out a number of close, one-touchdown-or-less wins.
#3 Tiger-Cats: The offense should be spectacular to watch, provided the line can block for Burris and Mallett, but the defense is a question mark and Medlock's departure is going to hurt more than people think. They'll be entertaining, but they'll also lose a lot of shootouts.
#4 Blue Bombers: Have not done much to improve the weakest part of the team (offense), and have actually lost some valuable NI starters without finding good replacements. Defense will still be tough but teams will adjust to Burke now. They'll lose a lot of low-scoring games.