Steve Milton outdid himself on the CFL predictions, pretty funny.
"Coming on in relief for Kerry Joseph in the final half of a game, Toronto's Michael Bishop will throw for 300 yards, touching off exactly the kind of quarterbacking controversy the CFL needs in its largest market. Meanwhile, it will take about four games for a Lions' quarterbacking controversy to leak over to the media."
Like we didn't know that all of the major sports reporters are based in Toronto.
The best one is.....
"Inside the Ticats' main office, an employee's head will explode because of something written by Spec beat reporter Ken Peters."
The problem as I see it is until the first game Thursday, there's not much to report (as far as we know ), so Ken resorts to editorializing.
Something that disturbs me is Ken seems to think that being confrontational is the same thing as asking tough questions. I disagree.
Asking a tough question means asking a question that the interviewee SHOULD be able to answer, but the interviewee doesn't want to answer or doesn't have a good answer for. Sometimes it is impossible to do this without appearing confrontational. So be it.
But asking for speculative answers to banal questions that effectively boil down to "is the team still going to stink?" doesn't help anyone, the Spec's readership included.
It sounds like all the obvious questions of "what has the team done to get better?" have been answered. The question "will the changes made so far produce better results?" can only be answered with speculation. I don't think it's reasonable to expect a coach or GM to even make an educated guess about that. There are too many variables. Even when a team is doing well, this kind of question will most likely be answered with meaningless spin.
A more interesting line of questioning (and to Ken's credit I think he's tried to ask this) would be "what is the greatest area (or areas) of concern right now?" and "What additional steps does the club plan to take to address that area?"
An example of a tough but valid question would be to ask a coach to justify or give reasons for a controversial decision.
The most interesting of the 5 Ws is "why".
A "why" question can still have plenty of teeth, for example "Why should we believe this season will be any different?"
We all wonder when the Cats are going to start winning. But at times, Ken takes on the air of a kid in the back seat asking "are we there yet? are we there yet?". It doesn't add anything interesting to the discussion.