The Eskies are for real you guys but are the Lions? It' s amazing how a team like the Eskies can turn things around. Last season the Eskies won only 7 of their 18 regular season games. They finished near the cellar only 6 points ahead of the lowly Bombers who won only 4 of their games coming in dead last. So far the Esks have already won 4 and they've only played 4 games! They could conceivably match last year's entire output before the season is half finished. They must be over the moon. I saw the game against Calgary and the Esks beat them fair and square. They were simply too good for Calgary. I don't know what changes have been made on the Eskies roster but whatever it is it's working!
And now we have our Lions. Perplexing, oddballish, a conundrum. Oh there are all sorts of names we can attach to this team. By rights the Lions should be 3-1 because their play has not been as bad as an 0-4 record would suggest. But alas close only counts in horseshoes and statistics don't win championships. Key screw ups have cost the Lions several opportunities to put some wins under their belts and be right in the thick of things. Now they are staring at the possibility of 0-5 next week if they're not careful. And then there is the psychological game where the players start playing mind games with themselves- where they start doubting themselves and start trying just a little too hard by forcing things. They don't want to take a penalty so they back off a bit and get stomped on. They don't want to get burned by the long bomb so they start giving up the short stuff but either way the opposition moves down the field. It just takes a little longer. Just why we are witnessing such inept tackling is beyond me. :x Guys I've seen drop an opponent in his tracks can't seem to squeeze a bag of marshmallows these days.
The only consolation where the Lions can take some sort of solice in is that Saskatchewan is doing just as poorly and they were in each of the last two Grey Cups! Of course that happened to the Lions back in '63 when the Lions narrowly lost the Grey Cup to Hamilton, came back and won it in '64 and then in '65 did not even make it to the playoffs. How does that happen? The '65 Lions Grey Cup roster looked similar to the '64 Champs with the same coaching staff. [correct me if I'm wrong on that]
I certainly won't be writing our Lions off given that during the past 3 seasons or so they've gotten off to similar starts and then forged ahead to make it into the playoffs. But we also need to look at reality. They've gotta get some games in the win column for those days when key players might fall to injury or when the QB is having an off day or whatever. This is what the Eskies are doing. They are being good chipmunks and starting to put away some nuts [as in wins] for when things start to get a little cold.
Are there some other kinds of "nuts" the Lions need to put away? I'm not mentioning any names but it does make one wonder.