…all teams are feeling pressure right now as Training Camp opens…
…BC went an amazing 11-0 before their wheels wobbled and they staggered into the playoffs only to give up their home dressing room to the Esks in the WF…can they find the magic that was the early part of their season and come up with a different ending?..
…Calgary went 7-2 in their last nine games of '05 and looked like the western team to beat heading into the playoffs…and they answered that by soundly beating themselves and folding like a cheap lawnchair to Edmonton in the WSF in the Stamps own backyard…this has plagued the team the entire off season and the players do a slow burn about it everyday…now can they do something to avenge that disaster?..
…Edmonton ducked and dived and spend the last three games of the '05 season up against the ropes but mananged to weild a late haymaker in every contest to walk away with the Cup in hand at the end…they’ve lost some good players, replaced them with question marks…can they repeat?..
…Saskatchewan looked bleakly at a '06 start until the demise of the Gades brought fortuneous gifts to the flatlands in the names of Joseph and Armstead…optimism is rampant again as the Riders less than stellar '05 offense has been reinvigorated…Shivers has talked the talk, now can his team walk the walk?..
…Winnipeg could only go in one direction, up…and with his job hanging by a thread Brendan Taman has pulled out all the stops by signing anything that doens’t already belong to someone else, included some players that thought they did belong to someone else…with the GC in their house this year can the Bombers do better than having to see the game from their plasmas?..
…Hamilton also can only go in one direction having equalled Winnipeg with a bed-crapping 5-13 '05 season…but the off season saw some big names come to steel town and on paper the Ticats sport a simply impressive offense…the cries of woe can still be heard drifting down the QE highway from the northeast…is their D up to the same production their O boys will provide?..can a rollercoaster ride for Marshall finally level off to a reasonable season?..
…Toronto gives us the best example of a club on an even keel being top contenders over the past few years…their GC win in '04 was spectacular but '05 ended with no return to the Big Game…Pinball was hailed as a COTY candidate but his team showed signs of internal disfunctionalism…now there’s Ricky Williams on the horizon, Saviour or Disease?..can the Argos sail clear of the personnel troubles that threaten to upset the boat?..
…Montreal continues to produce a winning organization and since their return to the CFL fold they have yet to experience a losing season…Jim Popp allows players to depart to the cries of Sacre Bleu from those paying to line the nest…yet the gaps are filled with players who soon make the fans forget the name of the player whom he replaced…incredible managerial talent or incredible luck?..'06 will give us another season to try to answer the question…
…so there you have it, all teams are on pins and needles and no team can enter into the season without some measure of concern…do we have what it takes?..we shall see…