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Title: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: ModAdmin on May 13, 2019, 04:54:33 AM
It's always subjective and, arguably, premature but it's fun to look back at the end of season to people's early predictions on end-of-season standings.

 Based on what you know now, take a shot and predict how teams will finish in the East and West Divisions.


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Sec223 on May 13, 2019, 10:17:52 AM
Why ? LOL


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Buck on May 13, 2019, 12:10:10 PM
West

Calgary
Winnipeg
BC
Edmonton
Saskatchewan

East

Hamilton
Ottawa
Toronto
Montreal

League

Calgary
Hamilton
Winnipeg
BC
Edmonton
Saskatchewan
Ottawa
Toronto
Montreal


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: 3rdand1.5 on May 13, 2019, 12:28:26 PM
West;
Cal
Wpg
Sask
Edm
BC

East;
Ham
T.O
Ott
Mtrl


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Sir Blue and Gold on May 13, 2019, 01:27:55 PM
I'm going to go like this. The West is going to be intense this year and I'm not sure I like Matt Nichols to out duel Bo Levi and Mike Reilly that often. Hope I'm wrong but we'll be in tough. Trevor Harris has a lot of tools in Edmonton and I can see us in a dog fight with them all year. The East is really anyone's guess.

West
BC
Calgary
Edmonton
Winnipeg
Saskatchewan

East
Hamilton
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Horseman on May 13, 2019, 01:53:55 PM
West
Cal
Wpg
Edm
BC
Sask

East
Ham
Tor
Ott
Mtl


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Colton on May 13, 2019, 02:16:08 PM
West:
WPG
CGY
EDM
SSK
BC

East:
HAM
OTT
TOR
MTL


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: GCn19 on May 13, 2019, 03:04:03 PM
West

Calgary - just can never count them out
Winnipeg - a very well balanced and deep roster
BC - Reilly is great but they have zero defence but are better than Edm and Sask
Edmonton- still no defence and offence has been downgraded significantly
Sask - ZC is terrible and they lost the architect of their D

East

Hamilton
The rest pick any of the rest of these brutal teams out of a hat


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: SSC on May 13, 2019, 03:17:44 PM
West
Edmonton.
Calgary
Winnipeg
Saskatchewan
B.C.

East
Hamilton
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: bluebeard on May 13, 2019, 03:23:47 PM
West
Winnipeg ? best rounded team in CFL
Edmonton .. great job by GM in getting players
Sask .. will have great defense again
Calgary .. lost DC cord. and half their defense
BC .. great QB but nothing else

East
Hamilton
TO
Montreal
Ottawa


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: GOLDMEMBER on May 13, 2019, 03:30:53 PM
Wpg
Cal
Edm
BC
Sask


Ham
TO
Ott
Mont


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: blue girl on May 13, 2019, 09:36:56 PM
Calgary
Winnipeg
BC
Edmonton
Saskatchewan

Hamilton
Ottawa
Toronto
Montreal


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: 1chad on May 13, 2019, 10:50:05 PM
West:
WPG
CGY
EDM
SSK
BC

East:
HAM
TOR
OTT
MTL


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: M.O.A.B. on May 13, 2019, 11:10:48 PM
West
CGY
WPG
EDM
BC
SSK

East
HAM
TOR
OTT
MTL


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: TecnoGenius on May 14, 2019, 05:26:50 AM
Really early since rosters are nowhere near finalized, but I'll bite:

W
WPG
CGY
EDM
BC
SSK

E
HAM
OTT
TOR
MTL

This is the year we do as Walters says and win the W for the easiest path to the GC.  The most important games will be us vs CGY where we must win >50%.

The teams most in flux are the the ones with the biggest sux.  That's EDM, BC, SSK and basically every E team.  The only teams with stability are WPG and CGY... and guess who'll be #1 and #2 in the league...

*update, revising HAM over OTT, I forgot about Steinhauer.


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: GOLDMEMBER on May 14, 2019, 12:20:13 PM
Why ? LOL
why not?


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Marshall on May 14, 2019, 12:34:05 PM
Winnipeg - taking the next step
BC - making moves to be better
Calgary - maybe wishful thinking but I think the reign is over
Edmonton - downward spiral
Sask - train wreck

Hamilton - Not sure about this one. They were bad before Jun Jones. Now he's gone.
Toronto - mediocre steps in rebuilding
Montreal - rebuilding from train wreck
Ottawa - Lost best players - downward spiral

Looking at the east, the west will win a lot of games this year. East will be in the GC with 500 or less record.


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: TBURGESS on May 14, 2019, 12:46:34 PM
Calgary - Won't win as many as last year. BLM is still the difference maker.
BC - Reilly will make a huge difference to a team that just missed last year. The defence will take some time to come together.
Winnipeg - Losing 3 NI all stars will hurt worse than most think. Nichols doesn't get back to his level of play from 2 years ago.
Edmonton - Did a good job of reloading in the off season, but Reilly is a huge loss.
Riders - Worst QB in the west behind a make shift OL without Jones' defence to bail them out.

Hamilton - Bad losing their OC yesterday, but they have a replacement in house. Can't see any other eastern team coming close.
Ottawa - Lost a ton of good players, but are in the right division.
Toronto - Went significantly younger. Will take time to jell.
Montreal - Made some good moves, but not enough to get them out of the basement.


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Blue In BC on May 14, 2019, 01:47:57 PM
Always an interesting question and the speculation can be fun. I think I'll wait until I start hearing some TC reports from around the CFL.

I am optimistic that we have a pretty solid team and less questions to be resolved going into TC 2019.


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Blue In Edmonton on May 14, 2019, 01:52:57 PM
Calgary (Because they're Calgary)
Winnipeg (Have strengthened their weaknesses, and could flip spots with Calgary)
BC (Overspending have left them vulnerable in other areas)
Edmonton (Because they're not Saskatchewan)
Saskatchewan (No QB. No OL. No Chris Jones. No Chance)

Hamilton (No one else in the East will be close)
Toronto (Will have a record that would put them last in the west)
Montreal (Shows glimmers of Hope, but still awful)
Ottawa (Awfullest)


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: blue_or_die on May 14, 2019, 02:23:15 PM
Calgary - I think will regress but I've been saying that every year for a decade now so I'll just take them already
Winnipeg - has made me a believer after rounding us out with Chris Matthews. We will have a stellar D with a great set of DBs, a Bighill-led LB corps, and an incredible DL with among the best bookends in the league (+ depth in Roh)
Edmonton - Had a lot of losses and did alright making up for them. They should be average.
BC - Everyone thinking Reilly will carry this entire team of his shoulders is dreaming. The team is gutted other than the throwing game and it's not going to be enough to win more than 7.
Sask - Damaged QB with no OL. Still very good D personnel but now no Chris Jones to tell them what to do.

Hamilton - Default
Whatever for the rest. West crosses over almost certainly.

I would be kind of happy to see Ottawa experience the lows of being a neo-CFL fan. They have been spoiled with playoff games, GC appearances, etc. Time to hurt a bit.


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: TecnoGenius on May 14, 2019, 11:52:57 PM
Why are most so down on OTT?  I see them at #2 (or even #1) in the E.  Surely they can't go from perrennial GC-contender to tire-fire in one year?  The coaching staff remained unchanged, right?  I think OTT is a lot like CGY, the secret sauce is the coaching staff and the system.  You can't look back and pin all their success on QB (Burris then Harris), as Harris really isn't that good.  Campbell is good at fielding well-rounded teams, and making good decisions.

I think OTT will do well this year.  I just can't see them sucking as bad as TOR and MTL.


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: RebusRankin on May 15, 2019, 01:22:31 AM
Why are most so down on OTT?  I see them at #2 (or even #1) in the E.  Surely they can't go from perrennial GC-contender to tire-fire in one year?  The coaching staff remained unchanged, right?  I think OTT is a lot like CGY, the secret sauce is the coaching staff and the system.  You can't look back and pin all their success on QB (Burris then Harris), as Harris really isn't that good.  Campbell is good at fielding well-rounded teams, and making good decisions.

I think OTT will do well this year.  I just can't see them sucking as bad as TOR and MTL.


A Dom Davis/Jonathan Jennings 1A/1B QB situation.
Lost LT Sir Vincent Rodgers
Lost NI Starting OL Nolan McMillan
No Greg Ellingson
No William Powell at RB
Lost their OC Elizando


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: ichabod_crane on May 15, 2019, 03:08:54 AM
The Bombers need to get first place in the west this season. That is the best odds to make it to the GC. Their mid season swoon last year cost them a chance at that. I also want them beating Calgary IN Calgary in the regular season this year so I can be much more happier leaving McMahon stadium! ;) :D  Then seeing them here again in the Grey Cup in November! GO BLUE! Time to end this ridiculous championship drought! Pretty soon Leafs fans might be laughing/crying at us or at least with us!! :D


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: The Zipp on June 10, 2019, 03:22:54 PM
OK now that pre-season is done and rosters are mostly settled lets go:

West - not many points will separate 1st from 5th:

BC (Claybrooks and Reilly make a difference)
Calgary (No first place this season)
Sask (will start cold and finish hot)
Winnipeg (will start hot and finish cold)
Edmonton (Maas finally implodes)

East:

Hamilton (Masoli is the real deal)
Montreal (Pipkin and Khari create some magic against all odds)
Toronto (sadly no one cares)
Ottawa (time to pay the piper for losing all those players)


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Blue In BC on June 10, 2019, 03:30:18 PM
OK now that pre-season is done and rosters are mostly settled lets go:

West - not many points will separate 1st from 5th:

BC (Claybrooks and Reilly make a difference)
Calgary (No first place this season)
Sask (will start cold and finish hot)
Winnipeg (will start hot and finish cold)
Edmonton (Maas finally implodes)

East:

Hamilton (Masoli is the real deal)
Montreal (Pipkin and Khari create some magic against all odds)
Toronto (sadly no one cares)
Ottawa (time to pay the piper for losing all those players)

If the Bombers finish 4th or 5th it's time to flush and start another re-build.


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Norm W on June 10, 2019, 03:34:07 PM

West
BC
Calgary
Edmonton
Winnipeg
Saskatchewan

East
Hamilton
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto

Bold Pardon the pun...


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: RebusRankin on June 10, 2019, 03:54:54 PM
Calgary
Winnipeg
BC
Edmonton
Saskatchewan

Hamilton
Toronto
Ottawa
Montreal


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: booch on June 10, 2019, 04:03:32 PM

Winnipeg
Calgary
Edmonton
BC
Saskatchewan

Hamilton
Toronto
Ottawa
Montreal


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: blueraid on June 10, 2019, 04:19:14 PM
Winnipeg
Calgary
B.C.
Edm.
Sask.

Ham.
T.O
Ottawa
Mont.

AND NO Booch....I didn't copy yours verbatim....but you are bang on ;D


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: BBRT on June 10, 2019, 04:21:06 PM
Calgary
Winnipeg
BC
Edmonton
Saskatchewan

Hamilton
Toronto
Ottawa
Montreal
I kind of see it this way - very hard to project and IMHO it all depends on injuries to key players throughout the year. IMHO it seems that Calgary always finds a way to replace key players faster than the other teams seem to be able to do - therefore I see them finishing on top regardless of the injury situation throughout the year. BC may be the dark horse this year.


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Blue In Edmonton on June 10, 2019, 04:53:01 PM
Winnipeg
Calgary
BC
Edmonton
Saskatchewan

Hamilton
Toronto
Montreal
Ottawa

Calgary has always done a great job finding replacements, but I think that this year, they struggle a bit more with that. This will also be the first significant roster change and coordinator that Dickenson has had to deal with. It's much easier to coach when your team is elite than when they are being pushed, and I think that the Bombers can push them and nudge them out of P1 in the West. I think BC is comfortable in P3 (not contending for 2nd or 1st, and not really challenged from below). Edmonton and Saskatchewan will battle for the crossover spot. I have seen some Reilly fear in some posters. Nichols' team finished higher than Reilly's team in each of the last two regular seasons, and I believe that Reilly had a better team in Edmonton (certainly in 2017) than he does in BC.

If Hamilton doesn't finish P1 in the East, something will have gone terribly wrong there. I see Toronto as the best of a bad lot in the rest of the East, and likely hosts a playoff game with a record that will be worse than P5 in the West. They will win the derby between them, Montreal and Ottawa.


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: blue_or_die on June 10, 2019, 06:16:46 PM
1. Winnipeg. Team=complete.
2. Calgary. The losses skid them out of first place contention but Calgary gon' Calgary.
3. BC. Reilly will win them lots of games but they are certainly incomplete.
4. Sask. Defense will win them games but no QB means crossover at best.
5. Edmonton. Rebuild officially begins Nov 2019.

1. Hamilton. By default. Although I expect them to be a legit strong team.
2. Toronto. By default. Despite lack of caring in the GTA, they have some tools to win some games against the other losers in their division.
3. Montreal. Just a fun guess and very bold prediction that they finish second last rather than dead last.
4. Ottawa. Someone said "pay the piper for losing so many players", and I'll add, "pay the piper for getting 3 cup appearances and one championship after a grand total of 5 seasons in existence". Time to LOSE.


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Tiger on June 11, 2019, 12:58:38 AM
A lot of people not picking Winnipeg for the early.  Sure Calgary is good still and BC has Reilly with some nice targets , but I see

Winnipeg
BC
Calgary
Edmonton
Saskatchewan

Hamilton
Ottawa
Toronto
Montreal


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: New_Earth_Mud on June 11, 2019, 01:16:00 AM
Cal
Wpg
BC
Sask
Ed


Ham
TO
Als
OTT


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Knocker42 on June 11, 2019, 01:23:56 AM
BC
Calgary
Bombers
Edmonton
Sask


Hamilton
Toronto
Ottawa
Montreal


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: New_Earth_Mud on June 11, 2019, 01:48:33 AM
Great thread man....  its interesting to see ppls picks before the show.

Will you post who picks the thing right or closest?


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: dd on June 11, 2019, 02:17:29 AM
Calgary
BC
Winnipeg
Edmonton
Sask

Hamilton
Toronto
Montreal
Ottawa

The east has been weak for a while but man it is seriously weak this year. You can interchange any of the bottom 3 teams as all will be sub 500 clubs and free spots on the bingo cards of all other cfl teams!!


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: TecnoGenius on June 11, 2019, 03:00:25 AM
I'll change my order slightly from before, but only in the E:

W
WPG
CGY
EDM
BC
SSK

E
HAM
TOR
OTT - picking Dom is a bad decision
MTL - morale problems can't be overcome by just a few star players; continued back office troubles and lack of fans kill morale even more; the birds are circling Molson to pick at the carcass


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Jockitch on June 11, 2019, 03:14:30 AM
Here goes nothing or just wishful thinking
    WEST                       EAST             Guessing/Wishing ........ the Bombers beat the Ticats in the Grey Cup
  Bombers                   Ticats
  Calgary                     Argos
  B.C.                          Montreal
  Sask                         Redblacks
  Eskimos


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Lincoln Locomotive on June 11, 2019, 04:15:03 AM
Well a month ago I picked the Bombers and the Cats to meet in Calgary come November....so I'll start there again:

WEST                                   EAST

1) Bombers.                          1) Cats
2) Stamps.                            2) Argos
3) Lions.                               3) RedBlacks
4) Esks.                                4) ALS
5) Riders


The Esks could be a playoff team pending Harris performance as he has tools


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Norlorne Dr. on June 11, 2019, 02:01:06 PM
So it seems like the general consensus that Ottawa and Montreal are not making the playoffs.... the 3rd team out is still up in the air  :D ;)


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: heart of gold on June 11, 2019, 02:41:20 PM
In the West I'm picking-

Calgary
Winnipeg
Edmonton
BC (gets a crossover)
Sask

In the East -

Hamilton
Ottawa
Toronto
Montreal



Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: ModAdmin on June 11, 2019, 02:55:04 PM
Great thread man....  its interesting to see ppls picks before the show.

Will you post who picks the thing right or closest?
That would be the plan.


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Robbie on June 11, 2019, 02:57:31 PM
Winnipeg
BC
Calgary
Saskatchewan
Edmonton

Hamilton
Ottawa
Toronto
Montreal


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: theaardvark on June 11, 2019, 03:07:20 PM
Winnipeg
Calgary
BC
SSK (crossover)
Edm

Hamilton
Toronto
Ottawa
Mtl


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: The Zipp on November 02, 2019, 11:01:30 PM
We dumb....


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: BBRT on November 02, 2019, 11:13:20 PM
We dumb....

It is amazing how many folks thought BC would finish higher than they did. Really amazing the fall off in BC.


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: The Zipp on November 02, 2019, 11:21:22 PM
It is amazing how many folks thought BC would finish higher than they did. Really amazing the fall off in BC.

Mike Reilly missed the playoffs two years in a row...


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: blue_or_die on November 03, 2019, 01:57:39 AM
Calgary - I think will regress but I've been saying that every year for a decade now so I'll just take them already
Winnipeg - has made me a believer after rounding us out with Chris Matthews. We will have a stellar D with a great set of DBs, a Bighill-led LB corps, and an incredible DL with among the best bookends in the league (+ depth in Roh)
Edmonton - Had a lot of losses and did alright making up for them. They should be average.
BC - Everyone thinking Reilly will carry this entire team of his shoulders is dreaming. The team is gutted other than the throwing game and it's not going to be enough to win more than 7.
Sask - Damaged QB with no OL. Still very good D personnel but now no Chris Jones to tell them what to do.

Hamilton - Default
Whatever for the rest. West crosses over almost certainly.

I would be kind of happy to see Ottawa experience the lows of being a neo-CFL fan. They have been spoiled with playoff games, GC appearances, etc. Time to hurt a bit.

Pretty happy with past-blue_or_die

Obviously no one called the rise of CoFaj7, that being the big difference for most peoples' predictions. Also, the Als under Khari.

LOL @ my comments on Chris Matthews and Bighill. Although I can't blame myself for naming those 2 as impact players- we all thought they would be!


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Lincoln Locomotive on November 03, 2019, 01:57:44 AM
Well many of us including myself had the Riders pegged dead last or 4th.....nobody gave Dickenson much chance of finishing even in the playoffs and here they are clinching first in the West.   BC was a bust and many including myself, again, thought Claybrooks and Reilly would do well and boy were we wrong!   Just goes to show you can't bet the entire house on one player and that's what B.C. did.    


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: The Zipp on November 03, 2019, 02:48:02 AM
OK now that pre-season is done and rosters are mostly settled lets go:

West - not many points will separate 1st from 5th:

BC (Claybrooks and Reilly make a difference)
Calgary (No first place this season)
Sask (will start cold and finish hot)
Winnipeg (will start hot and finish cold)
Edmonton (Maas finally implodes)

East:

Hamilton (Masoli is the real deal)
Montreal (Pipkin and Khari create some magic against all odds)
Toronto (sadly no one cares)
Ottawa (time to pay the piper for losing all those players)

BC hooped me in the west, correctly picked Sask ahead of Winnipeg and also Calgary missing first place...was accurate in the East...obviously no one saw Dane Evans excelling but I knew that team would be  good and knew Ottawa would stink...


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: TBURGESS on November 03, 2019, 01:31:03 PM
Calgary - Won't win as many as last year. BLM is still the difference maker.
BC - Reilly will make a huge difference to a team that just missed last year. The defence will take some time to come together.
Winnipeg - Losing 3 NI all stars will hurt worse than most think. Nichols doesn't get back to his level of play from 2 years ago.
Edmonton - Did a good job of reloading in the off season, but Reilly is a huge loss.
Riders - Worst QB in the west behind a make shift OL without Jones' defence to bail them out.

Hamilton - Bad losing their OC yesterday, but they have a replacement in house. Can't see any other eastern team coming close.
Ottawa - Lost a ton of good players, but are in the right division.
Toronto - Went significantly younger. Will take time to jell.
Montreal - Made some good moves, but not enough to get them out of the basement.
I only got Hamilton and Winnipeg right.


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Blue In BC on November 03, 2019, 01:44:19 PM
The loss to Regina on LD was the back breaker. We had the lead an blew it. Win that game and we'd have had a 3 way tie with 12 wins and we'd have won the tie breaker against both Regina and Calgary.

That was a 4 point swing not in our favor. The other close losses had an impact as well but LD was the big one.


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: GOLDMEMBER on November 03, 2019, 01:48:23 PM
The loss to Regina on LD was the back breaker. We had the lead an blew it. Win that game and we'd have had a 3 way tie with 12 wins and we'd have won the tie breaker against both Regina and Calgary.

That was a 4 point swing not in our favor. The other close losses had an impact as well but LD was the big one.

Stop making me sad and angry! I think everyone on here knows this by now.


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Lincoln Locomotive on November 03, 2019, 03:11:40 PM
Pretty happy with past-blue_or_die

Obviously no one called the rise of CoFaj7, that being the big difference for most peoples' predictions. Also, the Als under Khari.

LOL @ my comments on Chris Matthews and Bighill. Although I can't blame myself for naming those 2 as impact players- we all thought they would be!
Well Matthews was it for me too as far as expectations and after Bighills outstanding MODP award the previous year,  it was automatic to expect another great season from him.    As it turned out Matthews was a bust and Bighill struggled to regain his form because of injury.   We had many a big play from Willie Jefferson as he did with the Riders however our D once again gave up too many yards passing and the reason why we lost 3 games in the 4th with a lead.   Our QB issues with Nichols being taken out and Streveler's heroic yet one dimensional play didn't help us down the stretch either.   Collaros may be our saviour now even though it's a lot to expect from him coming in at the 11th hour so to speak.....at the moment though I think he gives us our best shot!!


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Blue In BC on November 03, 2019, 03:14:11 PM
Stop making me sad and angry! I think everyone on here knows this by now.

I wonder what the fire this guy or that guy would sound now if we had finished 1st. So close literally and so far at the same time.

This year we lost some really close games while the Stamps and Riders managed to win those close games.

EDIT: Our # 1 D finished 4th for points against but the difference was only 9 points from 2nd to 4th.



Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: blue girl on November 03, 2019, 06:41:09 PM
The loss to Regina on LD was the back breaker. We had the lead an blew it. Win that game and we'd have had a 3 way tie with 12 wins and we'd have won the tie breaker against both Regina and Calgary.

That was a 4 point swing not in our favor. The other close losses had an impact as well but LD was the big one.
I actually expected us to lose the LDC because we usually do but we should have won the second game in Regina. The 2 losses that really make me angry though are the ones in Toronto and Montreal where we had big leads and should have won. Just winning one of those games would have gotten us at least second place.


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: trapper on November 03, 2019, 08:25:42 PM
I guess that's why games are played. No one was that close to predicting the West....



Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: New_Earth_Mud on November 04, 2019, 12:27:41 AM
I was not even close  ......



Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: Jesse on November 04, 2019, 12:37:43 AM
Didn't post my predictions, but I had expected Cal to finish first with Winnipeg and Edmonton battling for second. I assumed BC would be in the cross over spot with Sask bringing up the rear.

Oh well.


Title: Re: Pre Season Predictions
Post by: TecnoGenius on November 05, 2019, 10:19:52 AM
Well many of us including myself had the Riders pegged dead last or 4th.....nobody gave Dickenson much chance of finishing even in the playoffs and here they are clinching first in the West.

There was some post in the off-season (or even last season) where I said I wanted Dickerson The Lesser brought to WPG because he had perfected the uncalled hold foul on his (SSK) STs.  I even brought up how with him as HC they'd probably morph into an all-holding all-the-time team on every phase.  Turns out I was 100% correct.

I didn't think max-holding would be enough to get rebuild-basketcase SSK much above 4th in the W, and I was wrong about that.  It turns out uncalled holding is a massive advantage that turns an ok O into a yards powerhouse.  And it turns out max-hold ST, just like 2018, can rack up massive returns.

But it could all change on a dime if SSK gets a ref who actually calls holding.  Like Proulx.  Proulx, and maybe Bradbury, are the last refs who actually bother to look for holds.  I pray when we meet SSK in the WF that we get one of those two guys and they lay down the standard early by calling some SSK OL/WR and ST holding.

Until the league decides to change the holding standard back to what it was 5 years ago, or the refs start calling it again, I think Dickerson The Lesser has found the holy grail of football.  Since he'll be in SSK a while, I would suggest we study their holding tactics on all phases and implement the SSK formula for ourselves.

It's actually quite easy: all players at all times pick a guy and hold him, and never let go, no matter what.  Two hands or one.  When they're between the ball carrier and the holdee or completely behind the holdee.  At the point of attack or 30 yards away from the ball.  Important holdee or completely irrelevant holdee.  Hold him up or knock him down and sit on him.  Just hold.  Works for them!  And the CFL sanctions it.

Oh ya, and SSK got extremely lucky in nearly every game.  I strongly suspect SSK gets nowhere near #1 in the W in 2020.  And they won't make the GC this year.