The season has come to a close and it’s time to look back and see just how accurate my preseason predictions were. As per usual, I will use a completely arbitrary scoring system (much like a French judge) in order to make me look good. Let's see how I did...
This season will be Durant's big chance to shine
While many are worried, I think we’ll be fine.
Western All-Star, Team MOP, led us to a 1st Place finish, yeah we were fine... 1 point
It won’t always be pretty but he’s got weapons galore
Dressler, Clermont, Fantuz, there’s no way we don’t score.
The large number of INTs weren’t pretty but #2 scoring offense in the league... 1 point
With Geno and Smith out the O-line will be new
But Parenteau will be awesome and Belton will too.
Line was new. Parenteau was okay, Belton was hurt... 0.5 points
Hugh Charles will do fine until Wes Cates get’s back
Get ready for a very potent offensive attack.
4 TDs in Cates’ brief absence... 1 point
Defense is a question mark but it sure won’t be plain
Mainly because Etch is quasi-insane.
Quasi-insane was an understatement... 1 point
Success won’t come quickly, it will take some time
But by midseason the D will be in their prime.
Struggled after a hot start, but played great down the stretch... 1 point
Our schemes will be unorthodox but that’s how it goes
Watch Baggs wreak havoc despite his pigeon toes.
Among lead leaders in sacks, 3 time defensive player of the week... 1 point
Patrick at safety will pick off more than a few
Unless you define “a few” as 1, Patrick’s 2 INTs aren’t quite enough... 0 points
And Sean Lucas will get recognition that's long overdue.
Western All-star... 1 point
Kavis Reed controls Special Teams and he ain’t no schmuk
I have a feeling for once our kick returns won’t suck.
Although they became dangerous late in the season, they sucked balls to start... 0.5 points
Our start won’t be pretty and fans will distress
“We want Printers and Dinwiddie!” they will obsess.
Durant’s early struggles had people calling for his head... 1 point
But we’ll climb back to 500 by our Labour Day feud
4-4 heading into Labour Day (damn I’m good)... 1 point
Unless we keep getting injured… in which case we’re screwed.
Injured – yes. Screwed – Surprisingly no... 0 points
A late season hot streak will turn the tide
On a wave of momentum the team will ride.
Only 1 loss in our last 5 games... 1 point
In terms of our record, I must confess
For the past 2 years I’ve had the same guess.
Same prediction again? what could be the harm?
11 – 7! (3rd time's the charm).
If not for that tie I would have been bang on... 0.5 points
With a 2nd place finish we’ll be playoff bound
To play BC at Mosaic’s hallowed ground.
Finished first, played the Stamps (at least the Mosaic part was right)... 0 points
Without Bishop to stop us, this time we’ll succeed
A last minute TD will give us the lead.
Rider Nation will once again be jolly
Clermont will be the hero and give the finger to Wally.
Then on to Calgary to take on the champs
Umm... well... the Bishop part was right... 0 points
This kills me to say, but we’ll lose to the Stamps.
We’ll exceed expectations but fall short on that day
We're not quite ready to go all the way.
Swing and a miss... 0 points
So there’s my predictions for the upcoming season
But if you’re skeptical it is with good reason.
For as history will show there’s no reason to dismay
A third of what’s written will be wrong anyway.
Gotta love the irony in correctly predicting how many predictions I would get wrong... 1 point
So the grand total is 12.5 points out of a possible 19 for a 66% accuracy rate. Which, convenially enough, is perfectly in line with my career accuracy rate. I’m nothing if not consistent.