Twas just before kickoff and all through the city
People awaited predictions particularly witty.
The coaches were making final preparations
In hopes of fulfilling fans’ high expectations.
The goal was clear, success that is perennial
And hoist the ultimate prize to cap off our centennial.
But who comes this way with predictions anew?
'Tis your friendly neighbourhood Prophet, that’s who.
Back in November we were on the cusp of great glory
But fate had in mind a different end to our story.
Since then there's been changes: Eddie Davis retired,
The Bombers were searching and Lapo was hired.
Chick, Baggs and Rey made the NFL jump
And we lost our GM to an untimely dry hump.
But despite all the problems, there’s no reason to fear
2010 has all the makings of another great year.
Our offense will be powerful under Miller and Berry
Our passing attack will be downright scary.
Fantuz, Dressler and Bagg, that’s tough to defend
Oh and don’t forget Getzlaf and Prechae my friend
As for how well I think we will run the ball,
If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all
Cates will block well and catch the odd pass
But the 1000 yd mark he will not surpass
Through the air is where our games will be won
Durant’s reign as an all-star is far from done
Andy will stay healthy and many TDs record
On his way to a deserved Top Canadian award.
On defense there is worry that pressure we will lack
With no Baggs or Chick how will we get a sack?
While our sack totals will likely not match last year’s pace
Mullinder and Hawkins will still get in the QB’s face
Etch will get pressure no matter what he has to do
With schemes that might make you think he’s been sniffing glue
A veteran LB in the middle should help stop the run
With Tad and Sean flying around, to watch will be fun
Our secondary will remain strong despite losing Eddie
Omarr and Lance will keep this unit steady
And watch for Patrick this year to breakout
Best safety in the West, without a doubt.
We will start the season strong, like men on a mission
Getting an early leg up on the competition
We will be well on our way in our Grey Cup pursuit
And fans will start planning the parade route
But it won’t last forever and we will start to struggle
I wish something rhymed here better than juggle
Come Labour Day we will be in a tight race for first
With a couple key injuries that need to be nursed.
For the Bombers, Stephen Jyles into action will be thrust
Because Buck Pierce will have already been concussed.
Jyles will struggle, shocking as that may seem
In the 2 game series we will reign supreme
Other than a couple bumps we will play great down the stretch
Our D will be firing on all cylinders under the guidance of Etch
Our late season momentum we will maintain
A 12-6 record, first place yet again!!
West Final at Mosaic for the second year in a row
Against Richie Hall and the Esks in the prairie snow
We will fall behind early and things will look bleak
But pull even late on a QB sneak
Then just as time seems to be running out
Fantuz will win the game on a nice corner route.
Then a convoy of green will be headed west
For a 2nd chance to prove that we are the best
This time around there will be no mistake
In a sip from Lord Grey’s mug will the Riders partake.
Grey Cup Champs in 2010
There will be much rejoicing across the prairies again
So you’ll hear me exclaim as I dash into the night
Go Riders Go, Let’s hope I’m more than 67% right.