Thursday, June 28, 2012

Official 2012 Prophecies

Twas the day before the season and questions abounded
Would the Riders be good or once again get pounded?
Coach Chamblain was preparing the players with care
Not that we could see, since we’re not allowed in there
Tons of fireworks were nestled in the uprights with care
Since last year a reason to fire them off was rare
When who comes this way with thoughts on 2012?
Tis I the Rider Prophet… into my prediction will I delve

The anger and disappointment from last year’s gong show
Still hangs in the air and fills Riderville with woe
We’re all anxious to move on, and get back to winning
And replace cursing with rejoicing and grinning
A massive house cleaning took place within Mosaic’s walls
Young whiper snappers have replaced our old balls.
We cut some dead weight and got younger on both sides of the ball
Though Taman’s still here… guess I can’t win them all
Gone Fantuz, Gone Geno, it seems such a pity
But there have been good departures like Lucas and Dinwiddie
There’s optimism and renewed energy in the air
Though it remains to be seen how this new team will fare

On O it will be up to Durant to bounce back
Unlike last year, offensive weapons we don’t lack
We get Getz and Dress who are dangerous indeed
We’ve got Harper to add size and Moss to add speed
Rob Bagg is back and that’s the biggest news of all
He’ll be in contention for top Canuck if we just get him the ball
1000 yds for Dressler, 1000 more for Bagg
Less yards for Getzlaf but the most TDs will he snag.
The new fangled offense has stuff we’ve forgotten about my friends
What’s this? An O-line that doesn’t need Depends?
An RB running off tackle? A centre who can snap?!?
Did I doze off in a dream?!? Am I having a nap?!?
This is all real you haven’t been dozing
With Coach Sweet in the mix out run game will be imposing

Unfortunately the D has me a lot more concerned
For some reason I see us getting repeatedly burned.
Odell should help provide us something we lack
A tangible hope of getting a sack
That’s assuming he stays healthy and decides to stay sober
And assuming he doesn’t get homesick come October
A front four will be better, they won’t make me curse
We tried Mullinder and Murphy last year, not like we can get worse
At LB on the edges, Kromah and Brackenridge we will be fine with
They will continue the proud tradition of great LBs by Coach Smith
In the middle, however is where things start to get scary
Shomari in that spot makes me very wary
He’s lacking the experience though he’s got the physique
For the first little while the middle will be weak
But he will get better and be steadily improved
Though fans will be calling for him to be removed
The secondary is the weakest link of them all
A tough road lies ahead for Coach Richie Hall
Chamblain will want aggression, he will want mean
But it will take the DBs a while to adjust to the new schemes.
Patrick will surely return to all-star form
Eddie Russ getting burned may become the norm
Some DBs will be benched and new guys get a shot
And that is when things will improve a lot

We will struggle out of the gates and end up 2 and 4
Please don’t suck again! the fans will implore
It won’t always be pretty but the team will keep fighting
Chamblain will be making adjustments and ship will be righting
Come the highly anticipated Labour Day clash,
We will have an even record and no longer be trash
We’ll knock out Buck Pierce and win the big game
Next week at Banjo Bowl we come up lame
An up and down season, win one then lose
Our biggest winning streaks will come in no more than twos
We won’t always be gracious in our defeats
Didn’t like beer cans BC? Wait until we throw seats
A 9-9 season is what I see in store
Which will be just good enough to sneak in the playoff door

A third place finish so it’s off to face the Stamps
Donning our white jerseys with logos fit for tramps.
Tate may not be Burris but he’ll choke like he was
A big day for the defense will seal the win and create a buzz
Then the bandwagon will keep heading west
For a date with BC, the CFL’s best
The game will be closer than most expect 
We’ll go up early but the lead won’t protect
The Lions will move on but will not repeat
We will hold our heads high but suffer defeat
After a disastrous 2011, we will come a long way
But it will take this team time to go all the way
Though a 9-9 finish may be disappointing to some
The foundation will be laid but the best is yet to come

So as I end this prophecy, thus shall be proclaimed
“Riders make us proud… or at least less ashamed!”


Anonymous said...

" or at least -less ashamed !"
Love it !

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