Esks blow it for predictions

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

The regular season is over, and no team folded!

Hooray!!

Seriously, though. It's a time for reflection ... on just how terrible our pre-season predictions were.

We've been forced to be held accountable after a kind reader (who didn't leave his name) called in last year and noted (not so subtly) that yours truly predicted the East and West Division to finish in the exact same order that they did the season before.

"Way to go out on a limb, genius," is how the caller bluntly put it.

Therefore, here's a look back at our bold and brash predictions for 2005. Some worked out. Some didn't. But hey, at least they were different.

West Division (predicted)

1. Edmonton

2. B.C.

3. Saskatchewan

4. Calgary

5. Winnipeg

West Division (actual)

1. B.C.

2. Calgary

3. Edmonton

4. Saskatchewan

5. Winnipeg

Analysis: Well, we got one right. Although, if it weren't for the Eskimos blowing their chance at first place on Sunday, we would've gone 3-for-5 instead of 1-for-5.

The regular season is over, but we still have no clue as to which team will represent this division in the Grey Cup.

East Division (predicted)

1. Toronto

2. Montreal

3. Hamilton

4. Ottawa

East Division (actual)

1. Toronto

2. Montreal

3. Ottawa

4. Hamilton

Analysis: We're quite proud of the Argonauts' showing, because many were still predicting the Alouettes would remain on top.

As for the Renegades, we predicted the worst.

"Just how bad is this Renegades team going to be?" was the question we asked.

Little did we know we were talking about the Tiger-Cats.

RENEGADE WOES: Speaking of the poor Renegades, there wasn't much optimism on Sunday when the players cleaned out their lockers.

John Jenkins was officially appointed head coach yesterday to begin a new era, but how good is his era going to be?

"If the ship is sinking, I don't want to be a part of it," defensive back Korey Banks, who will be a free agent in February, told the Ottawa Sun.

"I just don't want to waste my career losing."

Yikes.

SMART MOVE: Kudos to the Canadian Public Health Association, which is offering information packages on HIV and AIDS to all nine CFL teams.

There were a few misinformed comments by players last week in the wake of the announcement that Roughriders linebacker Trevis Smith had HIV.

"There seems to be on the part of the players in this situation a response in terms of concern and worry about HIV-AIDS that is perhaps not warranted," Dr. Elinor Wilson told the Canadian Press.


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