CFL Week 1 Picks

TED WYMAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:18 PM ET

Another CFL season is upon us and that means it's time for the Sun writers to renew their friendly rivalry over pigskin prognostication. No betting here, except of course the traditional steak dinner (Bender says it was delicious) that goes to the winner, but as you'll see these guys can sure pick 'em. Sports editor Ted Wyman has even dusted off his lucky toonie.

Tonight

B.C. at Toronto, 5:30 p.m.

Bender: Wily Wally and Million-Dollar Dave will have Calamity Clemons wondering what hit him. Leos.

Penton: The defending champs have all their award winners back, while the Boatmen don't seem to know who their No. 1 quarterback is. Lions.

Friesen: Here's betting the so-far nonchalant defending champs can turn it on when they need to. Wally Buono usually makes sure of things like that. Lions.

Wyman's coin flip: Argos.

Winnipeg at Edmonton, 8:30 p.m.

Bender: The Big Blue Berry's boys couldn't beat the CFL's cellar dwellers in pre-season. Danny Much-Choka's charges beat B.C., the Grey Cup champs, and Calgary. And never mind, for now, Miracle Milt's milestone pursuit. Eskies.

Penton: If the oddsmakers know what they're talking about, and they usually do, this is first in the East against last in the West. It will still be close, however. Bombers.

Friesen: Two teams that don't look ready for the start of the regular season. This could be as ugly as any of the pre-season games. Take the Eskies by a nose.

Wyman's coin flip: Bombers.

Friday

Saskatchewan at Montreal, 6:30 p.m.

Bender: Stone Cold Kent Austin still has work to do before he can wrestle the Popp Tart's recipe for success. Als.

Penton: There are many questions marks surrounding both teams, but Anthony Calvillo and Molson Stadium are always a winning combination. Alouettes.

Friesen: Rookie head coach Kent Austin could have picked easier places to make his debut with the Roughriders. Als.

Wyman's coin flip: Roughriders.

Saturday

Hamilton at Calgary, 9 p.m.

Bender: Charlie Toughie also has some growing pains to endure before his Pussy Cat Dolls can claw Timid Tom's red riders. Stamps.

Penton: The Ticats should be better this season, but not by much. Stampeders.

Friesen: Hamilton's Charlie Taaffe may not exactly be a rookie, but his return to the CFL coaching ranks might make him feel like one. Stamps by plenty.

Wyman's coin flip: Tiger-Cats.

Kirk Penton

41-36 last year

Paul Friesen

39-38 last year

Magic Toonie

39-38 last year

Jim Bender

45-32 last year


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