I usually like to start my article with big introductions, but I really can't think of how this one could start with one. Here is how I think the standings in the 2008 regular season and playoffs will go down.
1st Place: Calgary Stampeders: 13-5
Losses: BCx2, Edmonton, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg
The Combination of Dickenson and Burris works well. It pushes Burris to do better without having to worry about losing many games because he knows he has Dickenson behind him. Dickenson, being the season veteran, coaches while calming down Burris so he can lead them to first place in the league.
2nd Place: BC Lions: 10-8
Losses: Calgaryx2, Winnepegx2, Edmonton, Torontox2, Saskatchewan
Buck Pierce is going to stay healthy this year and have a fantastic season. Unfortunately Joe Smith will get injured for 7 games and they will fall short of Calgary.
3rd Place: Edmonton Eskimos: 9-9
Losses: Calgaryx3, BCx3, Saskatchewanx2, Toronto
Ricky Ray will have a full season until the last 3 games. He will suffer a broken right hand. Except for this time, Jason Maas will be backing him up. In the last 3 games Maas will go 3-0 to lead them to the playoffs.
1st: Toronto Argonauts: 13-5
Losses: Calgaryx2, Edmonton, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg
The one-two punch of their to fast cannon arm quarterbacks in Joseph and Bishop works phenomenal. They lead them to first place in the east both playing one half every game.
2nd: Winnipeg Blue Bombers: 9-9
Torontox3, Edmontonx2, Calgary, Saskatchewan, Montreal, Hamilton
Kevin Glenn has another great year, not quite as good as the last but great none the less. Charles Roberts legs start to run out as he starts to have injury problems but they still receive home field advantage.
3rd: Saskatchewan RoughRiders: 8-10
Losses: Calgaryx3, BCx2, Edmontonx2, Toronto, Winnipeg, Hamilton
Marcus Crandell goes 1-3 in his first four games and they switch quarterbacks to Darian Durant. Durant has a very good season and takes the RoughRiders to the playoffs in a cross-over with a 7-7 record.
Edmonton beats BC 27-21
Calgary beats Edmonton 19-14
Saskatchewan beats Winnipeg 30-24
Toronto beats Saskatchewan 31-17
Toronto beats Calgary 22-17
Mike Vanderjagt Grey Cup MVP (5-5)
So there you have it. That is my prediction for the 2008 CFL regular season and playoffs.