Hail to the Stamps?
Eleven of the Stampeders’ 24 starters from last year’s Grey Cup win are no longer on the team. Can Calgary really turn over a roster to that extent and win again?
History suggests that if any tam can it is them. They always seem to find new talent and mold players into superstar players. There has to come a personnel turnover breaking point sometime though. Could this be it?
Set in stone?
One thing we can say for sure is that a Stamps win is not set in stone. There have been seven different Grey Cup winners in the last nine years. Calgary is attempting to be the first team to win back-to-back titles for the first time since the Montreal Alouettes managed it in 2009–2010.
Rising from the East
Another thing to consider is that the East Division champion will get a home playoff game and a shorter run at the title than some western teams.
The early favourites on that side appear to be Hamilton who have managed to keep most of their key personnel in place.
At the end of the day, no-one knows for sure how the season will play out. That is why they play the games after all! As ever, it will be a lot of fun watching it all unfold.
Going into the season this is how the odds stand:
Calgary +260 to win the Grey Cup
BC Lions +500 to win the Grey Cup
Ottawa +550 to win the Grey Cup
Winnipeg +650 to win the Grey Cup
Hamilton +800 to win the Grey Cup
Saskatchewan +800 to win the Grey Cup
Edmonton +900 to win the Grey Cup
Toronto +1200 to win the Grey Cup
Montreal +1400 to win the Grey Cup
Fans of each team will no doubt have some very different ideas to that as to who will finish where. Arguing about it just adds to the fun as we run up to the 2019 kickoff.
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