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If you’re like me, you’re starting to get that football itch.

Sure, you could watch the reborn USFL or the gimmicky Fan Controlled Football league, but is that really going to cut it? Do you really want to watch an inferior version of the sport you typically enjoy come September?

Wouldn’t you rather check in with our neighbors to the north?

That’s right – the 2022 CFL season is on the verge of kicking off!

As the preeminent (read: only) CFL pundit in northern New England, I consider it my duty to share with you my thoughts about the upcoming season. The slate is filled again after 2021’s truncated schedule – 18 games over 21 weeks – and looks to be one hell of a competitive season.

It all kicks off on June 9 with the Montreal Alouettes making their way to Calgary to take on the Stampeders. From there, we’re off to the races, with all nine squads competing for a chance to play in the 109th Grey Cup, set to take place on November 20 at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan.

As with any efforts at prediction, there are going to be hits and misses. The truth is that while I consider myself to be reasonably knowledgeable about the Canadian game, I will inevitably miss on one or two of these predictions. A team that looks great now could wind up struggling and vice versa, and with just nine teams, well – there’s plenty of room for both over- and underperformance.

The Canadian game is definitely different than what we’re accustomed to seeing in our own NFL, but it’s those differences that make it fun to watch. It’s a fast-paced and wide-open game, one that offers its own energy and excitement. If you want to see for yourself, there will be plenty of opportunity thanks to ESPN’s broadcast partnership with the league; it might be ESPN+ or a broadcast arm, but keep an eye out and you’ll get your chance.

With all that said, here is one man’s opinion about how the 2022 CFL season will play out. Are you ready for some (Canadian) football?

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