Glasgow will finish above Edinburgh
Nobody knows it, but when I played international rugby I had specific bets that every ten minutes I would miss a tackle. A middleman would come to see me in the week leading up to the games and a syndicate paid me thousands of pounds.
That, your honour, is my excuse and I am sticking to it.
Anyway, this weekend the Magners League kicks off with two brand-new Italian teams taking part. And although the Irish teams might be able to manage their international players and keep them for the Heineken Cup - Brian O'Driscoll played eight Magners League games for Leinster last year - the rest of the teams have to play their best each weekend.
In last season's Magners Grand Final there were 14 British and Irish Lions on view. It's a good league.
Edinburgh and Glasgow will battle for supremacy once more when the Magners League kicks off this weekend. Photo: SNS.
For people interested in ancient Celtic history, I captained Glasgow... and so they are my team, but when Edinburgh play I want them to win because I played for them for a season as I was helping to build the city bypass in my first career as a civil engineer at the time.
Yes, you guessed it, that's why some of the pavements are in the wrong place.
If you want to offload stolen goods then go see an Edinburgh rugby player, as they will offload anything in the league's most attractive game plan.
You know what they say: in Edinburgh some tables and chairs on the pavement are called a cafe, while in Glasgow they are called an eviction.
And those are their differences, but in truth both Glasgow and Edinburgh are in the grand "Andy Robinson" scheme of things as it is largely pointless having two teams feeding the international team and playing in completely different ways.
Glasgow's principal action plan will be to fill the gap left by the league's top points scorer Dan Parks. Two able understudies in Duncan Weir and Ruaridh Jackson are waiting in the wings, while they will miss Thom Evans and the other injured players Al Kellock, Chris Cusiter and Johnnie Beattie.
But Richie Gray, Richie Vernon, and Ryan Wilson are certainly capable of filling some of the places.
Glasgow's pack is solid, with Jon Welsh and Moray Low two international-class props, the centres are as good as anyone with Graeme Morrison and Max Evans, and Bernie Stortoni is the most committed player in the league.
From what I have seen and heard of Glasgow, I don't think they will have a post-Dan Parks hangover and I think they could end up in the top five again.
Edinburgh, I think, will do better than last season but need to find a more dominant scrum. Their captain Roddy Grant is a fantastic player and could be capped this season, Tim Visser and Mark Robertson are big men on the wing, while Ben Cairns, Mike Blair and Ross Ford can bring bags of experience yet can't ever be sure of their places.
Yet although they will improve on the previous campaign, I think Edinburgh will still finish behind Glasgow. But, being me, I wouldn't put a bet on it.