Riderville

By: Greg Urbanoski

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And So It Begins

June 12, 2018 - 12:00pm

I’ve been thinking a bit about 1979 when Ron Lancaster took over as head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The team was three years overdue for a rebuild and Lancaster had the job of cutting old teammates while laying the foundation for what he hoped would be a new team.

So while Lancaster went with young players like Roger Aldag and Bob Poley on the offensive line and figured he would take his lumps as the kids learned their craft, Lanaster went got a quarterback he hoped would be able to compensate for the inexperienced offensive line and make plays.

Quarterback carousel marks last weekend of pre-season play

June 8, 2018 - 9:23am

The last weekend of CFL football has already kicked off, and already there is a plot line that may have implications on the dogfight that is expected to be the Western Conference.

Matt Nichols non-contact knee injury suffered in practice has put him out for four to six weeks with Winnipeg expecting it to be four weeks. This brought back memories of an injury he suffered while a member of the Edmonton Eskimos in preseason but more importantly, put the spotlight on the back-up position who will now be going for the #1 spot.

Let the hype begin!

May 31, 2018 - 9:32am

So the first game of the pre-season is in the books with Edmonton pinning the Saskatchewan Roughrider third stringers to the floor by a 35-12 mark.

I had thought this game might be closer and when the Riders were going to start their third string quarterbacks, the Eskimos might also have wanted to try out their backups. The idea is using the first exhibition game to see which guys are ready to play, the second game to work on timing and determining the final spots which may be too close to call.

CFL Training Camps start with a bang!

May 22, 2018 - 10:03am

If CFL teams were looking to spark interest in the 2018 season, they certainly went about it the right way as training camps opened this past weekend.

The big ticket item, so to speak, was the signing of Johnny Manziel by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Manziel has pretty well run out of options in trying to continue his football career and get redemption back in the NFL. While Manziel did the “I’m Sorry” tour and admitted his mistakes, NFL teams were reluctant to give him a shot without a concrete display of how he changed since he washed out with Cleveland.

Whinerpeg figures out Mo Price, Mo Problems as training camp begins

May 16, 2018 - 4:35pm

A couple of years ago the Saskatchewan Roughriders signed receiver Mo Price as a free agent who then got a signing bonus and then promptly retired, providing the province of Manitoba with hours of chuckles.

While the question came up of whether Price should return the bonus, he never did since it wasn’t against the rules and I wonder if Darian Durant filed that in the back of his mind for future reference.

Final Approaches to Training Camp

May 11, 2018 - 8:17am

The annual crapshoot called the CFL Draft has come and gone and teams did a combination of picking the best athlete and the best athlete not likely to have an NFL try-out.

Interesting teams to watch were the Hamilton Tiger-Cats who loaded up on a variety of draft picks, and Montreal Alouettes, who held the first overall pick, but also hold a ridiculous amount of holes in their lineup.

If the CFL didn’t have a player draft, would anyone care?

May 2, 2018 - 8:43am

Well, we are a couple of days away from the annual CFL draft, which lags behind the Downtown Optimist TV Bingo or some old time dance music special for viewer interest.

CFL teams have held their mini-camps, or reasonable fascimiles to see if the guys they have scouted from all around the United States can make the next step towards an invite to training camp.

April 16: One week away from Mini-Camp!

April 17, 2018 - 9:13am

The deadness of the CFL off-season has never hit home so much as it does now, with nothing but crickets as CFL teams prepare for the CFL draft on May 3 and the NFL draft which will dictate the CFL draft choices before then.

The CFL combine and week has come and gone in Winnipeg and now CFL teams have to face the question of which players do they choose that are good enough to help their team but not that good to escape to the NFL and possibly never come back to Canada?

So What Did the Combine Show?

March 27, 2018 - 11:32am

The Second CFL concluded with the Player Combine in Winnipeg where prospective draft choices are put through their paces and CFL teams look into their crystal ball to try to determine who will make it to the pros and who won’t.

This is part of an ongoing effort by the CFL to make the longest off-season bearable and to keep the league in the news to some extent and engaged with the fans.

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