By: Greg Urbanoski

Training camp looms and the questions persist about Riders

May 25, 2017 - 7:56am

It would be fair to say no one is exactly holding their breath when it comes to the 2017 Saskatchewan Roughriders.

With training camp opening Sunday and a concert in the new stadium on Saturday night, it would be fair to say more people will be looking at the stadium this year as opposed to the team. The various concerts, soccer internationals and other events are also distractions the city hopes will take the edge off the property tax increases that financed the structure.t

Riders give interesting look at 2017 team and players

May 17, 2017 - 6:12pm

Sometimes you find the most interesting things in the most unexpected places.

On Tuesday night I had signed up for what was billed as the Fan Series Tour, which was formerly known as the Pros and Joes Tour.

The last four years the Riders had worked with a local charity, at first it was the cancer society, to hold a night where fans can pay money, tour the facilities, then have snacks and ask questions of various members of the Riders.

Draft is what it is for Riders

May 9, 2017 - 7:35am

One of the interesting things about writing about football is that ultimately a lot comes down to chance.

Last month I was fortunate enough to sit through the CFL Combine in Regina as part of the CFL Week and saw first hand the invited players and how well they performed the various drills. It was interesting to try then to project those results into on-field performance.

May the Fourth Be With You

May 4, 2017 - 12:41pm

So the CFL draft is on Sunday and the question is: what other fines can Chris Jones incur as GM/Head Coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders?

The latest fine last week was for violations last season, including bringing in a junior player from outside Saskatchewan, trying him out and adding him to the roster and for practicing two players on the suspended list.

Riders find out some new and interesting things at mini-camp

April 28, 2017 - 9:44am

his week has given football fans across Canada a bit of a taste for the upcoming 2017 football season.

Football mini camps were held down in Florida, with Toronto, Hamilton and Saskatchewan trying to get a handle on how their free agent camps paid off. While the Riders had 35 players in camp due to the CFL and CFLPA cracking down on rules, Toronto and Hamilton apparently had many more players, but apparently they were able to separate their signed and non-signed players.

Why I should be CFL Commissioner

April 14, 2017 - 6:55pm

We are about a week or so away from the opening of the Rider mini-camp in Florida and the question of whether Vince Young is real or is he Memorex will not be fully answered, but it will be entertaining to ask the question.

In the meantime CFL fans have been entertained or enraged, depending on their team affiliation, with events in Edmonton and Toronto as the Eskimos parted ways with General Manager Ed Hervey and the CFL parted ways with Jeffrey Orridge.

CFL Week Had Everything

March 28, 2017 - 9:26am

When you have everything from a Darian Durant autograph signing ceremony standing in as his farewell to Saskatchewan fans, to Brad Wall getting booed and defended by Anthony Calvillo to future CFL stars showing their stuff to future employers, the inaugural CFL Week had something for everyone.


The CFL decided to address the issue of a league that seems to go into suspended animation in the offseason by having CFL stars fly in for a week of interviews, meeting fans and taking part in in a festival designed to raise CFL awareness.

Riders plan for quarterback seems to be Hail Mary!

March 10, 2017 - 12:26pm

It almost feels like the Saskatchewan Roughriders don’t want you to look to closely at  how their quarterbacking situation has not fallen into place for the 2016 season.

The sight of Vince Young talking about coming to the CFL and wanting to prove himself was great publicity for a league that does not seem willing or able to get people to talk about it in the offseason. If you blur your eyes and ignore the fact Young has been out of football for a few years it could seem like an exciting day for Rider football and by extension the CFL.