Riderville

By: Greg Urbanoski

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.

Gearing up for CFL Week and Combine

March 1, 2018 - 8:59am

The dust has mostly settled from CFL free agency with a few interesting people remaining, but now the focus is shifting to the CFL Week in Winnipeg March 22-25 which will include the CFL Combine March 24-25.

I took in the initial CFL Week in Regina and it was a great experience for the old and new fan alike. The event is free, so CFL Fans in Winnipeg have no excuse not to take in the exhibits, player panels and then indulging their inner General Manager by watching the CFL Combine.

WTF Friday in CFL!

February 3, 2018 - 11:27am

The memo from Commissioner Randy Ambrosie to create  more interest in the CFL in the off-season appears to be having an impact.

With 11 days and counting until the start of CFL free agency, teams looking to get into a position to capitalize felt obligated to make moves to clear room to sign important pieces.

Riders Going Grey Cup or Bust in 2018!

January 22, 2018 - 12:44pm

The news Monday from Riderville was a bit like Christmas in January – the Riders announced they signed Duron Carter to a year contract and he was talking about his best chance to win the Grey Cup was going to come in Saskatchewan.

All of this seems to follow the message from CFL Commissionaire Randy Ambrosie that the CFL this off-season will do what is needed to keep the CFL in the public eye instead of hibernating until June.

So far consider it mission accomplished.

Quarterback Roulette in Saskatchewan and the CFL

January 4, 2018 - 3:01pm

Well it seems CFL teams definitely got the message from Commissioner Randy Ambrosie to put some thought into making the off-season interesting for fans and sports observers.

One of the interesting questions was how quarterbacking situations would change and develop around the league this off-season. The defending Grey Cup Champion Toronto Argonauts kicked things off with a trade with the Edmonton Eskimos for back-up James Franklin who was looking at exploring free agency and a possible starting position elsewhere.

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