Riderville

By: Greg Urbanoski

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Riders are the monkey house of the CFL – Throw everything against the wall and see if what sticks

August 9, 2018 - 3:10pm

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are into their final bye week of the regular season contemplating how they can somehow regain relevance in the CFL playoff race following a 26-19 loss to Edmonton. The loss dropped the Riders to 3-4 and at this point, the Riders only realistic playoff hope is as a crossover to the Eastern Conference.

Saskatchewan Roughriders Embody Chaos Theory in Action

August 1, 2018 - 12:58pm

The Riders are not that good and not that bad as they showed in their 34-22 defeat at the hands of the Calgary Stampeders.

The Riders are not that good in coughing up the ball for four fumbles, two of which helped to fuel Calgary to a 24-0 first quarter lead they easily held onto for the rest of the game.

The Riders are not that bad as the defense managed to play good enough to win for three quarters, even pitching in a touchdown, and showed they have the ability to win games solely on perhaps the best defense seen in Saskatchewan in uh, 42 years?

Johnny Bye-Bye

July 24, 2018 - 10:23pm

So history will record Johnny Manziel’s final game as a Hamilton Tiger-Cat came against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, although he never saw the field. A few days later, Manziel goes to Montreal is what is a make it or break it deal for Kavis Reed, and the floodgates holding back other trades breaking and seeing players like Adarius Bowman and Shawn Lemon moving on.

Saskatchewan Roughriders threatening to turn into 2001 Baltimore Ravens

July 12, 2018 - 10:13am

The 2001 Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens was noted for their defense, but not their offense. The 2018 Saskatchewan Roughriders may be noted for the defense, but their offense was truly offensive in a 18-13 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats that evened their record to 2-2.

This was the Riders first game since Zach Collaros went on the six game injury list with a concussion.

The Chris Jones School for Wayward Football Players is still taking applications!

July 3, 2018 - 12:47pm

It’s usually towards the end of the season when you have an idea of how a team has progressed or not, so the Riders did their fans a favor last week by imploding against the Montreal Alouettes 23-17 to put themselves in the drivers seat for the first overall pick of the 2019 draft.

Chris Jones got his start under Don Matthews and you can see a number of parallels with the unusual player selections and the “go big or go home” approach that Matthews and now Jones seems to favor.

2018: Year of the Back-Up

June 28, 2018 - 10:58am

As the CFl heads into Week 3 with three of the nine starting quarterbacks out with injury, what may save or hurt those teams is how well they have managed to fill the back-up position.

The importance of a good back up quarterback was underscored in the recent NFL season when the Philadelphia Eagles Carson Wentz went down with a knee injury and Nick Foles took over and managed to lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory.

For whom does the bell toll this week?

June 20, 2018 - 8:22am

I think there is a boxing expression that everyone has plan in the ring until they get hit. The CFL is no different as Week 1 is in the books and the best laid plans of Marc Trestman. Jason Maas and all took a bit of a beating.

I remember when the CFL had a four game exhibition schedule, so you would see rookies in the first game, then an increasing amount of veterans until the fourth game which would be a tuneup for the vets and a last chance for rookies to make their case.

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.

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