Thursday, September 20, 2018
REGINA - Saturday's game between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Toronto Argonauts at BMO Field is the long-awaited meeting of the Riders and exiled receiver Duron Carter.
The Roughriders released their reigning team MVP on August 11, and he signed with Toronto two weeks later. Almost immediately, CFL fans circled this week's game on the calendar.
After Wednesday's closed practice, Rider coach Chris Jones was asked how he thinks Carter will approach this game.
"I don't know. Duron's a good player," Jones shrugged. "Again, he's a pro. You'll have to ask Duron how he's going to feel."
Fans are clamouring to find out which cornerback Jones will match up on Carter Saturday night.
"We'll see," Jones winked. "We'll probably have to put more than one on him in order to defend him. He's a great player. We've got our hands full regardless, with their receiving corps, there's a lot of good players other than Duron."
Jones was asked if Carter holds an advantage regarding the Riders' calls, given the fact he spent significant time on both offense and defense during his time in Saskatchewan.
"Maybe we have an advantage because we've seen him, ya know?" Jones answered.
Meanwhile coinciding with the release of Carter was the signing of veteran non-import wide receiver Rob Bagg. The switch immediately sparked a 4-game winning streak, even if Bagg didn't get onto the active roster until two games later.
"He's got a significant role in the fact he's being a mentor and a leader in the locker room and in our meeting rooms with our young receivers," Jones said of Bagg. "We've got a really good young group of receivers and it's good having Rob Bagg letting them know exactly how things should be done with work habits, etcetera."
Jones was asked if Bagg would like to see the ball more in this offense.
"Rob knows what his role is and he's going to be a pro regardless of what we ask him to do," Jones advised.
The Riders visit the Argonauts Saturday at 5:30 pm on TSN and the 620 CKRM Rider Radio Network.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018
2 - COULD BE WORSE: It was a tight 5-point loss against the 1st place team in the East Division. As Rider Assistant GM Jeremy O'Day pointed out on CKRM's SportsCage, only Calgary has more wins in the CFL than the Saskatchewan Roughriders currently. It was a wake-up call against a non-divisional opponent. On to Toronto.
3 - ZACH ATTACK: Rider QB Zach Collaros admirably took all the blame for Saturday's game, but he shouldn't have. He didn't drop passes nor take costly penalties but, at the same time, he knows it wasn't his best game either. What does Zach need to do better? "Just keep getting better at playing the position," Collaros said Tuesday while battling an irritating cold. "Understanding situations, throwing the football on time, and getting through my reads."
4 - TIERS: Bo Levi Mitchell and Mike Reilly are in a class by themselves in this league at the QB position. Right now Zach Collaros is probably at the upper end of the middle tier which includes Jeremiah Masoli, Matt Nichols and Trevor Harris. If Zach wants to run with the big dogs, then this November will be his Money Time.
6 - D.C.: The Riders visit the Toronto Argonauts in Week 15, with a 5:30 pm Sask Time kickoff Saturday at BMO Field. It's a must-win for Marc Trestman's 3-8 Argos, while the Riders are venturing into must-win territory if they hope to achieve their goals. The Duron Carter vs Saskatchewan storyline takes a backseat to the importance of the game, but it's a juicy sub-plot nonetheless. What's D.C. got to say? Where's he been? I'm guessing the silence will be broken by Friday at the latest.
7 - HALL OF FAME: The 2018 Canadian Football Hall of Fame induction went last Friday in Hamilton with little fanfare. Scott Flory was torn between coaching his U of S Huskies in Saskatoon that night, and attending the induction ceremony at Tim Hortons Field. It shouldn't have to be this way! The CFHOF induction ceremony should be held during Marks CFL Week, ensuring no in-season conflicts and guaranteeing all the football people will be in one spot. Oh, and broadcast the ceremony on Facebook Live so you don't have to rely on TSN. Y'er welcome.
8 - FOOTBALL DAY IN CANADA: This Saturday serves up another CFL triple-header with Edmonton at Ottawa, Saskatchewan at Toronto and Hamilton at BC. Nine solid hours of CFL football on TSN!!! I can think of few things better, and I continue to love the 2018 CFL schedule.
9 - LOCALLY: Saskatoon is the place to be for the best football in the province this weekend. On Friday at Griffiths Stadium, the Regina Rams visit the Saskatchewan Huskies in a battle of 2-1 teams in Canada West. ... Meanwhile the 2-1 Regina Thunder of the PFC visit the Saskatoon Hilltops Saturday at SMF Field. ... And the Regina Pats open the 2018-19 WHL season with a home-and-home series against the P.A. Raiders this weekend. Friday the teams square off in Prince Albert while the Pats' A&W Home Opener goes Saturday night against the Raiders on 620 CKRM.
10 - RANDOM THOUGHTS: It's easy to be negative. It takes guts to be positive. ... The Vegas Golden Knights returned C Jake Leschyshyn to the Regina Pats on Tuesday. Regina is going to be alright. ... I'm really starting to love Cam Newton. ... Funny how all the advertising is geared to millenials around here, yet it's the 55+ crowd who's driving all the nice vehicles. ... Theoren Fleury is the guest speaker at Saturday's Indian Head Minor Hockey Fundraising Dinner. For tickets, look up somebody in Indian Head! ... Kickers seem to be like Chaplains and counsellors: You don't realize how valuable they are until you need them. ... Best movie I've seen lately: White Boy Rick. Two thumbs up from the Monday Morning Goalie.
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And We’re Off! in the regular season in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. If the first week of play was any indication on what drama is in store for this season, well sign me up!
There have been 11 contests played at the time of this writing, including an epic season opener between Nipawin and Humboldt on national television, and by all accounts, there have been a grand total of zero dull affairs.
That won’t hold up of course, but what better way to start!
Here are my 10 things for Week 3.
1. The Declan Hobbs Show – That season opener on TSN last Wednesday did not disappoint, as the Brayden Camrud-led Broncos put in a tremendous effort in front of 2,000-plus in the rink, and thousands more in front of television screens. But as good as head coach Nathan Oystrick’s men were on the night, Nipawin goaltender Declan Hobbs was better. The 20-year-old from Saskatoon, recently named Goalie of the Week by the league, followed it up with an even more dominating shutout effort two nights later at home, and ended up allowing a single goal on 89 shots over the two games against the Broncos. The one marker he did give up? A brilliantly executed five-on-three that ended up on the tape of Michael Clarke,two minutes into the second period Wednesday in a 2-1 Nipawin win. Not bad Hobbs, not bad.
2. Nobody Panic in Humboldt – Now I am no mathematician, but 89 shots over two games equalsjust under 45 per game – and you’re going to win a lot of contests if you mix that number, with some really good Grade A opportunities. So, nobody panic in Humboldt: that team is going to be just fine! As I just wrote, Hobbs came out on a mission, and Doug Johnson has his defending champion Hawks playing a very organized, tough brand of hockey; but I liked a lot of what I saw from Oystrick’s men too. No doubt it will be hard to replace the departed points of Logan Schatz, Jaxon Joseph, and co., but the Broncos absolutely generated plenty of chances, got solid goaltending from Dane Dow, and are clearly set up to play their hearts out every night. It will be very interesting to see what the Broncos come up with Wednesday night on the big ice in Wilcox against the Notre Dame Hounds.
3. Goals Galore! – Game 1 of the year was 2-1, but every other game produced at least four combined goals, while a home-and-home between the Estevan Bruins and Melville Millionaires saw the puck hit the back of the net a whopping 20 times! It is very early days, and the defensive breakdowns are going to happen, but there are plenty of offensive weapons around the provincial Junior Aloop, so if you like goals, make sure you tune in. I got the call of no fewer than 16 goals over the two-game set between Notre Dame and Melfort!
4. Penalties Galore! – Certainly, some credit for the out-pouring of goals is coming from the high number of penalties that have been called already. Five of the league’s 12 teams have had over 10 power play chances (nobody has played more than two games at time of writing), and the Hounds and Mustangs gifted each other 15 and 18, respectively, in their crazy home-and-home. Thirty power-play goals have been scored already in the league. So that begs the questions: are teams that undisciplined? Or have the referees been calling games tighter than ever so far? Probably a bit of Column A, and a bit of Column B.
5. Optimism in Kindersley? – The rivalry between the Kindersley Klippers and the Battlefords North Stars, the league’s most westerly clubs, is well-documented; so, for the Klips to grab two straight in their season opening home-and-home against the Stars has to be sweet for a club and a fanbase that was rife with question-marks heading into the campaign. The one piece that new Kindersley boss Clayton Jardine knew for sure would be there for himwas just that, however, as 20-year-old goaltender Justen Close was brilliant, especially while the Klippers were being outshot 24-11 in the final two periods in Kindersley on Saturday. Generating consistent offence appears to continue to be an issue, but they are still big, and still have Close – as good a goaltender as anyone in the province, by this writer’s estimation – so Kindersley cannot ever be taken lightly.
6. Zach Anderson Goes Ham – How about a four-goal game in Game 1 of the season for Melfort Mustangs second-year right winger Zach Anderson? He did the deed at home Saturday against Notre Dame, using some good straight-line speed to take advantage of the mistakes of the youthful Hounds. The 19-year-old from Calgary had five goals in 38 games last season, so anybody want to bet he sets a new career high?
7. Power Hounds – Speaking of those Hounds, they scored seven power-play goals over the two games vs. Melfort this weekend. Quarterbacked by the University of Maine commit Tim Gould at the point, and all-star Jared Hamm from the half-wall, they sure look to be a terror with the man-advantage all year. New ND boss Phil Roy was responsible for one of the NCAA’s best power plays at Clarkson University last year, so beware of giving his club the amount of opportunities that the Mustangs did.
8. Estevan, North Dakota – Had to ask Rob Mahon, Estevan Bruins broadcaster and overall great guy, what the obvious connection was between the club and the great state of North Dakota. At least five Bruins hail from the ‘Peace Garden State’, including 19-year-old winger TJ Irey, who is off to a red-hot start with two goals and seven points in the club’s two games against Melville. Irey, of Bismarck, is joined by Johnny Witzke, who has a shot to be the best defenceman in the SJHL and is also from Bismarck, and Michael McChesney – who is as good a bet as any to win the league scoring title this year, and comes from Dickinson, ND. Nice little pipeline they got there!By the way, Rob’s answer was simply that ‘this guy brought that guy, that guy brought this guy, etc.’…
9. Is Flin Flon Back? – In a year where the league is flush with new head coaches, Flin Flon’s own Mike Reagan enters his 11th season on the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. Last year might have been a rebuild after a 2016-17 run to the final, but two wins to start this campaign over what many believe to be a much-improved La Ronge club has some wondering if the powerful Bombers of old are back. Only time will tell if the Manitobans are the contenders they so often were under Reagan, but with talented returnees like Brandson Hein, Nate Hooper, and Calvin Boots in tow – not to mention Donovan Houle-Villeneuve who burst so impressively on the scene with six goals in seven post-season games a year ago – they are off to a great start. Hein especially won’t be hiding from anyone – the powerful ex-Everett Silvertip was a real handful when he joined up mid-season in 2017-18.
10. Munz Media – Have to give a tip of the cap to Munz Media, who has been hired by the league to generate some video and photography content once again this year. Their stuff is really great. Check out their vid from the Humboldt-Nipawin season opener here: https://twitter.com/theSJHL/status/1040658515885404160.
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The club will begin Saturday with the annual Home Opener Barbecue presented by A&W at the Armouries Yard, (1600 Elphinstone St), from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A burger and a pop will be available by a suggested two-dollar donation to Sheep Dogs for PTSD.
Sheepdogs for PTSD is a group of Saskatchewan First Responders, Veterans, friends and family that are trying to bring awareness to PTSD and raise funds to help purchase a Service Dog for a First Responder and/or Veteran with PTSD in Saskatchewan.
Following the barbecue, the Pats will take on the Prince Albert Raiders at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. The club will kick off the 101st season with a big pregame show, including player introductions.
The Pats are excited to offer a massive starting 50/50 pot on Saturday. Due to an unclaimed ticket from the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup, the pot will start at over $60,000 before a single ticket is sold.
Tickets for the game are available at reginapats.com.
Be sure to check out the Pats brand new merchandise at the Pats Store on Saturday. New stock is in for the 2018-19 season and is available now at the West end of the Brandt Centre.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Head Coach Chris Jones said they've turned their attention to the team's Week 15 game at Toronto on Saturday.
"You know what, we're not even talking about the game," Jones asserted. "We're practicing for Toronto and the Ottawa game's over."
However it's no secret the Riders' lack of production on offense is becoming a concern. Saskatchewan has scored a league-low 15 touchdowns on offense, but Jones refused to point fingers.
"We just are out here attempting to work and try to get better," Jones continued. "We're not living off of what we did yesterday in any phase. Everybody wants to blame the offense for lack of production but defensively we gave up nearly 500 yards offense the other night. Again it's not just one side of the football. It's all three sides.
"We're not worried about last year, like I just said. We're not worried about last week. We're worried about the here and now so we're going to work as hard as we can to show up and play as good of football as we can to attempt to win a football game in Toronto against a very well-coached football team.
"We've got very good coaches and we've won a lot of football games in the past. We're not going to sit there and panic over something that happened yesterday. We're gonna continue to work and try to get better in all phases. We haven't played good defense since before the break. We haven't played the defense we played early in the season so we're going to keep working to get back to what we've always done."
Veteran offensive guard Brendon Labatte was a little more forthcoming with the team's lack of success on offense.
"Extremely frustrating," Labatte said. "That's what we're here to do; to put points on the board and we're not doing a very good job of it. All you can do is keep your nose down, keep plugging away and trying to get better. That's what we're here to do this week."
Quarterback Zach Collaros said after Saturday's game that he'll take the blame for the team's struggles on offense. On Tuesday, he inferred that it was indeed a 'team' loss.
"I did watch the tape several times," Collaros said. "We learned we didn't play well enough to win and have to get better. Everything starts with detail. It's just attention to detail, and execution.
"There were a lot of plays to be made out there. It's not just one guy or one play. We just have to have better attention to detail, and focus."
The Roughriders visit the Argonauts Saturday at 5:30 pm Sask Time on TSN and the 620 CKRM Rider Radio Network.
Zach came to play Saturday night. Some of his receivers did too. The O-line did their job, as did running back Tre Mason. Special Teams rewarded those of us who braved the rainy forecast with 2 kick return touchdowns for crying out loud!
Just about everyone did their part. Except our OC. Sorry Stephen, but this one’s on you pal.
2. SHAQ EVANS OVERRATED: If you offered me a dollar for each time we’ve seen Shaq Evans drop a ball he should easily catch, I’d have enough money to buy at least one game ticket. As I told one of my coworkers inquiring about Shaq’s butterfingers Saturday night, ‘This isn’t a new thing with him’. We can blame Zach Collaros all we want but any quarterback can only take so many drops and such bad play-calling.
3. LOSING TO REDBLACKS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE: Nothing will hide your warts better than a 4-game winning streak. Problem is, those warts can get awful big by the time November rolls in. And CFL teams never get through November without the warts being removed.
The Riders have big problems on offense and never was that more clear than Saturday night. There’s still time to fix this before it’s too late. How do you fix it? That’s for Chris jones to figure out but I will say this: The Baltimore Ravens won a championship a few years back just a couple of months after firing their offensive coordinator. Not saying that will happen here or that it even needs to happen but there is still time to fix this.
4. WHAT I WANT FROM THE CFLPA: Before head honcho Brian Ramsay and the Players Association even get down to business over the next CBA, they had better demand a joint solution with the Commissioner and team owners on how to reimburse Jonathan Hefney’s medical expenses which have left him nearly broke. The retired CFL linebacker suffered his injury while playing in the CFL and his medical coverage lapsed as the one-year window from the end of his playing days had closed before his medical bills skyrocketed. Thank goodness he can use his right hand again but we should all be outraged that he has racked up more than $80,000 in doctor bills trying to live a normal life.
Before we hear anything about pensions, higher salaries, more Canadian quarterbacks or anything else, this issue needs to be addressed yesterday and so far, we’re not hearing much on what the 2 sides are willing to do to help one of their own.
5. MANZIEL STILL DOESN’T GET IT: Boy, Johnny sure showed us all his true colors last week, didn’t he? No time like a 2-game win streak on the sunniest week of the Alouettes otherwise cloudy existence these days to whine and complain about playing time. Antonio Pipkin finally had something to celebrate but Johnny just had to make the story all about him. Classic narcissist behavior. Was hoping for him to succeed but now I’m not so sure. His coaches and teammates deserve so much better.
6. CFL KICKERS JUST AS GOOD AS NFL KICKERS: Don’t believe me? Just ask the Vikings or Browns. I’d take Brett Lauther or Tyler Crapigna over anyone those teams have.
7. NO MORE MITCHING FOR THE REGINA RED SOX: Not surprised to break the news last week about Mitch MacDonald stepping down as Sox Manager to take a reduced role in the team’s front office. Fans don’t see how many hours managers, coaches, and everyone else in the organization grind out to run a good sports enterprise. And trust me, no-one, not even the manager, does it for the cash. Of the 7 managers who have run the Red Sox since their return in 2005, none of them have stayed longer than 3 years in a row. Disappointing, as I thought MacDonald was really hitting his groove as the manager but I still say we haven’t seen the last of Manager Mitch in a Red Sox uniform. In the meantime, we get to see what Jason Veyna can cook up after being rewarded for making a difference with the Red Sox pitching staff this past summer. #Isitmayyet?
8. BEST PART OF NFL SEASON: Monday Night Football parties! Went to Famoso downtown this week and had the most fun I’ve had on a Monday night in years. Treat yourself!
9. ENOUGH WITH THE WHINING ABOUT CAPITAL POINTE: Regina desperately needs more people living downtown. Let’s spend less time complaining about what should have been and what could still be built in that open hole. We need to push/encourage politicians and investors to get the core of our city moving!
10. BOOK/DOCUMENTARY OF THE WEEK: Shocked and honored to be a part of the Access Communications broadcast crew for the Regina Pats home opener against the Prince Albert Raiders this coming Saturday night! (Lots of the usual suspects are out of town on football broadcasts so they’re scraping the bottom of the barrel for this one. LOL). Found my love of broadcasting through hockey on the TV and radio and that’s where I started back in the day. Save for the odd U of R Cougar women’s game, I’ve drifted away from the rink in recent years but all full of piss and vinegar to do it again this weekend. The WHL is a much better product than the NHL. More odd-man rushes and shinny in the dub than the tennis matches and chess games we see in the NHL. Check us out!
(Follow Brendan on Twitter at @brendanhowardmc)
The veteran quarterback suffered a dislocated left shoulder on the opening series of the B.C. Lions' 32-14 road win in Montreal on Friday night. It's unclear if Lulay's season is done but the best-case scenario would seem to be missing four-to-six weeks before rejoining the squad sometime next month.
It's the latest in a long string of injuries for Lulay, who turns 35 later this month. But he's been especially snake-bit when facing the Alouettes in September.
Lulay has been hurt in four of his last five starts versus Montreal, all coming in the unlucky month.
He suffered a torn right labrum against Montreal on Sept, 13, 2013 then a strained left medial collateral ligament Sept. 3, 2015. And Sept. 8, 2017, Lulay's season ended with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament in a home contest versus the Alouettes.
Lulay was also forced from B.C.'s 26-14 home win over Ottawa on Sept. 7 after Redblacks' defensive lineman J.R. Tavai used his helmet to hit Lulay on the chin. No penalty was called but the CFL admitted one should've been, then fined Tavai.
To add insult to injury Friday night, Lulay was also randomly selected following the contest to provide a urine sample for drug testing.
Once again, the Lions are Jonathon Jennings' team. He opened the season as the starter before being replaced by Lulay after passing for just 487 yards with three interceptions and two TDs in B.C.'s first three contests.
Jennings finished 19-of-30 passing for 180 yards with a TD and interception against Montreal. He also ran eight times for 46 yards (5.8-yard average).
Jennings completed 10-of-12 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown versus Ottawa. The six-foot, 195-pound native of Columbus, Ohio, threw for 5,226 yards with 27 TDs in 2016 but dipped to 3,639 yards last season with more interceptions (19) than touchdowns (16).
Jennings' return comes with B.C.'s defence playing tough football. The unit had seven sacks and four interceptions _ returning two for TDs _ against Montreal while allowing just 224 offensive yards.
B.C. tops the CFL in sacks (31) and interceptions (16) and is third in fewest points allowed (24 per game).
B.C. (5-6) is currently tied with Winnipeg (5-7) for fourth in the West Division. The Lions will have a home-and-home with Hamilton (5-6) starting Saturday then host Toronto (3-8) on Oct. 6.
After that, B.C. will finish its regular season against West teams _ Oct. 13 at Calgary, Oct. 19 versus Edmonton, at Saskatchewan on Oct. 27 then hosting Calgary on Nov. 3.
BOMBERS' QB: The Montreal Alouettes will have a different quarterback under centre Friday when they visit Winnipeg but the Blue Bombers are standing pat.
Bombers head coach Mike O'Shea named veteran Matt Nichols as his starter Monday. Nichols practised with the No. 1 offence earlier in the day after being benched after the first half of Winnipeg's 32-27 loss to Saskatchewan on Sept. 8.
Nichols was 10-of-20 passing for 165 yards and three interceptions. Backup Chris Streveler also completed 10-of-20 passes for 160 yards with a TD but had two interceptions.
Johnny Manziel will start for Montreal. Antonio Pipkin made four straight starts for the Als but struggled mightily in Saturday's 32-14 home loss to the B.C. Lions.
INJURY WOES: Add DaVaris Daniels to the list of ailing Calgary Stampeders receivers.
Daniels suffered a shoulder injury in Calgary's 43-28 road win Saturday in Hamilton. Head coach Dave Dickenson told reporters Sunday that Daniels would be ``out for a while.''
He is Calgary's second-leading receiver with 50 receptions for 747 yards and seven TDs.
Receiver was certainly a position of strength to start the season for Calgary, especially with the return of Eric Rogers. The six-foot-three, 210-pound Rogers had 87 catches for 1,448 yards and 10 TD in 2015 before joining the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.
Rogers suffered a serious knee injury during training camp and never played a down for the 49ers, who released him a year later.
Rogers had 21 catches for 329 yards and five TDs in five games with Calgary before undergoing knee surgery in August. He participated in practice last week and will have time to heal further as the Stampeders' next game is Sept. 28 at home against the Toronto Argonauts.
Jorden was enjoying a solid '18 campaign with 55 catches for 944 yards _ both team highs _ and six TDs before suffering a season-ending knee injury in Calgary's 23-20 Labour Day win over Edmonton.
Reggie Begleton (five catches, 150 yards, TD) and Juwan Brescacin (five catches,109 yards) both broke the 100-yard plateau Saturday against Hamilton.
Of course, the constant remains starter Bo Levi Mitchell, the CFL leader in TD passes (27) who's also ranked third overall in passing yards (3,630). And Calgary will clinch a playoff berth Saturday if the Toronto Argonauts tie or lose their home game versus Saskatchewan.
OFFENCE SHINES: Trevor Harris threw for 334 yards and two TDs while Williams Powell ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns in the Ottawa Redblacks' 30-25 road win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday.
The victory was Ottawa's first in three games and came after scoring a combined 25 points in two straight losses.
But thanks in large part to Harris and Powell, the offence had 494 yards against Saskatchewan, including 160 yards rushing. What's more, the Riders had no sacks.
Ottawa's defence did its part, intercepting Saskatchewan starter Zach Collaros twice and holding him to 10-of-27 passing for 162 yards with a TD. The Riders managed 240 yards offensively.
Ottawa (7-5) moved atop the East Division, two points ahead of Hamilton (5-6). Saskatchewan (7-5) had its four-game win streak halted and remains tied for second with Edmonton in the West Division.
YACHETTI REMEMBERED: Roger Yachetti, the former chairman of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, died Sunday. He was 78.
The Ticats confirmed Yachetti's death Monday. A cause wasn't provided but Yachetti reportedly suffered a stroke last week.
Yachetti, a Hamilton lawyer, served as club chairman from 1992-95 and helped assemble a community-based consortium to buy the franchise.
In 1994, he led the "Drive for '95,'' that helped the franchise reach the CFL-mandated goal of selling 15,000 season tickets for the '95 campaign.
"We mourn the passing of a great Tiger-Cats supporter, former investor and executive, Roger Yachetti,'' Ticats owner Bob Young said in a statement. "Roger's contributions to the team will always be an important part of our history.
"Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.''