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Monday, June 29, 2015

MOSAIC PLACE MONDAY MORNING GOALIE


1 - ALL ABOUT DURANT:  It's been a very long time since I've seen everyone running off in all different directions like they did Saturday night when Darian Durant went down with a ruptured Achilles tendon which ended his 2015 season shortly after it started.  From the moment he was carted off the field with two minutes to go in the first half of the Riders' eventual 30-26 Week 1 loss to the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the rampant speculation began.  In this instance, the speculation turned out to be right.

Darian went down innocently enough - without even being hit - but within seconds the theories were rampant throughout the sidelines, the stadium, the press box, the national viewing audience and the Twitterverse that his left Achilles was blown and his season would be kaput.

Now I've called enough football and hockey games to know you shouldn't go on air and speculate on an injury.  Leave it to the professionals in the medical field.  So I wasn't going to go out on that limb but CKRM Rider analyst Carm Carteri wasn't afraid to and - after having suffered the exact same injury himself as a player - he accurately diagnosed the wound before the second half even kicked off.  However I still wasn't comfortable with reporting the Achilles news until the team actually confirmed it themselves.

And here's how that went down:  Riders head coach Corey Chamblin was understandably agitated when he joined us live on CKRM's 5th Quarter Postgame Show.  At that time, he still hadn't received confirmation himself and would only say, "All I know is, he's out."  The interview lasted less than a minute.

15 minutes or so later, the still-upset Chamblin faced the assembled reporters in the Riders' postgame press conference room however he still didn't have an update on Durant.  He told the masses - and the live listening audience on 620 CKRM - that he'd be briefed on Darian's status later in the evening and the team would then hold a news conference Monday morning to inform the world.

Good enough for me.

However when I jumped in my vehicle and turned on CKRM's SportsCage Rider Roundtable, analyst Luc Mullinder reported that the team had just issued a news release stating Durant had indeed suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and his 2015 season was over.

Huh?

Chamblin was quickly hassled on social media, including by at least one local reporter, for not being forthright about Durant's situation during his postgame interviews.  However the fact of the matter is Chamblin wasn't handed the bad news until minutes after the news conference had adjourned.  The head coach even asked if it was possible to call the media back but by then it was too late.

Cue the hysteria in the Rider Nation.  Facebook and Twitter exploded even further, with many writing the season off and some season ticket holders offering up their seats for the rest of the season.  Even in the "Austin" parking lot as I was walking out, one inebriated fan in a DURANT jersey kicked a Pilsner can and screamed, "F*&K!" as he looked up at the sunset.

He summed up pretty much everyone's feelings on the matter.

2 - OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT:  Social media can actually be used for good too.  Here's a collection of comments from CFL-types on Twitter after Saturday's game regarding Darian:

HAMILTON QB ZACH COLLAROS: @ZCollaros7 - Prayers and well wishes for Darian Durant and Mike Reilly ... 2 great players & ambassadors for our league!  Prayers 4 speedy/full recoveries

OTTAWA QB HENRY BURRIS: @HenryBurris - Darian Durant I'm feeling your pain this morning!  I'm lost at words because of all the hard work you put in to achieve excellence this year!

TSN'S Rod Smith: @RodSmithTSN - I feel terrible for Darian Durant after everything he endured to get back this year.  Awful first week in the CFL for the health of QB's.

CTV REGINA'S LEE JONES: @LeeJonesCTV - Feel so bad for Darian Durant.  Worked so hard to get back after elbow injury.  Football can be so cruel

OTTAWA REC ALEX PIERZCHALSKI: @Pierzchalski18 - Devasted at the news Darian Durant.  You are in my prayers brother

FORMER SK QB KERRY JOSEPH: @kerryjoseph4 - Praying for you Lil Bro!  I hope it's not serious

TSN'S MATT DUNIGAN: @MattDuniganTSN - Too many Q-Dawgs going down!  Absolutely horrendous to watch.   Feel for Darian Durant, Mike Reilly, Jonathan Crompton and Dan LeFevour.  Heal fast.  Godspeed!

VIKINGS LB BRIAN PETERS: @brian_peters10 - Prayers up for Darian Durant.  #soldier

** Durant himself took to Twitter after Saturday's game writing: @DarianDurant Thanks to everyone for their prayers ... especially my fellow Q's around the league and #RiderNation

I'm usually pretty good with emphathizing with the sports figures we cover but in this case I'm at a loss for what Darian Durant is going through right now.  His 2014 elbow injury was bad enough that it could have broken a lesser-athlete.  He endured so much and put in so much work to come back at 100% and now this.  In football terms, it's unspeakable how tragic and devastating this is for him and potentially the team.

3 - SO NOW WHAT?:  If the Riders hadn't signed Kevin Glenn as an insurance policy for Durant, I'd be right there among those writing the season off.  After all, that's what happened last year.  The whole team sagged after the 2014 Banjo Bowl and no one could put a finger on why in time to salvage the campaign.  Chamblin said this spring they felt they've strengthened the club in a lot of areas in an effort to ensure that doesn't happen again.

Surely he didn't expect it to happen at all, let alone this quickly.  However on Saturday, they couldn't overcome it as a group.  And to hang Saturday's loss on Durant's injury would be misplaced.  After all, they were trailing 15-14 at the time of the injury and Kevin Glenn actually put the Riders into a 26-23 lead with 7:09 to go in the football game.

No, the defense was fitted with the goathorns for this loss giving up 452 yards and eschewing effective tackling.  Chamblin admitted as much afterwards.  (It should be noted the Bomber defense will be looking in the mirror as well, giving up 497 yards to Saskatchewan including big plays of 53, 47, 53 and 36 yards).

Is this season now a wash?  Not on your life.

But the amount of work facing Chamblin, Taman, et al right now is unfathomable.  I can't imagine this regime will get a pass just because Durant's out.  The expectation from above should and still will be nothing short of the 2015 Grey Cup.

4 - PAGING A QUARTERBACK:  The quarterback issue is one thing, but Chamblin noted that they lost four other starters as well Saturday night but the severity of their injuries wasn't immediately known after the game.  The list included linebacker Shea Emry, cornerback Marshay Green, safety Keenan MacDougall and returner/receiver Nic Demski.

The havoc facing the Saskatchewan Roughriders right now is head-spinning.  As the postgame show went on  and on Saturday night, the worse the feeling got.  Stomach-turning really.

So now the Riders are in the hunt for another quarterback, not to mention players for the other ailing positions.  As far as the QB goes, the club told me preference will be given to a player who's versed in the Jacques Chapdelaine offense.  That would include just about anyone who's played quarterback for the B.C. Lions between 2003 and 2013 or for the Roughriders over the past few months.  Tino Sunseri would likely be an option, but would he be willing to come back two weeks after being cut by this very same club?

One thing's for sure, in this situation, Tino is holding all the cards.  I'd guess his agent has been in touch with the Alouettes and Eskimos as well since Jonathan Crompton, Dan LeFevour and Mike Reilly all went down in Week 1.

What about Casey Printers?  Don't scoff.  The former Lions quarterback actually let it be known on Twitter Sunday that he'd be willing to come to Saskatchewan to help fill the void.

However a quick text message from me to the Roughriders basically resulted in a "Thanks but no thanks".

Case closed there.  God bless technology.

The Roughriders will be holding an 11:00 am news conference on Monday and we'll likely get an indication at that time which direction they intend to go.  Time is limited.  Their Week 2 practice week begins on Wednesday and on Sunday they host the Toronto Argonauts (1:30 pm, TSN, CKRM Rider Radio Network).

I haven't seen the Roughriders get hit with so much turmoil all at once since the 2009 Grey Cup and the 13th Man.

Holy Smokes!  Things have calmed down since Saturday night but it doesn't seem that in any way they've been stabilized.

5 - "THAT'S A BULLSH*T QUESTION MURRAY":  I've mentioned that Chamblin's blood was boiling and his mind was racing in the moments after that emotional game on Saturday.  But it still came as a surprise when Chamblin uttered the above response to a question posed by the Leader Post's Murray McCormick in the news conference.  McCormick asked, "Was that the defense you envisioned...?" which caused Corey to go off.  Carm Carteri's eyebrows raised above his glasses as we were listening live upstairs.

The message boards have had a field day with this situation but it should be noted that Chamblin apologized at the conclusion of the news conference.  What was the reasoning behind the question?  Surely Murray couldn't have thought Chamblin expected his team to give up 452 yards of net offense.  But I shouldn't speak for McCormick.  I've invited him on Monday's SportsCage to present his side of the story and am waiting to hear back.

I bet if you asked Chamblin right afterwards, he wouldn't have been able to recall much of what he said.  Think for a second about what a chaotic situation that was for the man in charge of the Saskatchewan Roughriders at that period in time.  I don't blame him one bit.

6 - JUST NOTES TO WRAP UP:   The official attendance on Saturday was 32,288 which is 1,139 short of a sellout.  The empty seats in the corners of the south endzone were an eyesore on national television.  The Roughriders can't sellout their home-opener, against Winnipeg, on a Saturday night when the temperature was 29 degrees Celsius?  WTH?  ...

* The city was a ghost town Saturday night after the game.  As I drove some friends and family home, tumbleweeds blew across the streets.  Local bar owners tell me it's a $20,000 hit when the Riders lose a weekend home game ...

* Congrats to the three winners of the Twitter contest I held on Saturday from my account @sportscage.  Jade, Mitch and Kelly were all appreciative recipients of Week 1 tickets and I personally handed them over outside the Rider ticket office at noon on Saturday ...

* That's what I've tabbed, "On The Ground Marketing" ...

* That was also just before CFL Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge met with the media at the north end of the New Mosaic Stadium.  Regarding his Regina experience, Orridge said, "This is exactly the atmosphere you dream about as a Commissioner." ...

* Why was Indianapolis Colts lineman Ben Heenan wearing a #97 John Chick jersey in the crowd at the Riders' preseason home game against Calgary 10 days ago?  Because it's the only Rider jersey in his family that doesn't have 65 HEENAN on the back ...

* I'll be interested to see the TV ratings for Friday night.  The CFL's Hamilton-Calgary game - a ringadingdong dandy on TSN - was up against Round 1 of the NHL Entry Draft on Rogers Sportsnet.  I honestly can't even guess which would've drawn more viewers.  It should be pointed out too, that all the drama of Connor McDavid going #1 occured about an hour-and-a-half before the kickoff at McMahon Stadium.  And gosh was that orange Oilers jersey hideous.  Conversely I thought the new Arizona Coyotes jerseys were resplendent.

* Congratulations to the five Regina Pats who were drafted over the weekend: Sergey Zobrovsky (NY Rangers), Austin Wagner (L.A. Kings), Jesse Gabrielle (Boston Bruins), Connor Hobbs (Washington Capitals) and Colby Williams (Washington Capitals).  Having Capitals birddogs Ross Mahoney and Darrell Baumgartner living in Regina certainly didn't hurt.

* Vancouver radio station News 1130 reported over the weekend the Vancouver Giants head coaching job has come down to two WHL coaching veterans: Lorne Molleken and Ryan McGill.  The announcement should come this week.

* The power was out here in the southeast end of Regina from about 8:40 AM to at least 2:30 PM which was a major pain.  Why was it out?  We headed to Ricky's in Harbour Landing but it was empty and the workers were outside twiddling their thumbs.  The lineup to Smitty's at Southland Mall was out the door.  So we went to The Chimney to experience their Sunday morning brunch.  It wasn't bad.  I'd rate it slightly ahead of Brewster's.  Any other Sunday morning suggestions in this town?

* Caught two movies over the past week:  Jurassic World and Spy.  Given a choice between the two, I've got to steer you to Jurassic World.  It was a great, old school flick with a love story, comedic kid adventures, heart-racing suspense and no swearing.  It also brought up the warm fuzzy feelings of the early 1990's when Taylor Field was dubbed "Juri-Sack Park" because of Bobby Jurasin's ferocious attack on the CFL's sack record book.  Love Bobby J.

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That's all for this week and thanks to Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw for sponsoring the MMG over the past 12 weeks.  We're expecting to have a new sponsor in place by next Monday.  In the meantime, Mosaic Place has jumped on board as the sponsor of our Roughrider game recaps.

GOD BLESS MOOSE JAW!  HAVE A GREAT WEEK...

RP
@sportscage
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66 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bring back Tino ? Why would we invest in a proven scrub? Let's get a young QB that has potential not a proven loser.

Anonymous said...

I am sitting here still in shock. I have waited 9 months to see Darian back playing, and now we lose him for another year. I have watched the tape of him being injured and for the life of me cannot figure out how you tear an Achilles by stepping wrong? I think Chamblin and the whole Rider's organization is busy right now playing damage control. To lose so many starters in one game is almost unheard of. I wonder if we would not have been better off to lose players during training camp, like Edmonton did?

The only QB that knows Chapdelaine's system is Tino Sunseri. I am thinking that there is going to be a bidding war for his services from several teams, as there are not many QBs out there with CFL experience.

I look forward to this season under Kevin Glenn. I would have preferred watching Darian, but am glad we at least have a bonafide backup this year.

IMAGIRL

Anonymous said...

Great perspective Rod! I left the game pretty empty....an Achilles injury is not as devastating as it was in the 1970's....thank God...trusting Darian will feed off this just like Rob Bagg did....4 others have similar fates, so wish all the best to all....we have these boys as heroes for such a short time and they mean so much to us during that time....As far as Murray M's question.....couldn't agree more....but throwing him under the Bus is not fair either. Interesting that the replay on the other station tried to delete the question from their broadcast....all this really demonstrates is Being a Rider reporter/broadcaster maybe a wonderful job.....it comes with very high expectations. Thanks to you and all others for what you do.

Anonymous said...

You want to now why it wasn't a sell out? People aren't enthralled with this team anymore. We have no idea for example who the next generation of players are. When Tillman wash here we had tons of injuries and ended up 12-6 because of the likes of newcomers like Robb Bagg, Dressler, etc... In 5 years Taman has done nothing to replace our Canadians or our QB. I have season tickets but was away and just watching the Riders mail that one in on defence from my phone was sickening!! This team hasn't captured the magic of the fan are like it did from 07-13. And that was before the injuries.

Anonymous said...

Good on Murray for the question about our bulls&@t defence! It was legit and you shouldn't be bullied by the head coach for asking it. What was bulls$&t is the coach treating you that way!!! Please don't stop asking the tough questions. All other reporters in Regina, take note.

Anonymous said...

I've literally felt sick all weekend. Durant doesn't deserve this. I can't imagine how he's feeling right now but I hope he's keeping his chin up.

Anonymous said...

Excuse me but as a sports reporter Murray M can ask whatever question he has the balls to ask.
If Chamblins skin is that thin that he has to answer in such a way, then he might want to follow Tino out the door.

I wish we had a few more media type in this town that have the stones to ask the tough questions, instead of fearing they'll be left off the buffet list for not asking softball questions.

Anonymous said...

Next generation of players:

Ryan Smith, Nic Demski, Cory Watman, Naaman Rosevelt, Brett Smith, Rory Canop, Tevion Clark, Jeff Knox, Levi Steinhuer,...just to name a few.

Good try though.

Anonymous said...

Really .... you're defending Chamblin for being a d*** rather than one of your fellow reporters for actually asking someone from the Riders a tough question for once in their life. I'm not too surprised though.

Anonymous said...

Coaches shouldn't have to put up with Dipsh!t media questions.

Good on Ya Cory!

Anonymous said...

I think all of you need to remember that obviously, Chamblin was upset about the game, especially because of all of the injuries. And he apologized after the scrum. Besides, that was a stupid question. Murray could have framed it in a different way. That obviously wasn't the defence Chamblin envisioned. They had horrible tackling and gave up 400+ yards. Feels like Murray was kind of rubbing that in his face, even if he didn't mean to. Everyone needs to give Chamblin a break.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully this will bring Chamblins ego down to reality, he doesn't have Richy Hall here to blame for not playing an aggressive style of defence to which Chamblin wanted. As for not being able to have a sell out, why would people want to leave their cottages, backyards etc. when it is 30c outside. I have one solution and its call "local blackout" make people fill the seats before lifting blackouts.

Anonymous said...

The Leader Post ... inaccurate since 1900.

Anonymous said...

Oh poor Cory. Let's all coddle him when the Riders lose. He's the head coach and facing the media is part of the job. It's not all sunshine and lollipops.

Anonymous said...

Now the Chapdelaine Tamon weakness is exposed. Two American starters on the line. It's easier to find Canadian depth on the line than at MLB or safety or receiver. Huff always has plenty of Canadian offensive line depth. What to do now? Move turnstile Clark to tackle backed up by Vonk to get the last Canadian on the field? Scratch a potential 1000 yard Allen to start Messem backed up by McHenrey? The brain trust were hoping that McDougall could play safety but there clearly was no backup and the resulting shuffling resulted in a confused defensive backfield. Perhaps Woldu and Shomari will return. The lack of Canadian depth doomed this season with or without Darian. Management takes the fall for this one.

Anonymous said...

That was a bullshit question. Ask him 'what went wrong with the defence' instead of the snarky way he phrased it. These reporters have never had to deal with 1/100th of the pressure a CFL coach has on a daily basis. Win or lose, show the man some respect.

Anonymous said...

The L-P has their own agenda against the Riders. Some of the stuff they throw out there just makes me shake my head.

Anonymous said...

"A tough question" - are you kidding! The question was one in a long line of stupid questions spouted off by reporters in sports who were too lazy to prepare and construct an intelligent question. Murray is better than that and needs to up his game.

Harvey

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the stupid questions would not need to be asked if the stupid people wanting to here something negative would not feed the thoughtless. Riders have not made any excuses for the poor defense but they could have....for god sakes our defense fell apart because we ran out of bodies that could play the defensive positions....No Breckenridge/no Keenan MacDougald....means 3rd string safety.....No Emery means our Canadian replacement MLB would be 3rd string on any other team. Yes we lost Durant and we are down a quarterback and paid for a better 2nd stringer.....now the idiot arm chair general managers will come out and say recruiting was poor. Reality is we could keep good 2nd stringers in a non salary cap world.....but we do not live in a non salary cap world.

Anonymous said...

Kevin Glenn knows what injuries are all about - remember the 2007 Grey Cup. I can see Glenn being highly motivated to get back to the Grey Cup, in Winnipeg no less, and cap off his career with the Cup.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

Dumb question but curious. Regarding the ratio, I know 7 STARTERS must be canadian... but does there have to be a certain % of canadians on the field at all times? How does this work? Is an official constantly making sure the ratio is correct?

Thanks,

Brad

TKP said...

1. Corey would not have been mad if Murray had asked an "obvious question" like, "Do you think Messam played a good game tonight?", so why should he be mad at an "obvious question" that highlighted something that was obviously wrong? Grow up, be professional and answer the question. It is part of your job!

2. The injury is terrible for Darian and I feel bad for the team, but the over-the-top response to it on this blog is interesting. As someone once said, "If what happens to a group of men playing a kid's game is ruining your day, that may be a problem". I love the Riders, have tickets to take my family to a game this year and I read this blog every day to keep up with the latest news. However, it is not life and death as some are making it out to be. We have a good backup and the team will adjust. The sun came up and it is a beautiful day. Chill out, dudes! There are bigger issues in the world.

John Moore said...

"Feels like Murray was kind of rubbing that in his face, even if he didn't mean to. Everyone needs to give Chamblin a break."
With what happened in the game I can understand both sies here. The question still remain why was the defence so terrible at tackling....it has been a problem for some time now and Chamblin has not been able to improve on it. Riders have gone with vets from the league and have for a long time been very weak at bringing along replacement players....we are old and injuries happen. Recruiting has been and is a huge problem of the GM...again since he can't find talent we go with an even older QB for a backup. We suffer now for our failure to bring along a QB over the years....we stick with the 1 man QB and let our backups go elseway. Often in the past the game was decided and yet there is DD still quarterbacking instead of letting the backup get some game experience. Thatn is all Chamblin's coaching. Veryn interesting to see what they do now......

Anonymous said...

C'mon Murray's question was pretty dumb you guys! Should Coach Chamblin have reacted the way he did, no but honestly with did McCormick expect that's basically kicking a guy when he's down and he should have known better than to ask him that, especially at that point in time. C'mon Murray, head check pal that was a rookie move

Anonymous said...

Was that the defence you envisioned was the question? Was Murray too dense to see Emry was gone, Green was gone and McDougall who was in for Brackenridge was gone? That's a tough pill to swallow and for Murray to ask that question was a little over the top. Had the injuries not factored into the equation, it is a legit question, but to ask that question is not fair. It is no wonder there are some in that room who hate certain media members in this town.

Anonymous said...

I thought the crowd wasn't bad. Anything over 28000 is fine. Truth is, it's very expensive to get a ticket and all of those end zone seats are so low they're worthless.

The game day experience now consists of 1-2 block lineups to get into the stadium as they check for contraband to boost the bottom line (but there's no way they're making it more secure as any weapon is securely hidden on a person's body and it's only a bag check for 3 seconds).

Once I got in, I bought a beer and a pop at the game and both were $7! (The price of a bevy hasn't changed in over a year at the LBS and the volunteer labour is $0 so why the 10% increase?)

The game was entertaining but many I've talked to have reached a tipping point because of the costs and corporate feel of the organization nowadays.

Rob in Stoon

Rally Driver said...

IMAGIRL, I have witnessed 4 Achilles snap over the last few years, all playing racquetball, and seen others similarly injured shortly after the injury occurred. All of these injuries occurred during normal play, none happened during a slip or an abnormal stretch. If you watch Kobe Bryant's injury, there seems to be nothing that would cause an injury. There seems to be no rhyme nor reason to this injury. All that were injured looked over their shoulder to see who had hit them with a racquet and were surprised to find that no one had. Most had surgery, but the most recent just allowed it to heal, and it did, which also seems as illogical as the injury. All resumed play 6 months to a year later.

Anonymous said...

Does rod or anyone ever watch an nfl coach's conference? They ask the tough questions all the time. Every move and call is questioned. Its only in regina where most of reporters are afraid to ask the tough questions in fear foe their jobs. Riders make this province too much money to upset them. You read it here today $20000 loss.

Im also dissapointed by chamblins comments about Glenn how he wasn't brought in to play and such and how it hurts to loose DD. Yea it true but this is a next man up business.

chad said...

I don't know about others and can only speak for my self ! But I can't afford a rider game anymore and it's not because of anything the riders have done !
The city of regina keeps nickel and diming me to death with fees and increases to every thing to the point were even my water bill is 50 percent higher than power and gas combined !
I hate to miss games but I'm worried that this will be the norm with others as well

Dennis said...

When DD went down I felt we could still win but needed the d to have a big game, and that didnt happen. Milo missing a field goal didnt help and hopefully that isnt a sign of things to come this year from him. As for the empty seats, if you try to purchase tickets now they are all single seats, i dont know about most people but I would prefer to sit with friends and not with strangers by myself. If the Riders call Tino and he refuses I hope they can find a capable 3rd stringer, have faith in Glenn but after that is anybodys guess.

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Curtis said...

While we are all depressed over the injuries to Durant, Emery, MacDougall, Green and Demski, there were some positives that came out of the game on Saturday.

One, it appears we can run the ball. With over 200 yards rushing, this disrespected O-Line proved that they can get the job done. After one game BOTH Allen and Messam are on pace to exceed 1000 yards.

Two, J Rich still has it. If one game is any indication, J Rich proved that he can still make the difficult catch and move the chains.

Three, Ray Early does make a difference. It was good to see kickoffs going deep. Even with the sloppy tackling, on most occasions the Bombers started drives before the 35. Over the course of the game, these yards do make a difference.

As for Jacques wanting a QB that knows his system, there are only 3 out there that have not retired. Tino, Casey and Noah. The Riders have turned down Casey, Noah is back at school and Tino was just cut. So that means that Jacques will get a QB that does not know his system. I am open to suggestions on who the Riders will target, but heaven help us if this yet to be named player sees any playing time.

To fill the void on the other injuries, Waldu is an obvious choice to fill in for MacDougall. To fill in for Green there are a couple of guys on the PR. As for Demski, the Riders have Alex Carroll or Seydou Junior Haidara. The difficult injury to recover from is the one to Emery. Good Canadian MLB are hard to find. That is an injury could affect the ratio. The only good news is that the Riders started more than 7 Nationals on game 1 so they do have some flexibility.

Anonymous said...

I think Murray and Corey would both like a mulligan over that exchange.

Anonymous said...

The attendance was pathetic. Rider Nation is Canada's great bandwagon.

Anonymous said...

When you talk smack all training camp about your defense and it stumbles in 3 games so far, I think the question is fair.

Anonymous said...

So I hear Tino's on his way back. Does everyone feel better now ?

Anonymous said...

A couple things:

1) In the hierachy of life - it's not a major issue.

2) You all wanted Darian gone for years and now you get your wish. Good luck without him.

3) You all wanted Richie Hall gone for years and now you get your wish. Good luck without him.

4) Murray in fact did ask a stupid question, but all told I couldn't tell you the last time I read the Regina Leader Post.

5) Life is good. The birds sing, the sun shines, and you people don't bother me one iota. I went to the game on Saturday. Drank water, and just enjoyed a great day at the stadium. I won't go to the BC game at 8:00 p.m., but no reason I will not be at the rest of them.

Y'er Welcome
Obama

GWil26 said...

Woldu doesn't even play the same position as MacDougal.... How can he replace him?

Anonymous said...

Anon says ...... "When you talk smack all training camp about your defense and it stumbles in 3 games so far, I think the question is fair"

When you ask a question that you already know the answer, then it's a dumb question.

Also, did the defense really stumble for three games now? The starting defense held Edm scoreless in first pre-season game and in the 2nd pre-season game, the starters held Calgary to 16 pts in three quarters. Yes, we aren't as deep as we'd like but injuries to 4 starters would be tough on any team.

Anonymous said...

What was wrong with 32000 plus come on!

Anonymous said...

To have someone who knows the system and is able to coach up and support Smith

Anonymous said...

A big part of the coach's job is dealing with the media. A simple "No" would have sufficed. It's not on the reporters to walk on egg shells after every loss

Anonymous said...

Great post Curtis!

Anonymous said...

I agree with most of your points except the Hall remark. We gained more offensive yards (488-453). With a backup quarterback for the second half. Hall's mantra is to stop the run and we gained 210 on the ground. Losing him isn't the problem.

Not saying we dont have a million issues on that side of the ball, most of them basic fundamentals, but Hall wouldn't be the solution

Anonymous said...

Consistent ongoing CFL franchise success; Hire former player quarterback as your Gm, head coach, or combine both. See; B.C. Calgary, Hamilton, Toronto in no particular order.

Bomswa Adawa

Wanda Harron said...

Going to stray from the Rider talk...

I've heard many comments about it being "chick football" but I want to give a big thumbs up today to the Regina Riot for winning the WWCFL Prairie Conference title yesterday over the Saskatoon Valkyries 31-29.

The game was highly entertaining and went right down to the wire with the Riot kicking a FG with 15 seconds left.

Good luck to the Riot when it takes on Edmonton Saturday for the WWCFL title.

Hopefully yesterday's game opened some eyes to the talent of these gals and they will get more support next season.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for that reminder Wanda. Congratulations Regina Riot, good luck/best wishes In your pursuit of the WWCFL Championship against Edmonton.

Bomswa Adawa

Anonymous said...

Murray McCormick is my hero. Ever since John Robertson left the Leader Post in the 1960s there hasn't been a media member in the province that would ask a tough question of a Rider coach or GM. There was BS alright but it wasn't the question, it was the answer.

Anonymous said...

Has Brendan phoned Kerry yet?

@mrt_man said...

I AM STILL IN SHOCK OVER THE WHOLE THING... DON'T WANT TO BE TOO DOOM AND GLOOM, BUT THE DURANT INJURY JUST SUCKS. ALL OFF SEASON LOOKING FORWARD TO HIS RETURN, WITH EVERYONE AND I AM SURE HIMSELF HOLDING THEIR BREATH AND HOPING THAT HIS ELBOW WILL BE BACK IN SHAPE... OH... THIS YEAR IS NOT GONNA LOOK HOW ANYONE HOPED.

BY THE SAME TOKEN, I KNOW I SHOULD TRY TO STAY POSITIVE... MAYBE I SHOULD GO BUY A GLENN JERSEY AS A SHOW OF SUPPORT? FOR SOMEONE WHO AS PLAYED AS WELL AS HE HAS FOR SO LONG, HE SURE HAS A TOUGH TIME GETTING ANY RESPECT.

I WAS GLAD FOR THE McCormick BLOW UP... AT LEAST SOMETHING WAS SAID DURING AN INTERVIEW.

ANYONE ELSE FIND THE 1/2 SIZE BIGGEST POPCORN AVAILABLE A LIL DEPRESSING? #FATTIEPROBLEMS

Anonymous said...

Jacques Chapdelaine doing the Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club a huge disservice by being close minded as to who can be recruited to play at the QB position in a relief role if the need arises. Roughriders need to get some players in for the long haul development, may as well start now.

Anonymous said...

OBLAHMA! OBLAHMA! OBLAHMA!

MC Matt said...

I have no real concerns about the 2015 football season. It was a great game to watch Saturday night and I expect a fun season of football. Kevin Glenn is an excellent passer and can run this offense. Would we be better with DD, absolutely.

My big concern is for Darian the man. Just devastated for him. He was poised for a monster season. He is the best player to wear green and white in a generation. He never gives up on a game and the Riders are never out of a game with Darian on the field.

One thing that I always say about Darian Durant is that he is the architect of his own success. Darian has achieved success by his own hard work and relentless pursuit of improvement. Because of that, even though he will miss this season, I firmly believe that even on the sidelines he will find ways to grow as a quarterback. It's a safe bet that Darian Durant will take any opportunity to improve as a QB and what he gains off the field this season will help him on the field for the next several years of his career.

One last thing, Rod mentioned that Mosaic wasn't full for opening night. It should have been. I saw some comments about line-ups and the cost of concessions. Believe me, Rider nation has it good. Getting into a Dodger game there are security screens and metal detectors. Want a beer and a hot dog, $20.

The real reason that the stadium should be full, however, is that the experience of a game at Mosaic only happens 10, maybe 11, times a year. There is nothing like being there and being a part of it. After moving away from Sask, it is things like nights at the Rider game that you really miss. 11 times a year there is an opportunity to be a part it and i don;t care if the team is 18-0 or 0-18. It's about being there, living, taking it in. Life is not something you should watch on TV I don;t care how big your flatscreen is! I have always said that if I ever got a chance to move back home, I would never miss another game. That's 2 cents from someone who can't go to games but wishes otherwise.

Anonymous said...

Coaches should never, ever get emotional at a press conference at anytime regardless of the situation. They are there to give brief answers to the predictable questions. They need to borrow more cliches from hockey players who are trained in how to respond to all types of questions. The bottom line is to strive to be bland, that is what fans expect.

Lester said...

I think that Darian is the type of athlete who, like Sheets, can bounce back and excel at his position once again.

He can take heart from knowing that when AC was his age, he was only starting to begin a high level of production and success for Montreal. Production that resulted in him breaking all kinds of passing records.

For me as a long time fan of the Riders and Durant, I am counting on Darian to be their leading the team in 2017 at the home opened at our stadium.

Anonymous said...

Chamblin's press conferences could get to be lots of fun if the Riders lose a few more games. Is he capable of holding it together if the questions start getting tougher ?

Anonymous said...

What's this crap about preferring a QB that is familiar with a Chapdelaine offense? If Chapdelaine is in such a rut that he can't change things I'm betting every defensive coordinator in the league knows a Chapdelain offense.

Anonymous said...

2 out of 3 NFL players never come back from a blown Achilles & recovery is 12-18 months for most cases. DD may have played his last game, best wishes either way

Anonymous said...

Forget Chamlins rant, maybe he can hold a clinic on tackling technique this wee.

Anonymous said...

Who is the idiot who keeps TYPING IN CAPITAL LETTERS!

Tone it down dude, tone it down!

Anonymous said...

Are you sure he really knows the system? I could be wrong, but i don't think a mini camp and half a training camp is that much time to learn a new system completely.Over the past 2 years he has shown flashes here and there that he can be a qb in the league. But last year he just didn't seem to be able to handle starting, and his timing this preseason, he seemed late on every play, and doesn't have the legs to make something haopen when a play falls apart. After this long and him still not playing consistently game to game, I think it was time to part ways.but that's just my opinion, and I can't think of any other qbs available that know the league let alone the system.

Anonymous said...

It's, "slow down your roll"

Anonymous said...

Why has there been no coverage on your blog for the five Regina Pats selected in the NHL draft?

Rod Pedersen said...

They were mentioned in this column.

Anonymous said...

Rod, what are your thoughts on Jesse Gabrielle slipping to the 4th round? Wasn't he an 'elite propsect'?

Anonymous said...

If you want Pat stuff in July, and other WHL news, go to Phil's blog.

Old Hank