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Sunday, July 19, 2015

MOSAIC PLACE RECAP: LIONS 27 RIDERS 24 **WITH CHAMBLIN QUOTES


REGINA (CP) - A.C. Leonard was all smiles after his performance under the Friday night lights.

The rookie wideout hauled in two touchdown passes that propelled the B.C. Lions to a 27-24 victory over the host Saskatchewan Roughriders, the second straight win for the Lions over their West Division opponent.

"I knew my day would come eventually,'' said the first-year receiver, who had four catches for 26 yards. "I've been putting in my work, staying ready and it feels good to get my first touchdowns.''

Leonard's second score of the game, a two-yard reception, proved to be the difference as the Riders mounted a late charge to make things interesting.

There were no smiles on the other side of the field, however. The Riders have lost four straight to open the 2015 CFL regular season, with three of those losses coming at home. The Riders remain the league's lone winless club.

The Lions, meanwhile, improved to 2-1.

Friday's game was far from a sellout, a rarity in Saskatchewan, as just 26,159 spectators braved a chilly and rainy night at Mosaic Stadium.

"That's on us. That's our fault,'' explained Riders running back Anthony Allen, who rushed for 80 yards and one touchdown.

"It's rough losing three at home. It's disheartening for us, it's really disheartening for our fans. They don't want to come out to watch us play because we're not playing good football right now. We need to start playing better and maybe they're come back.''

A low-scoring first half saw just 13 points scored - with the Lions leading 9-4. But Shaq Murray-Lawrence sparked some second-half momentum for the visitors when he took the second half kickoff 66 yards deep into Saskatchewan territory. The very next play saw Andrew Harris burst up the middle for a 15-yard touchdown run to give the Lions a 16-4 lead.

"Shaq made a great play,'' Harris said after his 94-yard rushing performance. "He's a good rookie and he's going to be a great player in this league for years to come. It was definitely a big momentum boost for us to start that half.

"Still, we left some plays on the field and we weren't able to take advantage of some opportunities, but we have plenty of time to find our groove. It was just one of those games where we had to grind out this win.''

Leonard's second score put things out of reach in the fourth quarter. The Riders made a late rally with 13 consecutive points late in the fourth quarter, capped by a one-yard run from Allen.

Veteran kicker Paul McCallum hit two field goals in the final stanza and had three in the game, but also missed for the first time in his second tenure with the Roughriders.

"But we need to start faster,'' Allen said. "We're finishing games pretty well, but we're not starting them at all. We need to come out of the gates and start blowing teams out in the first half instead of waiting for the second half to gets things rolling.''

Chris Getzlaf also scored a touchdown for the Riders, a 16-yard reception in the third quarter that brought the home team to within six at 17-11.

Lions quarterback Travis Lulay kept the Riders' defence guessing all night. He finished the night with 105 yards rushing, in addition to 127 yards passing on 12-of-21 attempts.

"It's a huge deal for us on a couple of levels to get this win,'' Harris said. "We got a road win, we win the season series with them and we keep this momentum going for another week. We've set ourselves up really well heading into our next one against Toronto.''

Weston Dressler made six catches for 125 yards for Saskatchewan, who lost a few more players to injuries. Receiver Rob Bagg, centre Dan Clark and defensive back Tristan Jackson were among the walking wounded.


The Riders (0-4) are at home in Week 5 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, while the Lions will host the Argonauts.


POSTGAME COMMENTS FROM COACH COREY CHAMBLIN:

WHAT WAS THE MESSAGE TO THE TEAM?

CC:  The message, I guess, to them on this one was similar to what I told them before the game.  It's going to be built off of truth.  The truth is, ya, we are having some injuries and things are not going our way in terms of adversity.  But the truth is also the guys that step into those spots have to do their job and do it better.  But that's not the cause of the loss.  And the biggest thing I told them, as far as the penalties, the other things I can work with and I can coach, but the penalties, that comes down to the individuals.  They have to make smarter decisions when they're on the football field.  So it's a collection of things.  Like I said, when you look at it, it's real close there.  I never like to live on the side of excuses and things like that.  Offensively it was pretty bad at halftime because we lost so many guys and it kind of took Jacques out of some packages that we had.  Then we had some changes on defense so it just seems like every week whatever we think our best game plan is, that game plan gets altered by the second quarter all the time.  We are becoming masters of trying to plug things and make 'em work.

DOES IT FEEL LIKE WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS?

CC:  The one thing I'll tell you is there's no more tears in my eyes.  What I mean by that is the worst has already happened.  So it's time for us to stop worrying about what's going to go on on the outside, who's gonna get fired, who's gonna talk bad, stop trying to answer the questions from the outside and answer them from the inside.  That's what we have to do.  I don't care who's in that room.  I've never cared who's in that room.  We have to play solid football and winning football.  There's a lot of things that are going right for us and there's a lot of things that are going wrong for us.  We just have to make sure that we continue to move forward.

INJURY UPDATES?

CC:  I know for certain that Tristan Jackson had a sprain and he'll be out.  I don't know the exact time.  Haidara is another guy and it looks like he'll be out for an extended time.  I'm not sure how long Rob Bagg will be out but it's just some of those things I wish they were just one or two days or maybe one week things.   It looks like every time we plug one guy, we lose another guy.  Everytime we look at if 'Hey we can get the roster like this next week we'll move forward', we never get that roster.  For whatever reason this is where we are.  We still have time and what I mean by time is for each week to become a better football team.  Where our record ends is where it ends but we have some work to do.

WHAT'S THE BIGGEST ISSUE AFTER FOUR GAMES?

CC:  Each game has been different.  For the most part I usually have my hand on everything to say 'We gotta do this better'.  There are some things defensively we got better at and then we leaked in other areas.  Same thing about offense and special teams.  We just have to make sure we tighten it up.  There are some new guys on this roster and we have to, if it's personnell changes, we have to continue to make them.  The only thing is our personnel changes are made because of injury, not because of what we want.  We just have to be able to play with what we have and guys that've been in utility roles for their careers have to take the next step.

HOW FRUSTRATING IS THIS?

CC:  Like I told you is there are no more tears there.  What I mean by that is the hurt, the pain, is gone.  I already know exactly where we are.  Including preseason, we've had a lot of losses no matter what the staff is.  It's not that I'm immune to it.  It's not that I enjoy losing.  The job that I've been hired to do right now is very challenging.  Losing is losing, no matter how you do it.  I still want to win and this team will go to work every day and try to win.

DO YOU HAVE TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR?

CC:  The one thing I can't do is play.  And I can't, and I'm not going to go in-depth with players because I promised myself I'll never throw them under the bus.  I can take all the blame, but it's not all my blame.  Same thing with the players.  It's truly about us.  I told them tonight each man has to look in the mirror and see where they can get better.  Change just to change to keep changing, that's not going to make us any better.  We gotta find some solid footing pretty soon to find a base to go with.  Questions abound and they will until we start winning.

109 comments:

GangGreen said...

Our leage-worst defense showed up again for the first drive.

Anonymous said...

I know its early but already 1 td against us. That makes 5 straight drives. 4 tds and 1 fg.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Just wow!

Anonymous said...

D is finally getting some stops but so is our O.

Anonymous said...

Best offense in the league going into tonight's game and we are going to 0-4 and the coach is publicly defying and challenging the people of the province for not being accepting of his mistakes and the teams mediocrity. This is the lowest we have ever been around here.

Anonymous said...

Time to give Jacques Chapdelane the reigns going forward. Bring Huskies BT in as a co-coach next year and head into the new stadium with a clean plan. Chapdelane has proven himself with this offende and Chamblin is jusy a defiant, angry, petulant man who made his name coaching a salary-cap busting All-Star team to a grey cup. That grey cup spending spree and All-Star team lends no credibility to anyone. It was a one off and anyone associated with those coaching staffs were fortunate to have been a part of a team that could just go out and win – they were that good.

Anonymous said...

I'm done.

Anonymous said...

Riders getting schooled in all facets. The Riders appear to have no answers and are left only with questions. Too many new players and none of them impact players. New rules are garbage and so is the reffing. The league and all their "yes" men can spin it all they want, but it is turning this league into a joke. Still a fan and not jumping ship, just frustrated, but not as much as in the'80s; that was rock bottom.
R.D.

Anonymous said...

2-13 since last season.
its officially embarrassing, but ass kissing Rod Pedersen with soother in mouth will tell Rider nation it's all good and Rider nation will, in their blind stupidity, agree.

Athletic Development said...

Have we sunken so Kiev in our talent evaluation and scouting that we have our most valuable player being risked on every special team? Return guys are a dime a dozen in the US and we can't find one to keep our best player off the field in the most dangerous part of the game?

Anonymous said...

Refs are ruining this great league

Anonymous said...

half this team has no clue what they're doing.
to fat guys going for the fake is the most embarrassing thing ever

Anonymous said...

Memo: Things to do-
1) plane ticket outta town for Michael Carter.
2) rehearse excuses.
3) why not- get pissed.

Anonymous said...

Bad News Bears. Keystone Cops play on three.

Anonymous said...

Oh Jim Hopson what a fine mess you've left. This is 100% on you for letting Tillman go. As Rider fans sadly all we can hope for now is an 0-18 season. That will prompt the change required to overhaul this team. Thank God for Dursnt that his fingerprints aren't anywhere near this train wreck!!

Anonymous said...

So now the greatest coach in Roughrider history is .500. Yep 29/29 give Corey a raise.

Anonymous said...

Carm tells the truth NO SENSE OF URGENCY…….. Probably going to be barred from the dressing room.

Anonymous said...

2 fat guys bouncing off each other trying to catch ball pretty much sums up the coaching, player intelligence and agility of the 2015 Riders

Anonymous said...

That's it Rod feed the coach the injury bone with the first question.

What the heck happened to Demski, depth chart said he was dressed but never heard his name at all.

Brutal call in the end zone….. are you guys bananas, no contact after 5 yards. Was obvious they would never overturn that one.

Can only hope the next Greyhound inbound has someone under 50 years of age. Terrance Nunn might be available.

GangGreen said...

Losing Bagg makes the ratio hurt even more. Special teams were awful. Undisciplined play. Questionable coaching and game management again.

Defense played okay other than the opening drives. Offense moved the ball okay after the 1st Q but the special teams kept kicking them while they were down ... when they weren't busy beating themselves.

Another painful game to watch. We'd like to see a W sometime soon.

w said...

Out played
Out hit
Out talented
Out coached

Anonymous said...

I once thought the refereeing in the CFL was a joke, now I see it as a comedy

Anonymous said...

That's a change, they didn't blow a fourth quarter lead.

Anonymous said...

Why would you not use Paul McCallum on the short kick? He's the best I've ever seen at it!

Chris said...

This team is done for the following reasons;
1) Defence is terrible. Brack is still looking for his jock strap after letting Lulay make him look amateur
2) Offense scores 4 points in first half, very poor clock management near end of game
3) Again, how many penalties is this team going to take. Sign that the coach doesn't have control of his team
4) Reason for injuries is that this team is not ready for full game speed because they hardly practice with intensity
5) Head coach is in a coma majority of the time

Two last thoughts. This team will not win more than 4 games, Chamblin is done at end of season.
The officiating is completely ruining this league, I am starting to pay less attention which is sad because I am a die hard CFL fan. I find myself caring less and less and I'm not the only one.

Anonymous said...

W you forgot a couple.

Out ran
Out tackled

X

Anonymous said...

Time to fire Chamblin. Guy is a clown who can't coach a defense to save his life. Richie Hall was turfed for no reason.

Anonymous said...

Richie Hall was turfed because Chamblin inherited him from the previous regime. I almost agree that they will not win more than 4 games, i think maybe a couple more than that but Chamblin won't be turfed, they will have the injuries to blame for the record. How's the atmosphere in the stadium, a little too quiet.

Can someone remind me what did we trade for Cory Watson and what did we end up getting for him? Maybe Taman should have asked for a tackling dummy also, so we would have something to show for that.

Anonymous said...

So who's the arrogant defiant coach going to blame this week, the fans or the weatherman?

Anonymous said...

Wow talk about pathetic!!2 and 13 since last year and this pathetic excuse for a coach and defence coordinator still getting a pass and this pathetic excuse for coach and defence coordinator still getting a pass.Slowly looking like the Danny Barrett era!!

Anonymous said...

Firing Tillman? Really? Are you actually going to go there? Holy crap dude, take your head out of your ass.

Anonymous said...

Shit happens in football.
I'm pretty sure they didn't get up one day and decided to be on track for an 0-4 start.

Let the good times roll Mr. Whelan.

Anonymous said...

Listening to some fan rant and rave in the washroom at Mosaic after the game, I worry about the mental health of some fans. It may be best if they avoid websites and call-in shows for their own mental well-being. Enjoy what's left of this warm summer and hope for the best in the next game.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

I agree rod. You work for the team, but there is absolutely no reason for you to hand the guy a get out of accountability free card. Put the guy on the wall and let him sweat anf tell you what is going on. We arent ittle children here. Are you telling me that he does not need to sweat a little bit right now? We're starting The worst in 20 years. No hope in sight. The guy told the province to piss off last week – the least you can do is make him explain why we shouldn't be up in arms this week. Weak doo doo.

Anonymous said...

I turned it off again in the 4th quarter. The Riders look liked they turned it off for the season. Another humiliating loss to BC.

Anonymous said...

It scares me to think what this team would be like without Kevin Glenn, a rookie back-up and Tino - it could be worse!

Lyle Pederson said...

How silly is this. During the game last night it struck me that I was more concerned about the loss because of fan reaction than the loss itself. Yes ... fan reaction. Why? Because negativism breeds and spreads until it becomes a self fulfilling prophesy. We all get pee'd when we lose of course. But ... if you don't think all the negative vibes don't impact the dressing room then I have some shares to sell you. (Negative people don't really walk backwards ... do they?)

I know 'injuries are no excuse' (another sports illogical cliche) ... but they are a 'reason'. We lost our friggin franchise QB! You think Lulay is a run threat ... just imagine DD against the new CFL soft zone Ds. (BTW ... Chamblin's record with DD at QB is second best in the league) MLB ... "best cover guy" DB ... etc etc. Cliches aside ... this is the ultimate 'team game'. No matter the raw talent ... inexperience at 2-3-4 DB positions will cause some breakdowns. Be patient.

Yuh we are in a bit tough. But the cup is half full. Last night if there was no flag on one kick return and a flag on another we (well most of us) would be happier this morning. (It was that close) We have a good QB to ride, a couple studs at RB, with and some backup guys on D that show potential. Mistakes of course. But the player development of backups will pay off. Guaranteed.

TRY TO ENJOY THE GAME ... ITS ENTERTAINING!

Anonymous said...

The losses and injuries are mounting but when the place is not full, that is a much bigger issue that has to be dealt with. Apart from very few players, the intensity and lack of urgency is not there. It seems they are scared to make a mistake.Could be a very long season.. Polkabill from the Peg

Anonymous said...

The main problem is the head coach is trying to call all the defensive plays and is not doing his job as Head coach. He is paid to be head Coach and not defense co-coordinator. If he won't give up the DC job, let Quick be head coach.

Anonymous said...

The refs are killing CFL football! And, the 2 buffoons that wanted pass interference brought in should be ridden out on a rail. Stupidest thing I have ever seen.

And, here is the best one yet. I was at the Rider's store today, looking for larger adult clothes. Which is all displayed on one measly rack. Asked the Rider Store salesperson why there is no selection and she said that the CFL dictates what they get in. Every team gets exactly the same clothing, they just put their own logo on it.

So, the CFL even dictates the clothing? No wonder the selection has gone to hell.

Anonymous said...

Can we please stop saying a non sellout is a rarity? It has happened every home game this year. This week there just wasn't anyone to "donate" unsold tickets to 3 hours before kickoff. The leagues best fans unless it is cold, rainy, windy, a Thursday game,a Saturday game,too sunny so we went to the lake, or the team is losing.

Anonymous said...

Friday's game was far from a sellout, a rarity in Saskatchewan, as just 26,159 spectators braved a chilly and rainy night at Mosaic Stadium.

"That's on us. That's our fault,'' explained Riders running back Anthony Allen, who rushed for 80 yards and one touchdown.

"It's rough losing three at home. It's disheartening for us, it's really disheartening for our fans. They don't want to come out to watch us play because we're not playing good football right now. We need to start playing better and maybe they're come back.''


Good on Anthony Allen, taking responsibility. That's accountability. His coach could learn a thing or two.

Paul Holloway said...

It's the opposite of the Barrett/Shivers era: then we had a joke of an offence with a great defence (remember losing games 21-13, with 143 yards in the air?)... now we have a miserable defence coupled with a good offence. And we seem to be getting less disciplined week after week. At least in the Barrett era we behaved ourselves (on the field, at least). You know you're in trouble when the Barrett era of mediocrity can be used as a shining example. Ugh.

Anonymous said...

2-13 Chamblin, What are you going to rant about now??? This team is not what it once was. the injuries are a sign of a team being out played and beat up. Note the survey on where the Riders are going to end up and 5th place is becoming more prevelant and probably realistic. I was optimistic a week ago,not so much now.

Anonymous said...

Funny how the fans criticized Milo for missing easy FG's. And we hear the media say he has one job to kick FGs. Well Paul missed a makeable one last nigjt that if he got it would have given us a chance to tie the game at the end. Would have had 2 more points meaning we go for two on the TD instead of a one point kick. Havent heard much complaining about that. Sure he hit from 49 and 50 which is great but he missed the makeable one and we all know if Milo was here we would hear it about that miss.

Anonymous said...

do riders get fined for placing a "13th" man on injury list? season was best exemlplified when two hoggies collided in the endzone and ball drops between them....hilarious!!...

Anonymous said...

Over 500 yards on Offence including about 350 yards in passing and 200 more than the opposition and we lose. And fans use to complain when Darian didnt throw for over 200 yards but we won. I miss those days.

Anonymous said...

That's what a defence capable of applying pressure to the QB will give you. We have none of that.

Anonymous said...

Well said Lyle Pederson. I couldn't agree more.

Anonymous said...

I can hear the fat lady singing all the way from Calgary

Anonymous said...

Ah yes, go after Paul McCallum! Hits two 50 yarder field goals and someone wants to pin the loss on him! How about the player that took a penalty on the great return by Tristan Jackson (on which he got hurt at the end), or a few other scenarios like a missed catch by Dressler hat resulted in an interception ...

By the way, when Paul came in we only know that his accuracy was at 90%, not 100%. Chis Milo was not at 100% either.

Bubba Lewie

Anonymous said...

Who knew that Lulay would morph into Colin Kapernick!

Handy Andy said...

Can't believe Paul McCallum wasn't kicking the short kickoff. He's the best in the league for about 15 years doing the onside kick.

The Woz said...

To the person that asked what we got for corey watson.... We got hus who we are lucky to have since he is really good and othwise we would not have a longsnapper with steinauer out for the season. So that was a good trade by taman recognizing that was a risk area. Who cares anyway? You think an injury prone marginal player like watson would save the season?

Anonymous said...

Rae isn't a hoggie

Anonymous said...

I spotted Eric Tillman at 10:40AM Friday crossing Victoria Ave at Hamilton, walking towards Atlantis Coffee Shop. Why was he here, does he work for BC Lions?

Anonymous said...

This is a funny comment. Chris Milo was 1 for 2 this year. McCallum didn't miss one until his 8th attempt and is 8 for 9.

This is the one bright spot on our team this year.

Anonymous said...

Chamblin quote "We are becoming masters of trying to plug things and make 'em work."


That's a crock of crap Corey, you're becoming masters of losing and you're failing the plug in and make 'em work part.

Anonymous said...

Tillman lives in Regina and is a consultant with the Ti-Cats, if memory serves

Anonymous said...

Good point Woz, and to add to that I would say that Cory Watson is not exactly lightening things up in Edmonton.

Anonymous said...

With over 500 yard of offence it shouldn't be a concern with MCallum not getting the one field goal. That didn't change the game. We don't have a quality starting QB and that's why were in the pickle we are. The fact is Glenn is a backup QB who has always put up big numbers but has never won anything ever. Between the 35's he's as good as any QB in the League, but is poor in the red zone. He is a drive killer. Have we forgotten the pic 6 in the Toronto game that chafed everything. Too short and can't see his receivers or the other teams defenders. A lot of know nothings rave about his numbers. He's always had good numbers. What good is 500 yds when you lose, not once but four consecutive times. a good QB would have lead his team to victory at least once. That's why stats are for losers.

The next reason is the horrendous play of our defence, particular vets like Hall and Chick. Brackenridge has looked ordinary and Maze is being beat like a rented mule. Simply put the talent isn't there nor is the leadership there.

Chamblin cannot be blamed for the injuries but he certainly has shown no shortage of venom toward some media and the fans in general. His reset button just went to 0-1. The Riders looked like the "old days" Riders. This was their worst effort to date. Things are going backwards now. This particular team will not make the playoffs and the only question is who will be the other team joining them.

Firing Chamblin at this juncture is not the answer to anything. The problems start higher up that him. The team is playing without heart and direction. The fans are in a state of disbelief and anger that we can't find a way. Other teams seem to be able to man up yet we can't. The first order of business is to find out why. A lot of feelings from the "bad old days" are starting to return.

Anonymous said...

In 16 quarters plus 3 mini-games the Roughriders defence has two takeaways — an interception by a linebacker and one successful third-down stop. The defence doesn’t get close enough to the ball carrier to force a fumble! Pressure on opposing quarterbacks has ranged between none and non-existent. And there have been no interceptions by the secondary.

Who coaches these guys? Oh, right that would be the guy that told the fans to get off his case.

Anonymous said...

Yes, he was a savior, but got traded.

Anonymous said...

Question, one question for everyone to contemplate. Why isn't the Roughriders general manager not being held accountable for the assembly of said team? It seems very evident he's being given a free ride and slipping through the cracks while his personal chosen head coach takes all the heat, not right.

Anonymous said...

Winning is contagious, unfortunately losing is also, as the losses pile up it starts to becomes easier to accept. Let's hope the management, coaches, players have the desire and attitude to change things. Every team has injuries, this team has not been right since last fall.

Anonymous said...

By any objective standard, he Rider GM and his assistant have done a very good job of assembling talent for 2015, but in case you failed to notice the rate of injury is very,very high.

The team's key leader Durant is gone due to injury, and our Canadian starting MLB, a key leader on defense is still out. The rest of the list is too long to list here, but you can look it up.

Despite all these key injuries, our offense is among the best in the CFL with an excellent group of receivers. Our defense will be better once our starters return, but I like the new guys that have been given a chance - Tyree Hollins, right out of college, is a future star for sure, Doughty and Knox Jr. provide us a upcoming stars at linebacker. Early is a great find at punter though I fear he will be heading to the NFL before the new stadium opens.

A healthy Rider team would be tough to beat and for this reason you don't find pundits suggesting the Rider's problems to date are the GM's fault. No, don't expect to see Joe Mack coming to Sask anytime soon. Taman/O'Day have had to work hard to fill in gaps due to the slew of injuries, but have managed to do so.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

Here is a novel idea: take a page from Winnipeg and hire a defensive consultant. Obviously, CC needs some help with his defence. Benevides is floating around, so hire him as a consultant. What do the Rider's have to lose? They need to do something. There is nothing wrong in asking for help. A great leader asks for help when he does not have the answers.

Anonymous said...

0-3 and you put in that effort, especially in the 1st quarter?? How is that even possible? Are the players trying to get Chamblin fired? Are they tired of a HC that dishes out blame but takes none himself?

Dave

Anonymous said...

Looking at the scores in week 4 thus far: 17-13, 23-12, 27-24 I think it will be hard to argue that the new rules are leading to dominating offensive games. The games are closer but not the 45 to 40 scores I thought we would see more of.

Tuba M.

Anonymous said...

Someone finally had the nuts to ask Chamblin how much blame he should take. I am guessing it was one of the CJME guys or McCormick seeing you wouldn't dare ask the tough question!

Anonymous said...

Mitchell Blair asked it.

Anonymous said...

Old Hank: Not every one that puts on a Rider jersey is a "future star for sure". BT has found some talent but our depth was, is and I fear always will be with him at the helm. He trades his draft choices far to often without getting enough of a return.
Just my opinion.
Dave

Anonymous said...

To the anon. who suggested hiring Benevides, if you were a Rider fan you would have recalled that Mike was offered the DC job by Chamblin but after consideration decided he wanted to take the 2015 off to spend more time with his family.

Anonymous said...

One thing that best illustrates how little is going the Riders way thus far this season is the fact that they have not won a single coin toss and this has adversely impacted the team in the OT loss in BC and in the poor weather games at Mosaic. As soon as I saw the Riders once again lose the coin toss Friday night, I felt the fix was in.

Tony T.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of nuts, it would be nice someday to see the Sask sports media scrum have a woman sports reporter. The all male scrums after each Rider home game are so 1990's.

Anonymous said...

I thought there was a woman sports reporter or was that 2014? Canadian Press or something.

Anonymous said...

I sure can't wait for the weekly Mitchell Blair post defending the team saying 'I'm right, everybody else is stupid, and if you don't like the way the team is playing than you're not a Rider fan'. There's a real respected journalist in Regina. Mitchell, the city is laughing at you. That's ok, wear that Rider jersey and cheer from the sidelines.

Anonymous said...

Hey Woz,

All I did was ask who we traded away and who we got for Watson. Didn't say anyone was a difference. My goodness don't get so defensive. Or don't get your tats in a wringer.

Chill Out.

Anonymous said...

Why are you are such a sad sack with nothing better to do than lay on the old Scruffy hate. Grow the hell up my friend and find something productive that can make you a better person.

Uncle Pete

Anonymous said...

So Scruffy asks Chamblin if he should look in the mirror and the coach rambles on for a minute or more but never answers the question.

The Woz said...

So to the poster blabbing about taman only winning with an all star roster and going over the cap to win. The riders were only over a few thousand dollars so big deal. And god help us fir having an all star roster.......we sure wouldnt want one of those. But i assume you are talking about geroy?

To those that badmouth his recruiting capabilities lets look at the players we lost since the all star team due to the expansion draft free agency retirements and the salary cap....willy , hurl, newman, mccullough, hughes, sheets, jock sanders, mchenry, geroy, heenan, picard, tristan black, ferri, brian peters, butler, zach evans, shologan, foley, schmitt.....on top of that we lost durant, weldon, mcdougall, steinauer, demski, jackson, ryan smith, emery. Yet we still have good or promising players like brack, doughty, knox, macho, hollins, clarke, early, maze. Likely 90 percent of all these guys were brought in by taman. He can find good players but when you get this many injuries at this time of year when rosters are full and nfl camps are heating up good pkayers are just not hanging from trees. As for our canadians look at the above list.... We were raided and decimated after 2013 and it will just take a little jore time to recover.

So blow it out your butts taman haters.

Anonymous said...

It appears to be very clear that the team has quit playing for the coach.

Anonymous said...

Rod, You and Mitchell Blair should ready take the time to listen to your own program. The fact that you both enjoy screaming ( at the top of your lungs) at one another, proclaiming the fans know nothing regarding the Riders, and we as fans have no business having an opinion and least of all voicing it. ( Only you and your big buddy have that privilege).

Anonymous said...

Bianca Millions works for CTV, but seeing Lee Jones does sidelines for TSN/CTV, there is no use in having her at games.

There is a CBC reporter who used to do things on Access for In the Huddle, I forget her name.

Global doesn't have any female sports people, but they could replace the guy they have on weekends with a girl because he is terrible!

Anonymous said...

Woz and Old Hank; I've got some lakeside property in Arizona I'd like to sell to you guys.

Lyle Pederson said...

Way to go Woz! Don't fans realize that the pro sports clich of "you can't use injuries as an excuse" is targeted at the team! Simple logic ... Backups are backups because ... ? Take a minute and think about that.

Anonymous said...

Julie Stewart-Binks used to work in Sports with CTV Regina. She is now in California with Fox Sports, along with Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole.

The first time my husband (who is in media) saw her sports report, he said she would not be here long, as she was too good.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Rod, You and Mitchell Blair should ready take the time to listen to your own program. The fact that you both enjoy screaming ( at the top of your lungs) at one another, proclaiming the fans know nothing regarding the Riders, and we as fans have no business having an opinion and least of all voicing it. ( Only you and your big buddy have that privilege).


July 18, 2015

I second that.

Darcy said...

Maybe Brad Wall and the Sask Party should stop there pregame advertisements and maybe the RIDERS could win

Anonymous said...

Scruffy doesn't wear a Rider jersey and he doesn't walk the sidelines. He simply tells it as it is whether you like it or not. The truth hurts sometimes, but rub some of your tears on it and maybe it will go away.

The defiance by Chamblin may be over the top, and he didn't really answer the question about accountability, but you don't dictate what he does as much as you would like to.

The armchair quarterbacks in this province would have resulted in this team folding years ago because of the stupidity that comes out of their mouths.

Proof: How is Perchalski doing in Ottawa? I thought you all said he would be one of our top receivers this year? What happened!

Troll away losers!!!

Travis

Anonymous said...

Backups seem to be doing ok for the Stamps. Why is that??!!

Anonymous said...

Backups (eg. Matt Nicholls, Shakir Bell) seem to do ok for the Esks too! Why is that??!!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Rod, You and Mitchell Blair should ready take the time to listen to your own program. The fact that you both enjoy screaming ( at the top of your lungs) at one another, proclaiming the fans know nothing regarding the Riders, and we as fans have no business having an opinion and least of all voicing it. ( Only you and your big buddy have that privilege).


July 18, 2015

I second that.

And yet the Sportscage with Rod, Scruffy and the rest of the gang just continue to make the other show in this town irrevelant and the ratings prove that despite what you may hear from Rawlco salespeople. Isn't that amazing!!!!


Anonymous said...

Half of the mouthbreathers have probably already posted on here under anonymous names, but you should go read Rideridiots, I mean Riderfans dot com.

One guy says there should be a boycott the CFL day, another has taken that 1980's approach that we should stop going to games, another is drawing parallels between this year and 1991.

Have Regina police stopped some from jumping off Hill Tower 1 this weekend?

CUCKOO!!! CUCKOO!!! CUCKOO!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Backups (eg. Kevin Glenn, Jake Doughty, Tyree Hollins) seem to do ok for the Riders too! Why is that??!!

Anonymous said...

Going into this past weekend, the Bombers had two (2) players on their six game injured list and the Riders had twelve (12) - soon to be fourteen (14) on their six game injured list! Why is that??!! #BlametheGM

(And Lions have a whopping four (4) on their six game injured list)

Anonymous said...

Backups did okay for the Riders too back in the good old days. 2008 six broken legs, Ken Miller just kept plugging in the next one and the Riders earned a home playoff game. Injuries is not an excuse if you have a real coach.

Anonymous said...

Mitchell Blair doesn't wear a rider jersey you say? Check out his profile picture on his blog and the picture that appears over his column on here idiot. Full on fanboy with his rider jersey on. That's embarrassing. To wear the jersey of the team you supposedly cover?? Ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

R-E-L-A-X.

Relax.

Anonymous said...

Ya what is wrong with Mr. Blair, he should be wearing a nice red Stampeder #9 jersey!

Anonymous said...

"a real coach" hmmm I guess the term does not apply if you only win Coach of the Year once before the age of 40!

Anonymous said...

Mitchell Blair is a Rider fan! WTF!!

Anonymous said...

Bob Hughes was also a Rider fan and friend of George Reed and Ron Lancaster, and a great sports writer for the Leaderpost for many years. But back in those days no one wore or owned Rider jerseys and we attended games at Taylor Field in our suits and ties (and fur coats on cold days). The kids in the rookie section got to wear shorts on hot days.

Old Hank

Shirley White said...

SICK OF THE REFS!!!!! CANT EVEN TOUCH THE RECEIVER WITH A PINKIE FINGER !!!!! RIDICIOUS!!!!!!
HOW MANY TDS DUE TO REFS GIVING UNNECESSARY PENALTIES!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

WTF is the big deal about posting anonymously? If I make up a fake name like Bob Yeradik, are you going to find it more credible and therefore you won't accuse me of "hiding" behind a post? Your logic is 2 teeth short of inbred.

Anonymous said...

Fake names are indeed helpful in responding to someone's comment. If "The Woz", "Obama", Old Hank" or even Lyle Pedersen post a comment than one can respond to the comment rather than referring to annon #2 or annon #44 etc. Real names are only relevant if it is a public figure like Pat Fiacco, Brad Wall, or Rod Pedersen etc. As far as the other million or so Rider fans who may post here, who knows who they are anyways (with all due respect to my main man, "Victor in Brooks").

Frank Yeradork

Anonymous said...

God forbid if a Saskatchewan boy in the media is seen wearing a Rider jersey especially when that Saskatchewan boy also writes articles for the football team. TREASON!!!

The amount of jackholes on this blog after a loss is incredible!

Anonymous said...

It's embarrassing. Fan boy with his jersey on getting pictures with players arm and arm. Like that is impressing anyone.

Anonymous said...

Clock management has been an issue in every game this year. That's on you Coach, not the players and not the management. YOU, the self appointed great coach.