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Thursday, July 23, 2015

THURSDAY RODSERVATIONS

CFL BLITZ (and a few other things)

1 - GARBAGE REPORTING:  The report by Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun that Paul Lapolice will be the head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders by Labour Day is as infuriating as it is preposterous.  Absolutely nonsensical.  And Kirk should know better.

Penton - a Moosomim, SK product - writes a national column every week in which he quotes a collection of "insiders" across the CFL.  He led off this week's edition with the speculation about Lapolice.  Well, I spoke to someone "in the know", someone intimately involved in this particular situation, who referred to Penton's report as "brutal" and "bulls--t for Corey".

Who knows who Penton's "insider" is in this instance but the comment is garbage.  The comment was meant to be a stinkbomb lobbed at Mosaic Stadium just to see what kind of furor is created.

The guy should be ashamed of himself more making such an outlandish comment and he knows he made it up (whomever he is because he wants to stay anonymous).  A lot of courage there.

And this report is such a slap in the face to Chamblin, who deserves better.

If anything this incident - and the scandalous atmosphere around it - is serving to galvanize this football organization.  The attempts by Winnipeg reporters to pick this franchise apart may backfire.  The Monday report by TSN's Gary Lawless that Jeremy O'Day could soon replace Brendan Taman wasn't much better.

However can we stop with the #ChamblinStrong movement on Twitter and Facebook?  It's about the Saskatchewan Roughriders and nothing else.  But it's nice so many have come out in support of our head coach.

2 - THE CHAM GANG:  On the same topic, I was very impressed with the vibe I got off Chamblin at Wednesday's open practice.  He was calm, confident and focused.  Don't ever forget that a team takes on the personality of its coach.  That is always true.  The 2015 Saskatchewan Roughriders need to be calm, confident and focused if they plan to get this season going in the right direction.

3 - IT'S NOT TOO LATE AND HERE'S WHY:  Got to thinking the other day who the Roughriders' MVP is so far this season and settled on either Jerome Messam or Weston Dressler.  Then I slapped myself in the face and realized we're only four games into the season.  A million-and-one things are going to happen between now and November to potentially change all that.  So if that's the case, and it is, why would we close the book on the Roughriders as a team so early in the season?

4 - ONE MORE, BECAUSE IT'S TRUE:  The Riders have a chance because they have the best offense in the league.  Without at least a decent offense, you're sunk.  If they could have made the right defensive play at the end of their last four games, they're possibly 4-0, perhaps 3-1, or at worst 2-2.

The players are right -- they're thisclose to finishing games even if we didn't want to believe it when they said it over the past month.  Don't give up on these guys yet.   And it doesn't sound like you will, because the club is tracking towards a sellout.

5 - SO LONG TAJ:  It wasn't entirely surprising to see the Roughriders "shut down" Taj Smith for the season on Wednesday.  Chamblin said it all when he said Taj "wasn't himself" this year.  In fact he wasn't himself for much of the 2014 season either.  It's a shame because right now that's a talent that's being wasted.

The famed Dewdney Incident may end up costing Smith his career but maybe not.  A fresh start somewhere else is what Taj needs although Sportsnet's Arash Madani is reporting Smith is bound for the Riders' 6-game injured list due to an injured knee revealed by an MRI.  He's been playing with it!

But the sooner Taj can suit up for another team, the better it might be for everybody.  It's just unfortunate what went down in Regina but he's been an unforgettable Roughrider.  Watching him play has been an absolute treat.

6 - THE CFL'S HAPPY:  The CFL has had 16 games so far this year and nine of them have been decided by four points or less.  That's 56%.   The league couldn't be happier with that, and they continue to stand by their new rules.  Meanwhile the average margin of victory so far this season is 8.7 points which is unprecedented in the modern era of the CFL.  Everyone seems to maintain the game will indeed be better once the players and coaches become accustomed to the nine new rules.

AND the league stands by its call on Rider defensive back Michael Carter in the third quarter of Friday's game against BC.  The Riders challenged it at the time, but the call was upheld.  In meetings this week, the Riders admitted the right call was made but at the time they felt Carter was not guilty of inappropriate contact.

7 - GQ:  Roughriders defensive coordinator Greg Quick is notable at practice each day with his Brad Pitt-style aviator sunglasses.  Despite the fact the Roughriders have given up the most points and the most touchdowns in the CFL this year, Quick has dodged much of the heat because Corey Chamblin has admitted to making the defensive calls.  Quick noted on Wednesday that, in fact, all the defensive coaches (including Mike Sinclair, Tyone Pettaway and Tony Missick) collaborate to make the game plan so they're all at fault.

Meanwhile I asked if the Riders took the wrong approach to the season with their approach to defense, and the new rules forced them to change on the fly.  Quick said that wasn't the case - they haven't changed thier philosophy - but it's made the defensive backs adjust the way in which they cover receivers, which has taken some time.  He said if any of the DBs have had NFL experience, then they'd have a bit of an idea what the CFL now wants.  Plus the game is being called differently by the officials so 2015 has been a major adjustment.

Teams which lose early are forced to go back and tinker with personnel and mechanics to find the winning formula.  The Riders are doing just that, and may come out with the winning formula.

Chamblin's existence depends on this, and that's fair.

8 - BOSS HOGG:  New Riders offensive line coach Dan Dorazio was a fantastic guest on 620 CKRM's Coaches Show on Wednesday.  He threw out such lines as "I'm happier than a pig in slop" and "You'd have to shoot him to kill him", (referring to Riders' centre Dan Clark).  The Riders' offensive line is getting the thumbs-up as the most productive unit of the football team so far this season and Dorazio was willing to accept the praise.  And why not?  There may be days when they need wear the goat horns.  Dorazio is a product of Pittsburgh, PA and is the proud owner of four Grey Cup rings.  He's been a wonderful addition and has fit in like a glove with the offense of Jacques Chapdelaine.  Clearly they're a package deal.

9 - CFL GAME NOTES:  Some more interesting factoids from the CFL's weekly game notes package ... Only one other team in 100 years of CFL football has lost four games by a combined 12 points: the 2013 Edmonton Eskimos.  The bad news there is they finished 4-14 ... The CFL is on pace for eight 1,000-yard rushers this year.  There have been only seven in the last three years combined ... There have been two return touchdowns so far this season (both by Hamilton's Brandon Banks) but another four have been called back due to penalty ... There have been 17% more touchdowns scored this season ... Ottawa is the CFL's least-penalized team this season ... TSN's Paul Lapolice disclosed on the Coaches Playbook radio edition on 620 CKRM that referees have to call penalties away from the play, away from the "point of attack" if you will.  Lapolice said "how do the referees know it doesn't affect the play when they're calling it?"  Furthermore he went on to say his fellow CFL on TSN panelists don't agree, and they argue about this all the time.

10 - AND FINALLY, JUST NOTES:  OMG The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Lou Lamoriello as GM! ... Congratulations to Canada's mens baseball team who won gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto this week.  Regina's Dustin Molleken was not on the team (he usually is) because he's having a great season on the mound in AAA baseball in the States and told me he didn't want to skip out on the season ... Luc Mullinder has picked against the Riders for a second straight week ... I'm crestfallen that ESPN Radio is losing Colin Cowherd.  Now what am I to listen to between 9 and 12 in the morning?? ... The best show on television right now is Grand Benders on MTV.  I discovered it by accident because it's on Channel 48 which is right between CNN Headline News and Sportsnet 360 while I'm on the treadmill ... Oh, speaking of, don't forget Gold's Gym Regina is offering $10/month memberships for a limited time as they prepare for the opening of their fourth location, in East Regina.  Stop in their trailer behind Victoria Square Mall and see former Regina Pat Matt Sawa about signing up ... I miss the Pats.  Training camp is a month away, right after Buffalo Days ... One of the names being floated for the new Las Vegas NHL team is the "Rough Riders".  However bet on the team being called the "Black Knights" with the colours black, gold and silver.  That's what owner Bill Foley has on his business cards.

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THAT'S ALL FOR THIS WEEK...
RP
@sportscage
Instagram: ridervoice

82 comments:

Anonymous said...

-Completely agree with you, Rod, about the "Garbage Reporting." It seems like Winnipeg is obsessed with the Riders, doesn't it? That they feel the need to make something up like this? It's ridiculous and they're just trying to get all the fans enraged in controversy. Don't give in! Ridernation has to stick together!
-I, for one, love Chamblin. I think he's a great coach. Young, lots of spirit, positive attitude. I know he can turn this team around.
-I also love Lapolice, though, and I hope he gets into coaching again soon (just not Chamblin's spot). Seems like a great guy and he deserves it! Didn't get a fair shot in Winnipeg.

-Kayla from Regina

Anonymous said...

I see Thursday's CabanaBoyServations are as expected!! Yay riders!!

Anonymous said...

Good on some of the media for outside of the province throwing some mud to the wall to see what sticks, I have no issue with this what so ever. Media's job is to sell newspapers, get ratings and engage people to be focused on present day topics, what did they do that was so wrong?

The Coach is 0-4, so is the GM in an industry measured in wins and losses? If I'm a salesperson and don't meet my monthly targets the bosses would be looking at me, right? How is it any different here?

If this was Arash making these statements would you be so hot under the collar Roddy? He's come out with bigger scoops on coaches loosing their jobs and where was your sympathy for those coaches and their families? Its no different now its just happening in our backyard and rightfully so with the horrendous start to the season.

Are the hard-working people of this province that spend a lot of money purchasing tickets, souvenirs etc. just expect things to remain status quot if the Riders go 0-5 after this week? I would hope that Reynolds would start pulling the trigger on some personnel changes to prove to the fans that this organization is not okay with excuses and dismal starts, those years of Rider football are hopefully behind us.

Senator Ventura

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't give those two clowns from Winnipeg media any more ink in this column or other ones in this Province. Guys like that take no pride in their work, are unprofessional in their approach, and have absolutely no conscience. The city of Winnipeg deserves them!

Anonymous said...

Senator Ventura:

No, I don't expect Rod would be so "hot under the collar" if Arash made these statements because that would mean the statements actually had merit! Arash doesn't just pull news out of the air because he wants to create controvery. The thing that the newspaper did wrong here was completely fabricate a story and then make up a fake insider to back it up. The media's job may be to sell newspapers, but it ultimately hurts them when people find out that the story they wrote was completely untrue. People don't like to be lied to, especially when they know it was done to get the paper money. The media should conduct themselves with a little more integrity than that.

-Kayla

Chad said...

Although it's still early in the year and still lots of football to play , I ain't hitting the panic button !
Although it was you who said a couple years ago rod that you are what your record is and they're record is 0-4 and 2-13 since the banjo bowl !! And that stinks !!
I don't thing CC needs to be fired but you have to wonder at what point does that become a possibility

Anonymous said...

So when Chamblin is fired and replaced by LaPolice will you then apoligize for calling it "garbage reporting?" Why can't you take him at his word? Maybe your source is wrong? You don't know.

Anonymous said...

So according to Rod, everything is all roses and lollipops in Riderville.

Anonymous said...

Where there is smoke, there is fire Rod! Would you say this about your boy Madani if he said it?

Rod Pedersen said...

It used to be 'where there's smoke, there's fire'. Not in today's media world.

This is made up junk and it stinks.

Anonymous said...

cabanaboy lol

Anonymous said...

Somebody's grumpy today!!!

Anonymous said...

Can you prove that the newspaper and Lawless don't have their sources either Rod?

Anonymous said...

Are there people actually saying if we loose on Sunday there shouldn't be "Smoke" let alone friggin firings?

We sure had our torches and pitch forks out for Marshall a few years back, and we all jumped behind the Leader-Post and this blog when Winnipeg or Edmonton was going through their coaches changes because of performance...but when it happens to this regime we all just have to sit quiet, don't question the god like chosen ones of the Rider Brass and Radio crew and simply pay our money and shut-up.

Anonymous said...

Arash is never wrong, just ask him.

Donald Trump

Anonymous said...

Come on guys, no need to throw Rod under the bus. I'm no fan of Arash but he hasn't come out with any stories as ridiculous as this. Firing Chamblin at this juncture will do absolutely no good and will not win us a Grey Cup. Let Chamblin finish off the year and see how things shake out. If he gets things turned around and ends up with a decent result, he ought to stay. If the same as the last four games continues, he goes. Simple as that. I've been a huge Chamblin fan and I really hope he turns it around. But no mistake about it, winning the Cup two years ago should not mean he gets to keep his job if the team is regressing. Kind of like John Gregory and Ken Miller after their respective disaster seasons.

Perhaps someone with the Riders intentionally leaked that LaPo thing to light a fire under the guys' butts? Highly unlikely but in '13 the Riders season turned around after Doubles told off that fan on Twitter which fired the team up. Here's hoping.


Dubya

Anonymous said...

I doubt the Winnipeg Free press would allow any reporter to publish anything without two sources as is the norm in today's print world due to slander cases. Perhaps they have sources as reputable as yours?

Anonymous said...

Where are all the billboards the Rider Marketing staff like to take out in visiting cities this season?

Oh, wait, everything is rosie in Riderville so go on about your business people, please remember to stop in at one of the 5 Riderville stores across the province to support "your team"...just don't question the record, coach, GM or travelling media while you do because that's not tolerated.

Thanks for your cash,
Rider Brass

Rod Pedersen said...

It's not 1955 man. It doesn't work that way anymore.

Anonymous said...

I'd research that Rod, Slader suits are pretty serious in CDN journalism.

Anonymous said...

I haven't read the article, however I did see Lawless's piece at it was an editorial segment with his opinions, if the Free Press story was in fact a story he would have had to have at least one source because if the Riders or Chamblin were petty enough to sue, they could if he didn't state his column was an opinion feature.

Anonymous said...

I have several family and friends who live in Winnipeg and they have said on several occasions that they think Lawless is not an ethical reporter so I would not take what he is say seriously.

It is too bad that all media types had the same calls as Bob Iring!

Anonymous said...

Penton obviously is listening to what Darrell Davis is spewing!

Anonymous said...

ANY coach in ANY league who's overall record is 29-29 will have pressure from the fans, team and media it goes with the job. Unless you're Bill Bellicheat and your team has won 4 championships under your watch there will be pressure. Ask Joe Philbin, Jeff Fischer, Rex Ryan, Marvin Lewis, and other .500 coaches. Greg Marshall was outted after 0-6.

Anonymous said...

Dear friggin firings;
Don't pay your money. Calling for firings may make you feel important however if change is wanted don't pay your money. Oh if you are the only one not paying then you are wrong. You miss the entertainment, your season tickets and seat in the new stadium. That would be putting your money where your mouth is. If 5 to 8 thousand do likewise change will immediately happen.
Perhaps the oh four season more accurately reflects the policies of this province. Some socializing is needed.

Anonymous said...

As bad as it seems, All the games have been entertaining football. I do wish we won some of them, but from the entertainment side, they have been great to watch.

Anonymous said...

Firing Taman and replacing him with O'Day wouldn't help a thing. Like Taman, O'Day doesn't have any contacts. I'll guarantee neither one is on any American birddog's speed dial but the likes of Shivers, Hufnagel, Austin and Popp are. The whole top end needs replacing, not shuffling.

Grandpa

Anonymous said...

One thing getting lost in all this (maybe intentionally), is how is LaPo (who didn't exactly set the world on fire in Winnipeg - although his GM was a complete dud) an upgrade over Chamblin? I honestly don't know if he is.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry fans, once chamblin and taman are fired, Rod will let us know everything that was wrong with them, and why they should have been fired earlier.

Anonymous said...

Newspapers are dying and Lawless is an example of what now passes as journalism. As newspapers start circling the toilet bowl trash and dirt reporting is the new norm. They get attention but lose credibility. The National Enquirer approach will always have the smoke and fire types, who want to read made up shit because they want to believe it to be true.

Marty

Anonymous said...

What is a "Slader suit"? I know Glen Slather has nice suits, but does he have his own brand?

Anonymous said...

I think sometimes these newspaper guys like Lawless and Penton think they have to compete with the open line call in shows, so like them they pull stuff out of the air (the sillier the better) to get gums yapping. Every one likes to speculate about what would or would not happen under all kinds of hypothetical situations they have no control over.

Anonymous said...

I see on the Roughriders webpage where you (Rod Pedersen) are guaranteeing a win in week 6 at Edmonton. What kind of journalism is that?

Anonymous said...

Lapo is not an upgrade over Chamblin and would totally upset the whole apple cart. If the Riders amde a coaching change they have to bring in a defensive guy pure and simple. Lapo would muddy the offense, the only thing the riders currently have going. Lapolice will be a "great coach" until he gets his next job.

Anonymous said...

roy for g.m.!

Lyle Pederson said...

This is totally nutsville. I can't believe the negative people I am hearing. I have always been proud of Saskatchewan people and their ability to face adversity ... and are not quitters! Lose four friggin games and panic? Quitting on everyone any time things get tough does not look good on us. Fans of other teams are loving it though. They are tired of hearing 'best fans ... etc'.

If some of these 'anons' ran a business they would never have experienced staff.

Rod Pedersen said...

I'm not a journalist.

Anonymous said...

The anons are running the businesses here; don't forget farming is also a business. Check the low pay, frequent turnover and lack of staff training. Consider the difference in business atmosphere south of the border. This province has always been whiners and quitters given the lack of future for many here. The oil patch is going, public service jobs eliminated (guess who leads the nation in crime? Guess which cities are leading the nation in crime? Which Cdn city had its mayor voted stupidest in Canada?) and manufacturing leaving. This is a province in denial projecting its hopelessness upon the riders record. Soon the braying for pay cuts will start. A win this Sunday will not solve anything. One final happy thought , guess which income sector is leading the provincial population growth rate? I'll bet this population works for minimum wage ....... Good for business.

Anonymous said...

Downward trend In any business not acceptable, period. Saskatchewan Roughriders gm should not be allowed the free ride. Team under his abysmal non productive free fall direction not conducive to the overall long term product on or off the field of play.

Anonymous said...

Can you possibly whine any more Rod.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rod, I'm strongly behind you on the stance on Penton's reporting. Total garbage that Camblin is out by labour day.

Taman is not trigger happy like some of the blood thirsty fans we are seeing. He knows that long term success is build on consistent leadership. You can't achieve this if you shoot your head coach at the first sign of trouble. Penton should know this as the high-turnover approach has yielded an obvious lack of consistent success for the Bombers over the last decade.

Building through good decisions and stability is the teachings of Hopson. He taught Taman well on this.

Cheers,
Dan

Anonymous said...




Blogger Rod Pedersen said...
I'm not a journalist.


July 23, 2015

So do you have a 'ghost writer'?

Rod Pedersen said...

I've been saying it for years. You finally noticed.

Anonymous said...

Okay Lyle keep patting them on the back, and nothing will change, it would sure be nice to have you as my boss. This is not just about a 4 game losing streak it goes back to last years collapse and all the comedy of errors surrounding our Quarterbacks and scouting. Now we have one back who was not good enough in the first place. Trade Smith and Getzlaf for whatever you can get. To face adversity changes are often needed, this is not quitting-quitting is doing nothing. You are right fans on other teams are loving it because we are doing nothing. Pay your money and keep things as is Lyle, that is the problem.

Mr Optimistic said...

The one topic no one is talking about and would be the one resource this team would be leaning on at this time, is the newly appointed Mental Coach. Let's also remember this is the same individual who worked with the Saskatoon Blades during the Memorial Cup run...........and we know the result of that.

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone hire lapo - a tv guy. He knows everything after the play has happened.

If we could hire Dave Dickenson then I would support a coaching change.

Anonymous said...

It's not where you start......

Anonymous said...

I write regularity in this comment section so maybe I must be a "journalist" too. LOL - I can't believe some of the knuckleheads that post comments here.

The guy who keeps harping how the Rider GM team and scouts have no "contacts" illustrates so well how any fool can make a ridiculous comment and appear to believe it. Too bad he does not listen to the many interviews with Taman, O'Day and Craig Smith about their work south of the border and in the CIS in identifying talent. He seems to have this dream that somehow his heroes Popp, Hufnagel and Austin will come to Sask once his foe Taman is gone. Keep dreaming!

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

Did Kirk Penton sleep with Mrs. Sportscage?

Anonymous said...

Danny Maciocia, one Grey Cup
Cory Chamblin, one Grey Cup

Starting to see similarities anyone .....

Time to move on.

Anonymous said...

It's the nut jobs that post on here that need the "Mental Coach". Some in Saskatchewan are breathing to many oil fumes.

Davey Boy Smith

Anonymous said...

"keep patting them on the back and nothing will change"

Truth is nothing Lyle says or does makes no difference. Same goes for all back patters, haters, whiners, optimists, pessimists, ranters, ravers, happy fans, sad fans that post here and elsewhere. If you believe that it does you are in desperate need of a reality check.

Same goes to those in the "media" who think that they can help a team win or lose. Its all noise and at the end of the day its the players on the field that make the difference, one play at a time.

Harvey T.

Anonymous said...

Only one way CC can keep his job. Hire a defensive "consultant" and let the "consultant" do their job without meddling by the Head Coach. Either CC wants to be a head coach or a co-ordinator, but not both. Since he is wearing 2 hats now, I am wondering when he has time to see his family?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Danny Maciocia, one Grey Cup
Cory Chamblin, one Grey Cup

Starting to see similarities anyone .....

Time to move on.

July 23, 2015

Maciocia was counterfeit

Anonymous said...

Is Craig Reynolds buying you ice cream after the show for being a good boy today?

Anonymous said...

mrs. doubtfire knows her football...just ask luc! penton don't stand a chance vs a milestone boy!!

Anonymous said...

Rod is blowing a gasket.
It's better entertainment than Just for Laughs.

Anonymous said...

Must be a real slow day at work if you are sitting there wondering how CC has time to see his family. LOL Only in Sask!

Anonymous said...

Bring back Mr. Shivers !
We want Roy !
We want Roy !
We want Roy !
We want Roy !
Roy knows football, so do his connections.

GB said...

So who gave you the marching orders to write a feel good column about the Riders ?

Anonymous said...

If the Riders are third and one beyond their own 40 yard line, they would be wise to gamble. Good chance a punt will result in a bid Speedy Banks return for a TD. Either that, or boot it our of bounds and take a penalty.

Armchair Coach

Glenn said...

Some of these comments are way past the humorous or informative stage. It would be nice if some would use a spellchecker too. Anyone who won't use their real name doesn't deserve to have their comment read. The true fans are concerned, and know that this team can turn it around. Go Riders!

Anonymous said...

Rod are you a broadcaster or a cheer leader for the Rider organization? The people want to know. The people deserve balanced and well thought out reporting not knee jerk shock talk. Quit insulting our intelligence. We know that it was just to stir the pot but why freak out? It is only Chamberlain. Did he care when he threw Cortez and Hall under the bus last year making them the scape goat? He still doesn't take responsibiity. I do not see why you as a "professional" broadcaster you are taking the bait and adding to the firestorm.

-Gainer

Anonymous said...

Thanks Mr. Tips.

Anonymous said...

How do we know that you are the real Glenn, and not some guy or gal using Glenn's name? LOL

The ones who should NOT and are NOT cheer leaders for the Rider Organization are the broadcasters of the Stamps, Esks, Lions, Redblacks, Argos, Bombers, Ti-Cats, and Als. As for the people who broadcast games for Rider nation they should be promoting and being positive about our team always. The Rider haters and opponents can do a fine enough job of running down the team and its players etc.

Wayne (the real one) in 306

SkRoughie said...

Right on the money! Boys need a win Sunday. Lets go RIDERS!

Anonymous said...

Agreed anonymous

Anonymous said...

Tonight I was out on the deck taking into my lungs the fresh air provided by another wonderful rainy day in Regina. While admiring my huge garden, apple trees, plum trees, small lawn, and listening to the song birds happily chirping away, I glanced down our block and it struck me like a John Chick sack how everything had at last turned a dark GREEN - everywhere.

I was compelled to see this as a special sign from GOD that points directly to a major change AWAY from the misfortune that has befell our Roughriders thus far - the loses, the injuries, the messed up minds of Rider fans here and everywhere - to one where a positive energy and spirit prevails, pointing toward a glorious victory on Sunday against the Ti-Cats, with more wins to surely follow like a hot prairie breeze in August.

Onwards to Victory my friends!

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

GREAT SHOW TODAY!!! One of the best I have heard. THAT is why you are the best sports show in this province.

Completely agree with Scruffy on the guy calling in and railing on Craig Reynolds. That was way offside and the only people who wouldn't have noticed that is a CFL ref.

I am sure Reynolds' head is spinning just like everyone else's is. How could it not? I don't think him or anyone in the organization thought this would happen. He's still trying to ease into everything and people are pushing the fire alarm.

The only thing I don't like about this whole scenario is the fact Chamblin hasn't taken any accountability and said he has to be better. That is a message that can't be resonating well inside the room.

GO RIDERS!!

Chris

Anonymous said...

Ask any fan who remembers LaPO either in Regina or Wpg. NO NO NO they will tell you. Who needs a coach who believes in " we take what they will give us". That means on 2nd an 10 they will give you 7 yards. PUNT !!!
Never ever do I want Lapo with the Riders. Our coach is one of the best in the league.Don't listen to the Calgary fans who are promoting LaPo, They know that means a Stampeder dynasty.
GO RIDERS

Anonymous said...

Chris - it is not what any coach says to the press that really matters, it is what he does with his players. The proof as my dad used to say will be in the taste of the chocolate pudding. I am sure Coach C knows everyone involved with the team has to be better. After all, he and his staff do dedicate all their time to that end.

Big Jeff

Anonymous said...


I agree with Chris

BTW: Who is this Chamberlain guy?

The Woz said...

Hey old hank. The flag is down in charleston but today another shooting of 6 people at a movie theatre and a couple days ago black woman abused by police ended up killing herself in jail.....yup getting rid of that flag symbol has made all the difference......

The Woz said...

I am going to keep posting this every time that someone says taman has no connections.....

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...

You're pretty good at name dropping Woz, but real poor at thinking.

T. B.

Anonymous said...

Now, now, The Woz. No need to get snarky. Those Taman haters are people too you know.

As far as the flag goes, you pal Old Hank never said it was THE solution to the deep racial divide in the USA. It is but a necessary gesture a larger and ongoing struggle for equality. The Civil War was fought and lost over the right of the South to own other human beings, albeit with different skin colour. It is time that all state governments stop using that symbol of white supremacy from that War. Leave it for the hate groups where it can remain a symbol of their ignorance.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

I have seen a too many one year wonders, over the hill guys, a few problem guys and some not good enough to make another team but they are Canadian. And by the way where where is our promising young QB that we are forever searching for?

Anonymous said...

Taman has connections, just not has good, nor as many as his counterparts. It is all relative. Look at our Canadian talent. Look at our depth (back up and practice roster. Occasionally bringing in a "past your prime" player is ok, being a ritual is another matter.

Anonymous said...

"Look at our depth"

If you add the small army of Rider players on the injury list, with the practice roster, the Riders probably have more players on the payroll than anywhere else in the CFL. Kudos to the Rider GM for keeping the ship afloat during hard times.

Anonymous said...

More players on the payroll than anywhere else and still in last place. There is a message here; the ship is sinking!

Anonymous said...

Pedersen vs Penton

WHEN NERDS COLLIDE!

Grow up.

Anonymous said...

RP said, "Chamblin's existence depends on this, and that's fair".

Seems a reasonable statement Rod. That said, I just want to remind you in advance when you start searching for who started all this talk... You are part of it as is all the media. When you suggest that Chamblin's existence (as a coach in Sask) depends on this, you are essentially part of what many others have been saying.

And that, my friend, that's fair!

Z