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Thursday, July 30, 2015

THURSDAY RODSERVATIONS

1 - THE BUBBLE HAS BURST:  Standing beside Riders head coach Corey Chamblin on Wednesday when he was delivering the news that QB Kevin Glenn is out with a torn pectoral muscle and is headed to the 6-game injured list, I wondered if he feels some sense of relief.  I know it's crazy, but that's just the feeling that came over me at the time.  Simply my opnion, I don't know what he's thinking.

With this team down to its third string quarterback, the monstrous expectations of the season have been obliterated and therefore so should any talk of him losing his job.  Are we calling the season over?  No, not by a longshot.  But to fire a man with these set of circumstances stacked against him would be downright ridiculous.  Just as ridiculous as the talk of Paul Lapolice coaching here by Labour Day.

The biggest question now is:  will this franchise return to prominence upon the return of Darian Durant?

2 - WHAT THE RIDERS ARE THINKING:  The above is one man's opinion.  As always.  But if you want to know how the Roughriders themselves are feeling at 0-5, ravaged by injuries, and heading into Edmonton to face the CFL's hottest team this Friday, take a listen to Special Teams Coach Bob Dyce's comments from Wednesday's Coaches Show on 620 CKRM.

"It's funny.  Even in my special teams meeting we had to start the day today, I said the only thing we know is we're not going to be 18-0 or 16-2," Dyce said.  "But we have a goal of hosting a playoff game.  From there, we have a goal of winning it and getting to the Grey Cup.  We still have that opportunity.  I kind of likened it to an arrow hitting its target.  Before it goes forward, it gets pulled back.  Right?  Right now we've been pulled back a bit but when we get unleashed, we're going to go forward with great efficiency and great effort to hit our target."

How inspiring!  That's a leader.  And I'm sure Chamblin is saying the same thing behind closed doors.

3 - HEADING TO EDMONTON:  Somebody asked me the other day what it feels like to go into Commonwealth Stadium with the Roughriders.  I used to hate it.  Over a decade ago, when you went in there the hair on neck would stand up.  You'd literally have goosebumps and butterflies for days before the game.  It felt like you not only were playing the Edmonton Eskimos, but you were playing Warren Moon, Tom Wilkinson, Dan Kepley, Hec Pothier and all the rest of them.  For whatever reason, that place has become a lot more hospitable and the people in the Eskimos organization are gracious hosts.  Going to the Alberta capital now is a welcome feeling.

That may change shortly after 7:00 pm on Friday however, as the Eskimos are likely planning to pulverize rookie starting quarterback Brett Smith into next week.  Ratings on television and radio will likely be huge as the country peers in to see the possible wreckage.  Win or lose it seems, the Roughriders are front page news.  Sportsnet's even sending a crew to Edmonton to cover the team's news conference today and I haven't seen hide nor hair of them for years.

Perhaps Smith and the Riders will surprise the world.  Maybe Friday will be his coming out party!  This is how stars are born, that's for sure.

4  - ARROGANCE IN EDMONTON:  Don't tell John Lynch that the Eskimos are gracious however.  The football maven and Hall of Fame Roughrider broadcaster commented on the SportsCage this week that the Riders basically don't have a hope going into Friday's game.  And two key guys are behind what makes the Eskimos tick these days.

"They gotta jump on the Eskimos real quick," Lynch fumed.  "Since 1949 we've won about 22 games in Edmonton.  We don't win in Edmonton very often!  The Eskimos are on a roll.  Chris Jones and Ed Hervey, two very arrogant guys in Edmonton as you know, they want to keep winning and they're in first place right now."

God bless Lynch.  We've lost Bob Hughes.  Let's treasure Lynch while he's still around.

4 - EL PRESIDENTE:  Almost daily I get asked by Rider fans, "How's Hoppy doing?", "What's Hoppy thinking?".  Of course they're referring to former Roughrider President Jim Hopson whose tenure with the club ran out in March after 10 wildly successful seasons with the club.  So I brought Jim on the radio to ask him those very questions.

"Like everybody I'm frustrated," Hopson said from Regina Beach.  "I still believe this team has a lot of potential.  At the very worst, we should have two wins: the Toronto game at home and the one at BC.  We didn't.  There's a lot of passion in this province for the Riders and that's what makes us special.  When you get passion, and you're winless, people get excited.  I understand.  It hurts!  It really hurts.  I think we'll be okay as we go forward but they have a big hill to climb."

Hopson took the time to defend his GM amidst this 0-5 start.

"I had a conversation with a fan the other day after the loss and he was down on Brendan.  I told him to give Brendan a break!" Hopson laughed.  "If you look at his body of work he's just going into his fourth year as the guy in charge.  His first year in charge in 2012 he turned the franchise around.  We struggled big time the year before.  He got us to 8-10 and the playoffs.  We missed going to the final by a last-minute touchdown.  We won the Grey Cup the next year at home.  How do you discount that?  He said 'Ya but he had a stacked team'.  I said, 'Who do you think stacked it!?'

"That's the funny part.  Brendan stacked that team along with Corey Chamblin!  Ya the next year we missed out on moving on to the West Final but when you lose your starting quarterback, things are going to happen.  I think Brendan's and Corey's body of work are very, very good.  These are guys that would be in demand elsewhere if they weren't here and I hope they're here for a long time.  I think you need continuity.  You can't push the panic button.  They're proven commodities and they know what they're doing.  We just gotta rise up and we have to have some plays made."

Future Rider Hall of Famer Scott Schultz was part of that conversation and asked Jim what words of advice he'd offer new Rider President Craig Reynolds if he had the chance.

"That's a good question," Hopson reflected.  "On the business side, we haven't had a sellout yet this year.  Why is that?  Ask those questions.  Is it because we're playing so many home games in a short period of time?  But instead of using excuses, how can we attract more new fans?  We have a great season ticket base but what about the walk-up?  Ask why is that happening and are there things we can do with specials and so on to get more fans in there.  The energy that a sellout gives you is significant and also in terms of the football line.

"Craig watched me and worked with me. I think he's talking to Brendan Taman on a regular basis.  He's not the football guy and he knows that so all he can do is ask the questions that he needs to ask and offer support to make sure the guys know he's in their corner.  He's a smart young guy.

"I told him when he took over that the good times are fabulous but the tough times can make or break you.  You have to be prepared for that and know you're going to have some tough games and some tough stretches.  He's getting that right now.  It's not the first time that's happened in our history and it won't be the last.  I'm sure he wants that first win as desperately as anybody."

5 - MILO!  MILO!:  The last I heard former Rider kicker Chris Milo was selling cars at a Regina dealership which doesn't advertise on any of my shows are on this website.  So, they won't get the free plug here.  Now on Wednesday word came down that Milo is in Ottawa.  Perhaps he was visiting the nation's capital on a summer holiday or perhaps he was auditioning for the RedBlacks.  I don't know.  He'd certainly give them a nice ratio option there but it might be tough to ashcan their current kicker who booted the game-winning field goal in overtime last week against Calgary.  Delbert Alvarado.   Incidentally Alvarado's wife competed in barrell racing at the Calgary Stampede.  In fact I think she won it.

6 - JUST NOTES:  Some interesting tidbits from the CFL game notes for Week 6 -- The East is 8-5 versus the West so far in 2015.  Thank God we didn't go with the kneejerk guys and scrap alignment after last year and go with one division ... Thank God too that we didn't panic due to the low scoring and change all the rules!   Wait a minute ... The league's top three passers (yardage versus playing time) are Trevor Harris, Drew Willy and Rakeem Cato.  Perhaps we're seeing the changing of the guard there however overall, Kevin Glenn is the league's #1 passer ... BC's home loss to Toronto last Friday was the biggest lead that franchise has ever blown ... How come the Lions ALWAYS get to play Friday and Saturday nights at home?  And their attendance still lags ...

7 - MORE JUST NOTES:  Edmonton has won three in a row and is the league's hottest team ... The Calgary Stampeders and Roughriders are tied for the worst turnover ratio at -6 ... Weston Dressler is the most "targeted" Roughrider receiver with 39 (and 26 receptions).  That's 3rd-best in the CFL.  Ottawa's Chris Williams is #1 ... Dressler leads the league in "big plays" (30-yards or more) with four ... Jerome Messam leads the league in YAC yards (171).  Yesterday he asked to come on the SportsCage next week.  I told him I'd hook him up, and pass along some Press Box Sports Bar gift cards for coming on the air ... Sophomore DE Dylan Ainsworth leads the league in special teams tackles (7).  Good drafting there ... The Riders are no longer the most-penalized team in the league.  Winnipeg is.  Very Winnipeggish.

8 - ZAUNIE'S CONCERNED:  Sportsnet Blue Jay analyst and World Series champion Gregg Zaun is Toronto's biggest Roughriders fan but he's concerned.  While examining the Tulowitzki-Reyes trade on the SportsCage on Tuesday with us, Zaun took time to say, "I'm concerned" with the Riders' 0-5 record.  He's not blowing smoke.  He truly loves the team and watches every game.  A couple of weeks ago he texted "Dude - is the club getting it together?".  I wrote back that they hadn't hit rock bottom yet.  Well, now they have so let's see how they respond.

9 - ABOUT THAT TRADE:  The Blue Jays have a lot of work to do after acquiring Troy Tulowitzki but they're off to a good start after last night's 8-2 win over Philadelphia.  It was nice to see him get a standing ovation at Rogers Centre prior to his Blue Jays debut and he responded with a 2-run homer and a pair of doubles.  The Jays stand seven games out in the division and two games back of a wildcard berth.  I'm a casual baseball observer but in the 80's I could've told you the starters at all nine positions of every Major League team.  The trade on Tuesday made Toronto better because if they'd have gotten a jockstrap and a batting glove for Reyes, they'd be better off.  Hopefully Jose Bautista gets over his broken heart soon and Tulowitzki gets over having to move to Toronto from Denver.  He certainly didn't seem pleased at first.

10 - A LITTLE LATE TO THE PARTY BUT ...:  I saw an article in a Toronto newspaper that said the hiring of Lou Lamoriello by the Maple Leafs was "risky".   What?  It's the SAFEST HIRE THEY COULD'VE MADE.  He's 72 years old, has three Stanley Cup rings and spent 28 years with the same organization!  How in the world is that risky?  Sometimes writers like that give the media a bad name. ... The Swift Current Broncos plucked coach Ryan Smith away from the Humboldt Broncos on Wednesday to serve as the top assistant to Mark Lamb.  Interestingly, Riders media coordinator Ryan Pollock has been mentioned in connection with the Humboldt opening.  The former Bonnyville Pontiacs assistant was on the shortlist in Humboldt when Smith was hired.  ... Great column by Phil Andrews this week on the demolition of the old Exhibition Stadium, the former home of the Pats.  I won't shed a tear when that dump comes down because I haven't been in it in years but it still houses some great memories.  It was a treat to watch the Pats play a few games in there when the Agridome was busy back in the day and the most vivid memory was Pats goalie Todd Lumbard letting in a slapshot from centre ice from Doug Houda of the Calgary Wranglers in 1983.  Now the President of the Pats, Lumbard gets very testy when that topic comes up and insists it was deflected.  I have to calm him down and remind him I was eight years old at the time.  Perhaps my recollection isn't the best!

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THAT'S ALL! TALK TO YOU FROM EDMONTON
RP
@sportscage

51 comments:

Anonymous said...

So what's the story with Taj Smith?? Glenn goes on the six-game and we know exactly what the injury is. All we were told about Taj is that he is "shut down for the season".

Anonymous said...

That call from Hopson was very telling regarding his thoughts on what's happened since he left. If anyone heard the show the follow up call came from one of our favorite love to hate Posters on here (Obama), and he went off on the marketing or how lazy the business side has gotten under Steve Mazurak ....and that was epic radio for about 30 minutes.

....oh and I'll be calling in every Friday to discuss that very issue now of letting the brand slip now....I need a new chew toy.

Y'er Welcome
Obama

Anonymous said...

On other notes:

1) Regarding the Blue Jays trade. I've been to Denver and have watched T.T play. Incredible player on a horrible team. However I've always had the MLB package and he's a guy I like to watch.

The decision had to be this. Premier starting pitching comes at a tremendous cost, and they must have made the decision to once again try to win games with 8 runs. - that's not going to happen against a team like Kansas City. I watched the Phillies game last night, and that is an awful franchise. We'll see what happens, but the Jays are essentially a .500 team with a national media exposure to keep them relevant....they are not.

Zaun said it best a few weeks ago. There isn't a starting pitcher for the Jays that would be considered an Ace on a contending team.

2) Oh and yes the pressure is off the Riders...for now. Having said that if anyone is saying well the season is a write off, then sorry to inform there will be changes at the end of the week. The end of this season will show something - We lacked a QB ( we were 0-5 with Kevin Glenn, and he was great between the 20s), our Canadian content sucked, and we had no kicking game.

Jim Barker has no issue finding QBs for this league. Montreal started slow last year, and turned it around by having a great Defense, and bringing in Jeff Garcia and Don Mathews as "Consultants"

My advice....with no QB, they better get "Consultant" Mike Benevedes here fast to fix this Defense.

3) Jim is a regular caller to Sports Cage - normally he's dumb, but that call yesterday was good. He called out the Defense, named names, and was right on. I've been watching the games, and they look 50 years old on the D-Line, and past that nobody can tackle. That's not scheme, that's on the players.

4) The season is not over so if anyone is breathing a sigh of relief, I fully expect them fired at the end of the year.

5) If Marketing is saying the crowds are down due to the losing - then fire Steve Mazurak. He's useless.

Y'er Welcome
Obama

Anonymous said...

Really Hoppy. Desired elsewhere? Maybe Chamblin. 83-101-1 is Tamans GM record. Yah real impressive. Fact is Hoppy, your fingerprints are all over this one. Glenn's injury only bought Taman more time!

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Anonymous said...

I wouldn't be surprised if Milo gets a tryout for Ottawa. Their current kicker Alvarado almost cost them the game last week against Calgary. He missed an extra point and a chip shot late in regulation that both would have won the game for them. If Milo could find his old form he could still be a solid kicker in the CFL.

-Barry

Anonymous said...

Don't worry if the horse (Taman) is blind. Just load up the wagon.

J FRENCH said...

If CC is relieved that the pressure to win is gone, he should be sent packing. He's a defensive coach on a team that is failing defensively. Losing your starting QB doesn't change that. When that happens you need to lean on the defense even more to keep the games within reach while your fill in QB does his best to try and win a close game.

I don't fire CC on his W/L record, but if his defense continues to be this bad and doesn't show improvement, he must be addressed on that. Given he is a defensive coach and the way he is using our ratio with most imports there, that should be the strength of our team, not the glaring weakness.

If he cant turn this defense around, starting QB out or not, we change should be on the table. If we lose every game for the rest of the year, but the defense starts doing its job and holding us in games, then the heat can be off the coach.

Anonymous said...

OH-BAH-MAH!!!! OH-BAH-MAH!!!! OH-BAH-MAH!!!

Anonymous said...

Typical Hopson response, "I think the Riders will be fine". Kind of like when he admitted after 2011 that he had let complacency creep in and said that "we thought we're the Riders, we'll be fine". He was always around to take credit for the success of this team, let's see if he's willing to accept the blame if things continue to sour. Hopefully mr Reynolds doesn't let his ego get in the way and fixes things.


Gundersons Yorkton

w said...

Here's the pre game speech:

You work.
We pay.

Anonymous said...

Chamblin is most assuredly not off the hook because of Glenn's injury. The team is dead last in the league and on defense in the league.They own this dubious record because of his role in the defensive game planning and game decisions. Other teams also have injury issues and they maintain a respectable level of play on the field because of good coaching decisions. You have to hold the GM and head coach accountable for this fiasco. If not, this team will slip into another long run of ineptitude.

chad said...

Don't forget the old regina caps played there as well.
I not sure but I beleive they eventually became the Chicago Blackhawks

Anonymous said...

2015 Riders.

"Not in your widest alcoholic nightmare would you ever imagine such events unfolding!"
Crazy ... just plain crazy!

RIPBillKing

Anonymous said...

I see the spin doctors at work with people connected to the club..what else do they have left. Hopson seen to it that BT got a big extension based predominantly on a very mediocre body of work…I guess he's going to back that decision right. Who found your impact players of 2013?…we all know who that was and it wasn't BT….more like ET! Laughable how someone tries to slant things and try to pacify the masses…

The pressure is off really…lets see how much pressure is off when we fall to 0-9 at the mid point of the season. The signs were there last season that the D needed work. Durant had masked their inadequacies and they were exposed when he went down. Some team (Toronto and Montreal) stayed in games because of their stout defences. They built around that but we didn't. Our GM and staff didn't see the deterioration of our defence, or adjust to the new rules. We need more and constant play from our D-line. Bigger DB's because in the new zone defence teams are running out bigger receivers and we need taller backs to be able to tip away ball from these guys without taking penalties.

Hopson may have been trying to buy BT and CC some time but it's really like trying to sell bologna by saying it's steak. The real truth is if starting QB'ing is what you need then get one!!!! Plain and simple. Why worry if its a good or bad trade. Look at BT's trades to date and tell me any were great. Crompton could likely be obtained. Toronto has some available I'm sure. Be ready to scoop someone from Edmonton when Rielly comes back. You may need to deal with a devil but you get a starting QB. That's the only way that this season can have a hope of being salvaged. Dyce saying they won't be 18-0 is not that profound since he doesn't say they couldn't be 0-18…really.

Starting this bad then going forward without a starting QB is ridiculous. it's tantamount to throwing in the towel by management. As the losing continues all the marketing schemes will be meaningless. In Saskatchewan the only cure for non sellouts is winning..period.

Anonymous said...

Completely unrelated, but here goes.

I went to Riderfans.com for the first time in over two years last night after hearing about some of the things being said from my brother.

What a cesspool of stupidity! There is nothing in that website that should tie Riders to fans because the negativity is high and anyone who does try to preach some positives is just flogged for his beliefs.

It is no wonder these complete and utter morons go under assumed names because they probably don't have the balls to go out in public under their real name and say the things they do on there about all people connected to the organization, media, etc. etc. etc

I thought it was bad two years ago, but it is worse now. If this is the attitude of our "fanbase" and they are actually trying to portray themselves as Rider Nation, it is sad for the actual fanbase who bleeds green and is with this team through thick and thin.

Make no doubt about it, I am not happy with what I am seeing this year, but I don't know what one is supposed to do and how one is supposed to compete when players keep going down and you are down to your 3rd string quarterback just a third of the way in.

Hope you publish this

Patrick

Anonymous said...

Delbert Alverado's wife did compete in the Calgary Stampede. Her name is Fallon Taylor and she won third. She is the reigning World Champion and is a flake. Lisa Lockhart won Calgary.

The Woz said...

The reasons for no sell outs are simple. People choosing to stay at home and watch instead of travelling and/or spending 300 bucks. The economy and especially the oil patch workers and companies. The bad crop conditions. The beautiful summer we had been having so people are doing different things or staying at the lake. The goofy schedule of two sunday games. And finally apathy. For young people the fad is over and they are moving pnto other things. For others we have been winning for years and evertually once you havebdone everything including winning a cup at home people just arent as passionate as they once were. You can see it in the noise levels at games too. But i do agree that there is marketing that can be done. All mazurak has done and hopson for that matter was open rhe gates.... They didnt have to market because they had the perfect success conditions of good teams passion and a great ecomony with lots of disposable income. Now steve needs to actually work.

Obama i told you a long time ago this day was coming because of tv and sitting on couches.

Tootles

Anonymous said...

The best thing about all this is that at least there will be less Rider fans in Winnipeg for the Grey Cup.

Anonymous said...

Keep right on apologizing for Taman lol. Nice to see the teams core players were found under his watch: DD, Dressler, Getzlaf, Best, Chick. All over 30. All brought here 1 or 2 gms ago. He signed Labatte as a free agent and skipped Brent Jones for Watman. His trading ridiculous. Proof of performance: look at the team play forget the blinders. Isnt Toronto missing Ricky Ray? No excuses, they are still good. I guess in small towns you people are less critical. Lower standards.

Anonymous said...

Nowhere in the article did it say that Chamblin is "relieved that the pressure to win is gone," or words to that effect. In fact, Rod said "I don't know what he's [C.C.} thinking." Don't crucify the guy for what you believe his thoughts to be.

Anonymous said...

Could someone from RIDER management take the bull by the horns and fire taman after the Friday night debacle at Edmonton. Please !

Anonymous said...

Using a couple of injured quarterbacks as an excuse for a defensive coach is absolutely ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

I would actually start Tino in Edmonton so we don't ruin Smith by throwing him to the wolves in Edmonton. We are loosing the game regardless so instead of hammering Smith's confidence in edmonton I would start Tino. The outcome really doesn't matter as the season is now toast. This sucks as also being an Oilers fan and not getting out of October with any hope the Riders couldn't get out of July with any hope...

T

Handy Andy said...

This season is turning into a bit of a Shakespearean comedy. Just when you think it couldn't get worse, it gets much worse! If there is not a pleasanst surprise from Brett Smith and the defence steps up big time, then this will automatically become a re-build year. It reminds me a bit of the 2011 season, which was also a disaster, but the rebuild began that year and voila, two years later, the Riders won the Grey Cup.
So in the meantime, we must all press on and keep fighting, fans included. Empty stands won't help. Quiet fans won't help. We are at the bottom. Nowhere to go but up!

Anonymous said...

Gm Taman/Head Coach Chamblin,

Know your roles, or shut your mouth, jabronies!

33Hike hup! hup!

Anonymous said...

Listening to LaPolice on the talk show he had some good points. What we are all agreed on is the team is losing games and losing players, but that does not mean they shut down now and give up for the next 13 games. Wouldn't it be great to open up that new stadium with a competitive team? We struggle now because of age and injuries for sure but we also struggle because we are bringing in the future of the team. That "cohesive unit" that "fires on all cylinders" takes time to build and it's going to take awhile. If you are a true Rider fan you roll with the tough years because like 2013 we all want that championship team again. Don't give the negative people the chance to cause problems within Rider World.

Dennis said...

I dont want Chamblin fired but look at what happened to John Gregory, leads us into the playoffs for the first time in 11 years and a home playoff game to boot. Next year win the the grey cup when nobody thought we would beat Edm in west final. Then in 1991 franchise qb Kent Austin goes down and team struggles,goes 1-6 if memory serves me right and was shocked when Gregory was let go. Al Ford had the perfect excuse to not fire him but still did. What I guess I'm saying is in this market injuries aren't an excuse and results are needed for job security.

John Moore said...

Having another QB go down is not really anything to do with how the defence is coached. Rod is starting to discourage me from following this site & the sportscage. Last nnight all he could talk about was hoe Glenn injury saves the coaches jpb. It kind of sickens me to hear Rod keep on saving with this injury now Cory's job is safe. This to be is crazy talk suggesting that Cory would be happy that Glenn got injured as it saves his job. Rod your paid devotion to the Riders is starting to get too far out for me. Oh for the days of honest reporting as compared to one sided paid reporting. Nice to get back to hearing unbaised sports reports.

Anonymous said...

How does the fact that the Qb went down change the fact that CC's defense is god awful. This is a team that will rot from the inside as the year goes on. Either the GM or the head coach is getting fired and my money is on the coach (maybe by labour Day.)

Anonymous said...

I just hope Taman and Chamblin are joined at the hip so that when the axe falls it takes them both.

Nathan Zafar said...

never thought i'd comment on the devils on this blog. the devils are the only team other than the roughrider that i have a strong emotional attachment to.

i'm not exaggerating when i say losing lou is the worst loss in devils history. worse than brodeur. worse than neidermayer. worse than scott stevens retiring.

lou is the reason the devils have gone to 5 finals, and won 3. he is the reason the team stayed profitable through years and years of living in the shadow of the rangers with much lower revenues. he is master of negotiations, a genius in evaluating talent (not just finding new talent, but also realizing the worth of existing talent), and he keeps an entire organization running so well and so honest that countless personnel that have been fired have gladly come back when the opportunity arises (eg larry robinson, claude lemaire, countless players).

LOU IS THE BEST GM IN ALL OF SPORTS

this is what i posted on a facebook thread with my cousin (from toronto)

don't worry, with lou, you'll get players that you think suck and draft picks no one ever heard of that will sit in the minors for 3 years. and then they all come together and play like a perfectly synced orchestra without any flashy plays. and with people hardly noticing, you'll continually go to the stanley cup finals.

and every year the players that become superstars and want more money will be let go. and another crappy player will be picked up. and everyone will say lou is stupid. and then that superstar will suck on his next team where's taking up all their salary cap (ironically this happened with david clarkson and the leafs). and the crappy player that replaced him will help your team get to another stanley cup finals.

and every year the media will yell "this team is old and boring, it's time to rebuild!" and lou will simply state "i don't rebuild". and you'll go to another stanley cup finals.

i miss lou already.

Anonymous said...

Hey Roddy,

Good to hear Hoppy on, however when can we hear from the new Prez? I'm interested to hear his thought process and how he handles this, we all know he's a solid business/finance type of VP but his football Ops side of the skill set will be interesting to hear from.

Any chance he's on the cage today or tomorrow?

Anonymous said...

This injury now cements the fact the season is lost. I wouldn't have done this a week ago but I wouldn't hesitate today to do the following:
trade Getzlaf, Chick, and Brackenridge
These three players will still generate a great return. Let's get younger, build up on Canadian talent, and get first round picks. Let's ride out Smith, Price, or Rice for the remainder of the year and develop the next Durant. This nightmare of a year can now be looked at as a blessing - as we can use it as an excellent building block for year's to come. Let's play the crap out of our young guys and assess where we are at with young talent.
Top Titty of the Deuces

Anonymous said...

Oblahma is so,so funny. Always get a laugh from his posts which are so off the wall that they always make me chuckle. He should be working with Brent Butt. I like his attack on Mazuak, ranks up the attacks on Gainer.

Leonard in Parkbeg

Anonymous said...

@ Woz,

On Sunday I had a contact from Ottawa here, never been to a Roughrider game. He goes to RedBlacks, and wanted to see for himself what it was all about.

I knew they'd lose, but I go to all the games. We go and had a blast. So for me I'm there rain or shine, and I called in and said that. I am a CFL diehard. If the Roughriders are on hard times, hey I'm happy to see a good CFL team come in and play. There are incredible players here.

I don't want to hear about soft or hard economic conditions. CFL football is in the entertainment business. There are movie theatres, restaurants, and music shows, and a whole host of events that come in and are places to spend disposable income.

The Roughriders did some good things on the marketing side, but when Jim capped the attendance there's no excuse it shouldn't be sold out. None, that game on Sunday - the weather, Kent Austin coming to town, Ti-Cats rivalry, Zach Collaros is worth the price of a ticket.

End of the day the Roughriders marketing department does nothing. The Red Sox on a much smaller scale are .500 and had 800 fans to their game. THey were advertising on CKRM, Leader Post and you don't hear that from the marketing department.

....it's a lazy organization.

...also IF Chamblin is fired, then my point was proven long ago. I sang Kent Austin's praises for getting out of here as fast as he could. Lesson learned, win your Grey Cup and leave for a better environment to work in.

....oh and Patrick....I'm in Regina now so stop by for a BBQ anytime you want buddy.

Y'er Welcome
Obama

Anonymous said...

Those obsessed with having the coach and GM fired are wasting their time. It will not, nor should not happen in 2015. There is a very good team here, but too much of its talent sits on the injury list. There are no good alternatives out there that will make things better. Those dreaming of a Tillman return are going to remain disappointed. The team can and will look at tweaking its roster on defense as NFL cuts emerge down the road for 2016.

Stan

Nathan Zafar said...

never thought i'd comment on the devils on this blog. the devils are the only team other than the roughrider that i have a strong emotional attachment to.

i'm not exaggerating when i say losing lou is the worst loss in devils history. worse than brodeur. worse than neidermayer. worse than scott stevens retiring.

lou is the reason the devils have gone to 5 finals, and won 3. he is the reason the team stayed profitable through years and years of living in the shadow of the rangers with much lower revenues. he is master of negotiations, a genius in evaluating talent (not just finding new talent, but also realizing the worth of existing talent), and he keeps an entire organization running so well and so honest that countless personnel that have been fired have gladly come back when the opportunity arises (eg larry robinson, claude lemaire, countless players).

LOU IS THE BEST GM IN ALL OF SPORTS

this is what i posted on a facebook thread with my cousin (from toronto)

don't worry, with lou, you'll get players that you think suck and draft picks no one ever heard of that will sit in the minors for 3 years. and then they all come together and play like a perfectly synced orchestra without any flashy plays. and with people hardly noticing, you'll continually go to the stanley cup finals.

and every year the players that become superstars and want more money will be let go. and another crappy player will be picked up. and everyone will say lou is stupid. and then that superstar will suck on his next team where's taking up all their salary cap (ironically this happened with david clarkson and the leafs). and the crappy player that replaced him will help your team get to another stanley cup finals.

and every year the media will yell "this team is old and boring, it's time to rebuild!" and lou will simply state "i don't rebuild". and you'll go to another stanley cup finals.

i miss lou already.

Anonymous said...

It's quite true that some of the expectations have been obliterated. However I don't think the talk of change will subside any time soon. Go to your doctor, any Tim's, your garage or any gym. It's everywhere. Rightly or wrongly it's all over the place, and it will get worse as this losing slide continues.

My concern is with BT's approach if in fact it is his approach. Throwing in young guys without a senior experienced mentor on the field is sheer lunacy. That's not how you build a QB. Lulay had a mentor, Rielly had a mentor, Collaros had a mentor, Willy had a mentor. This throwing a young guy to the wolves is plainly ridiculous. After they burn out Smith and Sunseri do they boot them and run out Price and Sims to have the same done to them?

The season wouldn't be a loss if we had an experienced QB on staff. There are a few out there that could be had. The GM should be doing whatever it takes to have one here. Now if the defence starts improving and we don't have an offence? Wouldn't that be just great. Losing games that maybe we could have won if had a QB. We tried this experiment last year and we all should have good enough memories to recall how that turned out.

I don't have as big a problem with CC as I do with BT. The season has 13 games to go and it looks as if he's throwing in the towel as well. If we were able to win a few games in a row, who know what might happen. That won't be happening to kid who has never started. We will lose in Edmonton. Don't believe ask the odds makers. The only question is by how many points. With the East being much stronger this year, the question arises as to" who can we beat?"

Everyone who believes that going with these inexperienced guys is the answer are also throwing in the towel after 5 games. Particularly since we don't know if any of these guys will be the answer. A lot of teams had go through more than four before they ever found someone. Without a vet to guide them this exercise is destined to fail.

With so much season left it's inexcusable that that BT didn't make a move to have an experienced QB in here by now. It appears he's accepting a losing mentality like everyone else.

Anonymous said...

Heard the Podcast this morning.

I don't care what anyone says, you and Scruffy are gold when on the air together. I never know what might come out next!
I'd rather listen to you two idiots than Tim & Sid or those other goofs pretending to go up against your show

Anonymous said...

"an experienced QB in here by now" we had one, his name is Kevin Glenn. Now that he is down, who is out there? Casey Printers? Alex Brink? Give me a break. The BT haters are all nuts!

SkRoughie said...

In SMITH we trust

Anonymous said...

I work with an younger guy who thinks Taman is "too short" to me a good GM and has "no contacts". He said we need an American guy over 6 feet tall who has "contacts". I asked this fellow, who would he get that would be as good or better than Taman as a CFL GM? He said that he thought Geroy Simon would be the guy. My hard-hat fell off from laughing so hard at him. I asked him who else, and he said someone from the NFL. I said, how about he worry more about getting rid of Stephen Harper.

Bay Rock O.

Jay said...

Love the little bit of Jays coverage Roddy! and Obama Toronto's got their Ace now in Price. Here's hoping Rogers opens their wallets and resigns him in the off season. In less then a year we've picked up Martin, Donaldson, Tulo and Price. All arguably top 3 or 5 at their positions. Ship Edwin for some bullpen help and we've got a realistic chance of making something happen. And to people saying we've depleted our future pitching staff that is true to some degree, but with guys like Sanchez, Stroman and Osuna we're still in good shape. Although it does suck to lose Norris and Hoffman but that's the price you gotta pay to pick up top tier talent

Anonymous said...

"no contacts" of course not, he wears glasses...

Anonymous said...

A perfect year for the Jays would be 0-162. Failing that, missing the last wildcard slot by 1 game and loosing Price as a free agent will have to do. Tulo to IR would also be nice.

Anonymous said...

Actually "Obama", declining economic conditions is exactly the point. I guess you've never heard of a principle in economics called the substitution effect. There are cheaper forms of entertainment that are available in this city. If disposable income is decreasing, people will look spend their entertainment dollars on cheaper entertainment activities instead of going to Rider games.

Yer Welcome!!!

Ben Bernanke

Anonymous said...

@Ben,

....$25 end zone seats, 9 times a season - big economic decision.

...at the typing of that post the Jays didn't have Price. I saw that this afternoon, and they're now contenders. They get that W.C spot, they can make noise.

Oh and if economics decline as you say then it's time to dump Brad Wall. He had the golden horse shoe handed to him, was born on third base when he took over, and literally has shown nothing for it.

The greatest caretaker Premier we ever had, and the biggest disappointment. Nobody had more advantage, and did less with it.


Y'er Welcome
Obama

Anonymous said...

Great week for the Toronto BLUE JAYS !!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The economy is declining bud...take a look the numbers. And FYI, the amount of money is moot. Anytime you spend one cent it is an economic decision. For some people, $25 x 9 games a year x # the average number of people in a family (let's just say 4)is a lot of money.

Yer Welcome!

Ben Bernanke

Anonymous said...

Patrick has the comment of the month and if not the year. He speaks nothing but the truth!