Well, that spurred the Roughriders on even more and they went on to win a hard-fought game 20-16 before a season-high crowd of 33,196. And the Green & White still hasn't forgotten.
"I remember that! I remember that!" howled Rider running back Anthony Allen following the team's practice on Wednesday. "Guaranteed the win and everybody was free the next game or something like that? Ya that was the wrong time to do that. Oh man, haha! That was the wronnnng time to do that and I got to be the running back in the fourth quarter too so I got to just drill it to 'em.
"But man that was so motivating. We haven't forgot that too. We know that we are 0-2 so teams might be overlooking us this year but we're here to prove that we're here to bust some arrows and win some games."
Sounds like the Riders won't need any added motivation this time around.
2 - A MARKETING BLUNDER?: There are those within the Lions camp who still think this was a brilliant marketing strategy by Skulsky. Did it sell some tickets? Yes. Did it get everyone in the Lower Mainland talking about the game? Absolutely.
But it put his club at a competitive disadvantage given the motivation it provided the Roughriders and no matter how much you tell me otherwise, I will not be convinced that Lions coach Mike Benevides would have been happy about it. Not at all.
It's my belief that the business side of a team's operation should work in concert with the football side when it comes to most promotions. This one definitely backfired.
3 - AN UPBEAT BUNCH: The grins on the Roughriders' faces were a mile wide once the doors swung open to the media at the conclusion of Wednesday's closed practice. It was hard to believe this team is winless to start the season given their giddiness. "No one on this field is down," advised veteran defensive end John Chick. Why the optimism? Because the Riders know they have a good team and their wounds have been self-inflicted.
However one alarming trend is the statistic TSN's Paul Lapolice pointed out on Wednesday's SportsCage. Of eight redzone trips by the opposition offense through the opening two games, they've scored eight touchdowns on Saskatchewan. The Roughrider defense will have to be "cleaned up" if they hope to beat the Lions Friday night.
As it stands now, the Riders are the CFL's #1 passing team and the #1 rushing team. They've had their glitches but to blame Sunday's loss on them is outright ludicrous. The offensive line is ranked #1 as well.
** Update -- the Roughriders will have to do without the services of receiver Ryan Smith for quite some time. The league's leader receiver has been placed on the six-game injured list with a concussion.
Meanwhile the Riders have drawn the most Pass Interference flags in the CFL with five.
4 - PICK EM: Week 3 in the CFL opens Thursday night with the Ottawa RedBlacks (2-0) visiting the Edmonton Eskimos (0-1). How on earth does one pick a winner in this game? Ottawa teams are on a 19 game losing streak at Commonwealth Stadium while Edmonton quarterback Matt Nichols is 0-5 as a starter! The oddsmakers have installed the Eskimos as 5.5-point favourites. I've got Edmonton to win based soley on the fact that head coach Chris Jones simply won't let them lose. Let's see what happens.
Incidentally the B.C. Lions are 3-point favourites over the Roughriders Friday night.
5 - MORE ODDS 'N ENDS: It certainly has been a wild and whacky start to the 2015 CFL season, headlined by the injuries to starting quarterbacks, the new rules and the resurgence of the East Division. Last year at this time the West was 5-1 against the East while this year the East has turned the tables, going 5-1 ... The Roughriders have only been 0-2 twice in the last 11 seasons, the last being in 2011 ... They've only been 0-2 after two home games four times in 80 years! ... Meanwhile the Roughriders have been in three of the last four overtime games in the CFL and have a 1-2 record including Sunday's 42-40 loss to the Toronto Argonauts ... Saskatchewan starting quarterback Kevin Glenn enters Week 3 now alone in 7th spot in the CFL's Top 10 all-time passers (having surpassed Matt Dunigan last week) and now he's 6,602 yards behind Ron Lancaster for #6 ... The new Pass Interference restriction has thrown passing statistics all out of whack as starting quarterbacks Zach Collaros, Trevor Harris, Kevin Glenn and Drew Willy all have completion rates 75% or better ... The eye-popping offensive stat oddities so far this season should be tempered by the fact they're basically playing pitch-and-catch out there.
6 - PROUD OF THESE GUYS: We truly have a fantastic stable of football analysts on 620 CKRM. Rookie analyst Neal Hughes revealled on Sunday's pregame show that he spent time visiting forest fire evacuees at Evraz Place last week on behalf of Red Cross while Luc Mullinder and Michael Ball have generously donated their time as volunteer amateur football coaches. Great guys giving something back! The Riders have been generous too, donating 800 tickets to last Sunday's game to evacuees from Northern Saskatchewan.
7 - LOCAL RESTAURANTS IN ON THE ACTION: The Roughriders offensive line held a bonding session Friday night at team sponsor Mr. Mike's in Harbour Landing. Their tab was $800 and no one left hungry. And the bonding exercise may have worked. The hoggies have been the most impressive unit on the club through the first two games ... Meanwhile Regina's Italian Star Deli is becoming a favourite destination for visiting CFL clubs. Calgary running back Jon Cornish makes the Italian Star his first stop on road trips to Regina while several boxes of Carlo's famous sandwiches were trucked to the Blue Bombers locker room after their Week 1 game in Regina. Hey, owner Carlo Giambattista is no dummy. Visiting teams' money is as good as anyone else's!
8 - MORE NOTES: The Ottawa RedBlacks have now soldout 10 straight home games, including Saturday's exciting 27-16 victory over the visiting B.C. Lions ... The Toronto Argonauts boast 11 players on their roster from the Greater Toronto Area ... Meanwhile the Roughriders have 10 Saskatchewan products sprinkled across their active roster, practice roster and injured lists ... Did I miss the birth of some nicknames across the CFL? TSN's Rod Black referred to Ottawa receiver Ernest Jackson as "Action Jackson" on Saturday's telecast while Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian was referred to as "The Lion King".
9 - PUMPING THE CRUISE: If you've never been on a cruise, love football, and would like to get out of the deep freeze this February, consider joining Bomber greats Chris Walby and David Black along with the Riders' Carm Carteri and me on the inaugural Football Fan Cruise through the Caribbean. For details email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info check out this CBC story on the cruise: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/travel-agent-creates-banjo-bowl-themed-cruise-package-for-football-fans-1.2756441
10 - SOCIAL MEDIA, THE GOOD AND THE BAD: Somebody has to say it. Nobody cares about the zany antics of your dog or the size of the steak you have on the grill. That's pretty much all I see on Facebook nowadays. And there are so many inspirational memes being posted that they tug your head in all different directions. Some of them aren't even true, like "God helps those who help themselves." No He doesn't. ... Having said that, sports leagues had better be paying attention to what social media has done for the coverage of our leagues. Twitter and Facebook have pretty much single-handedly made Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson the top All-Star Game vote-getter of all time (along with his own exploits on the diamond). Social media has made the Blue Jays and Raptors part of fans' conscience across all across the continent like television never could. And it's free! It just takes a lot of work.
-- And one last societal note: Where does Cineplex get off by significantly reducing the size of their large fountain drinks but still charging the same price?? They already did away with free refills on soft drinks and popcorn. Theatre owners say they're losing money hand-over-fist but it costs over $100 for me to take my family to a flick. Where are their revenues going??
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