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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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15 LABOUR DAY WEEKEND LEFTOVERS

1 - If that was the unofficial kickoff to the CFL season, then sign me up.  While the new-look Saskatchewan Roughriders looked early on in Sunday's Labour Day Classic like the old Roughriders of 2015, this beleaguered football team banded together for a 37-19 victory over Winnipeg for their first win of the season.  Perhaps this campaign can in fact be saved, and today we're here to examine what lies ahead for Canada's Team.

Here are some of the players' Twitter comments from after the game:

QB Brett Smith (@brettsmithqb): "Can't thank Rider fans enough for sharing this win with us!  Here's to the best fans in the world on an unbelievable day!  Thanks Ridernation"

REC/PR Nic Demski (@Demski9): "Thank you #RiderNation for staying behind us!!  More wins to come along with touchdowns!! Let's keep rollin'!!"

RB Jerome Messam (@JMessam): "Brett Smith, Nic Demski and Ryan Smith - you guys are the future.  So proud of you boys! #RiderNation"

LS Jorgen Hus (@Jhus41): "What an atmosphere to get our first win of the year!  Happy for the boys on this one.  Couldn't have a better locker room.  13s you guys rock!"

DL Tim Agbaje (@Tim_92): "So that's what it feels like to win a CFL game.  Thanks for sticking beside us.  Who saw me dump the Gatorade on the coach? :) #RiderNation #FirstWin"

2 - Look out CFL.  The Roughriders have awoken.  And the club is 1-0 in their retro uniforms and it's a safe bet the team will wear them until they lose.

3 - I'll just say it right now.  The tandem of Jeremy O'Day and Bob Dyce in charge of the Saskatchewan Roughriders just feels right.  O'Day's going to have the interim tag removed at some point this winter so let's get that straight.  All of this stuff of naming other candidates is pure bunk but the reporters' efforts have been entertaining.  And as far as Dyce goes, while the head coaching job will be vacant at season's end, Dyce plans to apply anyway so now he has a massive headstart on any other applicants.  If Sunday's game was any indication, things are looking up.

It's a stark contrast from August of 2006 when Eric Tillman replaced Roy Shivers as GM in August.  Back then Tillman said he felt like "A skunk in a submarine" because everyone was loyal to Roy and he felt like an outsider.  The difference here is O'Day and Dyce were promoted from within, but are also respected across the board.

4 - Start for instance with the roster moves.  There were two back-ups on the offensive line dressed (Corey Watman and Matt Vonk) rather than the usual two.  Jemarcus Hardrick got his first start at right tackle and got great reviews.  Canadian Matt Webster made his first CFL start at safety and had Keenan MacDougall as his back-up and while we barely had to announce their names during the game, that's always a good sign.  Perhaps the safety spot will now become Canadian, which provides a good working plan for the defense.  Andre Monroe made his first career start at defensive tackle and was named CKRM's Defensive Game Star registering both of the Riders' two sacks.  I could go on and on and on.

Sunday was about change.

5 - Actually the week was about change when you think about it.  Jeremy O'Day's first move as GM was cutting Tino Sunseri Tuesday morning.  Later in the week they brought in Canadian kicker Brett Lauther as "a move towards the future".  Last I heard under the old plan, Paul McCallum was the kicker going forward for the next few years to come.  Perhaps he still will be (he's showing no signs of slowing down) but the addition of Lauther adds some depth.

We're starting to see a plan.

6 -  How many times does the MMG have to write this:  a team reflects the personality of its head coach.  Up until Sunday this team was irritable and on-edge.  Afraid to make a mistake, but wound up making several.  However on Sunday this team was calm and resilient.  They made mistakes and got down 10-0 to the Bombers early but dug deep, stuck together and came out on top.  Bob Dyce is calm, resilient and a stable force.  Always has been.

7 - Nic Demski.  Nic Demski.  Nic Demski.  With apologies to the two offensive linemen (Alex Mateas and Sukh Chung) who went 1-2 in the 2015 CFL Draft, Demski is the absolute shining star of this year's draft class.  The Riders took the Winnipeg and University of Manitoba product #6 overall in the first round back in May, and couldn't believe their good fortune when he was still available at that spot.  CKRM Draft analyst Luc Mullinder called Demski the "Desean Jackson of the CFL".  (If you don't know who that is, YouTube it).  AND DEMSKI'S CANADIAN!!

Certain players have come into this franchise over the years where you've been able to see the magical things they have ahead of them.  Andy Fantuz was one.  Weston Dressler another.  And now Nic Demski.  Despite the 0-9 start, Demski continued to think the Rider Nation is the greatest thing on God's Green Earth and moved here lock, stock and barrell with his girlfriend.  His agent says Demski's loved every minute of being a Roughrider.  As they say, "Give him what he wants".

Make sure he stays here for his entire career.

8 - Demski doesn't seem like the type that will let the hoopla go to his head.  I'm not around the team as much as I used to be, but Demski lives in Harbour Landing and we've visited at the local Dairy Queen.  He's got it all.  And hopefully Bob Dyce doesn't go too hard on Demski for showboating on his way into the endzone on his 60-yard punt return touchdown on Sunday.  As a guy who knows a thing or two about showboating, Demski was just letting all the frustrations of the past three months out.  The TSN commentators noted Demski's lack of ball security but basically said "Can you blame him?" regarding the celebration.

Besides it's easier to get a player to tone down his spirit rather than have to light a fire under his butt. And Demski's got lots of fire.

His taunting the Bombers has been described as "classless", and even he admitted to "rubbing it in their face" on CKRM after the game.  But let's give the kid a break.  He's young.

9 - Is it bad that I now know all of the Dairy Queen front counter people by name?  Sergei and Robbie are my favourites.

10 - Thanks to Sportsnet for putting CKRM's play-by-play calls in their highlight package of the Riders-Bombers game.  I'm particularly proud of the call on the Demski touchdown.  Screaming and hoarse?  Yes.  Emotional?  very.

11 - The "First Take" column on this blog one week ago after the Taman/Chamblin firings drew 30,000 hits (an all-time blog record).  That was for the analysis, not the news.  There's a big difference between the two, and I'll cover that in my upcoming symposium on blogging/social media/branding.

12 - It's Better In The Stands.  We will never, ever forget the 2015 Labour Day Classic.  Bob Dyce's first career win, snapping the 0-9 start and Nic Demski's 60-yard punt return touchdown were the stories of the day.  That, and the card stunt at the beginning of the game.  The rest of the country is giving bouquets to Rider Nation today.  Take a minute and savour it again, if you were there.

13 - Kudos to the fans.  Saturday was a long, trying day on 2015 Roughrider Fan Day at Mosaic Stadium as fans sat in the rain for an hour waiting for the Riders to come onto the field and then waited another hour for the team's walk-through to finish.  All tolled, Rider fans waited about 2 1/2 hours in the rain just to get autographs from the players and coaches and this year they didn't have free hotdogs to keep them warm.

Roughriders President Craig Reynolds was on hand with his wife and kids and waited through it all with us.  Kudos also to the Roughrider staff who showed up on what I believe is one of the biggest days of the year for the franchise.

And finally a HUGE kudos to the team who shivered under makeshift tents for a full hour to make sure everyone got an autograph or a picture.

That's why you love this team and that's why you've stuck by them.

It was an honour to be asked to MC the event for a 17th-straight year and was it was nice to get a 'Thank you' from Craig Reynolds.

14 - There were probably more people at Rider Fan Day on Saturday than there were for Friday night's University of Regina Rams game at Mosaic Stadium, and I was at both.  The Rams lost their season-opener 29-22 to the University of Alberta and there was some sort of on-field spat between coaches Mike Gibson and Chris Morris.after the game.  The rumour is Gibson's upset the Golden Bears secretly taped the Rams' preseason game against Calgary in Medicine Hat the week before which gave them a leg up in their prep.  Truthfully - if there's no rule against it - I don't see what the problem is.  We'll be sure to ask Gibson about it during his weekly radio hit with us on Tuesday's SportsCage.

15 - The Regina Pats went 1-2 in the Rookie Showcase preseason tournament they held last week at the Cooperators Centre.  Do you know the scores or who they played?  Likely not.  The Pats have been criticized for the lack of an all-out marketing blitz entering the 2015-16 WHL season but maybe that's their marketing strategy:  why blow the budget when it'll just get lost in the shuffle while the Roughriders season is on?  We'll do our best to get the word out for the Queen City Kids.

However one thing this new ownership does better than the last is W-I-N.  Once that's taken care of, most everything else falls into place.

One other hockey note: hopefully you'll be in attendance at Tuesday morning's annual University of Regina President's Breakfast at Queensbury.  I'll have the great opportunity to interview this year's guest speaker Kelly Hrudey on stage for those in attendance.

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THAT'S ALL FOR TODAY.  ENJOY UP WEEK!
RP
@sportscage
IG: ridervoice


69 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was a fantastic Rider weekend, despite the weather.

Anonymous said...

I like your comment on the old administration (spit) when you're talking about Brett Lauther.

One of the 25%

GeorgesB said...

Roddie, It's only bad when the counter staff don't wear name tags.
We'll give ya a pass on that one, you're young!

Great column, keep them coming...

Anonymous said...

Pleased with early results of the interim era of O'Day and Dyce, but Reynolds does not seem like the type to take the first convenient hires without a real search for a new GM.

Anonymous said...

So long sad times
Go long bad times
We are rid of you at last
Howdy gay times
Cloudy gray times
You are now a thing of the past

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So let's sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again

Imagirl

Anonymous said...

Roddie, commenting on a lack of marketing for the Pats? Really my man? Last 2 games were sold out at Cooperators. That's never happened before. Stick to facts and not made up drama. I expect better from you.

Anonymous said...

One win and everything is sunshine and lollipops. lol
Trust me, I REALLY hope the riders immediately name Oday and Dyce GM & Coach and sign them to 4 year extensions.
Signed, non-rider fan.

Anonymous said...

I hate being the first one to pull us all back into reality but

Two things: Tamans fingerprints are all over the bombers and riders and 6 years later the bombers are still terrible; and here is more proof from a Winnipeg reporter as to why a Canadian GM is a bad idea: http://m.winnipegsun.com/2015/09/07/five-questions-the-bombers-need-to-answer--now

Anonymous said...

I agree .... get O'Day and Dyce locked up fast because I'm sure they're at the top of every other team's hiring list this offseason.

Rod Pedersen said...

Look outside the team my friend.

RP

Anonymous said...

Good win, team isn't an 0-9 team so many close losses. But they still are bottom 1/3 of league in youthful Cdn talent and depth. No one should be anointed after one win an any sport. Lets hope they do a proper search to get the most qualified candidates. Settling for expediency isn't the proper path IMO.

Red said...

This team continues to brag about its vast resources, and people want Oday and Dyce locked up after one win. Its this type of small time Saskatchewan thinking from the fans and media that is responsible for its measly grey cup record in over 100 years of existence.The Riders should be buying championships year after year, instead they continually think they are smarter than everyone else and settle for the "nice guys", "they are well respected" , "board of directors respect them", "players like them"....blah !!
How many people liked Don Matthews and Wally?
How many Grey Cups do they have??
Spend some money and buy the best GM, coaches and scouting staff, that you can afford.Then you can truly call yourself the flagship franchise. Until that happens Calgary will continue to be the crown jewel of the league.
Oh ya i forgot.
I told you so....

Anonymous said...

It's one friggin win and already the certain group is already beating the drum for the interim guys. Will that apply if they lose their next eight games? It's no wonder that besides marketing this team doesn't really compete in any other category. Three sub .500 in the last five years. Lead by a GM with a .440 winning % . It's no friggin wonder we only have four Grey Cups. Now you got two interim guys who are trying to stagger through the rest of season. Yet through all of that there seems to be a group ready to give them their coronation. I can vividly remember the same people singing the praises of Taman and Tamblin after the 2013 season. Wow has two years brought a different tune from their mouths.

Now a guy with three seasons of assistant GM experience under a career losing GM, is being anointed by some. It takes a hell of a lot more time than that to learn your craft. Winnipeg did just that and look where they are now. We did that the last time around and look how that turned out. Even the Titan poll folks were smart enough to know what needs to be done. It's stupidity of the highest order to put minimally qualified people in positions just for convenience sake. It's also total BS for those with the biggest pulpit to spread "their" word based on dubious logic and seat at the old boys table. This again is why this team is as inconsistent and poor as it is. In a few years if a coronation takes place, the same people will be dissing the same ones they are promoting now. The sum should be greater than the total of a few parts except here where some think in green but don't win much in green. A guy with 10 years experience as a GM couldn't bring sustained success that Reynolds talks about. Yet some thing a guys with three years of assistant experience in a toxic environment will bring the sustained success that management wants. That folks is why losing permeates this franchise.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't the final 37-19?

Anonymous said...

So Rod what was the final result on your poll for O'Day as GM? I see it's no longer on your homepage. Also what was the result of the Tillman one from last week? Thank you

Anonymous said...

hmm hmm cough cough, #RiderNation? Someone needs to correct the young twitter Riders, should read #Riderville

Anonymous said...

I love the Riders, but the team has still not learned how to avoid mistakes, like taking 2 touchdowns off the board. The win is a blip. Try that tactic against a bona fide team, not the Blue Bummers, and see how that all turns out.

Anonymous said...

If O'Day is the GM wonderful. What's he planning on doing for a Head Scout?

Anonymous said...

Rob, If you think Reynolds will have the same kind of search as Your friend Hopson, you are dreaming.This man has a different outlook then Hopson and will have an extended search to reach his goal of sustained success.

Anonymous said...

The idea that the interim tag be removed from O'day without a full GM search to identify the best candidate is collosally stupid and narrow minded.

No wonder it showed up on Rod's blog, though. This blog is THE home of sycophantic homerism.

Anonymous said...

Bob Dyce becomes Head Coach and activates Andre Munroe who gets two sacks. Makes one question Chamblin's (spit) ability to evaluate talent.

Anonymous said...

Why have the Rider Fan days gone down hill. When they first started they had hotdogs, ice cream, drink for the kids and adults. Now they have nothing. Seems like the Riders or some sponsor might be able to afford a few dollars for hot dogs and drinks. What was the profit last year?

Anonymous said...

I was at that game in Medicine Hat...sat right in front of the video crew. They were wearing U of A gear, so they weren't hiding the fact.
I only saw them videotape the first and second quarter. I agree...if it isn't illegal, then what's the problem?

Anonymous said...

100% in agreement!

Anonymous said...

John Lynch was just fantastic on yesterday's Sports Cage!

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

Wow, the Riders finally move up a notch and are no longer last in the CFL's latest power ratings. Look out BC, you are next!

Imaboy

Anonymous said...

Huh? Hamilton the Crown Jewel of the CFL.

Mr. Oskee Wee Wee

Anonymous said...

He'll keep the the same crew he inherited. He's a holdover from a losing regime.

Kitch "Hold My Beer" Hicks
Navada

Anonymous said...

No free hot dogs!?!? ... shame shame shame

The beginning of the end for this once proud franchise

Koala in the house

Anonymous said...

Hear! Hear! Bang on sstatement.
While there at it, any organizational pro sports franchise structure that has produced only 4 championship titles in a 100 year storied history has to be called into question. Clean the house!

Anonymous said...

LOL. Hamilton's in a good place right now but it's not the crown jewel of the CFL.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Red. Your opinion on the Saskatchewan Roughriders Club/team dead on accurate.

Anonymous said...

Re: 4 Grey Cups in 100 years

Young folk may not have much knowledge of CFL history but you should take note that there was not always a salary cap and for much of its history the Riders were not loaded cash to pay large sums of money to bring in star players. Thanks to the decision of the great Ron Lancaster and George Reed to stay in Sask and not go to another team that could pay more money, the Riders were competitive for quite a few years. We could never afford to have players paid by a private owner on a personal contract either. A community owned team in the salary cap era remains the best way forward in Saskatchewan.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

Is Red the new Obama? Another know-nothing with all the answers.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps people who bag at the Riders for their Championship record might look at some other sports like MLB
Cleveland's record since their establishment as a Major League franchise in 1901, the Indians have won two World Series championships, in 1920 and 1948.WOW now that's awful. How many Seattle Mariners World Series wins...none? How about Washington Nationals (previously Montreal Expos) record...none?
The Riders have played in a lot of Grey Cups in their history but mostly came up short.In fact they made it to the Grey Cup 19 times in their history but only won 4 times. Calgary made it 14 times wining 7. Winnipeg the most 24 times winning 10.
So the Riders made it to the Cup 5 times more than Calgary and one more time than Montreal. So STOP telling us about only winning 4 times. At least we can say we at least made the show more than you.

Anonymous said...

Not!!

Anonymous said...

O'Day does not have enough experience to be GM...needs to be mentored for several more years by someone who does. Take off the rose coloured glasses and don't make an emotional decision. Do what is best for the football business....O'Day is a good guy, has a good football head and will be a good GM some day, just not today.

Anonymous said...

Saskatchewan Roughriders only have 4 Grey a cup titles to their history. It's fan base a pathetic bunch for condoning such nonsense in a 8, sometimes 9 team league, they deserve better, much better.

Rick said...

After this weekend we still only need five wins to make the playoffs...need BC and Montreal to keep crapping the bed.

Anonymous said...

I think Gibson got out smarted by U of A in Medicine Hat!! No big deal welcome to the league.

Anonymous said...

The sooner the Riders move to a private ownership rather than a "shareholder/community" model the better. This whole thing of giving guys jobs because they're the nice guys or they've put in their time here is wrong, plain and simple...interview, think outside the box and go after proven winners and records to fill positions.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it would be nice to have one owner that the chronic haters could hate!

Anonymous said...

Good point...the Riders even make up positions to fill in order to keep the nice guy around. Just because the riders are making good money doesn't mean you should abuse our trust and generosity and create positions. Here are a couple of examples:

Justin Chapdelaine - Offensive Assistant (kid looks 22)
Jarryd Baines - Football Operations Assistant

Anonymous said...

4 Grey Cups in 102 Years!

What other sports team as old (or older) has a worse track record? Not the Canadiens, SF Giants, Braves, Scheffield FC.....maybe only the Vancouver Millionaires/Canucks and the Cubs have worse records?



Anonymous said...

It was fantastic to watch the team finally be rewarded for all the hard work they have put in this year. I love to watch such unselfish pros work together so well. Make no mistake all the anonymous little boy trollers on this blog. This team is for real. Riders were right in every game except one this year right to the last minute and even overtime.

Bart in regina

Anonymous said...

Are financial troubles coming for the Rider's?
Fan Day promotion of Hot Dog and Drink plus a team poster slipping way.
For the National anthem they have to borrow the Husky flag. Apparently they had to sell the big one.
Tough times are coming, just listen to the posters recycling there stupidity.

Anonymous said...

"Bart in Regina", your part of the problem that allows the BOD of this club to get away with some of their decisions. This isn't minor football where everyone gets participation ribbons and pats on the back for being "right in every game except one" its a game of wins and losses. This is professional sports and this club has not only one of the greatest fan bases but also the deepest of pockets and should only be fighting in the top of the standings year after year, not content with keeping er close in games.

The win on Sunday was great, however this season was a good reality check for those in charge that the attitude of this fan base won't take losing lightly anymore and want to be be contenders year after year not just settling for mediocrity.

Anonymous said...

Bart must not work in a results driven career and if he does he must have the sweetest, nicest , most wonderful gosh darn amazing boss ever!

Signed from an anonymous "little boy troller":

Fred from Chamberlain

Or Bart III from Cathedral

or maybe Jesse from Jersey

or Obama, Paco, The Woz or Senator Duffy

Anonymous said...

Rod,

Maybe you should stop and try this new thing called "Google:

I buy NeoCitran all the time at Safeway, Walmart, Co-Op, London Drugs and even ma and pa shop.

http://www.neocitran.ca/

There's more varities now than ever

Anonymous said...

Hey Rod.. listening to the cage and i get your guys' loyalty to a stand up man like JO. That being said your arguments FOR JO to be the next Gm are not at all convincing either.. Ya he's been around here .. allot of losing .. paid his dues.. really?? You want to crown him then crown his arse but i think you forget the number one thing in rider nation these days is winning! Nothing else is tolerated and if that means bringing in Mr tillman and his proven (im sure he'll tell you ha!) Record of finding cheap talent down the pipeline in any capacity being asst gm or whatever.. if we can keep him out of the spotlight I for one am all for it sir! Great show btw.

Byob

Anonymous said...

I used to think the same but not with our board of donkeys who bend at every madman whim .. we have much to be proud of but I'm afraid our favorite poor prairie franchise has become bloated .. money and politics have kinda mucked the image of the old boys club if you ask me.. here's hoping they smarten up hire a credible talent scout and gm willing to make tough decisions. . Sustained success right

Anonymous said...

Correction !

Senator Duf"fie.

Anonymous said...

SkRrs B of D = made up positions.

Anonymous said...

He's way better! Go Red go! Who's obama?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the shout out Roddy on the cage .. just a Jelous Rider fan of "shovel face" and his ticats .. they're doing something right that's for sure. Here's to an up week !!

Byob

Anonymous said...

Comparing O'Day to Hervey on sportscage as reason to pick O'Day as permanent GM is ridiculous! Hervey was a disaster until the esks brought in Tillman. Hervey leaned under Tillman and the success Edmonton is having is largely based on tillmans player findings. It's sad but the fact is O'Day learned under the worst GM in league history and Hervey learned under the best. That's why it's idiotic to just hand the keys to O'Day.

Anonymous said...

So Rick you are saying that BC and Montreal won't win another game this year? Must be nice to give in your delusional world of reality.

Anonymous said...

Good god, not Tillman! Get real Byob, we been there, done that. He won't have Austin with him anyways so what the point. Time to grab a young and up and coming GM. O'Day has the past 5 years under his belt as an apprentice GM through good times and bad and can get the job done.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to the NFL on CTV this Sunday, especially the Baltimore Ravens game, with the start of Trestman and Flacco's year as offensive coordinator.

Anonymous said...

Mike Gibson = embarrassing!

Nice job in holding him accountable today. NOT!

Anonymous said...

Calgary's Assistant Manager John Murphy is head and shoulders ahead of anybody else for the Rider GM position.

He's got a jillion connections. If you set up a chart with 10 different categories Wright would top O'Day in nine categories.

The only negative is Murphy lives in Texas not Regina.

Shorty Longfellow

Anonymous said...

You know what hank.. I'll gladly eat humble pie if the Riders make JO the Gm in rider land cuz I love the guy a great rider but my fear like allllllllot of other fans is more of the same .. overpaying vets no real influx of youthful talent .especially Canadians . now to say it isn't working out nicely in Hamilton would be not facing reality right?. Look I hate ETs public image as much as the next guy.. kind of a sociopathic creep not unlike some other people I know IMO I should stop before I get in trouble.. but the man knows cfl football recruiting and salary management period. all I'm saying is the dude makes winners and that's all we want here right ? You'd think with our "vast resources " there'd be room for a toned down version of ET to get us "Sustained success". Just sayen.

Byob

Anonymous said...

While your at it.. Austin is due to leave bring him in the fold too. One can dream but awww who cares I'm just Joe fan I certainly don't know the ins and outs and personal relationships between uppity ups I just want us to win man. Here's hoping we don't become the next winnipeg . Here's hoping

Byob

Anonymous said...

Rod, you must like the taste of your foot. You put your foot in your mouth about game three and it stayed there until the Riders were 0-9 then Reynolds made a move and you wrote the best column you've ever wrote and got both feet back on the ground a week ago today. Now here you are pumping O'Day's tires but if he doesn't get the job you're back in the same pickle you were ear4lier this year.

John Murphy from the Stamps is the answer. Then you'll have to write about what was wrong with O'Day.

Anonymous said...

Rob, On the cage you mentioned that O'Day as GM was the plan for the future. Can you please tell me who's plan that was? Just wondering, because I think that man is gone too. You also mentioned that O'Day has paid his dues like Hervey in Edmonton and that is working out great. You are forgetting one thing about Mr. Hervey, that is that he has great scouting from his Director of Player Personal. Who does O'Day have(Mr Craig Smith) the guy who hasn't been able to find a MLB for two years. Yes, hire JO and have the same as what Winnipeg has now then in two years we can clean house again. Now if O'Day decided to hire a Director of Player Personal like Tillman working under him, then I will listen and consider Mr. O'Day. ( His director of Player personal is the key) If it stays the same, we will have the same results that we have now.

Anonymous said...

I posted earlier regarding the decision the Riders are currently facing with having two relatively young executives running the team. I will lean on another example from the NHL. Steve Yzerman has developed into a fairly successful GM for Tampa Bay. He has a similar story to O'Day really. He played the game for many years and transitioned into a front office role upon his retirement. Stevie Y learned the "front office game" from one of the best GM's in the entire league: Ken Holland. He had a five(ish) year apprenticeship and then was hired by Tampa Bay for the GM role and has been fairly successful. O'Day has had the same amount of experience. Here lies the difference between the two: Do you think Taman is among the top GM's in the CFL at this time? If you don't think so then it might be best for the team to look outside the organization for their GM.

PFunk L.

Anonymous said...

Do not compare a professional league with the CFL

Anonymous said...

G Rod can you get these 2 clowns that keep posting against O'Day to stop already, they have no clue.

Regina is Texas of the North. Calgary is Galveston.

Anonymous said...

Go to the Stampeders web page and read up on Murphy. He's got his fingers in a lot of pies, all football related and all successful.