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Monday, January 18, 2016

THE MONDAY MORNING GOALIE

MONDAY NOTES 'N QUOTES

1.  FLORIDA TRYOUT CAMPS - The Saskatchewan Roughriders held their first off-season open tryouts over the weekend in Florida.  Saturday's camp was held at the Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach on a beautiful day with good attendance.  On Sunday the players battled some bad weather at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach.  There was a wide range of hopefuls, some with NFL, CFL and/or Arena League experience.  The Riders expect 4-6 players will receive invitations to the club's minicamp this spring.  The next scheduled tryout camp will be this Saturday in Montgomery, AL.

2. MOVING ON - No doubt we haven't heard the last of Thursday's release of franchise legends John Chick and Weston Dressler.  After the initial outrage of the first 24 hours, the Rider Nation seems to be stabilizing and realizing it's what's best for the organization.  However that won't change our love for John and Weston, who will go down in history as two of the best all-time Saskatchewan Roughriders.  Many fans have written on social media that their "heart is broken", and that's understandable.  I got choked up a bit too.

When Premier Brad Wall got involved by addressing the story on his Facebook and Twitter pages, you know the impact of the situation hit far and wide.

This move has many sides.  Since Chick and Dressler were due to earn a combined $500,000 in 2016, it's not surprising that the axe came out.  Some fans questioned why the pair wouldn't accept lesser money if playing for the Roughriders meant so much to them but let me ask you this:  how would you accept a massive paycut in your workplace?  I know I wouldn't like it very much, particularly if I felt I earned what I signed for.

But Dressler and Chick left the Rider Nation in the past to pursue their NFL dreams, thus breaking many hearts in the process.  There was no guarantee they'd ever return, and they were simply doing what was best for them at the time.

Now, the team has done the exact same thing for its own interests.

3.  COOL HAND LUC:  620 CKRM SportsCage analyst, and former Roughrider, Luc Mullinder had a reasoned response to the releases of Chick and Dressler on Friday's show.  Here's what he had to say:

"My take on it is we talked about it as the season ended," Mullinder explained.  "We knew there was going to be change.  We sat here on the SportsCage and told everybody 'Your favourite players aren't going to be here'.  That's the risk that change brings and this is obviously as bad as it gets for some people, emotionally.  Business-wise though, it's a good decision.

"When you clear as much cap space as the Riders did, it's unfortunate for the players affected.  John Chick's one of my best friends and I don't want him to go.  But this is what change brings.  Business is business.  I think somebody out there said it best, 'Would you rather be 3-15 with all your favourite players or would you rather be 13-5 or 12-6 and competing for a Grey Cup every year?'  In June, everybody wants the second option.

"It's part of the business and the process.  And trust me, those guys are going to be alright.  If football is what they love to do and they want to do it within their heart, they're going to be good wherever they go.  It's not just within the Rider Nation.

"You want the bottom line truth guys?  The way the last regime saw this business of football is a direct result of what happened on Thursday.  The way that Brendan Taman and Corey Chamblin saw this business isn't the wrong way.  But it's the way they looked at it and their contract structures reflected their vision and their theoretical viewpoints.  So now, when you have Chris Jones coming in here, who's on a totally different wavelength, who has a vision of how things need to be done, who's had success with a lot of teams, those theories will be different.  That's all this is!

"That's why we see these changes.  If Brendan Taman and Chris Jones saw eye-to-eye, shoot, they'd probably walk in here and there'd be no changes made!  But when we talked about changes needing to be made and when President Craig Reynolds came on this program and said 'We're chasing sustained success', this all comes with it.

"Everybody said 'What a coup!', 'We've got three of the four GM candidates all in one shot.  This is amazing!', what did you think was going to happen after that?"

4. WHAT ABOUT DARIAN? - Without question, everyone's waiting for the next shoe to drop.  Barely home from Arizona, I walked into a 7:00 am meeting of my club on Friday and the guy beside me pounded his hand on the table and yelled, "Is Durant next?"

That narrative continued throughout the weekend with pretty much everyone I ran into, including my mother-in-law.  She's already writing off the 2016 season and I could clearly see there was no reasoning with her.  However to say that thinking is "premature" is an understatement, let alone preposterous.

I'm not entirely sure what people are expecting.  Are they expecting the release of the Face of the Franchise?  Are they expecting him to restructure his contract which has him scheduled to earn a reported $500,000 this year?

Who knows.  But something's going on.  When I asked officials with the Roughriders over the weekend if any talks were planned with Darian regarding his contract, the response I received was, "Yes, we have had good talks.  He's been busy with family, travelling and the holidays".

As it stands now, there's no reason to expect Durant won't be with the Roughriders in 2016 however his salary seems to be a discussion point.  Frankly that's between Darian and the football club.

However most CFL teams have a marquee quarterback in the $500,000 range and Durant has a resume comparable or better than each of them.  Henry Burris, Bo-Levi Mitchell and Mike Reilly all have a Grey Cup win as a starter while Ricky Ray has multiple championships.  Drew Willy is still chasing his first.

Why shouldn't the Roughriders - the CFL's richest team - have a $500,000 quarterback and why shouldn't he be named Darian Durant?  If you'd like to bring up his injury history, well, that's fair game too.  Darian's spent his career having to prove himself and 2016 will be no different.

I do know there are other players who've been approached about restructuring their contracts and it's been met with mixed results.  John Chick and Weston Dressler are Exhibit A and Exhibit B, but they aren't the only ones.  However their release shows the new Roughriders mean business.

How bad do you want to be in Green & White?  We'll know the players' answers to that question over the coming weeks.

5. WE HAVEN'T HEARD THE LAST OF IT - Settle in and buy some popcorn.  Free agent kicker Paul McCallum has been vocal in his criticism of CFL coaches' salaries, taking to Facebook to air his grievances.  He feels there should be a salary cap placed on the coaches such as players.  We've even talked about it privately.  Hey, I'm all for every employee earning as much money as they can whether it be coaches, players or the ballboys!  But when players see their comrades being asked to take paycuts all-the-while seeing coaches and GMs signing record-breaking deals, it tends to rub some the wrong way.

6.  THE SOCIAL MEDIA FACTOR - The Facebook group The All Rider Fan Page has some 6,500 members, including me.  I posted in there on Sunday that it's a shame there's a rumour going around that Darian Durant is poised to be released, and it all started within that group.  My comment rankled a few members but to clarify, I have no issue with the group whatsoever.  It's a fantastic vehicle for fans to post their opinions on the Roughriders and the added bonus is that fans have to reveal their identity.  It's great because each and every fan feels part of the process.  The only downside is that those comments hit the street as fact and can create a negative, or unnecessary buzz (like the release of Durant).  Otherwise, have at 'er.  The more people talking about the Riders, the better, and I feel that particular Facebook page does the club a great service.

7.  GIBSON'S FINEST - The sudden release of Mike Gibson as head coach of the University of Regina Rams on Sunday seemed to catch everybody off-guard.  Gibson, who was 0-8 in his first and only season in charge of The Horns, has fled to the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos as assistant coach on Jason Maas's staff.

I really have no comment on the matter other than that I was surprised when I learned Gibson was poised to takeover the Rams a little over the year ago because he wasn't on the list of targeted candidates.  Truthfully, he was taking over a hornet's nest that extended far beyond the playing field and it would've been a challenge for anyone who wasn't Rams alumni.

Having said that, for what it's worth, the ideal replacement is right under the University of Regina's nose and it's Regina Thunder head coach Scott MacAulay.  He's earned his stripes in the PFC, he isn't a CFL alum who would jump at the next pro opportunity, and his hiring should appease the anxious Rams alumni.

But, this will be the U of R's choice.

8.  GOING DUTCH - Friday evening in Wadena, SK was a wonderful experience as TSN's Darren Dutchyshen and I hosted the kickoff banquet for Cameco's Hockey Day in Saskatchewan festivities.  The 21-year host of TSN's SportsCentre was the guest speaker while I served as Master of Ceremonies.  It was wonderful for a lot of reasons, not the least of which was the fact I'd never before set foot in Wadena even though it's only 116 miles northeast of Regina.  My opening remarks seemed to go over well although the Pamela Wallin jokes went over like a lead balloon.  Apparently the former CTV national news anchor and Canadian Senator is still very popular in her hometown in spite of her expense scandal!

I'd never worked with "Dutchy" before - the pride of Porcupine Plain, SK - and although we didn't "click" on stage, his Q&A went over extremely well with the soldout crowd.  I learned a lot of interesting things about Darren, most notably the fact he's hosted more SportsCentres than any other sports anchor in North America.  One funny tale of Dutchyshen's was from 2013 Grey Cup Week in Regina when he hosted the CFL Awards along with comedian Brent Butt from Tisdale, SK.  Afterwards Dutchyshen was scolded by B.C. Lions GM Wally Buono for turning the event into a Roughriders love-in and he called Dutchy's work "unprofessional".  Wally went so far as to predict the event would backfire on the Roughriders and they'd lose to Hamilton on Sunday.  Of course it didn't, and Dutchyshen couldn't have cared less about Buono's concerns.

I am of the firm belief that any Roughrider or TSN personality could belch into the microphone at any Saskatchewan sports dinner and still receive a standing ovation.

Thank you Wadena, Cameco, and the Saskatchewan Hockey Association for a wonderful day.

9. THE QUEEN CITY - It was great to see on the weekend that Regina, SK make Expedia.ca's list of the Top 10 Canadian cities to visit in 2016.  We came in at #10 while Nanaimo, BC earned top spot.  It's true, we've got a lot of great things going on here spearheaded by the scheduled opening of the New Mosaic Stadium in eight months or so.  It's also extremely disappointing to see and hear about what's going on in Alberta with the falling oil price and what it's doing to their economy.  I'm sincere with that comment.  Growing up in Saskatchewan, I had it drilled into my head that this province wasn't the place to be and ultimately moved to Calgary at the age of 17.  Now I do my best to help spread the good word of Saskatchewan and encourage our youth to stay here and help keep it so great.

10. JUST NOTES:  Had a fantastic experience at the new Twisted Vine restaurant on East Quance St. at lunch on Saturday.  The manager, Brian, is a regular reader of this blog and we had a great visit.  The food is top-notch!  Why not check it out this week if you have time ... Congrats to Strasbourg's Nick Schultz on his 1000th NHL game.  Sheesh, that went by fast. ... Sorry that I missed it, but what are we supposed to do with our Christmas trees now that we've dragged them out into the backyard? ... The attendance at the Saskatchewan Rush home-opener Friday in Saskatoon was 9147.  Not a sellout, but not bad ... Spent the weekend binge-watching Making A Murderer on NetFlix and completed all 10 episodes.  It left me wondering what all the fuss is about?  Dateline could've whittled that story down to an hour, and we still don't know whether Steven Avery is guilty or not.  Personally, I think he's innocent. ... Caught the fourth quarter and overtime of Arizona's 26-20 NFL playoff win over Green Bay on Saturday night and I'm certainly glad I did.  NBC's Chris Collinsworth called it "perhaps the greatest NFL playoff ending ever" and Aaron Rodgers' last-minute Hail Mary touchdown pass, "perhaps the greatest NFL throw ever".  I'm starting to agree with Ray Elgaard's assertion that every week Americans say they've witnessed the greatest "whatever", ever ... There are a lot of Regina snowbirds who refer to the Arizona Cardinals as "we".  I contend that if you have a Phoenix address, you can rightfully refer to the Cards as "us" ... Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is getting flamed for throwing a Seahawks 12th Man flag onto the field at the conclusion of Sunday's playoff game in Charlotte.  Hey!  That kind of thing used to be common-place in sports and players rubbed the opposition's nose in it all the time.  I say, "You go Cam!".  That guy takes way too much heat.  ... All four home teams won in the NFL playoffs just one weekend after all four road teams were victorious.  As for this upcoming weekend, book Carolina and New England to advance to the Super Bowl in San Francisco.

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THAT'S ALL FOR TODAY! THANKS FOR STOPPING BY ...
RP
@rodpedersen

64 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good Monday morning read on my drive to work.

Anonymous said...

Heard some whispers over the weekend, with all the backlash the Riders have received on social media, that they have reached out to Dresslers agent to try and come to an agreement both sides can live with. Hopefully its true and we haven't seen #7 play his last game as a Roughrider!

Anonymous said...

In close to 70 years of life and experience I've learned many things and one of the many is this - whenever everyone feels that they have to defend a person and that persons actions it always , and do mean always, turns out only one way. That person that needs so much defending and their actions turns out to be a disaster and the wrong person for the task !!!!

Yes I am talking about Jones and Murphy. The media, (the media has gone overboard) and way to many people on this blog find it necessary to viciously defend Jones and Murphy - this will not end well for Jones and Murphy and the Riders.

Mark my words.

Anonymous said...

I can't help but think the philosophy of Back loading contracts that Brendan Taman and Cory Chamblin set up was the reason we have lost so many Games in 2014 and 2015. Darian may have to restructure his contract just so the team can survive and rebuild. Was it Salary cap issues that was behind Jerome Messam and the Kevin Glenn Trade? What about Rickey Foley was he sent to Toronto because of this? Is Rob Bagg and Brendan Labatte going to be a problem? Who else? This sounds like the mess is massive. Were these backloaded contracts responsible for the 2013 Grey Cup win? Were we playing fair and finally did the Roughriders make promises to some players to play here and they would be compensated in latter days? If our past Management made promises the team can't live up to, well just saying something is not right when both Tamman and Chamblin left with massive contracts that are being honored.

Anonymous said...

what's best for the organization!!!!!!

That would be Jones and Murphy leaving asap.

Anonymous said...

Chick and Dressler are all stars always were and still will be for a few more years and they are not responsible for the 3- 15 season . CC and his lack of Pro DBs are the reason for the 3-15 season, thats it nothing else. Anything else is plain and simply BS.

Chick and Dressler were not released because of money. Jones and Murphy are scarred of their influence in the dressing room. Same thing happened with CC who would not hire a coach that would challenge him. Others will be released for the same reason. Why do you think Jones only hires his buddys, he is scarred shitless. Thats what happens with inexperienced people who do not know what they are doing. It happened with CC and it will happen with Jones and Murphy.

You posters and media need to start seeing the facts.

Anonymous said...

Arash Madani @ArashMadani

Never believe coachspeak.

Remember this next time you listen to Jones

Anonymous said...

Great peice on Dressler and chick ! Explaining the exact same thing to people is a painful process ! I don't want to see anything happen to Darian either but an akilies injury is a very hard thing to come back from ! I've speculated also if he doesnt, we'll see Harris and smith starting here ! But that's just speculation ! Durian is my first choice !!! He's earned it

JackD83 said...

New England won't beat Denver at home and probably Manning's last shot at a super bowl. Regarding Durant he should take a pay cut for what the team has done for him. Can you tell me any other Qb who has missed two years of playing but still hasn't lot his starting position??

Mccallum has a valid point, your new boss at work signs the highest contract of all time and a month later your asked to take a pay cut on your salary. And thanks Rod no one's saying how both chick & dressler had no problems leaving the riders for more money to suit them but when riders ask a cut to suit the teams needs they get offended. Great read as always.

Anonymous said...

Re: Mike Gibson

When he came in, he said this was hopefully his last football job. He will be making less money in Edmonton than he was in Regina. That tells you how much loyalty he had for the Rams.

When he came in, he said he wanted to build a fence around Regina so all the good players stayed. Yet as we all know, some good Regina HS'ers including the son of a co-worker of yours are going to the Huskies. It would seem as if that fence was never built and he was one of the ones to bolt.

This decision was a terrible one. The whole club is in a state of disarray from a clueless executive to an angered alumni to a bad product on the field.

A once proud football tradition is now nothing but a laughing stock. Many are to blame for that from current executive to alumni to current and past coaches and well you get the drift.

It is up to the hiring committee to get the right person and that person may indeed be Scott McAulay, but I am guessing he is pretty happy where he is and why not.

Shane

Anonymous said...

Wow, the irrelevant appeals to emotion and useless personal opinions just won't stop.

Facts:
1. Riders are rebuilding
2. Jones took a team that finished 4-14 in 2013 to consecutive 12-6 seasons and a GC championship
3. Murphy has been one of the most consistently successful executives in the CFL
4. Almost 10% of the 2016 salary cap was going to be tied up in two players who are on the wrong side of 30

Things that are irrelevant:
1. The life experience of some guy who has never worked a day in pro football in his life
2. Conspiracy theories about locker room control. Perhaps next you'll accuse Jones, Murphy and Reynolds of having a role in the Kennedy assassination?
3. Other unsubstantiated rumours of player movement.

Professional sports is a cold, brutal and heartless business where only the strong succeed. As Yogi Bera (?) said "nice guys finish last". Hard and unpopular decisions must be made to ensure long time success. I will hate to see what will happen to some people when they realize that Santa isn't real and nothing lasts forever.

Opinions are like a$$h@les, everyone has them, and we should never have to see the stupid ones in public.

Anonymous said...

I don't even know where to start, but the concept of letting it go might be a good one. Regarding Bard Wall's assertion I just am at a point I shake my head. People should do some research regarding the SaskParty and Cameco. - Cameco was allowed to wave corporate income tax owed by the SaskParty. We're drowning in debt yet the Premier has time to sit and talk about John Chick and Weston Dressler.

Here's what I've learned. I never thought things around here would get so screwed up and upside down that people like me would be viewed as the problem....for pointing them out. I've learned though I'm not runnin the show.

Thanks
Mr. H

Anonymous said...

And who should we replace them with? O'Day? Ya it's obvious that you have a hidden personal agenda. You want to run two high class football execs out of town because your buddy didn't get the job(s) that they did... Petty small town fool you are!

Anonymous said...

The first thing to do with the Rams is to rename them the Cougars like the rest of the U of R teams. It's a joke that one team has a different name. And don't tell me it's because of history or tradition ... they are not a junior football team anymore. If they wanted to keep the name Rams then they should have managed the Rams properly and stayed a junior program.

Anonymous said...

I am sure Scott MacAulay is happy where he is but I am also sure he would entertain going from a volunteer position to a paid position.

Anonymous said...

How can you read this blog while driving to work? Sounds like an accident waiting to happen.

Anonymous said...

You have to be totally clueless to think that it was a good idea to insult Pamela Wallin in her own backyard.
Sheesh!

Anonymous said...


Leboldus has won 5 city high school 5A football championships in a row. John Ford knows what he is doing. John Ford should have been the coach of the Rams instead of the imbecile they hired. Regina HS kids would love the opportunity to play for John Ford. This could also start a much needed pipeline between the Rams and the Thunder. Dan Johnson and the rest of the village idiots who had a say in Gibson's hiring can't make the same mistake twice. Offer Mr. Ford an interview this time and if he impresses you, make the hire!


Greg W

Anonymous said...

Regarding the face book group. "It's a fantastic vehicle for fans to post their opinions on the Roughriders and the added bonus is that fans have to reveal their identity."
If that's the case Rod, why not for your blog, I don't want my real name used because of the idiots on this blog and how it could affect my business. I'm all for registering and using nick names to identify posters.

Anonymous said...

My guess is ALL the negative slams against Jones and Murphy are coming from one individual who is likely from Alberta. Why else would some nut case say these stupid things against them?
Durant has been paid $1,000,000.00 over 2 years and has not been able to play. Its not his fault but if he would not agree to a pay cut in order to stay with the Riders he should be cut as well. How does a new GM improve a team by staying with over priced, over the hill players? Seems to me the Riders did that before and the result was years and years of mediocrity. Doesn't anyone remember the Reign of Error?

Anonymous said...


Jones saw Dressler twice last year.

In week 6 the Esks whipped the Riders 30-5 and WD7 had 2 catches for 13 yards. In week 18 at Regina the score was 35-24 for the Esks and Dressler caught 2 passes for 22 yards.

That's 4 catches for a grand total of 35 yards, no wonder Dressler was never in Jones's plan.

Anonymous said...

Why is this blog dominated by comments from people that simply want to attack and criticize??? The current comments attack various people: Jones, Murphy, Gibson, the Rams Executive amongst others. Try and walk a day in their shoes and do something positive with your life rather than simply sit back and bitch and complain. What happened? Did you peak in highschool as a middle linebacker??

Anonymous said...

Look at the cap friendly coaching staff from last year. They paid Chamblin most of the money and the rest went to poor coaches who couldn't deliver better than 3-15. Coaches have no union or pension plans. Many of these guys could make more money coaching high school or tier 3 football in the states. You need to pay good to get the best.

Maybe Chick and Dressler thought they were worth their bonuses but their performances in 2015 told something quite differently. In the past we would have re-upped them at huge money until they were useless 36 year olds, and forced other positions to take peanuts and work the oils fields. We would also be a 8-10 type club but the morons would be happy. The guaranteed way to have "sustained mediocrity". They were once good players but they are no longer that calibre of player no matter how the 10 lunatic fringe posters try to make them out to be. Chick is getting slow and ineffective. Dressler is slowing down and a runt on top of it. Only here do we keep honouring people who are in rapid decline. Mainly cause we bought a new jersey last year.

Let them go elsewhere. They are not going to make appreciably more than they would have here. Nearly 60% of the posters are on board according to the polls and they want a championship club. The rest of the lunatic fringe want an old over the hill hero and an 8-10 club. It's not too late for them to put the ego down and sign a re-structured contract with performance bonuses in it. Much like when they left for the NFL, they won't because like always its about them.

It's hard to argue against a good argument. It's impossible to argue agains idiots.

Anonymous said...

If you want the coaches salaries to come down then increase the salary cap for players. With the cap so low the teams that are making money have excess cash to throw away and they can't spend it on players so they go out and fire coaches and managers and hire guys to replace them before their contracts are up. It also leads to stupid contract management such as giving 3 year extensions when one or two would suffice.

As for Durant, if he doesn't agree to a pay cut then it's time to move on from there as well. He's made a million bucks for 8 games in the last 2 years.

My take on Dressler and Chick is that they will be willing to take less money and play elsewhere but when the Riders ask them to take a pay cut and remain a Rider they say No. It was a game of chicken and the players lost. Think about this, they may agree to play in Winnipeg or elsewhere for 170K but they won't take the same offer from the Riders. It works both ways.

I feel the reason O'Day didn't get the GM job is because I'm not sure he would have been able to make these tough decisions. These aren't popular decisions but they needed to be made. As long as we are better than 3-15 this year I will consider this a successful season. Having to go through last year was painful and sad to some extent. Rider fans deserve better.

Anonymous said...

"Heard some whispers over the weekend, with all the backlash the Riders have received on social media, that they have reached out to Dresslers agent to try and come to an agreement both sides can live with. Hopefully its true and we haven't seen #7 play his last game as a Roughrider!"

Easily the funniest post of the day! Great job. I literally laughed out loud first thing this morning.

Anonymous said...

`Promotions`can be defined a lot of different ways.

If anyone thinks Gibson got a promotion that is your right as an opinion. Heck, maybe you would do the same in his position.

For me? I see it as a pay cut. Security to a one year contract. Going back to a league he has spent a lot of time in, so its not groundbreaking. Joining what will be a patchwork staff to begin. I see it as him realizing he was in over his head at u of r and found a way out.

Anonymous said...

It surprised me when I seen that Chick and Dressler where released but I total understand the salary issue. If they where worth that kind of money why haven't they been signed by other teams by now. As for the rest of the players that have been let go I don't recall any of them being signed by another team either. Let's let Jones do what he was brought in to do and let the record of the team dictate if the right changes were made!

Anonymous said...

It really makes me ashamed to be part of Rider Nation to see Jones and Murphy get so viciously attacked when we haven't even played a game yet. These men have already forgotten more about football than most of the mouthbreathers on this site ever will.

Great column today Rod! Thank goodness you have the stones to give your honest assessment of the Dressler/Chick situation. Making decisions based on emotion are usually the wrong ones. Once we get back into the win column, most of the Jones/Murphy haters will shut up, much like he Dursnt haters did AFTER Durant won the 13 GC! If we stink next year and the next, bring on the criticism. At least then it will be warranted!

Anonymous said...

I think one year up close and personal showed Gibson all he needed to know. A small dysfunctional school with a small budget, no commitment to winning, interfering alumni. The Rams will never be anything and eventually fold. What has any local Regina Ram alumni ever done that is worth note. Of course not including active players. MacAulay is a decent coach who has one national championship. The guy in Saskatoon has like 20. There are no great local football minds around here.

Until Regina gets this local yokel mentality out of their system, our sports teams will do nothing. If we would have hired Blake Nill from Calgary we would have had a championship or been on the cusp of one. As long as we hire mediocre ham and eggers, the Rams will be the Rams. The idea of this local yokel will hang around and never leave for better is plain ass stupid. It more likely speaks to the fact the nobody will ever hire them. The perpetual losing isn't attractive to any other good teams at any level. The only place that it's embraced is here in Regina.

Find someone who has coached a team to a national championship, preferably more than once.

Anonymous said...

Gibson never really knew what he was up against…the back stabbing and commitment to mediocrity….this program is the laughing stock of CIS football….

Anonymous said...

Its okay to joke about Wallin in Wadena, just don't try out any Duffy jokes in PEI!

Anonymous said...

Hey Roddy,

Took in the Rush game on Friday night, made the drive up from YQR....what a fantastic experience! From the large crowd on a night that hovered around the -30 degree mark, to the remarkable talent of the players, speed of the game, fights,great music, Dj, band, crowd give-aways it was well worth my 25 bucks. I'll be going back. Big shout-out to the ownership group that brought the Rush to SK, I hope Friday night was a sign of things to come and people in this province continue to support this team, you won't be dissapointed folks!

The one downer was getting in and out of Sasktel Centre....made me shake my head because the new stadium here is going to be 50x worse off. Why do we continue to make these mistakes in SK and not follow our American counterparts and build major sporting venues that have ample parking, and arteries for traffic flow?

New Rush/NLL Fan!

Anonymous said...

Auhhhhhh... shud up! yawn...

Anonymous said...

Wallin Jokes were brutal Rod, show a little class and do a little research before you look like a complete ass on stage. Duthcy was great...your routine needs a lot of work.....perhaps Toastmasters could help.

Anonymous said...

Chick + Dressier = get out of town already, your fired! Coming soon! = Durrant, your fired! Bagg your fired!

President Trump.

Anonymous said...

Rod is the best MC in the province.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the Rams realized what a clownshow Gibson was and just asked him to politely leave and find a CFL job.

Make no doubt about it, the Rams were a clownshow this year.

Anonymous said...

Rod is the best MC in the province, just ask him.

Anonymous said...

Mr H has taken over for Obama as biggest douchebag on this blog. Could Mr H be a revived Obama? Hmmmmmm!!!

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Sportscage says Rod is the best MC this province has ever seen!

Anonymous said...

No to Dressier! and O'Day!

Anonymous said...

It's high time for the emotional fringe group to give it a rest. They self medicated over the weekend and worked themselves into a lather for nothing. This release of Dressler and Chick may hurt some feelings, but it won't hurt the on-field product. And after all isn't that all that "really" matters. Don't forget it was themselves who closed the door on the Riders by not wanting to sign for all the team could afford.

Great players all over the league have been released i.e. Geroy Simon and others. Here it's only here a few petty fans and media get bent out of shape over it. Anyone with any brains who looks at it as necessary but upsetting is getting it right. Knowing that the uniform, logo, and tradition are bigger than any one players. Lets not forget this isn't the first time and won't be the last. It's time to be mature and pragmatic.

Fantuz, Butler, Austin, and Lancaster all wanted out for one reason or another. There is absolutely no difference in a guy failing to sign with us to be closer to home or go to the NFL. Not wanting to be here for whatever reason is no different than failing to sign and having to be released by the club. It's just a part of a process that goes on in pro sports all the time.

This visceral rhetoric is entirely stupid and needs to be shut down. We will have a younger, more balanced, and exciting team this year than last. We will win more games and be in the playoffs. From there anything is possible.

Anonymous said...

The poster trying oust Jones/Murphy has it bad, "man love" that is, bad bad case of "man love". Still whining because becuase...

Anonymous said...

I want some of what ever it is your smokin! If you think that 2 players taking up 10% of your cap your insane. Durant take 10% by himself. More changes are coming!!!

Anonymous said...

As early as this week of the first half of next, and it may include the boy down the road.

Anonymous said...

Who have Dressler and Chick signed with? It has been over 48 hours. Oh wait!

Anonymous said...

To all you whiners who are crying that Dressler and Chick never showed any loyalty. What would you do if you had the chance to change employers and get a massive raise, oh ya you'd stay where you are. Quit beaching about the hometown discount that you think the Riders are owed. It happened with Fantusz and everyone cried woo is me, then everyone jumped for joy when both Chick and Dressler gave up more money elsewhere for the good of the hometown. People thought Chick was gonna be back because he had a house in town. People would have been spewing Dresslers name had he signed in Ottawa or Winnipeg for more bucks. Well people now you get your wish. Demski, Haidara, Price the core of your starting receiver lineup after all this, and if you think Demski doesn't notice let's see where he will be a couple years from now.

For the Joker that made the comment about $170,000.00 Wpg vs Sask, hey the Riders were not offering anything close to that. to the other poster that questions why haven't they been signed by any other team yet, give it a break buddy it's less than a week.

I just don't want to hear any of these so called "Rider fans" crying "hometown discount" or "loyalty" when the next star leaves town. Ya go ahead and comment all you want, I understand finances and the good of the team, but now the shoe is on the other foot. Players will remember thats a fact. How much loyalty has Lemon shown?

Anonymous said...

If you're going to state facts, at least get them right..

Eskimos posted a 14-4 record last year. They went 12-6 in 2014.

Anonymous said...

They didn't show any loyalty. They left to the NFL for a signing bonus and didn't care about the Riders. They came back and pimped themselves out to the highest bidder. The easily manipulated GM at the time caved in to pressure and likely Hopson and overpaid. After buying too many players for a fortunate 2013 the contracts were backloaded to keep under the 2013 cap. A few years down the road when the team is old and crappy, they now want nearly a quarter million each….for what? And another 10% of the cap to a QB who has barely played in two years. Great way to run a team. Now that the team has to be reconstructed due to previous managerial incompetence those same two players want everything. To hell with anyone else or getting better players and depth. I'm in the 60%..good riddance.

The worst part is that there are still a handful of people who want to continue down the same road as we've been plugging away at a combined .500 record over 10 years. Mediocrity is good enough for those folks. Lets do it like we've always done it. Like previous GM who was career .440 GM..great. People who claim to know what went on in the negotiation based on tweet one disgruntled former players sent. Yup that's good impartial evidence. It's been put out there that Dressler's agent said no negotiation and that he wanted it all or nothing. Well that's what he got. That has as much validity as any claim Dressler might make. I don't know for sure so I will say nothing about negotiations. If you weren't there maybe it's time to dummy up..

Reynold nows you have to right the ship and nobody on the list of candidates he had could do that, except the guy he got. He doesn't give a rats butt what a handful of disgruntled fans???? think. He supports his GM and staff and he cares about success. The old status quo didn't work. Hufnagel didn't overpay for anyone and cut lots of good players. Over the the last 10 years his organization has record that should shame any Rider fan.

The blood letting may not be over with yet! The goof balls better get used to it because it's no longer a popularity contest and what's important as the "S" on the uniform. Like management said; they won anything with just two players. Time to stepson the train or step off. The train ain't going backwards any more.

Anonymous said...

Brad Wall FB/Twitter response Rrs player release typical of someone with absolutely no understanding of accountable fiscal budget management.

Anonymous said...

My bad, and I can't even lie about being auto corrected lol.

Anonymous said...

Saskatchewan, for the love of God, let's NEVER go back

Anonymous said...

Word on the street is Gibson came off like a complete and total douchebag at his news conference today. Is anyone surprised by this? Rams need to find someone who knows their culture. It worked for them in junior and it will work for them in University. The fact the president of the Rams is a former player and is too dumb to realize this astonishes me and many others. CMON DAN!

Dboe said...

Is there a rule that I missed somewhere that says if you want the Jones/Murphy combo to have success that you have to throw Taman and Chamblin under the bus?

After the debacle of last year I agree it was time to tie a can to that regime. In fact, I would have probably done it a few games earlier. That said, I'll still gladly take our 2013-2015 over Hamilton's mediocre performance over the same time span. 10-8, 9-9, and 10-8 in a weak division that included the 3-15 Bombers in 2013 and 2-16 RedBlacks in 2014...and no Grey Cups...yet we pine for their "success" :)

Go Riders!

Anonymous said...

The Rams junior footbal program is dead. They should be called the Cougars.

Anonymous said...

Dear Dboe,
Oskee Wee Wee all the time! Relax, kick back as your riders try to emulate the success of the Tiger Cats, hear the Roarrrrrr!
Oskee Wee Wee,
Oskee Waa Waa,
Holy MAKINAW!
Tiger Cats the best of the CFL.


Go Cats Go! Go Cats Go! Go Cats Go!

Anonymous said...

Sportscage podcast is screwed up; your John Murphy interview got cut off after a few minutes.

Anonymous said...

Kind of interesting how there is such a synergy going on between Edmonton and Regina. It may have started with the drafting of Eberle, but it seems the two cities are tied up in the sporting news in so many ways which is to the benefit of the two cities sports talk shows.

A healthy Durant is what the Riders really need to get back to its winning ways. It seems many QB's perform at a higher level when they get past 30, or in Henry's case, 40.

Your friend,
Gordo

Anonymous said...

The losing atmosphere of the Rams has now spread to the riders. As Gibson found out so will Murphy that rebuilding saskabush is a bigger task than finding and signing the needed players. One has to appease the micromanagers from the premier up to every self appointed expert. There is no way around the micromanagers as they have elected a govt to ensure that the province stays this way. There is no going back is a truth few understand. Expect Jones and company to succeed as much as Gibson and they too will leave as so many do when they realize that the micromanagers control this sorry domain. Let's never go back eh?

Are the riders or the province better off today than they were four years ago?

Anonymous said...

Best comment on here is from Greg W!

Anonymous said...

The whole mess was caused by Dressler/Chick backloaded contracts issued by Brendan Taman. If Hopson had looked at this sort of dealings maybe he wouldn't have issued those ridiculous extensions to Taman and Chamblin and the Roughriders would be a couple of million ahead of the game. Thanks Hoppy.

Anonymous said...

If MacAulay leaves the Thunder, that program will be in trouble. He is the backbone of that organization. He does a lot more than coach.

Anonymous said...

$68 million in profit for the Riders from the 2013 Grey Cup.

So yes they are definitely better off than they were four years ago.

The province is no longer governed by socialists, so yes they are better off as well.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Brad Wall FB/Twitter response Rrs player release typical of someone with absolutely no understanding of accountable fiscal budget management.

I think this anonymous poster is an inmate from the Regina Correctional Center with some bad taste left in his mouth. Don't be riding me about this comment either.

Dil Doh