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Sunday, September 4, 2016

LABOUR DAY FINAL: BLUE BOMBERS 28 ROUGHRIDERS 25


REGINA - Justin Medlock kicked seven field goals, including a game-winning boot from 43 yards, to give the Winnipeg Blue Bombers a thrilling 28-25 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday in the last-ever Labour Day Classic at Old Mosaic Stadium.

Saskatchewan's Kendial Lawrence returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown to tie the game 25-25 less than a minute before Medlock's kick. The Riders needed a convert from Tyler Crapigna for the victory, but the second-year kicker missed his attempt and set the stage for his counterpart on the opposing sideline.

Crapigna struggled with accuracy all game, missing two field goal attempts (43 and 45 yards) and the last minute convert.

The Roughriders had a few reasons to feel the game was "taken away" from them as Head Coach & GM Chris Jones stated after the game.  The Bombers mounted their game-winning drive with :43 remaining and a questionable Pass Interference call on Rider DB Justin Cox put the Bombers into position for the game-winning field goal.  Cox had seemingly cut underneath Winnipeg receiver Weston Dressler to snare the interception off Bomber quarterback Matt Nichols however he was called for contacting Dressler.  Replays showed no contact at all.

Winnipeg (6-4) won its fifth in a row and snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Roughriders on Labour Day weekend. Saskatchewan (1-9) has lost five in a row and is 4-24 in its last 28 games since the beginning of 2015.

Winnipeg jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a field goal from Medlock and an 82-yard touchdown reception from Matt Nichols to Quincy McDuffie. The Blue Bombers led 16-3 at halftime.

Saskatchewan rallied in the second half with Darian Durant leading the charge. The Roughriders quarterback hooked up with Caleb Holley for a four-yard touchdown pass, with Holley hauling in a two-point convert to make it 19-11 after three quarters.

A four-yard touchdown run by Durant, followed by another Durant rush for a two-point convert knotted the score at 19-19 on Saskatchewan's next drive early in the fourth quarter.

Note: Both teams will meet again on Saturday in Winnipeg for the Banjo Bowl. ... The Roughriders were 0-9 heading into Labour Day last year.

(With files from the Canadian Press)


CHRIS JONES POSTGAME COMMENTS

ON THE LOSS

CJ: Any time you lose in the waning moments of the game, it's tough.  When you possibly  have a win, espcially when you're on the (losing streak) that we're currently on, and the kids fought that hard, and to have it pulled away, that's tough.

WHY WAS IT A TOUGH NIGHT FOR K TYLER CRAPIGNA?

CJ:  Good question.  Tyler did have a tough night but we've had some other tough nights from other guys.  We've just gotta keep working with him.  He's got work to do like everybody else.  I haven't spoken to him.  I'll just tell him to keep his head up and keep working.  We're not going to execute the kid. He's probably harder on himself than anybody else is.  I'm sure he's crushed.

HOW DO YOU BOUNCE BACK?

CJ: They'll bounce back.  They're too tough.  They're too mentally tough, too physically tough.  There wasn't an ounce of anybody complaining when we were down 19-3.  I've been around a lot of good team's that've won the Grey Cup that would be complaining and pointing the finger.  They'll be back and we just gotta keep on chopping wood.

WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO TURN THE CORNER?

CJ:  That's a good question. I'm looking for a book that I can read that'll tell me that answer.  Again, we know we've got good players in our room and we have confidence in them.  I feel like our players have confidence in our staff.  We just have to stick together and keep working.  Eventually if we work hard enough, the bounces will go our way.

WHY THE SLOW STARTS WEEK AFTER WEEK?

CJ:  That's a good question.  That's the same question that I asked at halftime.  We have to be able to get out of the chutes quicker and not always be behind the 8-ball.  We gotta look at what we're doing pregame or whatever we can do as coaches to make sure they're ready, focused and ready to go.

WHAT DID YOU TALK TO THE OFFICIALS ABOUT AT HALFTIME?

CJ:  The bump on Caleb Holley, I came back in and watched it and I was just letting them know I'd like to know what the Command Centre didn't see to overturn their call.  I'll be waiting to hear from them what the explanation is.

WAS THE CALL ON JUSTIN COX AT THE END ACTUALLY P-I?

CJ: They've already fined us $65,000 for doing the same thing everybody else in the league does so I don't want to get fined $25,000 for them viewing me as commenting on anything that has to do with officiating.  Again, you saw the play and you probably have your opinion.

DOES THAT CHEAPEN ANYTHING FOR YOU?

CJ: If I didn't challenge those plays, if I hadn't seem them, you wouldn't throw a flag if you didn't think you had a pretty good chance to get a call.  For whatever reason people are starting to call these "fishing expeditions".  For whatever reason, that's become the moniker.  I saw the plays on the Ipad and I saw the one on the big screen.  From my view, (Roosevelt) got his hands under the ball.  Maybe when he rolled over or whatever.

Anyway, that's a part of it.  Everybody has to go through this and there's been a lotta calls that I've thrown the flag and didn't get the call.  I've gotta do a better job of looking at that Ipad a little better so that my flags are a little bit more efficient.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CHALLENGING PROCESS?

CJ: I'm a little leery of saying anything critical of the way we do things.  I've got my views and I guess I'd better hold on to them.  It's one of those deals where, about four years ago we had the highest (TV) ratings ever, and you know, I'll just leave it at that.

John Murphy voices his thoughts

KENDIAL LAWRENCE LABOUR DAY PUNT RETURN TD

77 comments:

Anonymous said...

And the trend shows no sign of ending. The Labour Day Classic will go in the books as the worst stinker in decades! The first half performance saw all three aspects of the game In drastic need of repair. With over 80 players through the revolving roster Jones' plan desperately needs reviewing!!

Anonymous said...

Driving in from USA listening to Rod Pedesen on 620 CKRM on the dial, now home watching game on TSN second half. Who was the guy literally crying on the radio broadcast? He was actually crying it'a all over with this league as he complained about the officiating. Who was he? That was funny laughing out loud as the game was only at the half way point and there was alot more to go. Lmao!

Travelling busy business guy on the road

Anonymous said...

Should not have been interference on Cox and should have been an interception. They allowed hand fighting all game but not on that play?

Wonder what “Jeff” has to say on the “integrity" of the league with the BS call on Cox.

Anonymous said...

Got too far behind in the 1st half. DD wasn't good in the first half getting points for the team. Too little too late in the 2nd half. Kicking game is not up to standard. Defence is simply put too slow and not aggressive. Just another "HORRIBLE" loss.

Anonymous said...

Fire Orridge

Anonymous said...

Glen Johnson and his puppets prove time and time again they are as dumb as rocks.

Anonymous said...

The refs gave that game to the Bombers. And, it does not help that our kicker no longer knows how to kick. We can't keep doing this, and expect to win games.

I am really confused about what constitutes pass interference. It seems the rules change from play to play.

Imagirl

Anonymous said...

Five (5) Huge Mistakes killed us in a game that we should have won.
Three (3) Missed Easy Converts and Two ( 2) Interceptions thrown by Durant with less than six ( 6) minutes left in the game.
If that kicker isn't on his way out tomorrow then Jones should be gone. Congrats to most of the Riders for playing so hard and coming up empty again.

Anonymous said...

Teams cannot fall behind all the time and expect to win.

And I have NO IDEA what a penalty is in this BS league anymore.

Anonymous said...

Saskatchewan Roughriders - problem... late out the gate... inconsistent... show up second half... make one good play... make two ensuing bad plays... never punch it in the red zone starting qb Darian Durant.

Lewis Grant said...

Rod recently hinted at the bad blood between the Riders and the Commissioner's office. You have to wonder if that pass interference call was part of the ongoing feud.

Rod, might you care to "pull the trigger" on the story rather than "dancing around" it?

Evan Wiome said...

The 2016 Riders might possibly be the worst team in CFL history.

No matter what, they find a way to lose.

And if anyone forgot, the Riders traded the second leading rusher in the CFL for the kicker who lost the last LDC at Taylor Field.

Anonymous said...

That PI call at the end of the game was garbage. Refs handed Winnipeg the game

Anonymous said...

The last pass interference call is on you Rod. You've been beating this conspiracy thing to death and the CFL has likely had enough of you trying to make them look bad. Flag comes out and official smirks in your direction no doubt. League office says, that's what you get. So, PLEASEEEEE! SHUT IT ALREADY, YOU'RE COSTING US WINS.

Anonymous said...

Progress again this game and more good plays than bad but it is so painful to go through this stage. Exciting game and we can't blame Crapigna for the loss. Darian was intercepted twice and way too many penalties in first half. Team loss and we move on. Gotta keep chopping wood.

Anonymous said...

Thank you refs for that PI.

Glen Johnson will probably say the refs are doing great each game.

Anonymous said...

The easy thing to do is blame the ref. But anyone that was at the game, watch the replay of the play the riders challenged early in the 3rd to burn the challenge (that could have reversed the PI call at the end) I;m not anti chris jones but he over thought this game with his challenges and going for it early on 3rd down & trick plays instead of a punt that would have pinned the bombers deep. The kicking killed this team today. But he has been more than solid in other games where the defense and offence were terrible. Pick him up and dust him off because there is another game in 6 days and there are no better options in the short term

Anonymous said...

Reality is the refs didn't cost us this game. 2 INTs, 2 missed FGs and a missed convert cost us this game. This team sucks, we have no running game and our defence is gutless and gives up plays and yards all day. Durant was throwing side arm. He's not 100%. We aren't winning with him. Time to move on to the next QB so we aren't starting from scratch in 2017.

Anonymous said...

The PI call was garbage but didnt lose us the game. Two missed field goals and a missed convert along with too slow to score in the first half cost us. Durant doesnt appear to be able to play a whole 60 minutes. Durant doesnt look like the same guy he was three years ago. Time for him to ride into the sunset and let GAle or Bridge take over. We dont have a legit run game either. Leave Lawrence returning kicks and get a credible RB and we'll be okay. the season is pretty well lost, but if we get a few wins this year will be good as to a rebuild for next year.

Brian Shepherd said...

Quote AnonymousSeptember 04, 2016

"The last pass interference call is on you Rod. You've been beating this conspiracy thing to death and the CFL has likely had enough of you trying to make them look bad. Flag comes out and official smirks in your direction no doubt. League office says, that's what you get. So, PLEASEEEEE! SHUT IT ALREADY, YOU'RE COSTING US WINS."

BAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Anonymous said...

The Rider's offense has gradually being getting better and the future looks better as Durant builds experience and confidence with future CFL stars like Holley and Collins, to go with Bagg and Roosevelt. Durant is now heading into his peak years and is the reason to see some light at the end of this rebuilding tunnel.

Anonymous said...

Glen Johnson wrecked the game when he was a ref on the field. Now he continues it from his office gig.

Anonymous said...

There is a young receiver recently cut by Arizona Cardinals in the NFL named Jaxson Shipley. He has the type of skill that could see him excel in the CFL. I hope the Riders have a shot in getting him up here.

Anonymous said...

Hey CFL:

We know you read this blog. Do you read the comments section? If you do, you will have Mr. Ireland explain just why it was PI on Cox in one endzone and not PI on Holley in the other when the exact same thing happened.

At the same time, you can tell us exactly what the bozo rationale was behind the last Cox PI on Dressler to hand the game to the Bombers.

The NFL season starts Thursday. Guess what CFL, games on Sundays I will not be watching because of your complete and total ineptitude.

Gerry

Anonymous said...

Guy says Glen Johnson and crew are as dumb as a bag of rocks. What an insult to rocks!

Anonymous said...

I have been the Riders toughest critic this year...but that was actually a great game to watch. These know what they're doing and we'll get there. Great Game !!!

Anonymous said...

The injury of Jordan Hus at practice this week was a factor today. The art of the field goal involves three players. Bringing in a new snapper with a young kicker should not be ignored in Crapinga's misses.

Anonymous said...


Scruffy went off at the half! I can only imagine what he thought at the end after the Cox PI call. Can't say I disagreed with him. This game is a joke.


Al

stephen preston said...

That you Jeff?

Lyle Pederson said...

W/O DD in that game today we would have really been in trouble. Damn lucky to have him!

Anonymous said...

I gave my 4 tickets to a young syrian couple and their two kids today. They called me and said it was such an exciting game and experience.

tskware said...

I agree. The review of PI hasn't made it a consistent call at all. Even when the ref has the luxury of reviewing the call in slow motion they still aren't consistent!

Anonymous said...

Ok, ya the refs are getting back at Rod for his comments!
They don't know who Rod is, or could give a shit about his comments, give your head a shake!!

Anonymous said...

I am disgusted at all the whining about the officiating. It is just as good as the officiating I have seen in the NFL. Just because a call did not favour your team does not mean that it was a poor call. Many PI calls are judgment calls, and depend on what the officials see. Next time, maybe Jones should save his challenges for plays that are more game-changing. But don't get me started on challenges, I believe they are destroying the game. Nothing more frustrating than seeing an exciting play that is nullified 20 seconds later by a challenge flag (as an example an interception returned for a touchdown last week), because you never know if a play will stand until the next play has begun. OK, if you want to challenge the completion of a pass, change of possession, or where the ball is spotted, fine, but please don't let coaches call penalties by throwing a challenge flag - that is the job of the on-field officials.

Anonymous said...

The only way the CFL could become more ridiculous is if Orridge had a Tuesday news conference announcement and pull a Richard Sherman and asking Rider nation “You mad at me bro?”

tskware said...

To to suggest that the league office is in a conspiracy with the officials is ridiculous. However, I agree that if Rod has a story he should be sharing it or keeping it to himself. A member of the media shouldn't be announcing to the world he has a story to tell if he doesn't want to tell it.

tskware said...

Also ridiculous

tskware said...

Durant is currently IN his peak years not heading into them.

tskware said...

Good stuff

Anonymous said...

Jones: "I'm a little leery of saying anything critical of the way we do things. I've got my views and I guess I'd better hold on to them. It's one of those deals where, about four years ago we had the highest (TV) ratings ever, and you know, I'll just leave it at that". Is Jones suggesting that the CFL should bend the rules to favour the Riders because what is good for the Riders is good for the league? Then the league really would be a joke. Sorry, CJ, but the integrity of the league is more important than the Riders' record.

tskware said...

I have been a fan for years. Season tickets since 1986. Never miss a game. With the completion of this game i now turn to next season. They can finish 1- 17 for all i care at this point. I still would like to believe CJ and crew are the answer but this season has shaken my belief. I expected more at this point rebuilding or not. Did Taman and Chamblin have the team is such a shambles that 1-9 is the best we could do by Labour Day? If you judge a team by wins and losses (which is the only way that counts) they are hands down currently the worst team in the league. Did anyone think it would be ok to be saying that about our team at Labour Day this year? Im terribly disappointed with the results to date and can only hope that we see significant improvement one year from now. Ill be watching the remaining games out of curiosity instead of investment and I'm so disappointed to say that.

Anonymous said...

Can you pick my lottery numbers too?

Anonymous said...

Plain and simple the refs stole this game by calling the BS PI call against Cox when there was no contact whatsoever. Crapigna missing a convert or two field goals were unfortunate but who knows how the game would've unfolded had he made them. Bottom line is at a critical juncture of the game the ref and command centre blew the call against Cox and that was the final deciding factor. The outcome of the game was decided on that play...period. I can't wait until the Riders are cramming it down everyone's throat and kicking butt so bad that the refereeing is taken out of the equation. Getting tired of playing two opponents but Jones and the boys are on the right track.

Curt Dittmer said...

This is why I cannot take the CFL seriously. The games are far too often determined by the result of incompetent officiating. This has gone on for decades. In a misguided attempt to address poor officiating they try and use technology to cover up the real issue - the officials are not good enough. Putting already incompetent officials in charge of video review calls will result in incompetent calls. They need to pay officials a decent wage, train them and hold them accountable. Yes mistakes will still happen, such is life, but the overall officiating will improve. It is time to invest in officiating development in Canada. The CFL doesn't get it and likely never will. Thank God the NFL starts on Thursday.

Anonymous said...

The pass interference call that robbed the Riders of the win was an egregious officiating error. I hope that the CFL and Glen Johnson do comment on the blunder and offer an apology to the Riders and their fans. Be accountable when you screw up?

Also, there was clearly a jersey tug on Holley beyond the 5 yards that was ignored on the review. No less a very light touch on Dressler past the 5 yards was called pass interference by the video review person. Why cannot there be some consistency on the standard applied, at least within a game?

Anyways, all that aside, it was a fun time today.

Anonymous said...

Okay first of all Proulx is one of the worst refs in the CFL but all teams have to deal with his garbage so if you have to use excuses as refs for losing then I guess everyone in sask is doing this with 9 losses…how about you look at what is relevant…19.5 points for on average a game and 34.7 against a game so even though the refs can screw teams with these stats, no wonder your 1 and 9…quit giving excuses for the failure of Jones and company, this is complete and utter horrible garbage. He gambles in his own end on a 3rd and 6 with 10 minutes left in the 2nd quarter…he is lucky the defence and missed field goal got him out of that or you were screwed early anyways. Jones is playing desperate football now so him saying he has confidence in his guys and so on is BS…last two games he has made desperate moves to stay in the game and it did work once but if the he is confident in the team and they are playing so good then why the desperate play?

Anonymous said...

This Orridge puke has been invisible except when he has his hands out for money or reading something Buono or Hunfnagel have written for him to read or release. There is a reason the CFL ratings are tumbling like stones. The Riders have every right to send this crappy CFL front office into a tailspin and most Rider fans think it's overdue. Some of the calls like the last PI are an embarrassment to the league and to the game of football.

This game itself was lost because out QB is soiling the sheets in the first half of most games. He does nothing for the first half and then seems to find his legs. Durant is terribly ineffective until it's too little-too late. You need leadership from a veteran QB and Durant has not provided the team with it this season. Throwing a needless INT on the 1 yard line is utterly unacceptable. Poor poor decisions. When you have video review and still can't get it right, that's just sad.

Simple things like staying out of the five yards restraining area and give then a needless 15 yds when they were backed up just hurt. Holding and off side calls at this point of the season are not acceptable. Does Demski do anything right?

Defence bent and gave up FG's which should have worked in our favour but they broke when we needed them most. Not near good enough.

Darren Muller said...

A gut wrenching loss today no doubt. Some observations in no particular order. Our kicker had a terrible game. As much as I wanted to see him out the door tomorrow, I've seen alot of other kickers have one too and they had great careers. Bad challenges Continue to haunt us. What type of IPad they using? A Vic20?? Too slow of starts in first half. Just too difficult to claw your way back against good teams. All you Durant haters? The guy throws 75% and 400 yds. Ever think the receiver may run a wrong route? He's a warrior and moved the ball well. We have some nice looking receivers. Be patient. Need our Ole vets back on the o line. A marquis type running back is sorely lacking. Pass rush still big concern. People you knew this was going to be a rebuilding year. It's called being patient and hang in there
Nobody said this was an overnight fix. Stay the course everyone. This team needs you more than ever at this juncture of the season. Let's pull out a win on their turf next Saturday!!

Anonymous said...

tskware said;

However, I agree that if Rod has a story he should be sharing it or keeping it to himself. A member of the media shouldn't be announcing to the world he has a story to tell if he doesn't want to tell it."

It's not the first time Rod's pulled that caper. It's his way of saying he's better than us.

Anonymous said...

Was it Murphy who loat his s#it and give Proux an earful at the end of the game? Never seen him book it that fast to the locker room.

Anonymous said...

It's obvious what is going on, Rogers is paying Orridge and Glen Johnson to destroy the CFL. So far Rogers is getting the results thy want.

@mrt_man said...

WHAT A CLASSIIIIIIC!! THE CALL ON SPORTSCENTER!

"It's one of those deals where, about four years ago we had the highest (TV) ratings ever, and you know, I'll just leave it at that" SOUNDS LIKE HE IS SAYING THESE CHALLENGES MAKE THE GAMES PAINFUL TO WATCH, SO NOBODY IS WATCHING.

TOUGH GAME... GOOD TO SEE THE CROWD GET INTO IT IN THE 4TH. IF CRAPINGA BLOWS 3 KICKS THREE GAMES IN A ROW, THEN I MIGHT BE WORRIED. HE HAS BEEN CONSISTENT ALL YEAR... KINDA SHAT THE BED TODAY... IF ROD CONTROLS THE CALLS FROM THE CFL HEAD OFFICE... THEN IT SURELY MUST HAVE BEEN ROD'S STATS RUNDOWN THAT CURSED CRAPIGNA!

DD TILL AT LEAST 2020!

Anonymous said...

On the play before the winning Field Goal.

What was the defenders rush to tackle the guy with the ball?

All they had to do was keep him upright for another 2 seconds and they're in overtime.

I guess losers find ways to lose.

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking Steve MacAdoo is getting away lucky on this deal.

I realize we were behind from the get go but who calls a game where the running back gets six carries?

Also on play after play DD has to air out the ball 30 yards for a six yard gain. What's with all those sideways passes? Go down the field.

Run the ball a bit. Let our patchwork O-line be the hammer once in a while instead of always being the nail.

With the current receiving core we have, if DD had a line in front of him he'd be dynamite.

Anonymous said...

Taman also left Winnipeg a shambles! does that answer your question? Blue Bombers still trying to recover from his inept non direction.

Anonymous said...

Rod that was a truely great call on the Lawrence return too bad it didn't turn out the we wanted

polkabill504 said...

Funny how when we lose ,the refs always become an excuse. Take the refs out of the game.2 missed Fg's, 1 convert=7 points, Don't take stupid penalties, ill fated fakes, improper challenges(The whole country seen Roosevelt roll on that ball in the endzone). How didn't our sideline see it????.No running game for 10 weeks,no returns until today week 10,No defensive line pressure. You mean to tell us that in 10 weeks plus training camp, you cannot find these players that can help us even with oodles of NFL cuts. Is the bank dry?.We have all been misled in Reynolds descision to hand over the keys to one very inexperienced head coach, and GM. We shall see how tough and resilient this bunch is as Jones says. They may be tough but seriously lack talent. 1-17 is a serious possiblity. Then they have a built in slogan for next year"The Best is Yet to Come"... That worked way back and maybe it will again. Sick to my Stomach.. Polkabill from the Peg

Lyle Pederson said...

I really don't get the 'thank gawd the NFL starts ...." mentality as a reaction to a Rider loss or bad call or league mistakes. NFL is good football of course. (Or the 'giving away my season tickets' etc) We are damn lucky to have this pro sport in SK. So is the objective to quit on the Riders/CFL hoping others will follow and the league will fold? Ups and downs ... happy/mad ... win/lose ... and on. Welcome to the world of sports. I love it! (Jeez I get mad when we lose)

Anonymous said...

After sleeping on this it's time to accept the following facts:
1. We are not making the playoffs in 2016;
2. In spite of the stats Durant is on the decline. His slow starts, overthrows, under throw and inability to produce points in the 1st Q are evidence we are seeing the decline in front of our eyes.
3. It's time to start playing the younger QBs so we aren't going into 2017 with no clue what's behind Durant.

Mark my words. Jones & Co can see Durant's inability to lift this team. It pains me to say this given how much I love DD and all that he's done for this team. As my friend says, Father Time catches all of us.

As for the refs, only when you lose is when you whine about them.

Anonymous said...

Riders are getting better at losing, entertaining game,better than shutting TV off at half time because its a blowout(hamilton, montreal). Watching the game with my mom & sister, she hadnt watched cfl since Matt Dunnigan played, she put it into perspective
.." thats the riders we are used to watching, almost winning"...
Mom(84 years old) and sister didnt understand all the referees review and flag challenges, ..."let them play, whats happening?", my mom says...ya mom cfl fans dont understand either, ask Orridge, apparently these challenges makes for a better game.

Anonymous said...

As for kicking, laces were facing out on one of the field goal kicks.
As for hand fighting, on the first call the player was detoured or deflected from the play, on our call that wasn't the case and I think that is why it wasn't called.

Unknown said...

Crapigna also won us the Ottawa game on a 53 yard boot. He is now 20 of 24 on the season from what I heard. Everyone had a bad game, if he continues to shank then they can look to others

Anonymous said...

Proulx is a disaster and always has been to the Riders…
No excuse for the PI call on Cox.Even Stevie Wonder could see he never touched the receiver..terrible!...
How can an official not see that?…how can a video review not see that?…

I think it's time to look at Van Gylswiyk as a kicker. This kid came through in a clutch situation for his college team. He can kick and punt. Never been a fan of Capigna and he probably cost the team the game.

When a team is struggling they can't afford to have their kicker take the afternoon off.

Needless no-yards penalty, Demski taking a stupid penalty and running the wrong route, the number of offfside calls…sheesh

But all in all it still boils down to the man under center. For at least five of the games he's played Durant has come out and started the first half as cold as an ice cube. He usually picks it up in the second half and makes a game of it. However its too little too late…every time. His play has diminished a lot. He is not as mobile as once, making poorer reads, INT's at the most inopportune time, plus he hasn't taken control of the team and found ways to put score points and put them in the end zone early. Racking up 300 yards in the second half and losing don't cut it

One "theory" for DD's poor starts may stem back to his injuries the previous two seasons. He was hurt in the first half of both games, and actually fairly early. It now seems when he comes out he is overly cautious and perhaps even playing scared. He plays with a total lack of confidence in the first half. He seems to get over it in the second half..but too late.

Still in spite of it all if Crapigna makes a FG and kicks a point after, we likely win…Finding ways to lose rather than ways to win.

Anonymous said...

Remember the song, "Video Killed the Radio Star" well now it's "The Football Game".

Russell Cone said...

Nice call on the return. I was screaming "go" in my empty house too.

Disappointed with the outcome of course.

But it was nice to get forced out of my chair cheering for the team I love.


Go Riders!



Russ from Saskatoon

Anonymous said...

Rod, your confused. Your the play by play announcer of the Riders, not the voice of the Riders. The voice of the Riders is CEO Craig Reynolds.

Anonymous said...

"The last pass interference call is on you Rod. You've been beating this conspiracy thing to death and the CFL has likely had enough of you trying to make them look bad. Flag comes out and official smirks in your direction no doubt. League office says, that's what you get. So, PLEASEEEEE! SHUT IT ALREADY, YOU'RE COSTING US WINS."

This is one of the most ridiculous comments,I have ever read in my life...LOL.Yep lets blame Rod.really? personally I'll blame that rodent Gainer for washing his good luck jock strap after the 2013 season.

The Bottom line:
#1.The Riders are just not good enough yet to coach and play a solid 60 minutes.
#2.Jeffery Orridge is slowly sucking the personality out of the CFL.
#3.The officials and eye in the sky are inconsistent.
#4.Oh and its Rod's fault ...lol

tskware said...

Sort of but not really.

tskware said...

Utter AND horrible garbage? Or just horrible garbage?

Anonymous said...

Anyone criticizing Durant today is as dumb as Proulx and Johnson!

Anonymous said...

Many teams will show losses this year in the CFL. Average attendances as of yesterday's game (teams like EDM,TOR & MTL only have 3 home games left):
.
BC 20,715
Edmonton 30,543
Calgary 27,317
Sask 31,587
Winnipeg 24,790

Hamilton 24,045
Toronto 16,827
Montreal 19,818
Ottawa 24,732



Anonymous said...

Would be great if the QB would start the game at the same time as the rest of the team.

Darren Muller said...

Great observation! I wondered the exact same thing! Just guide him along for a few yards and we had the game

Greg adleman said...

John Murphy should be out looking for players. When will you start asking him tuff questions on the pregame show? He makes it sound like his team is 9-1.

Reg Namelda said...

What would be a "tuff" question that has not been asked or talked about?

We must have heard different interviews because Murphy did talk about the problems of working on building for the future, the road ahead and the tour of NFL camps etc on the pre-game show. One thing about Murphy in all his interviews, he has the gift of gab and does not resort to cliches and platitudes.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Jones should have asked Roosevelt first if he caught the pass and he should have been told "no" by Roosevelt instead of wasting a challenge on a pretend catch.

Anonymous said...

the receivers can make Durant look bad on those interceptions and one for sure in end zone and I think the other one also