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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

THE MONDAY MORNING GOALIE


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1 - Sleeping on it didn't change a thing.  The end of the 2016 Labour Day Classic is still just as sickening Monday morning as it was Sunday night.  The Blue Bombers beat the Roughriders 28-25 in a game referee Andre Proulx's staff awarded to Winnipeg, with the assistance of the CFL's Command Centre in Toronto.

Hey - don't take my word for it.  Roughriders Head Coach & GM Chris Jones said exactly that after the game.  "To have it pulled away, that's tough," Jones told a packed postgame news conference at Mosaic Stadium.

That was as much as he was willing to say publicly.  What do you think he was saying privately?

I am the voice of the team and this is how the team feels today.  No one else is standing up for them right now.

2 - I wasn't even going to write a column today but when I awoke, my inbox was jammed with people asking where the column was.  It would've been nice to take a day off.

However 'tis the season, you need to strike when the iron's hot, and you can't let your customers down.  So here goes...

3 - Roughrider fans are livid their team is being victimized by the CFL.

A conspiracy?  I floated that notion a month ago and people laughed but now everyone has woken up and smelled the coffee.

"Cheated out of a better finish," Tweeted Montreal receiver Nik Lewis after Sunday's game.  "Sask vs Peg booth should have stepped in and corrected the call."

Unfortunately one of the many new mechanisms of video review in the CFL doesn't include fixing officiating errors.  That's ... if they thought the phantom Pass Interference penalty on Rider DB Justin Cox with the game on the line was an error at all.

And now players from other teams are stepping in and decrying the current state of the Canadian Football League.

I told the powers-that-be my thoughts on the CFL braintrust way back at the start of training camp and now you're all seeing why.

How does this get fixed?  That'll be a discussion for the off-season however with this season now over for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, I suppose we could convene a few meetings now since there's no playoff planning to do.

Perhaps Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge can explain it when he comes to Saskatchewan for Plaza of Honor in two weeks.

**UPDATE: Apparently he's not coming."

Honestly I feel sorry for Orridge.  A lot of people want his job.  That's got to be an uneasy feeling.

4 - Rioting Rider fans are trying to find all different ways of getting back at the CFL.  However boycotting Rider road games is not the way to go.  You're only punishing yourselves.

Watching the Saskatchewan Roughriders play live - no matter their record - is a sacred experience and not one to be missed.  Some fans aren't even able to do it just once in a lifetime.  If you have a chance to buy a ticket to watch the Riders, take it.

This season is in the toilet but teams have survived situations like this before.

5 - Would Chris Jones have had a challenge left under the old rules - before they were changed two weeks ago - and had the opportunity to throw the yellow flag on the Justin Cox penalty?

I don't know anymore.  But how do you change the rules in the middle of a season?

That one wasn't changed to bite the Riders in the butt but they were the ones haunted by it on Sunday.

This league.

CFL V.P. of Football Glen Johnson is on record as saying, "We just want to get the call right".

They are not doing that.

6 - The naysayers who are scoffing at all of this are right about one - and only one - thing.  The Riders made enough miscues against Winnipeg on Sunday that it shouldn't have had to come down to a referee's call.

Kicker Tyler Crapigna's day was forgettable.  He'll survive and get stronger because of this.

Darian Durant threw two fatal interceptions and was inaccurate in the redzone which directly led to field goal attempts.  Those suggesting his skills are on the decline are out to lunch.  He's always been somewhat erratic and his career completion percentage is proof of that.

The league-worst run defense was only slightly better in this game and they were still victimized by an 80-plus yard aerial touchdown on their secondary.

However as we've said all summer, the Riders are good enough at blowing games themselves.  They don't need the officials' assistance.

In how many games now have questionable Pass Interference challenges gone against Roughrider defensive backs and for opposition defensive backs?

This sequence of events has happened against the Roughriders in games against Calgary, Hamilton and now Winnipeg.

And now, the Rider season is over with eight games to go.

Bravo.

- I was told TSN's Sportscentre ran my call of the 85-yard punt return touchdown by Kendial Lawrence Sunday evening.  I flipped on the Sportscentre replay on Monday morning and sure enough, they led off the show with it.  It actually sounded and looked pretty good.  Thank you very much TSN.  They don't do that very often.

They know that the Riders drive this league.  Hopefully they can inform Mayberry.

8 - That Lawrence touchdown was the first return touchdown by the Roughriders since last year's Labour Day Classic where Nic Demski returned one 50-some yards for a score.

9 - Hopefully Labour Day Weekend was a safe one around here and everybody had a good time despite the outcome of the game.  The hotels, restaurants and bars appeared to all be full and that certainly illustrates why the Roughriders are such a big deal to this city and province.

Hopefully fans continue to sellout games the rest of the way even though the playoffs are out of sight.  There are still tickets left for the final game at Old Mosaic Stadium on October 29 and that will be one of Saskatchewan's all-time greatest moments.

10 - Sensing his Roughriders could use some goodwill and positive P.R., team President Craig Reynolds made the executive decision on Saturday to extend the Rider Fan Day autograph session by an extra 20 minutes.  This ensured that each and every fan got an autograph from their Roughrider heroes.

Rider Fan Day is always a thrill and an emotional treat for me because I remember my Mom taking me to it many, many years ago.  My autograph sheet from that day featured the names of Mike Strickland and Billy McBride which - after checking the Rider rosters many years later online - must've meant the year was 1980.

I would've been 7.

Very special.

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RP
@sportscage

85 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the column Rod. You are correct, seeing the games is an experience not to be missed. We come home to Regina (from Winnipeg no less) for every home game as we have had the same pair of season tickets in our family for 50+ years. This year has been tough some games to make that trek and this week was the toughest, not because of some of our own team's blown plays but because regardless of the team making enough mistakes to lose on their own - every team does that - the fact is it DID come down to a blown referee call... that is what we did need for the win, and the refs blew it. We rarely post or comment on online articles but today as we plan our return to Manitoba for tomorrow morning, we are a bit angry at the expenses we incurred all feeling a little less "valuable" heading back to our home without the W.

Hopefully revenge will be ours, either through excellent play or poor officiating against the Bombers, in the Banjo Bowl.

Anonymous said...

Orridge was the worst hire ever for the CFL. The league will be so much better when he's gone. He's a chicken sh#t commish who can't show his face in public

Anonymous said...

You are dillusional go back to bed. Conspiracy? Nope just bad football team
Get over yourself Peterson

Anonymous said...

I will pay to send Regina's media types to interview school so we're not subjected to stupid interview questions every week.

Anonymous said...

Rod, I Thankyou for your column today. Like you I had a sick feeling after yesterday's game because I believe we were robbed of a win by the pass interference call. Penalty calling has become a guessing game at best this year. I do however feel pretty good about our team after watching the last few games. I see growth and unity and I see a team that is trying hard to do all the right things on the field. It is a process and a long one at that but I feel we are advancing quickly now. There were many good things for the team to view on film and to grow from and soon we will see them play more complete games. That is the problem, after the pass interference call we allowed Winnipeg to move the ball and win the game. So for that reason I begrudgingly say good job Winnipeg for finishing the game off properly, that is what winners do. We are the team Winnipeg was a couple years ago and it just might take us a year or two to get it right but we are definitely beginning to show the talent we have. I have only one request from you and that is to please quit referring to this team as a writeof for the 2016 season. As long as there is a game left to play these players are going to give it their best and it's our job to cheer for them like they are Grey Cup contenders. That is what I intend to do. I think we are in for some very entertaining games the rest of the way and that is, after all, what football is supposed to be for the fans, entertainment.

Tyler said...

I'm not confident that the league would've picked up the flag had Chris Jones threw a challenge flag anyways. What are the chances the eye in the sky would over turn an officials call and damage the integrity of the on field offcials? That is the exact reason why I have hated the PI challenge from the start. The ability to challenge penalties is dumb. If it's called, no officiating colleague will throw their own team under the bus. It's one thing to say "Yeah you missed that one" to a call. It's a different thing to say "You were out to lunch on that call. Pull your flag up."

Reffing did not lose this game for Saskatchewan though. Too many points left on the field.

But the team is starting to look a little better... just wish we got more pressure from our defensive line. QBs are having the time of their lives in the pocket.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for giving us the mmg today rod. Another excellent read. I was at the game and the riders still have some improving to do. But once they find the keys the engine will run, it's too bad that the cfl is being run to the ground by orange. Do I want all the calls go our way. No. But have some consistency. I sure wish you would us the fans what you know of the going ons of the head office. Anyway again great read.

Guy in emerald park

Anonymous said...

We have to stop whining as an organization. This isnt the way to go about business, just play better! Quit making mistakes and the results will turn around. All this pouting, conspiracy stuff makes us look awful as a province. This football team and staff need to remember they are speaking for a province as well.

Anonymous said...

You are right in that the Riders made a lot of mistakes without the bad calls. But why didn't the coaches tell the defense to try to run out the clock by holding the rusher up instead of tackling him to the ground? There was only 2 seconds left. Now that is easier said than done but they could have played overtime.

Rudyman said...

Thank you Rod. I was disappointed with all the mistakes the Riders made. I left the game angry over the officiating. I have no idea how a DB is to defend anymore. When they changed the rule last year and there was to be no touching either way i was for it. This year it appears the reciever can run into, thru, and over the DB and it is the DBs fault. I have no idea what is going on with PI or CTR. Can we please have Higgins back?

Russell Cone said...

Thanks for the column Rod.

Have a good monday!


Russ from Saskatoon

Anonymous said...

Fan Day could be so much better!

I've gone most years for 25 years.

And it is a gong show. No one runs the thing. No one makes any announcements. At least there was free food when SGI sponsored it.

I stood in line at 8:40 to get a good seat beside the stairs to the field. (9:00 was way too early. Fat lot of good it did because everyone who had just showed up clogged all the aisles to the steps.) Mannerless clots.

No coordination, nothing but a lot of lousy rap music with too much bass. Lots of media types strolling by at field level with their noses in the air.

Won't ever go again.

Anonymous said...

I love this. Only in Saskatchewan would they think the league should give them preferential treatment because Saskatchewan supports their team.

Anonymous said...

It's to bad the refs of the Cfl are not better then they are but this is the scenario we have every year so let's move on because I expect a lot of calls not right or screwed up…maybe if they made more money then I believe the 16 or 18 thousand they get then they could be disciplined or fined for bad games and things would hopefully get naturally better but this isn't the case so all teams realize that they have to deal with the stripes.

Anonymous said...

Chris Jones should stop crying about a supposed conspiracy and shoulder some blame, he threw away his last challenge flag needlessly. Stop blaming officials and maybe critique himself and maybe he'd gain a bit more credibility

Lorne Raber said...

Valid points, rules change because the league realized they made an earlier mistake, which coaches took stupid advantage of.
The so called phantom pass interference - could be right, but Jock Climie - who has zero affiliation to either team said that the rider defender hooked Dressler's hand making sure he could not reach of the ball. The fact that the official saw it blows my mind, but he was closest to the play and saw something to throw his flag.
On the Winnipeg web sites, people call you a homer, and you probably are - I see no big deal about it. The Riders are a bad team right now and although they rose to the occasion against Winnipeg, it doesn't mean they have turned any corners. Just like the Winnipeg victories means that they have turned the corner. Sometimes you get lucky and sometimes the other team is unlucky. Perhaps is is Karma. Keep up your Green rooting, It would be nice if a writer in Winnipeg would be like that.

Anonymous said...

This is the defining moment of Orridge's tenure as commissioner. He has the opportunity now to put the foot down and show everyone who is the boss. The crappy PI rule and challenging PI was implemented before he became commish. But he allowed Johnson and his flunkies to expand the gongshow replay and challenge system this past offseason which is now clearly a colossal failure. What he needs to do now is accept responsibility for that and start to make things right by skidding Johnson and all those Mayberry stooges who think they can reinvent the wheel. Obviously a lot of fans have a sour taste in their mouths and its up to Orridge to set things right. When he comes out to Plaza he needs to stand up on the stage, take all the bullets from the crowd, answer every question and stick around into the night to talk with every fan who wants to discuss things. The fans may not like all the answers he gives but they'll respect the fact he did the right thing and took responsibility by being accountable to the fans.

That would be true leadership. Mr. Orridge, the ball is in your court. It's not too late to make things right. Skid Johnson and his flunkies, come talk to the fans and change out these stupid rules in the offseason. It can and needs to be done.


Dubya

This Guy said...

Riders shot themselves in the foot but no matter what way you look at it, officiating is wrecking the CFL

Warbuzz said...

Hey Rod, how about the offside call in the first half against the Riders that the command center confirmed as annouced on field. The play wasn't challenged yet they made sure to tell us it was the right call! I guess they didn't say anything about the PI becauase they knew otherwise. Great call on the punt return btw.

willy said...

Thanks for taking the time to write this Rod. Very interesting and Oh So True. We are getting Tarred And Feathered by the CFL and some of these so called Officials should be receiving the same. How in Hell can they make mistakes like they are making when we have a chance to win and they screw the entire game up with such sickening calls. Riders played their hearts out yesterday and sure there were a few mistakes but they did not deserve the outcome of this game. Something has to be done, the CFL is going down the drain slowly , and if changes aren't made soon they will start losing a lot of fans and the crowds will get smaller and that is when the real trouble will start.

tskware said...

C'mon Rod! Are you really saying the league head office and the league's officials are in a conspiracy to sabotage the riders? Is that really what you're saying? It sure sounds that way. If you're right you're sitting on the biggest story in CFL history! If you're speculating then you're being irresponsible. If true it would discredit the CFL as a professional league and would damage the games reputation forever. Impartiality is a cornerstone of any sports league. If you have evidence, lets hear it. If you don't, then drop it. And if you do it for shock value to get more readers or create an excuse for the team to explain losing, then I misjudged the point of this blog and how could I now believe anything else you report on? So once and for all Rod, what are you saying? Are the league officials and management in a conspiracy to sabotage the rider's season or not?

Greg adleman said...

Rod I hate it when you hold information back. You think you are better than us. It's not nuclear bombs intel. You keep saying your dancing around this storey.

Get rid of that loser Abou on Mondays and bring in Mike McClough. He is so well spoken and funny.

Anonymous said...

I actually thought that the game was called quite well. That last PI call, was a little tacky but it was made none the less. If the Bombers had scored a TD on one or two of the seven field goals, that is 4-8 additional points for them. But ifs and buts were candies and nuts...

The facts are this Riders team is not very good.
1) Slow starts, really have only played a max of 20 min/game.
2) Horrible challenges and decisions made by the VP/GM/DC/HC. Had he not challenged the Rosevelt non catch in the endzone he would have had his challenge left.
3) No running game. When the QB is the leading rusher of the team, that is saying you can't find a decent running back.
4) That punt return for a TD by Lawrence aside, Lawrence should not be on the team. Has been useless all year. Saw other players cut for less.
5) Saying this is a rebuilding year doesn't cut it. There are far more veteran players than rookies. (9 first yr players on the starting roster from labour day game).

When these problems are address, then the Riders will have actually showed some progress. But Jones keeps waiting and signing his former Eskimos buddies. Still have not recruited many good starting quality players.

Anonymous said...

Cj pissed someone off in head office. Geez, I can't ever see that happening. Too bad Rider nation has to wear it now.

Lewis Grant said...

But why didn't the coaches tell the defense to try to run out the clock by holding the rusher up instead of tackling him to the ground? There was only 2 seconds left. Now that is easier said than done but they could have played overtime.

I'm pretty sure I saw the Riders trying to hold up Harris, but then a Winnipeg O-lineman came and bulldozed the scrum to bring his own teammate to the ground. Not sure if it was legal, but it was smart.

On another note, the season is not lost. Nobody expected us to challenge in the first half. The task is to get on the same page and to build for next year. We can do that.

Mark said...

Now that the rider season is over, the conspiracy theory about the whl being against Regina starts in 3,2,1...

Anonymous said...

Rod; I would add Edmonton to the list of games with the inconsistent calls against us. THat flag on Craig Newman was a classic Jake Ireland call.

Anonymous said...

Way too much whining Rod. You're giving Sask fans a bad name with consistent attacks on the CFL and officiating. Coaching should take the blame. Bad 3rd down gamble for no reason and throwing a challenge flag when the replay showed the ball clearly hit the ground on the Ros end zone play? Come on...

Anonymous said...

We all have our opinions but it changes nothing the game is over. On to the next one. Thanks for the great game call again Rod, we're lucky to have you, and if you're a homer, good, that's the way we like it!

Anonymous said...

Orridge and the CFL will not make any decisions/changes until Huff and Wally tell them what and when to make changes.

John Knight said...

One of our coaching problems is that we are not doing what other teams are. Other teams receivers run a route and run into our defender and cry for PI and get it. We have to do the same thing. This PI call is a joke and we are going to lose fans and respect from American viewers and in the long run our league. For heavens sake get rid of the running down defenders, stop calling touching of receivers as PI and get a little flow back in the game

Anonymous said...

You will know the league has it out for the riders next labour day in Winnipeg. Until then relax...

Anonymous said...

It's easy Rider fans, take my advice. Riders win, celebrate it. Riders lose, celebrate Rod's misfortune. It's a win-win situation. Most of these losses are on him anyways.

Anonymous said...

Watching Edmonton/Calgary game, is Calgary that good? Seems they can do no wrong

Pat Hume said...

Hey, Rod. I'm a huge Riders fan..always have been, always will be. But I don't buy into this conspiracy BS. Bad reffing? Absolutely. But it's all over the league. To say the Riders have been targetted takes away from the serious issue of the need for quality officiating in all games. And it makes us (rider fans) look like whiners.

dom said...

Great column rod. I don't know what's worst though as I watch the stamps-Esks game; watching the CFL officials or listening to rod black and Duane Forde call a game. Both are equally brutal. Go riders. In Jones we trust!!

Bill Eng said...

Your call on the Lawrence punt TD was one of the best calls that I have heard in the history of the Riders! That was incredible!!

Anonymous said...

okay i am not a riders fan but and Edmonton fan…the two refs that should not be in our league are Proulx and Bradbury, they ruin our game no matter what teams are playing…it is simply just screwing any team over in games at will.,,they should be lucky to ref high school

Lombo said...

No rushing game...kicker has a brutal game... how do you miss an extra point? No pass rush...yikes. This is a fairly new group and they have 8 games to get their act together for next year... RIDERS!!

Anonymous said...

Holy f#%*! The league and officials are conspiring to have the Riders lose? You cannot be serious. But based on your blog- you are. Mind boggling. How about accepting the premise that perhaps the Riders have an inept team, or at least a team that cannot play well for an entire game?

Here is my suggestion. Let's start an on-line funding request to purchase a significant supply of aluminum foil for the conspiracy theorists to make protective headgear. And we can make an extra large lid for Mr. Pedersen. I will buy the first 100-foot roll.

This is not objective sports journalism; this is the ranting of a play-by-play man.

Mark from the northeast.

Rod Pedersen said...

Who ever said this blog was supposed to be objective sports journalism??

Cuzzinator said...

As much as it pains me to say this (I can't stand Proulx as an official), his crew got that one right. You can see that Cox hooks Dressler's arm as they cross the Rider 53 yard line. That's a penalty. It may have been borderline dpi for some, but it was at least illegal contact with a receiver. I agree that it shouldn't have come to that. If Crapigna makes those 3 kicks, or if DD isn't intercepted at the goal line, that penalty probably means nothing. But the missed kicks and the Int did happen, and the Riders came out on the short end again as a result. I think those moments where the Riders failed to execute had more to do with the loss than that call near the end.

Anonymous said...

Sorry I cant agree with you. This is a horrible team not a bad one.

Anonymous said...

Fair enough. It is your blog. You need not be objective, nor factual for that matter.

I cannot recall to whom the quote is attributed but "Let's not let the facts get in the way of a good story." seems appropriate here.

Mark from the northeast

Rod Pedersen said...

It's for entertainment, and written for a Rider audience.

tskware said...

They can't be that good. They have 2 injured OL. Or maybe the league has conspired to let the Stamps win this year.

Anonymous said...

God god, you would think that some folk have no awareness of professional sports writers working at our major newspapers or the sports networks, all of them on the internet.

As a Rider fanatic, I appreciate what this blog brings to the table in terms of Rider coverage, but it has never presented itself as independent investigative sports journalism. It is a wonderful add on to the fine work undertaken by one of the pro sport's premier play-by-play personalities and host of a first rate sports talk show.

By the way, I must recommend to all a great book: "Over Time My Life as a Sportswriter" by Frank Deford. You will not be disappointed.

Old Hank

tskware said...

Good point Rod. No one ever has claimed you're objective or a journalist. Point well taken.

gary said...

as I wrote a few games ago, bring the blitz more often, put the heat on the qb to make mistakes and cause turnovers which Is what all the other teams are doing. what did we have again, 1 sack doesn,t cut it, o interceptions doesn,t cut it. I see gary etcheverry was in town last week. maybe we should bring him in to run the defense with his aggressive style as chris jones rush 3 defense is not working, pretty obvious to everybody but him. cmon man bring the heat.

Anonymous said...

How the hell do you HOOK A HAND?

Anonymous said...

Blogger Rod Pedersen said...
Who ever said this blog was supposed to be objective sports journalism??


You did! You're the self-proclaimed "voice of the team"

Rod Pedersen said...

Go to the top of the page, read what it says, then come back here and tell me what you saw.

Anonymous said...

I am throughly disgusted with the "lunatic fringe" who simply know nothing about sports and the insdie treachery that happens. Sadly I suspect these same people know little about anything else. Worse yet they get to vote! Probably at least one them hides in the bowels of the Leader Post building. the others are the disgruntled who purchased a sweater of one of their departed favourites (on discount).

When players of other teams are commenting on how disgusting the Cox call was, along with other seriously flawed examples of professional football officiating; you need to take notice. There needs to be a serious and prompt response to this by the team.

The fans showed up in numbers and wanted a win. The team did enough and provided them with a win only to have it taken away. YET despite the facts, there are morons on here who post their tripe about Jones, his staff, and his team. Who the hell are these low life's? Fess up!

The fans came out to the tune of a sell out. The team played well enough to win. An inept Head Office staff took it away due to incompetence. None of them should retain their positions. The fans have stuck with this team, sold out the building and have done their part. Now it's up to the Riders to do their part and make an issue about this garbage. Reynolds and Jones should serve notice on the CFL neither they nor their fans will tolerate their BS. We are owed that much and have it well publicized. I will never attend anything where Orridge is in any way involved. The team should do the right think and cancel his appearance.

Max said...

Hey Rod did you see on tsn that Jock Climie even said that WAS pass interference on Cox,the league is NOT against the Riders ,quit trying to blame others and find excuses for your 1-9 record get over it

Rod Pedersen said...

Since when did Jock Climie become the CFL's V.P. of Officiating?

w said...

Messam, Chick, Dressler. All made great football plays on their way to wins this weekend. But were not good enough, as in also Jonathan Jennings not good enough to be a Rider.

Anonymous said...

And you thought Chambin's ego was out of control.

Anonymous said...

Oh get lost with the Jennings BS! Go have coffee with Brendan Taman and ask him about it sometime.

Yes, Dressler does have a little gas left in his tank, but the Riders have a fine group of up and coming young receivers.

Anonymous said...

Jock Climie forgot more about officiating and football than you will ever know.

Anonymous said...

I have never seen a bigger bunch of whiners in my life. They must be out of tin foil in Regina by now.

Anonymous said...

How was a win taken away when it was a tie at the point of the PA call? How?

Anonymous said...

Yes yes yes! The refs DID NOT cause the loss. DDs pick and Crapgna caused the loss

Anonymous said...

How the hell do you HOOK A HAND?

I believe it's called a handshake. Lol!

Anonymous said...

I'd much rather believe Jock Climie's interpretation of a football play than yours.

Rod Pedersen said...

So Climie says hand-fighting is now allowed and Glen Suitor says it is.

Thanks for the clarification guys.

What a joke.

Anonymous said...

Chris Jones lost us this game-plain and simple. Matador gambling,poor communication with what should be a more competent upstairs staff watching for Pi or contact on every passing play or on Roosevelt muff in the endzone.There is a word for this...It is called "inexperience" .It was all fine when somebody else created the team , gave him the tools to work with, somebody else done the GM position, somebody else was a head coach(except in Edmonton). The Riders and their fans are paying for his inexperience now. These last 8 games should be a real test as going into that beautiful new Mosaic with the amount of uncertainty there is now, is not good at all. What we were lead to believe and what is actual fact is not even close. We shall soon see how mentally tough and physical tough this team actually is. It doesn't look good at all.

Anonymous said...

Yea no questionable calls this season have gone Saskatchewans way... How about the straight arm turned into a face mask vs Edmonton? The difference is good teams play through and still find a way to win. Bad teams fail and blame everyone else. Riders left 7 points on the field on Sunday. Jones wasted two challenges and has been brutal on challenges this season. NFL starts Thursday thankfully!

Anonymous said...

Agreed!

Anonymous said...

Any truth that the earthquake yesterday morning in Yorkton was caused by everyone jumping off the Chris Jones bandwagon.

Anonymous said...

I did not like the Chris Jones signing mostly for what he stood for. Arrogance and the ever present chip on his shoulder. And it's all playing out to miserable results. Like who goes out and signs a washed up lineman with a penchant for racial name calling? How do his values align with that? That's either desperation or stupidity. Yeah Riderville, this is the guy running your team. His era cannot end soon enough. Welcome to your new stadium.

Anonymous said...

A lot of these "part time fans don't get much about anything football related. Firstly the PI on Cox was not PI, there was no infraction whatsoever. The game was won at that point, but taken away. Anyone who understands the game and understands the rules knows it was not an infraction. Climie and Sutor are for the most part morons who know nothing and have done very little. Most people have little respect for the CFL broadcast crew to say the least.

It's ridiculous how the morons try to find insignificant penalties that have gone the Riders way. I won't get into the litany of call that have not not. Get over that BS morons. That was bad call that took away a win plain and simple, and there is NO WAY that it can be justified no matter what your agenda is. CFL players themselves know it no penalty and have said so. They know far more than Climie or Sutor.

It's time the bombshell you hear about the CFL in certain circles is revealed. The Rider fans deserve it. The part time fans can go to hades..

Anonymous said...

Here are my two cents for what its worth:

1) Some have stated that Jones made a poor challenge on the Roosevelt catch in the end zone. Everyone in the stadium, with the exception of those sitting in the south end zone were of the impression it was a TD. Given his vantage point, I, like Jones would have made that challenge as well.

2) Sure there was some arm fighting and Cox may have slightly hooked Dressler's arm. That being said, if that is PI as it was called on the field, the play on Caleb Holly earlier in the game that was challenged should have been PI as well.

It is clear the officiating in this league is sub standard. The problem I have is that not only is the job being done poorly but it is terribly inconsistent. I have watched many football games both live and on TV. I have no idea what constitutes a penalty in certain situations anymore.

I'll keep going back to support the team however as I think they are on the cusp of making that break through. Durant is playing his a#$ off for this team. Both the INT's on Sunday were due to players running the wrong routes. Naaman Roosevelt is a legitimate star and Caleb Holly has shown that he could be something special.

H

mister winnipeg said...

I, for one, love Chris Jones and I hope he stays in Riderville for years to come!

Anonymous said...

Guess what? Was it a poor call? Sure. But welcome to the CFL. How many horrible calls has Calgary been subjected to in 2016? Probably just as many. What's the difference? Calgary doesn't suck and we do.

Bottom line: when you lose you look for any excuse, including the refs. If any ONE of Crapigna's two FGs go in or any one of Durant's INTs don't happen we probably win.

Enough with blaming the refs already! Good teams find a way to win despite the refs. Last I checked, a 1-9 team isn't a very good team. We'd be 0-10 had we not played a 3rd stringer against Ottawa.

Captain Logical

Anonymous said...

How would the game have been won on the INT? We didn't have the lead! You assume we would have kicked a FG in regulation or won in OT.

Craig said...

H, THANK YOU for speaking some common sense. I don’t understand all the haters that are trying to somehow blame Jones for throwing his challenge flags earlier in the game.

Jones is not responsible for the botched DPI call. Both of his challenges were justified. I was at the game and the Roosevelt incompletion looked like a legit TD from just about everywhere in the stadium. Jones would not have had time to watch a slow-mo TSN replay before the next play was whistled in. And the only thing consistent between the non-call PI against Caleb Holley (which should have been overturned when Jones challenged) and the phantom PI on Cox is the color of the team that benefited from them.

It won’t be much consolation to Rider fans, but somebody on that officiating crew has GOT to pay a price for this game. Yes, the Riders made their share of mistakes (as did the Bombers), but they busted their a$$es out there when it truly mattered. Cox’s interception with the game on the line was clutch. The players, coaches, province, and fans around the league were robbed of what should have been an overtime classic, the last one ever at Taylor Field. And that really is a shame.

Anonymous said...

Chris Jones called those challenges because he believed his players and had their back. Whether or not it was the right call - he called it.

Those 3rd down gambles that failed - IF they would of been successfully executed - would of been called brilliant and would of instilled confidence and momentum. But they didn't due to mistakes - watch the game again. Bartel provided a brutal effort to block. Our receivers need to learn how to block better but are doing not bad, what has Holley played 3-4 games now? Thank god for Bagg, he has been playing awesome, blocking- catching everything. And yes Crappy had a bad day - but I think up until this point he has been brilliant. Best kicker since McCallum and Ridgeway in my opinion wearing green.

Durant's one sack was because of an O-lineman standing still, one interception was #9 not recognizing the blitz and to change the play and 9 also had a penalty calling back a big running play. How many plays were called back due to penalties - and yes I shuttered when I seen who was our ref was. Of course the CFL had Prouix officiate this game - surprised? LOTS of rookie mistakes and lots of poor calls from the officials. I watched the Cats and Argo's and they had some poor calls made too.

We played the best defense in the league and if it wasn't for 4 errors we would of racked up 40 points. It has taken Ritchie Hall over 20 games to get his defense rolling. 2 & 3 years ago he had THE best defense in the league, and 3 Grey Cups to his resume. (can u tell I am a big fan of Hall, D-coach and player) And honestly do you think the TSN panel would say anything against the Bombers - former Bomber and TSN panel - LaPolice and - Milt Steagal? (PS I have always liked LaPolice, he took the Riders on a great run 2007 - 2009) At least Suitor grew a pair for a couple of comments.

Did you see Durant crank that guy! Did you see our Olineman come in right after, did you not see DD run his heart out on many plays - Bagg just grinding - did you NOT see the desire in all these boys! IT will come - look at the stats!

As far as the CFL against the Riders- all we can do is Support our boys, and the Riders - go out and play good football - F(&*)^ the league officials. The best way to respond is play good football and start winning.

Bonnie




Anonymous said...

Wow. 90% of you jackasses are the reason no sports teams listen to the fan base when it comes to decisions, especially the tough ones. Do y'all understand rebuilding and why it happens? It is not immediate and it's in large part to the futility of the previous administration. It all takes a bit of time, and patience. Yet everyone is clamoring for the glory days of 2015.

Let's use our other team as point of reference. The disgrace that was the Pats franchise for a decade under you know who was on the brink of implosion. But alas, new regime. Did they immediately turn the corner? No(ish), but strides were made even though it didn't result in a championship. And now the franchise has it's feet under them, look out. They will be a contender for sometime.

Difference with the Riders is it's a pro team, takes a little more time, effort and money. THIS regime is absolutely the right group. (I've been watching for 40+years)

If you can't see what the young talent is doing here, in spite of the abysmal record, you don't really understand the game, you merely understand what makes you happy. Sacrifice this year, huge gains next and we will be in the next GC game we host in the new stadium. Effin chill out and watch the growth, and results. Enough sky is falling. The sky is still blue today.

Roddy, it's frustrating to read this crap some days. IJ.

Anonymous said...

So true. This team will take time. It's ugly that's for sure and Jones has made mistakes. If we are 1-9 in 2017 or worse yet 1-9 in 2018, then it's time to panic. You can't do a roster tear down of 75% and turn this around in a year!

Anonymous said...

How soon you forget that the Riders one win this year was due to an officiating error (no PI call on an obvious PI, and Redblacks didn't have a challenge left). Had the officials got that one right, the Redblacks would have been in field goal range and won that game.

These things have a way of evening themselves out over time, Riders got one they shouldn't have, and now they had one taken from them.

Anonymous said...

The challenge on the TD was terrible. While I agree from 25 rows up and 6 beers into your day it looked like a TD the replay was clear and the coaches are watching the replay both upstairs and on the sideline on the tablets. It was pretty clear and it cripples them at the end in a close game. |If anything it showed Chris Jones didn't have alot of faith in his team to come back and he was willing to roll the dice on a very shaky challenge hoping the bad officiating everyone is whining about would botch it for him on the replay challenge.

Anonymous said...

Um this is a nine-team league. Six teams make the playoffs. Four teams host playoff games. You NEVER rebuild (or do like Jones and blow it up), you retool. The record is on him. He picked the players. He is the head coach and is ultimately responsible for the game/play calling (though he may not make them but his staff report to him and, wait for it, he picked the staff). The facts speak for themselves. Chick. Dressler. Hmm. And don't forget Mitchell being brought in. Yes the team sucked last year but Jones ripped out the heart of the team.

Mark from the northeast.

polkabill504 said...

Great job Rod for providing fans the the fuel and platform in which to vent. I have to agree wholeheartedly with the prior post(Mark from the northeast) as this is on Jones but not him alone. Reynolds(another rookie) hires Jones to run the whole ship and equally shares in this debacle. I wonder if Hopson would have done the same thing. I highly doubt it as someone has to have some experience in this club to steer it the right way. It is a comedy of errors and thanks to you for trying to lay blame elsewhere .It does take away from the serious matter at hand and fans can display their anger at someone else.One question I would like asked if that may be possible.Please ask Jones "Where do you think the rebuild is at that in terms of having a team that you think is capable of competing?Is is 1-2-3 years away? If that is true you and John Lynch could have done the same!!! Thanks again for the awesome blog. Sick in the Peg.. Polkabill

Anonymous said...

Chris Jones should not of had to use a challenge on the #82's touchdown, since it was a scoring play it should of automatically been reviewed and confirmed.

Anonymous said...

It was not a scoring play...If the ref had called it a RD (making it a scoring play) it would have been reviewed and overturned. The refs got it right, which is what all the fans are calling for this week...