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Monday, September 12, 2016

THE MONDAY MORNING GOALIE


11 LATE HITS

1 - WILLY FREED AND GLENN AGAIN: The Canadian Football League was flipped on its ear late-Sunday afternoon when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced they'd made a pair of trades involving quarterbacks for the stretch run.  The details of the trades are in the post below but the principles of the trade were Drew Willy being shipped from Winnipeg to Toronto, and Kevin Glenn leaving Montreal to join the Blue Bombers.

Backing up a little bit, the murmur of a trade involving Drew Willy was circulating through Investors Group Field in Winnipeg a few hours prior to Saturday's Banjo Bowl.  It was first mentioned on the Bomber pregame show on 680 CJOB when I joined Bomber broadcasters Bob Irving and Doug Brown and they'd mentioned Toronto had been after Willy for weeks but Bomber GM Kyle Walters was unhappy with what Argos GM Jim Barker was offering.

About a half hour before kickoff, TSN's Rod Black popped into our Rider Radio broadcast booth and mentioned, "It looks like the Willy trade's going to happen".  It took 24 hours, but Black was correct.

The prevailing notion in BomberLand was that it's all well and good for them to dump Drew Willy, but if Winnipeg's going to make a run in the CFL's West Division this year, they'd need to have a quality quarterback tandem involving starter Matt Nichols.  Kyle Walters covered his butt in that regard, pulling off the trade with Montreal to add the CFL's best insurance policy in Kevin Glenn.

Will Winnipeg challenge the Calgary Stampeders for the 2016 West Division title?  Who knows, but they feel they're in a better position today.  However the 8-3 B.C. Lions will be heard from in the end as well.

I feel it's Calgary's Grey Cup to lose and therefore it's not a bad season for the Riders to have a downturn.  In the words of Ricky Bobby, "If you're not first, you're last".

I should mention that it's not a "Grey Cup or Bust" attitude in Winnipeg this year.  According to "Knuckles" Irving and Doug Brown, they'd all be content to host a home playoff game in Winnipeg and prove they're on the right track for the immediate years ahead.

And an aside, we were treated like absolute gold in Winnipeg.  GOLD.

Winnipeg gets it.

2 - WHAT ARE THE ODDS: The oddsmakers had the Bombers favoured by 7-points for the Banjo Bowl and they won 17-10.  They were favoured by 3.5-points in the Labour Day Classic and they beat the Riders 28-25.  I may go with the odds the rest of the way when making my picks.

3 - SO DARIAN STAYS: Rider fans scoffed at the notion that quarterback Darian Durant could be moved to Toronto as a "rental player" given the fact he's scheduled to become a free agent in February.  Perhaps the idea was preposterous - especially since it never initiated from within the Riders - but the speculation seemed fair since Saskatchewan shipped Kevin Glenn to Montreal at last year's trade deadline and he immediately became the Alouettes' starter.

But with the 2016 season having gotten away from the Roughriders (they're 1-10 following Saturday's 17-10 loss in the Banjo Bowl), there's plenty of talk about Durant's future.  The 11-year veteran has addressed the situation twice in the past week and on both occasions he said he wants to finish his career in Green and White even if he plays for another seven or eight years.

He wants to open the new stadium.  And he should.

But this consternation will continue until Roughriders GM & Head Coach Chris Jones actually opens contract talks with Durant and that could very well wait until season's end.

There's no doubt Durant has some anxiety about it.  "This is my home," Durant told the Leader Post's Ian Hamilton after Saturday's game, even if he's privately wondered what his future holds if it's not in the 306.

I'll suggest the following to all of you today, just as I did to Darian last week: What indication has Chris Jones given to any of us that Durant is not his guy?

None that I can see.

Sure he got Durant to agree to a $50,000 paycut last winter but Jones made it a priority to drive from Tennessee to Darian's home in Atlanta to offer the deal face-to-face rather than an impersonal phone call.  At every turn over the past nine months Jones has said, "Darian's our quarterback" and whenever he's been healthy, Durant's been the starter.  There has been no challenge for the #1 position.

Another trump card up Durant's sleeve is the backlash Jones and Company received when they cut loose Weston Dressler, John Chick and Chris Getzlaf in the off-season.

It's unlikely Jones cares to make the same mistake twice - that's even if he feels those moves were a mistake - and I'm willing to bet any money that Durant is back with the Roughriders in 2017 and beyond.

4 - BUT AT WHAT PRICE?: The offshoot of the pending Durant negotiations is what Jones will be willing to offer Durant financially in a multi-year deal.  There's no question the Riders are going to have salary cap issues in 2016 and these things tend to carry over year over year.  Durant's reportedly earning $450,000 in 2016 and one has to wonder if Jones will offer him a more-significant paycut.

Durant's never told me this but those close to him have hinted that Darian feels he owes the Riders quite a bit after missing half of the 2014 season and all of 2015, all-the-while still pulling down the highest wage in the history of the franchise.

That's just the kind of guy Darian Durant is and it wouldn't surprise me if that story is true.

5 - ON TO THE ROUGHRIDERS: I had to wait a good 36 hours after the Banjo Bowl to pen this column because my mood coming out of that game was pretty glum.  They should've won the Labour Day Classic - and everybody in the CFL knows it - and they were in good position to capture the Banjo Bowl until they inflicted multiple fatal blows over the final 16 minutes to give the game away.  It was their seventh consecutive loss, their longest since ... since ... last year.

As it was, they were swept by the contending Blue Bombers in a pair of games where the margin of defeat was just 10 points.  They were right there, but it again signalled their inexperience and lack of cohesion.

But ...

"Anybody can see how much better they're getting lately," said my Mom on Sunday, a long-time Roughriders season ticket holder, and a real sharp gal.

In The Huddle co-host Marshall Hamilton said on television last week, "This might be the best 1-9 team in CFL history".

It's so true.  Travelling to Winnipeg with the team on Friday, I was struck by the notion of, "This does not feel like a 1-9 club".  They are surprisingly upbeat, ever-smiling, and forming the bonds that you'd hope they would halfway through a rebuild season.

Players I'd never even heard of before this season were needling me about my suit selection or music choice (Ian Tyson was playing on my Ipod).  They've all got a twinkle in their eye, unlike a year ago when the pilot light had gone out for all of the Rider players.  They're going to get some wins down the stretch and they dearly don't want to go into the record books as the worst team in franchise history.

Last year Rider fans checked out on their team and I didn't blame them.  They didn't miss much either over the second half.

But with this bunch, if you're not watching the games, you're going to miss a lot.

Right now the Saskatchewan Roughriders are "Little Brother" and as such, are taking their lumps from their older brethren across the CFL.

But one day Little Brother grows up and starts to administer the beatings.  The question is, how long will that take?

Jones in the Banjo Bowl
6 - ON JONES: In the hours immediately following Saturday's loss, some segments of the Rider Nation were turning on Chris Jones.  I listened to the Rider Roundtable on 620 CKRM on the team bus (and by the way if you're not listening to the analysis of Paul Woldu and Mike McCullough on Rider Radio, you've got rocks in your head).

Anyway, the callers thought the fake on the field goal with 4:44 remaining, facing 3rd-and-2 at the Winnipeg 50 and trailing 17-10, was ill-timed.  To me it was simply ill-executed.  Had back-up QB Brandon Bridge converted, Jones would be lauded as a hero.  Who knows what initially tipped the Bombers off but the mere presence of Bridge as the Riders' holder likely got their spider senses tingling.  That was a brand new look.

Jones was further flamed for challenging a potential Roughing The Passer call on Darian Durant in the fourth quarter but I have yet to get a good look at the play again so I'll reserve comment.  However the fans felt there was nothing wrong with the tackle and Jones was displaying some cracks in his decision-making.

And then Jones got even more criticized for reportedly skipping the postgame handshake with Winnipeg Head Coach Mike O'Shea at the end of the Banjo Bowl.  He was likely still seething at the Durant non-call from the Command Centre and really I could care less about the handshake.  I've seen WHL coaches do the same thing at the end of heated playoff series, but they've gone on to land their dream jobs in the NHL.  Their fans didn't cry afoul, and it didn't affect their rep.

At this point it's just nitpicking and this has always been Jones' MO.  What did you think you were getting when he came to Saskatchewan?

When the team's winning, and they're strong enough to execute fakes like this, no one's going to care about Jones's antics.

7 - HOW DO YOU KEEP THIS TEAM TOGETHER?: Building a championship CFL team seems harder than ever before whatwith the shorter contracts for players and the lack of loyalty.  That's no slight on the players by the way, because loyalty from the clubs seems to be at an all-time low as well.

However Chris Jones has methodically gone about constructing this Roughriders team and hand-picked the players of his liking.  It's no secret; a large number of these players have come from checkered backgrounds and at times, they seem like a pack of rabid dogs.  Jones likes them hungry.

Exhibit A: Rookie defensive end Jonathan Newsome.

"A lot of guys in this locker room, we're all different guys but are cut from the same cloth," Newsome, who led the NFL's Indianapolis Colts in sacks in 2014, told me last week.  "We've all been through stuff.  We've all had to battle some type of adversity.  I actually told this in a team meeting, I stood up and said, 'In a room full of guys that overcome and beat the odds, 1-9 really is nothing in the bigger scheme of life.

"We've been through worse stuff that we've had to overcome.  So a 1-9 record, where we know it's not the effort or preparation, it's just about staying faithful and believing."

Newsome sacking Peyton Manning, and with the Riders
8 - MORE ON NEWSOME: The interview with Newsome was one of the deepest I've done with a Roughriders player in a good many years.  It got a lot of reaction on social media, and it's worth detailing here today.  Here are some of Newsome's comments:

ON PLAYING IN SASKATCHEWAN

JN: Canada man, it's awesome.  It's freedom to me.  The lifestyle up here is way more free.  People accept you for who you are.  I can just be a football player and people love me for that.  I love them for coming out and supporting what I love to do.

Just this side of the world is way different from where I come from (Cleveland, OH).  Being down there and being profiled all the time, I just don't get that stuff up here.  Having to look over my shoulder all the time ... I love it up here man.

ON THE PLAYERS' TOUR OF NEW MOSAIC STADIUM

JN: It's one of the best stadiums I've ever seen and I've been to a lot of big stadiums: Dallas, Indianapolis, Seattle, Denver, Ohio State, but this is one of the best stadiums I ever saw.  When I was walking through there, I just thought it was a blessing to be a part of this.  It's a big thing to be a part of something like this, where the whole community chipped in to build it, and Riderville, and I thought 'Man we gotta win'.  You can't have all this nice stuff and not be winning.  We gotta win.

I wanna be a part of this.  I already told them, I'm fully committed.  I wanna make plays and get to the point where I can have me a picture on the wall there or something.  Be a part of it forever.  That's my goal is to just lock in and I can't wait to play in that stadium next year.

** It should be noted that on Labour Day Classic weekend, a down-on-their-luck Regina family was in the Rider ticket office hoping to purchase tickets to the big game.  To their dismay, the tickets were simply too expensive.  They were heartbroken.

Jonathan Newsome happened to be walking through the ticket office at the very same time.  Witnessing the situation first hand, Newsome pulled out his wallet and plopped down enough money to buy tickets for the family at $100 each.

The family was in tears with gratitude.

9 - NO ORRIDGE, NO PROBLEM: It's true; the Roughriders have the CFL's worst record but they're still the league's most-talked about team.  Last week's story that Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge will bow out of attending this Friday's Plaza of Honor induction ceremony at Evraz Place made headlines from coast-to-coast.

However, it really isn't that big of a story.  Would NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell be the featured speaker at a New England Patriots banquet in Boston?  Not on your life.  This really isn't a lot different.

The whole situation has pretty much blown over and hopefully so too have any hard feelings between the Roughriders and CFL headquarters.  I'm told Orridge isn't my biggest fan but over the past few MMG columns, I'd be shocked if he was.  He lost my support with his statement, "The recent conduct, behaviour and activities of the Saskatchewan Roughriders have compromised the reputation of the CFL" when he announced the fines for Roster-Gate but that's my beef, not the Riders'.

Personally I think Glen Suitor would make a wonderful Commissioner of the CFL.

The Riders could be hearing from the league office again this week after Kendial Lawrence's postgame comment to the Leader Post on Saturday where he said, "I kind of feel like the refs have it out for us".

When I floated the notion of a conspiracy after the Calgary game in mid-August, I didn't pull it out of mid air.

Many have asked me what it will take for Chris Jones to get on the good side of Jeffrey Orridge and Glen Johnson and my answer is simply that they need to become a dominant enough team to overcome bad calls.

That's the only way.  Otherwise, Jones isn't going to kiss anybody's ass.

10 - ON THE GREY CUP HALFTIME: I'm  five days late on this but thought I'd take this opportunity to post my thoughts on OneRepublic playing the halftime show of the 2016 Grey Cup in Toronto.  Flatly, I'm against it.  Every year I maintain that the Grey Cup halftime act should be Canadian but OneRepublic hails from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

This isn't meant to be a slam at the decision-makers with the CFL.  Is OneRepublic a wonderfully talented group?  Absolutely.  But it's the Canadian Football League and therefore, I feel, the Grey Cup halftime show should be used as a platform to advance Canadian performers.  Otherwise we're saying Canadian acts just aren't good enough and I heard from quite a few on Facebook who thanked me for my stance.

You may be shocked to know that I'm always surprised when people don't agree with me but 49% of respondents in my Twitter poll did.  One Regina marketing executive said the CFL should get the best big-name act it can afford, even if it's American.

I simply don't agree.

And I can only hope that Drake, The Weeknd and performers of that ilk were approached but simply weren't available on Grey Cup Sunday.

But I doubt it.

11 - IT'S PLAZA WEEKEND: That's one thing to get excited about despite the Roughriders' dismal record.  This Friday the Roughriders will honour franchise greats Matt Dominguez and Ivan Gutfriend at the induction ceremony at the Credit Union Eventplex.  I'll be the emcee for the much smaller annual Plaza luncheon on Friday where we'll hear from the inductees plus Rider President Craig Reynolds.

We'll go over some plaza memories on the SportsCage today on 620 CKRM with Rider Hall of Famers Dan Rashovich and Scott Schultz.

Rashovich, by the way, won $101,688 in the 50/50 at Saturday's Banjo Bowl.  He's splitting the pot with fellow Rider alumni Jeff Tretlin.  It couldn't have happened to two better guys.

Ivan Gutfriend will join us live on In The Huddle on Tuesday evening on Access and on Wednesday on Shaw.

You can get tickets for the 2016 Plaza of Honor induction celebration at the Rider ticket office or by calling 1-888-4-RIDERS.

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THAT'S IT! SEE YOU ON THE RADIO AT 4:00 PM
RP
@rodpedersen

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

Roddy, why don't you have a pic of Newsome making a sack in the CFL??
Maybe the photographer missed the pic of his ONE sack.

George Porge said...

There is a reason people are calling the field goal fake attempt "ill-timed", Rod. It is actually the *same* reason you call it (and every failed "gutsy" attempt) "ill executed". These are low-percentage plays. They are called "gutsy" because they are incredibly risky, and they fail more often than they succeed - often with costly results.

We seem to hear the pundits always talk about "if that attempt was successful, he would be called brilliant". I guess the same thing could be said about a person that blows their entire paycheque on 6/49 tickets - "if they win, they would be called brilliant". Yeah, sure, and they'd be rich. But that still doesn't make the idea of actually doing it any less boneheaded.

Anonymous said...

They should have got Ian Tyson for the halftime show!

Anonymous said...

Okay say as you wish Rod but your comparing WHL coaches to a professional league coach...Jones has not shaken hands with numerous coaches this year and with winning or losing it doesn't matter because it is always something that should happen showing respect for one another on a good battle and respect for the game itself. Before you respond also you should realize kids are seeing this and should not be learning that these actions are proper in anyway...very unclassy and makes the organization look very bad for sportsmanship.

Parkside said...

Newsome sounds like a class act. Very nice gesture to that family.

JackD83 said...

To 'win with class' you need to shake hands after the game win or loose.

George Porge said...

On Chris Jones' lack of handshake at the end of games - you say "When the team's winning...no one's going to care about Jones's antics."

You might be wrong there, Rod. Even last year in Edmonton, there were plenty of Eskimo fans who were embarrassed at Jones' lack of sportsmanship. It actually got to the point where Ed Hervey had to tell Jones to start shaking hands at the end of games (notice he did in the later half of the season). It appears that Jones figures he can just be his old self on his new team, because his new bosses aren't nearly as concerned with these types of optics. It's a shame, really.

Most CFL fans picked up the irony in Jones' "win with some class" comment directed at Dave Dickenson earlier this season (probably the only reason he actually went to shake Dickenson's hand). Jones has much more to learn than to teach when it comes to showing basic class and sportsmanship. It would say a lot about the classiness of Rider fans as a whole if you all suddenly start turning a blind eye to his post-game actions when you start competing again.

That you, personally, dismiss his actions with excuses of "other coaches do this" (even pointing to an entirely different league for justification) says a lot about yourself, Rod.

Anonymous said...

I was excited when Jones was hired but thought he got to much power. Now I am sure he did and am disappointed in the way he represents the organization. Strikes me as Belichek lite.
Dave

Anonymous said...

So the family shows up with no money and expects to get in? ha, hey - no ticky no laundry that's how it goes.

End of the day Chris Jones and I said this he isn't lasting 2 years. Nobody will trade with him, the team is a mess and the patience will run out. Now the fans dictate who stays and who goes.

Chris, you got your money, good on you and they were dumb enough to pay it.

Anonymous said...

You might want to take your own advice Coach and "Win...er...Lose with some class" !!

Anonymous said...

Rod's mandate on this this blog is to get 'em talkin'. That's his entire concept. Get the traffic going, play the foil and rile them up. End of the day you have a 1-10 football team going nowhere fast.

trevorcook said...

The fake FG was completely stupid. Here's why.

1) It was 3rd and relatively short. You may as well just line up and go for it on an actual play. A fake FG only works if the defense isn't expecting it, and that brings us to ...
2) Literally nobody believes you're sending out Crapigna to go for a 56 yard FG, especially when ...
3) It's pretty late in a game that you're *losing by 7*

if they were losing by 3, if they were only 40 yards away... fine. But absolutely nobody bought that. It didn't have a chance.

Anonymous said...

Grey Cup 2017 in Ottawa....Canada's 150th year ....American band??

Anonymous said...

Who cares about all of this garble? Why don't most of you "CHILDREN" grow up on here and talk about what this Blog is all about ...."FOOTBALL". To hell with how they are being coached, why not concentrate on each of the players as individuals and see if we can come up with some better solutions. Rod says one little thing about coaching or management and most of the "CHILDREN" are all over it. Let's Talk Football and make some sense.

CM said...

Newsome seems like a nice guy. I just don't understand why he isn't dominating up here. The guy was AFC defensive player of the week one week. Until the Dline can pressure a QB and the oline can pass block and get a yard on a sneak, they will keep losing close games.

Anonymous said...

Even at 1 - 10, Jones still thinks he's above everyone else. It's really sad Rod that you think not shaking hands is OK, since you've seen WHL coaches do the same. So, that makes his actions ok? This is a professional league Rod, on national TV. Completely different.
Seems to me that while he was an Eskimo coach, people in Saskatchewan thought it was very unprofessional when he didn't shake hands, now it's OK ? Strange !!

Anonymous said...

I could care less about handshakes at the end of the game BUT if any other coach did it this board would be filled with comments about how bush league it is.

JackD83 said...

June 15, 2015

SPRUCE GROVE ­— Edmonton Eskimos coach Chris Jones put his best hand forward Saturday night at the end of his team’s pre-season victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

At the conclusion of the 31-24 win in Fort McMurray, Jones approached Riders coach Corey Chamblin and extended his hand for a handshake. It was a notable gesture for a coach who was criticized last season for his refusal to participate in the traditional post-game nicety.

At the end of a lengthy post-practice meeting Monday with Eskimos general manager Ed Hervey, Jones was asked if that will be the norm this year.

“Is that news?” Jones asked.

Yeah, coach, it is.

For the record, Jones will be shaking hands with opposing coaches for the rest of the season.


In his first year as the Esks head coach, Jones offended some with his refusal to shake hands. He said at the time that he felt it wasn’t genuine.

“If we win … what can I say to help that guy?” Jones told the Journal in August 2014, when first asked about his handshake policy. “He’s only doing it because he has to. Or he thinks he has to.

“If they happen to win, they have nothing that they can say that I want to hear.”

Jones’ decision last year didn’t go unnoticed. After Calgary Stampeders GM and head coach John Hufnagel beat Jones for the coach of the year award in January, he first praised Jones for the success he had on the field, turning a 4-14 team into a 12-6 one.

Hufnagel then joked that he’d come down and shake his hand, but chose instead to just stay up on the stage and wave, the way Jones acknowledged other coaches last year.

Jones said Monday it was never his intention to bring negative attention to the Eskimos organization and that if shaking hands post-game was the solution, he’d do it.

coleary@edmontonjournal.com

Twitter.com/olearychris

Anonymous said...

The couch cowboys aka "moron trolls" have lots to say considering their greatest athletic accomplishment is trying to see their feet, and maybe something else. They are far too stupid to understand what this team has gone through but ignorance is bliss. There are plenty blissful people out there.

- having Maurice Price retire before playing a game
- having Chiles leave for reasons nobody knows (nobody has picked him up - reason you bet)
- having Lemon cry like a baby and want out
- having Sewell decide to retire rather than leave TO
- having Best and Labatte gone all season (half our o-line)
- having more significant injuries than any team in the league
- losing Moore out long snapper may have cost us the Labour day game.

Price, Chiles, Roosevelt and Holley would have been an imposing receiving corps. Having an O-line that could actually give DD some time would have been huge. No the the assholes who post crap never mention what has really been happening. Jones never cries about injuries but how can you compete with what's happened. In spite of all of that except for a brain cramp here and there and a few breaks, this is easily a 5-6 team if not better.

Jones unlike the boot lickers doesn't have anything to apologize for and won't. He was on the right road until some crap happened.

Lets not forget that for the last three years they wanted fire O'Shea or Walter, and sometimes both. Hall's defence was criticized unmercifully last year. It was also criticized here unmercifully. Now he's a guru??? What a bunch of BS. Winnipeg had to get past the Taman destruction era and go through some lean years and now they are starting to get a bit better. We have had to go through the same thing and what makes us any better than what they had to endure in Winnipeg. Just a couple years ago they were wearing bags on their heads in Winnipeg. TIME TO GET "REAL" TROLLS..

Jones had to bring in a bunch of young guys to see who could play and who couldn't. He also said before the season started that this would be a tough one. The idiots seem to think we should be leading the league. Really.. Some of them will stay and others will be cut loose.

The ex-Riders have played just Ok with their new teams but are not the reason they are winning… Roosevelt has more yards than Dressler, Smith or Getzlaff so please stop with that horse s__t already. Holley will be better than Roosevelt.

This team is in good hands and will evolve very quickly….

Anonymous said...

McCullough and Woldu are solid. Wayyyyyy better than Belton Johnson!

Also refreshing to hear Scruffy instead of Ballsy as well. Can that trend continue?

Sally Sasky said...

I like it better when opposing coaches and players give warm hugs to those on the winning team.

Russell Cone said...

Rod,

I agree with you to a point about Halftime.

At the Grey Cup in Toronto, they booked THE Canadian Act in Justin Beiber. He got a million dollars to perform. That's all he did because he lip synced his whole performance. Imagine Dragons (2014) and Fall-Out Boy (2015) certainly did not.

There are only SO many Canadian acts and only a few of them good enough to play halftime at Grey Cup, advertisers pay money for a good act so they get eyes for their commercials.

They've had Blue Rodeo and BTO. I'm not sure they are good enough for that time of performance.

But Hedley, Hip, Nickelback, Shania Twain, Drake, etc would certainly fit that bill. But after that, how many others?


Go Riders.



Russ from Saskatoon

Anonymous said...

It was a pleasure to watch NFL this weekend a lot less flags thrown, I was switching between the Tor-Ham game and the Giants-Cowboys. We gotta get back to playing football and not throwing so damn many flags. I've been a CFL first fan for 63 years but am changing my view

George Porge said...

"To hell with how they are being coached, why not concentrate on each of the players as individuals and see if we can come up with some better solutions."

We ARE talking football. You know, the ultimate team game. Having talented individual players on a team is only going to get you so far in the CFL. A team still needs to be coached effectively and work well as a team.

Anonymous said...

One thing for sure in 2016, all the Rider homes games have been blessed with fine weather and Sunday's mid-20's temp is perfect for a home game in September against the Eskimos.

Anonymous said...

Well Rod you are a bit of a knob sometimes as I'm sure you'll admit. No wonder the commish isn't a fan of yours. Maybe he'll show up at the practice field and hang out with your people just to piss you off. Actually you'd probably love that, great fodder for the following weeks' show.

Glen Johnson should have his position terminated immediately in my opinion. It's beyond fathom that someone would deliberately ruin a great tradition like the CFL just because he wants the top job for himself. Despicable.


Gunderson's Yorkton

Anonymous said...

Really Russ? Have you seen the many talented acts calling Canada home. Did you see the CCMA's this weekend?

Anonymous said...

Corb Lund would have the whole Grey Cup crowd pushing trucks out of the mud.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rod,

Speaking of post game show. It used to be published to iTunes with your sportscage podcast, but it isn't this year. Do you know if it's published anywhere else. Cheers.

Travis

Anonymous said...

Jim Hopson should replace Glen Johnson immediately.

Gunderson's Canora

Clayton Boyer said...

As a Rider fan, I know some things are certain:
a) It's all Darian's fault, all the time.
b) Fans always know more than the coaches.
c) Our unproven #2 QB is always the answer.
d) The Grey Cup halftime show artist is always the wrong choice.

@mrt_man said...

BRAVO!

Anonymous said...

9 year old fan has beer dumped on his head at Banjo Bowl because he is wearing Rider Green.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/banjo-bowl-fan-beer-son-1.3758916

Anonymous said...

I think that Jones ought to volunteer to take a significant pay cut because he didn't deliver and made far too many errors. Do you agree????????? Perhaps the General Manager should start by talking to the Coach about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hear ! Hear ! Thank you for your post. Finally a person with common sense.

Lyle Pederson said...

I see a coach who will not compromise on building a winner. We may go through 150 players ... passing on the average. I think the plan was to not disrupt the O line and QB ... the key to offense ... to give a chance while the D will take a lot of patience. Didn't work because we lost the O line heart and some D line hopefuls. So ... those who say "winning is the ONLY thing" need to understand that that objective is there and to get there you sacrifice horrible growing pains while wholesale changing players to find winners. (I don't think shaking hands is in that 'only') 'Fire the coach'? Coach Lancaster did a similar rebuild ... 2-16 for two years and gone. Eventually the rebuild paid off and a different coach was the hero.

B. Frank said...

Watching some of the NFL games this past weekend, it appears that there are a lot of fans going to the stadiums these days dressed as empty seats! Much like the CFL's BC Lions fans...

Anonymous said...

The Anon calling everyone trolls that posted this "" This team is in good hands and will evolve very quickly"" simply can not count. The team is sitting at 1-10 and will probably have the worst season in the history of the Riders. He has given every excuse as to why they are losing and no information on how they will win. Other than they are in good hands. That BS about Injuries is old. Calgary had their Oline decimated and they haven't missed a beat. Lemon is playing fantastic in Toronto and Chick is having an all star year in Hamilton. Jones Released receiver Clarence Denmark has become Winnipeg's best receiver. Hamilton has picked up Jon Chiles. So using Dressler as the only Ex Rider as having an OK season shows your ignorance to the whole situation. Nice try with all your name calling and miss direction. You say everybody else besides you has no idea what football is all about. I would suggest that you minimal amount of information combined with all of your excuses and miss direction is a good reason why many fans have had enough. There is no accountability on this team.
This team is not in good hands. In fact it is in the hands of Arogance and the rest of the league will continue to kick this dog while its down.
The best way to describe what has happened to this team is the organization seems to be ill. There is a sickness and it seems to be terminal.

Broken hearted fan

Daryl Pratt said...

What an ignorant thing to say about a guy that did such a good deed !!!! Sometimes it's not just about stats bud !

Mr. Happy said...

Take a happy pill before bed tonight dear 'Broken hearted fan', better days to come in the years ahead. The rebuild is moving forward with or without you. Support your team's players in their current struggles and be there when success comes our way in Rider Nation (where there was once elation only three short years ago). Be glad you are not living in Cleveland and a Brown's fan...

Anonymous said...

post-game, and all gameday audio can be found on itunes by subscribing to 'Rider Radio'. Different feed from SportsCage.

Anonymous said...

Nah. He'd hire Ken Miller as the head official and when the screw ups happen Ken will come out and say "the men reffed hard".


Gunderson's Gorlitz

Anonymous said...

McCullough said during Saturday's phone-in show it won't be much better next year.

Anonymous said...

Former Rider linebacker Mike McCullough says I can't help but put this one right at the feet of Chris Jones.

Lyle Pederson said...

Thanks Daryl. But we need to empathize with those who suffer inability to empathize.

Anonymous said...

No.

Anonymous said...

"In Jones We Trust"

Anonymous said...

Anon. Don't get me wrong, there are MANY, MANY, MANY talented acts in Canada.

But those that would have the draw to headline the halftime show at Grey Cup are very few. Remember it's advertiser driven. They need eyes to spend that money for the show.

Dean Brody performed before the Grey Cup last year, fantastic act but not enough of a draw for Grey Cup Halftime. No one outside of Saskatchewan and rabid country music fans will know who Jess Moskaluke is.



Russ from Saskatoon

w said...

Tell me I'm wrong, but aren't there 10 pages in Jones' contract just to sign his ego?