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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

RIDERS BACK TO WORK



The Saskatchewan Roughriders returned from their bye week for Day 1 of their Week 5 schedule on Tuesday. Here are some notes:

- We have our first Spy-Gate scandal of 2017. In advance of Saturday's Roughriders-Stampeders clash in Calgary, Stamps coach Dave Dickenson told CHQR AM 770 Radio in Calgary that his club will be closing practice this week.

- The Riders' Chris Jones snickered and said his team is doing the same thing, closing Thursday's Day 3 practice. Moving forward, the Riders will close one practice per week on either Day 2 or 3.

- Jones said information got out to Ottawa last year and the same thing happened two weeks ago versus Hamilton. The Rider boss said he has no idea who's leaking the classified info (fans, media, spies, etc.) but this policy should shut it down entirely.

- My question is: What does Dickenson know about the Riders - or vice versa - which would lead to closed practices?

- Regarding only closing one day, Jones said the CFL isn't like the NFL (who closes every practice) because we're a "fan league" and need to open the doors to fans who enjoy watching their team midweek in the summer.

- Jones got tongues wagging - unintentionally I'm guessing - when he said, "We had more fans in the stands today than Toronto gets out to their games".

- Dave Dickenson got people scratching their heads when he told CHQR Radio on Monday, "I really believe (the Riders) were pretty good except for QB play last year".

- There was a new face on Day 1. Star CB A.J. Jefferson has been added to the practice roster and wore #20. The Fresno product was cut by Ottawa last week and said the move caught him off-guard. However he feels he can add a lot to the Riders. He didn't do much during the workout but Jones said they'd learn more during one-on-ones after practice.

- Jones also said Kevin Glenn has "absolutely" had a Hall of Fame career.

- Former Stampeder Derek Dennis - the prized Rider free agent signing at Left Tackle - said he's incredibly excited for Saturday's game. He said Stampeder fans turned on him immediately once he signed in Saskatchewan this winter and he expects a rude welcoming at McMahon Stadium.

- Dennis also said there's lots of bad blood between the two teams and a lot has to do with Stamps QB Bo-Levi Mitchell "ratting" the Riders out for Roster-Gate last year. He said his Rider teammates haven't forgotten about that.

- The word I've gotten out of Calgary is that there's little to no buzz for Saturday's game. Here's hoping that changes in the days ahead.

RP
@rodpedersen


26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another Pedersen penned paragraph. Glad to see you back to work!

Anonymous said...

The reason there is no buzz in Calgary about Saturdays game, is everybody is to busy trying to figure out how to pay the bills now that the economy has crashed. No more corporate tickets to hand out and that horse has pretty well turned into a mule! No funding for a new stadium any time soon!

Anonymous said...

Sorry pal, been to Calgary and the place is still hopping. Even the "all you can eat" lobster at the Casino there was packed at $38 a plate. Oil is still way down and there is pain out there for sure, but Calgary is doing fine for many. Still no PST and land-tax crisis like in Regina.

Anonymous said...

The hangover isn't over from the Stampede yet!

Anonymous said...

besides all the non football issues....this should be a great night for football for the teams and fans....guess we'll see which team shows up friday... Go Riders!!

Anonymous said...

I mean Saturday night

Anonymous said...

Johnny Manziel coming to Riderville?

Anonymous said...

Nobody has any money in Alberta. I wouldn't be surprised if this is 60/40 fan split in favour of the green.

WestJet

Anonymous said...

That thing about the economy is bunk because high or low for those of us who lived within our means we're cruising. The rest of these idiots that bought into the Brad Wall/Pat Fiacco/Stephen Harper mandates as George Carlin taught us, "See there's this club.....and you ain't in it." lol

Anonymous said...

OBAMA!

Anonymous said...

Let the Stamps and their Fans do the bitching and talking and the Riders will do the Scoring... Go Riders.

Anonymous said...

Why on earth would anybody want to spy on the last place riders lol seriously

Anonymous said...

The same anonymous non-rider fans who visit this site?
LF

Anonymous said...

"Dave Dickenson got people scratching their heads when he told CHQR Radio on Monday, "I really believe (the Riders) were pretty good except for QB play last year"."

WOW.

That statement, from a guy I respect football knowledge wise, really changes some of my thinking on the whole QB thing here from the end of last season.

BLaz said...

You mean the Riders with the top ranked offence and the top ranked defence? A wise coach might want to know what such a team has for a game plan.

Anonymous said...

^ Because no one cares about the Stampeders, not even the Stampeders.

Anonymous said...

Considering the Riders have only played 3 games. They change their position if they beat Calgary. It's comments like yours that disappear in a hurry when a victory takes place. Riders played Montreal far better than the Stamps did.

Anonymous said...

Dickenson's just pissed because durant always beat them when the riders went to the cup against Montreal, we had some good games with the stamps for a few years and Darian always prevailed. Must really tick Dickenson off

Anonymous said...

Well Durant was "moderately successful ". That's one I agree on with CJ!

Anonymous said...

Every time Darian had a team in front of him, He won.
If he's 'moderately successful' it's because the scouting and coaching was less than 'moderately successful'.

SWC

GB said...

The only CFL city where there is buzz a week before the game is Regina. What else is there to look forward to there ?

Anonymous said...

It's football, there's always a team in front of the qb. Duh.

Anonymous said...

The Roughriders haven't had a who could adapt his system so the next-man-up worked since the first coming of Ken Miller.

Remember the year of the broken legs and a home playoff game?

BB

Anonymous said...

Saskatchewan looks forward to Rider Games. Calgary looks forward to EI pay day.

Anonymous said...

well looking at stats so far on the cfl website...most rider players that are on there are ahead of most ex rider players...is that considered "moderately successful" ??

Anonymous said...

The mantra of the guys who moved to Alberta to be a somebody and the reality.
Our gas is cheaper - not anymore!
Our booze is cheaper - not anymore!
No PST - Government running a deficit every year PST is coming.