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Thursday, August 3, 2017

10 THINGS I THINK I THINK

10 THINGS:

1 - The 2-3 Roughriders leave on Thursday for a pivotal Week 7 game Saturday in BC against the 4-2 Lions. Pivotal because a win will have them swinging with the Big Boys in the CFL West, and would prove this team has grown up. BC is favoured by 5.5-points and the forecast calls for sunshine and 28 degrees Celsius.

2 - The move by Commissioner-elect Randy Ambrosie to limit coaches' replay challenges per game from two down to one is commendable, but not ground-breaking or innovative. For instance we could still have the same situation where both coaches challenge the same play, causing an unsightly delay. BUT it's progress and the CFL is moving in the right direction under Ambrosie.

3 - WaterGate. Let me get this straight; the temperature was in the 40's at Saturday's home game against Toronto and people were upset there weren't enough water fountains dispensing FREE WATER at New Mosaic Stadium? This is somehow the Roughriders' fault? The last I checked, the bathroom sinks were working. The AC in the free Harvard Lounge was working if you needed to cool off. There weren't ANY water fountains in the old stadium. STOP COMPLAINING and use some common sense.

4 - After the Roughriders' 38-27 win over Toronto on Saturday, a Rider fan wrote me on Facebook and asked, "Why aren't we using Rob Bagg more?" I'll say it again: STOP COMPLAINING. The Riders won.

5 - The NFL's Arizona Cardinals reached an injury settlement with 2016 Roughriders draftee DB Elie Bouka this week. There's a lot of confusion around the U of C product's status (I've seen reports listing him as a free agent), but he's Saskatchewan property if he comes back to Canada. However, I'm told, he's injured and there are no plans for him to come to Riderville any time soon.

6 - Rider Hall of Famer Jeff Fairholm was on the SportsCage this week from the Rider Alumni Golf Classic and said the Riders could/should have four 1,000-yard receivers this year. That's never happened in Rider history although Fairholm, Ray Elgaard and Don Narcisse all achieved it in 1992. Lucius Floyd was next with 645 yards, and he was the tailback.

Right now it's: Naaman Roosevelt (393), Bakari Grant (349), Duron Carter (249), Nic Demski (184) and Caleb Holley (154).

7 - What has better atmosphere and is louder: Taylor Field or New Mosaic Stadium? At this point, I can't decide but I'm not in the best position to say. I'm in the enclosed broadcast booth. Right now I'd say it's different, but I can't tell if it's louder or not.

8 - With the Edmonton Eskimos at 5-0 and leading the CFL in attendance, they and their fans are crowing that they're the real CANADA'S TEAM.  Stop it! You're not even Edmonton's team. (The Oilers are). Next question.

9 - 2007 CFL Most Outstanding Player Kerry Joseph may one day find his way back to Riderville as a coach. Maybe even as a Head Coach. K-J just finished up a stint as a guest coach in training camp with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is headed back to the NCAA as assistant coach.

10 - Rider fans are traveling all over the U.S. and are routinely asking me where they can find the TV broadcasts of the games in the States or where they can watch the game in Las Vegas. Hear This!: I am not TV Guide nor - as of 131 weeks ago - am I the party coordinator. Download the CKRM or Rider App and listen to the game there, or take your laptop and listen on 620CKRM.com.

Y'er welcome,
RP
@rodpedersen

59 comments:

Anonymous said...

Truthfully not one CFL team is Canada's team because of a certain sport called hockey...if we had any NHL team make a Stanley Cup final the attendance and viewers would be 10 times what any CFL team brings to the plate. Love the CFL but let's be serious now.

Anonymous said...

I guess people reaching out to you for information you don't have and will never have must get annoying.
The only thing I can think of for those people traveling throughout the U.S. is to take an android TV box with them. Find a really good wifi connection (which is plentiful in the States) and use the app Kodi to find TSN CFL games. It's probably your best bet. However that is not a guarantee.
Otherwise Rod is right. Listen to 620CKRM on their app.

Anonymous said...

Always check of the ESPN channels. I found one of them usually has a CFL game on it.

Anonymous said...

Anon #1 ... Hate to burst your hockey bubble. Guess what? There can be a Canada's team in both sports. As well as other sports.
PS... Even if the Canucks made the playoffs. They will never be Canada's team. Maybe in 10 years when they stock up on North Americans who know how to ramp it up come playoff time. Instead of those sissy Europeans.

Don (rockem sockem) Strawberry

Anonymous said...

Jeez Petersen, kind of a grumpy response to a simple question. Rider fans love to see them on TV no matter where they are. I didn't think to ask you but it would make sense to some. Petersen media guy.Who to ask about a media question? Petersen of course.
When we approach winter maybe ask the trolls where they were successful in viewing Rider games. A public service and great info for those who struggle to see the Riders on TV in various areas of the USA. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Reducing Challenges from potentially 6 to 2 will improve the game. A coach will have to be more selective on when to use his challenge. The referees may actually make calls instead of waiting for coaches to challenge. Referees have a tough job they will be criticized just like every other sport.

Anonymous said...

Watergate is a sham. I was front row behind the Argos bench and it was hot, but not unbearable. The visitor's bench was in the shade by half time so really a moot point. As for water fountains, we saw many lined up to refill water bottles, but the lineup to lose the fluid is always way bigger and the sinks and taps worked just fine. In the end it was a great, sunny, hot afternoon to watch the Riders win. Nothing could be better.

LL

Anonymous said...

God forbid anyone should mention any team other than the Riders are Canada's team. A 10-31 team the past 2 seasons & counting is Canada's team???? How embarrassing for Canada. Should fans across Canada all wear paper bags over their heads at the games?

Anonymous said...

And someone should should
Go to the doctor and get some happy Meds.

Anonymous said...

Grumpy.

Anonymous said...

The only people that call the Riders Canada's team is Sask fans...if they were actually labeled this by all fine but just because that fan base thinks this doesn't make it truthful but as long as it keeps you warm at night.

Unknown said...

People can bring in water!! Next issue, pls...

And for what it is worth, the new stadium ia louder. Sat in many spots in the old one, and it really struck me right away that the new one has more amps.

3RD and 1 said...

Your spinning dumb statistics that mean absolutely nothing in the conversation of Canada's team. Like a tumble weed spinning across an open field. It has no significance to anything.
Let's spin it the other way. When a team is not wining and they are still supported extremely well. It proves that the teams brand is incredibly strong and can withstand outcomes that are not favourable. It proves it can drive its own success until they work through the rough patches.
The Cowboys have had several rough periods in the NFL. They didn't lose their tag of Americas team during losing seasons. They had a strong enough brand to with stand the rough times until they got back on a wining track.
The Riders are the best followed Road team in the CFL. No matter where they are playing you are going to see Rider fans amoungst the home team fans. Sometimes it's almost uncanny the amount of Rider fans in the audience. Many of which feel it's worth while taking in a Rider game while they are on Holidays. They make it a part of their holiday. Where as many CFL teams fans do not have the same passion for their team. Not even thinking of attending an away game happening the same time they are close by on holidays.
Every CFL home team knows when the Riders come to town. It will most likely be the highest attendance of the regular season. Even the BC Lions state that on their latest TSN media scrum from their practise field in Surrey BC.
What ever the reasons are that the Riders home games have been a majority of sell outs for a few years now or why they are followed so well on the road doesn't really matter. The facts are obvious that they are and that's why the term "Canada's team" is used. With a Province of 1,200,000 people. The support for the Green and White is astounding. Where as other teams have 4 times the population.
I'm surprised the Riders don't have a leather Patch on a pair of "Rider" Blue jeans. Old school time... red tag Rider Jeans. Ride Em!
Time to break that wild bronc or tame that massive Bull. (Just havin some fun)
Truthfully it's time to get over this tag Rod has given the Riders. It's had the desired effect he wanted! Most Perfectly I might add. It's time to cheer and cheer loud for your own teams. Make them become the better loved or better followed team on the road. Good luck.

Evan said...

Hi Rod!

That was an ignorant response to a simple question from a fan... If you don't know the answer then simply say you don't know...

Anonymous said...

Canada's team is called Team Canada. It represents the country of Canada no matter the sport. The only Canadian team in a Stanley Cup final would NOT be Team Canada.
#noteveryonecheersforcanadianteams.

Anonymous said...

There's lots of places to get free water at Commenwealth Stadium, the home of Canada's team.

Anonymous said...

Who cares that there were no water fountains in OLD Mosaic?? That was built so long ago!! NEW Mosaic should have gotten with the times and provided a lot more than 4 fountains for potential sellout crowds of 33,000+!! Forcing people to spend a ridiculous $4 for a small bottled water is inane!! In addition to the ridiculous food prices, who can even afford to go to a game anymore?? I bet there's a lot more than 4 fountains combined in the luxurious "enclosed broadcast booth" that Rod occupies or even in the other enclosed boxes.

Rod Pedersen said...

Google the "definition of ignorant" and get back to me Champ.

jim in victoria said...

A bit grumpy today Rod?

Anonymous said...

Rod - you seem to be in a bad mood these days unless someone is praising the Riders.

Rod Pedersen said...

I'm never grumpy. I'm just pointing out perpetual whiners and people who need others to do their thinking for them.

Anonymous said...

Atta a boy Rod. I like to see you stand up for your point of view. I can't imagine how frustrating it must be should read some of the people slamming your blog when it is so well-written. I don't understand the mindset of people to specifically go on to a Blog to read it and then try hard to poke holes in it or pick fights but I guess at rule has no life other than trying to make themselves appear Superior in some way. Keep up the good work brother.
Brad

Anonymous said...

Oh hey look it's Rod! Let's ask him for a guacamole recipe - I bet he has a good one. LOL.

Anonymous said...

WOW... This comment on water fountains is ridiculous beyond comprehension.
Yup the builders of the 278 Million dollar stadium should have catered far more to the non-paying mobile fan. Especially the fan that's not smart enough to bring a water bottle to store water on a +30C sunny hot day. Or have the audacity to charge $4 for a bottle of water when I might need 2 or 3 of them. As it's beneath me to refill a plastic bottle. How outrageous.
Plus it's so unfair that the builders just might have (not really sure though) made it convieniant or comfortable for the people working in the stadium during a game. While I drink, eat, yip and holler at the top of my lungs to have a good time. I mean why would you even consider giving the working people any convieniances over the fan who can get up and go where ever they please at anytime he or she feels like it.
I think Rod was being extremely nice suggesting you look up the word ignorant as that would only be one of the 8 worded sentence that really needs to be said.
The person bitching and complaining and pointing a finger at the working people over water fountains. Is the same personality
Bitching and complaining about the City taxes created by the new stadium. You want it all including conviensnces but feel everyone else should pay for it.
Go to a game in BC place or Edmonton or several other stadiums and pay their going rate. Wake up.
Ignorant Is too nice.

Don (rockem, sockem) Strawberry

Anonymous said...

I used to read this blog daily and now it has dwindled to monthly
and this is the very reason. You might want to check your ego at the door Rod, it's getting a tad out of control and it's coming across hugely in this blog.

Anonymous said...

Winnipeg figured it out, I am sure we will too!

https://www.bluebombers.com/game-day/guide/#drinking-water

Water fountains are located throughout the stadium behind sections 101, 114, 124, 136, 210, 232.
Portable Water dispenser units (or water coolers) will be located at 116, 144, 202, 225.

Anonymous said...

#2 - its progess for sure, but not the best long term fix, IMO.

My suggestions:

1. Illegal contact is not challengeable.
2. For PI or RTQB, there has to be obvious and indisputable evidence on video,to overturn whatever the call on the field was, agreed on by a panel of 3 video officials - any debate at all = call on the field stands. When 90% of challenges all of a sudden fail because you apply that standard consistently, the fishing expeditions will stop.

3. 2 challenges max per team, per game.

#7 atmosphere at Taylor field was better, because alot of people arent invested in this version of the Riders at this point. There isnt nearly as much "rah, rah" going on in genreral. If they start winning and establishing some roster consistency that'll slowly start to change.


New Mosaic is already close to as loud though, because of its design. Once the Riders win over the masses again it will rival any pro sports stadium for crowd noise level.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who drives around in a jeep labeled "BIG BIRD" could never be grumpy, just the thought of it makes me smile :)

Anonymous said...

"Never grumpy" LOL

Jeff said...

The old stadium did have a water fountain or two. I recall one on the east side, along the south wall of the main level. It looked pretty unappealing!

Anonymous said...

Keep toeing that company line Rod.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rod

People complaining about the lack of water fountains at the stadium. Ridiculous, yes. Jim in Victoria's comment about being a bit grumpy, well Jim what is more dumbfounding is that people are finding lack of water fountains to complain about.
You don't want to buy water, bring your own water.

But to complain about water, for the love of god, you people must complain about when it rained as well. Enjoy the win, enjoy the stadium, enjoy life.. Stop complaining about every little thing

RELAX...

Cory

Ron Taylor said...

Here's what we regarding tv. We bought a Slingbox fron Best Buy. This device hooks into your home tv box and you the go online to cknnect eith your home tv. I've used it all over the workd and as ling as you have a decent internet you can watch your own tv live & alsi record shows like yoy eiuld at home. I've watched Rider games on my tablet, laotop, phone or from any computer. You just have to log in. No fees or subscriptions. It is YOUR tv.

Anonymous said...

Why not go away forever and don't come back.....nobody will miss you!

Anonymous said...

The village idiots are out in force today!

Anonymous said...

Like gas station sushi, never trust a public water fountain!

Anonymous said...

I think Rod does a great job of allowing the haters to spew their BS in his blog. I know I wouldn't allow for so much of it. My bet is most of them are from Calgary and Stump fans, They have cornered the market on hating all things Rider and Saskatchewan and you don't have to read too many story around the other blog site to see how correct I am. It's Canada's Team because you can go to any park in the league when the Riders are playing and they will be there in numbers. It's great the Esks are seeing an increase in numbers, but winning does that except in Calgary. In the end, it's just a game, we don't play, so just crack a cold one and relax.

LL

Anonymous said...

Looks like someone was a little grumpy when they wrote this column. I guess it happens to the best of us at some time or another.

As to point #3 - WaterGate - it didn't help when security was taking people's water away before going into the stadium. Big fail! Also, I am not sure people are ok with getting their water from the bathroom. Seems a bit off to me although I am sure the water is drinkable. As for going into the Harvard Lounge to cool off, I was talking to someone at the game and they said they tried to get in there and were turned away by security. Maybe it was full to capacity but, at one point, that option was not available to some fans. The chances of anything like this happening again might be low but I am sure some lessons were learned by both fans, Evarz Place and the Riders.

Anonymous said...

Could be worse, you could have all the problems and money being spent on the Bummers stadium.

Anonymous said...

More water please

Anonymous said...

Since I don't do alcohol or sugar drinks here is what I do at the new stadium. I bring a big empty cup with a lid. Before sitting down, I go to a vendor and ask them to fill my cup with ice (which they are happy to do). The I waltz over to the fountain and add some water to the cup (which is always warm thus far because it is summer. Also, it does not help to let it run as it will not get colder). I am now all set for the game. I eat my peanut butter sandwich in the second half. I love the new stadium and all it takes is a small amount of planning and brain power to stay within my budget which is basically my season ticket cost. To those who whine, stop being lazy and get with the program!

Anonymous said...

9200 @ BMO tonight over/under ?

Anonymous said...

Kills me that it's always a "Stamps" fan. Most of the complaints are coming from Rider fans. Learn to accept it.

Anonymous said...

Well, 3rd & Long, if it's true that the support comes from the province of Saskatchewan with a population of 1.2MM, & that Rider fans show up in numbers on the road, even book holidays around games, it only proves that Rider fans are predominantly from Sask & transplanted Sask employees - which is not the 1st time this has been pointed out. That hardly makes them Canada's team. It just means a lot of people who follow the Riders have a connection to the Province of Sask. Hardly surprising. Riderville gets dissed for their holier than thou attitude. I find it amusing that the thin skinned faithful quickly point the finger at Edmonton or Calgary as Rider haters. It's hilarious that you think they should care. Take Edmonton. As pointed out on a previous day on this site, the much ballyhooed hiring away of a GC coach under contract didn't exactly work out as planned. The Esks, rather than being damaged by the mass defection, actually ended up stronger with a better coaching staff. Ouch!!! As for the Riders.........well,, the poor Riders. Greener uniforms, yes. Greener pastures, not so much. Take note. Despite the presence of some green in other stadiums, that deafening noise drowning out the offensive signals when the home team is on defence isn't for the Riders. Canada's team??? A term concocted by the Rider mob. Complete nonsense.

Anonymous said...

Here's the scoop! There would be no watergate at New Mosaic if the know it alls had just built a roof in the first place with a controlled air system instead of putting people in imperil. End of story!

As for Rod today - he should try some Sanka, good to the last drop. Just remember people, cut him some slack, dry drunks are a b*tch, I know.

Anonymous said...

No doubt plenty of water in the press box. You don't get a vote, Rod. Burnham has more yards than Roosevelt, Moore more than Grant, Arcenaux more than Carter, Iannuzzi & Johnson both more than Demski. & Holley. So I guess BC will have 4 1,000 receivers, as will Toronto as well as Ray being on pace for 7,000 yards. Last year Williams was on pace for 3,000 until he wasn't, Bowman & Walker both on pace for 2,000. Won't happen in Regima. They're about to play some real teams. Thanks, Jeff. Fake news.

lee said...

A. C not working in toronto dressing room STOP COMPLAINING

Anonymous said...

Hey here is an idea...if you do t like his blog you can just stop reading. Bye bye

Anonymous said...

Hello Rod,
Every CFL game is on ESPN3 which is online only and you have to have a cable subscription with ESPN to get it with a login. If you're visiting relatives you could ask them for their login info and if they have Chromecast or a similar device you can broadcast the game from a smartphone or tablet onto a regular TV. Otherwise, the last game on broadcast cable is the Lions Riders game on August 13th which is on ESPN2.

Anonymous said...

Rod Pederson.
Please help us.
Relay your vast knowledge to us.
Inform us.
Connect us.
Kudos to you.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to have all the money being spent on those problems. Thing is so would the government.

Anonymous said...

CFL livestreams all games outside the TSN and ESPN footprint.
http://cfl.yaretv.com
Per game is about $3 USD.

Anonymous said...

172 beer lines- 4 water lines?

Anonymous said...

This is the most Saskatchewan comment ever.

Anonymous said...

Another garbage propaganda article written by a "journalist". Take off the green blinders and actually take an objective stand for once. Riders are not and never will be god's gift to football. This drivel is wearing thin

Anonymous said...

Yes, 172 revenue generating beer lines.

There is typically 1-2 games with a temperature that high per year. Come prepared or pay for bottled water on those game days. Its your resposibility to take care of yourself.

Anonymous said...

Contributing factor to sask being the fattest provinces in confederation, maybe more people should be drinking water

Anonymous said...

Let's focus on the game, flagging pass interference on the opposite side of the field from the play should be addressed, maybe the yellow flags would diapers.

Anonymous said...

Sask certainly is the province with the most whiners by far....that includes you as well Rod.