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Friday, August 11, 2017

SCRUFFY'S THIS 'N THAT

Welcome to Friday!  Here are the usual weekly thoughts running through my muddled mind, and as always they come in no particular order:

- As Sunday approaches, the two big questions are: A) What version of the Riders will show up against BC and B) What part of the stadium will people bitch and moan about this time?  OK, hopefully B isn't a factor, but just what Riders team will show up for the back half of a home-and-home against BC is a valid question.

I am still somewhat miffed at what happened at BC Place last Saturday.  The Riders didn't show us a lot for the second straight road game. It's become obvious this football team is quite different when at home compared to the road.

It doesn't make up for the complete horror show we saw in Vancouver and even if there is a win, will that create optimism going into Edmonton? Not for me!

A loss will further exasperate a fan base looking for change, but a win shouldn't change the thought process either.  Wins at home were followed by terrible performances on the road.  Why should that thought process change if the Riders improve their record to 3-4? Until this squad decides it wants to go on the road and actually compete and try to win a game, any optimism should be tempered.  We saw in rather ugly fashion that there was no lesson learned from the loss in Calgary. Did they learn enough in Vancouver to make amends for what happened? We will see starting at 6 o'clock Sunday night.

- Who is to blame for the quarterback controversy talk that started in the wake of last week's ugly loss? Despite the urgency of some to anoint Brandon Bridge as the starting quarterback I ask why?

Nothing against Bridge, but Kevin Glenn gives you the best chance to win a football game. Yes, Bridge threw a pair of TD's in mop-up time to make the final score last week look more respectable than it was, but it was against a BC defense that had called off the dogs. Why the need to rush Bridge into action? Did Calgary rush Bo Levi Mitchell into action? How has that turned out!  Drew Willy had an opportunity to stay in Saskatchewan, but he didn't want to wait around and went to Winnipeg as soon as he could. How did that turn out?  How did it turn out when guys like Keith Price, Seth Doege, Jake Waters and Brett Smith were thrown to the wolves when they weren't ready?

Glenn is coming off the best 5 game start of his career. He had one bad game. Yes, in Saskatchewan that is enough to get you run out of town, but really? At some point, a certain faction of the fan base needs to dial it back just a little.  Giving a quarterback some reps in mop-up time for his development is OK, but doing that when it matters could shatter the confidence that has been built up.  Besides, I would rather find some defensive backs who can cover a receiver without long plays burning this team time and time again.  You don't think Bryan Burnham, Manny Arceneaux and that Lions receiving core are licking their chops knowing they can likely pad their stats again on Sunday. At the end of the day, the secondary has been awful and that must improve, and improve immediately.  An interception or two from that group would help immensely as well.

- There have been many squabbles over the years over the start times of Rider home games, but I am guessing there are many in agreement that Sunday at 6 is not an ideal time. Who scheduled that? I can't remember the last Sunday night CFL game. Was there one last year? It's going to make those who want to spend their weekend out at the lake come back a little earlier than usual, but for those out of towners it is going to mean a late Sunday night which will translate into an early Monday morning.

- Two thumbs up to former Regina Rams lineman Akiem Hicks.  The Chicago Bears defensive lineman was interviewed after training camp this week and he was proudly wearing a Rams shirt.  Attaboy Akiem.  Be proud of where you came from!

- Speaking of former Rams, it was tough to see Addison Richards be forced to call it a career this week. His body just would not co-operate and it cost him a chance to be a CFL'er. When he came out, I thought he could be an impact guy and I think coming out of college he may have had a bigger impact than Nic Demski.  We never saw what he could have been.  If he wants to, he will make an outstanding coach with the Rams or Thunder.

- Eugenie Bouchard did nothing to help her Anna Kournikova 2.0 campaign with a first round loss in Montreal at the Rogers Open.  She then said it is time for someone else to carry the flag as she bemoaned her defeat. If you can be considered as someone who represents, and has the ability to carry  the flag, I would consider that to be an honour and not a detriment. If she is serious about her tennis career, she puts the modelling career on hold and actually concentrates on the game that made her famous.  If she wants to continue a career in modelling and showing herself off,  then ditch the tennis and quit making excuses. Its as simple as that.  There is as much pressure on her as there is Milos Raonic, and I don't see him complaining.

- Finally, I want to take you back to November of 2007.  This blogger was in the dressing room of the Saskatchewan Roughriders after they had won the Grey Cup.  What a moment for this guy!  I can still remember just about everything from that day including a man walking up to me as I was about to interview Reggie Hunt. That man grabbed my camera from me and joked "I'll be your official photographer".  As I spoke with Hunt, Gene Makowsky and others, this individual who was just days into his new job took several pictures. I put one of them up on my Twitter account Thursday morning. Over the next 9 1/2 years, I have had many opportunities to speak with this man on a variety of issues and talk football which he is about as passionate for as he is for the province he lives in and represents.  That man who was my official photographer that day  is outgoing Premier Brad Wall.

You can say what you like about the man, and I certainly understand the negativity being thrown his way.  I think he does too if the truth be known. However, as many have said, there is no bigger advocate for this province and there won't be for quite a while. What he has done for the reputation of this province over the last decade is something even his foes are praising him for.  He will be missed and whoever fills his shoes whether it be a Saskatchewan Party member or an NDP member will have quite the task in front of him or her.  I have cherished the discussions I have had with Brad Wall the football fan, and Brad Wall the politician. I wish him nothing but the best as he prepares to leave office and hope he can now understand what a mistake he has made in cheering for the Raiders over all these years.  I have often joked with him that I would know his time was up when he came out to meet reporters wearing a silver and black track suit that Al Davis made famous.  Part of me somewhat expected that when he announced his resignation on Thursday.  It is safe to say I would have fallen off my chair had he come out with that garb on.

He closed off his address by saying Thank you Saskatchewan. I say Thank you Brad for what you have done, and how you have stood up for little ol Saskatchewan. Your love for this province is unequalled and while people may not appreciate that today, it is something they will see with time.

That's all I got. Have a great weekend!  GO RIDERS!

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

B.S. I love this province more than Brad Wall.

Anonymous said...

Earth to Scruffy...you state the three receivers will be licking there chops but I believe Bryan Burnham is hurt so maybe take a look at updates on players/rosters before talking

Anonymous said...

More Scruffy Hogwash. This garbage seems to get written over and over by you and others Scruffy. This football team is in great trouble and all of you know it . Nice article on Wall though.

Anonymous said...

The lack of water fountain complaints at Mosaic stadium rely burns me! I stand by one of the fountains at the stadium during half time and I may have seen a couple people use it! What do people want free water to be handed out because they are to lazy or cheap to bring their own? So every time I go golfing or to a ball game the establishments should bring me water to ensure that I stay hydrated? I don't expect that and I don't expect Mosaic staff to babysit me I can take care of myself! Grow up people quit looking for something to bitch about.

Anonymous said...

Great post Scruffy!

Anonymous said...

Empty Seats coming to Riderville if we don't beat Winnipeg twice.

If Kevin Glen is having a careee year leading us to a 2-4 record how has someone repeatedly signed him? For 17 dam years a 5 10 qb with no cups.

Bridge don't rush bridge? Look at Jennings. Bridge has been around a few years already. It's time to at least look for some optimism and some excitement. I rather see a guy come in struggle and improve than some old man with his feet tied to the ground throw 6 yard passes all day. Heck I could watch my neighbor play catch with his kids minus the picks and pick 6's.

If you wanna talk about career year look at Edmonton.

If they don't win Sunday going into a buy is going to be nasty. And once everyone sees our wonderful stadium the 87 dollar seats will be not worthy of the product on the field.

Anonymous said...

why don't we just talk about the pats !!

Anonymous said...

Scruffy thinks he knows something about the CFL when in reality he simply doesn't. Like many people on this blog, maybe even myself, he is a fan with limited insight.

However, I am smart enough to know that the Players Championship is this weekend meaning their couldn't be a Sunday afternoon game. Nor could their be a double header Friday or Saturday because of timing.

Like it or not, TSN/CTV ratings will dip once golf is over and CFL starts. Any intelligent sports reporter would know this.

Anonymous said...


Myers stated yesterday "Give Bridge a chance, what have you got to lose?"

Ummmmmmm...A GAME THAT THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE!

#dunce

Anonymous said...

Because the Pats Suck also that's why !

Anonymous said...

The problems with this team won't go away until there is a franchise QB in place and there is a core of players here that have loyalty and pride in this team, such as Labatte and Bag. There has been far too many "tourist" players who are just passing through; not here long enough to develop any pride in this team and develop lasting relationships with their team mates. Too many characters and a definite lack of character. They have developed an identity; that of a loser. After a defeat, it is hard to tell that they lost on the sidelines; most of them have a grin on their face and seem fine with losing.

Anonymous said...

Come on Scruffy. The Riders could not win in bc or calgary when they had a good team! When they improve you will see them compete against the best on the road. Good write up on Wall. Greatest leader for SK in a long time.
Bart

Anonymous said...

Even if Glenn provides the best chance for wins now, its also plain to see this team is still years away from legitimately contending with the big boys. Why pretend otherwise? I have zero intetest in watching Glenn's third go round with the Riders.

If we're gonna suck, which we are, lets suck while finding the next starting QB.

BTW Brett Smith and Seth Doege sucked. Darian Durant spent 2 seasons as a 3rd stringer and took over as soon as he got an opportunity to take the field. How long has Bridge been around in this league now?

If hes not ready, hes probably not the guy.

Anonymous said...

Will never know if Bridge can be "the guy" if he's not given a legitimate shot. He should have been in at the start of the 3rd quarter in both the Calgary and BC games, and if the Riders are down 24-0 at halftime this Sunday he should be in to start the 2nd half. Can't groom any QB if they don't get legitimate playing time. Throwing during practice isn't grooming for the future. Different story if Glenn was 30 years old.

Dennis said...

Did anyone see what mike Reilly said after Edmonton win last night, talking about what a huge addition getzlaf was to their team for his leadership qualities and it was like having another coach on the field. It's like lynch said when darian was traded, Jones wants to be the only leader in that dressing room and couldn't stand that players looked up to darian more than him. Glenn imo isn't a leader and never has been, just another example of Jones ego hurting this team, when he cut most of the leadership without even trying to renovate.

Anonymous said...

While an aesthetic improvement over old Taylor Field (Thank you) Stadium, New Mo Stadium (wrong location) not world class. It is what it is, what's done is done can't turn back the clock to that project. That's what happens when people build in a haste to bend over backwards to appease a certain demographic_ mistakes and inadiquisies to the overall product.

Anonymous said...


Didn't Jake Waters pitch for the Red Sox this season or am i thinking of someone else?

Anonymous said...

Face it Fans...the Rider defense is not very good. Is it schemes, coaching or players? It seems the plan is to "bend but not break" but does. Jeez. Perhaps leaving the "3 man" rush in the locker room and actually "blitz" occasionally might help. Maybe a dumbed down vanilla defense just doesn't work against a superior team. So the D-line isn't good, the O-line isn't playing well and the DB's can't cover. Just effen ducky.
In my opinion Brad Wall was a good Premier until the Sk Party embarked on the disastrous 2 BILLION dollar Regina By-Pass. Over paying for friends lands, underpaying Nuns, scandal plagued choices including going south instead of north around the city doomed his legacy.

Anonymous said...

Because it's not hockey season.

Anonymous said...

More than you love Brad? Makes him happy I bet.

Anonymous said...


Hey Rod:

What will Rider fans find to bitch about this weekend if they win? It is amusing to watch them cry and moan about something even when they do come out with a "W". Oh wait, they're playing BC so they won't win.


Darrell

GPB said...

Boo Hoo about the game time. I guess other fans are supposed to cry too when they have a Thursday night game. It's done for tv so suck it up, pull up your panties and quit crying

donna Campbell said...

Brad Wall is the best!

Anonymous said...

Hey Rod - congratulations on 20 million blog hits!!!

Anonymous said...

I sure do hope that the Riders bring the Chad Owens show to the Lions Sunday!

Anonymous said...

Rider D can't blitz because it would leave the DB's and LB's more vulnerable than they already are. If you can't get sustained pressure from your font 4, then replace the front 4. Jefferson is the only one worth keeping.

Anonymous said...

Seems to me like there is a NASCAR race on and it will be over by 5 by looking at the TSN listings.

SWING & A MISS!!!

Anonymous said...

Camp opens up right away... daaaaaaa

Anonymous said...

1.3 billion deficit. Nuff said.

Anonymous said...

Greatest premier in Saskatchewan's history Brad Wall hands down. Take a bow premier.

Anonymous said...

Cut and run, cut and run.