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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

10 THINGS I THINK I THINK FOR CAPITAL LINCOLN

1 - MOVING ON: The Riders' 20-point loss in the Banjo Bowl is behind us and it's time to look ahead to Week 13's game in Hamilton. What's to be said? The Blue Bombers are a great football team who wanted that game more, and it showed. It was a setback for the Riders, but not a major one. They're a mature enough team to get over it in a hurry, I'm sure.

2 - BOOO BOMBERS: The much-debated "loudest stadium" contest between Saskatchewan and Winnipeg, sponsored by TSN, ended in a tie. At least, that's the way I read it after the peak decibel levels hit 104 in each facility. My question: how loud did it get when Bomber fans were BOOING their team after Duron Carter's 88-yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter? Tsk, tsk. That's something we don't do in Saskatchewan.

3 - WELCOME BACK CARTER: Don't look now, but Duron Carter's six-game touchdown streak has tied the Rider record held by franchise legends Hugh Campbell and Weston Dressler! A TD score this Friday at Hamilton puts #89 ahead of them all. Who saw that coming? Incidentally the CFL record is 10 games with a TD held by Terry Evanshen.

4 - SECOND HALF: The Roughriders are 5-5 with eight games to go. That means they need to go 5-3 to achieve my preseason prediction of 10 wins and it's extremely do-able. However it's quite conceivable they could finish 10-8 and still miss the playoffs. I'm prepared for that to happen, but don't expect it with Edmonton trending down and BC now down to one quarterback. Incidentally Calgary can clinch a playoff spot with a home win over BC this weekend.

5 - BURNING BRIDGES: Oddly, I haven't been able to find the odds anywhere for Friday's Roughriders-Ticats game. Perhaps the oddsmakers are waiting for Saskatchewan to name its starting QB but they may have to wait right up until kickoff (5:00 pm Sask Time). Kevin Glenn's right hand isn't bandaged nor swollen so I'm guessing there's a good chance he'll play but the team can win with Brandon Bridge. He's got enough experience in this league and is ready to put on his Big Boy Pants.


6 - "UPBEAT": That's the word that kept coming up during June Jones' news conference this week at Tim Hortons Field. The tabbies are 2-0 since Jones took over from Kent Austin and should they beat the Riders in Week 13, June will be the first CFL Head Coach to takeover a team mid-season and win his first three games since Larry Donovan in BC in 1987 (he actually started 4-0). Methinks the Ticats are merely riding the usual bump of a coaching change and it'll burst this week. It has to! This is almost a must-win game for the Riders.

7 - YOU'RE FIRED!: Hamilton's Kent Austin was the first coach firing of 2017 (he actually fired himself) while Montreal's Jacques Chapdelaine is now the second as he was shown the door early Wednesday morning. It looked like it had to happen in Hamilton while the Montreal situation was a bit of surprise even though they are 3-8 and the losers of, what, seven in a row? The Als are three points out of first-place! What a thrilling end to the season this is going to be. Over to you Darian.

8 - WATCH PARTY: If you haven't heard, 620 CKRM is throwing its first-ever Watch Party this Friday at Studio 620 in New Mosaic Stadium. You can watch the Riders at Ticats with fellow Rider fans and the concessions will be open! It's FREE but space is limited so get there early. Also, you have to be 19 & over to attend.

9 - LOCALLY: The U of R Rams are 1-1 after a 48-28 loss at Calgary and now host the Alberta Golden Bears Saturday at 2:00 at Mosaic Stadium. All of Canada West is tight. This should be a gooder ... Meanwhile the Regina Thunder is 3-1 coming off that stunning comeback win at Saskatoon and now lines up at home this Saturday against Winnipeg at 7 pm at NMS. One request: Can these teams PLEASE situate the fans on the east side so TV cameras don't depict an empty stadium? It can't be that hard. (Why would anyone want to go to games when it looks on TV like no one else does?)

10 - GO PATS GO: Had a chat with Regina Pats boss John Paddock at Tuesday's U of R President's Breakfast. He's comfortable with the way things are going for his Memorial Cup-host team but he didn't offer too much. From what I've seen of this club (3 preseason games), they'll win 40 games which is a significant drop-off from last year's 52. However they may be built more ruggedly and will learn some tough lessons during the regular season which will pay off in the spring. Just my $0.02.

Y'er Welcome,
RP

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think you have a typo in 1 - Moving On. Rather than write that the Blue Bombers are a great football team, I think the word you meant to use was "good". Only one team in the CFL that may have a shot as being a great football team this year is the Stamps.

GPB said...

Bomber fans were not booing their own team after Carter's touchdown. They were booing Carter. Even you should have found it simple enough to figure that out.

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure Ken Miller won 3 straight in 2011, after taking over from the canned Greg Marshall prior to the Labour Day game that season.

Anonymous said...

Re: #2 "BOOO BOMBERS: The much-debated "loudest stadium" contest between Saskatchewan and Winnipeg, sponsored by TSN, ended in a tie.". A point of clarification would apply------If you saw the stats at the end of the game on TSN, we (Wpg) won the loudest stadium contest when you take the average through the whole game. It is true that we both reached 104 db at one point in the game, but if you take the average over the WHOLE game, Wpg won by a few percentage points......

Anonymous said...

Pats Suck and will only be in the Memorial Cup because they are the hosts. There will be poor crowds once the Regina people see the crazy prices for tickets and that is my .02 cents worth.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone noticed how optimistic some people are over the Cats "winning" streak while the Riders were viewed with skepticism after two.

Anonymous said...

The optics of it did not reflect that! Just made Winnipeg fans look stupid apparently booing their own team on national television! Drunk and stupid is very Winnipegish!

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the Pats suffer from a huge following of bandwagon jumpers who will moan and whine as they struggle to match their record from last year. The Pats and Riders both have a large proportion of their fan base that paint their face's, wear the jersey but are completely illiterate when it comes to the management, coaching and tactical strategy of a sports team! Most are just fans who have never played the game but have all the answers!

Anonymous said...

People from Winnipeg are just down right horrible, but their one saving grace is that they love their football team (when it is winning).

Anonymous said...

I agree with your comment but I'll hazard a guess and say it's because they're in the East division where a losing record gives you a first place record. See last year's Ottawa team.

So there's always still a chance to make the playoffs.

Anonymous said...

Just so you know Rod the Rider Fan, Winnipeg actually hit 109 dBs for about 10 straight seconds in the 3rd quarter, so it's clear to me that Bomber fans are the loudest team in the league. And it wasn't even a sellout crowd!

mister winnipeg said...

We were booing Carter, just like we booed the fake injured Rider near the end of the 2nd.

Anonymous said...

I believe the Bomber fans were booing Carter becasue of the altercation with a bomber fan at labor day...not booing the bombers themselves but I guess you will make anything negative to make your riders look better and the stats had the bombers better for the decibel situation throughtout the game so quit trying to make it look like a tie.

Anonymous said...

The loudest fans contest meant nothing when Winnipeg knew all week that it was happening after it was announced DURING the Rider game that it was happening. Rider fans in attendance would have knocked it up a few levels just like Bomber fans did given the chance. So in that...the results mean nothing other than to say there is two great sets of fans regardless of the outcome.

BombersJets said...

How in the world can any sane person think that Bomber fans were booing their own team when Duron Carter (who was public enemy #1 in Winnipeg last week) was the one making the play?? As one of the many who were at the game booing on that play i can assure you on where the jeers were directed. Give your head a shake Rod.. just a sad attempt on your part to try and further slam Bomber fans

Anonymous said...

Now showing SASK by 5.5

Anonymous said...

Montreal got a few good years from an elderly Stephan Logan as a returner and occasional running back after his return from the NFL, so it seems to me that an elderly Marcus Thigpen is hoping to do the same with the Riders. We wish him well!

Anonymous said...

What site gives a breakdown of each teams salary cap numbers for cfl

Anonymous said...

Ever wonder why every other CFL teams fans have to comment on our Rider blog? Me too. Probably because they don't have one of their own. I have an idea. How about you non-Rider fans start your own blog and piss off.

Anonymous said...

Barely over the halfway mark of the season with eight games left and Duron Carter tying team records and on the cusp of breaking them, the guy is an incredible athlete, enjoy him while he's here with the Roughriders.

BombersJets said...

I would love hear the rationale for this eye-opener of a comment lol

Anonymous said...

I love the idea that you think folks would have cheered louder to try to impress a decibel meter than they were watching their team win. It makes no sense. Wpg was louder and it wasn't all that close if you accept that there were thousands of fans still outside (because of a moose) that lowered their average for the game. Wpg has the loudest arena and football field, so what? it really doesn't mean they have better fans or that the experience is better. It just means they are louder.

Bill Fuller said...

Now why not have a Crying and Whining Contest on here . Some Rider and Pats Fans would win it hands down.

Anonymous said...


Regarding fans at the Rams/Thunder games. I agree. Having fans on the visiting side would look much better, but once again the city has screwed things up. They open up all the concessions on the home side, but not the visiting side. Would it be that hard to have fans come in the two gates and go to the visiting side or have the precious concessions on the visiting side instead of the home side? Nope, but city officials wouldn't know how to handle that thus it stays the way it was at the old place.


Jeff

Anonymous said...

5th comment.....stupid...just stupid...must be either from mj or stoon...but I don't care ..cause we wont see any of those teams when May rolls around.

Anonymous said...

Hey Bomber fans...

27 years. Get off your high horse.

3RD and 1 said...

This debate of db is a bunch of crap. This is not making up excuses. It's just fact. I'm in the electronics business and many years ago the Company I am with use to run db contests just about every weekend. They were called db drags.
If your going to have a contest. Any kind of contest. You either run a blind test where no body has the rules or knows anything about when the samples are taken.
OR....
You lay out the rules ahead of time and allow anyone participating to know exactly what is going on.
If one contestant knows everything while the other contestants just simply knows they are a contest. Then that competition is seriously flawed.
Here is an example of what we use to see. If someone did not have the rules they would often accelerate their engine slightly. That allowed the voltage to jump from 12 to 14 volts. Which in turn gave more juice to the amplifiers. More juice created far more amplifier output. Which gave you a higher db out put. Also the positioning of the microphone as much a 6" one way in the vehicle could affect the reading by as much as 3db. That's huge. As once your up at 100db. 103db is twice as loud.
So the only way to be fair would be to have the Mics at field level. Preferably at centre field. If you standing as little as 3' closer to the stands and away from the out of bounds lines. Again the difference can be significant.
TSN's contest was done poorly and improperly. The fact that Winnipeg was given the rules on TV. Where as SK had no rules. The contest is seriously flawed and should be null and void until next year. When a true controlled set of readings can be taken from both stadiums.

Anonymous said...

Insulting fans of any other team should be known as being "Saskatchewanish".

Anonymous said...

Want to talk about things being descriptive of a city...he's a few for Regina: whiney, ignorant, arrogant, inbred, hicktown, uneducated, livestock lovers. My god it is exactly as the first poster said...it's not our fault everyone in Regina/Suckskatchewan is too stupid to understand

Anonymous said...

How man save the Rider telethons have there been? Like 2 or 3. Number of save the Bombers telethons 0. Yeah thought so...inbred

Anonymous said...

Yet Rider fans are allowed to come on every other teams board and spew their garbage? Entitled much

Anonymous said...

Hey Rider fans...

You've won the least amount of cups, with one of the longest tenures in the league. I mean you're tied with a university team that hasn't played for it in like 80 years lol

Anonymous said...

I remember three of our championships. How many do you remember. It's what you've done for me lately. Live in the now man.

Anonymous said...

You can't seriously say that can you? They announced the contest weeks ago plus our stadium was half empty at the first reading. Methinks if we do this again next year we'll beat you by a wider margin. You say Winnipeg fans are whiney but you are still on here complaining about it. Sore losers and sour grapes

Anonymous said...

Well Roddy. You succeeded once again. Lots of troll commentary oozing out of the slime like usual. I guess this is what people want...

Sounds like Congress in the U.S. of A. where everyone slags everyone else and not much else gets done.

The noise contest was a non-event far as I am concerned and I said this before the Labour Day game. Like, who REALLY cares! It's all about your crowd whipping up the noise to throw off opposing offenses. Nothing more. Get over it people! Not going to slag Bomber fans. We went to Banjo Bowl last year and were treated pretty well...though there were a few who rubbed it in on the walk back to the car afterward.

I think I speak with some authority in regard to the Pats and Riders as Fran Huck was the Pats star when I started watching and Bob Ptacek was the Riders QB (pre-Lancaster). Pats will win fewer but be more battle ready than last year. I predicted the Riders at 8-9 wins this year and I stand by those prognostications. I understand the game, have coached championship teams and have the national certification. Don't pump up your own tires if you don't understand what's going on down there.

Anonymous said...

Exactly...have rider fans making comments on the Eskies blog and facebook page but yet we are not supposed to comment anywhere else...do you rider fans have to cry about everything. This isn't something the CFL can change for you so your happy.

Anonymous said...

Wow this comment thread is almost hard to stomach the childish crap being thrown around by what I'm assuming is like 3 or 4 individuals. . Some are even "lol"ing. This isn't instant messenger guys. Wow . Everybody knows that Winnipeg blows and Edmonton sucks! And So do their entitled fans! Gawd be civilized and fight nice children. So winnipegish.
Byob

John Moore said...

not sure that all comments from fans from other teams should be allowed on here...kind of seems like it isn't worth reading the comment section as it isn't related to the articles or the Riders talk...like to see the deleted

Anonymous said...

Winnipeg and Edmonton sucks...enjoy your 4 grey cups because will be another 10 years before you see another, the riders are last in the west and last in grey cups in the league history...all fact.

Anonymous said...

Of course you want to push the numbers to anything that makes yourselves look better that's what Rider fans do they twist words and peoples statements to make themselves sound better than they really are. I can remember 2 thank you very much, almost a 3rd so there pooches your argument bud. While we cannot run from the fact we haven't won since 1990 you also can't run from the mentioned above facts. You have to own the stuff man, your response just shows the pettiness of Rider fans. Also dont come on other teams boards spewing your Rider garbage and then get upset when other teams fans come on to your board. Typical hypocrisy of Rider faithful

Anonymous said...

Rams and Thunder parents should sit on the other side, it's not rocket surgery.

Anonymous said...

27 years bomber fans

Anonymous said...

Only 4 in over 100 years...university teams have more grey cups than the Riders...pathetic=Suckskatchewan Riders

Anonymous said...

Rams and Thunder parents sit behind the home teams bench. Playing in a stadium that seats 30,000 plus doesn't help. Wish more would attend because it's exciting football.