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Thursday, September 21, 2017

10 THINGS I THINK I THINK FOR CAPITAL CADILLAC

1 - WELL, WELL, WELL: How the tide has turned in the second half of the CFL season. With seven games to go, the 6-5 Saskatchewan Roughriders are sitting in a playoff spot and the League released analytics this week saying the Riders have an 85% shot at making the post-season. The best is yet to come, and it's already been a fun ride.

2 - COMPLIMENTARY FOOTBALL: The Riders opened some eyes last week when back-up QB Brandon Bridge led the club to a 27-19 victory over the desperate Ticats in Hamilton. Sure, the Rider offense only managed one first down in the second half but the defense continued to force turnovers and the special teams were strong. At last, the Green are playing as a team and it's been that way for awhile seeing as the club has won four of its last five games.

3 - CAPITAL GAINS: Defensive MVP Ed Gainey recorded two more interceptions against the Ticats to add to his league-leading total of eight. Friday's performance had Ed's coaches scrambling to find out what the franchise record is, and the name James Patrick came up (he led the league with 9 in 2010). However the unforgettable Terry Irvin set the Rider record in 1984 with 11 interceptions. That's well within striking distance for Mr. Gainey this season.

4 - ABOUT THIS WEEK: The 10-1-1 Calgary Stampeders will make their first visit to New Mosaic Stadium on Sunday (2:00 pm, TSN, 620 CKRM Rider Radio Network) and the match-up is something of a head-scratcher. The Riders are rolling but so too are the Stamps, who are far and away the #1 team in the CFL. The odds for the contest still haven't been posted which tells me the oddsmakers are struggling mightily with setting the line. If league-leading rusher Jerome Messam isn't at Calgary's disposal, the smell of an upset could be in the air.

5 - LET 'EM PLAY: Kudos to the CFL's officiating department for NOT flagging touchdown celebrations, and assessing Taunting infractions. The Riders have brought the endzone cellies back, and their Conga line, swim meets and head bobs have been shown endlessly on Sportscentre the past number of weeks. This, after all, is the entertainment biz.

6 - IN A HUF: Had a long chat with Stampeders President John Hufnagel at last week's Hall of Fame festivities in Hamilton and I was richer for the experience. Huf figures if the CFL is looking for a new home for the CFHOF, they should look no further than Saskatoon. Please discuss. Meanwhile on the topic of a new football stadium in Calgary, John isn't getting his hopes up any time soon. These aren't great times on the Calgary sports facilities scene.

7 - SACRE BLEU: CFL Presidents, Governors and Chairmen held meetings in Southern Ontario last week to coincide with the Hall of Fame induction. The word coming out of the proceedings? The Toronto Argonauts are no longer the #1 trouble spot. The Boatmen have solid ownership and a strong Coach/GM combo. No, the weak sister right now is the Montreal Alouettes who are struggling on the field, at the gate and possibly in the boardroom. I would've suggested immediately selling the club to Molson and calling it a day but lately these huge sports comglomerates aren't proving to be the answer.

8 - WHAT'S WITH DOUBLES?: The struggles of Darian Durant and his Alouettes are a hot topic around here. The Rider franchise great was yanked in the first half on Sunday and everyone seems to have an opinion on the root of his frustration. "It's his mechanics" some pundits say, while others suggest, "It's all mental". Could it be he's just on a bad team? At least Darian's bank account is healthy but if money equaled happiness, Bill Gates would be the happiest man in the world. And he's not.

If Durant had accepted a massive paycut offer would he be quarterbacking Saskatchewan right now? Likely not, so the situation is what it is.

9 - GOOD MORNING RIDERS: Everyone was happy to see Ken Miller back in the CFL, hired by the Alouettes on the weekend to help out with their offense. At 75, Kenny still has a ton to offer and as his wife Maureen once said, "He'll die on the sidelines". Ironically just last week Miller was described by a CFL coordinator as a "Transformational Coach". I asked for a definition and he said, "A coach who transforms players into more than they ever thought they could be and in the end, thought they did it all on their own. Kenny never takes the credit".

10 - THE FOOTBALL GODS: A first quarter ankle injury knocked Duron Carter out of Friday's game and denied him a chance to set a Rider record for consecutive games with a touchdown catch at seven. The football gods intervened and said, "No Duron, you will not surpass Hugh Campbell and Weston Dressler". Asked about it on Wednesday, Carter said "No big deal. I'll just start another streak." That's confidence, not arrogance.

You ask for proof that football gods exist? I ask you for proof that they don't.

Y'er welcome,
RP
@rodpedersen

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm with you right up until you claimed Bill Gates wasn't the happiest man in the world. That may not be true. He's actively making the world a better place through his foundation. He is credited with almost wiping out 4 4 diseases from the planet & saving lives hundreds of thousands of lives already and that number will reach millions way before he's sitting in a depends talking about the good old days. He's sleeping pretty good at night

Anonymous said...

CFHOF in...gasp..Saskatoon??? WTF they are not a CFL city, Regina is the hotbed of Rider Nation. Yes the Province supplies many fans but nothing near the amount Regina supplies. Saskatoon gets training camp and reciprocates by sending a few thousand fans each game. That's great but where is the reward for Regina who supplies 80%? I recommend Regina the heart of the CFL.

Anonymous said...

Why would you suggest the CFHOF move to Saskatoon? Mosaic Stadium is now THE destination for football in Canada. It draws football fans from all over the province 10 times a year. Saskatoon would create no more interest than Hamilton. I know there is not much to do in Saskatoon when it's not Lacrosse season. Just stirring the pot I guess.

Anonymous said...

Proof? Proof that football gods exist? Only one exists, and he's bonofide!
"The Sask. Football God Mr. Kent Austin".

Proof? Proof that they don't exist? Ask Darian Durant about his imaginary football friends dancing around in his head, he's so called them football gods in the media. Huh? Darian, they ain't no such thang, they don't exist. Your personal play/win loss team stats say so. Silly boy!

Anonymous said...

What is happening ro DD is proof there are no football gods, or is that proof there are gods?

Anonymous said...

In no way shape or form does the CFHOF belong in Saskatoon. Persobally I'd rather see it work in Hamilton but if it HAS to move then Regina should be the only Saskatchewan candidate. This whole "Regina has to bend over backwards to kiss up to the rest of the province when it comes to the Riders" is absolute B.S. Regina is home to the Riders, Regina is home to the CFL in this province and that's bloody final. The rest of the province is welcome to SHARE in that, but it's fundamentally hours. Lumsden gets the duck derby all to itself, Saskatoon gets the synchrotron and its pretentious airs all to itself, so the Riders and major stuff like the CFHOF is damn well ours.

Anonymous said...

It certainly doesn't help that Durant has had different coaches almost every year since he's been in the league, constantly starting over, but he still has a few good years I'm sure if he could ever get in a stable coaching envireonment. No need to bash him, he did a lot of good for sask.

Anonymous said...

The suggestion that the CFHOF should be put in Saskatoon was Huf stirring the pot before Calgary comes to town. Deep down he knows it belongs in Regina.


The better question regarding Durant is: if he accepted a pay cut to stay with the Riders would the Riders have the same or even a better record?

The answer is definitely not.

Richard from Saskatoon said...

The Als have lost 5 in a row, not 8 Ina row. And I'm pretty sure Bill Gates is a hoy man. Why wouldn't he be?

As for the HOF, I live in Saskatoon but I think moving the hall here is a dumb idea. While there is strong football tradition here with the Huskies and Hilltops, it's nowhere near the storied history and incredible present of the Riders, who belong in Regina. NEw Mosaic stadium is literally a "bucket list" destination if you're a football fan in Canada. Can't same the same thing about Saskatoon. Sorry that's just reality

Richard in Saskatoon

Anonymous said...

If they were smart they would connect the CFHOF with the Hockey Hall in Toronto. Not that Toronto deserves it. But if you want to get people through the doors and see the history of the CFL, put it next to an already busy tourist destination like the HHOF. Fans won't flock to Saskatoon or Regina to see it, just like they don't flock to Hamilton. Move the Hall of Fame game to a different CFL city each year. Labour Day weekend would make sense as there are always big crowds at the stadiums.

MSinStoon said...

Get a grip anonymous #6 and others. Saskatoon is just as great as Regina to live in, no need to bash like children. Great football there (Hilltops, Huskies),having said that Saskatoon doesn't seem like a logical place for the Football hall of fame. Wherever it went in Canada it probably should go in a CFL stadium city.

Anonymous said...

Regina is home to the provincial government too. The rest of us share it but fundamentally it belongs to Regina! Take better care of them, OK? Lol.

Anonymous said...

Comments like this are why the rest of the CFL can't stand the Riders or their fans. I can smell the arrogance through my phone screen. Like wow, get off your high horses. You are NOT canadas team, you are NOT gods gift to football. You ARE ignorant, arrogant, obnoxious, and annoying. Give it a rest already

Anonymous said...

#9 GOOD MORNING RIDERS

In his prime Ken Miller was the best OC in the CFL and he did it different than the others and they've never caught on. His theory was 'show me what you got and I'll build a game plan around it'.
Every other OC has their playbook that they believe in and everyone must conform to it, come Hell or high water.
In 2007 Ken Miller became the Riders OC, looked at a very ordinary journeyman named Kerry Joseph and developed his playbook around Kerry's strong points. He didn't try to make KJ change, he built an offense that would compliment his talents.
End result? The Riders won the Grey Cup and Kerry Joseph was the league MOP.
That offseason GM Eric Tillman traded Kerry to Toronto where he quickly returned to being an ordinary journeyman.
We'll see how Ken Miller makes out with Darian Durant in Montreal but I suggest it will depend on how much power Kavis Reed gives Ken.

SWC


Anonymous said...

Great column as always Rod. My grade 9 English class at Campbell was very impressed!!

Aaron Anderson

Anonymous said...

Great to see Kenny Miller back in the CFL hopefully he can be a big help to DD

Anonymous said...

Hall of Fame in Winnipeg, the centre of the country...

Anonymous said...

Somebody's jealous of Canada's team. Have a Snickers bar.

Anonymous said...

Why do you care. If these comments upset you that much maybe stay away from the blog. Just saying. Oh, and have a great day.

Anonymous said...

I would reserve deciding whether there is a football god wearing a Rider jersey until the day the Riders beat the Stamps which could signal End Times...

Anonymous said...

The answer is, yes, quite likely.

Anonymous said...

DD looks defeated to me. I think the reality of his situation (i.e. he's starting over at this stage of his career) is sinking i and he's having some trouble adjusting. Remember, this is his first major transition in 11 seasons, and he was jettisoned from an organization he was highly invested in. I think his head and heart are not entinirely in it with MTL - which is exactly why they're bringing in Miller - to help him through that transition.

Anonymous said...

The same reason canton Ohio is the hall of fame city of All places . It's PURE LORE . and Saskatoon is a lovely place . Suplies us fans .. same team . Quit being a fishbowl "jackwagon " .. I'm from Regina .. Saskatoon has allot to offer and is much bigger than us .. get over it. I lived in Edmonton for 4 years during theirrivalry then cow town for 6. Sickening . I'm back in saskie now . I've always loved my riders and never ever want to stoop so low as some people do. I love my home . And I love our province . I get a bit of sibling rivalry .. but stop yourself . Same team same province .. your just being ignorant

Anonymous said...

Montreal struggling, not a shock. Kavis Reed was not, never was, the answer for that Franchise. I would in fact say took a step backward.

Toronto does not support CFL... OMG look at the stands it is pathetic. Announced attendance there is using creative counting at best.

Cory

Anonymous said...

A - Put that Canadian Football Hall of Fame in Swift Current Saskatchewan, Canada.
B - Let Brad Wall run it into the fround now that he's got nothing better to do.
C - Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame still in Swift Current.
D - Huh? CCMHF ceased operations soon after Brad took over and doesn't exist anymore, shame shame shame, sounds very familiar. People should have read between the lines of things to come. Too late.Dummies!

Go $askatchewan Roughriders!

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous #5 above - you are a moron. The Riders don't belong to Regina and Regina could never support the franchise on it's own. Thousands of fans across this province make the trip to Regina from parts all over this province and pump millions into the Regina economy through hotels, restaurants, fuel stations, etc. Fans from across this province buy millions of dollars in Rider swag and crown corps (that belong to all of Saskatchewan people) and private businesses outside of Regina pump millions of sponsorship dollars into the team. Crawl back under your rock and stop giving Regina Rider fans, and Rider fans in general, a bad name.

John Knight said...

To the idiot who says the Riders are not Canada's team. Who do you think is? Every team wants to play the Riders in their own stadium because they get more fans to their games. Also if you think we are ignorant,arrogant, obnoxious,and annoying maybe you should look in the mirror. Or maybe not, it would probably break. WE don't need to give it a rest as WE ARE THE MOST POPULAR TEAM IN THE CFL BAR NONE

Anonymous said...

Boy you must be a treat to be around on Christmas morning! Relax buddy, we concede!

Anonymous said...

I love when the rider fans say Canada's team because it really shows that they don't think before they speak. Put any Canadian team in the Stanley Cup final versus the Riders in a Grey Cup and I guarantee you that the veiwers and followers of any Canadian NHL Hockey team will be followed at least by 10 times the amount the riders have.

Anonymous said...

Wah. CFHOF has zero business being in Saskatoon. Official league events that take place in Sask belong in Regina, the place that the Riders play and belong.

Anonymous said...

Saying you're Canada's team is like calling yourself Canada's Greatest Athlete. RIP Iron Mike Sharpe who was from Hamilton.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rod, do you use the same spoon to stir the pot at home as you do at work? You are doing an awesome job no matter what.

Anonymous said...

Only takes three words to describe the Saskatchewan Roughriders fan base Riderville, - obnoxious uneducated rednecks.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why Ricky Ray was able to handle the transition of being traded and then to win a grey cup?

It might be because he posesses the kind of talent that makes all those around him play better. One might say he was able to carry a team at times.

Maybe Durant is a coach killer!

Anonymous said...

#1 Yes I can hardly believe its all come together this year. Last year is history and this crew is a contender now. Have to give credit the entire coaching staff. Riders win on Sunday...It's just going to be fantastic!
Bart

Anonymous said...

Most people I know in Saskatoon watch nfl and could give a crap about the CFL and much less, the cfhof.

Anonymous said...

Pot stirring 101, masterful Mr. Pedersen.

Rusty Peepot

Anonymous said...

Trust me, Saskatoon isn't interested in the CFL or the hall of fame, get over it vagina.

Lee said...

Where do u get the number 80% of the attendance at rider games are from Regina??

Anonymous said...

Ricky Ray's age when he was traded to thr Argos - 32. Darian Durant's age when he won the Grey cup - 32. Im saying that starting over at 35 is a very different prospect than doing it at 32.

Ricky Ray and Darian Durant are also very different personalities - Ray is ice, durant is fire. Durant obviously wanted to finish his career as a Rider and I think it cuts him pretty deep that it didnt go down that way, not to mention the WAY it went down.

Anonymous said...

This is pot stirring? Not even close. Does anyone remember the wild and woolly days of this blog when the real nutcases were out? It was a combination of 1980s WHL hockey blended with Stampede Wrestling you had all kinds of disturbers on here. We miss it!

Anonymous said...

Simple common sense. It could be as high as 85%

Anonymous said...

Of course it is.

Careful, your envy is showing.

Anonymous said...

You anecdotal evidence is not worth anything.

Lame attempt at being an edgelord.

Anonymous said...

If you still cant even admit that Darian Durant carried his team at times, u werent watching.