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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

10 THINGS I THINK I THINK FOR CAPITAL FORD SERVICE

1 - REALLY ROLLIN': These are exciting times in Riderville! The Green & White could clinch a playoff berth this weekend with a home win over Ottawa on Friday coupled with a BC loss at Winnipeg on Saturday. Does everyone comprehend what's going on around here right now? After Week 7 the Riders were in last place at 2-4 but since then, they've gone 6-2 and the only team hotter is the Calgary Stampeders (7-0). The Riders are winning and the games have been entertaining. What more could the Rider Nation ask for? And who thought the playoffs were even possible as of August long weekend?

2 - GET YOUR TICKETS: Having said all that, surprisingly there are still tickets remaining for Friday night's game against the RedBlacks (some as low as $25). The 2007 Grey Cup champions will be honoured at the game and that includes an autograph session in the Party In The Park before kickoff. The first 20,000 fans will receive Pepsi light sticks as well. Get your tickets at www.riderville.com or the Mosaic Stadium Box Office.

3 - THE SCHEDULE: A popular question around here this week is, "Who scheduled an 8:00 pm kickoff on a Friday night in October?" Who knows, but it's likely the worst possible game time for out-of-town Rider fans. Still, Friday's forecast calls for 7 degrees Celsius and clear skies. Bundle up, and know that it could be far worse! The Riders are 3-point favourites.

4 - HOLY CRAPIGNA: Riders' 3rd-year kicker Tyler Crapigna has quietly put together a nice string of 10 consecutive field goals made which stretches back to Week 10. The McMaster product hasn't missed a field goal since August 25 when the Riders trounced the Eskimos 54-31 in Edmonton. Can we finally put to rest any criticism over the 2015 Trade Deadline deal which sent Jerome Messam to Calgary for Crapigna? Messam was a pending free agent and likely wasn't coming back anyway so the trade (engineered by Jeremy O'Day) has turned out to be a steal.

5 - DEAD DEADLINE: The 2017 CFL Trade Deadline turned out to be a major dud. Thank God TSN didn't deliver a CFL Trade Deadline Special because the panel would've been left twiddling their thumbs all day. The only trade of note came 10 days ago when Hamilton dealt RB C.J. Gable to Edmonton well in advance of the deadline. The immediate inclination is to scrap the Trade Deadline altogether but we have to remember it wasn't put in place to please the fans and media. It's a strictly "Football Operations" edict.

6 - ARGO ATTENDANCE: We are loathe to discuss the pathetic crowds for Toronto Argonauts home games because it's become a cliche, yet people still bring it up. They announced 15,102 for last Saturday's Riders-Argos game at BMO Field but that was clearly an inflated number. What more can the Argos do? They have stable ownership, a fantastic stadium, a strong Coach/GM combo and a first-place team. And still, crickets. It's their problem - not ours - but Toronto sports fans say the team needs to be marketed far better. TSN's Dan O'Toole yelled over the P.A. system at Saturday's game, "How is this game not soldout?" But again, crickets. I refuse to believe it's hopeless.

By the way the Riders did their part. The team purchased 75 extra tickets for players' families at the Toronto game and Chris Jones personally bought 35 tickets and donated them to Toronto inner city youth so they could witness CFL football for the first time!

7 - BURNING BRIDGES: CFL.ca's Matt Cauz wrote a column this week suggesting the Argos' best hope to sell tickets would be to acquire Canadian quarterback Brandon Bridge of Mississauga, ON. Some Rider fans felt the column adds up to a whole lot of tampering but it's fine if someone in the Toronto media says it. The Argos themselves cannot. However I'm sure the Rider brass is saying, "Hands off". Either way it's adding up to be one of the most intriguing CFL off-seasons in many years. But there's plenty of excitement to be had before that.

8 - #VEGASSTRONG: The highlight of the sports week was the stirring pregame ceremony before Tuesday's Vegas Golden Knights home-opener against the Arizona Coyotes at T-Mobile Arena. 58 seconds of a moment of silence were observed along with dozens of First Responders being honoured at ice level. Vegas defenceman Deryk Engelland grabbed the mic and delivered a powerful speech to the soldout crowd. Then, the Golden Knights went out and mollywhopped the Coyotes 5-2 to become the first expansion franchise to begin 3-0. There is something very special being built in Vegas.

9 - LOCAL FOOTBALL: Scott MacAulay's Regina Thunder finished the regular season at 5-3 and now face the Huskies in Edmonton in a PFC semifinal Sunday at 1:00 pm. MacAulay told the SportsCage this team is capable of playing in the Canadian Bowl ... Meanwhile Steve Bryce's U of Regina Rams take a 3-2 record into Saturday's date with the Alberta Golden Bears in Edmonton. A Rams win could clinch a playoff berth. The crispness in the air at Mosaic Stadium this week has signaled that the most important time of the football year has arrived.

10 - WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE PATS?: It's a question I've heard a lot this week, and it's made me wince. The Queen City Kids fell 6-4 at home to Saskatoon on Wednesday which dropped their record to 3-4-1. They've long dropped out of the CHL Top 10 and seen rivals Swift Current and Moose Jaw take their place which stings even more. However watching Wednesday's game, I realized there's nothing wrong with the Pats. They haven't even played 10 games yet! (Although Coach & GM John Paddock told CKRM on Thursday their performance was "disturbing" and a "lack of respect for the game of hockey") Yes, they have a lot to figure out but you'd be a fool to think John Paddock doesn't have plenty up his sleeve in the months ahead.

Y'er welcome,
RP
@rodpedersen

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Attendance issues might become "our" problem if Toronto Montreal and Vancouver can't get their stuff together and start putting more butts in the seats in a gate reliant league, can't rely on a fat tv deal from tsn next time. If 2 of those teams go down it might be lights out for the cfl.

Anonymous said...

Believe it or not the schedule doesn't revolve around just the riders interests

Rod Pedersen said...

That's awesome. And it should.

Anonymous said...

yea the highest earning team in the league, that draws the biggest crowds in every city they visit, shouldn't have a huge influence on the schedule. Go home you basement dwelling pegger.

Anonymous said...

#2 Still Tickets available;

So the 'new' is wore off the stadium and people still don't like Jones. Who'd a thunk it?

TYS

Anonymous said...

For what was expected (and promised) to be one of the elite teams in the CHL, the Pats are not even close. Any rational and logical person should be able to see that. This is exactly the time to be very concerned. Paddock should start pulling the rabbits out the hat now instead of later. Don't wait until deadline where you can be terribly swindled.

In 2001 the Pats hosted the MC and weren't as good as expected. They had to make a ton of trades just to be competitive in the WHL. They were knocked out early in playoffs, waited a long time and didn't get to final game of the Memorial Cup.
In 2016 Red Deer hosted the MC. They too played poorly and then loaded up on trade deadline. Almost the exact same thing happened to them. They were knocked out early, waited and then didn't do well at the MC. Saskatoon as well had a very similar experience several years back.

After having just an average season loading up on January 10th seldom works. The Pats players had better get their collective heads out of their butts. A very nonchalant malaise seems to be taking over this team; players and perhaps other staff. It's not about the show it's about the hockey. The Pats have no time to waste hoping for a player to return who likely never will. They need help now so they had better have a blueprint and start putting it into place. They need upgrades in all areas. A team struggling to get to .500 needs help now and not later.

Anonymous said...

Evraz is going to hang heaters from roof for Friday. �������� it's gonna be cold

Anonymous said...

If the CFL is going to have Friday night double headers, one game in the east and one in the west, the west game is always going to start at 7:30p or 8p. This isn't the first time it's happened in SASK and it won't be the last. The question is: With only 9 teams how does the CFL schedule WRECKER have Ottawa with both their bye weeks in the final few weeks of the season? REALLY!! Does it not make sense just to rotate the bye weeks for the 9 teams. Can't be that hard to figure out.

Anonymous said...

AS much as many like to bash Coach Jones...buying those tickets for inner city youth to come watch a CFL game was an incredible gesture. Well done coach.

Scott Thompson said...

Exactly, I don’t understand why some in this fan base consider him such a villain. He’s turning us into a winner and hopefully Grey Cup Champs sooner rather than later. Will that finally make everyone happy?....doubt it.
In Jones I Trust.

Anonymous said...

A very good kicker, Roughriders draft pick - Quinn Van Gylswyk wasting away. Something about Crapigna says weak kicker coming back to bite the team somewhere along the line.

Anonymous said...

LOL! You don't know what cold is then! New to Saskatchewan?

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice that in the Toronto game the crowd noise seemed very loud on the TV feed, but when you listen to Rod on the radio - there was nothing.

Did TSN increase the crowd noise level into their audio feed?

Just curious. I don't think this is against any CFL rules, but it would make a small Toronto crowd seem larger and more exciting. Maybe get people to attend a game.

Anonymous said...

It would be a best case scenario if the Moosejaw Warriors get to the Memorial Cup in Regina!

Anonymous said...

Somewhat surprised there are still tickets available for Friday night. Either has to do with the 8pm start, or some blowback from the National Anthem issue.

As for the 8pm start I personally like it. Always enjoyed night games either at at the Old Mosaic, or New Mosaic, I just think the Atmosphere is better at night.

Anonymous said...

#1 Yes I am thrilled to be cheering for a winner! I lowered my expectations for the Riders in August to 7 wins. Didn't think they could beat the western teams. Then we beat B.C. and Edmonton. Now here we are with 8 wins and 4 games left to play. I love being wrong sometimes.
Bart

Anonymous said...

Being a Moose Jaw Warrior fan I am loving the Pat struggles but I do believe they will be an excellent team before the season is over, however they won't win their way to the MC.

Let's hope the Warriors are at the MC that would make the MC one of the most "memorial" in years.

Go Warriors!!!

Anonymous said...

Atmosphere is always better for night games. On Saturday afternoons the crowd seems to be sleepy once in awhile. Been to Rider games a lot colder than this Friday, suck it up and dress for it. As for those who drive in from out of town, don't whine. You know this happens once or twice per season.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Jones should be buying tickets in Regina, I see there's seats available.

Anonymous said...

According to some in these parts the riders should have 1st pick date and times for all of their games... talk about a sense of entitlement, unwarranted at that.

Anonymous said...

Nobody is arguing that hes improving the team. People dont like hom Because he basically spit in Durants face, instead of releasing him with some class. He's a baby, who acts out when he doesnt get his way. See: post game handshakes. Tickets for poor kids or not, I dont respect the guy.

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Anonymous said...

I want to care, I just can't seem to though. Its the Chris Jones effect.

Anonymous said...

Overall, people are dumb if they cant understand the 8:00 kickoff. It is quite simple, double header Friday 5 and 8 pm Saskatchewan time. The double header on saturday.

People complain so much about going head to head with NFL on Sunday then can't figure out why teams play on a friday night in the fall.

Can't win.

william weppler said...

To the anon talking about Pats and how Paddock better start making changes sooner than later. Just to let you know JP made a trade this week. Thought someone that's as concerned as you are would have heard that.

Anonymous said...

"or some blowback from the National Anthem issue."

Baaahahaha! That's right. Hundreds or thousands staying away from a Rider game because their players locked arms during the Canadian National Anthem. How dare they.

-temperature around zero degrees at kickoff
-Friday can be a difficult travel day
-plenty of people just went home for Thanksgiving...not going to make the trip two weeks in a row
-playing Ottawa
-this happens virtually every year

Anonymous said...

The Argos atttendence problem in the long run will become the riders problem as well with future tv contracts. With the carbon tax coming, slow economies In sask and Alberta, the cancelation of the energy east pipeline, might be less disposable income to throw at rider tickets and merchandise. I am sure with a nice new stadium the riders must have some concerns if other markets are not so viable. The rise of mls soccer also creates new competition for entertainment money in some markets as well.

With the playoff stretch, riders winning (and starting to look like a legit grey cup contender) maybe it's a sign of times the riders can't sell out their new stadium on a Friday night against the defending grey cup champs??

I really hope I am wrong but I can see some challenging years for the cfl and maybe even riders coming up.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn’t change our Sunday games because of the nfl, there’s no one in the eastern stadiums anyways, why should we suffer out west.

Anonymous said...

In order to like someone you have to respect him.

Anonymous said...

MJ Warrior fans are correct in saying the Pats cannot win their way to the Memorial Cup. The Pats team isn't close to good enough. The great start by Swift Current and Moose jaw pretty much ended any hope the Pats may have had for winning the division. The Pats have lost 5 of 8 games to date. By the time either of those good teams get to 5 losses the Pats will have 10. The Pats would have to play flawless for 20 straight games just to catch up. They have too many flaws for that. Especially with loser points it makes it near impossible to ever catch up. This sub .500 start has pretty much sunk the Pats hope of that accomplishment. They will be hard pressed to win 40 games this season.

The most recent trade was about as minor a trade as could have been made. This was for a 4th line depth player and hardly classifies as a brilliant or astute move. It failed to address the two biggest problems being goaltending and defence. This move by the GM did little to make the Pats more competitive.

Anonymous said...

I have commented on pathetic attendance in T.O. before. No matter how they market the Argos nothing will change. The Argos are not on anyone's radar in the "Centre of the Universe" Millions of people in the area and they can't draw shit. Time to move the franchise? I blame Rogers and his ego for wanting an NFL franchise and the local media for putting the CFL on par with high school tiddlywinks.Unless the media changes nothing will ever change in Toronto.Has anyone considered that maybe Toronto is not a sports town? Sure they sell out the Leafs games. Whoopie how many fans is that? About the same a the fans who attend an Argo's game.Toronto is a pussy city.
If they wouldn't come to see Doug Flutie why on earth would they come to see a "Canadian" local QB? In your dreams.
Cheers

Anonymous said...

Yeah and continued to get clobbered in the ratings by the NFL on Sundays why do you think they don't play on Thursdays since the NFL started

Anonymous said...

Swing and a miss there greenie...