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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

10 THINGS I THINK I THINK

1 - BEL13VE: This inspirational playoff slogan has captured the hearts of Rider Nation around the globe and the CFL's most loyal fanbase hasn't been hit with Playoff Fever like this in five seasons! Whomever came up with this catchy motto should take a bow. It's really caught fire.

2 - WHY STOP NOW?: It's safe to say the 2017 Roughriders have exceeded most everyone's expectations, except for their own. Simply making the playoffs in Year 2 of the Chris Jones regime was impressive enough because as of mid-August - when the team was 2-4 - I was already preparing excuses.  But 3 months later they've dethroned the defending champs in their house, and all that's left to make history is a win over the Toronto Argonauts in the East Final this Sunday. Granted, that's a very big step.

3 - ARRRRRRGOS: The 9-9 Argos have been listed as 1.5-point favourites on Sunday which is hardly a surprise. They won their division, and they're at home. In a preview on the CFL website, the Argos have been given the edge at QB, RB, DL, LB and DB. I'm starting to wonder why we're even playing the game! The Riders only got the nod at REC and K. The OL and KR game were a push and I'd say the same for the coaching match-up. Toronto's Trestman and Chamblin have won multiple Grey Cups while we already know how proficient the Saskatchewan staff is.

4 - THREE ISN'T A CHARM: I don't buy the notion that it's tough to beat a team three times in one season. The Riders beat the Argos 38-27 in Week 6 and 27-24 in Week 16. Close enough games, yes, but I feel Saskatchewan is the more-talented unit. If they protect the football and their quarterback, limit their penalties and are fundamentally sound, they will advance to the 105th Grey Cup in Ottawa and be the first western team to do it on this particular road.

5 - BURNING BRIDGE: Who knows if we'll see back-up Rider QB Brandon Bridge on Sunday? If all goes well for Saskatchewan, we won't. However no matter how this all plays out, Air Canada will have plenty of suitors at his door this off-season. His stock is going through the roof and he could have his pick of the Riders, RedBlacks and Alouettes and may even hear from the Argos and Ticats. His future is plenty bright.

6 - THE BIG SMOKE: We're already hearing grumbling about apathy towards the East Final in Toronto. It's such a worn out cliche. The first ever CFL playoff game at BMO Field will be an electrifying event and it's something I've spoken to Commissioner Randy Ambroise about: Let's celebrate what IS and not concern ourselves with what ISN'T. If Toronto doesn't grab ahold of this game with gusto, they're missing out!

7 - GET YOUR TICKETS: With the RedBlacks falling out of the CFL Playoffs, plenty of Grey Cup tickets have gone up for sale from RedBlacks season ticket holders. That's not to say this city isn't interested. They're just trying to get their money back and if the Riders are in, they'll go fast. However the RedBlacks ESF loss hasn't dampened the steam for the 2017 Grey Cup. We've spent a lot of time here in the past while and I can tell you this might be the best Grey Cup ever.

8 - NIGHTMARE MATCH-UP: Not to look too far down the road, but some have said an Edmonton-Saskatchewan Grey Cup would be a headache for the CFL. I don't agree. The Eskimos and Roughriders are the two marquee franchises in this league and there are many reasons why a championship game between the two would be appealing. However topping the list would be Chris Jones versus his former team. That's as delicious of a storyline as the CFL could muster!

9 - MIKE MCCULLOUGH: I've heard the gripes about the CKRM football analyst for awhile now and this week it popped up on Social Media. Some Rider fans don't care for Mike's critical tone, but that's Mike. The Rider great was hired for his opinions and the fact is he's been through more personal strife than most people could bare. Whether he's right or not is a matter of opinion. But getting worked up about someone else's opinion is a waste of time and money.

10 - THE WEST: The Western Semifinal played out like we expected, but it didn't play out like we expected. Edmonton beat Winnipeg 39-32, yes, but injured Bomber QB Matt Nichols didn't let his team down. Winnipeg scored more points than the Riders did that day! No, the Bomber defense was their Achilles Heel in this year's playoffs and now Bomber fans must be wondering if they'll get this close again. As for the West Division Final and Edmonton at Calgary, the Stampeders are favoured by 5-points. I've got the Esks to advance.

Y'er welcome,
RP
@rodpedersen

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

#9; I didn't that you don't get 'worked up' when someone's opinion differs from yours.

Anonymous said...

I think any Grey Cup with the Riders in it is good for the league.

How may Argos fans would drive 4+ hours from the GTA to Ottawa for the game? My guess...you could fit them all on a school bus.

How many Rider fans would make the 4+ hour FLIGHT from Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC? TONS!

A Grey Cup featuring Saskatchewan sells tickets, creates atmosphere and gets eyeballs on TSN.

I think TO vs. CGY is the worst matchup for the CFL.

Anonymous said...

I love Mike. He is entitled to his opinion....even if it is an opinion that you don't like. And he will always give you his honest opinion. It makes for boring radio when everyone just echoes each other's opinions. Leave Mike alone. He is very interesting.

Just a 'Rider fan said...

Mike Mc is one of the best parts of the postgame show! There's little he hasn't seen, and he has a wicked sense of humour. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't tune in. Keep it going, Mike!!!!

Anonymous said...

I've talked to a few friends who are TiCats fans. Judging by their comments and the ones on social media, the eastern fans that aren't for the Argos are more than happy to throw their support to the Riders bandwagon. Canada's team indeed!


Gunderson's Yorkton

Anonymous said...

Hoping for the Riders but seeing an Argo/Eskie cup.

Anonymous said...

Wow Roddy!! Looks like there are a LOT of mentally weak people reading your blog because everyone just freaks out when I post my opinion on here. You are so right!!

Also Roddy I’m glad you now see the light re: #10 in that you’ve got the Esks to advance...what with the #1 ranked quarterback — Mike Reilly—and the #1 power ranked team, you just can’t go wrong.

And before anyone gets so worked up about what I just said, remember what Roddy said (hint hint first word begins with m and second begins with w). Chow!!

Anonymous said...

F!!k The person who came up with that lame slogan just jinxed everything now with reference to the #13. TRASH IT ASAP !!!!

Anonymous said...

Mike, Chris Best and Paul Woldu have been excellent on game days this year, a great balance with Mr. Ball. I like hearing Mike's perspective and unique approach on the show given all his years with the team.

Zalmer Chubb said...

I'd like to see both Mike and Paul replaced after this season. Good enough guys but they have no enthusiasm and are just plain boring to listen to. Let's get some life into that segment

Anonymous said...

Band wagon fans make you Canada's team...hahahaha, probably the stupidest thing I have ever heard. BRAINS!!!!

Anonymous said...

Love Mike M. He provides balance. Does not sing from the same song book and that is great. Says it like it is.

Anonymous said...

Why does everyone think the Argos are so much better than the Riders when they finished at 9-9 playing a lot of games vs. the east?

Execute the game plan and we'll be on our way.

Anonymous said...

As the saying goes opinions are like a-holes, everyones got one.

Just that some stink more than others, see: bum bomber, eskimo and stumps trolls.

@mrt_man said...

"F!!k The person who came up with that lame slogan just jinxed everything now with reference to the #13. TRASH IT ASAP !!!!"

YEAH I'M NOT IN WITH 13 ANYTHING. THE RIDERS NEED TO DO A RETHINK IF THEY BEL13VE THAT CONTINUING ON WITH MORE 13TH MAN REFERENCES IS A GOOD IDEA. I HOPE THE TEAM DOES AWESOME, BUT I THINK WE CAN CONTINUE ON WITHOUT HIGHLIGHTING ONE OF THE BIGGEST BLUNDERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE FRANCHISE OVER AND OVER. WHOOPEEDOO LETS ROLL OUT A WE CAME PRETTY CLOSE TO WINNING A GREY CUP BANNER EVERY GAME.
I HOPE THEY COME UP WITH SOMETHING BETTER FOR THE PRE GAME STUFF NEXT YEAR. KEEP BRING EM OUT OBVIOUSLY, BUT LET'S CRANK THINGS UP A COUPLE MORE NOTCHES!

HAVEN'T BEEN TO AN AWAY GAME BEFORE, OTHER THAN SOME GREY CUPS (SO NOT REALLY GOING INTO ENEMY TERRITORY)... WAS KINDA SURPRISED HOW QUIET THINGS WERE IN OTTAWA. RAN INTO MANY FANS WHO WERE IN THE NOT TORONTO CAMP, AFTER THE GAME. EVEN IF IT IS JUST TO STICK IT TO TORONTO, NICE TO HAVE SOME MORE FOLKS JUMPING ON THE BANDWAGON.

HOPING FOR GOOD THINGS THIS WEEKEND. CAN WE STOP WILDER OR IS HE GONNA HAVE A FIELD DAY? LETS LIMIT WILDER, AND TRY TO AVOID STUPID TURNOVERS, AND THEN I LIKE OUR CHANCES.

Anonymous said...

Try wearing a aluminum foil hat, that should work.

Anonymous said...

That slogan reminds me of the 13th man on the field a few years ago that BLEW the grey cup for the Riders.......who wants to relive that???

Anonymous said...

Toronto was averaging about 13,000 per game this year. Probably will be lucky to draw 18 to 20 thousand even with the Riders there this week end. I pick Riders in this one by at least 9 points.

Anonymous said...

The Argos played the same number of games against the East as the Riders. They both played eight games against Eastern opponents.

Anonymous said...

Agree about the Argos record is mediocre, but you realize every team plays the same schedule, right? 10 games vs. Western teams & 8 vs. Eastern teams

Tim said...

An East team plays two games against each West team, and a West team plays each East team twice. But a West team plays more games against other West teams because there are only 4 other west teams. An East team plays more against some east team's than just two because there are only three other east teams.

Anonymous said...

Hear ! Hear ! @met_ man !

Anonymous said...

HEAR ! HEAR !
I second that motion, hear/see no objection, all in favour, motion carried. TRASH BEL13VE ASAP!
What a lame a** slogan. TRASH IT!

Anonymous said...

How in the hell is a 500 team favored? Last week the REDBLACKS were favored, now this continuous crap. Saskatchewan Roughriders win this game easily!

Anonymous said...

I will take Mike M., Chris B., and Paul W., any day, any time over Luc, Abou, and Duke.

Anonymous said...

Well Rod, I don't see how you can rate the units any differently. Ray has been outstanding, Glenn inconsistent throughout the season & Bridge hardly in the same league. Ray is one of 3 QB's to have won 3 GC's as a starter, the other 2 have none. If it's Wilder vs Thigpen, Wilder has done it since he started. The Riders may have the best DE in the CFL but Butler is no slouch. Lemon has 8 sacks in 12 games & Davis is good so those 3 at DE are better than ours & the 2 All-Star tackles, Laing & Wynn, are far superior to the Rider duo. As for LB's, Ball & Woods are as good a duo as anyone. Outside of Riderville I can't see how any unbiased person can see the ratings any differently. This team was both the #2 offence behind Edm & #2 defence behind Calgary. They're a good team & let's not be upset because the Argos are getting some well deserved love for their season. It doesn't always have to be about the Riders. As for Bridge, TSN's Taylor did some stats on him.Do yourself a favour & look it up. Waaayyyyy overrated. Sandlot football - someone called that about right. There's a lot of QB's coming up in free agency this year. I would be shocked if Bridge is starting anywhere. Why don't you ask Jones direct & watch him avoid the subject? Bridge is not the answer in Regina & Jones knows it. You can take that to the bank. Remember this come next year, Rod.

tskware said...

Rod,
You were doing so well this year. I don't want to hear that you were getting excuses ready to explain away the Rider's poor season had it continued down the toilet. Just tell it like it is. Have honest opinions (the same thing you give Mike credit for doing). That's what people want to hear. Not the best excuses you could come up with. (Side note.. I find some humour in how you (and the panel) stood up for Taman etal until the end of his tenure and now you refer to those teams as terrible teams.. which is it?)

At any rate. Good job this year. I felt your insights were more balanced and honest than in years past. Thanks for the good work!

CM said...

Agree with you on the podcast Argos way better than Redblacks. Argos DLine is fierce, Im sure we'll see Bridge simply because Glenn will be under siege. Scruffy is wrong no way redblacks were a tougher challenge. As for lineup maybe Demski is good to go and they could then bring in TRich. Not a fan of Lafrance always unable to convert on 2nd and 2 and going down on first contact. He forced Adams to barely convert on 3rd and short. Also need TRich in the red zone. Adams barely scored on 3rd down TRich would have hammered that thing in. McCulloughs opinion is fine h'es just wrong. Too much hate for Duron. Im sure he would be pumped for a solid citizen like Luke Tasker instead. Some guys let personal bias cloud their ability to see whose talented and who isn't.

Anonymous said...

Love the insight from Mike M - even if I don't agree - he brings a different twist to the conversation. Keep up the good work Mike.

Anonymous said...

Actually Eastern teams play more games against Western opponents than they do Eastern opponents.

Anonymous said...

Hey genius the 13th man slogan has nothing to do with the 2009 Grey Cup, it's referencing the fact that there are 12 players on the field and the fans are the 13th man. Why should we let one game ruin that tradition? This obsession with the 2009 GC is mentally weak and childish. Grow up.

Tim said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Agree about the Argos record is mediocre, but you realize every team plays the same schedule, right? 10 games vs. Western teams & 8 vs. Eastern teams.

Anonymous said...
Actually Eastern teams play more games against Western opponents than they do Eastern opponents.

November 15, 2017
Your comment was that every team plays the same schedule. They do not.
Teams from the east get to play the weaker east teams more often than the West teams do even though the total number of games is the same. See below..

Anonymous Tim said...
An East team plays two games against each West team, and a West team plays each East team twice. But a West team plays more games against each West team because there are only 4 other west teams. An East team plays more against some east team's than just two because there are only three other east teams

Anonymous said...

Mike's opinion is valid in that Duron runs hot and cold. He has big yards some games but he has had more than one game here with less than twenty yards receiving, as low as twelve yards a game, even when he has played only offence. You won t find a game where Ellingson, Zylstra or Tasker have only twelve yards. And they won't be bragging on Twitter about how great they are. They let their play on the field do the talking. Ellingson probably had more yards on the limp last week than Duron had. Duron has a million dollar talent, a two cent head and a mouth that just won't quit.

Anonymous said...

Yes Tim each year the Eastern teams play 2 teams an extra gane & the West play 2 teams an extra game. But East & West play the East 8 times & the West 10 times. So you think playing In Mtl one more & in Calgary one less means what? You lost in Mtl & won in Calgary. You can also argue one less game vs the #1 Stamps in Calgary but you won there. Give us one more game at Mosaic with the Esks but you lost there. When the 2018 schedule comes out you don't know who you'll have to play the extra games against so you can't know if it's an advantage or not, whether East or West. What you DO know is this year you get a 3rd game vs the Argos. As the Bombers just found out, winning the 2 regular season games means nothing. If you think the Argos are a lesser team because of easier opponents then there should be no problem,, yes? You should be happy about it.

Anonymous said...

Should we start rating RBs on missed holes and DB on dropped interceptions? Ever think the interceptions that Bridge ALMOST threw were not caught because he put a little extra zip on them or put them in a place that was tough for the DB to catch it. If we want to start making up stats and dissecting every position we are going to make a lot of "Allstars" look pretty ordinary.

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Anonymous said...

#2; "I was already preparing excuses."

Hilarious!!!

Anonymous said...

Trash that slogan.......that reminds everyone of the 13th man on the field a few years ago that BLEW the grey cup for the Riders.......or should I say B13W??