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Sunday, November 5, 2017

CAPITAL FLEET RECAP: RIDERS TO HEAD EAST!






REGINA - Mike Reilly lives for November football.

His CFL resume proves it.

On a cold and snowy night in Regina, with turf that felt more like concrete, Reilly shone brightly and led his Edmonton Eskimos to their fifth consecutive win, a 28-13 triumph over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The win clinched third place for Edmonton in the CFL West, and a date with Winnipeg in next Sunday's Western Semifinal at Investors Group Field.

For Saskatchewan, the loss meant they finish in fourth place and will crossover into the East Division playoffs next Sunday at Ottawa. Toronto clinched first place and a first round bye by virtue of their 40-13 win at BC Saturday night.

"This is what we live for,'' Reilly said after his three-touchdown performance. "This is why you work all season, all off-season. This is why you leave your family at home and travel and stay up here and do the long-distance thing for a few months. It's 18 weeks plus training camp and pre-season and it all comes down to this time of year. I love it.''

Reilly's touchdowns all were of the rushing variety. His second score of the night, early in the fourth quarter, extended a one-point lead to eight at 21-13. On the ensuing kickoff, Edmonton forced a fumble and recovered on Saskatchewan's 27-yard line. Five plays later, Reilly was in the end zone again after a one-yard run.

Reilly rushed for 29 yards, and his 294 passing yards made him the Eskimos' all-time leader in that category.

"When he's playing hot at the end of the year, and there are reasons why is playing hot at this time of year - it's the guys around him as well,'' explained head coach Jason Maas. "He still has to make the decisions and put the ball where it needs to be and make the checks. He's doing all of that at a very high level right now. He has a lot of confidence.''

The Eskimos enter the CFL playoffs as the league's hottest team. A month ago, there was doubt the team would contend for a post-season berth having lost six straight after a 7-0 start to the season.

But the Eskimos feel they're playing their best football now and will be a tough out.

"The road is never easy for championship teams,'' Reilly said. "The reason why you're able to win a championship is because you're able to fight through some stuff during the season and it prepares you for this time of year.''

The Riders have won eight of their last 12 games, but head coach Chris Jones wasn't a fan of his team's final performance in the regular season.

"We were undisciplined, took too many penalties, missed too many assignments,'' Jones said. "I certainly hope that's not indicative of what we'll do next week.''

Brandon Bridge and Marcus Thigpen were bright spots for the Riders. Bridge relieved starter Kevin Glenn and promptly threw a touchdown strike to Thigpen that cut into Edmonton's 11-0 lead in the second quarter.

With running backs Trent Richardson and Cameron Marshall not dressed, Thigpen led Saskatchewan in rushing (32 yards), which included an eight-yard touchdown rush in the third quarter. He also had 31 receiving yards.

CJ Gable rushed for a game-high 70 yards for Edmonton.

(The Canadian Press)

POSTGAME COMMENTS FROM CHRIS JONES

- We were undisciplined. Took too many penalties and missed too many assignments. That will need to be fixed by next week but it's not indicative from one game to another. I certainly hope it's fixed. When you take 13 penalties, turn the ball over and stay backed up all night long, it's pretty tough to beat good teams.

- It does not look good for Brendon Labatte. I'd anticipate he'll be out.

- I thought Marcus Thigpen looked real well. He looked like the most dynamic player on the field. He was at another speed than anybody else.

- We'll have to evaluate Jovon Johnson later in the week.

- Like I just mentioned, we've swept the East before but the games are independent. That gives us some experience but Toronto and Ottawa are two very well-coached teams and very disciplined. We'll have to be at our best.

- Any time you have to go cross country, it's tough and now we'll have to go win two or three of them in a row.

- Kevin Glenn will be our starter and we'll see how the games go from there.

- We'll be staying down east the whole time. We've done that in the past so we'll stick with what works.

- It's do or die now. There's no mulligans. If you get beat, you go home. I like that pressure. It's kind of fun. You know how much work goes into it and it's fun.

- Certainly you look at what's happened in the past and what you've done successfully in the past but it's the players that have to go out and execute a simple game plan.

RP
@rodpedersen



77 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lots of empty seats. I guess support for" Canada's team "only happens when its warm. Seems like the definition of fair weather fans

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Anonymous said...

Nice try riders but the #1 ranked quarterback and power ranked team just had their way with you. And yes Rod I am not a robot

Anonymous said...

3 Sickening comments to start this show. Empty seats yes but 31,000 plus tickets sold. You know where to stick those Poppies # 2. #3 You might not be a Robot but it sounds like your a Thick Skull with no escape for a brain to work.
Riders lost this one on Penalties but the East better get ready because there will be a "Big Green Machine" coming your way soon. Go Riders !

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Anonymous said...

Nice support Regina, too cold for ya I guess eh?

Anonymous said...

Going east will not be easy. Both Ottawa and Toronto have superior QBs.

Anonymous said...

I too am also not a robot. Nanu Nanu.

Anonymous said...

Eskies pounded the 4th place riders just as I predicted and the riders won't win another game this year BOOK IT !

Anonymous said...

You played the A team today, not missing 7 starters on defence, Bowman, Hazelton, Walker or Grymes. Not gifted 37 points on turnovers. Riders still have a way to go. But to be fair, a greatly improved team. Congratulations on a good regular season.

Anonymous said...

WTF! Paying patrons moved from seats for safety reasons at new "Mosaic Stadium" Regina Saskatchewan.

Anonymous said...

56 km winds in the south east corner. It was hell sitting there, so don't be a coward. #dipsh*t

Anonymous said...

If we had Darian we would of won !
He's tough in the cold.

Anonymous said...

Above stadium picture cap = Fake news.

Dex said...

Small black eye for the stadium Saturday. People not being able to sit in sections of the east side because of snow dangers.

I hope they go with Bridge next week. He gives them an ability to keep plays alive that Glenn just can't.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how big of a fine Edmonton will get for the head shot on the Morris fumble.

Dirty Edmonton football. Typical of Jason "I hear ya" Mass

Anonymous said...

Wow awful crowd... very disappointing. The eskimos once again prove thay they're truly Canada's team. The crowd was really pathetic. I don't believe I've ever seen that poor of a crowd at commenwealth stadium or even McMahon.

Anonymous said...

I agree with above poster saying the Riders are done! Our oline is terrible and has been terrible all year. l agree with TSN panel saying we have no bonifide starter which will cost us next week vs a quality qb like Harris. It will be next year country but the huge improvement this year was nice to see.

Anonymous said...

The League Board of Directors and Randy need to think this one out. A night game, in the winter at the home of the leagues best fans in a semi meaningful game the Place is half full. How can this be good for the growth of the game? The season needs to start earlier. Canada might embrace a Thanksgiving Day Grey Cup to go with their turkey. Easy to market and fantastic exposure.

Anonymous said...

I am always bewildered as to what motivates a fan from any differing sports team to comment on another teams website page.

I can't imagine why I would ever do it myself.

I would love to know what these people do for a living and be fascinated to have lunch with them to have the opportunity to attempt to discover what makes them tick.

My uneducated assumption is they are essentially indicating, in a round about way, "I'm better that you", but that's just a guess.

Western Manitoba Riders said...

There were some positive parts to the game today, although overall and despite the hype from the local media, this game showed us that while this team has made great strides, the Esks are, at least at this time, a better team. All that being said, and even if one cannot forget the at times circus and other times ruthless or controversial atmosphere surrounding the Jones regime thus far, it was not at all looking like a 10 win season this summer, and it has been in many regards a pretty good year. What they do have in their favor, is that with football at playoff time, it is one and done on any given Sunday, which can translate into Ottawa or Toronto losing to the Riders, if they have an off day or Saskatchewan has a great game. I would like to have to eat these words but one win would be great, and while two wins on the road in the playoffs would be unreal yet not entirely expected, to have three wins, which would mean hoisting Lord Grey's trophy later this month, is a big a long shot (and one could make a very tidy sum on a bet or friendly wager). And by the way, if all of the funding partners were already in about $300 million, why not go to $400 million and have a roof for days like today, or so that this shiny new state of the art facility could be used for the next 6 months as opposed to sitting dormant (other than the Heritage game this winter, but which is not an annual event)? I am not trying to come off as flippant, but at such a high price, and even if the stadium is a source of community spirit, playing host to more than just the Riders but other local teams as well as concerts over the summer months, a larger investment up front capital investment could have resulted in a more year round venue. But hospitals need more funding and the same with education and other priorities such as infrastructure and safe roads, such that while throwing money at an issue is not always the solution especially when there are such inefficiencies with the delivery of services by government, one could justify leaving the financial tab where it is and just bundle up to deal with the odd snowstorm and cool wind. Good luck next week to the Riders, and thanks for an entertaining season thus far, with hopefully much more to come.

Anonymous said...

Rider Nation----world's greatest fans! NOPE! It was proven tonight. They had more people come out to cold weather games at the old place.

Anonymous said...

Saskatchewan led the CFL with total paid fans for the 2017 regular season. Edmonton was second.

Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous dips hit #1, "fair weather fans" doesn't actually refer to the weather. It's a metaphor (you know, kinda poetic stuff for the literate) about how the team is doing at the moment.

BTW, don't worry, Rider fans are still there buying tickets, merchandise, hotel rooms and plane tickets that will ensure the Grey Cup is a success. Cold is cold + the roads were really bad. Please continue supporting your team.

Rob in Stoon

Anonymous said...

First post on here and it’s a negative in your face ridiculous comment.
Rod I implore you to change the topography of your comment section. It sure would be a refreshing change. Just imagine how great this site would become without trolls bantering Rider fans. I’m disappointed you would allow so many posts to come from an Albertan troll who nails every Rider article. He hides when Calgary loses but is first to post when SK loses and then posts numerous times. Ever since the CFL awards night recognized RiderNation. I wish the Commissioner would have left well alone. I believe he wanted to inspire the fan base of other teams. Instead all that came of it was jealously and enragement from truly unwell individuals. Several of the negative posts are from one Calgary fan. He has a dozen screen names on 3downnation but he is better known as the Donkey. His White Horse handle gave everyone the idea to call him Donkey because he’s such a jack ass.
Reading his crap on here when It was hard enough sitting through a game that in our minds was a playoff game. Only to realize that a majority of the Green and white players decided otherwise. Uninspired play at this point in the season is a recipe for disaster. It honestly looks like a majority of the players want to be home in time for Black Friday. So I say this... “Fact” Show up the same way next week. Have your bags packed and ready to go. The Riders front office can have direct flights ready to go. You can Dine on Delta as you fly home from Ottawa.
Or you guys can pull it together and live up to what Duron said in Calgary. “”no one wants to play us right now”” Because if I was Ottawa. I would be licking my chops knowing the sub par Riders are coming to our house. We beat them in their own house. So let’s crush them in ours.

Anonymous said...

Hey riders watch out the renegades are coming after you the are gonna crush th riders in playoffs next week

Anonymous said...

I think more people would of shown up if they had more place to warm up other then the elevator lobby's and washrooms.

Anonymous said...

I was asked if the riders would finish 3rd in the west ans was told to tell ridernation "SHUT YOUR MOUTH" I had to laugh after all it came from a stamps fan.

Anonymous said...

I’m sure the riders will be relieved they don’t have to put up with the constant aggravation from fans and media types, now that’s they can go down east for 3 weeks and concentrate on football. With no distractions , They will thus be in the best form for there run at the cup.

Anonymous said...

Guess what Sad little boy... every Rider fan knew about the EE injury problems when we played them. However your probably to stupid to realize that the tables were turned tin this game. Small minded in your own little EE bubble that you had no idea the Riders were playing with several starters out with injuries on both sides of the ball. Both starting RB’s. Thug pen did ok but he missed several key blocking assignments to give Bridge time. The Riders top receiver in catches and yards. Mr natural second down. Keep the drive alive Naaman Roosevelt. Our Dline missing the tackles. Still waiting for our starting LB’s. Next week all but 1 return. Except those who were injured in this game. If LaBatte is not playing that is huge. So no worries. Hopefully we meet up again in the GC and settle this.
Why are people so blinded by what is happening to them. Never looking on the other side of the fence to see that others may be facing their own dilemma!

Keeping it real

Anonymous said...

Hey the stadium is "roof ready" Doesn't this small little problem suggest it might be a good idea to roof it? If danger to fans doesn't change anything then the elites who favoured this as a alternative to a roofed stadium were only blowing smoke.What happens if a fan gets killed because of their arrogance? IMO it should have been roofed in the first place. (See Fargo North Dakota)
For those who desire the old fashioned open air stadium, attend the game not snuggle down in your comfy basement.

Anonymous said...

Your not even close to be being able of beating the Eskimos so go to Ottawa and lose ... ESKIMOS beat a bo Levi and a very good QB in the western final. Sliders you are either gonna get sliced and diced by Harris or Powell will gash you for a one and done

Anonymous said...

There are still fools out there you think an open stadium was the way to go. You never build that type of stadium in saskatchewan. We all know lead the charge for this abomination. Taxpayers have to pay big forever for something that was wholly inadequate.

Labatte's been done for a while now. Far too injury prone. …and of course Kevin Glenn is our starting QB….never has and never will win anything...……..get a grip Jones.

Anonymous said...

Well Rod, I guess if you didn't post all the stupid comments there would be next to no comments. This blog, while very informative sure draws the idiots.

Anonymous said...

Hope Chris Jones has thawed out. It’s winter get a jacket and gloves man.

Anonymous said...

So many negative Nellies. Congrats to the Riders for a much improved regular season of 10 wins. I enjoyed it immensely. We beat all the other teams at least once.

Now the real fun begins. Any of the six teams can win the cup. Next up Ottawa will be a dandy. Both regular season contests were 1 point last second games. GO RIDERS!
Bart

Anonymous said...

Mike Riley is the best qb in the league as he showed again last night.

Anonymous said...

Surprised so many 'fans' from other cities are so jealous of Rider Pride. Get a life.

Tim Paquin said...

Unless Richardson was really hurt it was a mistake to have him on the 1 game. Two quality RB's would have made a difference. So would a tighter defence. Very undisciplined penalties. Playing like a week one club, not a playoff team.

Anonymous said...

Beli13ve the Riders will win in Ottawa. Go Riders!!

Anonymous said...

WHY DON’T WE GET MOSAIC TO Pay for the roof on the stadium, they have their name on it, and i’m Sure the cost would be minuscule to them, they take a lot of product from our province , what do you say. The mosaic retractable roof. I’m all for it.

Anonymous said...

in a stadium that is so fan friendly sub zero weather becomes hardy; the empties appear as I understand when transportation is an issue! If the crowd hovered at 30k hey hey!

Anonymous said...

The League Board of Directors and Randy need to think this one out. A night game, in the winter at the home of the leagues best fans in a semi meaningful game the Place is half full. How can this be good for the growth of the game? The season needs to start earlier. Canada might embrace a Thanksgiving Day Grey Cup to go with their turkey. Easy to market and fantastic exposure.

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QUIT MAKING EXCUSES!!! Others (like me) got their warm winter gear and enjoyed the game. Suck it up buttercup! You talk about growth of the game, but the only growth is your a$$ getting wider from sitting on the couch and bitching about the schedule. You chose not to go and that somehow is the league's fault. What a pathetic individual you must be. Do you hand out participation ribbons too?

Russ

bdunc said...

I know its an old subject....but how bout starting a month earlier. Anyway about the attendance for the season we were clearly the leaders all year,that counts for on the road as well. This fan base in Sask travel to games from all parts of the province and travel was really dicey for game day....can't blame people for staying home and being safe. I read this and other similar blogs everyday and it always astounds me at the hate that some people spew to make themselves feel better. Can't you just enjoy the sport and support your own team?

Anonymous said...

Great post! I agree with you 100%. It’s goung to be so much clearer out East for the team to focus on the games. Instead of listening or reading articles from CJME radio announcers that seem to create excess amounts of negative drama. Unfortunately we still have to deal with the crap of the Alberta Trolls that Rod allows to post on here. It’s the same dude posting over and over and over again. Maybe if there was a 2 post maximum to each article. We wouldn’t have to participate in unwell OCD behaviour of an unemployed Alberta dude that only writes vomit and vile. His jealousy of Ridernation is well documented. Sigmund Froid would have loved this Albertan specimen. It would have been right up there with why kids would rather hold it as long as they can instead of sitting on a toilet. Or why he’s physically attracted to his Mother.

Anonymous said...

New "Mosaic Stadium"_
When this bluprint design was first revealed, it was blatantly obvious this open concept build with its over hangs was not for Saskatchewan. (aknowledged note, its an improvement over what it replaced). First rendered blueprint reveal likened to a old over used crinkled hospital bed pan. The first year of operations to this (part time) venue as previously stated way back, correct. This facility not conducive to the harsh 4 season weather elements of the open prairies, leaving it suseptible to reacurring (wind/other/unseen) damage, created safety issue/hazzards to the public within its boudaries (while the so called entitled elite sit In the comfort of their suites laughing it up). (How you liking that SE corner seating last night? Or the Eastside section where you were removed?). In their infinite haste to get this facility built they got it all wrong from the get go. (You know who you). Was this facility built roof ready? Probably not!! New "Mosaic Stadium"_ Regina, get used to it. It's yours! with all its perks, lol, wrong location, no parking, weather elements, safety issues etc etc...

Anonymous said...

Good post but just an FYI. The stadium is not only used by the Riders. They are in fact the major tenant. However New Mosaic Stadium is used by University and (High School football... along with Leibel Field)

3RD and 1 said...

This Alberta commenter named Dinky Donkey thinks people are stupid like him. He does these exact same lists on 3doen nation where he agrees with himself trying to make it look like someone else. The amount of time he spends posting all over Rider Web sites. I’m positive he’s never had a girlfriend. So agreeing with himself is probably not the only thing he does with himself on a consistent basis.
What a simpleton unemployed Alberta Fool!

Anonymous said...

Russ (from stoon?). Your conclusions are wrong and sadly dated. Commendable that you make the drive to Regina for all games ( assuming you were there Saturday). For others the Louis Riel trail makes up a part of the game day commute and being double laned, the easiest part. However there is nothing to be gained by besting you on a sports form. The league has challenges. However it is strong enough today to consider a schedule change. Trying new ways does not make one weak. Disrespecting new ideas does not make one strong.

Anonymous said...

Sp wall & his cronies need to ask walmart for a refund on their New "Mosaic" Stadium. While they're at it, get a refund from the French congomerate who designed, operates into the future their messed up bypass, its flawed also.

Anonymous said...

Do people realize how many Rider fans need to travel. Fresh snow with winds gusting for a night game 200 k away. Smart advice is stay off the roads if you can. This is the 'Province's' team ... and I mean the whole province!

Anonymous said...

To a poster a few notches above........jealous of rider pride??? ROFLMAO!!!! I think you’ve got it backwards.......you guys are jealous that you don’t have a #1 ranked quarterback like Mike Reilly......instead you have a starting quarterback called Kevin Glenn who has been pulled from what, the last 5 games???? And he has been anointed your starter for next week?.??? Go figure!

And to the residential armchair GM who calls hisself 3rd and 1........how are you so sure that these people posting are from Calgary or Alberta??? It’s perfectly ok for someone from Saskatchewan to not like Chris Jones (and I know there are lots and lots) and the sliders???

PS and how many times have the Riders FAILED to make 1st down when they were at 3rd and 1 this season?.? Ha ha! I would rethink my screen name if I were you.

Anonymous said...

There is the Harvard Lounge that anyone can go into and warm up..next excuse?? Listen I get it.. cold nite and a game that means very little..I'd stay home too if I was a pussy.

Gus said...

I agree with Russ; what is the point with all this fuss! Makes me want to cuss and cuss. The whiners and haters are like a slow flowing puss. Be better and enjoy being on the great Rider fan bus on the journey towards a better future.

Anonymous said...

To those of you who think that a roof should now be added to new Mosaic, dream on ........it is never gonna happen .......the design they decided on is not nor will it ever be roof ready. Besides what are they gonna do with the south end???? Seeing that it’s all open, etc. And “retractable” ......that’s DEFINITELY not gonna happen no matter who pays for it.........money does not grow on trees contrary to those people’s beliefs.

Darren Muller said...

I fail to comprehend the jealousy and hatred being put on here by people that have an IQ in the negatives. As for paid attendance average Sask averaged 32,762 and 98.24% capacity compared to Edmonton 32,435 and 58.24% capacity. Gee Edmonton fans that post on here get a life and go to a game next year!!. Can't blame the 5 to 7 thousand people that make the drive. The roads were pretty bad Friday. As for the game not a big deal. This team will be focused and ready to go next Sunday. It will be a battle though and could be a classic. Either way I think we should be very proud of a ten win season. I had doubts but am really happy the way they turned the season around. I like the way they play and we all have seen how dangerous this team can be. Let's enjoy the playoffs!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Mr. Craig Reynolds, Mr. Chris Jones, Mr. John Murphy and associate coaching staff, on field team on getting the Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club back in the CFL playoffs. Good luck onward to a Grey Cup Championship title 2017+.

Go Roughriders !!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Well from now until next year, the stadium will sit empty and let the weather ravage the facility. How appropriate! We wouldn't want anything heated and warm where people could enjoy in shirt sleeves. Where huge indoor events could be put on in 72* comfort. Where the beer could be drank in rec-room comfort. No Sireee…lets built a 400 Million dollar monument to nothing. Watch as it's frozen and unoccupied for 6 months at a time. Funny how every football guy says BC stadium is the best in the league. It's always closed! Nice to sit in 72* comfort and sip on a beer….boy did they miss the boat.

Anonymous said...

So you don't understand the situation. Studies were done. With our climate we would have needed one major concert a week to pay the utility bills alone. Not feasible.

I love our stadium just the way it is. This is just another jealous fan from Alberta. So sad.

Anonymous said...

Are you a fairy from fantasy land with that 72 (F?) Cold beer dream?

I wiil make it simple. We cannot afford a roof. Everyone involved knows it.

Anonymous said...

Idiots calling for a roof on the stadium probably want it heated by windmills and solar panels.
I mean, what could go wrong?

Anonymous said...

Winnipeg has the best stadium in Canada bar none. Mosaic Stadium Regins out dated.

Raj from Regina.

Anonymous said...

People! Never say never! No money needed. Go out to your backyard shed now, get out the biggest tarp you have. We'll have a roof yet on that darn stadium. A roof of many colors patched together by the generosity of Saskatchewan people.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the stadium construction, and lack of a roof, the project was unable to secure federal funding which would have been used for that portion of the construction. Federal money for stadium builds is only granted is the stadium is built on a university or post secondary site (Winnipeg), is built in part for an internationally recognized sporting event (Pan-Am games in the Toronto area - Hamilton's stadium got some federal funding, or the city can prove the structure if for the betterment of the overall health and well being of the local area, which Regina had tried to do however failed.

Because of this lack of federal funding the project did not have the money to add a roof ($100 million. The city and the province are simply not a big enough tax base to gain the political will to make a stadium happen with a $400 million price tag.

Simply put - a city slightly over the 200,000 population could not afford it, and I don't even know any city world wide with this population that has as nice a stadium as we do.

Should all stadiums in Canada have a roof,...yes,...but the federal money did not come and the province and city on their own could not afford it.

Anonymous said...

Lol to the guy who can't think of a city world wide with a similar stadium. There are towns (not cities) in Texas that would give it a run (Mosiac is brand new and might be the newest major stadium in North America right now .) Look up Allen Texas' stadium. city of 75,000. That isn't the biggest or best example but just an example to prove my point. A guy speaking about "anywhere in the world" who has never been outside his backyard it would seem...

Anonymous said...

Wow. Someone mentioned the Riders are playing the Renegades. What is this 2004?

Anonymous said...

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are playing the real
ROUGH RIDERS, next weekend 2017 In Ottawa.
Go Tony Gabrielle!

Anonymous said...

REDBLACKS 35 Riders 17

Western Manitoba Riders said...

I am coming into this particular debate about scheduling somewhat late in the day so my apologies if this point has already been made or raised more than once, but separate and apart from everything else said, I have thought for years that the factors in support of leaving the CFL schedule as it is, with the Grey Cup held in late November annually, must be extremely compelling. I say so because why would you decide the playoff games and then the league championship each year at a time when the skill of the players, showcased all summer, is now effected by snow on the ground, the field being like concrete, the ball feeling a brick, and the fans being subjected to less than ideal conditions? The weekend before Halloween this year was nice. October 29th would have been a fine day for the Grey Cup. To do so, it would mean starting about 3 to 4 weeks earlier and/or returning to 16 games in the regular season. Worth thinking about but for the fact that the desperate need for revenues in the CFL would likely mean that 18 games, and one more home gate each year, is a must. So training camp in May and all pre-season games in May as well, with the first regular season game to be the first week of June? And by the way, a roof would have been practical given the weather in the Prairies, and came in handy on Saturday night as well as allowed the facility to be used year round and for even more events and by others in the community. However, it sounds as if the federal or other funding which had been believed may be forthcoming ended up not being available for a roof. Yet, there is no reason to go all negative here. We live in a part of the world, where at least right now, we are not subjected to frequent and widespread deadly violence witnessed of recent, and have a decent way of life. The brand new stadium is such an upgrade over historic Taylor Field, and at the end of the day, I will take a playoff berth and 10 wins after the highs and lows of this season so far.

Anonymous said...


Well said Russ!

3RD and 1 said...

If we had Darian I honestly don’t believe we would have been in a position for the game to have made a difference. Time is the fire in which we burn. It feels like time is running out for Darian. We leave so many things unfinished in our lives. Darian must feel this way with the Riders. I know you all understand.
No doubt Darian can feel time gaining. Time is like a predator, it stocks you. We can try and out run it; with Doctors, medicines, cosmetic procedures and technological advancements. Yet we know that in the end, time is going to hunt us down and make the kill.
It’s our mortality that defines us. It’s part of the truth of our existence.
Darian is a good guy but his time as a leader and the undisputed number 1 starting QB on a team is over. A back up is what’s in store. Can his personality swallow that. Or like thousands of others will he now fade into the sunset.

Anonymous said...

Yup the real chapter 11, bankrupt not once but twice Ottawa Rough Riders; Ottawa Renegades; Ottawa Redblacks. They certainly are the real deal. A fine example of a franchise that should be feared!
By the banks that is. LOL
Get a grip buddy!

Anonymous said...

GO ROUGH RIDERS !!!!!!!

grip buddy

Anonymous said...

If we had Darian, Id have been in the stands on Friday night. This team just doesnt make me care enough. Note: Ive been a die-hard for over 30 years and have never not cared, until now. Its the Chris Jones effect - no other explanation.

Anonymous said...

who at the CFL or TSN office thought a November 5th game at 5 pm was a good idea?? Even 1 or 2 pm would have been better oh right TSN probably had a poker game on in the afternoon...

Anonymous said...

More like REDBLACKS 3.5. A field goal and half a rouge.

Anonymous said...

The ti cats game was on at 2 tsn is never going to put 2 games on simultaneously and split the tv audiences, Thursdays and Sundays are out of the question due to NFL. The playoffs should be moved to Saturday also.