Realty One

Saturday, November 11, 2017


The Saskatchewan Roughriders hopped on a plane for Ottawa Friday afternoon hoping it is not just a weekend excursion.

The Riders (10-8) are to oppose the RedBlacks (8-9-1) in the 2017 CFL Eastern Semifinal on Sunday (12 pm kickoff, TSN, 620 CKRM).

If all goes well, the team will not be in Regina until after the Grey Cup with the hope being they come back with the CFL’s championship trophy in hand as they will remain in Ontario until either they have won it all or have seen their quest to win it all come to an end.

Riders head coach Chris Jones continues to play his cards close to the vest when it comes to who will and who won’t play at TD Place.

Jones told reporters he is taking his healthiest bodies to Ottawa and when asked who his starting tailback would be, he would acknowledge Marcus Thigpen is the healthiest, but would not proclaim him to be the starter.

The Riders and REDBLACKS meet in what is the first playoff game between Saskatchewan and Ottawa since the 1976 Grey Cup which ended with a Tony Gabriel touchdown giving Ottawa the Cup and handing the Riders one of their most crushing losses in team history.

620 CKRM is your official voice of the Riders.  “Rider Nation Pregame” will kick off the longest, and most continuous game day coverage in the CFL on Sunday morning at 9 AM followed by the play-by-play at 12 PM with Rod Pedersen and Luc Mullinder.

The winner will move on to play Toronto in the East final.



- On Saturday morning the Riders announced their roster for the ESF. Kienan LaFrance is listed as the starting tailback, backed up by Marcus Thigpen. Both Cameron Marshall and Trent Richardson are injured.

- Jeff Knox is listed as the starting WILL LB ahead of Sam Eguavoen.

- Saskatchewan is 10-14 in Semifinals, Ottawa is 9-7.

- The last five games between the Roughriders and RedBlacks have been decided by a total of 8 points.

- The Riders' 5-win improvement in 2017 constitutes the most in the CFL.

- Rider kicker Tyler Crapigna is 7/7 on field goals against Ottawa this year while the RedBlack's Brett Maher is 3/4.

- Saskatchewan's 35 TD passes this year are the most in the CFL.

- Rider QB Kevin Glenn started 17 of 18 games this year but has only finished 2 of the last 7.

- Kevin Glenn is 4/7 in the playoffs while Ottawa's Trevor Harris is 0-0.

- Glenn starts a playoff game for a 5th different CFL team, tying him with Damon Allen for the CFL record.

- Rider returner Christion Jones had the highest punt return average (14.3) since Corey Holmes (15.2) in 2005.



Anonymous said...

So exactly why did the Riders wait so long to go East? Why not out fly out Tuesday and get use to the weather and time difference, practice at 1 pm which is game time and be a bit more prepared? Money is not the reason, I am sure they could have found a place to do their pad-less practices. Oh well, here is hoping they are ready, gonna be a tougher game than a lot of folks think, Go Riders!

Anonymous said...

They flew out yesterday. That's plenty early.

Anonymous said...

I think Thigpen could be the X factor of this game. He's a tremendous player with great speed and change of direction. Great move leaving him on the field. He's better then Richardson and maybe even Marshall too

Anonymous said...

Hey Brady, sometimes you gotta trust that the people with jobs, careers and reputations on the line, and are in the business, know what they are doing!

But not always!��

Anonymous said...

I agree that Thigpen is a great addition to the team and brings new Energy. Which is ironic given his age. The same can be said for Mighty Mouse or the Flyin Hawaiian. I haven’t seen the roster so Im flying blind here. I don’t know if they left Chad behind. I sure hope not.
A great scientist said that when u insert new thrusting positive energy into a forward moving object. The positive intensity excites the existing energy thus increasing speed and distance. Playing a younger Ottawa team this year. The Thrust of Owen and Thigpens positive energy could really help. Chad seems to have captured control of the fumblitice that would occur when he tried too hard in situations where he just needed to give up on the play.
I truly believe the team that gets their head around positive momentum 1st will win this game. As we have all seen doubt catch both of these teams and lose games they should have won.

Ernie Eisenstein IV
Football Facts 101
Go SK Roughriders Go
Don’t go Ott Rough Riders
Don’t go Ott Renegades
Lose with class Ott REDBLACKS

Anonymous said...

Nice picture cap of "Canada's King_ Chris Jones" standing in front of his castle.