Wednesday, September 19, 2018
10 THINGS FOR CAPITAL FORD LINCOLN
2 - COULD BE WORSE: It was a tight 5-point loss against the 1st place team in the East Division. As Rider Assistant GM Jeremy O'Day pointed out on CKRM's SportsCage, only Calgary has more wins in the CFL than the Saskatchewan Roughriders currently. It was a wake-up call against a non-divisional opponent. On to Toronto.
3 - ZACH ATTACK: Rider QB Zach Collaros admirably took all the blame for Saturday's game, but he shouldn't have. He didn't drop passes nor take costly penalties but, at the same time, he knows it wasn't his best game either. What does Zach need to do better? "Just keep getting better at playing the position," Collaros said Tuesday while battling an irritating cold. "Understanding situations, throwing the football on time, and getting through my reads."
4 - TIERS: Bo Levi Mitchell and Mike Reilly are in a class by themselves in this league at the QB position. Right now Zach Collaros is probably at the upper end of the middle tier which includes Jeremiah Masoli, Matt Nichols and Trevor Harris. If Zach wants to run with the big dogs, then this November will be his Money Time.
6 - D.C.: The Riders visit the Toronto Argonauts in Week 15, with a 5:30 pm Sask Time kickoff Saturday at BMO Field. It's a must-win for Marc Trestman's 3-8 Argos, while the Riders are venturing into must-win territory if they hope to achieve their goals. The Duron Carter vs Saskatchewan storyline takes a backseat to the importance of the game, but it's a juicy sub-plot nonetheless. What's D.C. got to say? Where's he been? I'm guessing the silence will be broken by Friday at the latest.
7 - HALL OF FAME: The 2018 Canadian Football Hall of Fame induction went last Friday in Hamilton with little fanfare. Scott Flory was torn between coaching his U of S Huskies in Saskatoon that night, and attending the induction ceremony at Tim Hortons Field. It shouldn't have to be this way! The CFHOF induction ceremony should be held during Marks CFL Week, ensuring no in-season conflicts and guaranteeing all the football people will be in one spot. Oh, and broadcast the ceremony on Facebook Live so you don't have to rely on TSN. Y'er welcome.
8 - FOOTBALL DAY IN CANADA: This Saturday serves up another CFL triple-header with Edmonton at Ottawa, Saskatchewan at Toronto and Hamilton at BC. Nine solid hours of CFL football on TSN!!! I can think of few things better, and I continue to love the 2018 CFL schedule.
9 - LOCALLY: Saskatoon is the place to be for the best football in the province this weekend. On Friday at Griffiths Stadium, the Regina Rams visit the Saskatchewan Huskies in a battle of 2-1 teams in Canada West. ... Meanwhile the 2-1 Regina Thunder of the PFC visit the Saskatoon Hilltops Saturday at SMF Field. ... And the Regina Pats open the 2018-19 WHL season with a home-and-home series against the P.A. Raiders this weekend. Friday the teams square off in Prince Albert while the Pats' A&W Home Opener goes Saturday night against the Raiders on 620 CKRM.
10 - RANDOM THOUGHTS: It's easy to be negative. It takes guts to be positive. ... The Vegas Golden Knights returned C Jake Leschyshyn to the Regina Pats on Tuesday. Regina is going to be alright. ... I'm really starting to love Cam Newton. ... Funny how all the advertising is geared to millenials around here, yet it's the 55+ crowd who's driving all the nice vehicles. ... Theoren Fleury is the guest speaker at Saturday's Indian Head Minor Hockey Fundraising Dinner. For tickets, look up somebody in Indian Head! ... Kickers seem to be like Chaplains and counsellors: You don't realize how valuable they are until you need them. ... Best movie I've seen lately: White Boy Rick. Two thumbs up from the Monday Morning Goalie.