Riderville

By: Greg Urbanoski

Make Vince Young Again

February 26, 2017 - 10:31am

The dog days of the football season are upon us as the dust has cleared somewhat from the free-agency frenzy that started Feb. 14.

It’s a foolish gesture to say which team capitalized the most in free agency. For reference, let’s look at last season where the Riders signed Shawn Lemon, Maurice Price, Justin Cappicotti, Kendial Lawrence and others, and let’s see who are still around in the Rider merry go round these days.

Yeah, so much for 2016 free agency.

Chris Jones Does Not Care What We Think

February 15, 2017 - 6:37pm

The first couple of days of CFL free agency have come and gone and the Riders have filled some needs but are leaving the impression that something big may be in the works.

The big prize was Derek Dennis who will look after the blind side of whomever lines up as quarterback for the Riders. The three year deal indicates stability at the position and likely beyond and is just one in a piece of the puzzle.

Donald Trump's Alternate Reality now Affecting Riders

February 9, 2017 - 6:59pm

It may be only February, but the phrase “Alternate Facts” as put out by Donald Trump’s White House seems the best way to describe the news of the Riders working out former Heisman Trophy winner, alcoholic and Cleveland Brown washout quarterback, Johnny Manziel.

Manziel’s size and abilities suggest he would be a natural for the CFL if he wasn’t flakier than say, any member of the Trump administration.

The problem is Manziel’s CFL rights are owned by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The Old Man and the C

January 27, 2017 - 12:26pm

There’s a Special Forces saying somewhere along the lines of Improvise, Adapt and Overcome – something Chris Jones and the Saskatchewan Roughriders seem to be taking to heart after trading away Darian Durant.
This week in Riderville saw the signing of Kevin Glenn for the third time, filling the need for an experienced back-up to help mentor what is shaping up to be a crash learning course for whatever quarterbacks survive the next few months.

Riders Trade Durant

January 13, 2017 - 1:28pm

R  iders trade Durant on Friday 13th, full moon and coldest day of the year

I first became aware of Darian Durant in 2008 as the Riders were looking to move past trading the league MVP Kerry Joseph and losing the Grey Cup winning coach in Kent Austin.

Lots of Questions, Few Answers

January 6, 2017 - 8:43am Updated: January 6, 2017 - 9:35am

Lots of questions, few answers as CFL Free Agency Draws Near

Over the holidays and the inevitable drinks that take place, the first question that comes out is usually whether Darian Durant will re-sign with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

According to Rod Pedersen, the Riders and Durant have not talked since early November, and with CFL Free Agency kicking in on February 15, some fans have made their peace with Durant moving on, probably to Montreal, or are lobbying hard to ensure he is re-signed for what may be his last contract.

At Least the Days are Getting Longer

December 21, 2016 - 6:05pm

It’s the final day of early bird pricing for season tickets and with it being just a year since Chris Jones took over, it may be a good time to review a few things prior to 2017 and the free agent rush.

The Riders this month let go of their trainers, not really citing a reason, but if you review the comments of Jones, the injury situation of the Riders was a problem in 2016. Of course not long after, Rider Marvin Golding was suspended for two games for using personal enhancing drugs.

Will the Riders Still be Firing?

December 5, 2016 - 9:11am

Guns and Roses playing Mosaic Stadium August 27, but will the Riders still be firing?

It’s the first week of the CFL off-season and let’s start with the good news first.

Guns and Roses will be playing the new Mosaic Stadium August 27, 2017 as presumably the first major concert although I was under the impression they were looking for a May test concert event.

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 9 on ticketmaster.ca.

Crystal Ball Time!

November 24, 2016 - 2:31pm

The 2016 CFL season comes down to its conclusion Sunday as the Calgary Stampeders and Ottawa Redblacks battle for the Grey Cup.

However in Riderville, it is already the post season and the embargo on all non-Cup stories will break after the game and promise to make this season interesting and perhaps a bit stressful for Rider fans.

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