Riderville

By: Greg Urbanoski

A lot of questions and few answers as Riders start 2017 season

June 21, 2017 - 4:28pm

The onset of the 2017 season is being marked with the usual season previews, top 50 player countdowns and an air of optimism in every CFL franchise.
In Riderville the air of optimism that marked the 25-25 tie with Winnipeg was blown out by the 42-10 loss to BC which showed Rider fans while their team may have some talent, it does not as yet have the depth. The Riders sat out a number of starters on their offensive line due to injury and it became obvious their replacements while game, were not yet ready to step into starting shoes.

Practice is one thing – game performance is quite another

June 1, 2017 - 9:02am

The 2017 Rider training camp is in full swing and glimpses of what this team may be like are leaking out, but no one should be jumping to any conclusions.

In some aspects the Riders are being pretty decisive, already cutting quarterback Matt Mauk and adding former UNC quarterback Marquise Williams, where one Darian Durant used to play. Mauk apparently was having problem with his throws while Williams seems to be a dual throwing and running threat.

Training camp looms and the questions persist about Riders

May 25, 2017 - 7:55am

It would be fair to say no one is exactly holding their breath when it comes to the 2017 Saskatchewan Roughriders.

With training camp opening Sunday and a concert in the new stadium on Saturday night, it would be fair to say more people will be looking at the stadium this year as opposed to the team. The various concerts, soccer internationals and other events are also distractions the city hopes will take the edge off the property tax increases that financed the structure.t

Riders give interesting look at 2017 team and players

May 17, 2017 - 6:07pm

Sometimes you find the most interesting things in the most unexpected places.

On Tuesday night I had signed up for what was billed as the Fan Series Tour, which was formerly known as the Pros and Joes Tour.

The last four years the Riders had worked with a local charity, at first it was the cancer society, to hold a night where fans can pay money, tour the facilities, then have snacks and ask questions of various members of the Riders.

Draft is what it is for Riders

May 9, 2017 - 7:34am

One of the interesting things about writing about football is that ultimately a lot comes down to chance.

Last month I was fortunate enough to sit through the CFL Combine in Regina as part of the CFL Week and saw first hand the invited players and how well they performed the various drills. It was interesting to try then to project those results into on-field performance.

May the Fourth Be With You

May 4, 2017 - 12:40pm

So the CFL draft is on Sunday and the question is: what other fines can Chris Jones incur as GM/Head Coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders?

The latest fine last week was for violations last season, including bringing in a junior player from outside Saskatchewan, trying him out and adding him to the roster and for practicing two players on the suspended list.

Riders find out some new and interesting things at mini-camp

April 28, 2017 - 9:42am

This week has given football fans across Canada a bit of a taste for the upcoming 2017 football season.

Football mini camps were held down in Florida, with Toronto, Hamilton and Saskatchewan trying to get a handle on how their free agent camps paid off. While the Riders had 35 players in camp due to the CFL and CFLPA cracking down on rules, Toronto and Hamilton apparently had many more players, but apparently they were able to separate their signed and non-signed players.

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