By: Greg Urbanoski

Latest plot twist in Rider soap opera an intriguing development

August 16, 2018 - 1:50pm

In retrospect, maybe the Riders got all they were going to get from Duron Carter before they released him.

As the Riders prepare to face Calgary on Sunday, they started to lay out the foundation for the remaining 11 games in the schedule by releasing Carter on Saturday night, then bringing back Canadian receiver Rob Bagg for apparent depth and leadership, and then releasing players like Tresor Mafute (defensive tackle), Devin Garder (quarterback), Shawun Lurry (defensive back) and Trent Richardson (running back).

Riders are the monkey house of the CFL – Throw everything against the wall and see if what sticks

August 9, 2018 - 3:09pm

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are into their final bye week of the regular season contemplating how they can somehow regain relevance in the CFL playoff race following a 26-19 loss to Edmonton. The loss dropped the Riders to 3-4 and at this point, the Riders only realistic playoff hope is as a crossover to the Eastern Conference.

Saskatchewan Roughriders Embody Chaos Theory in Action

August 1, 2018 - 12:57pm

The Riders are not that good and not that bad as they showed in their 34-22 defeat at the hands of the Calgary Stampeders.

The Riders are not that good in coughing up the ball for four fumbles, two of which helped to fuel Calgary to a 24-0 first quarter lead they easily held onto for the rest of the game.

The Riders are not that bad as the defense managed to play good enough to win for three quarters, even pitching in a touchdown, and showed they have the ability to win games solely on perhaps the best defense seen in Saskatchewan in uh, 42 years?

Johnny Bye-Bye

July 24, 2018 - 10:22pm

So history will record Johnny Manziel’s final game as a Hamilton Tiger-Cat came against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, although he never saw the field. A few days later, Manziel goes to Montreal is what is a make it or break it deal for Kavis Reed, and the floodgates holding back other trades breaking and seeing players like Adarius Bowman and Shawn Lemon moving on.

Saskatchewan Roughriders threatening to turn into 2001 Baltimore Ravens

July 12, 2018 - 10:12am

The 2001 Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens was noted for their defense, but not their offense. The 2018 Saskatchewan Roughriders may be noted for the defense, but their offense was truly offensive in a 18-13 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats that evened their record to 2-2.

This was the Riders first game since Zach Collaros went on the six game injury list with a concussion.

The Chris Jones School for Wayward Football Players is still taking applications!

July 3, 2018 - 12:46pm

It’s usually towards the end of the season when you have an idea of how a team has progressed or not, so the Riders did their fans a favor last week by imploding against the Montreal Alouettes 23-17 to put themselves in the drivers seat for the first overall pick of the 2019 draft.

Chris Jones got his start under Don Matthews and you can see a number of parallels with the unusual player selections and the “go big or go home” approach that Matthews and now Jones seems to favor.

2018: Year of the Back-Up

June 28, 2018 - 10:57am

As the CFl heads into Week 3 with three of the nine starting quarterbacks out with injury, what may save or hurt those teams is how well they have managed to fill the back-up position.

The importance of a good back up quarterback was underscored in the recent NFL season when the Philadelphia Eagles Carson Wentz went down with a knee injury and Nick Foles took over and managed to lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory.

For whom does the bell toll this week?

June 20, 2018 - 8:16am

I think there is a boxing expression that everyone has plan in the ring until they get hit. The CFL is no different as Week 1 is in the books and the best laid plans of Marc Trestman. Jason Maas and all took a bit of a beating.

I remember when the CFL had a four game exhibition schedule, so you would see rookies in the first game, then an increasing amount of veterans until the fourth game which would be a tuneup for the vets and a last chance for rookies to make their case.