By: Greg Urbanoski

CFL offseason promises a lot of change

December 2, 2017 - 9:49am

One of the great what-if questions for me in the CFL 2017 season would have been taking in the 2017 Eastern Final.

Seeing the Riders in BMO Field is on my CFL bucket list, but I have to admit I was not really expecting them to make it to Toronto a couple of weeks ago. The trick of figuring out how to work this work-wise while trying to navigate the extornist Canadian airline air fares was more than I could muster.

No shame in being wrong and no sense in whining about Rider season

November 22, 2017 - 8:57am

I remember at the start of the 2017 season, after watching the Riders absolutely suck in an exhibition game loss against the BC Lions, that this team would be lucky to make it to another 5-13 season.

Then when the Riders went to BC and went down 30-0 before getting two late touchdowns, I was filled with “righteous wrath and furious anger” as Pulp Fiction put it as the Riders fell to 2-4. Then BC came to town, the Riders won 41-8, and stranger things started to unfold.

Saskatchewan Roughriders 2017 Eastern Conference Champions?

November 15, 2017 - 9:00am

Who would have thunk it?

The Saskatchewan Roughriders jumped on top of the Ottawa RedBlacks 31-20 in the Eastern Semi-Final while the Edmonton Eskimos helped Winnipeg get to 0-27 in their Grey Cup streak, setting up a Saskatchewan-Toronto Eastern Final while Edmonton takes their sideline daycare centre of Jason (No) Maas to Calgary to face perennial playoff chokers Calgary Stampeders.

Riders lose snow bowl, win trip to Ottawa for east semifinal

November 8, 2017 - 9:30am

Sitting on the west side of Mosaic Stadium on Saturday night, watching the Riders huddled around the heater, you could see the thoughts go through their heads – the forecast is warmer in Ottawa this upcoming weekend.

When you have a game where the winner gets a plane ticket to Winnipeg, you can’t really lose when you end up going to Ottawa, but the Riders lack of discipline and some disturbing injuries raise the question of yes, the Riders can go to the Grey Cup, or they can go one and out against Ottawa.

Go West Riders, Go West!

October 30, 2017 - 5:15pm

It was quite the weekend in Riderville with the toppling of Taylor Field, much like a drunk hitting his limit and falling over, followed by Bakari Grant sleepwalking to the end zone and fumbling the ball on the one yard line, Darian Durant getting his standing O and Nik Lewis drawing a career to a close in front of family and friends.

Riders aren’t quite who they think they are

October 17, 2017 - 7:51am

So after an eastern road trip where the Riders won games by one point and three, a return to Mosaic Stadium and the opportunity to perhaps clinch a playoff spot was perhaps too much to hope for.

Good teams learn how to win ugly when they need to, but good teams also know how to put away teams and rise to the occasion. For three quarters and a half quarter, the Riders showed up but seemed more interested in figuring out new choreographed touchdown routines leaving the Ottawa Redblacks 12 points behind heading into the last few minutes of the fourth quarter.

Will the Flying Hawaian ever get a chance to fly?

October 13, 2017 - 8:47am

The Saskatchewan Roughriders may be winning football games, but they are not playing all that well.

A sweep of eastern conference teams put the Riders at 8-6 heading into the last four games of the season, but an 18-17 win over Ottawa and their third string quarterback and a 27-24 last minute win over Toronto shows the Riders have a lot of room for improvement if they want to battle Winnipeg and Calgary in the playoffs.

Even The Riders Get Lucky Sometimes (Thanks Tom Petty RIP)

October 3, 2017 - 1:22pm

Even the most ardent Rider fan would admit that entering the fourth quarter last Friday against Ottawa, the Riders would be lucky to pull out a touchdown, never mind a win.

Ottawa had exposed the Riders incredible lack of run defense with William Powell rushing for a team record 187 yards but then something happened in the fourth quarter. The Riders got a punt return for a touchdown and then the Redblacks decided to let third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley throw the ball.