By: Greg Urbanoski


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.

Stretch Drive and Stupid Things

September 27, 2017 - 9:08am

Looking back, it seems interesting how the Riders game Sunday against Calgary has become a statement game in more than one respect.

On the football front, the Riders fell 15-9 to Calgary, holding Calgary to no touchdowns, but not being able to hold back their defense who sacked Kevin Glenn and Brandon Bridge multiple times. If you were going to compare the Riders to a year ago, they are better than what they were, but not quite where they need to be yet.

Parity and Montreal blows up real good?

September 13, 2017 - 11:00am

The post Labour Day triple-header was an exhausting and interesting marathon of Canadian football that pointed out how sometimes luck has everything to do with a team’s success.

The loss of Travis Lulay for the season with an ACL injury now puts pressure on Jon Jennings to perform as quarterback. The pressure is more so since his return from his own shoulder injury. Additionally, Jennings has been prone to throwing interceptions and not being on the same page as his receivers.

Oh Winnipeg, don’t book that Grey Cup parade just yet

September 6, 2017 - 7:26am

The Riders 38-24 win over the Blue Bombers has resulted in heart palpations in Winnipeg that perhaps their 7-2 record has somehow been sullied by the Riders stumping the Bombers tempo offense by going down with fake injuries.

Considering the Bombers biggest win has been against an injury ravaged Edmonton Eskimos (and let’s check the Eskimos games against Saskatchewan and Calgary following that game to put some context on the Bombers win) and considering the Bombers score more field goals than touchdowns, the Riders win should not have come as a surprise.

How Hamilton manages to lose on a bye week and other thoughts

August 29, 2017 - 8:34am

You have to admire how Hamilton can manage to lose on a bye week.

Usually it is Saskatchewan under Chris Jones who manages some Homer Simpson like D’Oh moment like Vince Young, or Trent Richardson or let’s say, Greg Hardy. So while the Riders may now be moving past their need to try out every failed NFL high draft pick, it seems Hamilton is choosing to boldly demonstrate what happens when you hire guys about 20 years past their best before date and put them back on the sidelines.

Oh Winnipeg, don’t book that Grey Cup parade just yet

August 23, 2017 - 5:43pm

Riderville Report August 23: Oh Winnipeg, don’t book that Grey Cup parade just yet

By Greg Urbanoski

I guess 27 years of looking in from the outside would do that to a fan base.

The outburst of jubilation over Winnipeg beating Edmonton with a depleted roster but with a quarterback who doesn’t want to lose is understandable as the initial reading of the win meant Winnipeg must now be considered to be on the “big porch” as Matt Dunigan likes to put it, with Edmonton and Calgary.