Riderville

By: Greg Urbanoski

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Will the Riders Squeal Like Pigs in the Banjo Bowl in Winnipeg

September 8, 2016 - 3:25pm

Well the hysteria still continues here in the city that rhymes with fun, following the Labour Day Classic and Winnipeg’s 28-25 win over the forces of good.

Derek Holtom, former PA Herald sports reporter, now a political prisoner in Winnipeg, reports the Winnipeg Sun is speculating the Rider board of directors is looking to fire Rider GM and Head Coach Chris Jones in a year that started with promise and has become a comedy of errors.

Riders Deserved the Labour Day Loss

September 5, 2016 - 3:55pm

It has been a week quite unlike many that have happened in Ridersville, ending up Sunday with a 28-25 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, effectively ending the Rider season.

Mathematically, the Riders are still alive for the playoffs but the game is played on a field and not on paper, and the Riders have no one to blame but themselves for their latest loss.

Labor Day Weekend Already?

August 31, 2016 - 10:22am

So the Riders got rid of John Chiles who got signed by Hamilton, had their draft pick Ella Bouka get put on the injury reserved list, and are stumbling towards blowing their 11 year winning streak in the Labour Day game.

So maybe you are expecting the worst?

Can’t really blame anyone for thinking that, but I think otherwise. Maybe it’s the constant losing, maybe it is some wild hope, maybe it is the two Grey Cup rings I have. I have to believe in something better.

At Least the Riders Didn't Get Blown Out

August 27, 2016 - 7:42pm

OK, today on the open call line we have Derek from Winnipeg. Derek, what is your question?

Hi, long time listener, first time caller. Watched the game Friday night and the way the Riders started, I started drinking early to kill the pain. Then in the second half they almost came back and if that Caleb Holley guy hadn’t dropped a touchdown pass, we could be 2-7. What the hell do you do think of that game?

Dear Riders, You Blew It

August 21, 2016 - 10:48am

Last December it seemed so promising. The coach of the Grey Cup winners along with all but one of his staff moving here to build a winner seemed on paper to be a natural. Who knows, maybe it will work out, we thought.

But after a 53-7 thumping to a team whose coach who supposedly knows how to build a winner, people are asking where did this all go tragically wrong?

On paper it should have worked.

Riders Stumble to Rumble in Hamilton

August 18, 2016 - 10:15am

After the recent farce of fines and losses, the Saskatchewan Roughriders tried this week to shake things up including a trade with their arch enemy, Calgary Stampeders, to improve their defense prior to Saturday’s game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

 The Riders traded two Negotiation List players for Fred Bennett and Jeff Hecht of the Stampeders.

Bennett was a starting defensive back with the Stampeders who got played off the roster by younger and cheaper talent.

Riders are More Entertaining Off the Field Than On

August 14, 2016 - 5:54pm

Let’s go back 20 odd years ago when I was terrorizing Prince Albert and deciding to cast my eye to what havoc I could wreak provincially.

Former Herald Sports Reporter, Ron New, introduced me to the concept of getting a press pass and I saw an opportunity to realize a childhood dream of covering the Saskatchewan Roughriders. I would have to make the four hour drive to Regina, spend three hours for the game, maybe another hour or so with interviews, then four hours back and a quick hour to write up a story or column.

Riders are More Entertaining Off the Field Than On

August 14, 2016 - 5:38pm

Let’s go back 20 odd years ago when I was terrorizing Prince Albert and deciding to cast my eye to what havoc I could wreak provincially.

Former Herald Sports Reporter, Ron New, introduced me to the concept of getting a press pass and I saw an opportunity to realize a childhood dream of covering the Saskatchewan Roughriders. I would have to make the four hour drive to Regina, spend three hours for the game, maybe another hour or so with interviews, then four hours back and a quick hour to write up a story or column.

Riders Can't Even Bend the Rules Right

August 12, 2016 - 1:37pm

Stupidity seems to be the right way to sum up the latest installment of too many men for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

First off, every team screws around with the roster and stretches the rules to bring in players. It has happened since the 1970's when the Edmonton Eskimos made an art of it. Now the salary management system, or salary cap, was intended to cut down the opportunities to have a complete team working in various bars as bouncers and bartenders and avoid having them on the official payroll.

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