Monthly Archives: July 2014

Riders Make A Hugh Move

The changes have started in Riderville!

In the midst of their bye week and after a pair of subpar performances the Green and White announced three roster moves on Wednesday.

RIDERS TRANSACTIONS

The Saskatchewan Roughriders today announced the release of the following players:

* International running back Hugh Charles

* International linebacker Adrian Moten

Week 3 CFL Power Rankings: The Horsemen Stay On Top But Who Will Drop?

More surprises in Week 3 of the CFL season as both Edmonton and Winnipeg remained perfect while B.C. burst into the win column.

How will that factor into this week’s Power Rankings? Check it out!

9 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-2) LW: BYE- Last Ranking #9 (2 Weeks)

A week off for Hamilton is hopefully an opportunity to regroup and refocus after some early season disappointments. While the time off seems to have healed the wounds of receiver Andy Fantuz the same can’t be said for Zach Collaros. The Tabbies will need a very solid effort in Calgary in Week four if they want to find their way out of the basement.

8 – Ottawa REDBLACKS (0-2) LW: 27-11 loss at Edmonton – Last Ranking #8 (2 Weeks)

After a good looking season debut in Winnipeg the REDBLACKS looked pedestrian in their effort in Edmonton in week three. Depth on defence and the search for an offensive identity are holding Ottawa back. Hosting their first home game at the redeveloped Lansdowne Park will be a big boost while the opponents, the Toronto Argonauts, will limp into the nation’s capital in week four.

It’s Another Top 10 Tuesday With A Rider Concern And A Tribute!

PHOTO COURTESY coachwilliams.ca

Once again here are my 10 thoughts from the world of sports on this Tuesday morning in no particular order as well as my thoughts on a very special man that touched hundreds of lives.

10 – Uh oh! After a second straight loss (26-13 to B.C. on Saturday) some are sounding the alarm bells in Riderville. Yes I realize that we are very early in the season but there might be some cause for the concern! I only need to look back to 2011 to get some very familiar vibes. That season the Riders only won once in their first eight games. That put the team’s record at 1-and-7 heading into Labour Day and spelled the end of Greg Marshall’s tenure as Head Coach and brought Grandpa Ken back to the sidelines. The first similarity is the changing of the guard that occurred in both this past off-season and in the winter of 2010-2011, both teams were coming off Grey Cup appearances and both saw some big names leave. (2011 – Andy Fantuz, Ken Miller, etc.) (2014 – Weston Dressler, Kory Sheets, Rey Williams, Geroy Simon, Mike McCullough, etc.) That type of veteran presence and leadership is irreplaceable and both teams are having their struggles finding a new voice/identity.

Saskatchewan Wins Silver At Canada Cup

An incredible week featuring the top under-18 players in the nation came to a close on Saturday at Griffiths Stadium with Ontario topping team Saskatchewan Green 27-19 to capture the gold medal in Saskatoon.

The event was a huge success! Co-chair Cathy Sarich credits the organizing committee and volunteers for their work. “You can’t stage an event this large without great people working together” says Sarich, “we only had a few months from the time we found out we were hosting until the opening kick-off. It was a lot of work in short order.” More than 200 volunteers helped stage the event.

This is the third time since 2009 that Saskatchewan has participated in the gold medal game and Football Saskatchewan President Kim Wudrick says that reflects the development of the game in this province. “Our membership has doubled” says Wudrick, “plus we have great coaches at all levels and it shows in the quality of players we see at the Cup. We also get great support from the parents and that makes it all work.” Saskatchewan won gold in 2009 and 2010.

The final word goes to Alberta head coach Bryan Brandford who says the event is everything he expected from Saskatoon. “Saskatoon puts on the best show, always. Thanks.”

Here is the complete re-cap of the final day of competition:

Lions Take A Bite Out Of Riders

(Photo Courtesy cfl.ca)

Andrew Harris was dominant, registering 203 total yards, while Kevin Glenn rebounded in fine form, as the BC Lions earned their first of the 2014 season, 26-13 over the Saskatchewan Roughriders

In one of the most impressive outings of his career, Harris carried the ball 18 times for 138 yards and a touchdown, while tacking on five receptions for 65 more yards through the air.

Glenn, meanwhile, completed 16 of his 27 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown. Most importantly, however, he managed to not throw an interception for the first time this season.

Having thrown six interceptions heading into Week 3,  Glenn’s focus was on making sure that he gave the Lions ample opportunity to put points on the board early on against a stingy Riders defence.

Wrapping Up The Week With Some of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat:

Yes the weekend is here! SO, here are a smattering of thoughts to ponder heading into the weekend.

Am I Desensitized? The Eastern media is having a field day with the fact that the new Tim Horton’s Field won’t be ready in time for at least two regular season games. The Ti-Cats will play at the 5,000 seat McMaster University for those games this despite the fact that they have 18,000 season tickets sold. Ooops! Obviously it’s not good but maybe it’s the climate I live in where construction delays are the norm but it is what it is!

Running with the rock! (You have to read that with your best Sean Connery voice) The Saskatchewan Roughriders have brought in Jerome Messam which I think is an ingenious move. He is a ratio changer and if he is motivated to return to his dominant form he may be what the Green and White are looking for in their backfield.

View From the Sidelines: Episode 5

They’re back!

Dave Thomas, Michael Ball and Mike McCullough are back to get you primed for week three of the Canadian Football League season. This week the boys will welcome special guests; Bob Irving the voice of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who will give you the inside scoop on the secret to the Bombers early season success. Also the panel will be joined by Right Tackle for the Saskatchewan Roughriders Ben Heenan. An event that served as a stepping stone to help launch his CFL career is on now in Saskatoon, catch all of the details.

Additionally, you won’t want to miss this weeks version of Tooned-In and Tooned-Out as Michael Ball will let you know why the entire CFL should get thumbs down this week. Meanwhile, Mike McCullough weighs in on one of the best individual performances of the season.

Yikes!! The Predictor Goes 1-for-4 in Week 2: Looking To Be Better In Week 3:

A pair of upsets in week two had odds makers and this predictor scratching his head as the unpredictability of the CanadianFootball League was on full display in week two of the regular season. A 1-for-4 week sees my overall record on the season drop to 3-and-5. Undeterred I’m back with my week 3 picks, feel free to discuss.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2-0 T1st in West) LW: 36-28 win vs. Ottawa
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Montreal Alouettes (1-1 T1st in East) LW: 24-9 win vs. B.C.

Three Keys:

Als W = D. The Montreal Alouette defence was dominant against the B.C. Lions in week two limiting the Grey Cup hosts to just 9 points. The group will need a better effort against a Blue Bomber team that has put up back-to-back 300-yard passing games to open the season.

Saskatchewan Green To Go For Gold At Football Canada Cup

The final is set at the Football Canada Cup.

A steamy semi-final Wednesday saw Ontario advance to Saturday’s Championship game with a 30-6 victory over Quebec. While, Saskatchewan (Team Green) outscored Alberta 40-23 in the late game to also advance.

In the earlier consolation games, Manitoba thumped New Brunswick 54-nothing and Saskatchewan (Team White) shaded Nova Scotia 26-14.

So the Saturday’s final day of competition will see; New Brunswick play Nova Scotia in the 7th place game at 10am. Saskatchewan (White) will play Manitoba in the 5th place game at 1pm. Alberta will take on Quebec in the bronze medal game at 4pm. The day will conclude with the 7pm gold medal game that will see Saskatchewan (Green) take on Ontario.

Here is the full run down from Wednesday’s action at Griffiths Stadium:

GAME #1 – New Brunswick versus Manitoba 11:00am Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Riders Officially Sign Messam: Plus DB Evans

The Saskatchewan Roughriders today announced the signing of national running back Jerome Messam.

Messam (6’3 – 245) is a four year CFL veteran after originally entering the league in 2010 with the B.C. Lions. After one season in B.C., the 29-year-old was traded to Edmonton where he amassed 1,057 yards rushing on his way to being named 2011 CFL Most Outstanding Canadian and League All-Star. The Toronto native attended Miami Dolphins training camp in 2012 before returning to Edmonton for the remainder of the season. He was traded to the Montreal Alouettes ahead of the 2013 season.

For his career, Messam has totaled 1,882 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 381 carries while adding 698 receiving yards on 71 catches. He has played 59 regular season games.

 
RIDERS ADD CIANTE EVANS TO PRACTICE ROSTER

The Saskatchewan Roughriders today announced the addition of international defensive back Ciante Evans to the teams practice roster.