Monthly Archives: December 2015

A Sporting Letter To Santa:

Thank-you for following along during the entire year.

From my family to yours may you have a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2016!

I couldn’t think of a better way to end the year than by sharing my sporting letter to Santa. Here’s hoping that he’s good to all of us in 2016!



Dear Santa,

More Moves In Riderville

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced national receiver S.J. Haidara, international offensive lineman Jarriel King, national defensive back Kwame Adjei, national offensive lineman Aaron Picton and national running back Brandon Deschamps have all signed with the team. As per club policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

Haidara (6’1 – 215) will return for his fourth CFL season and second with the Riders after joining the team in June, 2015. Last season, the 26-year-old played nine regular season games picking up eight receptions for 58 yards and one special teams tackle.

Haidara has played 43 career regular season games through his first four years after originally being selected by the BC Lions in the 2nd round (12th overall) in the 2013 CFL Draft.

King (6’5 – 315) was acquired by the Riders last week in a trade with the Toronto Argonauts. The 28-year-old South Carolina product played three regular season games for the Argonauts in 2015. Through three seasons with the Argos, King has played 29 regular season games, with 26 starts, spending time at guard and tackle.

Both Haidara and King were eligible to become free agents on February 9th.

Adjei (6’1 – 205) signs with the Riders after playing five collegiate seasons at Mount Allison. The 22-year-old Brampton, ON native picked up 176 total defensive tackles, 6.5 quarterback sacks, and eight interceptions in 40 career regular season games.

Riders Name Coaching Staff

Saskatchewan Roughriders vice president of football operations, general manager and head coach Chris Jones has announced eight additions to the team’s coaching staff.

Joining Chris Jones on the Riders staff will be:

Stephen McAdoo – Offensive coordinator & assistant head coach
Craig Dickenson – Special teams coordinator
Jarious Jackson – Quarterbacks coach & passing game coordinator
Mike Scheper – Offensive line coach
Phillip Lolley – Linebackers coach
Jason Shivers – Defensive backs coach
Ed Philion – Defensive line coach
Craig Davoren – Running backs coach & special teams assistant

Out With The Old – In With The New In Riderville

Today the Saskatchewan Roughriders introduced their new football operations staff.

The team then quickly went about remaking the roster. Here’s the official word:

Saskatchewan Roughriders vice president of football operations, general manager and head coach Chris Jones has announced his football operations staff.

Joining Jones in the front office will be assistant vice president of football operations and player personnel, John Murphy.

Murphy joins the Riders after spending eight seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, originally joining the team during their 2008 Grey Cup winning season. He joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as director of player personnel for the 2009 season before returning to the Stampeders where he spent the last five seasons as assistant general manager and director of player personnel.

Long serving Roughrider, Jeremy O’Day remains with the club after being named assistant vice president of football operations and administration.

O’Day originally joined the Riders front office in 2011 as a football operations coordinator after playing 202 regular season games through 12 seasons with the team. He has spent the last four seasons as assistant general manager and director of football operations. Last year, O’Day was named interim vice-president of football operations and general manager where he remained for the final nine games of the 2015 regular season.

Out with the old:

A Questionable Top 10 Tuesday:

Well is getting back on track after some new developments behind the scenes.

To get back on track it’s the return of the Top Ten Tuesday. Today a look at some of the biggest post-season questions facing the Canadian Football League. In no particular order here’s today’s list:

10 – Well just like in the NHL the subject of Compensation for hiring football personnel from one team to another has come up with the Edmonton Eskimos hiring of Jason Maas. So the question is should there be such compensation in the CFL? The answer has to be no! So long as coaches are not making lateral moves and actually moving up the ladder then moves, like Jason Maas from offensive coordinator in Ottawa to Head Coach in Edmonton, must be allowed. Good organizations develop good people and coaches. They just need to follow through on that development model.

9 – So, what is Jason Maas worth to the Eskimos? The question may be what is Maas worth to the REDBLACKS? As I see it unless Ottawa is firing Rick Campbell and hiring Maas his worth is that of an offensive coordinator. So Edmonton should not be penalized in any way for allowing him to move up the food chain, and perhaps most importantly, return to a city where he and his family have established roots. All that being said I can see Edmonton being punished with a second or third round pick.