Dyakowski welcomes Collaros, calls RiderNation a cult (in a good way)

Peter Dyakowski has welcomed new Saskatchewan Roughriders teammate Zach Collaros to the club by calling the fanbase a cult – but in the nicest way possible.

The veteran offensive lineman, known for his irreverent sense of humour, took to Twitter Wednesday night and offered up this complete gem:

Let’s dissect this Tweet for just a moment. He refers to the Riders as “Canada’s Team,” and says “Deep down we’re all Riders” – sentiments that are likely to endear him to the rabid Saskatchewan fan base (not to mention broadcaster Rod Pedersen, who uses the “Canada’s Team” thing with regularity.) Then he refers to RiderNation as a cult.

I mean… it’s clear that Dyakowski is only joking but it’s nonetheless only funny because… well, it kind of rings true, doesn’t it? To be sure, it’s pretty benevolent as cult’s go (unless you’re on the wrong side of online comments or a story about a Johnny Manziel workout.)

Anyway, Collaros and Dyakowski were teammates in Hamilton and are, by all accounts, mutually appreciative if not downright friends. Collaros had an amusing line during an interview shortly after the trade when he was asked about reuniting with Dyakowski.

“It was the first thing I thought of. I’ve missed those educational sessions in the locker room. Not being able to learn about various obscure elements of world history was tough,” he said.

I’m sure Dyakowski can go chapter and verse about cults – from both a historical and first-person perspective.

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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17 Comments on Dyakowski welcomes Collaros, calls RiderNation a cult (in a good way)

  1. One of us! One of us! One of us! One of us!

  2. The Rider Nation was far beyond most welcoming to me as a fan at the 2012 Grey Cup! The enthusiasm, the spirit and especially the volume at the game of the fans are all something you have to experience.
    Nobody in Canada welcomes like the Rider fans, at least while in Saskatoon! It was the end of November, but the warmest place in Canada. I cannot ever say enough of how well they treated me, and opposing enemy!
    When one fan through an insult at me during the game, 4 other rider fans jumped on their own for not being nice to this visitor. Zach will be very loved!
    It still doesn’t mean the Ticats arn’t winning the Cup this year! Maybe we will meet in Edmonton in November. To rider fans, thank you for the incredible hospitality! We are still going to cream you on July 19th though, better leave Zach home for that one!!

  3. Another cool thing that happened at the Rider Grey Cup. After the game, I was sitting on a bench under the stands, with my hood pulled down and some tears dropping. Suddenly, I saw several feet belonging to Rider fans,who began gathering around me in a semi-circle.
    They were each trying to get in to give me a hug while saying it will be our turn next year (almost was!), while taking the time out from their own celebrations!
    What nice people! And great fans, also. The grandmother of the people I stayed with had fallen at a game, gone for stitches and made it back for the 4th quarter!

    • Thanks for the kind words! Ultimately we’re just having fun with it, and we want everyone to have a good time too. Although … when someone FALSELY suggest that we worked out Johnny Manziel in the off season we can get just a bit testy. 😉

    • Thanks for the great remarks, Jeff. Hamilton has always been a team I admired since I was a teenager. I’ve always looked up at the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as an underdog much like the Saskatchewan Roughriders with that inner toughness to always compete with the big boys. And as you mentioned, most Rider fans do have that inside compassion for others. We’re a survivor that made it through some tough times, just like the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. It would be great to see the Tiger-Cats represent the east division for next year’s Grey Cup, hopefully, against the Roughriders. Best of luck, Jeff.

  4. Uh-oh… I can see it now. All across Rider Nation tonight Rider fans are burning the midnight oil, coming up with new ideas for next year. Green shaved heads? Green flowing robes? Green Kool-Aid? The possibles are endless. Levitating lagers?

  5. Scottsask // January 4, 2018 at 1:32 am //

    According to some, revenues are down. Where can I purchase all of those items, gotta do my part. Goooooo Riders!

  6. I’ve told the wife I’d like to make a trip one day out to see the Ticats play in Saskatchewan. Looks like such a fun time with fantastic fans. From comments above it sounds like you can wear Ticat colours and you’ll still be treated well by the Roughriders fans, am I reading this right? Perhaps it’s time to check the schedule and make a trip out to Saskatchewan this summer. Best of luck to Zach, he was such a class act while in the Hammer.

    • All fans will always be welcome in the green province, Jethro. With the new stadium now running, I think you and Jeff May would be in for a real treat. The crowd noise and fervour inside the New Mosaic is something to reckon with as Jeff would attest while at the 2013 Grey Cup. Winnipeg’s fans definitely rival Rider fans. But I can assure you it would be a special time at New Mosaic as a visitor.

    • Hey Jethro! You and your wife would be more than welcomed by the vast majority of Rider fans. I’m a long-time season ticket holder and love the good-natured rivalry with fans of other teams when they come for a visit. Just don’t expect a win by your Ticats lol.

    • True green // January 4, 2018 at 3:09 pm //

      Bring it on we love visitors! It takes guts to wear your colours in another’s stadium. My favourite games to attend are road games!

    • antoine lussier // January 4, 2018 at 8:34 pm //

      last july ,sonny boy and I took in the rider-tiger cat game in regina –a gentleman we met wore a tiger-cat jersey- he and his wife had driven from Edmonton to watch the game. another couple we met came from prince albert. we are from loserpeg (Winnipeg)–what a great time-5

  7. Paul Smith // January 4, 2018 at 12:35 pm //

    Duakowski is gold. When appropriate, he needs to sign a 1 day contract with Hamilton and retire as a Tiger Cat!

  8. Paul Smith // January 4, 2018 at 12:35 pm //


  9. Cults have charismatic leaders. Riders brass has the personality of a piece of particle board

  10. Howard Wulkan // January 4, 2018 at 1:32 pm //

    “it’s pretty benevolent as cult’s go”

    “it’s pretty benevolent as cult is go”? What does that mean? Drew, it’s time you hired an editor to proofread every article prior to posting on this site. Until you do, you’ll continue to look like a second-rate blog site.

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