Rider fans rejoice after Durant sticks it to the Bombers one last time

Quarterback Darian Durant’s decision to retire on Friday without apparently telling the Bombers and keeping $70,000 in bonus money he’s already been paid has earned him the ire of one fan base… and the appreciation of another.

Rider fans, many of whom still have a soft spot for Durant given his success there, took to social media to express a little schadenfreude towards their prairie counterparts. The two teams meet on Labour Day and in the Banjo Bowl the following week in what’s become one of the best rivalries in the CFL.

A sampling…


Of course, Bomber fans were less impressed, particularly after reports emerged about the bonus payments and the cap implications…


There’s also plenty of debate surrounding the ethics of Durant’s decision as well as the relatively standard practice of team’s cutting players before roster bonuses are due.

Durant has always been something of a polarizing figure, given his occasional struggles and the will-he-or-won’t-he dance with the Riders after 2016 season – the debate over his true legacy has already begun – so it seems kind of fitting that even his retirement should be embroiled in controversy.


102 Comments on Rider fans rejoice after Durant sticks it to the Bombers one last time

  1. Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 12:58 pm //

    Most of the comments in the story dont contain gloating rider fans. Talk about 3down playing to the lowest denominator. Pretty classless drew.

    • Jack in Hamilton // May 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm //

      Says more about the people running this site that they’d actually make this a story about the Riders and their fans. Ridiculous.

    • Pot calling the kettle black. Another example of a classless act by Slider fans…and Slider fans wonder why they are NOT respected by the fan bases of other teams…duh (as Homer Simpson would say).

      • Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 1:52 pm //

        Nothing like the classlessness you show. All your posts are shots at the “sliders”. Do you ever have anything worthwhile to offer? And i dont group all lions fans in with your dumbass comments.

        • If you read Lions posts you will see comments pursuant to the Lions. Yes I do take shots at the Riders a.k.a. Sliders because the Riders are the CFL’s oldest franchise with the WORST or LOWEST Championship (Grey Cup) wins. 4 Grey Cup wins only in approximately 105 years, yet have the most arrogant team and arrogant and classless fan base in the whole CFL. These are the reasons why I take shot at the Sliders…and BTW (if you have not realized), I am not the only CFL fan to do so.

          • I totally agree 200% with you sir in regards to the sliders and their so called wannabe fan base worst fans hands down in this great league of ours.Sliders for 5 th place again this year.

          • Duececoupe // May 11, 2018 at 7:58 pm //

            You talk about rider fans as classless and arrogant but you don’t read your own posts and if you did you would see that you are all the things you just mentioned .
            Yes we are the oldest franchise and yes we know we only have 4 cups since you bring it up daily as if it was fresh news . But we sell out every game , we are the biggest draw on the road in the CFL . Regina has 200 thousand people the province just over a million where people will have season tickets that drive 7 hours to a game . Vancouver has a population of 3 million yet we out draw the lions . Yup only 4 cups and we stand by our team . If that’s the worst fans in the league I’m proud to be one .
            Your pathetic jealousy if laughable as are your low brow slider comments

          • Amen Duececoupe

          • Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 8:18 pm //

            What I see are a bunch of people jealous that the Riders have 33000 fans supporting the team even when they aren’t winning, when teams like the lions have trouble getting 21000 fans when they aren’t winning. In a city with over twice the population of Regina, and a metropolitan area population 10 times the size. The lions will be lucky to still be alive in 2 years if the don’t start winning. And like jealous, petulant children you name call an entire fan base.

          • It is laughable that the sliders fans think that they stick behind and support their basement dwelling team, 2 years ago they had to buy season tickets just to gaurantee them a seat in the new stadium and as soon as they were losing games 5-10000 seats were empty even though the seats were bought,last year most seats were sold but was far from full as all the excuses were coming out,oh its to cold,oh its too windy or rainy lol nice fans.Remember back in the 80’s they had to have a phone telethon to help save the sliders because they were so pathetic the so called fans wouldnt go to the games and support them lol .Really sliders fans Really.You are NOT the true fans that you say you are.Give your heads a shake.

        • Blue Dummers fans have no class and Durant should keep the money and smoke another cigar…

      • And the 6 Lions fans out there get any respect? You’re nuts bud. Enjoy missing the playoffs again this year!

      • Homer actually says d’oh not duh

    • Riders34 // May 11, 2018 at 2:30 pm //

      Agreed , just more evidence of what kind of a low life write for this sight and HOW the sight actually perceives RIDER NATION, classless and clues totally disrespectful , well what can a expect for a group of FAILED eastern Canadian wanna bee’s/never wases ! Hope none of those jackaxxes ever decide to attend a RIDER home game, they might encounter some turbulence during their SHORT stay in the stands !!!! As a Rider fan I don’t REVEL or rejoice in any teams misfortune , apart form a shot her eor there at the Stamps, and that is based unfairly on the actions of 1 posters chirping on this web sight primarily/// that and Bo Meeevi, lol .

      • Did you actually read your post BEFORE you hit the “Send” button on your computer? Or in the alternative, does your post actually represent your lack of education? Your post seems to affirm that you are just another Slider fan with a Grade 4 education.

    • Pretty CLASSLESS !!! not surprised to see rod peeterson involved Durant is a crook and a liar45

    • Tiger man // May 14, 2018 at 10:10 am //

      A story about a player who took money under false pretenses and the fans who applauded this….

      The player and those that supported this thievery should be ashamed of themselves….

  2. Jack in Hamilton // May 11, 2018 at 12:59 pm //

    Riders fans have every right to laugh about this as I recall many Bombers fans mocking the Riders when players like Mo Price took their signing bonus then retired. Turn about is fair play.

  3. As a Rider fan I am not happy he screwed around the Bombers.
    I believe in fair play regardless of which team I cheer for and Durant did not play fair.

    • NathanM // May 11, 2018 at 3:44 pm //

      Butch, I tend to agree, but lets set aside the player and the team for a moment.

      How many teams cut players to avoid paying a bonus. This is simply the other way around.

      Stings both ways and does not look good.

      The league needs to close the loophole both ways.

      • MR. Green // May 11, 2018 at 4:18 pm //

        Good point. I’m sure the Bombers have done it plenty of times to players who had a contract agreed by both parties as all teams break contracts, not for talent, but financial reasons on thier own part while the player pays for their mismanagement of money. It stings and he better keep every penny. At least some will be spent in Saskatchewan when he returns. Thanks Winnipeg.
        PS. Hey bro

      • I actually didnt think about it that way but that is so true…. teams constantly cut players before their bonus are due…. well stated.

    • Bomb Away // May 11, 2018 at 7:21 pm //

      Hey, Sh#t happens. Timing is not good but it’s a bump in the road. I hope he did not do it in spite. The Riders are very happy but there are a lot of other fans who will have lost respect for a guy that could have gone out in style.

  4. bigboypants // May 11, 2018 at 1:04 pm //

    And you wonder why people make fun of you Saskies? Durant’s got no class. The worm has turned since Durant’s over the top celebration beating the Riders last season. What a jerk, what a loser!! Now he’s your hero??? Poor boy. If I can’t start, I’ll take your money & run. Welcome to Regina, Zach. Here’s a taste of how it goes there.

  5. That is a ridiculous head line – disgusting

  6. And rider fans wonder why they have such a hard time. They make fun of this, they make fun of Calgary losing Andrew Buckley.
    This is the stuff that you think gives you bragging rights??
    Try winning for 3 decades, try winning 5 cups in a row, try not being the oldest franchise in the league and having the fewest titles.

    I’m going to say something controversail. Rod Pedersen should get full credit for the progress he’s made on his addiction. However; based on his rants and belligerent commentary, I’d say he’s still fighting demons.

    • “Bo Levi Shut Your Mouth”

    • Bleeding Green // May 11, 2018 at 2:47 pm //

      Go f*ck yourself Red. I am a recovering alcoholic and it is no one’s place to comment or speculate on someone else’s recovery.

  7. Rod Pederson used to be an alcoholic, and stories will surface soon concerning Durant, and domestic abuse.

    • Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 1:24 pm //

      Wow, you really are a disgusting human being. Zero redeeming qualities whatsoever.

    • Shut up

    • Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 1:27 pm //

      And notice how i dont broadbrush all stamp fans when responding to your psychotic ramblings.

    • Bleeding Green // May 11, 2018 at 2:51 pm //

      And there’s no such thing as “used to be” you uninformed, ignorant child. It’s a lifelong disease that is a daily battle. I don’t like Pederson as much as you, but shut the f*ck up about someone else’s alcoholism. That is a new low for you.

    • Red was clearly abused. Now he hides behind a keyboard in his big boy pants. Careful what you talk about at the “fan choke fest” eh…you might just be found out.

      • Ill make myself known to anyone who whats to know. I’ll be there around 11 I’ll pick up my tickets and hand around for awhile.

    • What a complete jackass

  8. What a joke how many teams cUT players right before bonuses. And how many players do it. Only splashed here because he was a Rider. So I guess Riders must be special.

  9. You would think leaving a flood prone town like Winnipeg “high and dry” would warrant at least a thank you from Winnipeg. But no – typical ingrates.

  10. True Blue // May 11, 2018 at 1:27 pm //

    Pretty classless move on the part of Durant and anyone who cheers this on as something that’s honourable, classy, good or the like…it’s anything but those things. Any new prospective employer (i.e. commentator or coaching position) for him is sure to look at this as a d!(#head move and one day this just may come back on him in some strange way. See ya pal. Go f#%k someone else over now, speaks to your character. POS.

  11. Only rider fans would call ths a “Trojan horse” by suggesting Durant only went to Winnipeg as one last way to stick it to the Bombers organization.

    Honestly guys; How narcissistic can you get?

  12. Take this // May 11, 2018 at 1:33 pm //

    I don’t believe there are a lot of gloating Rider fans. Similar things have happened to the Riders. Funny how when it is reversed and the player doesn’t get his bonus, the common consensus is that it is business and the player should suck it up. When the shoe is on the other foot, management is outraged. Well, if you can do it to them, they can do it to you. What goes around comes around. But the player is always viewed as a loser, whereas the GM who releases the player a day before his bonus is due is viewed as a very good manager. You can’t have it both ways. As for retiring as a Rider, that would never happen even if he had been released, not as long as Chris Jones is in Saskatchewan. Not a chance.

  13. I suppose by rider fan’s narcissist logic, Andrew Buckley aspired his entire life to get into medical school only so he could stick it to the Stampeders by retiring 2 weeks from camp upon acceptance.

    • all of course at the behest of ridernation

    • Take this // May 11, 2018 at 2:55 pm //

      Well of course. Do you not believe that? I am sure that some Rider fans would believe that there is a Rider supporter on the board that decided to accept Buckley into med school so that he would not be able to come out and get a first down on short yardage when the Riders play the Stamps. How could you not see that and believe it to be the absolute truth? Ask Jones lovers; they would tell you that Buckley never actually wanted to be a doctor. He only wanted to help the Riders.

    • Most “Rider” fans were very supportive of Buckleys decision Red Green. Any negative comments on the Buckley threads, were directed at your sorry ass !!

  14. Doug Mc Clintock // May 11, 2018 at 1:41 pm //

    Bonus money that some players get in their contracts, is it not there for players that excel or reach certain standards as a player ? If you do not reach them, no bonus. Is their any honour out there ? Honour means many things, one is keeping an agreement ! So can anybody tell me, who is the real winner or loser here ? Is everybody trying to beat the system ! Pity !

    • You’re badly confused, my friend.

      A “performance bonus” is paid out for on field production. If the production level isn’t met, no bonus is paid.

      A “signing bonus” is paid out to entice the player to sign with the team. It’s paid up front regardless of any on field production.

      The $70k Durant received from the Winnipeg braintrust was for the latter.

  15. Bomber Fan In The Stands // May 11, 2018 at 1:41 pm //

    Hey Rider fans,be carefull how much you gloat. I am old enough to remember a time when people took to phones, begging for money to save your team. The Bomber franchise has hard times before, but we will get through this. What Durant did was classless, when teams do it to players, it is also classless, and 3DownNation is doing, also has no class. I guess they are short on Carter quips (like that is even possible). It is unfortunate that some in bred Rider fan trash, have to ruin it for some classy folk in Saskatchewan.

    • Hey Bomber Fans in the Stands – I am old enough to remember Durant getting injured on a cheap late hit after the whistle during the Banjo Bowl and Winnipeg fans cheering because he was hurt. Now, THAT was classless.

      • Bomber Fan In The Stands // May 11, 2018 at 3:05 pm //

        I didn’t cheer. Cheap shots ruin the game, no matter who does them.

    • True green // May 12, 2018 at 12:09 am //

      Kind of funny that you misspelled inbred.

  16. RiderPrider // May 11, 2018 at 1:50 pm //

    Don’t feed the troll guys…he gets off on it.

    • Bomber Fan In The Stands // May 11, 2018 at 3:08 pm //

      The only troll here RiderPrider is the one you wake up to every morning. Say hi to your sister for me.

      • WOW typical Bomber fan… Bottom feeder and if you don’t know what that means… Look it up in the dictionary BOTTOM FEEDER = Bluebomber fan

        • Bomber Fan In The Stands // May 11, 2018 at 4:10 pm //

          “Bottom Feeder”- “The Roughriders having a worst record then the Bombers in the west, needing the cross over to the east to actually have a shot at a Grey Cup.” Yep.., it’s there!

          • Hmmmm if memory serves me correct…. We made it further in the playoffs then you did and Bummer fans whined about having to play Edmonton so yes suck it up buttercup

  17. Mr hemorRED // May 11, 2018 at 1:53 pm //

    Eat a $70K fattie Kylie Walters and the Blue Toothless Mob

  18. Mr hemorRED // May 11, 2018 at 1:58 pm //

    Hey Dunkie, your girlfriend Kylie Walters needs a big hug.

    How does Mr Red actually get through the math questions to post? Maybe they ask the cowpokes in the bunkhouse special questions like odds when there is 3 ranch hands and one sheep.

  19. So this is the perfect article to exhibit the problems of rider nation. Many have shared the sentiment as you can read in the above comments.
    I’d like to extend an olive branch to rider nation. Instead of arguing the point, why not take it as an opportunity to apologize the the rest of the CFL for all this? If you do I’m sure the hostility you are subjected to would all end and a more peaceful CFL fan ship would exist.

    • Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 2:09 pm //

      Why don’t you apologize to rider nation for your incessant trolling and then honour our bet last season and go away forever?

    • True green // May 12, 2018 at 12:15 am //

      I’ve never experienced hostility as a Rider fan unless it’s from an anonymous faceless online pussy. I’ve aleays been treated well at away games. Once I witnessed hostility at an Eskimos game (last year when Riders tromped the Esks) but there were a lot of Riders fans and it was purely alcohol related. Both parties were equally to blame. Last year I went to a lions game and spent the weekend downtown in Vancouver. There were Rider jerseys all over the place (on the streets, way more green than orange) and the game was at least 25-30% Rider fans.

      So what hostility are you referring to?

  20. Mr hemoRED // May 11, 2018 at 2:11 pm //

    Oh my hemoRED has flaired

  21. Were these people sniping at Durant arguing just as vehemently when he was cut by the Allouettes? He had a valid contract worth plenty, and they cut him without a dime. So it’s fine when the teams don’t honor contracts (a VERY common practice) but not when a player does it? Especially when not playing my, and not getting a penny is all a player can do. A team can freely tear up a contract for no reason and simply sign someone else.
    Although I’m a Rider fan, I don’t blame Price any more than I blame Durant. Teams do it ALL THE TIME, once in a while a player manages to do something back, and we’re supposed to be mad at the player?!? No way

  22. Bunch banjo pickin inbreds them SK folks

  23. BlueBomberChris // May 11, 2018 at 2:21 pm //

    Classless move by Durant, don’t care that he retired, it’s HOW he did it that just shows his true character (or lack thereof). You can announce to the public on social media but the team that was willing to take a chance on you deserves the courtesy of a phone call at the least.

    Also I assume any Rider fan congratulating Durant on the move also said the same thing about Mo Price when he did the same thing to the Riders a couple years ago; lest you be a hypocrite

  24. These bonuses work both ways not being honored and every comment I have read on the Rider fan pages wish him well and no derogatory comments being made towards him…. If the Bombers do release him I’m pretty darn sure he would retire as a Rider and the yahoo that said Jones wouldn’t allow it is the “yahoo” that shouldn’t make stupid comments like that and shame on 3DN for even writing an article like this

  25. riders2018 // May 11, 2018 at 2:53 pm //

    Hey Lionsforlife at least the Riders have fans! lmfao

    • Yes they do…unfortunately too many of them are uneducated, (See the Post from “Rider34” in this thread, which he posted at 2:30 PM today) which affirms the lack of education held by most Slider fans. Perhaps YOU are the exception in regard to the LACK of education of most of the Slider fan base.

  26. not a Chrissy Jones fan but obviously saw that Doormat Durant was washed up…not worth the money. well done Chrissy

  27. This article pisses me off. I am done w 3Down. I am not rejoicing that Darian did what he did. But 3Down just lumped me in with the classless Rider Fans that are. I like the Bombs. No wonder everyone hates Rider fans on this site! Its shit like this. This is the last comment from Bleeding Green on 3Down. Goodbye. Ill be cheering for the Riders and the CFL all season. good luck this season everyone. Even you Red.

  28. Mr hemoRED // May 11, 2018 at 3:13 pm //

    A turdown click master bait with kylie walters in the corner

  29. “Turdown” comments in this thread and “haymaker” references in another thread – – is that BSD?

    • Mr hemorRED // May 11, 2018 at 4:43 pm //

      Can’t be. Said poster hasn’t called out the Bomber Doublemint Twins yet.

      • Too bad Lyle isn’t here to comment – – I’d love to hear his take on this one.

  30. Tells you how truly stupid the man is. Chris Jones basically ran the man out of town, yet he still wants to be loyal to that team.
    I guess that happens when your done as a player.
    Would have been great as a backup.

  31. loyal to the riders? or simply wanted 70k? I think everyone is giving him too much credit for this move – he wanted the dough. good for him. CFL is cruel league, players get cut and most careers are short.

  32. Mr hemorRED // May 11, 2018 at 5:04 pm //

    Hey Kylie Walters, Roy Finch called and needs a quick $70K

  33. I like Darian fine. Wish him and his young family well. Lots of pro athletes find out they have been traded through the media, rather than from management. How is it a crime when a player does it! Some people on this site need to speak with Dr. Phil.

  34. If ever there was a headline to encourage posters to fling sh*t at each other…this is it !!

  35. Bomerooski // May 11, 2018 at 11:49 pm //

    Kept the $70,000 signing bonus, also Really screwed with the salary cap too. They could have used the extra cap space to keep players like Westerman or Heath or to get a quality free agent when there were still some quality players available. A excellent QB in his day but not a classy final move as a player. Also can’t believe the Bombers would give $70,000 to a player who was clearly past his expiry date.

  36. Anonymous // May 11, 2018 at 11:59 pm //

    Another classlessclickbait article that stirs the haters in the league.
    Although I’m another football and Rider fan.
    I must say Karma might have just played a part here with the bomber org.
    That was the fan base that laughed at DD for his Achilles injury even though they still managed to win . We all know what happened after.
    For the people who like to poke Rider fans?
    Get a life! Cheer on your team and go to a game in your city.Jealousy kills.
    A true Rider fan really doesn’t care to converse with ignorant people,they just love talking football,and cheering for their team regardless.
    A small market based team from sask is now
    The model franchise in Canada and place where all players want to play.As a player why wouldn’t you? That says everything! And I’m proud of how the Rider org has turned it all around and is now one of the envies of the cfl.

    • “A model franchise” where the Head Coach has been caught cheating on many occasions and whose franchise has only won four Grey Cups in approximately 105 years. get a dose of reality…this is the attitude of arrogance that I speak off. Further more, the Sliders team is hardly anything to be jealous of. There are many CFL teams in Canada that are far better then the Sliders with respect to their “on field” product and the STAMPS top that list. The Stamps are not only a better team but have a better coach and GM then the Sliders. Next on the list would be the Eskimos, the Redblacks, the Bombers, and the Lions.

      • Take this // May 12, 2018 at 1:36 am //

        You forgot the Argos. They have a better coach then the Riders. That just leaves the TiCats and the Als and I don’t know enough about their coaches yet to rate them. They may also prove to be better.

  37. Colour me green // May 12, 2018 at 10:52 am //

    So Montreal cuts darian 1 day before they are to pay him $150k, and people are upset that 5 days later Winnipeg pays him a signing bonus of $70k? Did IQs drop in bomberland? First the don’t have to give him a signing bonus, that is up to the club. But if the want to get him as a backup it makes sense. Otherwise he could wait for better offers. Second he did tell them he was considering retiring and they told him to take his time, which he did. Third, why would anyone want to play in Winnipeg lol

  38. Cfl fan for life // May 12, 2018 at 1:19 pm //

    Holy crap! This is like listening to children carrying on about shit, name calling, digs, rude comments, im better than you etc! Next we will see physical episodes, wow, jealousy sure rules as digs! Its a sport people, no hostility is needed, just play to win, no disrepecting others…you never know if that person will be playing beside you someday, either on field or workplace etc! Its not fair that teams release before bonus time, so tit for tat, im glad that someone else got bammed with this evil play..good for you D.D, turn of the tables is good here, you left with something deserved instead of a jar of vaseline. Sorry fans but someone needed to address this issue on bonus release players,and darian just happened to be the first! now maybe the loop hole will be addressed on both sides, this bonus seemed pretty controlling of players to do as we say or get out without whats promised to you..maybe im wrong or maybe i have a point! Lol either way….go green! Rant over, just sayin

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