A strangely fitting end to Darian Durant’s career

When he drew it up, Darian Durant probably didn’t expect his playing career in football end just a few months after signing a deal with one of his former team’s biggest rivals without ever playing a game for them.

For most players, that would probably be downright weird, but for Durant, it’s almost oddly fitting. An unconventional retirement for a guy who had an interesting career.

There’s no question that Durant is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play for the green and white. His numbers and 2013 Grey Cup ring certainly suggest that. He’s up there with the likes of Ron Lancaster and Kent Austin. That’s rarefied air.

Living in Regina though, there were times you would never have guessed it and it never really made sense.

During my time covering the Saskatchewan Roughriders day in and day out for CJME, I was consistently gobsmacked by the some of the comments we would get regarding Durant. His detractors became a big part of his story. There’s no question that people who questioned Durant’s ability to lead the team were a big part of his motivation. Durant loved to prove those who thought he couldn’t do it wrong.

Despite accolades, the numbers and more or less having his team in contention during his entire career in Saskatchewan, Durant always seemed to have that “yeah, but” factor. Sadly, it felt that race played a factor at times. I believe that’s a very, very small part of the fanbase (I hope, anyway), but it was there, unfortunately. Otherwise, there were people who legitimately questioned his abilities to win the big one.

Despite how some people felt about Durant, there’s no question he could do it on the field and if you really needed to see it in action, then he did it in 2013.

A lot is made about the 2013 Grey Cup and rightfully so, but without the West semifinal that year, the Grey Cup never happens. That semifinal was hands down the signature game of Durant’s career. Without him throwing the team on his back in the fourth quarter against the B.C. Lions, who knows what might have happened. By coming back to win that game, Durant single-handedly changed the future of the franchise. Durant made sure that Brendan Taman and Corey Chamblin remained employed. He kept who knows who many players on the roster. Given the fact that they were all-in that year, if the Riders had lost that game, who knows what would have happened that offseason. (Winning that game also had some negative effects, as we saw over the next few seasons, as a rebuild was probably in order afterwards to get younger, but I think Rider Nation is ok with winning that cup with some future cost.)

Instead, they won. For some Durant instantly became a legend. For others, it was never enough.

After that, the injuries quickly settled in, a rocky relationship with the new regime and a bad offensive line in Montreal basically gave Durant no chance to recover. He was set to be a backup in Winnipeg. It all happened so fast.

Nothing about Durant’s career was ever normal, guess it shouldn’t be surprising his retirement wasn’t either.

Joel Gasson

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Joel Gasson is a Regina-based sports writer, broadcaster and football fanatic.
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101 Comments on A strangely fitting end to Darian Durant’s career

  1. Hasn’t this horse been tenderized enough ?

    • Mattiegtran // May 15, 2018 at 12:04 pm //

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  2. Race was not a factor. It was his attitude that didn’t endear him to some fans across the CFL – oh and being a coach killer to get Miller back was a factor.

    • Lancaster/Reed // May 13, 2018 at 4:51 pm //

      Greg Marshall? Is that you? Im glad you’ve moved on and aren’t bitter.

    • Riders34 // May 13, 2018 at 11:33 pm //

      Marshall was clueless as a coach and in fact they would of had Chamblin in 2011 if Miller had not insisted on casting his approval for Marshall. It was just not DD that didn’t like the way Marshall handled things, ergo right off the hop why Miller and CO circled the daily operations , they knew something was not right under Marshall from 1st week of training camp they were just hoping things would settle and progress not continue to get worse . Teams don’t normally like to eat a contract 2 months into a 3 year deal its not good business !!! Marshall was just a BAD HC !!! and a not a good fit in Sask period !!!

  3. Most pro athletes have a big ego as does Durant, except that his ego is bigger than his talent would warrant. That said, Durant was a good quarterback that at times played great.

    Nice to see him retire as a Bomber.lol

  4. I don’t think race ever played a part in Durant’s support or critics. Second guessing the quarterback is as much a part of Saskatchewan culture as perogies, borscht and bunnyhugs. Just look back to the roasting Ron Lancaster and Kent Austin received when they were in Saskatchewan.

    • Riders34 // May 13, 2018 at 11:46 pm //

      Sadly Ronnie and Kent did much to create that roasting from their own efforts. God bless Ronnie , but he crumbled under pressure as much as he succeeded under pressure , when the game was on the line one never knew what Ronnie would show up Super star miracle play maker or uber dud that couldn’t complete a pass or threw an interception at a critical moment. But man was he fun and heart stopping to watch !!!! ergo our love hate relationship with the guy !!! Aus was much like DD ego wise , that was his greatest flaw — his lack of humility just didn’t allow Rider nation to connect with him IMO, talent wise as pure pocket Qb Austin was light years ahead of Lancaster //DD it was the nature of DD and Ronnies heart and overcoming adversity that made them Rider legends, if Austin had any humility at all I feel he would of been a career Rider and at the top of the list of Rider heroes. .

  5. Provemewrong // May 13, 2018 at 4:43 pm //

    “Yeah, but”… That pretty much sums up sliders entire 100+ years. Shoulda, woulda, coulda… There is always NEXT YEAR in gapper land.

    • Lancaster/Reed // May 13, 2018 at 4:47 pm //

      Most of the commentors on here blasting Durant as low class and saying he should have taken the high road, have themselves never strayed outside of the ditch.

  6. Whiteout, (aka Blue rules) // May 13, 2018 at 4:43 pm //

    Dano, perhaps Rider’s would like to sign DD to a one day contract and allow him to retire as a Rider!…… I’m sure Bombers would be happy to let DD out of his contract for say………..100 Billion dollars….. Well maybe just $70K

    • There is a chance, a slim chance mind you, that Kyle Walters might just take the high road and cut Darian to allow him to retire as a rider.
      Sorry, that was a complete brain fart – the high road doesn’t even go through Winnipeg. My bad.

      • Provemewrong // May 13, 2018 at 5:07 pm //

        You are sooooo right. The high road leads right out of sakabush… That’s why so many gappers can leave the province each year.

        • Duececoupe // May 13, 2018 at 9:14 pm //

          I’m curious , do you make these statements to get under people’s skin or are you just that weird . My vote is your just that weird .

        • Riders34 // May 14, 2018 at 12:02 am //

          Not Saskatchewan fault that its professionals are in great demand nation wise by corporate head hunters etc. Not Saskatchewans fault that the common sense approach of many of the Saskachewan people is lacking in many other provinces and other provinces want to add the leadership of very capable Saskachewanites to the leadership of the people they do have in their provinces. Yeah its hard building a large provincial population base when the rest of the nation desires the capable people of Saskatchewan to move else where in the country and grow the strength of the nation. But its a sacrifice Saskatchewan is willing to continue to make to build the country a bright future , as ya all know we Ex-pat Saskatchewanites will still show when OUR boy’s roll into a CFL stadium in your province—or a hockey area to cheer on a local boy mad e good etc. Yeah I know we all accept your jealousy of our provincial people especially when ya refre to our provincial based Pro team as ‘the sliders’ , etc. Fortunatly there are many more good natured people in Canada that just like to poke a little good natured humor at us , then the large amount of asshat haters posting dribble directed toward Sasskatchewanites on this web sight !!!

          • you are delusional people leave saskabush because there is nothing there its freezing in the winter and your in the middle of bumf#ck nowhere ,people leave to get a real life who wants to live in a city that rhymes with vagina lol

          • Mr Red. // May 14, 2018 at 10:44 am //

            lol
            Yeah sure!
            More like our own province sucks, lets get out so we can have a good life somewhere. Most likly Calgary

          • Riders34 // May 14, 2018 at 11:05 am //

            And Right on CUE the A**hats chime in to prove my point , !!! Ahh well Red , your retardation and hatred knows no bounds!!!! Keep posting and confirming your absolute ignorance , lack of personality and intelligence ;;; your reputation grows exponentially with every moronic statement ya make!!!

          • Bombs Away! // May 14, 2018 at 12:03 pm //

            I think you had that one coming to you! Saskatchewan has nice people to to say they are way above the rest of the country is a bit of a stretch. You guys could be lovable if only you did not think you were God’s gift to Canada.

      • Phil Miller // May 14, 2018 at 1:12 am //

        Post of the day Yoshi. 🙂

  7. Blackhawk89 // May 13, 2018 at 4:47 pm //

    To say race didn’t play a part in some of the criticism is kind of naive especially in that province.

    • Lancaster/Reed // May 13, 2018 at 4:49 pm //

      Yes, because in whatever province you are from its all sunshine and peace signs. Dont be an a**hole.

    • Race had to be a factor is what you are saying? Because it is to you?
      Another expert on race relations that doesn’t live in the province.

    • Agree 100% that Durant would have been much more beloved in Regina if he was a white QB.

      Let’s be honest there’s always the “I’m not racist, but…” undertone. I’ve been in Regina and heard the racial slurs firsthand. Given the complete lack of diversity in the province I wasn’t the least bit surprised.

      • MR. Green // May 13, 2018 at 5:59 pm //

        Come on bud. You can’t go by what 0.001% say. George Reed has been loved in Saskatchewan for almost 60 years. I have friends from many different races. Some of my best friends are native. The diversity here is bigger than ever. Yes as a kid it was almost all white and native. It’s changed. Even yesterday in Regina there was a Sikh parade and get together an the Legislature where all were invited and many there. This is a welcoming in province. Not everyone is gonna have great experiences everywhere, but don’t make statements and throw us all under the bus. Those few racists are everywhere. I’ve heard of bannanas in Hamilton and Toronto thrown on the ice. Never here.
        When you were in Regina last must have been 15 to 20+ years ago. Multicultures are big here now. There are even a couple schools for different cultures here dedicated for them an that’s great.
        To sayDDwould have been more beloved in Regina if he was white is a terrible racist comment. Narcisse was my favorite as a kid. Since my all time favorite is Durant. Don’t spew garbage. You usually make good comments.

    • MR. Green // May 13, 2018 at 6:36 pm //

      Are you dumb blackhawk89? I guess you are. The Rider Starting QB always gets the most criticism. Actually all teams in North America have the starter under the microscope. Sometimes the most popular player on a team is the backup QB. You just proved your not a football fan because even a 10 year old fan knows this. Race has no factor.
      When you judge others, it’s actually about yourself. That is who you are. That was free. Next one will cost you $100.00

  8. Doug Mc Clintock // May 13, 2018 at 5:07 pm //

    Durant, no denying he was a good quarterback but what is he now ? He has done himself much harm by not being upfront with Winnipeg. Ending his career this way leaves a bad stain on his football years. Pity ! Greed is a big part of it !

  9. WTF does it matter if Durant signs a “one day contract” to say he retired as a Rider? That’s one of the most ridiculous charades in sports.

    Durant’s historic performance in the 2013 playoffs assured his place as a legend in Regina. He certainly doesn’t need a halfassed “one day contract” to further cement his place.

  10. Jack in Hamilton // May 13, 2018 at 5:25 pm //

    What kind of sick & demented individual would bring up race as if it had anything to do with anything. Shame on you Joel, no wonder CJME turfed you.

    • Feel free to keep your head buried in the sand, my friend. But let’s not try to pretend racism doesn’t exist in Canada.

      • Especially Toronto man. Don’t be singling out Saskatchewan. Just cause there is more “multicultural” people in yer big smoke or even Vancouver/Montreal, doesn’t mean those aren’t crazy racist cities.

  11. Mr Red. // May 13, 2018 at 6:07 pm //

    If Durant gets into the HOF he will go in an Alouette .

    • Yup. As will Nik Lewis

      • Mr Red. // May 13, 2018 at 8:07 pm //

        lol wrong. Nik has already said he’ll go in a Stamp. Have you noticed no where near his controversy existed when Lewis left?

    • Lancaster/Reed // May 13, 2018 at 7:11 pm //

      It’s a well known fact that red here has as much honour and integrity as when Justin Trudeau talks about pipelines.

      • There it is, I knew it was only a matter of time before some dickhead made a political reference…

  12. Tom calder // May 13, 2018 at 6:34 pm //

    My understanding is that “smilin’ hank” aka Henry Burris was very popular, if not beloved in sasky. So is race really the issue ? Or is it personality and character That endears itself to fans ?

    • Mr Red. // May 13, 2018 at 8:11 pm //

      lol until he decided to leave for Calgary. Took less money for a better opportunity

    • Riders34 // May 14, 2018 at 12:15 am //

      Personality ,IMO makes all the difference , I think still in some corners of the province Tom Burgges is more popular then Kent Austin event hought Kent started and during the season and had an amazing game and helped win the 89′ cup. Some remember it was Tommy Burgess that helped win many games that season and was the pivot that help slay the 16-2 juggernaut Eskimos in the West final. Personality plays large Austin had non !!! Thought he was better and more humble as a head coach here sign that he learned his lesson in how to live in Sask. Seems he eventually forgot those lessons late in his Hamilton run . sadly for the Hamilton fans.

  13. K. Walters // May 13, 2018 at 7:16 pm //

    What! Durant retired? WHEN!? I better get another margarita….excuse me señor, uno mas por favour!

  14. Mr Curling also thinks the race comment was odd.As you know Mr Curling is completely race neutral he is much more interested in money and status and Durant had both (plus an extra $70000!)

  15. Green snot // May 13, 2018 at 7:48 pm //

    Someone from Saskatchewan is going to take a shot at a high road reference and Winnipeg?! What a laugh!

    “REGINA” (aka Roughriders)…the only city (and team) in Canada that smells like it sounds.

    Come to think of it the new mosaic field stadium kind of resembles a giant vagina.

    • Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh Regina? I guess you wouldn’t know, Green Snot! You must be single eh bud!

    • True green // May 13, 2018 at 10:10 pm //

      Being a Rider fan from Saskatoon I can say I really appreciate your comment lol!!

  16. White Horse // May 13, 2018 at 8:11 pm //

    Green Snot…Good handle but, but hey…ouch!
    Adrian…you are obviously married!
    I refuse to hide my handle. You are both rude!!!

  17. Mr Red. // May 13, 2018 at 8:12 pm //

    ok ok guys; we need not take these comments into the gutter like this

  18. Does anyone here know when Carter goes to jail or gets run out of the country?

  19. Mr Red. // May 13, 2018 at 8:23 pm //

    I will agree with rider fans on this. I can’t imagine race would be a factor. If it was, its no more than any other fan base would have; which would be incredibly small and insignificant.

  20. Green snot // May 13, 2018 at 8:50 pm //

    Mr “Red”…ahh perfect segue…tie a giant string to your head and throw you in new mosaic stadium and you know what you are?

    Extra absorbing…ahhhhhhh so fresh

  21. Sixbeamers // May 13, 2018 at 9:12 pm //

    The Strange Case of the Polarizing Mr. Durant summed up expertly by Joel Gasson. Controversial to the very end.

  22. HAHAHAHA. Like it Adrian, made me laugh.

  23. Mr Red. // May 13, 2018 at 9:44 pm //

    Will most teams are thinking playbooks and two-a-days; the riders are thinking prison terms and trials.

  24. C Stephen Cassin // May 13, 2018 at 10:07 pm //

    Durant is going to shine on the Wall of Shame. No Hall of Fame in his lifetime.

  25. Colour me green // May 13, 2018 at 10:28 pm //

    Area 51 is a racist. What he wrote is pure [email protected] DD is loved in this province, even when under the microscope. You can tell in what DD wrote that he knows it. And he will be back in the community.
    And to throw that garage about Regina in there unbelievable. 20 years ago a lot of white people but again the are mostly local people living thier entire lives in the province. What a shocker for a have not rural province with little industry. That is why people here laugh at those big cities with no sense of community. We saved our team, most of the others can’t even sell 15,000 seats to a game in cities with over a million people. Yep keep living in those cities where no one cares If you exist. Pathetic.

    • Prove me wrong // May 14, 2018 at 10:09 am //

      Colour me gangrene… You only get 15,000 at a game in regina??? Commonwealth posts the LARGEST crowds in the CFL year after year. In FACT, when you take out those stats from when games were played in the O Dome, it is all Commonwealth Stadium. So much for regina’s piddly 15,000.

      • u are so out of touch…look at attendance figures…riders attract double that for EVERY GAME.

      • Ridersrule // May 14, 2018 at 11:09 am //

        Can you read? Honestly not trying to be rude but can you read ? If you can read Color me green’s post again or get something to help you then repost .
        It seems like you are so giddy to post another rude comment that you don’t think things through . A sad little person with no life . You and red and area51 and lionsfan4life should all get together and have a ladies night out.

    • Bombs Away! // May 14, 2018 at 12:15 pm //

      Not quite so! The only reason you needed to start selling wheat and have fund raisers was because the province were not longer supporting a losing team. The team was crap and people did not want to see it. When it came to the crunch, some decided to mobilize the province and thanks to them you are now in a position to forget about that and make yourselves sound so great.
      My take is if you should get another stretch of losing teams, you would get the same. You lose 4 games and already you are willing to give up you season tickets. If you were to go through what Winnipeg did, the riders would be but a sad memory.

  26. Mean Jo Green // May 13, 2018 at 11:20 pm //

    2013 GC was a colluded end result right from the get go to appease a long suffering pathletic fanbase as indicative of that organizations 100 plus history. They just couldn’t figure (how to win) it out on their own.

    • Take this // May 14, 2018 at 6:55 am //

      That is such a ridiculous conspiracy theory. You really believe that not one but three teams blew a game so that the Riders could win the Grey Cup? The Riders had just won a championship in 2007. If that theory held any truth, why has it not been arranged to get Winnipeg a Grey Cup victory? Their fan base has suffered much longer. Last year would have been an excellent year to convince three teams to lay down and let Winnipeg win it all. They were in the playoffs and had a competitive team. Why has the same not been done for Hamilton either, who also have not drank from the Grey Cup for many years? I think you have your tin foil hat on too tight; it is making you believe really strange stories.

  27. How many MORE ARTICLES are we going to read on Durant and his retirement. Hey here’s a great idea – lets dedicate a ENTIRE PAGE just to Darian and his career from start to finish. Were about half way there ALREADY.

  28. Mean Jo Green // May 13, 2018 at 11:31 pm //

    PS,
    2013 game MVP Kory Sheets responsible for riders championship title, not durant. Hell my 92 year old my grandma in her army boots could have handed off the ball al day and the riders would still own it.

    • Without Durant carrying the team on his back in the WSF win against BC, Sheets and the Riders would not have been in the Grey Cup.

      You will not find another QB in pro football history who had a better post season performance than Durant had in the 2013 playoffs.

    • Take this // May 14, 2018 at 6:37 am //

      Could your grandma have completed 60 of 77 passes for a 77.9 completion average? Thrown for 705 yards? Thrown 8 touchdowns with no interceptions? Ran 17 times for 141 yards? Because that is what Durant did in the 2013 playoffs. Why do you people find it so difficult to admit that when Durant was in his prime, he was a very good quarterback? You will find that it will be very difficult task to find a quarterback in any league that has put up those numbers in playoff games, with a quarterback rating around the 140 mark. You can deny it all you want but do some research, find some quarterbacks with stats like that over a three game playoff run and if you find any, it will be a very elite group.

  29. Wincher // May 14, 2018 at 1:43 am //

    Simply put…

    Thank you Darian… I am a season ticket holder, and loyal fan of 30 years. I appreciate the efforts of all Rider players. Going to Rider games, and being a true fan is a privilege. The collective excitement, high fives, and deep breathes during games whether at home or afar draw us together. You were a humble leader with determination, a resident of Saskatchewan through and through. Always with great appreciation, Wincher.

  30. You suck Collaros.

    • Lol and you guys have Masoli as your starter….
      It’s a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for ’em.

  31. When I first found out about 3 downnation. I thought, finally a true CFL site with people knowledgeable to CFL football and respectable opinions. Since then I have noticed an influx of childish, ignorance and opinions that are only hurting the reputation of the CFL game.

  32. Scottsask // May 14, 2018 at 10:19 am //

    Sad but true Ron, it used to be fun and informative. It had since slithered into the gutter.

  33. Yoshi got it right. IN Riderville, a significant (not majority) number of fans always promoted the back-up to be the most popular player in town. Yes, even during the Lancaster, and Austin era…and, of course, during DDs tenure. Strangely, whenever these all-stars went down with injury, and the back-ups fizzled, that twisted minority only shut up for about two and half seconds, got back on their soap box, and continued to proclaim the virtues of the back-up…with calls to get rid of the starter. UNBELIEVABLE BUT TRUE.
    It was this same vocal minority that booed Ronnie in his final game at Taylor Field, and it is probably their kids that are dissing Doubles now.

    • Mr Red. // May 14, 2018 at 11:04 am //

      That’s because you are fickle fans. I can assure you, no one has ever suggested BLM should be benched. He’s that good

      • Ridersrule // May 14, 2018 at 6:17 pm //

        Oh my did you really just say that . There were lots of stamps fans after the interception that lost them the gc that we’re really down on Mitchell .

      • Mr Red. // May 15, 2018 at 12:04 am //

        lol No…..those were riderfans criticizing Bo, not Stamp fans……………………..sorry

  34. Scottsask // May 14, 2018 at 10:51 am //

    Highly accurate.

  35. You can’t bench Bo because he doesn’t have a competent backup either. Calgary has done nothing to address this. Albeit they haven’t had to, but as Bo ages you will see him fall off the cliff. No one beats Father Time.

  36. Stamps fans are just as fickle – just look at yourself Red. You can’t just lump an entire fan base in with a few deadbeats, such as yourself, on this website.

  37. Elaine Ottoson // May 14, 2018 at 11:30 am //

    It’s spring time to clean out the gutters

  38. Gasson’s column is very accurate. IT is true that Sask. is a multi-cultural, diverse society. And MOST of the population embraces same. The same could be said for other provinces, too. Most of the posters herein, pro and against Gasson’s race remark are also right. How is that possible? In every society, not just in North America, there is a segment, however small, or larger in some places, who hold racist/supremacist views. It truly is naive to think that it doesn’t exist. It is equally naive to think that racism is rampant in these parts. You must live in a complete vacuum, never go out for a pop, or dinner, if you haven’t heard racist remarks. ie. see the recent Denny’s fiasco. Have a heart-to-heart with the football icon, George Reed, sometime, and you will get some insight into this matter.
    Here’s a question for all of the chest-pounders who deny that there is even a shred of racism. If you owned rental property, who would you accept as tenants, if given a choice? Caucasian, or some other race? AS much as diversity is well, and thriving, it would be extremely naive to think that racism is dead. Racial profiling is no secret in law enforcement. Another ie. if a Caucasian person is lying on the sidewalk, in obvious distress, do you go to help? if it is a native Canadian, do you still go to help, or do you pass it off as just another drunk who needs to sober up? BE honest with yourself as you answer these questions. Then, and only then, can you get on your soap box, beat your breast, and proclaim, that we, Caucasian Canadians, are so much more tolerant…and you would still be wrong!..because you would be denying that the tiny minority exist.

  39. To elaborate, in example. John Payne was considered by some to be a racist HC of the Riders in the mid ’70s. His meal ticket was George Reed, who was a true gentleman, the consummate professional, and an ambassador for the game, who often played very much hurt, without complaint. However, just to insult Reed, Payne fined him $5. Reed was incensed, correctly saying that if he deserved a fine (which he didn’t) then fine him a real amount. Ultimately, the allegedly racial-fueled rancor that existed between the two, and stoked to an intolerable level by that paltry fine, led to Reed retiring a year or two earlier than he planned. Subsequently, Reed wasn’t there for the GC that they lost last minute, when all they needed to do was convert a short first-down dive, that they didn’t even try because the “automatic” Reed wasn’t available. Also ask him, or other players, about securing rental housing in Canada, not just in Regina.

  40. Reggiemac // May 14, 2018 at 1:02 pm //

    From the same gang that treated Ronnie so bad at th end of his career. Yes, racism is alive and well on the prairies not just Sask. From a former rider season ticket holder.

  41. Reggiemac, I was at that last booing game. Fans were disgruntled, however, as you noted, it was a minority “gang” of mostly inebriated louts. Interesting that his final game in EE was a victory that he engineered late, after the fans chanted to get him on the field. It was a good sendoff for an iconic player.

  42. What a laugh to hear proclamations about how “diverse” Saskatchewan is.

  43. hey 51, you should have read ALL of my drivel…then you would know that I said SK IS diverse, but your comments were also fairly accurate.

    • “Diverse” as in 80% white, 15% native and 5% “other ethnicities”?

      • Sixbeamers // May 14, 2018 at 4:50 pm //

        I think Saskatchewan diversity depends on what type of tractor cap you’re wearing — John Deere, Massey Ferguson, Caterpillar, McCormick or New Holland. Those with a broader world view tend to go with Kubota or Zetor.

        • Hahaha…well played, my friend. Very well played. It’s funny because it’s so true.

  44. 51, even if your demographic was correct (it isn’t-correct: 70% Caucasian, 17% aboriginal, 13% other)…those numbers do not define diversity. Diverse ethnicity, and the term diversity, are mutually exclusive. Diversity does not mean equal numbers; just acceptance.

  45. And, as mentioned previously, acceptance is a moving target.

  46. Jack Upshall // May 15, 2018 at 7:53 pm //

    He is a LEADER! That is not coachable. Leaders are born. Forget that other stuff about made.

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