Riders trip to Humboldt deserves applause

Life in Saskatchewan is like living in one big, spread out community.

Whether you live in Regina, Saskatoon, Weyburn, Davidson, Chamberlin, Climax, Uranium City or any of the medium to small towns or even villages that make up this great province, we all have a connection. We might make jokes at each others expense from time-to-time, but ultimately, everyone in Saskatchewan has each others back. It’s something that makes this province great.

For many, one uniting force has always been the Saskatchewan Roughriders and there’s no doubt that the team understands it’s importance. Because of that, they’ve always gone out of their way to make sure that they make an impact in communities all across the flatland and not just in their home base of Regina.

That’s why they’re the Saskatchewan Roughriders and not the Regina Roughriders. (Though, that is the joke when the team is struggling.)

Given the team’s enormous platform and following, it should come as no surprise that the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy has been front and centre for this team in the days and weeks following the horrific event.

The team has already promised to bring the Grey Cup to town, should they win the big prize in November. A nice symbolic gesture, but obviously there’s no guarantees there.

They’ve also tweaked their helmets to have “Humboldt Strong” written on the back.

Some players, like Duron Carter, have come up with their own ways of supporting the community.

Add in a moment of silence before their first game of the season and that’s probably where they could have left it.

Instead, the team is taking their efforts one step further.

A day has been set aside for Humboldt to make the Roughriders their own. On Sunday, a day that might have normally been an off-day due to their scrimmage on Saturday in Saskatoon, the team will instead travel to the area for a morning walk-through, followed by a community barbecue and autograph session. The logistics weren’t easy to sort out, I’m sure, but it’s definitely worth it.

Some members of the team have already been to the community since the tragedy, but this will be a unique opportunity for the entire team to come together and show their support. To give something to the town that has been through so much over the last while and will continue to struggle with this for years to come.

The team is also planning a fundraising game later this season when they host the Montreal Alouettes. A night that is sure to stir up emotions and will no doubt raise a pile of cash.

For all of this, the Riders deserve credit. Not that they’re looking for it in this instance. It’s simply the right thing to do, nor was it a particularly difficult decision, I’m sure.

This franchise has been far from perfect both on and off the field over the years but you can always count on them getting one thing right, their commitment to the communities and the people of this province.

Bravo.

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson is a Regina-based sports writer, broadcaster and football fanatic.
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20 Comments on Riders trip to Humboldt deserves applause

  1. solara2000 // June 2, 2018 at 4:18 pm //

    Nice story. Nice decision.

  2. Green&Gold // June 2, 2018 at 4:34 pm //

    Nice story and stay strong Saskatchewan

  3. Nice decision by the Riders braintrust.

    Although it’d be much easier for me to support them if they didn’t have that bumbling assclown Chris Jones.

    • Huff's Neighbor // June 3, 2018 at 10:17 am //

      Closing remarks takes away from any sincerity your comment might have had. Better to not say anything, then make an insincere jab. Not surprised by your comments, you’re a hater for sure.

  4. Prairie rocks // June 2, 2018 at 5:06 pm //

    Joel, my Grandfather who was a hero of the great war II; always referred to the Lions as the Vancouver Lions and the Riders as the Regina Roughriders. To honor him- he died last spring- I will sometimes refer to them as the same.

  5. Our Riders in Green will travel tomorrow.
    To a community filled with unspeakable sorrow.

    They will take the hour plus ride, to a community reeling
    To hold an event, and aid in the healing.

    Everything changed on that April eve.
    The world shed a tear, and started to grieve

    Let’s all do what we can, the recovery is long
    In our hearts and prayers, we will keep Humboldt Strong

  6. True Green // June 2, 2018 at 5:50 pm //

    Well done Yup

  7. True Green // June 2, 2018 at 5:56 pm //

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders are a true provincial and community team. Our loving community support is the only thing that brings our province together even more than our Riders do.

  8. Rick Cowan // June 2, 2018 at 6:38 pm //

    I still think the cfl should be doing something to Honor the Humboldt Broncos like the NHL did the cfl isint or hasn’t done anything for the Humboldt

  9. True Blue // June 3, 2018 at 10:50 am //

    Nice move for the Riders. It’s during situations like this that we stop the shots at each other, put our team stripes aside and just simply support, either loudly or quietly.

    Godspeed.

  10. I also heard somewhere that the Riders will pay tribute on opening day to the Broncos and those affected by this tragedy.
    HumboldtStrong

  11. BC Dave // June 4, 2018 at 1:59 pm //

    Well Done Yup. It would be nice to have a buddy (for each team) who loves his team and knows them as well as I love and know mine. You’d be my Rider buddy for sure lol. Sadly, there are more Arsehole 51s out there than there are YUPs.

    Would be nice to have a special section at all Rider games this year to honour those people affected and have every visiting team coming through help out in some way.

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