Riders radio man Rod Pedersen says he was kicked out of Redblacks walkthrough

According to Saskatchewan Roughriders play-by-play man Rod Pedersen, the Ottawa Redblacks removed him from their walkthrough on Wednesday.


Walkthroughs are typically open to the media, including those who cover the opposing team. Interviews with players and coaches are generally conducted on the field after the on-field session is complete. It’s not unusual for radio play-by-play guys, who often host pre-, half- and post-game shows, to attend the opposing teams’ walkthrough to conduct interviews, gather tape and chat with fellow members of the media.

But sources say Pedersen was removed after Ottawa offensive coordinator Jaime Elizondo raised concerns.

Why would the Redblacks eject Pedersen? Teams typically run through their offensive, defensive and special teams sets and that information could be of interest to the opposing the team. Ottawa was likely concerned that Pedersen would convey some of what he saw back to the Riders and they would be able to glean a competitive advantage (however small) from the information. Doing so would be a breach of the unwritten rules surrounding how the media cover the CFL.

And while it’s not unusual for radio guys to wear team-branded gear at a walkthrough and during games, this probably didn’t help…

The Redblacks have responded, saying Pedersen wasn’t kicked out.

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134 Comments on Riders radio man Rod Pedersen says he was kicked out of Redblacks walkthrough

  1. Bahahaha. Wow Ottawa, whatever floats your boat. Makes for a laugh if nothing else.

    • There’s Peterson trying to look important again.someone tell REDBLACKS that they need not fear this hump. he’s clueless about football anyway…

  2. Petersen is an unofficial asst coach and team cheerleader. Kick his ass out! RBs aren’t in the business of feeding Sask media info. Guess what Jones would do if the taBles were turned?

  3. That asshat should be kicked out of every CFL stadium….

    • Huff's Neighbor // June 20, 2018 at 1:31 pm //

      Really. Why? He is not different and than all the rest. Their homers, through and through. So move along. If I were the RB’s I’d be more worried that their QB makes it through the game in one piece. Rider D is coming to get you.

      • The Grog // June 20, 2018 at 3:29 pm //

        I can’t believe that the RBs are that worried about Rod, as you said they should be more concerned about our defense!

      • So about that QB comment…. How did that turn out?

    • Agreed Rod is a douche bag; likely the most disrespected commentator on all things CFL with his constant “conspiracy claims” and assine commentaries. Hence the reason he should be kicked out of all CFL Stadiums except Mosaic Stadium…the Riders can have him in their Stadium.

      • Maybe douche bag Rod will hire the Prezler Law Firm and sue the RedBlacks for wrongful dismissal…for getting the boot and getting kicked out of Ottawa Stadium…LOL. Maybe Rod can get Captain Underpants to give him a “character reference” during the trial, since both are such upstanding CFL fans.

  4. Huff's Neighbor // June 20, 2018 at 1:29 pm //

    Making excuses already are the RB’s. I am sure it’s Steve Walsh’s fault.

    • When you say Huff’s neighbor do you mean the homeless man sharing your newspaper blanket huffing solvent?

  5. Rumour has it he is on Jones’s payroll lol

  6. Next they won’t let the Riders practice at Parliament Hill, in the off chance cameras actually capture rare footage of Trudeau in Ottawa.

  7. Equine Excellence // June 20, 2018 at 1:34 pm //

    I don’t imagine you could get a lot out of a walk through. having said that, this really speaks to the overall level of suspicion people around the league might have regarding this organization.

    • Huff's Neighbor // June 20, 2018 at 1:41 pm //

      So true. The RB’s are hiding things at practice. Good for you to comment.

  8. True Blue // June 20, 2018 at 1:34 pm //

    If the reverse was true I’m sure the outcome would have been the very same. BFD.

  9. Bart Andrus second down punter // June 20, 2018 at 1:39 pm //

    This is Pedersen trying to get more publicity. He is a great rider fan but that is about it. But I bet this would be th same for any other team. Not a conspiracy or a tin foil hat. If it was Montreal, Calgary, or Toronto doing this no article is written. No one cares about those teams and no one reads about them.

    • No the issue is no one cares about the riders and their obnoxious fans, underachieving over rated team.

  10. Huff's Neighbor // June 20, 2018 at 1:40 pm //

    I predict the comments hit 100 before the day is done. Big, big news in the CFL so pretty sure all the dogs will come out to comment.

    • Equine Excellence // June 20, 2018 at 1:43 pm //

      When a media member is out there spying for his team, ya that’s bog news

      • Spying…..Good thing we still have our Russian satellites to fall back on.

      • True Green // June 20, 2018 at 7:29 pm //

        The Riders know better than to spy through Pederson. We just use our own personal satellite to cover the practises. Since capping teams expenditures with coaching staff, what else are we going to spend all of our jersey sales income on?

        Now if only Calgary could sell a couple of jerseys they could afford to buy Levi a sandwich.

  11. AwaitingModeration // June 20, 2018 at 1:47 pm //

    No need for others to comment. You seem well on your way to taking the comment count to 100.
    12 posts so far and 4 of them are yours.

  12. If media is allowed then he shouldn’t have been removed. It doesn’t matter the team. Bush league move by Ottawa!

    • If you read the full tweets, it sounds like we was in a particular spot he wasn’t supposed to be in and he lied about what he was doing. That’s a problem and that is suspicious.

      • True Green // June 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm //

        There is not a comment relating to lying about what he was doing. That’s you twisting the story as we are all used to

  13. Scottsask // June 20, 2018 at 2:11 pm //


  14. Rider lover // June 20, 2018 at 2:13 pm //

    I love the Riders as much as anyone, but Pedersen is way too much of a homer and an embarrassment to Rider pride. Wish he would just retire already!!!

  15. Franco Farinaccio // June 20, 2018 at 2:13 pm //

    If any of you know anything about Chris Hofley, the media guy replying to Pederson’s tweet, you’d know he’s telling the truth. His side of the story about Rod being asked to leave from a side of the field no media are ever allowed is the truth.

    • Littleo // June 20, 2018 at 7:33 pm //

      Sure, no one on the RBs would lie, just like Trudeau

      • patlynch // June 21, 2018 at 6:48 am //

        Did you just get back from the Trump rally in Minnesota ? I understand it was the greatest gathering of lobotomies in all the world . Another Trump record !

  16. Funny thing is the Riders were holding their walk through at Parliament hill. For everyone to see…. Just saying. The RB’s must be really worried the Riders are coming to town. I would be… Trevor Harris is going to be running for his life tomorrow.

    • RobE – they are certainly within their right to remove him. However, nothing can compare to that epic fail in 06, when Cowgary wouldn’t allow Gainer into McMahon for the Western Final. 🙂 classic!

      • Yup- Oh I know they are..I just find it funny as hell. It’s literally a walk through.. they aren’t going over any extravagant plays or anything. Its just to get the guys in the right mindset and everyone on the same page.
        That was a legendary moment. It still makes me laugh to this day.. they actually banned a mascot. WTF were they thinking!? Lol

        • As I said above…although they removed Pedersen, thankfully we have our Russian satellites in place to gain pertinent info from the Lumberjacks walk through.

          • Lol!! Those damn satellites! You gotta watch out for them. We are going to steal all of their precious plays.

            All their offense needs to worry about is putting enough bodies in front of Harris. I would say that 5 o-linemen plus the tight end and 1 or 2 running backs are not even close to enough. It is going to be very uncomfortable for them.

          • This is probably the scariest D-line I’ve ever seen. I would try and compare it to the Chick and Baggs days. But this one in my eyes, is much more potent and have the potential to do so much more damage.

          • Oh…they will be preparing for our D. Quick passing schemes, jet sweeps etc.

            I won’t take them lightly, and we better come to play. Like to see Moncrief flying around again like he was on Friday. He had a great game.

          • the beauty part if they switch to the quick passes, sweeps etc. We have very athletic LB’s that can cover. Our front 7 in general are scary. It should make for a good game.

      • That was of your own making

    • “Trevor Harris is going to be running for his life tomorrow”… So he did that turn out? If you’re not sure, you can ask Zach and Brandon. Let me know.

  17. Rowdy Roddie making a spectacle of himself again, this is the power of an over-inflated ego at its best. Hot Rod Pedersen stirring up stuff for twenty years! Maybe he should form a tag team with Terry Jones and call themselves The Boys Who Cried Wolf! LMAO

    • Good thing you included the LMAO or we wouldn’t even have known it was suppose to be. Oh yeah,, LMAO.

  18. For sure // June 20, 2018 at 2:51 pm //

    Now Pederson will make a mountain out of a gopher hill. He has been with the Riders for enough years, he should know by now that there are specific areas where he is not welcome. Of course, Rod is so arrogant that no doubt he thinks that he is so important that he can go anywhere and do anything. He certainly thinks he can say anything he wants. Time for a new voice of the Riders. This one has gotten too big for the booth.

  19. So typical of a Rider homer to twist the truth to make himself seem like the victim. Dude is a disgrace to your fanbase.

    • BlingBling // June 20, 2018 at 3:01 pm //

      Disgrace to a fan base? Haha the only disgrace to a fan base is the guy on here from Calgary.

      That said, I don’t like Pedersen’s play by play calling….he’s way over the top.

      Go Riders!

  20. White Horse // June 20, 2018 at 2:59 pm //

    Andrew…agreed. Nimrod purposely pushed the RBlacks buttons knowing well where he could and could not be.
    This has nothing to do with being a snitch. Mr Dork was purposely going to sh$t disturb and be the victim.

  21. Saskatchewan just inacted the War Measures Act against the REDBLACKS.

  22. Dirty Bird // June 20, 2018 at 3:12 pm //

    He should have faked a cramp.

  23. Scottsask // June 20, 2018 at 3:15 pm //

    Ha, that’s a good one Bird!

  24. BlueBomberChris // June 20, 2018 at 3:22 pm //

    So media person sets up on wrong side of field, is asked to move to the other side (where all other media personnel are), makes tweet indicating he was “kicked out”, 3DN writes article.

    That’s about the jist of it right?

    If he’s somewhere he’s not supposed to be I don’t see the problem asking him to move. I also don’t see the point in stretching the truth (although it is Rod 😉 lol) to rile up the Riders fan base over much ado about nothing.

  25. Pedersen has upgraded his stature from being kick-out of AppleBee’s restaurants to being kicked out of a Ottawa practice. Nice work there Nim-Rod…

  26. It would be nice if we could here some contrition from rider nation. Maybe apologize for the entire incident.
    Instead, as we see here, we get excuses and an argumentative stance.
    The typical “Us against the world”

    • Mr hemorRED // June 20, 2018 at 3:39 pm //

      I am sorry that this story overshadows Trevor Harris noticeable limp and large knee brace.

    • Haha….or like the typical “Manyhandles against the Riders” Every day, all day !

    • Horsee, if it is really “Us against the world” as you state, then don’t get involved. As usual, though, it becomes “You” against “Rider Nation”.

  27. Riderontheisland // June 20, 2018 at 3:49 pm //

    I dont know whats funnier, the BS reaction and response from the RBs or the extended hatred to Rider media from some of the Rider haters

    • Perfect example.
      Instead of this response, why not simply apologize for the “misunderstanding” and let it go?
      This attitude does nothing to help the situation and is part of the reason ridernation always seems to be in a bad light.

  28. OldBaldGuy // June 20, 2018 at 3:59 pm //

    Speaking of way over the top…have you listened to the Stamps’ Mark Stephen? The man never takes a breath…and I have vivid recollections before the Grey Cup against Ottawa where he wondered why they should even play the game… 🙂

  29. Leave it to Pedersen to be where he isn’t supposed to be and then try to make the whole incident sound like he was denied access and is the victim. Nothing like s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g the truth!

  30. Roy Holland // June 20, 2018 at 4:20 pm //

    This is great, I love all the shots at Harris. You have Zack at QB. Good luck!

  31. canadianfootballfan // June 20, 2018 at 4:34 pm //

    Funny when the parasite gets frustrated with the host. The parasite job wouldn’t exist without the teams and league.

    Entitlement is for betas.

  32. Anonymous // June 20, 2018 at 5:26 pm //

    I guess it’s not news if it isn’t Rider related?
    My goodness..Riders has their walk through out at parliament hill ffs.
    Riders will crush the REDBLACKS and they re nowhere near as good as they will be by labour day.

  33. riderslide // June 20, 2018 at 5:37 pm //

    Anyone ‘rider’ should get the boot from all places. Those ‘locusts’ should be raid’d on site.

  34. brian johnson // June 20, 2018 at 5:46 pm //

    Well can’t blame Ottawa for good things.
    The mouse squeaks!!!!!!!!!again

  35. Rod Peterson loves to create drama, especially if he can be part of the story!

  36. Riders by at least two scores and Harris will be out of the game by the end of the first half.

    • That’s a bleak outlook.
      I say Collaros is out by the half. He barely made it out of the last pre-season game.
      Hughes was bagged the 2nd half last week, he will have to learn to pace himself, he’s not a young man anymore.

    • CC Rider // June 22, 2018 at 1:29 pm //

      Good call, Blake.

  37. Doesn’t surprise me he misrepresented what happened to make himself look like a victim. This is the same guy who after (he claims) 2 years of sobriety he s now a professional and charging to help others with their alcohol problems.

  38. Either way, there is a place for media personnel, and he was on the Redblacks side of the field. He is in the wrong and he has tried pulling stunts like this in the past. He sucks up to Chris Jones and the riders and there is no surprise to me that this happened. I am not attacking the riders, but what he did is wrong, and is totally justifiable for what the Redblacks and Elizondo did.

  39. RedBlacks just asked him to move, they did not kick him out.

  40. Red. Why would you expect an apology from any rider fan for something a member of the media is involved in? Seriously, what is your problem?

    I read the article, it seems to me that Rod was in the wrong place, got yelled at by a member of the RBs and took it the wrong way.

    It is hilarious to think the RBs would have kicked him out of the walkthrough because they thought he was a spy, but it seems thats not what happened.

    Either way it is a non-story, but I do appreciate the forum to discuss the upcoming game. I expect it to be a good one, and I would love to see Hughes put up another hat trick!

    • It was Pedersen who made a story out of it. No one else.

      • And yet here you are, demanding an apology from rider nation. Shall I demand an apology from all Stampeder fans if your play by play radio announcer does something stupid? No, I didn’t think so.

        • Not a fan. A radio braodcaster- absolutely!!!!!

          Anyways more than you fans, it should be the team apologizing.

          • Wow. Seriously, look at what you are saying. A radio broadcaster makes a big deal out of nothing, and you expect a the team he cheers for to apologise?

          • No no. I never said he made a big deal out of nothing. I said he made it a story.
            If not for his tweet, this whole thing would have occurred with no one outside a few ever knowing about it.
            That’s not to say there wasn’t something going on. I think there was; he was hanging out somewhere he shouldn’t and lied about his where abouts to throw Redblack staff off.
            I think the league will investigate this

  41. Thanks Haplo……now can we all just focus on the GAME……please. This is a none story….nothing to see here folks, just move along……God please!

  42. Pennyrocker // June 20, 2018 at 7:24 pm //

    RB’s be afraid be really afraid the Riders are going to getcha getcha.

  43. Pedersen will probably spend the entire broadcast beaking off and bad mouthing the Redblacks.

  44. C Stephen Cassin // June 20, 2018 at 8:04 pm //

    Typical Rider stuff,get caught cheating then play the victim card.

  45. Jerry Tagge and the Cardiac Kids // June 20, 2018 at 8:16 pm //

    Pedersen has a history of being a turdblossom in other stadiums. He is notorious in BC for trying to kick in the door of the sound room at BC Place during a game.
    He seems to only feel any self worth when he tries to make himself out as the protector of Rider Nation and the only thing keeping the conspiratorial forces to the East and West of stubble-jumperville at bay.
    I wouldn’t doubt for a second that he cheats his ass off.

  46. Rickyboy // June 20, 2018 at 9:35 pm //

    I have been to many practices and walk throughs this year because I live close to TD Place. No members of the media every leave the North side. Anyone can sit on that side and watch. Guy dressed in green was in a place he shouldn’t have been then lied.

    REDBLACKS gonna win! Collaros might be the guy on the run tomorrow night….and he can’t even run.

    • Collaros has more mobility than you give him credit, but if the Rider O-line doesn’t step up more this week he will be getting hit a few times.

      I haven’t seen the redblacks O-line yet this year, but they are definately going to have their hands full with the rider D-line no matyer how good they are.

      Riders will win, but it will be a close one! Go Riders!

  47. MR. Green // June 20, 2018 at 9:39 pm //

    I’m just curious why media cannot go there, wherever there is. They never said why and the purpose. Doesn’t make sense as long as your not in the way. If they are allowed to watch a walk through then who gives a crap where they watch from. Both sides seem to be overreacting.
    Big question is and should have been answered is why not there? If it’s a just because answer, then that is childish.
    It like Airplane, ” He never has a second cup of coffee at home.”

  48. Rod Pederson – the quintessential Rider fan. What a frakkin clowntard.

  49. Paul Bomber // June 20, 2018 at 10:46 pm //

    Don’t know a ton about Pederson, but I’ve never gotten a good impression. Heard him interviewed on the local TSN radio station here and he ranted and raved about people who’ve offended him and how tough he was, how he starred them down, how he hates this type of person or that type of person. And the whole conspiracy theory stuff when Jones was getting fined 2-3 times a week a few years ago. So, maybe he’s fine, but I tend to believe the story that he was where wasn’t supposed to be and then decided to make something out of nothing because he got his angry on. Maybe he’s a perfectly nice guy, but he hasn’t left that kind of impression on me.

  50. I’m a riders fan but agree with how the redblacks handled this.

    • With you there. Don’t really know RP very well, but he doesn’t leave a great impression to those that don’t. To me anyway. He’s kind of a quack if you ask me. I respect the hell out of him for overcoming his addictions and staying sober, but he’s just a bit off. Kind of embarrassing as a fan.

  51. Hahaha you just knew Red would be all over this one… “OMG A ROD PEDERSON STORY I CAN LIIIIIIVE” “whats that my boy? you want more cookies?” “SHUT THE DOOR MOM AND KNOCK NEXT TIME”

    • You seemed bothered by this.
      You aren’t very secure with this, that must mean you know there is a problem, but you just don’t want to admit it

      • See my thoughts almost directly above on RP. Im insecure with you commenting on a RP story? Or insecure with a 45 year old man getting living with his parents? Not insecure about either. Uncomfortable about the 2nd one tho. Move along BoJangles.

  52. 98 comments for a “non story”. 3D knows exactly what theyre doing. They have found a delusional closet Rider fan, slowly figured out everything that drives him crazy, and viola. Headline after headline. Now said closet fan drives the threads into madness.

    • Bleedin, it isn’t even just the one you are talking about, this type of non-story brings out all kinds of rider haters. It really is a strange phenomenon, but it is psychology 101. Jealousy and insecurity makes people lash out.

      • Equine Excellence // June 21, 2018 at 1:26 am //

        Perhaps it’s time for a little introspection.
        Instead of brushing everything off as jealousy and insecurity, maybe ask yourself if there is something your team and fan base does to induce all these negative comments,

  53. Rod P. has an insatiable ego so most of what he says is BS.

  54. Vern Halen // June 21, 2018 at 5:35 am //

    Lol what difference does it make what side of the field he watches from?

  55. Interesting, that the RB guy responding to Rod’s tweet wasn’t privy to the conversation when Rod was asked to leave. Which means the RB guy is reporting what he was told by the RB staff & not first-hand knowledge.

    Rod P pointed this out. Why have people not noticed this & decided to form an opinion before all the facts are in when they are not.

    Ultimately, it would have been more helpful if either Rod or the RB’S had given us more information than just leaving the dialogue in mid-topic! Resulting, in a lot of useless speculation by posters. For instance, it would have been prudent for Rod to post who specifically told him to vacate the premises. Or, the RB guy to say where he got his facts from.

  56. Barry Soetoro // June 21, 2018 at 9:28 am //

    That’s hilarious. The biggest ego in Regina booted out of anywhere just breaks me up.

  57. RP is trying to build his brand and do so by being controversial wherever he can. Wearing a Rider shirt and wandering around the RBs oracticr is just asking to be ejected – and he was – and then he has something more to write about. It’s like a make-work project – without the work.

  58. Mattyboyiceman // June 21, 2018 at 11:53 am //

    Ottawa has gamefilm on Saskatchewan so how is that fair that a radio broadcaster can’t spectate?

  59. Pedersen is the biggest homer in CFL media. It’s embarrassing.

  60. He had no business there anyway. He’s a big mouth, I can undderstand the reasoning.

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  63. Tiger man // June 22, 2018 at 8:24 am //

    Isn’t that practice only for journalists and writers…not fans.

    Pederson has no credibility..just a loud mouth.

    • Sir Gallahan of the Prairies // June 25, 2018 at 10:50 am //

      Sorry Tiger man that dosent make sense. Pedersen is the voice of the Riders in game day. As well as his Radio call in talk show. Plus his on line blog. He travels with the team for away games. So he is media and has a media pass.
      Are you just trying to be funny or were you unaware?
      I’m not sure of any radio call in shows were the host is well liked. He can cut us off, call us names and there isn’t anything we can do but dislike them.

      • Tiger man // June 27, 2018 at 9:33 am //

        He maybe the man in regina (Kool aid drinking capital of the CFL).

        Elsewhere, Pederson has no credibility.

        I’ve heard his radio work, unfortunately.

        The biggest broadcasting homer in the league.

        A complete embarrassment to all others who work in the broadcast field.

  64. pedersen isn’t football-savvy enough to pass on anything…he is just a d u m b a s s wannabe mouth

  65. What a bunch of cry babies.
    ,Rod Pedersen is one of, if not the best play by play person in the CFL.
    This crap about him being on Rider (Jones payroll) is a bunch of BS
    Most of the commentators on this are tired of attacking Jones so they turn to the play by play guy.
    What is any broadcaster for any team to do??? Be negative about their team ALL THE TIME?
    All of you give your jaws & fingers a rest.

    • Tiger man // June 27, 2018 at 9:35 am //


      A word Pederson will never know.

      With someone like that brainwashing you people, it’s no wonder you all have such a distorted view of your team

  66. TimSask // June 26, 2018 at 4:47 pm //

    Well said Clay. Well said

  67. Colour me green // June 26, 2018 at 6:35 pm //

    Bunch of [email protected] on this comment section. Let’s see he is the “voice of the Riders” and covers alll thier games in radio.
    No class Resbkacks turning into classless Stamps who won’t let our mascot in to thier stadium cause they are scared. Biggest bunch of sucks ever, scared of a mascot. Same when the SK Rush visit the Calgary lacrosse team, no SK mascot allowed. Bunch of pansies.

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