Riders win one of those “only in the CFL” things

Was it pretty? Heck no, but as the old saying goes, a win is a win.

That’s exactly what the Saskatchewan Roughriders did on Thursday night beating the Hamilton Ticats 18-13 at Mosaic Stadium.

An ugly win in football is nothing new. An ugly win for the Riders is nothing new and there isn’t much to write about here. The context of this ugly win? Well, that’s everything.

It was just five days ago we were talking about one of the worst losses in recent Roughriders memory. Perhaps the worst of the Chris Jones era. Heading into that game with the Montreal Alouettes, the favoured Riders were supposed to beat the hapless Als quite easily. Well, that didn’t happen.

Fast forward a few days. All of the talk heading into this game was eerily similar. The much better Ticats were going to have their way with the Riders, who came into the game last in the power rankings – not only on 3DownNation – but basically across the league. Frankly, it was hard to argue. Just as it was hard to argue last week.

But this is the CFL and that’s why I actually just about picked the Riders to win this week, I just didn’t have the guts to do it.

Whenever it feels like you have this league figured out, it throws you a curveball. When all the signs point one way, it tends to go the other. The Riders coming off an abysmal loss on a short week against a team that’s rolling? Seems like a safe bet. Just like the week before against Montreal, it wasn’t.

What’s next? Who knows. You got to love it.

Game Thoughts

There’s no question the Roughriders won this game because of their defence. Yeah, they gave up a pile of yards but it was the ultimate case of “bend but don’t break.” The Ticats put up nearly 430 yards of offence but didn’t score a single touchdown. Is that sustainable over the course of an entire season? Absolutely not but tonight it was their only hope.

Chris Jones admitted after the game his team didn’t expect the Ticats to go so run heavy early. It looked like it could be a long night for the defence because of it but they certainly adjusted.

Duron Carter wasn’t much of a story in this one. He looked serviceable as a defensive back, which is fine, but he’s still badly needed on offence (we’ll get into that side of the ball more in a bit). In a way, Jones recognized that something had to give with Carter as they actually matched him with Terrance Toliver, rather than a specific spot on the field. We tend to see this kind of thing more in the NFL than the CFL (usually top guys against each other rather than trying to hide someone) but short of actually adding another DB to the game day roster, Jones had no other choice. With the Riders now off for a week, hopefully, it means we’ll see a change.

I’m still not sure what Ticats head coach June Jones was thinking on his team’s first drive. They had their way with the Riders defence, got to their four-yard line and then kicked a field goal on third and two. Go for it. At worst you force a bad offence to go a long way to score. Based on the drive, they probably score and it might have been a different game. Instead, the Riders took the ball at the 35 and were able to flip the field.

For as good as the defence was, the offence was equally as bad. They made the one play when they needed it and deserve credit for it, but the rest was rough.

I thought the protection of the quarterbacks was better this week compared to last. A number of the sacks taken by Bridge or Watford were more on them than the offensive line. The big boys weren’t perfect and there’s still work to be done but it was a step in the right direction.

Until the final drive of the game, the Riders offence looked the best with Carter and Jerome Messam on the field. Coincidence?

The talk of the call in shows on the drive home was the quarterbacks. More so, Jones’ decision to rotate quarterbacks all night long. Before the game, Jones basically told everyone that David Watford was likely to come into the game at some point unless Bridge played lights out. I don’t think any of us could have expected that switch just two series into the game.

Jones told media gathered after the game that he expects a lot out of his quarterbacks and they’re going to keep at it until they figure it out. I just can’t wrap my head around this. It’s one thing if you think a change is needed after two or three games. Bridge/Watford is not Bridge/Kevin Glenn, the duo this year are basically the same quarterback.

Bringing in Bridge for Glenn was a big change for defences. Is Watford for Bridge enough of a change up? I don’t think so. Not to mention you’re basically telling a young quarterback you don’t believe in him. Then doing it again with the other when you take him out of the game. How is a young quarterback supposed to learn to work through his struggles if he’s consistently getting pulled?

Brett Lauther is quietly becoming one of the better stories in the CFL this year. After trying to crack another squad for years, he finally got his chance with Tyler Crapigna on the shelf for the year. He’s definitely making the most of it making a couple more clutch kicks against Hamilton. So far, the former Saint Mary’s Huskie has connected on 10 of his 11 field goal attempts. Lauther previously only played in four games with Hamilton in 2013. He was just six for 10 in four games all season.

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson is a Regina-based sports writer, broadcaster and football fanatic.
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101 Comments on Riders win one of those “only in the CFL” things

  1. 3rd & 1 // July 6, 2018 at 5:23 pm //

    Lets face it. Ugly Sally was all over the field last night. She was relentless and never gave up. A game like this fortunately is forgotten by the second half of the season. Hopefully the buy helps both teams get back any players on the IR. Especially the Rider need Collaros to be healthy.

  2. Sir Gallahan of the Prairies // July 6, 2018 at 5:29 pm //

    If you took Bo out of the Calgary Line up or Reilly out of Edmonton’s. You would be hard pressed to see any better football than what we witnessed last night by the Riders. All that matters is you get the 2 points and move on. It hurts much more when you lose these kind of games.

    • I’m glad I peed after having my watermelon. Had I not, my laughter just now would have caused an accident. rider fans love playing this game of make believe, that they are on Calgary’s level. You’re not.
      Yes we would miss Bo, but a strong running game with the duo of Williams and Jackson, combined with a long history of incredible resiliency in the face of injuries, gives every indication Calgary would be fine.
      rider fans predict the demise of Calgary every year. This year alone losing Hughes, Buckley, Campbell, Federkeil, Mayo, McDaniel, Lavertu, Cote, Messam were all a sure indications. Yet here we are. Calgary has a better record after 3 games than the previous 2 seasons 28-6-2 record.
      Great coaching, great management have given Calgary endless options and depth throughout, unmatched by anyone.
      Outside of Collaros, the rider have yet to experience a serious injury, what happens if a Canadian O-linemen goes down? What happens if Evans or Judge went down? A Canadian receiver or 2? Roosevelt?

      • Puck Hog // July 6, 2018 at 6:37 pm //

        Whaaat? Is Judge playing? You told us earlier that Judge was no longer playing football! Anyway, go Stamps, don’t lose a regular season game this year……

      • Sir Gallahan of the Prairies // July 6, 2018 at 6:39 pm //

        stamp dont pretend you know what SK is going through with injuries. If Bo went down Calagry would be seriously screwed. The Cats took calgary right to the end with Bo in there.
        You have zero for a back up.
        Keep dreaming that Calgary is anything without BO.
        Just because of your smug attitude. I really hope Calgary has to play 4 or 5 games with out Bo behind center. For what ever reason. Then you would wake up and stop talking smack. What was written above wasn’t insulting but you come back here throwing around your stink less shit trying to create a God complex for the management of Calgary. What a douche

        • And don’t you dismiss the Stampeders.
          We went to a cup not that many years ago with our back up QB.

          Be honest. What were most riders fans predicting when Kyries Hebert clothes lined Jon Cornish? You were predicting Calgary couldn’t possibly win without him.
          15-3 Grey Cup Champs.
          The riders are sitting precarious right now whether you will admit it or not. The Murphy under Jones is not the Murphy under Huffnagel.
          Jones is not Huffnagel
          Jones is not Dave Dickenson.

      • Prairie Pirate // July 6, 2018 at 9:38 pm //

        Cheer as you must for the Stampeders. But, let’s be clear twice they “showed up” for the Big Dance.” Twice their dance card was filled up and they didn’t get laid. Yahoo.

      • You are truly delusional if you think you have a team without BLM. BLM is the Stampeders.

  3. Agree with your analysis. Rides are not a bad team. D kept them in the game and the Offense made two great plays in the final drive. The Cats were complacent because of hey kept rolling up first downs.

  4. Mr Curling // July 6, 2018 at 6:10 pm //

    at one point in the first half Ticats had amassed 248 total yards to Riders 48, yet the score was 4-3. Riders could have quit but didn’t and when you look at Bridge’s fumble an inch before or after the goal line depending on the camera angle the last half of the game was not so close.Trust Mr Curling, this was not an “only in the CFL” game. It was a classic case of one team moving the ball but not scoring. Thats all. Oh and we’ll take the 2 points

    • A team can take two points while at the same time these points are meaningless, in the longer view ,if your team remains bogged down in not having the quality to advance to the CUP.

      If I was a Rider I’d be choking on those two points and keep my mouth shut.

      So far this season,stamped on each Rider is the letter ( F ) for failure because in no way do they resemble a team that can continue to win.

  5. Chris Jones the coach should be mighty upset with Chris Jones the GM. One injury in the defensive backfield and you have to tear apart your offense. You’d think, in all of the try-out camps Jones has staged in the last three winters that he could have found a DB his coach could use.

  6. MR. Green // July 6, 2018 at 6:13 pm //

    They didn’t fire Joel from this site yet? I suppose they still have Ballentine, exact same type of writers who know nothing. I picked the Riders, you never. I actually follow this team very closely and after practice Monday and more Tuesday and listening to the Coach and players, asking myself to people about practice, I knew they would find a way. But Jones, who everyone says is terrible but his coaching won the game as Joel loves to say Coach Jones lost the last game and Does not give credit. I heard his confidence this week he knows what he’s doing and knows how to win ( even ugly). No other coach with this exact roster and injuries besides Jones would have them at 2-2. Every other coach would have coached this exact team to 0-4.
    What Joel, did you read my comment this morning about the first drive and incorporate it into your story? You follow the dumb Rider fans and sports writers who don’t know the game of football, collect that info, copy and paste to make your story. Dude. Quit writing or get better and smarter fast. No more copy, paste, send.

    • Meh. I bet John H and Dave D could get a few wins out of your roster.
      I digress
      Think what you just said. No one but Jones could be 2-2 with this roster.
      You are admitting Chris Jones has assembled a poor roster.

    • True Green // July 6, 2018 at 9:52 pm //

      Good post, I appreciate your insight on Jones. I’ve been questioning his decisions of late, whereas I should trust who’s in charge. They certainly know more than I do.

  7. BlueBomberChris // July 6, 2018 at 7:11 pm //

    Stampeding even with as “unbeatable” and “all worldly” as Calgary has been in your words they’re still behind a team that has not won in 27 years for total grey cups…come on we’ve given you ample opportunity to catch up and you’re failing at it lol :p

    As for this game it was ugly for both teams but as was stated here they don’t ask how, just how many. Both defences certainly didn’t give an inch. Lots of bending but not a lot of breaking. If anything this will calm the fires in Saskatchewan and maybe bring the Ticat fans back down a little bit.

    • Yes true. You have 10 Cups to our 7. Most of yours where in the 1950’s and 60’s however. Look at the last 30 years and don’t just count cups. Look at the consistency of this team to provide fans with home play off games and Western finals. That all means something too.

      • BlueBomberChris // July 6, 2018 at 8:02 pm //

        Stampy I know you have to look at the big picture, that’s why I added the “lol :p” so you would (or I hoped you would) know it was meant tongue in cheek. If we don’t just count cups then the Bombers, Riders, Als, Esks all had good teams that didn’t win the cup during the last 30 years as well but it seems sometimes you fail to acknowledge that and only focus on the negative of other teams (usually the Riders).

        Now I’ve met and seen some fans that deserve to be called out on their BS but the majority of posters here come to have intelligent, reasonable football conversations even sometimes debates. Now I’ve been here long enough to know that more often than not on a Rider article you are usually one of the first comments and it is usually something to fan the flames and get them riled up. Any one takes an unnecessary or cheap shot at Winnipeg or the Bombers and I’ll call them out on it as I know the Rider fans do for you or anyone else taking unnecessary cheap shots.

        At the end of the day there are just certain facts we have to face. My team hasn’t won in 27 years, Your team has trouble closing the big game, and other facts for other teams.

        • True Green // July 6, 2018 at 8:56 pm //

          BB Chris, you will get no reply from Stampeding as he can’t reply to sensible posts. Or if he does it will be from a different handle tying to deflect your comment. Your points are very well stated and accurate.

        • Excellent post, Chris, for calling spades through your mention. It’s refreshing to read as such and maybe open the eyes of some that continue to tag Rider fans at every opportunity. I try not to get involved in a lot of the jargon but find myself being dragged in due to some of the nonsense. Nonetheless, high five to you and a few of the Bomber bloggers, B.C. Dave, Lionsfan and others.

      • True Green // July 6, 2018 at 8:54 pm //

        You pick time frames that are convenient for your argument. You want to pick something relevant, not convenient…? Start with the year of the cap and let’s see what the grey cup spread looks like. Your next handle should be Mr Convenient.

        • Mr. Irrelevant

        • A huge 30 year time span is convenient? That’s a new one from rider fans. lol what will you come up with next!!??

          Ok fine princess. Lets talk Cap era….. we still have the most Cups, most first places, most wins, best home record, best road record. Anymore suggestions????

          • True Green // July 6, 2018 at 9:58 pm //

            You are the one using the convenient, and as Yup pointed out irrelevant, era of 30 years. Next week it will be whatever conveniences you. Recent history is more relevant as all teams have he opportunity to be more competitive given the cap, provided the teams are managed well.

            Call me princess all you like tough guy. Typing away in your basement wearing your little Bo peep outfit it’s easy to be tough. I promise you this Princess is more than you would have the guts to take on.

          • True Green // July 6, 2018 at 9:59 pm //

            Least fans, worst trolls, shitttiest stadium.

        • lolol
          That’s all you got as a come back.
          All to easy!! and funniest of all, its factually wrong!! Calgary had the 4th (nearly 3rd) highest average attendance in 2017.

          Anything else tonight?

          • True Green // July 6, 2018 at 10:38 pm //

            Way to be in the top 44%. But I’m not basing number of fans on attendance. Outside of Calgary, no one likes Calgary. Outside of Saskatchewan you will find fans everywhere.

            I notice you don’t have a comeback about wearing your little Bo peep outfit. You probably didn’t realize it was an insult you’re so infatuated.

        • Stampeding // July 6, 2018 at 10:22 pm //

          I’ve agreed to meet Yup (he won’t), that extends to you too True Green. I’m hiding nothing and from no one.

          So the Stamps have been consistent for 30 years and I’m picking a convenient timeline? That is jealous rage talk

          • Oh boy manyhandles. I believe youve got your football website (3down) and your dating website (lonely clown) mixed up again.

          • True Green // July 6, 2018 at 10:40 pm //

            Rage? Is that a typo?
            Yes 30 years is convenient. And irrelevant. Just like your opinions and offer to meet. You’re a baiter and good at it. Keep it up. It will backfire on you someday.

          • No one will meet you because you’re a f*ckin creep. The fact that you wanna meet a stranger online is a) creepy, and b) proves that you’re a lonely sad sack of a man.

          • True Green // July 7, 2018 at 1:21 pm //

            And you know that no one will take you up on it, so you can continue to hide behind you anonymity.

        • It irrelevant and convenient that we’ve been winning for 30 years?? How many teams can claim that?Certainly not the riders!
          So when should we meet? I had it set up for Yup last month, but he was too afraid.

        • Stampeding // July 6, 2018 at 11:22 pm //

          Silly man

          • BleedzGreen // July 7, 2018 at 7:12 pm //

            For what it’s worth Jeffy I think you’re a master baiter.
            Just saying.

  8. Manyhandles Mommy’s calling suppers ready

  9. Paul Bomber // July 6, 2018 at 8:08 pm //

    Not sure I agree with the story…. I didn’t think it was a particularly ugly win, though yeah, it wasn’t gridiron ballet either.
    Anyway, can’t say I’m shocked at the results. Not really a great result for the Bombers, ie, the West is going to be tight and I’m not sure there will be a cross over despite this game and Ray’s unfortunate early exit.
    And I guess it’s “Chris Jones Esq. Genius” on the business card this week.
    Hamilton will be fine, but I’m afraid rumours of Sask’s death early in this season were greatly exaggerated, because it always seems Jones’ teams’ catch up during the campaign. If he’s at. 500 early in the year… guess we’ll see.

  10. KingKong // July 6, 2018 at 8:37 pm //

    Can someone please explain the play calling by the Rider OC!! Then explain to me why players leave the Riders and excel on other teams?

  11. True Green // July 6, 2018 at 8:58 pm //

    Joel is wrong about ugly games. Remember versus BC last year? That was even worse as we had Glenn in the game. But adversity teaches resilience and can be a wonderful lesson if embraced. That BC loss turned the Riders season around. Maybe the Montreal loss will kick them in the buys gaed enough that they won’t forgwt the pain of a loss.

  12. I’m thinking our O coordinater needs to step it up & help out these young qb’s. His play calling is absolutely terrible. Get a running game going(messam)& help these guys out!!

  13. Just saying // July 6, 2018 at 9:44 pm //

    Blah blah blah to all the trolls, your all a lessor human being. It’s always raining, always last to be picked, you all still live with mommy. Ok only red lives with his mommy and that’s only because his gamma tossed him out. Always so insecure and low self esteem . Every one has a new stadium except us. It’s time to relax on the cartoonish bashing of all clubs but your own and go to bed.

    • what is their to bash about my team?

      • BC Dave // July 7, 2018 at 12:14 am //

        Do you know know ANY English? What is THEIR to bash about my team??
        Another clown we are supposed to take seriously about the game of football when he does not even know the language.

        • Stampeding // July 7, 2018 at 12:24 am //

          I do KNOW KNOW a few words BC Dave.
          What a shmuck. Too dumb and lazy to check your own.

          FYI: The proper question would have been; Do you know proper English. Not ANY English.
          ANYthing else tonight???

  14. Colour me green // July 6, 2018 at 9:50 pm //

    I agree on the play calling. Almost back to the days of run, pass, punt. Brutal calls at times. OLine can’t protect QB or support the run. Dan Clarke is blowing blocks and taking dumb penalties.

  15. GreenInCalgary // July 6, 2018 at 11:40 pm //

    …..bash? The current coaching staff, players and mgmt. have choked in the big games. You can twist this and spin it any way you want but your current head coach (who I admire a great deal) has proven so far only that as a head coach he (and his team) can’t win the big game. Even Chris Jones (who you obviously don’t admire) has won a Grey Cup as a head coach.

    • Dave Dickenson is starting year 3. He is 6 years younger than Chris Jones with a 31-6-2 record (Jones has 43 wins in TWICE the time), 2-0 playoff record and 2 plays from back to back cups.
      If you think that’s bad for a 45 year old please tell me the standard we should be shooting for.

      • ARSE 51 and ManyHandles MUST be BANNED // July 7, 2018 at 11:34 am //

        and 50 year from now, Jones (and remember, I am not a fan of his) will hold out his hand and people will see at least one Grey Cup ring. What are they gonna see if Dickie D does the same thing? A tattoo “31-6-2 but chokes when it matters most?”

      • ARSE 51 and ManyHandles MUST be BANNED // July 7, 2018 at 11:43 am //

        Man, you really need to give your head a goos shake. I can tell you without ANY doubt that to a man, the goal of every single player is to win a championship. They don’t give a rat’s aszzz if they went 18-0 if they do not get a ring. EVERYONE can see it but you.’

        But just wait, in another thread sometime this week/month/year you will be the first to say you are better coz you have more Grey cups throughout the years. You speak out of both sides of your mouth and have ZERO credibility here (and probably other facets of your life if you act the same way). Your sole purpose for coming here is to spread your vomit, not conversation. Same as your haemorrhoid ARSE. Often wanted to ask him for his expert opinion on Flip Flop Foley, the guy with no integrity, who cannot honour his word and was cartoonishly slow-footed that he could not even make it for the shitHawks, on a field 15 yards narrower than outs hahahahahaha.

        • Oh really
          Multiple choice question: What is your hope for your team this regular season?
          4th-miss playoffs

          We all know the answer. So don’t say regular season accomplishments don’t mean anything.

  16. Just saying // July 7, 2018 at 2:06 am //

    And still a choker

  17. GreenInCalgary // July 7, 2018 at 9:28 am //

    All good points, but the fact is that he has been to the Grey Cup 2 of those 3 years with a heavily favoured team and lost both times. As I mentioned, I admire him a great deal as a man, a player and a coach, but if the goal is to win the championship, so far he has been a failure as a head coach and speculating about what he might do in the future doesn’t change that. If all we we want to do is tear others down, we can find negatives about anyone, even a great guy like DD.

  18. Dickenson also had the luxury of inheriting a winning team.
    C.J. and Ed Hervey turned around the esks in 2 years. Now jones is trying to do it by himself here… admittedly a tall order to handle both successfully but time will tell

    • Yeah right …… Ed Hervey AND C.J!!!!!!!!!!
      The pieces were in place before Chris Jones was ever there!
      The fact is, without the play and leadership of Mike Reilly, this team was pretty mediocre. It wasn’t until he returned from injury that the Eskimos became really good.
      Conclusion: without a GREAT QB WITH GREAT LEADERSHIP, Jones cannot get it done. Doesn’t bode well for the current riders does it????

      Dave Dickenson has been a coach with the Stampeders since 2009. He has been part of the process since then.

      Anything else??

  19. You can bet Ticats are eagerly awaiting the rematch on the 19th. They will learn from this game.

  20. GreenInCalgary // July 7, 2018 at 4:09 pm //

    ……anything else? You still haven’t addressed Dave’s failure as a head coach in Calgary. His time as an assistant is irrelevant.

    • His time as an assistant is irrelevant?
      Yet I’m constantly reminded by rider fans of “All” Chris Jones rings- all but 1 won as an assistant
      Want to try again?

    • So tell me this GreenInCalgary:
      What is the difference between a great Grey Cup winning coach like Chris Jones and a losing one like Dave D ?
      What could he have done to get Andrew Buckley across the goal line in 2016? What could he have done to make Jorden not fumble the ball last year??
      Should he have brought in Vince Young?
      Traded all his Canadian draft pics for old, expensive imports?
      Should he have perhaps played Jorden at corner?
      How about put up with a selfish player who take 2-3 unsportsmanlike penalties per game?
      Rotate QB’s 8 times? Would that have won those cups.

      • ARSE 51 and ManyHandles MUST be BANNED // July 7, 2018 at 5:10 pm //

        No, but having a mentally tough team would have helped 🙂

        • Mentally tough?
          so they weren’t mentally tough when they come back in WF after being down 14-0 to the hottest team in the league?
          Going 31-6-2 the last 3 regular seasons isn’t mentally tough? Any old flaky team can do that?
          Are the 0-2 Grey Cup champs mentally tough? Coming out so focused after their Grey Cup celebrating??

  21. ARSE 51 and ManyHandles MUST be BANNED // July 7, 2018 at 5:42 pm //

    You talking this year or last year. No, Argo snots not mentally tough this year, SO far but yes, they were when it mattered last year in the CHAMPIONSHIP game. Who gives a rat assssss if you finish 18-0 12 years in a row if you can’t win the championship? You and I and everyone else knows if the Riders did that you’d be on them like a dirty shirt. Like I said, you speak out of both sides of your mount and have ZERO credibility.


    • The Grey Cup is the only game that matters?
      Someone better tell that to the Argos and their fans right now because both seem pretty thrilled about being up 12-0 on the Eskimos right now!!!!!
      So I’ll ask again. What is your hope for the riders this year?
      4th-miss playoffs
      4th- get crossover

      • Huffs dentist // July 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm //

        You go Jerry!

        • Instead of being a deflecting smart ass, why don’t you answer?

          Could it be because the obvious answer would end the narrative you like to use against Calgary? about the regular season meaning nothing? Could that be it?

          • Huffs dentist // July 7, 2018 at 6:15 pm //

            Lol Jerry, you are the one (actually all of your monikers have done it) that has often stated the regular season doesn’t matter. Now head down and watch the IKEA play area.

        • Whatever you say Fischer Price

    • CORRECTION – he does not speak out of both sides of his mouth!

      Pretty evident that he talks out of his ass!

  22. GreenInCalgary // July 7, 2018 at 6:26 pm //

    Not surprising Stampeding that you continue to pivot. So now you are going to blame Buckley and Jorden for those losses and then for some reason circle back to Jones. Those were team losses by a superior team that was not well prepared enough to win in its most important game of the year when it should have won. I suppose at some point you will blame Jones for Calgary’s choking and Dave D’s lack of success in the big games as a head coach. Jones really seems to have gotten into your head.

    • ARSE 51 and ManyHandles MUST be BANNED // July 7, 2018 at 6:29 pm //

      Funny thing Green…If Calgary loses it is Jones fault. If Sask wins it must be because Huffnuts and Dickie D made all the right moves. That is how this peabrain thinks.

  23. ARSE 51 and ManyHandles MUST be BANNED // July 7, 2018 at 6:26 pm //

    Is they Grey Cup the only game that matter you ask… Well let me ask you…
    Do you get a ring for 18-0?
    Do you get a ring for finishing 1 st at the end of the regular season?
    DO you get a ring for making the playoffs?
    Do you ever see a ball cap that says, “Regular season champs 2017” ?
    Do you ever get a ring for winning the WF (as you call it)?
    Do you get a ring for winning the National Championship ?

    If you have more than 51 brain cells in your head, you answered “YES” to only one of those questions.
    If I have to explain further, I will declare you brain dead.

    • Actually, I think there is some sort of ring or token when you win the Western Final- I know there’s a trophy! But I see your point, no you really get nothing for winning those things.
      You are looking at seasons past, with the benefit of hindsight. It’s easy to look back and say it means nothing if you don’t win a championship. BUT! All that really matters is the current season being played, and you are not going into each week with an ambivalent attitude so to the result. Whether you are a player or a fan YOU WANT TO WIN!!! You also want that bye and home western final game- all 5 western teams do, so do the fans.
      Calgary goes out there every year and competes. Half the seasons of the past 30, Calgary has captured that spot. That doesn’t happen by luck. That happens because you are an incredible organization and the envy of every other team. The Stampedes are the organization every other inspires to be. Craig Reynolds even said so!
      Shit happens during games. Championship Sunday is no different
      Ask Bo, AC, Ron Lancaster, Matt Dunigan, Marc Trestman, Ken Miller, Bill Billichick, Tom Brady, Al Bruno, Don Shula, Dan Marino, John Elway, Peyton Mannig etc etc etc etc
      Are all these discredited for not winning every championship they played in?

      • Huffs dentist // July 7, 2018 at 8:09 pm //

        But you’ve said the stamps didn’t care if they won or lost their last regular season game against the Riders. Make up your minds.

  24. Riders are and always will be “Simply the best, better then all the rest” And Canada’s team to boot.

    • Stampeding // July 7, 2018 at 7:26 pm //

      My team is undefeated, your’s is .500
      My team doesn’t enter each week in complete controversy as to who will play and in what position
      My team is 2 points ahead with 1 less game played
      How can you be better?

  25. GreenInCalgary // July 7, 2018 at 11:39 pm //

    Riders will finish 2nd in the West and beat Calgary to go to the Cup.

  26. hootoil // July 8, 2018 at 12:44 am //

    The Riders still bring more fans to other stadiums.

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