Lack of spoiler potential didn’t change Riders’ approach in loss to the Ticats

Photo courtesy: Hamilton Tiger-Cats

The Saskatchewan Roughriders had nothing to play for in their regular season-ending loss to the Hamilton Ticats Saturday, but came within a whisker of getting to play spoiler.

Had the Montreal Alouettes not been beaten by the Ottawa Redblacks on a late two-point convert the night before, a Rider win could’ve spoiled the party in Steeltown by robbing the Tiger-Cats of a home playoff game.

It was all a moot point by Saturday’s kickoff, something Saskatchewan coach Craig Dickenson said wouldn’t have changed his approach anyway.

“I was surprised Ottawa beat Montreal but I figured Hamilton would play a good game, regardless,” Dickenson said.

“So, we knew we were going to get a good effort out of (the Ticats). I thought we would play a little better, to be honest with you. But we didn’t. I’m not going to make a big deal out of it because I think it’s important to stay positive moving ahead, but that wasn’t our best game.”

“We had enough guys to play well and to play better than we did. We just didn’t do it. That Hamilton team played very well. If they play like that, I think they’re going to move on in the playoffs. That was a good effort by them,” he added.

Although the game lacked the intensity of even a regular season match, there was plenty of chippiness and jawing back and forth that will get this game a lot more attention should the Riders and Ticats somehow both make their way back to Tim Hortons Field for Grey Cup 108 on December 12th.

Brendan McGuire has covered the CFL since 2006 in radio and print. Based in Regina, he has a front-row view of Rider Nation.