Bombers’ Andrew Harris to Riders defender: “Make sure you get your electrolytes in”

Judy Owen, Canadian Press

Andrew Harris sent some medical advice to one of his Saskatchewan rivals this week.

The Blue Bombers running back revealed with a grin what he messaged to a Roughriders defender ahead of Saturday’s sold-out Banjo Bowl rematch in Winnipeg.

“I texted one of the guys and said, ‘Make sure you get your electrolytes in,'” Harris said after Friday’s walk-through.

“So hopefully they get the Pedialytes and electrolytes in and we can get our hurry-up (offence) going.”

And what was the response by the unnamed Rider?

“He just gave me the big lookie eye emoji so I don’t know what that means,” Harris said. “He might have snitched on himself.”

Last week’s 38-24 win by Saskatchewan in the Labour Day Classic featured controversies on and off the field, from allegations of the home team faking injuries to Saskatchewan receiver Duron Carter saying a Bombers fan spit on him while another Winnipeg fan reportedly tried to grab Rider mascot Gainer’s costume head.

Saskatchewan’s defensive line had three injuries that interrupted Winnipeg’s hurry-up offence.

Tackles Eddie Steele, a Winnipeg native like Harris, and Makana Henry both stopped Winnipeg’s offence when they allegedly cramped up. Ese Mrabure, who was wearing a cast for a broken finger, halted play because the cast supposedly was pressing on the injury.

The players had to sit out three plays as per CFL rules, but Saskatchewan was rotating eight defensive linemen so it was suspected to be a ploy to disrupt Winnipeg’s hurry-up attack.

Harris said the delays weren’t to blame for Winnipeg’s loss, which halted its five-game win streak (7-3) and gave the Riders their third straight victory and a 5-4 record.

The Bombers fell behind 24-3 in the first quarter as the Riders scored on their first four possessions, including a major after quarterback Matt Nichols was intercepted.

Nichols threw a pair of interceptions and completed 35 of 47 pass attempts for 364 yards and two TDs.

Adjusting to a possible repeat of Saskatchewan’s iffy injuries isn’t at the top of the pivot’s mind.

“I’m a firm believer in control what you can control,” Nichols said. “We’re going to run our offence, we’re going to run the plays that are called. It’s not something you can really think too much about.”

Saskatchewan quarterback Kevin Glenn was 26 of 36 for 386 yards and three TDs as the Riders finished with 458 yards of net offence.

The visitors are a banged up bunch right now, with 18 players on the injured list, including 17 on the six-game list.

“Hopefully, our guys can continue to rise to the occasion,” Saskatchewan head coach and general manager Chris Jones said.

The squad has been doing that during its three-game win streak, putting up at least 38 points in each of those victories.

The Riders had a trio of pass catchers go over 100 yards receiving last week: Bakari Grant (139), Naaman Roosevelt (119) and Carter with a team-high 10 catches for 101 yards.

“It’s never going to be an easy challenge with (Saskatchewan’s) group of receivers,” Bombers defensive back T.J. Heath said. “We know they’re good, but we also know that we’re good, too, so it’ll be fine.”

Carter said he has no “ill feelings” toward the Bombers fan who spit on him after he celebrated a TD with fans along the back of the end zone, but he may avoid that area in Investors Group Field.

“I might have to stay away from out of there,” Carter said. “There might be some beer cans or some more spit. If I score, I might have to do a little dance.”

Bombers receiver Weston Dressler had six catches for 64 yards last week, taking him closer to cracking the CFL’s Top 25 all-time list for receiving yards. He has 648 receptions for 9,206 yards and will pass Jim Young (9,248) if he has a 43-yard outing.

Dressler was unaware of the upcoming milestone.

“It’s humbling,” he said. “It’s pretty special to be in that category, but our main focus is on winning the game.”

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83 Comments on Bombers’ Andrew Harris to Riders defender: “Make sure you get your electrolytes in”

  1. white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 9:57 am //

    Lol Love it!
    Could be a long game. Lots of rider players will get “minor cramp”. Hardest worker will be the trianer running on and off the field

  2. white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 10:01 am //

    Using 8 d-line was obviously a ploy and intentional to have “lots if injuries”. Man oh man its risky as it leaves you defeciant other places potentially. Just shows a weakly managed team

    • Bugger off horse you’re like a runny toilet – you just don’t stop !!!!!

      Now – for Tha Bomber and Rider fans commenting on the game today. I’m hoping for a great game and pray for no serious injuries such as the unfortunate injury to Lulay last night.

      In the words of Michael Buffer “Let’s get ready to ruuummmmbllle”

      • white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 10:37 am //

        Yes I agree. I too hope there are no serious injuries. Seeing Lulay go down was upsetting as he seemed to be getting his career on track again

      • white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 12:35 pm //

        Funny you should bring up toilets.I just replaced all 3 in my house…I recommend the TOTO.

    • My lord, you’re an annoying and petty specimen.

    • And really, what’s so wrong if a player goes down. It’s just to offset the hurry-up offense. Obviously, most offenses huddle up. It allows time for that offense to set the play and the defense to get the proper players in on each play. Most teams do that. Obviously, Winnipeg tries to take advantage of the defense being Saskatchewan in today’s game. The Roughriders then fake an injury to get the proper alignment. Anything wrong with that? Not at all. In a way, the no-huddle offense is illegal too, so defenses can’t get the proper alignment. Horsee, tit-for-tat. Just part of the game. People make too much of a deal about that. But I still think this is Winnipeg’s game. Their fans, like ours, are the best fans in the league. I’m sure their fans will give Saskatchewan a lot to handle on the field. Big advantage, Winnipeg. Go, Riders!!!

      • white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 11:00 am //

        Faking injuries to slow down a hurry up offense isn’t illegal per say but it’s very unsporting.
        The offense dictates the pace of play. That’s just a fact of the game. If a team chooses not to huddle that’s their right and they work extremely hard get to the point they can do that. If Sask starts doing this I will change channels and watch college football.

        • You don’t like the Riders, you only have negative comments – please refer to the article referencing the game you should be worried about rather than leaving your droppings here.

        • Unsportsmanlike? That’s shabby. It’s part of the game, horsee. If the Stampeders were doing that to get the right personnel on the playing field, you wouldn’t be saying this at all. It just happens to be the Roughriders. Well, suck it up!!! And if you prefer to watch college football, be my guest. At least, we won’t have to hear your negative vibes.

          • white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 11:47 am //

            IF the Stampeders were doing it? Guess what, They aren’t. They don’t need to. They beat you when the clock is running not in between plays. How come rider fans will beat the warrior drums when Jones accuses other teams of things but when it’s reversed it’s ” part of the game”?

          • Horsee, you accuse the Riders of everything. Please, please, go watch college football. You’re only 44. I don’t want to see you become a grumpy old man.

          • white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 12:41 pm //

            I’m old beyond my years grennrider89..and already grumpy

        • From the comments you usually make about the Riders I already assumed you don’t watch Rider games. Just saying

        • Lots of the crap OShea pulls is unsportsmanlike. His trickery of shorting the offence huddle by a man only to sneak a guy out of the Bomber side lined players onto the wide side of the field so that he’s wide open for a play. So if it isn’t illegal it’s all go. You can’t scream unsportsmanlike if you pull the same or worse crap.
          Once again the Riders will beat the Bombers at their own game.

        • Lancaster/Reed // September 9, 2017 at 12:45 pm //

          Its also unsporting for receivers doing a double move to make contact with a defender to draw a flag, like dickenson has the stamps doing. Its legal but very unsportsmanlike. Get off your high horse.

        • Please do

      • He has 1 post on an article relevant to his team but is babbling about the Riders (as always) on the Andrew Harris/Rider piece greenrider. What we have here is a closet Rider admirer so infatuated with the likes of Jones and Carter he can’t control himself

      • Paul Bomber // September 10, 2017 at 12:31 pm //

        Perhaps the dumbest comment I’ve ever heard from a rider fan, and that’s saying something!

    • Check the depth chart for the previous games and you will find that the Riders quite regularly dress 8 DL, wasn’t done just for the LDC.

  3. Looks like the bombers are trying to come up with excuses before their beat down by the Riders. Hope Harris doesn’t throw another tantrum on the field when the Riders stuff him and keep him under 100 total yards. Nichols throws 2 picks and is sacked 4 times today…book it.

  4. Btw…Happy Saskatchewan Day! Lol

  5. White Stallion in Red or whatever handle your going by today? Can’t you just make “a” comment, and leave it there? But no, I’ve read your continuing, insulting, sarcastic, annoying comments on this thread for months. Nobody really likes you, so make your ONE comment,and leave it there. Instead of hogging the whole threads, and just being an outright troll. Yea Calgary is good, nobody is disputing that, kind of sick of the constant gloating. #sick of reading B.S.

  6. Judge Jones // September 9, 2017 at 11:14 am //

    GreenRider89: The rule to stop the game was put in to protect the players. Imagine how you guys would scream if the ref would have blown time in when the guy was being injured was went down but the ref thought he was faking. If Jones wants to be his usual AH, well when he does it we will have to give the player the benefit of the doubt because that’s how the game is played. You always have to make room for abuse of rules though most want to play by them.

    • white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 11:22 am //

      Oh wow. .ok we are back taking about that! Well if you recall the rules have mitigated any possibility of that by removing a challenge flag. Calgary hasn’t lost since. So it obviously wasn’t something they were relying on 🙂

      • Lancaster/Reed // September 9, 2017 at 2:45 pm //

        Did i say that was why you won games? No i didnt, but you said that dickenson and the stamps dont use unsportsmanlike plays, when clearly they have. So either you are wrong or just being your usual hypocritical self.

    • Please stop the crying, Judge. The Blue Bombers are trying to take advantage of unprepared defenses on the playing field. The Riders have every right to get their right personnel on the playing field. So if the Riders do have an injury on the playing field, the player has to be substituted for three plays — All part of the rules. The Riders are playing within the rules.

      • The Rider do not have the right to change personnel if the other team does not huddle. That is in the rule books. The Riders, and any other team with the same tactics, are playing in a grey area of the rules because the ref would have to judge whether an injury is indeed fake. Know the rules.

        • That’s for your extended knowledge, Patience. Please read my comments below that would make it fair for “both” sides.

        • Get this fellows. If the offence is not changing players. Then the defence has the right player package for the opposing offence players.
          Keep in mind a defence usually uses far more energy to cover an offence that knows what they are doing.
          So stalling for time is 2 fold. To catch your breath and to make sure the right defensive call is made for the play.

          • white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 1:07 pm //

            So you’re saying your players aren’t in good enough shape?
            The best remedy for that is a good offense that sustaines drives so your defense isn’t on the field as much.

  7. robservation // September 9, 2017 at 11:17 am //

    Horsie,
    Calgary’s double receiver moves, and the throwing challenge flags wasn’t illegal either, but is unsportsmanlike, so much so that the league decided to change the challenge rule.

    • white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 11:22 am //

      See right above for my comment

    • white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 1:36 pm //

      Robservation. The only one complaining about Calgary’s “double moves” was Chris Jones. Nothing was written about it.I was no issue..exept to you guys.. if it was real other teams would have spoken up too.
      Their fake injuries has been news all week. Which means it has legs

  8. Judge Jones // September 9, 2017 at 11:19 am //

    Rider13: Have you checked the standings lately?

    • Enjoy your egotistical comments while you can. Karma is a like horsie’s mom, eventually she will kick you out of the basement and you will be forced to play with the other girls outside. Enjoy the ride, rub it in, it’s what stump fans do best. When the shoe drops, it will be fun to watch.

  9. Player safety is number one so if any player is hurt or even winded they should take a knee. The game
    Is won in the trenches and between the whistles so Whinerpeg should maybe show up for the game this week. Dunnigan and Stegall lived it and besides there were only 3 d-line injuries. Excuses excuses because the Riders smoked them fair and square.

  10. The no huddle offence is not illegal and never a penalty. Faking an injury however would be a delay of game penalty if the ref knew for sure it was a fake but no ref can take that chance.

    • Agree, but I believe, and I may be wrong. I believe, when the Patriots were trying to take advantage of opponents (once again) with the no-huddle offence, the rules reflected a change that they New England couldn’t start calling the play at the line of scrimmage until the play of game was whistled in by the head game official and the defense had made necessary substitutions. That would be a method of giving the defense fair chance to make necessary substitutions. If Winnipeg wants to do no huddle offense, maybe something could be done in the CFL to make if fair for both sides.

  11. The “old” boys club is really gettin’ at it today. Amen, brothers. Peace be with all.

  12. Why compare leagues? It is fair for both teams. The other team’s offence also has the right to run a hurry up offence to get the matchups they want. Those are the rules. Of course the game has to be blown in.

  13. Judge Jones // September 9, 2017 at 11:59 am //

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with using the hurry up offence. Totally legal. What you have done is this. One of your players gets really hurt and is in bad shape. The fans thinking it’s another one of those fake hurts will be laughing at the player. Is that what you want. People making fun of a guy needing care? Who do you blame?

  14. I have no rooting interest in this game but will watch and hope for an entertaining contest.

  15. Jake E. Snake // September 9, 2017 at 12:22 pm //

    Anybody but Calgary…

  16. Just wish the players would shut up and do their talk on the field. I thought Mike Reilly (“this is our damn house”) had more sense… wish Harris had some too! Go Bombers!

  17. Red&White Forever // September 9, 2017 at 12:47 pm //

    Actually, let’s make this about Calgary. If it was the Riders using hurry up to march the field, and the Stampeders faking injuries to stop the Riders momentum, you would all be frothing at the mouth at the Stamps for cheating. Get real, just because the Greenies are doing it, their fans are looking to justify it. It’s cheating, unsportsmanlike, and in complete bad taste. Sounds just like everything Chris Jones does to me.

    • You guys all must be really young. Greg Marshall as a DC used this tactic on every team he ever coached as a DC. Including Winnipeg from 2000-2004
      What’s even more funny is Doug Brown and the Bombers current team President use to have all kinds of defensive stall tactics. Bomber President use to go off side on purpose on the punt team. Get a 5 yard penalty but the clock keeps running. There was a game when he did it 2 times in a row.
      So stop all this our team is holier than though BS. Ever team will use what ever tactic within the rules to win a game.
      Do you think when a team wins a GC that years later fans will be saying… Ya sure they won but they were unsportsmanlike
      The attention to this was to steer Bomber fans away from the facts. Their team gave the ball away 4 times as well as OShea and company were out coached and were beat by their own game. Thats where Bomber fans should have been focused but they were duped from the people around the Bombers Orginization. Yup sure… Real classy Orginization. Steer your fans against the team that beat you instead of looking in the mirror.

      • white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 1:09 pm //

        Ah yes, the predictable “everyone else is doing it” defence.

      • Best post on here today! I’m looking forward to the game and love the game within a game…that all teams play. At the final whistle the team that makes the least mistakes will win. The bummers haven’t beaten any team with a .500 record yet except Edmonton and they were ravaged by injuries. Fully expect the Riders to whip those whiners once again and take the tiebreaker from a 2nd western team.

        • white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 1:49 pm //

          Of course tiebreaker only matter if you can gain enough points to actually be Tied right?

  18. white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 12:50 pm //

    And remember this is they day we crown the loudest stadium.

    Good day to be a CFL fan….triple header!. I love football on fall afternoons

    • At least it won’t ever be tested in Calgary — TSN knows better.

      • white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 1:24 pm //

        Actually. Glenn Suitor had said Historic McMahon on labor day was as loud as any stadium he’s ever been in

    • Horse – you have 4 comments on the article involving your your stumps, yet you have to come over here and piss, moan, bash and leak over everything. Drop it

  19. Bleedgreen // September 9, 2017 at 1:23 pm //

    As a Rider fan who lived in Calgary for years I can say this. They are among the most fairweather fans in the entire league. It was always at least 40% Rider fans at every game whenever we came to play. That would never happen in Sasky. I’m talking busloads of fans coming from SK (not relocated like me for work). So, at the end of the day, we just need to wait till we beat them twice this year and then things will go quiet in Cowtown again for another 10 years. Just like all the Flames fans that were out when they made their run but are nowhere to be found now!

    • white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 1:26 pm //

      Really? Maybe when the bandwagon is full. Were you there in July? Barely 30,000 and maybe 20% green.

    • White Horse // September 9, 2017 at 1:54 pm //

      Bleedgreen…you have lost touch with reality. My 27 yrs in the stands and I never saw such a site as 40% green rider fans. Labour day would show many more Eskimo fans bused in from Edm. than any rider fans ever! How come the so called rider fans living in Calgary are because of work. How about free health care and the Rock Mountains in your back yard? No PST! Magazines always label Calgary one of the top 10 cities in the world to live in! The Flames have been sold out at 19,289 fans for many years. You are inhaling Harvest Dust man!!

  20. The loudest stadium is a non issue. Ask any player past or present and it is hands down Mosaic. IGF will be loaded with those annoying cow bells and other noise makers as they have had a week to prepare for it while it was announced on game day last Sunday that there was a contest. Put thundersticks in that crowd last weekend and the ENT doctors would have had to issue a warning in good faith, it would have easily hit 125 Decibles.

    • O.K. Maybe it is a issue. That was loud today. Bombers proving they are among the Elite in this league. I stand corrected. Congrats Bombers and their fans.

  21. white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 2:14 pm //

    Very well said White Horse. All truth. Good news is we will prove today beyond any doubt who the loudest fans are. Rider fans are upset about it and already making excuses

    • Lancaster/Reed // September 9, 2017 at 2:51 pm //

      All tha will be proved today is who has the loudest. Stadium. IG was designed to focus crowd noise, while Mosaic was more worried about cutting down the wind.

  22. white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 3:20 pm //

    A pick and a completion to the goal post. Great start for Glenn..

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