Riders loss in Winnipeg may become double-whammy

As the Saskatchewan Roughriders turn their attention to the revitalized Hamilton Tiger-Cats, everyone should be happy about the completion of the ugly, home-and-home set with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Saskatchewan won the Labour Day Classic 38-24 and Winnipeg won the ensuing Banjo Bowl rematch 48-28. Besides the lopsided victories, the rancor between each team’s fans was embarrassing, spiraling well beyond a spirited rivalry to the petty point of name-calling hatred.

Duron Carter — Saskatchewan’s talented man-child of a receiver — handled it best when, one game after being spit at by a Bombers fan inside Regina’s Mosaic Stadium, he climbed into the stands at Winnipeg’s Investors Group Field and posed for a pregame picture with another Bombers fan. In that spirit, let’s move forward because there’s a slight chance the 8-3 Bombers and 5-5 Riders will meet in the CFL playoffs.

Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field and moreso its predecessor, Ivor Wynne Stadium, haven’t been known as friendly environments for visiting teams, so there will be no good-natured jokes about steelworkers. And suddenly Steeltown has a football team to be wary of, with the Ticats having won their last two games after losing their first eight. This is where Saskatchewan fans can feel sorry for ex-Rider John Chick, the defensive end traded from winless Hamilton on Aug. 20 to the Edmonton Eskimos, who haven’t won in three games since he arrived.

The Roughriders were on a three-game winning streak until getting walloped in Winnipeg. What happened? Stability. A team that set a CFL record for roster moves last season stopped incessantly fiddling with its roster, unless forced to because of injuries. Saskatchewan’s defence, led by halfback Ed Gainey’s four- and two-interception games and the non-stop pass rush of end Willie Jefferson, forced 16 turnovers in three games before meeting the revenge-oriented Bombers.

Saskatchewan’s offence, fortified by a rebuilt offensive line featuring three internationals, exploded with its well-protected quarterback, allowing Kevin Glenn to connect with his talented receiving corps.But the loss in Winnipeg may become a double-whammy. Glenn suffered an injury, reportedly to his right throwing hand although he initially appeared to be favouring his left arm. Glenn has been the catalyst for an offence averaging 40 points through its last four games. He wasn’t active when the Roughriders resumed practising Monday, preparing for Friday’s game in Hamilton with backup Brandon Bridge taking most of the snaps. Even though the Banjo Bowl loss dropped the Roughriders back into last place in the West, losing Glenn would be more devastating.

Darrell Davis

Darrell Davis

Darrell Davis has reported on the Riders for more than 20 years and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame media wing in 2006.
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38 Comments on Riders loss in Winnipeg may become double-whammy

  1. White Horse // September 11, 2017 at 8:23 pm //

    This is a interesting call. I like the C. Jones mind control while dealing with adversity. He is a difficult person to hedge your bets against him. He won a Grey Cup with the Stamps then went to T.O. and beat the Stamps in Grey Cup 100 with a inferior defence than Calgary. I like Chris Jones the rest of the way this season. I won’t bet against Dickenson, Huff and BLM but I like Saskatchewan chances of knocking one West team out into the the crossover.
    I am thinking BC Lions as crossover!!!
    Final Standings:

  2. Surely by now they now the extent of Kevin Glenn’s injury. Why hasn’t the information been released to the public? Waiting to notify the next of kin???

  3. white stallion in red // September 11, 2017 at 8:33 pm //

    I will give credit to Carter. He did handle himself well on Saturday. A year from now if he’s still this way we can say he’s changed.
    The riders better not think they can look past Hamilton and ahead to the mighty red or it will be three loses in a row and counting. That would devestate their chances at another Cinderella season.

  4. White Horse // September 11, 2017 at 8:36 pm //

    I have always liked the Hamilton Tiger Cats! Don’t know why. My wife and I are going to Niagara on The Lake to celebrate our anniversary end of this month. Westjet has direct flight from Calg to Hamilton. We will drive by THF just to see. Besides Niagara Falls and our passion for Wineries, just like here in the Okanagan, where do Hamilton fans suggest a old couple go to visit in your area? GO STAMPS…GO TICATS.

    • Congratulations to you and your wife on your anniversary Horsie! Hope you both have a great time. It will be hard to beat the Okanagan wineries however!

    • You won’t be far from the Welland Canal. Check out the Thorold and Beaverdams Historical Society Museum. If you love history there is a lot. Your hotel will have a ton of literature for you to use.

    • Brian Lower // September 12, 2017 at 6:44 am //

      Lots of wineries on the Niagara to Hamilton corridor

    • Hamilton itself has the Royal Botanical Gardens and Dundurn Castle that might be of interest. There are also a number of waterfalls in the area.
      Niagara Falls has lots of “touristy” stuff in the Clifton Hill area (near the falls) On our last trip there about three years ago we visited the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum and the Wax Museum and found them interesting. The drive along the Parkway from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Niagara Falls (or vice versa) is lovely and you’ll pass the Floral Clock and Brock’s Monument at Queenston. Theres also a Butterfly Conservatory along there – also very interesting. It all depends on your interests.

  5. White Horse // September 11, 2017 at 9:02 pm //

    Some of my favourite Ticats…Al Bruno, Angelo Mosca, Tommy Joe Coffee, Joe Montford, Marquay McDaniel (what a steal for the Stamps) sorry Ticat fans.

  6. Hahaha! Wow, way to take isolated incidents and paint two great games watched by 60k-ish amazing CFL fans as some sort of lecherous hate-fest. Terrible “fans” exist everywhere but they are far and away the minority. The vast majority of SK and WPG fans are great and contributed to two of the best CFL experiences this year.

  7. Kevin Glenn mentioned in 3 3down articles. What about Trevor and Travis. Not complaining but how about news about other teams besides Cats and Riders.

    • Maybe you missed them?

      For Lulay, I can find three articles about Lulay’s injury. The first is what the injury is suspected to be, the second is quoting Lulay about how the injury is significant and the third is how Lulay is coping.

      For Harris, it is two articles. The first about the injury and the second is that the injury is not season ending where it is a matter of weeks.

  8. Drew hates both teams that’s why.

    • With Drew being paid to cover the Cats, when has he written an article about other teams without the Cats playing them?

      The examples I can think of are where the Cats have been eliminated from the playoffs or the weekly predictions.

      It seems to me that where one wants more articles, one should be badgering the reporter/fan that is covering that team.

  9. I am surprised Vernon Adams Jr. is not #2 on the Rider depth chart.
    He is better than Bridge without a doubt.

    • Paul Bomber // September 12, 2017 at 8:55 am //

      Possibly hasn’t had a chance to learn the O yet? Suspect he’ll be moving up the depth chart very soon. That said, Bridge looks like he belongs in the CFL when I compare him to some of the other back-up QBs out there the last couple of years.

      • justforkicks // September 12, 2017 at 9:36 am //

        I’m no expert but what I saw of Adams with the Riders was not reassuring.
        Could be lack of reps but when he gets the snap he appears to be looking for a run route almost immediately instead of receivers. Bridge might be OK if he gets going but he’s off and on. Unfortunately I believe our immediate future is Glenn and if he’s down long it’s next year country.

  10. Paul Bomber // September 12, 2017 at 8:50 am //

    What is with these moron-like stories on 3down lately?
    Darrel Davis? You, sir, are an idiot. Were you at the game? The rivalry is far-far-far away friendly and just a bit of fun-wicked. You painting a picture of hatred and what not does a disservice to the fans, both teams and the league.
    What is your problem? Desperate to write a juicy story? what a doofus

  11. White horse, your final standings are flawed, Sask has game in hand but that’s all, tough schedule Ott X 2, Cal X2 plus Edm 1 time will lucky to get 2 victories, not to mention Wpg plays BC X 2 someone has to win which is either 2 points each or 4 points for one of them which will add to Sask task. Wpg will either be 3rd or 4 the based on that match up.

    • Paul Bomber // September 12, 2017 at 10:47 am //

      Trevor Harris is out, Drew Tate is in for up to 6 weeks. I think Tate has had some stellar games, but Ottawa will be hurting without Harris ’cause it’s all been about the chemistry with Harris & the receivers and that is gone, so 2 Sask victories may be the floor. Realistically though, I can’t see them catching Wpg at this point. (to cover my butt: If Glenn is gone though, 2 more victories is optimistic).

  12. Paul, agreed. K. Glen is also ??? As you state maybe only 1 game against Ham. This may lead to BB 2 X BC and 1 time Ott a small window too a 2nd spot,course Cal has to beat Edm for a 3rd time

  13. white stallion in red // September 12, 2017 at 11:02 am //

    Yes I remember Drew Tate quieting rider fans pretty fast in a certain playoff game.

    Problem with the riders is they rely on individual players. Look what happen when Durant went down in 2014, they literally could not win. Same when Sheets and Labatt went down in 2013 ,had those guys not been back for playoffs it would have ended differently for them

  14. Leave it to Davis to pile on the Riders with a story that has not foundation but once gain shows his disdain. Why I read I am not sure. Guess looking for something different, never going to happen, his usual name calling included. The season isn’t over and the loss to BB was as much on the defense as offense. Bridge can manage the game and put up points needed to win. The ST and D do their part and victory can happen. As for the loser from cowtown controlling another Rider story …. this bird is for you.

  15. Must be something Murphy learned from Hufnagel, just like how Huf and Dave have not been honest about Bo Levi’s injury.

    • Paul Bomber // September 12, 2017 at 2:05 pm //

      The more important the player, the more guarded/evasive/dishonest the team is about the details of an injury, unless it’s a season ending ding. I suspect the main reason is it makes it harder for the other team to prepare. “Are we facing the pocket passer or the scrambler? Thunder or lightning running back?” … yadda-yadda. (not that I’m in the habit of defending Clgy coaches, but O’Shea never says ANYTHING about ANYTHING. Listen to the guy talk… he’s a master. He doesn’t sound trite or disrespectful, but he never answers any questions).

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