Alouettes fans should adopt Riders for the playoffs

The playoffs will not be coming to Montreal once again. That includes the Alouettes, Impact and maybe even the Canadiens. It’s a sorry time for sports fans in La Belle Province. Can the CFL hurry up and put a team in Quebec City already?

Typically, when the Als aren’t involved Montrealers don’t pay attention to the CFL. Whether that’s a product of poor league marketing around these parts, or the ‘too cool for school’ mentality that us big city folks carry, we wouldn’t otherwise continue to follow pigskin north of the border come November.

But a funny thing is happening on the prairies. There’s a genuinely relatable quality that I believe could lead to many Montrealers rooting for the Roughriders (or is it Rough Riders? We big city folks are so CFL ignorant sometimes).

Indeed, Saskatchewan is headed to the postseason. Sure, they aren’t a perfect team, but they’ve got plenty of momentum – and plenty of former Alouettes!

Let’s start with Duron Carter. While enigmatic to say the least, he was one of the most exciting Alouettes of the last 20 years. Like him or hate him (and there’s plenty in both camps), Carter is a must-watch talent. The fact that he’s playing on both sides of the ball makes him even more watchable.

Next, there’s Marc-Olivier Brouillette, who unretired to join the Riders after a tremendous run in Montreal. Not only is Brouillette a solid performer and leader, but he is as nice off the field as he is ferocious on the field. I played in a charity basketball game with him last January and he was kind enough not to make fun of my jump shot.

Moving on, we have Jovon Johnson, who played his one season in Montreal in 2016. The defensive back put up strong numbers and many still don’t know why he wasn’t kept in the fold. Another good guy on and off the field to root for.

We can’t forget Brandon Bridge, who was shipped out of town by former Als GM Jim Popp. Bridge recently took a swipe at Montreal for not giving him enough time to develop. While it remains to be seen whether the player known affectionately as Air Canada will indeed be a reliable quarterback starter, it’ll be fun for Als fans to root for him this postseason.

Next, we have Vernon Adams Jr. and Kevin Glenn. The former is an excellent college standout that as recently as this late spring was thought to be the heir apparent to Calvillo in Montreal. The latter had a decent one season for the Alouettes.

Sure, there are other former Montreal players to highlight on this Riders roster, such as defensive backs Mike Edem and Ed Gainey, but there’s one final reason that Quebec football fans should root for the Roughriders – Elie Bouka.

Bouka is a homegrown defensive back that was with the Arizona Cardinals (albeit on injured reserve) last season and if not for another injury this summer might have made the 2017 team. He decided to come to the CFL and try and win a Grey Cup before trying his luck again down south. Bouka came in the TSN 690 Montreal radio studios earlier this year and I can confidently state that you will not meet a more pleasant, humble athlete. Personally, I will always root for him – and not just because I whipped his butt in table tennis.

So there you have it. Whether TSN and RDS CFL ratings show that I’m right or not remains to be seen. But I do think that many, many Montreal football fans will be among Ridernation this fall. Just don’t expect any of us to wear a watermelon on our head.


Matthew Ross

Matthew Ross

Matthew Ross is a radio host on TSN 690 Montreal and has contributed to the Montreal Gazette, and He's a native Montrealer and misses watching Anthony Calvillo just like everyone else.
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Matthew Ross is a radio host on TSN 690 Montreal and has contributed to the Montreal Gazette, and He's a native Montrealer and misses watching Anthony Calvillo just like everyone else.

61 Comments on Alouettes fans should adopt Riders for the playoffs

  1. Do the Riders have a scouting staff or does every other team donate from their roster, like an expansion draft. Talk about embarrassing

    • riderontheisland // October 30, 2017 at 1:05 pm //

      What are you speaking on behalf of your mother!

    • Kavis Reed needs to be fired today!!! Seems as if the owner is simply not open to this?? Between Kavis Reed and Als owner they seem determined to flush the last 20 years of success down toilet. The great atmosphere created by Larry Smith and Co, the 20 years was just off top of my head, whatever.

      Now if firing Reed is off table simply because of already paying too many coaches that have been let go, no problem fire the disgraced Kavis Reed and bring back Jacques Chapdelaine and the other coach they fired, we are paying them anyway, plus they are both great coaches.

      Jacques Chapdelaine should never have been fired, not to mention he is a great guy and great coach, he also was French Canadian as a bonus. Kavis Reed has the charm of a snake, he is not fit to coach or manage, I could have told you that from get go, was a bad hire period.

      You know who could be GM….Anthony Calvillo, and bring back Jacques Chapdelaine as HC. Als only needed a decent QB

    • all they need to do is fire the disgraced GM/HC Kavis Reed

  2. Montrealers don’t need to adapt any team for the playoffs. But, if they did why not Toronto with S.J. Green, Trestman, Popp, Bear Woods etc. What Montreal might have been.

    • Marc Lebut // October 30, 2017 at 10:02 am //


      Etc = Mitchell White, Jeff Finnley, Martese Jackson, Alex Charette, Dakota Prukop who was on the Alouettes neg list, Brandon Whitaker and Alan-Michael Cash.

  3. majestic stampede // October 29, 2017 at 3:24 pm //

    “Duvals gonna get another chance” ….”the kick is up, IT”S GOOD!” ………….I doubt Montreal fans want to be on the other side on that. So I vote no to this.

    • Lancaster/Reed // October 29, 2017 at 3:33 pm //

      Honour your bet troll. Or at least man up and admit that you have zero integrity and weren’t going to honour the bet when you took it.

      • majestic stampede // October 29, 2017 at 3:42 pm //

        we’ve been over this haven’t we?

        • Lancaster/Reed // October 29, 2017 at 4:05 pm //

          So donkey, you are a troll , a liar and a welcher. A proud day for the stampeders and their fan base.
          Big difference between riders and stamps fans, is riders fans are honest and have integrity. Stamp fans have neither.

          • L/R please stop your whining already, all you’re doing is making Rider fans even more hated. Do you really think you’re any better than the trolls you cry about?

    • Hahahahaha hahahahaha that never gets old

    • Ridersnhabs // October 30, 2017 at 1:58 am //

      Oh no I’m sure they would much rather cheer for a team that lost the grey cup to a team that had a 40 plus QB and a losing record .

  4. Maybe this is why Rider fans refer to their team as Canada’s team, because every other team has donated to saskabushs roster. No scouting staff required. Money in the bank.

    • majestic stampede // October 29, 2017 at 3:34 pm //

      lol It sure feels that way Dave

    • 3rd and 1 // October 29, 2017 at 8:37 pm //

      The # 1 RB in Calgary’s backfield who consists of a third of Calgary’s offence was gift wrapped from SK to Calgary. So I wouldn’t be tapping to loudly.

    • Bleeding Green // October 30, 2017 at 3:45 am //

      You sure you’re not talking about the good ship Argo? JP just scooped all kinds of guys up not just from Montreal got a few cut from Hamilton too.

  5. Pardon me, money in Chris Jones bank account

  6. Glenn and Jovon started as Riders. Dumb ass idiots who dont believe their own team has many players from other rosters in this small league. Bouka was drafted here. Anyone could have signed DC. I would say Murphy is bringing in lots of talent. Our 3 Qbs make less than some starters. I dont blame Free agents wanting to play here. Must suck to have pkayers who wanna leave your teams and play in some of those dumps they call a “football” stadium. Time to adapt and grow the league. Fans on this site I can respect because they support the CFL, even the dumbasses have a right to stupid comments. Cities that do not support the CFL sucks. Cheer for who you wanna cheer for no one gives a shit.

  7. How many people want to live in Regina, honestly. I was there once for a week, didn’t hate it but it was very unspectacular for sure, hence the population.90,000 maybe. There is no “there” there.

    • Dave:Check your posting when did Regina become a city!!
      Your lack of knowledge is showing again.
      Population of Regina 193000–The larger metropolitan area has a population of 233000.
      Regina recently named one of the best mid-sized Canadian cities in which to live. A lot of people love to live in Regina.

    • bigotry is alive and well wow

    • Regina is a very pleasant city. I enjoyed my visit, and a particularly large number of great people come from there. Its one thing not to be a Rider fan – Saskatchewan’s team – but much easier to be a Regina fan. Saskatoon is nice too.

    • 3rd and 1 // October 29, 2017 at 8:43 pm //

      Once again Dinkey Donkey Dave your showing your ignorance. Quoting the population of Regina at less than 50%
      You better get caught up in current events. Oh wait a minute I forgot. Albertans undr the NDP and an all time crash can’t afford a newspaper or online subscriptions. Their too busy digging out of a multi Billion dollar debt.
      I recently went to an Auto Auction. Man was it sad! 65% of the stock was Alberta repossess. So keep your yap shut

      • Things are fine in Edmonton, business as usual. Say what you want but Alberta still puts more money into Ottawa than any other province, nothing like having oil in your backyard. And we still get saskabushers coming here to provide for their families. So have some respect turd and one.

      • How can you bring up politics without talking about Colin Thatcher, saskabush’s murdering son. Shameful

    • Ridersnhabs // October 30, 2017 at 2:02 am //

      That’s explains that weird smell we had that one week , everyone kept saying omg what’s stink . Thanks for clearing that up Dave .

  8. solara2000 // October 29, 2017 at 5:12 pm //

    An amusing and interesting article. I think underlines an issue impacting professional sports today, that is the transitory nature of players whether at the instigation of the Club or the player. It is a challenge to ‘hard-wire’ those relationships with players whose tenure is so ‘iffy’ and hence the association between the Club, even the game itself, is put into question.
    A Ti-Cat and a Habs fan.

  9. antoine lussier // October 29, 2017 at 6:28 pm //

    what is soooo maddening is when you buy a jersey with a player’s name on the back and 2 weeks later he gets cut/traded and you cannot have his name removed–the # can be removed but not the name–I know I’ve tried this at the Rider store.

    • That’s funny because you must’ve been pretty busy last year with Jone’s revolving door, cheating antics, marginal talented players. I still remember that poor db that instead of tackling the receiver, he runs along side of him like an escort to the endzone. I believe that he got cut the following day. Might have been the year before Jones took over. Tells how bad things were before the Eskimos let the Riders have some credibility. See how we had your fate in our hands.

    • Ridersnhabs // October 30, 2017 at 2:04 am //

      I mentioned that to my daughter and we came up with the idea of Velcro the number and names lol

  10. greenonions // October 29, 2017 at 6:31 pm //

    Majestic’s right, we’ve ALL been through this before. Can we just vote you off the island instead?

  11. greenonions // October 29, 2017 at 6:35 pm //

    Canada’s team? They took their name from Teddy Roosevelt’s ragged band of miscreants. How un-Canadian can you get? Maybe if they changed their name to Saskatchewan Beavers or Maple Leafs or Loonies – now that’s Canadian & it fits.

    • Ridersnhabs // October 30, 2017 at 2:08 am //

      The maple leafs ? How original , did you stay up all night to come up with that or did you just steal it from the hockey team with that same name . How do you come up with these witty comments . You should send your resume into the new Yorker

    • Don’t forget they also took their “fight song” “green is the colour” from Chelsea FCs “Blue is the Colour” released on the charts in the 70s.
      That is just bad.
      Come on Sask do something original

  12. We couldn’t change it to the Maple Leafs, that name has a loosing title to it, since what 1967? and I am being generous, so what we get players from every team, so how does it even factor, the majority of the Cast-Off’s you state did come from Montreal, and some are returners from the NFL, no one gave us a chance of getting to 7 wins, let alone making it into the playoffs, (win or loose Saturday we are still in)but yet seeing the playoffs 4 years in the making, looks good, I am not going to jinks myself, but keep watching the games, I bet they will get a lot more interesting in the next few weeks..

    • Or they could adopt the name from Toronto but spell it correctly – “The Maple Leaves”
      But I believe that Maple trees do not grow out west

  13. I think “Dave” is the unpopular troll everyone complains about. Zero knowledge about anything just has to comment to show how dumb he is. Regina is not Toronto nor is it Vancouver or Montreal. It is a small prairie city (and small population province) whose inhabitants love their Riders. The fans don’t think of the Riders as “Canada’s Team” only the media does, to stir up the rest of the CFL fans.
    My problem with the “Dave’s” of this world is the snob factor. They think they are somehow superior because they don’t live in a small prairie city.Surprise, your idiocy is showing and the R.O.C doesn’t care.Perhaps someday your comments will be football related and be mildly interesting. Otherwise who the F++K cares?

    • Greensox empty head

      • Ridersnhabs // October 30, 2017 at 2:11 am //

        Wow another witty thought provoking comment , Dave you are out doing yourself . Soon 3 down will be hiring you to write for them 5

        • I have a job, maybe give it your premier, I hear that he’ll be out of work shortly. Probably end up driving a truck in Fort Mac.

      • riderontheisland // October 30, 2017 at 2:34 pm //

        wow, talk about I know you are but what am I. You are 13 right? No more device time for you.

  14. The “Canada’s Team” moniker is generalised by the droves of people that had to leave Saskatchewan in the 70’s and 80’s for work all across Canada because there wasn’t any here, so, as much butt hurt it causes most fans, the term Canada’s Team is to mean we have fans of our Riders all across this great Country of ours, if you think your team is “Canada’s Team” then so declare it..

  15. I thought the “Canada’s team” label was the product of the Premier’s office and the Regina Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the football club. While the club no doubt has fans in other places, the term “Canada’s team” is just a PR exercise.

  16. Can’t we in the West just love each other – Trudeau has destroyed a once great nation and the West will succeed to separate very shortly .
    This will unify Quebec/Ontario to say good bye .

  17. Colour me green // October 29, 2017 at 9:34 pm //

    Riders seem to trade more players with Hamilton than any other team it seems to me. Also one if the dumbest statements ever about riders not having a scouting department. Players move between the teams on a weekly basis. There is only 9 teams only an idiot wouldn’t understand that. Also Chris Jones help around 15 minicamps in the preseason. Second year he’s done that.
    Montreal should cheer for someone st least, pick a team, be part of the rest of the country who celebrate this most Canadian of sports, only in Canada. 99

  18. à tous nos frères et soeurs des Alouettes, nous inclinerons une pinte ou deux à Ottawa à la Coupe Grey de cette année, Riderville vous souhaite la bienvenue …

    to all our Alouette Brothers and Sisters,we’ll tilt a pint or two in Ottawa at this years Grey Cup, Riderville welcomes you..

  19. Prove Me Wrong // October 29, 2017 at 10:59 pm //

    Sure… cheer for another loser team… Go Gangrene..

  20. greenonions // October 30, 2017 at 1:49 am //

    Tony, who will you tilt a pint to? Calgary or Ottawa? Neither the Als or riders will be there but thsnks for coming.

  21. Bleeding Green // October 30, 2017 at 3:56 am //

    Never ever under estimate Chris Jones. Love him or hate him, he understands the game and fundamentals better than most in this league. His coaches are loyal and he ignited his players with pride and a passion to win. He has them peeking at just the right time. Imho, Riders have the best momentum right now. We need a little more discipline and a lot more T-Rich.

    • Chris Jones will be “coach of the year” and he is turning out to be a genius.
      His housecleaning from last year is bearing fruit

    • Peeking? Lol. Saskatchewants education system at its best.

  22. riderontheisland // October 30, 2017 at 2:07 pm //

    no your former premiere just liked to visit homeless shelters when he was drunk and through money at them on the floor and tell them to get a job! The best part is you rednecks thought he was a saint.

  23. Hated the sob myself but sometimes its gotta be tough love or the place turn out like saskabush

  24. Colour me green // October 31, 2017 at 12:49 am //

    Funny how no one ever seems to love the Stamps unless it is thier home team. Why is that?

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