Riders quarterback situation remains clear as mud

Dan Ralph, Canadian Press

Chris Jones is again taking a unique approach to keeping the Saskatchewan Roughriders relevant in the ultra-competitive West Division.

The Riders’ head coach/GM has shuffled his quarterbacks on consecutive games, rotating Canadian starter Brandon Bridge with backup David Watford. Despite the lack of continuity under centre, Saskatchewan (2-2) has split those contests and remains tied for second in the West with Edmonton and Winnipeg, two points behind front-running Calgary (3-0).

Zach Collaros opened the season as Saskatchewan’s starter. But he suffered a concussion in a 40-17 loss to Ottawa on June 21 and remains on the six-game injured list.

Bridge, of Mississauga, Ont., started both games but was replaced by Watford each time. The duo was a combined 18-of-40 passing for 219 yards with a TD and four interceptions in Saskatchewan’s 23-17 loss to Montreal on June 30.

Bridge and Watford completed 14-of-19 passes for 148 yards in Saskatchewan’s 18-13 home victory over Hamilton on Thursday night. Marcus Thigpen’s 34-yard TD run with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter put the Riders ahead for good.

The quarterback shuffle is nothing new for Jones. Last year, he often replaced veteran starter Kevin Glenn with Bridge as an effective change-of-pace move.

That made some sense given the five-foot-10, 203-pound Glenn, 39, was more of a pocket passer while the six-foot-five, 230-pound Bridge, 26, presented defences with a dual threat. But what’s curious now is Bridge and the six-foot-two, 212-pound Watford are very similar players.

Against Montreal, Watford was 10-of-22 passing for 108 yards with a TD and two interceptions while rushing for 21 yards on five carries. He completed 3-of-6 passes for 47 yards versus Hamilton while running for a team-high 50 yards on seven carries.

While Jones managed to record the win against Hamilton, there’s definitely an argument to be made that his quarterback situation remains as clear as mud. The continual shuffling fails to allow either player to develop confidence while the offence as a whole doesn’t establish any sort of continuity.

The Riders are on a bye week and don’t resume their season until July 19 when they visit Hamilton. But the harsh reality is Saskatchewan has to continue winning to just keep pace in the West, let alone establish itself in the divisional standings.

And the quarterback carousel can’t help an offence that’s ranked seventh in passing (205.3 yards per game) and scoring (19.8 points), sixth in rushing (103.8 yards) and last overall in completion percentage (57.8) and rushing TDs (one).

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110 Comments on Riders quarterback situation remains clear as mud

  1. Huff's Neighbor // July 9, 2018 at 5:41 pm //

    Another Rider story. Another pile on. Another venue for Red to be her annoying self. There is no news here. Coach Jones said they will grind until they figure it out. Move along. Just beat one of the “top” teams in the league. Last I checked the west is pretty level. Last I checked it’s a “team” game. Dan Ralph doesn’t get any hits so he writes a Rider story. This site is such a joke some days.

    • Stampeding // July 9, 2018 at 5:56 pm //

      lol
      Grind it out until they figure it out??
      1 month ago rider fans boasted about their QB situation, even if Collaros was to get hurt (which was just a ridiculous suggestion), Brandon Bridge was poised to take over and the riders wouldn’t miss a beat! Does anyone remember that??????
      Does anyone remember your play by play guy mocking the Bombers when Nichols went down??? Look at the situation today! The Bombers have 2 options the riders have none
      Of course the narrative has now changed we are know expected to believe you are just grinding it out until 1 emerges….what a joke.
      You cannot contend with that bad of an offense, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg are going to beat you ugly!!!!

      • Clayton // July 9, 2018 at 6:12 pm //

        go ahead and keep thinking your team is that much better than the riders moron your hate for this team is an obsession and we love playing with your mind (small as it is) well see what happens when we meet for the first time and just how mediocre Bo really is

        • what an ironic statement…yeah we have the mediocre QB!!!

          • Puck Hog // July 9, 2018 at 9:36 pm //

            Finally, you know of what you speak. Seems to me that you’d know all about being beat ugly.

          • If it were not for blm’s hail mary passing to take advantage of the P.I calls blm and for that matter reily and mazolli would have no yardage to brag about. I could make 400 yards with those tainted calls.

      • GO Green // July 10, 2018 at 5:51 pm //

        Why do you even care ..Maybe worry about the Whaapeders in your over rated city in you run down Stadium…

    • There is actually something to discuss, however. And since our two Rider writers on this site don’t attend games or do any real analysis it’s nice to have it from somewhere. Since Ralph doesn’t follow the team closely he’s a bit off, but this does at least open the discussion.

      Last year Jones pulled Glenn when he struggled, and Bridge happened to have a different skill set so it worked well. Spurrier apparently rotated QBs like this and had some success so that’s why Jones is doing it, but from this and the fact that after the first half of the Ottawa game Jones is not just going with Bridge tells us that Jones is not happy with Bridge. Jones has seen Bridge all last year and all through training camp, and if he’s handling Bridge this way now I think he’s just not sold on Bridge, and he’s trying to get Watford some reps. Bridge is a notoriously poor practice player but last year he was a good game day player. That Ottawa game seems to have been some kind of tipping point for Jones and it looks to me now like he’s trying to play the two in a way that he hopes will help Watford develop.

      • Spurrier may have done it in College, but it has yet to be done at the pro level.
        Anyone who knows anything about QB play says what Jones is doing is wrong, Including Matt Dunigan

      • MR. Green // July 9, 2018 at 6:18 pm //

        Like you said, Bridge is the opposite of Glenn and why I believe he had success. He also didn’t have much pressure on him last year because when he was in they were losing.
        Seems Bridge has taken a step or 2 back this year. He !ooks anxious, lost and confused. However, I’m hoping that last drive will give him confidence going forward.
        When he looks bad and people think Bridge should get more time is BS. Jones said before the game both would play so we knew Watford would play. This rythm crap is dumb. 3 points in a half. He missed open receivers, again, in front of him and threw to the wrong guy. His rythm is there or not. He’s had time and failed. It’s up to him to get better. His reads are slow and he seems to keep making excuses and not taking blame, blaming others, like his interview last week. I don’t !ike his owmership of play. Jones isn’t a babysitter and coddler. He admits he is tough on his QB and Bridge sulks with tough !over. He needs to grow up and work hard. He better not have flew home for a vacation. Take after Durant, study his film on himself am workout and get better. If he is not doing that this week, then he may continue to regress. I am hoping he can and like I said, that last drive may be what gets him going.

    • True Green // July 9, 2018 at 6:13 pm //

      This article is a useless read. Zero new info, just regurgitating last weeks news. And calling he west ultra competitive may not even be an accurate statement this year as it seems the whole league is more competitive than any recent year. The east looks strong and other ham Calgary, the west hasn’t been a power house.

    • Riders4Last // July 9, 2018 at 7:57 pm //

      This is so funny because in preseason Jones said that he was fielding calls on their young stable or QB’s ,all along I said the sliders have no starting quarterbacks and only back ups but slidernation just wouldn’t listen ,so this is super funny and looks good on them.

      • Puck Hog // July 9, 2018 at 9:37 pm //

        Whaaaat? Rider Nation wouldn’t listen to you?

      • Huff's Neighbor // July 10, 2018 at 3:59 pm //

        You’re a genius. You should be on the TSN panel and penning articles for 3D. Why not share who you root for so we can be an asshole like you and make stupid comments about them.

  2. Stampeding // July 9, 2018 at 5:42 pm //

    Lol…lol….clear as mud……lol….it is Mud….lol…..

  3. Stampeding // July 9, 2018 at 5:46 pm //

    Riders are already in the mud hole…lol

    • Wow. Why don’t you get a life. This is getting tiresome.

    • TheLastArgoFan // July 9, 2018 at 6:04 pm //

      Does somebody pay you every time you post here?

      Say your useless crap of dumping on the Riders in one post and then move on.

      (BTW, there are others on here who should follow the same advice, except for the “dumping on the Riders” part.)

    • Huff's Neighbor // July 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm //

      Better the the shit hole you’re in.

  4. RANDALL HOOK // July 9, 2018 at 5:47 pm //

    let’s face it Chris Jones is a lousy judge of quarterback,! He cut BJ Daniels far too quickly the same for Marquise Williams Zach Calero’s is not his mistake is just bad luck he better be sending them scouts to that touch football league that NFL network has going McNeil find someone who could do the job there!

  5. Stampeding // July 9, 2018 at 6:05 pm //

    Jones is an egotist to the point of foolishness.
    Who else would think they could revive Vince Young career??
    Who else would continue to put up with Duron Carter’s mediocre to poor play and is extraordinary off field antics??
    Who else has taken the types of in game gambles Jones does?

    All done so he can potentially say, “I told y’all” Now hire me U of Tennessee

  6. 10 posts with 4 by the troll. I’m out.

    • He has no choice, nothing wlse to do. He can’t go to the stampede because of the kidszone.

      • And they call me a troll

        • Stampeding // July 9, 2018 at 6:15 pm //

          Look at all the trolls out here….

        • Who are “they” Jerry?

          • Puck Hog // July 11, 2018 at 9:09 am //

            Haha Rouge. You are right about his name, are t you? I recall a “Jerry” someone on the old TSN comment site. Jerry was certainly a nuisance on that site, but not the obsessive, rude, hateful troll that he has turned into today. Jerry was the reason TSN did away with the comment section.

  7. 5:56 and 6:05 are stampeding, the others are clearly by the imposter.

  8. I expected Bridge to be a bit sharper than he’s been, I expected Coach to leave him in a little longer, and I expected Collaros to get his bell rung again, unfortunately. Only right one out of three.

  9. Riders need a GM.

    • Will be interesting to see what happens in the off season with the new cap baloney. Will affect Sask and Toronto an awful lot, I think Hamilton has some serious money tied up in staff as well. I’m not in favor of a cap there, but we will abide by it. Next I imagine they will want profit sharing.

      • New cap baloney???
        It’s being done to regain a balanced order and to not drive his league into bankruptcy because of the riders spend happy ways.

  10. A lot to figure out on the bye week. If our D didn’t play the way they did the score would have been ugly. As it turned out, we got away with an ugly win.

    D will not win the game in Hamilton, so we need to shore up the line and start moving the ball. I personally like Watfords mobility compared to Bridge. He was a receiver in the NFL and knows what to do if he has to take off and has the speed.

    Both teams have lots of film and prep time. Hope my Riders figure it out.

    • Like most, I’d like to see Carter back on offense. Hopefully we find a DB, and/or get Marshall back off the 6 game so that can happen. Another big target will help our green QB’s.

    • True Green // July 9, 2018 at 11:38 pm //

      Our Riders will! I agree about Watford, he looks better than Bridge. Bridges mobility looked great last year but that was compared to grandpa Glenn. Watford is more agile and quicker.

  11. Ken orford // July 9, 2018 at 6:41 pm //

    Now guys, I am no expert to be sure. However I have watched CFL football for hummm forty years. I have seen good teams come and go. Bad teams just go. After the obvious dissection and peeling the onion back, we have always found that dissention in the locker room will eat away even a great teams ability to manage a ball game. There is dissention in the rider ranks. I can see it each time they take the field and in my modest opinion, Coach Jones has no one else to blame but himself. A true start caliber QB takes time to develop, mature, and will make his share of mistakes. Jones under pressure to produce a winner, s trying everything from soup to nuts to find the combination, while the only workable combination is time and errors. Jones sees his tenure about to be broken after King Jones took over. An embarrassing experiment gone bad. Players wont stand for this. Just an opinion.

    • Stampeding // July 9, 2018 at 6:45 pm //

      Well said, there is no plan in Riderville.

      • Puck Hog // July 10, 2018 at 2:54 am //

        Haha. Looking forward to beating the Stamps in the playoffs. Jerry always did set himself up for embarrassment, lol!,

    • Good comment.
      There bound to be problems in that locker room. Each lose exasperates the problem. We hear Bridge throwing blame, and as rider fans told us all off season, concerning Calgary, that is a big problem.
      Besides that, you have a guy getting special treatment from coaches and management, who has hasn’t played great and has taken some very selfish penalties. Do you honestly think that individual is going to be liked by all??
      There is a tweet showing rider players at Famousos in Regina, everyone is sitting at a long row or tables at the back, but Carter is sitting at a separate table. Pictures speak a thousand words!

      • Nothing like Bo being a no show at the grandstand show Friday night to throw shirts to the crowd. They announced his name and everything, yet he didn’t show. How embarrassing. The other players just smiled awkwardly and shrugged their shoulders.

        • What!!!!! OH NO! Bo wasn’t there to throw shirts into the stands at the Stampede!!!!!!!! What a horrible act against humanity.
          You know what Rouge,I don’t know if you’re lying, or if something came up for him (he is an important figure in the community and lots is expected of him), but if you think this qualifies as charity you are sadly mistaken. But somehow I think rider fans would be nominating Duron Carter for a noble prize and pasting him on the front of the Regina Leader Post if he did something as trivial and meaningless as throwing shirts into a crowd.

          • He was a no show. Plain and simple. If it was a Rider you would be all over it and you know it. Now it happens in cowgary and you have excuses. You are hilarious. Have a good night Jerry. Lots of ice cream for you to deliver tomorrow.

          • Bo was thowing shirts but he could not hit the crowd.

        • So what! ?
          Is this an important event???? You are making this sound like he skipped delivering presents to the orphanage on Christmas Eve! lol

          • You are right. The stampede is of little significance to the city. No one would’ve known who he was anyway.

        • Mitchell didn’t “no show” for that – – he was told to stay home by the Stampede organizers.

          Apparently they were worried Mitchell’s throws wouldn’t make it to the grandstand and the t-shirts would land in a pile of horseshit.

        • Please tell me what “Butterfly arms” record is against the riders……waiting………

          • According to you regular season doesn’t matter. According to Bo’s record, playoffs don’t matter. You guys have something in common!

    • MR. Green // July 9, 2018 at 7:09 pm //

      I respect your opinion Ken. IMO, Bridge has a lot of growing up to do. From my perspective, he has players open but his reads are poor, slow and his throws are inconsistent. He’s had plenty of develpoing time, as this is year 4 for him in the league. In roughly 7 quarters he’s had 3 good drives. Jones should not be blamed. He and the staff made good halftime adjustments. Time of possession narrowed. Only QB available that had success was Collaros. The top guys are all taken. If you don’t like what you see in a QB, you move on, don’t waste time in developing. How many current backups around the league are ready? Plenty of backups around the league were cut as well.
      Bridge has no excuses. When he has time he still makes poor reads at times and bad throws. Look at the too QB’s they make quick throws, he hangs on to it. Jones resigned him because he likes him, however he has regressed so far this year. The protection has improved some as these players play together. To early to judge Jones, especially at 2-2.

    • lol. This one was funny. At the beginning I thought it might be one of the anti Jones types with a new, completely ridiculous, angle, “dissension in the ranks!” And he can tell there is dissension by the way they run onto the field. lol. But towards the end it started to devolve into that incoherent, drunken, slurred, nonsense that the troll vomits onto this forum. So I’m guessing this is another one of the trolls handles.

  12. Former Rider fan. // July 9, 2018 at 7:22 pm //

    QB problems are spelled M c A d o o

  13. Roughriders, Montreal and BC will be the 3 teams missing the playoffs because
    of quarterbacking woes.

    • MR. Green // July 9, 2018 at 8:05 pm //

      Too early to say that Butch. You should also mention, barring injuries.
      Thing about the Riders, as they go along the coaches figure a way out, like last year with below average QB play. Once and if Collaros gets back, I think he will do well, especially after a couple games. If not, I’m not a Bridge guy, but he will do enough and our defence can win many games.

      • Figured it out???? They benefitted from a weak east division, without that, they are out of the playoffs and sub .500

        • Which powerhouse western division team beat the Stamps in the GC last year? And the year before that? What’s Calgary’s playoff record in the last couple of decades?

  14. Just saying // July 9, 2018 at 8:12 pm //

    Better than signing jailbird like the stumps, oh sorry was this off topic?

  15. There is NO question what will happen in the West this early season, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg will separate from BC, Sask
    How can any rational person not see this happening. ??

  16. Another potentially very good thread killed by the troll.

    • MR. Green // July 9, 2018 at 9:09 pm //

      Just a pathetic desperate person starved for attention. 3down is his life. That’s his choice.
      Sad part is, even Stamp fans dislike the guy.
      I guarantee he is a coward outside the house.

      • Highly doubt he leaves his basement.

        • Sorry , no basement at Mom’s
          Of course you already have a pretty good idea that I don’t live in Mom’s basement.
          You got a pretty good idea I am much more than you like to claim I am, based on my willingness to meet. But, meeting me would mean you could no longer use your tired narrative.

          • Puck Hog // July 11, 2018 at 10:34 am //

            Red, you lonely, angry fool. You are no more than what your posts indicate you to be.

      • He is banned from his own teams fan site, nowhere else to go. The only people who back him up are his other handles. About 10 of them.

        • How would you know I was banned from a Stamps site unless you are hanging out on the same site???
          GOTCHA!

          • I’m not banned and have great conversations with a number of true stamps fans that I know personally. They all ignore you. Thats a fact.

          • Wow – you’re a real sleuth. There have been true Stamp fans on here who have indicated that you’ve been punted off stamp sights. ” Gotcha” – from a guy who has gone so far as to call the Rider post game show, and faithful Carter twitter follower.

        • What’s your handle on the stamps site you are talking of???

      • lol I love how you feel the need to talk about me

        • Puck Hog // July 9, 2018 at 9:46 pm //

          Jerry, the lonely, screwed-up Troll! Apply for social assistance and get a new psychiatrist. Or do a Go Fund Me campaign. Hell, we could even take a collection here on 3Down to get you the help that you so desperately require. Just quit spoiling each thread for everyone on here.

        • Blue canoe // July 9, 2018 at 10:02 pm //

          Banned on your teams fan site? Man how embarrassing. I can see why no real stamps fans come near you. Move on and let real fans talk real football with the defending champs.

        • TheLastArgoFan // July 9, 2018 at 10:03 pm //

          ARE YOU SERIOUS?
          ARE YOU FREAKIN’SERIOUS WITH THAT COMMENT?

          You live for the attention, you insecure keyboard egotist!
          People come to this website to get CFL news and talk CFL.
          You turn this into your playground of Roughrider disdain to the detriment of EVERY POSTER OR READER on this site.

          You absolutely bombard every thread with your incessantly myopic drivel!
          No one can ignore you because you post your moronic comments continuously! Why? Just to make sure no one has forgotten you?

          Clearly, you have a sociologic dysfunction which you either do not recognize or choose to ignore.
          You really need professional psychological help.

          Go away from this website. Get that professional help, and let the rest of us enjoy discussing the CFL without your deranged interference.

  17. I swear I can feel my IQ plummet when I read what some are saying in here. I’ve had more intelligent conversations in Grade 2. Fact or fiction the matter is, the Riders are 2-2 with backups. Nothing wrong with that. Stamps repeatedly blow the big game when it counts. Everything wrong with that.

    • Green&Gold // July 9, 2018 at 9:25 pm //

      Finally some common sense. Thank you!

    • Stampeding // July 9, 2018 at 9:32 pm //

      Stamps are 3-0, with several new faces in the lineup.
      If not for a non call against the Argos and a DE scoring a TD against Hamilton, you’d be 0-4

      • Please drop off the planet – Thanks!

      • Puck Hog // July 9, 2018 at 9:47 pm //

        Red Jerry: Time to SHUT UP.

      • True Green // July 9, 2018 at 11:49 pm //

        If not for a phantom illegal block call in 2014, Stamps would have Choked in the free cup. But they didntC they won it. Football games are often decided on one or two plays, even bad calls by the refs. Just like the Riders on 2009. So drop the bullshit argument.

        • Stampeding // July 10, 2018 at 12:17 am //

          Yes football games are SOMETIMES decided by 1 or 2 plays, But those can be just normal types of plays at opportune moments, it doesn’t have to be some outrageous play or a call from an official. How often do you see a DE score a TD??? Pretty rare.

          • Wow. You are dense. Now you are criticizing who makes rhe plays? Team sport Jerry. Maybe look closer at Bo’s INT in the Grey Cup. Buckley would’ve never done that. Dick-in-son had the wrong qb in again!

  18. Regina’s QB situation is crystal clear – – and has been all season.

    Brando Bridge is abysmally bad, Dave Watford has no idea if he’s on foot or on horseback, Zach Collaros is the unquestioned starter and only hope the Riders have to salvage some respectability this season.

    It doesn’t get any clearer than that, my friends.

    • Very true.
      In other words. They will rely on a QB that will be concussed by a finger flick to the chin

    • Huff's Neighbor // July 10, 2018 at 4:05 pm //

      Didn’t the Rider beat the Argos loser? With an IQ of way less than 51 I can see why you can’t get that.

  19. Former Rider fan. // July 9, 2018 at 10:52 pm //

    Without all you guys taking a swipe at Red this story would have about eight comments

  20. Scottsask // July 9, 2018 at 10:52 pm //

    .500, good enough for 2nd place in the West. Go Riders!

  21. No surprise // July 10, 2018 at 8:05 am //

    Thank you to anyone who actually contributed to the conversation instead of just sniping at someone else. Childish and useless.
    Everyone seems convinced that the QB situation will be solved as soon as Collaros returns. What am I missing here? Collaros never looked that good in the two games he played in. In his last game, he was 4 for 10 when he went down. He hasn’t proved that he can regain his previous form. He played behind a porous O line but that hasn’t improved either. There too, a lot are hoping for miraculous improvement when St John returns but that could be unrealistic too because he hadn’t looked good when he was healthy before. So why the hype that all will be fixed on offence when both Collaros and St John can return?

    • Paul Bomber // July 10, 2018 at 10:49 am //

      Good points and D’s are like sharks: When they smell blood in the water, they get aggressive and hungry-and they smell blood right now. If Sask can get some success (let’s say 200-250 yards through the air, another C-note on the ground), D’s will have to tilt JUST A LITTLE towards “Prevent” which will help the O stabilize and find some rhythm.
      I’m not convinced Collaros is the answer for the team immediately to my left, but I haven’t written him off either. But Sask needs to work on the O line. Without some improvement there, even super-star Matt-Levi Reilly, let alone a tentative Zach Collaros, would struggle to find success. Meantime, leaving Devon off the receiving corp is a gift to opposition Ds who can focus on Roosevelt. (insanity)

      • Good comments Paul. How my Riders come out of the bye against a very good Hamilton team will, IMO determine our success or failure moving forward.

        Adjustments on O line need to be made for the success of our run and pass game. Would like to see us use our big FB Moore a little more for pass blocking or a release valve. And ..I may be the only Rider fan that would like to see a little more of Watford, as I find him to be more mobile and seems to have more confidence. If he needs to tuck the ball away and run, he has the speed and can find lanes.

        Carter does need to get back catching passes, so hopefully some new DB’s catch on to the playbook and Marshall returns to duty.

        Need to keep pace with your Bombers as we progress towards labour day.

  22. The Saskatchewan QB situation is not clear at all. Bridge is not developing as quickly as expected, Watford is just beginning, and Collaros was a big gamble that may or may not pay off. In other words, the QB situation in Regina is clear as mud – as Ralph suggests.

  23. Paul Bomber // July 10, 2018 at 10:15 am //

    Wow… can’t believe how many childish comments I’m seeing! Here’s a trick I use and it works great (as I’m not immune to getting my shorts in a knot after reading something I see as stupid/offensive/hurtful):
    You know WHO drives you crazy, right? Always read from the top down, skip the commentators you’ve determined are morons. END OF PROBLEM!
    I wish 3Down had two comment sections – one for childish sniping, one to discuss football.

    • I agree, this is a CFL football discussion forum. Not a place for usless babble and childish critisisum.

  24. stampeding, you are such a know-nothing, I G N O R A N T, f o o l! Firs off, it is a NOBEL prize. However, DC has done a number of noble things…like taking a bunch of fans to a movie on his own $$…or giving a football to a sick kid..or having time for all the kids that crowd around him after his work day ends. Your hero BLM wouldn’t even call into a radio station to talk to a sick kid for a minute…the classy Ricky Ray called that kid instead. You are so blinded by rage, and stupidity, that you can’t acknowledge the good in anybody, if they aren’t wearing your teams’ colors. There are good guys and bad guys on every team, Stamps included, but you paint everybody with the same brush…red paint….and if you miss a spot on some guy, and he isn’t completely red, then he just HAS TO BE A VILLAIN. Some people on here feel sorry for you, some want you to get help, some want you to drop dead. And you still don’t get it….it is true: there is no cure, and you can’t fix stupid!

    • Yes NOBEL…thanks for that obvious correction.
      I’m sorry, taking a bunch of rider fans (who all obviously had above average incomes) to a movie does not count as noble. It’s promotion at best. Giving a football to a cancer surviving kids, while a very nice gesture; was not really noble either. Unless you are making big sacrifices with your deeds and doing something that really benefits others you are not really doing anything noble.

  25. Now, for some actual football talk. For those who think Watford should play ahead of Bridge, you are not a real student of the game. Watford is a PROMISING QB with a good arm. He is also green as grass. How many guys do you know who had instant success as a QB in the CFL? You have to go back to Joe Zuger for the tabbies, when the CFL was more run than pass. Wpg. this year, doesn’t count, too small sample. Zuger, as a rookie, won the cup, Ray did it in his second year, but was very good as a rookie. 2 guys in the last 40 years! Watford is like Kerry Joseph…basically a runner who could throw the ball…not to say that he can’t improve with experience. Bridge has a good arm, but doesn’t have the experience and/or the patience, or protection, to progress through his checkdowns. Perhaps, a combination of all 3. Nevertheless, he needs to progress…he has enough experience so that won’t be an excuse much longer…if he doesn’t improve, he won’t get a starting job.
    And, BTW, DC is well-like on and off the field. He is petulant, and immature, AND a TREMENDOUS TALENT. But, hey people, if he didn’t carry all that luggage, we wouldn’t be watching him in the CFL…he would be in the senior league…capiche?

  26. GreenInCalgary // July 10, 2018 at 3:17 pm //

    Dakaz, I agree with your comments for the most part but there is one other notable exception I just wanted to raise. In 1972 Chuck Ealey joined Hamilton right after graduating from the U of Toledo. As a raw rookie he didn’t start until Hamilton’s 3rd game of the season, but then lead Hamilton to an 11-3 record, leading Hamilton to a last minute 13-10 victory over my Riders in the Grey Cup. He was a great QB who had his impressive career cut short by an injury.

    • MY bad…of course,it was Ealey…brain fart. TNX for the smelling salts. I remember that game…tough loss for the Riders.

  27. robert n laduke // July 10, 2018 at 5:20 pm //

    What else is new .
    Built in excuses for being losers for yet another season
    Riders SUCK

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