Happy Fathers Day! To wrap up the preaseason, and a busy fathers day, i will keep it short and sweet, something the Riders wish they could have done today! The Riders preseason games in the past have been like a gruesome car wreck, so why deviate from the formula? Well it certainly has been status quo once again this year. First a “just going through the motions” opening loss against an equally stale B.C. Lions club. Then today….well there is not much to tell about today, you just have to look at the score. A non existent running game, no touchdown tosses from Darian Durant, although he was a nice 14 of 18 for 156 yards for his first half work. There were not very many positives on either side of the ball.Cary Koch had a solid effort with 5 grabs for 84 yards and a touchdown, which just may have landed him a roster spot. Mike Mccullough had the lone sack of the game. The Riders made it out injury free which is always a bright spot!
Listening to a call in show after the game, many so called Rider “supporters” are already throwing the season out! Can you believe it!? 2 preseasons games in, and people are throwing in the towel! The Riders definitely have some questions that need to be addressed before July 1st, for their much anticipated Grey Cup rematch. The fact is this was a preseason game, and not a pretty one at that, but for the most part it is a time to evaluate. With new faces on the field, and especially new faces coaching staff wise, we were not going to see the coaches throw a whole lot of thier game plan into a preseason game. We will likely see that come July 1st. By then (thursday or friday to more precise) there will be many cuts made, coach Miller stated there will be some cuts made before the next practice. So fear not Rider Nation, this is just the beginning of another wild adventure, which only the CFL can provide. I am excited that the season is upon us, support your team, and see you all july 1st……………OH CANADA!!!!
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Written by Terry Beisick