How ya feelin now Rider Nation? That certainly was a bitter pill to swallow as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats were dominant in beating the Riders 26-3 in what was an ugly football game in what has become a season of ugly football games.
Just some thoughts
--If the Darian haters didn't shut up after this one they never will. You knew there was going to be a drop-off when you lose your franchise quarterback and it showed. Tino Sunseri can be and hopefully will be much better, but his first start was nothing to crow about.
--The energy level didn't seem to be there right from the get-go. The team looked dead. There didn't seem to be any emotion on that sideline whatsoever
--You knew Hamilton would be loading up to stop the run, yet there was seemingly no play action to keep the defence honest. A few rollouts would have been OK too as it seemed the game plan was much to vanilla in nature.
--Weston Dressler needs to get involved in bubble screens, power sweeps and other plays.
--Not having the players you want on the field because of injury is an excuse, but Corey Chamblin must be spitting nails over the fact his return team gave up yet another TD.
Other odds and ends
--I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the Argos-Stamps game Saturday night, but I thoroughly hated the second half. What the Argos did was inexcusable. They had a chance to turn their season around by beating the Stampeders in Calgary and they simply took their foot off the pedal defensively. Tim Burke should be called on the carpet for that one. In fact, the argument could be made that Tim Burke be relieved of his duties.
--Mike Reilly is all of a sudden the only number one quarterback left in the West as Darian Durant, Travis Lulay, Bo Levi Mitchell and Drew Willy have all gone down. One has to think there is concern in Calgary if Mitchell's injury is serious as we know Drew Tate is made of glass. Calgary also may have lost the services of Charleston Hughes for a while. As Corey Chamblin told me before the Banjo Bowl, whoever is the healthiest will go a long ways as to who finishes first in the West. Does that mean advantage Edmonton?
--I can't believe I just wrote something suggesting the Eskimos will finish first!
--Where is Kavis Reed?
--I think its safe to say the football world was in shock over the Adrian Peterson story. Adrian Peterson deserves whatever punishment he gets. What he did was heinous, disgusting and over-the-top, but what he also did was by all accounts do to his son what his dad did to him. The same can be said of a lot of football players ie: Darnell Dockett of Arizona,..
Times have definitely changed!! When we were growing up, kids could get the strap from their principal or the wooden spoon would come out or worse at home. I know took the wooden spoon a time or two and I know a lot of other people who did too. You just can't do what Peterson did in 2014....even though he has admitted to doing to his son what his daddy did to him. I can only imagine the firestorm if a kid came home from school today saying he had gotten the strap from his teacher. There's a culture issue at play here as well, but it still doesn't make up for what happened. After the Ray Rice story, it will be interesting to see what happens to Peterson and his future with the Vikings.
Week 2 NFL thoughts
--All credit to San Diego. When you hold a team to having the ball for under 20 minutes, you deserve to win and that is what the Chargers did.
--Many thought going into the season Antonio Gates was washed up. The guy to me is still the 2nd best TE in the NFL behind Jimmy Graham and it showed.
--The New Orleans Saints are 0-2??
--The Buffalo Bills are 2-0??
--Were CFL refs looking at the Percy Harvin "touchdown". Even this Seahawks fan will tell you that was a BAD call!!!
--Two weeks in a row my survivor pick has had me sweating at the half. Philly last week, Green Bay this.
--Can we start officially referring to RG3 as a bust?
--With all the bad we saw in the NFL this week, the story of Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still restored some faith that there are many good stories in the league.
--A great question for you. What would you rather have. Your favourite team win or your most hated team lose?
--NHL rookie camps are here. It means the season is right around the corner. Can't wait!!
-- The Pats home opener is less than a week away. I had plans to be at that game and see the "new-look" Pats, but I'll be in Edmonton doing the play-by-play of the Rams game on 620 CKRM next Saturday so I'll miss it. Oh well. I'll have 35 other opportunities and hopefully a couple of home playoff dates to watch.
--After what happened to Tim Bozon last year, its hard to believe he is at Montreal Canadiens rookie camp and playing well. I don't think any of us really know how close that kid was to dying after being hospitalized in Saskatoon with meningitis.
--When you add Oscar Pistorius, Chris Davis and the situation involving the Atlanta Hawks, it was a very bad week for sports. It might be the worst when you consider everything that happened.
That's all I got. Have a good week!