--The last I looked the sky wasn't falling, but all it took was one loss--one ugly loss to an Eastern Division opponent to get Rider Nation riled up. So much for the good created in the four-game win streak.
I won't even try to sugarcoat that one because the green-and-white were god-awful Saturday night against the Ottawa Redblacks, but as Chris Jones said in his post-game news conference they are still a good football team.
Jones said they weren't physically or mentally prepared and that falls on him. Why is that though? I said earlier in the week that after beating four straight Western Division opponents, a game against an Eastern Division club was not what you wanted to see. Would the same type of focus and intensity be there? We found out the answer!
Marcus Thigpen gave the team a huge spark with his opening play kick return, but that spark soon fizzled out. It was a horrible night for the offence. Receivers dropped passes, Zach Collaros missed on a couple of passes, the o-line was shaky. You saw the end result.
Defensively, the team just could not do what it has been doing over the first two-thirds of the season. That was evident when Trevor Harris took Ottawa 109 yards down the field and without much resistance either. Good defences will struggle from time-to-time and when that happens, the offence needs to bail them out.. That didn't happen on this night
Teams are going to have bad football games and on this night it did. Some of the problems this football team have had were magnified and yes, they do have to be corrected. At the end of the day, I think all will agree the team is in better shape at the 2/3 pole than they were at the 1/3 mark. They have winnable games in Toronto and Montreal before returning home to face Edmonton in what likely is a winner gets home-field for West semi game on Thanksgiving Monday.
--What now in B.C? It's obvious the Lions have lost faith in Jonathan Jennings, but its his show again after the latest injury to Travis Lulay. Will that be it for Lulay? He's not getting any younger. The last year of the Wally era appears to be fading to black.
--Why is it Regina just won't come out for Rams or Thunder games? If we are such a "football-crazed" city, than supporting both should be an automatic. Nope! The "if it isn't the Riders, we aren't interested" crowd has its nose up in the air refusing to watch the future of the game on display. This just in, Regina's win over UBC Friday night was wayyyyyyyy better than the Rider game. Those who think its beneath them should really check it out and learn a thing or two. $25 for an adult ticket is a reasonable price to pay. You pay more and grumble about it to see the Riders so what's the rationale for not coming out?
--Week 2 of the NFL was symbolized by big offensive outputs and lousy kickers. Cleveland's Zane Gonzalez just flat out blew it for the 2nd week in a row and Minnesota's Daniel Carlson might be the second coming of Blair Walsh. YEESH!! Meanwhile, Patrick Mahomes tossed six TD passes in a 42-37 win over Pittsburgh and Tampa's Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 400 yards and four TD's in a win over the Eagles. Who said there was no offence in the NFL?
--If you are a Packers fan (and sadly I know many), you should be angered with the roughing the passer call on Clay Matthews that cost your team a win. That was one of the worst calls I've seen. The NFL brass need to re-visit that rule as some of the roughing the passer calls have been an absolute joke. I've said it once and I'll say it again. If this continues, just give the QB a flag.
--Just when you think you have heard it all, you go nope! Vontae Davis had had enough of the Buffalo Bills after six quarters of play this season and said that's it, I retire. He didn't come out of the tunnel for the 2nd half. ????? Give the guy credit for not faking an injury and being honest, but DUDE??? WTH??
--Red Sox and Mets fans at Fenway in harmony chanting "Yankees Suck" was a sight to see. At least, the two fan bases were united in something together. The Red Sox could meet the Yankees in one American League Divisional Series. If the Yankees were to bounce Boston in that series, the fallout would be immense in Beantown.
--John Tavares scored his first goal as a Leaf during a training camp session Saturday afternoon and it was widely broadcast that he had done so.. It is going to be a long, long winter for those who hate the Leafs.
--I still am not entirely sure what the h-e double hockeysticks Senators owner Eugene Melnyk was trying to do with that video last week. Does anyone? I know they are a Canadian team, but how much longer can that gong-show go on before they leave?
--The Moose Jaw Warriors announced a profit of $704,000 dollars this past season. I am guessing the Pats didn't make similar numbers. One has to imagine the bottom line was not good for the Pats in their 100th anniversary season.
--I don't care what you say, pineapple does NOT belong on pizza. Either does a lot of other things, but pineapple is at or near the top of the list.
--That's all I got. I am sure I will be yelling at the Seahawks offensive line tonight as they try to "protect" Russell Wilson from Khalil Mack and the Bears defence. SIGHHHHH!!!