Cfl 2019


Mowich
+2
#841
This is a real big win for Winnipeg. Not only have they finally broken the curse of constant losses to the stumps at McMahon but for the first time in eight years we won't have to think about the stumps in a Western final - and that in itself it a grand thing.

Big kudos to all the Bomber coaches and players for a fantastic second half of football and a well-deserved win. Good on you all.

The stumps folded like cheap tents in the 4th Q and are most deserving of this loss in their own backyard. No wonder fans were leaving early.

Now we know who we'll be playing in the Western Final pete and I have a feeling it is going to be one helluva game.
 
Cannuck
#842
Rider fans are so classless
 
Girth
+2 / -1
#843
What a day for Winnipeg. First, the Jets beat the Stars in OT. Then the Bombers come in to Calgary, and destroy the Stampeders. Off the Regina to face the Riders!
 
Mowich
+3
#844
The Bombers scored 20 unanswered points in the 4th Q - against the stumps............in McMahon.............what a colossal breakdown by Calgary. Awesome.
 
Mowich
+2
#845
Vernon Adams really took Montreal's loss to the Eskimos hard yesterday...........I hope he gets some comfort after having watched the stumps implode under the so-called best QB in the league........and Vernon - you only threw 2 interceptions.............Boo Hoo threw 3!
 
Twin_Moose
+1
#846
Regina prepares for CFL West Final weekend
 
Mowich
+2
#847
Rob Vanstone: Saskatchewan Roughriders' Craig Dickenson smartly squelches possible distraction as playoff game looms



Fifty-three weeks ago, with a home playoff date looming, the Saskatchewan Roughriders played all sorts of inane games before the game.

With questions swirling about the status of starting quarterback Zach Collaros, prominent representatives of the CFL team went to considerable lengths to cloud the situation.

Collaros, who had been concussed in the Roughriders’ regular-season finale, appeared at a media availability one day before the Green and White was to play host to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a West Division semi-final.

Ordinarily, the mere presence of an established quarterback at such a pre-game yak session would be an indicator of his status for the critical contest.

Not in this case. To excerpt a story filed by The Canadian Press on Nov. 10, 2018: “Collaros himself wouldn’t say if he or Canadian Brandon Bridge would get the start. He wouldn’t even say if he would dress.”

Quote of the day: “I can’t say anything, no.”

Later that day, TSN — the CFL’s sole television rights-holder — broke the story that Collaros would not play.

With Bridge behind centre, backed up by David Watford and Drew Tate, the Roughriders eked out 100 passing yards en route to losing 23-18.

The Roughriders, as it turned out, had confused everyone except members of the Blue Bombers’ defence.

That turned out to be Chris Jones‘ swan song as the Roughriders’ head coach, defensive co-ordinator, general manager and vice-president of football operations.

In January, Jones bolted for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, for whom he is now a defensive assistant.

The move came only one week after the Roughriders announced that Jones — the CFL’s 2018 coach of the year — had signed a contract extension.

The next man up, from a head-coaching perspective, was Craig Dickenson.

Dickenson is not one for obfuscation or silly sideshows. Ask him a question and, invariably, you will receive a direct answer.

Consider the Roughriders’ latest media gathering in advance of a home playoff game against Winnipeg — Sunday’s West final (3:30 p.m., Mosaic Stadium).

Since Oct. 30, when Cody Fajardo suffered an oblique injury in practice, the status of the starting quarterback has been the primary, secondary and tertiary topic of conversation in football-crazed Saskatchewan.

Fajardo, always congenial and candid, has been forthcoming throughout the painful process. Ditto for Dickenson, who also recognizes that a closed practice shouldn’t necessarily be followed by a closed mouth.

Most recently, Dickenson met the media on Saturday and made it clear, right from the outset, that Fajardo would start against Winnipeg. Period. End of paragraph.

“He’s shown that he’s healthy,” Dickenson told reporters at Mosaic Stadium. “He’s going to have some soreness and some stiffness, but he has shown that he can execute and run the offence the way he needs to, so we feel like he’s going to be good.”

Just like that, the Roughriders adhered to one of the seven core values in their code of conduct: “Openness and accountability.”

That has been Dickenson’s modus operandi since becoming the Roughriders’ 47th field boss and, clearly, the approach is working.

The Roughriders, at 13-5, finished first in the West for the first time in 10 years, and only the second time in a span of 43 seasons.
Dickenson was duly decorated as the West’s coach of the year.

Along the way, Dickenson has demonstrated that one does not have to be secretive in order to be successful.

“I’m not a good BS’er, I guess,” he told this scribbler earlier this season.

“I just feel like when people ask you a question, you do your best to answer it truthfully and honestly, and if you don’t feel comfortable answering it, you just tell them so.

“I don’t really know why I’m that way. I just am.”

At all times, Dickenson seeks to minimize distractions — an approach that is especially important as the games increase in magnitude.

A year ago, by contrast, it seemed like the Roughriders were going out of their way to create distractions.

Nobody was inclined to provide a straight answer to a rudimentary question: Who would start at football’s most important position?

And that worked out just fabulously, didn’t it?

Dickenson opted for a diametrically different approach on Saturday. And now, having dealt with the ever-popular quarterbacking issue in direct and effective fashion, the emphasis can shift to the only game that truly matters.

leaderpost.com/sports/football/cfl/saskatchewan-roughriders/rob-vanstone-saskatchewan-roughriders-craig-dickenson-smartly-squelches-possible-distraction-as-playoff-game-looms


Craig, you Rock.
 
Twin_Moose
+2
#848
GAME DAY

GO Riders GO
 
petros
+2
#849
Quote: Originally Posted by Twin_Moose View Post

GAME DAY
GO Riders GO

Go Riders and Go Cats.
 
Mowich
+1
#850
Watching the pre-game show on TSN right now and am so excited about the upcoming matches. First up is the Eastern Final that pits the outstanding Hamilton Tiger Cats against the Edmonton Eskimos. May all the football gods be with the Cats today.

Game time: 10 AM PST on TSN 314.



GO CATS................GO!!!!!!!!
 
Tecumsehsbones
+2
#851
Ravens at 1:00 (EST), Riders at 4:30 (ditto).

Gonna be a fun day!
 
Mowich
+1
#852
Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Ravens at 1:00 (EST), Riders at 4:30 (ditto).

Gonna be a fun day!


May the gods of football also be with your Ravens today, Tec.
 
Mowich
#853
And the first interception of the game goes to................The Hamilton Ti-Cats. Yee Haw baby
 
Mowich
#854
Cats about to go 2 and out when Orlando throws the challenge flag contesting that an Esk player interfered with his receiver..............and wins again!!!!!!!! Orlando is the most successful CFL coach at challenges.
 
Mowich
#855
Lirim out to attempt a 47 yard FG and successfully puts the first 3 points on the board for the Cats.
 
Mowich
#856
Esks receiver fumbles the ball and once again the Cats recover - 2nd TO of the game for the Esks........WTG Esks!
 
petros
+1
#857
Yes!!!!
 
Mowich
#858
Yee Haw...................Ti-Cats score a TD off the fumble and now lead the Esks 10 zip with 6:48 to go in the 1rst Q. Rock on Cats!!
 
Mowich
+1
#859
Looks like the Cats have wall-to-wall support from their fans today, pete.........stands look packed.
 
petros
+1
#860
It looks like somebody was stuck with a pile of tickets in the upper corner. It's the only empty spot.
 
Girth
#861
Quote: Originally Posted by Mowich View Post

Looks like the Cats have wall-to-wall support from their fans today, pete.........stands look packed.

When is the last time Hamilton had a dominant season?
 
Mowich
#862
Cats miss out on a TD but Lirim puts 3 more points on the board for Hamilton.
 
Mowich
+1
#863
Quote: Originally Posted by Girth View Post

When is the last time Hamilton had a dominant season?


Hmmn will have to look that up at half-time..........will try to get back to you with an answer, Girth.
This season though has been nothing but spectacular for the Cats.
 
Mowich
#864
12:26 in the 2nd Q and the Esks finally put 7 on the board.
 
petros
+1
#865
Killer B
 
Mowich
+1
#866
Holy ****...................simply out of this world catch by Brandon for another Cat's TD.........and yet another example of why Mr Banks is deserving of the leagues MOP award. Rock on Brandon.


Edit to add: And big kudos to Evans who got the pass away as an Esks defender was all over him.
 
Mowich
#867
5:26 and Whyte's good on a 47 yarder- Esks put 3 measly points on the board.
 
Mowich
#868
Cats gotta get outta their zone
 
Mowich
#869
And that holding penalty is not the way to do it guys
 
Mowich
+1
#870
Oh, oh another 2 and out.............come on Cats!
 

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