Travis and I were talking about country music today and I neglected to mention one of my favourite groups – Little Big Town. Two guys, two girls, four part harmony. Good stuff.
Anyway, my Riders are on a winning streak. And today’s game was a little bit mean, too. Should make for any exciting match-up next week back at Taylor Field.
There was a fight in the 3rd quarter, and I missed it. I tried to keep tabs on the game as best I could, but work was steady enough to keep me away from the radio. I only heard about the fight when I watched the highlights on TSN at 10:30 tonight. I’ll have to tune in to CTV tonight to see the postgame comments. They didn’t show any on TSN because they were way too busy gushing over Henry Burris’ 5 TD performance this afternoon. Excuse me while I go and throw up…
So, here are my notes on the game:
Kerry Joseph: To all you people out there who for some unknown reason keep suggesting that Joseph needs to be benched, will you all finally SHUT UP?!?! The guy has thrown for 300+ yards how many times this season? I can’t find the stats right now, but it’s been quite a few times, including 392 yards today. Add to that another 32 yards rushing. The man is taking this team on his shoulders and getting it done. To all of you naysayers I ask you: would you rather have Nealon Greene, who was lucky if he got 200 yards a game? Would you rather, oh, I don’t know – Rocky Butler? Get off this guy’s back already. He’s the first true 1st rate starting quarterback we’ve had in this province in awhile. Be thankful for once. And in case you didn’t gather from the above that I’m a big KJ fan, I am. Kerry, thank you. You sure put up with a lot of crap from the Rider ‘Nation.’ Just remember, your coach has been there. He’s got all of the advice you’ll ever need.
Andy Fantuz: BUDDY! If only you’d played ALL season like you have the past few weeks, you’d probably be leading the league in receiving yards! You’re only 77 away as it stands right now from your 1st 1000 yard receiving year. Congrats! It’s amazing how far you’ve come in the last half of the season. And thank you for stepping up and filling the big shoes of Matt Dominguez. You’ve taken advantage of the opportunity, as all good players do. You’re a shoe-in for your 3rd Canadian Player of the Week award.
Offensive Line: Well, I haven’t seen the full footage of the skirmish that occurred in the 3rd quarter, but I will soon. Apparently Mike Abou-Mechrek’s dance after the Kerry Joseph rushing TD is worth it. I’m not sure why we had 2 O-linemen thrown out. We were just protecting our QB. Hmmm. Sounds like a certain melee that occurred a couple of weeks ago between the Lions and Riders. And how many BC O-linemen were kicked out of that game? Hmmm. I think it was, well… Just wait. Oh, that’s right! There weren’t ANY thrown out! They decided to kick out a RECEIVER. Someone who did NOTHING WRONG! It’s all coming back to me now… Anyway, thanks for keeping the O-line together following the ejections, guys.
Defence: I was not too thrilled with your efforts in the 1st half of the game there. Especially when you let Hamilton lead for a few seconds. You guys need to pull yourselves together the last couple of games. Calgary looked (oh it pains me to say this) very good today. Their receivers are hitting their stride. If Copeland does one of his stupid dances on our home turf in November, I will personally be coming down to Taylor Field to hunt you all down. Count on it.
Special teams: Hey, no punt returns for TDs for a change! Luca was good on his field goal, Jamie did his punting thing. Keep up the good work, team.
Coach Austin: I was trying to lip-read what you were saying to ref Andre Proulx, but it was a little difficult. Could you maybe give us a transcript of what was said? I’d like a copy. Anyway, tell Richie Hall to shore up the defence, keep your QB and receivers doing what they’re doing, give Cates the ball a little bit more, get Corey in the offence some more (or maybe you’re saving that little wrinkle for the playoffs), and SHORE UP YOUR DEFENCE. Defence wins championships, my friend, and ours is not championship material as of yet. But our offence sure as hell is!
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