"I’m Taking the Wheel"

*Sigh* Andy Fantuz. God- You did a good job on him…

I stayed up for a good two hours after last night’s game – cleaning. Yeah. I was cleaning my house at midnight.

But I had to channel all of my excess energy from last night’s sweet Rider victory. I sure as hell wasn’t getting my hopes up in advance of the game. Honestly, I was hoping the Riders would just keep it close. And after Crandell went out with a hamstring injury, I was pretty sure the game would turn into a rout.

As if.

I’ve got to hand the game ball on this one to the coaching staff. They didn’t shy away from pulling Steven Jyles when he wasn’t getting the job done. And they simplified the game plan for Darian Durant, told him to just protect the football and get it to his playmakers. Damned if it didn’t work.

I’m referring to the game as one of the worst/best Rider games I’ve ever seen. Best because we beat the Lions in their home stadium with our 3rd string QB and less than 200 yards of total offence. Worse because, well, 200 yards offence and the injuries. Oh goodness, the injuries. I seriously came very close to throwing up when I saw DJ Flick’s injury on replay. It’s never good when your ankle goes one way and your knee the complete opposite direction. He’s done for the season. I just hope it’s not a career-ending injury. As for Leron Mitchell, I didn’t see the play that broke his leg. TSN was so damn worried about missing a second of a Montreal-Winnipeg game that was over that we missed the first 5 minutes of the 1st quarter. Actually, TSN pissed me off last night for a number of reasons, which I shall name at a later date.

Positives from last night? Wes Cates. Enough said. Weston Dressler’s kick-returning; dude is going to break one very, very soon. Darian Durant. Protected the football and gave it to Cates without screwing up. Defence, defence, defence. Finally starting to stop 2nd and long. HALLELUJAH!!

Negatives? Uh, the injuries. Steven Jyles’ inability to: a) throw a decent deep ball, b) manage the clock at the end of the 1st half, c) remember where the line of scrimmage is. Offensive line. Guys, no wonder our QBs are going down like flies – they’re getting their asses kicked because you’re porous. Special teams blocking. Dressler is doing all the work; if we had a few new schemes, he’d have 2 TDs already. Lack of offensive output. No elaboration needed. NO ADARIUS BOWMAN!! Why the hell not?? Matt Dominguez slipping on the BC Place cement after missing the ball and punching a sign. Matt: we need you healthy. The sign isn’t worth it.

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