The days are long right now for General Managers and scouting departments across the Canadian Football League.
The 2014 CFL Draft is just days away with the first pick set to be made just after 5 p.m. Saskatchewan time on Tuesday. In the first round the Saskatchewan Roughriders will be picking 8th overall after they swapped picks with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a trade earlier this off-season.
It turns out the huge win for the Riders in November's Grey Cup was a huge
win for Saskatchewan too.
In a news release, the Saskatchewan Roughriders said the economic impact of the Grey Cup and its festival was equivalent to a $93 million shot in the arm for the province; $68 million of which impacted Regina, specifically.
The Riders compared that to 400 full-year jobs, $21 million in wages and salaries, and over $14 million in new tax revenues.
Former Saskatchewan Roughrider running back Kory Sheets was busted for pot possession outside Estevan several weeks ago.
RCMP confirm the Sheets was pulled over by in Bienfait for speeding. When the officer approached the vehicle, the constable smelled marijuana. When he was asked about it, Sheets reportedly produced two joints and some loose marijuana. The total amounted to about 6.4 grams.
Sheets pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and was given an absolute discharge.
In less than a month the Saskatchewan Roughriders will be gathering in Saskatoon for training camp as they begin their quest to defend their 2013 Grey Cup championship.
In theory they should be in the bridge city for training camp but that depends on a new CBA being signed off on before then, but that's another story for another day.
If it wasn't official before, it is now.
More than five months after the clock counted down in the 101st Grey Cup came, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are engraved on the trophy itself. A picture of the engraving was tweeted out from the CFL's official account Monday afternoon. The team's quarterback, Darian Durrant, also tweeted a picture from his Instagram account later in the afternoon.
The CFL's relatively new Vice President officiating is on a cross country tour.
Former league referee Glen Johnson has been visiting teams and their media across the league getting ready for the 2014 season. On Thursday Johnson's tour stopped in Regina to visit with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The sessions are an opportunity for Johnson to meet with the coaching staff and other members of the team to go over things like the new rules (that still have to be approved by the board of governors), standards and what will be points of emphasis this season.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders continue to tinker with their roster with training camp nearing.
The team announced on Tuesday they've signed non-import defensive lineman Ryan Wellman and import defensive back Antonio Fenelus.
Saskatchewan Roughrider super-fan Brent Goodwin is selling the holy grail of Rider paraphernalia.
Goodwin has what is likely to be the only authentic, mint-condition, unused ticket to the 1966 Grey Cup game in existence.
On Nov. 26 of that year, George Reed would lead the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a 26-14 victory over the Ottawa Rough Riders at Vancouver's Empire Stadium.
"It means the first Grey Cup win for the Riders," Goodwin said. "I know how much the '66 Grey Cup means to a lot of people in Rider Nation."
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have added another quarterback ot their stable.
The team announced on Friday that they've signed import quarterback Adam Weber. The pivot joins the green and white after three years on NFL practice rosters. In 2011, Weber was with the Denver Broncos followed by two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
A week after the championship quarterback re-signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, there are reports out as to how much Darian Durant is being paid.
A Winnipeg Sun reporter has said Durant's new contract is worth $190,000. However, the article also reported that Durant got a signing bonus of $225,000.
If the report is correct, the Rider's quarterback's salary is far less than the top CFL salary of the B.C. Lion's Travis Lulay, reported at $450,000.