A couple of Saskatchewan Roughriders are bringing home some hardware from their West Semi-Final win over the B.C. Lions.
Quarterback Darian Durant and kicker Chris Milo were named offensive and special teams players of the week respectively for their efforts in the Riders 29-25 win over the Lions.
Saskatchewan Roughrider fans are known for being fiercely loyal to the game on the field but now they’re showing the same emotion off the field.
Of the thousands of fans who come from Saskatoon to Regina’s Mosaic Stadium to cheer on the Riders, a few hundred of them have made a point over the years to stop by the Elephant Bar in Aylesbury—a tiny village along Highway 11.
You could call it a roar of relief heard from the stands as the game came against the B.C. Lions came down to the final minutes.
The sea of green was riding a wave of success as Rider fans came pouring out of Mosaic Stadium celebrating the 29-25 victory.
“It was too nerve wracking – they can’t leave it that close anymore,” one woman said.
Others said the close score just made the game more exciting.
The Riders are going to the West Final in Calgary.
It was hardly a work of art but when push came to shove the Green and White got the job done with a 29-25 win over the B.C. Lions in the West Semi-Final at Mosaic Stadium.
The game had a similar start that we've seen before from the guys in green, slow. The Riders did open the scoring with a field goal five minutes into the game but after that the Lions had their way for the longest time with the Riders defence.
The biggest game of the CFL season to date is finally here.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders are set to host the B.C. Lions at Mosaic Stadium in the West Semi-Final with the winner moving on to the West Final next Sunday in Calgary.
All week the Riders have actually been pretty quiet, opting instead to talk about themselves and not give much of anything that could be mis-quoted or taken the wrong way to give the Lions any kind of so called bulletin board material. One thing that is for sure, they're glad the week is over and now it's time to play football.
It's not great timing; you can expect very chilly temperatures for tomorrow's Rider game versus BC at Mosaic Stadium.
While we've been fortunate enough to dodge the cold over the past while, Dave Carlsen with Environment Canada says as murphy's law would dictate, the coldest day in the next week just so happens to be the beginning of the west semi final.
"We're going to be looking at temperatures at kickoff time around -10 or -12," he said.
The Roughriders will be without the services of receiver Chris Getzlaf in the West Semi-Final.
Whether Getzlaf would play or not has been the biggest question mark this week for the Riders ahead of their playoff game with the B.C. Lions. Getzlaf injured his knee in the Riders' loss to Calgary on Oct. 26 when he jumped to catch a high pass from Darian Durant and landed hard on the turf.
"(Getzlaf) is feeling a lot better," said head coach Corey Chamblin. "But I don't think he's feeling up to the task."
A Saskatchewan Roughrider fan is taking his love of the team to new heights.
Ian Eaton and a group of friends climbed Mount Everest last month and brought a Rider flag along with them.
"It's one of those one-in-a-lifetime type experiences," he said.
At Kala Patthar, overlooking Mount Everest basecamp, they pulled out the flag for a photo 18,000 feet above sea level.
Now, Eaton is back home near Hepburn, north of Saskatoon, but the Rider flag didn't return.
When the CFL announced the finalists for Most Outstanding Player Awards only one member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders was left standing.
Out of the six nominees from the Riders up for the various awards offensive lineman Brendon LaBatte was the only one to be named a west nominee. LaBatte is up for the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award.
"Something I'm happy and grateful for," said LaBatte. "When somebody appreciates what you do on the field and vote for you those kinds of awards, I'm very grateful."
There remain a lot of tickets available for the Saskatchewan Roughriders' semi-final showdown on Sunday.
It is the first home playoff game for the Riders since 2010 but there are still many seats available in the expanded Mosaic Stadium. As of Thursday morning around 30,000 seats were sold.
The extra seats that were installed this season for the Grey Cup game gives Mosaic a seating capacity of up to 45,000.