With the regular season over, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are looking forward to the first playoff the year against the B.C. Lions this Sunday. But it seems Rider fans aren’t quite there.
On Tuesday, Rider’s general manager Brendan Taman told the media that they still had a number of tickets left for the playoff home opener.
“We’re hovering in and around a mark that’s probably a little bit below what we want,” said Taman. “We’re fighting some weather, and there might be some people that are still doubters. So who knows?”
The playoffs are quickly approaching for the Saskatchewan Roughriders as they'll be hosting the B.C. Lions this Sunday in the West Division Semi-Final.
The Riders will take to the practice field on Wednesday for the first time in preparation for that game, but they'll do so in front of an empty stadium. That's because head coach Corey Chamblin as exercised his right to close one practice a week in the playoffs to both fans and the media.
Saturday was an emotional day for Eskimos quarterback Kerry Joseph.
Speculation has been running wild that last weekend's game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders could have been his last in the CFL. We likely won't know for a few months if that will be the case or not, but if it was the 40-year-old's last professional footbal game then it would be fitting that his carrer ended at Mosaic Stadium.
It was back in 2007 when Joseph led the Green and White to a Grey Cup championship; that same year he was named the league's most outstanding player.
The Roughriders regular season had a rough ending.
The Green and White lost their final game of the season 30-26 to the Edmonton Eskimos Saturday at Mosaic Stadium.
The good news is that the outcome of the game didn't matter too much to the Riders who will be hosting the B.C. Lions next Sunday in the West Semi-Final no matter what. Even though the game didn't much of anything, head coach Corey Chamblin wasn't too pleased with his team's effort after the game.
The Riders are set to close out the 2013 regular season against the Edmonton Eskimos.
It's a game that doesn't really mean much as the Riders will finish second in the west no matter what. Saskatchewan is guaranteed to host the B.C. Lions in the West semi-final next week while the Eskimos will finish last in the West and miss the playoffs.
So the game may have the feel of a pre-season match-up with nothing on the line. It will likely look that way too with a number of starters sitting it out and others getting a chance to play that normally wouldn't.
Darian Durant will not be staring at quarterback for the Riders Saturday afternoon against the Edmonton Eskimos.
The move shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone who has seen practice at all this week as Durant's helmet has spent more time attached to his belt or on the ground than on his head. That being said, Head Coach Corey Chamblin didn't want to say much of anything when asked about it.
"I don't expect (Durant) to see much time, if any at all," said Chamblin.
Kory Sheets leads the pack of Roughriders nominated for the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Awards.
On Wednesday the team released its slate of nominees for the CFL's annual awards ceremony as chosen by local members of the Football Reporters of Canada. Sheets was voted the team's nominee for Most Outstanding Player.
"It was one of those things I was quietly wanting to get," said Sheets. "Felt that I was capable of receiving that award."
Will they or won't they? That is the question.
The Riders began practicing on Tuesday for their regular season finale against the Edmonton Eskimos, which takes place on Saturday afternoon at Mosaic Stadium. With nothing on the line, conventional wisdom suggests that a number of players will be left out of the line-up.
But just who may or may not play remains somewhat up in the air.
It's no big deal; that was the message on Tuesday when running back Kory Sheets and offensive coordinator George Cortez met with the media to talk about their little blow-up on the sidelines during the Riders' loss to the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday.
"There's no animosity between us," said Cortez. "It's kind of like Vegas: what happens on the sidelines stays on the sidelines."
It was an old problem that came back to haunt the Roughriders in their 29-25 loss to the Calgary Stampeders.
The game lived up to much of the hype as it close all game long, and was as physical as ever, but it was missed opportunities that came back to haunt the Riders once again.
"We got to find a way to close games out," said receiver Geroy Simon. "We just let it slip between our fingers."