Receiver has been an on going battle for the Saskatchewan Roughriders this season.
The year started with a lot of promise when Darian Durant and his receivers lit up the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, unfortunately they haven't been able to match that kind of success since. Now, they're giving some different players a chance to make an impact.
A Saskatoon father is set to pedal a hand-powered bike all the way to Regina this weekend.
"We believe by Sunday at lunchtime, we will be at the Rider game," said Robin Bellamy.
The ride-a-thon is to honour his son, a paraplegic, who passed away four years ago.
"He had a hand bike that he used to get around," said Bellamy.
He and his wife will take turns riding their son's bike starting today in Saskatoon.
It's a tough some for some of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and not just because of the give game losing streak.
Defensive backs Milt Collins and Tristan Jackson are both thousands of kilometers away from home, a home that is being battered by tropical storm Isaac. Home for Collins is New Orleans, while Jackson is from Beaumont, Mississippi, which is about two hours north of New Orleans.
"I called this morning, but I haven't got in touch with any body," said Jackson. "I'm going to get on the phone as soon as I'm out of here."
Once again, there's some new faces at Roughriders practice.
Wednesday the team officially announced the signing of linebacker Joe Lobendahn, but the moves didn't end there. They also signed linebacker Diamond Ferri, and defensive back Alanzo Lawrence. Ferri joins the Riders after spending a number of years with the Montreal Alouettes, starting his CFL career in 2007. Lawrence is more of an unknown, coming to the team after just recently being cut from Detroit Lions training camp.
There's yet another new Saskatchewan Roughrider in town.
Well...not officially, though. Linebacker Joe Lobendahn was at practice Monday morning, but he's not officially a Rider yet. That could come Tuesday after he passes a physical.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders appear to have said enough is enough.
In the wake of quarterback Darian Durant meeting with his receivers after the game on Saturday, he also called for a players only meeting after Monday's short practice.
"Just didn't want any extra ears around, just wanted to be able to talk to the guys, players only," said Durant.
Durant wouldn't really go into details about what was said, he wouldn't even suggest if it was anything like what he told the receivers on Saturday, which basically that they have to start making plays.
Rather than a watermelon helmet, one Roughrider fan was seen in the stands wearing a paper bag with the word 'mercy' scrawled across it.
In fact, the Riders' loss to Calgary on the weekend was so upsetting for Rider Nation, it was tough to get fans to talk about it after the game.
Matt Lawson says he knew the Riders weren't going to be an all-star team this year. At this point he doesn't think the Riders have a chance at winning the Grey Cup.
Fall may be around the corner, but the heat continues to rise in Saskatchewan, thanks to the Roughriders fifth loss in a row.
Saturday afternoon was another disappointing end for the Riders, who went down 14-0 early and never recovered, losing 17-10 to the Calgary Stampeders.
Five losses in a row is tough, but if this streak reaches six, and that sixth would be against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Labour Day Classic...then the heat is really going to get intense.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders dropped their fifth straight game as the Calgary Stampeders jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 17-10 win.
The Stampeders were aided by a strong wind in the first quarter and took advantage, scoring on the first two possessions.
"That's where we lost it, in the first two drives," said defensive lineman Keith Shologan. "Completely on the defense?
Kevin Glenn hit Joe West for a 34-yard touchdown and followed that up with a 14-yard touchdown strike to Romby Bryant for the Stampeders to go ahead 14-0.
For the first time in almost a month, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are back at Mosiac Stadium.
Much has changed in Riderville since that July 28th match up with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. That game was only their second loss in a row, and their second fourth quarter meltdown in a row. Since then, there's been some chnges to the roster, the team hasn't looked as good. The only thing that isn't different is that they lost the next couple of games as well.