The most popular rider right now at training camp for the Saskatchewan Roughriders likely isn't a player or even a coach.
Quite literally it's something you ride, and it's not bicycles which most of the green and white are using to get around the University of Saskatchewan campus.
It's offensive lineman Brendon LaBatte's scooter.
"It's been sitting in the garage there, and I thought it would be way to convenient. So, I went and got a couple of batteries and put it in," he said.
The sounds of physicality were echoing throughout Griffiths Stadium on Tuesday morning as it was time for the Riders to get physical.
In the end zone near the locker room and clubhouse part way through practice it was time for the offensive and defensive lines to get to know each other. The drill is called "inside run" and it's exactly as it sounds; the offence tries to run the ball up the gut and the defensive line tries to stop it.
"We call it inside fun," said offensive lineman Chris Best. "That's what we live on, we really enjoy that drill."
The long search for a new bench boss and general manager for the Saskatoon Blades is over.
“We’ve heard from 100 people and at the end of the day we all thought there was one man for the job and we offered the job to one person who we thought had everything we were looking for in a new head coach and (general manager),” Blades’ president Steve Hogel said.
On Monday the owners introduced former NHL assistant coach Bob Woods as the WHL team’s new coach and general manager.
Saskatchewan Roughriders training camp certainly has a very different tone in 2014 compared to 2013.
Last season because of the addition of a number of veteran players and the maturation of others the roster was basically set; the only battle to be had was who would kick field goals and who would punt and that didn't turn out to be much of one either as both Chris Milo and Ricky Schmitt were both heads and shoulders above everyone else.
The Saskatoon Blades are set to introduce Bob Woods as their new head coach and general manager Monday.
A tweet from the Blades official Twitter account late Sunday said that Woods would be officially named to the job at a media event set for 1 p.m. at Credit Union Centre.
Woods, 46, is currently employed as an assistant coach of the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks. The native of Leroy, Sask. played defense for the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings before starting his professional career in the American Hockey League.
Saskatchewan Roughriders training camp opened on a cloudy Sunday morning in Saskatoon.
The clouds were almost fitting as there's currently a cloud hanging over not only Riders camp but camps all across the CFL as a new collective bargaining agreement still hasn't been reached between the league and the players association.
Despite this players across the league have reported to camp and life is going on as normal for now, as for what's next that still remains up in the air.
The career of one of the best ever to play Canadian football is coming to an end.
Riders Vice-President and General Manager Brendan Taman confirmed on Sunday during the team's first day of training camp that Geroy Simon is in fact retiring.
The reports surfaced on Saturday that the man known as "Superman" would be calling it a career. Simon wasn't on hand for the team's first practice with his number already being taken by new receiver Chaz Schilens, so the official word has come from Simon himself. That is expected later this week.
After 11 seasons as a Saskatchewan Roughrider and two Grey Cup championships, linebacker Mike McCullough is retiring from the CFL.
McCullough was selected by the green and white in the third round of the 2003 CFL draft. The native of Kingston, ON has played in 185 regular season games.
McCullough announced his retirement Friday morning joined by his young family at Mosaic Stadium.
Saskatchewan’s Graham DeLaet has pulled out of the beloved Memorial Tournament after hurting his foot.
DeLaet’s injury happened coming off last week’s Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, where he finished tied for 14th.
The injury is “pretty much a mild strain of the muscles on the outside of the ankle” and DeLaet “just needs a few days rest and doesn’t want to risk aggravating it,” according to an email from David Corelli, director, business partnerships with SportBox Entertainment Group, who represent DeLaet.