It's been a long journey but Riders defensive back Mark LeGree is living the dream.
He's probably not living it anywhere he ever expected to be, but the South Carolina native is on the roster of a professional football team. Not only is Legree wearing green and white but he's climbing the ranks from a practice roster guy, to special teamer, to a somewhat regular on defence.
And, LeGree couldn't be happier.
GLASGOW, Scotland - There was a moment Wednesday night when Derek Drouin was waiting to make his final attempt in high jump. In the tunnel to the track, Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Jessica Zelinka were waiting for their final event of the heptathlon.
All action had paused for a medal ceremony. It was for Canadian Jim Steacy's gold medal in the hammer throw from the previous night.
The "O Canada" moment wasn't lost on any of them.
Chris Getzlaf watch 2014 has taken a turn for the better.
The Riders top receiver was back at practice for the second day on Wednesday after completing his first full practice in some time behind closed doors on Tuesday.
The Tuesday practice may have been the biggest test for Getzlaf ahead of Saturday's game to make sure everything was okay and ready to go.
While Getzlaf took a number of reps with the first team offence on Wednesday, both he and head coach Corey Chamblin were pretty quiet about his status heading into Saturday's game in Ottawa.
Offence wins games and defence wins championships.
That's one of the oldest sayings when it comes to the game of football. However, for the Riders right now it's coming down to defence wins games and defence wins championships.
The Riders have now played four games and in three of them the defence has been good enough to win, two of them they were flat out dominant. In the one game the defence didn't play well the team was destroyed by the Toronto Argonauts.
Whether it's fair or not, the 2014 Saskatchewan Roughriders are consistently being compared to the team that won the Grey Cup in 2013.
Not surprisingly most of those comparisons aren't exactly positive right now as the offence certainly isn't clicking the way the 2013 version did. That's understandable though when you look at the list of players lost on that side of the ball.
The team's record isn't flawless like it was at this point last year and the defence and special teams aren't even as strong overall.
Jillian Gallays said she visited the Dollar Store three times before she boarded her plane.
The 27-year-old wrestler wanted to make sure she had enough Canadian swag for her trip to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
"I went out to collect a couple more pieces of Canadian apparel and flags so we can bear them when we get there, I'm just super excited to show my pride off," Gallays said Wednesday.
She flew out Thursday to prepare for her matches on July 30.
Saskatchewan is breathing much easier now thanks to the Riders.
The Green and White ended their two game losing streak Saturday night at Mosaic Stadium dumping the Toronto Argonauts 37-9, improving to 2-2 on the season.
Statistically there wasn't much separating the teams coming into the game as they both only had one win each, both had elite quarterbacks that were missing high end receivers.
For more than a decade, the Riders have helped stock the shelves at the Regina Food Bank, and this year will be no exception.
Saturday's contest against the Argos is the annual Purolator Tackle Hunger game.
Todd McCauley, Special Events and Marketing Manager with the Regina Food Bank said every little bit helps. The food bank goes through about 50,000 pounds of food every month. Last year, the campaign brought in about 83,900 pounds of food.
It's a brand new season.
At least, that's what the Head Coach Corey Chamblin and the rest of his team have been saying this week after their back-to-back losses and subsequent week off.
That theory will be put to the test tonight as the Riders host the team that started this losing skid, the Toronto Argonauts at Mosaic Stadium (8 p.m., TSN).