At the end of the day the outcome didn't really matter, but the 2014 Saskatchewan Roughriders season is off on the right foot.
At times it even felt like 2013 with the Riders starting slowly but ultimately finding their way in a 21-17 win over the Ottawa RedBlacks at Mosaic Stadium on Saturday.
The game was far more important for evaluating what the players can do. Coaching staff and fans learned a few things about new players and got to see an apparent battle brewing for kick returner.
The Dustin Boulet Memorial Slo-pitch Tournament is in full swing at W.A. Reid Park this weekend as friends and family remember the fallen Saskatoon man through his favourite sport.
More than 240 people came out to remember the man who they say was constantly smiling and joking.
Boulet, 29 was stabbed to death outside a local bar on March 1 while celebrating his birthday with friends.
He was stabbed while trying to defend a friend from a knife-wielding man. One man faces murder charges while another is charged with accessory after the fact.
There's celebration in Saskatchewan after the LA Kings pulled off their second Stanley Cup win in three years.
In dramatic fashion, the Kings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime.
Kings' center, Jarret Stoll was born in Melville and grew up in Yorkton. His mom, Sherri now lives near Balcarres near Fort Qu'Appelle, but was in the stands last night when the Kings won it all.
Final preparations are being done to Mosaic Stadium in Regina to get it ready to host the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Ottawa RedBlacks pre-season game Saturday afternoon.
It’ll be the first Rider game at the stadium since the team’s monumental 45-23 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 101st Grey Cup last November.
The last time the Saskatchewan Roughriders played at Mosaic Stadium they won the Grey Cup.
On Saturday the Green and White takes on the Ottawa RedBlacks but the first game of the pre-season won't make for a nice day.
Terri Lang with Environment Canada says, "to be prepared for showers and thundershowers."
A low-pressure system will be hovering over Regina in the afternoon right around kick-off time at 4:00 p.m.
As much as Rider fans wish for a nice day to watch the game, it likely won't stop them from coming out.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders open their pre-season against the Ottawa RedBlacks at Mosaic Stadium .
Attached is the team's depth chart for today's game.
The Green Zone Pre-Game show gets underway at 1 p.m. on News Talk Radio. The Post-Game show follows the final whistle with analysis, your calls, texts and reaction from the locker room.
Enough business, it's time to talk football.
For the first time since November 24, 2013 the Saskatchewan Roughriders will take to the field at Mosaic Stadium, oddly enough this time as the road team, as they take on the Ottawa RedBlacks in the pre-season opener for both teams.
Since the green and white won the Grey Cup on that day some six months ago a lot has changed. First, Ottawa actually has a team but also the Riders have lost nearly 20 players from that roster and now it's time to figure out who will plug the holes left behind.
The fans are happy, the owners are happy and the players are ready to play football.
The CFL and the CFLPA have both voted to approve the new collective bargaining agreement. The players did so on Thursday while the owners followed suit on Friday, meaning the CFL season will start on time.
There are still plenty of tickets available for the Riders' first pre-season game at Mosaic Stadium Saturday afternoon.
“We won’t see a sellout,” stated the Saskatchewan Roughriders vice-president of marketing Gregg Sauter. “I would say we’re going to be somewhere between 16,000 and 20,000 I would say.”
The Riders will be the visiting team for the game, as the Ottawa RedBlacks technically become the home team since their stadium isn’t ready. It’s something quarterback Henry Burris is having some fun with.
“Is it OK if I use Darian’s locker?” Burris joked in a radio ad.
Brazil may be more than 6,000 miles away but the spirit of the World Cup was alive and well in Saskatoon Thursday as more than 40 Brazil fans gathered to watch the opening match against Croatia.
With horns, hats, tambourines and face paint, local Brazilians gathered at JT's Bar and Grill to watch Brazil kick off the world cup.
The crowd erupted into happy cheers as the hosting country beat out their opponent 3-1.
"It's so exciting and it couldn't have gone any other way," Clara Lessa said.