The Calgary Stampeders are a team that is known to self-destruct if they start off slow. That wasn't the case Sunday. It looked early as if the Riders might blow the Stamps out of the water as they scored on their first two possessions, but that was basically it. After that, the Stampeders controlled the football game winning it 34-26. Some thoughts from the old cranium on this one.
--Has the Rider defence forgot how to tackle in the open-field? This is a problem that is not getting any better and might be getting worse.
--Brandon Browner absolutely owned Andy Fantuz as the Riders could not get #83 open. Browner prevented Fantuz from getting off the line of scrimmage multiple times. Browner won this battle going away.
--I don't think the Riders want to waste a roster spot by bringing in an American kicker. Thus the early talk of bringing in Justin Medlock who is on the Eskimos practice roster isn't worth the time. With Paul McCallum's age, I think BC will find a way to hide Sean Whyte so don't count on him either.
--Chris Getzlaf just keeps getting better and better and better.
--If Jon Cornish can be used a solid compliment to Joffrey Reynolds, why can't the Riders find a way to have Hugh Charles spell off Wes Cates from time to time.
--Why are the Riders constantly called for no yards?
--With Rob Bagg out, will we see Jordan Sisco on the 42 man roster next week? I would say yes!
--Dwight Anderson re-defines the word class.
Enough about that. Other thoughts from Sunday
--Seahawks win...WOO-HOO!!!! On a side note, did you see Jon Ryan get smoked on Devin Hester's 4th quarter punt return. He got lit up big-time. You're not supposed to do that to a punter.
--The Chiefs-Texans game cost me $250 on pro-line. I needed the tie!
--I won all three of my fantasy games--well OK Vince Young could go nuts Monday night in Jacksonville, but I'm feeling confident.
--I tried the KFC Double Down after the Rider game. It's not bad, but I'm thinking a salt-lick would provide less sodium.
--Graham DeLaet of Weyburn won over 100-thousand dollars after a top 10 finish at the frys.com open. This should ensure that he keeps his card in 2011. Good job Graham!!
--Why won't the Dodgers allow Tim Wallach to be interviewed for the Jays managerial position?
--TSN is airing a history of great Vancouver Canuck moments later this week. How are they going to fill the other 45 minutes of the hour?
--Speaking of TSN, I couldn't be happier to see CTV Regina's Lee Jones now working the sidelines at Rider games. I've always thought Lee should have been the guy seeing he is here every day and knows the team. He has gotten his chance and he will make the most of it.
--Make sure the coffee is strong, methinks its going to be a long day.