Saturday, June 18, 2011
Riders Win Pre-Season Opener
It doesn't count in the standings, but a win is a win and the Riders have one under their belt after a 23-22 win over the Eskimos. Greg Marshall says it wasn't tough evaluating his players as you might think when it was so cold and windy out, but make no doubt about it, it was tough for both teams to do what they wanted to offensively. Here are just random thoughts on the games followed by some post-game scrums.
--Marc Mueller looked fine. He didn't get a lot of reps, but did you really think he would? He showed nice touch on that medium range pass he completed and its too bad that drive ended in a fumble as it would have been nice to see him put one in the endzone.
--Is returning kicks the way for Hugh Charles to get on the roster on a full-time basis. Many Rider fans are hoping so.
--Was this pre-season or the middle of the year for Rod and Carm. Both sounded in mid-season form for game #1. Kudos as well to Phil "The Thrill" Andrews for a bang-up job at half time.
--Thank god it didn't rain! I thought I would have the look of a drowned rat when that game was over, but nope! It was windy and it was miserable, but I was warm and that is what matters.
--I just don't know what the Riders will do with the linebackers they have. They can't keep everyone. Simpson, Freeman and Lucas should be the starters, but Stewart, Bullock and Graham are all very good players as well. That's a decision that the coaches don't mind having, but its a damn tough one.
--There were some special teams issues, but Craig Dickenson's work with this unit is already showing drastic improvement from last year.
--The battle for the backup isn't over as both Ryan Dinwiddie and Cole Bergquist played well. My nod goes to Dinwiddie though,
--My nod also goes to Darren Szabo as the new public address announcer.
--Why oh why would a majority of you vote for "The Last Saskatchewan Pirate" as the 4th quarter stretch song. You had a chance to change things and you didn't. SHAME!!!
Here's some post-game audio.
MarshallJune17 by mitchellblair
Marc Mueller by mitchellblair
Hugh Charles by mitchellblair