Frankly, I expect this team to finish first this year.
It is not a "throw away" year, or a rebuilding year.
3-year contracts fade away pretty quickly if you start missing the play-offs.
As for the "country club" atmosphere, that was likely one of the most overated criticisms of the Danny/Roy years.
If you think players were all about going to Gabbo's and scoring, you're crazy. Regina's night life bores most of them. Of course they still like going out. I suppose you would just sit at home and watch TV? And scoring with the babes is a fact of professional sports. Anyone who thinks it is different in any other city is...well...crazy.
And if you think that ET and Flopson can keep the players from having a life beyond football you are...what's the word I'm looking for...crazy?
If you actually compare the number of "incidents" that Rider players had over the years to other teams, or even the community at large you actually discover that the only problem with the players we had was they are human.
The fact that you feel compelled to bring up Reggie Slack, who was never even here during the Roy/Danny years, should help prove just how few such "incidents" there really were. Several hundred players came and went in 7 years and you can name 2?