The Gades defense was anything but stellar. Infact they were on the field the entire first half, with the Gades only getting 2 first downs all first half. The Riders absolutely dominated the first half, but again the curse of not being able to finish drives has shined bright. Keith had over 100 yards rushing, and some stellar play by Holmes on punt return. The defense was flawless for Sask, and Paul McCallum had a perfect game kicking. The curse is the only thing I can say why the Riders just lost.
Joseph was about average, all he had was a touchdown, two interceptions, average yards, (sorry can't give much stats.) Ranek did next to nothing really as far as I could tell. Corey Banks is the only player on Ottawa that I can say was better than average tonight, with his two interceptions on Greene.
Now to injuries, the Riders second string snapper went down early and is toast with a broken hand so the Riders again plagued by constant injuries were forced to use a 3rd string snapper Rob Lazio (sp?) who was anything but good. First we would have had that field goal to go up 12-0, but that 3rd string snapper fired the ball over Rocky's head, so we lost points again there. Failed to get points that would have been guaranteed on any of the other 8 clubs, what else is new? This lead to some bad snaps later when punting in the second quarter. The snap went over McCallum's head which forced us to concede two points. First 9-2, then another run out the back of the endzone for 9-4, then everything fell apart for Greene in the second half. He had a terrible second half, I can't count the interceptions and fumbles on one hand. This team is done and wouldn't you know we still don't get a bye for weeks.
More Greene. After having 5 good games, he was due for a bad game so blaming him for the loss would be silly. It is part of football for the qb to have a bad game, but in this Rider team if it isn't the qb it is the kicker, and if it isn't that it is the defense. If it's none of that, the receivers can't catch or else get their knees ripped off (Dominguez). As you all know, it was too late by the time Crandell came in, although we had the chance to win with 17 seconds left after recovering the onside kick. I feel ashamed thinking now that we actually had a chance, but we are the Riders afterall, when have we ever performed a circus last play win? Never, and never will. All I have to say is this Riders team is unreal, and heading into Montreal next week will put us at 3-4. I'll be happy with us making third place again this year really, after all we are the Riders. What more can we expect? With the curse we have it is amazing we can find a way to make it to the Western Final consistantly now.
This Rider team has the potential to blow anyone out, but potential is just potential after all. Should have been about 35-0 at the half by the way we dominated the Gades in every way, but the ball just would not go in the endzone no matter what. The only thing I can say is because we are the Riders, Saskatchewan Cursedriders. Why does God hate the Riders...we haven't done anything bad have we? The only thing we do consistanty is lose, there shouldn't be much ill will from anyone should there!?