It’s 9:30pm on a Saturday night in Regina. The Riders just lost badly to Deadmonton and despite having second place and a home playoff game sewn up, people are acting like the apocalypse has arrived. Fans in this province bug me because they have no sense of perspective when it comes to assessing what kind of team we have.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have been to two of the last three Grey Cups, winning both times (the 2nd for about 30 seconds). We’re one of the winningest teams over that three year span. We’ve done it with five different quarterbacks, two head coaches, off field drama, 17 broken tibulas and tons of personnel changes. It wasn’t that long ago that home playoff games and winning seasons were merely a fantasy, season after season, after season.
We’ve lost games we should have won this season, including the last three games in a row. So has 11-5 Calgary (who’s 2-4 over their last six games). So has 11-5 Montreal (who just got trounced 40-3 by Hamilton). And every bottom feeder in the league has beaten one of the three dominant teams this season. I’d rather be cheering for the 9-7 Saskatchewan Roughriders than the BC Lions, or Edmonton Eskishmoes, or the Winnipeg Blowbombers. We remain a threat to play in the Grey Cup and win this year. We’re in good hands with our current coaches and players.
How about we just let them do what they do best? I doubt very much our advice from the comfort of our couches is all that useful.