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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:22 pm 
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Pre-season already in its second week ... regular season begins June 22nd

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sad news from up north :

CFL mourns the loss of Hall of Fame coach Don Matthews

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TORONTO — The Canadian Football League is saddened to learn of the passing of Hall of Fame coach Don Matthews who passed away today at the age of 77.

Known to many as simply ‘The Don’, Matthews ushered a new era of coaching into the CFL, retiring as the league’s winningest coach with a record of 231-132-1 in a career that spanned over four decades.

He currently sits behind just Wally Buono as the coach with the most career wins after Buono broke his record in 2009.

A 5-time Grey Cup Champion, Matthews was named CFL Coach of the Year an incredible five times before being inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

Matthews’ fingerprints are all over the CFL as someone who has helped groom some of the most accomplished coaching prodigies who continue to lead teams both on the sidelines and in the front office.

Matthews got his CFL start in 1977 as a linebackers coach with the Edmonton Eskimos. He served as Defensive Coordinator in Edmonton until he took his first head coaching position with the BC Lions from 1983 to 1987 where he led the Lions to a Grey Cup in 1985.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:28 pm 
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Vince Young's return to professional football has hit a snag

Vince Young could miss up to six weeks with a torn hamstring

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SASKATOON — Vince Young has hit a roadblock on his comeback trail.

Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach-GM Chris Jones revealed Monday that an MRI conducted recently in Toronto showed that Young had a torn hamstring. The 34-year-old quarterback suffered the injury during a training-camp workout June 6 at Griffiths Stadium.

“He’ll have to take it easy and get it well and then we’ll see where he’s at when he gets it well,” Jones said following Monday’s workout at Saskatoon Minor Football Field.

Jones wasn’t sure how long Young would be inactive, but noted his layoff “is looking four to six (weeks) right now” because the damage was “a lot worse than what we envisioned.” There’s a possibility Young could begin the 2017 regular season on the injured list.

Despite his NFL experience, Young is considered a CFL rookie. As such, he can be released without any obligation on the Roughriders’ part if they choose instead to make that move.

Young, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2005, was drafted in the first round (third overall) of the 2006 NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound pivot was named the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year after starting 13 games for the Titans in 2006.

A two-time Pro Bowler in Tennessee, Young was released in July of 2011. He spent the rest of that season with the Philadelphia Eagles and subsequently had stints with the Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns before retiring in June of 2014.

Even though Young hadn’t played in a regular-season game since 2011 — or been part of a pro team since 2014 — the Roughriders contacted him in late January. After working him out, the Roughriders signed Young in March.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:35 pm 
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Riders Are Ready to Close out Pre-season

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THE FORECAST: Environment Canada is calling for a high of 17 C during the day in Vancouver with a 40-per-cent chance of rain. The night-time temperature is expected to be 10 C. There’s a chance the retractable roof at BC Place will be closed.

THE LOWDOWN: The Roughriders and Lions each are playing their second (and final) game of the 2017 CFL pre-season. Saskatchewan opened its exhibition slate with a 25-25 tie against the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday. B.C. lost 23-18 to the Calgary Stampeders in its first pre-season game on June 6 … The contest will be the final chance for players on the bubble to impress coaches. The CFL’s roster deadline is Saturday at 8 p.m., Regina time.

THE RIDERS’ ROSTER: Quarterback Kevin Glenn didn’t play in the Roughriders’ first pre-season contest, so this will be his first (and only) game action before Saskatchewan opens the regular season June 22 against the host Montreal Alouettes … Glenn will start Friday’s game and is expected to get about a quarter and a half of playing time. Brandon Bridge, who started (and stole the show) against the Bombers, is slated to play next as Glenn’s primary backup. Bryan Bennett and Marquise Williams each could get a quarter of playing time in the second half.

Roughriders guards Brendon LaBatte (ankle) and Josiah St. John (head) haven’t practised since the game against Winnipeg and won’t play in Vancouver. Peter Dyakowski will start at left guard in place of LaBatte, while rookie Dariusz Bladek has moved into St. John’s spot at right guard. Bladek, whom Saskatchewan selected in the second round (11th overall) of the May 7 draft, has looked right at home with the Roughriders.

Saskatchewan got catches from 14 members of its receiving corps against the Bombers. The veterans likely will play more against B.C., but the rookies have been productive since Day 1 of training camp

Nationals Henoc Muamba and Mike Dubuisson both took reps at middle linebacker with the No. 1 defence this week

Two CFL rookies — former NFLer Crezdon Butler and rookie Mark Roberts — are manning the halfback and cornerback spots, respectively, on the field side of the Roughriders’ defence … Two of the more intriguing battles in camp were at punter and kicker. Sophomore Quinn van Gylswyk has been pushing both incumbent punter Josh Bartel and veteran kicker Tyler Crapigna, so someone could wind up getting the boot … Veterans LaBatte, Jonathan Newsome, Chad Owens, Rob Bagg and Spencer Moore are among the players who won’t dress for the Roughriders on Friday due to nagging injuries.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:43 pm 
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Regular season begins tonight.

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Marc Trestman - Toronto Argonauts Head Coach

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TORONTO — A new era of football begins in Toronto as Marc Trestman starts the regular season as the leader of the Argonauts.

The Argos’ bench boss has been a coach both north and south of the border – first starting his career in the NFL before heading north to the Montreal Alouettes and then returning back to the NFL for a second stint.

And now, Trestman is making his return to the Canadian game.

Trestman’s success in the CFL has been well documented and admired around the league — he, along with General Manager Jim Popp, led the Alouettes to back-to-back Grey Cups in 2009 and 2010.

And now the duo is united as the Trestman-Popp era of Toronto Argonauts football begins with hopes of helping the team improve on a 5-13 season.


QBs in the spotlight as Als, Riders kick off 2017 season

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MONTREAL — After a seven-month wait, football is finally back and with it arrives a barrage of dramatic storylines.

Some of those, like Darian Durant’s migration from the capital of Saskatchewan to the southern tip of Quebec, have gradually built steam since the middle of January. But now, On June 22 in Montreal, a scenario once unimaginable unfolds as familiar faces reacquaint and a brand new season begins.

On Thursday night at Percival-Molson Stadium, Durant takes the field not in his patented green and white but instead a uniform coloured bleu, blanc et rouge as the Montreal Alouettes and Saskatchewan Roughriders kick off their 2017 campaign.

“It’s going to be an exciting day for me,” Durant told MontrealAlouettes.com. “Not only do I get a chance to go against my former team and teammates but it’s a new beginning for me in front of the wonderful fans of Montreal, a great environment to play in and I’m looking forward to starting the season off right, one game at a time.”

Durant’s change of allegiance represents a new era for both teams involved. While the Riders have only 29 players returning from last season and now possess the CFL’s youngest roster at an average age of 26.9 years, the Alouettes have their first franchise quarterback since the departure of Anthony Calvillo in 2013.

No. 4 is the face of the franchise in Montreal and with his addition as well as several others, the Alouettes are barely recognizable from the team that finished 7-11 last season — tied for second in the East but not good enough to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

While the Alouettes have the CFL’s oldest roster at an average age of 28.4 years, age also equates to experience and maturity, something Durant embodies.

“He’s just a natural-born leader,” said Tiquan Underwood. “He’s an older guy who’s been in this league, won a Grey Cup.”

Durant is jumping head first into a firestorm in a matchup against his former team and former coach in Chris Jones, who said this off-season that the quarterback had ‘moderate success’ in 2016. But while the 34-year-old Durant, who spent 11 seasons with the Riders, will no doubt have those comments in mind when he takes the field Thursday, this Week 1 matchup will be played on a bigger scale for the Montreal Alouettes.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:48 pm 
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A new season brings new hope for the Roughriders

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MONTREAL — The Saskatchewan Roughriders finally will turn the page on a frustrating 2016 CFL season today, simply by starting the 2017 campaign.

The Roughriders went 5-13-0 in the ’16 regular season and missed the playoffs. It was the first time in Chris Jones’ 15-year CFL coaching career that his team didn’t qualify for the post-season.

Saskatchewan opens the 2017 regular season today against the host Montreal Alouettes, motivated by last season’s subpar showing — and eager to avoid a repeat.

“We don’t want to have that feeling ever again,” said Roughriders defensive lineman Ese Mrabure. “You don’t want to go back and have that bitter, sour taste in your mouth game after game after game.

“We’re all hungry and that hunger is going to be the motivator.”

Centre Dan Clark agreed, but noted that there has to be more than just a desire for redemption.

“It’s always a motivator when you’re coming off a crappy year,” he said. “But when you come into a new season, you’d better have motivation whether you won the Grey Cup or not. You want to do everything better than you did the year before.

“(Last season’s showing) is motivation, but you’ve got to have the right mindset. You’ve got to be able to do your job consistently and do your job right every time.”

The 2016 Roughriders had myriad shortcomings.

Injuries to key players like national guards Chris Best and Brendon LaBatte forced the Roughriders to juggle the ratio, which hurt them in other positions.

Saskatchewan registered league lows in points scored (350), touchdowns (31) and passing touchdowns (16) and finished eighth in sacks allowed (57) and net offence (327.4 yards per game).

Defensively, the Roughriders weren’t able to force turnovers (a league-worst 27, including just 11 interceptions) and couldn’t get to opposing quarterbacks (29 sacks, last in the CFL).

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Kevin Glenn is set to pass a legend

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MONTREAL — As Kevin Glenn approaches his 17th CFL season, it’s obvious that using the veteran quarterback is more than a passing fad.

The 38-year-old product of Detroit has dressed for 269 regular-season games in the league and has made 191 career starts, spread out over stints with eight of the league’s nine teams.

The only club for which he hasn’t played is the Edmonton Eskimos — and he has jokingly suggested that he wants to sign a one-day contract with them before he retires so that he can complete the series.

But more importantly, Glenn has been productive as both a starter and a backup. Now the No. 1 pivot with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Glenn goes into Thursday’s regular-season opener against the host Montreal Alouettes with 48,829 career passing yards.

Already seventh on the CFL’s all-time yardage list, Glenn is on the verge of becoming the seventh quarterback in league history to reach the 50,000-yard milestone. It’s not far from there to the sixth-highest total on the all-time list — the 50,535 yards put up by Roughriders legend Ron Lancaster.

“It’s cool, especially being in this market and being on this team, to be able to get those kinds of numbers to pass that guy,” Glenn says. “Lancaster was a great guy and a lot of people in this league praise him. To be able to accomplish something like that would be amazing.”

Glenn, whose tour of the CFL began with the Roughriders in 2001, never got to know Lancaster on a personal level. They met and chatted, but Glenn notes the relationship was never “a talk-on-the-phone type of thing.” Lancaster died in September of 2008.

But Glenn — after arriving in Regina from Illinois State University — heard all about The Little General.

“You find out who he is really quickly and you take note of it,” Glenn says. “At that particular time, I never would have thought that I would still be here playing and maybe surpassing him one day as far as yards are concerned.”

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Crapigna’s late miss seals season-opening win for Durant, Als

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MONTREAL — Darian Durant threw two touchdown passes while Tyler Crapigna’s last-play field goal sailed wide, sending the Alouettes to a 17-16 season-opening win over the Roughriders on Thursday night in Montreal.

Durant threw touchdowns to B.J. Cunningham and Ernest Jackson while Boris Bede provided the game’s winning points with 2:29 remaining, making Durant’s first game against his former team a winning effort.

Crapigna had a chance to win the game for the Riders but missed right on a 45-yard attempt with no time left on the clock.

Bakari Grant scored the Riders’ only touchdown while Crapigna hit on three of four tries in a losing effort for Saskatchewan. But in the end, the Riders will lament not only the missed field goal but also a pair of second-half turnovers in an otherwise spirited effort in front of 20,129 fans at Percival-Molson Stadium.

For Durant, the narrow victory was a statement against the coach and general manager in Chris Jones that let him go this off-season. Durant completed 20 of 31 passes for 233 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

While Kevin Glenn was sharp in his first game back with the Riders, completing 31 of 44 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown, the 38-year-old also threw a fourth-quarter interception.

Cunningham had a game-high 90 yards on four catches for the Als while Jackson, in his first game after leaving the Grey Cup-winning Ottawa REDBLACKS, was held to 16 yards on two catches.


so the game was close, but the sad song of losing continues for Saskatchewan

I'm happy for Durant because he missed almost all of the last 2 years due to injury after having successful seasons in Saskatchewan prior to that ... sucks he is now healthy for someone else and beating Saskatchewan

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