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roughriders: Could It Be Miller Whine Time? Column by Bob Hughes - 10/17/11 08:34 PM
So, the kindly old coach sat there, in front of the baying dawgs of the media, and the creases in his grandfatherly face seemed squeezing tighter as each word slid off the big mouths of the media wretches, who now could smell blood. And, he was in an ugly mood. And, he was not at all happy having to be there, answering to all these no nuthin’s, whose role in life is something he has always known: To build somebody up and then tear them down. At his feet, lay the carnage of one of the worst seasons in Saskatchewan Roughrider (1 comments)
roughriders: It was the Best of Times, and It Was the Worst of Times! Column by Bob Hughes - 10/11/11 04:22 PM
The depth; that was the thing. The deeply-rooted depth that created a luxury of challenges, all of them, all, when thrown into the mix, produced a Grey Cup championship and back-to-back Grey Cup appearances. There was the young gunslinger given the endorsement of the kindly old coach to be the starting quarterback on an offense that had what was likely the best corps of pass receivers in the Canadian Football League. They were like lightning, you just never knew where and when they would strike. And, they clapped with the sound of thunder, rolling across the CFL West, bringing home playoff (0 comments)
roughriders: The Nightmare on 10th Avenue! Column by Bob Hughes - 10/03/11 10:17 PM
Why is it that people in Regina stop at intersections which have no Stop signs, and don’t stop where there is a Stop sign? Because they do. And, why is it that the Saskatchewan Roughriders can’t figure out just what is wrong with a team that was in the last two Grey Cup games and now seems destined for a last place finish? Because they can’t. In the sober, somber aftermath of the Massacre in McMahon, which preceded the Torture in Taylor Field, vice-president of football operations and head coach Ken Miller mentioned he was going to sit down with some (0 comments)
roughriders: Turn Out the Lights; The Party is Over... Column by Bob Hughes - 09/26/11 10:53 PM
Saturday, it was an unusual day. Saskatchewan’s late summer spawned 30 degree plus temperatures with only a whisper of a breeze. The sky was a sheet of bright blue, and there was more of the same on the way. Ah, yes, more of the same. In a baking hot Taylor Field on that day in September, it took the stinging words of a B.C. Lions player named Aaron Hunt to bring it all home, to wipe away the makeup and the costume and the makeover. Said the large Lions’ tackle, in words that hurt, perhaps because they seemed so true: “They (1 comments)
roughriders: Back from the Dead - and with a Big Bang! Column by Bob Hughes - 09/20/11 10:37 AM
Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have jerked themselves from the land of the living dead in one of the most arresting stories so far this season in the Canadian Football League. Seemingly ready for the embalmer after falling to 1-7 in a pathetic first-half of the season, the Roughriders resembled anything like a Grey Cup bound team, unless they were willing to buy tickets to the big game in Vancouver. And, then, somebody blinked, and it all turned around. Just like that, actually. From the very beginning of the season, there were three impediments standing in (0 comments)
Well past the sunrise portion of a season that glowed with such hope that was wrapped in the normal plethora of promises, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are taking on water as swiftly as the Titanic. And, some of the relentlessly riveted Rider Nation have it figured that like the captain of the Titanic that fateful night, the Riders’ brass have chosen to believe that no iceberg can sink something this unsinkable. The Good Ship Rider is taking on water fast, and week by week hope dwindles steadily that anybody on board can figure out what’s wrong, how to right the ship. (0 comments)
roughriders: Finding Time to Help Others - Column by Bob Hughes - 07/14/11 09:38 AM
The other day on his sports radio show on CKRM that is steadily building a growing audience, Rod Pedersen made the observation that if you want to be in a city in Saskatchewan where you can run into some of sports’ greatest stars, then Regina is the place. He listed off a litany of names that represented a who’s who of sports in not only this province but also from throughout North America who can be spotted in Regina at any time in any place. “You can be walking down the street, and there is George Reed,” somebody who was on (0 comments)
roughriders: Remembering Jim Duncan, and a Few Other Things... - 01/08/11 08:28 PM
Column by Bob Hughes Jim Duncan died the other day at the age of 86 years of age, which is a good and long life and it was well lived. Jim Duncan is well-known around these parts. Only, you have to be a little old to remember that he was an assistant coach with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and a head coach with the Calgary Stampeders. And, he won Grey Cups with both of those teams, with Saskatchewan in 1966 and with the Stampeders in 1971. He was from North Carolina and his voice was a southern drawl and he had a (0 comments)
roughriders: The Rider Nation Gets Its Marshall! - 01/05/11 09:59 PM
Can He Marshall Up A Grey Cup? By Bob Hughes So, it’s Greg Marshall, eh? How about that? Here’s a guy who has been knocking on the head coaching door in the Canadian Football League from the time Eve picked her first apple, or so it seems. And, where does he land? In Saskatchewan, moving into the big easy chair occupied by Ken Miller for two years of Grey Cup futility. The Roughriders are fast becoming Winnipeg East or perhaps more of a refuge for guys who wandered through the Manitoba wasteland searching for the Promised Land. There are players and (0 comments)
roughriders: And Just What is the Culture? Column by Bob Hughes - 12/05/10 11:15 PM
So, as the stomach continues to churn in Riderville, one question keeps persisting in seeking a definitive answer. That would be, who will be the next head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders now that Ken Miller, at 69 years of age, has ridden off into the coaching sunset, earning a well-deserved nap in his final football role as vice-president of football operations, whatever that means? Throughout the albeit brief time the Rider Nation has had to digest, spit out, and digest again what the criteria should be for finding a successor to Miller as head coach, there has been a lot (0 comments)
roughriders: Monday Night Football - Column by Bob Hughes - 11/30/10 09:16 AM
Think about the most popular football show in the United States. Howard Cosell starred on it. So did Don Meredith. Frank Gifford was a fixture. Joe Namath, Jim Brown, Joe Theismann, Johnny Unitas, Al Michaels, Kurt Warner, Peyton and Eli Manning, Terrell Owens, Roger Staubach, Tommy Dorsett, Earl Campbell, Tom Brady, Steve Young, Walter Payton, even Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, they were all on it in one way or another. Monday Night Football, one of the icons of television folklore. But there has been, in the long and illustrious history of this great and widely watched television staple, only one (0 comments)
roughriders: Turn Out the Lights, the Party's Over.. Column by Bob Hughes - 11/29/10 10:27 AM
How is it that this always seems to happen? Why is it that Montreal Alouettes get the lousy hotel, but we always seem to end up checking into the Heartbreak Hotel? How was it that in 1967 Eddie Buchanan was wide open and Ron Lancaster hit him with a perfect pass, and he dropped it, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders were done in the Grey Cup game? How was it that in 1972 the Riders were poised to win the Grey Cup until some rookie, yes, a rookie, named Chuck Ealey found a tight end named Tony Gabriel for consecutive catches that (3 comments)
roughriders: A Coming Of Age That Is A Thing Of Raw Beauty - Column by Bob Hughes - 11/26/10 11:28 AM
Somewhere, he is smiling. Because no matter where he was, whether it was in Edmonton or Hamilton or parked in a television booth, his heart was always with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. I used to think that Ron Lancaster was invincible. During his 18 unequalled seasons as a quarterback in the Canadian Football League, all but three of them with Saskatchewan, Ronnie took ground-shaking hits from the likes of Wayne Smith, Angelo Mosca, Tom Brown, Wayne Harris, Bill Baker, Dave Fennell, John Helton and on and on. He broke ribs, bruised bones and muscles, was knocked out, gave blood, and always defiantly (0 comments)
It’s the kind of storyline the Calgary Stampeders wanted in the worst way. They would spend the 2010 Canadian Football League season beating the Saskatchewan Roughriders more than they lost to them. They would finish in first place in the Western Division. And, they would host the Western Division final.
So far, so good.
But the very last thing the Stampeders wanted was for the Roughriders to finish second, win the semi-final, and go into Calgary for the Western final on a high note.
Up until the end of double overtime in the semi-final (1 comments)
roughriders: "Well it's Crying Time Again, You're Gonna Leave me..." - 10/21/10 09:03 AM
By Bob Hughes The drums are beating along the mighty Wascana. The chill in the October night air is beaten away by the bonfires that throw their amber flames to the star-studded sky. As the night goes on, moving towards the witching hour, the drums grow louder and the wailing reaches a high pitch. The light from the flames flicker off the tightly-drawn faces of the Loyal Disorder of Rider Priders as they gather in their sorrow, seeking strength from each other, dabbing away the tears. The Loyal Disorder of Rider Priders always turn to the magical healing waters of the (0 comments)
roughriders: Pretty in Pink? Not in the CFL - by Bob Hughes - 10/18/10 11:31 PM
And, so, it came to pass that the Canadian Football League committed one of the biggest blunders in its long and storied history. It seems nobody at the league level had the brains to peer into the future and jump on board one of the greatest public relations accomplishments ever seen at the major league sports level. Don’t get me wrong. I have always been a huge fan of the CFL, for as long as I can remember. Hell, I made much of my living because of the CFL during the 47 years I wrote a column in Regina, Calgary and (0 comments)
roughriders: EXIT is Open for Charity - by Bob Hughes - 09/24/10 12:17 PM
EXIT Realty Fusion and its ever growing team of agents will be staging another Big Open House Event this weekend, and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation will be one of the big winners. The EXIT Realty Fusion umbrella of agents will fan out throughout the city to stage open houses from one end of town to the other on Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 5. (See Saturday’s Leader-Post for the locations). Every EXIT Realty Fusion open house location will be accepting minimum $5.00 donations from people dropping by who want to help in the battle against cancer. The money will (2 comments)
roughriders: A Night at the Diplomat - 09/03/10 09:32 AM
By Bob Hughes It was the strangest of venues. And it was the most unlikely cast of characters. But, when it all ended, in a rousing piano display that reached so many crescendos you ran out of hairs to stand up on the back of your neck, it was like climbing a mountain of raw yet stirring music, one mountain after another, until finally, joyfully, you reached the peak. Next week in Regina, Thursday I think it is; there will be a concert performed at the Centre of the Arts that will be quite like nothing this city has ever experienced (0 comments)
roughriders: Welcome to Resurrection City - 08/13/10 12:02 AM
It’s not quite the Phoenix rising from the ashes, or even Tiger Woods finally getting a birdie. It’s no where near Bill Clinton overcoming the stain of a brief encounter with a White House intern to become one of the most beloved ex-presidents of all time. But there is little doubt that there are things happening in this city they call Regina (pronounced Ree-Jina for our American readers) that are placing a wake up call that this place is becoming a happening place. For years and years, there was moaning and groaning about the sad state of downtown Regina (Ree-Jina for (2 comments)
roughriders: Ya Mon! We're Everywhere! Jun 4th Column by Bob Hughes - 06/04/10 09:13 AM
OCHOS RIOS, Jamaica - The mornings were always the same. The sun, a burnt orange, would rise above the Caribbean Sea over waters that Christopher Columbus had sailed in 1494 and within seconds the air would heat up and another day would have begun. The mornings were always the same. Around 5:30am, a solo Jamaican would row his boat out of the harbour and into the sea, stroking his way to the places he instinctively knew the fish were. Some days the stillness of the sea would be interrupted by huge cruise ships, some of them six and seven stories (0 comments)
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