If you’re going to the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ game tonight against the visiting Ottawa Redblacks you better bundle up!
Whoever makes the CFL schedule decided it would be cool—literally— to play an 8 p.m. game in Saskatchewan in mid-October. Worse, there’s another night game in two weeks at Mosaic Stadium.
Football admittedly can be played in all weather: rain, snow, wind, heat, cold. Tonight’s forecast calls for below-freezing temperatures. That’s not horrible, but what’s wrong with playing night games on the Prairies during the heat of summer, then moving the late-season games to afternoon kickoffs, when it’s likely warmer?
These are the same schedule-makers who decided the Roughriders, who are in the west division, would play four of their last six games against east opponents.
They made all four of the east division teams have byes in the finishing stretch, including Ottawa getting two of the last three weeks off.
Asking for a daytime game in October might be too much to expect.