There's been a lot of attention on Roughriders receiver Geroy Simon in recent weeks but he insists his mind is solely on his team's fortunes.
It began a few weeks ago when the B.C. Lions came to Regina and Simon played his old team for the first time. Around that same time he was in pursuit of Ben Cahoon's all-time receptions record. The next week in Montreal he would break that record and of course last week he returned to B.C. for the first time ever.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have made a big move ahead of the CFL trade deadline.
On Sunday, the team dealt non-import offensive lineman Patrick Neufeld and a fourth round draft pick in 2015 to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the league's leading sack-getter: defensive end Alex Hall. The Riders will also claim a second round pick in the 2014 CFL draft.
"When you get a guy that has an impact that (Hall) can do on a game, we felt it was worth the chance to go all-in," said General Manager Brendan Taman, who met with reporters on Monday.
Just days before the CFL trade deadline the Saskatchewan Roughriders have added a huge piece to their defensive line and pass rush.
On Sunday, the team announced they've traded non-import offensive lineman Patrick Neufeld and a fourth round draft pick in 2015 to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for import defensive end Alex Hall and a second round draft pick in the 2014 draft.
After four long weeks, the Riders have ended their losing streak beating the B.C. Lions 31-17 on Friday night.
Unlike the last four weeks, the Green and White actually took advantage of tsome of their opportunities and rode that wave of momentum for the win.
The Lions actually opened the scoring with a field goal, and that's all the scoring that would happen in the opening quarter as the offence seemed to be plagued by a number of the same problems they've been dealing with lately.
As the Roughriders try to break a four game losing streak it stands to reason that the players are re-examining their actions on the field, but we found plenty of fans who are second-guessing what they do off the field.
Athletes and their superstitions have been well documented. Swedish tennis legend Bjorn Borg known as the Ice Man on court would grow a beard for Wimbledon. Wade Boggs ate chicken before every ball game. Chicago Bears great Brian Urlacher chowed down on two chocolate chip cookies before every game - never more than two and never less.
A quick turnaround for the Saskatchewan Roughriders will have them in B.C. on Friday trying to end a four game losing skid against the Lions.
A quick turnaround could also be in order on the field, as a win is badly needed to keep the Green and White in the mix not only for first place in the West Division but also for a home playoff game in general.
Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant is trying to spin a bad tweet into some positive public relations.
Durant was fined yesterday by the Canadian Football League for using a curse word to describe a critical fan on social networking web site Twitter. Now Durant is trying to do something good with the attention the incident has brought onto him: on his Twitter feed Thursday morning he wrote that a lot of supporters have been offering to donate money to him to help pay off the fine.
It looks like the Saskatchewan Roughriders are ready to run the football again.
Not surprisingly that also means Kory Sheets is coming back to the lineup. Head coach Corey Chamblin made it official Wednesday, telling reporters after practice that Sheets will be playing Friday night against the B.C. Lions.
"Nobody more happier than me. It feels so good to be back," said Sheets. "It's hard the last three weeks watching my team go out there without me."
Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant is used to being in the spotlight but not usually for something like this.
On Wednesday he was fined by the Canadian Football League (CFL) for a tweet he sent in reply to a fan that included some inappropriate language. The tweet was sent as a response to a Riders fan who had posted a message critical of Durant's recent in-game performance.
Durant is normally calm cool and collected when in public or interacting with fans and rarely finds himself in any kind of trouble.
The losses are mounting in Saskatchewan and so is the frustration.
For the first time, at least publicly, it appears that frustration is coming from more than just the fans. Head Coach Corey Chamblin met with the media on Tuesday morning and admitted that he's frustrated as is his team as they deal with a four game losing streak.
"There's always going to be frustration whether you lose one,whether it's three, definitely on a four game losing streak." said Chamblin.