There's going to be a reunion on Saturday when the Saskatchewan Roughriders host the Montreal Alouettes at Mosaic Stadium.
Unlike most reunions in sports, this one isn't between former teammates or coaches who worked together. This game will reunite Alouettes quarterbacks coach and legendary CFL pivot Jeff Garcia and Riders receiver Brett Swain on the same field.
What's the connection? Swain and Garcia spent time together this off-season at one of Garcia's football programs in the United States.
Right now the defence is the engine driving the Roughriders to victory. Most of the love and attention so far has been directed towards the defensive line, specifically defensive end John Chick, and the defensive backs.
Overlooked through this three-game-win streak that has seemed to turn the Riders season around, have been the linebackers. Every game, Sam Hurl and Brian Peters have been the second line of defence.
The newest jersey from the Saskatchewan Roughriders is selling well after its unveiling Friday.
“We’ve seen them moving very, very well out of the stores,” said Mark Habicht, the team’s director of retail operations.
“Sales have been great. I’m happy and unhappy to report that the website actually crashed for a little while because we had so much demand online and unfortunately demand exceeded supply.”
Thanks to help from Rider Nation, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have released images of the new special edition jersey.
The jersey is part of Reebok's new CFL Signature uniforms. The new jersey will be worn by each team twice the season as well as in seasons to follow.
Players on each team got their first glimpse of the new uniforms already, including Rider Rob Bagg (see the video below).
The Saskatchewan Roughriders managed to pull off a gutsy win Thursday night in Winnipeg beating the Blue Bombers 23-17.
The Riders had a short week, an extended road trip and problems off the field. The team also had 17 penalties in the game, some of which kept the Bombers' drives alive.
Somehow, the Riders still pulled off an ugly game at a sold-out Investors Group Field.
Despite its size compared to other sports franchises, the Saskatchewan Roughriders still have one of the most recognizable sports brands in Canada.
Insightrix Research Inc. recently asked more than 2,600 sports fans online questions about different teams and how fans perceived them. The Riders had the third strongest brand among sports franchises in Canada. The Montreal Canadiens had the strongest while the Toronto Maple Leafs had the second strongest.
In recent years it has really not been easy being a Blue Bomber fan, particularly not when you live in Rider Nation.
The Roughriders face the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg for the first of three regular season games, but not all football fans in Saskatchewan will be cheering for the green and white.
Dennis Dyck was born in Winnipeg and raised in southern Manitoba, but he has lived in Yorkton since the 80s.
“It’s been a very difficult last couple of years, it really has,” he said.
The Riders close out their two-game road trip tonight in Winnipeg against the 5-1 Blue Bombers.
Attached are the depth chart for both teams. Printable versions can be found at the bottom of the page.
The Riders have yet to sell out a game this season, and there's nowhere near the hype from last year's Grey Cup win, but this week's matchup in Winnipeg might be just the thing to re-energize Rider Nation.
For the first time since 2005, Saskatchewan will meet Winnipeg three times in the regular season. And fans seem pretty confident their team will come through with a win.
"I think we're a confident team and that takes us a long way," said one woman. "They're no contest for us! They're our biggest competitors, but we seem to pull through when it needs to happen."