I’ve said all week that I was having a hard time getting a sense of what would happen today at McMahon Stadium. I said I could just easily rationalize the Riders winning by double digits as I could the Stampeders.
But deep down, I suppose, I had a hard time accepting that the Stampeders would lose to Saskatchewan today. So I can’t really say I was surprised at the result.
Let’s face it — the Saskatchewan Roughriders have some deep-seeded issues. There is a lack of talent, plain and simple. And the angst that always accompanies this team must make it a chore to play there when times are tough, like they are now.
For instance, it would suck to be Marc Parenteau today. The Rider centre struggled with his snapping lately, but the way Rider Fan is piling on him today for the snap that led to Charleston Hughes’ 71-yard touchdown gallop is shameful. It was not a bad snap. Darian Durant should have handled it; he said as much in the locker-room afterwards.
The Stamps, on the other hand, continue to confound with their ability to look so ordinary one week and so much like a world-beater (in essence, the kind of team many predicted they would be prior to the season) the next.
And while the 40-3 win was impressive, it must also be tempered with the reality their opponents today were not very good. A much stiffer test will, undoubtedly, be provided next week at B.C. Place Stadium.
But in the end, the Stamps still managed to play their most complete game of the season, start to finish, top to bottom. Jon Cornish was splendid (and it’s looking more and more like Joffrey Reynolds won’t get back on the field without some kind of an injury to either Cornish or LaMarcus Coker); the running game was dominant (the first time in 36 games that the Stamps have gained more yards on the ground than in the air); both the O-line and D-line were terrific; and discipline wasn’t an issue.
Now, it’s incumbent on the Stamps to make sure this wasn’t a one-off.
By the way, there were no major injuries to report, although nothing will be confirmed until the Stamps go through their rundown practice tomorrow.