It's been a long hot summer in the Riders camp (and that's not even stepping out into the sun), the defending Western representative in last years Grey Cup suddenly finding itself mentioned in the same breath as the lowly Toronto Argonauts and British Columbia Lions as opposed to it's Grey Cup opponent of last year the Montreal Alouettes.
Saskatchewan has struggled through July and now into August and Friday night offers little in the way of a gimme, as the Calgary Stampeders who have shown signs of getting back into their groove over the last few weeks arrive in town.
With the Eskimos struggling two weeks in a row now, the Stamps are quite aware that a share of first place in the West is theirs if they can take a win out of Mosaic Field tonight.
And the chances of doing just that are pretty good, as Calgary have been road warriors so far this year (more wins away from McMahon than while at it) and have started to get some spark into their offence, bad news for a Saskatchewan defensive corps that has struggled at times to contain their opponents.
Offensively, the Riders seem to be a tad lost, Darian Durant struggling to move his team down the field, his receivers seemingly pre-occupied at times, to the point that catching the ball has proven to be troublesome.
The Rider Nation, proud and vociferous must be starting to get a little bit frustrated with the home side, should the Riders lay another egg on Mosaic Field tonight, they most likely will hear first hand and close up some of that frustration.
Game Time 7:00 PM ST (6:00 PT, 9:00 ET)
Regina Leader Post-- Darian Durant and Greg Marshall must apply their stamp to the Riders
Globe and Mail-- Riders could face boos - from the home fans
Calgary Sun-- Chasing Kwong
Calgary Herald-- Stamps face 'trap game' with share of first on line
Canada.com-- Riders look to regain Mosaic Stadium magic
Quick Snaps Saskatchewan Roughriders
Quick Snaps Calgary Stampeders
Calgary 45 at Saskatchewan 35
Globe and Mail-- Stamps roll over Roughriders
National Post-- Stampeders win wild west shootout
Calgary Sun-- Stamps offence dominant
Calgary Herald-- Stamps manhandle Riders 45-35