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Rider Pride put to the test as reality sinks in

As a diehard Roughrider fan that’s a little too young to really remember the team’s last 0-5 start in 1995, this is brand new territory for me. It still doesn’t feel real.

Sunday was another day and marked another loss for the 2015 Saskatchewan Roughriders, as the Tiger-Cats rolled into Regina and walked away with a 31-21 victory. The already wounded Riders suffered another defeat as the best insurance policy money can buy, Kevin Glenn, left the game with a shoulder injury and is questionable for this Friday’s game against the Eskimos.

How did I cope with the loss on Sunday? Ice cream. Don’t judge – It was a work night!

Here’s the reality: the Saskatchewan Roughriders just aren’t a very good team. Whether it’s the new rules, the coaching, or every single person playing defense, football is the ultimate team sport and the finger can’t be pointed in any one direction.

Sure, it’s easy to blame Darian Durant’s injury, but Glenn has filled in admirably. It’s easy to look at the departure of offensive linemen Ben Heenan as a major reason but the Riders have two rushers on pace for 1,000 yards. It’s easy to blame Corey Chamblin for having his say in the defence, but this is the same guy that basically ran that D on his way to a Grey Cup championship in 2013.

Injuries *are* a major issue with this Roughriders team but good teams rise above adversity. The Riders just don’t have enough depth to rise above those injuries like the Stampeders were able to do last season.

The worst part of all this is that it’s about to get a whole lot worse. I’d love to believe and I’d love to be positive but by my rough count, Saskatchewan is 11-34 since 1990 (including playoffs) playing the Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium. And heading into *that* stadium against that dynamite defence without Durant or Glenn? Ouch. After that, the Riders visit a surprising Argonauts team in Toronto’s late home opener so an 0-7 start is very possible.

“Rider Pride” is really getting put to the test...

– written by Travis Currah