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Riders left scrambling after coaching gaffe

The story and subplots out of Saskatchewan after the firing of coachesGreg Marshall and Doug Berry are getting more and more curious.

The story and subplots out of Saskatchewan after the firing of coaches Greg Marshall and Doug Berry are getting more and more curious.

Whacking Marshall eight games into his first season makes it apparent the two clowns who hired him should also be sent packing. Those two geniuses are Ken Miller, VP of Football Operations, and Riders GM Brendan Taman. But not only have they avoided the hatchet, many in Rider Nation think Miller will magically lead the team to another Grey Cup appearance in November. Not likely.

Then came word quarterback Darian Durant accused Marshall of dismantling a team that was “four points away from being a dynasty,” a reference to the Riders’ tough losses in back-to-back Grey Cups. And Grannie would be Grandpa, if only she had a couple of coconuts.

Dynasty? Last year the Riders finished the season 10-8, not exactly threatening the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ record for excellence.

Marshall was hand-picked by Miller, who is now rewarded with assuming the head coach’s job.

In Taman’s defence, he apparently was keen during the off-season on choosing former Calgary Stampeders coach Corey Chamblin to lead the Riders. In hindsight, it seems he would have been a much better choice.

Bombers are no box office bomb:

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are reaching a level of popularity unparalleled in the team’s eight-decade history.

The 6-1 Bombers are riding high in first place in the East and have sold out four consecutive games, including Friday’s tilt with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. They’ve even added additional bleachers to accommodate the surge of support. It’s just the second time in the last three decades that Bombers’ fans have spun the turnstiles at such a ferocious rate.

The Bombers are on a pace to eclipse the team’s attendance record of 252,802 set in 2001.

Wouldn’t it be fitting if the fans were rewarded with the team’s first Grey Cup since 1990?

Als look to validate record:

Where do the defending Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes fit into the race for the title this season? We should gain some insight Saturday when they travel to Calgary to face the Stamps. The Als have enjoyed easy wins over Toronto and Edmonton in consecutive weeks, two teams that didn’t put up much of a fight. But now the 5-2 Als face a true test in the 5-2 Stampeders, the team with the inside track to finish first once again in the West.

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