The suggestion that the Riders should replace starting quarterback Kevin Glenn with Brandon Bridge for this Sunday's home game against the BC Lions borders on the ridiculous and shouldn't make it above the white noise category around workplace water coolers.
Bridge responded admirably last Saturday in BC by coming off the bench to toss a pair of touchdown passes with the Riders trailing 30-0 in the fourth quarter. But Head Coach and GM Chris Jones while complimenting the Canadian QB for his mobility and poise when pressed into service, was quite correct in pointing out in the final analysis, it was two plays, one of which included a circus catch against a group of second-stringers on defense.
There is a reason Glenn ranked sixth on the CFL's all-time passing list. A better case could be made for Brandon to be a "Bridge" to the future if the Riders were hopelessly out of the playoff picture.
There are two upcoming games against 4-and-2 Winnipeg, with a cross-over post season position pending. But that window could close soon if the Riders don't starting winning with much more frequency.
There was a time when getting shutout of the medal parade at the world track and field championships was expected, not so for the current collection of Canadians who have been calamity stricken.
Medal contending sprinter Andre DeGrasse appeared destined to meet and perhaps defeat Usain Bolt in a 100 metre showdown that could have been Degrasse's coming out party. A torn hamstring prevented his date with destiny.
A achillies tendon injury has put Olympic and World Champion high jumper Derek Drouin on the sidelines while many others have spent more time in the bathroom than the London track with a stomach virus.
Aaron Brown recovered in time to run a season best while winning his heat in the 200 metres, but was then disqualified for a lane violation, while defending champion Shawn Barber finsihed eighth in pole vault amid technical troubles that also plagued him at the London Olympics.
Let's hope if there is a Canadian shutout, it comes on the ice at the U-18 Ivan Hlinka hockey tournament, meaning this country's string of bad luck on the track has run its course.
The Riders are six games into 2017 and their 2-4 record in a very good Western Division means a cross-over playoff spot is the only chance they have at a post season berth.
Wins over Hamilton and Toronto indicate they can compete with the CFL "Leas", but aren't even close out West. Tire pumping prosperity against the Ti-cats and Argos provided hope until calamatous trips to cow-town and BC's lower mainland where the Riders produced nary a point until the third and fourth quarters respectively.
In BC they probably would have been shut-out if the Lions number-one defense had stayed on the field while back-up QB Brandon Bridge was producing a pair of late touchdown passes. The Riders were poorly prepared and that falls on Head Coach Chris Jones and company. But the bigger problem is this team simply isn't good enough to compete with the Eskimos, Stampeders and Lions. They will play better this Sunday at home against BC, but don't expect a win.