CFL: Riders Not About to Let Negative Media Have a Say in Season Story

Kelly BundleAnalyst IAugust 27, 2008

This is an open letter to CFL media.

It is not unfair to say that some Canadian media utilize our fundamental freedom of thought, belief, opinion, and expression in a generally non-interfering manner.  

It is also fair to say the exact opposite.  

I'm about to go out on a limb that I am willing to bet most of you would join me on.  

The ONLY reason Michael Bishop and Kerry Joseph could not co-exist in Toronto is due to the interference of some meddlesome CFL media.  

As a Rider fan, I was greedily loving it.  But I realize this now and I am quite frankly disappointed in myself.  It is just wrong.

Some people will actually believe players and coaches when they say they don't read the papers.  They ALL read the papers, some all of the time and some more selectively.  It is all about them.  Wouldn't you?

So this is precisely why the mental toughness the Saskatchewan Roughriders have demonstrated is the EXACT right fit for Michael Bishop.  He is ready to have vast improvement with an improved offensive line, tailback, and receivers once everything is back in order.

But there are still some bound to interfere and exercise their freedom JUST because they can.

That's where the preparation, not only for games but mentally as well, that GM Eric Tillman and Head Coach Ken Miller and his staff implement is unique.  

Through clearly the largest media microscope in the league, the Riders appear relatively unaffected by news stories about offseason free agency and trades, and this seasons injury woes.  

In the late 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s this type of confidence from front office to locker room was a feat accomplished only by the other clubs.  

But not this edition.  

They are more than capable of working through everything put in front of them until they achieve all of their goals.

The Toronto media might as well give up, because there is little or no way you are going to sabotage the destiny of this football club.

Bad news sells but not in Rider Nation.  If you are a Rider fan or otherwise, join us and if you don't have something nice to say, don't say it at all.