Saskatchewan Roughriders: CFL Choke Artists of the Decade

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst INovember 28, 2010

Well, well, well. Old habits do die hard, don’t they?

I slammed the Saskatchewan Roughriders once, in the 2009 Grey Cup against the Montreal Alouettes. They had the lead heading into the fourth quarter, and then the Riders insult the football gods by letting a certain Calvillo rally from 10 points down to win 28-27.

So this year, I had to wonder: Ken Miller can't show the world why he is inferior to Kent Austin in terms of leading Canada's Team [sic] to victory in the Canadian Football League's showcase event again, right?


Just like last year, Saskatchewan had the lead at the half and proceeded to give it away to those same Alouettes, 21-18.

Seriously. Have these rats from Regina learned their lesson, in which they should never give up a half lead and execute their game plan to a T?

What I saw was Darien Durant choke when the Riders had the ball and had revenge ready to be dished out.

While Durant did pass for 215 yards and a touchdown, Billy Parker, with just under 0:56 to go, made it clear there will not be any payback coming from the CFL's Choke Artists of the Decade. Disgraceful.

What I saw was Montreal prove why they have been the class of the league all year, with Marc Trestman and his ilk calling the shots.

What I saw was Anthony Calvillo make a case to be in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. He may be the best quarterback Alouettes fans will have ever witnessed. Calvillo completed 69 percent of his passes for 336 yards to seven different receivers, setting up the run for Avon Cobourne, who ran for 67 yards and two scores.

This Saskatchewan pass defense is no better than last year's. There has been no improvement whatsoever. Sunday night in Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium would have been the turning point for this Riders defense.

Turns out, we were all fooled. Calvillo carved them up with his progression and pass selection. The Riders were a babyshambles in trying in stop this Beast from the East.

But Calvillo really did his damage through receiver S.J. Green and Jamel Richardson. Green caught nine passes for 102 yards while Richardson hauled in eight catches for 109. Both Green and Richardson made the Riders pass defense a flat-out joke.

And thus, I have to this conclusion. Perhaps the only way the Riders will ever have a chance at winning the Grey Cup is if Calvillo calls it a career.

Until then, I'm afraid this "Choke Artists" moniker is something they're gonna have to deal with...maybe into the next decade.