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Rod’s Blog – Dec.31

Rod Pedersen

 

A look back at 2012 for the Riders and the CFL:

JANUARY
7 – George Cortez is hired to coach the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
16 – Former Rider linebacker Jerrell Freeman signs with the Indianapolis Colts

FEBRUARY
8 – The Riders announce their 2012 coaching staff with new faces Khari Jones, Jason Tucker, Kris Sweet and Barron Miles
10 – The Riders announce the franchise’s second all-time leading rusher Wes Cates won’t be back for 2012
15 – The Riders sign DB Paul Woldu while former Rider receiver Cary Koch signs in Edmonton
16 – Riders sign linemen Brendon Labatte and Dominic Picard.  BC signs RB Stu Foord
17- Former Rider Andy Fantuz signs with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  Fantuz said at the time, ““It definitely wasn’t about the money. It’s about winning championships, the football aspect, coach (George) Cortez, the fans in the city.”
28 – Riders sign quarterbacks Colt Brennan and Drew Willy

MARCH
2 – Wally Buono wins CFL Coach of the Year
15 – Tiger-Cats release former Rider DE Stevie Baggs
20 – Riders sign quarterbacks Levi Brown and Matt Johnson and release veteran pivot Cole Bergquist
21 – Blue Bomber defensive lineman Doug Brown retires
22 – Riders acquire DE Odell Willis from Winnipeg

APRIL
11 – Former Rider DL coach Mike Scheper joins the staff of Portland State
15 – Riders sign quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan and release DT Dario Romero
23 – Riders acquire OT Xavier Fulton from Edmonton for a 6th round pick in the 2013 Draft
25 – Receiver Jason Clermont retires from the CFL after a star-studded 10-year career in which he was twice named the league’s Most Outstanding Canadian
25 – Riders open mini-camp in Regina
27 – Riders announce contract extensions for Darian Durant and Chris Best

MAY
3 – Riders select U of S lineman Ben Heenan with the #1 pick in the 2012 Draft
23 – Gary Etcheverry is hired to coach the Ottawa GeeGees
31 – Riders open rookie camp at the U of R

JUNE
3 – Day 1 of Riders main training camp at U of R
9 – Rider GM Brendan Taman signs a one-year contract extension
14 – BC Lions rout Saskatchewan 44-10 in preseason Game 1
20 – Riders sign receiver Chris Getzlaf to a contract extension
22 – Calgary Stampeders beat the Riders 33-31 in preseason Game 2
30 – Riders dump Hamilton 43-16 in Week 1 of the CFL season (1-0)

JULY
8 – Riders beat Edmonton 17-1 at Mosaic Stadium (2-0)
15 – Riders beat BC 23-20 at Mosaic Stadium (3-0)
17 – Riders sign receiver Terrence Jeffers-Harris
18 – Receiver Rob Bagg goes on the 9-game injured list
20 – Stampeders beat the Riders 41-38 in overtime in Calgary (3-1).  Riders blow a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter and coach Corey Chamblin vows it won’t happen again.
29 – Riders blow a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter and Hamilton beats Saskatchewan 35-34 in Regina (3-2)

AUGUST
6 – Riders sign kicker Sandro Deangelis
10 – Eskimos down the Riders 28-20 in Edmonton (3-3)
20 – BC dumps the Riders 24-5 at BC Place (3-4)
25 – Paul Lapolice is fired as coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after a 2-6 start
25 – Stampeders down the Riders 17-10 (3-5).  Chris Getzlaf is booed at Mosaic Stadium
29 – Riders sign linebackers Diamond Ferri and Joe Lobendahn

SEPTEMBER
2 – Saskatchewan blasts Winnipeg 52-0 in the Labour Day Classic (4-5)
6 – Stampeders sign DE Stevie Baggs
9 – Saskatchewan outlasts Winnipeg 25-24 in the Banjo Bowl (5-5)
16 – Montreal beats the Riders 28
-17 as QB Drew Willy makes his first pro start (5-6)

19 – Rider coach Corey Chamblin guarantees Stamps running back Jon Cornish won’t hit 100 yards rushing in their weekend meeting
23 – Saskatchewan 30 Calgary 25 (6-6)  Cornish has 67 yards rushing
24 – Cornish apologizes for “mooning” Rider fans at Mosaic Stadium
30 – Saskatchewan 27 Lions 21 in Regina (7-6)
30 – Gary Etcheverry is fired as coach of the Ottawa GeeGees

OCTOBER
9 – Riders 36 Argonauts 10 at Rogers Centre (8-6)
13 – Eskimos 27 Riders 20 at Commonwealth Stadium (8-7)
17 – Riders offer a tryout to former Rams receiver Evan “Touchtone” Fornwald, a SaskTel employee
20 – Montreal 34 Saskatchewan 28 at Mosaic Stadium (8-8).  Riders clinch a playoff spot that night with Hamilton’s last-minute loss at Calgary
27 – Argonauts 31 Riders 26 in Regina (8-9)

NOVEMBER
3 – Lions 17 Riders 6 in Vancouver (8-10)
3 – Eric Tillman is fired as GM of the Edmonton Eskimos
11 – Stampeders 36 Riders 30 in CFL WSF
25 – Argonauts beat Stampeders 35-22 in the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto

DECEMBER
3 – Rider SB Weston Dressler is named a CFL 1st-Team All-Star
5 – Riders release assistant coaches Mike Walker, Alex Smith and Kris Sweet
10 – Ed Hervey is hired as GM of the Edmonton Eskimos
11 – George Cortez is fired as coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
14 – Riders hire assistant coaches Mike Sinclair and Richard Kent
17 – Kent Austin is hired as coach and GM of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
21 – Legendary Rider coach Eagle Keys passes away at age 89

ALL THE BEST IN 2013 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!
RP