Rob Vanstone

“The sky’s the limit” for female sports

3 hours ago | Rob Vanstone
Aimee Kowalski and Alex Eyolfson — the starting quarterbacks for Saskatchewan’s Western Women’s Canadian Football League teams — applaud gains that extend beyond yardage totals. They are both ...

Robservations: Saluting the early-’90s Riders … some lonnnng plays … a nice gesture by Greg Marshall … and a book-signing in Saskatoon!

April 13, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
Mr. Kershaw has always been able to Phil a notepad. That was obvious to anyone who dove into Friday’s flashback on the eventful years in which Phil Kershaw was the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ ...

Phil Kershaw’s Presidential term filled with memories

April 12, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
When Phil Kershaw became the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ President in ’89, he didn’t expect to meet 99. But time spent with Wayne Gretzky was just one of the many memorable experiences for Kershaw, ...

“I just feel like something special is coming” — Shea Patterson

April 11, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
A true gem can be found on the diamonds of San Antonio, Texas. The perpetually pleasant Shea Patterson is coaching two Little League teams in San Antonio, Texas in addition to preparing for his ...

From Big Macs to the big mic: Meet the voice of the Riders — Dave Thomas

April 10, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
Dave Thomas is made to order for his new role as the voice of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Recognition of his broadcasting chops dates back to the teenaged years, when he was working at ...

Mosaic Stadium is a comfortable fit for Roughriders’ J.C. Sherritt

April 9, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
The kickoff to J.C. Sherritt’s CFL career is particularly memorable for, well, a kickoff. Let’s rewind to June 17, 2011, when Sherritt was auditioning at linebacker with the Edmonton Elks when ...

Jim Hopson was “a tremendous person and an unparalleled leader”

April 8, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
Members of the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Football Operations staff didn’t work for Jim Hopson as much as they worked with him. He felt like an ally to coaches and general managers alike. “When I ...

Green Shirt Day: Organ donation “makes lives beautiful”

April 7, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
Those of us who reside in Rider Nation wear green as a matter of routine. But today, there is an extra-special reason to sport that colour scheme. It is Green Shirt Day — a national day to build ...

Robservations: A treasured Grey Cup memory, compliments of Jim Hopson … signature moments from 1974 … championing players in schools … and the weekly shout-outs

April 6, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
This story is not mine to tell, so I will largely, appreciatively defer to the words of Paul McGregor. Paul, in turn, will tell you so much about Jim Hopson, who passed away on Tuesday after a ...

Roughriders hope to uncover more gems at open tryouts

April 5, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
Here’s a quick Shaq fact: Shaq Evans’ route to the Saskatchewan Roughriders began at an open tryout. In the spring of 2017, the future CFL All-Star receiver was foremost among the attendees at a ...

Celebrating Jim Hopson: The colleagues’ chronicles

April 5, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
The Saskatchewan Roughriders are slightly more than nine years removed from the final day of Jim Hopson’s transformative tenure as the community-owned team’s President-CEO. During that time, ...

Jim Hopson was “the right person at the right time” — Craig Reynolds

April 4, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
Under Jim Hopson, the Saskatchewan Roughriders enjoyed a prosperous, precedent-setting decade. And, until 2005, the presence of a full-time President-CEO — a role Hopson embraced and, in many ...

Rob Vanstone: The little things made Jim Hopson a big deal

April 4, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
This may seem contradictory, but the toughest columns are sometimes the easiest to write. Affectionate memories of Jim Hopson have flowed, far and wide, since the sad news arrived on Wednesday ...

Celebrating “one of the great leaders in sports,” Jim Hopson (1951-2024)

April 3, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
As a youngster, Jim Hopson routinely sneaked into Taylor Field to watch his beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders in person.  He was eventually handed the keys to the franchise, serving for a ...

Rob Vanstone: Samuel Emilus took “the first step in a Hall of Fame career”

April 2, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
As Samuel Emilus talked about adding a year to his contract, I was reminded of an extension of a different description. On May 16, he made what was, in this appraisal, the most spectacular catch ...

The story behind the statue: George Reed and an iconic image

April 1, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
Today, we look back at George Reed looking back. The accompanying image shows the legendary Saskatchewan Roughriders fullback peeking over his left shoulder, scanning the field for any would-be ...

Rob Vanstone: Win With Wellness — how a Rider helped a struggling writer

March 31, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
The other day, as part of the Saskatchewan Roughrider Foundation’s Win With Wellness mental-health initiative, receiver Mitch Picton met with students in Grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and, well, 54. Yeah, it ...

Robservations: Turning 60 … thank you, Anthony Partipilo … and vote for Wolseley!

March 30, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
Er, make it Robserv-aging. This is my 60th birthday and, for the life of me, I cannot figure out where the time went. Or where my keys went, because this is apparently what happens after six ...

6-foot-5 Brayden Lenius tells some “tall” stories during Rider Reading appearance

March 29, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
Brayden Lenius, who candidly uses his highly relatable life story to encourage and inspire others, is an open book in another respect. On Wednesday, the Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver read to ...

Roughriders’ Trevor Harris is geared up for 2024

March 28, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
Trevor Harris is fanning the excitement for the 2024 season. “I think the fans can get really excited about our team this year and can really get behind it,” the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ marquee ...

Anthony Partipilo savours six years of Brand-new experiences in Saskatchewan

March 27, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
Over 12 seasons as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays’ organization, Anthony Partipilo witnessed an assortment of tape-measure home runs. His subsequent sporting journey began with a tape-measure ...

Rob Vanstone: The Roughriders’ premier deep threat? Jeff Fairholm in a runaway!

March 26, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
Today, we take a deep dive into the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ deep passing game. A descent into the latest (admittedly nerdy) research-related rabbit hole has led to the documentation of 391 ...

Tom Shepherd is “still in love with my Riders”

March 25, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
Tom Shepherd, a dear and devoted friend of the Riders, remembers how his football fandom was fuelled. “In 1951, when I was eight years old, Glenn Dobbs was our quarterback,” Shepherd ...

Rob Vanstone: To Mom, with love and a lament, on her 90th birthday

March 24, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
Nov. 20, 1976, outside Taylor Field. My mother, like her rebellious relic of a car, was smoking too much. We were stuck in traffic, with horns honking for reasons that didn’t have anything to do ...

Robservations: Here’s to a win for Wolseley … former Riders cheerleader supports Hockeyville bid … Lancaster on legibility

March 23, 2024 | Rob Vanstone
The town of Wolseley, like the Saskatchewan Roughriders once upon a time, is looking for an ice-breaker of a victory. For the Roughriders, the long-awaited breakthrough occurred in 1966, when the ...
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