Well what was supposed to be a regular feature on the blog makes its glorious return after an 8 month hiatus. What’s that? You didn’t even notice it was gone? I don’t blame you, because the reason for the extended hiatus was that I also forgot about it.
Today marks an important anniversary in Rider history. It was 1 year ago today that the Riders sent shockwaves through the CFL and brought Rider fans to a near riot by trading reigning MOP Kerry Joseph to Toronto. The deal included a 3rd round pick in 2010 and in return we received Glenn January, Ron Flemons (who we ended up trading back for TJ Acree), 1st round pick 2008 (drafted Keith Shologan) and a 2nd round pick in 2010.
At the time, I was just thrilled to find out we wouldn't be getting Michael Bishop in exchange. Five months later Bishop did land in Regina, and the next three months served as a harsh reminder of why I had been so ecstatic at the time.
A year later this move looks even better than when it went down. To summarize, in exchange for the reigning MOP we got the chance to cut a whiny receiver, to bench a linemen before he bolted via free agency, a 1st round pick who has yet to make an impact and an upgraded draft pick next year… that I’m pretty sure we already traded away.
Blood boiling yet?
I won’t get into why I still maintain this was a good move. By now you either like it or you don’t and there’s no changing your mind. So let's agree to respect each others views, no matter how wrong yours may be.
Highly controversial trades, a proud part of our Roughrider heritage (at least since Tillman took over).