Happy Friday or adequate Friday... whichever you prefer.
Another relatively slow week in Riderville. And by that I mean we only signed half a dozen guys, cut one person and lost another fan favourite to a rival team (though in Getzalf's case the crowd is decidedly split). In most offseasons this would constitute a crazy week. This year, it barely registers on the scale.
I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that the #MascotSoccerAtMosaic campaign continues. Please continue to spread your demands for Mascot Soccer around the interwebs and to the Riders. In the coming week just replace the time you spent watching curling with campaigning for Mascot Soccer.
I also have another opportunity for audience participation (which is definitely not just me passing my work on to you in a clever attempt to work less). In the spirit of the Farewell Season I will being doing a series of posts on my favourite memories at Mosaic. I would like to include reader memories in that series so if you have a favourite game, play, shenanigans in the stands etc... that will forever be etched in your memory please send it to me. You can either leave it in the comments section or email me RiderProphet at gmail.
Lastly since this is a football blog, I guess I should make some effort to comment on the football ongoings. Regular readers will know that I am very happy with the Hasan Hazime signing. I had him on my radar from the beginning of free agency. Adds great Canadian depth to the D-line and I think he still has the potnetial to develop into a more regular contributor on D.
As for Getzlaf, I can tell you that Mrs Prophet is ecstatic. As for me, I kind of saw it coming. Given that stupid "highest paid WR in the league" contract that Getzlaf was coming off of, everything boiled down to the size of paycut he was willing to accept. When you add a steady string of injuries to the mix I think we may have offered less than league minimum if it were allowed. Look, when healthy Getzlaf can be one of the top Cdn WR's (the stats show that) but his inconsistent hands and inconsistent health while being the wrong side of 30 would scare off a lot of GMs. Esks may get some solid produciton out of him but they may also have to hope that Bowman and Getzlaf can snag the passes they will each be dropping.