Monday, July 19, 2004

ACME Bombers 

I don't have much to say about Friday night's Renegades game. If you wanted a live definition of the expression "It was one of those nights", Friday would have been it. Three excellent runs to start the game and then the bottom fell out like Wile E. Coyote following the Road Runner over the cliff (murky post-game media reports have Charles Roberts and Keith Stokes quoted as saying "Beep! Beep!).

After the promising start to the opening drive:

- fumble in the red zone
- rib-bruisin' hit over the middle on said fumbler (to add insult to injury)
- botched FG snap
- missed FGs (off uprights and wide)
- multiple dropped passes in the end zone (ah, so that's why the Saskatchewanites call him Bendrops!)
- injured star QB
- inability to score in three tries from inside the 5 on 1st and goal.

I think I may have gotten a small taste of what it must have been like to be a Riders fan.

At least it didn't rain.

It doesn't get any easier this week in facing a division rival, with the best D in the league, on short rest, with a backup QB who was mostly ineffective on Friday.

However, on the bright side, I remember prior to the season that the collective punditry were concerned about the difficult 6-game stretch to start the season. At the time, the CP thought that 2-4 might be a reasonably good start to the season. That the Renegades will be 3-3, at worst, speaks volumes about how the team has raised expectations (for the better) so far this year.