These predictions are compared against other Regions in Saskatchewan, titled "Battle of the Regions. Terry Bulych: Mervyn Norton applauded a “locally recruited Rider fullback who also moved the alumni association ahead to take a lead role in community service.”. Through a process of evolution, as well as skilful marketing in recent years, the green sportswear and the “S” have come to represent not just a sports team, but an entire province. In 1965 after one year as the offensive coordinator, Eagle Keys became the head coach of the Roughriders and guided them to an 8–7–1 record and an appearance in the western semi final which they lost to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 15–9.  This was, and still is, the most lopsided defeat in Grey Cup history as the defending champion Queen's won their third straight national championship at the expense of the Regina Rugby Club.. Unfortunately, the upstart Roughriders fell to the Doug Flutie-led Toronto Argonauts 47–23 in the first ever Grey Cup match-up between the two oldest franchises in the league. Steve Atkins: In the early days of the forward pass — a concept the Roughriders could not master as recently as last season — Atkins caught 11 passes for 231 yards on Oct. 4, 1934. As of 2016, 38 members of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame have played and/or worked for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.  The 1926 season marked the beginning of their next reign of dominance as the club matched their own WCRFU record with seven consecutive western championships from 1926 to 1932. The Saskatchewan Roughriders started as a professional football club in 1910 but not win a national championship until ’66, after they’d lost a whopping eight Cup games in the previous 56 seasons. Before the 1966 season began, the team added the final pieces to the roster by signing defensive tackle Ed McQuarters who was a recent cut by the St. Louis Cardinals, safety and backup quarterback Bruce Bennett, defensive end Don Gerhardt and running back Paul Dudley from the Stampeders. Saskatchewan was actually ahead when time expired, but a penalty on the final play gave Montreal a second chance at a winning field goal, and the Alouettes won 28–27. This led to players such as Jake Doughty getting a starting gig with the team. amzn_assoc_search_bar_position = "top"; Jones' first major moves as head coach and general manager of the Roughriders occurred on December 15, when Jones cut 19 players from the roster including Tyron Brackenridge, Anthony Allen and Terrell Maze. The team changed their name to the Regina Roughriders from the Regina Rugby Club in 1924 and finally to the current moniker in 1946. Roughriders – The nickname Roughriders adopted by Regina likely comes from the name given to horsemen, specifically those that broke broncos. 1970 Saskatchewan Roughriders Roster 1970 Saskatchewan Roughriders Results. For most people, it was the greatest experience in a lifetime of following the Roughriders. Nickname In 1956, the Roughriders suffered a terrible tragedy when players Mel Becket (#40), Mario DeMarco (#55), Ray Syrnyk (#56) and Gordon Sturtridge (#73) were killed in a plane crash while returning from an all-star game in Vancouver. We had a wonderful chat even though the general mood in Riderville was sombre. Football games were played on a dirt field until the 1947 season, when the first grass was laid down. At the same time, winning or losing, the Club has enjoyed a greater financial health than at any time in its history. It was believed that there were Canadian troops in the contingent who returned to Canada following the war. When the Rugby Club refused to play under such conditions, the Grey Cup went uncontested and was awarded to the Sarnia Imperials, who had defeated the Ottawa Rough Riders 26–20 in the Eastern final. The Saskatchewan Roughriders take on the Toronto Argonauts in CFL action on July 1st, 2019 at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, SK. The team also traded former league MVP Kerry Joseph to the Toronto Argonauts, leaving the team without their Grey Cup-winning head coach and starting quarterback. From 1921 on games took place on a soccer field called Park Hughes on the site of what became Mosaic Stadium. Following World War I, any attempt to deliberately name a Canadian sports team in honour of a unit that participated in an earlier American war would have been extremely unpopular. Ken Moore: Starting left offensive tackle on Grey Cup championship team (1989). Finishing third in the West with a modest 8–10 record, they then upset Calgary and Edmonton in the playoffs, but lost the championship game 47–23 to a strong Toronto team led by stars such as Doug Flutie and Pinball Clemons. It was the first Grey Cup meeting between the two teams, and was also the first time any Labour Day Classic matchup has been played in the Grey Cup. Saskatchewan swept Winnipeg in the West Finals, winning two games to no losses, and qualified for the ninth Grey Cup final in franchise history. DeFrance and Joey Walters were an unstoppable inside-receiving duo in 1981 and 1982.