Monday, July 25, 2011

A Second Look at the Tad Kornegay Release

The release of defensive back Tad Kornegay came as a surprise to most Rider supporters and teammates.

Kornegay came to the team in 2007 from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, in a relatively unknown trade for Thyron Anderson and Jason French. This was one of Eric Tillman’s first moves as general manger of the Riders. Even though Tad’s stats were nothing too eye popping Tillman saw something in the New Jersey boy that would eventually come through in 2009 when Gary Etcheverry moved him to linebacker.

Tad's stats saw a drastic spike, but that is expected from anyone moving from wide side corner to linebacker, and is tough enough to play in the box with all the big lineman and quick enough to stay with the running backs. Teams attacked the undersized linebacker but Kornegay stood his own landing a CFL All-Star nod.

Many expected this to continue into 2010 but Tad finished 6th on the team with only 48 tackles and with the emergence of Jerrell Freeman found himself moved back to his old position on the corner for 2011.

After missed tackles and poor coverage the Riders decided his high salary, earned by his one All-Star season, was expendable. He was liked by fans and media alike but as we are all reminded one good season doesn't make a career. It's about "what have you done for me lately." And judging by Brenden Taman's actions, Tad didn't do much.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Knock Em Out Riders, Knock Em Out

Don't call it a comeback.

Season opener against the Eskimos today and I for one could not be more excited. With each new season a renewed hope is instilled not only in Rider Nation but in every single fan of the league. The belief that this is our year. This is our team. This is our league. Today the journey begins towards the Grey Cup. The roller coaster of emotions that follows is just an extra on the side of this delicious meal. So, give em hell today Riders. Knock em out.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

100 Years of Pride

Piffles started out as a vlog (video blog (web log)) project to document the 100th Season of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

My goal was to inform Rider Nation about the current issues by reporting what was going on with the team. I also wanted to give my own opinions on what was going on, while remembering the history of the CFL franchise.

Well, now that THAT season is over I'd like to continue talking about what's going on in Riderville. I will be continuing to use YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and, new to this year, Tumblr and Blogger.

Check out the video playlist from the 100th Season or..
Watch the first ever Piffles video here: