Friday, August 23, 2013


"Keep your eyes on the best, see what the best are up to-- then leap frog". The words of Dolly (from over behind the Co-op) Shingoose .... she's the closest thing we got in Dilke-- to a certain, his holiness-- The Dalai Lama-- himself.

Eneways.... a big tip of the                     Ol' SOMBRERO to the shot callers for launching the 
"Rider Coaches Show".

AND ABOUT BLOODY TIME!.....  Not exactly marketing rocket science. For an opening act-- a solid 3 of 10 possibles. Hopefully they hone it up as they progress. 

Straight up, times and circumstance have changed-- radically! 

If the Rider brand wants to restrict and control media/ fan access then manipulate and shape the message and perception (shared best practices-- NFL marketing 101), what better way than in house productions? 

Excellent example.

Applied to the  Rider effort,  of course,  numbers dictate a much smaller scale.  But in this-- the year of our Digital Lord 2013-- so much more is possible with so much less. To further the point-- if a quarter screw turn, from a drooling, full patch vegetable-- off the grid and indigent; can do an interweb blog complete with custom Hog video as a HOBBY; what should expectations be of full salaried "media professionals"?

Don't look to TSN's sad, tired, inept, miss the start of how many plays every broadcast/ how few camera's/ replays/ etc?, indifferent, uninspired, roll a turd in sprinkles, same broadcast crews/ give us a fuckin' break; same old-- nothing "modern" about it-- CFL same old. 

Fortunately, we dwell in a BRIGHT, SHINY GREEN-- WHAT IT IS! 

This season's Grey Cup frenzy spawned a mushroom of media growth to "feed the beast"-- that is Rider Nation. Some excellent, some mediocre and some cartoon strip, clown shows that bottom out the bell curve. 

The Dilke Debate & O-Line Critique Society is "WILD AND FREE AS THE WIND".      We kowtow to no one. 

Thing is, too far gone to give two fucks, we'll give what we give when the spirit or the notion moves us. Slamming the OH! in slOOOw mOOOtion.... don't move real fast fer nuthin' nor nobody.

When we do move, we vow it'll be worthwhile. 

Dig?.... Deal?

(another hint: the answers to many current Rider questions may be found by reviewing previous blog instalments)

Chef's groove. Ya hip?

Events beyond all our scopes sometimes create a cause-effect chain we're all oblivious to-- till much later down the line.

Severe, far away, storms create massive energy surges that manifest in upheaval ocean swells. Sometimes, those swells come from the perfect direction; with the perfect size and strength-- grand scale ripples-- that migrate to a distant island chain as a perfectly organized, perfectly symmetric-- WAVE TRAIN.

Believe it. 

Viewed at dawn's first light-- dropping down from the high up saddle road--  corduroy, clear blue aqua glass that stretches to the horizon.

If all factors line up, that energy moving in the sub-tropic waters form perfect A-frame waves when it hits the island shelf. Happens seasonally and some years not at all.

Each wave presents a rare and potentially perfect series of opportunity and moments. 

Adrenal glands crank on full red alert, racing the heart uncontrollably-- at the menacing force of the triple overhead sets. Always an eye on the indicators for the rogue wave and it's perilous clean up set. 

Wait, wait, wait for the right wave to line up-- NOW-- GO NOW!--  the moment to GIT SOME!  Scratch like hell, feel the surge, snap up, drop in and all senses overload--  time expands-- radically, exponentially. 

Lost in the rush of the moment, no matter what else happens, when to kick out on that perfect wave? Took years and inhumane, masochistic heaps of humility to get half way skilled enough to actualize the experience.  Ride the reform too long-- lured by the adrenalin surge and get worked, a hazard to board, bone and guaranteed space suit punctures when it jacks up-- then pounds-- the reef shore break.

Might be, Ol' Chef rode this one too long. Something to do with the distorted and indulgent times, likely. Still, a longer sweet groove ride than the previous abbreviated version. When to kick out? Up to you.

What the fuck, do ocean swells, wave trains, perfect A-frame waves, surfing and Chef's groove have to do with Rider football and the EE game? 

Nothing.... and everything. 

All the mysterious and ever changing, yet requisite ingredients, must be present to both catch a perfect wave and win football games. 

Which wave to paddle for? When to kick out and avoid peril? When to ride it to the end? When to time up a lull in sets to paddle back out through the hectic impact zone to go get more? 

Cortez faces EPIC surfing-type challenges for this EE game.

WWMD? What will Marshall do? 

Compelling drama right here. Gonna be good. 6-1?.... 1-6? Doesn't mean shit right now. 

Believe that!

Marvin Gaye-- "Got To Give It Up" 

Kukan Dub Lagan-- "Roots of Vibration"

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


#58 Xavier Fulton with a truly remarkable display of football skill, athleticism, power, intensity and finish.

From striking the awesome initial punch, to engulfing and displacing-- then depositing the big body defender on his butt out of bounds. Ya don't see this kind'a deal every game or even every season.

A supreme effort that deserves attention.

Like Dilke's, Bhagwan Shree Nagurski, once said: 

"It's only one snap.... BUT OH!.... What a snap!"

Clearly the single most EYE-POPPING play from a CFL Hog so far in this 2013 season.


Sunday, August 18, 2013



The Stamp game was the first time of this 2013 campaign, the Rider O employed a significant number of snaps out of 7 step drop back protection. A CFL offensive default. According to "Coke Bottles" Carl (so take it with a large grain of brain damage), it was 19 out of 41 snaps not including the final series which skewed the numbers.

Previous games-- due to the success of the running game, play action passes, slide protection, and double tight formations-- the Hogs were minimally required to 7 step drop back protect.

7 step drop back protection is the true measure of a CFL Tackle's ability to take care of business and the job description they hang their hats on.

Against top caliber opponents this was a big test for Young Ben and provided an excellent measure of his progress. From being thrown out at RT unprepared in the pre-season; to eight games later. 

Hope this video provides insight.

Some folks are concerned about the offensive production the last two games. Take care of the microcosms and the macrocosm takes care of itself.

All things considered, an impressive performance!
Keep working young buck, looks like you're in good hands with Coach Malone.

A major add-on in Cortez's Zone Run scheme has been to maneuver a slot into an 
H-Back position with the job description to block an edge defender or release in play action.

Friends, decide for yourselves. We saw reason for hope in the 2nd T-Cat game. Now?

As far as defences loading the box? Please do the math with us. You'll see the math adds up while Sheets remains unaccounted for. 

shitty video images-should'a stuck to hockey- TSN

Sing it Merle....