It's my Parting Shot to scold, supposed, Rider fans for their misguided dislike for one of only four quarterbacks to lead Saskatchewan to a Grey Cup victory...
As soon as I saw the question go up on www.sasknow.ca yesterday, I knew what the results were going to be!
And, I also knew I wasn't going to like them!
Yes, you have the right to vote and have an opinion...but it's one I don't understand. The question was, Should the Riders have a video tribute to former quarterback Darian Durant before Friday's game? Over 200 people participated in the poll. Thirty-nine-point-one per cent for, A thank you on the scoreboard with his career stats as a Rider is good enough. While another 25-point-one per cent chose the, No. Durant turned down the team's contract offer before the trade to Montreal. He chose to leave. option.
Wow...almost two-thirds feel that a quarterback who took the Green and White to three Grey Cup games, winning one of them, either doesn't feel he deserves to be saluted or should only get a cursory mention. Only Ron Lancaster, Kent Austin and Kerry Joseph have quarterbacked the Riders to a Grey Cup win and only Lancaster piloted Saskatchewan to multiple C-F-L title game appearances!
But, so-called Rider fans want to villify Darian Durant for being arrogant, for not developing a back-up quarterback and for being paid too much. I've heard those criticisms before, some from even within my own home from my football expert spouse! But, those points were driven home on my friend Rod Pedersen's Regina-based radio show yesterday. I couldn't resist the temptation to text him with my two cents worth...
Those Rider fans that refuse to acknowledge what Durant did and meant to the franchise are the same ones who wanted Drew Willy, Brett Smith, Tino Sunseri, etcetera, to play ahead of Darian. Seriously??!! Ugh!!! There should be a video tribute (tonight). People who boo should be ejected. Shame on those people!
I'll answer the criticisms. Durant had confidence in his abilities...still does, even though they've diminished with an inferior team. In his prime, he was fantastic and deserved the money he received. And, it's not the starting quarterback's job to develop a back-up...that's what coaches get paid to do! If they choose not to play a back-up when we think they should, that's not Durant's fault!
I stand by what I said earlier...shame on those so-called members of Rider Nation who don't think Darian Durant deserves his due!