What is it about those Roughriders? First they pilfer Brandon Bridge. Then they manage to sign Vernon Adams Junior (who’s since joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats). And now Rakeem Cato has signed with the Roughriders. The Richmond Roughriders, that is, of the Arena League.
There you go, folks. While the Alouettes try to pull off the first CFL season in history without a quarterback, a con job by any measure, Rakeem Cato, arguably the best pivot to play in this city since Adrian McPherson, is going to start his Arena Ball career, in a little over a month (March 17th vs the High Country Grizzlies).
Best of luck Rakeem, and my apologies for the rabid way in which you were treated. You really didn’t deserve it. If it’s any consolation, the day you yelled at Anthony (Zombie) Calvillo on the sidelines, for his incompetence as an offensive coordinator, and the day you called out Duron Carter for the fucking asshole he was, is and always will be, were two of my favourite Alouettes’ experiences of the past two decades.
At the very least, it goes to show the level of bullshit on this team, when telling the truth and being fucking right will land you a one way ticket out of town. It was always your amazing talent that kept you from being turfed out of this place in the 1st place, and for so damned long.
If you do well in Arena Ball, you might want to send Jacob Ruby, perhaps the worst left guard in CFL history, a nice thank you note. If not for him, you’d probably still be in this shit show. And to think: all Chapdelaine had to do was insist you were his quarterback, publicly if need be, and bolster the offensive line, and with that defence intact we’d be on our way to a Cup, if we hadn’t won one already. Woulda, shoulda, coulda. I know.
Still, it stings when all the best things in your world are fucked up by idiots. It really does. I wish I could say I miss you and wish you’d come back, but I pulled that dick move with McPherson, and look how that turned out for the guy. Sorry Adrian. I should have kept my damned trap shut. Assuming my entreaties not to leave had any effect at all.
Besides Rakeem, as much as I’d love it, I doubt you’d ever consider coming back to this dysfunctional team, as long a Kavis Reed is doing the bidding of ownership that has given this city little more than rampant nepotism, since well before Calvillo faked his concussion and left the team in the lurch, much as I predicted he’d do. Wow, long sentence with so much pain.
The man was single-handedly responsible for our not playing any other quarterback, whether we were up by 50 or down by 50 points, for most of his career, especially his declining years. And that selfishness has led to a downward spiral, again as I predicted, that has this franchise teetering on the edge of dissolution.
Wow, I almost forgot AC screwed us at both ends: his insecurity and selfishness made it impossible to develop his successor, and his incredible uselessness as offensive coordinator meant that whatever quarterback we’ve had since was doomed to fail. Thanks AC, you brought CFL football back to this city, and you basically made sure it ended with you.
So here we sit:
Any team lives or dies on what their quarterback does. This is the CFL. You can’t run the ball 5 out of 6 plays and expect to have success. This is not the NFL. So goes your QB , so goes your team.
Is it possible that a quarterback who hasn’t played for 5 years and has zero CFL experience might lead this team to a winning record, or even a Grey Cup? Yes it’s possible. This is the CFL. Anything’s possible. Is it likely? No. It’s not very likely. It’s really not fucking likely. At all. What kind of GM builds a team around “not fucking likely”?
Ladies and gentlemen: I give you Kavis Reed. The not fucking likely GM.