A YEAR IN A CAREER: 1999
This grizzled gargoyle of the media has documented various misfortunes that have befallen the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Financial crises … Grey Cup losses … legal issues … strategic bungling …
But I have never seen anything quite like the Roughriders of 1999 — a three-win team that did not record a victory after Labour Day weekend.
It was so unsightly that the Regina Leader-Post’s one-person decision (derision?) desk passed judgment at a very early juncture in a lost season.
“You know things are rough when there is an air of finality to the home opener,” I wrote in the July 24, 1999 edition of my favourite newspaper.
“Three more miserable months of garbage time, coming right up.”
So, naturally, the Roughriders won their next game — defeating the visiting Toronto Argonauts 20-15 on July 30.
But then reality hit, with a thud, as the Green and White erupted for 17 points while holding the host Hamilton Tiger-Cats to 63.