So, when was the last time the Calgary Stampeders defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a playoff game? Well, Calgary’s starting quarterback that day was Doug Flutie, while the Saskatchewan coach on the opposite sideline was Ray Jauch.
The score was a very one-sided 36-3 Stampeder win. Since that afternoon almost two decades ago, the Stampeders have not defeated the Riders in five post-season meetings. The most recent of those clashes took place on a frightfully cold afternoon in 2010 at McMahon Stadium.
The Stamps are saying all the right things about just wanting to win. But they have to at least be aware of recent history against Saskatchewan.
That history of recent losses (2006,2007, 2009, 2010) has seen the Stampeders lose the turnover battle in every game. Turnovers have been a Stampeder problem in 2012 as they have more giveaways than takeaways. The turnover battle is the story of most football games, but particularly in the post-season against Saskatchewan.
The Stampeders made their announcement on their starting quarterback, upon their return to work this week. The team made a definitive statement early in the week that they were going to start Drew Tate. The decision garnered a split reaction amongst Stampeder fans.
Mark Stephen is Sports Director of CHQR Radio in Calgary and has broadcast Calgary Stampeder games since 1996. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkonFootball.