Saturday, April 17, 2010

Saskatchewan Rough Riders IP Durant and Adams

Our local Trade Fair was today. It brought lots of businesses and lots of food for people to take in. Rider faithful lined up early to see the two Riders in person. I had my usual jerseys and two balls to get signed. For $5 towards a local charity, you were first in line with the guys to get a printed pic and autographs. I did something today I have never done with any autograph. I used some Goo Be Gone and cleaned the Durant auto off the ball.
Darian primed the pen and it blobbed on the ball. I was not a happy person so I was tickled when I heard the Riders coming were Marcus 'Chunky' Adams and Darian Durant. The two smiled, took pictures and signed autographs for 2 hours. Marcus played it up for my wife when he noticed her taking pictures.
The Saskatchewan Rough Riders well themselves as community team, meaning the whole province. Some of the guys stay in Saskatchewan in the winter and tour communities speaking to kids. They are always polite and never turn down a request for a picture or autograph.
The ball was resigned by Durant and now Adams and I love the outcome.
More pictures in the Sports Images section on the right side of my blog.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

CFL Football--Saskatchewan Rough Riders IP

At our local Rider store this morning, two of the best CFL football players made an appearance signing autographs.  2008-2009 CFL Rookie of the Year, Weston Dressler and Darion Durant signed autographs from 11:00am to 1:00pm.  No catch, just promoting the Rider store and upcoming season.  They snuck up behind the waiting 100 or so fans and smiled for every man, woman and baby, and camera.  We were there by 10:25 to be 30 in line so not too bad.  I had a football, picture and jersey to get signed by both players, my wife had a #7 to be turned into a Dressler jersey, and her new Rider shirt to be autographed.  Rider players are always nice, the team sells itself as a provincial team and most players tick around in the off season to work other jobs, most love living in Saskatchewan.  Durant even signed a new contract moving into his option year.  We got our stuff signed and both got pictures with the guys and headed off.  We ran into someone we knew and they were messing around, grabbed my ball (not realizing it was signed) and the paint smudged.  UGGGGGHHHHHHH.  I was mad but could not say anything.  But I went to SportChek and bought another ball, told them to get it signed because my paint pen blobbed on the other ball.  So they did and I ended up with the other ball signed. Now, if you have never heard of Weston Dressler, click here to see this amazing football player.  3-4 inches taller and he's making millions in the NFL.