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Mitchell Blair | Riderville.com

REGINA -- Keith Shologan has seen the kind of support that his football team received at Grey Cups that were played in Edmonton and Calgary. He can’t even imagine what it would be like to see the support his team would receive if they were to be playing in the 101st Grey Cup game at Mosaic Stadium.

“Personally, it would be amazing to play in front of Rider Nation. “ Shologan said during a recent interview. “I know Saskatchewan showed up and made it a home game for us when we played at McMahon Stadium and Commonwealth Stadium, but to walk out onto Mosaic Stadium and see a sea of green on Grey Cup day. It would be great for Regina, the province and our fans nation-wide. I can’t wait to have that opportunity. “

Playing at home on Grey Cup Sunday could certainly be a distraction for the football team this year as the pressure will be there to play in the big game, but the Spruce Grove, Alberta native doesn’t feel as if that pressure will be a distraction. In fact, he believes the position they are in will be a positive in the long run.

“Being in the Grey Cup should be our goal this year. I know you can say that every year, but this year it’s in our hometown, it’s on our field and it’s in our stadium. “Shologan insists. “We need to get into that game and we need to win it. I think it can be a real positive for us and it will be something that we will strive for right from day one of training camp.”

If the Riders are going to get there, they will need another strong year from Shologan. Arguably the best Canadian defensive tackle in the league, Shologan enters his 6th season as a member of the green and white and while he is at the top of his game, he has the mindset that he needs to get better.

“I think if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse,” Shologan said. “I can become more of a leader and I can push myself harder then hopefully some other guys will jump on board and work just as hard. I will go out there like I have every other year and do what the coaches ask me to do and hopefully we will be able to catch fire and have a great year out there. “

When Shologan does go to camp, he will see some new faces in the room, but he knows those faces are here for a reason and he is excited to see what everyone can do when it comes time to play.

“Our core has stayed the same, but we’ve always had guys coming in and out the last two or three years which is a part of CFL football.” Shologan said. “I really like what management has done in the off-season in bringing in guys on both side of the ball that I think can really help us.

They have found guys that are willing to go every play and make an impact on every play. Management noticed when the season was over that some guys just weren’t fitting in and they have gone out and found guys that they think will be able to walk in and give us that push we need to get over the top and become a championship football team.  I’m really excited to get things going.”

Fan Comments
Good piece Mr. Scruff! Shologan is key to stopping the run. With Foley on side the Riders now have a D-line that will play hard to the whistle. Look for the sack total to take a big jump.
March 03, 2013 - 3:36pm
There will be immense pressure this year on the green and white however every other team has it as well. The Riders are building a pretty great team this year and if they can mesh well, starting in training camp ( hopefully Dressler and DA can get along) I think they can handle there own. Chamblin is a great coach and a little added pressure might do the trick. If BC and Toronto can do it, let this year be about the green!
March 02, 2013 - 1:03pm
als rule
the only way the green win a GC on home turf is for senator david braley to buy the green and bribe the RRs a GC like he did with his teams in TO & BC!! sorry not joking!! still totally against anyone owning more then 1 team in our league no matter what the deal is!! why has braley not yet sold the argos or lions? you mean 2 tell me in this whole wide world nobody am I mean nobody can be found to buy the argos or/either lions?
March 02, 2013 - 4:22pm
wow i had no ideo who barley was.... and I just googled him. at first I didn't believe A.R. ( though he hasn't been wrong on much!) but now I see how ridiculous IT is... how can someone own 2 teams in a 8 team league. that sould be practically illegal!!
March 02, 2013 - 6:17pm
als rule
SORRY not "practically illegal" should be absolutely illegal!!
March 02, 2013 - 9:56pm
als rule
expectations and pressure will do the green in come p/off crush time!! it's a very hard and difficult to succeed in your own ballpark!!
March 02, 2013 - 12:13am
GC Bound
Don't agree at all. Didn't hurt Toronto.
Oh wait,that must have been a fluke??????
March 02, 2013 - 12:23pm
als rule
Nah was a fluke!! montreal, BC other then these 2 tell who else has won their GC on their own turf?
March 02, 2013 - 4:12pm
AR Hamilton won at Ivor Wynne in 1972, Mosca's last season.
March 03, 2013 - 12:16am