September 29, 2022
'You only get one home-opener': Riders' quest for Grey Cup begins against Ti-Cats

Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Cody Fajardo, left, and Shaq Evans celebrate Fajardo’s touchdown against the B.C. Lions during the first half of a pre-season CFL football game in Vancouver on June 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Their 2021 season ended in familiar, heartbreaking fashion for the CFL team: A third straight loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the playoffs, including the last two in the West Division final.

“It eats at you. You know you were that close and one play here and one play there, you can win the game,” Roughriders wide receiver Shaq Evans said earlier this week.

“Every year I’ve been here, we’ve lost to Winnipeg in the playoffs. That’s another thing that adds to that (idea of a) revenge season. We want to dethrone those guys because they’ve been the one team that has been in our way the last few years.”

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