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Sharing YOUR Rider Pride – Week 8 – Brandon Lechler

Published: Thursday, Aug 2nd 2018, 7:08pm

As we all know, Rider Pride is world wide and our goal at the Piffles Podcast in 2018 is to share more of YOUR Rider Pride with the world! That’s why we are running a fan contest! We want to know more about YOU, the great Saskatchewan Roughriders fans!

This week, our spotlight is on Brandon Lechler of Saskatoon, SK!

How long have you been a Rider fan?

9 years

How did you get into cheering for the Riders in the first place?

Picked up a passion for the sport because of its combination of physicality and intelligence. I got swept up in the chess game of the coordinators and the amount of information the qb has to process in seconds.

What is your first Saskatchewan Roughriders memory?

First rider game I watched was the 13th man grey cup of 09. It didnt phase me how crazy that was because i was not a fan. But I saw everyone elses reaction and decided to follow along next year.

Do you have season tickets? Who do you go to games with?

I used to live in a small town 3 hours from Regina and my family farms so we do not have season tickets. Ever since I got my license i try to attend 3-5 games each year.

What is your favourite part of going to a Rider game?

I like to evaluate players with my own eyes. I like seeing what the quarterback is looking at as it unfolds. Finally I enjoy watching 1-1 matchups that the TSN feed doesnt pickup.

Who is your favourite CURRENT Rider?

Brandon Bridge. I have been a fan of his since his first game with montreal. Devastated to see the Riders trade for collaros because Bridge earned the starting role last year. The kid has a powerful arm and is exciting. LET HIM PLAY!

Who is your favourite ALL-TIME Rider?

I have a history of getting on the bandwagon of obscure players whos jerseys I regret having soon. Examples are guys like Taj smith and Terrious George. I am excited for Tre Masson and Kevin Francis right now. All time favorite has to be Dressler because he is the definition of a roughrider. Undersized, underdog, hard-working, and humble. Il sneak in my least favorite Rider….wes cates. I swear the guy had a -1 yd rush average.

Besides Grey Cups, what is your favourite Rider moment of all time?

Any win against Calgary. Also the labor day shut out against Winnipeg. As far as bad memories go, I mentioned I was not invested when the 13th man debacle happened. In the 2013 regular season, the riders lost in OT against Toronto who was playing their backup qb (Zach Collaros). I punched a whole in my wall after that loss. Vowed to fix it when they won a grey cup. My wall is doing well.

Finally, what does ‘Rider Pride’ mean to you?

To ride or die with the team. For every fan to be passionate enough to be an armchair coach or think they know whats best. The most passionate fans in the league. The riders are more than sports, they are a part of who we are in this province.

You too, can win a weekly prize pack, just like Brandon Lechler. Just fill out the survey and you are entered in! Enter today for your chance to win some great prizes!

Thanks to our great friends at Dairy Queen on Elphinstone Street and Sask Drive in Regina, Tall Grass Apparel, Cypress Hills Desitnation Area, Tae Kwon Do International, Mr. Mike’s, Coney Island Poutine Cafe, Jugo Juice, Canadian Pizza Unlimited and Fritou Chicken for their help in making this contest possible!

 

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