I have to confess, I actually started writing this column sometime during the first quarter of Saturday’s game.
I was thinking it was a good thing the press box is air conditioned otherwise the game would have been unbearable to watch.
Yes, it was way too early to write-off the Riders, but they were showing very few signs of life and there was no reason to believe at that point their fate would be any different against the Toronto Argonauts than it was against the Calgary Stampdeders the week before.
But then Duron Carter showed up.
The Riders’ receiver was going to be the topic of TSN’s half-time show for all the wrong reasons.
He’s a player, the son of a NFL legend, who was producing far too little for the ability he possesses.
With Carter, you have to accept the baggage he carries.
He can be more trouble than his worth which is why the Alouettes gave up on him last year.
In fact, just last week in Calgary, Carter was fined by the CFL for instigating a pre-game scuffle.
Against the Argos it was looking to be another under whelming performance by number eight-nine, and then came ‘the catch.’
Yes, that term has been used before, so has the ‘immaculate reception,’ and ‘That may be the greatest catch I’ve ever seen in my life.’
But they all fit to describe Carter’s nine-foot leap and catch.
Duron Carter’s eighteen-yard touchdown reception late in the second quarter will have YouTuber’s making comparisons with New York Giant Odell Beckham’s fade away one-handed-grab in 2015.
It was certainly the best catch at the new Mosaic Stadium and with apologies to S.J. Green, Don Narcisse and Joey Walters, probably the greatest the old Mosaic, formerly known as Taylor Field, has ever witnessed.
“That may rate as one of the top catches that I’ve ever seen in seventeen years.” said Riders’ quarterback Kevin Glenn.
“Man it was so sick. If you watch all the receivers’ reaction, first thing we do, our jaw drops. That was an amazing catch, amazing.” said fellow Riders’ receiver Bakari Grant.
But Carter wasn’t finished. His back-handed knock down off the knee grab was just the beginning of a string of Carter receptions of the incredible variety.
There were at least three, Carter managed to hold onto, that would dominate highlight reels on any other night.
He finished with nine receptions for…