“The closure has already happened for me.”
That’s what Alouettes’ quarterback Darian Durant said when asked about Thursday’s opener against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
After 11 seasons in Regina, Durant is now trying to convince fans – and perhaps himself – that he’s over no longer being a Roughrider.
Riders head coach Chris Jones, who is only in his second year in Saskatchewan, said as an organization, “we appreciate Darian, but it’s our football team and we are moving forward here.”
Those are solid thoughts from both sides of Thursday’s match up. However, the “Durant vs. his former team” story line is the one that dominates the headlines.
It’s what the television broadcasters will be promoting before kickoff, and it’s why fans will spend a June summer evening in front of their television sets.
Closure for CFL supporters won’t happen until the gun sounds on Thursday night, at the earliest.