Tyler Crapigna wasn’t thrilled about it, but he did it – and should get credit for it.
On the heels of Saturday’s three-point overtime loss to Winnipeg, the Rider kicker faced a barrage of questions from media following a 33-yard overtime field goal attempt that hit the upright.
This happened after going 4 for 4 in field goals prior to the kick.
To many, he was seen as the player responsible for the loss. It was an obvious error, but not the only one.
Others made mistakes: defenders Kacy Rodgers II and Kevin Francis looked very confused on a second quarter 87-yard touchdown catch by Weston Dressler. Chris Lyles and Jovon Johnson looked just as confused on a 9-yard touchdown catch by Dressler some 37 seconds later.
Between touchdowns was a botched kickoff return attempt deep in Saskatchewan territory. Kevin Glenn also threw two interceptions on Saturday, and to his credit he tried to pin the loss on him to deflect the heat from Crapigna.
Unfortunately, the lonely kicker is bearing the brunt of the bashing. That shouldn’t be the case.