I came back from Seattle for this??!!! Winter has definitely arrived my friends and the Old Man is rather bitter if you know what I mean. Its cold enough at minus 26. Sadly, we know at some point it will be colder for a daytime high. As is always said at this time of year though----at least there are no mosquitoes.
I can't believe the pettiness of some downtown Regina businesses. They don't like the fact people are waiting inside for buses when its this cold out and they are complaining. How Scrooge-like! I really don't think its hurting business as they claim. Perhaps their whining will cost them some business though cuz I know I wouldn't walk into these places when its nice out knowing that is the attitude they have. Yes, the city should maybe have some heated shelters but its not happening so suck it up for a couple of weeks. Its not like this is a 365 day thing.
Resign yourself to the fact the Saskatchewan Roughriders are going to lose a couple of good football players to the Ottawa REDBLACKS. I would not like to be in GM Brendan Taman's shoes right now as he decides who to protect and who to leave available for Ottawa in the expansion draft that goes December 16. From what I have seen and many have asked, here is the way this whole thing will go.
The Expansion Draft is divided into two main categories from which players may be selected, Non-Imports and Imports (quarterbacks, kickers, and punters are eligible for selection within the applicable Non-Import or Import category).
Ottawa will have the ability to select not more than two quarterbacks and not more than one kicker or punter (for clarity, Ottawa may not select a kicker and a punter). A Member Club cannot have both a quarterback and a kicker or punter selected from its roster. A Member Club cannot have more than one quarterback selected from its roster.
ROUND ONE: IMPORT DRAFT
Member Clubs may protect one quarterback, and ten additional Import players.
Ottawa will select one Import player from each Member Club.
Import quarterbacks, kickers, and punters are eligible for selection (and protection), provided that:
– Each Member Club may protect a maximum of one quarterback in the Import Draft.
– All other quarterbacks on a Member Club’s roster at the time of the draft are eligible for selection in this section.
– Ottawa will only be able to select two quarterbacks in the Expansion Draft.
– If a quarterback is selected from a Member Club in the Import Draft, such Member Club will be able to protect the names of an additional two Non-Import players in the first round of the Non-Import Draft.
– If a kicker or punter is selected from a Member Club in the Import Draft, such Member Club will be able to protect one additional Non-Import player in the first round of the Non-Import Draft.
ROUND TWO: NON-IMPORT DRAFT
Each Member Club will protect six Non-Import players.
Non-Import quarterbacks, kickers, and punters are eligible for selection (and protection), provided that:
– If a Member Club had a quarterback selected from its roster in the Import draft, it will be permitted to protect eight Non-Import players in the first round of the Non-Import Draft (instead of six); and
– Ottawa will be prevented from also selecting a kicker or punter from that Member Club.
- If a Member Club had a kicker or punter selected from its roster in the Import Draft:
– That Member Club will be permitted to protect seven Non-Import players in the Non-Import Draft (instead of six); and
– Ottawa will be prevented from also selecting a quarterback from that Member Club.
Any kicker or punter selected in the Non-Import Draft must be selected in the first round. If a Member Club had a kicker or punter selected from its roster in the Non-Import Draft, such Member Club would be eligible to protect eight Non-Import players in the second round of the Non-Import Draft, instead of six.
Ottawa will then select one non-import player from each Member Club.
ROUND THREE: NON-IMPORT DRAFT
Member Clubs will then submit a second list of an additional six Non-Import players for protection
If a Member Club lost a Non-Import kicker or punter in the first round of the Non-Import Draft, such Member Club would submit two additional Non-Import player names for protection.
Ottawa will then select one non-import player from each Member Club.
The Commissioner will resolve any dispute related to player eligibility for the Expansion Draft process.
So basically, Taman can protect six Canadians and 11 Americans including a quarterback. Who do you protect and who do you leave out there? Lets just look at the Canadians on the roster right now. You have Bagg. McHenry, Milo, Woldu, Butler, Stephenson, Hughes, Newman, McCullough, Black, Labatte, Huclack, Steinhauer, Best, Picard, Watman, Shologan, Clark, Getzlaf, Evans and Foley. Don't forget about Sam Hurl who ended the season on the injury list or receiver Alex Anthony that the team is high on. I know what six I would protect, but I'm leaving some talent out there that can be scooped up.
I'm sorry, but I think both Weston Dressler and Kory Sheets have what it takes to play in the NFL. Losing the two of them would be disastrous, but I truly believe if they are given the right opportunity, they can be playing Sundays. I'll be honest with you,, I'd love to see Dressler wearing Seahawk Blue. Don't be surprised to see Bears coach Marc Trestman give WD a call----he knows what he can do and he would give him every opportunity to make the team.
Sheets had a very interesting statement about his quarterback this week. When asked whether or not Darian Durant should have been the all-star quarterback, Sheets basically said there's something about Darian that people don't like. He doesn't get the calls and he doesn't seemingly get the respect, but he just goes out and wins game. What has Darian done to get people on his bad side? Am I missing something here? Darian has just gone out and done his job, but Sheets is right it would seem. What has he done?
I wonder what Tom Higgins will think of the CFL's stripes once he is getting a cheque from one of the teams. There is talk Higgins did not leave voluntarily, but simply his contract wasn't renewed. Is this a case of the CFL not being happy with the work of the officials. We all know the league can say what it wants, but the bottom line is CFL officiating was not great this year on many levels and needs improving. At least GC 101 was not impacted by a controversial call.
One of the weirdest sights I saw in Seattle was shortly after arriving. My friend and I left our room early Saturday morning to go wandering and get some shopping done for the women in our lives when we see a huge lineup at one street corner. As we neared the corner, it was a lineup to get a picture with Santa in a little store. That was fine if you don't mind the fact there were hardly any kids in the lineup. Why were all these people getting a pic with Santa if there's no kid. It certainly isn't a family pic. I can't see Mrs. Scruffy and I waiting in line for a half hour or more to get a picture with Santa. If the Scruffettes are with us OK, but this was another story. Weird!
Washington State and Washington both have souvenir stores in downtown Seattle. Would it hurt the University of Regina to have one somewhere downtown? Doesn't the U of S have a store in downtown Saskatoon? Perhaps the rent for a building is too much downtown, but I am guessing it would see some traffic---especially from tourists.
The athletic director at Auburn University says if his team beats Missouri in the SEC championship game this weekend and Ohio State beats Michigan State then his team should advance to the BCS championship even though they have one loss and Ohio State would be unbeaten. The AD says it would be un-American not to send Auburn to the title game. Really?? It would be un-American not to send Auburn to the title game. How self-pretentious can one get. If you have two unbeaten teams in Florida State and Ohio State then it is those two teams that should play for the title.
Nick Saban's decision to try a 57 yard field goal and avoid overtime in Alabama's loss to Auburn was just stupid. You don't blow a chance at another national title by taking a gamble like that, Go to overtime. I'm not a Saban fan so I think it looks good on him.
Week 14 NFL Lock of The Week ---Steelers over Dolphins
Week 14 NFL Upset of The Week -- Panthers over Saints
The Oilers scored eight goals against one of the top teams in the West? Can we start the season now?
What was the exact purpose of Ron Burgundy doing his thing at the "Roar of the Rings"? Did the sport need added exposure in Canada? What did the CCA think of it? From what I have heard, he didn't really mock the sport so that's OK, but I just didn't understand the whole schtick. I can't wait to see the movie though. What better pairing than Burgundy and the iconic Vic Rauter though!
My days with Blackberry can't end quick enough. Once August 1st hits, I will be getting an I-Phone or something else to replace what I have now.
Fast food workers in the U-S think the minimum wage should be 15 dollars an hour. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! Keep dreaming!
If fast food workers in Canada got 15 dollars an hour, there would be a lot of radio people flipping burgers methinks!
I have no desire to go Christmas shopping much less do anything outside when its like this.
Will we as a society ever realize how much impact Nelson Mandela had on the world? While on that topic, remember when we got WDIV Detroit on our cable package. Well, this can be classified as one major oops from their news last night.
Besides asking how long it will be before the graphics guy at WDIV gets the boot, the other question is how old is Carmen Harlan? She was on WDIV when Access started giving us that station in 1984 and she was no spring chicken then.
Do you ever just wake up and go “nope” and roll over and go back to sleep?.
The Canadian Football League announced today that Tom Higgins is leaving his role as Director of Officiating, effective immediately.
“Tom’s tenure as Director of Officiating has seen the introduction of many improvements and innovations from the debut of the Command Centre for video review to the introduction of position coaches to the addition of a coordinator for the development of amateur officials,” said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon.
Higgins, a two-time Coach of the Year in the CFL, who also coached two squads to Grey Cup berths and won a Grey Cup as a head coach, was originally hired as the CFL’s Director of Officiating on April 15, 2008.
“It’s our understanding that Tom intends to seek a position on the competitive side of football, as a coach, general manager or administrator,” said Cohon. “We thank him for his efforts and wish him the very best in his future endeavours.”
The CFL is currently engaged in the process to identify new leadership for its officiating department.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today they have signed four non-import veterans to contract extensions. Receivers Chris Getzlaf and Rob Bagg, as well as offensive linemen Brendon LaBatte and Dominic Picard have re-upped with the team.
Chris Getzlaf just completed his seventh CFL season with the Riders after being acquired from Hamilton in August of 2007. The Regina native started 17 regular season games in 2013, on his way to being named a CFL West Division All-Star after recording 63 receptions for 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns. He was also the Roughriders 2013 nominee as Most Outstanding Canadian. The 30-year-old Getzlaf added three receptions for 78 yards and was named the Most Outstanding Canadian in the 101st Grey Cup.
The University of Regina product will enter 2014 with 299 career receptions for 4,704 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Rob Bagg is a six year Rider veteran having played 69 career regular season games. After missing most of the 2012 season due to injury, the Queen’s graduate bounced back in 2013 with 34 receptions for 430 yards and four touchdowns in 17 games before adding five catches for 23 yards and a touchdown in three postseason games. He was named CFL Canadian Player of the Week in week 4.
The 28-year-old Kingston, ON native will enter the 2014 season with 168 career receptions for 2,365 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Brendon LaBatte had a memorable 2013 season; his second with the Green and White. In addition to winning the 101st Grey Cup, the Weyburn, SK native played all 18 regular season games at left guard and was named the league’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman and a CFL All-Star. The six year CFL veteran has been named a CFL Divisional All-Star five times.
The University of Regina product was originally selected by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 1st round (6th overall) of the 2008 CFL Draft.
Dominic Picard will be entering his third season with the Riders after joining the team as a free agent during the 2012 off season. The 31-year-old started all 18 regular season games and three post-season games at centre, helping pave the way for the Riders explosive ground game during the 2013 season.
The Sainte-Foy, Quebec native was originally drafted by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 3rd round (23rd overall) of the 2006 CFL Draft. He has played 120 career regular season games.
Getzlaf, Bagg and Picard agreed to extensions that keep them under contract through the 2015 season while LaBatte’s is good through 2016.
After drawing less than 39,000 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto last Sunday, Buffalo Bills CEO Russ Brandon said Wednesday he will "review" the future of the team's annual game there.
The Bills lost for the fifth time in six games in Toronto since 2008.
"There's a full evaluation that will take place on all of our business relative to what this series means, and I'm going to look at it very closely," Brandon told Buffalo radio station WGR 550.
The Bills signed a new five-year agreement this year, but Brandon hinted that the team may try to opt out after they drew just 38,969 in Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons. It marked the lowest-attended game in the six Buffalo has played in Toronto. The Rogers Centre holds 46,470.
"I'm going to look at everything," Brandon said. "I'll leave it at that."
The Bills play one game in Toronto annually to "regionalize" their brand.
Buffalo (4-8) is also having trouble selling tickets for its main home games. Brandon said 20,000 tickets are still available for the home finale Dec. 22 against the Miami Dolphins.
"I don't feel good about it," he said. "That's a long way to go in two weeks."
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