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Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Winners Are,....




B.C. Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian is the CFL’s outstanding player.

Elimimian was honoured Thursday at the CFL’s awards banquet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Elimimian becomes the first pure defensive player to capture the award in voting conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada and nine CFL head coaches.
Quarterback Ricky Ray of the Toronto Argonauts was the finalist.
The six-foot, 227-pound Elimimian recorded 143 tackles this season and added five sacks.

Earlier, Elimimian was named the CFL’s top defensive player.

Cornish named top Canadian for third straight year
Running back Jon Cornish of the Calgary Stampeders is the CFL’s top Canadian.
The 30-year-old native of New Westminster, B.C., was honoured Thursday during the CFL’s awards banquet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Cornish claimed the award in voting conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada and nine CFL head coaches.
The six-foot, 209-pound Cornish led the CFL in rushing with 1,082 yards and averaged 7.8 yards per carry despite only playing nine games due to injuries.
Defensive tackle Ted Laurent of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who recorded a career-best nine sacks, was the finalist.
Calgary and Hamilton will meet Sunday in the Grey Cup game.

Elimimian selected as CFL’s best defender
B.C. Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian is the CFL’s top defensive player.
Elimimian was honoured Thursday at the CFL’s awards banquet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Elimimian captured the honour in voting conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada and nine CFL head coaches.
Elimimian had a season to remember, registering 143 defensive tackles and 151 total tackles — both CFL records — while adding five sacks for the Lions.
Linebacker Bear Woods of the Montreal Alouettes, the CFL’s second-leading tackler with 89, was the award finalist.

Jones named top lineman
Centre Brett Jones of the Calgary Stampeders is the CFL’s top lineman.
The Stampeders’ sophomore lineman was honoured during the CFL awards banquet Thursday from the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Jones received the award in voting by the Football Reporters of Canada and nine CFL head coaches.
Jones was the CFL’s top rookie last year.
The six-foot-two, 318-pound Jones, a 23-year-old native of Weyburn, Sask., played all 18 regular-season games for the Stampeders and anchored an offensive line that allowed a league-low 26 sacks.
Calgary also led the CFL in rushing, averaging 144 yards per game.

Waters takes home special-teams player of the year
Swayze Waters of the Toronto Argonauts is the CFL’s top special-teams player.
The Argos punter/kicker was honoured Thursday during the CFL’s awards banquet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Waters was named the award winner in voting conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada and nine CFL head coaches.
The 27-year-old Waters’s season began on a sombre note when his best friend, Tait Hendrix, died in a motorcyle accident during training camp.
Waters wore No. 34 this season — Hendrix’s high school number — and dedicated the ’14 season to his friend’s memory.
The six-foot, 180-pound Waters led the CFL in scoring (192 points), field goals tried (52), made (47), punting (47.7 yards) and kickoffs (65.2 yards).

McCoil wins rookie of the year
Edmonton Eskimos linebacker Dexter McCoil is the CFL’s top rookie.
The 23-year-old was honoured Thursday during the CFL’s awards banquet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
McCoil was rewarded in voting conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada and nine CFL head coaches.
The six-foot-four, 222-pound former Tulsa star scored three defensive touchdowns this season and also finished tied for the league lead in interceptions (six) while also posting a team-high 67 tackles.
Defensive lineman Tristan Okpalaugo, who had a team-high 12 sacks with the Toronto Argonauts, was the finalist.

(Canadian Press)

CFL Honors Hopson



Saskatchewan Roughriders President and CEO Jim Hopson has been honoured with the Hugh Campbell Distinguished Leadership Award for his contributions to the Canadian Football League, the game of football and Canada’s sporting culture.
 
He was presented the award Thursday night by CFL President and COO Michael Copeland at the CFL Awards Show in Vancouver, BC as part of the 102nd Grey Cup festivities.
 
The former player turned executive has been at the helm of the Riders since 2005, leading them to four Grey Cup appearances and two Grey Cup Championships. Jim’s leadership has helped turn the Roughriders into one of the CFL’s model franchises, achieving record profits while continuing to be deeply rooted within its community.
 
“The Hugh Campbell Award is given to an individual that has strengthened our league and our game, and their place in Canada’s sports culture and Jim has certainly accomplished that,” said Copeland. “On behalf of our league and Board of Governors, congratulations and thank you for your efforts, passion and leadership.”
Over the past few years, the organization has won Paragon Awards for both marketing and community involvement; been named as one of Saskatchewan’s Top 100 companies: selected one of Saskatchewan’s Top 20 Employers; a regional winner for Most Admired Corporate Culture; and an Honorary ABEX Award Winner.
Personally, Jim has been named one of the Power 50 of Canadian Sports by the Globe and Mail; been recognized by Saskatchewan Business Magazine as one of the province’s most influential men; inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame; and was awarded a 2011 International Communication and Leadership Award by Toastmasters International. Jim is also the official spokesperson for the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association’s “Save Your Melon” campaign. This campaign has been recognized nationally for its impact on the prevention of brain injuries. Jim has been awarded both a Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.  
Earlier this year, the Roughriders announced that Hopson would be retiring from his current role in March, 2015.
 
Past recipients of the award include Hugh Campbell, Bob Ackles, Stan Schwartz, Tony Proudfoot and Brian Williams.
 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Week 13 NFL Capsules





Its Thanksgiving Thursday in the NFL meaning not one, not two, but three games. The Bears will be in Detroit, the Eagles will visit Dallas and the 49ers will welcome Seattle. For a closer look at those three games and what is happening Sunday and Monday, click here

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

MJ Warriors Retiring Ryan Smyth's Number







The Moose Jaw Warriors are excited to announce that on Friday, February 6th they will retire Ryan Smyth’s number 28, making his the fourth jersey retired in franchise history.

“On behalf of the Moose Jaw Warriors Board of Directors, Management, Coaches, Players, Staff, and our fans, we would like to congratulate Ryan Smyth on the retiring of his Warriors number,” comments Moose Jaw Warriors Governor and President Chad Taylor. “Ryan played the game with heart, determination, and character, all of which are what we feel best describes what it takes to be a Moose Jaw Warrior. February 6th will be a memorable and special night Ryan Smyth and his family, the Moose Jaw Warriors, and the fans.”

“I’m extremely honoured and ecstatic about this, it’s where my roots started,” said Ryan Smyth. “Junior hockey is a huge stepping stone to the pros and Moose Jaw was a huge part for me. Thank you.”

Smyth was drafted by the Warriors in the 2nd round, 21st overall, in the 1991 WHL Bantam Draft. He went on to play for Moose Jaw from 1992 to 1995, in 188 regular season games he had 110 goals, 114 assists, finishing with 224 points, and sits 12th on the Warriors All-Time scoring list. His best season was 1993-1994, in 72 games he had 50 goals and 105 points. He is one of ten players in Warriors history to score 50 goals in a season, and one of 13 players to record 100 or more points in a season. In 1994 he was drafted 6th overall by the Edmonton Oilers, he is the second highest Warrior drafted to the NHL.

After leaving Moose Jaw, Smyth went on to play 1270 games in the NHL with Edmonton, the New York Islanders, Colorado, and Los Angeles. He retired from professional hockey after the 2013-2014 season, he finished with 386 goals, 456 assists, and 842 points.

Smyth earned the nickname “Captain Canada” for the many times that he represented our country in international competitions. He won gold medals at the 1995 World Junior Championships, the 2002 Winter Olympics, the 2003 and 2004 World Championship, and the 2004 World Cup. He served as captain of Canada’s World Championship team for a record six years (2001-05 and 2010), he is Canada’s all-time leader in games played at the tournament. He played 90 games for Hockey Canada and is the only player in hockey history to win gold at the Olympics, World Cup, World Championships, World Juniors, and Spengler Cup.

Smyth joins Kelly Buchberger, Mike Keane, and Theoren Fleury as the only Warriors to have their numbers retired.

(MJ Warriors Hockey Club)

Monday, November 24, 2014

NHL Three Stars Of Week

Vancouver Canucks right wing Jannik Hansen, Detroit Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar and Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Nov. 23.

FIRST STAR – JANNIK HANSEN, RW, VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Hansen led the NHL with five goals, converting on 71.4% of his shots (5-of-7) to power the Canucks (14-6-1, 29 points) to five of a possible six standings points. He recorded his fourth career shorthanded goal in a 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers Nov. 19. Hansen then scored the game-tying goal for the Canucks in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks Nov. 20. He capped the week by posting his first career hat trick, including the game-winning goal, in a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Nov. 23. The 28-year-old Herlev, Denmark, native has found the back of the net in three consecutive games for the third time in his career and first time since March 2-5, 2013 (3-2-5). His eight goals in 21 games rank second on the Canucks and are eight shy of his single-season high set in 2011-12 (82 GP).

SECOND STAR – TOMAS TATAR, LW, DETROIT RED WINGS

Tatar tied for second in the League with 4-1-5, including two game-winning goals, to lead the Red Wings (10-5-5, 25 points) to two victories in three starts. He opened the week with a pair of game-winning goals and multi-point performances: 1-1—2 in 5-0 triumph over the Columbus Blue Jackets Nov. 18 and 2-0-2 in a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets Nov. 20. Tatar then added his ninth goal of the season in a 4-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Nov. 22, stretching his point streak to a career-long five games (5-2-7). The 23-year-old Ilava, Slovakia, native has found the back of the net in three consecutive games for the second time in his NHL career (also Jan. 4-11, 2014: 3-1-4). He is tied for the team lead in goals this season and also is tied for fourth with 12 points (20 GP).

THIRD STAR – JAMIE BENN, LW, DALLAS STARS

Benn led the NHL with 3-3-6, including a pair of multi-point games, to propel the Stars (8-9-4, 20 points) to two wins in three outings. He posted 1-1-2 in a 6-4 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Nov. 18 and then collected the secondary assist on Cody Eakin's game-winning goal in a 3-1 comeback victory over the Arizona Coyotes Nov. 20. Benn capped the week with 2-1-3, his first multi-goal game and second three-point performance of the season (also Oct. 14 at CBJ: 1-3-4), in a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings Nov. 22. The 25-year-old Victoria, B.C., native ranks second on the Stars in goals (8), assists (11-tied) and points (19) this season (21 GP). He also has 42-56-98 in his last 102 appearances dating to the start of the 2013-14 campaign.

Pat Quinn Passes Away At 71



It is with great sadness that the Vancouver Giants announce, on behalf of the Quinn family, that Giants Co-Owner Pat Quinn passed away on Sunday night at Vancouver General Hospital after a lengthy illness.
"Words cannot express the pain we all feel today for the Quinn family," said Giants majority owner Ron Toigo. "Pat was an inspiration to all of us. He always said that respect was something that should be earned, not given, and the respect that he garnered throughout the hockey world speaks for itself. He will be sorely missed."
The Quinn family asks that media respect their privacy during this difficult time.
Those wishing to send messages of condolence are asked to either email patquinn@vancouvergiants.com or send mail to the Giants’ offices at the address listed below.

Pat Quinn
Vancouver Giants
100 North Renfrew Street
Vancouver, BC
V5K 3N7

(Vancouver Giants Hockey Club)

Something To "Mitch" About


The combatants for Grey Cup 102 are known. It will be the Hamilton Tiger-Cats versus the Calgary Stampeders in the big game as Kent Austin will try and win in Vancouver what he couldn't win in Regina last year. He can thank punt returner Brandon Banks for having one more game to play. That guy was unreal on Sunday. His second touchdown was just sick and really it should have been his third as one was called back due to penalty.  Meanwhile, the Stampeders used some big plays to sink the Eskimos who were sunk when Mike Reilly's foot gave out late in the 4th.  The Stamps will be heavily favoured as they should, but I'm guessing around these parts the Ti-Cats and Austin will be favoured.

Speaking of Grey Cups, I am guessing we aren't forgetting about this little event that occurred one year ago today....



I don't know about you, but I still get shivers watching that. I've watched that game four or five times now and I still think my favourite play in the game is the Durant fumble that Sheets snatches out of mid-air and runs with. There was no way the Riders were going to lose after that was there. Fast forward to present day and the body still hasn't cooled with everyone offering an opinion on everything Riders. It seems like the offseason from Grey Cup win to the start of this season was the off-season no one wanted to end and the off-season we are in now is one the Rider brass and many of the fans would like to end in a month so we could get going again.


Just some other odds and ends...

 --Are we seeing a changing of the guard at the CFL's most important position? The final four quarterbacks last year were Darian Durant, Henry Burris, Ricky Ray and Kevin Glenn. Yesterday, it was Jonathan Crompton, Zack Collaros, Bo Levi Mitchell and Mike Reilly. Although, I think we all know Durant would have been part of the equation last year had it not been for what happened.

 --How much longer can the Edmonton Oilers fanbase go before they see a team that is competitive. The excuse that was Friday's game against New Jersey and Saturday's debacle against Chicago has to be close to the last straw when it comes to Dallas Eakins. In fact, I was surprised Sunday morning to find out he hadn't been given the heave-ho.   It goes higher than Eakins though. Kevin Lowe needs to be removed as quickly as possible. Its obvious he can't get the job done. Owner Daryl Katz must see this and with the team getting ready to move into a new building, the time is now to start showing Edmonton hockey fans there is a future to look forward to. The waiting is over. Who's kidding who, the coach on those Boston Pizza ads is a better motivator than Eakins. 

--If this isn't one of the best smack signs ever, I don't know what is. It comes from a Texas high school football game over the weekend...



--OK, maybe its time to start noticing the Toronto Raptors.

--The whole Maple Leafs salute to the fans/not saluting the fans after the game is the biggest non-story out there. WHO CARES???

--Its sad that political correctness cost the PA Raiders their mascot after just one game. No one had a problem with "the Raider" 20 years ago when it donned their jersey. It just makes me shake my head.

--From the UFC, Paige Vanzant made her debut this weekend and it was a success. If you don't know who Vanzant is, you may want to. Why?


Ohhhhh. I don't know.
 
Giants receiver Odell Beckham had what might be the best catch I have ever seen. If you didn't see it, check this out and watch it over and over again.
 
Sorry Arizona, when you can go into CenturyLink Field and beat the Seahawks in a meaningful game, you've done something. You still have a ways to go to beat the champ! That effort by the Seahawks D shows they aren't ready to give up defending the crown.
 
The Atlanta Falcons just continue to make me scratch my head. It is just one brainfart after another with them and it will cost them a playoff spot or a playoff game. That is three games this year they should have won, but gassed it at the end.
 
Thanks to the Colts, I am still in both of my Survivor pools, I was hoping for help from Miami or the Rams, but both blew it in the end.
 
It was just a matter of time till Sting showed his head in the WWE. I thought it would be at Royal Rumble or this Monday's RAW. I thought Daniel Bryan would come back to surprise "The Authority" at Survivor Series, but nope. Was it at least a good PPV?
 
Fred Stamps says he has played his last game for the Eskimos. I am guessing the REDBLACKS have already contacted his agent.
 
There are Rider fans hoping the team throws great gobs of cash at Weyburn's Brett Jones who will be a free agent. Don't bother. If what I heard this weekend was correct and I'm guessing it is, he is off to the NFL with word around the campfire being the Patriots might have the best shot. Lets see where that goes.
 
Danny Macioccia is one win away from coaching a Grey Cup and Vanier Cup champ. How many times has that happened?
 
That's all I got. Enjoy your week!