One week from tonight, the Riders meet B.C in the first regular season game of the year. We are less than one week away from the start of the 2009 season. Here are the 46 man rosters for all the teams....
I had a chance to sit down with Coach Miller today and ask him a few questions about cut-down day and the upcoming season. You can take a gander at that by going to....
I don't know if the Riders are good enough to beat Calgary, but I do think they are better than both the Eskimos and Lions.
The injury suffered by Neal Hughes is a real mystery and one that Coach Miller says is a little worrisome. The doctors are stumped as to what exactly is wrong. All they know is walking provides pain for Neal and that isn't good. Here's hoping Neal gets back to 100 percent. He is one of the good guys and he's someone that I think would go stir-crazy if you took the game away from him.
Eric Morris and Johnny Quinn are going to be used as returners. I still think the team's best option at returner is Weston Dressler. He will be one of the starting receivers and will be on the field for just about every play, but I would like to see Dressler back there returning kicks because I frankly think he is the best guy. Here's hoping he gets some time back there.
Speaking of Morris, I do not remember watching this guy play last year. Texas Tech had I think three straight Saturday night games on ABC last season as they looked to secure a spot in the national championship game. I remember quarterback Graham Harrell, who could still find his way to Saskatchewan seeing he is on the Rider neg list, receiver Michael Crabtree and running back Shannon Woods, but I don't remember Morris. He had 74 catches. How did I miss this guy???
It had been suggested Henry Burris didn't want to talk about a new contract because he would bolt to Toronto next year and be the marquee player in the CFL's marquee city. Burris isn't going anywhere. He will sign a four year contract extension today. I'm guessing he will be the highest paid QB in the league.
The NHL takes centre stage tonight. The draft goes and many will watch to see if the Islanders screw it up. If they don't take John Tavares, they will have screwed it up. I don't know if Garth Snow is just trying to make an issue of this right up until the pick is delivered or if the club honestly is considering taking Victor Hedman, but if its the latter, Snow will be crucified by many and for good reason. Nothing against Hedman, but when you have a guy that's as offensively gifted as Tavares, you take him. If Hedman does go to the Islanders, one can only imagine what Brian Burke will offer the Lightning. The Oilers pick 10th and many mock drafts out there have them taking a number of different players. From Brandon's Scott Glennie to Windsor's Ryan Ellis to the University of Minnesota's Jordan Schroeder. I'd be OK with any of those three. Heck, I'd be OK if they offered their first this year, their first next year, Patrick O'Sullivan and a prospect for Tavares. I don't think that's happening.
The TSN guys think today will be a very interesting one. Hope so!!
The Pats have released their schedule. I won't give you everything, but here are the highlights
The Regina Pats are pleased to have 22 of 36 home dates that fall on either a Friday or Saturday, as well as 5 Sunday games. The 9 remaining games will see 6 fall on Wednesday and 3 Tuesday dates.
Here are some of the highlights:
-The Pats home opener is Saturday, September 19th, hosting the Brandon Wheat Kings.
-Breast Cancer Awareness Night and the following jersey auction is Saturday, Oct. 17th versus the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
-The Trans-Canada Clash returns this season beginning with the Sportsman’s Dinner on Thursday, January 28th. 24 hours later, the Pats will host the Moose Jaw Warriors with the back half of the home and home series coming Saturday, January 30th in Moose Jaw. The Pats/Warriors alumni battle will be earlier Saturday afternoon in Moose Jaw.
-First Nations and Métis Awareness night is Tuesday, November 17th versus the Edmonton Oil Kings.
-Fan appreciation night is Saturday, March 6th with the Prince Albert Raiders coming to town.
-The season wraps up on Friday, March 12th with the Brandon Wheat Kings paying a visit to the Brandt Centre.
BLOGGER NOTE: The highlight of this is the return of the Trans-Canada Clash.
The NBA draft went last night. There are only two rounds in the NBA draft. The Raptors had just one pick the whole night. That just seems strange when you compare them to other drafts, but then again NBA teams have what 12-13 man rosters so you can't really have a seven or eight round draft can you.
The Orlando Magic got all the way to the NBA finals this year before losing to the Lakers. Management must not have liked Orlando getting there because the team made sure it won't get there again anytime soon by trading three players for Vince Carter. Yeah, he'll push you over the top....the top of a cliff that is. Carter isn't a championship calibre player. He is a championship calibre a***hole. Isn't that right Raptor fans???
Are beer drinkers in Regina drinking anything besides Bud Lime these days??? I can't find the stuff anywhere and everyone tells me its just flying off the shelves. Is it that good?? Are the rumours about Miller Chill soon coming to Saskatchewan true????
I'm trying to wean off Slurpees and soft drinks this summer. I buy Rider communications guru extraordinare Ryan Whippler a slurpee on Thursday and one of the flavours they have is cherry Dr. Pepper. This isn't fair!!!!
Rod Pedersen says I have to see "The Hangover" because it is that funny. Is it?? If I can convince Tracey to see a movie this weekend, do I want that one or "The Taking of Pelham 123"
Could Michael Jackson not have waited a day so that Farrah Fawcett could have gotten the due respect she deserves. She got thrown on the back-burner after word of MJ's death didn't she.