I don't know about you, but I was left disappointed with Monday's CFL doubleheader as the home teams owned both games. I thought we would get closer games, but it didn't happen as both games lacked excitement. I didn't think Calgary and Edmonton could duplicate what they gave us a couple of weeks ago, but I thought the Eskimos would put up more of a fight than what they did.
The result at MacMahon means there is a three way tie for first in the West with Saskatchewan, Edmonton and Calgary all sitting at 5-4 with B-C at 4-5. Can you really separate top from bottom in the West. There is no way in wondering who will finish where and its going to stay that way likely until the last snap of the season. As a football fan, you have to enjoy it. You really have to enjoy it if you're a football fan as well knowing the NFL season is just a couple of sleeps away.
September is usually a time to watch baseball's pennant races, but not this year. Its going to be a boring stretch run. The tightest division is the National League West where the Dodgers are 3 1/2 up on Colorado and 5 1/2 up on the Giants. After that, its pretty much already given that the Yankees, Tigers, Angels, Phillies and Cardinals are in. Thank goodness for the wild card races, but they are even a little boring this year with really only Colorado or San Francisco having a shot in the National League with Boston and Texas duking it out in the American League. Perhaps the playoffs will make up for it.
Two events to go on the PGA calendar and Tiger Woods isn't a lock to win the FedEx Cup. Steve Stricker is the guy to beat right now...really? If Stricker could have won last week, he might have a real good shot at taking the Cup. You have to still like Tiger's chances, but these last two weeks will be interesting especially if Tiger doesn't win next week in Chicago. How does Mike Weir make it to the 2nd last event of the year. He's done nothing of note all year yet he's in the final 70?! He's had 5 Top 10 finishes this year. Really?
Say what you will about Jim Balsillie, but the man will not say no. He is now willing to pay 242 and a half million to buy the Coyotes and move them north of the border. In a story from the Canadian Press, it says the increased offer is intended to address concerns raised in court by unsecured creditors and could see the city of Glendale -- where the Coyotes play their home games -- receive an additional $50 million. That money is intended to release the team from its 30-year lease for Jobing.com Arena.
In court filings, Balsillie's lawyers acknowledge that Glendale would suffer "significant damages" if the team is allowed to moved, but argue that the city would be better off with his offer than the one put forward by the NHL.
Balsillie's amended purchase agreement guarantees that Glendale would receive $40 million as part of the purchase, provided it is willing to allow the team to continue using the arena "briefly while relocation is implemented" -- perhaps hinting that he might be considering a mid-season move for the Coyotes.
Your move Gary!!
By the way, why is it I'm seeing no excitement from Saskatoon about the Coyotes possibly coming there if Ice Edge wins the right to own the Coyotes. After all it would mean 5 games would come to Credit Union Centre. Is it the fact that the fine people of Saskatoon realize this just isn't going to happen or is it something else? Maybe Saskatoon is now an Islanders town seeing they are holding their training camp there. OK maybe not!
Rod Pedersen had an interesting statement in his award-winning blog Monday. Rod says the fact there was a poor crowd at the U of R Rams game on Friday night proves Regina is not a football town---just a Rider town. I wholeheartedly agree. When the Huskies are getting 6-thousand for their game Friday and the Rams get just over two grand, it is proof positive that RP is absolutely right with his assessment. Come to think of it, I can't think of the last time there was a good crowd for a Rams game and when I say a good crowd, I'm talking one of six thousand or more. Its been a while.