Friday, August 30, 2013
This And That
I'm not going to lie to you, I do not feel the buzz for the Labour Day Classic that I normally feel. The LDC is the best game of the year as you see Bomber fans mixed in with Riders fans, but it would appear as if the greasefire that is the Bombers has resulted in many from our neighbouring province deciding not to make the trek. Its my understanding that not many from Winnipeg are coming and that they won't even put up their merchandise stand like they have in the past. Yes, the Bombers ineptitude may have killed the LDC for at least this year. I guess I can't really blame them. That being said, I'm sure there will still be a lot of energy coming from around the stadium as we get close to kickoff on Sunday.
I am snickering at those who are trying to poke holes in the Riders even though they are a league best 7-1. Yes as a fan, you can wonder why Geroy Simon isn't getting the ball more or what the team is doing about Diamond Ferri because of his constant 15 yard penalties, but at the end of the day the football team is likely to be in a spot they have never been in before after Sunday and that is 8-1. Enjoy the ride!! Now if for some reason the Riders should lose to Winnipeg on Sunday then go nutz because the team will have played like crap and will deserve some criticism. The stuff they are getting now is just ridiculous.
Tough break for the Argos in losing Ricky Ray for six weeks. The East is wide open now except for Winnipeg. Perhaps those that wanted the Hamilton-Saskatchewan Grey Cup will get their wish because Hamilton could be the best team between the Argos, Ti-Cats and Alouettes right now just for the fact that Hamilton still has Henry Burris while Toronto is without Ray and Montreal is without Calvillo.
Why does it take the CFL so long to fine a guy? Weldon Brown's "helmet to helmet" hit on Mike Reilly happens Saturday yet the league waits till Thursday to announce it. That decision should come 48 hours after a game is over.
Hockey Canada's orientation camp was ridiculed by many and yes the coverage of it by TSN and Sportsnet was wayyyyyyyy over the top, but just remember Mike Babcock is the coach of this team and Mike Babcock is a winner. His "ball hockey" like run through had some meaning to it. If it didn't. he wouldn't have done it.
The Regina Pats started training camp on a day where it was 34 degrees outside.. That just didn't seem right.
I mentioned that there is seemingly no buzz for the Labour Day Classic. I think I can categorically say there is no buzz for the upcoming Pats season which is sad. If people are talking about it, I don't know where they are gathering.
Someone needs to please rationalize to me how Regina police could not charge the parent of the two young children that were left inside a hot car at the Golden Mile this week. I was in shock when police said they received a stern talking to. Why were charges not laid? Is this not negligence of some fashion? What message is it sending? Will I get a "stern talking to" if I am caught texting on my phone or if I don't come to a complete stop? That one just didn't make sense.
I have once again gotten into too many NFL fantasy football pools. I'm in 4. How many are you in?
Graham DeLaet will tee off right after a threesome that involves Adam Scott, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickleson at the Deutsche Bank Championship today. I am guessing Graham won't be yelling up the fairway for those three to get a move on.
It will not look right tomorrow to see Ryne Sandberg at Wrigley Field managing the Philadelphia Phillies. For those that don't know, Sandberg tops the list of my favourite all-time athletes. With all apologies to Robbie Alomar fans, he is the best 2nd baseman baseball has ever seen and yes I am biased.
Madden 25 is a great way to kill a night. What a fantastic game!
It means squat, but a Seahawks 4-0 pre-season is nice to see.
CFL.ca asked its writers across the country to make their all-star teams. That list can be found right here.
FWIW, here's my midseason all star team
QB Durant, RB Sheets, Cornish WR, Green, Stamps, Owens Dressler OL: Labatte, Heenan, Jones, Tsoumpas, Archibald
DL--Hall, Hughes, Sewell, Shologan LB: Williams, Hebert, Cox DB: Anderson, Marsh, Banks, Watkins and Brackenridge
K- Milo ( I can't believe everyone went with Paredes)
Agree or disagree?
How can you not love UFC ring girl Brittney Palmer??
If that's not a good spot to end it, I don't know what is. Have a great weekend. Keep it between the lines. GO RIDERS!