Friday, January 10, 2014
This And That
--The weekly collection of thoughts running through my noggin---a noggin that was up wayyyyyyy too early this week.
--There's been a lot of talk about Riders head coach Corey Chamblin being named the CFL coach of the year because he led the team to the Grey Cup. I understand that and I endorse it. However, I do have this to ask. Why does the CFL have the inane practice of naming its coach of the year well after the season ends. I thought the regular season was the criteria for the award--one which you can still make a strong argument in Corey's behalf for. If we are going to include the playoffs, can we revisit the MOP award won by Jon Cornish. If you look at the playoffs, I think you will see Kory Sheets was clearly the 2013 MOP was he not?
--Where's Henry Burris going to end up? It certainly seems as if Hamilton doesn't want him. Winnipeg would be the best guess, but could he end up as a backup to Darian? What would the fallout be if that were to occur! That would be fun to watch!
--Kudos to Riders GM Brendan Taman for getting Terrell Maze re-signed. I think Maze is the team's best overall defensive back and losing him would not have been good.
--An acquaintance of mine sent me a letter written to a Weyburn newspaper asking if I might know who the person in this letter may be. The answer is no, but there are a lot of good questions in the letter which can be found right here. This type of behavior simply can't be tolerated anymore. I hope this guy gets the answers to the questions he seeks.
--I'm hearing a lot of stories about some things over the past few weeks which is making me laugh. I will laugh even harder when a factual story comes out which I hope will be very soon which will make the other stories just dry up and blow away like a storm on the Saskatchewan prairie. It will be great to see what happens then.
--I have no doubt the Seahawks will beat the Saints on Saturday and advance to the NFC Championship game against either Carolina or San Francisco. Some call me extremely cocky for that stance, but I say its confidence. Was it cocky when I said the Riders would roll over Hamilton in the Grey Cup.....no it was confidence! Its also expectation. I expect this team to be at and win the Super Bowl. As a fan, I wouldn't want it any other way at this time of year and fans of the other seven teams involved should feel the same way.
--What was the reasoning behind the theatrics and useless speeches before the announcement of Canada's Olympic hockey team. The reaction on Twitter to the needless delay of the 25 man selection was priceless with even Premier Wall chiming in. The best tweet may have gone to TSN's James Duthie though who said "We may get the rights back by the time we find out". No kidding!
--Speaking of the provincial government, they are taking some heat this week for raising fees at provincial campgrounds. I could care less because my idea of camping is an air conditioned hotel room and cable TV, but are some of the ones complaining the ones that have great big gas guzzlers that cost an arm and a leg to fill up. If it is, what's an extra couple of bucks!!
--ESPN's Dan Lebatard is the subject of controversy for giving his baseball Hall of Fame ballot to someone else to be filled out. Lebatard isn't happy with the fact Barry Bonds and others aren't going to the Hall and the overall selection process. I have no problem in Dan wanting to make some kind of stance against the selection process, but you don't give away your ballot. That is sacred as far as I am concerned and giving it away makes me feel that perhaps you don't really care about the sport as much as you suggest. When I was voting on Rider and CFL awards, I didn't give my ballot to a fan...I did it myself because it was an honour to do so. Lebatard needed a better plan of attack and one that may have worked because frankly I don't think his stunt will change a thing.
--What exactly does go through the mind of those who drive at a high rate of speed on the Ring Road when its icy? Someone should do a study on that because it would be fascinating to see some of the reasoning these people have. I just about saw a guy lose it completely the other night----he just managed to get everything under control at the last second but had others been closer to him, they might not have been that lucky.
--Brent Musberger like other aging sports play-by-play guys have seen their best days, but ABC/ESPN really has to start thinking about how much longer Brent is going to do games when he comes on for the national final and says Hi I'm Kirk Herbstreit along with Brent Musburger. What???? Does Rod ever introduce himself as Carm Carteri? Does Phil ever introduce himself as Daniel Fink? Does Chris Cuthbert ever introduce himself as Ray Ferraro?
--That's all I got. Doing a week of mornings has got me punchy and its nap time. Have a great weekend!!! GO SEAHAWKS!!!!!