Sunday, July 13, 2014

Something To "Mitch" About

Gainer is even waving his arms in frustration. What an exasperating night for the green and white. Where do ya start?

Hugh Charles ran for 86 yards, but he dropped a TD pass (and yes, he did not have control of that ball in the endzone) and he had a crucial fumble that led to BC's field goal at the end of the first half and was a real momentum killer. He also missed some blocks which was his downfall here his first time around. It was not a stellar debut.

How does the game change if Eron Riley hangs on to that ball early in the 4th quarter with the Riders down 6. Is it safe to say that was the turning point? We don't know if the Riders put the ball in the endzone on that drive, but if they do, do they win that game? I would say yes.

The Riders only took 9 penalties, but they were costly penalties. They were penalties that kept BC drives alive including the one that put the final nail in the coffin when they took a field goal off the board only to score a couple of plays later.

Not every defence will make every tackle, but one has to admit it seems as if this defence has forgotten how to wrap up a guy the last couple of weeks.

The lone solace is this is Week 3 and I think a lot of this team as Coach Chamblin has suggested are new to this league and are taking baby steps. Its starting to remind me a lot of the 2012 season when there were a lot of new guys here. I didn't think that would be as big a problem this year because of the veterans left despite the off-season losses, but perhaps I was wrong. I still think there is enough talent on this team for this squad to be right there when the season ends and that end is a long ways away. No one won the Grey Cup after three weeks. No one!!

I wonder if the people of Winnipeg and Edmonton realize you don't win after three weeks. Its funny to hear the crowing coming from those places especially Winnipeg where you would think they would have learned after the Swaggerville disaster. I guess not. If you ask me, the Eskimos are the better 3-0 team. It shouldn't be that surprising to see this team playing well because of the close games they couldn't finish last year, I still think Edmonton gets into the playoffs through the West. I'm still not sold on the Bombers.

Not a big Stampeders fan, but they sent a message to everyone with their beating of the Argos in Toronto. Without Jon Cornish and Nik Lewis, they dominated the Argos one week after they dominated the Riders. It is clear that three weeks in, the Stampeders are the best team in the CFL Once again though, you don't win the Cup after three years.

David Price was dominant in beating the Blue Jays again on Sunday. Price is 15-2 career against the Blue Jays. I can't help but wonder if Alex Anthopoulos noticed the performance Price gave. Can he swing a deal at the all-star break to get this guy in a Jays uniform. If he does, the team can still make the playoffs, If he doesn't or get a pitcher very soon, kiss the season goodbye. It is slipping away from them one day at a time while upper management sits idly by.

Speaking of the Jays, did anyone catch this Munenori Kawasaki interview with Barry Davis on Saturday. It is gold!!!

Watching the futures game on Sunday from Target Field just reinforced the Cubs are slowly getting to a form of respectabilty and slowly getting to the point where they can contend again. Kris Bryant and Javier Baez are going to be stars and from what I've seen of Arismendy Alcantra, that kid can play. Its starting to come together. Can I put a timeline of 2016 and 2017 on it.

Kyle Lowry's return to the Raptors will mean this team will stay relevant. The Raptors had to keep their face of the franchise. The future looks bright for one team that calls the ACC home.

The World Cup is over for another four years with Germany holding the crown ending what was a tremendous display of the sport---a sport that continues to grow globally and a sport that is getting better and better TV numbers across North America. I would love to see Canada in the 2018 event, but sadly I can't see that happening. Expect to see a lot of womens soccer over the next year though as Canada will be hosting the 2015 Womens World Cup. I wish part of that tournament was coming to Regina, but alas it won't  happen. I would have loved to have seen that.

Would soccer be better if they eliminated the offside rule? Would it create cherry-pickers? Could we say there is no offside inside the 30 yard line. I think that would generate a little more offense. There were more goals in this World Cup than any other, but scoreless draws don't do the game a lot of good especially when it comes in a final. I think the world would have been buzzing over a 3-2 game between Germany and Argentina instead of 1-0 game where the only goal was scored in extra time.

I've said it once and I'll say it a million times. There is no better entertainment for your dollar than a Regina Red Sox game at Currie Field. Conditions were perfect for their Sunday night tilt against the Lethbridge Bulls. The Bulls won the game, but that didn't diminish from what was an outstanding night at the park. I know there will never be consistent crowds of 1000 and over, but it would sure be great if more people came to games. Regina is a baseball town, but the Red Sox struggle to get over 600 fans a game until playoffs. I think this city is big enough to get more than that out. Its not like the team doesn't try to get you out as Bernie Eiswirth and Gary Brotzel work hard to get that dollar. If you haven't been, go check it out.

OK Craven fans, who put on the better show? Was it Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley or Keith Urban. My people are saying it was Dierks, Urban and then Bryan and Bryan put on one helluva performance Friday night.

Someone needs to explain to me this IPhone Commercial with "Go You Chicken Fat Go". That song is right up there with "Last Saskatchewan Pirate" when it comes to most irritating. Actually, I think I would rather hear LSP than hear Go you Chicken Fat Go echoing through the speakers at Mosaic.

I am going to go out on a limb and say the Tampa Bay Lightning will be one of the NHL's final four next season.

Can't wait for the season finale of "24" tonight. Who is in the flag-draped casket? They can't kill off Audrey! Will Jack be back? GOD I hope so!

**LATE ADDITION**  Quote of the weekend. A CBC story this morning talks about the amount of debit cards, wallets, phones, etc. etc turned in at Craven and how people should stop by the information booth before leaving if they lost something. Ryan Geni is a worker at the booth and says Although people do come out here and lose their dignity, they also do lose some other things like their phones, their keys and their wallets," said Geni.  People losing their dignity at Craven????!!!!  NOOOOOOOO!!!!!  

This blogger is on holidays until the 22nd and this blogger is getting outta here with the destination being the good old US of A. Later!


Mike from Vita, MB said...

Have a good holiday in the Excited States

Anonymous said...

people in edm and wpg can crow all they want both are 3-0 numbers speak for them selves. riders 1-2 with no signs of improvement yet.

Anonymous said...

You just proved advertising works. Regardless if you hate the iPhone ad, you're talking about it, and you have identified the song with the product. That's why it's there.

Anonymous said...

The Durant bashers are making me laugh. It was #dariansfault that Charles dropped a TD pass and fumbled. If it wasn't for his escapability, we wouldn't have gotten the TD we did. I swear to god this guy has to walk on water for some people. It is ridiculous.


Anonymous said...

Mr. Taman:
Please call Geroy and Ray Williams into your office and tell them to suit up for the next game. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Kawasaki is the most loveable person in professional sports.

Anonymous said...

What's with the O-line???

Anonymous said...

If Riley catches that pass, the Riders win! I am certain of that.

To anon talking about Iphone ad....advertising works if you buy the product. I don't because of the song. Its the same with the dumb Humptys ads last year. Yeah, Cornish and Dressler eat there, but I'm not. Sorry!

Anonymous said...

Keith Urban was the best of the bunch at Craven. Gord Bamford was also very good and keeps showing why he's one of Canada's best. As you said in a previous posting, thank the man who invented jean shorts. WOWWWWW!!!


Anonymous said...

Turning point was when Murphy and his buffoons screwed up the Charles TD. That was a touchdown and you can't tell me otherwise. He had possession and took a step! That's a TD in my books!


Anonymous said...

Hugh Charles is terrible, Taman up to his old tricks, bringing in useless castoffs from other teams??

Anonymous said...

Why isn't Toston getting a chance? I would much rather see him in there than Billy Backflip! We got rid of him once because he couldn't hang onto the ball or block. His game hasn't improved any!

Anonymous said...

Isn't it cute seeing Bombers fans think they are relevant again!

Anonymous said...

Taman incapable of getting his head out of his own a** and knows absutely nothing about professional football.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

All of you Taman haters should get off of this blog and off of Rod's and go back to little fraternity at where you can complain about that and everything else in your own little bizarre way. Yes, I am talking to you Britzy and Bingo Arms and Rick James and the always entertaining Rider Rock.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm Anonymous ! Roughriders should fire Taman ASAP !

Ted Bully
Swift Current

Anonymous said...

While they are firing Taman they should dump his buddy Richie Hall with him. The first game of the season we blitzed lots and got ten sacks doing it. So what's Richie do? He quits calling blitzes!!!

Anonymous said...

I'll second your opinion if you don't mind, it's the logical thing to do for the Roughriders football club long term. Taman doesn't know player talent or evaluation. He also personally doesn't have the required professional football connections down south needed for success.

Zenon Andrews

Anonymous said...

HA HA HA HA!! The Taman-hate on here is soooooooooo misguided. You idiots are just too stupid to realize this.

Anonymous said...

It's embarrassing that Taman can't even find a running back.

Anonymous said...

It's embarrassing that wannabe geniuses like you are allowed to write on here. If you're so smart you show everyone who the next great running back for the Riders is! I'm waiting.....I thought so.
Idi Amin