The usual weekly thoughts running through my muddled mind and as always these are in no particular order
--9.23 million Canadians watched the Super Bowl. That is wayyyyyyyy more than the 4.1 million that watched the Grey Cup, Yeah, you can say one was on CTV and the other was on TSN, but the bottom line is the Canadian interest in the NFL continues to grow and grow and grow while interest in the CFL is waning. The CFL must do something to keep the 18-45 year old invested in their game because they are the key. I don't know what you do, but someone better come up with an idea quick,
--With Ben Heenan gone, its imperative the Riders re-sign Dan Clark and do not let him get away. Clark did the job when called upon last year and while he may not be as good as Heenan, he is someone the Riders will need.
--This is not a shot at Heenan, but if someone asked you who gets an NFL opportunity first---Brett Jones or Heenan, what would your answer be?
--How much money will the REDBLACKS throw around in free agency? They need some impact guys and there aren't many left.
--Jason Tucker's departure to the NFL caught me and I think everyone off guard. I was looking at Twitter when all of a sudden it came up on the Titans feed. I didn't think it could be the same Jason Tucker, but low and behold when I went to their website and saw the story it was. Good for Jason, bad for the Riders. The names Simon, Dominguez and Clermont have come up as possible replacements. I don't think any of them will be the guy and Simon himself told Rod Pedersen NOPE!
--If you were a Seahawks fan, you hated the way the Super Bowl ended. If you were a Patriots fan, you loved the way the Super Bowl ended. If you were a football fan, you were entertained by a game that most everyone said would go down and did go down to the final minute. It was a tremendous display of the game with everything you would want in it.
--I still don't understand why you don't give the ball to Marshawn Lynch on 2nd down. If you fail to score, you have two more cracks and one time out, You call the time out if Lynch doesn;t score...try throwing it on 3rd and then do whatever on 4th down. If New England prevents you from getting in, they win it end of story, but for them to win in that manner was crushing for 12's around the world.
--Earl Thomas is redefining tough. He played the Super Bowl with a torn labrum. That may keep him out for the start of the 2015 season. Kam Chancellor played the Super Bowl with a torn MCL and Richard Sherman had an elbow injury that may require Tommy John surgery. Its a good job that game wasn't five quarters or Seattle might not have had a secondary.
--The Evander Kane story is wild for so many different reasons, How will it end up? I can't see Kane playing for the Jets again so where does he go? Winnipeg is losing a good hockey player and it could derail their playoff aspirations. The pressure is on Saskatoon native Kevin Cheveldayoff to make a solid deal here. I'm guessing Yakupov for Kane won't suffice. Hey Toronto fans, would you give up Tyler Bozak for Kane? I heard that scenario get discussed on NHL Radio Thursday night. It was agreed both sides would have to give a little more and that a one for one deal wouldn't cut it, but I think you could do that.
--Can't imagine what it will be like in Saskatoon tonight as the greats of the game are there for the Kinsmen Dinner with Gordie Howe being in attendance. A couple of months ago, it looked like the greats of the game would be in one place to remember Howe at his funeral, but he has bounced back tremendously from his stroke. The roar he gets when he is introduced may be second to none.
--I don't know what the future is for Brian Peters and Sam Hurl, but I would like to see the Riders take a run at Edmonton linebacker Rennie Curran in free agency. I think he would be a great fit.
--Its another weekend of choosing between Pats hockey and Cougars basketball as both are home Friday and Saturday night. I guess I'll have to wait to see the new scoreboard as I will be at the U of R for what should be an entertaining weekend of hoops against UBC.
--After seeing the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover and see that is the woman who is currently keeping Derek Jeter company, I just further salute "The Captain".
That's all I got. Have a great weekend!