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Friday, June 12, 2015

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The season has arrived! Yes, it is pre-season, but we will get our first look at the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday night in a game situation since they walked off the field having lost the Western semi-final to Edmonton. When I say we will get our first look at the Riders, I should say we will get our first look at guys wearing Rider uniforms.  The first pre-season game is an evaluation process as you know guys like Durant, Dressler, Chick, Emry, etc. etc won't play much.  Some are upset over the fact TSN isn't showing a lot of exhibition games and I ask why?  You are getting a chance to see the Riders and that is what you want.  The CFL season begins in earnest on June 25 and when they do, TSN will be right there giving you the CFL football that you crave.

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I don't think they are ever made available, but I would like to see a breakdown province-by-province as to what is watched. There is no doubt more Canadians will watch the Stanley Cup final on Saturday night, but what will the numbers look like in Saskatchewan. With a crazed Rider Nation salivating for football, I am guessing the numbers for CFL will be higher here than anywhere else. I think more will watch the hockey game in our province, but the bite will be bigger here than it will be in Manitoba and out East.

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Many are asking where I think the Riders will finish this year and what their regular season record might be, I say they are fighting with Calgary and Edmonton for first place in the division and that their record will be 12-6. I also think Hamilton runs roughshod over the East as they are far and away the best team.

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Remember former Calgary Stampeders quarterback Greg Vavra. His kid Tyler is a pitcher for the Regina Red Sox.

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Speaking of the Red Sox, I had the pleasure with baseball guru extraordinaire and Sportscage baseball insider Craig Slater to call their game on ReginaRedSox.com against Moose Jaw Wednesday and Lethbridge Thursday. You couldn't ask for better conditions at the ball park Wednesday as around 400 people would attest. No wind, no mosquitoes, entertaining baseball and cold beer. A solid equation for a great night out. I don't know what Gary Brotzel and Bernie Eiswirth have to do to get some more butts in the seats, but I would think this team could and should average about 600-700 per game. I know there are challenges, but there is a solid baseball community in this city and I think many of them miss out.

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Congratulations to Marysburg's Cole Bauml who was the 10th round pick of the Detroit Tigers in the MLB draft this week. The outfielder who goes to Northern Kentucky University is I think the highest Saskatchewan born player to ever be drafted.


The argument for Victor Hedman as Conn Smythe winner if the Tampa Bay Lightning win the Stanley Cup is a valid one, but my vote would go to Tyler Johnson! If Chicago wins the Cup, there are a lot of guys you could choose from Saad to Toews to Keith.

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Why can't Gary Bettman just see hockey in the desert is a failure and move the Coyotes? It has been a disaster since Day 1.  If the Thrashers could go to Winnipeg, put the Coyotes in Quebec City, move Columbus back to the Western Conference to take Arizona's place and lets move on.

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The head of NBC Sports wants NHL'ers to stop growing playoff beards. Yeah, OK!  NBC sports chair Mark Lazarus made the comment saying fans could recognize faces easier. Hey Mark, the guys have a name and number on the back of their jersey. I think fans know who these guys are and a little facial hair isn't going to change it.  I wonder what Mark thinks about baseball players.

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The Jays have won 8 in a row going into this weekend's games and people are saying they have turned the corner. Wasn't it last year around this time they won 9 in a row and how did that end? Let's see if management learned anything from last year going forward. Acquiring Jonathan Papelbon from the Phillies and not giving up a lot would be a good start.

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The wrestling world lost a true legend on Thursday as Dusty Rhodes died. The "American Dream" was a treat to watch. He was truly a common man!

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That's all I got. GO RIDERS!  Have a good weekend!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Telling someone to shave is just stupid! Oh wait, if its stupid, I'm guessing Bettman will issue legislation today so all players are clean shaven by Game 5.


Anonymous said...

I could care less about pre-season CFL football. I will watch the first quarter of the game and then go back to hockey and that's a big if. When the games matter, I will be there.


Tim

Anonymous said...

so you are saying you care somewhat for for preseason football?

Anonymous said...


Not buying into the Jays yet

Anonymous said...

On a another note. Recent scientific study report that all beards have major unhealthy fecal matter inbedded. It also looks ridiculous sloppy on professional athletes for the fact they are not groomed.

Anonymous said...

Put me down as someone who will be watching the hockey game instead of the football game.

These morons who live and breath Riders on the first exhibition game are just a joke IMHO.


Anonymous said...

RA Dickey and Drew Hutchinson will melt down again. No need to get excited!



Dan

Anonymous said...

The first pre-season game for a CFL team should have fans come in free of charge. Its a complete joke!


Anonymous said...

Jays for real, fantastic and somewhat amazing comeback win for 9th straight tonight