The Regina Pats are getting points that they need---that's a good thing. The problem is they are getting one point and not two. For the third straight game, the Pats lost a shootout as they dropped a 5-4 decision to the Saskatoon Blades in an entertaining game. Some people on Rod Pedersen's blog had the audacity to criticize Jordan Eberle saying he isn't doing enough at this time of year. Eberle showed why he is the best junior hockey player in Canada on this night as he had a pair of goals while making some other plays that were simply amazing. How anyone can criticize this young man for his play is beyond me. Obviously, they are people that have nothing better to do with their lives than complain about something.
The result means Regina is still seven back of 8th place Moose Jaw as the Warriors also gained a point having lost in overtime at home to Red Deer. Kootenay is at the Brandt Centre Saturday for a 7 o'clock start.
My six year old daughter has been to a couple of Pats games, but not with her daddy. That changed on Friday night. Wearing her jersey proudly, she loudly cheered "Go Pats Go" and reminded everyone Jordan Eberle is the best while telling the Kootenay Ice they have no chance of winning tomorrow. Before the game Rod asked her if Daddy has many friends to which she replied after hesitating 'Not really" drawing laughter from everyone around. Its not the quantity its the quality and I have many good friends including RP who I'm sure will find a way to blog that incident in the not to distant future.
Riders coach Ken Miller has always been criticized for not giving much of a quote. I have scratched my head over that criticism as Kenny has come up with some dandys during his time here. He had another one on Friday. Global's Derek Meyers asked Miller who he thought would win the Super Bowl. Miller responded by saying Peyton Manning is the CEO of quarterbacks. I love that line.
Rider president and CEO Jim Hopson let it be known Friday night that Riders training camp will be held in Saskatoon this year. I'm OK with that. I don't know what the added cost factor is for having camp in Saskatoon, but the Riders certainly have enough money in the bank.
The entire hockey world has the thoughts of Brian Burke and his family on their mind today. Burke's youngest son Brendan was killed in a car crash in Indiana on Friday. Brendan had made headlines late last year when he told ESPN that he was a homosexual. Say what you will about Burke, you wouldn't wish what has happened to him to anyone. With the Olympics so close, one wonders if he will step down as GM of the American team. Would you blame him if he did? I certainly wouldn't.
Jennifer Jones is one win away from making it another Canadian championship. The Winnipeg rink beat Prince Edward Island in the 1-2 game at the Scotties to move into Sunday's final. BC and Ontario play tomorrow afternoon with the winner playing PEI tomorrow night in the semi-final.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was talking about several things including Toronto in his state of the league address Friday. The Globe's Dave Naylor has an excellent recap of what was said right here....
I really don't see Toronto ever being the permanent home to an NFL franchise. I just don't. The next NFL team will be based in L-A and if the league ever decides to go international, I can see them going to Mexico City before heading to Toronto.
As you start your weekend, ask yourself this...
Why do fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?
Have a good one!