There is a lot of unhappiness in Riderville after Saturday's 4th quarter meltdown. The events that transpired at Mosaic Stadium has left many with a bad taste in their mouth as they head back to the saltmines. They've got a long time to wait too as the team doesn't see action again until August 10 and will be away from the glare of the spotlight for a few days. I gave you my thoughts on what happened against Hamilton, but here are some other muddled opinions as we start another week.
--For the first time in a long time, the Alouettes may not host a playoff game this year.
--The CFL has to be happy with the on-field product through the first five weeks. How many games have come right down to the wire before being decided? That’s the way you want it to be isn’t it.
--Some will say that if the Riders had played two average fourth quarters against Calgary and Hamilton that they would be 5-0. I can’t argue that, but one could also argue the Eskimos would be 5-0 with a real quarterback under center.
--If you were at the Riders game yesterday, you may have noticed that the “Commissioner Hopson” ad did not play. I tweeted from the game asking where the ad was only to be told by a member of the Rider staff that SGI had pulled the ad because of the Colorado movie theatre shooting. If you remember, Gainer was arresting the Joker in that spot. That reason never ever dawned on me. Classy move by both SGI and the football team.
--Many world leaders were in London for the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Where was Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He decided to check out a CFL game in Montreal. I don’t know what to think about that.
Queen Elizabeth gets escorted to the opening ceremonies by James Bond. That was cool and well thought out. I never ever thought the Queen would be a Bond girl.
Is anyone watching the Olympics at 2 AM when it comes on?
I have a hard time giving the Summer games credibility when baseball and softball aren’t a part of the event.
The Just for Men ad with the baby is just creepy. It is. There is no argument here is there?
Mrs. Scruffy has started reading “50 Shades of Grey”. Should I be concerned? Speaking of Mrs. Scruffy, we went to one of Regina’s “fashionable” dining establishments with some friends on Friday night. Lets just say we won’t be going back there anytime soon. Brutal! There are only so many times that you can screw up something at one table.
What has happened to Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton? Arguably the best player in baseball, Hamilton is hitting just .145 in July.
Remember when the Jays were said to be in the bidding for free agent Prince Fielder. With the way Edwin Encarnacion exploded onto the scene, where would the Jays be with Fielder in the lineup.
There’s going to be some good baseball happening in Regina later this week. The 2012 Senior Little League championships will be happening at Optimist Park from August 2-8. The winner represents Canada at the Senior Little League World Series in Bangor, Maine.
Good luck to the Regina Red Sox as they start WMBL playoffs Tuesday night with a first round matchup against Weyburn. The Red Sox have certainly shown they have what it takes to make it two straight league titles. Here’s hopin!!!
Matt Devlin is getting a lot of love for CFL fans for his work this weekend on TSN. As good as what the Raptors play-by-play man has been, I can’t see the network replacing Rod Black anytime soon. Sorry guys!
I can't help but think of a conversation I had with Rod on the Sportscage Tuesday about Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. He signed a 5 year extension with the NFL team and I jokingly said to RP that I guess we can end the rumours of Tomlin coming to Regina to serve as Corey Chamblin's d co-ordinator. As you know, Chamblin considers Tomlin to be a huge mentor and Tomlin phoned GM Brendan Taman to give him his reference. After saying that, Rod said "Maybe Corey will go to Pittsburgh". I never thought of that. Could that happen? NAHHHHHH!!! Then again..................
Charlie Sheen vs Daniel Bryan at WWE Summerslam on August 19. Maybe!
Graham DeLaet was the top Canadian at the Canadian Open. That is great. What isn’t great is that DeLaet finished over 10 strokes behind the winner. It would be nice to see a Canadian win our Open one year.
The Queen City Ex is this week. Should I go to Dollarama and buy a stuffed animal and then take it home and tell my daughter that I won it for her at the Ex. I'll save myself some money. Who's kidding who, the Ex is always a good time.
That's all I got. Be good to yourself!