Just a weekly collection of thoughts going through my muddled mind
--We haven't hit the 10 game mark yet, but the Toronto Blue Jays are slowly sucking away the excitement that was created by their off-season acquisitions. Have any panned out? R-A Dickey, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle certainly haven't started well, Emilio Bonafacio had a game with three errors and I'm not seeing a lot of Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera in the boxscore. When I look at this start, I think of two things
1)Tuesday on the Sportscage, Arash Madani correctly opined that we are just a few games into a 162 game season and that there is a lot of time to turn it around. Madani equated the ball schedule to being 10 games to a football team's one. I wouldn't worry about it now, but if things haven't improved by the 50 game mark, start asking questions.
2) I forget what sportswriter it was that asked the question why there was so much excitement in getting everyone when both the Marlins and Mets were bad teams in the National League East while Cabrera was a druggie who was suspended. He said getting some of the top players from Florida and the Mets doesn't make you an upper echelon team. That statement is holding true right now.
--Hard to believe its been 10 years since Mike Weir won the green jacket at Augusta. I thought the half hour special on Weir's historic win Wednesday night was outstanding. It was great to see Weyburn's Graham DeLaet say that win was what propelled him to wanting to have a great career and that there has never been a better golfer than Mike Weir in this country. I can't disagree with that statement, but I think its safe to say the torch has been passed to DeLaet when it comes to this country's top golfer and that if (and when) Graham wins a major that he will spur a lot of kids to play the game---hopefully in this province.
--A story crossed the wire the other day saying the International Olympic Commission may consider BMX racing and three on three basketball as Olympic sports in the future. ?????? If you are going to have one of those sports in and not have wrestling, baseball or softball, then the Summer Olympics will have lost any remaining credibility they have with me. What a joke!!
--Where do I start the Lindy Ruff for coach and GM of the Oilers campaign? I'm sorry, but I've had enough of Ralph Krueger and Steve Tambellini. This team should have made the playoffs this year and they won't. I'm very disappointed by that development and the lack of urgency that they have shown in recent games.
--A well known hockey scout in this area has let it be known to some people that the Regina Pats will be about the same this year as they were last. I'm very disappointed by that development.
--The U of R Cougars held their awards nite Thursday night. A big congrats to not just those that took home some hardware, but for representing the U of R and this city in fine fashion. It doesn't matter if you got to a national championship game and lost or if you didn't make the playoffs, you did yourself proud. For a list of winners, click here
--Watching the great Vin Scully do L-A Dodgers baseball is just a treat. With Vin getting up there in age, the day will soon come when he hangs up the microphone. He simply is the best and there is no one better.
--There are people doing hockey on Canadian television that could not carry the microphones of Rod Pedersen and Peter Loubardias. Why aren't these two doing hockey and hockey at a high level.
--Kelly Remple with the help of some hockey connections has put up a top prospects list for the bantam draft on RP's blog. Am I the only one noticing there is a lack of Regina and Saskatchewan players on that list. That's not good!
--I can't wait for new "Arrested Development" episodes to show up on Netflix. There may never have been a more cleverly written show than that one.
--One of the best stories in sports this week involved new Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona. Francona lives two blocks from Progressive Field--the home of the Indians. He got lost walking to the park for opening day. How does one do that? Its not like the stadium wouldn't be seen with the lights and other things. He's two blocks away!! Can't he see the field from the window of his apartment? Funny stuff! At least Cleveland has a stadium where its OK to live two blocks away so you can walk to and fro. Lets just say I don't think Corey Chamblin would want to live two blocks from Mosaic.
--I have landed pretty good seats for UFC 161 in Winnipeg on Fathers Day weekend. Myself and 6 others will be going up. We have been told that we have a pretty good chance at getting into a Rashad Evans after-party. This makes me wonder if seven will be coming back. Actually, with two of them being together in a vehicle for eight hours, it makes me wonder if all seven of us will get to Winnipeg in one piece!
--In "Something to Mitch About" Monday, I said I liked Padraig Harrington to win the Masters. Padraig promptly went out and shot an opening round 78. It would appear Rob Vanstone is not the only one in this town to make horrid sports predictions. YEESH!!!
--If you can buy two litre bottles of Orange Crush, why can't you buy two litre bottles of Grape Crush?
--If you are one that likes to text and drive, I would please ask you to read this story.
--The story coming out of Nova Scotia this week is absolutely sickening on so many levels. If there is a picture of a sexual assault that has been distributed, how could the RCMP not charge anyone in connection with this. There are some people walking around that province that don't deserve to be walking down the street or any street.
--Its about damn time Dolph Ziggler cashed in his "Money In The Bank" briefcase and became the WWE heavyweight champ. Part of me actually thought that might happen after John Cena beat the Rock at Wrestlemania just so that Cena's "angst" could continue.
--Famed hypnotist Reveen died. I went to see his shows a couple of times. Surely, you must remember his ads.....THE MAN THEY CALLED REV-EEN!!! He was outstanding.
--Speaking of outstanding, there may be no better "Twitter" account than that of "The Iron Sheik".
--That's about it...I will just leave you with this. Have a great weekend