Thursday, September 25, 2014
This And That
The weekly set of thoughts running through my muddled brain---in no particular order
--Are Saskatchewan Roughriders fans really "horrible human beings? I'm guessing some of them are, but that's another story. For the Edmonton Eskimos to refer to one team's fanbase as "horrible human beings" is a little overboard for me. I understand the whole marketing thing, but I think they get a failing grade. The Eskimos say its working because there will be close to 40-thousand at Commonwealth tonight. This just in, a game between a 9-3 team and an 8-4 team will draw the peeps out. Like the "guarantee" in BC, I hope the horrible human beings in attendance at Commonwealth go home smiling. Sadly, I'm of the belief the Eskimos win this one, but I've been wrong before. By the way, the Edmonton Sun's Terry Jones perfectly encapsulates the whole situation right here.
--Jordan Eberle was spotted wearing a Riders hat on Friday after practice as was assistant coach Todd Nelson. Jordan Eberle---a horrible human being ladies and gentlemen.
--There's a story going around about rowdy Rider fans and their behavior at Mosaic Stadium. This falls in the category of scientists have determined water is wet and the sky is blue. Rowdy behavior at a football game or a sporting event of any kind???? SHOCKING!!! It happens everywhere and not just in Regina. All that story is is an attack on the Riders if you ask me.
--There is a god when it comes to baseball. When the Yankees went to the top of 9 last night with a 5-2 lead and Derek Jeter coming up to bat 3rd in the bottom of 9, many thought they had seen Jeter at the plate for the last time. Yankees closer David Robertson surrendered three in the top of 9 to tie it which led to this in the bottom of 9. Jeter's last at bat at home....
If you're a baseball fan, did this surprise you? Jeter coming through in the clutch. You can't script this stuff. Its why being a sports fan is so great.
--The crying over the NFL's overtime rules after the Seahawks went 80 yards in eight and a half minutes to beat the Broncos on Sunday makes me laugh. Yes, I am pro-Seahawk, but if Denver's defence was good enough, they would A) have held Seattle to just a field goal thus enabling Peyton Manning to come on to attempt the tie or get the win or B) force a punt, The NFL overtime may have its flaws, but until the CFL starts its overtime with teams scrimmaging around the 45 yard line or midfield, don't tell me how flawed the NFL system is. Besides, the Denver fans who are all squawking about it certainly had no problem with the Broncos getting a touchdown on the first play against Pittsburgh in that playoff game a few years ago did they.
--From the blog of one Mr. R. Pedersen who found the numbers that I could not find.
The Seattle-Denver Super Bowl rematch on CTV drew just over a million people across Canada last Sunday while at the same time, the Riders-REDBLACKS game drew 917-thousand. Like it or not, more and more Canadians are watching the NFL. The CFL must learn not to go up against the NFL once their season starts. They won't win the battle and when a Rider game isn't beating the NFL, you can bet your bottom dollar its raising eyebrows in the league office.
--Week 4 NFL Lock Of The Week ---Pittsburgh over Tampa
Week 4 NFL Upset Of The Week ---Chiefs over Patriots
--With Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger apparently now getting a divorce, does this mean Grey Cup 102 means a new musical act for halftime?
--Where would the Toronto Blue Jays season have been had Alex Anthopoulos made a move for Jeff Samardzija, David Price or another starting pitcher of note? We will never know, but one can certainly see the team's swan-dive started when Anthopoulos didn't do anything at the trade deadline. He sent the wrong message to the players. Can he make up for that in the off-season? We will see, but I think this Toronto team can contend again if the right moves are made. One of them is re-signing Melky Cabrera.
--What Simpsons character dies in the season premiere on Sunday night? The rumour is its going to be Krusty, but I say no way. I'm putting my money down on Grampa Simpson. His time is up is it not?
--Less than two weeks from the start of the NHL season. WOOHOO. Of course, this Oilers fan three weeks into the season will probably be waiting for the season to end.
--What makes one feel better---comfort foods or Southern Comfort?
--That's all I got. Have a great weekend!!