Monday, March 2, 2015
Something To "Mitch" About
Its one of the annual calm before the storm times we see in sports.
The NHL hasn't gotten to playoffs yet, MLB spring training is just getting underway, there is no football and well, there isn't a lot of talk about, but it will all heat up in a few weeks in what is one of those magical times of the year when the excitement of one season ends as the optimism for another season begins. I can't really decide if the end of March-the beginning of April is the best time of sports for me or if that comes in September when the CFL is in full swing, the NFL is starting, MLB is into its stretch drive and hockey is right around the corner.
One thing you can start getting excited about are the WHL playoffs as the Pats clinched a playoff spot over the weekend. While the on-ice product is playoff bound, fans are now mad because ticket prices are going up. This just in....in life, the price of things go up. In the end, you make the decision as to what you can afford and what you can't afford. I haven't really gotten the whole story behind the ticket increase, but I know that QCSE are going to a model many professional sports teams use. Is that a bad thing? It seems to me there are many who just want to complain about something when it comes to the local junior hockey team whether it be under the old regime or the new regime. Congrats to John Paddock for getting his team into the playoffs. Lets see how far they get. A win over Swift Current is not a certainty, but if this team can put in the work, they can get there and give their "fans" an extended run from what has been seen in these parts for the last many years.
Its trade deadline day in the NHL and by the time you read this I'm sure some trades have been made. It will be fun today watching TSN and Sportsnet trying to tap dance their way through what is a tedious day for sports TV as the two try and out do one another with their "Trade Day Coverage". While I think the coverage is over the top. many will be glued in to see what their team does if anything and what players go where. A notion was recently put out there saying there should be a no-trade memorandum issued by the league leading up to the deadline so the networks have something to talk about. That can go down as one of the stupidest ideas I've ever heard. Yeah, I can see the Devils not playing Jaromir Jagr for two or three games so he doesn't get hurt because they have a trade in place that could go up in smoke because TSN or Sportsnet need something to talk about. CMON!!! Anyhoo, it will be interesting to see how Duthie and company and Millard and his gang kill the time.
An interesting article in the Globe and Mail on the weekend and whether or not curling should be added to hockey and lacrosse as our national sport. You can read the article here if you want. Say what you want about the game, but its impressive that more than a million people watched the Scotties final when the Oscars were on at the same time. Perhaps that's just the fact that many Canadians (like me) could give a rats ass about the Oscars. If Dumb and Dumber 2 didn't get nominated for an award then it tells you something about the nomination process and voting procedure.
Here is a question for Saskatchewan curling fans. I'm watching the Brier and seeing Regina's Braden Moskowy and Ben Hebert along with Moose Jaw's Pat Simmons playing for other teams. I realize the rules are there, but does it bother you to see these quality curlers representing someone else when they should have the Sask jacket on. I say find a quality 4th and get these guys home,
I could be wrong, but I believe all is over for another year of U of R Cougar athletics after the womens basketball team bowed out of the playoffs on the weekend at UBC. Now that the season is over, can someone at the bookstore look into purchasing Cougar golf shirts. In fact, maybe hawk those shirts outside the CKHS and rinks next winter. I went in to the bookstore three times this year to see a lot of Cougs gear, but no golf shirts. CMON!!
I wonder what the CFL thinks of the Northern 8 proposal. I would be very interested to hear their take on the project to get CIS football some more exposure. I would think they would be all in favour of it. Why wouldn't they be?
A question for those who do business in East Regina and Harbour Landing. What area is tougher to drive through? I was in the Grasslands complex (is that what you call it) and its about as difficult to navigate if not moreso than it is in east Regina.
I've never heard of Dan Olsen before, but we might after this story if there is anything to it. I think its safe to say this would shake the sporting world to its foundation if its true. I'm not the biggest Tiger fan, but I don't see this at all. Mr. Olsen might be getting a call from Tiger's lawyers.
From the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons...
According to the statement of claim Eric Lindros has filed in his defamation suit against former referee Paul Stewart, Lindros was made out to be: “unfriendly, hostile, rude, insulting, vindictive, cruel, uncharitable and generally a despicable person.” Which I’m figuring is about five for eight.
Dustin Penner. WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?!
That's all I got. Have a good week!