Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Back To Blogging ... See Under TurfTV
Nothing, and I mean NOTHING has generated more of a discussion on this blog than the unveiling of the Roughrider retro jerseys in time for Sunday's Labour Day Classic XLI.
Of course it's been debated endlessly on the message boards and in coffee shops across the province this week, but the 24 (and counting) comments are the most-ever in the 800+ posts I've made.
My opinion? They are what they are and I think they're pretty good. Yes, I was somewhat surprised to see that 'shiny' kelly green material used rather than the old mesh, but so be it. In fact, I was told at the stadium today that those old cotton jerseys aren't even available anymore.
The style ... is the same. Granted, the logos seem small but apparently exact replicas of those aren't available anymore either.
Hey -- fans generally want EXACTLY what the team wears and when the Riders take to the field against Winnipeg on Sunday, the uni's the Green and White will be wearing are what's available in The Store right now.
I don't feel the Riders dropped the ball. They did the best they could with what was available.
And today The Store was an ant-hill of activity with fans snatching up all kinds of jerseys. Me? I purchased one of the black ones, as they'll no longer be manufactured. They're not exactly one-in-a-million, but I liked them a lot and plan to wear it onstage for my Rider MC jobs at Grey Cup and so forth.
To each his own. Let's move on.
All the media thought it was a misprint on the daily schedule that read the Riders would practice from 11:00 - 11:30am on Tuesday.
30 minutes? Surely Kent jests!
But no, it was just a shorty today on the extra workday and coach Austin just wanted them to get their legs back under them after the 9-day break. And there was considerable huffing and puffing after the gassers.
Injuries? It appears far too early to tell who's in and who's out for the Labour Day game. OT Gene Makowsky informs us he's lost 10 lbs since battling mono, and is questionable for the Winnipeg game.
SB Yo Murphy resumed practice but isn't elligible until the Calgary game in three weeks.
Terrell Jurineack was back on the field for the first time since June, but was considerably winded and looks to be a few weeks away.
Austin referred to Labour Day weekend as "awesome" when I asked his recollections of the Classic. However he stopped short of saying it's any bigger of a game than any others. He conceded the Bombers are going to pose a stiff test with the league's top rusher, top receiver and top quarterback (efficiency rating). He also feels they're supremely coached by Doug Berry and his staff.
Labour Day Classic XLI is shaping up to be the best ever....
More Rider notes: Corey Holmes was absent from Tuesday's workout. Coach Austin said Holmes had problems returning from Mississippi but is expected to be on the practice field today (Wednesday).
Austin also described the chances of the team trying to sign free agent receiver Marc Boerigter as "remote".
This week the team released the following players; RB Shermar Bracey, WR David Azzi, DT Whitney Bell.
Roughriders defensive line coach Ron Estay will be our special guest on Wednesday night's Belmont Tire Rider Coaches Show from the Press Box Sports Bar at 6:05pm.
Bomber slotback Milt Stegall on the Labour Day Classic...
"It's always special and like I always say, I love playing in Regina. Besides Winnipeg, that's my favourite place to play. The fans, they hate us but they respect us and that's what you want. They're throwin' their plastic bottles at us, but if we win they say 'great game'. It's a nice college atmosphere, our fans are there and even our cheerleaders. It reminds me of bein' in college and I just love this Labour Day Classic."
Now for the Pats update:
I've spent the past two days at Pats main camp and hung with the coaches, scouts and players. Heck, I even ran the scoreclock at today's scrimmage in White City.
Here are a few Rodservations from Patland....
» Myles Stoesz took a stick in the mouth today and had several teeth knocked back and may have broken his lower jaw. Jordan Eberle drove him to the Regina General Hospital. Myles is due to leave for Thrashers camp Sept. 5, but may not be doing any fighting.
Pats broadcaster Al Dumba came up with a ticket for Stoesz for the Rider/Bomber game but the tough guy told me in a text he may not feel up to going.
» Pats sophomore phenom Jordan Eberle missed today's scrimmage with a lower body injury suffered in a hit by rookie defenceman Ian Clark (Beardy's Blackhawks) Monday night. 'Ebs' will be able to play in this weekend's preseason tournament in Edmonton, but didn't feel too hot today.
Clark, BTW, had to answer for his hit on Eberle by fighting heavyweight Josh Elder. It was a draw.
» Former Pats coach Doug Sauter is in attendance at Pats camp watching his son Kent, who spent last season with the Nipawin Hawks. The younger Sauter scored two goals in a scrimmage this week, but didn't make many friends when he corked Pats rookie Matt Strueby on the same shift Eberle got dinged.
» Strueby appears to be a force. The SMAAAHL MVP from last year potted four hi-lite reel goals Sunday night and looks to crack the roster as an 18-year old rookie.
» Pats alumnus Garret Festerling has reportedly signed a 25-game tryout deal with the Ottawa Senators organization.
» Prairie Mobile Communications is the title sponsor of Wednesday night's Pats Blue and White Intrasquad game at 7pm in White City. Admission is $5 with all proceeds going to the Prairie Storm Minor Hockey Association. Coaches for the game are Todd Strueby, Terry Perkins, Willy Cole and me.
» G Linden Rowat has been nothing short of spectacular in camp and we figure he posted a shutout in his half-game Monday night. He leaves for L.A. Kings camp on Sunday.
» Coach Curtis Hunt was less than enthused when he learned Eberle and I can play Madden '08 against each other on our Sony PSP's on the bus this year. Apparently the systems use a Bluetooth-type wireless set-up that allows you to play against someone nearby. Eberle plans to be the Falcons while I'll be the trusty Cowboys. And I informed him I will not allow the suspended Michael Vick to play.
» With the release of C Justin Scott, the Pats are left with two 20's; Kaspars Saulities and Troy Ofukany.
"Salty" Saulities is one of three Europeans in camp .. The others are Rudolph Cerveny (CZR) and Marco Insam (ITA). Cerveny's my bet to make the team.
GAME 1 * MANITOBA AT REGINA * SEPT. 1, 2007 * 3:00 P.M. * MOSAIC STADIUM * REGINA, SASK.
For the second consecutive season, the University of Regina Rams will open up their Canada West schedule with a home game against the Manitoba Bisons. The Rams will be looking for redemption against the Bisons, who knocked Regina out of the playoffs with a 44-29 victory in the Canada West semifinals last year. Manitoba finished with an 8-0 conference record last season and advanced to the Hardy Cup, where they were beaten 32-15 by Saskatchewan. The Rams finished in fourth place last year with an even 4-4 record.
Regina T.V. Broadcast (Access) - Access Communications (Dan Plaster, Mike Thomas). Tape-delayed broadcast will air on Access7 on Sunday at 1 p.m. and on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Regina T.V. Broadcast (Max) - SaskTel Max Local on Demand (Rod Pederson, TBA). Broadcast will be available on Max Local on Demand (Channel 48) for SaskTel subcribers following the game.
Regina Radio Broadcast - Live on 620 CKRM (Michael Ball, Chad Ehman).
Live Statistics - Available at www.uregina.ca/cougars
* Regina has an all-time record of 3-5 in season openers, but hasn’t won its first game of the season since 2002 (15-10 home win over UBC).
* Saturday’s game will mark the eighth time in the Rams’ nine-year CIS history that the team has opened up its Canada West regular season at home. The only time Regina began its season on the road was in 2005 at Saskatchewan.
* Manitoba hasn’t lost a regular season game since being edged 18-17 by Saskatchewan on Oct. 15, 2005. The Bisons have won nine consecutive Canada West games since then.
* QB Teale Orban is tied for 11th in Canada West history with 44 career touchdown passes and ranks 19th in Canada West history with 5367 passing yards
* Orban needs 32 pass completions to tie Mark Anderson’s U of R career record of 382
* Orban needs 287 passing yards to tie Anderson’s U of R career record of 5654
* LB Steve Wilson needs five tackles to tie Jeff Zimmer’s U of R career record of 232
* DB Steve Ryan is tied with Matt Dean for the most career interceptions by a Ram (7)
* Ryan is tied with Jeff Zimmer for the most career fumble recoveries by a Ram (5)
SASKATOON COUNTDOWN TO GAME SIX
The Canada Russia Super Series is off and running and the countdown to Game Six in Saskatoon is underway. With just 7 days before Canada’s best junior hockey players take on the best that Russia has to offer, the Saskatoon Host Committee is encouraging Saskatchewan hockey fans to show TV viewers in Canada and Russia that we have the best hockey fans in the world.
Host Chair Hugh Vassos commented at Tuesday’s media conference; “A sell-out of Credit Union Centre would be the best way to demonstrate support for our young hockey stars including Saskatoon’s own Luke Schenn and the Blades Colton Gillies as they play their hearts out for our Country. Saskatoon is now recognized as a leader among Canadian cities when it comes to hosting national and international sports events and it’s important for us to protect that reputation by filling our building for this historic hockey series game. A huge crowd would impress upon Hockey Canada, the IIHF, the CHL, the WHL, and other hockey event rights holders, that Saskatoon deserves a shot at hosting future World Hockey Championships, Memorial Cups, and other major hockey events. All eyes will be on Saskatoon and I know our fans will come through once again.”
Ticket sales have picked up significantly the past week but there are still plenty of great seats still available through Ticketmaster. Fans can buy online at www.ticketmaster.ca or in person at any Ticketmaster outlet, or by calling 938-7800. It was announced Tuesday that a number of prime tickets in both the lower bowl and upper level were released for sale to the general public.
This Friday, the Host Committee will host “The Great Canadian Hockey Ticket Blitz” at two Ticketmaster locations. Fans are encouraged to go to the box offices at Credit Union Centre or TCU Place between 9:00 AM and 5:30 PM to purchase their game tickets in person and be entered to win an autographed Team Canada jersey. In addition fans can sign a huge “Go Canada Go” banner that will be on display at Credit Union Centre for Game Six.
RED IS THE COLOUR! Fans attending Game Six are asked to dress Red, paint their faces red, and bring their Canada flags in support of Team Canada who will be wearing their red uniforms. Fans are reminded that Game Time is 6:00 PM.
For more Game Six information contact Hugh Vassos at (306) 222-5392 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Canada Russia Super Series go to www.hockeycanada.ca.