Friday, September 4, 2009
Lancaster's Legend Lives On Tonight
One way or another, the Little General will be back at Mosaic Stadium tonight as the Regina Rams host the Manitoba Bisons to kickoff the 2009 Canada West football season.
Marc Mueller gets his first start at quarterback for the Rams in the very stadium where his grandfather Ron Lancaster did so many legendary things with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The pressure is on Mueller to lead the Rams after the departure of Teale Orban, the Rams' four year starter.
"It will be a big change for us, having a new quarterback," Rams coach Frank McCrystal told CKRM. "But Marc has paid his dues. He's spent two years as our back-up and has worked really hard through the winter and spring/summer and we expect him to do real well. We have the utmost confidence in him."
Mueller knows the game inside out since he's had the greatest quarterback Canadian football has ever seen teaching him the tricks of the trade his entire life.
"I think he brings leadership more than anything," McCrystal continued. "Guys like him, guys follow him. I think part of his leadership is because he's so knowledgeable of the game. He understands. He understands what we're trying to accomplish offensively and he understands the whole team concept as well. He's a leader and a leader in the sense that he has good common sense."
Kickoff tonight at Mosaic Stadium is 7:00 and take your radio because 620 CKRM has the broadcast with Michael Ball and Chad Ehman.
Ballsy and I were chatting this morning about the showdown and Michael recalled the first-ever CIS game for the Rams back in 1999 against Manitoba.
9,000 fans showed up for that match.
It would be great if we saw that kind of support tonight!
I love this photo.
Get used to it because I'm going to be using it LOTS this fall/winter whenever discussing the Regina Pats.
The Pats are on the road to Brandon tonight for a preseason tilt with the rival Wheat Kings at 6:30pm Saskatchewan time.
There will be no CKRM broadcast of this one, but we WILL have the call of the Pats/Wheat Kings next Wednesday night in the Brandt Centre.
Check back here tonight for a recap of the game as the Pats go after their first preason victory of 2009.
Other than that, let's get this Labour Day Weekend party started!
Somebody said there may be a few beers drank around here this weekend....
Speaking of, here's the Press Box Sports Bar Friday lunch buffet:
Montreal Spiced Shaved Roast Beef
Sweet Chili Glazed Ham
Caesar and Tossed Salads
Southwest Chicken Strips
Spanish Fried Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Assorted Cakes and...
The legendary Pizza Buffet....
We’ve decorated part of the lobby at the Kramer IMAX Theatre here at the Saskatchewan Science Centre! Why are we so excited? We’re actually going to be playing the game on the IMAX screen on Sunday! Displayed are a bunch of the prizes we’ll be giving away. (Also in the photo is a cutout of Bob Thirsk, Canadian astronaut on the International Space Station right now. We’ve been dressing him up and placing him around the Science Centre all summer, for fun!)
If fans want to buy tickets – only $20 -- to see the game at the Kramer IMAX Theatre on Sunday, they can call 522-IMAX or visit our website (www.sasksciencecentre.com) for more info. We have tickets, but they are selling fast!
Saskatchewan Science Centre
Greetings from the Evil Empire. Love the blog. Far and away the best source of info for all things Riders, especially for those of us who have moved away and are pelted with information about only the Eskimos (they've pretty much already clinched the Grey Cup this year, did you know that?)
Just thought you might like to see the photo of the Riders new billboard just outside Commonwealth that went up last week.
Have fun destroying the Bombers the next couple weekends and looking forward to seeing the boys in E-town in 3 weeks.
Curtis in Edmonton