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Friday, March 16, 2012

FRIDAY RODSERVATIONS

A collection of local sports odds 'n ends:

* Tell me what other WHL team as a two-hour pregame show??  That's right, we'll be broadcasting the Sports Cage again live from the Brandt Centre today beginning at 5:00 pm as the Regina Pats welcome the Brandon Wheat Kings at 7:00 in their final home game of the regular season.  Sportsnet's Arash Madani will drop by the program for a little football talk on Four Seasons Football Friday, but the rest of the discussion will be sticks and pucks.

* Pats Fever is definitely sweeping the Queen City and first year head coach Pat Conacher can feel it as he takes the Pats into the playoffs for the first time since 2008.  "I basically just travel between home and the rink but I do go to Walmart!" Conacher laughed on the Sports Cage this week.  "It's funny, I've seen the same people all season and in August they were saying 'Hey you're the new coach of the Pats!  Good luck with that group!'  Haha.  Now I walk through Walmart and the same people are saying 'Those players are really putting out!  What you guys are doing is great!'.

"I know there's great hockey fans in this city because I see it.  We've got lots of support and it's great.  We're all excited and the kids feel it.  We're really looking forward to the playoffs.  It's not me, it's the boys but we appreciate the support we get from you guys.  They've come to work every day with their work boots on and I've never coached a better group than this."

* We've said since Christmas there's something special about this group and it wouldn't surprise me to see a first round upset.  However, the Pats will be an underdog no matter who they face in round one.

* A lady behind the counter at Robin's Donuts at Park & McDonald said she expected more out of the Pats this year under Conacher.   WHAT??!!  What a forehead-slapper.  Sometimes I shake my head at the Regina sports fan.

* Regina Pats playoff tickets go on sale this morning at 10:00 am.

* Had a visit with an NHL scout at Gold's Gym on Thursday.  He had some advice for those of you who are voting on the WHL Player of the Year award.  Consider this: yes, Brendan Shinnimin of the Tri-City Americans leads the league in scoring with 131 points but both his linemates are 100 point guys and are in the top 10 in scoring.  Jordan Weal has 116 points but he doesn't have a teammate in the top 60 scorers!  Weal is literally, singlehandedly, rewriting the Regina Pats record book as he's now 4th in all-time scoring and 3rd in all-time assists and without the North Vancouver product, Regina wouldn't have a sniff at the playoffs.

* That NHL scout also agrees Jordan Weal is a better junior than Pats legend Jordan Eberle.  We had this discussion on the Sports Cage from the Brandt Centre on Wednesday when I said Weal's a better junior player.  And there's no bigger Eberle fan than me.  Scruffy said Eberle was the better junior.   There's no right or wrong answer.   It's just a fun debate.

* And consider for one second if there's an NHL lockout next year, Jordan Weal could be back for a 20-year old season which will, in all likelihood, make him the highest-scoring Regina Pat ever.

* Speaking of comparisons, who feels the love of a woman first: Justin Bieber or Tim Tebow?

* Happy birthday today to former Regina Pats trainer Torchy Simpson and also to Olympic gold medalist Ben Hebert of Regina.

* Global TV Regina's Tom Vernon has produced a 30-minute HBO-style 24/7 documentary on the Regina Pats.  It airs Saturday night at 6:30 pm and again Sunday morning at 11:30.  I'd love to see it.

* I have to clear up my stance on the NHL-to-Saskatoon because dozens of people have stopped me in the street and said they're surprised how I feel.   I'M ALL FOR THE NHL IN SASKATOON.  No strings attached, no conditions.  If you can do it, get it done.  And when I read this week that John Graham is the man behind this movement, the situation got a whole lot more serious to me.   John's a guy I've worked with the past few years regarding NHL exhibition games in Regina.  He's big time. And, he has close ties to the New York Islanders. Perhaps the Isles could be on the move to Saskatoon sooner than we think. The Saskatoon Islanders!!!

* The funniest thing I saw all week was Eric Cole of the Montreal Canadiens high-five the referee after scoring a goal in a 3-2 shootout win over Ottawa.  The ref was signaling the goal when Cole skated by and high-fived him.  I've never seen that in 100 years of hockey.  "He was the only guy there to celebrate with!" Cole said afterwards.  "He stuck his hand out so I slapped it."

* The single greatest thing hockey did was institute the shootout.  It eliminated ties and has made for spectacular highlights night after night.  The SJHL did it first in these parts.  It's a great way to decide games but thank God it's not used in the playoffs.   Also, I've never seen a goalie blamed for a shootout loss which is great.

* Sidney Crosby notched one assist in the Penguins' 5-2 win over the Rangers in New York last night.  Initially I thought teaming Crosby with Matt Cooke on a line would be like hitching up Secretariat with a donkey but Cooke scored twice in the win.  As another NHL scout said to me yesterday, "Cooke has cleaned up his act".  The Penguins have won 10 in a row.

* TSN's Dan O'Toole referred to Madison Square Garden as "the most famous rink in the world" this week.  Really?  I know MSG bills itself as the world's most famous arena but is it really the most famous rink?  The new generation of hockey fans really missed out that they never got to watch games on TV or in person at the Montreal Forum, Maple Leaf Gardens, Winnipeg Arena, Boston Garden, Chicago Stadium, L.A. Forum, etc.  That's the NHL I loved.

* Jarome Iginla can still get it done.  This is his eleventh straight season with 30 or more goals.

* Could any other coach get more out of the Edmonton Oilers than Tom Renney?

* Saskatchewan is sponsoring Sportscentre on TSN.  I love it!

* It's odd when Sportscentre and Sportsnet Connected feature the exact same thing on their Top 10 and Connected Countdown features on the same day.  On Tuesday they both featured the greatest premature celebrations in sports.  Danny Macoccia made both lists with his 2005 Grey Cup gaffe.  Anyways, when they both feature the same thing it's like showing up at a party and seeing another guy wearing the exact same shirt.  AWKWARD!

* The Toronto Star's Damien Cox finally admitted something that a lot of us are afraid too.  That is, that today's sports world is tough to follow sometimes.  Cox wrote on Twitter that he saw the coach of the Dallas Stars on TV and didn't know who it was.  Hasn't that happened to all of us with a coach in one sport or another?  Of course the head coach of the Dallas Stars is Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan's own Glen Gulatzan and what a magnificent job he's done in his rookie campaign.

* Did Marc Crawford actually ever coach the Dallas Stars or was that just a dream I had? It seems so foggy.

* Was the WHL actually ever really in Chilliwack, BC or was that just a dream too?

* Rider Pride continues to conquer the world.  Or at least the western hemisphere.  Check out the blog mailbag (sportscage@620ckrm.com):

Hi Rod,

I just thought I'd email you some pics that I took on a recent trip to Hualtuco, Mexico.   Some Riders fans convinced local beach merchant Jungle George (Sergio Ziga Ortiz) to swim out to the rock island in Tangolunda Bay and plant a Rider flag right beside the flag of Mexico. Jungle George is easy to spot on the beach as he's always adorned in his Rider gear. He says he gives extra special deals (almost free) to Rider fans and not-so-good deals to Bomber fans.
Daryl Davis



* One of the Roughrider coaches is having an extremely difficult time finding affordable accomodations in the Queen City and approached me for help.  So if you have a one bedroom bachelor suite, or just an empty basement and would consider a renter, please email me at sportscage@mobility.blackberry.net and I'll forward the info to the coach.   This city is getting ridiculous when it comes to housing and vacancy.

* My army buddy Jeff "Sarge" Dickson was lamenting the "instant gratification" element of society today.  It wasn't enough for me to announce on Twitter yesterday that the Riders aren't interested in signing Stevie Baggs.  A barrage of commenters needed to know why.  The answer?  Just because.

* Got a team in March Madness?  I was pulling for Montana but they lost yesterday in the single elimination tournament (Pedersen Jinx strikes again).   I guess now we'll support Gonzaga (Spokane) who plays Ohio State in the next round.

* There's reason to be excited about your Toronto Blue Jays.  Consider this snippet from the New York Post this week as they examined the American League East:

“The Blue Jays, methodically, have assembled a talent base at both the major and minor league levels that has them poised to turn the AL East into a Fearsome Foursome. That unsettles no one more than what had been the Terrific Trio of New York, Boston and Tampa. As Yankees GM Brian Cashman said, “It is not good for anyone going up against them.”

“Here is another thing you might not know: Toronto’s owner, Rogers Communication, just might be the majors’ richest ownership. Thus the money is there to take the payroll to places the Rays could never dream about; keep the homegrown elites that ultimately flee Tampa.”

““This is not a long-term project anymore,” Cashman said. “They are knocking on the door. It is undeniable that they are going to win and win for a while. They are reaping the benefits of great scouting, patience and doing things right.”

* Don't say Regina is progressive, and booming, until there's more than one actual Starbucks in this town.  What a joke.  Daily it's lined up out the door.   Actually, I think I'm going to write them on Twitter right now and tell them what a disgrace it is.  I keep hearing "This isn't your Mom and Dad's Queen City anymore".  Well it is until we have at least SIX real Starbucks locations.   Saskatoon is kicking our A$$ in that regard.

* This blogger is 160 followers away from 4000 on Twitter.   So, I'm putting up a Darian Durant autographed football for my 4000th follower.  Hopefully we can make it happen over the weekend!

* If you don't like paying chequing fees, then stop paying chequing fees.

* Quote of the week goes to Frank Fiacco, brother of Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco and president of the Lonsdale Boxing Club.  I told him he should run for Mayor since his brother blazed the trail.  "I wouldn't take that job for a million dollars!" Frank huffed.

* Saw the movie Contraband this week at Rainbow Cinemas.   Two thumbs up from the Monday Morning Goalie.   Check it out this weekend.

* Hmmm.   Not much football today.  Oh well, it's not football season.  Maybe next week.

* Today's Press Box Sports Bar Friday lunch buffet courtesy Chef Trent:
Roast Beef
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Mixed Vegetables
Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings
Beef and Mushroom in Creamy Marsala Sauce
Greek Chicken
Rice
Caesar Salad
Various Deserts

THAT'S ALL!  AFTER TONIGHT'S SHOW WE'RE HEADED TO THE STATES FOR HORNETS BASKETBALL.  FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @hornetstourney.  HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
RP

78 comments:

Anonymous said...

Starbucks - Safeway - 353 Albert Street North

Starbucks - Safeway - 2223 Victoria Avenue East

Starbucks - Safeway - 3859 Sherwood Dr


DD

Rod Pedersen said...

Not the same and you know it.

Matt said...

Starbucks is over rated Rod come on! Who needs Starbucks when there is Atlantis or Aegean Roast downtown! Far better!

Anonymous said...

First Fuddruckers envy,now Starbucks envy how can we keep up with such a progessive city.

Marty

Anonymous said...

We all know you're nothing but a first class snob and this once again proves it.

Anonymous said...

Really Rod? There's only one Starbucks? I know there's a few satellite stores, one in the Regina Inn comes to mind but I can believe theres only one.

As for the premature celebration. The one of maccocia in Regina is the best if you ask me. It was the one where the esks were lined up for a field goal and Omarr blocked it. They showed him shaking hand and high fiving on the sidelines. The best angle was the iso on him where he went from a smile to a pout in seconds.


Russ from Saskatoon

Anonymous said...

Iggy has definitely had the hot stick this month. Baertchi has been a wonderful surprise and could be just the young sniper the Flames dearly need. And how bout Stajan! Cripes the guy was overpaid and overrated for his whole time in Calgary but now he's finally earning his keep. What's scary for other teams is that Cammalleri will be back soon and no doubt he'll be hungry to contribute. It's gonna be a wild dash to the finish in the Western Conference.

Glad to see you're on board with the NHL in Saskatoon Rod. We can piss around about our small town and city rivalries but in the end we are all part of this great province and if one area wins then we all win. And I know the vast majority are hoping that this does come through. They may be taking a believe-it-when-they-see-it approach but they'll be pumped like every other fan when it does. Don't let the negative nellies get you down.


Rex

Rex

Anonymous said...

those were grand old arenas rod but MSG is all that is left from the classy older school arena world. Great place to watch a variety of sports and concerts and the atmosphere is fun. rangers fans still insult Denis Potvin around 10 to 15 times a night which is hilarious the first and hundredth time you hear it.

Anonymous said...

Saskatoon Islanders? Is that an oxymoron? Maybe Saskatoon Inlanders. Why does the name have to follow the team? I don't recall hearing about the Colorado Nordiques or the Phoenix Jets.

Gored said...

Love the shootout, hate the point for losing.

Iginla is certain to be in the Hall of Fame. He has scored and scored often with mediocre talent around him and he may be one of the greatest leaders ever to play in the NHL. Question - will Joe Thornton make it to the Hall?

Anonymous said...

MSG has the slogan "the most famous arena in the world", O'toole was just playing along.

Anonymous said...

I used to live outside canada and often listened to rider games on the net. Omar's block is my favorite Pedersen/Rider moment. Joseph up the middle for the winning touchdown in 2007 labour day is number two.

Jarrett said...

Atlantis, Aegean Coast, Stone's Throw, Java Express, Rochdale Roca, Roca Jacks, and many others are FAR superior to Starbuck's 'cookie cutter' approach to the coffee shop experience.

I've been to Starbucks in several cities across the continent, and I currently live in Toronto. 80% of the time, their stores are tiny, cramped, and overflowing with humanity. Their beverages and food are no better than anywhere else.

As a writer, I spend a lot of time working from coffee shops. Great coffee shops have the following in common;

1. Windows on two sides (corner location)
2. Nooks. No mess hall style seating in the middle of a room.
3. Great ambience.
4. Personality.
5. Super cool baristas who know your name.
6. Good food & drink.
7. A tree growing inside the room is always nice (Urbana Coffee, Toronto).
8. Great music.
9. Interesting cliental.

Try Stone's Throw on Kramer Blvd instead of Starbucks. You'll be in and out quicker, and the drive to work down Wascana Parkway is much more pleasant (and faster) than Albert St.

Jarrett

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that anyone with half a brain actually takes the talk of an NHL team is Saskatoon seriously. There is no way that a market that size is remotely capable of supporting an NHL franchise. Even the Riders when they were losing had to resort to telethons to stay afloat.

Anonymous said...

Hate the shootout in hockey. The worst part is the losing team still gets a point. How stupid is that. That is what makes hockey a minoe league sport. You lost? No problem, we will give you a point for trying.
Senior Smoke

Anonymous said...

Hey buddy that doesn't think it will work, that was the old Saskatchewan. I know it infuriates you to no end that nobody else shares your stupid negativitiy anymore but that's just the way it is. I'll bet you can kill grass just by looking at it. Get a life.

Anonymous said...

From what I've heard...

The Starbucks attached to Chapters in the south end eventually became unionized. So Starbucks head office is avoiding putting another location in the QC.

That may be rumour...but I do trust the dude I heard it from.

Regardless, I'll take a coffee from Atlantis or Java Express or Le Macaron before Starbucks any day of the week. They don't keep that location very clean anyways.

Thomasean said...

Thanks for the plug Rod! For anyone that wants a sneak peak of our Regina Pats feature, we've produce a 1:15 preview. Here's the link.

http://www.globalregina.com/video/queen+city+comeback+promo/video.html?v=2209154961&p=6&s=dd#video

Tom.

Anonymous said...

U are such a hypocrite and a phony. A couple of weeks ago you mock Saskatoon for even attempting to land an NHL franchise, and now you are going Oh I know the guy so now I'm behind it. Its because of stunts like this that I give you absolutely zero credibility. Quit flip-flopping on the issue. Your gums have been flapping ever since your initial comments about what you "really" mean. You're an idiot and a gutless one at that.

Fred

Anonymous said...

Holy smokes...

...rough week Fred?

Mr.Morin said...

I know this is a sports blog, but on a politial note, how can you love the fact the government is spending money to sponsor Sportscentre? They say our province is booming and things are great but in the same breath are making cuts to programs that are necessary to sustain this 'boom'. Sponsoring Sportscentre to me is a gross misuse of government money. Just my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Rod, I love how you complain about Regina not being "progressive" when on this very blog you lament how they're trying to get fighting out of hockey, and you complain about the former mayors of Vancouver who think it's about time we talk seriously about ending marijuana prohibition.

"Progessive" means changing with the times. You might not realize it, but your opinions on many things are not "progressive", regardless of how much Starbucks you drink.

Rod Pedersen said...

You think legalizing pot is progressive? Go ask the nearest cop Cheech.

Chong said...

Nice line Rod!

Anonymous said...

Rod,

Don't even bother with the Pot debate. It's existence within their own minds. I find there are many people that have a grasp which slips from reality.

On separate notes:

- Toronto Blue Jays will finish above Baltimore but will fade by July. When you play 18 games each vs Boston, New York and Tampa you have to assume they need to win 11 to be in the hunt. That will not happen as their starting pitching isn't there nor their bullpen. The offense relies on small ball run generation, and in that division it won't work. AL East is a wait for the 3 run Homer division. Always has been and always will. My opinion is reserved regarding Managing. This fellow on surface has the reputation of being a good Pitching Coach, but I didn't see anything last year that tells me he can compete vs Girardi and Madden. Valentine is overated, and Balitmore with Showwalter will be improved. Your Manager needs to steal you some wins, and I don't see enough of that in Toront.

- I watched Jarome Iginla play in Phoenix. He still has it, but he has nobody on that team to provide support. Phoenix is a great place to watch a hockey game period.

- Get your coffee from Java Express on Quance, Second Cup on the North End, and Stone's Throw on Kramer. If you want a great cup of regular coffee go to Nicky's. Starbucks is for yuppies, but to each his own.

- Progress can be measured by how many good well paying jobs are entering Regina. The answer is not many. You guys love Capitalism so much that Capitalism is sending over 400 Viterra jobs out of Province. You guys love Capitalism so much that you don't realize Premier Wall sounds like Allan Blakeny telling Potash Companies and Grain Handling companies what they should and should not do.

Thanks
Obama

Barney R. said...

If the province could find enough cash to put in place a high speed rail link with subsidized fares between Regina and Saskatoon and PA, then perhaps an NHL team would be viable in the province at some point as the population grows. With the rising cost of gas and other things, it is not possible for enough people to travel to Saskatoon for all the home games, especially during the weekdays, and pay the high cost of tickets an NHL team would require to be stable - even assuming there are owners willing to part with their own money to cover the losses.

Anonymous said...

Actually Morin the boom is being sustained by policies that allow businesses to expand and invest in this province instead of your party's suffocating policies of keeping all evil capitalism out. Lorne tried advertising SK abroad but it didn't work because when people looked closer they saw that awful business climate and backed out. Its a fact. But you'll never admit that in front of the students in your class will you? Or maybe you're hoping that your subtle support of the NDP will wear off on them. Aint gonna happen buddy.

Reagan

Anonymous said...

Tebow is said to be with Taylor Swift so expect a hit song from her after they break up.

dv said...

Aegean and Atlantis are nice little coffee shops, too bad the coffee tastes like sh!t.

I'd love to see more Starbucks in town, but, while you're downtown Rod, I suggest grabbign coffee from the Greenspot, probably the best cup of joe in downtown Regina.

Anonymous said...

Fred - go jump in a lake and quit reading Roddy's blog if you think he's gutless. The only gutless one is you - if your going to comment about Roddy that way have the balls to put your name to the comment.

Anonymous said...

Starbucks- the guy with the union comment is right. They unionized our one store at Chapters and Starbucks said no more locations for Regina. The satelite stores do not count, not the same.

And Starbucks has the best coffee. Aegean, Atlantis etc good locale, locally owned, brutal coffee. Liking Starbucks does not make me a yuppie. I like what I like. Thanks though wise one.

ij.

Anonymous said...

Obama, Hubich called and he wants his talking points back. The loss of 400 jobs is most likely not going to happen as none of the intersted parties have talked about cutting jobs. GSU even admitted that they have to wait and see as to what happens. Even if Glencore buys Viterra they will sell the farm supply to Agrium. Boom, people keep their jobs.

Obama fail, again. Stick to Pats and High Impact Wrestling.

Reagan

Anonymous said...

Oh so the corporation said no jobs will be lost....okay if they say so must be true. I know when Viterra's senior managment team all moved to Calgary when they said after the merger with Agricore they wouldn't that kind of was forgotten. I don't think anyone has seen Mayo working out at the YMCA for quite awhile as it's a long drive from Calgary to here to work out over lunch hour. Most companies looking to take over Viterra I'm sure see the value with all the admin, logistics, and IT jobs in Regina. I mean what sense would it make to eliminate that because that work is already being done in the Head Offices elsewhere in Winnipeg or Calgary right? Don't worry. When the people lose their jobs at Viterra they can work for the guy who posted on here that he doesn't pay overtime but gives you the day off on your birthday. It all works out in the end.

It's really a matter of values. You believe the corporation, but the guy who's job it is to actually work for worker rights he's full of crap and nothing he says could have any validity. That guy said Bill 80 was unconstitutional....what a dumbass for suggesting that I see your point right.

I forgot to concede yes there were business friendly policies created. Mostly by Regina Civic government. If you put up a box store or start a retail outlet that is new then you don't pay taxes for a set number of years. No worry there as that is just offloaded to the property owners in Regina. That can get fixed becasue we'll just eliminate rental housing, turn it into condos so you have more of a tax base coming in.

Obama

Mr.Morin said...

Reagan,

I like the way you are so easily convinced by Brad Wall and the Sask. Party that they are the reason the `boom` is happening. They are simply riding the coat tails of their NDP predecessors who put in all the time and effort to improve things in this province in the first place. All I was trying to say in the first place is that spending government money on sponsorship of a national TV program is to me a misuse of money. I would say the same thing if it were the NDP or Liberals spending money foolishly.

Anonymous said...

Actually Obama, a Viterra merger or whatever you want to call it, will bring more jobs to Regina.

A new company will send InfoSys back off shore and the IT jobs will be brought back in house. The InfoSys experiment accomplished exactly what it was intended to do. Break the union. But now they can go away. A new 'mother ship' will do just that.

Anonymous said...

From Reagan,

"Even if Glencore buys Viterra they will sell the farm supply to Agrium. Boom, people keep their jobs."

Being naive can be forgiven. Being reckless that is just plain dangerous for society. You think because a company buys a division that boom everything stays in place? You think Agrium wouldn't want their own people in there? You think they would just on this basis alone bring people in at the same compensation rate they are at with Viterra? What if it's deemed you know maybe they have a different idea of how to do distribution?

You know this Blog is the greatest Blog on the internet because it really reveals so much about Saskatchewan Society. Revisionist history, worldview points the whole deal you get on here.

Regarding this wonderful Provincial government as an aside. Billy Graham had a great saying, "Show me a man's checkbook, and I'll show you his priorities."

The budget next week is going to reveal a lot. Already it's hinted at cuts to Rural Saskatchewan. It'll be interesting to see where Healthcare, Education, and Social Services end up during these so called boom times.

Obama

Anonymous said...

Roddy I love reading your blog and its a great read every day but I am tired of these clowns and the political crap that goes on. Lets talk sports please and let the so called politicians waste there energy somewhere else. I know its your blog it just gets tiring reading Obama's crap day after day. Let's go Pats, and Riders Jason

Anonymous said...

I didn't know a sports blog could offer up so much political talk and coffee shop talk,but it makes for some enjoyable reading.

As for coffe I now make my own after buying a Keurig and discovering a great little place to buy anything coffee related on 12 block Osler.

Stewart

Anonymous said...

Balls to banning politics on this Blog. I love when Obama goes off and they go at it with him. I don't know what the hell they are talking about but it is funny and interesting.

Anonymous said...

Reagan and a number of these guys definition of capitalism and free enterprise is having 20 places you can buy a cup of coffee at that will cost you the same amount as the minimum wage the person serving it makes in an hour. That is progress.

The concept of eliminating agriculture or oil companies so there are fewer in the marketplace and thinking those guys are not going to tell you know what you'll be paying or how it drives up costs in other areas is lost on these guys.

400 good paying jobs lost in the community is no big deal. However knowing that 10-15 Saskatchewan Roughriders reside here in the off season well that's the all important need to know thing.

I said my piece. Thank you for the forum Rod, and I am now done commenting on this.

Obama

Anonymous said...

You're going to tell me its not true. RP mocked Saskatoon on this blog and his show and ever since he's been backtracking. Did your bosses reprimand you? Now he comes on and says I have respect for this bid now that I know who is in charge. COPOUT CITY!

To the knuckledragger who said I should come out and identify myself and then signs it anonymously, you know where you can put your opinion.

Just in case you missed it the first time, the name is FRED!

Anonymous said...

OH-BAH-MAH!!!! OH-BAH-MAH!!!! OH-BAH-MAH!!!!

Anonymous said...

Go away Fred. Nobody every erected a statue to a critic. For the record Saskatoon really is a toilet. When you get a local wrestling show then you can speak.

Anonymous said...

Shut up Obama!!!!!!!!!!! Fred you're next!!!!!!!!

Rod Pedersen said...

Flintstone - my bosses never talk to me about my show. Thanks for listening and reading. I know you wish you had something like this in Saskatoon.

Anonymous said...

FRED.....Please leave your name and number so Rod can contact you on tonights Sports Cage and you can tell him to his face that he's gutless.

For someone that thinks Rod's a Hypocrite/Phony/Idiot/Gutless and has Zero Credibility you sure come on his Blog quite a bit.

Fred maybe you should head back to that massive pot hole you crawled out from on Idylwyld Drive.

Anonymous said...

Don't give him the dignity of referring to him as the great Fred Flintstone.....use a passive aggressive approach like the guy Monty who stayed with Fred Flintstone. He kept referring to him as Ferdy.

Anonymous said...

To Fred-you should consider anger management help!Guys like you are the reason most people choose to be anonymous. Either that or crawl back under your rock!

Anonymous said...

Ferdy is a rootin' tootin' mad as heck meat and potatoes not gonna take any guff from anybody type of guy.

Keith said...

For the best top quality cup of coffee in Regina, it has to be Roca Jacks on 13th ave.

Nathan Zafar said...

i agree with you whole-heartedly on shoot-outs. i've always found it super exciting! and this year i love it even more being a devils fan. our team system doesn't allow for a lot of goals and frankly our defense isn't what it used to be either... but if we get to a shoot-out kovy scores every time and parise rarely misses too. and brodeur one on one... forget about it!

we had an exciting one rachel and i witnessed live last night against the av's.

to your point of goalies never being blamed, i think it's in large part true (and rightfully so). however i remember in '08 the devils were playing the leafs and ron wilson switched their goalie... just for the shoot-out! i forget if cujo was put in for the shoot-out or pulled out but i remember we won the shoot-out and everyone was on ron wilson for discouraging his starting goalie and putting pressure on a cold back-up.

also, i drink starbucks almost every day. there are 4 within 2 blocks of my office... 2 of them on this block!

Anonymous said...

Obama, with all due respect, I believe YOU are the naive one. Your political content is laughable, if not dillussional.

Anonymous said...

Best comment of the day:
"Aegean and Atlantis are nice little coffee shops, too bad the coffee tastes like sh!t."

Soooo TRUE

Anonymous said...

F off with the political jargon. Yapping about changes on here will get you no where anyway. Get your asses to the Brandt tonight and cheer on the boys. Obama don't bother going because I don't wanna read your dissection of another win and how great the 80's were. Leave that political mumbo jumbo to Gormley.

Anonymous said...

Fred's a bit of a goof, no?

Anonymous said...

Dispute the content of what Obama put down then. Pretty hard to do.

Anonymous said...

Gonna be a pretty good one tonight at the Brandt!

Anonymous said...

Actually its not difficult to debate Obama at all. His essays are long on wind but short on actual substance of what the topic is. We're still waiting for him to debate Gormley. I don't know why Obama keeps refusing, he thinks Gormley is an idiot so it should be a walk in the park no?

Billy said...

LOL....guess who s going to be the first ones out of the playoffs as well?? P#TS

Anonymous said...

go jays..... can't wait for season to start

willhe said...

Rod you say the shootout is the greatest thing in hockey. I disagree and here is why.....If you win your team gets 2 points if you lose your team gets 1 point, but the guy who worked his ass off all night and scores the winner in the shootout gets nothing. The shoot out should never happen they should play 4 on 4 until it's over .

willhe said...

Rod you say the shootout is the greatest thing in hockey. I disagree and here is why.....If you win your team gets 2 points if you lose your team gets 1 point, but the guy who worked his ass off all night and scores the winner in the shootout gets nothing. The shoot out should never happen they should play 4 on 4 until it's over .

Anonymous said...

Rosetown Capitalists 8 Balgonie New Democrats 0 in Sask AAA last nite. game 1 of best of 5

Anonymous said...

What is with all the political talk today??

Med Hat has 2 real Starbucks in case anyone was wondering?

Anonymous said...

After listening to the Pats playoff hype on the age. I was wondering what day yhe Memorial Cup parade is scheduled?

Anonymous said...

A middle finger salute to some of you. You're all gutless bastards as far as I'm concerned.


FRED

Anonymous said...

Obama sucks. He's a "Rear View Mirror" type of guy.

Anonymous said...

Yes Fred, and you're the tough guy. I'd say go downtown Saskatoon and jump off a building, but you'd only sprain your ankle. Show us where there's business in that town to support hockey. You have zero corporate buildings, pretty good indicator.

BAM BAM said...

YOU GO DADDY!!

Anonymous said...

FRED - I thought I told you to stay off Roddy's blog.

And where's your name and number so Roddy can call on the Sportscage and you can tell him to his face all these wonderful things you've written about him.

Again, the only GUTLESS person is you. If your gonna say those things about Rod - put your name to it you coward.

Bill Brasky

Anonymous said...

Shut up Freddy!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Gormley of the latest rating of what 7.8? That means his parents, kids and a few friends listen that show. Guaranteed there are more people viewing this Blog on a Monday-Friday.

Also still waiting for anyone to dispute what Obama put down.

Anonymous said...

Freddie, Freddie, Freddie-you must learn to treat people in a respectful manner! You should apologize for your past behaviour and withdraw your finger salute comment. You can do it!

Anonymous said...

Starbucks secret. buy cheapest poor quality beans over roast them for a burnt nutty flavour. use fancy italian names and inflated prices. market to young unrefined palates convincing them that burnt is a new flavour. note how the middle age wanting to feel young think they have to drink it too and will petition to have stores opened. good for starbucks bottom line. pretty stupid for those joining the flock mentality.

Anonymous said...

Alright I'll dispute Obama's comments. He talks about the corporations saying and believeing, well then the same holds true for him and the GSU or any other left wing think tank for that matter. The companies that are involved in potentially taking over Viterra would need to take on more staff just to help out with the massive work load that such a merger would bring. Therefore, they would need that staff that's already in Regina and at the ag retail level to help maintain business as usual. But Obama's people won't ever admit to that.

On to Obama's second point. Saskatchewan has over half the world's potash resources. We only have a small percentage of the world's grain production. Big difference. This is why these two takeovers are apples and oranges. The farming industry is very competiitve and farmers will still get the service they deserve. Obama doesn't actually work in the grain industry so he has to rely on talking points. I do so I see the facts.

There you go sir, I took on Obama. Why do you insist on hiding behind his coattails instead of debating the subject yourself? Grow a set for a change.

Reagan

Anonymous said...

^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Next you'll tell us how good Tim's is. Idiot.

Anonymous said...

Reagan,

Wrong. You seriously speak like what Malcolm X described as the difference between a slave in the field and a slave in the house. Either way you are a slave. They'll need to hire more people? Not likely. The reality is when the jobs in Regina get eliminated it means the pile of paper on a guy's desk in Winnipeg, Calgary or wherever the Head Office just got a little bit higher.

It is embarassing to continue to try and write your way out of this. We'll leave it at that.
We shall see my friend. We shall see....lol.

Obama

Anonymous said...

Reagan if you got a problem at work just call up Mayo Schmidt....I'm sure he'll take your call and work out what ever concern you may have.