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Monday, May 11, 2015

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ANOTHER WEEKEND, ANOTHER BANQUET

A soldout crowd attended the 2015 Ducks Unlimited 35th Anniversity Dinner & Auction Saturday night at the Delta Regina.  The event is always well-attended as tens of thousands of dollars are raised to help conserve the wetlands and save the ducks.

However the past few years an entertainment component was added and three years ago TSN's Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole were the featured speakers.  Last year I had the golden opportunity to interview on stage members from the four Roughrider Grey Cup championship teams: 1966 (Alan Ford), 1989 (Roger Aldag), 2007 (Jeremy O'Day) and 2013 (Darian Durant).

This year's even featured the Dean of Canadian sportscasters, TSN's Brian Williams who's best known for anchoring dozens of Olympic broadcasts as well as his feature work on CFL telecasts.

He was a little fidgety throughout the event, not particularly warming up to the fact he wouldn't take to the stage until 9:30 pm after all of the auctions had wrapped up.  He knew people weren't paying attention to the front of the room in the first place, and would be even less-so with a belly full of booze by the end of the evening.  However I did my best to ease his nerves and get his mind off of it.

As far as people being disrespectful at these dinners and being nearly impossible to corral, I've given up.  I guess that's Regina's new "thing".  I'll just continue to go through the program and hope for the best.

So being a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame Media Wing, Brian Williams has an affection for the CFL so I asked his take on the Toronto Argonauts conundrum which currently faces new Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge.

"I went to the same high school in Hamilton with Martin Short but David Braley also went there so I know David," Williams said.  "He didn't try to own two teams.  He's got the Argos and B.C. Lions but he had the Lions first and had he not bought the Argos, they would've gone out of business.

Now I'm not some Toronto-centric person but without Toronto, the league doesn't exist.  You've got a population of 35-million and 10-million are in Southern Ontario."

Williams is confident the Argo mess will be straightened out by Braley, along with Brian's bosses.

"He will get that settled and the word is Bell - and I work for Bell Media - no one from Bell has talked to me but Bell spends $45-million a year for CFL television broadcast rights," Williams theorized.  "Larry Tanenbaum, the head of MLSE, was after the NFL but the NFL is not coming to Toronto because Buffalo is staying where it is.  Now Tanenbaum's involved trying to get the Argos with Bell so the ideal situation would be to play at BMO Field with strong ownership.  I think it's coming.  It's tough, but I"m optimistic."

Of course Brian Williams moonlights as the host of Don Cherry's Grapeline - the longest syndicated radio show in Canadian broadcast history.   The program originates out of Fan 590 in Toronto but also airs on Regina's 620 CKRM weeknights at 6:30 pm.  I asked Williams for his best Grapes story, and how the show began.

"1984 I came home from the Olympics in L.A. and Friar Smith, a well-known broadcaster at Toronto's CFRB, calls me and says Don Cherry wants to do a radio show," Williams reflected.  "I say, 'I don't even know Don Cherry!' but he says Don wants to do a show and wants to do it with me.  So we go and have a meeting and the CFRB guys say there's no money in syndicated radio shows.  Don pulls out a cheque for $100,000 from Bridgestone Tires and says, 'Will this do?'  This is 1984 and that's like a half a million dollars these days.

"So now we go and have to sell it door-to-door.  Don asks me if he's got enough stories to last until Christmas!  We agreed to stop in 1994 because we were tired of it but the media group Telemedia says they want to continue the show with a shorter season and they're gonna pay us more money!"

Brian warned that this is where his favourite Don Cherry took place.

"We're supposed to meet the Telemedia guys for lunch at a Toronto hotel to talk about it and Grapes calls me and says, 'Don't dress up for this lunch.  Just wear a golf shirt and jeans because it's June and it's hot out'," Williams laughed.  "I go dressed like that but he shows up in his best suit!  Dressed to the nines!  As we're leaving the restaurant, the whole place stands up and applauds us and Don stops and says to the whole place, 'Thank you!  Thank you! Look at this - typical CBC - he's dressed like a bum'.  We got outside and his wife Rose gave him hell.  So we continued the show and we've done 31 years and I'm not sure about 32.  I'm so busy and he's busy but he's great to work with.  He loves the Regina Pats because of the Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry and Don loves his military history.  I'll tell you why Don is so good: he's exactly on TV like he is in real life.  It's not an act.  He is exactly like that."

The full interview with Brian Williams will air Monday evening on the SportsCage after 6:00 pm.

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JON RYAN CHARITY CLASSIC EVENTS

Seattle Seahawks punter and Super Bowl champion Jon Ryan of Regina will be holding his annual charity event in late June in his hometown.  There will be an added bonus this year with the first-ever Wednesday Night Live at the Saskatchewan Sound Stage on June 24.  Ryan joined us on Friday's SportsCage to discuss the evening.
On stage with Jon in 2014

"Ya it's gonna be a really cool event," J.R. said.  "It's going to be a concert by The Trews as well as Gord Bamford, one of the biggest country stars in Canada.  We're gonna be doing that along with my fiance, best-selling author and stand-up comic Sarah Colonna.  She'll be hosting the event and I'll have some of my Seahawks teammates there too.  It's gonna be a fun night.  You can go online to www.jonryancgc.com to buy tickets and they're selling for $150 dollars right now."

The third annual charity golf classic at the Wascana Golf & Country Club will be held on Thursday, June 25 but is already soldout.  Jon said

"I've been absolutely floored by it," Jon gushed.  "I never thought it would get to this level or that we would be able to raise the amount of money that we've raised.  It just speaks volumes about the people of Regina and how they support their own.  I've said it millions of times, but I've taken so much from that city that you could never possibly give it all back.  And everytime you try to give something back, they turn around and give you more than you could possibly ever ask for.  That's what it's like to be from Regina and be from Saskatchewan."

The full interview with Jon Ryan is available on Friday's podcast on our official website at www.sportscage.ca.

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2015 CFL DRAFT GOES TUESDAY

Excitement is ramping up for Tuesday's 2015 CFL Canadian College Draft which begins at 6:00 pm Saskatchewan time.  Luc Mullinder and I will be broadcasting a preview of the event live from the Rider locker room on the SportsCage Tuesday beginning at 4:00 pm.  We'll have plenty of Rider guests appearing live on the show - just like last year - including Head Coach Corey Chamblin, Assistant GM Jeremy O'Day and others.

TSN Draft Analyst Duane Forde will be holding a national conference call with the media on Monday which will air later in the day on the SportsCage while Rider GM Brendan Taman will address reporters right after at Mosaic Stadium

CTV Regina's Darrell Romuld did a nice feature with Canadian football scout Kent Ridley at www.ctvregina.ca and this is a portion of it:

REGINA -- Kent Ridley of Ridley Scouting spoke with CTV’s Darrell Romuld ahead of Tuesday’s CFL Draft.

“The fullbacks are really strong this year. There’s also a really great group of linebackers that I think all have a shot at earning a regular rotation spot,” Ridley said.

Ridley wrote the sixth annual Canadian College Draft Guide. He says there are not a lot of surprises this year. However, there may be some information in it that people might not have heard before, especially on players who have been in the United States for four or five years.

As for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, he predicts that they will try to trade into the second round only having picks at the number six and 24. The team needs to fill ten spots and Ridley thinks there are some good players that they will key in on.

“I think with their first pick they will probably look toward the offensive line just kind of a gut feeling there. And the number 24 spot I’ve got a lot of defensive guys that kind of fit into that position. In the draft that would be reasonable selections there and I think guys like Blair Smith would be a great fit for the Riders’ defense,” said Ridley.

Ridley also thinks that Tevaughn Campbell has a good chance to get selected. The local football player has got invites to two NFL training camps.

“When you’ve got a guy with that kind of chase speed, you know, you kind of places to put him,” said Ridley.

Addison Richards is also someone who Ridley says coaches have their eye on. He says Richards is a quality route runner and takes care of his blocks, something you don’t always see with Canadian players.

Top quarterbacks include Brandon Bridge and Jordan Yantz, who is from Saskatchewan . However, Ridley says that quarterbacks have an “uphill battle” this year. He explains that as long as the position is not involved in the ratio it may be a “stumbling block.”

“Jordan is a gutsy kid. I think he really fits in with the Edmonton mold. He’s a guy that comes in and could kind of look like a Mike Riley or a Matt Nichols and not create differences in how he plays,” said Ridley.

As for Bridge, he said that he fits the CFL style more than the NFL style.

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MONDAY QUICK HITS

- Reporters will do their best on Monday to dig out of Rider GM Brendan Taman what their draft strategy will be this year but he can be forgiven for keeping his cards tight to his vest.  When you sit down for your playoff draft, do you let the other poolies know what your plans are?  Of course not.  However as I wrote one week ago in this space, it wouldn't surprise me to see the Riders try to select offensive linemen and receivers since coach Corey Chamblin favours 11 starting Americans on defense.

- One CFL personality emailed after my Thursday column regarding how the Riders have diligently worked to patch the weaknesses of last season.  "What will they do this year when the holes pop up?" he asked.  We will have to wait and see.

- Rams receiver Addison Richards looms as a tantalizing pick for the Riders although they hold the 6th overall selection and Addison is rated for the second round.  Despite his solid showing at this weekend's New York Giants minicamp, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Riders skip over Richards in Round 1.  In 2010 the Riders went with the local guy in Jordan Sisco while Canadian receivers Cory Watson and Shawn Gore were snapped up with the very next two picks.  They both have had solid CFL careers while Sisco never panned out, with injuries being the main culprit.  It's unlikely history will repeat itself here despite the attachment to the local stud.

- It seems like 8:00 pm Eastern Time is an odd time to hold the CFL Draft but it's in prime time and fills a hole in TSN's programming.  However it's an easy target for the critics, such as Montreal Gazette writer Herb Zurkowsky who Tweeted over the weekend, "Great moments in scheduling: CFL draft goes Tuesday night - head-to-head with sixth game of the Canadiens-Lightning series".  That's a cheap shot.  The CFL has tried everything over the years including starting the draft at 8:00 am or noon but nothing ever stuck.  Hopefully they'll keep with this scenario and build something.

- We mentioned that former Rider safety James Patrick's little brother Qua Cox (same mother) was in camp with the Riders in Florida last month.  However Cox worked out with the New York Giants over the weekend and may never get the opportunity to suit up with the Green & White.

- Announcing the CFL's new partnership with Shaw Communications Friday in Calgary seemed like odd timing as well but the message certainly seemed to have reached the masses.  Shaw will be the presenting sponsor of the Grey Cup, Player Awards and the Player of the Week Awards.  The amount of the sponsorship has not been made public but Hamilton Tiger-Cats President Scott Mitchell Tweeted, "Partnership between CFL/Shaw/TSN is one of the most significant corporate partnerships in league history.  Grey Cup now presented by Shaw".

- The Anaheim Ducks are moving on to the NHL's Western Conference Final after disposing of the Calgary Flames 3-2 in overtime in the deciding Game 5 Sunday night.  The Flames will no doubt be bitter with their ouster but in time they'll hold their heads high for what they accomplished this year.  The question I have is: is this the start of something special in Calgary or will they be a one-and-done like Brian Burke's Toronto Maple Leafs?

- The other note that struck me over the weekend is the old excuse that hockey teams in L.A. and Anaheim can't be successful because they're so close to the sun-drenched beaches.  There was a time when players would come to the rink with sunburns and coaches would throw their hands up.  However with the Kings winning two Stanley Cups over the past four years and the Ducks charging towards a championship this year, you can toss that notion into the ocean.

I hate excuses.

- Matt Stajan's hit on Anaheim's Corey Perry wasn't dirty Sunday night.  And it doesn't matter now anyway.

- Interesting to read Flames President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke isn't allowed to speak with the media during the playoffs, deferring to GM Brad Treliving.  That's what it said in the Toronto Star on the weekend anyway.

- Speaking of championships, is there a more-decorated Regina sports personality than Norm Fong who celebrated his 64th birthday on Friday?  The former Rider equipment manager and Plaza of Honor inductee joined us on the SportsCage on Friday and talked about his two Grey Cups with the Riders, his Memorial Cup title with the Regina Pats and two Canadian Bowl wins with the Regina Rams.  Normie's royalty!

- Which team comes back from a 3-1 series deficit to win in Round 2: the Montreal Canadiens or New York Rangers?  After falling down 2-0 to the Lightning, I tweeted that the Habs would come back to win the series and they seem to be on track to do just that.  Here's hoping, since I've got five Canadiens in our annual playoff pool.

- It was a pleasure to sit with UofR Mens Hockey coach Todd Johnson at the Ducks dinner on Saturday.  The Cougars appear to have their next starting goalie with the news over the weekend that former Regina Pats and Yorkton Terriers netminder Dawson MacAuley has committed to the UofR.

- The Brandon Wheat Kings are down 2-0 to Kelowna in the WHL championship series with the next three games slated for the Rockets' building.  It would appear the Wheat Kings are about to be thrashed in the combine but you have to wonder how much better they'll be in 2015-16?  Many predict they'll be nose-to-nose with the upstart Regina Pats but Pats coach John Paddock told us on the SportsCage last week, "We'll be even younger next year and will be pushed to make the playoffs".

- It was great to see the Pats draft Mike Sillinger's son Lukas on Thursday as well as John Paddock's nephew Max, a goalie out of Manitoba.  I have no problem with drafting along bloodlines because it certainly sells tickets.  However you never know how the genes are going to play out.  Jordan Eberle's father Darren plays lead guitar in a rock band!  But it appears Lukas Sillinger has a good head about him.  When asked about the pressure of trying out for the team with which his Dad starred, Lukas said, "There can be pressure both ways.  I'm just happy to have the opportunity."

- Every time I turn on the news, I see R.A. Dickey saying how much he sucks.  How long will this experiment last with the Blue Jays?

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THAT'S ALL!  HAVE A GREAT WEEK...
RP
@sportscage
Instagram: ridervoice

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Only in Regina! "Ducks Unlimited Save the Wetlands Save the DUCKS " ARE YOU KIDDING ME? The whole frigging province is under water and some dummy is worried about conserving the wetlands? Lolol We could use a fundraiser to buy shells for duck hunters to keep the numbers down. Unbelievable.

Rod Pedersen said...

Someone needs a hug.

Hal said...


Rod you & Brian Williams were great on saturday, but come on Regina when people are talking at an event like this, go outsuide if you have to have a conversation.

Talking through grace was embarrassing. I wasnt at the Red Sox dinner but it sounded like the same problems took oplace there. Be better Regina, lets show how classy we really are.

Don Mitchell said...

One of the reasons why there was so much flood water was due to the destruction of wetlands. Those wetlands would have retained all that floodwater instead of sending it downstream.
Now if the government would pay farmers to retain wetlands instead of draining them, think of how much money we would all save when towns and cities are not flooded!
Great website Rod. Can't wait for the season to start!

Anonymous said...

Don M. Every little dip , hole, crevice in Sask has water in it. "The wetlands" could not of prevented this nor will it ever. THere is simply too much water. When we were going through the drought years ago it made sense "wetland conservation". City people are out of touch as to what is going on in rural areas.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1 must be a Flames fan!

Anonymous said...

We need to seriously improve our social graces in this province. I'm not an old guy by any means but since moving back here I'm shocked at the overall language used in public places, the way some men dress when going out to dinner let alone the grocery store and how many guys continue to wear hats in an eating establishment. I was embarrassed at the last few dinners I've attended in Regina on how people go on with their conversations pay no respect to people speaking or feel their cell phone is more of a priority than respecting others. Let's grow up Regina, we're better than this.

Roddy, I want to commend you for the job you did the other night, Brian Williams is a Canadian icon. Don Cherry is a fantastic Canadian and does not get enough respect for all he does for the military, veteran affairs along with amateur hockey in this country.


Jeff

Craig said...

Congratulations to Mr. Parker on his recent WHL award for his contributions to the league, particularly stepping up to acquire and rebuild the Pats at a time when they were almost finished in Regina.

Anonymous said...

@Jeff,

I've stated this for years and I'm on record. It is truly awful the social graces and behavior displayed by all segments.

The Rider games are the worst with hats on during the anthem. I also find it deplorable there would be any noise what so ever during the anthem.

@Craig,

The award the former Owner got was nothing more than window dressing, and they are all sad for one thing. They'll miss the guaranteed 2 pts you got when you came to Regina.

Regarding Wetlands, I wrote the letter to the L.P last year about the flooding. They're so busy pleasing big business, and privatizing medicine, and neglecting seniors they forgot to put an environmental policy in place. If wetlands were conserved you wouldn't have flooding in Saskatchewan and worse it pouring over into Manitoba.

...all I would say to guys like Jeff who just moved here. You should have seen this Province in her prime she was a real honey. Now, it along with the people are an utter embarassment.


Y'er Welcome
Obama

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

RP:

Why is it when I come to your blog, I see ads asking if I want to marry Phillipine women and when I go to Scruffy's blog, I see ads for the TD Bank and Capital.

Are you involved in some business venture with Phillipine women?


Kyle

Anonymous said...

Obama - okay this time he's correct on a few things. We know he gets a wild hair if anything is out of place with hats and anthems. We know he hates the Sask Party and he's consistant.

This was a good post. The Parkers basically did nothing, and the WHL could have sold the Pats to the Ochapaway Reserve as they were offering more money. The Parkers wanted Kelowna territory, but Chynoweth took care of an existing WHL partner, and gave them Regina instead. Pure politics, and nothing more nothing less in terms of ensuring the right people got the team for the right reasons.

The Parker regime is a dark age for hockey in this city.

Obama is bang on with the wetland arguement and I read his letter. When you don't conserve wetlands, water runs off and it goes to the lowest spot. This so called disaster is all man made and lands at the foot of Brad Wall. Ducks don't talk though so it's hard for them to articulate.

I also agree with him telling Jeff this place was once a real honey as he says. You could afford a home, and start your career. People moved to Alberta and after 44 years of P.C rule that place should be the promised land. Instead it's an expensive mess.

People are naive and they get the governments they deserve. Someone last week mentioned inexperienced NDP MLAs - like Gene Makowsky would ever be mixed up with the next Peter Laughheed.

Anonymous said...

Did Russ also get a boot in the ass from the WHL for putting his son in charge which almost completely ruined the Pats franchise?

Signed

Many in Regina hockey community!

Anonymous said...

Beauty's out this morning! WOW

The level of respect at events has been going on a year now. Somehow, there is always those few tables that think their conversation is more important than the event they are at. People on the mic need to step up, point out the table, and either tell them to shut the hell up, or leave...plain and simple.
As for the wetlands, Don M has hit the nail right on the head. Enough said there!

As for the Jon Ryan tourney, Wascana got greedy, so I heard it's moved to the Royal Regina.

The Corey Perry interference WAS deliberate, and PJ Stock after watching the replay with Colby even piped down after he CLEARLY saw Stajan look right at him to interfere, but the diving portion was over the top. Perry even "sort of" admitted it was for the team in his post game interview. Read into it what you will, the refs got it right and even had a couple words for him when he was on the ice testing it out.

Don Mitchell said...

Farmers have been draining wetlands long before Brad Wall came to power.
One of the reasons why wetlands are drained is because of the tax regime that charges farmers for all of their acres not just cultivated. So what is the incentive to retain the wetlands?
As I said before, the amount of money saved when we don't have flooding would more than make up the cost paid to farmers to retain wetlands. Also it would help if towns and cities would quit building on a BLOODY FLOOD PLAIN!!! I'm looking at you Brandon MB!

Anonymous said...

If I make my front yard a mess complete with ditches draining water to my neighbour I am warned to clean it up then CHARGED if the city is forced to clean it. Why in this no longer socialist province when the farmers make a mess and short term profit from it the province is expected to fix it? Individual responsibilities for the consequences of your own actions does not apply to the hinterlands. Wall is a bigger socialist than Karl Marx when it comes to rural Sask.

Anonymous said...

The Regina hockey community speaks the truth!

BTW: I am getting Chinese women and not Phillipines women. Have you already started branching out?

Anonymous said...

Ducks Unlimited is a scourge on the backs of farmers, looking to eek out a return on multi million dollar investments. Over 50% of Saskatchewan is covered by forest and lakes, don't cry to me about needing more ponds and sloughs for ducks. This area is made for farming and maximizing land base is good business. Donating money so DU can protect low lying areas around the country is a waste of money and false gratification.

Anonymous said...

Talking during speeches, it's not as much the people's fault as it is the event co-ordinators. People spend a lot of money to go to these things and it "IS" their night out. If you want people to pay attention maybe put the speakers up in the first 30-60 mins so people are on drink 2 or 3 instead of 8-9. Saying people are rude is downright stupid because these people don't have a chance to be quiet after these events over serve them alcohol to make more money for themselves. That's why it will continue, sadly, once I've had a few, I would rather get wasted than listen to Devon White nomatter how witty he is. But start the night with Devo and the best thing I could think to do would be to have 2-3 drinks and hear his stories. The Parker's receiving anything for the absolute mess they brought in here and left is a downright laugh riot. Tommy boy (BP) did a "D-" job at best (and I'm being both forgiving and forgetful with that rating). The league wanted them out for years and almost forced their hand to sell because it was so poorly run. Obama is correct. Window dressing, for the undressing of a franchise.

Brian from Lipton

Anonymous said...

Great to see all the lads out in force at the cricket pitch in Douglas Park this weekend. Cricket is the #2 sport on the planet and Regina's cricket scene is growing - great to see. I predict that at some point the Sports Cage will move away from the MMA hype and into more cricket coverage, with interview of some local stars!

Nigel

Anonymous said...

Obama, you can't fool me....you just answered your own post above. Nice try!! LOL

Your "privatizing medicine" rhetoric is getting old and "abusing seniors" or "neglecting seniors"…..give it a rest. Health care is better than it’s ever been. All the Sask Party has done is clean up the mess of the NDP. The difference now is the unions don’t get whatever they want so they publish (ie: social media) every negative thing they hear. They don’t even investigate if the report was true.

Same with the NDP. Their reports on Regina Pioneer Village ……. completely false. Showing 25% of a meal at RPV, a meal the residents WANT, was a joke……yet no correction when the truth was found out. Residents and employees crying because of the false accusations. Dozens of letters written to the NDP from residents and union staff (yes, UNION staff who are pissed at the NDP) expressing their disappointment. NDP hasn’t said boo since…..because the truth isn’t sexy. The truth doesn’t get you “likes” on Facebook. The truth doesn’t matter.

Abusing seniors??? Nice try. Incidents happen every once in a while. That’s the world we live in. There are wacko’s everywhere. Unfortunately, some work in healthcare. Patient abuse related incidents are down in Saskatchewan healthcare in the last 10 years. The numbers support this…….but hey, you keep going on with your lies…..because the truth doesn’t matter.

Privatizing Medicine?? The RQHR lowered the wait for surgery to the lowest in CANADA!!!!! Yes, they used some private clinics but I think getting the surgeries actually done was the most important thing, don’t you think? The health of the patient is the most important, don’t you think? There used to be and old saying/expression in Saskatchewan that if you said “privatize”, you might get struck by lightning or worse! Ha.

Private MRI clinic?? Just a terrible idea right (although we’ve actually had them for years in SK, nothing new)?? Or maybe we should do it the same as the NDP as they had private clinics as well but on the Riders were allowed to “skip the queue”. Didn’t see this on the NDP Facebook page, just the same old fear mongering. Again, the truth doesn’t matter.

Reports on the school in Esterhazy ……..just lies. Students had no fountain water for one day as the drinking water system was replaced. Bottled water was supplied in every classroom. This was ONE DAY!!!! But nope……...Wotherspoon and Broten just went with the lies and they spread like wildfire because some folks just believe whatever they hear. The truth doesn’t matter.

The NDP keeps talking about a shortage in daycare spaces. The data doesn’t support this but they keeping going on and on and on …… but repeat with me again……..the truth doesn’t matter!!

The sad thing in this province is folks actually listen to people like Obama. Some actually believe what this “snake oil salesman” is selling. The NDP is very similar. They are only interested in being in power. Contrary to what they try to say, they aren’t as interested in “the people” of SK……again, only interested in POWER!!!

Later folks,
Signed …… you wish…

Anonymous said...

I doubt that happens in my lifetime. I'm not trying to be a jerk about it in case it comes out that way. Football and Hockey are what rules the local airwaves.

Anonymous said...

What the heck is up with all the Saskatchewan duck talk? You would think that on a sports comment section the chatter would be all about the amazing Anaheim Ducks and that Duck from Regina - Ryan Getzlaf! Anyways, have to run and eat my lunch which is soup and quackers.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

There is nobody less deserving of an award than the Parker's that ran the Pats. All I'll say is that eventually the chickens come home to roost. And not just for the way they ran that hockey team.

You guys obviously don't know squat about rural SK and what's gone on these last few years. Typical NDP garbage, blame rural SK for everything and spew out more overused talking points just to get elected in the cities. You think they'd have learned some lessons after the last two elections but obviously haven't.

Hilary


PS, Obama is a card carrying member of the SP. He just posts like that to get a few laughs. Don't believe me? He even admitted this last fall.

Anonymous said...

Thought this was a sports blog some of the left wing CCF'ers have turned it into a political forum.

Go to Alberta you left wingers!1 they will welcome you there.

Anonymous said...

God you farmers find alot to complain about i weld farm epuipment on a farm and all these farmers are rich but dont wanna admit it because they have gotten way to used to complaining.

Anonymous said...

Those people will be back from alberta. Thank the NDP for that hahahaha

Anonymous said...

To the guy that listed the truth doesn't matter - I couldn't be bothered to read your post.

As for the truth

THE TRUTH DOESN'T HAVE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS

Y'er Welcome
Obama

Anonymous said...

God love Ya Obama! No one else will.

Anonymous said...

Just curious Rod...what is your remedy for the RA Dickey problem? You never mention the Jays usually so I can only assume you have no clue about the Jays pitching situation. Interested to hear what you would do.

Anonymous said...

The Sask Party is responsible for flooding. What an awesome statement to make. I spit out my coffee on that one.

Anonymous said...

The NDP will obliterate Alberta's economy within 3 years. We say ' NEVER AGAIN' in Sask when the nasty N word is mentioned.

Rod Pedersen said...

It's not my job to find the solution. I just know he's being paid a lot to keep losing. Develop some young guys if he's in the twilight of his career.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for playing the game Nigel!

Anonymous said...

In the process of developing two of the best young pitchers in the game Rod. Norris wasn't ready yet and Sanchez is start to come around add in Marcus Strohman and the future is looking bright. If there is one thing the Jays can do its develop players. Problem is they trade them all away for guys like Dickey.

Anonymous said...

Only in Regina do you have a legend like Brian Williams as a speaker and the fat drunk sports fans would rather listen to other fat drunk sports fans.

That just doesn't happen anywhere else.

Worst sports city in North America.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha, Obama just got served! Nothing to say Obama?

Obama doesn't like when his left-wing propaganda is met with facts!

The TRUTH will set you free my friend.

Anonymous said...

The only person on here that needs a hug is Obama.

He has his head so far up Broten's a##, he can see Wotherspoon's feet!

Anonymous said...

Like I said I wish you could have seen Regina in her prime, she was a real honey.

If I owned Regina and Hell, I'd rent out Regina and live in Hell.

Midnight Rider