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Thursday, May 14, 2015

THURSDAY RODSERVATIONS

A RIDER DOZEN ONE-TIMERS

1 - Wednesday's 2-1 overtime loss in Game 7 of Washington's second round Stanley Cup Playoff series with the New York Rangers had to be the most bitter of Alexander Ovechkin's hockey career.  And there have been many.  The Great 8's sheepish guarantee of a Game 7 win caught everyone's attention and it was certainly shaping up to be a fantastic story when he scored to give the Caps a 1-0 lead after the first period at Madison Square Garden.  Privately, I was hoping the Caps would make good on it.  Unfortunately Ovechkin's teammates weren't able to muster enough guption to back their captain's assertion and their playoff journey wound up in the ditch.  Ovechkin's a heckuva hockey player with all the talent in the world but to quote Paul Pierce - the Washington Wizards small forward - he lacks the "it" factor.

Remember in Game 1 when he scored on Rangers goalie Henrik Lundquist and circled the net beaking, "All series!  All series"?  He looks like a fool now.  The greats of the game would have never done something like that.

2 - Should the NHL be thrilled or mortified at the prospect of an Anaheim-Tampa Bay Stanley Cup Final, a battle of sunbelt teams who didn't exist in 1990?  An Original Six championship series between the Blackhawks and Rangers is mouth-watering as well.  Either way the hockey continues to be excellent and don't forget about the Royal Bank Cup and the Memorial Cup!!

3 - Rider GM Brendan Taman said Wednesday his team is pleased with their 2015 Draft class but admitted all nine CFL teams likely feel that way about their picks right now.  He admitted the proof will be in the pudding a year from now.  We got word Wednesday that some Winnipeg media types were upset with Taman for selecting Bisons star receiver Nic Demski in the first round at #6.  However upon further review, if Demski was so coveted, why didn't the Bombers take him with the #2 pick?

4 - Even in local football circles, the Roughriders were not criticized for passing over star Regina Rams receiver Addison Richards with their first pick Tuesday evening.  The general consensus was that Richards was the #3-rated receiver in the draft however one person connected to the Rams texted - "Richards better than Demski ... Demski is good but injury prone ... Richards is 6'5" with great hands and runs a 4.58 40 ... He'll be Getzlaf 2.0 only bigger and faster".

Some are hoping the Jason Clermont Scenario of 2002 - when the Riders forfeited their pick in favour of the Supplemental Draft and Clermont wound up going to the B.C. Lions - doesn't play over again but in the final analysis, Addison Richards is a Sport Utility Vehicle while Nic Demski is a flashy sports car.  And the Riders wanted the sports car.

5 - It'll be tough to see Richards in Blue & Gold though.  And I thought it was impressively ballsy for Addison to proclaim long before the draft that he was hoping to be chosen by Saskatchewan.  However he's not dumb and he quickly changed his tune when speaking to CBC Radio in Winnipeg on Wednesday.  "I couldn't be more excited," Richards said.  "I'm thrilled to be becoming a Blue Bomber.  It's a dream come true to play in the CFL.  I can't lie ... I grew up in the heart of the Rider Nation and grew up a Rider fan of course but at the end of the day, the dream's always been to play pro football."

Addison also displayed the raw honesty of Generation Y when he tweeted that he was offended to be referred to as 'Addison Reed' by someone on the TSN panel Tuesday evening!  Those of us in Generation X were taught to always bite our lip.

6 - It was really cool to see the 2015 Saskatchewan Roughriders coaching staff introduced by Premier Brad Wall in the opening comments at the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly this week.  How many CFL teams can boast that?  That must have been a magnificent thrill for the coaches.  Wonder if the Riders will repay the favour by having Wall's Cabinet in for a tour of the Rider locker room?  And it's really swell to consider Gene Makowsky's history with both the Roughriders and the Sask Party caucus.

7 - How disappointing it was to learn of the Tampa Bay Lightning's policy to ban Montreal Canadiens jerseys in the Amalie Arena for Game 6 of their second round series with the Habs.  The Lightning even went so far as to decline ticket orders from anyone with a "514" area code.  Not even Calgary does this when the Rider Nation comes to town.  They're smart enough to know that Rider fans' money counts just the same as Stamps' fans.  A few years ago they offered a noise-maker promotion at a Stamps-Riders game for anyone wearing red and while we mockingly groaned about it on air, it was all in good fun.  At least it was from our side.

8 - 20,000 Canadiens fans packed the Bell Centre in Montreal on Tuesday to watch the road game on the centre ice big screen, all paying $10 at the door.  One wonders if the Regina Pats or Evraz Place would offer a similar opportunity for road Roughrider games in 2015?  With the largest high definition LED screen in the country currently hanging in the Brandt Centre, you would certainly get a pretty good view of the broadcast.  Just a thought.

9 - This is a football town so it's no surprise some of the talk on coffee row this week centred on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four game suspension for his role in Deflate-gate.  Pretty much everyone I spoke with felt the penalty was too harsh, and I agree.  In fact, I didn't think he'd get anything at all.  If the Stanley Cup-winning goal was found to be scored by an illegally-curved stick, would there be such an uproar?  Of course not.  In the end, Brady will likely win his appeal and never miss a game.  ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Brady's legal team is "unreal".

10 - News from the Regina Thunder junior football club:  the team has added coaches Luc Mullinder (defensive line) and Reid Quest (QBs) for the 2015 season.  Luc - our prized SportsCage football analyst on 620 CKRM - is working his way up the coaching ladder the right way, starting in RMF and moving up to the PFC.  Who knows how far up the ladder goes?  He's a gem of a human being and football mind.

The Thunder also announced they'll be playing an exhibition game against the Calgary Colts on Saturday, August 8 in Medicine Hat.  Whatever happened to those rumours from years ago that Medicine Hat and Lethbridge were going to be getting PFC teams?

Regina was supposed to be getting a North American Indoor Football League franchise too.  Guess that went out the window as well.

11 - Where's a good hotel in Saskatoon for Luc and me to stay during 2015 Roughriders training camp?  We were happy to go back to the ParkTown for another year but have been discouraged by the fact nearby University Bridge is closed for the summer.  It's also great to be heading back to P.A. for the Riders' one-day practice at Carlton Comp in June.  My old stomping grounds! They love their Riders in Prince Albert.

12 - JUST NOTES:  In the latest rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft by The Hockey News, Regina Pats forward Sam Steel is rated 6th overall ... Scottsdale, Arizona's Auston Mathews is rated #1 and his WHL rights are owned by the Everett Silvertips.  There was a false rumour going around this week that the Pats had acquired Mathews' rights via trade but it was just that; false.  However there's a connection there because Arizona Coyotes co-owner Gary Drummond also has a stake in the Pats and the Coyotes would dearly love to get their hands on Auston.  But if they do, it won't be this way ... The Hockey Writers website had a nice feature on Manchester Monarchs forward Jordan Weal this week proclaiming "Jordan Weal Is The Real Deal!"   Where have we heard that before?  The article starts off by saying you likely haven't heard of Jordan Weal yet, but you will soon since he's leading the AHL in playoff scoring.  That's the beauty of junior hockey -- you know who these players are long before the Johnny-Come-Lately's do ... Had a wonderful meal at the new Regina restaurant 2010 downtown on 12th Avenue this week.  I recommend the Chicken Ancini, which I'd put up against Grekos' Chicken a la Greko.  The restaurant has a "big-city" feel ... Is the City of Regina on a parking ticket blitz?  Is Mayor Michael Fougere in need of a raise?  I got nailed with two violations this week.

13 - Life is easy.  It's people who complicate it.

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THAT'S ALL FOR THIS WEEK!  THANKS FOR READING...
RP
@sportscage
Instagram: ridervoice

55 comments:

Anonymous said...

stay at the BEZ

Anonymous said...

A few things;

1) I don't think it's cool at all he introduced the Rider Staff. I think it's a cheap political grab, and misplaced priority. I grew up in Dewdney East (Glencairn). We had Deputy Premier Ed Tchorzewski as the MLA. I don't live there now, but with MLA Gene Makowsky never making cabinet, and basically being a cheerleader to parade to the Rider base it tells me something. It tells me how far we done fell around here. Guy doesn't even live in the neighbourhood and couldn't find Stats if he tripped over it.

2) Instead of talking about the Roughriders yet again and being a jock sniffer I'd tell Brad to put his priorities in these areas:
- Health Care
- Senior Care
- Education
- Cost of Living
- Good jobs
- Sustainability - Climate change funding was cut 83% since 2009. I'd also tell him to focus on why Weyburn and Estevan the jewels of the new economy are screaming for Food Bank donations.

...like I told a guy the other day about this so called prosperity. For anyone that was here before 8 years ago you should have seen Saskatchewan in her prime. She was a real honey.

3) When I'm in Saskatoon for business I stay at the Radison. Good hotel, quiet and downtown.

4) Ovechkin is an all time great player. It is not his fault he plays with potatos. To lose that game sitting on the bench is truly sad for his legacy. He's no wimp, he can play. You need help and can't do it yourself.

5) You know who complains about Tom Brady and Bill Belichik? - Losers.

6) My hockey pool went down the toilet. I had a St Louis/Washington final and loaded up on those players. With Washington out, it's officially summer. Someone can let me know who wins but I'm outs.

Y'er Welcome
Obama

Anonymous said...

Life is easy too ... if your in good health.

Anonymous said...

The only problem with the idea of having Rider away games shown on at Evraz is that it will result in many fine Sports Bars like the Press Box and the 4 Seasons (to name a couple) taking a hit in lost customers. As a local sports fan, I like our Sports Bars to stay healthy and vibrant, especially during Rider season.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

NFL seems to have lost touch with the reality and the rest of the world. They go too light on punishments for a guy that beats his wife up then go too heavy on a guy that may have been connected to a ball slightly deflated. They can't even say with certainty that he had anything to do with it.

Anonymous said...

The big reason Brady was hit so hard was because he wasn't willing to work with investigators and refused to give up texts and emails from his phone. Ask your wife Rod, one who refuses to give up info is usually guilty. If he really had nothing to hide why hide it? Also the patroits have been caught before by the NFL so that plays a part

Anonymous said...

#9. Brady suspension. So everybody you talk to thinks the sentence is too long. They're just patronizing you Rod because they know how you feel.
Every one I talk to agrees with the suspension. They all call Brady a cheater and want him punished.

Lance Eto

Anonymous said...

Love your 'Rider dozen' phrase for 13 points. Good humour.

Anonymous said...

Stick with the Park Town if you can. It is family owned and is likely already losing a tonne of business because of the bridge.

Otherwise your best bet is probably one of the hotels in the new development on the south side of Circle Drive.

Ryan

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Draisaitl, Morrissey, Quinney, Braid WHL Champions and soon to be Memorial Cup Champions. Go RaiderRockets

Parkside said...

Easy Obama. I'm sure there is plenty of time for politics after the few minutes the opening comments took....

RP, with the Uni Bridge out and if you need to drive anyway, you might as well still stay at the Parktown or any of the hotels on Spadina. Just take the Broadway Bridge.

We watch a lot of NFL Network at work. Deflategate is driving me nuts. haha

Anonymous said...

I'd stick to the Park Town, or as Ryan suggests there's the awesome hotels right by the Broadway bridge like the Bez, Sheraton or the Radisson if you and Luc wanna hit the waterslides. Plus Hudsons is located right by there, great bar.

Got an email this morning from the NFL asking for fan input on how to improve their viewing experience for fans in Canada. Why the hell doesn't the CFL do this? Cohon bragged that he was a man of the fans but yet it seems like he'd never listen to those with a different opinion of things. Hopefully the new commish is more open to these things and with his marketing background I'm sure he will.

Y'er welcome
Dubya

Anonymous said...

Four Points Sheraton in Stonebridge.

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

The Colonial is on 8th and is a great local hotel

Anonymous said...

If he knew he was cheating, the suspension is nit long enough cheating is cheating and you can't tell me he didn't know also if they cheated the superbowl should have been taken away boy some people are soft.

Anonymous said...

Re: Saskatoon hotels, the Parktown probably needs the business the most due to the bridge closure. But since you'll probably have to use the Broadway bridge, the Radisson is really convenient since it's right at the bottom of that bridge. Whatever you do, avoid anything in Stonebridge like the plague - you're miles from Griffith Stadium and you'll spend way too much time sitting in traffic in that area.

Anonymous said...

Go rockets prince Albert has nothing tiny difference with it

Anonymous said...

I must be in the minority but I like Ray Rice and I like Tom Brady. I also love Pete Rose and Roger Clemons.

Midnight Rider

Anonymous said...

Can someone please correct the buffoon roughrider gm for his ongoing propensity to reference professional athletes as kids.

Anonymous said...

He went to 4 interviews with investigators. He drew the line at turning over his personal cell phone. I wouldn't give mine to my boss either.

K Nobb said...

I was thrilled to discover that You Tube does indeed have the hockey movie classic from 1936, "King Of Hockey". For those old enough, HNIC played this film as a serial during periods in the early 1970's. Perhaps to give Peter Puck a break. Anyways, I recall how much us kids in the neighbourhood laughed at the foibles of Gabby Dugan and Jumbo the goalie.

Anonymous said...

Saskatoon has a vibrant downtown with many hotels, watering holes, restaurants, movie theatres, and night clubs (check out the basement). If time, also check out the Praire Lily for an evening cruise. Be prepared, Downdown Saskatoon doesn't quite have the same emptied out Detroit feeling that Regina has. The Broadway bridge to 12th then onto Cumberland will be as quick to Griffiths as university to college.

Anonymous said...

I wanted to make a quick point here:

1.If Ovechkin was surrounded by Patrick Kane, Saad, Sharp, Hossa, Seabrook, Keith, Oduya, etc, he would already have a cup. The problem is,you only have to key on him and you pretty much win every time if you pull it off. He gets less points per game in the playoffs because you have way more time to prepare for that one team and focus on them. Washington doesn't have the horses,,,yet.

2. Would everyone stop comparing deflating balls to illegal sticks!!!!! Anyone who played in the 80's and 90's knows that there was an unwritten rule that you didn't call another team for an illegal stick unless it was the 3rd, when everyone made sure they were using a straight stick. Even then it was raaaaaaarley called. Tom Brady, knowing that they were purposely trying to undermine the other team by doing something that is considered cheating, is in no way like everyone on the ice having an illegal stick, which we did. An illegal stick makes you shoot harder but makes it harder to stick handle, its also a terrible rule. Now deflating balls for one team purposely and not the other, thats out rite cheating and deserves more than a million $'s attached to that fine. Patriots are cheaters, they got caught, deal with it now you f'ing losers.

3.Obama,What's causing climate change? I'll give ya a hint, it ain't fossil fuels, that's a load of B.S.. One way is electromagnetic frequencies are warming the atmosphere, what happens when our microwaved world heats up the atmosphere? The earth gives off exactly as much energy as it takes in (79%), when it gives off this energy in the form of heat it hit's the cool atmosphere and creates rain. If the atmosphere is too warm, you get less rain. See : California. The sun also shoots CME's (massive volcanic eruptions on the sun)at the atmosphere because the sun and earth are coupled and actually need each other to survive, these CME's cause tectonic plates in the earth to shift and we begin to see excess lightning (too many emf's)and earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Hmmm, where are we seeing this??? Hmmm?? And our "leaders" are actually hiding these things from us for $$$. But most people wouldn't believe this even when its explained in full detail, its hard to admit you are being lied to. See : a cheating girlfriend, hahaha. Another way (the reason climate change was cut by 83%) is because the chemicals they tell farmers they "need" to put on the crops to improve yields and kill bugs(a clinically proven lie that farmers won't admit cause they don't wanna admit they have been lied to and have been harming everyone around including themselves, if you don't believe me check cancer rates in farmers compared to regular people)actually changes the nitrogen levels in the soil, when that happens you affect carbon and oxygen levels and you start to get all sorts of weather changes that I don't have time to get into here. BUT,,, I will say that this is why climate change spending was cut, the chemical companies know this info, they don't care as it affects their bottom line, these are the companies that fund the gov in more ways than you know. Most of it is however, public knowledge. It's a sick world boys and girls. Dig it.

Y'er Welcome
for the quick physics lesson-

Peter from the farm

Anonymous said...

Really enjoying all the Saskatoon love on here today. Must drive Scruffy nuts.


Gunderson's Yorkton

Anonymous said...

Forgot all about the Colonial. Nice hotel and right by Cumberland so straight shot to Griffiths. Copper Mug is right there, awesome lounge. And of course a short drive to Fuddruckers. Bet Luc could take down a couple of those one pound burgers! Best burgers in the world, hands down.

Anonymous said...

Rod, stay at the Sheraton Cavalier in downtown Saskatoon. Good hotel with great location close to lots of restaurants and bars.

Anonymous said...

I've taught physics for over 30 years and cannot follow the lesson above. Farmer logic at its best. Any link to the logic above and our falling science scores in international tests? Yikes, from now on I'll stick to football and look forward to training camp at the U of S.

Anonymous said...

That's because Scruffy has to stay home and read the news.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rod I didn't see or hear from any media in WPG that were upset with not drafting Demsky. Report the news but please don't make it up just to stir the pot.

LBYQR said...

as a long time reader, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your blog post today. Jam packed with interesting observations and covered a lot of ground. I have no arguments or hotel recommendations for you. Just wanted to send a bouquet on a job well done. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Well my buddy Curty Wurty and I were talking and believe that the people who believe Tom Brady should not be suspended or fined are IDIOTS. He messed with the integrity of the game and CHEATED.
If a Wally Buono QB was caught doing this, we would be losing our minds in Rider Nation.
I wonder if people believe that the league is coming down too hard on him because he is WHITE. If it was RGIII people would be all over him and the Skins (by the way I hate the Skins). Maybe the Maple Leafs should be able to use a lighter puck?? Probably wouldn't help them make the playoffs anyway:) Oh wait, we aren't suppose to compare hockey and football.
I am not as angry as some of the people on here today, but wanted to express my opinion.
The Cheatriots keep on cheating and getting a pass, its time they pay up. Curty Wurty and I are not LOSERS (well, we don't think we are anyway).

Anonymous said...

Hey Lance,

I think your friends are patronizing you. Everyone I talk to thinks Brady's punishment was too harsh.

Dan

Anonymous said...

No it's more cause Scruffy dislikes Saskatoon and any chance he has on the SC to take a shot at the Bridge City he'll do it. Rod loves Saskatoon and obviously they love him too.

Gunderson's Yorkton

Anonymous said...

Isn't it spelt Demski? Not Demsky.

Anonymous said...

It's because it's quantum physics. You probably taught physics at a high school or college level.

Anonymous said...

Stay at the Sutherland hotel!

Anonymous said...

Pete from the Farm,

I don't bother to read your stuff as I can't be bothered. When it comes to your theories I think you went to Google University to be honest.

Y'er Welcome
Midnight Rider

Anonymous said...

Seems like old Peter has bought the farm! What a loon!! LOL.

Anonymous said...

I studied quantum physics in grade 8, now hold a bachelor of science degree with a agricultural major. That Peter the farm boy suffering a hard case of bunk brain leading to a very serious consequence of cave skull chemical imbalance, hence the stupidity.

Anonymous said...

Dan;

I'm a baby boomer and we were brought up in an era where sports heroes were to be looked up to and respected. Guys like Gordie Howe, the Bentley brothers, Ron Lancaster and George Reed earned it, they were role models. Do you want your kid or grandchild looking up to a cheating SOB like Tom Brady? Because, if you do it says something about your personality. You too Obama.

Lance Eto

Anonymous said...

Lance,

I think you need to take more responsibility for how your kids and grand kids grow up rather than defer to athletes. Way too many examples of athletes behaving badly. That's not just today, that goes back to the beginning of time. If you feel so strongly about this then use it as a teaching moment.

My view is that this has been way overblown. The NFL needs to take responsibility for having ineffective rules to properly manage this if it is so critically important.

I think you are tossing the label of cheater around too casually. Technically going offside is cheating. Better not let your kids or grand kids see that.

Just my opinion.

Dan

The Woz said...

All i know is that both joe montana and warren moon say that everyone in their day adjusted pressure because of different hand sizes, throwing motion, the temperature outside or whatever. That is good enough for me to think this is way over"blown".

My question is if the nfl had problems with varying pressure then why didnt they have a cache of official balls that only the referees had access to?

And in the end who cares. I hate the patriots but the would have beat the colts in the playoffs with no air in the football.... They killed the colts on all sides of the ball that day.

At the end of the day all these accusations are like sour grapes. Videos spies conspiracies....you tell me in the 1970s the steelers didnt do anything like that? What about the raiders and stickum in the 80's? Atchisons hushpuppies in 1966. The eskimos putting staples in their shoes in the grey cup or watering their grass field, seattle building a stadium that is louder than anywhere else, bc pumping noise through speakers, and on and on.

The bottom line in that all smart teams use whatever means at their disposal to win. Teams stretch the rules sometimes to win. Would the patriots do anything different if they knew they would win the superbowl? Not a chance.

By the way did anyone check the pressure on andrew lucks footballs? What will the standard be for proper pressure? Has that been communicated to teams? How much is it going to cost to hire pressure police? How many times a game will they check it? Is it really worth it?

Just enjoy watching the greatest players play a great game. If montana needed to take out a couple of psi to throw a rainbow pass but bradshaw liked more psi who cares?

Anonymous said...

Peter from the farm

3. "what happens when our microwaved world heats up the atmosphere? Your a** gives off exactly as much energy as it takes in (79%) when it gives off energy in the form heat it hits the cool atmosphere creating bullsh*t. If the atmosphere is too warm, you get less bullsh*t. Peter from the farm a** also shoots CME's (Massive volcano eruptions) at the atmosphere because the sun and the earth are coupled like his cheeks and actually need each other to survive, these CME's cause tectonic plates (Peter the farmer) cheeks to shift and we begin see excess lighting (too many efm's) and earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Hmmm? Where are we hearing about this? Hmmm?? Answer, from Peter the farmer via this sports blog.

Shall I proceed about the emanating nitrogen level in the soil....I mean his soiled.... nah, I don't have time to get into it here. BUT,,,

From the engine that drives In the 306, V8.

Anonymous said...

Oh goody, the Woz has returned!

Anonymous said...

Don't read the comments. At the cabin for May 24 weekend.

Winning!!!

Mr. Accountability

Anonymous said...

And another thing. I would have never been able to afford a Lake front cabin under the nazi NDP government of Romano. My life is booming thanks to the right honurable Brad Wall. Best government this province has ever seen. And debt free to boot.

I just wish he would learn French and show Trudeau how it is done.

Mr. Accountability.

Anonymous said...

Woz, Obama, 306 V8, Old Hank, Parkside, Dubya, Gunderson's Yorkton, - just like ol' times. But where is Russ from Saskatoon?

Parkside said...

Whats with all the 'Anonymous' giving themselves nicknames at the bottom of their comment. Seems super trendy on here...

Anonymous said...

Mr Accountability,

When you invoke the word Nazi. You are not credible.

In fact using that word is no different than Kalif Mitchell. That comment should be immediately removed from this Blog.

Y'er Welcome
Midnight rider

Anonymous said...

Great week in sports. Tom Brady and the Patriots were justly punished for their cheating ways and the dirtiest cheaters of them all, the Brandon Wheat Kings got swept away by the Kelowna Rockets! Cheaters fail!!!

Anonymous said...

The James, awesome boutique hotel right beside the Sheraton

Anonymous said...

Hey Parkside. I'm sure that's not your real name either. Quit being such a killjoy.


Y'er welcome
Mike Huckabee

Porkside said...

Mike,

Are you related to the Huckabee family in Zehner?

Anonymous said...

Nice try cupcake.
Yer welcome.