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Friday, June 26, 2015

SCRUFFY'S THIS 'N THAT

In the words of the UFC's Mike Goldberg, HERE WE GO!!

It has been a long time since the end of the Super Bowl, but the first football game of meaning is upon us as another CFL season has started with the focus in this neck of the woods clearly on Mosaic Stadium Saturday night when the Saskatchewan Roughriders tangle with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

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Each day as I have gotten out of my car to go into the 620 CKRM headquarters, this has been one of the first vehicles I have seen.


I'm guessing he isn't a supporter of the green-and-white. Poor guy!!

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There's a lot of talk about the Riders being over-confident in this one. I can certainly understand that, but I don't see Corey Chamblin and company allowing his team to have big heads going in. The Riders should beat the Bombers and beat them by more than a touchdown, but without Dressler and Brackenridge, Winnipeg could surprise. Always expect the unexpected in the CFL.

The big question is where will the 2015 Saskatchewan Roughriders finish. We know the 2014 season wouldn't have seen this team finish where they did had Darian Durant been able to complete the year. Fingers are crossed Durant spends very little or no time on the injured list in 2015 because if he does, this football team should be in the equation again to be in the Grey Cup. I don't know if there is a lot separating the Riders, Stamps and Eskimos, but I will give Calgary the edge in the West followed by the Riders and the Eskimos with Winnipeg and B-C well back. Let's go with the Riders finishing 12-6. In the East, Hamilton is the class of the division and will perhaps have the best record in the league because of their weak sisters. I'll take Montreal, Ottawa (yes Ottawa) and then Toronto to round it up. On Grey Cup Sunday, Investors Group Field will have a matchup of the Ti-Cats versus the Riders. I'll just let you take it from there.

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Speaking of Durant, he says he can throw for 6000 yards this year. That means he has to average 333 yards a game this season. With the new rules, I think QB's numbers will be inflated somewhat, but that goal may be a little too lofty. I could see Darian and others getting to 5, but 6 might be a little unrealistic.

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Did the CFL schedule maker make a mistake? Call me crazy, but I would have liked the season opener to be a rematch of the Grey Cup game with the Stampeders home to Hamilton. It would give the Stamps the chance to celebrate the GC championship one final time with a ceremony like they do in the NFL. Put your best foot forward to start things off is usually the right way to go.  There really wasn't a lot of marquee value to Ottawa and Montreal. That being said, BREAK UP THE REDBLACKS. Those crazy quarterback killing, trick-play REDBLACKS upset the Alouettes on night one to get the season going with the Als having to go to their 3rd string quarterback. Could a call to Tino Sunseri be placed by Jim Popp? I'm already 0-1 in the Sportscage picks pool and I am behind Lynch for gods sake.

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Jon Ryan loves his hometown and his hometown loves him. Wednesday Night Live --- a fundraiser for his Gear Up program to help raise funds for Regina Minor Football to get equipment for its mighty mites (8 and 9 year old) division was a huge success at the Saskatchewan Soundstage Wednesday night with Gord Bamford (a Scruffy favourite) and the Trews performing.  Regina is awfully lucky to have guys like Jon along with Jordan Eberle, Mike Sillinger and Jamie Heward, who raised 70 grand at "Sticks On Rose" as these guys who are all stellar individuals have no problem in giving back to the community that raised them. We should be awfully proud of these guys in the #YQR and I think we have shown them that they are. The best thing about all four is they remain just as humble as they have ever been and that is great.

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Josh Donaldson's play Wednesday in Tampa where he went into the stands to catch a foul ball and preserve a perfect game was one of the best plays I have ever seen. That was insane! It may have propelled him to be the starting 3rd baseman at the All-Star game. Still with the Jays, who hypnotized Marco Estrada into thinking he is Dave Stieb. I think you might have to go back to Stieb to find a Jay who has had two better consecutive starts than what Estrada has put forth the last two trips out.

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Congratulations to Weldon Brown and his wife on the arrival of their third child! Get a pick for Paisley on Saturday Dad!

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We know the NHL draft will see Connor McDavid go to the Oilers with the first pick (YESSSS!!) and Jack Eichel go to Buffalo, but after that it is wide open. There are numerous rumours about Arizona trading the 3rd pick to get more assets which might be the right thing to do. What do the Leafs do? Who gets traded? Who will the first member of the Pats be to hear his name called and by what team. The NHL draft is always a great weekend and it will technically get started when Arizona or whoever picks at #3 as there is no intrigue in numbers 1 and 2,

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I hope Jarret Stoll gets picked up by an NHL team as a free agent after having his drug charges dropped, but at 32 will anyone want him after what happened? He can still play a role and he can still contribute, but he had best come cheap because he doesn't have a lot of bargaining power.

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Hey Mother Nature, here's a deal for you. Make it sunny and 30 on Saturday, but about 90 minutes after the football game, why don't you open up and let it rain until Tuesday. A lot of people would be very, very happy with you if you did that. Come on!!

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RIP to John Steed! The star of the original "Avengers" Patrick Macnee died on Thursday. The Avengers was one of the first shows I watched. John Steed was a mean man with a bowler and Emma Peel looked great in leather pants.

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That's all I got. Have a great weekend!! GO RIDERS!!

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Still picked up? He's facing 4 years in jail! I swear you don't even follow sports.

Anonymous said...

Arizona would be smart to trade the 3 pick. If my Flyers came calling, you could get 7 pick, a prospect and Wayne Simmonds which would be a big help for both teams as Philly could take Provorov there and add to a nice young defence .

Just my two cents!

Anonymous said...

Hey Anon 1. You better check the headlines. The charges were dropped moron. He's got community service!

joe bunyawk said...

FYI (and maybe this was after your comment Anon 1) Stoll pleaded to a pair of lesser misdemeanour charges which only carry community service time. No jail. So yes, Scruffy does follow sports.

Anonymous said...

Hey anon 1. Do you follow sports? Look at this!

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/jarrett-stoll-kings-forward-has-felony-cocaine-charge-dismissed-1.3127963


Dean

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, c'mon...in fairness to Anon #1; four years jail and 30 hours of community service are similar and thus easily confused.

Another classic example of some moron living in his parents basement who thinks he knows everything and uses social media to advocate his views under an anonymous identity.

Another great column Scruffy. I agree with your comments on Stoll; he can still be an asset to a team requiring A) a good face - off man, B) a good penalty killer and C) a guy who has been there and can provide leadership.

Riders 33 Bombers 17

HM

Anonymous said...

Always good to start Friday off with some know-it-all fool exposing himself on this comment section.

By the way, what ever happened to that clown prince of this comment section, Obama?

Anonymous said...

This blog site a very good forum for finding excuses when a team loses their starting quarterback ala the Saskatchewan Roughriders last year when their GM dropped the ball by not doing his job, trading valuable assets (Drew Willy), not developing immediate/long term, finding, having the all important back-up with experience, (scrap heap player's not acceptable). Watch Jim Popp do his job.

Go Alouettes.

Rod Pedersen said...

Are all Alouettes fans as misinformed as you?

Anonymous said...

From anon 1.....

Oops.


Anonymous said...

Riders not wanting to tip their hand to stronger opponents play vanilla O and D. Following good punt and kickoff returns Winnipeg controls the game and wins 25 to 16. Two TDs following long kickoff returns, a two point convert, a TD near the end of the half and a fourth quarter clock controlled field goal to put the game out of reach. Check the special teams coverage.........questionable.

Anonymous said...

Dear Als Fan,

Drew Willy was not going to sign as a free agent in Sask to be back-up behind Durant last year. Don't blame our GM for a player like Willy wanting to go for more money and a starting job.

By the way, your GM did not find an "experienced" back-up lately. He would of signed Glenn, but our GM persuaded him to come to "greener" pastures in Sask.

Educate yourself better about the CFL man.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

The Jarret Stoll story came out yesterday afternoon and Anon 1 still doesn't realize it and gives the old Scruffdog grief. I guess anon 1 was too busy in the drive-thru making sure everyone got a coke with their order to see what was happening. HA HA HA HA HA!!

Anonymous said...

Willy was gonna be a free agent in a week, and wasn't gonna resign in Sask. Here's a dollar, buy a clue.

Anonymous said...

Hey Als fan. Go get Tino Sunseri. Upgrade on what you have.

Anonymous said...

Very tragic to hear that Dan Lefevour is out for the season - sounds like a Travis Lulay type situation. Worse yet is that they play the Stamps next week and Crompton is doubtful.

Anonymous said...

No misinformation, just roughriders fact as played out 2014 season. Move on cabana boy. coach needs you to hold his umbrella somewhere, weather's very hot at regina.

Anonymous said...

He signed Dan Lefavour. Educate yourself Old Hank. 1-2 qb's down for Alouettes last night. Jim Popp will address in timely professional fashion, unlike the buffoon running riders, see 2014 CFL season.

Anonymous said...

Love it, anon 1 was effin schooled behind the barn

Anonymous said...

Who cares, Drew was still traded by Roughriders GM, facts a fact old boy. Old injury prone Durant should have been the player traded, hindsight being 20/20.

Anonymous said...

For all you Jon Cornish fans out there: good photo on his twitter of him being presented with a t-shirt from Regina's Italian Star Deli when he was here for the pre-season game. Good food - good guys.

Anonymous said...

Why is it always a classic example of a moron living in his parents basemen?
Maybe he lives in the attic! Sheesh.

Anonymous said...

Cmon Anon 1. Oops is the best ya got!

Anonymous said...

Oldtimers that read this blog know exactly who Emma Peel was!! She got the old boy going years ago!