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Friday, July 3, 2015

SCRUFFY'S THIS 'N THAT


Was this really just over a year ago?

Darian Durant had the monkey taken off his back. The Riders had won the 2013 Grey Cup and all was great in Riderville.

Fast forward to now.

This season isn't done and I'm not even going to suggest it is, but the chances of being in and winning the 2015 Grey Cup took a huge hit when Durant's season came to an end.

Can Kevin Glenn take this team to a Grey Cup? He absolutely can, but things have to go right and it is safe to say the first turn in the road to that 2015 Grey Cup is as rough as the highway leading into Rowan's Ravine.

The Argos are here Sunday and it certainly isn't a must-win situation as far as the standings go, but I would dare to say it's a must-win when it comes to confidence.

The negatives certainly outweighed the positives against Winnipeg and a much better performance is needed under dire circumstances with the amount of injuries suffered to even their record at 1-1 against a Toronto team that Edmonton will tell you was more than they could handle.  Week 2 is a huge challenge for this football team and while I think they can win, I am not 100 percent positive about that.

An 0-2 start will not sit well with the masses and it will not sit well with Corey Chamblin or Brendan Taman who told the Sportscage this week that injuries will not be used as an excuse. They can't be.  Yes, the Riders aren't the same without Durant, much like the Eskimos are not the same with Mike Reilly and the Lions without Travis Lulay. It is time to dig deep and see what this team has. I hope we find that out on Sunday.

When was the last time Weston Dressler caught a pass from Durant? Did he catch one in the Banjo Bowl before Durant got hurt and if not, was it his catch in the endzone to seal the 2013 Grey Cup? It has been a long time since those two have hooked up and it will be a long time before we see it again.

I wonder if Darian has sought out Kory Sheets to talk to him about what is needed both physically and emotionally to recover from an Achilles injury. Kory has been through it twice!

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Would you rather be in the position of the Riders right now or the Eskimos?  Durant is done for the season meaning its Kevin Glenn's team the rest of the way while in Edmonton, Mike Reilly will be back for the stretch run meaning its Matt Nichols' team, I think I would take the green and white in that scenario going into Week 2. There is no doubt the big beneficiary is Winnipeg as it would seem those injuries are what is needed for them to catapult themselves into a Western Conference playoff spot.

Kevin Glenn is the starting quarterback again, Jamel Richardson is one of the starting receivers and Paul McCallum is the kicker again. Have Scott Schultz, Chris Szarka, Jason Clermont and Luc Mullinder been called to suit up for Week 3? Yes I am kidding, but I'm not kidding when I say it is too bad the late, great Bob Hughes isn't still with us, because somewhere the Loyal Disorder of Rider Priders have called an emergency meeting and a column on his thoughts of what has happened early on would be tremendous reading! Somewhere the drums are beating on the shores of the mighty Wascana.

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Enough Rider talk for now! Let's move on over to the Regina Pats and I couldn't have been happier to find out Monday that the legendary Graham Tuer is coming back to the team as a scout and a liaison with Hockey Regina. If you know Graham Tuer, you know what type of quality individual he is and I'm sure he is tickled pink having an opportunity to once again work for the team. You don't find many better individuals than Graham. Well done Pats!

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Congratulations to Lorne Molleken as he moves on to become the head coach of the Vancouver Giants. He will do well there. I have to admit though I didn't see his name on the radar at all when it came to who would take that job.

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How ya feelin Penguin fans? Phil Kessel is yours! Some think he will bounce back and could be a 50 goal guy playing alongside Sidney Crosby. I'm not one of them, but I will say this and that is Toronto didn't even come close to getting what they should have for Kessel. Scott Harrington is a good defenceman, Nick Spaling is a plugger and we have no idea what to expect out of Kasperi Kapanen. I would have thought a David Perron or Brandon Sutter might go the other way.

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At what point do you start to talk about Josh Donaldson being the American League MVP?

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It was "nice" to see so many people have so much disrespect for Wascana Park. Many of all shapes, sizes and colour showed up in the park to take part in Canada Day festivities and good for them, but many of these people also felt they could just leave their garbage lie for someone else to pick it up. I would like to think we are better than this, but it is obvious we are not. There are just wayyyyyy too many people walking our streets who think they are a lot bigger than what they actually are. To see the park left that way was absolutely disgusting.

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Moose Jaw's Mosaic Place showed once again why it is perhaps the best venue outside of Regina or Saskatoon in Saskatchewan on Tuesday night.  Toby Keith brought his act to M-P and he didn't disappoint this blogger, but I thought the crowd was dead. Others felt the same way and some didn't like the performance at all which surprised me.

As we were leaving, I couldn't help but overhear a couple that I presume was from Regina saying Mosaic Place is taking all the good acts away from Evraz Place. I don't know if that is the case, but if its for country music it might be an accurate statement seeing Mosaic Place has had Carrie Underwood and Alan Jackson in recent memory

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I thought baseball salaries were out of control, but it is obvious NBA salaries are in another dimension. Some of the numbers being thrown about in that league border on ridiculous.

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Farewell Martin St. Louis. You showed us the little guy in the NHL can play the game. It only makes me wonder as I have said before what Dale Derkatch could have done if he had a chance. He was a few years too early. Is St. Louis a Hall of Famer? I would say yes. Is he a first ballot Hall of Famer? That is debatable.

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Glen Sather is 71? That one floored me! I knew Slats was up there, but I didn't think he was 71. It is now time to put his name on a banner that will hang above Rexall Place this year and Rogers Place in the future as he was the architect of those great teams. The Oilers need to make that happen.

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It was pointed out to me last weekend that a Saskatoon kid went in the first round of the NBA draft (Trey Lyles), but a Saskatoon kid did not go in the first round of the NHL draft. That doesn't sound right!

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If I am a CFL quarterback, I am making sure my health insurance is covered. Drew Willy took a hellacious head shot against the Ti-Cats and it will surprise me if he is back for Week 3.

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

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

This column...its very bad.

Anonymous said...

Rod, do you give Mitchell Blair blog space as an FU to the Regina business community for not sponsoring you?

Anonymous said...

The drums on the Mighty Wascana will be beating louder Sunday around 5 PM if the Argos go to 2-0!

Rod Pedersen said...

Yes because I don't have enough sponsors.

Anonymous said...

I don't think Dressler has caught a pass from Durant since the GC TD.

Anonymous said...

Is your good buddy Nathan Morrison responsible for post 1 or post 2 Roddy?

Anonymous said...

The attitude of people in the park was disgusting.

The lack of respect, the foul language, the smell of marijuana wafting through the air.

People need to take a good look at themselves and smarten up.

If people act this way in their own homes as they did on Tuesday, we are in big trouble as a society.

Anonymous said...

The league has to take far more serious look at these head hits on QB's. I seen a few by Ottawa knowing out a QB, Toronto is not adverse and now Hamilton's Tracy did it to. At this rate guys like Printers and Joseph MAY be back in the league soon. The O-lines will need to buck up as well.

From what I've seen the Eastern teams are coming with a far more physical defence than I've seen from Western teams. The Riders are no longer the vicious and feared group they once were. They need to get back to that, but first they need a mother DE end with size and mean streak, Alex Hall…meh. We have to get our identity back of being a team that punishes people hard. Over the last season and a half we have really fallen off badly. The smackers better start smacking.

Rod Pedersen said...

You got bad info bud.

Anonymous said...

I'm not so sure Murray McCormick's question was unreasonable. I seem to forget; where did our defence finish up last season league wise?

Anonymous said...

Listening to Dunigan last night on the Bombers game was like hearing a bird chirp all night . He is non stop talking and using his phoney USA accent gets tiresome to listen to. And by the way Dunigan the football players are not all "Kids" as you like to call them or is it that you are as old as Don Cherry is?

Anonymous said...

Dressler-Durant combined for six connections for 58 yards between LDC and Banjo Bowl last year.

Knowledge is power.

Anonymous said...

The Bombers got the Riders last week but through the first two games Richie's defense has given up over 950 yards of net offence and almost 80 total points.

I have full confidence the Riders defense will respond. They are too good not to. Things could be worse, Sam Hurl could be our starting middle linebacker.

Anonymous said...

Boy there sure is a lot of hot air on this blog. Maybe some of you turkeys have inhaled too much of the non-weed smoke. When you're resorting to complaining about Rod's sponsors then you definitely have issues. Go pick up your garbage at Wascana from Wedneaday you losers. Oh wait, you're too lazy for that. Just stay home next time.

Great blog Scruff n Rod.


Jeb

Anonymous said...

I find Rob Vanstone's article in the leader post interesting today. He mentions three players and makes a wide spread assumption that the Riders cant develop young talent.

He spent from September 2014 to week one talking about how the Riders didn't have a proven backup QB. Got one and now still have a chance to win.

Made a long overdue change at kicker by singing last years league leader and a division all-star. Meanwhile the Argos are coming into Sunday with a kicker than has never even attended a CFL training camp. Which one would you want?

Richardson is a wait and see scenario but right now he is found money. Six catches last week. Big target that will only get more comfortable and a great run and pass blocker.

Meanwhile I see players like R. Smith and Demski (who he mentions), along with Harris, Miller, Maze, Webster, Allen, Early, Regimbald, Knox, Adcock, Clark, Watman, Walker, Ainsworth, Connop, Carroll, Vonk - all relatively young and being developed or have been developed by the current regime. Not to mention guys like Heenan, Peters, and Sheets that all were fairly decent recruits/picks. We don't know what some of the above players will be - thats why its called development.

I do believe there are positions in question ... but how about some accurate reporting.

Anonymous said...

Re: the garbage in the park

I bet the Eventplex will be quite clean when the evacuees head home.
Just sayin!!

Anonymous said...

Bitches about weed smell in the park while lighting up a cigarette....

Anonymous said...

Scruffatoon!!!!

Anonymous said...

The importance of having depth at QB has been front and center so far this season. The Riders have depth at QB and that is the reason they were still able to play at a competetive level even without Durant. With Winnipeg, they got embarassed on their home turf when their QB went down....just shows the Riders are still far ahead of the pack. I am confident the Riders will win this week and the D will get it together.

Anonymous said...

Kessel is one of the most skilled players in the world. He will absolutely thrive in Pitt. Toronto didn't want to get older guys or anyone with a contract in return, the deal was about unloading not reloading. Come on Scruffy, you are a huge insider, you should know this. lol

Anonymous said...

When will the Saskatchewan Roughriders get some semblance of a real professional run sports franchise? What a pathetic organization. No player depth provided by the Gm a bad reflection of a on field product with no visible developmental prospect of moving forward into the future. Sooner or later the Roughriders team woes will be front and center, soon is here, it's apparent for all to see. Team already in waning decline with the aging player factor of a previous administration still here being milked. High time the Board of Directors woke up by replacing the current Gm who's had more than a acceptable adequate time table to build instead of the status quo of recycling the old. Strong organization direction is what is needed from top to bottom and the time is now.

Disgruntled in the 639.

Anonymous said...

To the two first posters on your very optimistic comments:

Please post a link to your blogs so I can go read. Would be very interested to hear what you have to say regarding Riders/Pats/CFL/local happenings. Oh wait...let me guess...you don't have one. So instead of being a loser your whole life, stay away from this one. Like really...you take the time to read someone else's blog, have the energy to bash it, then you surely should have enough energy and intelligence to write your own. I'm sure Rod won't mind you posting your link in the comments section.

Losers.

Devo

Anonymous said...

Disgruntled in the 639

The only problem with this team is whiny little idiots like you. You think you're a football mind? none of what you said made sense or was even relevant. Move to Quebec please, Saskatchewan doesn't need or want a$$holes like you around.

Jake from the 306

Anonymous said...

Jake from the 306;

If you can't see that the Rider ship is sinking then the media has you brainwashed.

TB in the 306

Anonymous said...

It's obvious to me that the poobahs at TSN have directed Dunigan to tone it down this year but it still remains so incredibly irritating to listen to.

He uses the same cliché phrases over and over again. I'm not sure how Gord Miller drew the Dunigan assignment but it's akin to babysitting a colicky toddler for 3 hours.

It's a shame too, because when he's on the panel he comes across so strong, with good opinions and his knowledge shines thru. But when he does color commentary the pipeline opens and the crap pours out. At some point TSN needs to pull the plug on Chatty Matty.

Anonymous said...

I'd rather listen to Matt than Glen Suiter.

Anonymous said...

Oh no no no. We don't want 639 to leave the province. Too many like him have misrepresented our culture by their sense of entitlement. The place for the 639s is as far away from others as possible. 639s seem to think that wishing for anything (player development,Grey Cups, supper served, money) is the same as going out and actually working for it and sometimes experiencing disappointment with the results. Sadly the 639s rarely experience life. This is turning out to be an exciting season. New players to watch, new leaders emerging, vets returning, coaching staff working hard to maximize strengths all for the benefit of the fans. If ever there was a time when the fans were needed it is now. The over the top support will make a difference but may not guarantee results. The fun is seeing how it turns out. The 639s too busy trying to micromanage and fearing disappointment will miss out.

Anonymous said...

I don't think so RP, but thanks for playing the game.

Anonymous said...

Gullible gullible Jake from the 306

Nowhere does anyone purport to have a football mind, just personal opinion to the current Gm's overall abysmal direction. His personal record speaks for itself both in Winnipeg and now Regina. If your acceptance of the current team development of old recycled team players is your way of building for the organization future, then have at it. The only problem with this team is whiny idiots like you who spout off in defense of the current Gm without any incapable thought process to what you put to print. By the way, we own Saskatchewan, we're not going anywhere as a First Nation people. The only person who'll be moving on is yourself as Saskatchewan doesn't need ignorant azzholes like you around.

New Regina, blogging In the 639.

Anonymous said...

Scruff,

I agree with you on the park, Toby Keith and wondering what Derktch could have done in NHL if given a chance like other little guys.

I will disagree with you on Kessel though as I think playing with Crosby will revitalize his career.

Anonymous said...

If Fulton or Adcock should go down, I hope the Riders give Belton Johnson a call/ Then again, he was as bad on the field as he is on the radio so maybe not.


Scott

Anonymous said...

Green is the colour,
Re-cycle is the game,
We're all together and
selling caps and jerseys is our aim.

Anonymous said...

You ask;

"At what point do you start to talk about Josh Donaldson being the American League MVP?"

I ask;

At what point do you start to talk about Brendan Taman being replaced?

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Roddy and Scruffy rule the blogosphere in Saskatchewan - hands down! Take a bow boys, you earned it.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1, I didn't catch the address of your blog. Can you please put it down so we can all read your thoughts and expertise? Thanks a bunch there little buckaroo!

Anonymous said...

Scott's comment. LOL and true!

Fast Freddy said...

"At what point do you ask when Brendan Taman will be replaced"

The answer to this question is: when Taman decides to retire. Just like Jim Popp, Huffnagel, and Wally B. So based on his age, I suspect it will be into the late 2020's.

Therefore, those silly fools that remain so detached from the reality of the CFL (or bitter with envy of Taman's Grey Cup ring and the fact that his football intellect is so much beyond what the posters can ever hope to master), shall enjoy many years ahead of posting their dimwitted commentary on the Rider management and players. The rest of us can avoid reading their crap and enjoy life as a fan of the Riders.

Anonymous said...

I wonder whether the lunatic fringe among the Stamp fans (cousins to the looney tunes in the Rider fan base) are now calling for Huffnagel to pack it in as coach, after tonight's defeat by a third string QB. Is there now questions about their starting QB and the defenses ability to tackle. Two games into the season and for some, the sky is no doubt falling.

Anonymous said...

Mitchell Blair is the Tino Sunseri of bloggers

The Woz said...

Nice post freddy.

The Woz said...

639..... It is actually a complement to taman with all of his players in the league. Do you remember 2013? We had the best canadian talent in the league mainly assembles by taman. Is it his fault that heenan girs to indy? What about hurl, newman, picard, labatte, watman, demski, butler....the reality is the salary cap is a challenge..... Stop this crap about taman not being able to find or draft anyone . It is embarrassing for you

Anonymous said...

Roddy and Scruffy rule the blogosphere in Saskatchewan? Half right. Rod is the man. Mitchell Blair is a hack who, for some bizarre reason, is given prime real estate on a first class sports blog. If Mitchell Blair stopped blogging forever tomorrow no one would miss it.

Anonymous said...


Define hack asswipe!

As someone who knows the old Scruffdog and RP, I can tell you the guy knows more about sports than your average Joe and not just football and hockey, but it all as he shows on here and on his blog every week.

Roddy sees this and knows it brings a few more people to his blog every day. The two make a damn good team and they both know that.

I would much rather read what Scruffy and Rod have to say on sports than anything that would come off of CJME/CKOM. The day he left that place was the day I stopped listening to them.

There's obviously an interest in his talents in your favourite football club when he writes for Riderville. I guess you're too stupid to realize that though.

You don't find two better guys on or off the air than RP and Scruffy, and sorry to disappoint you, but neither are going anywhere anytime soon.

Thanks for playing the game.

VOICE OF REASON



Anonymous said...

Scruffy and Roddy, the Champions of Blogosphere in Saskie

Anonymous said...

The comments from Mitchell Blair's column, people saying Mitch sucks and Mitch anonymously defending himself. Oddly entertaining.