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Friday, July 17, 2015

SCRUFFY'S THIS 'N THAT

Welcome everyone to the weekly Friday offering and this week it is a game day Friday offering as the Riders will once again look for that elusive first "W"of the season, and they will try and do it as the Rider Nation starts to tear apart at the seams after an 0-3 start.

The tension is high in Saskatchewan after just three games, higher than it has been in a long time and it is the first time Corey Chamblin has felt the heat this early. Chamblin had a message for the haters on Tuesday and I loved it because he basically told those haters to grease up their thoughts and shove it you know where.

In fact, Chamblin took a page out of Darian Durant's book when the hate was on full time for him by saying the only people he answers to are the people inside the organization and if they want to make a change, they will.

This just in .... they didn't with Durant and they aren't going to be with Chamblin and if you don't like that, turn in your Rider pledge pin and go somewhere else or sit down, shut up and be a part of the ride through the good and the bad.

As I said in the Monday column, I don't agree with what Chamblin did Friday night in BC and his rationalization of what happened didn't change my mind, but coaches make mistakes a la Pete Carroll in last year's Super Bowl and many other head coaches who have stayed with their team.  Chamblin didn't forget how to coach overnight. He led this team to one Grey Cup and we will never know how far the team would have gotten with a healthy Darian Durant in 2014.

Bottom line, if you don't like Corey Chamblin as Riders head coach, get ready to be grumpy for a while because he isn't going anywhere!

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The Riders can appease some of the grumpiness with a win over the Lions at home tonight. They showed they can beat B.C, but they also showed again they need to play 60 minutes. I wasn't overly impressed with the Lions through 3 1/2 quarters last week so I think the Riders can win this one. Lets hope!!

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There has been some consternation about the fact there has been no pressure on the quarterback in these parts. There has been no pressure on the QB period around the CFL as the league continues to neuter defences. There has been an average of four sacks per game which is the lowest we have seen it since 2002. Teams are dropping back and allowing QB's to set up and throw. It makes his job a lot easier.

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I heard a great golf question on Thursday. If you could only golf one course in the world, would it be St. Andrews--the birthplace of the game and the site of this year's British Open or Augusta National which is arguably the most famous golf course in the world?  I would have to choose Augusta, but if the truth be known, I would love to play TPC Sawgrass more than any other just to have a shot at the 17th green.

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It would seem after the first round of the Open that Tiger Woods has shown again he will never ever be the same and that his best is over.  This game is now in the hands of Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and others.

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OK Saskatoon, you've wanted a pro team and now you've got it as the Edmonton Rush will make it official on Tuesday and say they are moving the franchise to the Bridge City. If you don't support this venture, don't talk about the NHL anymore. Here is a chance to show people if you have what it takes. Are you going to seize the opportunity or let it crash and burn----Saskatoon sports fans, the decision is up to you.

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The ESPY's went on Wednesday night and while Caitlyn Jenner got the courage award, this night was all about Leah Still as far as this blogger is concerned. Leah is the five year old daughter of Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Devon Still. If you don't know the story, just do a Google search on it and you'll get brought up to speed very quickly.  You can admire Jenner all you want for doing what he/she did and all the power to him/her, but this night should have been Leah Still's for her courageous battle against a disease that she knows nothing about. She didn't get to choose whether or not she was going to have the fight that so many others young and old have had.  To hear her dad say what her battle has done for him was absolutely incredible and will be the memory I take away from this year's event.

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Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt presented an award at the ESPY's with Britney Spears and had his picture taken earlier in the week with Jennifer Aniston. Its good to be JJ Watt!

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The girl who became infamous at this year's Calgary Stampede for umm----ummm-----getting busy with some friends and having the act go viral is going to try and capitalize on her newfound celebrity status. The lady who has been named "Trampede' is going to go around Alberta and do her thing at some strip clubs.  620 CKRM mid-day personality Brandon Basler is already reportedly trying to meet up with this woman and make wedding plans. You go Boz!!

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Baseball may have caught a break at Monday's homerun derby. The original plan was for players to go for five minutes, but with the threat of rain, they decided to change things and cut the time for batters to four minutes. It worked like a charm as everyone talked about how much better it was with players being timed instead of taking pitch after pitch after pitch. There is no need for baseball to screw around with this formula for future derbys.

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Congrats to former Pat Jordan Weal for signing a new one year contract with the L-A Kings organization. I am guessing the AHL playoff MVP won't be starting the year in the NHL unless the Kings trade him elsewhere, but if you've followed Weal's career, should we expect anything different?

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I just started reading Al Michaels' book called "You Can't Make This Stuff Up". The first two chapters have been outstanding as he has reeled off some great stories.  The book is less than 300 pages though....that will pale in comparison to the Pedersen Chronicles if that book ever comes out some day and if it does, some might have to go into the Witness Protection program.

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Is anyone around here talking about the Pan-Am Games? It is the lead-up to the Olympics, but no one seemingly cares. Are we to blame for that or are organizers?

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That's all I got.  Have a great weekend, stay safe and GO RIDERS!!

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

In the past, Rod has posted game day notes such as the ref for the game; uniform the Riders are wearing, etc. Where can I find that information online?

Anonymous said...

"The Trampede". HA HA HA HA HA!!

Anonymous said...

*Writes at a grade four level

Rod Pedersen said...

It is set to post to this blog at 10 AM. Until then, Scruffy is centre stage.

Anonymous said...

Why should anyone care about this person's opinion on anything? This column is pure poop.

Anonymous said...

Anon #3: And you recognize this because what....you are in Grade 4? Your comment certainly suggests that is your IQ level.

Anonymous said...

Good job Scruffy. Its funny those baffons always critiize you but they still read you're blog.

Anonymous said...

Scruffy, what sport do the Edmonton Rush play? Or am I supposed to just guess?

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

So now Saskatoon's support level for a pro team is being hinged on a fringe sport like lacrosse?

Don't claim that people in Regina never fire shots across the bow of Saskatonians.

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Anonymous said...

I need to know what uniform the Riders are wearing today so I can coordinate my outfit!

Imagirl

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Anonymous said...

Lacrosse? WTF ? Saskatoon needs "REAL" pro sports like AHL would really do the trick. Lacrosse? Why not lawn bowling or Knitting .

Steve said...

Comparing lacrosse to bowling??? You have obviously never played or watched Lacrosse you panzy..one of the toughest sports out there!!

Anonymous said...

Imagirl- a watermelon bra goes good with all of them!

Anonymous said...

"sit down, shut up and be a part of the ride...." Once that happens, the Riders should be extremely concerned because that would mean APATHY which, I can assure you, would not continue to make them the successful organization like it is now.

Anonymous said...

Lets give lacrosse a chance folks. It is a very exciting sport and just think the CFL to some is a "fringe" pro sport.
The finals this year were intense.
Just put the Rider Nation behind this team and see what happens. I cannot wait. My daughter lives in Saskatoon and this will give us a chance to attend a game or 2 when I go to visit.

Looks like cost per game is about $25 - $40.
Season runs January to May.

Go Rush Go!
Go Riders Go!

Arnold

Anonymous said...

Saskatoon is always yapping how they should have and could support an NHL or CFL franchise. Neither of those franchises are arriving anytime soon. In the meantime the NLL will provide Saskatoon a platform to prove your city will support a pro franchise. Average league attendance per game is 10,000 fans, Edmonton was averaging 7,000 fans per game. Can Saskatoon support a pro franchise, we'll find out.

Marty

Anonymous said...

As we've heard over and over: Regina wouldn't have a CFL team if not for the fan support from around the province. So, I guess Regina has proven they can't support a pro football team. With a great product like the CFL, Regina has shown to be pathetic sports fans.

Anonymous said...

Anyone else been noticing the influx of counterfeit Rider jerseys around town? If you bought it online, compare it to one bought at the rider store. Your lettering for the name on the back will be different, and the logo underneath the number on the back will be too high. You saved a few bucks though.

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Anonymous said...


The Saskatoon fans are already making excuses. What a wonderful thing to see? #failedventurecoming

Anonymous said...

Loved Chamblin's comments! A great big F-U to the haters.

It is time for Taman to do same thing.


Adam

Anonymous said...

Scruffy is right when it comes to Saskatoon.

Show some other leagues how much you support this venture and perhaps the AHL could come to town one day.

You always get mad when talk comes up about you not supporting things so step up to the plate and show what you've got. If you don't have it, stop talking about the CFL and NHL because you will have proven you can't do it.


Rob

Anonymous said...

The person who said this column is written at a grade 4 level clearly has no idea what they are talking about.

This column is easily written at an 8th grade level. It could even be passed off as the work of a highly motivated 6th grader.

Anonymous said...

The only problem with this theory is that lacrosse sucks as a spectator sport. Couldn't pay me to watch it.

- a Reginian

Anonymous said...

Why is that? They fill the park or almost fill the park every night

Anonymous said...

I can't understand how some people equate sports teams to the worth of a city as a whole. A failed sports franchise is simply a business like any other. If it fails, it's on the ownership group, not the fans, just like if a hamburger joint or clothing store fails. When one does fail, I could give a rip and simply move on to the next business.

I do hand it to sports marketers though. They've done a great job in building brand loyalty amongst this group of consumers.

BTW: agree with the post above. Regina can not support the riders on their own and need the $ coming in from all those so called pathetic fans who aren't 'lucky' enough to live in the Vag.

Anonymous said...

So now we have 2 fringe pro sports in the province, Lacrosse and CFL football.

Anonymous said...

OK Saskatoon, you want a pro sports team so have a lacrosse team that no other city wants.

That is supposed to be the barometer for whether or not Saskatoon can handle an NHL or CFL team.

That's like a movie theatre saying 'If we don't pack the theatre for the new Pauly Shore movie, we won't show Avengers.'

What a ridiculous thing to write. Did someone hack into Rod's blog and post this article without him knowing.

Awful.

Steve

Anonymous said...

2 Fringe Sports? You forgot all the junior hockey teams. Now hockey, there's a fringe sport if there ever was one.

Anonymous said...

I guess the ESPY’s made the decision that cutting off your junk is more courageous than the runner up guy who lost limbs in Iraq and competes in track events now.

What a world we live in

Anonymous said...

The Rush going to Saskatoon has more to do with being 3rd banana in Regina vs competing with only the Blades for entertainment dollars. Regina will never get another “franchise” team until the city’s population hits half a million because everyone knows the Riders rule the roost in Regina with the Pats a distant second.

Anonymous said...

Steve : You don't know a Pansy from a hot dog although you fit in just right to qualify for both. Lacrosse is about as exciting as watching flowers grow you Pansy !

Anonymous said...

The Friday columns and the comments that follow are an all out assault on literacy. I'm sure Rod's sponsors are loving the affluent, intelligent audience that Mitchell Blair draws.

Steve

Anonymous said...

If Saskatoon can't support a lacrosse team they shouldn't get any other pro team?

I had to re-read that paragraph. Pure idiocy.

Lacrosse is a great sport played by talented athletes...but how many people have actually watched a full lacrosse match buzzer to buzzer?

You sir are an idiot.

Anonymous said...

Bruce Jenner didn't 'cut off his junk'. His junk is still there. Do your homework you redneck honky.

This column and the ensuing comments are pure garbage. I will only be reading this blog on Thursdays.

Brad