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Friday, August 7, 2015

SCRUFFY'S THIS 'N THAT

The first third of the CFL season is over and I think it is safe to say it was a rather unspectacular beginning to the 2015 campaign at least it was in the eyes of this blogger.

Yes, there were close games, but there was also a lot of fan apathy and in my mind, that trumps close games because viewership is declining. How much is viewership declining you may ask. Only 600-thousand watched the Riders-Eskimos game last Friday night. That is a poor number and while the Riders record may have something to do with it, so does the play this year. One only wonders if the CFL is taking notice.

There is no one out there, and I mean no one who could have forecast what the first six weeks would like for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. It might have been the worst six week stretch in team history and it may not get any better Saturday night in Toronto.  There were signs of life from the defence in Edmonton, but they still need to put some things together. Brett Smith looked alright in his first start despite being inexplicably pulled and I am guessing he will improve on his effort in Edmonton, Will it be enough?  If it isn't, I am guessing some players will be told not to come back after the bye week as new players will be in and ready to roll.  Mark Legree, Steven Miller and Devin Watson will provide some energy and it will be nice to see Tristan Jackson back as well. With Legree and Jackson back, what does that do to a Rider secondary that has been very soft this year?

Have the new rules accomplished what the CFL wanted? Scoring isn't up the way they thought it would. The only thing up is passing numbers. I think the CFL erred tremendously in the way they brought in the new rules and going back would just make them look foolish. The new rules are here to stay, but it looks like we are seeing a softening when it comes to illegal contact as defenders are starting to be allowed to handfight and gain position for the ball.

At the one third point, there is talk the Eskimos are the best team in the league right now. I would probably give that honour to Hamilton. Edmonton has four wins in five tries, but two of those victories came when Brian Brohm came in for an injured Drew Willy which left Winnipeg weakened and the Eskimos also played a Saskatchewan team with their 3rd string quarterback. Edmonton has a long ways to go before they convince me they are the best team in the league. Let's see them play Calgary and Hamilton first.  They also need Chris Jones to stop making dumb decisions like the one he made at the end of last nite's loss to the Lions. Grant Shaw hasn't missed a FG all year and you don't let him try a 48 yarder in a dome?? DUMB!

Who is your MOP at the one third mark? No one has really stood out, but I keep seeing BC's Andrew Harris have good game after good game after good game. If I had a vote, he would have mine.


--Patrick Kane, what are you thinking? Something didn't go right last weekend in your world and whether you are charged or not, you need to take a good look in the mirror and smarten up a little. You have the world at your feet son, don't screw it up!

--After Gregg Zaun's rant on Yordano Ventura Monday, I am becoming more and more convinced he could be Canada's next Don Cherry.  He already goes to the same tailor as Grapes by looking at some of his wardrobe.

--With Mark Lowe and Latroy Hawkins being acquired by the Blue Jays, I don't know if we will ever see Aaron Loup, Liam Hendriks or Brett Cecil in a close game again this season. If you are a supporter of the Jays, this is a good thing! If you have Loup in a crappy relievers pool, this is a bad thing! His absence of late means I have slipped to 2nd in said pool.

--Michael Sam will apparently play for the Alouettes against Ottawa tonight. If he's good enough to keep playing he will. If not, he won't. I really don't think he has taken pro football seriously as he seems to want to cash in on his notoriety. If that is what we wants, that is what he will get as the CFL is his only avenue back to the NFL.

--Congrats to Sam Steel for making Canada's summer U18 team that will play at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Pats fans should be very excited to see how Steel does in his sophomore season. He won't be the only Pat to have a great season.

--Congrats to the Regina Red Sox for moving into the Saskatchewan Division final against Weyburn. Game 3 of that series will go at Currie Field Monday night. Get out there and cheer the Red Sox on!

--Rory McIlroy doesn't need to play in next week's PGA Championship so if his ankle is not 100 percent, don't bother. There will be many more majors for McIlroy to compete in.

--Who is your number one pick in an NFL fantasy draft this year?

--"Vacation" either looks like a classic or a complete dud. I may have to check it out to make a decision.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

NFL fantasy- Hard to pick an easy #1 but will Calvin Johnson return to "Megatron" form? With QB a question in Buffalo,Lesean McCoy could be a nice pick, or do you just take Aaron Rodgers?? hard pick, who you got?

NFL FAN(can't wait for it to begin)

Anonymous said...

Scruffy, your right on about Greg Zaun. This guy sickens me like Cherry does with his ranting and raving and his Don Cherry outfits especially the Pink one, makes me wonder about this Dude.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting that since the Riders are losing and perhaps Rider fans are losing interest in the CFL, that does not mean that there is fan apathy across the other teams' fan bases. Quit trying to speak for the other fans.

Anonymous said...

Great read as always scruffy!

Anonymous said...

Being a Rider fan, and not knowing if there is a blog similar to this in Edmonton for people to spew their often times ridiculous opinions. I wonder how many Eskimo fans are calling for the firing of Chris Jones because of his hairbrained decision to go for it on 3rd down & not try a game tying field goal in last nights game. How's that for trust in your strong legged kicker that hasn't missed a 3 point field goal all year. Just dumb!!

C in the 780

Anonymous said...

so Mitch do you still think it was just fine for Mcilroy to be goofing around playing soccer now that he has missed 2 majors? why can 't he just have fun? you are a moron

Anonymous said...

Chamblin has made dumb decisions, but nothing compared to Jones last night. If the Edmonton fans are like the looney Rider fans, the Eskimos phone in show must have been "gold".

Thom in BC said...

Can you bring just one original thought to the table Mitch? Honestly this is broken record stuff when it comes to the Riders/Jays/CFL. Rod, save us.

Anonymous said...


Scruffy, I loved the baseball talk yesterday. It is refreshing to hear a show that isn't all Riders from time-to-time. Thought it was agreat question to Arash about the Argos and Rogers Centre when it comes to Blue Jays home games in playoffs. Did Arash say the league doesn't know? "FACEPALM"

The sooner the Argos get to BMO, the better they will be. I am guessing hardly anyone is aware of a game being played there tomorrow. It will look terrible on TV.


Mike

Anonymous said...

yeah then there will be 11000 people in BMO field. the cfl is in worse shape than alot of people think

Anonymous said...

Hey Rod, I heard your interview on TSN Winnipeg yesterday. Is it a different approach when you aren't preaching to the home market? Cmon man, your picture could be right beside "hypocrisy" in the dictionary.


Anonymous said...

To the guy talking about McIlroy.

Yes, he should just put himself in a bubble and not do anything but golf. It should be 24/7/365 golf and under no situation ever should he ever, ever unwind and relax.

Accidents happen dude. Just ask your mom and dad!

Anonymous said...

20 000 in vancouver again. wow thats pathetic

Anonymous said...

Aaron Rogers is a safe #1 pick JJ Watt a close 2nd if you are in a IDP league

Anonymous said...

Wah wah wah. Cry baby!

Anonymous said...

Who's Devin Watson?

Anonymous said...

Rod, maybe it's time to disable the comments section, it adds no value.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Blair, I listen to Sportscage almost every day, but I cringe when you are hosting. I enjoy listening to Kelly Remple but you don't let him get a word in edgewise! I am from Moose Jaw, and the same thing happened when you were hosting coverage at the Scotties here, you had interesting guests but it took you 5 minutes to ask a question, then you allowed a 10 second answer! Please let your guests have a chance at the microphone, or what is the sense in inviting them? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

to the mitch blair apologist about Mcilroy. flip that script to your riders, say Durant tore that Achilles playing baseball in season...then what? not that it would change yours or mitchells opinion, can't fix stupid.
surprised you got off your sister long enough to comment on this

Anonymous said...

Fact is Scruffy, if the Riders didn't suck, this would be a great season. Lots of tight games, look at the Esks-Lions game last night. I agree the penalties have been ugly and I agree that the rule changes have been challenging too.

But I think between the CFL being forced into the back seat because of the Pan Am Games, and women's soccer blah, blah, blah, the rise of the Blue Jays and Roger's unwavering desire to destroy the CFL, these are all factors as why the ratings at least in the early going are down. It's also tough when your product is only on one channel, TSN, who doesn't have the Jays or hockey anymore. Real problem for TSN. Also because the Riders stink, nobody wants to watch them anymore, including myself. For example last Friday, I occasionally checked in on my phone to see what was happening. And when I did sit down to watch the game, Tino Sunseri came in. Then I turned it off.

Anonymous said...


Scruffy said, "They also need Chris Jones to stop making dumb decisions like the one he made at the end of last nite's loss to the Lions. Grant Shaw hasn't missed a FG all year and you don't let him try a 48 yarder in a dome?? DUMB!"

Here's a quote from Chris Jones in today's Edmonton Sun.

“It felt like we were out-coached and outplayed in the second half,” said Jones.

I'm betting his players will rally around that a lot quicker than Chamblin's will with his 'it's everybody's fault but mine' attitude.

TH

Anonymous said...

If Scruffy can cut Kelly Remple off than good on him.

That guy is so in love with himself it is ridiculous!

BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH!!!



Justin

Bill Eng said...

I live in Saskatoon. I read the following awesome websites daily: from Regina - Rod Pedersen, Mitch Blair, Phil Andrews, Luc Millinder, and Dave Thomas in Saskatoon. You guys are awesome - entertaining, informative, and thorough. Thank you for your work! Your information comes from much research and hard work, especially to make almost a daily entry onto your twitter and websites.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Mike.

MORE BASEBALL TALK!!!

I didn't even know about that tournament in Regina until you had the guy from Baseball Sask on.

Anonymous said...

Rory cannot be blamed for what happened. He was having fun. For the complete idiots saying he shouldn't have been doing that I have a question....... did you happen to scroll down a couple of posts in this blog? Did you see the great Jon Ryan's write up? Did you notice anything about the article? How come you aren't on here bashing Jon Ryan for being on an episode of American Ninja Warrior? These guys are regular people with exceptional skill, they don't hide from anything and they do as they please. Maybe instead of kicking a ball around he should have been hanging around with Jarret Stoll or Mike Richards or Patrick Kane? Give your head a shake...............

Y'er Velcome
NOBAMA

Anonymous said...

Enough whining about the new rules CKRM. Other teams are adjusting just fine. We have no talent on the defensive side of the ball. Even Brack looks bad this year. I love the parity in the league, minus Riders.

He said...

Could Big Ben H be coming back for the Labour Day classic.

Slam said...

Can't imagine Rod or Mitch or whoeever, read this stuff 'cause you guys are brutal. I know things are tough in that microcosm known as RiderNation - but things are going quite well in other parts of the CFL. Appears to be a new generation of Rider fans - who've never seen a losing season - who will tune out quicker than they can read a twitter feed.
Off to see another sell-out at TD Place!

Anonymous said...

jon ryan did NOT do that during the season. that is my point. the stupidity on here gets worse with every rider loss. sorry coach, Jon toews cant play for the next month, separated his shoulder playing flag football. they have it in their contracts for a reason, mcilroy isn't some hack from Flowing springs who plays slo-pitch Tuesdays and Thursdays. He is a pro, that is his job. and the fact that you retards think it was fine to do it don't really surprise me anymore. keep up the great work

Anonymous said...


Jon Ryan would have had to had permission from the Seahawks to do that. It is a team.

McIlroy is his own venture. He doesn't answer to anyone. If he wants to play soccer or do whatever he wishes he doesn't need to ask anyone.

Anyone suggesting McIlroy made a mistake by having "FUN" is just a complete and total moron. END OF STORY!

Anonymous said...

bingo!

Anonymous said...

Hendricks had given up 1 hit since allstar break!!! Me thinks he is doing just fine.

Anonymous said...

This column could be called 'The Friday Disappointment'.

Anonymous said...

I got sick of all the Flags being thrown by the Refs. Pretty tiresome so I guess if they don't want to change it for the better I'm out!! Too bad I was a CFL die heart!!