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Friday, September 18, 2015

SCRUFFY'S THIS 'N THAT

It's Friday and that means another set of thoughts running through my muddled mind and as always, they are in no particular order

-- The Riders are ready to play Ottawa at Mosaic Stadium on Saturday night and when the green and white take the field, it will be Kevin Glenn at quarterback.  While I do think it would serve the team better if Brett Smith continued as the starter, head coach Bob Dyce is thinking now and not the future. Dyce told reporters on Tuesday when he made the announcement he is the best option for the team and winning is always the goal with the team still having a shot at the playoffs despite what the media and fans think. You have to play your best cards until you no longer have a chance and Dyce, who is trying to show the Rider brass that he has what it takes to lead this team going forward, wants to field the best lineup possible until those playoff chances have completely evaporated. It is a call many will debate, but for the moment it is the right one.

-- When did Brett Smith's popularity take a 180? Everyone was in his corner when Corey Chamblin pulled him in Ottawa saying they backed his fire for showing his disgust and now when he says he is disappointed not to be starting, everyone starts to rail on him for being selfish. What the hell? Can you blame the kid for not wanting to play? Everyone wants that chance to play and even Smith himself when asked what his future might hold after the Labour Day win told everyone he knows this is Darian's team and it is Kevin Glenn's team.  You either get on board with what this kid has done or you don't, but don't sit there one week and praise Smith for his attitude and then start criticizing him  the next week when his attitude hasn't changed one bit. Any player who wants to sit on the bench and accept a demotion willingly is someone that may not have the competitive fire you want.

-- What is Glenn's future in the CFL? Would the Riders ask him to come back as an insurance policy for Darian Durant again and if it does, how does it harm the development of Smith and Keith Price. Could Glenn be enticed to be a quarterback coach? Would he want to be one or does he still feel he can help a team out. I think Kevin would be a tremendous quarterback coach to the young guys and to Darian Durant. He needs that buffer as was seen in 2013.

-- There is talk the Riders are kicking the tires of free agent LB Henoc Muamba. While he would improve the football team, he would also come at a price. I don't know where the team stands when it comes to the salary cap, but one would think Ben Heenan will be back here at a six figure salary and if the team doesn't make an offer to Brett Jones than they are fooling themselves and that offer will have to be lucrative as well. The Riders can't afford all 3 and it is as simple as that. If they are going to add those three or even two of the three, it means some big ticket guys have to go. Who would you like that to be? In a province full of armchair GM's, it would be interesting to hear who would go and who would stay.

-- Riders defensive back Marshay Green was fined this week for "an aggressive tourist hit". What the hell is that?  Football Saskatchewan's Mike Thomas tells me it is a hit on a player who is just standing around and gets hit for no reason. If that is indeed the case, the CFL needs to dumb it down and tell us that instead of looking dumb.  An aggressive tourist hit would be if some guy bumps into you on the sidewalk when you are gawking while looking around on holidays. I'm guessing there are quite a few of them in Times Square.

-- I have been told by some that the Riders weren't laughing very hard when Regina Pats coach John Paddock took a good natured jab at the football team this week saying his team was the most entertaining and exciting team in town, but they should be because Paddock didn't try to start anything. Sometimes you have to laugh at yourselves and the way the Riders season has gone, perhaps a dose of laughter will ease what has been a very difficult and trying time at Mosaic Stadium.

-- The Regina Rams and Saskatchewan Huskies will meet tonight in Saskatoon as Mike Gibson gets his first taste of the provincial rivalry on enemy turf.  I am guessing Huskies fans will be as ready for Mike as they were for Frank McCrystal. I don't know if Mike has the hate for Saskatoon that Frank had and I don't know if he will have the quotes that Frank had, but I am sure it will be an experience for him as the two 0-2 teams look for their first win. If the Huskies go 0-3 to start the season, there will be a lot of angry people in Saskatoon.

 -- Speaking of the Rams, their alumni will honor former coaches Bernie Schmidt and Rick Seaman in what should be a great night of "socializing". The event goes October 3 at the Turvey Centre and will cost 50 bucks. Get a hold of Marco Ricci at the Boston Pizza in Emerald Park and he will set you up.

-- One can not put into words the emotions and feelings that are being felt not only in the town of Blairmore, Alberta, but across Canada after word of this week's tragic events. I have no idea why anyone would feel they have to kill an innocent two year old girl who went to bed that night with a whole life in front of her and likely not a problem in the world.  Part of me hopes the person responsible for this horrific crime is left with some inmates at whatever institution he rots in and is "tuned in". Yes, I admit that probably isn't the right approach to take, but it is the way I feel and I think there are others who are in the same boat as me.  When you hear these stories, you just wonder why and now we have had three of them in Western Canada alone as this can be added to the tragedies earlier this year in Tisdale and in Calgary.

-- TSN needs to find more commercials for Monday Night Football. The opening week doubleheader must have resulted in Canadians seeing the "What is Chris Schultz going to name his fantasy football team" wayyyyyyyyyyyyy too many times. This just in. We don't care!

-- Week 2 NFL Lock of the Week (1-0 this year) ----Steelers over Niners
    Week 2 NFL Upset of the Week (0-1 this year) ---Bills over Patriots

-- The two best teams in the NFC meet in what should be a ring a dong dandy Sunday night when Seattle goes to Green Bay. Both will be 1-1 at night's end.----at least I hope so.

-- I don't know who decided at the Global TV head office in Toronto to "centralize" the 10 o'clock news package, but it is a decision which needs to be reversed. People like Whitney Stinson, Tiffany Lizee and Derek Meyers know this town and know this province. They know what people want because they know how this place ticks. Having someone in Toronto give me the news, weather and sports with no local talent is so wrong on so many levels and is the start of a very dark future for local television news content.  I can only hope the suits see how wrong this is and right what is a brutal wrong.

-- I know I'm late to the party on this one, but I had my first experience at the Great Canadian Brewhouse in Harbour Landing Thursday night as I checked out the Chiefs-Broncos game there. Let's just say it won't be the last time and let's just say if I am a lounge or sports bar in south Regina, business may not be that good for a while because everyone is at the Brewhouse. What a great atmosphere to watch a game that had a very bizarre ending.

Speaking of endings, that's it for me. Have a great weekend and GO RIDERS!! While we're at it, GO SEAHAWKS!!SC

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Smith's popularity took a turn when fans realized that he isn't a good QB.

Anonymous said...

Bob in Bethune:
Any tv broadcast that does not have Derek Meyers in it, is 100% better off.

Anonymous said...

Bob in Bethune:
Any tv broadcast that does not have Derek Meyers in it, is 100% better off.

Anonymous said...

You always play the best player when you have a chance! BUT, that doesn't mean it has to be Smith. If and when we are out of the playoff picture, we must tryout the other possible QBs and if not good enough, not bring them back.

Anonymous said...

An aggressive tourist hit? That's a real reach CFL!

Anonymous said...

If you can get fined for a "tourist hit" Nik Lewis shoould have had several fines in the past

Anonymous said...

Question for Rod. I come here daily and even smile on a Friday when i know Mitch's column is coming because it is train wreck type entertainment.

My question is, does Scruffy actually listen or read any of the actual news because every point he tries to make in the column is factually wrong.

Brutal.

Anonymous said...

Bob in Bethune has his priorities all wrong. He is watching Myers when he should be looking at that little smokeshow Tiffany. I am guessing she creates some "high pressures" with some viewers.

Anonymous said...

college football, NFL, Blue Jays and Pats preseason, let's go!!!

Anonymous said...

any blog who don't have a bafoon from Bethune is better off!...as for brett,he just don't "have it"!...next man up!

Anonymous said...

Any player that throws a temper tantrum on the sidelines should be benched.Coaches are to be respected and it was shameful and embarrassing as a Rider fan to watch him pout on the sidelines. That being said, he has great potential and the Rider management can see that. They are not saying Smith will not play again this season. He will likely have some plays in each game from now on. However in order to get the most out of each and every player on the team for the rest of the year they need to be in each game with their best chance of winning. You can't just play spoiler for the next 8 games, you have to play like you expect to win each and every game. Sure glad the management of the Riders still get to make the decisions for the team. I feel like they caved to fan and media pressure and got rid of Corey Chamblin. Hope Bob Dyce can be the type of leader the babies on the team need to go out and do their job.

Anonymous said...

Agreed with anon missing Tiffany at 10pm, such a shame.

Who cares if the Riders are upset, but does seem like Paddock is kicking them when they are down.

Paddock being Paddock.

Anonymous said...

Question for Rod. I come here daily and even smile on a Friday when i know Mitch's column is coming because it is train wreck type entertainment.

My question is, does Scruffy actually listen or read any of the actual news because every point he tries to make in the column is factually wrong.

Brutal.

Brutal is this comment. What the hell are you talking about when you say its factually wrong. Are you saying the comments and attitude around Smith are wrong because they aren't, are you saying Saskatoon fans are going to roll out the red carpet for Gibson tonite, because they won't, are you saying no one should buy tickets for a Rams function and are you saying we shouldn't be sad because a two year old was killed this week?

Give your head a shake loser!!

Anonymous said...

Two things;

1. NFL has the exact same tourist rule. Called exact same thing.

2. Playing a guy before he is ready then evaluating him is asinine. If Keith Price isn't ready to fully command a game, why play him? That's not development. If Brett Smith isn't of full belief that he can win any game no matter the circumstance then he should not play. That doesn't mean write him off. He has shown something now let it grow.

I wonder what Darian would have looked like had he started in 2006 or 2007 and was solely judged on that. The Riders would be out a top 5 franchise player.

Yer welcome,

Clinton

Anonymous said...

Since it's Pick on Scruffy Day:

Geez man, it's 'ring a ding dong dandy'!

Anonymous said...

IF Patrick Kane is found innocent and absolutely absolved of any wrong doings will women's right groups step forward and shame the woman who accused him the same way they attempting to shame Kane?

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else see channel 5 regina blurr a certain region of the weather report a few weeks back? Made one wonder what was wrong with the crisp plasma tv picture.

Anonymous said...

R Nation In the house!
GO REDBLACKS!

Anonymous said...

You can be sure that Patrick Kane has gone out and hired Ray Donovan to get the matter fixed.


Old Hank

Anonymous said...

Rider Nation will be there.
Go Riders!
Down with Hank Burris!
Wipe his smile and the Redblacks off the field!

Anonymous said...

Hey Riderville and fans abroad, across this land. As your pending long term Gm I've got great news for you. Look forward to an exciting new team era with a renewed 2016+ season as I bring in Mr Jon Cornish in a trade this off season plus many other tremendous team starting additions via my American college, NFL pro ranks connection sure to knock your socks off. No worries as the team will be back at the #1 CFL West Division standing with continuous accountable hard work to capture that coveted elusive Grey Cup titles you clamour for. Rest assured, bringing that pride back priority #1 to put a smile on everyone's face. Your continued support much appreciated, thank you. See ya all next season.

Mr. Jim Pluff

Anonymous said...

IF Patrick Kane is found innocent and absolutely absolved of any wrong doings will women’s right groups step forward and shame the woman who accused him the same way they attempting to shame Kane?



The answer is no they won’t, according to their own bylaws women’s groups can only be victims and not perpetrators.

Anonymous said...

forget the riders get up saturday morning 7 am and watch the lads vs ireland rugby world cup GO CANADA !!!

Anonymous said...

yes less tiffany lizee is not a good thing. meeeooow.

Anonymous said...

Hey you Anonymous Buffoon from Bethune... You are exactly what is wrong the world!
Stop objectifying women. What a classless act from a tasteless individual.

Cory

Anonymous said...

Nrs. Scruffy was a far better looking and far more talented weather person than Tiffany. I am guessing you agree right Scruffdog!!

Anonymous said...

Roughriders are going to destroy the Green riders this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Smilin Hank wants to know, how bad of a spanking can Riderville endure? Because the final scoreboard will read,
REDBLACKS 62
Roughriders 9

Anonymous said...

wow tiffany has kinda hijacked this thread... not a bad thing.

Anonymous said...

Mitch, you do your journalism in a Rider Jersey. Leave murder and anything with an ounce of humanity out of your column and save it for the big boys.

Anonymous said...

You could get Muamba and cut Getzlaf and there is your salary. The fact he makes six digits is just laughable!

Anonymous said...

I am guessing Tiff will be blushing when she sees this!!

Anonymous said...

A wily old vet in Henry Burris vs. a rookie laden defense hmmm..
We can only hope that the Bad Hank shows up.
It is next year country for Rider Nation, but its always fun to watch any football game live and in person. I will be there with green bells on. I wonder how many Redblack jerseys will be in the crowd.

Olly

Anonymous said...

You could get Muamba and cut Getzlaf and there is your salary. The fact he makes six digits is just laughable!

If your name is J. O’Day the Riders should take interim off your tag

If you aren’t J.O., then maybe you should throw your hat in the ring. Makes more sense than what the last GM was doing

Anonymous said...

Thanks Scruffy. Enjoyed the read ... until I read the comments of course. But with CC and BT gone and DD injured it is getting tough to find someone to vent at. Smith helps but you have to help as well. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Tiffany Lizee = Hot !
A gorgeous hunk of female.

Anonymous said...

To the Anon who posted this comment, "Roughriders are going to destroy the Green riders this weekend" obvious you don't know your football team that well.

You realize that Saskatchewan is the Roughriders, so how can this statement be true? For your knowledge, the team from Ottawa was the Rough Riders, two separate words.

Anonymous said...

Agree with Rod's comments about Global's TO evening & weekend broadcasts. I've written to Global regarding the change, with no response.
Would like to suggest that those who aren't happy about the change also write to Global in TO.
Used to watch every nite. Now I don't watch as it's too painful.