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Thursday, October 15, 2015

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RAPID FIRE NOTES

1 - CUE THE REBUILD:  When did the term "rebuild" become such a swear word in professional sports?  Clearly that's the direction of the Saskatchewan Roughriders after they dealt off veterans Kevin Glenn and Jerome Messam on Wednesday however no one wants to say it.  No team ever wants to use that term anymore for fear of angering the fanbase and having them throw their hands up in disgust.  Rider GM Jeremy O'Day said on Wednesday's SportsCage that he prefers the term "refocus" however he chuckled, "you can call it whatever you want."

Callers and texters into the SportsCage on Wednesday said they universally support a rebuild, since the club is coming off a decade of decadence and want to be at full steam moving into the new stadium.  These fans appear to be more patient than perhaps the club thought.  Are you willing to be patient during a rebuild?  Please vote in the poll on the left side of the page.

2 - A PLAN IN PLACE:  Somewhere over the years I heard the phrase, "If you're not selling wins you'd better be selling hope".  Clearly the Riders are selling hope now, providing a glimpse at young quarterbacks Brett Smith, Keith Price and Hutson Mason.  They're also going to work stockpiling draft picks and moving up in the draft.  O'Day admitted on Wednesday that their Canadian talent needs an upgrade.  The team wasn't rebuilding with the likes of Jamel Richardson, Taj Smith or even Glenn and Messam.  It seems the prior regime favoured bandaid "fixes" in order to get them back to the Grey Cup ASAP.  Obviously the season-ending injury to Darian Durant in Week 1 derailed that plan and by then it was already too late.

Had a disagreement with a Rider fan Wednesday morning who said the team should trade Darian Durant.  I contended that Darian is the "soul of the franchise" but the guy shot back with "No he's not".  Consider this:  the Riders haven't won a road game in over a year since Durant's injury in the 2014 Banjo Bowl.  He's everything to this team.

3 - AN OPPORTUNITY MISSED:  The CFL's weekly Game Notes package suggests that only six or seven wins may be needed for a West Division club to get into the playoffs.  The last time a team with that low of a win total got into the playoffs was the 7-11 Calgary Stampeders in 2007.  However they didn't last long, getting upended 26-24 in Saskatchewan in the Western Semifinal.

4 - HENNNNNNNRRRRYYYYYYY:  40-year old quarterback Henry Burris is turning back the clock and is the frontrunner to be named the CFL's Most Outstanding Player in 2015.  Smilin' Hank is poised to become just the second Ottawa quarterback in history to lead the CFL in passing (the first and only was Russ Jackson in 1969).

Burris also leads the Shaw Fans Choice Player voting at CFL.ca, which is football's version of hockey's Molson Cup (points for 3-Star selections).  Oddly enough the only Roughrider in the Top 10 of this race is linebacker Macho Harris.

Found this while perusing the Rider record book this week: Steve Sarkisian led the Roughriders in passing in 1999 (my first season with the team).  Haven't stopped thinking about Sark after he was fired by USC on Monday and immediately checked into treatment.  Fingers crossed for him.

5 - ON THE VERGE OF A RECORD:  The Roughriders have already tied a CFL record by losing seven games by four-points-or-less this year.  It would be great if they could eak out one more and have the record all to themselves, thus immortalizing this season as one of "tough luck".

6 - RIDER TICKET PRICES ON THE RISE:  A few fans have bemoaned the fact ticket prices are going up in 2016.  However the most-expensive Rider ticket will be $80.50, which is cheaper than every other team in the CFL.  I'm a season ticket holder, but will gladly plunk down the dough when you see the new stadium being built and a clear plan in place on the football side.  This franchise is worth it.

7 - THE NAME GAME:  There will be a vote between October 19-23 on a new nickname for the University of North Dakota's sports teams.  The choices are: Nodaks, Sundogs, Roughriders, Fighting Hawks and North Stars.  82,000 voters are elligible and they consist of UND students, faculty, staff, retirees and alumni.  How do you feel about sharing our name with Scott Schultz's and Weston Dressler's alma mater?

8 - OKAY BLUE JAYS:  What's going on with Canada's (blue) Team is truly sensational.  The Toronto Blue Jays clinched their ALDS with a 6-3 victory over Texas in the deciding Game 5 on Wednesday.  The game was wringing with drama and had staggering TV ratings.  Kudos to Weyburn's AM 1190 for carrying Blue Jays radio broadcasts for all these years and on Wednesday's Jays Talk postgame show, host and back-up Jays play-by-play man Mike Willner gushed on CFSL, "We've been waiting so long for this!"  It's such a feel-good story, but remember they still need eight more wins to capture the World Series.

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian told Sportscenter this morning the incident where catcher Russell Martin's throwback to the mound hit Shin-Soo Choo's bat, scoring the go-ahead run, was something never before seen in well over 100 years of baseball!  And the homeplate ump screwed up.  It's why we love sports!  You never know what's going to happen.

As always, the Jays' postgame celebration was over-the-top but at this point I'm not going to criticize them.  They've earned it, so let them have their fun.  However the baseball mentality continues to be strange.  Don't give me this "They've worked hard over a gruelling 162-game schedule and they're just letting off some steam!"  Football and hockey players work hard everyday too, and I'd submit their road is even harder because they're practicing most days rather than playing games.  As the great Kenny Miller once said, "Players will tell you they get paid to practice, but would play the games for free".  Meanwhile $20,000,000 man Mark Buerhle remains the Jays' biggest cheerleader.

9 - LOCAL FOOTBALL:  The PFC's Regina Thunder are headed to the playoffs and host the Calgary Colts in a PFC semifinal Sunday at 1:00 pm in a game which will be shown live on Access 7.  Thunder coach Scott MacAulay figures the 2015 Thunder are a better team than the one which captured the 2013 Canadian Bowl.  We'll know over the course of the next few weeks ... Meanwhile down on Compete Street, the U of R Rams field, Mike Gibson's Rams are coming off a bye and host the Manitoba Bisons Saturday at 4:00 pm on Access 7.  At 0-5, Gibson said he's already making plans for next year and that includes much more time in the weight room.  "We need to get much bigger and stronger," Gibson told us on 620 CKRM in his weekly radio appearance on Tuesday ... Here's a thought for Canada West football:  ALL games should be televised.  These football programs don't survive off ticket revenue so why not expose their product to television viewers at every opportunity?  I've been able to catch over half of the Rams games on TV this year whereas I might not have even seen one game otherwise.  It would be a great recruiting tool and would greatly enhance the CFL prospects' profiles in advance of the yearly CFL Canadian College Draft.  Who wouldn't have wanted the opportunity to see Nic Demski in all his games at the University of Manitoba?

10 - STOP WITH THE MCDAVID TALK!:  The hype surrounding Connor McDavid is far more over-the-top than Major League Baseball clinching celebrations.  TSN's SportsCentre opened Tuesday night's show with McDavid's first career NHL goal in Dallas while the Blue Jays were on the verge of the biggest game for the franchise in 22 years!!!!  The goal wasn't anything special either.  Just let the kid play ...  How about those Arizona Coyotes?  The pups are destroying everything in their path, led by inspired goaltending from Mike Smith who's coming off one of the worst seasons of his career (14-47) ... Where was Sportsnet's Wednesday Night Hockey last night? ... TSN and Sportsnet are still behind Fox's NHL telecasts where they display the Shots On Goal right next to the graphic of the score in the top corner of your screen.  It's great when you flip a game on for a minute and want to get the essence of the game.  Perhaps Canada's networks are too stubborn to implement an American innovation ... The top tidbit I learned from watching hours of NHL games this week came during Tuesday's Vancouver-L.A. game on Fox.  Did you know the Sutter farm near Viking, AB didn't have electricity until 1967? ... A bit late on this one, but congratulations to Regina's own Rich Preston who's been hired as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks ... The Regina Pats saw their three-game win streak snapped with a 6-4 loss in Lethbridge Wednesday night.  The Hurricanes are said to be dangerous this year.  Apparently the game was on Shaw.  Who knew?  Not everyone's on Twitter.  Regina (4-4-0) visits the Edmonton Oil Kings Friday night at 7:00 on 620 CKRM.

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THAT'S IT! THANKS FOR STOPPING BY
RP
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54 comments:

Anonymous said...

where was Wednesday night hockey on Sportsnet? They were busy showing a baseball game that will have superbowl like ratings...

Anonymous said...

The Blue Jays are truly "Canada's Team", every sports bar in Canada was stoked for the game! The Riders are Saskatchewan's Team ( and everywhere else people in Saskatchewan have moved to)
Go Jays
James Regina

Rod Pedersen said...

1st Anon: To watch the Royals-Astros? I don't think so.

Can't imagine the NHL would be too pleased with being bumped when they have auxillary channels such as Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet One to put games on.

Oh well - that's why I'm glad I'm now getting the U.S. feeds. Got to watch the Coyotes rout Anaheim 4-0.

All is good.

RP

Anonymous said...

Darian simply got injured at the perfect time. He would NOT be winning either with the state of this team.

Anonymous said...

The Riders top ticket price may be $80.50 but name another team that charges $80.50 for a seat in the upper deck. Curious to see how the Riders ticket pricing structure changes in the new stadium.

Anonymous said...

Ott vs CBJ was on sports net one last night

Anonymous said...

11. ODay schools Popp and Huff in blockbuster trade. Gets a kicker ( pun intended) a nebulous draft pick and a neg player Huff couldn't sign for a starting qb and all star cdn running back. To begin a rebuild around a kicker seems about right for this team.

Anonymous said...

Amazing how dumb people are like above poster 11. Both players would be free agents in February. Messam is over 30..a bit old for a running back while Glenn is 36. O'Day got something of value for them and is stockpiling draft choices. Actually it is probably a win/win for all. Oh did I mention our current kicker is 46? Yes O'Day is beginning a rebuild around a kicker. GREAT !!!!

Anonymous said...

If you actually listen, O'Day says Messam was an upcoming free agent that likely wasn't coming back. The unintelligent look at as a "kicker". A smart person looks at it like three potential roster players for a quarterback that wasn't going to play any of the remaining games and running back that was walking in three games.

Again, Rider fans want change - without changing. Unfortunately, Glenn and Messam were 2-13 just like the rest of the team.

Anonymous said...

A "Decade of Decadence"? And I know what you are saying with Cups in 07 and 13 and two more appearances in 09 and 10.

But the Riders will also likely boast a losing record over this memorable decade. To date they hold a 89-87-1 record through the last ten seasons. In all likelihood they lose the last three games and finish below .500 during that span.

Devils Advocate

John Moore said...

Rod said Durant "He's everything to this team" That is and has been the problem in Riderville for the last 3 years. It should of told everyone how weak the team is when 1 player is everything! Football .. hockey are team sports and when any team starts to depend on one player it should tell the people in charge that the teams depth in skill players is a warning sign of a need to get the scouting department changed. Seems Riders have depended on finding their future stars from players who show up at their camps. Team needs to look at what the successful teams are doing in finding players and copy the systems that work.

Anonymous said...

When only one team has any interest in a 37 year old career backup quarterback you get at 5th. When only one team wants your runningback and you need to dump salary you get a kicker, 3rd, and prospect. That's the market in a 9 team league!

I am selling my house - I want $1 million dollars. Its 900 square feet in Uplands.

Come on Rider fans. You look as bad as the team. Be smarter.

Anonymous said...

All Canada West football games and all Canada West athletics are televised. You have to go to the Canada West website to access them though. Universities don't have the budget you must think they have Rod. It is great Access supports the Cougars the way they do. One of the many reasons why I prefer them to SKTel Max.

JackD83 said...

Rod i hate it when you and others use DD's injury as an excuse for this team. Ricky ray goes down Toronto still wins at home and on the road. Zach collaros gets hurt, ti-cats still win, Riley gets hurt and Esks still win. Football is a team sport not just the QB. But keep making excuses for them.

Anonymous said...

A kicker who will never play in the CFL for our most talented Canadian essentially. Huff wins again.

Anonymous said...

To the devils advocate. 4 appearances and 2 cups in ten years. Who gives a sh4t about wins and losses. All that means is that the losing seasons were lopsided as we rebuilt to get back. Give your head a shake.

God's Errand boy

Anonymous said...

I agree with you about McJesus...I mean McDavid. If you watched the Coyotes/Ducks last night you would've seen 2 young players in Duclair and Domi who look a lot more comfortable with their play. McDavid has not looked comfortable at all and how could he when he's on every sportsnet commercial. (honestly, what is the point of the Messier one?)

The kid needs a lot of work yet and I hope and pray that he does not end up like Alexandre Daigle.

Anonymous said...

The Bluejays maybe Canada's team, but their fans are over the top. An embarrassment to Canada when they start throwing beer cans and hit other spectators, especially a baby! By the way, the Jays were crybabies in the last three games, too. Not a fan of the Jays, but love the Riders!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Anonymous dumbass above me!! You have no clue about what your talking about!! -"A Kicker who will never play in the CFL"??? You don't know that! The credentials on this "Canadian" kicker is pretty high from what I've heard and was one of the reasons why Huffnagel had him stashed on his practice roster.. Jerome Messam will be 31 next season and was about to become a free agent and O'Day didn't figure he could re-sign him.. we get a decent 3rd round pick as well and a player to be named later.. I'd say a pretty good for a start of a rebuild!

Anonymous said...

Messem not signing is code for I can't sign him so I will trade for an unknown kicker (lots of those around and willing to play for cheap) and a third round draft choice which we all know become lost on practice rosters and released and a complete unknown neg list player (Chris Jones dreamer). Essentially dropped a ratio buster for nothing on a team lacking Canadian depth. This move is to appease micro managers like you giving a false impression of a plan moving forward. This is classic job self promotion and the fools embrace it. This teams history is rebuilding projects like this and their record proves it. BTW in the big people world, you sell when others are looking to buy not when you feel like it and feel entitled to an inappropriate price. No contest Huff wins big time. Popp wins big time. Riders embrace change.

Anonymous said...

Yes JackD83, tell that to the Dallas Cowboys.

Anonymous said...

Me old man once said, "you either a player of a sport or a watcher of a sport - if you can, be a player". Once I got over 20 many moons ago, I went from player to watcher. Like other watchers, we all turned to skilled sports writers such as Bob Hughes and Red Fisher for views and analysis.

Nowadays, many watchers have become unskilled pundits thanks to the invention of the internet and the existence of comment sections like this one. It kind of reminds me of the show The Walking Dead ... there is an endless army of watchers spewing out their opinions in a mad hope someone with power might listen to them.

And for all us watchers, the internet has made the past-time of sport fandom a bit more interesting - and for that I am grateful. So we keep on pumping out our opinions such as they are because, as my old man always like to say while puffing on his pipe of tobaccy, "Opinions are just like arseholes, everyone knows one."

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

I agree ..... fans throwing beer cans is an absolute embarrassment.

Pot meet Kettle

Anonymous said...

Hopson, the ole boys club still have their fingerprints all over the Rrs franchise still pulling the puppet minion strings. Team president Reynolds hopefully has gm resumes piling up at his door so this team can truely wipe it's hands of this current mess with a new outside hire. If not, expect the continued bull sh*t of the on field product decline for the foreseeable future. Current Interm gm not the answer.

Anonymous said...

Sadly to even have a poll about a rebuild is laughable. Why should it even be necessary at this point? That folks is what happens when you have a career sub .500 GM at the helm. Has never "built" a winner and never will. Now you expect an understudy of that same incompetent guy to lead you to the promised land? It seems like this community has a deep seated inferiority complex and are gluttons for punishment. Go cheap and inexperienced and the results will follow. If Durant comes back to his former self he usually can mask a bunch of incompetence after all he did for Taman. It still does;t change or make this sustainably better.

Anonymous said...

Haha, i don't understand the love for Messam!

He has had 6 TD's in the last four seasons and two of those years he was the primary RB. Good backs find a way to get into the endzone.

Anonymous said...

Tyler Crapigna,one of the most accurate kickers in OUA history, nailing 87% of his field goals over five seasons and setting a new CIS mark with 84-career kicks made.The kid has potential so lets give O'Day a bit of slack on this.

Stumps needed a national running back as Cornish is dinged with a concussion. He may not play again this year.
How does a 2 win team move forward? Sure not by staying with the current bunch. Expect lots of different players next year and maybe a new bunch of coaches too.

Anonymous said...

Messam was not a ratio breaker because we did not have a second "National" running back! It meant that every time you switched RBs you had to change several players. It's good Glenn would not have played in the last games as we really need to see what the long term QBs could do. These were two very good trades considering ( 36year old QB, future replacement for 45 year old kicker, 30 year old running back that would have wanted huge pay increase and we couldn't sign all gone ) We have a young kicker and a mid round Canadian draft pick for really nothing. Very good trades

Anonymous said...

Am I seriously reading this correctly? Rider fans are admonishing Blue Jay fans for throwing cans of beer on the field? The irony is delicious.

Anonymous said...

Funny how when the Riders acquire a third rounder it is garbage and not worth anything. But when the previous GM would trade a fifth rounder we were throwing away Canadian depth.

Smrt.

Anonymous said...

Bluejays=nauseating over the top hype. Now Rogers can replay these games over and over and over............All of Canada is behind them. No, not really. Bandwagon jumpers yes, real baseball fans not so much. We still cheer for the teams we have always cheered for and always will cheer for.

Anonymous said...

Fire O'Day!

Anonymous said...

Here is the problem, fans (and radio hosts...) think this rebuild is going to last 3 weeks and the team will be back in contention for 2016. This team is at a tear it down to the studs point like what Hamilton went through for a couple of years of being bad. Nobody has the stomach here for it and everyone is clamoring for a winning team for the first game at the new stadium, which means bandaids and not addressing issues fully (like what the leafs have done for years)

Rod Pedersen said...

Please don't tell me what I think.

Anonymous said...

#1. Whoever takes a baby to Blue Jays playoff game needs their head examined.

#2. Durant would have zero value on trade market

#3. Oh how the mighty have fallen...Riders will be playing catch up all year to get fans back in the stadium before the big move. And that's not a bad thing. Promote and sell an inferior product, that's what happens.


Anonymous said...

You think ????

The Professor said...

Who SAID that a rebuild is going to last 3 weeks? Where did this come from? Who's mind was read to come up with this "factoid"??

Why do people feel compelled to spew such useless crap and mindless blather in this comment section?

If you are going to take time to write out your opinion here on a matter with the hope someone may read it, then don't be a lazy ass. Put some thought into it and maybe research your facts a bit.

Anonymous said...

Hey - why shouldn't the posters here tel you what to think. You should be used to it. Your wife tells you what to think all the time. :)

Anonymous said...

Ottawa Redblacks

Anonymous said...

Stockpile? STOCKPILE??
He traded two starters and got a 3rd round pick. Some stockpile.

John Moore said...

The kicker was on their practise roster? I thought any team could sign players from other teams practise roster without having to trade for them? Can someone give me the rule on practise roster players.

Anonymous said...

You are absolutely correct .

Riderfan13 said...

So let me get this straight we trade two proven players, one being a canadian for a kicker who hasn't played with the big boys. The draft choice is neither here nor there as a known factor. JO makes two trades giving up high profile players and somehow the media is building the strategy up as the next coming. I won't even give Huff credit for this one.

Good move JO,

Anonymous said...

A team can poach another player from a practice roster provided they are immediately activated onto their roster. BC did it to us three years ago with a long-snapper which was an urgent need due to injury. They may in fact be a unwritten code among teams that they will not poach a practice roster player except for a urgent need due to injury.

Anonymous said...

No Rod I don't mean the Royals Astros game. I mean the average of almost 5 million (up to 8 million watched part of the game) that watched the jays game and the 3 million (and almost 5 that watched part of) the post game celebration.
Have a looked at the 4 games played in last night and tell me which one you think would have hit half a million?
the Columbus vs Ottawa? Maybe the Avalanche vs Bruins? No? How about the classic Arizona vs Anaheim. Ratings and viewers seem to be a big deal in broadcasting but what do I know you're the expert... ~Steven

Walter said...

Hey Red.... where are you - I want your input on the latest
transactions in Riderville????

Anonymous said...

Refocus? So the Interm gm makes a trade for a kicker on the Stampeders practice roster that was there for the taking free of charge without surrendering anyone, but .. he surrenders the most valuable team player asset 2014 season. Huh? Taman's protegy, terrible direction/thinking. Clean the house Mr. Reynolds.

Anonymous said...

Another small man, Crapigna can join Dressler, Smith and the rest of team midget.

Anonymous said...

I know what's best. End of story.

Anonymous said...

Steven appears to be somewhat pouty today! Mommy must not have made him a peanut butter and jam sandwich for lunch. Its OK little guy!

Anonymous said...

What I could not understand about that home-plate umpires call was that he called the play 'dead'. Obviously the BlueJay players didn't even try to make any play to get him out - everyone stopped when the umpire said it was over, yet the player casually decided to go for it anyway - How can that play be aloud?

And during all the replays in the world and the million dollar announcers, why did they not pick up on that.

In football even if the ref is wrong, once the ref blows the whistle the players stop and the play is over... seems basic.

K

The Woz said...

K - there is little doubt that odor would have made it to score even if the umpire hadnt been waving his arms - it was the perfect "bunt". It was the right call and in the end was redundant. Lets move on

Anonymous said...

The shot on net metric is outdated these days. If they want to be really progressive and up to date, tracking total shots attempted and showing that on the screen would be more enlightening.

Handy Andy said...

A rebuild is not needed. If DD comes back healthy and stays healthy, the Riders will be competing for first place next year. It all starts there.