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Friday, November 13, 2015

SCRUFFY'S THIS 'N THAT

It's Friday and that means that once again it's time for some thoughts running through my muddled mind, and as always they are in no particular order:

-- The CFL playoffs are here, but around here the only thing people seemingly want to discuss are the 3-15 Riders. Why?  It's over so let's move on, which is exactly what the football team is doing as Jeremy O'Day got down to work and re-signed 5 Canadians on Tuesday as he refuses to let the uncertainty surrounding his position stop him from trying to make this team better for the future. Would or could anyone blame O'Day if he just stood pat and waited for an answer from the higher-ups before making any off-season moves? Jeremy wants this job and is showing those who will make the final decision why he should have the job. He has a plan just like every other general manager so let's see if the plan works. If it does, great, if it doesn't, he will be just like many others in a business where you are hired to either be fired or move on.  Yes, the Riders have to do their due diligence and talk to others who are interested, but the right man might just very well be occupying an office already.

-- Bob Dyce has said he is interested in continuing on full-time with the football team as the head coach and O'Day did say Dyce would be given consideration if becomes the general manager.  Dyce did see this team and what players did and didn't do. Does he have a plan to complement O'Day's?  I didn't agree with everything Bob did, but considering what he was left with, I think 3 wins was about as much as you could expect.  I can't imagine what Dyce must have thought as he saw the defense miss tackle after tackle after tackle. It's a good job he's bald if you know what I mean. Dyce could have had the hair of an 80's rock band lead singer and be bald by season's end the way they played.

-- Lost in the shuffle of the front-office personnel is that of the assistant coaches.  The one I wonder about is offensive co-ordinator Jacques Chapdelaine.  There wasn't a lot wrong with the offense this  year and I would hope Chapdelaine is back, but that depends on who the new head coach is.  Does Darian Durant really need to start learning the system of ANOTHER O-C? How many has he had already?

-- I was very impressed with Craig Reynolds and the way he handled some tough questions when speaking about who will be the new Riders GM and VP of football operations on Thursday. Time will tell if the first major decision made by Reynolds when it comes to team personnel was the right one, but I think he knows exactly what he is doing despite what some say is his lack of football knowledge. He knows what he wants, he knows what is out there and he will ask the right questions to find the man to lead this team forward. The two things I took away from his 20 minute session with reporters was 1) He knows he will be criticized no matter who the selection is which doesn't bother him one bit and 2) He doesn't need a marquee name, he needs the right name. Reynolds certainly isn't putting his future at risk, but he is putting his stamp on the football club by getting the guy he wants. I have no problem with that.

-- Reynolds must know exactly how Jeremy O'Day is feeling when it comes to who will be the GM. Reynolds wanted to be Jim Hopson's successor, but there had to be uncertainty on his part as the board of directors interviewed him and many others to see who would be the new president and CEO. The only difference is Reynolds never performed the duties Hopson had while O'Day has been auditioning for the job since getting it.

-- After CFL numbers fell six percent in 2014, the league took another 15 percent dive in 2015. Is this a league thing, a TSN thing or is it something else? The numbers can't be ignored as fewer and fewer Canadians are watching the CFL. The diehards will hate it, but stop playing Sunday games after the NFL season starts might be one way.  Find a way to get the games in from Thursday to Saturday after Labour Day. It can be done. You can throw the odd Sunday game in there if one of the teams think it would be feasible for them, but it has become painfully obvious more and more people are interested in the NFL on a Sunday afternoon than the CFL.

-- I just want to make sure I got this right. The Montreal Alouettes nominee for most outstanding player is Stefan Logan, yet running back Tyrell Sutton led the league in rushing and defensive end John Bowman led the league in sacks.  What am I missing here?

-- Jon Cornish or no Jon Cornish, the BC Lions are not beating the Calgary Stampeders. If they do, that will be a huge upset! I'm also going to take Hamilton to beat Toronto in a tight one.

-- If you do want a huge upset, take UBC over Calgary in the Hardy Cup final.  Don't know why, but I get the feeling the Dinos are going to soil the linen at home like they did last year.  It seems to be so Calgaryish for the home team to lose in the big game doesn't it?

-- I will take Henry Burris to beat Bo Levi Mitchell in the M-O-P balloting. I don't think it should be close even though the Calgary quarterback had a fantastic season.

-- Wouldn't it be great if CFL player salaries were public so we could play GM and see who is earning what as teams including the Riders make decisions on players.

-- Week 10 NFL Lock of the Week -- Packers over Lions
-- Week 10 NFL Upset of the Week --  Bucs over Cowboys (Has Dallas won without Romo in lineup?)

-- I would love to say the Giants over the Patriots as the upset of the week, but I won't. There is no denying though that Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin have been the kryptonite to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

-- The state of New York says one day fantasy sites Draftkings and FanDuel are illegal gambling. If that is the case, than I guess the state of New York should disallow all hockey pools and fantasy football, baseball and whatever pools that are run by ESPN, Yahoo and many others.  There is no difference as far as I am concerned.  The process of the one-day fantasy contests is the same as the hockey draft and all other fantasy sports that are played. You put down money and select a team hoping it is enough to win you some cash at the end of the day or season. This story isn't going away anytime soon and either are daily fantasy sites.

-- It's nice to see the Regina Pats salute one of the best goalies to ever wear the uniform with a Josh Harding bobblehead night. He is one of my all-time favourite Pats. Is he the best Pats goalie ever or is it Eddie Staniowski. It all depends who you talk to and what the age of that person is. To me, its Harding because my memories of Ed would be when I was young and going to my first games. There is no doubt though they are 1-2.

-- Congrats to the University of Regina and the womens basketball program for being selected as the host of the 2018 CIS womens basketball championship. If the event is anything like the two previous ones held at the CKHS, Regina is in for a treat as a first class show was put on at both events with Dave Taylor's girls making it to the final both times before getting beat. Here's hoping the girls can get back to the final and win it all in 2018 in what would be a very special night for many.  Perhaps by the time the ball tips off to get the event started, the CKHS will have a name for it. Why not the Dick White Center. For all that the former U of R director of athletics has done for the University and Canadian University sport as a whole, I think that would be a tremendous gesture.

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

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

How Regina-ish. I see Scruffy's small town mentality continues.

Parkside said...

I was hoping you would touch on daily fantasy. I agree they aren't going away anytime soon. But with Nevada already taken away, the pots have dropped considerably. Now the talk of illegal in Canada as well. There are some huge hurdles. I mean, this isn't poker. Nobody is relying on a card being flipped over. I don't get the resistance. Fingers crossed it all works out.

Anonymous said...

Shut up, scruffy is awesome. He's Regina's version of Walter Sobchak. With Rod as Jackie Treehorn.

Anonymous said...

Scruffy rules

Anonymous said...

Agree 110 percent on DFS. How are DraftKings and FanDuel different than a fantasy football league or a hockey draft? If the Cdn government says hockey drafts and pools are no longer allowed, there will be lots of anger!


Ken

Anonymous said...

Who is Walter Sobchak? Any relation to Dennis?

Anonymous said...

the bc lions WILL beat the stamps 32-29
the ti cats fall to the argos 25-20

Anonymous said...

One way to improve CFL ratings, start the league in May. Friday and Sunday games until September than go with Friday and Saturday games until the playoffs. October Grey Cup

Anonymous said...

If anyone actually listened to the full interview, there were more important points than the two stated here. If you listened to the prerequisites that Reynolds stated, it pretty much disqualified Mr O'Day. He didn't say he wouldn't hire a big name he only said it didn't have to be. They are not mutually exclusive. Having a history and proven ability to build a franchise from top to bottom was mentioned. Huh? If go back and list all the points that Reynolds says he wants, Mr O'Day doesn't seem to measure up very well.

The most disturbing comment on this article is the inference that Mr O'Day should get the job because in this business your hired to fired!! Really! If an insufficiently experienced GM come and doesn't do the job it will be like the movie groundhog day. This franchise can't withstand another several years of mediocre management. This seems to underscore the prevailing though in the community that the hiring processes for the Riders seem to be heavily rooted in the old boys club. Whether it's true or not who knows, but it's the prevailing belief. Raising a lot of money doesn't make you a great franchise, it only allows you to pay out all the bad mistakes you make. When you look at all the payouts we've had to make in recent history it tells you much about the running of this franchise. They are very fortunate they aren't privately owned.

Mike MN CFL Fan said...

Player salaries and team salaries along with a armchair gm program which allows you to build your own roster can all be found at looniecap.com

Anonymous said...

I believe that TSN bears some responsibility in the drop in viewership. Their regional coverage model means that in Saskatchewan a number of CFL games were not made available on basic cable (TSN 3) due to a conflict with Winnipeg Jet broadcasts.

Anonymous said...

No Walter Sobchak from the Big Lebowski. Rod is Jackie Treehorn, Abou is the Dude, Thies is Bunny Lebowski, Mullinder is the big Lebowski, Myers is Jesus and Remple is Donny cause he never shuts up. Oh and Chris Getzlaf, Ryan Smith and Rob Bagg are the Nihilists.

Anonymous said...

Daily fantasy sports is no different than fantasy football, baseball, hockey, hockey drafts, March Madness pools. It isn't going away anytime soon. Nevada (Vegas) hates it because it cuts into what they do. Sorry NY State, your wishes will not be granted.

Anonymous said...

That's a little too deep for me Lebowski-lover. Sorry!

Anonymous said...

What doesn't the author Mitchell Blair not understand? Mr. Craig Reynolds made it perfectly clear the direction he will be taking. This tired bull sh*t of incessant pumping the tires of Jeremy O'Day (minion) makes It very obvious a few guys (shameless minions) with media connection have been given their marching orders by outside interfering sources of false entitlement to lobby for status quo thereby retaining a behind the scenes team control with perks.

Anonymous said...

Ladies and gentlemen... your 2015 Grey Cup champions... the Toronto Argonauts!!!

Anonymous said...

What NY state is investigating is allegations that employees of one site have been using information gathered on their site to bet on another site, which is a form of insider trading. One employee is said to have won over $300,000.00 by using the information showing trends of how people were betting on his site. So if you had placed a bet on that site and lost, you basically lost out to the other betting site. Google "Draft Kings insider trading" and a lot of links come up. I was surprised to see who owns these sites. Reminds me of the online poker scandals of a few years ago. The house always wins in the end!

Anonymous said...

The NHL, MLB, NBA and NFL all have made sizable investments in DFS. Those leagues recognize something solid and it is a great partnership. The leagues won't let these fan-friendly endeavours go away.

Anonymous said...

Good point on Chapdelaine. I am guessing the plays don't really change from OC to OC, but the terminology does.

Anonymous said...

online poker scandal....say it ain't so joe.....please say it ain't so!! as for the g/m , Canada's team,or premiere franchise in the c.f.l. don't it absolutely,truly deserve the very "best" candidate,regardless of "old boys club ties"!!

Anonymous said...

Ladies and gentlemen... your 2015 Grey Cup Champions... the Hamilton Tiger Cats!!!

Mr. Oskee Wee Wee
Hamilton, Ontario Canada.

Anonymous said...

The level of stupidity of some of the posters never ceases to amaze. As the price of oil drops so does the IQ in said poster.

Anonymous said...

You talkin 'bout Mr. Oskee Wee Wee? Yup, absolutely!

Anonymous said...

Rod, I heard Ricky foley was a free agent this year. Is that true? If it is, do you think there is any chance the Riders right a wrong and bring him back?

Anonymous said...

The ratings will bounce back next year. The Jays got all the attention in Sep/Oct. What TSN needs to do is have more CFL content on Sports Centre and less on MLB