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Monday, November 23, 2015

THE MONDAY MORNING GOALIE

MONDAY MORNING NOTES

1. Well, 2015 Grey Cup Week just got a lot more interesting.  In two wildly entertaining CFL Division Finals on Sunday, the Ottawa RedBlacks and Edmonton Eskimos advanced to the 103rd Grey Cup game in Winnipeg next Sunday.  That game will be a rematch of the 1981 Grey Cup in Montreal which Hugh Campbell's Eskimos won 26-23 over George Brancato's Rough Riders.  In an ironic twist, Campbell's son Rick is leading Ottawa back to the Grey Cup for the first time since and that's just one of the many juicy storylines which will titillate us over the next seven days.

2. The RedBlacks advanced with a 35-28 last-minute home victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a game they know they were lucky to win.  Ticats linebacker Arnaud Gascon-Nadon dropped a surefire interception in Ottawa territory in the final minute which surely would've sealed the game in Hamilton's favour.  Arnaud can be thankful about one thing: he doesn't play in Saskatchewan.  It was another bitter ending for the Ticats, who haven't won a Grey Cup since 1999.  Owner Bob Young wrote on Facebook after the game, "Great game - wrong result.  Brilliant coaching of a beaten up Ticats team.  Almost went to the Grey Cup anyway.  Proud of the whole organization!".

3. Don't let anybody tell you that a football game doesn't come down to one play.  (The 2009 Grey Cup comes to mind).  Gascon-Nadon's gaffe will forever go down in Ticats lore, just like Taylor Reed's illegal block penalty which cost Hamilton the 2014 Grey Cup against Calgary.  It'll take a good long time for Hamilton to get over this one, but at the very least this season was the first time Bob Young's turned a profit in his decade of ownership.

4. As for Edmonton, many are calling the Eskimos a "team of destiny" but easterners are saying the same thing about the Ottawa RedBlacks.  Someone's heart will be broken at Investors Group Field next Sunday but that's what makes these championship games so thrilling!  Is this a dream match-up for the CFL?  Maybe, maybe not.  But it seems like a pretty good one to me.

Interesting that Eskimos head coach Chris Jones said in his postgame news conference that he conferred with legendary NFL coach Bill Parcells in the week leading up to the game and "Tuna" told him not to "leave any bullets in the gun".  That led to the Eskimos running multiple fakes against the Stampeders.

5. The television ratings for Sunday's Division Finals will have been huge and it seems many CFL players were watching right along with the rest of us.  However Argonauts defensive end Ricky Foley didn't seem too pleased with the officiating, writing on Twitter: "C'mon man ... at what point does somebody step in and admit these refs are hurting the product on the field and do something about it?"  Methinks Foley will be hearing from CFL Director of Officiating Glen Johnson this week.

6. Finally an Orridge sighting!  We've noticed the lack of presence by CFL Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge in recent weeks but he was front and centre on Sunday, handing out the N.J.Taylor Trophy to the West Division Champions Sunday in Edmonton.  I'd have been interested to see where Orridge was sitting for the game, but the TSN cameras weren't apparently quite as interested.

7. Winnipeg Blue Bombers President Wade Miller is in charge of putting bums in seats for the 2015 Grey Cup and making sure the week-long party is a success.  Wade will be on the SportsCage on Monday in one last-ditch attempt to sell tickets to the Rider Nation.  At least the weather will cooperate somewhat this week.  The forecast for Winnipeg looks like this: Wednesday -2, Thursday -9, Friday -7, Saturday -3, Game Day -5.  The new unofficial slogan of the 103rd Grey Cup can be IT COULD BE WORSE!

8. Economic Development Winnipeg estimates the CFL championship game will bring 28,000 guests into Winnipeg with a projected economic impact of $85.5-million.  The Chamber's Executive Vice-President Loren Remillard disclosed those figures to the Winnipeg Sun.

9. It was strange watching the CFL semifinals and division finals from the couch.  Very strange.  The Riders and everyone connected with them are used to being in the middle of the hype, in the eye of the hurricane, this time of year and it left a pit in our stomach.  However after picking up our lips and recalling how much extreme fun the past decade has been, it's dutiful to feel good for the fanbases in Edmonton and Ottawa.  They certainly deserve it.

10. Speaking of, the Eskimos should be up for some type of marketing award at the League's annual Winter Congress in the New Year.  Their playoff slogan "#YouIn" was everywhere in Edmonton in the days leading up to Sunday's West Division Final and the crosstown Oilers even got heavily involved in the campaign. The Eskimos surpassed 30,000 in attendance for Sunday's game, just after leading the CFL in attendance in 2015.  They even had a "Watch Party" for the Western Semifinal at a local establishment where fans were welcomed down to watch the BC-Calgary playoff game along with Eskimos players.  Credit where it's due.

11. TSN's Gary Lawless reported over the weekend the Roughriders have asked for - and received - permission from Ottawa to speak with Assistant GM Brock Sunderland and from Calgary to speak with Assistant GM John Murphy.

Here is Sunderland's bio from the RedBlacks website:

"Brock Sunderland is in his third year as the Assistant General Manager for the Ottawa REDBLACKS.  In this role, he will be involved in every facet of football operations, including the negociation of player contracts and assisting with the salary cap.  He’ll also coordinate the REDBLACKS scouting department and will play a vital role in helping prep the team for the Expansion Draft, CFL Draft, and finding players to build the team’s roster. The upcoming 2015 season will be Sunderland’s 12th in pro football.

Before joining the REDBLACKS, he spent six seasons with the New York Jets in the NFL.  While with the Jets, Sunderland served as a pro scout for four years.  In that role, he evaluated players from every level of professional football, including the NFL, CFL, and all Arena Leagues.   Along with these duties, he also served as an advance scout, preparing reports for the Jets’ upcoming opponents. Most recently, he was a college scout for two years and covered the western region of the U.S. for the Jets.

Prior to joining the Jets, Sunderland spent three seasons with the Montreal Alouettes, where he was elevated to Director of Scouting after joining the team as a scout in 2004.  In that role, he was responsible for scouting players in the NFL, NFL Europe, the AFL and AFL 2, as well as the advance scouting of every CFL team.  He also evaluated college players from the United States and Canada, helping the Alouettes prepare for the annual CFL Draft.  In addition, he was also responsible for the negotiation of player contracts.

A wide receiver and punt returner for the University of Montana (1998-2000), Sunderland played for three conference championship teams before several knee injuries ended his playing career prematurely.  He was a student assistant coach at Montana before joining the Alouettes in 2004.  A native of Great Falls, MT, he holds a bachelor’s degree in communications.

His father, Marv Sunderland, is a scout with the Tennessee Titans and is working in his 38th year in the NFL."

And here is John Murphy's bio from Stampeders.com:

"Murphy is entering his eighth season with the Stampeders. After helping to shape the roster that allowed the Stampeders to win the 2008 Grey Cup in his first stint with Calgary as assistant director of scouting, Murphy joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2009 as their director of player personnel. He then returned to Calgary in 2010 as director, player personnel and is now the assistant general manager, player personnel for the fifth straight season.

Prior to joining the Stampeders, Murphy worked as a US-based scout for the Montreal Alouettes and did a pre-season and NFL Combine player personnel internship with the Oakland Raiders.

Together with head coach/general manager John Hufnagel, Murphy oversees all player personnel-related matters for the Stampeders, including the CFL Draft, CFL Combine, Florida rookie camp and reviewing potential free-agent signings.  He also manages the league’s daily transactions and is in regular contact with all CFL member clubs, as well as the player personnel offices of the NFL and the AFL with respect to player movement.

He is involved in aspects of CFL player evaluations and trades, the Salary Management System and is also responsible in the team's contract negotiations, scouting NFL training camps, CIS football, and a number of NCAA bowl games. 

In addition to his work in the Canadian Football League, Murphy founded Next Level Scouting, Inc., a company he started in 1999. Next Level Scouting Inc. provided detailed scouting reports to every team in the National Football League.

He served on the selection committee for the East-West Shrine Game from 2002-2009 and is one of the creative forces behind the NFLPA Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge where he serves as the VP Director of Player Personnel and also helped develop the publication “NFL Draft Bible.”

His sports experience prior to the CFL saw him be one of the most successful owners/general managers among U.S. minor league football programs, having won a National Championship in 1996 with the Louisiana Bayou Thunder and then creating the top-rated new franchise in the country in 2006 as the Bay Area Gamblers (Pearland, Tex.) finished ranked among the Top-10 teams in the country in their first year of play in the NAFL. He was inducted to the Minor League Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

A native of Merrick, N.Y., he currently resides in Harahan, La., and has been involved in many causes to benefit children in the various communities he has resided.  Murphy — along with several others from Pearland, Tex., community in which he once resided — has developed a new sports-oriented social media website called Athletes United which is available at www.athuni.com."

The Roughriders already have an Assistant GM right under their nose whom they've been grooming for five years.  Not sure why they would look elsewhere to fill the top position.

12. Lawless is correct in his reportings but here are some other names from the CFL rumour mill who have either approached the Roughriders, or are expected to be approached by the Roughriders:

Danny McManus
Joe Womack
Glen Suitor
Tom Higgins
Jim Barker

It should be pointed out that I haven't confirmed or denied any of these names with the Roughriders brass in an effort to respect the process.  I expect when they have something to update the public on, they'll let me know.

Also, Stampeders Head Coach & GM John Hufnagel confirmed to reporters after Sunday's WDF that his top assistant John Murphy is indeed a candidate in Saskatchewan.  As for himself, Hufnagel said he's still under contract to the Stampeders.

13. The Ticats are rightfully trumpeting the fact that they are the only CFL team to sell out every home game in 2015 BUT remember Tim Hortons Field has a capacity of only 24,000.  The Saskatchewan Roughriders haven't had a crowd below 24,000 since the 2006 season which would represent a string of at least 90 consecutive sellouts at Mosaic Stadium if the venue was that small.

14. 620 CKRM's SportsCage will be front and centre at Grey Cup Week in Winnipeg.  Carm Carteri, Luc Mullinder and I will be making the trek to the Manitoba capital and will be broadcasting our show live from the Winnipeg Convention Centre's Radio Row along with all TSN Radio affiliates beginning Wednesday.  Also, CKRM football analysts Mike McCullough and Neal Hughes will be the emcee's at Riderville beginning Thursday.

15. Can't escape without a few hockey notes:  The MMG gives two thumbs-up to 3-on-3 overtime in the NHL and WHL this year.  The purists can be happy the new format has cut the amount of shootouts by a third, but it's also provided an endless amount of entertainment.  I generally leave a hockey game with 3:00 to go in order to beat the rush (no matter whether the game is tied for not) but this season that's been a bad decision.  It appears hockey has corrected itself! ... I don't know how long Hockey Night In Canada has featured Don Cherry and Ron McLean on a split screen for Coach's Corner but hopefully they abandon the idea pronto.  Saturday night's episode was disjointed and Cherry seemed quite cranky about not having his sidekick right beside him.  It wasn't a good segment ... The bottom three NHL teams in attendance: Carolina Hurricanes, NY Islanders, Florida Panthers ... I thought they'd catcall Patrick Kane in Edmonton for his legal issues of this summer.  They didn't, and hats-off to Oilers fans for that ... The documentary Swift Current featuring the sordid story of Sheldon Kennedy is must-see TV but I caught myself wondering what purpose it serves?  The perpetrator's been brought to justice and has been put away for a real long time.  If all the culprits were to be nabbed, then the show would be a win.  Perhaps it'll help give somebody with a secret the courage to say something, or get other victims of similar crimes to step forward.  Either way, I feel Sheldon Kennedy's a hero.

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THAT'S ALL!  SEE YOU IN THE CAGE ...
RP
@sportscage

56 comments:

Red said...

I have nothing against Oday, under the right circumstances he may be a good GM someday.
Having said that, having been offered a job in team management right after his playing days are over, smacks of typical Rider cronyism. How can he go up against Murphy in terms of experience? The man has brought talent to the Stamps for years and he worked with a competent GM who expects to win everyday.
Sadly though, in typical Regina media and ex-player favoritism, people like Vanstone, McCormick,Nye, Schultz,McCullough, and this blogger cant see past the end of their noses and want their good friend and ex-teammate hired for GM.
Remember most of these people all wanted Taman hired as well.
In typical Rider fashion, the old boys club will go with the convenient hire, because ,well,"Oday is respected","knows the market","was part of the 2013 Grey Cup" and last but not least"he is a good guy".
Remember folks , four grey cups in over 100 years.
Is that sustained success?
Is Oday the most coveted GM for the most coveted franchise in North America?(remember Reynolds press conference?)
Its a no brainer.
Kumbuya....

I told you so..

Anonymous said...

Hey Rod, better idea yet. Just get rid of Cherry and McLean period. McLean could stay a little longer but Cherry should be in bed at game time. He is lost without McLean filling in for him, and reminding him where he is at times. I don't enjoy watching these book ends at intermission anymore and it is time for CBC to make a change which I believe will probably happen at the end of this year.

Anonymous said...

"I thought they'd catcall Patrick Kane in Edmonton for his legal issues of this summer. They didn't, and hats-off to Oilers fans for that." I agree. He wasn't charged and the police investigation is OVER!

Doug said...

I tend to agree! I like JO, but it would be really good for his own development to bring in some new blood. I think we need to improve our scouting and there should be a standard set for valuing Canadian talent.

Anonymous said...

John Murphy has had the luxury of working with the single biggest influence in the Stamps success ... Hufnagel. Calgary will be in for a cultural change next season.

99% of you couldn't pick Murphy out in a lineup. He never played a snap of ball in his life and is simply an American version of Taman. The biggest downfall for Murphy and O'Days biggest strength is his ability to relate to players and understand their worth. Working "under" someone can be a positive or negative regardless of the results. Murphy has been more of a scout than a front office GM type.

Reynolds can say all he wants, but the reality is there aren't a lot of candidates. Hiring another teams Asst. GM would just be silly.

Anonymous said...

Agreed that we need to bring in a fresh face with new ideas. Whether you like him or not, brining in Roy was the shot in the arm the organization needed after years of the old boys club running things. The old boys had run the organization into the ground and if they'd had stayed in there would likely have been a third telethon. Roy got us started on the upward trend and while obviously he didn't finish the job it was a lot of his recruits (Durant, Fantuz, etc) that carried the team to those Cup appearances. Even Tillman was an outside face who'd had success in the league and Hopson at least had the horse sense to bring him in. But then it all spiralled out of control when Hopson decided to hire from within (Taman) and a member of that 90's old boys club to boot. Sure we won the Cup in 13 but that's like saying Al Ford was a successful GM cause he was at the helm in 89.

So here we are now. O'Day is no doubt a smart guy and wants to win as much as anyone. But at this juncture we need a new perspective with someone who has a track record of success. Should be a very interesting few weeks while this all plays out.

Never thought I'd say this but go Henry.


Gundersons Yorkton

Anonymous said...

Why would Kane get cat calls? He did nothing wrong.

Expecting him to get cat calls is just as bad as yelling them. Comes from the same mindset.

Anonymous said...

Question ... if the far-fetched Hufnagel rumour came true and he joined the Riders, would John Murphy be quickly promoted to full-time GM of the Stamps?

Doubtful. So why should he be good enough for us?

Rod Pedersen said...

You couldn't be more wrong. Most people would be jailed for their thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Sprialed out of control? Rider fans might be the dumbest people in sporting history.

Tillman is responsible for the 2008 playoff failure and the 2011 debacle, and the public embarrassment of the franchise.

You would take a Roy type that has proven he cant win?

2011 - 2012 one play from upsetting Calgary on road in semi. 2013 franchise best start 8-1 to open season, win Grey Cup. 2014, franchise best start after ten games 8-2.

Then sh*t happens. Way life goes.

Anonymous said...

Rod! Is the public welcome to come by and see you guys in action on the SC at Grey Cup? We won't bother you on air, just would love to see how the legends work thei let magic.


Speaker Ryan

Anonymous said...

"The Roughriders already have an Assistant GM right under their nose whom they've been grooming for five years. Not sure why they would look elsewhere to fill the top position."

You've got to be kidding, Rod. O'Day's resume is about 10% of Sunderland's. Thank goodness you are not in Craig Reynolds' chair.


Anonymous said...

Oh Ryan...puhlease!

Anonymous said...

Hire O'day already Mr Reynolds! Wrong or right it's what everyone knows you are going to do anyway. The fix has been in since day one. Asking to speak with someone else's assistant GM, really. Taking a look at the candidates list, it sure doesn't look like much of a superstar list to most folks. Why not throw Kerry Joseph into the mix because we seem to bring him back every two years. Then have it come down to Joseph, Suitor and O'Day. Even Stevie Wonder can see what's going on here.

In no time at all, Blake Nill turned the UBC Thunderbirds from also rans to Champions. That's what happens when you hire the best people to run an organization. Hire winning people who have done it before, give them resources and reap the rewards. What's a reason Tillman has won so many Grey Cups with different teams. He know how to build winners.

We need great talent recognition from someone with an uncanny ability to recognize CFL talent. Taman never had that ability and his understudy isn't much better. Taking credit for 3013 when the wallets were open and lots of free agency isn't really proof of great ability. In the two years since, Ottawa has some into the league and are now off to the Grey Cup. Maybe a lesson in building there. The only reason we accept years of protracted misery is because that's what we're fed by this clubs hierarchy.

Barker is the only proven winner in this bunch but I know that won't happen. This is a done deal. Let the losing continue!

Anonymous said...

Swift Current was to show us how devastating abuse is, not all of us know abuse, and for that we are fortunate.

It also shows that when abused you are not alone, and that many do not overcome, but for a few that do they can become successful. Their are many out their still hiding in shame and fear. If his show saves one life, it is worth it.

Thank you to Sheldon Kennedy for bringing this issue front and centre in the sports world, as before it was a dirty little secret.

Maybe jail time for scum bags will become much longer, come on the guy served 2 years for 350 counts of sexual abuse. In reality he served two years for attempted murder! Then gets out and ruins how many more lives!

My thoughts FWIW.

Bonnie

Steve D said...

We have a qualified assistant Gm in oday who is under contract..keep him there,and bring in a proven winner with a track record of success to mentor and help develope who we have.Tillman would be welcomed back ..Sunderland..or Murphy all have outstanding resumes.Which 1 of the 3 offers the best plan of action,and public relations savvy for a football crazed nation is now the question? Imo without even interviewing ..i'd pick sunderland..based on his resume,and what he has done with his latest outing in Ottawa is simply outstanding work .O day is likable..but we need a Proven Gm.

Anonymous said...

I was hoping that the Riders would hire O'Day as GM but now after seeing the rumoured list of candidates I'm really really hoping they hire Glen Suitor.

A non-Riders Fan

Clarkenstein said...

So first Anon "you" don't like Don Cherry so "you" think he should be replaced. The ratings still say otherwise so "you" hopefully won't get your wish. You have a remote for your TV. Use it.
Unless Craig Reynolds goes outside the org to find some new blood things won't change much. He needs to put his own stamp on things. It sounds like he's turning over every rock which I find refreshing. Won't be an easy decision so I wish him the best of luck.

Anonymous said...

He's not a hero. Ask his ex wife and kid who he walked out on.

Sheldon Kennedy is getting precariously close to becoming an insignificant whiner. The perpetrator was brought to justice, and in fact has pleaded guilty when facing new charges. If anything he should be pointing out you can't tell anyone nobody in the city didn't know.

Barry Trapp dropped Graham James in Moose Jaw. Nobody in Swift Current called over to ask why. The reason is they wanted to win and that is the simple answer. Lot's of stories about Graham James in the WHL, again nobody wanted to know the answer so didn't step it.

That documentary to call Graham James a "Hockey God" was pathetic. All that documentary told me was people will sell their souls to play hockey end of story.

Mr H

Anonymous said...

"The Roughriders already have an Assistant GM right under their nose whom they've been grooming for five years. Not sure why they would look elsewhere to fill the top position"

Really Rod?

Time to go back to the 90s with the convenience hires. This search is just a sham if O'Day is pick over the two up and comers Murphy and Sunderland.

Devo said...

Steve D...in Grandpa's cough medicine a little early today? "Tillman would be welcomed back." I am literally shaking my head right now… I can't believe people still think that he would be welcomed back. It is never going to happen… I would bet my eyesight on it.

Anonymous said...

Notice how Tillman isn't even mentioned in any of Rods lists? That tells me the voice of the Riders knows something.

Anonymous said...

Bring back Mr. Roy Shivers, a football genius. A man with the prerequisit football connections. Aman who knows player talent. A man who knows how to build a winning team long term while not sitting on achievment. A man who can turn over a roster in continuous fashion without skipping a beat to the on field product. Bring back Mr. Roy Shivers!

Curt Dittmer said...

It will be interesting to see what the ratings were like for the CFL this past weekend. The semi-final games ratings were down compared to last year: West Semi-Final had 836,000 viewers (vs 1,267,000 in 2014) and the East Semi-Final had 865,000 viewers (vs 874,000 in 2014). That is a 34% drop for the West Semi-Final and a 1% drop for the East Semi-Final. Keep in mind that last year's West semi-final numbers were a 20% drop from 2013 and the East numbers were down 11%. These are huge drops, and while the lack of Riders in the playoffs certainly hurts, TSN and the CFL must be alarmed.

Anonymous said...

Sunderland seems like a fellow with a lot of contacts .....

Anonymous said...

Last winter Barker found receivers Elliott 6'3", Gurley 6'4" and Hazelton 6'3". That right there is more talentthan O'Day found in 5 years.

Not tO'Day.

Anonymous said...

It’d be nice if you pasted O’Days and Barkers Bio’s along side Sutherland and Murphy’s in your article.

Glen Suitor? really? The guy does’t stop talking on tv, he’d wear ever reporters microphone out in every interview if he was a GM

Order of preference for the next Riders GM from your list Rod

1) Barker
2) Sutherland
3) Murphy
4) O’Day

Anonymous said...

Danny Mcchocka would fit right into the presupposed list of gms. This is the best out there? I guess some team has to finish with two wins.

The riders do not have the talent or depth to compete with the stamps and now the stamps cannot compete with EE. Given the ability of bc and Winnipeg to find new talent it seems the riders are fated with other teams cast offs and another decade of futility.

How did that Rickey Ray trade work out? The toughest decision is not over the gm but what to do with DD presuming he can still play
Would the red blacks be in the gc had they stuck with Glenn and not signed Henery? There is nobody in the riders organization with the courage to make that type of move. When they did they not only got rid of that admin but also brought the player back. The riders are still reaping the rewards of that admin change.

Telethon II is doomed. Social media is so vast that there will be little interest in watching that type of genre. If the old boys run er down again there will not be anything to save the franchise. Perhaps sell it now while it is still worth something you know the old sell high buy low strategy. Toronto Argos may be purchased on the cheap and they would rather play where they are wanted. Jeremy and crew can play out of the soccer facility dodging protesters on the way in.

Anonymous said...

Talking about ratings, the GREENZONE is winning in ratings.

Anonymous said...

I really hate to hit everyone with a dose of reality but here you go:

Tillman record as a GM: 111-95-2; 3 Grey Cups
Taman record: 83-105-1 - Grey Cup
O'Day record: 3-6 as GM; as an AGM: 34-47, 1 GC
Murphy: as an AGM in Calgary 89-36-1, 2GC

To the moron who says Murphy isn't that good, that O'Day is good and that Taman wasn't that bad, look at the record.

NOTHING ELSE SHOULD MATTER IN THIS HIRE BUT THE RECORD!!

Signed, Season Ticket holder whose tired of the cowardly media and idiotic fans

Anonymous said...

C'mon Rod.

Brock Sunderland has more contact phone numbers stored in his head than Jeremy O'Day has in his rolodex.

Ken M

Anonymous said...

Thank God you aren't making the hire. You are clearly too thick to understand facts and reason so I'll just say this: maybe the reason nobody's heard to John Murphy is because he's an Assistant GM finding players and not clamouring for the limelight. This franchise has put out stars like Jim Hopson and Taman and O'Day for far too long. The players should be the stars, not the GM.

Anonymous said...

Glen Suitor! Really???

Anonymous said...

Rod;

By advocating O'Day for GM you are really admitting you enjoy going to hockey games on the second and third weekend in November.

Status Quo

Anonymous said...

How many players (i want the actual number) is John Murphy solely responsible for bringing to Calgary?

Same question for O'Day.

I am asking seriously. I am trying to make an educated opinion and since the fans know these things and also how each candidate conducts himself around staff and players i would like a fair comparison.

Anonymous said...

Rod's best guess GM list was created in 1997.

Didn't you say Higgins didn't inquire and you wouldn't trust that source?

http://www.rodpedersen.com/2015/10/the-monday-morning-goalie.html

Rod Pedersen said...

Things change.

Anonymous said...

"bring back Roy Shivers". Really??!!! The guy who thought Nealon Greene was a better QB than Henry Burris??! Really?
I'm guessing your name is Stu Pididiot.

Anonymous said...

13. The Ticats are rightfully trumpeting the fact that they are the only CFL team to sell out every home game in 2015 BUT remember Tim Hortons Field has a capacity of only 24,000. The Saskatchewan Roughriders haven't had a crowd below 24,000 since the 2006 season which would represent a string of at least 90 consecutive sellouts at Mosaic Stadium if the venue was that small.

For a team that sold out every game has a disappointing game day experience. The new stadium is nice but lacks character, I attended a Saturday afternoon game in September vs Edmonton (2 top teams) and there were maybe 14000 fans in the seats. The place was as quiet as Church and the fans don't cheer. We are spoiled to have the atmosphere we do at Taylor Field, even with the Roughriders being horrible this year it was still a good sporting event to attend.

the Free agent I would target is Emanuel Arcenaux, I have always liked what he can do on the field and is exactly what we need in our receiving core.

Anonymous said...

That's a laugh in a half. What a joke comment! Hopson, Taman, O'Day stars? Stare of what prey tell? Stars? come on, get real fool. Losers a more appropriate description..

Anonymous said...

Saskatchewan people being Saskatchewan people always want to be nice. They say Hire O'Day because he is a good guy. Well let the good guy stay on staff and continue doing what he is doing. Good Guys Finish Last, and we proved that this year.

Murphy's and Sunderland's resumes on the surface look stronger than O'Days resume. Reynolds can not promote this guy. Was he not partly responsible for this years record?? Ya some may say he was responsible for bringing a grey cup here, yes true, but for the costs of the last 2 years. So if he has contacts then he was responsible for bringing back Sunseri & Glenn who did not perform. He was responsible then for trading Foley, bringing in Tisdale and many other failures and non-winners. So thats the best he could do??? Where were his contacts and bringing in players for Taman??? He is partly responsible for the lack of Canadain Talent. Lets not live in the past on 2013, lets strive for success. Mr Reynolds please HIRE A WINNER or atleast set us up for success.

ON the topic of Head coaches, Ken Holland once told Mike Babcock, when Mike Babcock wanted to be a headcoach, Holland said I dont hire rookie head coaches, and told Babcock to go get some experience. Babcock did and later Holland hired him. Detroit following that ideology is a successful franchise. Riders were a successful frnachise this last deacde as well. Reynolds NEEDS to hire and the best GM available, in turn we also need an Experineced headcoach. Is O'Day the BEST out there? if he is, then we are in trouble for awhile.

Anonymous said...

No to O'Day !

Anonymous said...

BRING BACK ROY !!!! Yes really !

Henry Burris a good QB? No !

Mind your manners, that's Mr. Stu Pididiot to you.

Anonymous said...

You lost all credibility when you said "...Glenn who did not perform"

Really? The offence was running a peak efficiency, #1 in the CFL when KG suffered the shoulder injury. Yeah its about winning games but when you have the #1 offence and the #9 defense something has gotta give.

O'Day is also responsible for bringing in Kory Sheets, Ben Heenan, Brian Peters ... we can play this all day.

Be careful what you wish for. This is pure Saskatchewan mentality. What we have isn't good enough. We want what they have.

Anonymous said...

Mr Sunderland is from Great Falls MT. Hmmmm, so are the Dickenson brothers. Interesting. Maybe Dave would come if Mr Sunderland is hired. Maybe if he could bring his brother.At least if Mr Sunderland is hired I wouldn't have to continually read about "no contacts".

Anonymous said...

Bring back Shivers? What, are there empty jails in Regina now, cause that's his legacy.

Anonymous said...

Glenn Suitor? The rest of the CFL will back that choice. But it's an old boys hiring ploy. Fill the short list with candidates weaker than your shoulder tap and it's obvious Oday is the best candidate. Nothing new here including the losing.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Roy Shivers legacy - saving a pathetic so called professional sports franchise that was on the brink of exctinction while putting in place the building blocks for long term success. Franchise now back to the pathetic on field product before Mr. Shivers.
PS,
GM not responsible to hold the hand of the grown man with the irresponsible actions.

Anonymous said...

Shivers? Gme a break! How did his finding talent help BC? Give yourself a break Roy, no one wants you here

Anonymous said...

Riders continue to be stars in attendance but no need to take anything away from Hamilton with the smaller stadium. They did great selling out all year when the other team in practically the same market (Toronto) struggled. Who knows, maybe they would have sold out with a 28,000 stadium too.

Anonymous said...

Not sure why they would look elsewhere? Well, Rod, that's cause you're a butt kissing Homer of the highest order and you are clueless about these sorts of things.

John Murphy>>>Jeremy O'Day.

Anonymous said...

Clarkenstein ? Is that any relation to Cherrystein? You know where you can put your remote don't you, and you would probably enjoy it at that.

Anonymous said...

We want Roy!

Rider Nation.

Anonymous said...

What is this Greenzone thing? Never heard of it!


Joe Q Public

Anonymous said...

What kind of slogan is "#Youln"? Is that a typo or am I missing something?

Anonymous said...

rolodex? sigh.