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Thursday, November 5, 2015

THURSDAY RODSERVATIONS

15 QUICK HITS

1. This impromptu Corey Chamblin media tour this week has become a fun game of "Where's He Going To Pop Up Next?"  On Tuesday Chamblin gave an exclusive interview to Andrew Buckholz of Yahoo.ca and on Wednesday he did the same with Dan Ralph of the Canadian Press.  The former Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach is scheduled to appear on 620 CKRM's Rider Game Day pregame show this Sunday morning with host Michael Ball, however who knows if he'll surface somewhere else between now and then.  I have a policy of not putting fired Rider employees on the air but Ballsy and Chamblin have a good relationship and therefore I'm interested in hearing what Corey has to say. I don't expect Corey to come out guns-ablazing.  He's been classy and generally grateful in these interviews.

2. I don't have a ton of thoughts on Chamblin's recent interviews however one question that needs to be asked is, "What was your role in the team's implosion?"  There didn't seem to be any answers for that in the two interviews he conducted this week.  However - judging by the interview transcript on Yahoo.ca - the absence of a clear plan for the franchise on the football side since the 2013 Grey Cup was abundantly clear.  I like Corey, think he's got the qualities of a tremendous football coach, and hope he's on the sidelines somewhere soon.

3. The last time I looked, the poll at the top left of this web page regarding the Riders hiring Jeremy O'Day as General Manager is a clear three-way split between YES, NO and Undecided.  Regarding the anti-O'Day sentiment that seems to be out there, one CFL executive pointed out this week that these are the habitual "haters" in the Rider Nation coming out again.  Some people were never willing to accept Eric Tillman, Kent Austin, Brendan Taman or Darian Durant.  However they were all proven wrong, as all of those gentlemen led the Saskatchewan Roughriders to Grey Cup titles.  That's our take anyway.

4. I'm one to generally take things at face value however there are several conspiracy theorists out there and some CFL-types have questioned Jim Popp's absence on the sidelines for last Sunday's Montreal game at Edmonton.  Popp didn't make the trip due to symptoms of Vertigo however some are questioning that there may be more going on than meets the eye.  We'll know the answer to that within the next couple of weeks.

5. Congratulations to former Roughrider offensive lineman Ben Heenan who was signed to the Indianapolis Colts' practice roster this week.  Ben was reportedly having a spectacular training camp with the Colts in August before he went down with a meniscus tear.  We wish him well, but his return to the Green & White would provide a massive boost to the offensive line and ratio.

6. Heenan reportedly was a favourite of Colts coach Chuck Pagano.  However Pagano is in the firing line due to his club's 3-5 start (yet they still lead the AFC South).  CKRM NFL Insider Nick Ferguson (former Bengal, Bear, Jet, Texan, Bronco, Blue Bomber and Roughrider) predicts Detroit's Jim Caldwell will be the next NFL coach fired and Pagano likely won't be far behind him.  Ferguson is the latest top-notch football analyst we've added to the SportsCage stable.

7.  Going into the 2015 CFL season, Calgary and Hamilton were the favourites to get to the Grey Cup in a rematch of the 2014 championship game.  However due to a rash of injuries to the Stampeders and Ticats, the favourites are now Edmonton and Ottawa.  Perhaps, in retrospect, injuries can be used as an excuse for a derailed season.  However no one's letting the 2-15 Roughriders off the hook for that reason.

Happy birthday, by the way, to Stampeders running back Jon Cornish.  It came up in my Facebook feed.

Also, today marks the two year anniversary of the passing of legendary sportswriter Bob Hughes.  I miss him, and his writings, dearly.

8. The 2015 Grey Cup game could get some competition for television viewers.  The game is scheduled to kickoff around 6:00 pm Sask Time on November 29 at Investors Group Field however the top two teams in the NFL, the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos, are set to clash at 7:30 pm on NBC's Sunday Night Football.

9. The yearly debate on the Grey Cup halftime show came up again this week when the CFL announced American group Fall Out Boy will rock IG Field at the 30-minute mark of this year's Grey Cup.  Count me in the group who feels the CFL championship game halftime show should always feature a Canadian act.  I'd vote for k.d. lang every year over any entertainer from the USA.  The habitual use of Americans plays into this country's inferiority complex.  Incidentally in the 1995 Grey Cup game in Regina, the half-time act was Jack Semple.

10. HOW TO FIX THE NHL #1: Any fan of the NHL was devastated by Tuesday's long-term injury to Oilers star rookie Connor McDavid due to a broken left clavicle.  We've seen the replay a thousand times but did anyone notice the end boards at Rexall Place didn't give a millimeter?  Islanders legend Clark Gillies noted on the SportsCage some time ago that the NHL needs to go back to the old boards that swayed as much as a foot when players collided against them.  Hits back then gave off a thunderous thud (to the roar of the fans), but players quickly got up and scampered on their way.  Hopefully NHL GMs put this on their agenda in the next round of meetings.  In the WHL, boards like those were legendary in Spokane's Boone Street Barn or Portland's Glass Palace.  The glass had a lot of give as well but now they're like concrete boundaries and the players are paying the price.

11. HOW TO FIX THE NHL #2: There was a great debate on Sirius/XM satellite radio Thursday morning on Gord Stellick's show on NHL Network Radio.  The hosts discussed the annoying policy of NHL teams habitually wearing their dark jerseys at home while the 29 visiting teams ALWAYS wear their whites on the road.  I've been saying for years the NHL has this backwards and the WHL has followed suit.  Two reasons were given: 1) Up until the 1960s, the NHL had the same policy of wearing whites on the road but away teams were hindered by laundry facilities and couldn't get the blood out of white jerseys in time for the next road game so they switched to darks.  Now that laundry's not an issue, they've gone back. 2) Nowadays NHL teams think fans are more apt to buy their team's dark jerseys because they see them so much at home. As usual it's a shortsighted, greedy approach that ends up costing the game in the long run.  It's boring to see every team come in wearing whites each game when the road jerseys, or third jerseys like San Jose's teal throwbacks, are so much more exciting.  Chicago's legendary red road uniforms are the greatest in sport however the only fans which get to see them live are those in attendance at the Madhouse On Madison.

12. Another reason to love Roughrider linebacker Tyron Brackenridge: Brack's annual steak night fundraiser goes Tuesday Nov. 10 at Birmingham's from 5 til 9 pm.  Proceeds support his Fields with Dreams Foundation: Inspiring underprivileged youth to believe in themselves, realize their potential and achieve their dreams.  Proceeds support the Camp Circle of Friends  - a local summer camp for those affected by childhood cancer.  There will be Silent Auction items, raffles, and a 50/50.  Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at Birmingham's or from CKRM's Gloria Evans (gevans@harvardbroadcasting.com).

13. The flu-ravaged Regina Pats return to action Friday night at Swift Current before returning home to host the Victoria Royals Saturday night in the Brandt Centre.  Both teams will be on 620 CKRM.  Pats goalie Daniel Wapple was so inflicted with the flu bug which is going around Regina that he had to miss several games on the club's recent road trip.  I'm told the Saskatoon product was so sick he couldn't get out of bed and I believe it, because I had the exact same thing.  Coach John Paddock could barely get through our weekly chat on the SportsCage on Tuesday.  However in the interview, Paddock noted that the club's inconsistent play can be attributed to their youth.  He chuckled when I mentioned if the club strung some wins together they'd be labelled as "streaky".  Sick or not, the Pats are an exciting team to watch and are the best entertainment value in the city.

14. Former Pats goaltender Rod Houk told the SportsCage his daughter Aubrie and friends have mounted a shoe drive to collect used basketball shoes for underprivileged kids in Regina's inner-city schools.  You can drop yours off at Leboldus and Harvest City School this week.  I'm proud to say my girls handed over their retired basketball kicks without hesitation. I saw Houker this morning and he says some of these kids have played in rubber boots due to proper footwear.  Please help out if you can!

15. Raptors coach Dwane Casey became Toronto's all-time winningest coach over the weekend.  I thought to myself, "That was quick".  Unfortunately it says more about the Raptors than it does about Casey.

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

57 comments:

Anonymous said...

Someone should ask Chamblin about the Roughriders pathetic defense. That was supposed to be his strong point. It was overloaded with imports and if they had played average we would have won 3 or 4 games early in the season.

He'll probably blame it on Shae Emry's injury because it couldn't possibly be his fault. But I say, what about the next man up theory? It's either lack of talent or poor schemes and it improved marginally when he left.

Anonymous said...

#10, I agree 100% with Clark Gillies and the scary part is that Edmonton's new building will be even more rigid than old Rexall Place.

Anonymous said...

Some people were never willing to accept Eric Tillman, Kent Austin, Brendan Taman or Darian Durant.

I don't know who you are referring to Rod when you say people weren't willing to accept Tillman, Austin or Durant. If you go with logic about wins and losses, only Taman doesn't fit in that scenario, 2013 aside for Taman.

Nice that you've made your poll fair. This is the 2nd time you've put O'Day up there and you left Tillman as GM up for only a few hours. Way to stack the deck in favour of O'Day. I voted by the way and said NO!

Anonymous said...

Starting their are habitual haters in Rider nation is offensive Rod. Did you ever think that maybe many Riders fans do not want a promotion for a man who was directly involved in a 2-16 football team with zero vision for the future. Perhaps Riders fans don't want to risk moving into the stadium under a GM who only has 5 years experience as an assistant. I think you need to rethink your attitude towards Riders fans who want want is best for the team, not simply hiring everyone's buddy. How about an apology Rod? Ask yourself this, if the Stamps were looking for a new GM, do you think ODay would be a favourite? Not a chance.

Terry

Anonymous said...

Morning Rod,

Corey's interview was not surprising at all, what I found funny was that it didn't sound like his phone was ringing off the phone with potential offers....a different tone from his July 14th interview:

"If the fans want a new coach, they can get that," he said. "At the end of the the day, I'll still work and I'll still be a great coach whether it's here in Saskatchewan this year or somewhere else next couple of years. So to be honest, I don't give a damn about that."


Rod Pedersen said...

Calgary would promote from within.

Chris Hartnell said...

I voted 'I don't know' for O'Day. He shouldn't be just given the job at the end of the year. He needs to be evaluated against all the other candidates. If he is the best porson for the job he should get the job. Don't hire him just because he's here, but don't exclude him just because he's here.

TKP said...

Part of the NHL home team in dark was the fact that they had a 3rd jersey and wanted to show them off/sell them at home. I agree, though, go back to white at home. Part of the fun of going to games as a kid was seeing all the different "away" jerseys.

Anonymous said...

Rod should be thanked giving the fans a forum for their thoughts rather than being bashed for giving his own. Just my opinion.

TANNER IN CALGARY

Anonymous said...

Loved the post from Monday where someone called the Riders the Oilers of the CFL. The old boys regime needs to change and this crap of hiring former guys or buddies of the board needs to end. Hire the best and let them run the show.

The real question I have and would love to see a poll on is whether or not Reynolds has the support of the fan base to be the right person for the job and get the best people.

Anonymous said...

As a rider hater, I can only hope O'day is hired as the GM.

Anonymous said...

Haters……really!!!!

The word hater is used too frequently to label people who don't agree with someone's point of view, their political leanings, lifestyle belief/choices, and their refusal to " go along to get along". Since when does disagreeing with something make someone a hater?, especially if they have a strong case to back up their opinion.

The media and other mediums think that they are the voice of the people because the people are stupid. The promote people without real validity. The support others without cause. there are many bright people out there who have followed this team for decades. Many who knew the Taman experiment would not end well, even before he was handed the job. Take 2013 out of the equation and his tenure was horrible. Any GM in the world could have brought in a winner considering the trades and money he was allowed to spend. During the short lasted euphoria had anyone said anything they would have been labelled haters. Laughable to say the least.

When people's opinions don't fit the narrative promoted around Riderland, they are labelled haters. The many jobs and pay cheques connected to the Riders make it difficult to get any real information. The go along to get along mentality is alive and well. When these same people are often proven wrong, they just try to distance themselves from their former positions and move along like nobody's watching; but they are!

Some past personnel have been treated shabbily and some have treated we the fans very shabbily. It goes both ways. Because you don't like someones actions doesn't make you a hater.

Now the people who are saying we need someone better and more experienced than O'Day to turn this mess around, they are referred to as haters. I don't know of anyone who hates O'Day. The fans out there know he has too many shortcomings but nobody hates him. They also know that there will be better and more suitable candidates emerge if they haven't already. This organization has an obligation to the supporters to select the most qualified and most experienced to handle the challenges ahead. Those that feel that way don't hate, they just love the Riders.

Anonymous said...

That's very calgary-ish of them.

Anonymous said...


Blogger Rod Pedersen said...
Calgary would promote from within

Not if they were 2-15 and 3-25 in their last 28 games

Anonymous said...

Is it too much to ask for the Riders to try and find a GM with a track record of winning? And if O'Day is the guy, why did Teynolds give him the interim tag? O'Day is 2-6 as a GM by the way. Vote No to O'Day on the blog!

Anonymous said...

Half the year the WHL wears darks at home and then switches to whites in the second half.

Anonymous said...

Rod,


My daughter shares a birthday with Jon Cornish?? Ugh.

Kind of like me sharing one with Borat.

Good column today Rod. Hope things are well.


Russ from Saskatoon

Anonymous said...

Don't lump me in with some sort of generic Rider hater group because I don't want to appoint O'Day without looking at other candidates available. We don't even know what other options might be available until after the season ends. I'm not a hater. I even supported Taman right to the bitter end. The choice of GM will set the direction of the team for many years to come. What's the hurray to hire the first warm body that comes our way. The Riders are the premier franchise in the league, I expect the best of the best will want this job so let's give them a chance to do that.

Anonymous said...

Watching the same warmed over Canadian bands like Trooper for the millionth time isn't my idea of a great halftime show.

Anonymous said...

Are you guys are forgetting that our team had no real starting QB for last 28 games!!! It was simply a QB carousel. So how is the Coach/GM blamed for this when unexpected happens? Yes Defence was bad this year that is due to new CFL rules and too many 2 and Outs, you would not think that defence needed the rest when offence could not get anything going? Get a head shake, as Rod doesn't have to do this blog on the side. Stop bashing him, this blog is a bonus that we get to read otherwise go read Leader Post or TSN instead.

Anonymous said...

Now that the Rider season is but done, I hope that the Sports Cage will have more Tiger Williams.

Anonymous said...

The WHL switches jersey's half way through the season. They will wear whites at home for the last half of the season. At least that has been the pattern for quite a few years.

For the NHL I am all for the darks at home when I see the red white and blue of Les Canadiens I know we are at home.

Go Warriors!! Go Habs!!

Anonymous said...

Rod, look at the qualifications of someone like Brock Sunderland in Ottawa & compare it to ODay and try & tell us with a straight face that ODay should get the job.

http://www.ottawaredblacks.com/brock-sunderland-assistant-general-manger

And it's extremely insulting for the Voice of the Riders to refer to Riders fans as haters simply because we disagree with you. Stop with that nonsense. Wow how low this franchise has gotten.

Terry

Anonymous said...

N O to O'Day ! Definite N O !

He Hate Me

Anonymous said...

I hope that Reynolds takes the next GM hire as a chance to review the direction of the club and re-shape the entire organizational structure into a building a truly winning club. Every front-office/football opps position needs to be reviewed, evaluated and analyzed to see that the best of the best in that position. Examples such as:

Strength and conditioning and our increased injuries have to make one question are the best of the best working for this team and providing the best out of season training to prepare players?

Marketing and Game ops.....are the best of the best in this position to move into a new stadium and create the ultimate fan experience to ensure old school practices like token lines and retail sales follow that of the NFL. Coaches....only the best of the best need

GM's/Coaches, Scouts....a review and structure need to be implemented that track records, resources, connections and ability to teach,develop, find and acquire the best talent.

2015 needs to be a constant reminder of what not to repeat and never allow to be part of this organization again!

Anonymous said...

When is the last time you have heard of a million dollar corporation that needed a total revamp from top to bottom hired someone with 3 years experience to right the ship? I can't see that happening with the Riders.

Anonymous said...

No Canadian band at half time? Why promote US talent when we have so many Canadian bands that people don't even know are Canadian. Celine Dion doesn't do the Super Bowl halftime show so why in the HELL would we have someone like Fallout Boy?!?!?! Let's promote our homegrown talent. You hit it on the head Roddy, inferiority complex........ if it's from the States it MUST be better right? lol

Why not get someone like Rush, The Guess Who, Sloan, Nickelback, Our Lady Peace, Blue Rodeo, The Tragically Hip, Broken Social Scene,Cowboy Junkies, Billy Talent, Three Days Grace, Finger Eleven, 54-40, Sum 41, Econoline Crush, Simple Plan, Big Sugar, Mariana's Trench, etc.......

I guess they were all busy?????????????????

Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Wilakers, really dropped the ball on promoting Canadian talent -

Whorehay Posaduh

Anonymous said...

Hear, Hear to those F'in token's been eliminated at the new stadium! Stupidest archaic practice that can only be found in the backwoods of SK.

Anonymous said...

Riders need to start acting like a million dollar corporation and not a small minded community owned team that looks after their buddies and pals to pay guys for the sake of loyalty.

Anonymous said...

To RP,

With regard your stance against the NHL visiting teams always wearing the whites as somehow being a problem, by using that very logic and reasoning, I guess the Saskatchewan Roughriders should always play home games in their white uniforms and green only when they are on the road???

Obviously that is your stance, you made that quite clear in your sports argument ref the NHL.

XYZ in your backyard

Anonymous said...

Saskatchewan Roughriders on field product that fails to produce on a consistent basis, a direct reflection of its management (ole white guy outside Influence meddleling included) along with the club structure. Four CFL championship titles to it's team history in a 9/8 team league, pathetic. Every aspect of this organization has to be called into question, period.

Anonymous said...

wouldn't hiring Hufnagel or Tillman be considered an old boys club move? Both former Riders.

Eric Tillman was fired before he was hired by the Riders.

Logic.

Anonymous said...

Don't you think it's time to move on from Corey Chamblin? Agree to disagree with the man and how he coached and get on with life, it's too short for all this irrelevant rambling . He came he won a Grey Cup then he got the boot out of town, move on!

Anonymous said...

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have 13 league championships in their 105 year history.

They couldn't compete for the GC until 1921.

Anonymous said...

FIrst, I am not a hater of the Riders or ODay. I have been a fan since I was eight years old and am well into my sixties. The way CC treated the Canadian players and the ratio, either the GM or the AGM should of put a complete stop to this and stood up to this guy. And If they couldn't stop him they should NOT have been the GM or AGM, ..This is the main reason I do not support ODay and voted NO..I Want the best for the Riders not someone who might be,. I am a fan with an opinion just like you. Are you a fan hater?

Anonymous said...

"13" league championships? What league/league's? Rugby? lmao. We all know about the 4 CFL Grey Cups Please enlighten us all with your info.

Anonymous said...

Reynolds said FROM DAY 1, that they would conduct a full search for the GM position. Nobody from the Riders ever suggested that Oday would simply be given the job. If he gets the job through a true selection process, then Im good with it. If someone else is found to be a better fit, theyll hire him. You can all untangle your panties now

Anonymous said...

O'Day = No ! It stands for the status quo. Same continuous past due date players on the roster that should have been traded or released a long time ago won't out of loyalty by O'Day just for the fact he played along side them. He doesn't have the balls to call some into the floor/office for the talk, thus the same ole same ole nothing doesn't change perpetual losing.

Anonymous said...

Rod! You're an expert on women. What do you think of Rona being named the Tories interim leader? The loony left will complain that she was only picked for her looks, yet this last month has been filled with lefties swooning over Justin's looks. Can't wait till he gets told off by Rona first question period.


Speaker Ryan

Anonymous said...

"perhaps Rider fan don't want to risk moving to the new stadium with an in experienced GM". Simple answer, shut up and don't move. We don't new you and your constant negativity.
"a poll I would love to see is whether Reynolds has support of the fan base". Who cares what the "fan base" wants. Clowns like you are not representative of the "actual" fan base. It's not up to the "fan base". STFU.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rod, why don't you cut some of the haters and whatever that you don't want on here as well as the same way we all feel. Just for example go to TSN on the internet and write in some hate stuff or negative garbage about the Leafs and there is not a chance in hell that they will print it. My feeling is , if they Hate the Riders we hate to see their posts being shown. It's as simple as that.

Anonymous said...

Why does this fan base think they are entitled to know every thing, that their opinion on who is hired as GM or HC matters or whether the fan base approves of the man in charge of the board.
Maybe we could do like the Stamps did in the nineties and get an American owner that would buy the club so his kid can be QB.
This fan base has its share loonies, man o man.

Anonymous said...

So you condone the continued losing of the Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club? You condone a management style structure such as the one engaged on behalf of the Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club not conducive/proactive to a professional sports entity conundrum?

Anonymous said...

O'Day doesn't have the herewithall to call into the sk rrs gm office aging former teammates Chick, Dressier etc to tell them they have been either traded or cut from the team. No O'Day!

Rod Pedersen said...

You know this how?

Anonymous said...

agree with anonymous

Anonymous said...

He didn't do it trade deadline 2015.

Anonymous said...

What the hell are you babbling about? You could have stopped after your first question. Did you just throw a bunch of words together from the Roget's in your mommy's bookshelf? "Mangement style structure"..."not conducive/proactive to a pro sports entity conundrum?" You're trying way too hard to sound like a fool BA

SK Oiler Fan said...

Anonymous always knows what he's talking about.

Anonymous said...

If O'Day becomes GM this is a sham at it's finest. We are going back to the 90's Riders!

Anonymous said...

In your survey yes to O'Day is now less than 30%. You should really stop bashing the majority of your fans by calling them haters for not wanting to blindly accept O'Day without looking at alternatives. It just sounds good business to do a proper search for a GM.

Rod, I'm a huge fan of your, here everyday but I'm not pleased with your stance on O'Day and your eagerness to disrespect the view of the majority of fans on this.

Anonymous said...

Wow Rod, it looks like your poll backfired on you. So you think almost 50% of Riders fans are habitual haters?

Terry

Anonymous said...

The majority of fans?? HA!! If teams listened to "fans", they would be no-where. Most of you anonymous nut-lickers would have run this team into the ground if you had a chance.

O'Day will be the GM and shove it all up your green coated bandwagon jumpin asses.

The most knowledgable fanbase in the CFL once again comes off as a bunch of whiny know-it-all ham and eggers who think they are something they're not.

Ain't that the truth Pedersen!!!


VOiCE OF REASON

Anonymous said...

IF the team listened to the fans, they would not of had Miller above Tamon, and they definitely would not have hired Tamon. They did not approve of Marshall and I don't think they liked Chamblin considering the other people that were available.. Gee the fans would have saved the Riders a lot of money. Maybe they do know what they are talking about. AlSo Rod, I do wonder how many of the yes vote are actually Bomber fans and are Rider Haters.

Anonymous said...

We know we know Rod, u love O'Day! We get it!
What is it with the habitual belittling of your blog readership? That I don't get!

Anonymous said...

Good read Roddy

Anonymous said...

That's Roget's Thesaurus to you, Fool with a capital F !
Roget's schema of classes, their subdivisions based on the philosophical work of Leibniz, itself following a long tradition of epistemological work starting with Aristotle. So shad'up ! Fool !