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Friday, December 11, 2015

SCRUFFY'S THIS 'N THAT

It's Friday and that means it is time for the weekly set of thoughts running through my muddled mind and as always, they are in no particular order.

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Holy crap on a cracker!! What a week!  This has arguably been the wildest week in the history of the 100 plus year franchise of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.   Chris Jones has come in and he has started the rebuild. Has he ever! Before the ink was dry on his contract, word was Jarious Jackson was coming in to serve as quarterbacks coach and before that could truly sink in, Sportscage insider Arash Madani showed why he is considered one of the best of what he does by spilling the beans on the fact Bob Dyce and Craig Smith were out and Craig Dickenson was coming back AND John Murphy was coming in to serve in the front office meaning three of the four men Craig Reynolds interviewed for the GM are here anyway with Jeremy O'Day said to be safe in the organizational structure.

It makes you wonder what Brock Sunderland is thinking doesn't it.  The reaction is positive in the Rider Nation as the football team has now pillaged its Alberta rivals. I can only wonder how red hot the reaction would be on the other side if this was a team grabbing everyone from Saskatchewan.  It would be pure hell, fire and brimstone methinks. Someone would be asking the RCMP to investigate. Online petitions would be formed. It would be absolute chaos with the "You can't do that to us" mentality.

-- What has happened in Riderville this week makes me wonder if somewhere in Regina, Craig Reynolds has looked in a mirror and done the old Ric Flair by giving it a "WOOOOOOO" or doing his version of the Jose Bautista bat flip. No one can say Reynolds played status quo on this one. He sent a message to everyone in the CFL and what a message it was. Did anyone see that coming?

-- While it is sad to see Bob Dyce go, one can't be surprised. I think it was clear that whoever was going to be the general manager of the Riders was not going to keep Dyce around and deep down, I think Bob knew that as well. He was asked to immerse himself in a very tough spot and while he did lead the team to a 3-6 record down the stretch, it wasn't enough.  Dyce is a very good football man, and he will succeed at his next position. I always thought Dyce would make a great CIS head coach, but there aren't any jobs at this time in Canada West and truthfully, I don't know if there are any openings in Eastern Canada. All I know is Dyce is a guy who can teach this game to players and he should be thanked by Rider Nation for taking one for the team and inheriting a position where he had to know there was more bad than good. Don't be surprised to see him end up back in Winnipeg.

-- As for Craig Smith, he is also a guy who knows talent as he has seen a lot of it. Craig and I have had several very good chats and I will miss seeing him around Mosaic Stadium, but when change comes, you have to expect good people will be shuffled off the deck and that has happened as Jones brings in who he wants. That isn't the wrong approach to take. Like Dyce, Smith will find another job in this league and he will improve that team.

-- Should the Riders pay compensation to the Eskimos for hiring Chris Jones? Where did this argument start?  Coaches have moved from team to team for years and as long as that coach was advancing, there was never ever any talk of compensation.  Did Edmonton pay compensation to Toronto when Jones went there? It is my understanding Jones was still under contract to the Argos when he left for the Eskimos. If Jason Maas signs on as the Eskimos head coach as some believe he will, they won't give the REDBLACKS any compensation. If the Eskimos didn't want the Riders to have Chris Jones than they would have said no when the request to speak with him was made. Compensation, shmopensation! Good on Eskimos GM Ed Hervey for telling the Edmonton media no compensation was needed because Jones did what Edmonton brought him there to do.

-- All these moves and Worksafe Bob is seemingly still safe. SIGHHHHH!!!!

-- I can't be the only one thinking Paul Lapolice is the head coach in Winnipeg by the time next year ends.

-- Not every Tim Hortons needs a drive-thru because the location calls for one that isn't drive-thru friendly. Yes, I am talking about the ones on north Albert and south Albert.  Those are places where if you want the product bad enough then go in and get one or find another place for your daily Timmies fix.

-- It can't be two weeks to Christmas can it? I was in a Regina shopping mall on Thursday night and you wouldn't know it by the lack of traffic in there.

-- I don't care what anyone says. There was no better TV show than Married with Children and no better character than Al Bundy. Watching reruns of that show on "Dejaview" are outstanding.

-- Week 14 NFL Lock of the Week --  Packers over Cowboys
    Week 14 NFL Upset of the Week -- Steelers over Bengals

-- One too many Norv Turner brain-cramps cost the Vikings on Thursday. You had a game tying field goal ready to go, but you got greedy and why the hell are you trying to run a reverse when the ball should just stay in the hands of Adrian Peterson. Basically, the Vikings came down with a case of Cleveland-itis. It happens to the best of them sometimes says the blogger who still doesn't know why Marshawn Lynch didn't get the ball at the one in the closing moments of last year's Super Bowl.

-- Have the Thursday night games been better than the Monday night ones this year? There's been some prime-time dogs this year, but I think the Thursday games have been better.

-- Rogers Sportsnet Edmonton Oilers host Gene Principe was with me in the Sportscage Wednesday to talk about the Oilers. The discussion got around to former Pat Brandon Davidson. It is great to see Davidson blossom into an NHL player right in front of us. As Principe mentioned and as many know, Davidson's path to the NHL has not been an easy one and he has managed a way to meet every hurdle thrown in front of him. Davidson will never be considered a Norris Trophy candidate, but he is one of those dependable d-men you can count on to give you solid minutes every night. It's great to see.

-- The question keeps getting asked, what the h-e double hockeysticks is wrong with Sidney Crosby. The guy everyone thought was a lock to be a top 3 in scoring only has  6 goals on a Pittsburgh team averaging 2.3 goals a game. How can a team with Malkin, Crosby, Kessel and others only be averaging 2.3 goals a game. Players like Mike Hoffman, Kyle Palmieri, Boone Jenner and Leo Komarov have double digit goals this year and Sid is a few away from getting there. Leo Komarov?

-- How does the SJHL not get one player on the Canada West team for the World Junior A Challenge. There is no way the other three Junior A leagues in Western Canada should have all the spots and not one player in the SJ can make it. The talent level may not be as great as it is in Alberta and BC, but there are players who should be representing the SJ at that tournament aren't there?

-- The Blue Jays managed to get Josh Donaldson by sending Brett Lawrie and others to Oakland and one year later, Lawrie is sent to the White Sox. That deal looks uglier and uglier for the Athletics at this time.

-- It's Teddy Bear Toss night at the Brandt Centre in one of the best promotions of the year as the Regina Pats take on the Kelowna Rockets. Take a stuffed animal to the game with you and throw it on the ice when the Pats get that first goal of the game. The Rockets are the best team in the WHL and could very well find themselves in Red Deer come Memorial Cup time. It is also the only time they will skate on Brandt Center ice this year.

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

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps there is no need for a Coaches term contract but only one with no expiry date. That could be the best thing for all. No contracts to pay out if the coach gets fired and no hard feelings if he leaves for greener pastures. If the coach wants a term contract he must honor it then. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

The Brandon Davidson story is a great one. Everyone thought there is no way this kid can get higher up in the chain, yet he always does. He has turned into a very solid 3-4 DMAN.

Anonymous said...

No, you are not the only one thinking Lapolice is the next Bombers coach by the time next year ends.

Anonymous said...

How come you didn't have Rod from F.L.A on the show when you were hosting? I think you like to be the star.

Anonymous said...

Have no idea what the love for Lapolice is. The guy fails miserably as a head coach goes on TV then becomes a better coach? Hopefully he is the head coach in winnipeg by end of season, it would mean the bombers stay in the basement for the distant future.

Anonymous said...

Or perhaps it is a case of Rod saying I would like to enjoy my holidays and not be bothered by anyone. Has anyone noticed he hasn't done shows from "his holiday" like in the past when the Sportscage trips have happened?

Anonymous said...

Funny how the other teams constantly bring up the Riders 4 Grey Cups in 100 years and fail to acknowledge what the Riders team role during most of that time period was. No Rider role and the likelihood any CFL is in effect is slim. Give Riders the respect they deserve. No you talk of compensation in the Chris Jones signing, but when Eagle Keys was signed away by BC from the Riders who spoke of compensation. When Bob Shaw was signed away by Toronto, no compensation was awarded and not even a Thank you when the other teams had the success from the riders and we were left to struggle. History has a way of letting us forget the payback.

Anonymous said...

No news about the oskee wee wees these days? Sounds like they are fading back into their usual basement dwelling status in the standings.

Anonymous said...

Madani and Lawless have been speculating on the open coaching positions. Lapolice is now off the list because Winnipeg signed him so that leaves Maas or Steinhauer for Edmonton. Why don't they ever mention the self described "Great coach"? I don't think Chamblin's phone is ringing off the hook and yet in August the Regina media talked like he could walk on water. A little intimidation there maybe?
That's why we need to take everything you guys say with a grain of salt.

Anonymous said...

I think the rub with guys like Mitch and to an extent Michael Ball is they just do not evolve. These are guys who have to host a show, but listening to them over 10 years they just do not grow in terms of thought. It shows up in their on air work. When Rod leaves town or the market you really see what a B team looks like.

The best advice I'd give Mitch and Michael Ball, to a lesser extent Remple would be to - ask, listen, do as your told. Ask the questions as to why is something this way or why is something that way, how was perspective formed, where is the evidence to support this.

I listened to the post game show with Michael Ball after the Riders lost to Ottawa. He had on there George from Four Seasons, and they talked about accountability. It was lost on them as to at what point to professional athletes need to be held accountable?

When Rod leaves town I just noticed SportsCage becomes an amateur hour. The depth just is not there.

Anonymous said...

Oh, there you are Obama ...

Anonymous said...

The Riders sure look to be moving forward but I get the feeling Rider Nation will be sent into a tizzy a couple times during this honeymoon. In order to truly move forward Chris Jones and company will need to clean out the past. This means that some overpaid veterans with horribly constructed contracts will be shown the door. Yes, even some long time fan favourites like Chick, Dressler, George and most likely Durant will be asked to restructure or possibly be out right released. All this will need to be done before free agency opens in order to plan for new signings and cap space.

I would also guess pending free agents like Getzlaf, Brown and Brackenridge will be free to walk without an offer.

Really, when I look at the list of free agents I don't see a single name that would be devastating to lose. Smith's value is low if the team chooses to keep Dressler.

Should be entertaining.

Anonymous said...

The "why isn't Rod on when he is on holidays" comment is as ludicrous as the "Rod took his holiday when the Riders made the announcement" comment. I am guessing it has to be the same person because two people can't be that stupid. Then again, this is Saskatchewan.

Anonymous said...

Ballsy getting roasted, Scruffy getting roasted and yet it has been Phil who has been hosting in RP's absence when not doing Pats. Too funny!

If you want the amateur hour, turn your dial down a little bit to 980 because you'll find it there five nights a week.


Andrew


Anonymous said...

I remember that show. When they were winning the Grey Cup Ballsy was all to happy to point out he's neighbors with Chamblin and they were tight. Then they decided to fire him and it was his good neighbor leading the charge with Georgey on the post game. I admire how Ballsy can say, "I'm not sayin'....." then says it, or "look he's a friend of mine...."

Everyone should have a friend like Ballsy.

Anonymous said...

There is no more Obama - those who don't know he passed away in a car wreck in Ontario.

Anonymous said...

Obama has returned

Anonymous said...

Rod's "holiday" where he hosts fans the whole time is nice for Rod but not really a holiday when you have to pay attention to others the whole time and do what everyone else wants. I know Roddy has fun too but he is still hosting. These trips are booked long in advance. To say Rod booked it on purpose while the Riders were making these moves is possibly the stoooooopidest thing I've ever heard. Even stoopider than spelling the word stupid wityhj two o's or using the word stupider. This is just stoopid. I'm done. lol

Mitch does a fantastic job on air. There are few people anywhere that can talk MMA, CFL, NCAA anything, hockey, whatever it is he knows his stuff, I love it. He just needs to ask and listen more, he answers his own questions before the guests can. People wanna hear the questions of the host and answers from the experts/guests who have actually played these sports like Abou and Luc and Sharky and the Dumba's. Mitch is fantastic otherwise, just a lil less talking and more listening and I would listen to his own show everyday. Like I said, he knows his stuff!!!

I hope he reads this and just tweaks his approach a tiny bit because I believe he is really really good and I enjoy him when he is on. :)


Alex

Rod Pedersen said...

Obama's dead.

Anonymous said...

Here's hoping Breckenridge signs elsewhere, but I can't see it because nobody else would want him.

Anonymous said...

Did anybody notice Brent Parker at the Pats game? Maybe it's his toxic swirl that is keeping people away from the Brandt Center?

You know the Parkers sold the team for $8M and yet Brent still hangs out at the games. He reminds me of Wooderson from Dazed and Confused being the guy who gradates yet still hangs out with High School people at their parties.

Some people can grow up and deal with life. Others can not and open hair cutting places.

....Glory Days...well they'll pass you by Glory Days....poor Brent:)

Anonymous said...

Whoa...

Anonymous said...

Obama isn't dead. He is like a soap opera character who keeps rising from the dead. He will be back. We all know he will be back!


He is the Stefano di Mera of this blog!

Anonymous said...

Anyone who uses the word 'fantastic' to describe Mitchell Blair on the radio doesn't listen to much radio...or is a friend of Mitchell Blair or Mitchell Blair.

Anonymous said...

Person dead? If so, sorry for the loss of your friend Mr Pedersen.

Anonymous said...

The SJ may not be the product it was 5-10 years ago, but there are some good players in that league. One could say a definite oversight has happened here.

Anonymous said...

Compensation to the Eskimos??? Only if the Riders were compensated when the Eskimos hired Richie and Kavis as head coaches. Seems like a fair trade...

Anonymous said...

Bp's the Head Western Amateur Scout for ISS hockey, that's why he's at the Pat and Warrior games so often. He can also be seen taking the odd shot at Roddy on his twitter handle.

Anonymous said...

Was there an charity designated for 'Obama' in his obituary? He rarely was profound in what he posted here, but I appreciated his satirical edge.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that everyone has not figured out that the only reason the Riders gave Jones the GM tittle is because that is the only way they could get him as a HC and DC which is where they wanted him as they need a fix on D. I could prove this to you but unfortunately I am not a liberty to do so. So guess why O'Day is with the Riders - he is the real GM.

As for Murphy well, he is a scout - that is it. There is a reason he has never got a better job with the Stamps or elsewhere

Anonymous said...

Jones a great coach - who couldn't get his players lined up for the national anthem and whose players don't shake hands before the game.

Probably better as a joke than as a person.

Anonymous said...

Chris Jones the greatest Saskatchewan Roughriders VP/GM/Head coach/ Defensive coordinator the're ever was, the greatest the're ever will be.

Anonymous said...

If Jones was so great in Edmondon why were they so anxious to let him go ???????
Oh yeah, they were happy to get rid of him - less closed door meetings betwen him and the GM

Anonymous said...

Obama RP musta had a spat. Now they pouting with each other, hence no obama clown comments enticing page hits such as this one

Anonymous said...

Question - once Jones shows he is a dud will Craig Reynolds be fired as well ????

Anonymous said...

Question - why do you have to make such an idiotic comment???? You must be a disgruntled Eskimo fan.

Anonymous said...

He's a piece of garbage, stick to cutting hairs

Anonymous said...

Brent Parker would be as good as a scout as Donald Trump would be being President.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the old boys club is still sending out their supporters to trash Jones any chance they get. They probably are still upset that Greg Treble didn't get hired as Riders president cause he'd be Hopson 2.0.

Anonymous said...

Brent Parker did a great job scouting to the point they never made it past the first rounds.

ISS where teams look at who Brent ranks as a good player and then know to pick the opposite.

Anonymous said...

ISS is a complete fabricated joke

Brent Parker has a bio on there, they must have allowed him to write it himself. With that they should allow him to write his own separation agreement and dismissal slip.

ISS has a Code of Ethics

ISS adheres to a strict Code of Ethics, as should any hockey organization. A Code of Ethics ensures respect of his/her colleagues, enhances the scouting process and promotes an ethical culture in the profession of scouting.

Integrity

Shall perform their scouting work with honesty, diligence, and responsibility.
Shall respect and contribute to the legitimate and ethical objectives of the hockey entity.
Objectivity
Shall not participate in any activity or relationship that may impair or be presumed to impair their unbiased scouting assessment such as receiving gifts. This participation includes those activities or relationships that may be in conflict with the interests of the organization.
Shall not accept anything that may impair or be presumed to impair their professional judgment.
Confidentiality
Shall be prudent in the use and protection of scouting information acquired in the course of their duties.
Shall not use information for any personal gain (hockey promotion, for example) or in any manner that would be contrary to the law or detrimental to the legitimate and ethical objectives of the hockey entity.
Competency
Shall engage only in those services for which they have the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience.
Shall continually improve their proficiency and the effectiveness and quality of their scouting services.

....where exactly does Brent Parker fit these ideals they have listed? If it says honesty and only engaging in in services for which they have knowledge and skill he should stick to using his Dad's money to over see Hair Dressers.



Anonymous said...

There is a genuine hate between BP and RP. RP has done his job and acted like a professional (most of the time), as for BP. I think we all know the answer to that question.

I would rather look like a 60's hippie with my hair hanging down to my ass than give his hair cutting place one single penny of mine.

Anonymous said...

Brent Parker and class do no belong in the same sentence. End of story. That shit he pulled, unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

Would never give a nickle to that grass roots hair clipper

Anonymous said...

LOL at a lot of comments.

Scruffy, we don't agree on a lot of things, but I am so down with you on the Tim Hortons Thing. The one on North Albert near the Northgate is just a disaster. People park and then can't get out because idiots are in the drive-thru lane and won't let them pull out.