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Friday, December 18, 2015

SCRUFFY'S THIS 'N THAT

It is Friday and that means here are the thoughts running through my muddled mind, and as always, they are in no particular order:

-- The bombs continue to drop at Mosaic Stadium.  As you all know, the Riders released 19 players on Tuesday as Chris Jones and company start re-tooling the 3-15 roster. Some are not happy over some of the players who were cut and the way they found out about it. When you are 3-15 and it is your job to do some cleaning up, you do it!
 
Yes, I was surprised at some of the players who were let go, but you really couldn't argue with who was told their services were no longer needed. The two biggest surprises to me were Anthony Allen and Weldon Brown. Allen's departure makes me wonder what the team will do at running back although with all the running backs the Eskimos went through last year, I am sure Chris Jones can bring one of those guys here. The other surprise was Weldon Brown who was injured early in the season adding to the woes on the defensive side of the ball.  The turnover rate on the roster will be immense this year, but as a fanbase that is what you should be expecting after the nightmarish season of 2015. It isn't over yet and some players who are more popular than the guys let go on Tuesday may be next. By the way, is it safe to say Mr. Jones isn't easing into his new position and he is not #$%^%$#$-ing around. We've still got six months until we see what type of players will be on the field at training camp. Are you counting down the days?

-- I will admit I didn't know a lot about John Murphy when he was hired. Yes, I knew who he was and what his resume looked like, but he could have walked past me in Calgary and I wouldn't have recognized him because he was one of those behind the scenes guys. If you want to know Murphy and what he is about, listen to Tuesday's podcast of the Sportscage as Rod and Luc Mullinder had a fantastic interview with him.

-- I don't know about you, but Jeffrey Orridge is on Strike two when it comes to CFL commissioner. Saying coaches can't move without the league's approval is A) too late and B) goes completely against what the CFL has done for years. Yes, the Noel Thorpe situation which arguably resulted in the edict being handed out is a little greasy, but you can't change the rules once the kids are in the sandbox with the rules having been in place for years. You do it before the kids get in. If Orridge wants to do this, that is fine, but as I have stated previously, you announce this once the season is over so that it takes effect for all squads thinking about coaching moves in 2017. Perhaps he should have done this three weeks ago in Winnipeg instead of introducing us to that stupid logo.By the way, I am guessing this not allowing Thorpe to go to Edmonton story is a long ways from being over. How can the guy go back to Montreal now?

-- Question asked of me Wednesday night. If the Riders were to win the Grey Cup and say the Argos pulled off a Craig Reynolds and managed to get Jones and his entire staff to continue their renegade tour and pack up and go to Toronto, how would it be accepted here. I think I know the answer to that one, and I think you do too. However, it would have meant the Riders were at the top of the CFL mountain again. I don't think Jones and crew are a one and done in Saskatchewan, but if that one results in a championship than I would think Craig Reynolds would say what Ed Hervey did and that is Chris did what we wanted him to.

-- If the Rider brass asks Darian Durant to take a pay cut, what would be a fair one to take?  Durant is making a rumoured 500-grand a season and he earned that for what he did in 2013, but he has only played a half season since then. 250 is too much, but I think 325 with bonuses would be a very fair proposition. Say what you will about Doubles, but he is the face of the franchise and will continue to be for a while. I am guessing he wants nothing more than to be heaving passes in the direction of numbers 6 and 7 and I am guessing he is ready to get back on the field after missing virtually all of 2015.

-- The Winnipeg Sun's Kirk Penton has surmised the CFL off-season has been more exciting than the regular season. I can't disagree with that!

-- Since the CFL came out with its latest draft rankings, I have been trying to determine just what route the Riders should go when it comes to who will go first overall. There is no doubt Manitoba DL David Onmeyata would look good in green and white as would Calgary RB Mercer Timmis and UBC DB Taylor Loffler.  Who's kidding who, Iowa's Tevaun Smith would be a nice target for Darian as well and at 6-2, 205, he would be a big receiver that Chris Jones and John Murphy would both covet. This won't be an easy call to make. I would probably go with Onmeyata meaning he won't be the guy.

-- Serena Williams gets the honour of Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year. Did those who vote forget about Steph Curry? There were many people I would have put in there ahead of Serena Williams.

-- If that linebacker doesn't punch out Jets quarterback Geno Smith before the start of the season, are the Jets in playoff contention going into Week 15 of the NFL season. I think not!

-- Week 15 NFL Lock of the Week --Seahawks over Browns
    Week 15 NFL Upset of the Week --Giants over Panthers

-- Stat from Pro Football Talk....Since Russell Wilson entered the league in 2012, he has won 50 total games. That's the same number of games the Browns have won since 2006.

-- Was it just me or was ketchup battling mustard on the NFL Thursday niter?  Those jerseys were god-awful hideous!

-- Is Johnny Gaudreau to the Calgary Flames what Mike Comrie was supposed to be for the Edmonton Oilers?

-- Message to Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman. Either sign Steve Stamkos to a contract or trade him somewhere to this endless droning by everyone on him going to the Leafs can stop!

-- Message to Calgary GM Brad Treliving. As an Oilers fan, please make a trade for Jonathan Bernier!

-- Message to Winnipeg Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba. You have done nothing in this league to even consider asking for a 56 million dollar contract. What makes you think you should be earning that type of money. Realism kid----try it sometime!

That's all I got. It's the last Saturday before Christmas so do what you have to do, and be civil about it when going outside.

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

CFL Fact,
Hamilton Tiger Cats the only CFL team to beat down a NFL opponent (Buffalo 1961). They were tired of a CFL (especially Sk.) same old same old that year and needed some competition.

Oskee Wee,
Oskee Waa Waa,
Holy MAKINAW!
Tiger Cats mean and lean 2016!
All teams line up for a mauling.

Anonymous said...

How about those Calgary Flames??? 7 in a rowwwwwww!!!!! Canada's best team once again resides in southern Alberta!

Anonymous said...

Time to discard the trash in Winnipeg (ie trouba)

Anonymous said...

You want cap space? Get rid of Getzlaf and Emry. Word around the coffee table is Dan Clark won't be back because of that concussion. Didn't he sign a fat new deal last year? There is enough trimming that can be done without asking guys to take pay cuts as far as I am concerned.

Anonymous said...

Would sure love to listen to the Sports Cage on the Pod Cast or for that matter just CKRM, but every time I go to the site I am blocked by my Anti-virus program saying there is a malicious virus on the site. I run my Anti-virus twice a day and this says my computer is clean. I called CKRM and this is my 3rd message left on social media or internet media and nothing gets done. Interesting the virus first appeared the day Chris Jones signed with the Riders.

Anonymous said...


The Calgary Flames. YAWWWWWWWNNNNNNNN!!!

Anonymous said...

Oskee Peepee Oskee poopee

The Cats will receive a beat down from the Riders!!

From:

Obamas Boyfriend

Rod Pedersen said...

Regarding the podcasts - please direct your inquiries to our Program Director Grant Biebrick at gbiebrick@harvardbroadcasting.com.

Thanks,
RP

Anonymous said...

Funny how everyone forgets that following the 1963 Season (a playoff miracle season) Bob Shaw left the Roughriders to run/coach the Toronto Argos. Nothing was ever said about compensation or criticism about a team with money taking advantage of the poorer teams only that little Regina had to help the mean Argos out.

Anonymous said...

Offer Darian a pay cut of 125 thousand, but tell him he can get that and a whole lot more with incentives. Looking forward to what a healthy DD can do now that a quarterbacks coach is back.

Anonymous said...

Riders 3-15 back to being cfl worst franchise

Anonymous said...

Oskee Wee Wee guy,

Your street cred is slipping in a hurry. What has Austin won in Hamilton.

All teams peak and then start a slow decline. I am afraid Hamilton failed to win on the peak and will now start the slow decline. Will Austin survive 2016? That is the question.

Anonymous said...

Scruff, Johnny Hockey is a hundred times better than Mike Comrie. And it doesn't look like he'll fizzle out any time soon. Regarding Bernier, absolutely not. Treliving isn't that stupid. Unreal performance from Ramo against Dallas last night, too bad he doesn't do that on a consistent basis. The guys on TV talked about how the Flames have woken up and gotten over the hype that last year's playoff run brought. Dougie Hamilton in particular has really picked up his game which is great to see. He's also been really involved in the community out in Calgary and no doubt that's helped him get acclimated. It's great to see.


Dubya

Anonymous said...

By the time Jones leaves, there will be a plethora of management and coaching candidates available. Probably after this season there will be a couple head out for other opportunities. Where in the CFL can Jones get a position higher than the one he has? Most of the coaches were drooling to GET here, regardless of the pay. When Jones went to Edmonton he took a number of coaches from Toronto. When he arrived in Edmonton he got rid of all the old coaches. It's what Chambin did over two seasons.

Thorpe is bitter because he was no doubt promised the job that Popp took for himself. Poop is an always will be a big A__hole. Then there is Thorpe's conversation with Weightman. Now there will likely be litigation. I'm sure Thorpe will put his heart in soul into that team.

Orridge has bent to the pressure of a few and looks weak. If a couple teams are going to act this way after the NHL precedent etc, coaches will respond. They will now structure their contracts in such a way that they have an iron clad escape (professional advancement) clause that can be activated at any season's end. The other thing they will do is start rebuffing multi year deals and go with yearly contracts only. There are many options available and all Orridge did was change how coaches will sign in the future. This league has historical precedent that coaches can leave after season end, regardless of contract. It's always been that way. A bunch of pukes in the Eastern Conference. Even Austin in Hamilton looked like a jerk trying to keep allayer from going to the NFL. Yet when he wanted to leave for Ole Miss with a year left in his contract, Saskatchewan allowed him to leave. Double standard. Karma's a bitch…maybe that's why he hasn't won a Grey Cup since he's been back.

Anonymous said...

Obama has another boyfriend? ooooh wait until i see him.


Dale Doh

Anonymous said...

"You want cap space? Get rid of Getzlaf and Emry."

You need to have a little better knowledge. Shea Emry is done.

Anonymous said...

Would you & Rod please lighten up on the Commissioner. I'm sick of hearing you whine about him. My bet is he's done more behind the scences then Cohon did in 5 years. That guy was nothing but a "photo hog"

Anonymous said...

and further Getzlaf is a scheduled free agent - so he will naturally come down in salary. Also Shea Emry is a "high priced" player. That's what you will pay for a legit middle linebacker.

Anonymous said...

Orridge = buffoon

Anonymous said...

I have never read a "media" article more loaded with errors and inaccuracies. Awful.

Anonymous said...

With the Cdn dollar continuing to fall, players like Durant have already seen a pay cut!

Anonymous said...

For those NHL players with homes in Canada, the falling dollar is a windfall as they are paid in US money. Tough for our teams in Canada, but great for players living up here.

Clarkenstein said...

You think DD should take a pay cut because he's been injured?? The guy that should be given a pay cut is Dan Clark!! His inability to look after his main man is what started this whole mess. Let's put this another way scruffy. You have two heart attacks in successive years and when you come back to work the station offers to cut your pay by 40%?? Yeah, I'm sure you'd just tuck your tails between your legs and accept it!! Now if you had said they should sit down with DD and ask to restructure his $$ over a longer time or whatever then maybe I could agree with you. Maybe.
Finally, like another person said please do a little more research before posting these articles instead of throwing $$$hit against the wall and seeing how much will stick!!

Anonymous said...

"The Winnipeg Sun's Kirk Penton has surmised the CFL off-season has been more exciting than the regular season."

Ha. How Winnipeg-ish.

Anonymous said...

Clarkenstein, if you don't think Durant is going to be asked to take a pay cut, then you are one stupid individual.

Anonymous said...

If Durant is asked to take a pay cut then Dressler won't be far behind.

Anonymous said...

Ah Rod and Scruff are just being bullies. Rod is like Classy Freddie Blassie (slick outfits and all) while Scruffy is Paul Heyman. You can just see Rod bashing some wrestler in the head with his 620 mic and then turning around and telling some five year old kid to shut up. It's their brand after all. Next High Impact Wrestling should have Wavell Starr give ol Roddy a pile driver. Who wouldn't pay money to see that!


Speaker Ryan

The Professor said...

You are a fool Clarkstein! The Riders are not going to ask their star QB to take a pay cut because the obvious answer from him and his agent is NO bloody way. All the new management (Jones et al) know that they are here because of Durant's injury. Had he been healthy there was no way the Riders would have missed the play-offs in 2014 and 2015 and needed to clean house for 2016.

Clarkenstein said...

Anon: Love the name calling! Can always tell a Liberal!! What part of my "restructure his $$" did you not understand?? I know it's a tough question so take your time!!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait for the .70 cent dollar to eliminate the Flames/Jets/Oilers/Senators from the hockey scene.

Anonymous said...

Clarkenstein, you need to stop o-d'ing on the cough medicine and take a reality pill my friend.

Anonymous said...

Clarkenstein can ably replace the dead guy Obama as the occasional voice of sanity on this insane comment section. He knows his stuff and can school the locals in how a great football intellect can operate at a high level in a sea of nastiness.

Devin from Davin

Anonymous said...

Restructuring is a pay cut you moron!

Bill Morneau

Anonymous said...

Akk! Anonymous from sk. said plethora in a sentence and doesn't know the meaning. That's typical.

Anonymous said...

DD should be released outright, end of story.

Anonymous said...

I have never read a "media" article more loaded with errors and inaccuracies. Awful.

Comments yes, content no.

Once again, your Scruffy hate comes through and is so misguided. Seek some treatment as it will do your soul well!

Anonymous said...

So with the exchange back to $1.40 , guys like Perry and Getlaf's $100 million dollar deals now worth around $140 million in their homeland of Canada.

Anonymous said...

Serena Williams went 56-3 this year. The majority of people couldn't pick Steve Curry out of a police lineup.

No brainer; Serena for the win.

Mitch has a hard time with a woman doing anything more than cooking and cleaning.

Anonymous said...

Stamkos will be with the leafs next year and I'M not even a Leafs fan. Nobody legitimately thought Babcock would end up in TO...

Anonymous said...

Yeah but is that a good thing. Do you want to spend 10 to 12 mill a year on one Center man, who is underperforming