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Friday, January 22, 2016

SCRUFFY'S THIS 'N THAT

Welcome to the usual set of Friday thoughts running through my muddled mind, and as always, they are in no particular order.

-- I hope the University of Regina Rams brought in someone to clean up the clubhouse carpet after Mike Gibson's farewell news conference on Monday afternoon because there was a whole lot of you know what being spewed by the new Eskimos offensive line coach, but then again there was a whole lot of you know what spewed by this guy in the short time he was in Regina. Shortly after he was announced as the Rams head coach, I was told by three people in CFL circles that he would jump at the first gig he could find and he might not even start the season with the Rams.

After his debacle in Ottawa, it was obvious that job wasn't coming last year, but when it came he predictably jumped. He states the move was for family, but when you are leaving a place where there is job security for a place where you could be out after one year and you are taking what is reported to be less money in Edmonton than what you were getting here, I say those reasons were pure BS.  Gibson's year in Regina was a joke on several levels from going to Saskjobs to find an offensive co-ordinator (which in truth turned out to be a good hire in Mark McConkey), to his embarrassing display at the end of the first home game against Alberta, to his I don't need Grade 12 comments, to his telling Rod Pedersen on the Sportscage he didn't have good players to his farewell address in which he basically gave those in the room the old double middle fingered salute.  I could go on, but I won't

- As a wise sage told me this week, Gibson was probably put in a no-win position as the person replacing Frank McCrystal and there might be some truth to that. In fact, there is probably a whole lot of truth to that.  After all, Frank didn't replace the legendary Gord Currie as Gerry Zbytnuik coached the Horns for a couple of seasons until Frank took over. The new person won't be the guy replacing Frank, he will be the guy replacing Mike Gibson and that should put that person in a much easier spot as the transitionary period is now over. The key now is hiring the right guy. This program can NOT go through this again.

There are people out there, and the favourite would have to be Thunder coach Scott McAulay. He has a great thing going with the Thunder, but he has Ram written all over him. Others can turn this program around, but Scott deserves the first opportunity IF he wants it. For those suggesting Marc Mueller, I think he is firmly entrenched in Calgary with the Stampeders and has no desire to take the job. If this had happened a year ago, the story might have been different.

I don't know who will get the job, but I do know this. There is a deep divide between the once-proud Rams and its alumni. A very deep divide. It has something which has worsened what is a bad situation. It has to stop and it has to stop yesterday.  The Rams and their alumni need to work together. There are no ifs, buts or maybes in this scenario. There are problems that exist and both sides need to swallow some pride and start working together to make the Rams what they used to be and that is something Regina can be proud of because right now I don't think that is the case. A reputation needs to be restored.

If they can't, the Huskies will continue to be the dominant University program in this province and while that will be considered OK in Saskatoon for obvious reasons, it won't be well-liked here much like the hopefully soon to be forgotten Mike Gibson era which ends with a big fat zero on many levels.  I won't miss him and there are many others who feel the same way I do. As one CFL person texted me Monday morning after hearing the news..."I can't believe Jason (Maas) was that desperate".

Many will be watching what happens very carefully. The future of the program is at stake!

-- The Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers aren't wowing anyone right now, but Kelly Hrudey started a debate last weekend on Hockey Night in Canada and some others have jumped on board when it comes to the future of these two teams and are we ready for another Battle of Alberta the way it used to be like.  Hrudey suggests the Flames are in a better spot right now with young players like Dougie Hamilton, TJ Brodie, Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett while the Oilers have Taylor Hall, Connor McDavid, Darnell Nurse, Oscar Klefbom and Leon Draisaitl. Being an Oilers fan, I am biased, but how can you not put Edmonton ahead on this list when they have the once in a generation player in McDavid. His script has yet to be written and it is a great debate, but I have to lean Edmonton's way on this one. I will say this. All 10 players are going to make a once great rivalry great again.

-- The NHL got it right with the John Scott story. It's a crime he is playing in the game, but it would have been a bigger crime if he had not been allowed to play. I've said it once and I will say it again---I hope he has the time of his hockey life in Nashville. I think it would be hilarious if he dropped the mitts against someone like Jaromir Jagr who may need a rest after asking fans not to vote for him because he is too old for 3 on 3 for that long. A "fight" between JJ and Scott would make the weekend. I'd watch the highlights though, because John Scott or no John Scott, I'm not watching the game.

-- Where are all those people who said Phil Kessel would score 50 in Pittsburgh this season?

-- Saskatchewan lost a legend Thursday with the passing of Sam Richardson. Those who watched him speak at countless dinners in this province know what a character he was. He was maybe a better story-teller than a curler and that is saying a lot because he was a damn good curler from what I've been told. It didn't take him long to walk into a room and have those inside in the palm of his hand. The curling world has lost someone special. RIP Sam!

-- I expect Sunday's game between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning to be the last head-to-head matchup between the two. In fact, I think if the Broncos lose (which I believe they will) that we will have seen the last of Peyton on the field with his next gig being a talking head on one of the major networks--likely ESPN. Manning has the numbers, but Brady has the titles. Who would you rather have? I'll go with 12.  In the NFC game, I think Arizona is a more complete team than Carolina. I still don't think Carolina is as good as advertised even though they deserved the "W" last week so I am going with the Cardinals.

-- Has "The Ginja Ninja" kicked his last ball for the Seattle Seahawks? Jon Ryan is a free agent. Does he want to go back to Seattle? Do the Seahawks want him back. I would think the answer is yes, but who knows. I am guessing he will get some offers.

 -- Canada's greatest athlete died this week as pro wrestler Iron Mike Sharpe passed away at the age of 64. His gig was outstanding! He was maybe not Canada's greatest athlete, but he was Canada's greatest jobber. Then again, he won more matches than Mike Gibson won CIS games. I digress!

-- Still with wrestling, the WWE trots out the Royal Rumble on Sunday. It is always entertaining, but I think this year, it will be big-time lame especially if current champ Roman Reigns hangs on to the belt. If you didn't know, Reigns used to play for the Edmonton Eskimos under the name Joe Anoai. It was back in 2008 and he played five games getting nine tackles.
 
-- A lot of heat is being thrown at ex-Riders GM Brendan Taman for the fact Weston Dressler and John Chick were released. However, Rob Vanstone of the Leader-Post makes some great comments in a Wednesday column. The rumpled scribe makes a very good point when he states the blame being thrown Brendan Taman's way is a little unjustified. Taman did his all to get Chick and Dressler back here so they could be a major part of the 2013 Grey Cup victory. Both could have gone elsewhere after returning from the NFL, but Taman made sure they came home. What would you have said if those two had been playing elsewhere for the past couple of seasons? As Chris Jones said the day of the release----it comes down to simple economics!

-- You may want to mark April 23 on your calendar if you're a Blue Jays fan or just a baseball fan. Robbie Alomar is the guest speaker for the Regina Red Sox Sportsman Dinner at the Turvey Centre. That is always a great night and I don't see it being any different this year.

-- Is the NBA all-star weekend in Toronto now made seeing Kyle Lowry is a starter for the Eastern Conference? It's nice to see the NBA and its fans don't make a joke of their all-star balloting by voting some schlub in that doesn't belong.

-- Why is there such a furor over the price of cauliflower. You can't tell me anyone REALLY eats that stuff can you? Why? Broccoli yes, but cauliflower?

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

55 comments:

Anonymous said...

BOOM!!!!! Well said Scruffy! This guy came in with a bad reputation and he worsened it and the Rams with his actions this season. The Rams are better off and yes, the only good thing he might have done was hire McConkey even though there was no reason to get rid of the OC.


Todd

Anonymous said...

Gibson is just like everyone else in saskatchewan. He moved to Alberta the first chance he got.

Rod Pedersen said...

That's awesome. I'm going to give my thoughts on Gibson on Monday.

RP

Anonymous said...

From looking at the above comment from RP, I can only surmise

1) Scruffy isn't going to be getting any free blizzards anytime soon.
2) Rod will continue to get free blizzards!

Anonymous said...

Even Roddy would have bolted to Edmonton if he got the broadcasting job with the Oilers.

Anonymous said...

As a Huskies supporter, I am saddened to see Mike Gibson leave. The Huskies program isn't exactly on solid ground these days either, but with Gibson at the helm, I figured we could count on at least two wins a year as was the case this year.


GO HUSKIES!!!

Anonymous said...

Mitch I'm curious where'd you play your football? High School or Junior?

Mike Gibson did what he should have done. Have you seen Chop Bresch? This is one of many former Rams leading the charge, and Chop has a body that looks like a bag of stuffed laundry. However he played for the Rams, when it was a little Junior team. This is CIS football, and I have news McCrystal didn't win a thing at the CIS level.

Best thing the U of R could do is just merge it into U of R athletics and call them the Cougars. The Rams were a junior team that played in front of parents and it's just small time.

People move onto better gigs, and that's what Gibson did. He can work at a professional level and has chosen to do so. - it's guys like you that squawk about leaving.....but never do.

Mr. H

R Warren said...

Nice to see the Rams in a mess. Go Huskies.

Anonymous said...

Uh yeah, this isn't 1990's SK anymore. Speaking of old boys club, Dwain Lingenfelter is part of that group too.

Anonymous said...

I knew Gibson was in tough and I was ready to give him the benefit of the doubt taking over a program McCrystal left in somewhat of a mess. However, the comments to Ian Hamilton regarding Grade 12 players was the end of it for me. How can you say something that stupid? For someone who has been around the CFL for years, you have to learn to be a little more diplomatic with your statements.

The bottom line here is McCrystal did not leave the program in good shape and someone was brought in to fix it. The wrong person was brought in, but Scruffy is absolutely right when he says the infighting amongst the club has to stop. It is downright embarassing to see what has happened over the last year.

The Rams were synonymous with winning. All they are now and all they have been for the last several years is a less than mediocre football team.

Hiring a new coach is only one of many things which needs to happen over the next little while.

Anonymous said...

Vanstone is so pro-Taman it makes me barf!

Anonymous said...

Three things ...

1. Why suggest John Scott should fight. If it such a serious thing in today's game, why make a joke of it. Why can't he just go and enjoy himself as hockey player.

2. If Gibson got a "promotion", why would Mueller take a "demotion" to go the Rams.

3. "Taman did his all to get Chick and Dressler back here so they could be a major part of the 2013 Grey Cup" Where was Dressler? The thing people misconstrue is, Taman signed Dressler in 2014 to a one year contract then gave him a ludicrous four year deal before 2015 free agency, setting the stage for the debacle.

Anonymous said...

Gibson="Douchbag"....and scruffy no matter what the price of veggies,you can ill-afford to exempt them from your diet!

Anonymous said...

Yes awesome, but give yourself a break and put the phone down, arn't you on vacation? Get some deserved rest and relaxation, Scruffy has the todays column wrapped up. Lt8r.

Anonymous said...

So it is fine for the Riders to abandon their commitment to Dressler and Chick, renege on the contract Durrant had negotiated, and it is fine for Chris Jones to walk out on his contract in Edm, but Gibson is a heel for not sticking it out in a toxic environment? Holy double-standard Batman. You don't want him there ("I won't miss him"), yet you crap on him for leaving for a role he's proven more successful in? You presume to know that family reasons mean job security and salary when it comes to him? Give your head a damn shake man.

Anonymous said...

Quick fact check Scruffy - Chick returned from the NFL for the 2013 season, but Dressler played under contract in 2013. He left for the Chiefs after the 2013 Grey Cup and was re-signed in Sept. 2014.

Love cauliflower and broccoli - but there's lots of other (cheaper) veggies on the shelves right now to choose from

Anonymous said...

Boy oh boy. I can't believe the CFL team with the racist name to the northwest of us hired Gibson.

How desperate are the Schmos for coaches.

Anonymous said...

McCrystal won nothing at the CIS level to the point of being ridiculous…..the Rams last hurrah was at the junior level…McAuley has won a single championship in his jr career….Gibson has had his hands tied since he got here dealing with backstabbing alumni, low budget and poor academic program nobody wants to come to….hire some cheesy alumni they big boys can control….poor mentality is shared by other morons…hire local cause they are happy to have a job and will stay a long time…forget about winning as long as you have your love-in… the Ram are destined for perennial failure because they never hire CIS winners and will never change.

People like you and Vanstone are a part of the problem around this area. This Taman love-in thing stinks. Vanstone and you forgot to write how Chick was the highest paid defensive player in the CFL. Dressler was in the top 3 receivers. They played below average in 2015 and wanted all the money. They didn't want to work with the team like DD did. All the LP article did was show Taman bent to pressure from outside and paid obviously far too much. There is no way even the largest of fool couldn't see what happened there. Whose name is on the bottom of that deal?

Gibson wouldn't take crap from guys like you and neither will Jones. It wouldn't hurt to start including some fact with your diet of innuendo, half-truths, and outright stupidity.

Anonymous said...

I once left a pretty good job because I was wooed elsewhere. I was told that I was in charge, etc and etc.

Imagine my surprise to find out that not only was the previous supervisor retained, but my employees still felt that they had to report to her.

I now know that I was never given a chance to show what I was capable of. Management could not let go of their superstar, and my career suffered because of it.

I am thinking this happens in the work world frequently.

Imagirl

Anonymous said...

Scruffy isn't wrong. The Rams are in bad shape and there are many who need to start looking in the mirror to correct the problem. If both sides are not willing to do that, this problem won't go away

Anonymous said...

Who was it that hired Gibson in the first place? It was a unanimous decision I heard, so that group has to take ownership. Scott Macaulay really hasn't had consistent success as a coach as of yet either. Stop looking at this Rams "proud past" thing as it is tiresome and till the board stops looking in the rear view mirror and putting personal agendas aside, they are going nowhere. I feel sorry for the majority of players who are hard working student athletes who are the real ones making the sacrifices. The U of R has to take a leadership role.

Anonymous said...

They must have meant Kessel would score 50 women in Pittsburgh this year. That guy can hardly last 50 seconds on the ice. He is just as Lazy and useless as he was with the Laffs.

Anonymous said...

What do you expect? Old boys club sticking up for each other.

Anonymous said...

Or the Flames. The guy the Flames did hire is terrible. Thanks a lot Brent.

TSN should skid Rod Black and get Rod instead. Magic in the booth.

Anonymous said...

RIP Sam Richardson. One of the best on and off the ice. He will be missed!

Anonymous said...

Double standard? Chris Jones took a promotion to come to Saskatchewan while Mike Gibson went from being an HC with job security at a CIS school to a CFL job where there is very little security AND for less money.

Double standard? Holy jeez, there are some stupid people who comment on this blog RP. I don't know how they do it!


Jerry K

Anonymous said...

Scruffy said, "Kyle Lowry is a starter for the Eastern Conference? It's nice to see the NBA and its fans don't make a joke of their all-star balloting by voting some schlub."

You know Scruff, I too would agree as would others in that Lowry should not start, but your calling him a 'Schlub' seems a bit personal, if not, totally disrespectful.

Keep in mind it is a home game all-star game in Toronto and Lowry will do his best as he always does. Just because you don't like the format or the way something happens, doesn't mean the player is a schlub!

I didn't like your comment, but I didn't call you names.

Kel in Victoria

Anonymous said...

New Interim coach for the Rams... Really???

The middle of January and they can't take a few weeks or whatever to carry out the full process and actually name a new HC? I guess they are planning to have the time next January, but this January they simply don't have the time to select a permanent Head Coach.

Alumni K, out of town

Anonymous said...

Mr H is the new Obama!

He is just some POS trying to rattle cages.

Can't stay away can you Obama.....I mean Mr H

Anonymous said...

Rod Black, Ray Ferraro, Gary Galley , these guys are so sickening with all their yapping and showing replays over and over including off sides and icing.

Anonymous said...

Buy one of those hand-held devices that allow you to change your channel.

Anonymous said...

Hey Kel,

Read it again. He writes that Lowry isn't a schlub.

Anonymous said...

I am a member of the old boys club.

Old Boy

Anonymous said...

april 23, would be great day to stuff Alomar in the face with a pie. Anyone who turns away a 10 year old in getting an autograph deserves more than a pie. t is something that has stuck in the families memory for a long time. may have been a great player, but a heck of a jerk of the field. Sorry Red Socks.

Anonymous said...

Kel in Victoria, I don't know if you or Mr H are the dumbest one on here lately. Read the damn sentence!

At no time did Scruff call Kyle Lowry a schlub...a schlub would be some 3rd string center much like John Scott is a 4th line enforcer.

DUHHHHHHH!!

As far as the Oilers/Flames debate goes, Calgary has a lot of great young players, but Edmonton has McDavid so unless things take a negative turn for him, you have to go with Edmonton. Both need better goalies though.


Al

Clay said...

I would love to see Dan Farthing take over the Rams program. On a side note, I love Weston Dressler but no import wide receiver in the CFL is worth more than $150,000/yr

Anonymous said...

Scruffy, why don't you really tell us what you think about Gibson! LOL

Anonymous said...

Farthing won't take over the Rams, he's Huskies for life.

#weareallhuskies

Anonymous said...

Fantastic read, shakespeare-like

Anonymous said...

Kobe Bryant is a starter... enough said

Anonymous said...

I was very skeptical on Mickey when he came to the Rams and I had a chance to introduce myself but just could not do it. Frank at the least had the locker room and was a players coach. You can say this and you can say that , bottom line it takes a strong minded person to come in and be the HC of the Rams.
Alumni smunmi a strong character coach . Gibson was not that. He lost the locker room in the first month. So personally sad a year was lost with this moe. And recruiting sucked last year , time will tell this year. Obviously didnt watch the film from the previous year.
Happy to see him gone.

Anonymous said...

I hereby resign from any and all old boy clubs. I is now da man!

Anonymous said...

I'm getting tired of you young whippersnappers insulting my club.

The Honorable J.A. ( James ) Club

Anonymous said...

Hey Al,

I can tell you are quite the guy... Your first initiative was to want to attempt to clarify the Lowry issue and all-star game, nothing wrong with that... But then you get a bit weird...

Because you disagreed with my comment, you then associate me to be some sort of double named guy... apparently now I am a Mr H (whoever the heck that is). Nope, I assure you who I am, that is Kel in Victoria, always have been and always will be.

Don't get crazy, nor should you associate me with the crazy's. Let's try to keep it real there Al!!!

Kel in Victoria...

Go Riders

Anonymous said...

The NBA quote said, " Is the NBA all-star weekend in Toronto now made seeing Kyle Lowry is a starter for the Eastern Conference?"

I too am confused... read that one a few times over and still does not make sense.

Anonymous said...

Boy I can hardly wait for Rider season to get underway.

Jones has already politely responded to a few media questions with a response akin to “do you know what the f you’re talking about?”

Can hardly wait till he gets a dose of scruffy every week.

Anonymous said...

Scruffy will pale in comparison to Nye and McCormick. I am guessing Jones will have rattled their cages by Week 3.

Anonymous said...

I like how Scruffy waits till a guy packs up and leaves town before he unloads on him, doesn't have the gonads to do it while he is here.

Anonymous said...

College ball is now all about recruiting. Eventually the college teams will also hold tryout camps in Florida.

Anonymous said...

You smell of a old boy Old Boy. Check yourself.

Anonymous said...

I like how Scruffy waits till a guy packs up and leaves town before he unloads on him, doesn't have the gonads to do it while he is here.

So how does this differ from Rod's good riddance to Chamblin post? #justsayin

Anonymous said...

This guy who calls himself scruffy.... well to call yourself that, says enough. Rod your loosing listeners and readers with this guy associated to the cage and this site. Just saying. Phil does a great job as your fill in.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to read you defend Gibson on Monday so you make your buddy Picton look good Roddy. Everyone knows the hire was a mistake, but I am sure you will attempt to put the proper spin on it.

Anonymous said...

diet of innuendo, half-truths, and outright stupidity.

This basically sums up the comments section of this blog! Its true!

Cloud Strife said...

We get it Scruffy, you hate Phil Kessel.

He's picked it up lately, unfortunately his production suffered, much like every other big name member of the team, under HCMJohnston. Things are picking up under HCMSullivan. Expect a strong finish to the season.

BTW, Kessel is still making roughly $8M more a year than you.