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Monday, February 1, 2016

THE MONDAY MORNING GOALIE


MONDAY THOUGHTS AND MORE CHRIS JONES

1.  HOPEFULLY, THE END OF THE JOHN SCOTT TALK -  There are many views on the latest hot topic in the National Hockey League and today, here's mine:  No doubt enforcer John Scott being named the MVP of the 2016 NHL All-Star 3-on-3 Tournament (by another fan vote) on Sunday is the nicest feel-good story of the season so far.  However that's where it should end.

Unfortunately when fans and pro athletes from other sports got #CallUpJohnScott trending on Twitter Sunday evening (including Riders defensive tackle Rory Connop), somebody had to inject some common sense.  Even established media pundits (like the clueless Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette) were suggesting that Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin call up the 6'8" enforcer from AHL St. John's due to Scott's two-goal, MVP performance in Nashville ... However the truth remains, he shouldn't have even been there.  From all accounts, Scott is a helluva nice guy.  The IceCaps people say he's first-class all the way.  Heck, we're even Facebook friends but when Scott disobeyed the wishes of the NHL and his GM when they suggested he bow out of the event a few weeks ago, I thought this story was turning ugly.  I'm an advocate of doing what you're told by your superiors.

However John Scott penned a great essay at Derek Jeter's website ThePlayersTribune.com last week in which he stated he was going to participate in the All-Star Festivities so that his children would one day learn their father was an NHL All-Star.  However, unfortunately, when his kids are old enough to Google their Dad's name they'll realize he was voted in by fans as a gag.  A ruse, since he's the very definition of a "fringe player" and possibly the least-talented player in the NHL (and as we know, he's currently not even in the NHL).  I'm not sure it's something he'd want to be remembered for. ... What occurred on Sunday is a warm and fuzzy story for sure, but a 3-on-3 rec hockey tournament played at 80% speed is by no means an indication that Scott belongs in the NHL's elite.  However it appears that some hockey fans and observers actually feel he does. ... The silver lining in the story is that the situation garnered TONS of publicity for NHL All-Star Weekend and likely drove TV ratings through the roof.  I'd have watched it anyway, but was glued to the television for when Scott's shift came up.

However come Monday, it'll be back to reality for John Scott and he'll be just another guy slugging it out in the minors.  And it won't be long before he realizes if he'd just complied, he'd still be cashing cheques from the Arizona Coyotes in the gorgeous Phoenix sun.  Frankly THAT would have been what's best for his family. 

2. RIDER NEWS - We'll know a lot more of what's up with Canada's Team when Assistant V.P. of Player Personnel John Murphy joins the SportsCage's Rider Monday at 5:10 pm on 620 CKRM.  The Riders reportedly had dozens of staff in Mobile, AL last week to scout the NFL's Top Prospects and hold their own staff meetings for the first time as a group.  However once the game kicked off on Saturday live on the NFL Network, the Rider staff had already vamoosed to Texas where they held a pair of free agent tryout camps over the weekend (Saturday in Houston and Sunday in Carrollton).  ... These camps appear to have been fruitful, as they've already signed a handful of players including 6'2" receiver Shay Hodge who's spent time previously with Washington, Cleveland and Hamilton.  Two of the other signees, DBs Marte Sears (6'5") and Robert Sands (6'4"), were with Chris Jones last year in Edmonton and their size shows you the plan for the Riders' secondary this season. ... The fourth signee is non-import receiver Jordan Reaves, the son of CFL great Willard Reaves, who was signed by Winnipeg last year before being cut after training camp.  Hopefully John Murphy can shed some light on what they think Reaves' upside is.

3. MORE CFL NOTES - Offensive line coach Doug Malone won a Grey Cup with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2013 before bolting to B.C. with George Cortez for the 2015 season.  Malone announced on Facebook last week that he's joined Western Illinois University which is a lot closer to his home in Tennessee.  Malone is a great coach and a fantastic fellow.  We wish him nothing but the best! ... We've hurled enough criticism at CFL Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge in this space but you've got to give credit where it's due.  TSN CFL Insider Gary Lawless applauded Orridge last week for instituting the league's new anti-tampering police for coaches and management movement and feels he now needs to take it one step further and invent a similar policy for player tampering.  For years and years - in fact as long as I've been in the CFL - shameless tampering with pending free agents has gone on at this time of year and many felt it could never be fixed.  However if they can enforce the new restrictions on coaching movement, it shouldn't be a big leap to extend it to players and it would enhance the CFL's credibility tenfold. ... Having said that, the league still has light years to go in that regard.  I reached out to the CFLPA recently to ask if I'd be welcome at their spring meetings in Las Vegas to cover the proceedings for this blog.  However the answer I received was that the meetings would be "too boring" and not of interest to you the readers.  I contend that in 1981, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle told ESPN the same thing about its annual Draft however the network was undeterred and look at how that turned out.  I always say, "Leave it to us to decide what's interesting to the fans".  But, we tried.

4.  COACHES POLL - TSN's Bob MacKenzie had some very interesting results in his annual coaches poll for TSN.ca.  Garnering votes from their peers as Coach of the Year so far are Washington's Barry Trotz, Florida's Gerard Gallant, Chicago's Joel Quenneville, New Jersey's John Hynes, Carolina's Bill Peters and Arizona's Dave Tippett.  Tippett's name always comes up in the Jack Adams discussion.  A similar poll in the CFL would be fascinating, but the head coaches are so untrusting that I'd be surprised if we could ever get a vote like this done successfully.  TSN does a nice players' poll, but I'm unaware of any involving the coaches.

5. GO PATS GO - There's so much to discuss with the Queen City Kids. ... First the good news:  a season-high crowd of 6023 showed up Friday night at the Brandt Centre to watch the Pats skate circles around the Saskatoon Blades in a 4-0 victory.  Former Pats broadcaster Kevin Gallant (1980-88) was in attendance and marvelled at the atmosphere, the crowd, the game presentation and the game itself.  It truly was a fantastic night to be a Pats fan, and the crowds keep growing and growing.  I roamed around the facility watching the first period in the Pats owners box and then watched the rest of the game with local sports types such as Carm Carteri, Kurt Wickenheiser, Curtis and Bill Hunt and the legendary Johnny Kolonich.  The Pats even added a real classy touch with a pregame tribute to former club owner Morley Gusway to passed away 10 days ago.  The crowds are only going to continue to go up. ... That should continue Friday night when the Pats host the Medicine Hat Tigers and it's an added bonus for me because our Access 7 television broadcast of the game will be picked up all across Western Canada on the Shaw Network.  What a huge opportunity for yours truly.

Now the bad news:  This is how the Pats are an immature team -- they followed up Friday's performance by getting molly-whopped 7-3 by those very same Blades on Saturday in Saskatoon.  The Pats aren't immature in the sense of taking silly penalties but they seem allergic to stringing a solid performance together game-in, game-out.  They're running out of time to solidify things if they want to make some noise in the playoffs. ... Several NHL scouts were in attendance Friday night and when we projected that the Pats figure to be one of the WHL's most-dominant teams in 2016-17, one scout whispered out of the corner of his mouth, "I can't see it".  I guess we'll see. ... And regarding the play of NHL first-round prospect Sam Steel of the Pats, the scouts mentioned that they'd like to see him skate more, work a little harder and definitely shoot more.  He's made a living of waiting for the game to come to him - with some success - but they don't feel his junior career has continued the trajectory it showed during his rookie campaign last year.

6. FOR THE CURLING FANS - Regina's Jolene Campbell dethroned two-time defending provincial champ Stefanie Lawton of Saskatoon on Sunday in PA.  Campbell will be making her fourth trip to the Scotties, but her first as a provincial champ.  She was an alternate for Amber Holland's team in 2010, 2011 and 2012.  Thanks to the Canadian Curling Association for the info on that.  Saskatchewan's mens champion will be determined next Sunday, or Super Bowl Sunday as it's better known.

7. OH CANADA - Details are minimal but congratulations to Canada's Under-18 football team for winning their International Bowl game on Sunday against Team USA by a score of 31-13 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, home of the Cowboys.  Canada's entry was quarterbacked by Regina's Mason Nyhus, son of former CKRM announcer and current account rep Perry Nyhus.


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Friday's post regarding Rider Coach & GM Chris Jones' address in Estevan Thursday evening was very popular but it contained only half the quotes from his 40-minute Q&A session.  So today, again courtesy of Bruins play-by-play man Jeromy Corrigan, here's the rest of the transcript of what Jones had to say to the Estevan crowd at the Bruins annual fundraising dinner:

ON THE 4TH QUARTER P-I CHALLENGE IN THE 2015 GREY CUP

CJ:  I saw the illegal contact on Adarius Bowman down there but there'd been ton of 'em that were worse than that that we challenged and didn't get.  So I'm sitting there asking our guys if we had a replay and they didn't and I'm like, "How do we not have a replay?"  They ain't gonna replay it in the box.  So I looked over at the playclock and it's 14, 13, 12, so I burned a timeout.  They didn't think I had a timeout but the head official, who's from Winnipeg, said "Jones you've got your one freebie" so I threw the flag.  I saw the replay, barely caught it, threw the flag and that's how we got down there.  And I told 'em not to even think about kicking a field goal.  If we couldn't get a yard, we didn't need to be there.

WHAT KIND OF TEAM DOES CHRIS JONES WANT TO HAVE IN SASK?

CJ:  Defensively and special teams, we'll be very fast and physical and do all the things we've always done.  We've already got some good ingredients and we're going to add to that group.  Offensively it's gonna be methodical.  We'll stretch the field a little bit but we'll have our checkdowns and end up in 2nd-and-2 and we run the ball.  You control the football, control the clock and play great defense, that's how you win.  When we took over in Edmonton we had the same philosophy and we had a bunch of guys who don't care about their stats.  I went into the first meeting with Odell Willis and #91 and I said I don't care how many sacks you have.  That matters none to me.  None.  It's wins and losses.  If we win enough games, you'll have your staffs.  I know who should come free if we run a twist.  I can set somebody up if we're winning the game.  But we don't worry about stats.  Win, and everything else handles itself.

IS IT TOUGH TO BE A DEFENDER IN THE CFL NOW?

CJ:  People do jump balls on us a lot because we're a man team.  We flipped the script on them a little bit this year because I think the rule was put in for us and Hamilton because they were trying to up the points.  Basically they're trying to protect the quarterbacks.  Points are down because everybody's quarterback is hurt.  They try to create rules to help him and what happened was it spiked up the penalties which I told them was gonna happen.  Then we got used to it and the penalties came down but it really hurt TV ratings and stuff like that early in the season.  You can't have 18 flags per team, and keep peoples' attention.  When there's a stoppage, you go to the refrigerator.

I had an experience like this in the Arena League and they had an NBC contract but somebody said down there that if you increase the penalties, you're gonna lose that contract.  I tried to tell the CFL that but it fell on deaf ears.  And if they'd move the season up two weeks, we wouldn't have to play in these minus temperatures.

WHAT'S A BIGGER REBUILD: 4-14 ESKIMOS OR 3-15 ROUGHRIDERS?

CJ:  They're both big projects.  The only thing a bit different here is Mike Reilly was healthy in Edmonton when we took over and here Darian is just coming off an injury.  We've got to wait and see exactly, but it's supposed to be completely healed.  I've gone against him and he makes the rest of his team rise their level of play when he plays.  He's hard to tackle, he's a short little squatty guy but he's stronger and faster than you think.  It's a matter of seeing if he's healthy but it's going to be interesting and I'll tell you this; it's gonna be a whole lotta fun.

ARE YOU CONFIDENT HE'LL BE HEALTHY?

CJ:  Oh ya.  From all indications he's coming back completely healthy.  I had dinner with him down in Atlanta and had a real good talk about things he needs to do.  We're getting real good reports from his trainer and everything looks good to go.

DID YOU CONSULT DURANT ON CUTTING DRESSLER?

CJ:  Some people may do that but he's still a player.  I'm a football coach and GM and you know he likes him.  They've been together forever but we have to make the necessary decisions for our entire football team and not just a couple of people. Unfortunately that's the reality of CFL economics.

WILL SOME ESKIMO FREE AGENTS COME OVER TO SASK?

CJ:  It's going to be interesting to see.  We're not gonna right back into spending credit card money.  We'll be very frugal with our money and make sure it goes in the right direction, not only for the short-term but for the long-term as well.  We want to win as much as anybody so these will be long-term decisions.

WERE YOU SHOCKED AT WHAT THE CONTRACTS WERE HERE?

CJ:  Have you seen what some of these other guys have been signing for?  It's crazzzzzy.  I don't understand it.  It's the CFL, not the NFL.  We need to be real careful as GMs and not drive up the expectations of the players or we're going to be right back to what it was in the 80's when they almost drove it in the ground.  I'm probably the youngest GM but we need to start looking at that in my opinion.

Your quarterbacks are always going to be the highest-paid guys.  This year it's $400,000 and then it's $500,000 and where does it stop?  You want your entire team to be compensated so we just have to make sure we're making sound long-term decisions for the health of the league.  The CFL's been around 100 years, it's tremendous football and people love it down south.  It's been on ESPN and ESPN2.  It's fun for Americans to be able to watch the players that have been down that way and how they mesh with the Canadian kids.

HOW ARE YOU WITH THE MEDIA AND PUBLIC SPEAKING?

CJ:  I can answer these questions and tell you what we do.  I'm confident in myself, I know where I came from, and it's more about the players, you know?  The game's about the players.  You don't win with one guy.  It's not about me.  It's about my players and the guys that go with me.  That's how I view how to go about things.  It's a "we" thing.

WHAT'S A REALISTIC GOAL FOR 2016?

CJ:  Win the Grey Cup.

YOU'VE NEVER MISSED THE PLAYOFFS

CJ:  I didn't know that.  Somebody told me that.  You're judged off of 'Did you win your last game?'  I'm still pissed we didn't win that game in Winnipeg against B.C. (2006 Grey Cup) and in overtime against Edmonton in B.C. (2005 Grey Cup) because those were winnable games.  That's why you do it.  You do it to win every single football game.  It's not realistic to think you'll win every game but that's why you get in it.  To win.

WHAT'S THE BACK-UP QB PLAN?

CJ:  We've got 2 or 3 down of them in Houston right now to meet our coaches and we'll know a little bit more over the weekend.  I'm not gonna stop until we find some more.  We're gonna keep on hunting.

SUPER BOWL 50.  HOW WOULD YOU DEFEND PEYTON MANNING?

CJ:  He's never played good in the big game.  I'd mix a lot of coverages.  We'd gotta play a lot of 2-man because he ain't gonna run so you show off and go up and press.  Play with two high safeties, and make him have to run.

WHAT ABOUT CAM NEWTON?

CJ:  Blitz him on every play and make him be a quarterback.  We gotta tackle, send one more than they can block and get him on the ground when we get there.

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THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK! THANKS FOR STOPPING BY ...
RP
@rodpedersen

85 comments:

Anonymous said...

Outstanding Rod! Thanks for the update and I hope you had a great holiday!

Anonymous said...

Pedersen, why the hell would you make such a long and drawn out comment on John Scott like you just did. That is hitting rock bottom for you as far as I am concerned. It was all about fun. Have you forgotten what FUN is all about . All the players, not just Scott had a great time with it and their tribute to Scott was one he will never forget. You should talk, someday when your children are older , that is if you ever have any, if they read some of your garbage that you post on here they will want to hide their heads. I say this as I mean it because probably you will be the only one to read it . Just do me a favour and let everyone in on my comment, I would love to see the reaction.

Anonymous said...

Jones sounds just like another now former rider hc, that is CC. Never answers a question but just keeps the bullshit flying.

Really is sad !!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Just think here it is Feb. and Jones is still trying to figure out his scouting dept.
Wow - riders in for a what a pathetic year with Jones and Murphy.

Anonymous said...

Jones making what 600k per year and he is bitching because the players want to get paid a decent salary which is a fraction of what he makes and they are the ones thaat play the game and forgot more about football than he will ever know. What a jerk !!!!!

Anonymous said...

John Scott showed a lot more class than Gary Bettman over the weekend.

Anonymous said...

You were in the CFL, Lol. When?
Carm Carteri a sports type, Lol. When?

Anonymous said...

The NHL is a broken boring league. This john scott thing is the best thing that could have happened to them and funny enough, they didn't even deserve it. Gary Bettman and the entire NHL deserve to go up in smoke. The fact is, the world of pro sports would be a lot better off without the NHL.

Anonymous said...

Of course you're 'an advocate of doing what you're told by your superiors.' That's why you're known as the cabana boy.

Anonymous said...

Rod Pedersen... a man of the people....left the owners box to sit with "local sport types" lol how lucky was that section.

As for your comments on John Scott, you obviously are looking to spike the comment sections numbers, but I'll bite. First off, the MVP vote was decided upon by NHL club teams as they were each given one vote to cast, not the fans...but hey, why research, you're beyond that. Secondly, the NHL is dying and needs all the publicity they get. The Rogers deal hasn't panned out well for increasing viewership, expansion plans according to Bettman could either be on hold or significantly reduced as they look to correct existing team fan base problems. The NHL allowing the fans to have a vote and help bring a player in was a great idea but then the fall-out from the Scott incident was a PR nightmare and will be a case study at universities for years to come. The board of governors has given Gary Bettman another 7 year contract all while the game is increasingly boring, the physicality is all but being removed and younger audiences could take or leave the NHL. John Scott brought back some lost fans even for one night, but regardless, reminded people that hockey players are some of the kindest people on earth and the game can be exciting and has a ton of skilled talent.

Anonymous said...

Gary Bettman was hiding from Scott all week end. When Bettman was interviewed and asked about the NHL PERSON that phoned Scott to suggest that he stay home and not "Embarrass his Family" he dropped the question like a BOMB. My guess all along was that it was "BETTMAN THAT PHONED". How stupid can this jerk get. Did you not notice at the end of the game that Bettman's assistant came out on the ice to congratulate Scott. Bettman didn't have the guts to show up himself.

Anonymous said...

LOl, I forgot about "Cabana Boy" lol greatest nickname!

Glad the riders got Jones, he seems to get it! Where are all the loud mouth, government union hugging 8-5 guys on here that said anyone who works longer than 8 hours doesn't do their job right or isn't efficient? Guess you'll be saying the same about Jones?

The Riders may, for the first time in a long time actually beginning to be run like a professional sports franchise rather than an old boys community charity drive.

Anonymous said...

Salary cap doesn't apply to coaches and management you genius! It's his job to manage the cap!

Anonymous said...

Not quite as pathetic as the eskimos will be... now there's a team that's truly circling the drain!!!

Anonymous said...

NHL Club teams voted for the game MVP Rod not the fans!

Anonymous said...

There was no more than 4,500 hundred people in the Brand Center the other night, I don't know what people have to do in Regina on a Friday night but coming to the rink isn't one of them.

Fans who haven't taken in a Rush Game yet are missing out! No matter what corner of the province you live in, get out and support this team, well worth the drive and the money for the ticket you won't be disappointed! We're lucky in a province of our size to have one let alone two professional sports teams...show your support!

Gary B said...

Re: John Scott

This weekend, I saw PK Subban wear a mullet and Brett Burns in a Chewbacca Mask yet John Scott was the joke?? NO, I don't think so. I agree with everything you said about Scott being called up. It is rather foolish. If he were good enough, he'd be in the NHL, full time.

However, blaming him for going to the All-Star game and your comment "I'm an advocate of doing what you're told by your superiors." is laughable. Clearly just an attempt to spark a reaction which is noticeably working seeing how this blog usually has only 1 or 2 comments by the time I get to it, early Monday.

It already has more than 10.

Enjoy riding the Titanic and being told there's nothing to worry about by the Ship's Captain after hitting the iceberg. While others are running to the lifeboats, you'll be going back to sleep because you're just doing what you're told by your superior.

Deep down Roddy, I really hope your true feelings about Scott aren't like this, and you're just playing typical Sportsradio Jock.

Don't blame Scott. For sure, there are times to listen to your superiors. However, there are also times to pick your battles.

John Scott picked one hell of a battle and he knocked it out of the park. He earned 10% of his NHL salary, which he's not guaranteed anymore, seeing as he's an AHLer now. This weekend, he worked his ass off and I applaud him for it.

If we all blindly listen to our superiors, we'd all be sleeping in our cabins after the Titanic hit the iceberg since the Captain told us there's nothing to worry about.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Rod, usually agree with you, but you have the John Scott thing completely wrong! The league wanted fan interaction, regardless who they voted in it should have been honoured, rather than try to talk the guy out of it, trading him, sending him down then bringing his children into it. The NHL needs all the fans they can get these days!

Anonymous said...

Lets all have a vote to see if Pedersen should stay here or should we let just his friends do the voting ?

Ryan said...

You missed the point. The all star game was fun. But in terms of the movement to declare this guy an actual all star and have the Canadiens call him up to turn their season around is delusional. What happened in the all star game will not translate to the regular season I think that's what he was saying

Anonymous said...

I agree , I haven't watched a hockey game since the Vancouver Olympics because I find the game boring and systems oriented ! But this story made me sit up and take notice ! Like you said even for one night

Chris Hartnell said...

Here is extensive detail about the USA/Canada International Bowl:

http://internationalbowl.com/2016/01/31/canada-under-18-31-u-s-under-19-select-13

Anonymous said...

Heard an interesting story on the weekend from a family member of a former Riders prospect. I won't get into it but basically reconfirmed what an amateur hour Taman and Hopson had going on during their tenure. It's obvious now that they relied on Tillman's players (ie Doubles, Dressler, Chick) to win games and had no idea how to build a team of their own. Now we have a guy in Jones who knows what he is doing and how to build a team. Sure the doofuses with ties to the old boys club will come on here to complain daily but that's life. I just wish the media in this province would tell the whole story instead of protecting JH like he's got something to hide.


Gundersons Yorkton

Ryan said...

Interesting as Jones I planning long term. No signs of bolting as he is not making short term decisions to get another win. Long term planning for continuing success

Anonymous said...

Your point about John Scott truly shows you have no idea about the actual insight of pro sports. And THAT is fact.

You state your opinion as fact. But really you are just defensing the move of a desperate GM in a NHL location that is dying.

See, I know people too Rod and if you think everything is peachy in the Phoenix sun for you friendly owners you have your head in the sand.

Anonymous said...

John Scott - the Disney Movie - will be a must see with the kids.

Doovy 49 said...

Not sure your reader's need to know who you watched the Pat's game with, pretty sure we don't care!!

The John Scott story is heartwarming and made the allstar game a better than normal event. Only thing better would be Scott kicking the jesus out of that little arrogant pipsqueak Bettman. The world would pay big to see that.

Anonymous said...

Fans voted all star mvp, John wasn't even on the ballot, I was at the game

Anonymous said...

I read John Scott's Tribune article, did you Rod? Scott thought last season was his last, but was surprised when then Coyotes signed him. He was likely going to retire. The Coyotes forced the All Star issue by trading him. He had nothing to lose after that. He will have plenty more income offers now; for at least the next few years, and also don't forget that the man is well educated and will easily land on his feet. the Coyotes are now a second class organization that could not see an awesome marketing opportunity.

Fonzie

mister winnipeg said...

"I'm an advocate of doing what you're told by your superiors."

It's a good thing that some of the new breed of hockey players like Scott or PK are leaving that tired attitude in the dustbin.

It's a GAME, and the All Star Game is a meaningless one at that. It isn't the military or international diplomacy. Have a little fun with it.

Anonymous said...

You are the king of douchebags Pedersen. You believe in doing what your superiors tell you. That says a lot about you as a human being. You are a sheep. Not that anyone in this life would mistake you for a leader but you confirmed to all your detractors that you are exactly who we think you are. A spineless worm who can't think for himself. Your blog is total shyte and I'm sure you like reading the positive strokes from the geriatrics who tell you "good job".

Sheep.

Go get your boss his coffee. Little man.

Anonymous said...

SUPERIORS? What a joke! They may be higher up in their position but superior only in pay.

Anonymous said...

Since when have you been in the CFL? You are the talking head of the RADIO broadcast team. You aren't a member of the club. YOU are the only one who sees yourself as a member of the team. Douchebag. Sheep. Pathetic. You are so lost in life you have to over exaggerate your own importance to mollify your ridiculous ego.

BTW, if you're such an important member of the sporting community, tell me, oh wise King Douche, who is Rory Ronnop? Do you mean Rory Connop, you illiterate turd?

Anonymous said...

Stick to what you do best Rod. A minor league reporter in a minor league town. Leave the NHL reporting to those that actually know what they're talking about.

Rod Pedersen said...

Haha! You guys are great!

Anonymous said...

Too bad you aren't King Douche.

Baaaaa. Baaaa.

Go get your boss more coffee.

Don Mitchell said...

You certainly know how to stir up a hornets nest. Were you like this in school? Must have drove the teachers nuts! LOL!

BTW, "Listen to your leaders" is a good mantra for keeping your job, but here is a better one "Speaking Truth to Power" you keep your job (most of the time) and more importantly you keep your self-respect!

I'll be an interested listener on the Cage today.

Anonymous said...

You don't have to tell us that you follow your boss's orders. You were still endorsing Taman/Chsmblin last August when everybody else in the province knew they had to go.

Anonymous said...

Wow... " I'm an advocate of doing what you're told by your superiors."

Maybe the NHL should follow through with what they set out. The NHL wanted fans to vote and they didn't restrict the player list. So the NHL should stand by the rules and allow whoever gets voted in to play.

Instead they were total asshats and tried to force the player not to go. The Coyotes and Canadians management should also be held accountable for the BS that went on. Ya send him to Newfoundland...

I'm surprised the NHL Players Association doesn't step in.

The NHL hit a new low and Bettman gets a 7 year deal.
He should have been FIRED years ago.

Has the NHL bottomed out, probably not, Bettman will continue to bring it lower.

Anonymous said...

Pedersen knows about self respect about as much as he knows the NHL.

Anonymous said...

"I'll be an interested listener in the Cage today"

That's exactly what he wants. Ratings are coming out soon and he needs to polish his numbers before the new budget.

Anonymous said...

You mean the same kind of back to reality as a wannabe sports reporter that never should have left Milestone?

Anonymous said...

I wonder if those calling others sheep for following the bosses orders are supporting Brad. Here is a leader who says up when it's down, forward when it's back, right when it's left. His followers never question him and like sheep follow. Seems that the non believers in Brad are out today. About time too.

Anonymous said...

NFL Pro Bowl
Now that was a joke.

JFRENCH said...

Hey Rod, I gotta say, I 100% disagree with you on the John Scott situation. What the NHL has done is shameful. They instituted fan voting, they brought this on themselves. This isnt the first time a player wasnt necessarily *deserving* of starting in the all star game, it was just the most blatant. It happens pretty much every time in every league with fan voting. A player that isnt necessarily all star staring caliber gets voted in because they get enough grass routes support. Then to try and overrule the fan voting by trying to force the player out, is just awful. I'm glad he played and I'm glad he shoved it in their face. I bet he never sees the NHL again after this as I believe the NHL will force him out as their last I told you so, which is 100% wrong. If NHL (or any other league) wants to decide who is or isnt worthy of playing in all star games, they should get rid of fan voting, not try to force a player out behind the scenes.

Just another reason why I hate the NHL. Too busy worrying about the US market, trying to shove teams were they don't belong and forgetting about some of the Canadian diehard fans/markets because it doesnt fit the ownership agenda of trying to pump up TV ratings.

Anonymous said...

Not sure I understand how Scott attending the all star game has anything to do with his position on the Coyotes. Also not sure Arizona is the best place for his family either. What's wrong with Montreal?

Anonymous said...

Rod, you're the first person I've read who has negative feelings towards Scott's inclusion in the All Star Game. what happened yesterday was fantastic. You're entitled to your opinion, but you are going to find you are in the VERY small minority.

Anonymous said...

Gundersons Yorkton,

I think Taman had no clue most of the time but I'll correct you on one thing, the 2013 Champs only had 9 guys left from the Tillman years. Taman and Chamblin had to gut the team after the 2011 disaster created by Tillman, Miller and Marshall. Remember, Tillman left us with no Canadian talent, largely because he has no idea on how to manage the draft, and no depth and almost every position.

The one thing most people might be surprised about is Chamblin was more in control of player personel decisions than Taman was. Chamblin didn't care. He just told Taman what to do most of the time.

Anonymous said...

Uh-oh, call Rod's psychiatrist, he's off the meds and going full on narcissistic today.

Anonymous said...

In my mind, the only people raving about how the "John Scott" situation was bad for the league was the sports media, who seemed to have their pissy pants on about the league skipping them and going directly to the fans for a vote.

Was the vote kinda a joke, maybe, but if a fan did not want him there, they could have voted for someone else.

If the league wants a fan vote, then you have to respect the fans choice and go with it. John showed everyone who he is and everyone seems to have had a blast with him at the event.

Why does this event have to be about who the media/league want, but who the fans want there?

Bettman is a mess and 7 more years of this mess should ensure the death of the league. If Damian Cox is correct, the TV deal was in Canadian Dollars and the league is down 30% revenue from that stream alone. Add to that Roger's hasn't released the viewership numbers since this whole thing started.

I predict a 10 million dollar decline in the cap, or the escrow will be 25% next year for tax on players salary's to overcome the loss.

Fire Bettman!

Anonymous said...

Too bad the Tommy followers still have to invoke his name to try and get votes in this province. Shows what a disaster of a party they have going on the corner of SK and Wpg.

Anonymous said...

No use trying ladies and gents, low intelligence adults gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies. These ideologies in turn, stress hierarchy with resistance to change attitudes that can contribute to predjudice.

V8.

Anonymous said...

Actually Tillman got the boot after 09 so it was Miller, Taman and Hopson that were directly responsible for 2011. Sure we got to the Cup game in 2010 but that was a complete fluke. They made no changes thinking they were good enough and disaster happened. Same thing after 2013, no depth and no youth. Taman won't be a GM in this league again. Go on Riderfans and ask for the quote from Wayne Shaw when he cornered Hopson and asked him how the heck he could name a guy like Taman to the full control of football ops. Hopson's response was that he thought Taman was the next Bob Ackles. Like seriously????

Gundersons Yorkton

Anonymous said...

I'm enjoying all the people crapping on Roddy for his comment about obeying your superiors.

I'm willing to bet each and every one of the people on Rod's ass would kiss major tush and do unspeakable things for an extra $1000 a year.

Classic example of internet tough guys.

Anonymous said...

Come on guys, Rod's brand is to play the villain. And you all fell for it. This blog is like pro wrestling, say what you have to to get the masses fired up. Controversy creates cash as Rod's mentor Eric Bischoff would say.

Speaker Ryan

Anonymous said...

I knew you wouldn't publish my comment because it would strike a nerve with you.

Keep reaching for the stars d-bag!!!

Anonymous said...

Breakfast at the rink? only in Milestone.

Anonymous said...

You give Rod far too much credit. He truly believes what he is writing.

Unknown said...

This isn't your daddy's all-star festivities Rod. It's for the fans, not the league or the media. It's not MVP festivities, it's all-star festivities and by ALL accounts, Scott was supposed to be there. He may not belong on an NHL roster, however he made the All-star team fair and square. Pound sand of if you disagree.

Anonymous said...

WARRIORS 9-3 over the hat yesterday. dont waste your money at the brandt center go watch a real contender in the jaw!!

Anonymous said...

You are way off base on your John Scott comments. True he is not an allstar but hey the people voted for him and he is a class act he took it all in stride knowing he didn't belong but enjoyed the weekend to the fullest. It looks like his teammates enjoyed having him too.

He is our everyday hockey player living out our dreams.

Take a chill pill Rod!!

Anonymous said...

I don't know if the Pats will be a dominant force next year or not but the team down highway one may well be. Yes the Warriors so lets hope the Pats and Warriors are neck and neck and meet in the Eastern final. It would be a hell of a series and each team would make a lot of money.

Go Warriors Go

Anonymous said...

Hey Pedersen, read this:

http://www.theplayerstribune.com/a-guy-like-me/

Anonymous said...

Speaking of pro wrestling, keep Bret Hart in your thoughts and prayers as he's revealed today that he's battling prostate cancer. Make damn sure you get checked cause early detection makes for a great chance of survival. That's something we can all agree with.


Speaker Ryan

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately for Moose Jaw people the Warriors are done after this year. Last year of GM's contract. He needs to win or not be resigned, no Branden P trade as example. This is great for Pats, no need to be concerned about Warriors for next 3 - 5 years. Paddock and staff have no excuses after this year. go Pat's go

Anonymous said...

I see one of the Coyotes' owners tweeted this column.

Anonymous said...

So comical. Does Rod actually think people are serious about bringing Scott up. Dave Hodge said John Scott would be eligible to play for Canada at World Cup. Its called sarcasm.

For the first time EVER life was pumped into the All Star weekend. It was a HUGE success on all levels! Any one that can't see that - including above said Coyotes owner and their GM - are clueless. Down right clueless.

What makes you think he would still be cashing cheques in Phoenix? The only reason he was still up was he was a cap friendly healthy scratch. It was only a matter of time until he got sent down.

Anonymous said...

If you could tie Phoenix, Montreal(trade) and the NHL to some collusion to get Scott out of the all-star game, then we have a bigger issue That sound like a law suit to me.

Rod Pedersen said...

Tough to prove.

other half of the veales said...

If it's "just for fun" then why have money on the line for the winning team. Seems odd to just throw around money to a feel good story. Also how choked are those players who have bonuses related to making the all star game and didn't because, only to see Scott
Just my two cents

Anonymous said...

Everyone dumping on rod should know he tracks IP addresses. He knows who you are. Your time will come.

Anonymous said...

Really? According to Gary Lawless the Riders had at least eight scouts at the Senior Bowl. I think you have made it abundantly clear that your fears are groundless, and your complaints are moronic.

Unknown said...

Regarding the Warriors, they had 3 guys (1998's) in the prospects game. Not to mention the 2000 group that will be coming in Next year! The Pats will have their hands full the next three years! I believe the Warriors will contend next year and the next three years.

Braeya Wotherspoon said...

The Warriors had 3 players in the prospects game not named Braydon Point! Not to mention the 2000 born group that is the best draft in that year group in the WHL! The Warriors will be contenders the next 3 or 4 years!

Anonymous said...

Where's the love for Mark McMorris on your page Rod? That kid is nothing short of amazing!

Anonymous said...

Very tough time of year for a sports fan and for sports talk shows, but I appreciate the effort. The Super Bowl and then Feb 9 free agency in the CFL will be a happy blip on the road to the NHL/WHL play-offs and then the new CFL season.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

I think I heard the Rod Pedersen hater's head explode when you mentioned that you will soon be off to Arizona, so soon after your January vacation in the tropics. The poor sap can only look upon his sad sack life and drool over the Life of Rod (LOL).

ND said...

John Scott makes $575k whether he is in the pros or the minors. Factor in the almost 20% escrow and he takes home $460ish. He made 90k yesterday and won a vehicle likely worth 60k. He got to play in an All-star game, will have endorsements, possibly a movie, and speaking arrangements when he retires. His All-star shirts sold out so he gained many fans. I think he won big by telling the NHL to shove it.

Anonymous said...

Attention Vikings fans -- great story today on Peter King's MMQB site about legendary coach Bud Grant.

Anonymous said...

For the Disney movie on John Scott's All-Star weekend maybe they should have Rod Pedersen play the part of the dastardly Gary Bettman. He could do it with conviction.

Anonymous said...

Wow,

Some of you people are truly pathetic. I also disagree with Rod's take on the John Scott story. But, it's an opinion. Everybody gets to have one. I often disagree with things written on this blog. And don't get me started on Scruffy's "writing"...yikes!

But the personal attacks and vitriol are disturbing. Are your lives really so empty that you fly into a rage whenever somebody with a blog or radio show writes or says something you don't agree with? Really? That seems like a rational response to you?

It makes me wonder how many of the haters are failed sportscasters/reporters. I'm guessing more than a couple.

Don't like it? Don't read it. Don't tune in. Problem solved.

Stan

Anonymous said...

Completely unreleated, but you can tell your boy Andrews to stop leading with the Pats with his noon sports. NOBODY CARES!!!

Anonymous said...

This stuff is getting hard to read. Rod does more for SK sports than anyone. Go compare this blog to the others and then comment. Oh ... and let us know who/where they are.

Anonymous said...

Mr Mitchell Blair/The Blair Necessities. Regina, Sk. Great reading with comprensive up to date stats and information, not a gossip rag.

Anonymous said...

The Pats are heading nowehere fast. This is begining to look no better than the operation ran by the Parkers. Steel is a 2nd rounder. Lescyshyn is a mediocre player and Aablocki will never be what Gabrielle was to us. This team will be lucky to flirt with .600 next season. Nowhere close to champiomship calibre and the following season they may be in rebuild mode again. Need to start looking at the top.