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Thursday, January 7, 2016

THURSDAY RODSERVATIONS

QUICK HITS

1. STARTING WITH HOCKEY:  Thoughts from perusing the NHL standings on Wednesday -- Toronto (15-15-7) Is a .500 record enough improvement in Year 1 of the Babcock Regime to appease Leafs Fans? ... Detroit (20-13-7) Was Mike Babcock more the beneficiary of a solid system (Team Canada included)? ... Washington (29-7-3) Are the Capitals legit?  Not with Alex Ovechkin as their captain, despite their solid additions ... Montreal (23-16-3) Will GM Marc Bergevin and coach Michel Therien be on the hotseat if they continue to falter without Carey Price?  Wednesday's win over New Jersey notwithstanding ... N.Y. Islanders (22-13-5) John Tavares is the real Johnny Hockey ... Florida (24-12-4) Should GM Dale Tallon get more credit for building the Chicago Blackhawks dynasty before he was dumped? ... Arizona (19-16-4)  Will the Coyotes shelve their desire to land top prospect Auston Mathews of Scottsdale and make some sort of a playoff run in 2016?  They owe it to coach Dave Tippett and GM Don Maloney to ride this horse to the end of the race.  This year. ... Nashville (19-14-7) Why did they give up on defenceman Seth Jones so soon?  Perhaps it was a case of 'giving up something to get something' in Wednesday's deal with Columbus to land Ryan Johansen ... Edmonton (17-21-3) Oiler fans are fed up with being begged to be patient.  All that's left is to stick dynamite in their locker room and shake things up in the way of a trade.  Perhaps one involving Jordan Eberle.  First-year coach Todd McLellan can only do so much to change the culture, and apparently it's not working.  If Connor McDavid is the cure for their ails, they're in more trouble than we thought.

2. MORE ON GETZLAF:  It may be awhile before we get definitive word from the Saskatchewan Roughriders that veteran slotback Chris Getzlaf will be back with the Green & White this season but a CFL source - independent of the Riders - virturally guaranteed this week that Getzlaf will be back with Saskatchewan for a 10th season.  There's just plenty of paperwork to be sorted out.

3.  K.J. BACK IN THE FRAY:  2007 CFL Most Outstanding Player Kerry Joseph - who served two tours of duty with the Saskatchewan Roughriders - was named Co-Offensive Coordinator and Receivers Coach at his alma mater McNeese State this week.  Kerry had expressed his desire to get into coaching when he left here in 2014 and it looks like he's off to a solid start.

4.  A NICE SURPRISE:  Indianapolis Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman was a surprise guest on the SportsCage on 620 CKRM Wednesday evening.  Around 6:15 pm a call came in on the toll-free line and it was the former Roughrider calling from Indy.  His Colts missed the playoffs this year but cited injuries to quarterback Andrew Luck and inconsistent play on defense as the culprit and feels it's only minor tweaking that'll get them back to prominence.  He also said the Colts players were relieved that head coach Chuck Pagano was given a 4-year contract extension Monday evening.  Don't forget Indianapolis was in the AFC championship game one year before they fell to New England in "Deflate-gate".  Regarding that situation, Jerrell said, "You're gonna ask me that question now?  Haha.  The truth is they'da beat us with a Nerf football that day and they were just the better team."

5.  A NEW YEAR:  There have been calls to eliminate anonymous comments into this blog and this week I instituted a mechanism to make commenters log in with their Google account.  The result was a 90% reduction in comments so it was quickly switched back to the old method.  I'll try to be more judicious in letting toxic comments through, but it's always a tough call.  Many readers say they enjoy the comments, no matter how zany they are.

6.  LEFTOVERS FROM WORLD JUNIORS:  TSN announced 2.7-million unique viewers tuned into Tuesday's 4-3 overtime victory for Finland over Russia in the gold medal game proving the WJC is still a really big deal in Canada ... Ratings were up 16% for Canada's games from the last tournament held in Europe ... Kudos to Team Finland who held their postgame party at a Burger King Tuesday night ... There have been five different champion countries in the past six WJC tournaments and yet Canadian hockey fans want the President of Hockey Canada fired whenever Canada doesn't win ... IIHF President Rene Fasel cited slow ticket sales for next year's WJC in Montreal as a problem and suggests Canada have more French-speaking players on its roster in order to attract Quebec fans.  Where's the outcry over this?  One can only imagine the furor if it was said Canada needs more anglophone or Western Canadian players.  Regina Pats coach John Paddock suggested on the SportsCage that Fassel's comments be "disregarded" ... Temper tantrums were the order-of-the-day in the World Juniors with Russia's captain being tossed from the championship game and penalty problems submarining Canada in their quarterfinal.  It's the way today's player is folks, and it was identified as a problem on this blog several years ago.  It's a disturbing trend that won't go away ... It's also only a matter of time before the Memorial Cup switches to a format where there are two games per day a la the Royal Bank Cup, which was suggested here last year.  When it happens, remember where you read it first.

7.  ALL ABOARD THE LACROSSE TRAIN:  We're getting behind the NLL's Saskatchewan Rush in a big way and had Coach & GM Derek Keenan on the SportsCage on Tuesday.  Did you know he's the second cousin of "Iron Mike" Keenan?  Furthermore did you know he's a multi-winner of the NLL's Coach of the Year, GM of the Year and is in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame?  We've got lacrosse royalty in this province folks, and we didn't even know it.  Don't forget the Rush is home to the Vancouver Stealth on Friday, January 15 in their home-opener and team President Lee Genier is hoping to fill the SaskTel Centre for the match.

8.  APP-ETIZING:  The best app for your smartphone currently is The Score.  Many of you sports nuts will already have it, but some of you won't and may appreciate the tip.  As a sportstalk host, I find myself opening the app dozens of time daily and always find the information I'm looking for.  Trending news, scores, standings, you name it.  The stories are short and concise, and are always on the money.  They're even advertising the Canadian-made app in the USA and it's going over huge down there.

9.  BROADCASTING NOTES:  Humboldt product and former P.A. Raiders voice Brian Munz is drawing rave reviews for his work calling play-by-play of Winnipeg Jets games on TSN's regional channel in the absence of Dennis Beyak who was at the World Juniors over the holiday season.  Nice work Munzie.

10.  NFL PLAYOFFS:  This weekend's Wild Card playoff winners will be -- Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Green Bay.  Incidentally, all are road teams.

I'm going to try to hit up Arizona Cardinals practice next week after they enjoy a first round playoff bye.  I'll be headed down to Phoenix on Saturday for a couple of Coyotes games and the Alabama-Clemson NCAA football title game at University of Phoenix Stadium.  That'll be some fun reporting!

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THAT'S ALL FOR NOW.  HAVE A GREAT DAY!
RP
@rodpedersen

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

As far as the comments section goes; I enjoy the wackos as much as the guys that try to be brain surgeons but please sensor the political crap.

Anonymous said...

Only 12 people voted you talk about hockey. After reading this column it's clear why, you don't know anything about the NHL.

Anonymous said...

a tuff life indeed...good timing as the mercury plummets!

Anonymous said...
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Anonymous said...

Rod has forgotten more about hockey than you will ever know. He was raised in the game and everyone in hockey knows it.

Rod's Cousin

Anonymous said...

Rod is a hockey god.

Rod's brother.

Anonymous said...

If you don't think Rod knows hockey, ask John Paddock. He thanked Rod for his assessment of the Pats even though he didn't like to hear it. Great radio.

Cliffy


Anonymous said...

Rod, who helped you with the word "judicious"?

Anonymous said...

Rod is a Hockey Puck

Rods Redneck Uncle

Anonymous said...

Let's NEVER go back Saskatchewan

Anonymous said...

Ignore these princesses Roddy. They're just jealous of your life.

Enjoy Phoenix

Anonymous said...

Rod I thought forcing people to sign in using Google was a great idea, until I realized that certain parents basement dwelling trolls might possibly be able to do harm to my wife and children if they knew my name. I wouldn't put it past some of the scumbag cowards who post on here to go that far.
Good to finally see a common sense approach to deflate gate. I have been a Colts fan for decades and I despise the Patriots, but I couldn't agree more with Freeman. There was no way the Colts were going to win that day. The Patriots may have cheated to win their first three Super Bowls, but they were legit that day.

Anonymous said...

I see today's comment section is once again off to an arousing start of stick work and face rubs after the whistle.

Anonymous said...

Not everyone has Google accounts thus the drop in comments. I think you are one that gets off on the comments and you believe that is what brings people to this blog. They don't come for the content, they come to troll and be idiotic. This blog is for your thoughts and not the thoughts of others. Removing the comments or making someone be accountable by having their name attached to a Google account would make this 1000 times better and not just one level above Riderfans.com.

Just my two cents!

Anonymous said...

Winnipeg (grey cup), Miami, Vegas, then Arizona.. How do I get your job?

Anonymous said...

Hey Roddy, that last Anon really liked your column today - he says he is 'aroused'...

PS make sure you hit In n Out Burger in Phoenix

Rod in Saskatoon

Anonymous said...

The Oilers are significantly better than they were last year. Problem is they had/have so far to go to be a decent team.

Anonymous said...

This Blog was built on the comments section. It's cooled off but we still talk about the Obama/Woz, Obama/The WORLD! wars like the old Stampede Wrestling glory days. - lock everything up when Bad News Allen and Dynamite Kid or Dr D vs Brett Hart get going. It's very plain jane ho hum now.

Anonymous said...

As an avid reader of this blog, you could do away with the comments and it wouldn't bother me one bit. It really brings your level of professionalism down by continuing to publish them as like it or not, the comments are a reflection of you since it is on your blog.

Anonymous said...

gp g a p

8th Johnny Gaudreau - 39 17 22 39

50th John Tavares - 37 15 14 29

ASSESSMENT :

Gaudreau is the real Johnny Hockey

Anonymous said...

Parents basement has to be the worst beak of all time, if your going after somebody atleast come up with something new and funny. I laugh when some one replies " you must be in your parents basement...."

BE BETTER!

Anonymous said...

Rod just tell the old boys club to lay off the stupid comments regarding Jones and Murphy. You're part of the club, maybe they'll listen to you. We don't need to read through that garbage. There's opinions and there's stupid opinions. And the constant old boys club bashing of the new regime is getting old.


Gundersons Yorkton

Anonymous said...

Don't be jealous because your parents kicked you out of the basement and moved u too the attic.

Anonymous said...

Most people come here for Rider news and when there is none, they are bored and add silly comments. Just do away with anon and allow a fake name. At least that way you would be able to reply to them

Anonymous said...

So, I set up a fake account say by the name of Bob Loblaw. My posts no longer say I'm anonymous. This will surely legitimize anything I have to say.

Methinks these are the same people who don't want to switch to day light savings because it will confuse the dairy cows.

Dean said...

I posted this with my google account.

It says I'm Dean.

If you can find me by going on that my name is Dean (even if that is my real name) you are a genius.

I wouldn't mind knowing the track record of some peoples comments. Its probably the same guys all the time.

I enjoy all the comments. Even if they are out to lunch and posted from their trailer.

Anonymous said...

the leafs are not a .500 team when they have won only 15 of 37 games, dont be fooled by the NHLs bogus/creative standings system, a win is a win and a loss is a loss

Anonymous said...

Rod just says Tavares is because Gaudreau plays for the Flames. And Rod hates the Flames for obvious reasons. But no doubt about it, Gaudreau is the real deal. Critics thought he'd get splattered on his first year and instead he does nothing but make plays. Him and Monahan are the next Kane and Toews respectively.


Speaker Ryan

Anonymous said...

Gaudreau and Monahan are the next Kane and Toews.

HAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

In the words of John Lynch "How dumb can you be?!"

Anonymous said...

That's funny

Anonymous said...

You let these goofs get a platform by allowing them to comment.

Stopping it or reducing it will make many re-think their plan and make this whole site better.

Anonymous said...

I must confess, my first name really isn't Dale, it's Dil. I use Dale because I live in my parent's basement and didn't want anyone to know who I am. By the way, I'm glad that we have the option of checking amomynous because I can't spell it. The new robot thingy is kinda cool too, don't have to type in those stupid alpha-numeric combinations to prove that I'm not a robot. Speaking of robots, remember that tv show called Holmes & YoYo? Watched that from mom and dad's basement too. Anyways, mom is calling me for lunch, have to go.

Happy New Year.


Dil Doh

Anonymous said...

Coming soon to a cfl team (Roughriders) near you. Wallet Man! Surprising team announcments forthcoming Feb. 9. 2016 plus.

Anonymous said...

Funny how Rod constantly sticks up for Hopson when Hopson is one of the people that helped screw Rod over for the Flames job.

Anonymous said...

Some of these Einsteins don't realize when it's properly set up, once registered, that poster can only participate under that particular user name (at least on his own computer/phone). The same person couldn't be using different tags all the time.
Then we'd get a real idea of the repeat idiots and offenders on here.

Anonymous said...

Lynch has also made numerous comments like "this 2015 disaster never would have happened under Jim Hopson". Case closed.


Speaker D'Autremont

RWAH said...

Ticket sale for the WJC are slow in Canada because they are charging NHL prices for Junior hockey You will recall the last time the Quebec fans did not embrace the tournament as the Ontario fans did and that was all price. 2017 at the Air Canada Centre, 13 games priced from $50.00 per to #132.00 per and only the whole package is available to total $642.00 to $1714.00. At the Bell Centre, 19 games including the Gold Metal Game from $38.00 to $99.00 per game for a total of $696.00 to $1887.00

Anonymous said...

I will take IDIOT QUOTES for 1000 ALEX

" It really brings your level of professionalism down by continuing to publish them as like it or not, the comments are a reflection of you since it is on your blog."

BEEP BEEP BEEP
"what is - You sir, or ma'am, are an idiot"

CORRECT

YES!!! I am not a robot!

Anonymous said...

Here's some outcry for you....This enrages me!! It should always be whoever the coaches decide will give them the best chance to win, ticket sales will increase throughout the year there's no reason to be adding more french speaking player to see more tickets that's ridiculous!!! If Montreal can't sell tickets to this prestigious event, then they just shouldn't be given the opportunity to host again!

Anonymous said...

The real 'Johnny Hockey' is Johnny Gaudreau because he's American. If you want to call John Tavares something try Johnny Canuck.

Anonymous said...

Keep the comment section just the way it is Rod. My favourite part? Your quirky one-liners to idiotic posts directed at you… Some are priceless.

My favourite post today? “I will take IDIOT QUOTES for 1000 ALEX”… Please keep them coming!

T. Brown

Anonymous said...

"Their Life's Work" by Gary Pomerantz is a great read. Its the gritty story about the Pittsburgh Steelers. Of the many players, coaches and owners written about in the book, the Mike Webster story is the most distressing. He played 17 years as Center and his life after football was a quick descent into madness. Webster is indeed the first player whose brain was studied by the doctor played by Will Smith in the movie "Concussion".

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

Like Saskatoon and the Memorial Cup ^^^^^^^^^

Anonymous said...

He said arousing. Hmmahuh?