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Thursday, February 4, 2016

THURSDAY RODSERVATIONS

ODDS 'N ENDS

1 - We're going to try something new today.  NO negative comments from readers will be published to this column.  Let's see how that works?  The haters were ruining it for everybody, even though I found them amusing and wildly entertaining.  Their comments didn't bother me.  Hurting people hurt people.

2 - It was Groundhogs Dog on Tuesday and the best line I saw on social media was a Rider fan who said Gainer the Gopher saw his shadow meaning it's 42 weeks until the Roughriders are IN the Grey Cup!  Do you expect them to be?

3 - The best part of Connor McDavid's triumphant return to the Oilers lineup?  Seeing Jordan Eberle smile.  That was the best thing for me anyway.  And why hadn't those two played on a line together before?  It's because they've always been hurt at the same time.

4 - The NHL Trade Deadline coverage on TSN should be sponsored by Nike.  "JUST DO IT".  If Edmonton's going to trade Eberle, then Just Do It.  Enough talking about it.

5 - Are Oiler fans the most repressed fanbase in the NHL?  Not on your life. Start with all the franchises who'be never won a Stanley Cup and count backwards.

6 - Another NHL note: Sportsnet's Rich Sutter told the SportsCage Wednesday that Dennis Wideman's 20-game suspension for hitting a linesman was "too steep".  I say it was just right.

7 - I misread Rider fans' love for Shea Emry.  Because we were being asked about his status five times a week after he went out with a concussion in Week 1 last season, I thought it was because the fans were truly concerned about him.  Turns out they just wanted to know the status of the guy the Riders acquired for the actual fan favourite, Ricky Foley.

I'll admit to being out of touch with the mindset of the fans. It's been so long since I was one.

- Trying to track down Macho Harris for an interview but it's been tough.  The former Roughrider and current Blue Bomber is working 12 hour days as an apprentice electrician.  He's engaged to a Regina gal and his future father-in-law, real estate mogul Marcel Rossler, thinks the absolute world of Macho.  Sounds like when he's done playing football, Macho's here to stay.

9 - Where does it say that just because you played in the NHL, you don't have to work another day in your life?

10 - Funny thing about the retirement of LB Shea Emry from the CFL this week: we forgot to ask Rider lineman Brendon Labatte if he was over Emry punching him in "the pills" in 2012 (Labatte's term, not mine).   It occurred in Regina when Emry's Alouettes visited Corey Chamblin's Riders. Montreal coach Marc Trestman apologized on Emry's behalf, but I don't believe Shea ever did.

11 - I don't blame John Paddock for the annoying inconsistency of the Regina Pats.  He just won WHL Coach of the Year last year so he didn't get dumb over the summer.  But they'd better figure it out pronto.  Fans are getting restless.  This is what the Pats always want: to be the buzz on the street.  But they'd prefer it to be positive.

12 - VERY stoked about Friday's Pats broadcast against Med Hat on Access 7 which has been picked up all across Western Canada on the Shaw Network.  They're bringing in former NHL'er Jeff Odgers to work with me as colour analyst.  The feeling of butterflies in my stomach is a great one, and one I haven't felt in quite some time.

13 - The newest episode of Shades of Blue airs tonight on Global but I'm not sure I'll tune in.  The series started off with a bang but has gotten extremely weird.  Just like Gotham, which we abandoned last year.  Jennifer Lopez is the only reason to watch this show now but even she can't act her way out of a paper bag. ... Meanwhile at the movies, we've seen Daddy's Home with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg twice and it definitely gets two thumbs up from the MMG.  However I'm with the Leader Post's Rob Vanstone -- don't even consider paying money to watch Sisters with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler ... And finally, Concussion is playing at Rainbow Cinemas now.  Is it worth seeing?

14 - Don't forget to join us at the Four Seasons Sports Palace for our Super Bowl Party presented by Coors Light on Sunday!  Georgie will have tons of great prizes and we'll have some winners from the SportsCage there as well to catch the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers

15 - WHY is Panthers QB Cam Newton the most polarizing athlete in North America?  I'm going into Super Bowl 50 cheering for Peyton and the Broncos but Newton makes it impossible not to cheer for him.  Haters bedamned!

By the way Newton's popular touchdown dance "The Dab" was invented by a rapper in the quarterback's hometown of Atlanta.

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HAVE A GREAT DAY!
RP
@rodpedersen

62 comments:

Anonymous said...

There is no way Eberle gets traded , mcdavid and Eberle are going to be special.

Anonymous said...

Ya ok Roddy IM guessing ridernation can give it out but cant take it i see how your blog works lol

Anonymous said...

No bad comments your hurting the poor riders feelings

Anonymous said...

I always believed the Riders were missing a true leader at middle linebacker and Shea was my hope to fix that issue. I am sure if he had played the whole year things would have been different. Why is jones clearing out money? He wants a good experienced middle linebacker who can run his defence on the field.
I hope Shea finds the health and peace after the game. He was great to watch on the field!

Anonymous said...

riders grey cup champs LOL,LOL,LOL,LOL This isnt April fools day yet ,I thought that was April 1?

Anonymous said...

I believe the Riders will surprise many this season with how quickly Chris Jones has this team competing. Will we be Grey Cup bound?
Anything can happen in the playoffs.

Anonymous said...

How about trading Taylor Hall to the Flames for Dennis Wideman and a couple second rounders? Him and Johnny Hockey had some pretty good chemistry going at the all star game.

Obviously that's never going to happen as Chiarelli is quite a bit smarter than MacT. Nonetheless it was great to see the Flames pull out a big win last night. Johnny's already got a playmaker in Sean Monahan and it was great to see him have a huge game. These guys along with Bennett, Brodie and Hamilton are going to make the Flames lethal in the coming years. Just need a couple more players and a solid #1 goalie and they'll take that next step.


Dubya

Anonymous said...

Come on guys it's supposed to be all lollipos and rainbows on here today. Everything's all rosey in Jonesville.

Anonymous said...

Like the new logo Rod!

JFRENCH said...

Concussion - save your money. Didn't like it. Will Smith trying to work an accent was a bit painful and the story plays a little fast and loose with the truth. What the movie alludes to is that if you play football you are almost guaranteed to have neurodegenerative disease. While I believe that is a real problem, they have over dramatized it to the point that they are trying to convince people never to play football.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate the efforts to clean up the comments section. I want to read some sports news/commentary and hear what other fans think as well. All of the personal BS and attacks have pushed me away from the site for sure. Just my 2 cents...

Anonymous said...

Thank you for not publishing the negative comments. If I have to read another timewaster using words like douchebag......well you get my drift. Thank you

Anonymous said...

Kind of nice to not have the usual meatballs on here spewing out their nonsense. Thanks Rod, you made the right call you beautiful man.

George Strait sucks though.

Anonymous said...

These guys play college football then end up working in trades. Very strange.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the blog and thanks for keeping the negative nellies out today.

Mike

Anonymous said...

Is the Pats Access 7 game available on line for Access subscribers that are out of town on holidays? I notice other cable companies like Shaw are offering live TV service on line for subscribers in other provinces.

Anonymous said...


Good on you for no negative comments. There is an avenue to disagree with statements made on here, but if it is done in a polite and respectful manner, I think its OK. The character-bashing and everything else which has soiled this blog over the past few months is an embarassment. It says a lot about the people who post under the "anonymous" name taking potshots at whoever, and what type of "top-notch" person they are.

Good on ya RP!

Rob

Anonymous said...

No negative comments is a good start, now if you can just eliminate the immature comments. Next step is no comments most websites have eliminated this section.

Anonymous said...

just want to send out "hugs n kisses" to all..tx for the forum roddy...xxoxoxoxoxoxo!

Anonymous said...

Damn rights it is. Love me some Jones/Murphy/O'Day

Tyler Welder said...

I only read the first post about no negative posts being added and I must say my day is looking better already. The comments were getting Redicoulous and taking the fun out of this blog.

Anonymous said...

I believe Eberle and McDavid is going to be Kurry and Gretzky.

Anonymous said...

I don't know how any one can intelligently criticize Jones and his staff. A)They have yet to play a game, and B)they are consistent winners every where they go. Let the paid professonals do their job, have loyalty to the brand first, the players second, and enjoy what is going to be another great on and off-season of football!

KB

Anonymous said...

Rod,
The very first line of your blog today was no negative comments will be displayed.
Then the first comments I see are negative against rider fans.

What gives? You just don't want Rider fans to say anything negative, but force us to read other fans negative comments?

Experiment is an abysmal failure.

Anonymous said...

No Comment.

Anonymous said...

Rod just meant no negative comments against him.

Anonymous said...

Glad there is no negative comments today. Step in the right direction.
Great Blog today.
Hopefully eberle and McDavid can be magical. Eberle has long since been my favorite player since his pats days.

Anonymous said...
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william weppler said...

Good decision on the negative/personal comments RP.

Pats need to put together a win streak in the next month, similar to the Broncos, or else going to find themselves out of this race. Think talent is there but seems to be a chemistry thing for some reason. Sanford and Steel combi not clicking like expected so they will have to step it up a notch to offset the Brooks line, and give the opposition something else to worry about.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Rod. I was at the point that I was going to start looking for another site to get my football fix. I look forward to accessing the views of other football fans. What I don't look forward to is posters who must resort to profanity and name calling while adding little of value to the topic at hand. Most sites have some standards such as stay on topic, share your knowledge, be responsible, clear and civil. Not a lot to ask. I would rather have quality rather than quantity. I found it embarrassing to think that some readers of this blog might think that some of these posters were in any way representative of rider fans.

Dave from Saskatoon

Anonymous said...

To bad you didn't think of this BEFORE YOU RAN JOHN SCOTT OUT OF THE COUNTRY.

Anonymous said...

Rod please dump this comment. Negative and nothing to do with the article. People are appreciating the new rules.

Anonymous said...

The removed comment was in reference to the new changes to this blog by its author.

Anonymous said...

THE best film out right now is at the Rainbow and it is called Spotlight. Outstanding group of actors, true story and lots of familiar locations in Boston for those who have been there.

E. Gore III said...

I had a nice breakfast today with my Grandpa Edward. He is getting quite excited about this weekend since the Superbowl is on. As he says, "Ats my age, you never knows whether it will be the last Superbowl one will see".

He mentioned between slurps that it was only two months before Superbowl I in 1967 that the Riders won their first Grey Cup. One quote from him was, " back in them days, players in the Nash Null Football League was paid similar to those in the Can Aid Yun Football League. George Reed got his self better pay north of the border and therefore came to play for the Riders even though he had more than enough talent to play south and in a Super Bowl."

Anonymous said...

One other thing, please delete every comment that includes "old boy club" statements. thanks

Anonymous said...

I like the no negative comments idea especially the bashing. Now GO WARRIORS Go!! Just checking to see what is considered negative lol!!!

Anonymous said...

Anyone hear what plans are in place this season by the Riders to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Rider's first Grey Cup victory?
I wonder how many players from that team are still alive for the 50th reunion.

Anonymous said...

Rod, your blog really seems to get toxic when you make outlandish/controversial statements. IE: the comment about the Refugees being "those people", the John Scott comment about him needing to obey his superiors, and your texting and driving statements.
In the end, it leads to entertaining discussion though and that's why we come here, to be entertained, so keep up the Donald Trump-ism's.

Rod Pedersen said...

I never advocated texting and driving.

Anonymous said...

Yawn... I say! this is frugally boring. (not in a negative sense) constructive observed opinion.

Old Boys Club.

Anonymous said...

A negative comment, if creative and generally harmless, would be entertaining. But those had come to be pretty rare. The insults and spewing of fact-less comments were getting a little juvenile.

Thumbs up on eliminating the nonsense.

Anonymous said...


Can we still rip on Scruffy's column? CMON!!!!

Anonymous said...

Okay!!! let's go over to Scruffys place.

Anonymous said...

Zoolander 2 sounds like it should be a hoot! I still bust a gut over Zoolander 1.

Anonymous said...

The follow-up series to one of the most outstanding TV series ever made, Breaking Bad, is Better Call Saul, and it is well worth watching.

The series Justified is also amazing.

Too bad Madmen is done, it was fabulous.

Lilyhammer is a must for any fan of the Sopranos. It is one of the best comedies series ever made.

Anonymous said...

John Scott is playing in Newfoundland. Pretty sure that's still part of Canada, Skippy.

Anonymous said...

Kory #1Time Sheets

@Sheets24K

So they say they don't want me back as a #rider

Jones and Murphy at work again !!!!!!

John Moore said...

Good move as long as disagreeing with a comment isn't taken as negative. My biggest wish would of been that only posts with names be posted. I don't think your much of a Rider fan if you don't want people to know who you are. One should be proud to voice their opinions here.

Anonymous said...

Justified was a fabulous show. Too bad it's over.

Anonymous said...

Not being negative, but no curling updates.

CMON RODDY!!

Anonymous said...

Agreed, Jones and Murphy have kept the Riders from wasting a contract on a 30+ running back who has had multiple achilles injuries.

Gotta love it when common sense pays off :-)

Anonymous said...

This might be my 4th comment ever here as I only comment when I vehemently disagree with something Rod says like his crap about John Scott. Anyway, I guess that option isn't even on the table anymore.

Just smile and wave boys...

Anonymous said...

Positive comments let's see , Oh congratulations to Alberta and Manitoba for increasing the number of head offices opening in their province last year. This should help all their sports franchises. Maybe with some positive change Saskatchewan can experience the same level of success next year. This may help take an already great opening to the next level.

Anonymous said...

Who is John Scott?

Cloud Strife said...

John Scott is the lead singer of ACDC.

Tim from Kansas said...

"WHY is Panthers QB Cam Newton the most polarizing athlete in North America?"

Because very few players can ever, by themselves, raise their teams to championship level. He is starting to look like he may become the John Elway of his generation. He's just as competitive, and he's bigger, faster and stronger than Elway. And this is his second act. He did exactly the same thing at Auburn. He's just pure fun to watch.

Anonymous said...

Not worth reading if there are no loons!

MC Matt said...

Great news for Macho! I hope he has a great year in Winnipeg and a great career in Regina after football. He's always been a favorite. He's going to make Winnipeg a better team, too.

Rod, those little tidbits you have in your blog from all areas of sports are why your sports blog is the best in the business, not just in Canada. Not just saying that either.

Anonymous said...

Some of the comments on here make me truly believe that most of whinernation is drunk most of the time.

Bradford said...

I think the big thing here is the difference between "negative comments" and "differing points of view". You can disagree, but don't let it degrade into school yard, name calling ranting.

Morgan said...

Shades of Blue and Gotham are great shows Rod! I can't believe you don't like them! Liotta and Lopez are two of the best actors going! And gotham has an unreal story line with some intense characters. If you're looking for a new show I highly recommend American Crime Story: OJ vs the People.