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Friday, March 18, 2016

SCRUFFY'S THIS 'N THAT

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

 -- As mentioned in Monday's "Something To Mitch About", I have been away from the confines of Harvard headquarters in downtown #YQR because of a bout with pneumonia for much of the week. In the time off, I learned one thing.  THERE IS NOTHING TO WATCH ON DAYTIME TELEVISION!! One can only see Sportscentre or Connected so many times and Tim and Sid will someday realize that try as they might, they aren't Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole 2.0 and they aren't funny! I even looked for Springer and couldn't find it. SIGHHHHH!!!

-- The madness is upon us as the NC double A mens basketball tournament is underway. Did you fill out a bracket? If you didn't, it is too late now.  For what its worth, Luc Mullinder will be happy with me as I have taken Michigan State to win it all. Here's one for you to get some talk going. Go to Riderville.com and look at the Rider roster as it stands now, who would be your starting 5 for a Riders basketball team. Since the CFL has a ratio limit, let's put one on here and say one of those starting 5 has to be a Canadian or a National if you so desire.  Have at er!

 -- I thought Riders president and CEO Craig Reynolds did an outstanding job answering questions in what is going to be a major operation in getting season ticket holders from their old seat at Mosaic to their new seat at the new Mosaic on Thursday afternoon. The football team has to try and make 24-thousand season ticket holders happy with their new seats. That is no easy task, but Reynolds was willing to answer many questions from the Rider Nation. I'm sure he will do it again if asked as that is the type of guy he is, but you know it is something you can't do overnight. You also know there will be some who won't be happy for one reason or another. For whatever reason, I can't see them giving up their season tickets though.


-- NHL general managers have been meeting in Florida. One of the topics is expansion and what an expansion draft will look like. I'm OK with what is being proposed. I'm not OK with the fact though that if the league expands by one it will be to a place where hockey is a gamble and not where it is a sure thing. How the muckety-mucks can say Vegas over Quebec City is a head-scratcher. There is no guarantee NHL hockey will work in Vegas, but you know NHL hockey will work in Quebec City much like it has in Winnipeg. Nordiques (and yes they will be called that) fans are as passionate for their team as Jets fans are for theirs. The barn will be filled and money will be had. Can the same be said for Vegas? It would just be like giving the NBA a team in Vegas while Seattle sits there with their hand out. It would be better for business if the association went back to Seattle because they are proven unlike Vegas.  I can't even say this is a Bettman vs Canada thing because its not and the cost of the Canadian dollar has nothing to do with it either.  The better business model for the NHL is to expand to Quebec City.

-- As a fan, do you want the call right or not? Wednesday in Edmonton, the Oilers got a Leon Draisaitl goal against St. Louis, but it came after the initial rush by the Oilers was offside.  The offside happened about 30 seconds before the goal, but it did happen and the right call was made.  I am not a fan of the coaches challenge, but I do want the call to be right. If that call isn't right, the fans squawk and in some cases, rightfully so. As is the case in football, I simply don't know anymore what is interference in hockey.  Does anyone? What is and what isn't called interference in both games just leaves me baffled at times.  Replay was brought in to get the call right. While we complain that it takes away from the game, at the end of the day, we are seeing more times than not that the call is right. Where do you draw the line?

-- Now that the CFL combine is over, do we get one final pre-draft ranking by CFL central scouting or not? I honestly don't know the answer to the question. The answer should be yes, but this is the CFL and well, I think you know the rest of the story.

-- Eric Tillman is now the GM of the Ti-Cats. He adds that to being GM of the Lions, Riders, Eskimos, Renegades and Argos. Has anyone else in football (both CFL and NFL) ever been the GM of six different teams. That has to be a record!

-- Is the WHL's Most Outstanding Player this year going to go to Moose Jaw's Dryden Hunt or Regina's Adam Brooks. Both have a legitimate stake at the award, but so does Brandon's Nolan Patrick. He has 40 plus goals and 100 plus points at 17. Patrick is the consensus number one pick by NHL Central Scouting for the 2017 draft. I am thinking he could steal the award away from Hunt and Brooks. I think you can make a definite argument for the kid. If you are wondering why Patrick went in the same bantam draft as Sam Steel yet gets drafted a year later, its because Patrick was born in September of 98 while Steel was born in February. You have to be 18 as of September 15 and Nolan was born September 18. I wonder if he would be challenging Matthews for number one overall if he were eligible.

-- Tough one for Dave Taylor's Cougar womens basketball team in Fredricton as they lost their national quarterfinal on Thursday night to Ryerson 73-70. Kenaca Pingue-Giles showed why she is the CIS MOP this year as she had 6 three pointers in what was a 29 point night overall. Her twin sisters are headed to Regina next year and if they are anything like their older sibling, the good times should continue for that program. It's tough to see another good year end in disappointment, and it is always tough to see 5th years like Kehlsie Crone and Alyssia Kajati walk off the court for the last time, but that program is still one of the best, if not the best in Canada. With Steve Burrows working his magic with the mens program, basketball at the CKHS will be an event next winter and for many winters to come.

-- What happens if the Golden State Warriors don't win the NBA championship this year after all the hype they have been given? Would they go down as the best team in sports history to not get the job done?

-- Why do I get the feeling Rogers Communications is going to screw things completely up and have it get to the point where the 2017 MLB season will start with Toronto not having both Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion playing for them. By the way, why is Josh Donaldson on the cover of MLB  16 this year and not Bautista. I thought Jose was the face of the franchise.

-- The Adam LaRoche-Chicago White Sox story is a fascinating one. LaRoche is giving up 13 million and retiring because the team doesn't want his son in the clubhouse all the time anymore.  When I first heard this story, I thought the White Sox were in the wrong. Then I heard LaRoche's son is 14. Cut the cord dude!! Who brings their 14 year old to work everyday? There is probably more to this story than we are being told, but the guy is calling it a career and giving up a 13 million dollar payday because of his teenage son. Ummmmmmmmm!!!!

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

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

Polischuck was horrible for the Lady Cougars last night. She's usually dropping 3 point shots all the time. Threw several " air balls". Hope someone can explain to me!!
Bruce

Jason said...

You are definitely ill if you would champion Quebec City over Vegas for a franchise. Pull off the rose colored, patriotic Canadian shades and think for a second. What non francophone free agent is going to sign in Quebec City for any amount of money. Huge taxes, immersed in a different language, small-time city, terrible media, corrupt politicians... it would be below the Oilers on the "I want to play there list".

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Anonymous said...

One only needs to look at the financial health of the Canadian teams in the NHL and the revenue generated compared to some teams in the US who have to resort to partnering with a CFL team to get added butts in the seats. Quebec City will sell out every night. Will Vegas? Will people in Vegas even know a hockey game is on some nights. Anyone thinking Vegas over Quebec City simply doesn't have an idea as to what is best for business.


Rob

Anonymous said...

Blair quebec is a sure thing, they had one and didn't support it. what makes you think it will be any better now. vegas has money, money wins. Once again you are sitting there looking like a dumb ass for your homer comments.

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Anonymous said...

Donaldson was AL MVP, it's hard to beat that. Good argument for the cover.

Anonymous said...

Are you really asking why the best player in baseball is on the cover of MLB 16?

Nolan Patrick is a stud and will be #1 in next year's draft. However, as good as him, Hunt and Brooks have been I think the best player in the league would have to be either Patrick's team mate Jayce Hawryluk or Brayden Point. World junior team would have been much stronger with the addition of a few more of these guys, but the East runs the show which is really too bad.

Anonymous said...

Winnipeg had a team once and the Jets came back. Can the above poster please explain how this is different? The brain-power, or lack of it, can once again be found in the comments section of RodPedersen.com (Where the clueless gather to have their say)

Anonymous said...

Leave Tim & Sid out of it. They are fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Vegas has the money but will not have the fans. Who is going to the games.. Locals? They don't know what hockey is.. Tourists? If you are there for a short vacation, are you going to give up a night to see hockey? Give your head a shake. Quebec by far the best location

Anonymous said...

Donaldson deserved to be on the cover' is is after all reigning MVP. As much as I like Bautista, myself like many others were very disappointed in his bat flip and salary demands with no negotiations. I think you will see Encarnacion resign and Bautista traded if Blue Jays are not in good position to make the playoffs

Anonymous said...

pure, refined, hot garbage from Blair. This Friday column needs to take a deep bath and never resurface.

Anonymous said...

Scruffy got into it over who the face of the Jays franchise is. He says its Donaldson. I think he's wrong, but I can't advance my argument any after the MLB16 thing.

Anonymous said...

Expansion sucks! Just waters down the talent level more. If expansion coincided with a change to 4 on 4 hockey, then okay.

Anonymous said...

Looks like someone took his lunch break at Home Depot early today/

jim in victoria said...

scruffy look way up. way up to saskatoon. you must be kidding the best in canada- regina. what pills were you taking this last week? you really do not deserve your job.

Anonymous said...

If Vegas gets a team before Quebec City, many will be asking why in five years once the hype has worn off.

Anonymous said...

Like many of the UofR athletics, always a bridesmaid never a bride.

Anonymous said...

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies with the direction offered by Lisa are representing the province well and they won their first game. No need to be despondent.

Anonymous said...

15 appearances at the CIS in last 25 years. I think they have also been to 5 finals as well. Windsor is the best WBB program in the country, but Regina is definitely top 3 over the last quarter-century. Over to you Jim.

To Bruce: Everyone can have a bad game. Sadly, this was Polischuk's

Dennis

Anonymous said...

Long term viability hands down to Quebec with the Nordiques with strong ownership backing dispite the low Canadian dollar. Vegas? too sketchy for the long haul due to future waning fan dis-interest which would surely insue. Continuous sustained season ticket sales and building on that year after year the key to success along with strong management/product.

Anonymous said...

Tim and Sid are great...

don't compare them to Onrait and O'toole and they are fine...

william weppler said...

Whether it be Brooks, Hunt, Patrick, Hawryluk or someone else we know that there are a lot of "stars" in the WHL who will have some good pro careers somewhere, and we have had the opportunity to watch them. :))

Anonymous said...

How bad are Tim & Sid you ask?

I would rather listen to the Green Zone than those two CFL-hating, trying to hard to be funny, non-talented hacks.

Anonymous said...

Whether its Brooks or Hunt I don't care. All I know is that Pats scouting staff should be applauded. They rarely get credit for bringing good young players to our beautiful city and entertaining the hockey fans and they should.

Anonymous said...

On the Tim and Sid topic,

God forbid there be a canadian show that focuses on real Professional sports(NBA, MLB). All saskatchewan cares about is the joke CFL that is played by glorified gym teachers.

Dont get me wrong jay and dan were awesome but meaningful conversations towards sports topics were few and far between. Tim and Sid are well educated and make meaningful suggestions and objections towards sports. they are not afraid to ruffle any feathers and thats what I like. Not this BS TSN feeds us day in and day out.

Josh donaldson was the MVP he deserves to be on the cover, why would you pay EE and joey bats when they are aging players. you don't pay full price for a 10 year old Ferrari do you?

How Saskatchewan sports journalists get their jobs is mystery, no knowledge of anything that is not the CFL.

Anonymous said...

Y'er Welcome
Obama

Rod Pedersen said...

Which media outlet didn't hire you?

Anonymous said...

AMEN brother! blair is a fan of the riders and wrestling. its all he knows. and eating, he definitely knows about eating

Anonymous said...

Exactly Rod, you slayed that a Wad

Anonymous said...

Good call on Michigan State there.

Anonymous said...

Ill humour your sarcastic comment,

Ive never pursued a journalism career and don't plan on starting now. Although anyone with a keyboard can be a journalist in todays world. Unless you are employed by a large company i.e.:ESPN, CBS etc. and putting in hours of research on analytics and sabre metrics. The majority are just uneducated opinions.

Oh and don't get too excited, i normally avoid blogs like this given the CFL and Rider homerisms. I was turned to this edition from a friend who pointed out your comments.

Rod Pedersen said...

I believe you ;)

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Anonymous said...

Ate too many hot dogs scruffy