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Thursday, March 24, 2016



1 - The "new" logo of the Saskatchewan Roughriders reminds me of that old Tide commercial from the 1980's.  "I can't see the difference?  Can you see the difference?"

Kudos to the team for "cleaning up" any minor issues the logo had dating back to its introduction in 1985 and streamlining the colour scheme.  However if the club had attempted to alter the logo in any way more than that, there likely would have been riots.

Thanks to Roughriders Director of Retail Operations Mark Habicht for stopping by 620 CKRM's SportsCage on Wednesday to explain the reasons behind the move, and award us with hats that feature both the new and old style logos.

Who can remember the furor that surrounded the logo change in 1985?  Frankly, I don't.  But judging by the way this province loves its football team but hates change, I can't imagine it went over too well 30 years ago.

2 - Former Roughriders receiver Jordan Sisco (2010-2014) is a pretty happy guy these days.  He's been promoted to manager at Regina's Gold's Gym locations.  He's doing well in life, and is a good guy.  He departed the Roughriders with five seasons to his credit and a Grey Cup ring in 2013, plus a tryout with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts.  However there's no question the 2nd round pick out of the University of Regina didn't meet expectatins.  He was injured a lot.

3 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced the 2015 Grey Cup generated $80-million in economic activity in Winnipeg in area last November.  However I have to call B.S. on that one.  The 2013 Grey Cup in Regina was bursting at the seams with hours-long lineups to get into the team parties and city restaurants and watering holes.  The stadium held almost 10,000 more and tt seemed that thousands more people came to Regina for that Grey Cup Week than did Winnipeg last year.  And the Saskatchewan Grey Cup generated $91-million, which is not a lot greater than Manitoba's reported figure.  However - if it's true - kudos to Wade Miller and his crew over there because as we noted at the time, no detail was overlooked.  If the weather had been better, it might've been boffo.

However my only contribution to the Winnipeg economy was a couple of parking tickets and $2.89 per day at Starbucks.

4 - It is simply outstanding that CFL officials will wear #80 on their uniforms this year to honour Ken Picot who passed away on Sunday.  It's a fitting tribute for the man who's been properly remembered this week.  He passed away on Sunday after a brief battle with liver cancer.

5 - Was saddened to hear of the passing of former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.  Cancer got him too.  Say what you will about the guy, but he was much-loved.  I never met the man but friends of his say he was a "man of the people" and was genuine as they come.  Former B.C. Lions quarterback-turned-broadcaster Giulio Caravatta was a high school football teammate of Ford's in Toronto.  Giulio was the QB and Ford was the centre.  "It's true," Giulio quipped a few years back.  "I had my hands on Rob Ford's crack!"

6 - It's a quiet time in the CFL right now.  That means it would be a great time for TSN or the CFL to profile some of the CIS football players who are expected to go in the May 10 CFL Canadian College Draft.  Justin Dunk is doing a nice job of it for but Sportsnet has done more coverage of prospects than any other network.

Want to learn how to get ahead of the pack in the world of media relations and fan interaction?  Come to my seminar on May 14 at Mosaic Stadium.  The details are here:

- One can be disappointed that Regina Pats star Adam Brooks was denied the WHL's East Conference Player of the Year nod despite his 120-point, league-leading season or you can look at this way:  we have a wealth of worthy superstars in the WHL these days including Moose Jaw's Dryden Hunt and Brandon's Ivan Provorov.  The talent level is as high in the Dub as I've seen it for at least 10 years.  And maybe this will simply provide fuel for Brooks to light it up in the playoffs.

8 - Brooks is the first Regina Pat to lead the WHL in scoring since Dale Derkatch in 1983 and "The Rat" was on the SportsCage with us this week.  Derkatch now scouts for the Toronto Maple Leafs and says even though Brooks has been passed over the past two years in the NHL Draft, he's sure to hear his name called this June.  And failing that, he'll sign an NHL free agent deal with someone.  If Dryden Hunt can sign with Florida, Brooks is worthy of signing somewhere.

9 - The Regina Pats-Lethbridge Hurricances series will be played at breakneck speed.  If you're a fan of "skilled hockey", then you'd better get your a$$ down to the Brandt Centre.  I haven't seen the 'Canes play this year but have seen the Pats enough to know they were one of the fastest teams that's ever represented the Queen City.  And they finished behind Lethbridge.  It should be one heckuva series and I'll stick to my prediction of the Pats in six.  Playoff experience is crucial and the Hurricanes have none, while the Pats have been through a few wars and have the scars to show it.

10 - I finally read a "Letter To My Younger Self" that hit home.  And after reading it, I'm done.  For good.  It's all contained in this article right here by former Major Leaguer Curt Schilling:

11 - I was shocked - absolutely floored - by reading last week's Canadian television ratings and learned that of the top 15 most-watched sporting events over the past seven days, curling claimed four of them.  And the Toronto Raptors were the fifteenth-most watched sport!  I don't get this country's passion for curling but that's your business.  It's simply too slow for me.  And as for the Raptors, more people watched PGA and Nascar in Canada last week than the #2 team in the NBA East.  I can't figure it out, but there's no reason for me to.

12 - Tourism Saskatoon told CBC Radio this morning they'd like to see a "major new" sports facility downtown to help attract new visitors to the city. Sigh. Talk about locking the barn door after the horse got out.




Anonymous said...

I'm not surprised that you never considered that people were actually ABLE to travel to Winnipeg for Grey Cup because there was actually enough hotels to stay in, unlike Regina. Most people that came to the Regina Grey Cup from out of town likely stayed with their cousins, and that contributes nothing to the economy.

Dick Rubnutz said...

Got my tickets the other day for the Pats-Hurricane series. Should be some great games and as you say Roddy, should be played at top speed.

Get your tickets everybody

Rod Pedersen said...

So we smashed Winnipeg even without that consideration.

Anonymous said...

Only because the Riders were in the Grey Cup. If they weren't then it would have been a whole different story. Lots of tickets would have been up for sale with nobody to buy them.

Anonymous said...

Well I guess that would be a benefit of the Riders not being irrelevant competitively for a generation like the Bombers have been.

Morgan said...

I think people in Canada know the unfortunate truth about the Raptors. They're nothing more than a 3 dressed up as a 9... by that I mean, they're strictly a good regular season team. Come playoffs, they are destined for another first round sweep at the hands of the Bulls or Pacers or whoever it may be. They simply can't win when the chips are down. Last night was a very telling game for them. They shot 34 % from the field and 55% from the free throw line... those are not the stats of a team contending for a championship!

Rod Pedersen said...

I don't think Canadians know the first thing about the Raptors.

Anonymous said...

Raptors are a young team and getting better every year. The playoffs will be different this year without a doubt. The raptors are a much stronger, deeper team than in previous years. They will win at least 2 playoff series. All the haters can go watch curling or nascar....LAME!!!!


Anonymous said...

Dome Advertising redid the Roughriders logo using the Philadelphia Eagles color scheme as an inspiration. It was implemented and not a word was mentioned about it. Only 18-20,000 fans per game, the league was teetering and the football team was was irrelevant.

Anonymous said...

Do you Rod?

Anonymous said...

"What to learn how to get ahead of the pack in world of media relations and fan interaction?"

Should it not be "Want to learn...."

Rod Pedersen said...

It worked. Got your attention.

Anonymous said...

I watch football, baseball, hockey and curling but you couldn't make me watch a Toronto Raptors game for two reasons.

1. I despise all things 'Toronto'
2. From being force fed with highlight clips I can see that those NBA freaks are 'travelling' on 9 out of 10 dunk shots and it never gets called.

Red Neckerson

Anonymous said...

"It's a quiet time in the CFL right now. That means it would be a great time for the CFL or TSN to profile some of the CIS football players who are expected to go in the May 10 CFL Canadian College Draft. But no, that would take some work, effort and imagination."

Who would watch this to match the work effort imagination, and budget? Ratings have significantly declined for CFL games for 2 years. Rogers is hemorrhaging money on its NHL deal that is currently fizzling. Yet you think TSN should spend a whack load of money to make a show that nobody will watch. You will respond with "CFL fans will watch". Will 400,000 to make it worthwhile?

Whats stopping you from doing profiles?

Sincerely hope you have better advice than this in your seminar!

The Voice of Reason

Morgan said...

I hope you're right Dwight!I love the raptors but have zero faith in then. I've watched them religiously since they came into the league in the mid 90's. If they are going to win some playoff series' this year they'll have to start making their free throws count... those can make and break you in a close playoff game. Lowry needs to be 100% and Bismack Biyombo needs to keep playing the way he's playing... he's the most impressive athlete I've seen in years! Big, fast, strong, and cerebral! He has a very bright future in the nba and hopefully with the raptors!

Anonymous said...

Personally I like basketball, mostly NCAA stuff but playoff NBA is good. Hell will be frozen over before I would ever cheer for a Toronto based team in ANY sport.

Rod Pedersen said...

So many flaws in your argument VoR. Hard to find somewhere to start.

Ratings in the CFL might improve if people ACTUALLY KNEW WHO THE CANADIAN PLAYERS ARE coming out of school.

Who's suggesting a CFL show on prospects? A small article would suffice.

And it's not MY job to promote CIS players. I'm doing my job. It's up to the leagues, teams and even players themselves to draw eyeballs.

No charge for the lesson sir.

Anonymous said...

Your correct Rod. I don't know the first thing about the Raptors and I don't really want to know. Now curling that's good watching, bring it on all day, every day.

Don Mitchell said...

I feel that TSN cannot see beyond Toronto when it comes to broadcasting what Canadians want to watch. That being said, the CFL and CIS need to be much more proactive towards TSN (and Sportsnet) to get their product out to general public. So it seems that both sides need to step up and come up with "PLAN" to promote their products.

As for the Raptors? I watch a little bit of basketball, but I have no interest in having a team from Toronto shoved down my throat.

Anonymous said...

Anything about Toronto sports teams means a channel change. Go to the TSN web page any time you want and there will be something about Nazem Kadri. This guy is maybe the 400th best forward in the NHL yet they keep feeding him to us.

Anonymous said...

Little kid whistling in the dark that's all this is.

Anonymous said...

for all you sasky dumb asses talking about Toronto shoving teams down your throat. take a second and imagine being from Saskratchabum and not liking the riders. how do you think they feel? oh you don't give a damn? well neither does the rest of the country care about your shitty team. to do a show on Canadian prospects for the CFL will they just go to safeway and talk to the bag boys, or the guy shucking some corn in the back? complete joke of a league, poorly run and fifth rate players. while Rod P drives the bus and all you ass kissers just buy everything he says. now THAT is good TV

Anonymous said...

Ratings would improve if the CFL dropped the ratio and best players get on the field period.

Jeff B said...

Very surprised as well by the report out of Winnipeg. Anyone who is a Grey Cup regular - I think - would agree that it was the quietest Grey Cup in many years. Attendance at events all weekend was sparse. It meant no lineups, but also meant if you were at the wrong place, you really felt as though you were missing something.

Anonymous said...

Read Shanny's Letter to self...even better!

Anonymous said...

I dont get it Rod. You post the people from out of Province who are disrespectful to everything Saskatchewan. Yet when we call them simple minded fools. You dont post it???
Is it that you love the simple minded who gain attention from their small minded comments and your preference is not to post a local rebuttal

In law, rebuttal is a form of evidence that is presented to contradict or nullify other evidence that has been presented by an adverse party.
Just not on

Rod Pedersen said...

I think you think too much.

Anonymous said...

I think you disrespect the people who ultimately pay your salary. Your name is Rod, not God.

Anonymous said...

Yesterday was the announcement about the changing of the logo. Today, we went to the Rider store at the Northgate Mall looking for new items with the new logo. The salesclerks told us nothing would arrive until later this Spring! Huh? Marketing 101 states that if you announce something new, you should have stock on hand to sell to your customers! Someone dropped the ball and that is unacceptable, in my books!


Anonymous said...

You are the best Rod...if you don't believe me just ask Rod...he knows everything

Anonymous said...

When I watch the Raptors games from Toronto, the crowd is cool, the fans are awesome, the kids are having a good time, and all the celebrities are there (like all NBA games). The crowd is usually screaming and cheering with each score of the basket, and all seem to be having a good time.

So now everyone is going to 'bully' against that success just because they don't understand the culture nor are they comfortable with change... Hmmm go back to your curling and nascar, the 'generation of excitement' really does not need you anyway.

As for the Toronto sports fans attending, they need the Raptors so as to give them something to cheer and to get out of their seats. Even if the Maple Leafs were a better team, to get out of your seats for those few goals a game does not compare to a game where 100 points or more can be scored.

Don't knock it 'til you try it Saskatchewan!!!


@mrt_man said...



Anonymous said...

“Whats stopping you from doing profiles?” How much time does ONE man need to devote to sports to impress you pal?

‘The Voice of Reason’ my arse.

T. Brown

Anonymous said...


Discovery channel tv show Moonshiners based on actual people born and raised in Saakatchewan.

Anonymous said...

Get him SeaBass, kick his arse

Anonymous said...

Even the crows fly upside down over Toronto cause it's not worth shitting on.