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Thursday, March 31, 2016

THURSDAY RODSERVATIONS

JUST NOTES

1 - The Canadian Football League Players Association is holding its annual meetings Thursday-to-Saturday in Las Vegas.  I sent a text message to a player rep on Wednesday asking him to keep me apprised of the events down there and his reply was, "A good time had by all".  Are they going to Vegas to party?  A similar text message to a CFLPA executive weeks ago was also rebuffed.  So if they want to remain in a cone of silence, that's their choice.  Football fans are currently starving for CFL news but we can only do so much if the players don't want the coverage.  That's totally fine!  We'll stick to hockey blogging because that's what hot around here right now.  However the secrecy surrounding the CFL these days - at the league-level -  is mind-boggling and frankly, very frustrating.

2 - Mind you, I'm told the CFLPA will be announcing its new Executive Director in Las Vegas this week so stay tuned for that.  The P.A. is also being criticized for holding its meetings in Las Vegas given the weak Canadian dollar so perhaps someone, somewhere, will provide an answer to that.

3 - It was an emotional moment prior to Game 4 of the Regina Pats-Lethbridge Hurricanes series Wednesday evening.  Claude Wickenheiser and his daughter Kayla were standing near our SportsCage broadcast location and Claude noted his late brother Doug would've turned 55 on Wednesday.  "That's why we're going to win tonight," Claude said stoicly.  I looked up and we were standing directly below Doug's retired number banner on the northwest Brandt Centre concourse.  Indeed, the Pats won.  And I always feel that Doug is there to watch.

4 - After a shaky start to this series, the Pats are on a roll.  It was brought up on the radio on Wednesday that rather than blame the referees for the 12 powerplays Regina gave up in their 6-3 loss in Game 1, Pats Coach & GM John Paddock chose instead to point the finger at his own team.  It may have paid off, since the officials have been fair to the Pats since.  And when you consider the fact John Paddock has won five Calder Cups in the AHL, it makes a Pats fan absolutely giddy to think what's in store for this franchise with him in charge.

5 - It's a head-scratcher.  The two-game suspension given Lethbridge's Carter Folk for his Check-to-the-Head major on Regina's Jared Freadrich in Game 3 would've likely drawn a five-to-seven game suspension in the National Hockey League.  It fit all the criteria: he left his feet, and went for the head.  What's even more odd is that we expected a two-game suspension from the WHL office, and were fine with it when it came down.  What's with the descrepancy between the two leagues?


6 - The MMG sticks with his original prediction from 10 days ago:  the Pats will win this series in six games.  To go even further, I'll say the Pats will lose Game 5 on Friday in Lethbridge but will recover to win Game 6 on home-ice and then get ready for Round 2 against an unknown opponent.

7 - The power of Facebook is simply staggering.  At Tuesday's Game 3, I was tipped off by a friend from Estevan about Facebook's new livestream feature (introduced fairly recently), entitled Facebook Live.  It's been a pet project of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg the past couple of years.  With three simple taps of your finger on your smartphone, you're now broadcasting a live event.  This will come in very handy for our Roughriders coverage this spring and summer.  I video'ed a portion of Wednesday's Game 4 and it drew 500 viewers!  Some of them included Regina Pats alumni Jordan McGillvary, Brett Leffler, Ryan Thomas and Sheldon Lachambre.  The former players were also able to provide some colourful comments during the livestream.  Hopefully there are no copyright infringements, because anyone could've done the same from their seat in the Brandt Centre.  As usual, I'm doing my best to promote the WHL and received plenty of "thank you's" afterwards from viewers.  Some even asked for some play-by-play to accompany the video, but you'll have to pay extra for that.  ;)

8 - Edmonton sports fans should thank their lucky stars that they have Hall of Fame writer Terry Jones covering their teams (although Edmonton teams may sometimes feel otherwise).  I put Jonesie up there with Bob Hughes as the two most-gifted sports scribes I've ever read.  Anyway, Terry wrote a great piece on Brandon Wheat Kings Coach/GM/President/Owner Kelly McCrimmon in Wednesday's Edmonton Sun.  Regarding the Wheat Kings being down 0-2 to the Edmonton Oil Kings in that first round series, Jones wrote something to the effect, "McCrimmon needn't worry.  He has the backing of the owner".  Incidentally Brandon won Game 3 by a 3-1 score Wednesday night and now trail the series 2-1.  We still think the Wheat Kings will come back and win the series.

9 - Note to teams:  when you announce that a game is "expected to be a sellout", fans almost immediately stop buying tickets.  They figure, "Why try to get seats since it's going to be soldout anyway?"  The Pats were a few hundred short of a sellout in Games 3 and 4 although the atmosphere both nights was outstanding.  I had to settle for a sliver of a seat in a concourse box because the place seemed jammed.  It was electric and if this team goes on a run, look out.

I seriously suggest you get some Pats gear now.

10 - It's high time that a restaurant/sports bar be constructed on the Evraz Place property or somewhere close by.  Over 10 years ago, the territory rights-owner for the restaurant chain Hooters asked me in Winnipeg if it would be worthwhile putting a location nearby the Agridome and Taylor Field.  He had never been to Regina before.  At the time I told him that no, it wouldn't be a good idea because there's not much activity in the area other than Riders and Pats games, Farm Progress Show, Agribition and Buffalo Days.  Plus any cars who had a sleepover at the bar would awake to their windows being smashed out.  However now, with two hotels open within a stone's throw of the Brandt Centre and New Mosaic Stadium (Four Points Sheraton and Marriott) and daily activity at the Cooperators Centre and Queensbury Centre, it's an ideal time for an establishment to go up.  Fans would be able to come down early (a la Glendale in Arizona), get a meal and drinks before or after games and wait for the traffic snarl to dissipate.

This whole boom in the area was the dream of former Mayor Pat Fiacco a decade ago and it's now coming to fruition.  Can we make that sports bar happen?  It would be great for live broadcasts of 620 CKRM's pregame and postgame shows as well.

I've been approached about investing in these types of ventures in the past but wasn't in position to do so at the time.  Now I am, so let's go!  It'll be a winner.

11 - The Saskatchewan Rush are hoping for a sellout for this Saturday's home game against Calgary.  How innovative that they were advertising for the game on the jumbotron at the last two Pats playoff games! We'll have to ask Rush President Lee Genier about this when he's on the SportsCage tonight at 6:10 pm.  The Rush are rolling at 9-3 and are now 3rd in NLL attendance.  Everyone in this province in sports is happy, happy, happy!  That includes fans.

12 - Another note on the inaugural Pedersen Media Summit on May 14, 2016:  Dozens have people have signed up already and I'm holding 100 spots open for the event at Mosaic Stadium's Pilsner Place.  So many people still have questions about what's going to happen.  Well, consider this -- the SHA held a Coaches Symposium last year and it was bursting at the seams as amateur hockey coaches got together and collaborated with the likes of Willie Desjardins, Dave Tippett and Glen Gulatzan.  The Pedersen Media Summit is the same idea, but for sports marketers, broadcasters, photographers and small business owners from across the prairies.  It's not going to be a full day of me telling you what to do.  It's going to be an idea-sharing, best-practices session that will make all of our ventures better.  Does that help?

For more information, email me at ridervoice@yahoo.ca or register today at www.pedersenmedia.ca.

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THAT'S ALL FOR TODAY! THANKS FOR READING ...
RP
@rodpedersen

53 comments:

Anonymous said...

Newsflash for you Roddy, NOBODY is starved for CFL news.
Get over it man.

Rod Pedersen said...

I wish you were right.

Anonymous said...

Roddy, you should open that sports bar by Evraz Place. Call it PEDERSEN's like Joe Buck's place in downtown St. Louis.

Tanner in Calgary

Parkside said...

Maybe I need to move down to Regina. Been looking for an ideal spot for a sports lounge.

Anonymous said...

If the pats are leading 3-1 and you are predicting a win in 6 games, you aren't going further to say they'll lose game 5. Pretty hard to win in six when you win 4 of 5. ;)

Anonymous said...

Head scratcher.....you got that right Rod.

Carter Folk has a long history of taking stupid penalties.

He made a similar hit on a Saskatoon Contact player in AAA Midget playoffs and cost the Pat Canadians the series.

He is a huge liability to every team he plays on. Coach should bench him for the season.

Rod Pedersen said...

Ummm, a loss in Game 5 and another win in Game 6 gives them a six-game series win which is what I've been saying all along.

And Parkside, don't forget about me if you open a place in the Queen City!

mister winnipeg said...

Was Keeping's CFLPA coup d'état (or kudatah for our Alberta friends) a success or what, Roddy?

Rod Pedersen said...

Hahaha! I have no idea!!

Ask the CFLPA.

Anonymous said...

Not so sure i agree with opinion on suspensions. Two things make me think they got it right. While Freadrich didn't return to game, he did play game four so no actual injury was reported. Secondly, its a bit of an unwritten rule that playoff games count as almost double. You have to do something REALLY nasty to get five games in the NHL playoffs.

Go Pats!

Rod Pedersen said...

Length of injury should NEVER be a factor in suspension length. You can guys fake it like Brandon did last year, then have a MIRACLE comeback by that player in the next game. #KMHL

Tim from Kansas said...

I just got a text from a kid who was drafted by MLFB.

The league just told the players they're calling it off till next spring.

700 players that were under contract just hit the street.

Anonymous said...

I would love to be involved in that bar. Id be in.

Anonymous said...

Quit acting like a whiny little girl because you're no longer being spoon fed CFL news and actually have to do some real investigation work.

Anonymous said...

Rod if you and Parkaide want to set up a bar at Evraz, I'm in. A Hooters would be perfect cause it's a bar with a spring break party atmosphere that goes well with sports. The reason why Hooters has failed in other areas is becaus the put too much emphasis on T and A. Well, every other sports bar as well as places like Moxies have the exact same thing so there goes your thunder. Keep the emphasis on the sports and the party atmosphere and people will come. Biggest thing though is to get behind grassroots sports. Have promotions for both adult and kids hockey teams so that when they come to play at the co-operators they go there right after. You could even have a promotion with the Lawson and field house where if you show your Regina leisure card you get a discount or something like that.

It has a ton of potential. Rod I suggest you call that franchisee for Hooters back and get on it. So much potential it's staggering.

Dubya

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, injuries are a factor. It reveals impact. If hit on Freadrich broke his jaw and knocked out teeth and removed him from series we can all agree suspension would have been worse. The hit wasn't far off from that possibility.

That's why injury reports exist at the pro level and that's why we can't compare to NHL.

I hope Paddock has the impact and success that KM has. Regardless of perceived tactics he wins. Although i have it on good authority Paddock has two years left and will solely become GM.

Anonymous said...

Two things. First off, it's probably only 2 games due to the fact that they didn't really see it or CALL it for that matter (the refs). But after review, took into account the game he served there after watching the replay on the big screen. Second, where or where would you put such an establishment? Parking is already a STUPID issue, especially with Evraz putting a fence up to "direct traffic flow" Umm, nope, it actually does the opposite, it backs it up! The establishment in question should be built on the main floor of a hotel that's built around the area. BOOM!

Anonymous said...

I bet there's more clowns wearing Rider gear than Pats gear to the Pats games.

Anonymous said...

Follow myself on Facebook livestream 2016plus as I broadcast CFL action live from historic Taylor Field. Dont miss it! Fan Interactive. (Huh?)

Pod Federsen

Rod Pedersen said...

I'd put the bar directly east of the Lawson Aquatic Centre.

Anonymous said...

FYI Hooters is a dying brand. Look at Twin Peaks or Tilted Kilt. Both Hooters closed in Calgary (1 was a very good location) for example. Perhaps something new like a Shark Club, Yardhouse, Buffalo Chicken Wings, etc depending on what type of patrons you want to draw.

I'd bye in too!

shadowtrain

Rod Pedersen said...

The point is NOBODY is covering the CFLPA meetings and that's wrong.

Anonymous said...

Hey Shadowtrain, the reason why Hooters has flopped in some places is they didn't adjust their brand when other places got into the T and A game. Shark Club has the same thing except they position themselves as being a more upscale trendy sports bar. Hooters needs to market themselves as the blue collar, middle class, beer and wings crowd that loves sports. The Hooters in Winnipeg does well as does the one in Edmonton. It's all about brand positioning and if a bar such as Hooters caters to the grassroots sports crowd as well as the fan, they wont lose. If they try to sell the brand on boobs alone, forget it.

And Rod, I'd rather put the bar north of the stadium and east of the co-operators. It's centrally located to all four facilities.

Dubya

Anonymous said...

You should open a hooters! I would go. Would you hire your daughter?

Rod Pedersen said...

^^^^ What's wrong with you Anonymous?

Anonymous said...

Comparing the Gila complex to the inner city atmosphere of the new stadium is like comparing Wacana and the berm that feeds it to Lake Mead and the Grand Canyon. Yeah they both contain water but take a think.

The original plan was to revitalize the neighbourhood including low cost housing and redeveloping the area occupied by the old stadium. Where is that talk? Hooters development talk must be more important. No better business acumen than those posting on here.

Anonymous said...

Forget Hooters...put in a Shoeless Joe's. One is opening in Saskatoon and they should open one here.

Anonymous said...

Cam Broten is gonna lose!

SK_Roughie said...

Interesting to see 8 Brandon power plays to 2 oil king power plays in a tight game which was eventually won off two power play goals late in the second and early in the third. This after Edmonton had taken the momentum with a tying goal. Seems the league is taking the cautious approach to allowing an 8th seed the chance to take a 3-0 series lead with the next 2 games also being home games.

Anonymous said...

To RP,

Maybe you would know... Is there not any plans for a restaurant/bar at the new stadium? I guess I assumed there would be. It seems if there was a restaurant overlooking the field and open year round, that would be a huge success.

I would hope the Riders have thought about that as it is a way to showcase the stadium - it will be a place for all to want to go I am sure. And a great gathering point especially for those that want to be near the Riders.

Kel

Anonymous said...

Hooters is so 90's and Winnipegish.

The guy above got it right when he said Sharkclub and Tilted Kilt.

Anonymous said...

To comment #1, let me correct you... Most of the viewers that come to this website are solely for the purpose of being starved for CFL news. For this one, RP is absolutely right, fans of football, especially the CFL's Riders are starved for news and it is a long winter. If RP can dig something up, that's awesome.

This is why most visit this site...

In Your Backyard

Anonymous said...

Took in my first Pats game of the year last night and was a great time. Tyler Brown played exceptional and loved the pace. Will be interesting to see if #6 on Lethbridge gets roughed up a bit for that slap shot he took at Brooks as time expired.

Your point 6 is kinda funny Roddy...I read it a few times but I like how you predicted the Pats to win in 6 games and furthermore predict a loss by the Pats in Game 5 so they can win it in 6 at home....aren't your furthermore predictions the same as just sticking with they win in 6? :-)

Great blogs this week, GO PATS and GO FLYERS!!

Dustin in Regina

Anonymous said...

I checked out the video on today's National Post website of the fan brawl in Unity Sask. At first I thought it was more of the same at a Trump rally, but no - it is brainless hockey fans. Not a lot of unity in Unity that night!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Bars and the Pats, any bars in town showing Game 5 of the Pats Friday night?

Anonymous said...

The notion of wanting to open another bar in the city makes little sense to me as the ones we have now struggle to make a profit (albeit helped by VLT revenue).

The trend towards more gyms and gym memberships seems to single a change in attitude away from drinking booze and towards better health. More people are reducing alcohol consumption to reduce cancer and heart disease risk.

Also, those who do like to drink frequently are less inclined to go to bars much because of the crack-down on drinking and driving. When I was young, we went to the bar almost every night (except Sunday when we drank at someone's house to watch an NFL or CFL game) and drove home afterwards. Cops were seen if there was a fight, but they seemed to be avoid going after patrons of the local bar scene unless they were really swerving to avoid parked cars.

Perhaps a bar that served protein shakes might be the way to go.

Rod Pedersen said...

You open your protein shake bar, I'll open mine, and we'll check back in 10 years and see how each other's doing.

Anonymous said...

RP dig something up, now that's funny. But then again, it is April Fool's Day tomorrow

Anonymous said...

You tell em Roddy! Protein shake bar, come one man.

What's Shoeless Joe's all about and why is it so great? Honest question.


Gundersons Yorkton

Anonymous said...

What makes Tilted Kilt better than Hooters? Just the outfits? Cause they're both focused on boobs.

Dean said...

I would be hesitant to open any kind of bar in the north central area. The new stadium location will be no different. You go to the game and make sure you’re not the last one in the area.

The only way I can see it maybe work if it was in the stadium, Brandt center or cooperators.

I defiantly won’t be hanging out east of the Lawson after a game and then leave there a few hours after game time.

Also you might not attract the clientele your looking for.

Anonymous said...

Hey Roddy I would be interested in jumping in on the Hooters idea as well. I think it would work....

Rod S. In Saskatoon

Anonymous said...

I go to hooters for wings in the same way i used to go to the french maid for the steak sandwich.

Anonymous said...

If these bars are focused on "boobs" then, judging by the comments here, Saskatchewan is THEE place to set up shop.
Frankie J

Anonymous said...

Man...a real BozoRama on here today.

Anonymous said...

Lol ya right

Anonymous said...

6:18 pm

Shushhh... Ms Tiffany Lizee on tv.

Anonymous said...

Forget Hooters, me and my friends just need Scooters!

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

skeeters would be a great name

Anonymous said...

Tiffany Lizee would look great in a Hooters outfit. YUM YUM YUM!!

Anonymous said...

The Hooters outfits are so cool.

Anonymous said...

You guys are creeps.

If Rod's opening a Hooters, Thies will be the girl on all the billboards promoting it.

Anonymous said...

Shoeless Joe's is great in Toronto. And yes Cam will lose Monday.