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Thursday, April 28, 2016

THURSDAY RODSERVATIONS

RAMBLINGS

1 - BREAKING NEWS:  The Vancouver Giants are moving.  Across town.  The MMG has learned the WHL's Vancouver Giants will announce on Monday that they are leaving Pacific Coliseum in East Vancouver for the Langley Events Centre beginning next season.  The LEC is currently the home to the NLL's Vancouver Stealth, while the Coliseum is the only home Ron Toigo's Giants have ever known.

2 - MORE DUB NEWS:  The Niedermayer brothers, Scott and Rob, sold their 25% share in the Kootenay Ice back to the Chynoweth family giving the Chynoweths 100% ownership of the WHL team.  The transaction was first reported by a Kamloops TV station on Wednesday.  There were rumours recently the Niedermayers were interested in buying out the Chynoweths - with the financial assistance of Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber - and possibly moving the club.  However now, the Chynoweths are completely in charge but are looking to sell the team to local ownership in Cranbrook.

3 - Want a steak?  We're hosting a steak night fundraiser for my daughter's school trip to Thailand on Sunday at the Press Box Sports Bar from 5:00-9:00 pm.  Come down, watch some hockey and enjoy a steak for $20.  We're also hoping to have some Roughriders on hand for pictures and autographs.  Stay tuned for more details.  If you're interested, please email me at ridervoice@yahoo.ca.  Thank you.

4 - I thought Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello came across as disingenous in his interview with Sportsnet's Jamie Campbell this week regarding his positive test for a PED and accompanying 80-game suspension.  I do believe he was caught off-guard by the test result, but there was something fishy with his interview.  And are we really surprised anymore when athletes are caught with steroids?  I'm not.  The only thing I'm surprised about is the uproar it causes when it happens every couple of weeks.  (Colabello, Jared Tinordi, Maria Sharapova, etc.).

5 - Now everybody in Canada is a Jays expert but the problem is they expect Canada's Team to win every game.  Fans in Western Canada are in an uproar when Toronto blows a save.  A year ago no one paid attention to the Blue Jays.  A guy wrote into Phil's column here yesterday chastising him for following the NBA Playoffs because "nobody in Saskatchewan cares about the NBA".  Just wait -- if the Raptors go on a run to the Conference Finals, you'll see a similar euphoria coast-to-coast as last October and fans will be clamouring for WE THE NORTH swag.  Such sheep.

6 - Speaking of coast-to-coast, CBC's Ron MacLean really looked like he hates his life on Coaches Corner with Don Cherry Monday night.  At this time of the year the always-classy MacLean is accustomed to welcoming viewers to national broadcasts of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and he did it fluently for a generation.  Now, he's reduced to being Cherry's conscience on a 5-minute snippet every couple of nights.  He never smiles.  Scruffy said there was a petition going around the internet Wednesday to have MacLean returned to the host position of the Sportsnet/CBC broadcasts.  However do petitions ever work?

On the topic of the NHL, who do you wish will win Saturday night's Draft Lottery?

7 - Forget the hockey.  And the football too for that matter.  The best analyst in sports right now - HANDS DOWN - is TNT's Charles Barkley.  It ain't even close.  The best part of getting deep into the NBA Playoffs is that Barkley becomes more prominent on their national broadcasts.  It is absolute, must-see TV.  From talking about the size of the women in San Antonio to breaking out new dances moves, Barkley is a Hall of Fame analyst. They often ask which celebrity you'd most like to sit down to dinner with and I think I'd have to go with Charles Barkley for my answer.

8 - Not since the Dukes of Hazard have I enjoyed a television series like I do Ballers on HBO starring Dwayne Johnson (a.k.a. The Rock).  It's so identical to the life of pro football that it's head-shaking.  That series is based in Miami and revolves around the Dolphins and The Rock is the central figure playing a former Dolphins D-lineman who's attempting to make it in life post-career.  The other main character is receiver Ricky Jarrett whom I swear they based on the life of former Roughrider Jason Armstead.  The character is played by Denzel Washington's son John.  The only difference between Ballers and the CFL is the palm trees and fancy cars.  I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF IT!  We've mowed through season one and I'm continually searching for season two on my Android box.  It's just so fantastic.

If the CFL was smart - and the Stampeders too - they'd get The Rock featured in a campaign video promoting the league on both sides of the border.  Dwayne Johnson was a Calgary Stampeder for a brief time in the 1990s.

Great idea right?  You can have it, no charge.

9 - It would be nice having a character play the play-by-play broadcaster in that TV show but I must concede that radio guys just aren't that important in the scheme of things.  It's the truth, and radio guys should be heard and not seen.  However don't tell that to the Edmonton Eskimos who continue to belly-ache about my 2016 West Division prediction of them finishing in fourth and the Riders in first.  According to TSN 1260 Edmonton's Dave Jamieson, Esks quarterback Mike Reilly brought it up again on the radio on Wednesday.

Dave-J offered me a spot on his show after 1:00 pm Wednesday and said, "Rod, the floor is yours to respond".  So what did I say?  I said Edmonton is above this type of behaviour.  I'd expect it out of Calgary, but not The City of Champions.  Since when do the Oilers and Eskimos care about what's being said outside their dressing room?  I told them to get over it and put their big boy pants on.  This is professional football.

To that, I got zero response.  Crickets.

So can we finally move on?

10 - Eskimos GM Ed Hervey was his usual calm, measured self on Wednesday's "State of the Franchise" conference call with the national media.  Some snickered when Hervey got the Esks GM job - replacing Eric Tillman - but he made good on his promise of getting back to the Eskimo Way and delivering a Grey Cup title.  Ed said they're not talking about "repeating" as Grey Cup champions as much as they are simply focused on winning the 2016 Grey Cup.  However he said if they don't win it all, that doesn't mean the season is a failure.  He and rookie head coach Jason Maas seemed to be on the same page during that 30-minute conference call so it'll be interesting to see how they fare.

Scruffy was urging me to ask Hervey his thoughts on Chris Jones wearing a Roughriders shirt on last week's Grey Cup tour to Tennessee.  While tempting, I decided it's wise to not ask questions you already know the answers to.  AND it would be disrespectful.

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THAT'S ALL FOR THIS WEEK.  SEE YOU ON THE RADIO!
RP
@rodpedersen

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Disrespectful? That question would have been awesome! It isn't like the Eskimos haven't disrespected you! It would have been another knife from Saskatchewan plunging into the Eskimo heart.

CB

Rod Pedersen said...

That's true. But it just didn't feel right.

Anonymous said...


RP, if you would have asked that question, Hervey likely would have gone off and it would have made national headlines. I understand your thought process though.

On another matter, Rogers has to get McLean back in the main chair. They can't be that oblivious to the fact Canadian hockey fans don't accept George S. He doesn't relate. Ron is a guy you could sit at a table with and discuss hockey issues over a beer and a plate of nachos while George S is a guy you would want to throw your beer at because he is so lame.

I just don't understand the thought process by the suits.

Good read today!


Matt

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Rod Pedersen said...

Sorry - can't allow the Robert Pickton comment.

Anonymous said...

just think these school kids travelling the "world" is a bit much...heck,goin swimming,doin sports,or a local excursion meant a lot to us! nowadays teens want financing to travel exotic destinations before learning to do wash dishes,make their bed,or heaven forbid,take out trash!

Rod Pedersen said...

I couldn't agree more. However I'm outvoted in our house.


Anonymous said...

Good call on not asking about the shirt. Makes no sense to burn bridges.

While it might have been a question directed at EDM, it could have caused a ripple effect and make things difficult in the future when you try and get any CFL coach or Management type for an interview.

Anonymous said...

Does Roger's (Sportsnet) even broadcast games anymore? Looks to me they are riding the American networks broadcasts and then have their panelists provide color on the intermissions. If not, their broadcast teams are awful. Congrats NHL and Bettman, great deal you got there. Rating #'s are a 3rd of what they were two years ago. The product on screen is pitiful. Can Doug McLean say anything positive about anyone or team in any broadcast. What a bitter old man. Sponsors should be asking a lot of hard questions of Roger's and their destruction of the NHL on Canadian networks.

Anonymous said...

Chris Jones wearing a Roughriders shirt on last week's Grey Cup tour to Tennessee is indicative of his true character. There is no need to even ask about it.

Anonymous said...

Good response on Edm Radio Rod. Like you I'm very disappointed in they way They reacted to your comments. Don't refer to them as the City of Champs anymore. They lost that a long time ago.

As far as RSN hockey coverage goes, I don't feel sorry for them in the least after they way they keep treating both the Argos and the CFL. As far as I'm concerned the NHL, NBA, and NFL could cease to exist tommorow and it would have very little effect on my life.

Anonymous said...

So Rod your plan is to have Dwayne Johnson do a commercial for the CFL talking about living on kraft dinner and living with 3 other guys in a 2 bedroom apartment broke. That was his CFL experience. The difference between Ballers and CFL life is a 6 million dollar signing bonus and a practice roster spot that pays more than most CFL stars.

Anonymous said...

The kids today travel to other places which helps them to enhance and develop their worldviews. You learn by seeing and doing not sitting in small town Saskatchewan or never leaving here. It's why Saskatchewan is so far behind the times, xenophobic and completely scared of anything foreign.

Anonymous said...

If you're kid at this point can't take out trash, make a bed, or wash dishes it's because you as a parent didn't raise them properly. For those of us that did it's wonderful to watch our teenagers develop into responsible young adults. For the rest of you with irresponsible kids, enjoy having them live at home until they are 32.

Rod Pedersen said...

You know what man? It's part of The Rock's journey. You ever been on a journey?

Anonymous said...

Not he hasn't been on a travel he's one of the guys that would rather go to the swimmin' hole.

Anonymous said...

Oh that's one classy comment. Tired of attacking Rod because you can't get a response so you attack his teenage kids. There's names for people like you....it's called bully.

Anonymous said...

Have you ever been on a journey Rod? Why do you argue with these people?

Rod Pedersen said...

Because they need to be tuned in.

And you find it entertaining.

Anonymous said...

I watch and follow the Raps on a regular basis and I live in Saskatchewan, seems like a shady comment by a self-centered individual

Anonymous said...

Awesome as usual Rod
Ballers is a great show...love just about anything with the Rock....season 2 is on the way.....If you like Ballers and Entourage you will love Survivors Remorse....NBA theme....very good show...On-Demand on Super channel

Love everything Blue Jays.....shocked at the Collaballo news...thought he was a pretty stand up guy...however...guilty

Anonymous said...

When the heck does the first cfl preseason game start? Time, day, location? When i say? When? With climate change here, start the season earlier. New stadium on the horizon, getting antze. This idle time waiting a waste. Lets go Roughriders!

Anonymous said...

Too bad that CFL training camps are not starting next week! To start the first week of May the weather forecast is showing mid-to high 20's all week. This is Florida weather on its way folks!

I love the dryness and heat (although not looking forward to poor air quality again with all the wild fires and forest fires sure to come soon) and the CFL is remiss in not adjusting its season to the new climate. Start the CFL schedule in early June and get the Grey Cup done in October!

Tim from Kansas said...

Chris Jones was wearing Rider gear in Tennessee because he's smart and he knew exactly what he was doing. He spoke louder with his actions than with his words. He's all in with the Riders and I think Rod made a good call by not picking that scab.

You know, at the Rider tryout in KC he was the nicest guy, he was the only coach there, along with a local scout. He introduced himself and invited the handful of us there to come inside the fence and onto the field so we were up close with the man for about 5 hours. He was genuinely nice to everyone including the players the whole time. Any reputation that he's surly is incorrect, he's very personable. I have a daughter who's graduating, who was an athlete at University of Kansas, when I told him that he asked about her story. Why would he even care? I was very struck by that.

And I didn't get any impression that he's planing on going anywhere. Time will tell. To me, he looked like a man who's relishing being in charge of the whole show, and who's working harder than than the other guys to make sure he's successful. So that's pretty cool don't you think?

Anonymous said...

Wasn't Ballers on the Playboy Channel way back?? Loved it!

Anonymous said...

Why are you tuning people in? Where did all the loonies on here go? Where is the old school donnybrooks started between Rally Driver, Old Hank, The Engine in the 306, Obama, Midnight Rider, K-Dogg? Where are all these guys? It is sleepy hollow on here now.

Rod Pedersen said...

It was out of control.

Anonymous said...

Who would I like to win the draft lottery? The Coyotes would be my choice, for obvious reasons. But truthfully, any team but the Canucks, Flames, Oilers, Jets, Leafs, Senators and Habs.
Dave in the 403

Anonymous said...

Hmm hmm... Correction notice! That's...

"From the Engine that Drives In the 306, V8."

Looney? no way amigo!

The other's, bonofide looneys from "Canada's garlic belt Saskatchewan."

Anonymous said...

Great read as per usual RP.

T. Brown

Rod Pedersen said...

Thank you very much T. Brown.

Anonymous said...

A lot of those guys mentioned, including "The Woz" will surely be back with a vengeance once the Riders season is in gear and the team starts to rack up wins again.

Hector

william weppler said...

RP - Ballers - The pay cabler (HBO) announced Tuesday that its sports comedy Ballers will return for Season 2 on Sunday, July 17, at 10/9c...y're welcome :))

Anonymous said...

Roddy, I had tears in my eyes listening to Peter Lou on your Sportscage whow Thurs afternoon. All the best to your buddy Peter.

Anonymous said...

Holy crap did you put Remple in his place regarding TSN. He will be whining about that for a while. HA HA HA HA!

Anonymous said...

Broad generalizations are usually untrue and a tool of the weak minded.

A guy in Lower Canada

Anonymous said...

What happened? Need to know!

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