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Friday, May 6, 2016

SCRUFFY'S THIS 'N THAT

Welcome to Friday!  Here is the weekly collection of thoughts running through my muddled mind, and as always, they come in no particular order:

-- On Monday afternoon, your Saskatchewan Roughriders announced they had acquired an offensive lineman from the Edmonton Eskimos. In exchange for this player, the Riders give up two players from their negotiation list.  In other words, unless someone cracks the code, we will never know who the green and white gave up to get Thaddeus Coleman.

This once again sparks the debate of the CFL negotiation list and why it is so hush-hush. Why is it that way? I don't think there are any national security secrets in those lists. When Eric Tillman was the general manager of the Riders, he released the list after being asked by fans on a website and when he did, fans and media were able to chime in on what players could make their way to Riderville. Is there harm in that?  The CFL apparently thinks the answer is yes.

The secrecy behind these lists is somewhat puzzling. The teams know who is on each others neg list, so why can't we as fans and media?

I think it would be great to sit down during the US College Football season to watch a player who is on the Riders neg list. I think the same could be said with all 9 fanbases in the CFL.

I realize this isn't problem number one with the CFL and at the end of the day, making neg lists public is probably far down the list. However, keeping the fans engaged with their respective teams is what the league wants and this would certainly be a way to do it.

Now who exactly did the Riders give up anyway?


-- It was a kick in the onions when Zach Collaros went down late last season in a year where he arguably could have been the CFL's MOP.  If what Ti-Cats head coach and vice-president of football operations Kent Austin said is true this week during a conference call Collaros won't be ready to go when the season starts. I don't know how long Collaros is out for, but Hamilton is a different team without him in the lineup. We know very painfully in Saskatchewan what it means when your number 1 guy isn't under center.  What's Plan B Kent? Is there a Plan C?

-- Good on the CFL for adding a round to next week's draft. There is a lot of Canadian talent out there and it means nine more players will belong to a CFL team and it will be up to them to show why they belong. As someone asked me when the news was made public, why wait until there is a week to go to make this decision. I can't answer that.

-- With David Onyemata, Tevaun Smith, Elie Bouka and Arjen Colquhoun signing deals with NFL teams, it once again means CFL teams will take a gamble with these players hoping their career gets them north of the border. I have no idea what the Riders have planned, and as I have said earlier, I think you trade the pick.  The latest mock draft from CFL.ca has six of the first nine players being offensive lineman. With all apologies to the hoggies out there  (YAWWWNNNN).  That isn't meant as a slam towards the o-linemen, but they just aren't sexy picks to me.  Its no secret CFL teams want to stockpile as many Canadian o-linemen as they can, but there are running backs, receivers, linebackers and defensive backs who can contribute as well.

-- Congratulations to Ben Cahoon as the Alouettes will retire his number 86 when the Riders come to town. Is it just me or are a lot of promotions scheduled by teams when the green and white visit.  This just in---we know the Riders are going to be a big draw so schedule these things when teams that don't draw well come in.  Hey Montreal, why not retire Cahoon's jersey when BC is in town?

-- The old Atlantis Coffee shop on Hamilton and 12th in downtown Regina is turning into a Scotiabank. Downtown Regina needs many things, but a bank is not one of them. SIGHHHH!! A small grocery store would have been a big win, but that won't be happening. At least not at that location.

-- The sights coming out of Fort McMurray have been absolutely horrific and downright scary. Seeing the videos and complete neighbourhoods destroyed leave one speechless It will take a long time for the city to get back on its feet if it ever does. I can't imagine having to pack up my belongings and my family and leave my home wondering if it will be there when I return. I hope I never get the opportunity.  It was great to see so many people come through on 620 CKRM's "Day of Caring" on Thursday with a lot of money going to the Red Cross. Thanks to the many listeners across our fine province who donated. It is what Saskatchewan does in a time of need.

-- It is also great to see this community come through for Peter Loubardias. As you have seen in Rod's Thursday column, a fundraiser for Peter is going to be held at the Four Seasons May 18. I don't even have to ask if it will be a huge success because I know this city and the Southern Saskatchewan hockey community will come through. I would even expect some from Saskatoon to make the drive up and down Highway 11. Lou needs our help as he battles the health problems that have taken him away from the one place he loves more than anything---the rink!

-- If the Tampa Bay Lightning continue to win in the Stanley Cup playoffs, what will it say for the future of Steve Stamkos? The Lightning may be showing they don't need Stamkos to win and that their future lies with guys like Nikita Kucherov. Dave Andreychuk told a Toronto radio station this week that he thinks Stamkos will stick with the Lightning, I'm not so sure.

-- I have nothing against Sidney Crosby, but I don't want to see the Stanley Cup end up in Pittsburgh. The names Phil Kessel and Justin Schultz do not belong on Lord Stanley's fabled mug.

-- When the WHL's Top 50 was announced, it was not surprising to see Joe Sakic atop the list. It also wasn't a surprise to see Bobby Clarke in the top 5 as he ended up at number 2. I think Carey Price was a little high at 3, but fans voted on it. For what its worth, my top 10 would be 1. Sakic 2. Wendel Clark, 3. Jarome Iginla 4. Scott Niedermayer, 5. Bobby Clarke, 6. Theoren Fleury, 7. Bryan Trottier, 8. Trevor Linden, 9. Mike Modano, 10, Grant Fuhr.  That list leaves out so many good players.  As I have said earlier, those are lists where great debates can be created and at the end of the day, all arguments are solid and no one is wrong,

-- NBA games are good to watch, but when playoff games are a 5 point or less game in the final minute, that final minute can be rather tedious as we see time-out after time-out after time-out. Game 2 of the Raptors series was a good game, but I was so oh so close to turning away because the final minute took wayyyyyyyy too long. This isn't new, but the NBA needs to limit the amount of timeouts or something---especially in overtime.

-- If you are a redhead working in a bakery, can we consider you to be a "GingerBread Man"?

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

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks like when the "Mighty Patsies" are out of the Playoffs Junior Hockey is all over with . Come on you guys now it's all about Brandon so lets not forget them and cheer them along to a Memorial Cup. At least mention them once in awhile in one of Pedersen's Columns.

Anonymous said...

Who cares about "sexy" picks. Ya, there are RB's and LB's who can contribute, too. And they'll get picked, too. Later, after the best linemen get picked. Why? Because after QB there's nothing more important than the trenches.

The draft doesn't exist to be entertainment, it exists to serve a purpose. Teams probably SHOULD pick linemen first.

Anonymous said...

another friday of factless rambling.

Anonymous said...

Who exactly did the Riders give up?

Anonymous said...

I would put Dennis Sobchuk in the top ten he was one of the best ever junior players.

Anonymous said...

C'mon Scruffy, with seven Stanley Cup rings Bryan Trottier has to be higher than Jerome Iginla.

Anonymous said...

Regarding neg list players...I don't care. This seems to be a Media inspired cause not driven by Fans. Perhaps instead of beating a dead horse they might give us some insight into why #88 Marquez Clark who seemed to be head and shoulders above any other receiver in Florida was not signed. Now that to me is interesting stuff.

Anonymous said...

Where's taman? Football excutive my a**.

Anonymous said...

Negotiation lists aren't released to public because players don't always know they are on a teams CFL list.

I think its good. That way players aren't getting media requests from the likes of Mitchell Blair about being a potential future CFL'er and the guy never have hearing of the league. Recruiting to the north comes with a degree of education.

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Anonymous said...

"Come on you guys now it's all about Brandon so lets not forget them and cheer them along to a Memorial Cup."

GO T-BIRDS!!!

FG

Anonymous said...

Regina needs a lot more than another bank in the downtown core. That isn't going to bring people downtown. Who made that brilliant decision!

Anonymous said...

The Riders have enough OL in the stable.

The guy who intrigues me is the linebacker from Montana State--Singleton.

Rod Pedersen said...

To the person writing in about Trottier, NHL success isn't akin to WHL success. Just my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Go to Lubers Lounge...Wheat Queenie!

Anonymous said...

why in the hell would anyone besides the teams involved need to know who was off the list? oh right rider fan needs to be involved in every aspect of the game because they can then evaluate and decide that they know more than the professionals. my god you people are unreal. you are fan, nothing more. show up at the games, cheer, buy the merchandise but for godsake get over yourselves with this idea you need to know all.

Anonymous said...

Wheatkings are not only in the league final, for the second year in a row , they will go to the Memorial Cup this year. At the same time they schooled everyone again at the WHL draft.

Anonymous said...

More than an opinion Rod, but a fact.

The Top 50 WHL list is ONLY about their performance in the WHL. The subsequent pro career was not to be taken into account.

Dennis Sobchuk had the misfortune (and $$ fortune) to arrive in the pros when the WHA (World Hockey Association) debacle was taking place. One can only imagine what he might have accomplished in the pros had he been signed and carefully groomed and matured by a well managed and well coached NHL team more common these days.

In my books Sobchuk was an junior hockey player from Lang Sask who should be in the top 10 of WHL players all-time. I am just glad I was of an age to watch him play at the old Exhibition Stadium in the early 70's.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

I agree about WHL success being different than NHL success.
Doug Wikenheiser should be on the list near the top.

Anonymous said...

Trottier is #4 on the WHL webpage Iginla #7.

Anonymous said...

Trevor Linden should have been top 5. Solid NHL and WHL career!

Anonymous said...

Brian Propp not in the top 5 is a travesty.

Anonymous said...

Downtown Regina is a joke unless you are a boozer. No theatres, no grocery stores, bad parking, etc. etc. etc.

Anonymous said...

All Don Murdock did for the Medicine Hat Tigers was score 170 goals in 140 WHL games (2 seasons).

He never even made the WHL Top 50 list and I suggest he was snubbed because he got suspended for dope in the NHL.

Anonymous said...

There should be a list of the Top All-Time Goons in the WHL. Surely Bob Poley and Archie Henderson would make the top 10, while Brian Wells would be #1.

Anonymous said...

To all the people bragging about the Wheatkings, you live in Brandon, nuff said.

Anonymous said...

congratulations scruffy

@mrt_man said...

@MauricePrice17 has turned into a gong show on Twitter tonight, if you are looking for excitement

Christopher Evans said...

Why the need to know who's on the neg list?!?! Vanstone was whining about that this week too! I'd be more curious about how often it changes and what the hit ratio is for players on neg lists that actually end up in the CFL.

CFL needs to spend way more time highlighting Canadian College kids and building their brand. A lot of admin stuff going on and how long til we see the new jerseys rather than just yapping about them coming along soon?!?!

Anonymous said...

Scruffy wrote, "I have nothing against Sidney Crosby, but I don't want to see the Stanley Cup end up in Pittsburgh. The names Phil Kessel and Justin Schultz do not belong on Lord Stanley's fabled mug."

I agree totally. At this point it's anybody but the Pens.

Anonymous said...

Surprised to see Peter Loubardias doing play by play for WHL final for Shaw TV tonight.

Bill Eng said...

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Here is the web site: http://www.bestwesterneastside.com/

Anonymous said...

Thank you