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Thursday, May 5, 2016



1 - The CFL season can't get here soon enough.  We've been through five months of a turbulent off-season and now each day in May seems to take forever to pass.  And, this wasn't the greatest week the Saskatchewan Roughriders have ever had.  With the retirements of players Bruce Campbell and Tearrius George, coupled with with Tearrius's recent brush with the law, we are longing for better things to discuss.

2 - And the ongoing case of receiver Maurice Price got some gas dumped on it this week as well.  As has been reported several times, Saskatchewan acquired the veteran receiver from Ottawa in January and restructured his contract which reportedly included a $30,000 bonus.  Then, he retired.  Took the money and ran.

It seemed as though the original fire had turned to embers, but on Wednesday Price took to Twitter to tell his side of the story.  Price wrote, (and I'll clean it up somewhat to make it readable), "Let's get to the bottom line of this ... If you all think I'm the first or will even be the last, ya'll and the CFL are in for a rude awakening.  Maybe, just maybe, if CFL players got paid better, things like this wouldn't be an issue.  ESPECIALLY for an international player.  Meanwhile, I'm guessing CFL fans didn't know about Chris Jones negotiating the Toronto job (in 2012) behind the Stamps' back.  Not mad at him, just saying.  But I'll be the bad guy and even go to hell and be a fake and a poser and whatever else for retiring with a few extra dollars in my bank account."

Why bring Chris Jones into it?  And it sounds like Maurice Price's side of the story is exactly the same as everybody else's; he figuratively robbed the Saskatchewan Roughriders.  All that's missing are the mask and the gun.  And it's my belief that somewhere deep down Price's conscience is bothering him and that's why he took to social media.

The fact is this:  he got the money for a job he never completed.

Illegal?  I don't know.  Immoral?  Absolutely.

We haven't heard the last of this.

3 - There are some who feel this recent rash of retirements somehow makes the Roughriders look bad.  I don't.  The naysayers - including some within the Rider Nation - will always find some negative to exploit.  To others, Chris Jones has come off very admirably with the way he's handled the whole thing.  He's basically shrugged his shoulders and said, "Life goes on".  His unflappable demeanour has been impressive.

Again, can May 29 hurry up and get here please?

4 - A Roughrider fan asked me this week if the alleged domestic dispute involving Tearrius George could be chalked up to early stages of C-T-E (the disease caused by repeated head trauma from playing football).  He said the situation is eerily reminiscent of a scene from the movie Concussion.  Obviously I have no idea if this is the case here, but it's food for thought.

5 - Another shocking retirement belongs to Ben Heenan who continues to shun interviews about the matter.  A request by TSN this week was declined by the Heenan camp as well.  Hey - that's Ben's right.  However if he were to simply hold a news conference and close the book on his football career properly, he can move forward with his life.  However what's proper is in the eye of the beholder.

- Speaking of Heenan, the annual Dog's Breakfast football fundraiser for the U of S Huskies goes Thursday morning at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.  Heenan was drafted #1 overall by the Roughriders at the Dog's Breakfast in 2012.  Many Saskatoon football fans have written to ask if I'll be speaking at this year's event just as I have the past two years.  (Last year's event with Ronnie Lott was a career highlight). However I was in Saskatoon on behalf of Prairie Mobile Communications who no longer sponsors the event.  That's too bad, but it's going to be a superb event regardless.

7 - Saskatoon football fans should try to get tickets to the Canadian Football Officials Assocation gala on Saturday, May 21 in the Bridge City.  I'll be giving a presentation on the Roughriders that evening as the "warm-up" act preceding keynote speaker Mike Pereira.  Avid football fans will remember Pereira as a former NFL referee who later served as the NFL's Vice President of Officiating.  He's now a rules analyst for the NFL on Fox.  Heck, I should be paying them to attend that event.  I'm SO looking forward to visiting with football referees and getting their take on the game and all the latest advancements in video review.  Of course you'll get a full report right here.

- If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.  The discussion of video replay in football, hockey, basketball and baseball is getting so nauseating but every time I turn on American sports talk radio or watch the sports networks, that's all they're talking about.  So here's my latest take:  if video replay and reviews can't be abolished entirely (which is my preference, and have it simply left to the television broadcasts rather than the field of play), then a 90-second time limit should be placed on the actual review in the spotter's booth.  If the replay officials can't make a ruling within that time frame, then the call on the field should stand and play shall continue.  They're trying to make the games perfect yet for a hundred years they haven't been.  The human element is what has made sports so great.

It'll be fantastic to get the referees' actual take on this matter.  The way it's going, referees won't be needed at all.  For instance, goal judges are nothing but window dressing in hockey nowadays.  Take Game 1 of the Washington-Pittsburgh Stanley Cup Playoff series.  It was impossible for a goal judge to see if T.J. Oshie's overtime winner was a good goal or not.  Video decided the outcome.  In the end the right call was made, but the goal judge was useless.

9 - Lo and behold, pundits tabbed Swift Current Broncos legend Joe Sakic as the WHL's #1 all-time player on Wednesday.  I'm proud to say that way back in the fall when this contest was announced, I tabbed "Burnaby Joe" as the top candidate.  Interestingly enough, Sakic only played two seasons in Swift Current and wasn't a part of their 1989 Memorial Cup championship team.  However, he's likely the best I ever saw in the Dub and I've been following since 1979.  The two other candidates I suggested were Jarome Iginla and Dennis Sobchuk.  It would've been nice to get a vote.

Meanwhile congratulations to former Regina Pats captain Chris Schlenker who was named the WHL's Official of the Year, and Allan Paradice Memorial Award winner at Wednesday's awards luncheon.

Kudos also to former Regina Pat Dryden Hunt - now of the Moose Jaw Warriors - who was named WHL Player of the Year on Wednesday.

10 - "We Love Lou!"  The fundraiser for Calgary Flames broadcaster and SportsCage contributor Peter Loubardias has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 18 at the Four Seasons Sports Palace.  It's a Pizza/Past night where you can enjoy All-You-Can-Eat for just $25.  ALL proceeds are going to Lou as he battles this mystery illness and his medical costs continue to pile up.  He hasn't worked (or been paid) for two months and has minimal health coverage due to his contract status.  We'll be broadcasting the SportsCage live on 620 CKRM that day from the Four Seasons and the event runs from 5:00-9:00 pm.

If you'd like tickets, contact me through this blog, Facebook, Twitter or email and I'll come to you if you're in Regina.  You can also contact Kelly Remple (306-537-2007) or George Yannitos at the Four Seasons.  Donations are welcome as well, and broadcasters such as Dave Naylor and Geoff Currier have stepped up in that regard as well as Peter's high school friends from Saskatoon.  A bank account is being set up at Conexus Credit Union under the name We Love Lou Fundraiser and donations can be made directly to that.  When the details are arranged, I'll pass along the info.

That's what we do in Saskatchewan --- be there for our friends.




Anonymous said...

The bonus is not for taking money for a job to be completed I suggest you get your terminology correct. The bonus was for signing. He signed and did his part. The base pay he was to be paid will be void so that was what was for services rendered. There was nothing immoral about anything he did. A bunch of us will directly deposit for the Pete to avoid you all together.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like Price planned the whole thing. Get a signing bonus and then retire. He had no intention of fulfilling the contract. This guy has some serious problems. Don't need him as a part of Rider Nation but wouldn't mind getting the $30,000 back.

Anonymous said...

I will drop off cash at Four Seasons. Get well soon Pete. Also lesson to be learned in this. Do not sign contracts please get a job within a union because this is what happens. This poor guy is getting screwed. He's on contract the company should be stepping up to get him sick benefits The guy is getting wiped out financially do to illness. This is not right.

Anonymous said...

Why on earth would Maurice Price have come to the CFL with these low Salaries. I am sure if he was good enough he would have left for the NFL and the wages he must think he deserves. Reality is he stole from the Fans that pay his salary and bonuses. We are not the NFL and there is no Billion dollar TV contracts. If he did this action anywhere else the Bum would be going to jail for Fraud. Don't give me a Christian message, this fellow outright stole from the fans. I doubt that the CFL will offer any further bonuses like this so it is the players that follow him will reimburse his theft. My suggestion is to Black ball this fellows agent and not ever sign another one of his players. Some will say the agent has no responsibility, but he was the advice and council for Mo Price. Yes I am angry and feel the player robbed me personally.

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing CFL fans didn't know about Chris Jones negotiating the Toronto job (in 2012) behind the Stamps' back.

And he did it to the ESks as well long before the GC or his contract was up.

And oh yes there is what he did with his ASS Coaches leaving the Esks

Yes that the kind of guy Jones is and the sooner the riders and the cfl are rid of him the better off everyone will be.
The riders will be Jones and Murphys last jobs in he cfl mark my words !!!!

Anonymous said...

I don't condone what Price did, but isn't the same game played when the Riders cut players just before they are to pay them a bonus?

Anonymous said...

Price's side of the story makes him sound even worse. Very classless person and player I am glad he is not on the team. These are the types of players we are trying to get rid of here. I hope 30 thousand dollars is enough for you to retire on....

Darcy from Regina

Anonymous said...

I see all the crybabies are up early this morning.

Anonymous said...

How about posting a list of the award winners from the WHL awards luncheon so we can all see if any Pats won any awards.

Anonymous said...

And the riders released Chick and Dressler before they were due a bonus for a contract signed by the riders.
Illegal? I don't know. Immoral? Absolutely.

Anonymous said...

Someone is trying to suggest a medical diagnosis based on similar symptoms acted out in a Hollywood play?

This Guy said...

Spot on

Anonymous said...


What is the difference between what Price did and what your buddy Schultz did. They both walked out! The only difference is Price hadn't played a game for the Riders and it sounds like he didn't want to, while Schultz had been playing. I think what Price did was wrong, but call a spade a spade and admit your good old buddy did the same thing.


Anonymous said...

Like nobody here has ever resigned or moved on AFTER they've finished their holidays or AFTER the company paid out it's bonus. It was smart business on his part and good on him.

Anonymous said...

Screw Price and the $30,000. The Riders lost a draft pick over the scumbag.

mister winnipeg said...

"I don't condone what Price did, but isn't the same game played when the Riders cut players just before they are to pay them a bonus?"

It's 100% the same game. I don't know why Roddy thinks it's only fair when it's a one way street.

Anonymous said...

Here is why the Price situation is different....

He signed the contract and recieved his bonus, with a plan he was going to retire anyways. he knew all along that he was going to retire. Borderline fraud.

Ryan said...

Nope. Not the same thing at all. When a player is cut prior to a bonus they still have the ability to go out and sign another contract or work another job and earn that same money. When a player does that the money is lost and you can't get it back. Equivalent would be if you hire a guy to build your deck. If you think he is not going to do a good job you can cancel prior to the job starting. Builder free to get another job. But if you pay him and he takes off with your money that is theft.

Anonymous said...

Rod...most CFL fans know he was negotiating for the job in Toronto with Milanovich. This isn't new info. I think Price is pissed because now the exchange rate sucks and he can't go State side with the same amount of money. I'm over it. We don't need someone like him on the team.

Anonymous said...

Yep that easy. Get cut on a day with no severance and just pick up and move to another city in Canada which you have to cover if you want to keep playing. That simple.

I also like how we're helping out Lou as in Saskatchewan that's just what we do. Meanwhile we elect a guy who's going to be making massive cuts to healthcare. Yep it's just what we do.

Anonymous said...

Price conducted a fraudulent undertaking and should be sued to recover the $30,000. I think the CFLPA needs to step up here and be held accountable as well. One of their members is guilty of fraud.

dave spad said...

You don't need to get a job in a union shop to get great benefits. I worked for a Company that was non unionized and had the best benefits I ever had. That being said I hope Lou can beat this thing.

As far as Price goes, Why don't we just put it to bed and move on. There are bigger Fish to fry!

Anonymous said...

now all rider fans are lawyers and know all about contract legalities. there is no limit to how stupid you all sound.

Anonymous said...


Mr. Roy Shivers personally responsible for aquiring and signing to player contract two Saskatchewan Roughrider GC Championship quarterbacks - 2007 Kerry Joseph, - 2013 Darian Durant. He's on par with The Great Sk. Football God Mr. Kent Austin for bringing two out of four GC titles in the long drawn out history of said club.

Anonymous said...

Another factoid,
Shivers didn't win anything and deserves no credit for the success after his tenure due to the fact that his own personal agenda kept the Riders from success during his tenure.

A guy in Lower Canada

Anonymous said...

Your words mean nothing.

Even if you are right, that's part of business and how the real world works.

I know it's a shock that the world isn't ran like a small town tractor dealership, but it's not.

A guy in Lower Canada

Anonymous said...

With all the whining from rider fans, I'm surprised no one has started a petition yet.

Anonymous said...

Anyone know if that excellent football facility up in Ft McMurray where a couple CFL games were held last year has survived the fire?

Anonymous said...

RP first said, he is against video replay. Later on... RP said, "It was impossible for a goal judge to see if T.J. Oshie's overtime winner was a good goal or not. Video decided the outcome. In the end the right call was made, but the goal judge was useless".

So Roddy if you seem to understand that video, at times, must determine the proper outcome, especially in that goal judges (and refs) are sometimes 'useless' as you say, then why is it you seem to be making contradictory comments with regard the video replay issue? Are goal judges and refs useless or is video a necessity???

Don't worry my friend, it will speed up and it will get better; but the idea of going backwards and eliminating video replay will never happen. If a game is called incorrectly on the field, the video replay's online and sports shows would be forever reminding us of the wrong call.

There is no going back - but it will get better.

Kel in Victoria

Anonymous said...

So the Riders screwed Dressler and Chick with bonuses and that's part of the business, but what Price did isn't part of the business.

Price 1 Riders 0.

It says a lot about the guy, but he technically isn't wrong.

Anonymous said...


Check Sheets' Twitter feed. He brings up some great points.


Anonymous said...

Guys are starting to figure out there's easier ways to make CFL or better money and not putting themselves through the torture. You can bring up love of the game...rah rah rah, at the end of they day, it's about health and maximizing the money-making years. Can't fault a guy for looking out for himself. and it is only $30k people.


Anonymous said...

It seems typical in Sask to expect professionals to work for nothing in order to keep rural Sask alive. Despite all Brads propaganda this is still the same old going nowhere Sask

Anonymous said...

Jason can you send me only $30,000 I promise to cut your lawn and clean your driveway.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Shivers had the prerequist football accumen and forsight to bring in these players who provided that lowly franchise with the end results speaking volumes unto itself. Team build from the ashes of ground zero a credit to the man.

Anonymous said...

Teams cutting players right before they are due to get a bonus is no better than what Price did. Don't like either!

Anonymous said...

Dressler and Chick had their legs taken out from underneath them by the Riders. Price took the Riders legs out from underneath them. There is no difference here. End of story! You can make Price look like a villain all you want Rod, but you know deep down he got out when the gettin was good. What would your boy Schultz say about this anyways? Get him on or is he no longer a part of the Sportscage because he isn't a Jones fan?

Anonymous said...

Of course we haven't heard the last of the Mo Price bonus, not with whiners like you continuing to cry about it.

Dboe said...

Speaks to the character of the individuals like Price and Sheets and nothing else. Didn't see Ben Heenan hooking us for $75k or so when he knew he was retiring.

Anonymous said...

Chick and Dressler both were released after both sides could not agree to restructured contracts.

Chick and Dressler left Saskatchewan for the same money they could have received with restructured contracts in Regina.

As they had both done in the past, Chick and Dressler left the Riders for what they saw as financially superior offers.

The only difference is that Price did not negotiate his contract in good faith as he had every intention of retiring immediately after he got his bonus. This makes him a scumbag and a thief.

Kory Sheets can shoot his mouth off all he wants about CFL player contracts. The fact is that players get paid what they are worth and will do what is the best for them, at the detriment of those who employ them and the players who will follow them.

They would rather bankrupt the league we love to put a few dollars more in their own selfish pockets.

In a few years the CFL may make profits that support such selfish demands, but currently it does not.

In this case if you support the players you are also supporting the eventual destruction of the CFL.

A guy in Lower Canada

Lyle Pederson said...

The video replays are hurting the FAN experience! This is sports ... not research science. I don't care if technology is used to improve the game ... as long as the sponeniety is not lost. Do I cheer the TD now or wait for head office? Use technology to determine instantly whatever you want. A chip in balls to avoid measurements or if the ball went through the uprights. But don't take away from the fan experience. Besides ... where do you stop? What's the goal? Perfect decision making on every aspect or on .... ?

Anonymous said...

Good point. It's all about character. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Anonymous said...

Say what you want I claim no expertise with the management of the roughriders. However a player who signs a contract in good faith with the assistance of his agent, committing to trying out for the team in the next year and then just cashes in without delivery is a fraud, thief and no good scoundrel. Don’t lay any of these Christian thoughts because your twitter message confirms nothing more than your intent to steal. As far as the Dressler/Chick thing I guess you can say it is the same, only the teams taking advantage. My take on that is if they originally signed a small contract and gave future commitment for bonuses paid in the future, I have no problem with the team cutting the guy outright to avoid the bonus. Some may see it as the same thing, but I do not. These guys sign the contract with the assistance and advice of Agents/Representatives who get paid a fee by the player, who should be giving them good and protective advice. The original contract may have been signed at a bargain price to help a team make Salary cap in that year, but are these guys fools the next year has a Salary cap as well and a small number of players consuming that Salary cap the next year means your expected performance in the future has to be at the highest level in the league. Chick/Dressler are good and I loved them dearly as a fan but let’s face it the team was 3-15 and they did not get us out of that hole. I don’t put it solely on their shoulders but, if you want to be compensated as elite you have to provide elite. Saying you are not compensated fairly in CFL football is just crap. Once again you have an agent who represents you and needs to educate you about the value of Canadian Dollar versus American Dollar. You get what the market will support and that is based on what I pay as a fan for my seat. If the Mo Price type players think I will pay/can afford to pay $1000’s of dollar’s for my seat to give him an NFL salary….well that player is just a fool.