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Friday, June 17, 2016

SCRUFFY'S THIS 'N THAT

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

-- The Edmonton Eskimos are coming off as very short-sighted and petty as they prepare to take on the Riders in the last pre-season game of the year.  As you know, the game is not televised as was the case last year when the Calgary Stampeders came into Mosaic Stadium for pre-season play. The Riders, being the visionary that they are, had Dan Plaster and Luc Mullinder call the game on Riderville.com and the response was fantastic.

The Ti-Cats announced on Thursday they will stream their game on Facebook, but the Eskimos say to hell with modern technology. If you want to watch this game, pay for it.  It is bad enough teams ask fans to pay first class dollars for second rate games, but they do and that isn't stopping. However, to suggest fans come and pay their $$ instead of having an opportunity to watch it online is just wrong on so many levels.

At the end of the day, the Eskimos can do what they want, but its a very misguided plan and opinion as far as I am concerned. It's not the great way to build up a fanbase, but whatever.  The bottom line is Rider Nation will have to listen to Rod and Carm to find out what is happening and there's nothing wrong with that, but still.

-- A lot is being said about how much of a positive it is the Riders have the bye in Week 1 so that Chris Jones and crew get an extra week to get ready. It's a two-sided sword. On one hand, I would think the team would want to get out there and start playing games for real, but on the other hand, Jones gets a chance to mold his young crew and gives them a chance to watch some games because I'm sure there are some guys who are still wondering what the CFL game is all about.

-- As is the case every year around here, there is debate about who the backup quarterback will be. Brett Smith and BJ Coleman will decide that on Saturday afternoon and many feel it will be Smith's last appearance in Rider green. Does Jones really want to go into 2016 with no experience at the backup position. We all hope nothing happens to Darian Durant, but if something should happen, is Coleman the guy you want under center when you have a guy with CFL experience under your roof.  I think for that reason Smith is #2, Coleman is #3 and Phillip Sims sits on the PR.

-- There is a call for the coverboy of NHL 17 to be Gordie Howe. I am all for that. That would be a tremendous tribute to Mr. Hockey. There has also been a call for the NHL to do with Gordie's #9, what the league did with #99 when Wayne Gretzky retired saying no one else in the league will ever wear the number. It was Wayne who came up with the idea. I will admit I am a little torn on this one. If this was going to be done, it should have been done a long time ago. I also wonder what happens when Bobby Orr passes on....do we retire the number 4 permanently, do you do it with other players. This one is a slippery slope for the NHL. In the end, I don't think it happens. The NHL needs to find some way to pay tribute to Howe though. Do you now rename divisions and call one "The Howe Division", do you rename or add a trophy with his name on it and if so, what the trophy symbolize. I don't think the NHL wants to give out a trophy for the most Gordie Howe hat-tricks since they don't want fighting anymore. Something needs to be done, but what?

-- Is there parity in the NHL? While Pittsburgh, Chicago and L-A have each won two Cups since the lockout, but there have been 11 different runners-up.

-- I'm interested to see how the independent review of athletics at the University of Regina will turn out. I am sure there will be talk of having the Rams change their names to Cougars so every team at the U of R is under the same banner, but could the 17 Cougar teams be reduced. I am a huge supporter of university sport, and I know a lot of suggestions are being thrown around. I just hope its a tweak here and a tweak there and that some programs aren't discontinued. I'm not sure that wish will become reality.

-- Congrats to Craig Smith. The former Riders director of player personnel landed on his feet by joining his hometown Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a scouting position. This guy knows what he is doing, and he has a genuine passion for it.  Even when he knew his days were up in Riderville, he still gave the team a review on Josiah St. John who ended up being the first overall pick. Many would have kept that report to themselves, but Craig is too classy for that. The Bombers got better with his acquisition.

-- Major League Baseball's attempt to say Ichiro Suzuki is the hit king is a joke and is just a dig at Pete Rose. Suzuki is a great player, but many of his hits were in the Japanese league. It isn't the same. Just like the CFL is different than the NFL. If it weren't Doug Flutie might be the best quarterback the game has ever seen. We didn't add Gordie Howe's WHA totals to his NHL totals. No one is adding Jaromir Jagr's KHL stats to his NHL ones and we shouldn't be adding Ichiro's Japanese hits total to what he has done in the major leagues. I think its terrible the way baseball is trying to stick it to Rose. Let it go already!

-- Two thumbs up to Jon Ryan. The Regina native basically shut down his social media accounts after getting into it on Instagram with a "fan" over the Orlando shootings. Jon basically told the "fan" where to go by saying he was a terrible human being and to stop following him.  I hope Jon brings back his accounts at some time because he is one of the best athletes out there, but I don't think anyone can really disagree with what he did and said.

-- That's all I got. Have a great week!

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

So what your saying is you want your fanbase sitting on a computer or in front of a tv screen to watch your games...how is that helping to support your team, just a mindless comment. How about you worry about your riders and we will worry about our Eskimos.

Anonymous said...

Just a complete joke by the Eskimos. Like the Riders, I am sure the Eskimos have a fanbase outside of Edmonton. They are not doing themselves a favour, nor are they helping promote the CFL. Nice job Edmonton!

Anonymous said...

Too late to retire #9. It should have been done years ago. I can just see the Habs fan=base being up in arms saying you do it for Gordie, but not for Rocket Richard? The trophy idea is a good one.

Brian

Anonymous said...

Sure I understand about having fans outside of the home base but it is kind of a no win situation...you give them options of live feeds from the computer and to being televised then they decide to watch it on the 65 inch television and dodge expense being live and in possible weather situations...people not attending games live is what will kill the CFL, they need the support in the seats, not at home watching it.

Tim from Kansas said...

Here's just a thought. The colleges have the same issue down here. During early season/non-conference games they networks don't want to pick up a lot of the games.

So the cable companies make the games pay per view events, and black them out locally unless they get a sellout, in which case local fans can buy pay per view as well (I assume Edmonton would never sell out but who knows). The broadcasts are low budget by network standards, unfamiliar announcers, fewer cameras, etc. but for the fans who care, they get to watch the game.

I don't know the economics, but say you charge $20 to watch, you get maybe 25,000 TVs in Sask alone, thats a half million bucks, teams make some money, cable company makes some money, fans get to watch, everybody wins.

Anonymous said...

Short-sighted and petty aren't the words I would use to describe the Eskimos. Its more like greedy.

Saying nope, you have to come to our game to see it when it is an exhibition game is a pure move of greed. Disgusting!

I am 100 percent positive Riders would have Luc and Dan doing game last week if TSN hadn't been here.

Anonymous said...

U of R "Cougar Athletics" includes the football team. Change the Rams name to reflect the school, should have been done right from the get go.
"Go Cougar Athletics!".

Anonymous said...

Who in their right mind buys a pre-season ticket?

Even in your season ticket renewal price you really aren’t paying for the preseason game.

Anonymous said...

I agree the Eskimos should find a way to do this game for their fan base and ours, but at the end of the day should not the rightsholder be doing all pre-season games instead of a select few?


Jim

Anonymous said...

The game was broadcasted over the radio(CHED)in Edmonton smart guy so we could listen to it but I do like the pay per view for 20 dollar idea.

Anonymous said...

They should not do it just to spite rider fans... IT'S PRESEASON WHO CARES!

Anonymous said...

The Eskimos owe the rider fan base NOTHING! Blame TSN for not providing coverage if you want your away games streamed that is what TSN GO is all about. The other option is get in your car and drive to donate $$$ to the Eskimos or ... listen to Rod call the game on the Radio. OK that last one is a bit much.

Anonymous said...

Most fans who want to go watch a football game go and watch. It's only a very small but vocal minority who would stay in the basement. Listening to them makes an organization look like amateurs. Too bad Edmonton has sunk to this standard. I know the riders spend a lot of energy trying to keep the basement micromanagers distracted. Despite their best efforts they get out from time to time and generally micromanage years of defeat. Too bad. Perhaps Edmonton is going through this small town phase. Don't be too judgmental over Edmontons predicament because eventually the Sask small minded micromanagers will get out and they will run Jones and company outta town. Let's hope it's in 10 years rather than 10 games.

Anonymous said...

Scruffy's photo needs to change to a Pats jersey. Roddy do you agree?

Anonymous said...

OH MAH GAWD!!! How will the Green Zone and their 6 listeners be able to properly convey what happened at Commonwealth? THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!


Anonymous said...

You can't retire #9 in the NHL for Gordie Howe considering it was also worn by Maurice Richard, Bobby Hull, Johnny Bucyk, Andy Bathgate, Glen Anderson, Clark Gillies, Lanny McDonald, Mike Modano and others. All these players are in the Hall of Fame. 99 was a special case as Gretzky dominated his era like no other player before or since and 99 was already a special number.

Anonymous said...


Completely agree with the commenter on the #9 jersey. It had to be done once he retired like Gretzky.

Ryan

Anonymous said...

would be nice to see Edmonton fold and get a new team in Halifax