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Friday, September 2, 2016

LABOUR DAY WEEKEND RODSERVATIONS


11 QUICK HITS

1 - LABOUR DAY CLASSIC L: Happy Labour Day long weekend!  By my count, Sunday marks the 50th Labour Day Classic and as we all know it'll be the last-ever in Old Mosaic Stadium.  The Riders are just hours away from announcing a sellout but because they haven't already, that must mean some tickets remain available.

From the records I've kept over the past number of years, the Roughriders are 33-16 all-time over Winnipeg in the Labour Day Classic and have won the past 11 in a row.

2 - MORE: The forecast calls for clouds and 18 degrees Celsius.  Plus, the Bombers are favoured by 4.5-points.  Don't the oddsmakers know the Roughriders always win on Labour Day Weekend?

3 - WELCOME BACK DRESS: Blue Bomber receiver Weston Dressler declared himself fit to play in Sunday's Labour Day Classic L after spending the last several games on the Injured List.  You know what's odd?  The only people talking about Weston's return are the people from Winnipeg.

It's not that we aren't interested in his return, or that we've forgotten what he did for this club.  I suppose there's just so much that's been going on around here lately that Dressler's return got lost in the shuffle.

However he'll be properly feted on Sunday and, I suspect, honoured by the club.  A simple solo shot of him on the SaskTel MaxTron for a pregnant moment might even suffice.  It would send the crowd into hysterics.

Weston's a franchise giant, we all love him, and he'll get his due.

4 - WEEKEND/GAME PLANS: The GoodLife Fan Fest opens its doors extra early, at 10:00 am, on Sunday on the practice field.  There will be a Mosaic Watermelon Patch with watermelon helmet carving, watermelon face painting and watermelon slices for everyone in attendance.  In fact the first 1,000 watermelon-themed Rider fans will receive a pair of commemorative WatermelonFest socks courtesy of Mosaic Company.  And 45 minutes before kickoff, a giant group photo of all participants will be taken to commemorate the final Labour Day Classic at Mosaic Stadium.

Don't forget on Saturday is the sneak peek/open house at New Mosaic Stadium from 8:00-4:00 pm.  Fans are asked to enter at the northeast corner of the new facility and be patient as you line up down Elphinstone St.  Roughly 10,000 fans are expected for the event.

The honoured Rider alumni for Sunday's game are: Andrew Greene, Cleveland Vann, Lawrie Skolrood, Larry Bird, Lorne Richardson, Robert Mimbs and Eddie Davis.

5 - WHIZ KHALIF:  The first thing I thought when I opened my emails during Wednesday's new stadium tour and saw the Riders had signed Khalif Mitchell was, "Holy Sh*t!".  Then, I was excited he was a Roughrider.  He was almost unstoppable during his time with the B.C. Lions and was impactful as an Argonaut too.  His penchant for saying offensive things on Twitter got him toasted in Montreal but it seems that won't be an issue now since his Twitter account has been locked down by Chris Jones.

On his first day of practice I thought Mitchell was dominant but he may have been running on adrenaline.  Plus he wasn't in pads.  On Day 2 he slowed down considerably but remember he hasn't played football in a season and-a-half.

Sportsnet's Arash Madani figures the signing of Mitchell was less about football and more about Jones and the Riders making a statement to the CFL.

They're dumping on us in Toronto - from small things to big things - and the Riders are starting to push back.

6 - MORE ON THAT HERE: In case you haven't wet your finger and stuck it in the wind, there's something blowing between the CFL head office and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.  It's bubbling and simmering now, but could be headed towards a bloody stand-off.

Madani covered it well on last night's SportsCage in Hour 3 which is available at www.sportscage.ca.

I've only danced around the story for the past number of weeks but am ready to pull the trigger at any time.  It includes the backroom politics of the offices on Wellington Street, and what's turned into a very tumultous tenure for the CFL's 13th Commissioner.

Stay tuned.

7 - NEW MOSAIC STADIUM: Others are calling it Mosaic Stadium 2.0.  Who cares?  The fact remains it's the most beautiful facility I've ever seen or been in and still haven't come to grips with the fact it's ours.  I've pined for a lifetime to have something like this and now it's here.  INCREDIBLE!

The #1 question I've gotten since Wednesday's unveiling is, "What do you really think about the new stadium?"  My reply is: What do you think I think?  I couldn't have been anymore descriptive or open about my thoughts on the radio or in Thursday's photo-blog.

Not one single thing has been missed by the designers of this stadium or the Roughriders and City of Regina personnel who were part of the design and construction.

For years I'd come back from the west coast trip with the Pats and be depressed for weeks over the fact we played in that old dump of Mosaic Stadium/Taylor Field.  (Although I've always been a huge fan of the Brandt Centre and still am.  It's as good as anywhere in the Dub).  Now, we don't need to travel anywhere for a world-class experience.

Wednesday's tour guide said the question he gets the most is when or if there will be a roof added to New Mosaic Stadium.  The easiest answer to that is NO.  Enjoy what we have.

And, incidentally, that new stadium wouldn't be sitting here if it wasn't for Pat Fiacco and Jim Hopson, and subsequentally Rider fans, the people of Saskatchewan and Regina, and the Founding Partners of the Roughriders.

8 - NEW HOCKEY ARENA?: That buzz continues but it's quieter now than it was a year ago.  Would the Pats owners want to leave Evraz Place which is becoming the hive of the entire province?  You wouldn't think so.  However after seeing New Mosaic Stadium, all its amenities and spin-off benefits, I started wondering if QCSEG might get a little envious.  Or at the very least, get tired of hearing about how great it is and living in the shadow of it.

The Pats owners certainly have the resources to build a facility on their own with no public money.  The rumour is it could go right downtown on Dewdney Avenue or west of the city on land the owners currently possess.

Interesting times on the Regina sports scene.

9 - EXCEPT LAST NIGHT: The Pats got spanked 6-1 last night by the Swift Current Broncos in WHL preseason play.  They were listless and barely crossed the Broncos' blueline all evening.  Keep in mind too that the Pats were without Adam Brooks and Austin Wagner, but they should've been better than being outshot by that wide of a margin.

The Cooperators Arena was jammed and afterwards I got a ton of messages from fans who went to the game at my urging and left disappointed.  Hey - I was surprised too!

I sat with the Pats staff and scouts and although they weren't impressed either, they know there's a long ways to go yet.  Like home games tonight and Saturday, plus 72 regular season games!

I'll go on record today as saying this will be the greatest Pats season in 30 years.

10 - KAEPERNICK: I'm not sure how much time Canadian sports networks have devoted to the Colin Kaepernick story because my TV's been on ESPN 'round the clock all week.  Everybody knows by now that the San Francisco 49ers quarterback refused to stand for the Star Spangled Banner during NFL preseason games and his boycott will continue into the regular season (if he's not cut before then).

Now, news has broken that on August 10 Kaepernick was wearing socks during practice that featured cartoon pigs wearing police officers' hats.  It was caught on video.  ESPN analyst Herman Edwards had some very stern words for Kaepernick last night.

What a maroon this guy is.  If you want to sit down during the anthem, that's your business.  But mocking law enforcement officers given his public position and influence on youngsters is another thing entirely.

Hopefully, instead of dealing with this saga over the next several weeks, 49ers coach Chip Kelly just cuts his ass and the whole matter will be behind us.

11 - MORE:  Meanwhile, ESPN Radio morning co-host Mike Golic (a longtime NFL defensive lineman) went on an epic rant trashing the CFL for allowing coaches to have contact with their quarterbacks right up to and during the play.

A CFL assistant coach explained last night the intricacies of how the coach's mic into the quarterback's helmet no longer shuts off.  It's an innovation he was against.

The gist of Golic's tirade?  The new CFL isn't football.

So now the CFL is getting ripped by ESPN for its rules and advancements.  E-S-P-freakin'-N.

But it's the Saskatchewan Roughriders who damage the integrity of the CFL.

Give me a break.

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THAT'S IT! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND STAY SAFE
RP
@rodpedersen

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

It amazes me that there are still a few professional football players like Kaepernick that fail to act in a politically correct manner at all times. Why risk all that wealth over a pointless protest? - too much ego. No individual can change the powerful forces for good and ill at work in the world. My advice to any pro - visit sick kids in hospitals, join with others with you money to help build schools and hospitals in communities desperate for help.

Anonymous said...

Not a fan of the Bombers or Riders but really hope you people in Riderville give Dressler a standing ovation for playing his ass off for you for all the years he was there…never thought the day that Dressler, Chick and Getzlaf wouldn't be there and especially all at once…wow. Anyways Sask you could do me a favour and beat Winnipeg please lol.

Anonymous said...

You still see more Dressler jerseys on fans then any current player. I personally will cheer him before the game before the game but once the ball kicks off he's just another guy in blue.

Rudyman said...

Golic sounds like he would be an interesting radio interview!

Anonymous said...

So why does an ESPN/NFL radio guy feel its necessary to comment on the CFL. Can he name 3 teams in the CFL?

Anonymous said...

So the riders plan to show up the league is to get a headcase with poor judgement into their locker room and around all their young players? Seems like the definition of cutting your nose off to spite your face.

Anonymous said...

Have tickets for Labour Day--won't attend
Won't spend any more money on Riders until the coach/gm who
1 cut Chick & Dressler & was "less than forthcoming" about negotiations with them

2 got team fined for Not playing Canadians
3 Cheated on roster rules. Fined again
4 Does not answer media questions about his actions
5 Doesn't live in Saskatchewan ( wasn't that a requirement once??
6 talked to Greg Hardy about playing for Riders
7 signed Khalif Mitchell
8 Is disrespectful to other Team coaches & CFL commissioner
9 Record 1-8
Rider Pride??? Not for an organization headed by this guy

Hope Dressler scores 3 tds

tskware said...

I have been surprised this change in mic to helmet communication hasn't received more attention from the media. I think the media missed a big story right at the start of the season. This change has the potential to transform the game and I don't understand the motivation. What's stopping the OC in the prese box from telling the QB where his first look should be based on alignment before or just after the snap of the ball? And if no teams have taken advantage of this yet, why not?

Rod Pedersen said...

You'll be back when we're winning.

Anonymous said...

Nailed it Rod.The whiners who are not attending games,buying merchandise and giving up season tickets will be back after a couple of wins.

Anonymous said...

Time for Montreal to start looking ahead. Sit Glenn, play Cato.

Anonymous said...

Give the league office hell Rod. Glen Johnson and his cronies are ruining this great league with all their stupid rules that have been turning the fans away in droves. The worst part is that they actually think they are doing the right thing. In Kevin Siefert's email Johnson talked about how if the Eskies hadn't made that challenge they might not have won the Cup. Well first off, you have no proof that they wouldn't have won the Cup. Second, it's a stupid rule in the first place regarding the contact and there's a reason the NFL hasn't implemented it yet. Finally, you're going to alienate the fans over a whole season just to have something in place for a championship game? Guess what, if the fans are PO'd enough there won't be anyone watching that championship game! Even Zach Collaros has said these multiple challenges and penalties are completely stupid. If you called a hockey game like the CFL is attempting to control football, you'd call every hook, slash, bump and interference call and the game would be stopped every three seconds. It's completely ridiculous.

Hopefully the heavy hitters on the BOD like Mr. Morsky, Larry Tannenbaum and Bob Young put an end to this stupidity. People want to watch and love the CFL but these clowns are not letting them. Pathetic.


Dubya

Anonymous said...

See ya later part timer

Anonymous said...

Agree with you Rod regarding Kaepernick. Sitting for the national anthem is one thing but disrespecting law enforcement like that is completely unacceptable. Hope he gets cut and never finds a QB job again. And he'd better not be welcome in the CFL.


Gunderson's Yorkton

PS Love the new stadium pics. Hopson's still a bum though.

Anonymous said...

I don't see this as the part of 'you will be back when they are winning' or 'your only a part time fan'…Rider fans can still love there team but if they don't like what the organization is doing then why should they support them until things are done right…do you support things when you don't believe or are against whats going on…my point exactly, some fans do have pride of there organization other then just winning or losing…it's called pride bud. Another example is when Tillman went to Edmonton…I know many fans that stopped supporting them due to what he did in Sask, they still loved the team but wouldn't support the organization until they punted his ass out of Edmonton so I don't blame Sask fans one bit if this is how they feel.

Anonymous said...

Good old Gunderson, always wanting to take a cheap shot at his nemesis Jim Hopson. Maybe he was a student of Jim's back in the day and got a D in math, or maybe just another fan's weird obsession.

Starting to see quite a few Bomber jersey wearing folk in Regina today already. One bomber fan told me that the big W in his jersey now stood for WIN. Seems the invasion has begun..

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

Saw a poster today and it said that the World Broomball Championship is being held in Regina towards the end of October. Hope they involve the SportsCage.

Anonymous said...

I see that Henoc Muamba has been cut by the Cowboys. Could he be on the Riders radar?

Anonymous said...

Can't believe you are in favour of signing Mitchell! Oh Boy!!!

Anonymous said...

Who gives a rats ass anout Kap socks, try and be a black man when there is major racial tension (lots of that has to do with cops) south of the border.

Anonymous said...

Richie Hall Defense is one of the best in the league at this moment.
It is going to be tough!

Go Riders
Bonnie

Anonymous said...

Hey just threw that in there to crank your chain. Relax, I'm not worried about Hopson anymore. Reynolds is the man and he'll be the best ever when his tenure is over.


Gunderson's Yorkton

Anonymous said...

The stupidity of the "part-time fans" continues to surface in their "Troll motivated" comments on here. Firstly if this team was 10-0 there would still be the trolls commenting. Most because they have an agenda that I might add will never go anywhere, so get over it. Easy to follow a pack but too stupid to think for themselves.

Regarding Mitchell, he made a mistake by making an inappropriate comment on "Twitter". Time to move on. I heard an inappropriate comment last night at a restaurant and then again today while lined up getting my coffee. The only difference is these people didn't post it on twitter. Mitchell paid a price so you move on. The idiots which include Vanstone live in this paper thin vail of righteous indignation, and live in this fantasy world where they are the moral compass of the world. They are not! I will call anyone a liar who says they have never heard, repeated or otherwise listened to an off-colored joke, racist or sexist joke. If you heard one in the workplace did you report it? The truth a lot of trolls moral compass spin according to their agendas.

This team has had a couple key retirements, a couple defections, and a slew of injuries. "NO TEAM" could have withstood what they've gone through. Jones has been around and knows what goes on on other organizations. He know that the recent events are the work of a "Controlled" commissioner. This control is exerted by Buono, Brailey, and Hufnagel for the most part. He does what they say. It's time for our BOD, GM, GM and other power brokers to kick the league in the gonads and expose what's really going, even if there are casualties throughout the league. Time to stand up for the "real" fans and people who don't have agendas and support the team through thick and thin. Not the Trolls who surf along the net and spew their garbage. An investigation should start at Bo Levi Mitchell and his twitter posts and expand from there. It's time to turn this Corrupt Head office upside down. Time to give them a bloody nose.

Anonymous said...

Bye bye u never was of a rider fan

Anonymous said...

Just saw that Twitter picture of you in the Rider jacket. If you can make a new profile pic for the old Scruffdog, you can make one for yourself too.

Anonymous said...

The unique thing about Saskatchewan is that we have TWO Labour Days on the same weekend: Sunday is Labour Day for Rider fans and Monday is Labour Day for all working stiffs, most of who are Rider fans. So Saskatchewanish!

Anonymous said...

Folic made those comments when asked if the NFL should adopt not cutting off communication to the QB for the entire play like the CFL.

He was strongly against it because he knows how coaches are control freaks and in his mind the coaches would be telling the qb to check into this play or that pay, throw it to that guy or this guy.

Basically football could turn into a live version of Madden if you have a control freak for a offensive coordinator.

Anonymous said...

Adios, good evidence! Don't come back.

Anonymous said...

Hilarious... A Anonymous post calling certain fans part time or trolls and is sticking up for Mitchell. As well as suggesting that Huffnagel, Buono and Braily control the league.
First of all, fans have the right to publish their opinion. Negative positive or what have you. It's a free Country. Most of them still love their team. They just dont like or believe in who may be running the team at that time.
Secondly Mitchell has many more Anti Semitic posts after he apologized to the Jewish Community in 2015 before he was released in Montreal. Mitchel said he was now much more informed and didnt mean to offend anyone after his meetings with the head of the Jewish Community. Then he posts more as late as April 2016.
Lastly know one really knows whats going on at the commissioner office. Your just ranting and posting what you think is going on. You have ZERO proof on any of your opinions. Especially the Commissioners office. So really you are exactly what you are calling other people.

Spock Logic

tskware said...

A good team would have withstood it. Or prevented retirements or defections or trades that didn't work out from destroying the season.

tskware said...

Exactly