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Friday, October 14, 2016

SCRUFFY'S THIS 'N THAT

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

- The Saskatchewan Roughriders showed again this week why they are "Canada's team". I don't care what political party you align yourself with, the practice at Parliament Hill was cool, and to get a visit from the Prime Minister was amazing. Can you imagine an NFL team ever doing what the Riders did at the White House?

I know we have often wondered why the Prime Minister never welcomes the Grey Cup champs to Parliament Hill. Perhaps the Riders have started something that could see the GC champs stage one practice a year on the front lawn of Parliament Hill.

- Riders head coach and general manager Chris Jones told the Sportscage Wednesday afternoon he hasn't slept very well since being knocked out of the playoffs. This will be the first time in his CFL coaching career he has not played in November. He says he is already looking at how to make this team better for 2017, and he had a long conversation with NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl winning coach Bill Parcells about how best to move forward.  This guy isn't fooling around. Hate him if you want, but he will get the job done,

- Is it just me or do you think the Riders will have to put up a couple of more fan walls? The football team brought out its "Build the Pride" Capital Campaign on Thursday. For 300 dollars, you can get your name or any name you want on one of three fan walls that will sit outside the new Mosaic Stadium. With the amount of "Rider Pride" that there is not only in this city, but this province and country, I think you will have to build a couple of more walls. To have people get their names, the names of their children or names of parents or relatives who lived and breathed Rider football immortalized forever is a great thing to do. Some will balk at the 300 dollar cost. That's nothing to have your name etched permanently as a member of Rider Nation which so many are.

It will be cool to see people from out of province who might make one return a year or every two years to come to the new Mosaic and find their name. Many will be doing that. I think the fan wall will be a huge hit in the years to come.

- The American League Championship Series starts tonight and this country will be glued to what is happening in Cleveland as the Indians take on the Blue Jays. Jays p x p announcer Jerry Howarth announced this week he has not referred to Cleveland as the "Indians" for years. I have nothing against Howarth, and think he is very good at what he does, but I do question his timing. This is not the time to politicize a debate many think is pointless.

I found it interesting that a CTV Regina poll on this issue found 91 percent of over 1000 people who responded say they are not offended by team names that have cultural origins. Add me to that list.  As I've said before, the NCAA can make North Dakota change their name from "Fighting Sioux", but they won't even consider asking Florida State to change its "Seminoles" marker. Are the Inuit annoyed with the name of Edmonton's football team?  Are the Irish opposed to what Notre Dame goes by. This debate is so tedious, but we keep talking about it for some reason. By the way, why doesn't anyone have a problem with the Blackhawks logo?

As for the baseball, I think this is going to be a great series. I think Cleveland has a better squad top to bottom than Toronto, and I don't see many games being decided by the 7th inning. Strap yourselves in Blue Jays fan, it is going to be a roller coaster ride.

- There are some out there who think the Blue Jays game going head-to-head against the Riders-Argos game on Saturday is a stunt by Rogers. Ummmmmmm NO! Once again, as was the case last year, MLB has had the schedule dictated for quite a while. Why didn't the Argos seeing the schedule perhaps go for a Saturday night game?  Anyone blaming Rogers for this simply needs a reality check.

- Here's a way to get people to the Argos game. Tell them Auston Matthews is going to be there. What can you say about that debut, and what can you say about his 2nd goal which is already a candidate for goal of the year. Matthews isn't going to do that every night, but his team may lose every night despite his heroics. I found it very admirable of the young man to take the blame on the Senators OT winner Wednesday night to dampen what should have been a night to remember.

- Two nights of the NHL season are in the books, and we are seeing goals galore. LOVE IT!!! I'm sure the trend won't last.

- Pats assistant coach Brad Herauf was bemoaning a lack of structure after what I am told was a tremendous affair between his team and Portland on Wednesday. Structure doesn't provide entertainment, but creative offensive hockey does. Herauf isn't the only coach to utter those words, and he won't be the last to say it this season. That's too bad, because games like that get people talking about the game. Isn't that what its all about?

- Week 6 NFL Lock of the Week  --  Cardinals over Jets
  Week 6 NFL Upset of the Week --- Cowboys over Packers

- Why is there no buzz about the Raptors?

- The first event of the PGA season started Thursday. Didn't last season just end?

- The U of R Rams can basically clinch a home playoff game with a win in Edmonton against Alberta Saturday afternoon. I don't know how the 4-1 Rams wouldn't finish in the top two with a victory over a Bears team that is struggling. I haven't looked completely at the last two weeks of the schedule, but I don't think UBC or Manitoba could catch them for 2nd if they were drop one of their final two games. Wouldn't a home playoff game for the Rams look nice! It's been a while since that has happened.

- That's all I got. I'm heading to Edmonton for that Rams game, and I am staying behind to check out Rogers Place Sunday as the Oilers play the Sabres. I'll take some pics and report back Monday....or maybe Tuesday.   Have a great weekend!

GO RIDERS!! GO SEAHAWKS!!! GO CUBS!!!

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Scruff, leave the blackhawks logo alone, it is the nicest crest in the NHL, and shows a warrior. Its not being racist....

Anonymous said...

Who was asked in the CTV poll that question? White people sitting in their little houses watching the supper news why of course they see no reason for it.

Anonymous said...

Good job scruffy

Anonymous said...


I'm an Indian, I voted in the CTV poll. I have no problem with Blackhawks, Redskins, Braves, Fighting Sioux, Seminoles whatever. It is a nickname. Move on to something else.

Anonymous said...

Matthews, McDavid, Laine, Eichel and the other kid in Edmonton with a name I won't even try and spell are going to be the faces of the NHL within the next 5 years. The fact 4 of the 5 are playing hockey in Canada is great.

Rob

Anonymous said...

Anon #1, you are 110% correct, the Blackhawks logo/crest is the best in the NHL.

Anonymous said...

Racist

Anonymous said...

"isn't that what it's all about" when speaking of hockey these days.

Simple answer : NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

It still is, always has been and always will be about winning.
Coaches care about their jobs, not about if the fans are entertained.

It's the league's job to shape the rules as such that the game will stay more entertaining ie: Removing the red line, making the crease smaller, allowing any curve on sticks etc etc etc.

So to answer your question Scruffy no, no thats not what it's all about. :)

Love your columns ScruffMan. This was in no way intended to be a jab or a dig like a lot of people on this site will take. This is just a friendly answer to a posed question. :)

Your pal:
*The Relaxed Gentleman*

Anonymous said...

Its really funny how Americans have never raised concerns about the Yankees......

John Knight said...

The biggest racists are the people who call everyone else racist

Anonymous said...

First off no you're not an "Indian" because the proper term is now Indigenous and if you have no issue with those names or logos than in antebellum times you'd merely be referred to as an Uncle Tom. Remember what your host said about Protesters. Everyone should see the world through his eyes so what a world that would be.

The logos are not racist per se they are just merely insensitive and completely ignorant. For Cleveland to still used that logo my goodness.

But again it's Saskatchewan welcome to Mississippi North.

Anonymous said...

Haha sorry scruffy your Seahawks are going down this weekend. They haven't faced an offense like Atlanta's yet. Matty ice is on fire. Go Falcons!!!

Anonymous said...

Redskins is the only name I have an issue with. The difference is this term is used as an insult to the Indian people.

Anonymous said...

I read this blog and all I can say is for shame for shame.

Anonymous said...

The Washington Redskins is the most egregious of team names given it is a racial slur and given the history of genocide in the US whereby indigenous people were not viewed as fully human and slaughtered as the settlers moved westward from the Atlantic. Imagine if Hitler had won WWII and German sports teams subsequently gave tribute to Jewish people by logos and team names, including racial slurs. Washington Redskins have in their early history were a team that refused to have any black players. Time for a reset for the 21st century and a new name,perhaps the Washington Americans.

Anonymous said...

I thought the Seminole tribe fought along side Florida state with the NCAA to keep the Seminole name.

It was all the other local native groups that had issue with the monikers of all the other NCAA teams

Clarkenstein said...

John Knight you are absolutely correct!! It's the usual old story. When the "politically correct" crowd start using the "racist" word it's, of course, because they have no real argument. Case in point... there are two High Schools in Arizona and New Mexico whose football teams are named the "Redskins!" They are on Navajo nations and the community is proud of these names. If they like the name who the hell does a non-native think is he is to argue otherwise?

Anonymous said...

Why in the hell would American Auston Mathews be at a Argo's game? He's got better things to do then waste his time attending a 9 team minor league game. Major League Baseball play-offs is where it's at this October. Exciting National Hockey League action, plus National Football League, great great entertainment. cfl ?!?!? a joke.

Anonymous said...

Mississippi north. that comment is made by a pure racists. Racists always play the victim and explain why others are bad ... because they are victims.....grow up..

Anonymous said...

Scruffy has everyone FIRED UP!!!

PS: I agree with you Scruff

Anonymous said...

Very good two page portfolio on the whole team name and logo issue in today's Globe and Mail.

Anonymous said...

It really is a shame when a question about Jerry Howarth politicizing something stupid brings about some of the comments on here. There's no racist statements issued here at all except for you anonymous trolls who have nothing better to do with your sad little lives.

Stuey Regina said...

Time for a snickers bar!

Anonymous said...

Saskatchewan land of some of the worst residential schools ever created here and nope no racism problem here. Shooting bystanders at point blank range and then you have a Premier who addresses the high rate of aboriginal inmates with maybe they shouldn't go to jail.

It is thee worst place on Earth for racism as all this place did was create a cultural genocide still being felt today. But hey it's all about the economy right.

Keep Saskatchewan strong.

Anonymous said...

A person who refers to himself as an Indian is corrected by someone else who thinks they are more knowledgable

That is so laughable!!

Roddy, weed out these trolls for gods sake.

Anonymous said...

I actually am embarrassed to live here I truly am.

Anonymous said...

Y'all never been to Mississippi or Alabama have ya.

Anonymous said...

So move. See, its just that easy.

Stuey Regina said...

Then what are you doing here!

Anonymous said...

Why is there no buzz about the Raptors? 3rd best team in the NBA!

Anonymous said...

Guess what North American indigenous rodeo cowboys call their own Rodeo Association.

And when they have their finals in Vegas it's called Indian National Finals Rodeo.

And guess who it was named by and guess what the qualifications to compete are.



Anonymous said...

Take your misguided anger somewhere else!

Anonymous said...

As a white guy, maybe my opinion on whether or not first nations people should be offended by a team name of logo is worthless. Good for Howarth. Much like Colin Kaepernick, he understands that protest is pointless if you're not making the establishment uncomfortable. the whole 'take your protest somewhere else some other time' attitude is the height of cowardice.