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Friday, November 11, 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 season is over in Riderville.  Head Coach and General Manager Chris Jones faced the media on Monday and Jones said what I expected him to say except for one thing.  To say I was shocked when he said he was giving himself an "F" for the 5-13 season that just transpired.  An "F"?! Wow! Some will obviously agree with that, but whether or you are with Jones or against him, you have to agree the degree of accountability he is taking is immense and frankly, it is refreshing.

Corey Chamblin never took any accountability for what was happening when the Rider fortunes started going south in the 2nd half of 2013 and Greg Marshall's "It's not up to me to motivate the players" quote during his short-lived tenure showed you how much accountability he had.

Jones eats, drinks and breathes football. That is plain to see. He doesn't like the fact he isn't going to the playoffs for the first time in his 15 year CFL career. He doesn't like the fact his team won just 5 games this year, and that he had to bring in over 100 guys to try and get a roster he liked. There is no downtime for this guy. He says there are many free agent camps happening before Christmas. He continues to look for players who he thinks can help the Riders out moving forward. More importantly, the thought of losing like he did this season seemingly eats him up.  He does not like being in the position he does, and I am 110 percent certain he will not have this football team in this predicament 365 days from now.

Yes, Jones did a lot of things wrong in year 1, but he is admitting to that. He did some things right too, and he should get some credit for that. A guy can be his own worst critic, and Jones certainly lives up to that.   Suffice to say, he won't be taking much off-time in the off-season.

-- Is Tim Hortons a sponsor of the CFL? The reason I ask is I would like to see the CFL piggyback off a great promotion that Tim's runs every year with the NHL.  The hockey card promotion draws extra people to a place which is already busy enough. You can get physical cards or an on-line set.  Could we not translate this to the CFL? Yes, you won't get a chance to win one of 87 Sidney Crosby autographed cards, but you could offer up some sweet prizes including some trips to the Grey Cup and other things. Kids love collecting cards, and this would be a great way to engage the younger demographic. There were many kids asking Mom and Dad to go to Tims to get coffee so they could get cards and there were many adults (yes I was one of them) making an extra trip for coffee so I could purchase some.

-- Richard Sherman would make a great wrestling heel! The Seahawks DB is the best at getting under other players skin as evidenced Monday night. He also knows exactly what he is doing. He's the agitator you hate in the NHL. Yeah, if I wasn't a Seahawks fan, I would probably be right in there with the Sherman hate, but I'm not. Leafs fans loved Darcy Tucker and that was it! Keep doin what you do Richard!! One other thing, that was one of the worst acting jobs ever by Bills kicker Dan Carpenter. That was just embarassing even for a kicker. There are some soccer players who might have even found that display amusing.

-- I love what Rock Creek Tap and Grill are doing with the University of Regina Cougars, and I hope more businesses get on board. The restaurant has come up with a "Cougar Burger". It is a burger brushed with sweetened chipotle beer sauce and topped with cheese, maple bacon, lettuce and tomato. One dollar from every burger consumed at their Quance and Normanview locations goes to the Cougars and Rams for costs associated with equipment, uniforms, coaching and travel. The promotion will run until May. It isn't easy for the U of R to get the $$$ needed for these things and any little bit of help like what Rock Creek is doing is tremendous. If more businesses do something like this, it is one less problem for the coaches and it helps make U of R athletics better.  Maybe they need to bring some mobile kitchens to the CKHS and Co-Operators Centre?? Yes, I know that won't be happening, but one can dream!

-- When was the last time the NHL had a better crop of rookies? Patrick Laine leads the league in goals and has Winnipeg fans thinking thGreey are indeed seeing the next Teemu Selanne.  The trio of Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Mitch Marner are giving Leafs fans some serious optimism moving forward. Others like Jimmy Vesey, former Pats prospect Brady Skjei, and Zach Werenski have had great starts to the season and there is a thought Jesse Pulijarvi may be ready to break out soon in Edmonton. Just picking three finalists for the Calder Trophy won't be easy much less select a winner if this continues.

-- Why did the NHL schedule the first ever game between Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby on election night? You can't tell me the league didn't know that was the case. What was also bad is the game was shown to just the local markets and wasn't a nationally televised game in either country. How is a McDavid-Crosby matchup not a Hockey Night in Canada game or a game on NBCSN or just NBC, If the league has no interest in showing McDavid play because he is on a Canadian team, will the same be said for Auston Matthews down the road. What about Laine? The NHL isn't helping themselves out.

-- Week 10 NFL Lock Of The Week --  Packers over Titans
   Week 10 NFL Upset Of The Week --  Steelers over Cowboys

-- Did the Moose Jaw Warriors send the Regina Pats a message this week? The Warriors obviously feel they can challenge the Queen City Kids by getting the league's 3rd leading scorer last year--Brayden Burke out of Lethbridge. I think its safe to say the Moose Jaw-Regina rivalry could be coming back. I don't think I am alone when I say seeing the Warriors and Pats battle it out in a WHL East final would be an event like we have never seen before. With the likes of Steel, Brooks, Hobbs, Wagner and Leschyshyn on one side and Howden, Gregor, Burke, Sawchenko and Zaitsev on the other, it just might happen this year. I would have loved to have gone to the game at Mosaic Place last night, but rest assured I'll be checking the calendar to see when the two teams go head-to-head this year.  It might be the best hockey you see this winter. All indications are the 5-4 Pats OT win was one to behold.

-- R.A Dickey is an Atlanta Brave. It is safe to say the Blue Jays roster got a little better on Thursday. I don't care if the guy ate up innings, he was a disaster in Toronto as far as I'm concerned, and the fact the Jays gave up Noah Syndergaard to get him was an egregious mistake. Where would Toronto have ended up if Syndergaard was in that rotation?

-- It is November 11 and that is a day to remember those who fought for our freedom. The veterans are leaving us slowly as they age. We can never give up the opportunity to thank them for their service to this country. Wear a poppy with pride today wherever you may be.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

degree of accountability Jones is taking is immense

BS !!! if he was taking any responsibility he would resign !!! thats what a responsible person would do !!!

Instead he keeps spouting excuse after excuse and the media and jones lovers lap it up and refuse to see the truth - that he is a terrible HC/GM
now he is out pretending to be scouting when in fact all the good players are either playing or on teams PR and all he gets to see is the left overs that aren't good enough for anything.no wonder there where no riders named to a all star team other than the ones he released or did not want to play for him.

Anonymous said...

Accountability is the only improvement from Taman/Chamblin.
Unfortunately you don't get points in the standings for admitting you suck.

Anonymous said...

It's only people like you that walk away if things don't work out. Nobody likes a quitter. I wish you people would realize Jones is here for at least 2 more years. Hopefully more.

Anonymous said...

What I Love this weekend is Roughriders Corporate Sponsor. AUDIO WAREHOUSE Which is Locally Owned and Operated keeping all the money in SK. Is having a pre-Black Friday sale on all their TVs and Sound Bars or systems. Just in time for the CFL playoffs. The guys there will take the time to explain the new 4K TVs as well as 4K HDR. They will also steer you away from 3 Brand names that have popped back up on the market again. Simply because they either went out of business or stopped manufacturing home A/V electronics. So low end Chinese Companies have bought the rights to use their names. Bad trickery for the unsuspecting consumer. Get to their store Saturday morning and be watching your new 4K HDR TV by early afternoon. Be ready for this weekends playoffs. Or the Seahawk - Patriots Sunday matchup.

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Anonymous said...

The accountability is great. Jones could make one excuse after another as to what happened this year. He puts it all on himself. For such a smart and knowledgable fan base that the Riders claim to have, the above commenters seem to have missed the message.

Anonymous said...

" In Jones We Trust "

Morgan said...

Lol. Scruffy is a seahawks fan? What are the odds of that(sarcasm)? Sherman is a complete loser for behaving the way he did on sunday night. He should be suspended indefinitely. His actions were cowardly and reckless. His response to the media after the game and in regards to carpenter's wife's comments and apology was beyond embarrassing too. He's so quick to bring up racism and garbage like that. I cringe every time he opens his mouth. He loves to take zero responsibility for his wrong doings and blame the system or other people. He's what's wrong with that country.

BM said...

Scruffy,i
A Pats-Warriors East final is a virtual impossibility as with the Divisional playoff structure unless Moose Jaw fell to a wild-card which is doubtful then at best a Pats-Warriors playoff series would be a second round affair.

Anonymous said...

Okay I will only say this on what you say about Jones Scruffy…I can easily tell you support him so you will say as you did very easily. I on the other hand am neutral on it…so maybe Chamblin did show he wasn't accountable and deserved what he got but how can you sit and spew garbage saying Jones will be way above where he is now, that is all hear say crap…he has to prove it before you can say it and I have said this from the start and that is Don Matthews tried what Jones is with so many positions and failed miserably and expect Jones will do the same but I won't sit and think he couldn't turn it around…time will tell the tale so give it up scruffy

Anonymous said...

You deserve this Scruffy

Anonymous said...


Jones isn't hiding his head in the sand. He is right there accepting all criticism and responsibility. Other coaches don't do that. Once he gets the roster he wants figured out, this team will be a contender for a long time. I have this team around .500 next year and then having a great shot at being in GC in 2018.


If you can't agree on that, I got two words for ya------SUCK IT!

Anonymous said...

Shameless plug.

Anonymous said...

Giant Tiger would give me better electronics than Audio Warehouse and I don't think GT sells electronics.

Anonymous said...

BM:

You might want to re-visit your statement because SC and Brandon are right in the mix too. The East is the best it has been in a long time.

Norm said...

I don't know of to many coaches in any sport that can put a winning team together in their first year. Especially with basically all new player. Yes it sucked when they got rid of the fan favorites, but it was time to get younger. The favorites that left were pretty much unproven nobodies when they first came to the riders just like some of the new guys that came in this year. And as for getting rid of Jones, this is the first time he has missed the playoffs since coming to the CFL. I guess that must be dumb like, ya right. Give your heads a shake. How is it that some of the most hated coaches are also some of the best coaches and that's what we now have in Riderville. I see a winning dynasty in the making.

Anonymous said...

The main point with this Jones talk is simply straight and simple, one failing season doesn't mean get rid of him but all the forecasting about how much better it is going to be next season and grey cup the year after in 2018 is simply forecasting which means absolutely nothing until Jones can prove he can get the team together and do it. DID YOU HEAR THE GLORY DAYS ARE COMING…HEY DID YOU HEAR THE GLORY DAYS ARE COMING…get over it and hope he can get his crap in order first.

Anonymous said...

Great point on McD-Sid.

Laine fell into Winnipeg's lap because Toronto and the rest of the hockey world was obsessed with Matthews.

Laine is a better player than Matthews and he shows it every night.

Skjei was a Pats prospect?

3RD and 1 said...

You know what really sucks. 90% of the comments on Scriffys article here are either negative or in your face direct shots. When did this fan base along with other CFL fans become this bad. Man it's just getting ugly. The amount of poison spewed at each other or towards the author or the team is ridiculous. No wonder they write movies like Mad Max. The way some of the comments on here read. You would swear the people in the Province despise each other. If that is the case. I feel for future sports generations. The colours On a uniform represent a team playing a game. Not a gang protecting their turf. Lighten up people. Have some fun. That's what this blog is all about. To be informed and have fun doing it.

Anonymous said...

Okay I will say a positive thing on scruffy's deal here…the CFL cards are an absolutely fantastic idea on all ends…only thing is keep the packs at 99 cents and give 4 cards per pack just for a little incentive for people to buy them

Anonymous said...

Coach Jones comments today in Vanstone's column make me believe he will never sign Darian. As a GM he gets to decide how to waste money on fines and players that "didn't fit" but can't guarantee doubles a set salary in case he gets injured!! And it's ok to let him play behind a broken down oline. As a GM he gets less than an F. Do you suppose one day he will realize green is the colour?