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Thursday, January 19, 2017

RODSERVATIONS

A RIDER DOZEN NOTES:

1 - The list of potential starting quarterbacks for the Saskatchewan Roughriders is getting long and actually quite distinguished. It seems our SportsCage listeners can't get enough of this discussion as we spent a solid 90 minutes on the topic on Wednesday.

To recap, here are some of the names we discussed: Kevin Glenn, James Franklin, Travis Lulay, Ricky Ray, Henry Burris, Mitchell Gale, Jeremiah Massoli, Jeff Mathews, Brandon Bridge, Jake Waters and/or G.J. Kinne.

Do any of those float your boat?  Perhaps it'll be none of them.

2 - A prominent CFL Insider texted me late Wednesday saying it's highly unlikely Travis Lulay would "okay" a trade to Saskatchewan - or anywhere for that matter.  Apparently Lulay's quite comfortable in Vancouver and with his situation behind Jon Jennings.

3 - Speaking of Jonathan Jennings, he will forever be the poster boy for young quarterbacks "coming out of nowhere" to takeover the starting job with a CFL team. It's fairly rare for a guy to have so much success so early, but Jennings has proven it can happen.

4 - On the flipside, guys like Tino Sunseri, Seth Doege, Brett Smith, even Keith Price, can't say they didn't get a fair chance to shine with the Roughriders.  Perhaps they got thrown into the fire too early and it hurt their careers mightily but all players want is a chance.  Those guys all got that here in spades, but didn't do much with it.

5 - Interesting Tweet by Eskimos colour commentator Dave Campbell that back-up quarterback James Franklin could be available for the right price. That was rather astounding for me, as I can't imagine Campbell would just throw that out there without checking with GM Ed Hervey first.

Perhaps Hervey realizes it's in his best interests to trade Franklin to the Riders - and be able to name his price - rather than lose him in free agency after the 2017 season.

But I try not to assume what others are thinking.

6 - The notion persists in the CFL that the Riders' Chris Jones' has an unidentified Plan B and it very likely is James Franklin.  It's likely become Plan A now that Darian Durant is no longer in the 306.

7 - Many, many fans are writing me wondering why Darian Durant hasn't signed with the Alouettes yet and if that means he could hit free agency in mid-February.  People really need to relax and stand down.

He hasn't even been an Alouette for a week.

8 -  Interesting tidbit in a Drew Edwards column at 3DownNation.com about why Corey Chamblin won't be considered for the Ticats' vacant Defensive Coordinator position.  Apparently it has a lot to do with Chamblin "leaving Kent hanging" for the postgame handshake after the 2013 Grey Cup. Oddly, I don't remember the incident.

9 - It's utterly laughable that anyone would suggest the Roughriders are the sole source feeding me information about the Canadian Football League.  They don't think I talk to people from all nine CFL teams on a regular basis?  C'mon, pull your head out of the sand.

10 - Congratulations to the Voice of the Saskatoon Blades Les Lazaruk who called his 1700th WHL game last night.  Way to go Lester!  That's a lot of hockey.

11 - Get ready for a seismic shift on the junior hockey landscape in the next year.  The citizens of Nanaimo, BC are going to a referendum in March to vote on building a new 5,500-seat arena designed to house a WHL team.  Officials with the BCHL's Nanaimo Clippers are starting to get nervous and know they'll be squeezed out of town if the Dub arrives.  The question now is: which WHL team will be on the move?

You can take your pick of which team is suffering from lousy attendance this year but IT'S NOT A PROBLEM!  That's what we're told.

12 - The Swift Current Broncos issued a news release this week that this Saturday's home game against the Regina Pats will be broadcast live on Shaw/Access.  It's a very big deal to the Frontier City to have the TV crew in town and have a game shown live from the Credit Union I-Plex!

The scene reminds me of the big deal NFL teams make about the Monday Night Football crew when they hit their city.  Unfortunately I won't be in the broadcast booth as I'll be out of the country but Darren Dupont and Jared Dumba will more-than-capably have the call.

Incidentally, Tri-City Americans broadcaster Craig West got into it with Broncos fans on the weekend after they were beating incessantly on his broadcast booth.

That's soooooo 2007.

13 - Around 1,000 tickets remain for Saturday's Saskatchewan Rush home-opener against the Rochester Nighthawks at which time the club's 2016 championship banner will be raised.  It'll be the home debut of #1 overall pick Ryan Keenan (son of Rush Coach & GM Derek Keenan), and overall just a special night.

Derek Keenan will be on the SportsCage today to preview the match.

I'm not sure why some in this province are slow to get aboard the Rush bandwagon.  Jealousy perhaps?  At 15,000 per game, the Rush aren't hurting for support.

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BIRTHDAYS:  Happy birthday on Thursday to current Rider FB/LS Levi Steinhauer and former Rider DB Nick Graham!

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THAT'S IT FOR TODAY! SEE YOU ON THE RADIO AT 4
RP
@rodpedersen

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Rush? The team that only does things in Saskatoon and ignores the rest of the province? Does Saskatchewan's other pro team do that? I went to a couple of games last year, but the allure is over for me to make the trip back and forth from the Jaw.

Troll away Saskatoon!


CB

Anonymous said...

Will there be enough room in the rafters at the Sask-Tel Center for a Championship banner?

Anonymous said...

back-back "league champions"...can any other sask. team boast that record?..besides Saskatoon Hilltops?

Anonymous said...

Why isn't Armanti Edwards on your list Rod?

Rod Pedersen said...

Because I don't believe it'll happen.

CM said...

it would be interesting if you asked Chris Jones how come Ottawa can afford Harris and Burris and Ti-Cats can pay Collaros $510K and Toronto can pay Ray and Willy why cant Riders afford Durant at $400-$450K? Plus how much did it cost Riders to airlift new WR's and DB's for tryouts last year. and most of those guys were just fodder and got cut. not to mention all those QB's brought in and most wont stick in the league as starters. Probably far more than the difference required to pay Darian.

Anonymous said...

But you believe the others will? When Burris has openly said he will only play for Ottawa if he chooses to play and the Lulay rumour is a complete farce?

Edwards is as likely as some others on that list.

Anonymous said...

1 season in Saskatoon and they are back to back Saskatchewan champions? Whatever floats your boat Toon towner.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, but it's lacrosse. Lacrosse!

Anonymous said...

Bronco fans have been beating on that booth, and the booths around it, every game since 1986. The home side gets it just as bad as the visitors. It's part of the Swifty experience. There aren't many 50 year old rinks left. I would suggest broadcasters, especially ones that only come around once every two years, enjoy the experience.

RS

Anonymous said...

There is a new guy who threw his hat in the ring in the federal Conservative Party race for leader. Did not catch his name, but saw his photo. Is George Yannitsos now in the race? If so, he has my vote! (If he buys me a few beer).

Anonymous said...

If Jones and company are saying they will leave no stone unturned finding a starting quarterback or other position players, it wouldn't hurt to look under their very own noses and give Armanti Edwards a look see. The guy was a Division I NCAA all-star at the position. Wake up! Tell Armanti to warm up his arm asap, he's going in.

Rod Pedersen said...

There's nothing enjoyable about it.

And, I'm all in on Kevin O'Leary.

Anonymous said...

Lets make Canada great again!

Anonymous said...

Down with Andrew Scheer! Up with O'Leary! Canada needs a money man in charge to match wits with Trump! Time for the rich to take their rightful place and save us all from the poor!

tskware said...

Haha. Yes, can you imagine O'Leary and Trump in the same room? They would spend on hour debating which one was smarter and leave the room upset the other guy just didn't get it, followed by a tweet explaining to the public the other one "wants something for nothing" Sad!".

As for Jennings, BC already had Lulay on board in case Jennings didn't work out. The Riders have no plan B (is there a plan A? Or is it like Trump's health care plan? "I can't tell you what it is, but it will be beautiful, trust me!").

Anonymous said...

Swift Current Sk._ typical uneducated country red neck rubes. Embarrasment onto themselves and the hockey establishment while not having the slightest inkling how they portray to a outside world.

Anonymous said...

Very good question. It wasn't cheap to fly in 192 players and dress 102. That's why other teams don't deal with that number of players and can afford to pay a big wage to one QB and in some cases to two QBS. It is not like he has found a good Oline to pay and no guarantee that he will. There isn't a lot of Oline men entering free agency and most are guards, not tackles. And we desperately need tackles. Poor priorities in where he spends his money. Perhaps could take some lessons from Desjardins in Ottawa. They paid two QBS, had a good O line and probably the best receiving Corp in the league while still having a respectable defence.

John Knight said...

No-one said Armani wouldn't get a shot and for heavens sake, shut up about Durant! HE IS GONE. What part of that don't you understand

Anonymous said...

Why can't the Riders afford Durant at $400-$500k? Answer; Durant is not the Roughriders problem anymore. He and his player agent rejected a very fair contract offer ($400k) by the Riders so his rights were traded to Montreal for draft picks. but hey! he's a pending free agent yet to be signed by anyone willing to take chance on him, just not Saskatchewan. Question; what cave have you been hibernating in? This is all old news.

Anonymous said...

I am an Edmonton fan but will tell you I think if the price is met you guys will have Franklin...it will be on the higher side but not way over done.

Anonymous said...

What! Come on Rod, you're actually voting for that goofball? He thinks ISIS isn't a threat and unions should be made illegal. Typical blowhard is what he is. Thought for sure you'd be supporting Jon Ryan's brother in law and local Regina boy Mr Scheer for leader!

Anonymous said...

Telemiracle just announced the national cast for this year's show, looks like Darren Dutchyshen is coming out for the show. That'll be awesome, he loves his home province. Rod have you ever been offered a spot on the cast? You'd probably love it.


Gunderson's Yorkton

Anonymous said...

Rod is in the entertainment business so it is only logical that he would support another fellow celebrity. No one knows what Kevin O's policy ideas are so far for changing the Conservative party and this big country, so may as well, like Rod, go all in at this point.

Spock

Anonymous said...

I'll support whomever can whip Trudeau and his puppet Ralph.

gman80 said...

Well.. now that it's confirmed that Durant has signed in Montreal, I guess it's only a matter of time till a deal for Franklin gets done! .. oh and I hope the Riders don't go after Lulay! If that guy is soo comfortable being a backup and not caring to be a starter anymore then why take a chance on him in Sask? His head isnt in it anymore and the Riders should want a player who wants to start, wants to play and win! -and Lulay doesn't seem to have that ambition. B.C. can keep him!

Anonymous said...

I believe now with Durant gone that developing James Franklin is our best bet for long term and sustainable success. But it certainly isn't a sure bet. What would we have to give up for him is the big question? Proven Canadians are always a hot commodity in the CFL, and we don't have very many of those right now. Thank you Corey Chamblin and Brendan Taman. Yes that was sarcasm. Evan

Anonymous said...

Telemiracle should get Jim Hopson for the show, he would be excellent!

Anonymous said...

It's too bad you didn't enjoy going to games enough to become a fan. Most people get hooked on the game pretty quickly, once they see it live and it has really taken off.

Keep in mind this is only the team's 2nd year in the province and they have nowhere close to the resources or budgets that the Riders have available. The Rush players live elsewhere year-round (mostly Ontario, BC and Edmonton) because they have regular jobs during the week and are pro lacrosse players on the weekends, flying in to wherever the game is at.

As for your suggestion the team ignores the rest of the province, back in November, the Rush partnered with the P.A. Raiders for a Sask Rush Night that even featured Rush-themed jerseys for the Raiders that were auctioned off for charity:
http://raiderhockey.com/article/raiders-announce-saskatchewan-rush-night

Di said...

Rider's did not start out spending any time in Saskatoon, that came later as they progressed and got established. Just saying I think you will see the Rush do the same thing. We should be over joyed that we have 2 great professional teams and support them both.

Anonymous said...

Best part about the Rush is Saskatoon has quit yapping about getting an NHL or CFL team. NLL is best suited to cities the size of Saskatoon.

@mrt_man said...

Going back in time... might have been nice to see Cole berquist get a better shot.

Hope kavis and dd make a decent run.

I am having trouble being optimistic about the rider season right now.

It's not 1850 unions are only still present to help the union leaders. Not needed in the slightest. Better for productivity without them.

Anonymous said...

Whoever can defeat Trudeau and Notley next door , I support

Anonymous said...

I see what you did there, nice try.


Gunderson's Yorkton

Dean said...

Mr Scheer is not local. Import from Canada's capital.

Anonymous said...

Just a note regarding the Rush. When they were in Edmonton I recall an interview with one of their players. During the week he works in an office in Toronto and only plays the weekends. What was ironic was that in the work station next to him was a player from a rival team. Considering that chances of big bucks being made for playing it would be hard to leave a job that actually pays the bills to do an event during the week to entice fans that really have no knowledge of the entire situation.

Anonymous said...


Dean:

Andrew may not be born in Regina, but he is Regina through and through.

Bev Mahood is back at Telemiracle which means I will watch! What a smokeshow!


Patrick

Anonymous said...

Nanaimo Ice are apparently moving to Campbell River,the Kootney Ice are coming into Nanaimo. That's if the referendum vote goes through. Absolutely weird they would move to Campbell River as they have a solid support for the Junior B team there.

Anonymous said...


rods a celebrity? i thought he was just a redneck, with narrow minded ideals, jim hopson on tele miracle, sure, i heard they need more clowns

eman said...

Why not Rod? I know he was originally told he would get some reps at QB. Why wouldn't he get the chance?

eman said...

Actuall, Rod says above he doesn't believe AE will get a shot. I just want to know why he feels that way? Has he been told that by Jones?

Anonymous said...

Rod, Can you justify why you don't think Armanti Edwards could be QB? Is it because he is not your guy? I want to hear more than "It's not going to happen!" Do you have inside info or perhaps you are misleading Jones because you have money on O'Leary.