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Friday, January 20, 2017

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:

-- Has it been a week already since the Durant trade? The week has flown by with many voicing their two cents as to who will be under center for the Riders when the 2017 season opens.  That list is growing long with the names Kevin Glenn, Drew Tate, Travis Lulay, Henry Burris,and Ricky Ray being thrown out there amongst others.

The other name is James Franklin.  He is obviously the key cog in this whole equation. The Eskimos would like to keep him, but he doesn't apparently want to sign an extension. One can't blame Eskimos GM Ed Hervey for wanting a succession plan to Mike Reilly, but the Riders at one point were grooming Drew Willy to be Darian's replacement, but he wanted to be a starter and went to Winnipeg.

The name Vernon Adams Junior isn't coming up much, but he didn't sound too thrilled with the trade. Montreal didn't want to trade him here hoping he will be the guy after Durant. Adams doesn't sound as if he has that much patience. This story isn't even close to ending.

-- As all of this happens, I can't help but wonder where the Riders would be were it not for the season ending injury Durant suffered in 2014 at the Banjo Bowl. How would the fortunes of this team look had he not suffered that elbow injury. The Riders were 8-2 and on their way to a win that afternoon at Investors Group Field and then the bottom fell out.  Man, did it ever!

Could the Riders have repeated that year? If they did, you know Durant is still here, and I'm guessing Corey Chamblin and Brendan Taman are as well. Oh, how one play can change the history of a football team. Would the New England Patriots have had the success they had if it weren't for the tuck rule? They went on to win their first Super Bowl that year over the Rams and the rest is history.

-- Jose Bautista is going home again.  The 36 year old had no desire to return to Toronto, but other squads had no desire in signing Bautista so he goes back to Toronto. Inexplicably, he gets more money than the qualifying offer he rejected. Amazing!

Who's kidding who, Jose and the Blue Jays was like last call at the bar and we've all been there guys. The quotes GM Ross Atkins had on Thursday were purely laughable. If Bautista was always on their radar as Atkins claimed and if Bautista truly wanted to be a Jay all along as Atkins claimed, this wouldn't have gone until mid January.

-- What has happened to Carey Price?  The Habs goalie looks ordinary all of a sudden!

-- There are apparently Saskatchewan Rush donuts at the Tim Hortons in Harbour Landing.  Are there Regina Pats donuts anywhere?

-- Where does Tim Raines go down in the list of greatest Montreal Expos? Put me down as having him at number 2 right behind Gary Carter! He was Rickey Henderson before Rickey Henderson was cool.

-- Congratulations to Les Lazaruk! The iconic play-by-play man, and overall all-around good man, called his 1700th game when Medicine Hat paid a visit to Sask-Tel Centre Wednesday night. That's a lot of time in the rink and on the bus.  He's one of the best out there.

-- When did the phrase "50-50 puck" start getting used by broadcasters and who made this one up?  I have heard two references to a 50-50 puck this week. It's as annoying as a "good stick". That phrase isn't going away it seems, but let's hope 50-50 puck does.

-- NBC has announced "Will and Grace" is coming back.  Can we get "Married with Children" to return? That would be awesome. There has never been a better TV character than Al Bundy!

-- We find out who is going to the Super Bowl this weekend. I don't know how you can't take New England at home over Pittsburgh, but if the Steelers can get into a time of possession game and keep running Leveon Bell down the Patriots throats, they have a chance. The longer Pittsburgh is in the game, the better chance they have of winning.

As for the NFC game between the Packers and Falcons, the big question is how many yards and points will these two teams have. This game could go either way, but Atlanta has so much depth at receiver and a 1-2 punch in the backfield in Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman that it could be too much for a Green Bay team who is injured in the secondary.  Aaron Rodgers may have to perform a miracle three weeks in a row, and who's kidding who, he probably can.

-- Are the four remaining QB's the four best in the game as was suggested this week listening to NFL Radio. No doubt Brady and Rodgers are on the list, but is Matt Ryan there yet? Is Ben Roethlisberger one of the best four in the game? I would think guys like Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Derek Carr and yes, even Cam Newton even though I'm not a fan would be ahead of Roethlisberger and maybe Ryan too, but that could change if he takes his team to the Super Bowl with a great performance Sunday.

-- How much longer until spring training? The first baseball preview magazines are out which is always a good thing.

-- That's all I got. The Pats are home to Medicine Hat tonight so maybe I'll see ya at the Brandt Centre. Have a good weekend!!

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Since it takes so long to get out of Saskatoon's Sask Tel Centre lot, maybe the Police could do drinking and driving checks on everyone leaving the Lacrosse game tonight. With these new .04 rules, could probably seize 1,000 vehicles minimum.

Rod Pedersen said...

Great point. Perhaps people can get a ride or utilize a DD.

Anonymous said...


The same could be said at the Pats game.

Anonymous said...

Yup one or two big beers are you'd be legally over limit.

Anonymous said...


Why aren't their Pats donuts in Regina? I would rather buy some of those then a Rush donut. Saskatoon can have those!

Anonymous said...

If the Eskimos love Franklin so much, how about they sign Kevin Glenn and trade Mike Reilly to the Riders! That would be awesome...but won't happen.

Anonymous said...

We love Reilly more then Franklin thanks but promise if your getting Franklin this year you will be paying for it and if your not someone will.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Scruffy as to what could have been if Durant didn't get hurt in 2014 and 2015 for that matter. His injury in 2014 as the Riders eventual downturn was a matter of not having a credible back up which was really on Chamblin and Taman's shoulders. Taman admitted that they rolled the dice on that one and lost. the 2015 team had a good offense, but the defense was porous at best. I remember the offensive stats were actually really good in 2015 and in many respects led the league, but the Defense sucked big time. I think that was a combination of not having Richie Hall around and Chamblin trying to run the defense. These were really management decisions that saw the team crumble with the injury to Durant added in there

George Porge said...

Franklin is to Edmonton in 2017 as Bo Levi Mitchell was to Calgary in 2013. I don't see him going anywhere (especially if Franklin himself is realistic about his own career goals). I can see Edmonton signing him to an extension mid-season for some decent capital - especially if Reilly gets hurt.

Hervey is a very smart GM. He knows that having a warrior quarterback like Reilly also means you need a solid backup QB, as that backup will probably be playing more than a few games.

Anonymous said...

IMHO it was during the 2013 expansion draft, when ALL this mess started.

Anonymous said...

MONTREAL SURE UTILIZED A DD..TO BAD FOR US ITS GONNA BE A LONG RIDE THIS YEAR!

Anonymous said...

Is Big Ben a top qb. Well he's been to 3 Super Bowls and won 2. In the playoffs every year. He is in the top 3. I don't know what your thinking but naming top qbs is out of your league

Kellin Enslev said...

Pats donuts available at Evraz Place, as well as Albert & 4th Avenue, Rochdale and Vic East at a minimum...could be more

Anonymous said...

Pat's donuts are available and do not get petty about a RUSH donut because they are based in Saskatoon. I think people in Saskatoon have done a pretty good job of Supporting the Roughriders over the years.

Trust me, before last year the only thing I liked about Saskatoon was the Fuddruckers, but I am going to try and make it to at least one Rush game a year to help support the OTHER professional team in this province (and so I can go put liquid cheese on my fries and burger). Go Rush Riders

Mike Hammer

Anonymous said...

Did George Porge just say Hervey is a very smart GM. I guess our definitions of very smart are different.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Kellin. It's nice to know the Pats aren't getting ignored in their own backyard especially to some 2nd rate team that Saskatoon will lose interest in once they are losing.


GO PATS!

Anonymous said...

The Eskimos stole Reilly from the Lions just like the Riders are about to steal Franklin from the Esks.

Tit for Tat

Anonymous said...

Well Reilly would cost way to much, that's probably why jones left there, like he always does.

Anonymous said...

Once Toronto folds (and it won't be long), that will be the end of the CFL, good luck Regina with your new stadium, Rams parents and relatives should fill part of it though.

Anonymous said...

The cfl doesn't need Toronto to survive, we'll just move to sports tent or set up office in Calgary and keep going

Anonymous said...

Halifax or Moncton could support and financially do a lot better than that sad aa s z state in Toronto