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Saturday, February 18, 2017

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1 - I've been looking forward to tonight for a week!  The Regina Pats visit the Moose Jaw Warriors Saturday night in what I hope will be a sold out Mosaic Place, and we'll be broadcasting it live all across Western Canada on Shaw and Access with my partner Darren Dupont at 7:00 pm Sask Time.

The games between the Pats and Warriors this season have all been epic, and the last time they met - February 1 in a sold out Regina Brandt Centre - the game wasn't decided until the final 24 seconds when Connor Hobbs beat Zach Sawchenko for a 4-3 Pats win.

It seems these two teams will meet in the WHL Playoffs somewhere down the line and we're getting to the "message-sending" time of the season.  That includes tonight.

And the Queen City Kids will be in an owly mood after losing 5-3 in Brandon last night.

2 - It's been so long since the Queen City Sports & Entertainment Group made their bid to host the 2018 Memorial Cup that most people have forgotten about it.  The Pats, Oshawa Generals and Hamilton Bulldogs all made their bids on January 25 in Toronto and then we were supposed to find out who won on February 4.  Then ... February 11.  Now, it's Febuary 18 and we're still not entirely sure when the announcement will be made.

Frankly - as a Pats fan, supporter and their TV broadcaster - my knees are knocking. From all accounts, this was supposed to be an open-and-shut case because Regina's bid was head-and-shoulders above the others.

Now I'm told the selection committee has run into a few snags.

I don't like snags. Snags aren't good.

3 - I get why it's done but I loathe when fans and media bring up team records in a season like the Pats are currently enjoying.  "What's the club record for wins in a season?" is an oft-asked question around the Brandt Centre these days.  (It's 49, set in 1980-81).  The Pats have 41 wins with 16 games to go so they should be able to smash that record without breaking a sweat.  Buuuuut, you never know and that's why I wish nobody would've mentioned it!!

Don't forget I wrote in early October that this is a 50-win team.

However the only way this becomes the best Pats team ever is if they win the 2017 Memorial Cup in Windsor, ON.  That's it.  That's the only way.  Until then, the 1974 Memorial Cup champion Pats are still the best team of all-time and even then you'd get a debate from long time fans even if this Regina won it all.

So there's a helluva lot of work to do yet.  This team could still get upset in the first round! Some annoying habits are setting in.

4 - I'm a huge, huge fan of NFL super agent Leigh Steinberg.  He's the guy the movie Jerry Maguire was patterned after and I've followed his career for 25 years. Even read his book "Agent" from cover-to-cover, a couple of times.  So it was a huge pleasure and an honour to welcome him to the SportsCage on Friday on 620 CKRM to discuss his latest client, Vince Young.

The 33-year old Young is indeed attempting a comeback and his desire to join the Saskatchewan Roughriders is real. Although Steinberg Tweeted on Thursday that he and the Riders have entered contract negotiations, he backed off somewhat on Friday saying they're "still at the exploratory stage".

Speaking from his office in Newport Beach, CA, the agent pointed out his client is a college football champion, 2-time NFL Pro Bowl'er and NFL Rookie of the Year.

He also said he'd like Vince Young to come to Regina and check out the New Mosaic Stadium facilities and see what this franchise has to offer. As any agent would, Steinberg was painting the picture that the Riders would have to woo them into signing.

As for Young himself, the agent said he truly wants to resume his career even though he hasn't played since 2011. He's not doing it for the money ... Young has plenty of that. And he didn't get a fair shake with the Tennessee Titans so therefore he has some unfinished business.

Most importantly, Steinberg said the idea isn't to use the Saskatchewan Roughriders as a springboard back to the NFL. Vince badly wants to play pro football, and wants to win a Grey Cup, or Grey Cups in Saskatchewan. They're not thinking about the NFL.

Lastly, Steinberg has represented a host of former CFL'ers - headlined by Warren Moon - so he has a very good handle on what this league is all about. It's not like he thinks Young will come up here, dominate, and then look for his first NFL opportunity. They're very respectful of the talent level of this league.

5 - Why would the Riders be going after Vince Young if they plan on aquiring James Franklin from Edmonton?

It's because I still don't think it'll happen.

6 - Steinberg inspired me so much back in the day that I actually seriously considered being an agent. I actually got an offer from a Canadian agency, but I had to start at the bottom which meant poaching other agents' clients and waiting outside bantam hockey dressing rooms to wine-and-dine 14-year old hockey players.

Nooooooo thanks. On second thought, I liked what I was doing just fine.

7 - I was a little disappointed at the comments of the "Flyin' Hawaiian" Chad Owens on the SportsCage on Friday.  After the rush of signing with the Riders on Wednesday wore off, the reality set in that Owens would be leaving his wife and kids in Toronto this season, and that he'll be filling a "diminished role" with the Roughriders (his words).

I encouraged him to focus on the positives and it seemed to cheer him up, but I was surprised at the tone of the interview early on.

Once he straps on the /=S=/ and hears the roar of the Rider Nation, he won't be able to think of anything else, I'm sure.

8 - You're hearing it a lot across the CFL: "Who's winning free agency?"  The fact is I don't know and really don't care.  Maybe it's because I'm getting on in years but it doesn't matter anymore to me who's winning in February.  Or for that matter, July or August.  All that matters is who's playing in November.

Now, what happens now affects that, certainly. Last year the Winnipeg Blue Bombers won free agency (although we might've said otherwise here) and that translated to four wins and a road date in Round 1 of the CFL Playoffs.

But it didn't translate into a playoff win.  Who's going to be winning in November?

Are the moves they made this week turning you onto the Green & White?

I'll admit that the signings by Jones and Co. look good right now.

9 - Stayed home Friday night and binge-watched Narcos on Netflix.  We'll probably wrap up the entire series on Sunday.  Then what do you suggest we watch? I'm a TV neophyte and could use some recommendations.  All I prefer to watch are live games, Sportscentre and Sportsnet Connected, and Law & Order SVU.

10 - Interesting move by B.C.'s Wally Buono to snatch up Chris Williams in free agency on Friday. The one-time CFL Most Outstanding Special Teams Player comes with the reputation of being a soft player, and one who isn't fond of working too hard. One of his former coaches told me he only plays "one game out of four".  That's why Hamilton and Ottawa deemed him expendable, but Wally's willing to take a chance on him.  Interestingly, former Rider scout Joe Womack pleaded with the Saskatchewan brass to add Williams back in the day but never got his wish.

You can get by with players like that, but they're tough to rely on.

11 - It's that time of year again; I'll be watching curling since they're down to the national championships including the Scotties Tournament of Hearts which is ongoing right now. I don't dislike the sport, but can't pay attention until these championship tournaments/bonspiels come around.

Bring it on.

12 - BIRTHDAYS: Happy birthday on Friday to Rider alum Kye Stewart, and Pats alum Victor Bartley and Darren Wilcox!

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THAT'S ALL! TALK TO YOU TONIGHT FROM MOOSE JAW
RP
@rodpedersen

37 comments:

Jeff Sastaunik said...

Watch Pablo Escobar on Netflix. Much more accurate then. Narcos. He was a bad man. This one is 75 episodes long. Amazing series. Not as good of acting but historically very accurate

Anonymous said...

Don't worry Roddy, we all know your hate of curling which is why Scruffy pinch-hits when Cages are done from curling events. I am sure you will be "vacationing" when the Brier is in Regina next year. Have you booked off the dates already?

william weppler said...

The 2nd season of Billions (with Damien Lewis of Homeland fame) is starting on HBO tomorrow night. I really enjoyed the 1st Season.
Lots of "Chicago" series on with a new one - Chicago Justice starting March 1. I am referring to Chicago PD; Med; & Fire which are series I like.
Homeland - Season 6(?) is also on Showtime if you have that channel. Previous seasons may be on Netflix. One of the best series ever.

Anonymous said...

I think you would like Ray Donovan. Its not on Netflix, but the DVD's are at the Public Library.

Bloodlines on Netflix is set in the Florida Keys and is an excellent gritty crime drama.

Russell Cone said...

Schitts Creek on netflix. Super funny!


Russ from Saskatoon

Anonymous said...

plenty of $$...really? did he not file for bankruptcy as reported by this blog?

Rod Pedersen said...

To the curling fan - don't be a hater.

Anonymous said...

You're right about some bad habits creeping in and yes there was some chirping amongst the Pats players at the end of the game. It looked like finger pointing. That's a recipe for disaster and defeat. With Zablocki being traded and Lescyshyn being injured the Pats depth took a tumble. They haven't been able to replace them and it may end up torpedoing their hopes. Regardless of what they may say, management got caught flat footed on this one. They also traded too much character and grit but never replaced it. They get pushed around and play too timid which make you a victim of a short series.



@mrt_man said...

I AM HAVING TROUBLE GETTING EXCITED ABOUT THE SEASON... I DUNNO IF IT WILL BE THE SAME. SEEMS LIKE WE WILL BE GOING TO SEE A BUNCHA GUYS JONES LIKED, INSTEAD OF THE RIDERS WE HAVE BEEN GOING TO BATTLE WITH FOR YEARS. HOPEFULLY, THE EXCITEMENT AND ATMOSPHERE OF THE NEW STADIUM WILL BANISH SUCH THOUGHTS. COUPLE WINS BEFORE LABOUR DAY WOULD BE NICE TOO LOL.

NETFLIX SERIES... I WOULD HAVE TO RECOMMEND BREAKING BAD, IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT ALREADY. THE FIRST COUPLE EPISODES WILL SEEM A BIT OUT THERE AS THE STORY STARTS TO COME AROUND, BUT YOU WILL BE HOOKED BY EPISODE 4 OR 5. MY FAVOURITE MOMENT WHILE GETTING MY MOM HOOKED WAS WHEN SHE SAID... BUT WAIT, DON'T THEY STILL HAVE TO DO SOMETHING WITH THE BODIES? GOOD TIMES!

Anonymous said...

Longmire and Suits on Netflex

Dex said...

Luther and Sherlock on Netflix are well worth the time.

I am looking forward to every Pats game again. I haven't said that in 30 years. They are entertaining to watch. But, I am feeling more and more their record is an indication of how weak the east (least) division is.

Vince Young is not smart enough to play QB up here. Worst wonderlic scores ever for a QB. It would take a season and a half for him to realize why there is an extra guy on the field.

Anonymous said...

Black Mirror on Netflix is GREAT!!

Anonymous said...

Rod wrote. "He's not doing it for the money ... Young has plenty of that."

I have read somewhere that Young filed for bankruptcy.


Which is correct?

Anonymous said...

Go with Suits, because Donna. That is all.

Anonymous said...

Pats are coming into their own but have to stay out of the penalty box. A soft ride into the playoffs is never a good thing. I hope they have to work for every win from here on in. They have the talent now they have to use it wisely. Go Pats! New players to Riders look promising, guess we'll find out in a few months. Can't wait for the season because I believe there are some exciting games ahead for this team.

Anonymous said...

If you haven't seen Breaking Bad and plan to watch, I suggest the prequel called "Better Call Saul". Saul is the shyster lawyer in Breaking Bad. Only one season long. Definitely worth a look and I recommend it before watching Breaking Bad.

For me Vince Young is an anomaly. A talent misused by Tennessee whose best before date is 2011 but could provide much needed CFL publicity. The Riders do have some quality rookie QB's. Can any of them step up? Bridge looked good for the brief time we saw him. Is he ready to start or still learning the game?I for one am looking forward to the upcoming season.
Go Riders

Anonymous said...

Black Mirror on Netflix.

Anonymous said...

I will second the vote on Suits because of Donna, Breaking Bad, Sherlock, all up to date on Suits so its sucks to have to watch only one eposide a week.

Watched bits and pieces of Ray Donovan- looks interesting may have watch from the start.

Rob

Anonymous said...

Longmire

Anonymous said...

#nervetouched

Unknown said...

Judging by your comment, it's a crime to not enjoy curling. So what if he doesn't like it?

Man, some people are just insufferable.

Unknown said...

24: Legacy is shaping up to be pretty good!

Anonymous said...

Vince filed for bankruptcy not long ago so he isn't too flush with cash these days. Heard he is making 100K at his alma mater doing some kind of role they set up for him.

I figured his desperation for cash might be motivating the comeback talk....but can't see him making over 100K USD with us unless he has one heck of a workout!

Dustin in Regina

Anonymous said...

Netflix; the fall, spotless, Luther, suits (yea Donna), mad men, ray Donavan, Sherlock, the land girls

Anonymous said...

Filing bankruptcy doesn't mean you have no money. It means you can't afford to pay for the purchases you have made like a house, car, etc. He could have filed bankruptcy and still had a million dollars in the bank.

read an article that he works at texas and does radio for games. He's likely living just fine. People make it sound like he is living under a bridge.

Anonymous said...

if you like dysfunctional characters that are politically incorrect watch Mad Men. Breaking Bad is good. I went old school and I'm watching X Files.

The Professor said...

Mad Men is one heck of a series, in the top five all time! The women, whiskey and cigarettes, ah them were the days! Takes one into a world when your parents were young and restless, when football was a hard ground grind for only the toughest men. As things progressed each season from the early to mid-1960's the series just kept getting deeper and better. You will be hooked from the first episode, just like your first shot of nicotine from that hand-rolled smoke.

WesternMBRiders said...

If Regina plays like they did in Brandon last night, and the Jaw gets strong goaltending, I say that the Warriors win at home. The pointing of fingers when the empty net goal went in last night suggests there may be some prima donna's who Paddock needs to tune in. Win as a team. Lose as a team.

Anonymous said...

Vince Young is not flush with cash. There is more money in your car cup holder than his net worth. Read about his bankruptcy. He was spending on average $5000 a month at the cheesecake factory. He blew threw 26 million dollars.
Sounds like the strong character that you would want to stake your job on Chris Jones? Everyone wants to aniot Chris Jone the CFL's bellicheck and if you think Young is his Brady, that is going to be at the helm of championship level teams Bo Levi and every other CFL team is laughing their ass off and hoping you do it.

Morgan said...

100th Memorial Cup awarded to the city of Regina!!! Ya baby!!!

Anonymous said...

I have Shaw and the only game on is Niagara at Sault St. Marie @ 6 p.m..

Anonymous said...

Put me down as a sports fan but don't ever put me down as a curling fan.

Anonymous said...

Do you really need to use the all caps.

Anonymous said...

Black mirror on Netflix is 5 star viewing. It is very dark and twisted. The Christmas episode with Jon hamm would be my favorite.

Anonymous said...

Better call Saul is my favorite. Lovable loser turned scumbag lawyer.
Netflix has season 1 , AMC has current episodes with season 3 starting in April.

Rod McNabb said...

Absolutely. Also Life in pieces is hilarious. American Odyssey for a more serious show.

Anonymous said...

Williams soft? Oh oh Pedersen motivating another player to play well against us!