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Friday, March 17, 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:

-- Congratulations to the Regina Pats.  They will put the finishing touches on what has been a regular season to remember with a home-and-home against the Brandon Wheat Kings this weekend. What a season it has been! 50 wins and the WHL regular season title.  What does it mean? ZIP!  The team that wins the Presidents Trophy in the NHL doesn't automatically win the Stanley Cup.   The Victoria Royals won the Scotty Munro Trophy last season for winning the regular season, and they didn't even get to the WHL final.

In fact, you have to go back to the Portland Winterhawks in the 2012-13 season to have the team that got the SMT getting the league championship.   The work is just getting started and many good teams will race to see who can get 16 wins first.   It is going to be a fun ride though and I can't wait for one week from tonight when the playoffs get going.  Let's hope we see a long playoff run emerge at the Brandt Centre. The Regina hockey fan deserves it! They invested a lot in this group this year and they will again next with the Memorial Cup being here.  Queen City Sports and Entertainment had a vision for this club when they bought it.  A plan was put in place, and that plan has worked to fruition so far.  For the first time in a long time, the Brandt Centre was the place to be this winter and it will hopefully be the place to be this spring. It's been a long, tough wait!

 -- As the Pats get ready to head down the playoff trail, the guy with the "C" on his sweater must be looking back and thanking the hockey gods that the ownership group brought John Paddock on board.  Where would Adam Brooks be today if it weren't for Paddock.  He wouldn't be in Regina, and chances are he might have been playing for the University of Manitoba Bisons.  Brooks is one of the top 10 scorers in Pats history and one can only imagine where he would have been if he hadn't toiled under Malcolm Cameron for two seasons. Cameron obviously had no idea what he had staring him in the face, but Paddock did.  Brooks has seen the highs and he has seen the lows.  He won't be around to enjoy what will happen here next season, so I'm guessing there will be an extra fire in his gut knowing he only gets one shot at this.  That isn't good news for teams across the league. Oh well!

-- Speaking of the hockey gods, they must not have liked the oh so lame meme that was referenced in Monday's column by Murray GM in Moose Jaw in referring to the Pats before the two teams had their big home and home.  Since that tweet, the Pats haven't lost and the Warriors haven't won.

-- The U of R Rams have a former offensive lineman that played for them now in charge of the team and he is succeeding.  The U of S Huskies are using the same blueprint with Scott Flory hoping he can pick up where Brian Towriss left off and then some.  Wait a minute, the Rams have a former o-lineman running their team and so do the Huskies. Is Mike Abou-Mechrek about to apply for the head coaching gig at Western?  It's a joke Mike....relax!

-- Are you ready for CFL Week?  I thought so! Say what you will about it, but we won't have the ability to see what we are going to see in Regina over the next week at one time and dare I say it, that might include a Grey Cup. Would you see the players that are coming made available during Grey Cup Week at one time?  I'm not sure!

 I do have to wonder what is going through and what will go through the mind of Darian Durant as he returns to Regina as an Alouette. That may be as tough for him as it is for the fans.  Who will the most popular CFL'er be amongst those coming? I would think Durant would be right up there, but I have to think the honour goes to Weston Dressler.  Rider Nation still loves #7 and why not? He's one of us.  He gets it. In all my years covering the CFL, I don't think I will ever get over the way he sat and signed autographs for fans after last year's Labour Day Game. It was amazing to see the love Rider Nation had for him and the way he accepted it all and made the day of many who wanted an autograph or a picture.  Speaking of which, will fans be able to interact with opposition players at the new Mosaic the way they did at the old one?  It was always great emerging from the Rider dressing room to see fans young and old hoping to get a moment with a player from an opposing team. You sure wouldn't see that in the NFL!

I also wonder what type of reception Bo Levi Mitchell will get.  Being the quarterback of the Calgary Stampeders automatically makes you the enemy in these parts, and after his involvement with Rostergate last year. Let's just say Rider fans have a tough time letting water go under the bridge. Isn't that right Henry Burris?

One of the events that will happen is the announcement of what players will be enshrined in the CFL Hall of Fame. The Riders Gregg Sauter may have let part of the announcement slip on Wednesday when he was in the Sportscage as he alluded to the names of Anthony Calvillo and Geroy Simon. If they are going in, I don't think anyone can complain about those selections.

-- The Calgary Flames won 10 straight hockey games until Boston beat them on Wednesday. Can we somehow blame this on Donald Trump? Still with the Flames, NHL commish Gary Bettman was in Calgary Wednesday one day after being in Edmonton where he toured Rogers Place. Calgary wants something like Rogers Place oh so bad and they aren't getting it anytime soon. Bettman is lobbying officials to make something happen, but it's not going to in the near future as long as the economy continues to suffer.  Poor Calgary! They just can't take what their neighbour to the north has.  They don't even like the fact that Regina has a shiny new toy, and they don't.  It breaks my heart!  That being said, it is hard to fathom that once the Red Wings move into Little Caesars Arena that the Saddledome will be the 2nd oldest building in the NHL. It opened in 1983. If its out of date, what the hell am I.  That building can get renovations. I think its too late for me.

-- Did you fill out a March Madness bracket? Did you fill out more than one?

-- Brad Marchand is in the running to be the NHL's leading scorer. Let that sink in for just one moment! He might also have the most goals in the league when all is said and done.  Again, just absorb that for a while!

-- When the Canadiens traded PK Subban for Shea Weber, I said the Montreal Canadiens got closer to a Stanley Cup. I stand by that statement.

-- I was asked the other day if the Minnesota Wild can be considered a Stanley Cup contender. Yes, they can, but consider Bruce Boudreau's history as a head coach in the playoffs. I can't buy stock in them right now. To tell you the truth, I don't know who I would take as it stands right now. If I was a betting man, I would go safe and take Chicago. They just seem to be the most complete squad from top to bottom.

-- I don't know if a Pandora's Box is being opened by the US National Women's Hockey team, but they are taking a stand for something in refusing to play at the upcoming World Championships.  I get the feeling this story is going to get uglier before it gets better.  I also get the feeling Canada will win gold, but it will be a hollow good---bigtime!

-- The Seattle Mariners have the best TV ads.  The Blue Jays could take a lesson from them if last year's ads were any indication.

-- That's all I got. Have a great weekend! Have a great St. Patrick's Day and wear green today.  Oh wait, around these parts we seemingly wear green everyday.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Canadiens...Stanley Cup... LOL your hanging around Rodney too much. Is Price going to score goals for them too?

Anonymous said...


Scruffy is bang on accurate when it comes to the Pats. Winning the regular season trophy is nice, but at the end of the day it means nothing if you don't add the championship trophy to it. The battle is just starting.

I'm guessing Paddock is hammering that to them and will be over the next few days.

Have a good weekend gents!


Brad

Anonymous said...

saw a pic of ya on twitter last night scruffy :P

Anonymous said...


Anon 1:

All they need is one and guys like Pacioretty, Radulov, Gallagher and Weber are more than ready to do that. GO HABS!

Anonymous said...

Top of the morning to ya Riderville, hi! Happy St. "Pats" day! Most poplar Roughrider in team history ... easy question to answer_ that would be hands down no doubt about it "Mr. Kent Austin The Saskatchewan Roughrider Football God". no the as a player/head coach. He's personally responsible for 3 out 4 Grey Cup Championships in that franchise long drawn out history don't you know. A close second would be Mr. Roy Shivers both as a gm/builder for saving that team top to bottom as he restored Rider Pride while repairing and rebuilding its damaged professional sports image. Thanks to these two gentlemen for their contributions. Thank you, thank you.

Betsie Lank
Lakeview.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why everyone rides on Malcolm Cameron, you sit and wait your turn as a 16 and 17 year old in the league. Was he supposed to play Brooks ahead of klimchuk, stephenson stevenson,and leier etc?

Anonymous said...

Hi Malcolm, what are you doing now?

John Knight said...

Austin, yes Shivers, LOL

@mrt_man said...

IS THERE ANYTHING GOING ON WITH CFL WEEK THAT DOESN'T COST A BUNCHA MONEY? THE ONLY STUFF I HAVE SEEN HAS EITHER BEEN SOLD OUT OR EXPENSIVE OR BOTH.

Jason said...

I will never understand the pettiness that personifies cities like they have some envy or schoolyard grudge against their neighbors?

Regina is better than Saskatoon because of the Riders & Edmonton trumps Calgary because they have some new digs & they happen to be your favorite because Eberlazy plays there. And...Calgary is jealous of Regina because of Mosaic 2.0? Did I get that right? good lord

Anonymous said...

The Calgary arena envy with Edmonton's shinny new taxpayer funded arena is interesting. This must be a tough pill for residents in cow town. The only hope for Calgary given that the Alberta economy is in dire straights, is the Olympics. If they get awarded another Winter Olympics, a new taxpayer arena will be built. Situation is very similar to Saskatoon and the "we need a new downtown arena". This all happened after Regina built a new stadium. Only way that happens is if the government builds Saskatoon another new arena.

william weppler said...

I think that people relate Brooks' non-performance in his 1st 2 years to Cameron sitting him even though he was dressed for a lot of games. When I say "sitting" I mean not only he didn't play a lot of shifts, but he wasn't put in a position of showing his offensive skills by placing him on a line with the "stars" of the Team that you mention Anon.

Cameron (and coaching staff) I am sure were aware of his stats coming in yet it sounds like Brooks was in the doghouse, to the point that Adam contemplated leaving the WHL for the University life. Is that all Cameron's fault? We will never know...but thank goodness that Adam did not go that route.

If you compare Brooks' and Steel's stats while with thier pre-WHL Teams you will see that they were very offensive oriented, based on points.

Why is it that under Paddock's 1st year of tutelage the younger Steel (his 1st year in WHL) and Brooks had standout seasons offensively. I think Paddock has mentioned a number of times since he became Coach that he cannot believe how the previous Coaching staff under utilized Brooks' offensive skills. Now that is easy to say after the fact, when Brooks did have a good 1st year under Paddock, so maybe a little unfair to throw Cameron and crew under the bus.
But based on what Paddock has done since he came on board as far as trades, grooming younger players, sticking to "the plan" my vote goes to Paddock in knowing talent and skills of his players. Sorry Malcolm.

Go Pats Go!

Anonymous said...

Seems old Betsie has been hitting the sauce early on St. Patrick's Day!

Anonymous said...

Saskatoon = Calgary JR

Keep hoping for better things!

Anonymous said...

Jason:

Been to Calgary lately? They loathe Edmonton and they hate the fact their neighbour to the north has a new toy as does neighbour to the east and they don't. That is just fact!

One of the clowns on 960 even had the gall to say he thinks Gaudreau is a better hockey player than McDavid. Yeah OK! I'm not even an Oilers fan and that is one of the most idiotic statements I have ever heard.

You keep thinkin what you're thinkin though. Mom will be proud!


Another Jason

Anonymous said...

It is good to see the riders have a beautiful new stadium while those poor unemployed fools from Calgary who have been living in their mothers basements, have a old ugly stadium to go to and watch a horse running leaving horse pies behind. Calgary fans smell like their horse pies and have nothing better to do but troll on rider fan sites like this one. Good to see that the Calgary brainless trolls are jealous. Cheers. Go Riders

Anonymous said...

Fanfest all werk at Evraz is free

Anonymous said...

Over the years Calgary has tried to steal CWA from Regina several times.

Anonymous said...

Agreed.

Anonymous said...

Pathetic, isn't it. Must be the new world order. Sad really.

Anonymous said...

Don't think it is as much Calgary as it is that weasel Bettman. First he threatened Arizona, now it's Calgary.

Anonymous said...

Lol.

Anonymous said...

Who in their right mind listens to 960. Those bozos are. ..well, bozos.

Anonymous said...

Man Rod. Sure is a lot of male anatomy envy today. Hilarious stuff. Makes my day. Thanks for posting all these 2 year olds thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Klimchuk, Stevenson, Stephenson and Leier. Where are they now? Exactly!

Anonymous said...

The guy who types in all CAPS is probably just as annoying when you see him face-to-face too.

Makes you wonder if he might be Jamie Nye in disguise!

Anonymous said...

By you and wild bill's conclusion 17 year old lockner should be playing more than brooks?

Anonymous said...

Where is Chandler Stephenson lately you asked? Playing for Washington Capitals farm team with former Pat Garrett Mitchell and Colby Williams. And soon to be Connor Hobbs.