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Thursday, May 18, 2017

RODSERVATIONS FOR PEDERSENMEDIA SUMMIT 2.0

Thursday's SportsCage from Long Creek with Chris Getzlaf & John Lynch
FACTS & FIGURES

1 - That gunshot you heard signaled the start of the golf tournament season, and, FOOTBALL season around here. On Wednesday John Lynch and I travelled to Long Creek Golf Club near Avonlea for the 4th Annual Getzlaf & Friends Charity Golf Classic. Over the years, over $300,000 has been raised by the Getzlafs and friends for the Childrens Wish Foundation. It was fantastic to get out there, breathe the country air, and talk football.

2 - Among the guests were Weston Dressler, Matt Dominguez, Jim Hopson, Brendon Labatte, Jason Clermont and Mitchell Picton. Most of them joined us on the air on the patio of the clubhouse and the complete podcast is available at www.sportscage.ca or on ITunes.

Among the things we learned:

- Mitchell Picton is coming to Rider camp to make the football team despite the fact he has one year left of elligibility with the UofR Rams. The Regina product can finish off his business degree within the next few years as well. He's a physical beast and has been told by the older players he's working out with (Getzlaf, Dressler, etc.) that the difference between him making the Riders or being sent back is all between his ears. Picton's camp will be one to watch closely.

- Brendon Labatte is healthy and tipping the scales at 306 lbs. "My weight is the Saskatchewan area code!" Labatte smiled. If he's healthy, that's fantastic news for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

- Chris Getzlaf is without a CFL contract but is staying in shape and hoping for a call from a team this summer who needs a trusted, veteran non-import receiver.

- Weston Dressler expects big things from his Winnipeg Blue Bombers this year. They made huge strides last year in achieving an 11-7 record and most years, that would mean a home playoff game. Dressler said they return almost everybody, and they will be a force to be reckoned with.

- Having said that, John Lynch picked Winnipeg to finish last. I have Edmonton slated to finish fifth. We both have the Riders picked to finish third.

- Interviewing Dressler face-to-face was somewhat gut-wrenching for me because of all he did for this franchise and now he's playing elsewhere. But it's a new, exciting era here now.

As they say, "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."

The Decade of Decadence.

3 - Jim Hopson was all smiles, laughing heartily amongst his former players in Avonlea on Wednesday. He spent four months in Mexico this winter and now is doing regular speaking engagements and business consulting. He's watching the Riders closely, but just as a fan like you and me.

4 - I've said it on the radio a few times recently but will print it here for those who missed it: the Saskatchewan Roughriders will be must-see TV this season, beginning with Day 1 of training camp on May 28 in Saskatoon and hopefully carrying right through to the final gun of the season.

There are lots of things to watch in Saskatoon: The quarterback battle involving Vince Young, the battle to be starting tailback, the carousel of top-flight receivers, the holes to fill in the secondary, the possibility of starting two Canadian linebackers ... the list is endless.

You can be forgiven for losing interest in 2015 and 2016.

However now if you miss a minute with this team, you're going to be left behind.

5 - The seventh birthday of the SportsCage on 620 CKRM came and went with little fanfare on Wednesday, however it was great to mark the occasion at the Getzlaf event. Our inaugural show was Monday, May 17, 2010 and it featured Kelly Hrudey, Peter Loubardias and Craig Smith. There was a fourth guest but I can't remember who it was. Happy Birthday to us!

6 - Happy Birthday today to Roughriders offensive lineman Josiah St. John. Last year's #1 overall pick in the CFL Draft is a gigantic piece of this year's team as he's pencilled in at Right Guard. Is he in shape and rustless, unlike last year? Is he ready to take the next step? We'll find out in 10 days when training camp opens.

7 - So RCMP in Tisdale are searching for a masked man who robbed a liquor store of Pilsner this week? Apparently the police description of the suspect is, "Adult male, wearing jeans, a hoodie and a denim jacket."

WOW! He'll stick out like a sore thumb in Saskatchewan.

8 - In the end the prognosticators of the WHL Finals were right. The Regina Pats just couldn't handle the "heavier" Seattle Thunderbirds. That's what they said before the series, but I didn't even know what the term "heavier" meant unless they're referring to the actual bodyweight of the two clubs.

Pats Coach John Paddock mentioned on Tuesday's SportsCage that he felt his team "left it all out there" during that Seattle series, and has no regrets. I have a feeling he was biting his tongue a bit with those comments, but here's hoping the Pats are "heavier" next year if they hope to contend for a Memorial Cup.

Incidentally Keegan Kolesar of the Thunderbirds led all WHL playoff scorers with 31 points and that includes being suspended for a time. He also cost the TBirds Game 2 of the league final when he kneed the Pats' Connor Hobbs in the groin.

Doesn't he sound like someone you'd want on your NHL team? Think of a cross between Dustin Byfuglien and Brad Marchand.

9 - The Memorial Cup begins Friday in Windsor, ON and this is the first time since 2007 that two American teams are featured: the Seattle Thunderbirds and Erie Otters. The other participants are the host Spitfires and the QMJHL champion Saint John Seadogs.

I've been reading lots on the tournament and it sounds like the Otters are coming in with their hair bleached blonde as a form of team unity during the playoffs. It took them 45 minutes in a salon to get it done correctly.

Thank God our Regina Pats didn't do anything of the sort. That's another reason to love our team.

10 - 2,000 empty seats in Ottawa for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night? (A 5-1 Sens win and a 2-1 series lead). Don't blame the people of Ottawa.  BLAME THE NHL!

It's the only thing I'll repeat from my conversation from Jim Hopson last night: Canadian pro teams are pricing themselves out of the market. Obviously Hopson has little concern with the NHL and whatever they do, but the skyrocketing prices of CFL tickets is something he's greatly concerned with.

When do fans finally say, "Enough's enough!"?

But the leagues still have you by the short ones though. There's still nothing better than being in the stands. 

11 - There are just a few days left to register for the Pedersen Media Summit 2.0 in Moose Jaw's Mosaic Place on May 27. If you're a team, charity, organization or business struggling to get the word out for your great product, come to my seminar and learn tips on Media Relations, Social Media and Branding. The cost is only $75 and the event runs from 1:00-5:00 pm.

Please register at http://emjmarketing.com/Store.php or email me directly at pedersenmedia@outlook.com. People who've attended this event in the past rave about it. Please consider attending, and we'll see you in Moose Jaw!

SEE YOU ON THE RADIO AT 4!
RP
@rodpedersen
IG: rodpedersenofficial
SC: Pedersenmedia


34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hopson is concerned about higher ticket prices? Coming from the guy who charged full retail to fans for that pre-season game against Ottawa three years ago. Stands were half empty for that one. Looked terrible on TV.

Rod Pedersen said...

Pro leagues always charge full retail for preseason games. Look around.

Also, at that time, the Riders had some of the most affordable ticket prices in the league.

Hammer said...

Horrible place for a rink.... on another note, I'm way to superstitious to not be bothered by any team pushing Game 6 tickets when they are up 2-1 in a series, logistics or not!

Anonymous said...

Rod I'm very disappointed in you. All the usual football and hockey talk in the blog and a plug for your seminar but NOT ONE mention about your man-crush George Strait's big 65th birthday. He's still the king, far better than any of the crap that's on country radio these days.


Gunderson's Yorkton

Rod Pedersen said...

I sent him a note. Plus, I don't listen to country anymore.

Anonymous said...

It's good to know someone with CFL credibility like Jim Hopson is also concerned about skyrocketing ticket prices. The new stadiums are nice. But at the same time, the entertainment is diminishing with all the stoppages for coaches challenges. Also, the cost of living is dramatically increasing, rent and groceries. Living out East, I used to go to multiple (2-3) games per year in Hamilton, Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa. Sometimes even non Rider games. Now I just go to one Rider game per year. I can't justify the money for more.

Anonymous said...

Beethoven, Mozart?

Tim from Kansas said...

Congrats on 7 years, I enjoy your show.

I also enjoy your blog, it gives me all I need to know what's going on. I actually enjoy the nuts and the sarcasm. I know it takes a lot of work to write anything well, so good on you, I appreciate that.

And finally, did you see that mullet on Ricky Stanzi? He's gonna fit in real well in Calgary.

Anonymous said...

Actually Rod, that suspect in Tisdale may be easier to notice that you say since apparently he was not wearing a ball cap.

@mrt_man said...

CONGRATS ON THE BIG ANNIVERSARY ROD! WHO WOULDA THUNK IT... A TIME BEFORE THE CAGE...

THIS KINDA SEEMS LIKE BIZARRO WORLD... LYNCH DIDN'T PICK THE RIDERS TO FINISH FIRST? I CAN'T IMAGINE ANYONE WOULD, BUT KINDA DISAPPOINTING FOR THE SAKE OF SPORTSCAGE LORE.

SAFE TO SAY THAT DRESS STILL HAS A PLACE IN MANY HEARTS IN OUR BIG RECTANGLE.

IT'S TRUE WHAT YOU SAY ABOUT GETTING LEFT BEHIND BY THE NEW RIDERS... EVEN IF YOU ARE FOLLOWING ALONG, THEY STILL SEEM TO HAVE SWAPPED OUT A GOOD CHUNK OF THE ROSTER EACH GAME. HERE'S HOPING THAT THERE ARE LESS PASSES TO WHO? THIS YEAR. TOUGH TO BUILD A TIGHT TEAM WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHO IS GONNA BE WHERE.

BETTER NOT WEAR A HOODIE TODAY ;)

NOT COOL TO LISTEN TO COUNTRY IN VEGAS? COOL TO SEE HOW WELL JESS MOSKALUKE HAS BEEN DOING... SHE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE PLAYING THE PUMP ANY MORE.

Anonymous said...

That would fit in well with Rod's new upscale, high class lifestyle. Garden parties, wine and cheese socials (hold the wine), country clubs, etc. He's left us blue-collar folks behind, that hard hat, gun rack, aching back, over taxed, flag waving, fun loving crowd.

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness I didn't try to put sens tickets up on stub hub! Made enough on pat's tickets this year anyway :) nice when they pay in american dollar!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear your off the country..Do us early forty somethings a favour and play a little soundgarden on the cage tonight :(

Anonymous said...

Actually a good pick for some bumper music would be ,I am the Highway . Audioslave
beautiful song :(

Anonymous said...

yeah Pedersen having a team unified and do some team bonding that's just ridiculous. we all know you are about vanity, maybe if the pats had a closer team that series comes out different. never cease to amaze me, that ego continues to grow.

Anonymous said...

Traded away one mullet head (Tate) and aquired another mullet head (Stanzi). Mulligan?

Anonymous said...

Of course 'the Saskatchewan Roughriders will be must-see TV this season'. Everyone always slows down to look at a car wreck.

Anonymous said...

we grew up on country music and satellite radio has prime country but coming from me if you don't have your head straight and stuff going on you'll link everything to a country song and that isn't good. I still need that sliver of country, but I'm on the alt rock/lithium station and 90s on 9.

Everclear is at Casino Regina tonight that'll be a good show.

Anonymous said...

Wow the nut jobs are out today.LOL

Newt from YQR

Anonymous said...

That's Tom cochrane

Anonymous said...

Bleaching their hair blonde lol that's soooo 98. A true act of "team unity" would be like tattooing the team on their forehead.

Anonymous said...

The Eskimos to finnish 5th? Roddy are u serious than again didnt you pck the riders first last year lol you were close

Anonymous said...

Not Tom Cochrane. His is Life is a Highway.

Anonymous said...

Sound garden? That's the best you can do? Crap 4 Crap trade there.

Anonymous said...

The Eskimos were 10 points ahead of the Riders last year. So, Rod, our QB is worse. With your respect for Durant, I can't see you disagreeing there. And Glenn is certainly worse than Reilly. No offence to Kevin, he's a nice guy but 17 years in the league & he has lost more games than he's won - that's a pretty clear indication of what to expect from Kevin. Is LaFrance better than White or even Van? Well, his numbers in Ottawa weren't near as good as Van & he had the same OL. Our OL isn't as good. The Esks return 4 from the 2nd best OL last year & have added Kelly. We have Dennis but are likely returning 4 from the group here last year which was bad. We have nobody to match Sewell @ DT & don't tell me that Jefferson, Newsome & Leonard match up to Willis, Howard, Hunt & Whiteside. Outside of Muamba we don't know who will replace Foster & Knox & our DB's,well, let's say we have a lot of prospects. Based upon past performance, where exactly do we match up? That's the #1 team in net offence over there, not our last place club which scored less than 20 points a game, even with our so called "young receiving stars" AND Durant. Sorry, Rod, that's the homer talking. Maybe I'll have to phone Bryan Hall for an unbiased opinion on the Eskimos. I see where even your team's coach, Mr. Jones, refuses to make a prediction when last year he was unafraid to say he had a Grey Cup team.

Anonymous said...

CGY 13-5
BC 12-6
EDM 10-8
WPG 9-9 *cross over
SSK 7-11

Anonymous said...

"hoodie"? Must be from out of province. Someone needs to tell RCMP it's a bunnyhug in SK.
LF

Anonymous said...

I'll go but only one if your wife speaks too. Is she going to be speaking? I'm not trolling. I'm serious. I'd like to hear what the advertising manager for the biggest car dealership in the area has to say.

I'd be very interested to hear both of you speak.

Will she be speaking too?

Rod Pedersen said...

She will be in attendance and will be available to answer any questions.

Anonymous said...

Rod, read this out loud to yourself: 'when he kneed the Pats' Connor Hobbs in the groin. Doesn't he sound like someone you'd want on your NHL team?'

Rod Pedersen said...

True.

Clay said...

I'm surprised Popp in Toronto doesn't sign Getzlaf. It would be a good fit. P.S. the NHL is a joke and has been for the past 10 years. I no longer follow or watch it. They're mega millionaires who give back very little to the rest of society

Anonymous said...

Geez man, haven't figured out how to unlock the CAPS on your phone? Spare us your efforts.

Anonymous said...

hey Rod, can you give your perspective on the Andy Fantuz contract to be hired "IN THE FRONT OFFICE" with his salary not towards the cap space. I know it wouldn't be anyways as they would put him on the injured list but how can they not be made to handle his injury the same way as everyone else?? Why wouldn't jones do this also for some players, or heck all players. Comment please in one of your articles.