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Saturday, June 24, 2017

SCRUFFY'S THIS N' THAT

Welcome to Saturday! Here are the usual weekly thoughts running through my muddled mind, and as always they come in no particular order:

- What a shot to the onions Thursday's CFL opener provided to Rider Nation. Hey, it's not like other games against Montreal have come down to a field goal that hasn't turned out well for you right? SIGHHHH!

What could have been an optimistic week for Canada's Team and its crazed fanbase turned out being another knife-throwing affair in the waning hours of Thursday night and Friday.

- All Tyler Crapigna had to do was kick the game-winning 45 yard field goal and the Riders would have been 1-0 and there would have been a good feeling surrounding the team. But nope!  There was no wind and it was straight down the middle. He has done that before and he will do it again, but on this night it wasn't going to happen.

- On this night, it wasn't to be which is too bad because the Riders outplayed the Alouettes, but they didn't get the two points.  You can complain about Chris Jones bringing in Brandon Bridge and the clock management all you want as well as other things, but at the end of the day, a play that should have been made wasn't made.  Players will tell you one play does not make a game and they are right, but on this night the one play that needed to be made wasn't so we move on to Winnipeg and hope the first official CFL game at Mosaic Stadium does not go down in the history books as a win for the Bombers.


- Crapigna isn't alone as we found out Friday night in a Grey Cup rematch. Rene Paredes had the game on his foot and he failed to come through as well as Calgary and Ottawa played to a tie.  It brought up my problem with CFL overtime which is teams need to start possession at the 45 yard line or 55 yard line.  After Calgary intercepted an Ottawa pass, all they had to do was run two simple plays and kick a field goal.  By putting the ball at the 45 or 55, you make them have to earn at least a first down before having a reasonable shot at a field goal.  It's too easy to get points from the 35.

- As for video review, TSN's Chris Cuthbert put it the best after another highly questionable call by the command centre when he wrote "CFL Video Review needs to be reviewed" on his Twitter account, Yes it does Chris, yes it does.   Hey, at least the first two games of the season have gone right down to the last play though right?

- A question for the CFL from the warped mind of Twitter follower "Jock Cartier".  With no commissioner, whose signature is on the CFL football this year?

- Jordan Eberle is a New York Islander. A fickle fan base turned on Eberle because they didn't want to remember what he had done over a seven year time, but what he did over a two month period.  Why did Eberle become the whipping boy in the playoffs when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had just as bad a playoff?  In a bad year, Ebs still scored 20 but in the end it didn't matter as he was sent away for Ryan Strome.  Yes, I would have liked to seen more, but the trade allowed for the return of Kris Russell and perhaps another piece in either a trade or free agency.  You might have not been able to get the same return for RNH as you did for Eberle, but it will be tougher to fill Jordan's skates and his offensive production.  He'll score 25-30 if not more playing alongside John Tavares in a conference that isn't as tough.

- I just want to make sure I have this right. The Arizona Coyotes went to the NHL draft and they were there without A) a head coach B) no president of hockey operations C) no #1 goalie unless you want to give that to Antti Raanta whom they traded for along with Derek Stepan to the Rangers for the  #7 pick and  D) no captain.  What a hot mess!

- Speaking of hot messes, how about the Vancouver Canucks who tweeted out just hours before the draft that they will be re-tooling their scouting staff after the draft and free agency.  ?????  Get excited Vancouver!!  Congratulations as Trevor Linden and Jim Benning have taken over for Craig MacTavish and Kevin Lowe as biggest front office dunces that used to be former players.

- Was the torch officially passed from Sidney Crosby to Connor McDavid as the face of the NHL Wednesday night when  the Oilers captain won the NHL's MVP award?  I don't know if you can really do that until McDavid has the Stanley Cup in his possession whenever that may be especially if Pittsburgh continues to be a strong contender for hockey's holy grail.  I will ask this though.  At the NHL Awards this week, players were asked if you could start a team today what player would you start with and the majority answered McDavid. Connor voted for Carey Price for what its worth. The reason players are voting for McDavid is because he is much younger.  It begs the question that with the likes of Matthews, Laine, Marner and other young guns making their name known, where would you put Sid if starting a team from scratch with everybody available.  I would have to think he would be no lower than 3, Would you put Matthews ahead of him?

- How many people does it take to announce your first round draft pick?

- That's all I got. Have a great weekend!

@ScruffyRegina

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Disagree with you on the ball placement at the 45 or 55. At the 35 it is still a long field goal from about the 42..see Crapigna. The CFL overtime is way more exciting than the No Fun League. Teams still need to advance the ball so I say placing the ball back does nothing but delay the ending. Leave it alone. I bet most fans agree with me.



StickBoy SaladGoat said...

In regard to all the hubbub over the "botched" video reviews ... the CFL defended the first one, saying that the ball was moving but still in possession when it broke the plane of the goal line. The "controversial" video review from Friday's game was the exact same call - the ball was moving but still in possession when the knee touched the ground. So while we can complain that this "moving but still in possession" rule should probably be revisited, you have to admit that the review official actually did get it right, according to the rulebook, and even better, he got it right twice, which means he is being consistent - something the players and fans are always complaining about! Learn the rules and stop complaining about the calls! ;)

Bill Eng said...

Great read as usual. I always appreciate your work. Talk about pressure cooker jobs in sports. Kicker in football, closer in baseball, goalkeeper in hockey / soccer - you have to be mentally stable to survive. Reports of Blue Jays' Osuna having anxiety attacks just surfaced today.

Anonymous said...


To Anon 1.

This fan disagrees with you and so do many others.

Anonymous said...


Well actually Stickboy, the difference is Grant wasn't in the endzone, but the Calgary receiver was. You spin it your way though.


Anonymous said...


The TSN panel isn't holding back this year. Sort of refreshing to see the criticism. Wonder if the league will listen

Anonymous said...

Coming from Winnipeg to watch the bombers christen new mosaic with a pounding of the hapless riders .

Anonymous said...


42 yard field goals from down the middle with no wind should be a piece of cake. A 52 yarder would be difficult, but doable. I am with Scruffy. Move it back!

Anonymous said...

I guess you believe what you want to believe. 2 days later you're still arguing that it wasn't a touchdown. The call was made,the game is over, the Rider's lost (what you wanted anyways)time to find something else to bitch about. Some people need a life.

Anonymous said...

That 'get the tip of the ball to the outside plane of the scoreline' is stupid. In any other play in football you have to survive contact with possesion, yet you don't have to when scoring a touchdown, the biggest points available. Just get it to the line, you don't even have to get it over the line but you should have to survive contact. Problem solved neither case is even s replay.

Anonymous said...


I like Scruffy's idea of starting at the 55. I will expand on that though. If the game is still tied after one OT, put it at the 45, if it is still tied, put it at the 35. The game needs to end with someone winning. The day of ties should be put to bed.

Albert Patenaude said...

Only an Oiler fan would compare McDavid to Crosby. The Oilers make the playoffs and Oiler fans go crazy. Reminds of a certain Eastern team that hasn't won a Stanley Cup in 50+ years

Anonymous said...

One game! One game where Glenn outplayed Durant, one game where our kicker went 3/4 on FG's, one game where our defence was outstanding, one game where our o-line basically kept Kevin clean. One game where our kicker messed up at the worst possible time. Most thought Darian would wipe the floor with us. The Alouettes were lucky to win that game and we know it. The Riders are a lot more competitive than many of the haters thought. #FACT

PS: Tried listening to the other guys instead of Ballsy. What a mistake!

Glenn

Anonymous said...

If you move the ball back at the start of OT you will get alot of 2 and outs and tie games. Is that any better?

Anonymous said...

Only difference between Oilers and Leafs are the Oilers have won more recently, if you call 27 years ago recent. Any fan base has no reason to brag about championships if they have not won in the last 10 years. We won a Grey Cup 4 yrs ago and than seems so long ago now.

Anonymous said...


Those who think CFL overtime is great obviously have played without a helmet.

The Scruffdog is right. Teams shouldn't get the ball where they can kneel twice and try a 42 yder. Make them get a first down. If they can't, oh well!

Anonymous said...

Albert, do you know who the NHL MVP was this year?

Anonymous said...

The guy going off about one game and one game and one game...I hope he realizes that the one game he is talking about is two teams that are shown to be in the cellar, so saying your competitive after two low ranked teams had a one point game proves nothing bud...try playing Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton or B.C first before you blast your mouth off because you couldn't beat Montreal which are not supposed to make play-offs...quit making your rider fans look uninformed.

A Long Time Rider Fan said...

Well actually, Grant carried the ball across the plane of the goal line into the end zone...albeit it was moving slightly while in his possession! And the rule is that the error by the official needs to be Egregious to have it overturned.

A Long Time Rider Fan said...

How do you like your crow?

Anonymous said...

Starting at the 35 will encourage teams to go for tds knowing they are basically in fg range already starting at 55 will just result in a feild goal contest

Anonymous said...

Being a kid with local connections I love Jordan as much as anybody, but his game has serious flaws that he was unwilling to address. The Oilers could not continue to put up with his flaws. Too rich too soon, years of not playing mmeaningful games in May these all will contribute to the situation. I think Jordan will go on to score 20 goals a season, he will help the Islanders get into the playoffs. With Jordans style of play the Islanders just won't make it past round 1.




Anonymous said...


Jock Cartier --- 1000x better than the rapidly declining Fake Gainer.

Anonymous said...

Just seen durant' celebration after the als game , I think that was great. , perfect end to a sad departure. I always say, when you find someone who wants to play in sask. You keep them, you don't chase them away, poor decisions make for a poor environment.

Anonymous said...

Please tell us exactly when the Vancouver Canucks tweeted out that they are replacing scouting staff. Nice lie there Scruffy, stick to truth please.