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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

10 THINGS I THINK I THINK FOR CAPITAL AUTO GLASS

1 - ON TO OTTAWA: The 6-6 Saskatchewan Roughriders didn't have much time to stew over Sunday's 15-9 home loss to the Calgary Stampeders. It was a reality check, it showed the Riders still have a ways to go before they'll challenge Calgary in the West, but it also showed they've come a long ways since their Week 5 loss to the Stamps in July. After Sunday's loss the Riders had to almost immediately turn their attention to Friday's showdown against the 5-8-1 RedBlacks in Ottawa.

2 - THE LINE: Some pundits don't put as much stock into each week's betting line as I do but consider this: Last week the oddsmakers installed the Stampeders as 6-point favourites. Calgary won 15-9. The line is the truest way to get an accurate depiction of a match-up from a non-biased source. Incidentally, OddsShark predicts Saskatchewan to beat Ottawa 28-22 on Friday evening.

3 - THE HOME STRETCH: This is the most exciting time of year in the CFL and it's fabulous that the Saskatchewan Roughriders are right in the thick of it as we enter the final third. Four of the Riders' last six games are against East Division opponents and the next two games are particularly massive. But who's kidding who? This thing will go right down to the wire and their final win total doesn't matter nearly as much as nailing down a playoff spot.

4- PICKY, PICKY: A fourth-place finish and a crossover playoff berth would suit me just fine. Others are looking down their noses saying, "We need to make the playoffs in the West and do it the right way". I say pshaw. So what if no crossover team has ever advanced to the Grey Cup? There's a first time for everything and the scrappy Riders of 2017 seem like the perfect team to make history. I think the nation would welcome a Calgary-Saskatchewan Grey Cup game in Ottawa.

5 - NFL RECYCLABLES: A lot of football types on both sides of the border are questioning what Chris Jones' fascination is with players from the NFL's scrap heap (Vince Young, Trent Richardson, etc). So I posed that question to the Rider boss on Tuesday and he replied that somebody, at some point, thought these players showed a lot of promise. He feels it would be a disservice not to investigate these opportunities rather than go with unproven American rookies right out of college. In the end, what does it hurt? But Jones has repeatedly stated this isn't about resurrecting NFL careers. It's about winning games for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.


6 - THE ANTHEM DEBATE: This has gotten completely, entirely, nauseatingly out of control. And with it now seeping into Canada, the end is nowhere in sight. "Diversity Is Strength" seems, to me, to mean you can do whatever the hell you want and anybody who disagrees shall be flamed. So my stance is this: I will continue to stand for the national anthem because of my respect for what it represents and those who fought (and still serve) in the wars to protect our freedom. Anybody who feels differently can act however they please. But I wish they'd find another way to peacefully protest than this. (In America). These guys aren't stupid. As far as what the Riders did prior to last week's game, it was harmless and shouldn't be viewed as an affront.

7 - PLAZA DEBRIEFING: It's been several days since the Riders' 2017 Plaza of Honour induction gala at New Mosaic Stadium. Reviews have generally been positive and club officials know there are some areas which need to be rectified for 2018. But in the end it was still exactly what you want: A great celebration of Rider Pride, a nod to our franchise greats and a chance to mix and mingle with the past and present personalities of Canada's Team. Kudos to the organizers.

8 - THE FLYIN' HAWAIIAN: An oft-asked question around here is "Will Chad Owens EVER make his Roughrider debut?" As it stands now, the 2012 CFL M.O.P. remains on the Rider 6-game injured list but depending how things go with roster machinations, I'm told we could see him in Week 16 at Toronto. It's clear he's chomping at the bit and a hungry Chad should add up to an explosive debut.

9 - LOCALLY: Rams Head Coach Steve Bryce said his players were "embarrassed" by their showing in Saturday's 18-16 home loss to Manitoba. Now they line up against the Huskies in Saskatoon on Friday in a battle of 2-2 teams ... Meanwhile the Regina Thunder were punched in the mouth 62-30 at the Edmonton Huskies last weekend. Coach Scott MacAulay will still be seething and they'll be looking to atone this Sunday when the Thunder hosts the Calgary Colts.

10 - PATCHAT: The Regina Pats are 1-1 following a season-opening split with the Brandon Wheat Kings and one thing was made abundantly clear to me: #77 Matt Bradley will make people forget about #77 Adam Brooks before long. I shouldn't speak for all Pats fans, but that's how I felt after witnessing Bradley's 2-goal performance on Saturday night ... Meanwhile the traffic snarl in the Brandt Centre parking lot before AND AFTER the game has me thinking public transit options should be offered similar to Rider games to accomodate the sellout crowds. Just my $0.02.

Y'er welcome,
RP
@rodpedersen

64 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nauseating out of control? Hey Rod. Must be nice white being white and Having no idea what it’s like to be a black man in the United States of America. You come off so ignorant and have no sympathy and compassion towards the plight of the downtrodden people.

Caveman said...

Being white or black has nothing to do with showing respect your country's flag and those who are in the military

Rod Pedersen said...

We all have our causes that are close to us Anonymous.

Anonymous said...

AS Far As Donald Trump Goes, All I Can Say Is "FIRE THE SON OF A BITCH" !

Anonymous said...

Parking lot is getting much better over at Brandt Centre - now if only idiots would quit getting drunk and decide to drive home after the Pats games that'd be great. I watched a guy drive straight into a pole in the parking lot after the game, and probably totalled his truck.

Anonymous said...

You are 100% right on the Anthem Debate.It is way way out of control.I was in Business for many,many years and I was told at a young age....."Never mix Politics or Religion" in your business...The Riders are a BUSINESS.. You cause a split between clientele that hopefully doesn't lead to a split between sponsors, then the crap hits the fan.I also have many causes that are close to me as well but to air it out at a Sports Event.To get that ATTENTION... To get that feeling of making the Whole world feel sorry for you or your causes???. All athletes are priviledged to play Pro Sports. Take that money and get to the root of the problem instead of trying to lay a guilt trip on the rest of society.. Get a life.. You have the resources in which to do so.

Anonymous said...

No Vegas books have a line out on the rider game yet, spread or total because Ottawa or the Riders are yet to name a starter QB due to injury

Anonymous said...

I hope no Bomber fans read thing #4. But who are we kidding? The road to the Grey Cup game leads through McMahon this year.
LF

Anonymous said...

Rod, it's been a long time since our military fought for our freedom. The war's in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria are not about freedom, they are about special interests.

Gord said...

Caveman.

The protests have nothing to do with the military, its about the inequality and blatant racism that spewing out from that country. If I was an African American living in the U.S I wouldnt be very patriotic towards my country right now either.

Rod Pedersen said...

Tell that to a soldier.

Anonymous said...

The national anthem and flag represent much more than just military history and personnel. They represent all systems and institutions within a nation - including police forces and the judiciary.

Did you know that Kapernick changef his protest from sitting to taking a knee, (which other playets now replicate) specifically to show respect to fallen soldiers, while still protesting systemic racism?

#getinformed

Anonymous said...

Rod and I have had our differences due to my issues which are an understatement. On this matter Rod is 100% correct and then some.

I'll spell it out right now. There is a big difference about "feeling" oppressed and actually "being" oppressed. The USA has had one Supreme Court ruling after another proving equality and leveling the playing field. In Canada we have the b.s political correctness and human rights tribunals which scare organizations into drinking cool aid to state, "We want a workforce that is representative of our communities." - this means they settle and they do it on the tax payer dime as that's your crown corps and governments at work.

Regarding what it's like to be a Black Man in America I'll sum it up if they want equality and here is their dirty laundry:

- To many black men are beating their wives while their children run around not knowing how to read or write.

- Listen to them talk and their use of grammar and how they squandered opportunities the civil rights movement gave them. Their kids get out of school every day, then it’s cursing and calling each other n------ as they’re walking up and down the street They can’t read; they can’t write. They’re laughing and giggling, and they’re going nowhere.

- As for black men who don’t have jobs and are angry about their lives. They've got to stop beating their women because they can’t find a job, because they didn’t want to get an education and now they are earning minimum wage. They should have thought more of themselves when they were in high school and when they had an opportunity.

- When they commit crimes and statistics show they commit them they are not in any way shape or form political prisoners.

- Have you heard a CFL or NFL player talk? ‘Why you ain’t,’ ‘Where you is’ Everybody knows it’s important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can’t be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth.

- teen pregnancy, drop out rates the list goes on and on.


You're right I have no idea what it's like to be a black man in America and don't care to.




Anonymous said...

....and the USA prior to Donald Trump elected a black man to the office of President. That's some real oppression going on.

Anonymous said...

After reading your post it's clear. ...you don't know much except how to hate.

Anonymous said...

Song break;

La Cucha Rahcha La Cucha Racha
When a fellow lives a lady,
and that lady doesn't love him,
It's the as when a bald man
finds a comb upon the highway.

Anonymous said...

Anon #13. So, you are stereotyping every African American as such? That's a pretty small minded attitude. I'll follow up with "every honky is a white supremist". That makes as much sense as your diatribe.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rod , could not disagree more on the Plaza of honour. I have been going for years and because I am a huge Rider fan it was always my favorite dinner to attend but this year sucked. We were in the Harvard lounge that cost $150 and we had to buy our own drinks and we got beef on a bun or a hamburger for food. More then half the people never even bothered to walk over to the window let alone step outside to hear what the inductees had to say. Those who stayed inside kept talking and didn't even pay attention. It was a real disgrace to the inductee's.
There was nothing good about the concept at all and I sincerely hope it goes back to the way it was cause if it stays the same I know my company won't be buying tickets next year.

Rob

Anonymous said...

Well, after reading your long winded spiel it's clear....ignorance is bliss.

Anonymous said...

Jackie Robinson
Mohammed Ali

Anonymous said...

Why don't you post your name with that comment. Because its bordering the line of a hate crime. Rod your no better for leaving it posted. That is pure racism and it should be fought against by any means necessary.

Dex said...

This might be the most ignorant thing I have ever seen on the internet.

Nevermind the overt rascism, critiscing other people's grammar with as many mistakes as whomever this poster makes is both ironic and moronic.

You obviously aren't brave enough to sign your name to your rascist post.

Rod, yesterday you had Tiger on and he said he would punch anyone who disrespected the flag. How is that any different than an extreme Muslim group punishing someone that they see as disrespectful to their religion?

Freedom is messy.

Everyday I hear and read about people saying the protests (which are peaceful) disrespect the flag, the anthem, and the military. At the Rider game on the weekend two people were looking at their phone directly in front of me during the anthem, and another wouldn't take off his hat. Did one person complain about it or threaten to punch them in the mouth? How many people reading this have spent more than a second thinking about our flag or anthem, or even our military except at football games, or when you are mc'ing one of their events?

The more I know people, the more I love my dog.



Russell Cone said...

Rod,

I'm going to leave the protest debate alone. I have my opinions.

As for plaza. I don't know if the format worked. I think if they stick to the stadium, have it in august during a bye week and do it all on the field.

What was lacking was any kind of walk in and the applause to go with it.

Just my 2 cents.

Russ from Saskatoon

Anonymous said...

How do you think a stereotype becomes a stereotype?

Anonymous said...
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Anonymous said...

Rod.....

Did you listen to Popovich the other day? I suggest you do.

Also don't forget the military fought for the amendments. The first is free speach and other is peaceful protest.

A revolution isn't comfortable to the oppressors. Sorry you're so uncomfortable Rod

Annon

Anonymous said...

I doubt that Rod shares the racist viewpoint espoused by anon #13, but am surprised that the post is still up given how he has screened out less offensive posts in the past.

Just sad to see such sick drivel bring spouted by a racist troll on this site. Ironically, #13 goes on in a very ignorant way claiming a lack of education in African Americans communities when he exposes his own profound ignorance and insecurity by his ridiculous comments. And bringing up "wife beating" is rich from someone in a province that leads the way in that department.

Anonymous said...

Rod,

I saw a quote recently that is so true.

"Taking a knee is a constitutionally protected expression. It falls within league rules, period. If anyone actually believes this is about the flag, then you must believe Rosa Parks' protest was about a bus. Think about that."

No one is protesting what those before us have sacrificed to establish and maintain our freedoms and rights.

Racism is alive and well and standing up against it is the only way it will stop. It's unfortunate that arguably the most powerful person in the world (POTUS) is a full blown racist.

- B-Rad

Anonymous said...

Kapernick changed his protest from sitting, to taking a knee, ON THE SUGGESTION OF A FELLOW NFL PLAYER AND US MILITARY VET, specifically to demonstrate respect for fallen soldiers.

#getinformed

Gord said...

Blogger Rod Pedersen said...

Tell that to a soldier.

Ya and Rob you tell that to an African American

Anonymous said...

actually one more point then I'm done. When Popovich, Harbaugh, Jerry Jones and all the Owners and Coaches get on board with this non sense you want to know why? They are playing these guys - they are givin' 'em something to show "Hey big fella I'm with you......." while secretly thinking okay that'll shut them up and get them back in the field.

If these guys really wanted to make a change. Maybe as a team never mind the anthems. Don't play the games and continue to sit out games and shut the leagues down to show "The Man" and corporate sponsors you're appalled.

lol....not happening. These guys like their pay days an part time hours. So spare me how they are all devoted to the cause.

And you Uncle Toms who support them oh you'll support them all right, up to the point the games are cancelled then similar to when NHL Players went on strike you'd all be up in arms calling them greedy.



Anonymous said...

Hey, walk a mile in a minority's shoes before you comment! Some of you are terribly racist! I do not see how locking arms or kneeling during the anthem is disrespecting anyone! And NO, I am a white female!

Anonymous said...

The Riders linking arms was a very classy way to show everyone that they stand with their counterparts south of the border while maintaining the integrity of our national anthem.

Also watch the Olympics and many team sports who win Gold have their arms around each other and swaying to the anthem.

No one has ever bitched about them not standing up straight and tall.

I don't like my sports mixed with politics but especially in the Olympics it has prevailed. Countries have boycotted the Olympics in the past for political reasons.

Mike

Anonymous said...

It's a non-violent protest that hurts no one and gets the support from many, many, many people in the military. It's bringing attention to a topic in a non-violent way.

There aren't marches in the street that result in tear gas, arrests and citizens getting run over. It's a peaceful protest.


As for poster #13: Don't judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes.

Anonymous said...

I thought the Plaza of Honour was also poor. The poor schmucks (myself) were in the stands listening, applauding while the high rollers couldn't even bother coming out of the lounges. It was so bad that they even papered the walls of the Harvard lounge so us schmucks couldn't even see in. Everything was catered to those in the lounges, brutal event and will never attend again.

Anonymous said...

Oh dear. I fear that You are beyond help.

CM said...

Anon #13 should be deleted. At minimum sign your name. Racist. You are on this site because you are a football fan I assume. If you have so much hatred vs African Americans go watch Cdn CIS or Cdn high school football where the players are largely all white. Enjoy that quality of play.

Anonymous said...

That's my new handle #13

I can't walk a mile in their shoes....they sleep till noon and I'm out and about by 6:00 a.m. either walking my dog or at the gym.

Y'er Welcome

....it's been a long time sonot sure if I'm making a comeback on here.

Scott Thompson said...

I for one was very proud of our teams stance. They did something inclusive not divisive. They stood, locked arms together. Black, white, Canadians, Americans and an Australian, all standing together. They clearly have each other's backs despite coming from such different backgrounds. Wish I could say the same thing about this fan base or for that matter the public in general.

Scott Thompson said...

Lastly Rod, I'm not going to tell you how to run your blog, but if it were mine, no ananymous posts would ever see the light of day.

Tyler Welder said...

Absolutely deplorable thinking. If you would take some time to understand the reason for their plight, rather than blaming them, maybe you could see a little more clearly. Rod, I am all about free speech and not censoring, however this is a private platform that you moderate. I am a huge fan of yours and have read this blog religiously since its inception. This is not the platform for racism, bigotry or hate. This type of comment has no place on a sports blog. I believe in this person's rights to say these things, but I also believe in your rights as the moderator to remove this type of hate speech.

Tyler Welder said...

You know what the coaches and owners were thinking? That's impressive. Part time hours for NFL players? These men work much more than an 8 hour day when film, meetings, weight training, rehab, travel, etc all get put into consideration. Oh for 2. And if you honestly do t believe there would be a lineup of new age sponsors willing to get their name attached to the movement IF an older sponsor pulled out then you're more out of touch than I thought at the beginning of reading your opinion riddled factless rant.

Tyler Welder said...

Very well said. Great point.

steve said...

if one wants some insight into all the anthem protests and such, that are longer than 140 characters that is, check it out....

https://newrepublic.com/article/145035/trump-made-kaepernicks-protest-him-heres-get-back

systemic racism rarely hurts the ones who benefit from it, think about it!

steve

Anonymous said...

Rod please delete poster # 13, or don't you have the balls!!!

Anonymous said...

know poster #13 and his kind. He poses self entitled privileged above others, but his blood quantum count says he's below anything he thinks he is to his sad upbringing and beliefs. His mixed ethnic heritage has him confused as he doesn't know any better. So people! "Just ignore the dotarrd."

Sam Dewalt

Anonymous said...

That's the kind of garbage that you typically see on "rider fans" especially targeting natives. So makes you wonder if Pedersen agrees with it or sees it's getting lots of feedback thus leaves it up.

Anonymous said...

Do you have the right to pursue the profession of your choice, or is that a priveledge? Athletes have the same right as anyone else in the choosing how best to make their livelihoods.

Money alone doesn't cure systemic racism or injustice. AWARENESS of such issues is a critical component of progress.

#getinformed.

Anonymous said...

One of many things veterans accomplished was freedom (By the way I am a veteran). If you don't like what Rod writes, you are free to leave and not come back. I am not a racist so don't feel you must say I am because I believe MOST things Rod says in his blog.

GPB said...

Since the Plaza was formed it has always been spelled Honor. Now this year is spelled HonoUr. Did someone finally learn to spell it correctly there ?

Anonymous said...

I heard a vet speak on a radio sports program. He had been injured and no longer able to bear arms. His response to the kneeling in protest was YES! He said he fought for that right for everyone. If a person were to do so at an event where they were representing their country (i.e. Olympics) it would be wrong but to do so at a sporting event was not.
I also saw another posting on a sports blog where another vet stated that protestors had the right and he was not against them kneeling in protest.
As far as Trump is concerned, I'm glad to see him distracted from poking a rabid dog with a stick (North Korea) and concentrating on taking away personal rights granted by the constitution.

Anonymous said...

Someone posted that the parking at the Brandt Centre is much better. Who are they kidding? It took us 35 minutes just to get out of the parking lot after the last Pats game. Last year the longest was 15 minutes. Not sure what was going on but we weren't going anywhere. Will be trying parking in a different spot tonight but by the sounds of it, they nightmare will probably be the same. Parking the the lot off Lewvan is stupid! There is only 1 entrance/exit for all those cars. Didn't help that they didn't have anyone directing traffic either. Even though they don't do too much, they do help.

Anonymous said...

I've never said this because I figured people would just call me a racist, but I think PK Subban has been doing this for years.
Prior to hockey games when all the other players and officials stand for the anthem there's PK dancing and jiving around like he's in a disco. It's always appeared disrespectful to me.

Anonymous said...

Getting a haircut, pulling up your pants and learning to speak English would be a start.

Anonymous said...

Waiting...

From the engine that drives In the 306, V8.

Anonymous said...

I want the city police and SGI on full-out blitzes after every Pats game doing spot checks on every vehicle at all 3 exits. If you're serious about drunk driving, do this Saskatchewan, I want my tax money spent on this life saver.

Anonymous said...

At the risk of generating a ton of hate mail, I have to say I agree with Anonymous 13. No where here do I see anyone giving there interpretation of the real root of racism and how to fix the problem. Its just not right to label someone a racist because they are giving their theory to a solution. Statistics validate Men of color have a higher involvement, in domestic abuse, inner-city violence, gang violence, drug violence, etc. But wait if your a white man saying this, you all of a sudden become a racist. I have heard some theorize a solution might be improving the education systems in America's inner cities....why is it we are seeing so much domestic violence as a footnote to the players joining our league? Why is it these college graduates do not sound like college graduates? Why is it Donald Trump is suggesting improvements in the Education are a necessity? Oh yes he is a racist.....perhaps if someone a generation earlier had come to this conclusion and done something about inner-city education, no football players would be taking a knee during America's Anthems.

Anonymous said...

Re Anonymous and PK - is he the only player you have ever watched? A lot of them stand full of nervous tension, feet back and forth, chewing gum but I would say they are not paying much attention to the anthems. Not a lot of respect there or in the stands either really!

Anonymous said...

Where during our indoctrination about all this flag and anthem stuff on how to act does it say that at a hockey game a hockey player cannot move their skates while standing on the blue-line? Or is it the fact that PK Subban is not white that has someone's knickers in a knock.

Anonymous said...

Nervous energy in the others cause them to shift their weight from one foot to the other. PK, like I said, it's like he's in a disco listening to the BeeGees.

Anonymous said...

You don't even know the meaning of the term "Uncle Tom"

Anonymous said...

my gawd Anonymous #13 comes back and we all know who the hell he is and this happens. He nailed it though.

Anonymous said...

You should wear cooler clothes and learn a new language. It'd be good for you.

Anonymous said...

First of all, I understand you don't THINK you are being racist. That's one of the big problems here. White Men are virtually the only pepetrators of major white collar crime, like bank fraud, worth billions of dollars and irreprible damage to the global economy. That must mean theres an issue with the private school and university system as well then.

Second of all, cite your crime data sources. Where are u getting them from?