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Thursday, October 5, 2017

10 THINGS I THINK I THINK FOR UNIVERSAL COLLISION CENTRE

1 - GAME OF JONES: The Saskatchewan Roughriders have been on quite a run under Head Coach & GM Chris Jones. The football club has won 5 of its past 7 games and everyone's noticed the Riders have shot up to 3rd in the CFL West with 5 weeks to go. The importance of last Friday's 18-17 comeback win at Ottawa cannot be overstated because those were games they lost early in the year.

2 - TRUST: It's the most important ingredient in a football locker room and this team has it in spades. Chris Jones never once thought about changing quarterbacks against the RedBlacks and his belief in Kevin Glenn paid off in the end. Granted, a punt return TD provided the spark and the defense found itself in the fourth quarter, but the team banded together for a "W" in adverse conditions. Most importantly, they finally all trust each other which makes them a very formidable foe.

3 - JONES 8 OTTAWA 0: The RedBlacks franchise has not beaten Chris Jones since it entered the CFL in 2014. Jones is 7-0 versus Ottawa in the regular season and also beat them in the 2015 Grey Cup with the Edmonton Eskimos. That's a very good omen heading into their next meeting on Friday, Oct. 13 in Regina and potentially in the playoffs.

4 - THE NATION'S CAPITAL: It's been a splendid week in Ottawa as the Riders will spend 11 days total in Eastern Canada. The beauty of this city is a well-kept secret (#3 in the CFL) and it's also a rabid football town despite its tepid history. The RedBlacks have slid since last year's Grey Cup title but their fans admit to still being giddy over their first championship in 40 years las season. The 105th Grey Cup will be played here on November 26 and it's going to be an absolutely incredible party. The city is already buzzing. Now we just really need to get a team in Halifax.

5 - ROLL TIDE: Call it the Crimson Tide Connection. Former Alabama stars Christion Jones and Trent Richardson figure to be a big part of the Riders' attack Saturday in Toronto. There have been plenty of American onlookers for Rider games all season long but Saskatchewan football is particularly hot in the Heart of Dixie right now. Some pundits down there are even calling the Riders "Bama North".

6 - ARRRRGOOOOOS: Rider games in Toronto are always special and Hogtown holds a special place in Rider history since half of Saskatchewan's Grey Cup wins have come there. However this Saturday's match-up at BMO Field could be a wet one. The forecast calls for rain and 23 degrees Celsius. The Argos are favoured by 1.5-points and they can clinch a home playoff game with a victory. Both teams have plenty to play for.

7 - OFFICIATING: A blown call in the Toronto-Hamilton game is what has the league buzzing this week and reports indicate the CFL acknowledged the error to the Ticats. A lot of good that'll do should they wind up missing the playoffs! The situation makes me think things: 1) Video challenges should be decided by the Head Referee on-site rather than the Command Centre and 2) Blaming officiating for losses is an easy out. Do you ever see Marc Trestman make a peep about bad officiating? Good teams don't leave the outcome of games in the hands of the officials.

8 - PRAY FOR VEGAS: The events of Sunday evening in Las Vegas still leave me speechless. Politicians and news commentators are busy sniping back and forth about gun control and domestic terrorism (perhaps rightly so) but one thing became clear to me: We can't live in fear. Go about your lives and travel freely rather than hiding from "the world out there". Fear is exactly what the bad guys want.

9 - FREEDOM: The tragic events in Las Vegas and Edmonton put the anthem debate in sports on the backburner but I thought the comments of some Royal Canadian Navy officers I was with in Ottawa were very illuminating. To a man, they said they are not offended by players kneeling for anthems. They serve to protect our freedom and the right to express ourselves however we want. True heroes!

10 - DROP THE PUCK: The marathon that is the NHL season began Wednesday night and the storylines across the NHL are tantalizing: The Penguins and Oilers are favoured to meet in the Stanley Cup Final, Jagr in Calgary, the birth of the Golden Knights, and here in Ottawa there are thousands of seats still available for the Sens' home-opener. This is a team who's made the playoffs in 16 of the past 20 years! Imagine if the Maple Leafs had had similar success. Meanwhile I have a bet that the Golden Knights will finish ahead of the Arizona Coyotes when all is said and done. Am I nuts? ... Meanwhile I see the Regina Pats have slipped out of the CHL Top 10 while Moose Jaw has snuck into 3rd. Let's pick it up Pats. 

Y'er welcome,
RP
@rodpedersen

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

yer nuts! Vegas team, last overall. Will be a sad sack team

Anonymous said...

#7 totally agree. Winners never complain about officiating even when they lose. We did not make enough plays to win is the correct answer to why we lost.
Bart

Anonymous said...

Did you even follow the coyotes last season. Clayton Keller could win the calder, Max Domi, Oliver-Ekman Larson, Anthony Duclair,Dylan Strome that's a great young base. There no way Vegas finishes above them, knights best player played in the khl last year lol.

Anonymous said...

"Roughriders Football"

we live it.

Digby & Dockby Granger
Spearfish, South Dakota

Rod Pedersen said...

Gimme you name and # so I can collect when the season's over! Duclair went to the minors, Domi was non-existent, they've got not goalie ... etc.

Anonymous said...

You gotta laugh when you guys give the riders your own self annointed names such as "Canada's" team lol "Green Bay Packers " of the north and now "Bama North " lol get real nobody but nobody says that or thinks that except riders fans all 3 names are given to teams like the pack or the tide who are constant winners year after year NOT a team who has 4 championships in over 100+ years lol

Anonymous said...

You're not nuts Rod, Arizona is a train wreck from the young GM to Tochet as coach and their farm system being in complete shambles Vegas will be a better organization of the future than Arizona. Just to add salt on the wound....I can't wait to see the massive attendance gaps between Arizona & Vegas...good luck getting four Golden Knight Tickets together for a January/February.

Veep

Anonymous said...

Oh...I see the jealous Stumps fan is back. Mom turned the internet back on in his basement "suite" lol

Anonymous said...

Yes Anonymous 3....Marc-Andre Fleury played in the KHL last year...nope, wait...that's not right...I just saw his name get engraved on a Stanley Cup.

My bad!

Anonymous said...

I’m not sure why you post this Trolls comments Rod. When at the same time you often hold back comments from myself or my colleges, friends and family. I understand that your blog is social media entertainment. You must feel that by allowing the comments of rivals trools. That are either obtuse, challenging, insulting, ridiculous, juvenile and most of the time just pure crap.
I know that you feel you have written and continue to write the book on successful social media
Sites. However many of us would like to to open your mind to the idea that when you accommodate Manitoba & Alberta trolls. You are actually empowering them. We all understand there are many that are envious or jealous. With OCD tendencies or challenges and they just can’t help themselves.
However if they continue to be uneducated and completely self serving. Why not deny them the public stage they desire. It takes away wasted time reading dribble. Plus It will allow your dedicated followers to have a much better experience.
These trolls come on with no factual information. Make up crap just like the US President does. Then once they see their BS self serving bantering in print. It excites them so much they take their Jergins and Kleenex box into their bedroom.
I understand freedom of speech. However there is a couple spit wads that border on hate statements. They seem to come out more when the Riders are climbing up in the standings. As we all know a Disease will attack much harder once healing is started.
With that being said, maybe it’s time to rid your web site of the constant drip, drip, drip of the trolling clap.





CB said...

That's not a fair comment about the TiCats. It's their fans and media that have complained about the officials. It wasn't June Jones the HC talking about it

Anonymous said...

Well veep, Vegas is a graveyard for pro teams. The match-up you are talking about will possibly be the only one attended well. The league will be subsidizing another desert team

Anonymous said...

That KHL player got sent to the minors.

Rod Pedersen said...

Do you go to McDonalds and tell them how to cook their burgers?

Anonymous said...

Forget complaining about the yahoo comments. Why not instill a spell-check option for all the AB and MB comments on here that prove Canadian education isn't what it used to be?

Anonymous said...

LOL .... that big post telling Rob how he should run his blog is the exact "dribble" I try to avoid reading on here. That stuff is the problem, not other fans from other cities telling us the Riders suck. Who cares.

@mrt_man said...

I know that wasn't directed my way, but I did this week. They took the bacon mcdouble off the menu... fter already taking the bacon cheeseburger off the menu. Sad time at McDonald's.

I dunno how the Richardson thing will go, but it would be tough for our running game to be any worse.... maybe short of running backwards 5 yards and hooksliding

Anonymous said...

Vegas beats the Yotes by Lawless's presence alone! Although I don't think even Gary would've helped the Jet's last night. :(

Anonymous said...

To the long-winded anonymous above....speaking of uneducated, it's 'drivel' not dribble!

Anonymous said...

Hey buddy maybe he doesn't post your comments cause nobody wants to read a bloody novel about what's going on in your head. keep it to a sentence or two otherwise keep it to yourself!

Anonymous said...

Someone wants their safe space...

Anonymous said...

Oddshark has the over/under line for win totals at 33 for the coyotes and 26.5 for the knights last in the league.

Anonymous said...

Go Riders! It's the only team I have any interest in and I love the coverage you give them Rod. Happy Thanksgiving !

Anonymous said...

Social Media and Blogging did not improve society and as it is here to stay history will show it played a part in society turning mean. People got away from books and that is where it went sideways.