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Friday, October 20, 2017

SCRUFFY'S THIS N' THAT

- As the Riders go into Calgary tonight to play the Stampeders, I think it is safe to say this has been the most interesting and perhaps the most chaotic week the team has had under Chris Jones's watch. 

It all started with the fight Monday involving Duron Carter. 

What happened five days ago? We will never know.  We know Carter and Sam Williams were involved, but that is it.  The team isn't talking about it, the coaches aren't talking it and everyone just wants to forget it.  If it wasn't Carter that was involved, it probably would be by now.

- As Chris Jones mentioned on Tuesday, boys will be boys and fights will happen. It is part of football. This team is fired up coming down the homestretch. Did Carter's attitude have anything to do what happened? Whether it did or it didn't, it doesn't matter because it shows an intensity around here that wasn't around last year when the team's fate was basically sealed by this time. 

Yes, I have questions as to why Carter is playing on the corner against a good Calgary offence in what is a big game, but there is a method to Chris Jones' madness.

- Like he has numerous times in his short tenure here, Jones is rolling the dice. On some it has worked, on others it hasn't.  The one thing that can't be denied is he has all eyes on his football team again this weekend. The CFL won't admit it, but they love it.  The Riders move the needle much the way the Yankees do in MLB, the Patriots do in the NFL and the Leafs do in the NHL.  When people are talking about the Riders, they are talking about the CFL.

It makes me wonder if the CFL would get more attention if Carter's antics were happening with him being a member of the Argos. You can't tell me it wouldn't help! No one at the league office is complaining when TSN leads its afternoon Sportscenter with the latest in Riderville because everyone who is a CFL fan is watching and those who aren't have to have a passing interest.

- What if Carter makes some impact plays on "D" tonight? If he were to grab a pick six, Bo Levi Mitchell's Twitter account would be rudely assaulted by Rider fans. BLM threw the first salvo which Carter graciously accepted and threw back. Any chance Rider Nation has to chirp BLM is one they will take and like it or not, the Calgary quarterback is ready for it.  Like him or not, what he does on Twitter to get the fires rising is what the CFL needs.  It is harmless fun!  It is why we need more of this.

- As we approach the final 3 weeks of the CFL season, here is a look at the standings if you seeded teams 1-9

1. Calgary    27 pts
2. Winnipeg  22 pts
3. Edmonton 18 pts
4. Saskatchewan 16 pts
5. Ottawa 15 pts
6. Toronto 14 pts
7. BC 12 pts
8. Hamilton 8 pts
9. Montreal 6 pts

We know that there will be a crossover team and that Calgary and either Ottawa or Toronto will get a first round bye as winners of the East.  IF you went 1-9, you would see the Stamps and Bombers would have a first round bye with Edmonton playing Toronto and Ottawa in Saskatchewan for Round 1.  However, going into the final 3 weeks BC would still have a shot and so would Ottawa and Toronto in a quest to get a first-round playoff game.  A Riders home playoff game would be there now, but would it be there after the weekend? There is a lot more drama in the 1-9 scenario than what we are currently getting.  While I know many want the current format to stay, there are many others who want change including me.

- The Gordon Hayward injury from Tuesday night is absolutely horrific.  It might be one of the worst ones I've seen. The only one worse may be from the 2007 Vanier Cup when a running back from Manitoba suffered a gruesome broken leg.  When it was shown on the big screen at Skydome, a collective "OHHHHHHHH" came out from what was a good-sized crowd.  Many outlets decided not to show the sight of Hayward sitting on the court with his ankle and leg not looking the way it should.  It's out there if you haven't seen it. If you are squeamish, don't look for it.  If not, have at er, but be warned!

- Can we just fast forward the NHL season and have the Leafs play Vegas for the Stanley Cup? Meanwhile, Oilers fans like me are wondering what exactly is happening as the start has not been what we were expecting.  Connor McDavid has only scored in one game, the defence has been horrible and the goaltending has been sub-standard.  From what I have seen, the decision to trade Jordan Eberle instead of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was a mistake as RNH continues to play soft as he did in the Carolina game. Perhaps its the fact the Oilers are wearing those ugly orange uniforms at home instead of the traditional blue . Change it back! Maybe an OT win in Chicago will start turning the fortunes around.

- While the Riders are in Calgary, the University of Calgary will be in Regina this weekend.  Much like the CFL, the road to the title will go through Calgary. The Dinos are 6-0 on the season so the 4-2 Rams have a huge challenge in front of them.  It will be a tough test for a Regina defence that has given up a lot of points in its last two games, but if Noah Picton and company can find a way to get 35-40 points, I like their chances. It is going to be a lot of fun Saturday at Mosaic. Game time is 2. Get out there and watch the likes of Noah Picton, Mitch Picton, Atlee Simon, Danny Nesbitt and Nick Dheilly.

- On Sunday in Saskatoon, the Thunder and Hilltops will meet again for all the PFC marbles. It will be meeting #3 on the year between the two with each team having won on the road. This will be an outstanding football game with the winner likely going on in a couple of weeks to take the Canadian Bowl.  I am sure a lot of Regina fans will make the trip north and I am sure they will be met by many Hilltops fan to make it another October afternoon to remember with a lot on the line.

-Week 7 NFL Lock Of The Week --- Cowboys over 49ers
 Week 7 NFL Upset Of The Week --- Packers over Saints

The Sunday night game has the Falcons in New England in a rematch of last year's Super Bowl. It doesn't matter what the score is after three quarters, KEEP WATCHING!

- It's been very quiet in Calgary since the re-election of Naheed Nenshi as mayor.  Yes, some members of the Flames weren't happy about it and voiced that displeasure on Twitter, but it would appear the Flames camp is either re-grouping or pouting. Whatever it is, the team should look to get a new person in front of the camera.  Ken King isn't going to help the cause any.  In my opinion, he should be replaced as the face of this fight.  I'm not the only one that feels that way as some in Calgary believe the same thing. If not, this situation won't improve anytime soon.

- RIP Gord Downie. The impact you had on many in this country is immense. Your music will keep your memory alive for years.

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

13 comments:

JackD83 said...

Told you miami would win, how do I collect my $20?

Anonymous said...

Great comment on Ken King and the Flames. His whining has me dug in and opposed to spending bucks on a new stadium. His whining is very high on my list of why I’m against it. My dollars going to support billionaires and games with tickets only the wealthy can afford being the other reason.

Anonymous said...

Ebs is sure lighting it up in Brooklyn, right Scruffy? Carrying on his disappearing act from the playoffs in the spring.

Anonymous said...

Not a word on the Cubbies execution by the Dodgers! Sorry Scruff may be your still in mourning.

Anonymous said...

I have to totally agree with you about those UGLY,UGLY orange sweaters. By the way did I say UGLY? They must have been picked by someone color blind.
Good that Calgary has a mayor who stands up for the taxpayers instead of American yockals like Bettman.

Anonymous said...

Ok Scruff...usually good stuff on here but lose the love for Jordan Eberle simply because he was a Pat. He was soft and unable to do much when the going got tough while in Edmonton and that doesn't appear to have changed with the Islanders. The only reason he was signed to that $6M per contract was simply the Oilers had nobody else and were desperate. If you have truly watched this season, outside of McDavid, RNH has been the most consistent player for this team thus far. How good was he in the face off circle in OT last season? Fact of the matter is RNH can play the middle and appears to be upping his game so to speak. Ebs will always be known as a phenom at the World Jr's. Ten years from now his NHL career will be described as 'Meh.....'

And, as a Dolphins fan thanks for assuring us all that Atlanta was the LOCK of the week. Could you take the Jets this week as well?

Anonymous said...

"The best thing about Calgary, was leaving it"

Classic, classic Frenzy clip.

Go Riders Go

Anonymous said...

As much as it pains me to say it the Cubs where in waaay over their heads this year.

Sorry Mitch.

Bus Driver Dave.

Anonymous said...


As an Oilers fan. I would take Ebs over RNH any day. RNH is softer than top of the line toilet paper.


Brad

Anonymous said...


Put me down as one who would love to see CFL seeded 1-9 instead of East vs West. Sorry Rod!

Dion Rogal said...

I am so estatic that the cubs got DESTROYED this round snd it goes to show that money cant buy a title every year hey cubs fans

Anonymous said...

Dion:

Please explain

The Cubs have a lineup consisting of homegrowns like Contreras, Baez, Russell, Schwarber, Almora Jr & Bryant, traded for Rizzo and Arrieta. Your statement is completely ludicrous. Are you going to say the same thing about any of the four teams left because if so it shows how little you know about baseball. Please explain

Richard

Anonymous said...

I see Scroofy's wife Angel on global 5 local weather newscast. Their kids must be growing up fast making time for her to make a tv comeback while adding more household income. He must live like a king.