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Friday, November 17, 2017

SCRUFFY'S THIS N' THAT

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

- Attention Canada:  Saskatchewan will be closed for about three hours starting at Noon on Sunday. We hope you understand! Would I be correct with that statement?  Rider Nation will be glued to their radio, their TV, their tablet or whatever as the Saskatchewan Roughriders look to advance to the Grey Cup for the first time since that magical night at Taylor Field in 2013 that many of us still remember oh so well. Can they do it? Can they knock off the Argos to represent the East in the Grey Cup.  All I know is I need to visit Mark Habicht at the Rider Store to get a 2017 "East Division" champion shirt if it should happen.

By the way, how did no one come up with the BEL13VE slogan before now? What a great slogan! Who gets credit for that?

- Is this a sign of things to come? The Riders have won their last four division finals.  (2007, 2009, 2010, 2013). We know what their record is the week after, and yes the two losses are against the guy who will be coaching on the other sidelines (Marc Trestman) with his defensive co-ordinator (Corey Chamblin) being the guy who guided them to the 2013 title.

- TV ratings for the playoffs were up (especially the East semi), and the Argos are already pronouncing they will have their biggest crowd of the year.  It's not hard to see what the common denominator is.  The Riders are Canada's team. They are good for business.  Right TSN? Right Toronto? Will there be more Rider fans than Argo fans at BMO Place when kickoff hits. It wouldn't surprise me one bit.

- If its a Riders/Eskimos GC Final, will the story be the first time two Western teams have played for the Grey Cup? Remember in 2007, Winnipeg was technically in the East. While I would say yes, you know the Chris Jones defection to Regina after the Eskimos won the 2015 Cup will be brought up again and could end up getting top billing.

- If two Western teams qualify for the Grey Cup, will this make the CFL decide to get rid of East vs West and go with the top six teams making the playoffs?

- The Bombers are upset at the fact they let a good season get away. A team who is seemingly on the upswing has a lot of work to do in the off-season. Guys like Chris Randle, TJ Heath, Weston Dressler and Stanley Bryant are free agents.  Add Justin Medlock to that list too.  Yes, every team has its fair share of free agents, but there are rumblings the Bombers could be the team that gets hit the most once mid-February rolls along.

- The Eskimos name debate is raging again.  An Edmonton radio station has put out a survey asking listeners if the team was to change its name, what would you like it to be.  The "Energy"and "Elk" are both leading the way.  The Edmonton Elk.  Imagine!

- Imagine the CFL being a 10 team one with that 10th team being situated in Halifax. That news broken by TSN's Dave Naylor got the attention of CFL fans far and wide. I'm very interested to see how this ends up.  I can't help but think it would be a huge success.  Would it be safe to say the Bluenosers would love their football team as much as the people in the Wheat Province?

- Week 11 NFL Lock of the Week -- Saints over Redskins
   Week 11 NFL Upset of the Week --  Bears over Lions

- Are the Eagles really the best team in the NFL? Their record says yes, but one has to think they would have their hands full with the Patriots, Steelers, Rams etc etc etc.

- Alex Anthopoulos became the GM of the Atlanta Braves this week.  It is already said if the Blue Jays don't get Josh Donaldson signed, sealed and delivered that AA will take a run at getting the 3rd baseman to move to Georgia. With a good young farm system, the Braves are poised to take over from Washington as the best team in the NL East in short order.  Blue Jays fans should just shake their head at how he just walked away thanks to the buffoonery that is Mark Shapiro.

- The Leafs don't need Auston Matthews it would appear.  It would appear as if Habs fans are ready to call it a season after losing to Arizona. Meanwhile, I am guessing the Oilers store at Rogers Place did not make any Mike Camalleri jerseys.  By the way, is the guy who looks like "Blue"from Old School that has shown up at Rogers Place the homeless guy that Ovechkin helped.  Who is that guy?

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

50 comments:

Anonymous said...

How about the Edmonton Eunochs???

Anonymous said...


BEL13VE!! BE-LEAFS!!

Anonymous said...

No CFL team is Canada's team so give it up already...good for you guys on helping fill up the stadium but is it a sell out? No it's not. Also just so you know there were more viewers watching the Bombers and Eskies last week so how does that make you Canada's team?If you were Canada's team you would have easily had the most viewers no questions but it didn't happen. So you know I am betting there will be more viewers watching the west final also.

Tyson Liske said...

As far as the #BEL13VE campaign - I'm pointing to Mason Gardiner and the social media team with the Riders.

Tyson Liske said...

As far as the #BEL13VE campaign - I point to Mason Gardiner and the social media team with the Riders.

Anonymous said...

How about the Edmonton Excalibur... or the Edmonton Energizers.....and finally The Edmonton Elite?

IMAGIRL

Anonymous said...

Attention Saskatchewan nobody else in the rest of Canada gives a flying you know what about what you are doing.

Anonymous said...

Oh Scruffy, first Rod and now you too?? "Be13ive" is the WORST slogan ever.....why does everyone want to be reminded of the Grey Cup that the Riders B13W (BLEW) with 13 men on the field?? 13 is such a curse.

Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous,
Are you the "nobody" in the rest of Canada? (Sorry, couldn't resist that one.)

By the way, I don't live in Saskatchewan either. But the overwhelming attendance and enthusiasm of Rider fans at other stadiums in Canada during the playoffs has been an obvious reality for decades.
LF

Anonymous said...

Canada's Team. period. Sorry that hurts you.

Anonymous said...

In honour of Old Pete Pocklington: The Edmonton Packers!

Anonymous said...

Or the grey cup in '13 the riders did blow . Get over it pal. I like the slogan

3RD and 1 said...

Nobody else in Canada cares. That’s why your trolling on here. Because you are obviously a nobody... right!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous #3

The viewership ratings between the western and eastern semi finals were very similar. The Rider game had slightly less viewers, most likely, because they were playing an eastern opponent. Had the Riders played the Bombers in the west and the Eskimos crossed over I can pretty much guarantee you a Rider/Bomber game would have had far more viewers than an Esks/Red Blacks game. Same thing will happen with the finals, especially true with the low Argo fan base.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous #7

Clearly you care too much about what goes on in Saskatchewan if you’re taking the time to read and respond to a Saskatchewan Roughrider blog!

Anonymous said...

Be13ive!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, it is a name... People have too much time on their hands.

Whats next changed Mohawk gas stations names...

Cory

Pat Strain said...

Edmonton Ethnicslurs

Anonymous said...

Go to a game in Hamilton and you see at least 100 Rider jerseys. Went to the Hamilton game in Regina and there were about 4 Ti-Cat jerseys. No other teams fans travel like Rider fans. NOT EVEN CLOSE!!

Jeff said...

From my 5 year old: The Edmonton Egg-nogs

Go Riders! Bel13ve!

Anonymous said...

The Edmonton Eggs.

Helen Back said...

The high winds expected for the Big Game Sunday will be a huge factor in the final result! It will be tough on the passing game, and special teams will confront a real challenge. Riders have won almost all the coin tosses this year. They need to win the toss Sunday and have the Big Wind in the 4th quarter. Thigpen needs to have another outstanding performance. Bridge may need to get in early for run option plays when the team is headed into the 50 km winds.

Anonymous said...

When I was down in Los Algadonez Mexico, There was some Rider sweaters, shirts back packs etc. When I asked for some specific sweaters, many places said they were sold out and had difficulty keeping Rider gear in stock because it sells so rapidly. The only other Canadian teams gear there was a couple of Montreal Canadian and Leaf sweaters. There were NO, other CFL gear there to be had and sellers said that was because no-one wanted it.

Anonymous said...

Edmonton Yellow Greens

Anonymous said...

To the anonymous above who said "Clearly you care too much about what goes on in Saskatchewan if you’re taking the time to read and respond to a Saskatchewan Roughrider blog!"

This is not purely a Roughrider blog, Rod and his staff talk about all kinds of sports teams including the Rams, Thunder, Pats, as well as all kinds of sports--including but not limited to--hockey, football (CFL and NFL). But this blog sees a majority of Roughrider and CFL (all teams) news.......So you can basically call it a "sports" blog rather than a Saskatchewan roughrider blog and any one should be welcome to post their comments and views without being called trolls, nobodies, donkeys etc. You don't agree with someone?? Post your counter-comment respectfully.

Anonymous said...

As far as the BEL13VE slogan, I can think of about 3 MLB teams this was taken from, as well as at least 2 basketball teams I have seen shirts for in the playoffs! lol
only difference is the "13" in the slogan

Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha lmao! Pathetic! Be13ve a pathetic knock off attempt on Justin Bieber fanbase the Bieliebers. So Saskatchewan-ish. Can't think of anything on their own. Typical Saskatchewan buffoons.

Anonymous said...

Too bad that the Santy Claus parade in Regina happens smack-dab during the Rider game this Sunday. Mr. Claus needs a better agent! He should work on Saturday and take Sunday off with his Green Elves, put up his feet in front of his fireplace, and watch his team beat the Argos.

Anonymous said...

Blatant rip off on Justin Bieber and the "Bieliebers". "Bieliebers" a loyal Justin Bieber fan base who faithfully "Believe" in him. I'm pointing the finger at "plagerism" with whoever thought up that lame excuse of a slogan for the Saskatchewan Roughriders playoff run.

Anonymous said...

Anybody that has a problem with the Riders using the number '13' in their marketing and thinks they need to drop the 13th man from their marketing because of the 2009 Grey Cup is a weak-minded fool. You're obsessed about something that happened 8 years ago and that everyone else has moved on from. We've consistently used the '13th man' as a marketing tool every year since - seems like the same two or three crybabies that can't let go of the past that have a problem with this while everybody else is enjoying the here and now.

You're very, very sad. Grow up.

#BEL13VE

Anonymous said...

How about Edmonton Exhaust? They stink and are a waste product.

@mrt_man said...

EDMONTON EMU'S!... OR MAYBE FOR THE BEL13BERS... THE GREENYELLOWS! PLEASE NO!

ONLY 2 MORE SLEEPS! I HOPE THE GUYS CAN PUT ON A GOOD SHOW IN TORONTO. IT WOULD BE AWESOME TO BE BACK IN THE DANCE. I SURE DON'T WANNA START WATCHING BASKETBALL! TOO BAD BLUE IS STILL OUT, BUT NOT THAT SURPRISING, SINCE HE WAS CARTED OFF. MAYBE #6 WILL GET A COUPLE MORE THROWS THIS GAME AND SHOW THE YOUNG UNS HOW IT'S DONE.

I LIKE THE ODD GOOFY PLAY AND SOME RAZZLE DAZZLE, BUT WOW THE BOMBERS SURE TANKED AFTER COMING UP SHORT ON THEIR FAKE PUNT. IT'S LESS FUN, BUT MAYBE WE SHOULD JUST GET THE JOB DONE THE OLD FASHIONED WAY... SMASHIN IT THROUGH EM

Anonymous said...

Then why are you reading this Saskatchewan blog my friend?

Anonymous said...

Oh oh. Touched a nerve.

Anonymous said...

Justin Bieber? Lol. You're funny.

Anonymous said...

Yes, because Justin Bieber owns the word 'believe' and is the first person to ever use the term 'believe' in marketing.

Phuck are you ever stupid...

Anonymous said...

Edmonton Emperors, Eels, Earthquakes, EZee, Elephants, Edge, Eagles, Explosion, Eggholes, Elbertas, Emptymoes.

Anonymous said...

To anonymous that said “This is not purely a Roughrider blog etc...”

First I did not call you any derogatory names nor was I disrespectful. Second you miss the point that this is a Saskatchewan based sports column and as such your previous comment “Attention Saskatchewan nobody else in the rest of Canada gives a flying you know what about what you are doing.” is extremely disrespectful, which is why you have received negative Reponses.

Anonymous said...

To the anonymous above, yes you did not call me names or anything, but just so you know, I was NOT also the one who posted that previous comment. I was just speaking in general that this is not a purely Sask roughrider blog, this blog touches on all kinds of sports and not just Saskatchewan although yes, as you say, it is based in Saskatchewan. And as for the people calling names, I was not necessarily speaking of you, but if you read these posts regularly like I do, you can see this happening a lot. Hope this clears up what I mentioned.

Anonymous said...

Canada's team is named after Teddy Roosevelt's band of ragtag raiders. That's funny. How about a Canadian name like loonies? As for BEL13VE, it is ironic. For a lot of Riderville it brings up the unintentional reminder of a dark day in Rider history & is quite funny for outsiders as Rider Nation appears not to get the joke. What could possibly be worse except losing to Edmonton in the Grey Cup to Mr 13, Mike Reilly. Talk about a slogan backfiring if it hadn't already. BEL13VE Rider Nation. BEL13VE.

Anonymous said...

wow. jealous much? green is the color....��

Anonymous said...

In 1922,for one season, the Edmonton Eskimos were known as the Edmonton Elks. This would be the logical alternative as it would retain the EE on their helmet. And Elks abound in northern Alberta. A team in the NFL is known as the Bears, so Elk is the next best animal.

Anonymous said...

HAHAHA...really sad to say if this is Canada's team then why pick such a sluggish grey cup team. I mean Canada has more brains then to pick the lowest winning team of the Grey Cup not?

Anonymous said...

The Edmonton Dollar Stores - they already have the colours!!

Anonymous said...

Edmonton Elk Hounds. True mutts!

Anonymous said...

Should be Edmonton Envious...all the teams are, especially the Riders. Edmonton is the most historic team for the CFL and that is true fact.

Jon A said...

Not sure why you continue to criticize the new Blue Jays leadership team. Same group built 90% of that Cleveland team....how has that group performed lately. AA left the minor league cupboard bare and left the team with an albatross contract that is Tulo...he wasn't all sunshine and roses.

Anonymous said...

Their on rods blog my assumption is because no one goes on their own, which seems to be the status quo for most teams, Rod you should get that mike hogan for t.o. And teach him how to host a show like yours in Toronto.

Anonymous said...

Yeah poor poor timing for Santa Claus parADE , if i’m Not mistaken, it used to be on saturdays, then everyone could go shopping after ,

Anonymous said...

The Edmonton pipelines,