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Friday, December 8, 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.

- We didn't think it would take long for Randy Ambrosie to start making changes in the Canadian Football League and it hasn't. Less than two weeks after presenting the Grey Cup to the Argos, Ambrosie is starting to develop his team. 

Glen Johnson is out as senior VP as he has "retired".  Does this surprise anyone?

Ambrosie knows what is what and he knows that one of the main critiques of his league is the officiating and the command center. Those were areas Johnson were in charge of.  His job was not easy, but some of the things that we saw on a week-to-week basis especially from the command center were confusing to fans and obviously confusing to Ambrosie.  He is starting to make internal change. This is good! This is very good!

- Are you serious June Jones? Do you really think Johnny Manziel could be the greatest player the CFL has ever seen? Do you know Doug Flutie played in this league? Do you know Damon Allen played in this league. If he saw the Riders of past years play, would he think Tino Sunseri was the organization's greatest ever QB.  If you watched "Married with Children", do you think Ted McGinley was the greatest actor to ever grace our TV screens. 

- The game was good, but the last half of the 4th quarter of Monday Night Football was disgusting.  It's no secret the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers don't like one another and that might be part of the reason this game was a Monday nighter.  While the game came down to a last play field goal, it was the hits delivered by Juju Smith-Schuster and George Iloka that were disgusting and not called for in the game.

To be fair, the peel-back hit by Schuster on Vontaze Burfict was a hit we see in football all the time, but when Schuster then stands over Burfict and poses .... thats' enough.  As for Iloka trying to take Antonio Brown's head off in the endzone after a catch, that is just unacceptable. It is as unacceptable in the pros as it is in college, as it is in high school, as it is in minor football.  Why? When asked about it after the game, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger shrugged it off and said "Thats AFC North Football". Sorry Ben, its not.  It got worse when Brown said he would pay the fine Smith-Schuster would get because of past incidents involving Burfict.  Sorry, that's not the way it goes.  In this day and age where talk of concussions is so prevalent and the after-effect headshots have on players in later years, what happened Monday has to be categorized as "dirty football" and not AFC North Football.  I'm all for hard-hitting, physical games, but the plays we saw late Monday have to go. How do you patrol it? The players certainly want no part of policing themselves by continuing to act in such reckless fashion.

The NCAA will kick guys out of a game if it happens.  If it happens in the 4th quarter of a game, I believe they are forced to miss the first half of the next game.  Should the NFL just start kicking guys out instead of flagging them 15 yards? They eject players if they receive two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a game. Should it just be one?  There will be a lot of talk about what happened Monday at some point when league heads convene.  How they react will be the important question.

--Week 14 NFL Lock of The Week --  Cowboys over Giants
   Week 14 NFL Upset Of The Week -- Panthers over Vikings

- Seattle has an arena deal, and now it looks as if they will have a team. That didn't take long! Can hockey thrive in the Emerald City? If it's done right, it can.  Will the expansion model resemble that of Vegas? I am thinking there are some teams seeing the success the Golden Knights have had and are saying 'Wait a minute....'. I don't want another team being good instantaneously.  If Seattle does get in, can we please cap the NHL at 32 teams? It doesn't need anymore. Sorry Houston, sorry Kansas City, sorry Quebec City. Having 32 teams puts you with the NFL. They don't need any more teams and either do you.

If Seattle is getting the NHL, please get the NBA back too. Seattle deserves a return of the Sonics!

- I would be shocked if we weren't watching Sam Steel with the Maple Leaf on his chest at this year's World Juniors in a few weeks time. The Pats forward is one of the top junior hockey players in the country so his invite Wednesday to the selection camp should be a precursor to him being on the team.  I would think Brett Howden and Tyler Steenburgen will also make the squad.  It sounds as if the defensive pairings may basically already be set which may make it tough for Josh Mahura, but never say never. A strong camp could mean two Pats on the team.  Question that came from Thursday's Sportscage.  Is the World Juniors still must-watch TV for you?  The playoffs and finals definitely are for me, but missing a preliminary round game isn't the end of the world, unless of course its against the US.

- If there is one WHL game on the schedule that you need to go to, the Teddy Bear Toss game is a good one. I don't know who thought of this promotion first, but it is one a lot of teams are doing now as we lead up to Christmas. It is a sight to behold when the bears come flying down onto the ice.  The game itself at the Brandt Centre should be pretty good as well with the Kelowna Rockets coming in. While there is a lot of talk about Moose Jaw or Swift Current representing the WHL at the Memorial Cup, I wouldn't discount the Rockets.  They have three guys going to the World Junior camp in Cal Foote, Dillon Dube and Shaunavon's Kole Lind. They are a good hockey team and they will be a tough out in the Western Conference.

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

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

The NFL in my opinion sweeps everything under the rug on and off the field. The CFL has a word class connected to it...not perfect but way over top in this category.

Anonymous said...

Agree with you on World Juniors which is arguably the fastest hockey on the planet aside from maybe other tournament hockey (ie Olympics.) Watch a WJ playoff game and then watch an NHL game. You'll be yawning by middle of the second. The kids don't need to pace themselves like the NHLers do for their 82 game season. And, it is for the love of the game, not a paycheck (hence the word "amateur" meaning lover of.)
LF

Anonymous said...

Hockey in Seattle will slide in right behind football, soccer, baseball and if the NBA returns behind that as well. Probably will be behind the Thunderbirds as well.

Anonymous said...


Nye showing his "credibility" today regarding Jones/Manziel. You guys beat them as soon as you say good afternoon.

Anonymous said...

I think June Jones meant to say Russell Wilson, not Manziel ..

Anonymous said...

"They don't need any more teams and either do you."

It's "neither" Scruffy......"neither".

From the Language police.

Anonymous said...

I would bet my sweet biffy that if Randy Ambrosie was the NFL Commish that the Thursday night games would be gone by now. Player safety before commerce and carnage.

CM said...

Agree on Manziel comment he wasn't even good in the NFL. Whereas Moon and Theismann were all-pros in the league and Joe T was an MVP and Super Bowl Champ. As for Burfict hes a dirty player and as AB said karma is b...ch. He got hit on clean block compare that to his headhunting of AB and Roethlisberger in the playoffs.

Anonymous said...


The crackback block on the Cincinnati player is something we see a lot of. I don't understand the suspension for that play. As for the hit on Brown, that was just gross and uncalled for. Players don't care about their safety. The same with the Pitsburgh player who was paralyzed. Why are leading with your head?

Football can talk about making the game safer, but until players start being smarter, it won't be!

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Warren Moon as best QB in CFL and don't bring up sexual assault claims. It seems that everyone is now trying to get attn. by claiming this

Anonymous said...

Off the topic but what the heck is the CFL pulling with their latest announcement as per 3Dnation about bonus money not going to be paid??

Anonymous said...

That's a misogynistic comment.

Anonymous said...

Say what you want about Manziel but he will bring a lot of interest and media attention to the league. It will be unlike anything before

Anonymous said...

Are you serious! OMG.

Lee said...

Agree about teddy bear toss but get out supports Pats
Warriors and Broncos u will see some really good hockey, not to mention the next NHL stars

Anonymous said...


Know I am probably in moral minority here, but I loved the diversity of the show this week with a lot of good talk on a lot of subjects that weren't Rider related. I love the Riders too, but I don't need to hear Rider news crammed down my throat 24/7 on the Cage.


Don

Anonymous said...

Not that I care, because you couldn't pay me enough to sit and watch MLS soccer outside or in front of the TV, but with a number of folks complaining about the CFL playoffs and Grey Cup in November, why does MLS hold their finals in DECEMBER???? I hope there is a major blizzard in TOR when they play there. That would be priceless.

Anonymous said...

Anon- I'll see your 'sweet biffy' and raise you my 'sweet bippy'.

Anonymous said...

So Seattle won the championship by not getting a shot on goal in 90 minutes regulation and 30 minutes of overtime last year? Won in a shoot out or whatever they call it. Sign me up for a pair of season tickets.

Anonymous said...

Scruffy for US President

Anonymous said...


I'm with you Don, but I know when the Riders/CFL are in the headlines, Scruffy and gang will have it covered!

If I want my MLS fix or more boredom from Drew Remenda, I will check out Green Zone. OK, I won't. Why would anyone do that?


JC

Anonymous said...


HAHAHAHAHA! Now Vanstone says Jones' statements should be taken to heart. Him and Nye must sit in the Green Zone studio and wonder who is dumber.

Anonymous said...

And come to the conclusion...its you!

Bob Bronk said...

Glen did a fantastic job and was a class act on the field and in the office. Nowhere in any league will anyone in a similar position get recognized for their positive contributions. Its a no-win job. The comments about officiating in the NFL have the same criticisms. Bottom line is the refs are human and there will always be errors. Glen made many positive contributions, he exercised professionalism with no ego issues. It was his decision. He has kids playing football and other sports and he wants to be a part of that, hard to do when you are working days and nights during the football season.