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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

10 THINGS I THINK I THINK FOR SOBER BOWL CANADA

1- WE MADE IT: It's been a bitterly cold winter in Saskatchewan. NEWSFLASH: They all are. But it's going to get up to +3 today and for the time being, the worst is behind is. People in the 306 didn't get as crabby as they normally do during the cold snap so for that, kudos.

2 - EBS: Something struck my while watching the Islanders get past the Canadiens this week; Jordan Eberle has his smile back. The Regina product has 36 points riding shotgun for the real Johnny Hockey and has a shot at the playoffs in New York. All it took was getting out of Edmonton, which almost ruined him. That place is a graveyard for careers.

3 - OLYMPICS: Hockey Canada announced its roster for South Korea last week and unless you're a hardcore Dub nerd, you have no idea who the players are. (Not surprisingly, Tom Renney and Willie Desjardins picked the squad). But I'd watch Canada's games even if they were a team of off-duty mechanics. Go Canada Go!

4 - CLASH OF THE TITANS: The Regina Pats are in Prince Albert Wednesday night but that's just the appetizer for Friday's main course. Because on Friday, Tim Hunter's Moose Jaw Warriors come into Regina which will evoke memories of our Pack The Dome Nights from the 80's and 90's. Moose Jaw is the #2 team in the nation but are a lot more demure than they were last year at this time, which is right around the time the Pats swept them in a home-and-home series. The Tribe was never the same again. I'll be calling Friday's game on Access/Shaw TV province-wide, and am already losing sleep over it!

5 - ALUMNI CLASH: I'd planned on heading back to Phoenix the week of the Pats Homecoming (Riderville Arizona is Feb. 22) but after the list of NHL Alumni was published, I don't see how I can. It's a Who's Who including Wendel Clark, Darryl and Brian Sutter, Barret Jackman, Robyn Regehr, Tiger Williams and an impressive roster of others. They'll face off on Feb. 17 in the Brandt Centre. What hockey fan can turn that game down?

6 - SJHL/MJHL SHOWCASE: The All Stars of the SJHL and MJHL were in Regina this week for a two-day showcase for NHL, NCAA and WHL scouts. There were over 60 scouts on hand representing most NHL teams and the Cooperators Arena was packed for the games. Now, Regina just needs an SJHL franchise to play out of the Coop and all will be perfect.

7 - DARIAN: Who was surprised Darian Durant refused Kavis Reed's take-it-or-leave-it offer in Montreal this week? Not me. But now Durant is a free agent with a baby on the way and you have to wonder if his CFL days are done. They shouldn't be but at age 35, his best days are certainly behind him. Anybody who knows Darian knows he's not a #2. But if he wants to keep playing, he's going to have to become one.

8 - STEROIDS: Rider lineman Bruce Campbell was nailed for a positive steroid test and admirably owned up to it (which is rare). But, just like concussions, fans don't care about steroid-use. How is this any different than our beloved WWF in the 80's or MLB in the 90's when we all knew our favourite stars were juiced up? Just entertain us! If you want to destroy your body, that's your business. Pro Choice.

9 - COACHES: Chris Jones told me in Banff that he's hired a receivers coach but was still talking to five candidates for their QB coach position. When he's ready, the Riders will announce their entire staff together. Meanwhile this week in Miami, Danny Barrett was fired as Dolphins RB coach and you have to wonder if D.B. would be interested in a return to Saskatchewan? Can he be a #2? Or #3? We'll find out before long. And oh ya ... why would you ever want to be a coach??!!

10 - SOBER BOWL CANADA: Canada's premiere sober sporting event is coming to Regina to celebrate the NFL's Big Game! It's a fun party for families to watch the NFL championship, mingle with CFL personalities and keep Saskatchewan roads safe on Championship Sunday! Tickets will be going on sale by the end of the week so keep watching for details.

Y'er welcome,
RP
@rodpedersen

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

If steroids are ever permitted in sports then it would be necessary for all the athletes to take them in order to keep up with their peers. Not to mention our youth, those hoping to become professional athletes, would also take them. But, you know, they can destroy their body all they want, just as long as Rod is entertained.

Anonymous said...


The trade of Eberle was ridiculous. He had one bad year and was jettisoned out of Edmonton.

Keep dreaming when it comes to an SJ team in Regina.

Rod Pedersen said...

Completely missed the point.

Scott Thompson said...

Rod, kudos to you for your involvement with sober bowl, great job. Now for my beef, are you saying you are pro steroids? Whether it’s alcohol, drugs, gambling or performance enhancing drugs, all of these things have the potential to destroy lives. You can’t have it both ways. Healthy living is healthy living, no matter how much you want to be entertained. I realize that people have choices, I just think it’s foolhardy and hypocritical to support unhealthy ones.
Keep up the good work otherwise.

Rod Pedersen said...

How do you punish for SOME drugs but not all?

What message isn't being sent to youth by these leagues?

Who are you to decide where to draw the line?

Thanks.

Anonymous said...


Rod, do you watch the Spengler Cup?

Rod Pedersen said...

No. But that's not the Olympics. There's more on the line.

Gord said...

Hey Roddy, do you think Darian Durant will even take a backup position if one is offered?

GPB said...

The only person missing the point is you Rod.

Anonymous said...

for years you felt eberle was an elite nhl player in edmonton now hes got a meager 36 points playing with a mvp candidate and hes doing great?

also now it's the real johnny hockey but a few years back you questioned how tavares was an automatic on olympic team and hart nominee while directly referencing back to eberle.

what gives?

Anonymous said...

If the Pats build their own rink evraz place will need a bit of an anchor. an SJ team would be great. While they are at it they should get a college team there to go along with the womens team.

Anonymous said...

What was your point on steroids, if the first guy missed it? Scott Thompson, also bang on.

Who would you liked to have seen on the Olympic roster? Iggy? He admitted he didn't stay in shape. I don't know, their hands were pretty tied I thought.

Anonymous said...

I would love an SJHL team in Regina there is just no market for it. Even the Pats struggled with attendance, but the SJHL for years has been near borderline catastrophe. Regina has two Junior B teams, and I question whether that Silver Foxes team can go much longer. Their players pay to play and never make the playoffs so you can budget that way. U of R hockey is heavily subsidized.

Having said that I love hockey so if you haven't seen CIS, Junior B, or SJHL they are good leagues.

Scott Thompson said...

All illegal drugs ARE punishable Rod.
The voice of reason.

Anonymous said...

Please, NO BARRETT, Please.

Anonymous said...

The REAL Johnny Hockey wears a Flames jersey and is in the top 3 in the scoring race!

Anonymous said...

I hereby predict that Darian Durant will be with the Blue Bombers this season backing up Nichols, and back with his old friend Weston Dressler.

Anonymous said...

Break the rules ... as long as you are in rider green . HYPOCRISY

Anonymous said...

Just read that Don Narcisse is battling Prostate Cancer.

IMAGIRL

Anonymous said...

#9 goes with O'Leary's interview with Jones on CFL.ca. He has high expectations of his players and assistant coaches, but it would seem that it is for their own benefit. Sometimes he looks like he is angry at the people around him, but maybe it is because he sees a potential in them that they don't see in themselves.
LF

Anonymous said...

SJHL team in Regina would only work if ticket prices are around $10. Pats are having good crowds because of a great season last year and hosting this years Memorial Cup. Season ticket sales will drop next year to the usual levels or slightly more, and if it's a medicore team next year average attendance will be back to the 3500 range most nights. Sport fans are fussy, team better be entertaining and a decent record or they won't go. (Riders might be the exception is SASK).

Anonymous said...

At last! Spring is here ...did not think I would survive this horrible Sask winter. Feels like NHL play-offs time should be here now. Taking my lawn mower in for a tune-up tomorrow. Hope we get some rain though - seems like another dry year ahead.

Anonymous said...

The U of R can't even charge that for games and they don't play near as many games and have a subsidized budget.

For an SJHL team there is no way you can make the numbers work at $10 a ticket and pulling in a few hundred people for a game. You have ice rental, and the cost to run an SJHL on scale is astonishing. You then have to get a Head Coach/GM who can do everything and pay him peanuts. It's tough getting a guy to stay in the other towns as it is.

Back in the day Saskatoon tried with the Titans I tried out I wish that would have worked. The same was with playing a year in Minot we drew flies and were in an area that liked hockey and was the only game in town.

Anonymous said...

The Paul Allen live play-by-play call on the first ever NFL post season last play of the game TD pass to Diggs in up on the NFL site. The historic Minneapolis Miracle! Great stuff!!

Galt Wilson said...

"If you want to destroy your body, that's your business. Pro Choice." Because it's cheating. Sport is absurd if participants aren't required to obey the rules. Organized sports are no more than a collection of rules. Why stop the play at the point of forward progress, rather than allowing the big guys to carry the ball-carrier to the end zone for a TD? There is a rule against it. Rules are ultimately arbitrary. If the league makes a doping rule to protect clean players from unfair competition (many rules are ultimately about fairness), anyone wishing to participate does so on condition that they honour that rule. "Pro choice" can't mean anything goes.

Scott Thompson said...

Well put.