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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

10 THINGS I THINK I THINK FOR SOBER BOWL CANADA

1 - What did people do on these Mexican vacations before the internet and smartphones? Oh ya ... relax.

2 - The Regina Pats. When do we start to panic?

3 - Why is this James Wilder Jr. story still a thing? The rules are the rules and they aren't changing for the CFL Rookie of the Year, no matter how much complaining he does. 1-year contracts for American rookies would be the deathknell of the great Canadian institution which is the CFL. Life's about choices.

4 - Did I miss something? Commissioner Randy Ambrosie announced a tour of all CFL markets this off-season which includes Halifax. I'm all for expanding to the Maritimes, but have they been awarded a franchise yet?

5 - If anybody thinks there will be fan apathy towards the CFL in Halifax, they simply have never visited the city. Football fans there are already tied up in knots wondering who their QB will be! (My vote is for Kevin Glenn. Some say it will be Darian Durant).

6 - Ambrosie's CFL tour will feature townhall meetings in all 10 CFL cities. He'll be in Regina February 10. What would you say to the Commissioner if you had the chance? Fortunately I already had my opportunity and remarkably, he listened!

7 - Ambrosie's reign in the CFL reminds me of Doc Brown in the movie Back To The Future when he said to Michael J. Fox, "Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads."

What a time to be in the CFL!

8 - The NFL Network is part of the basic cable package here in Mexico and as such, I've enjoyed wall-to-wall coverage of Super Bowl LII from Minnesota. Do you realize how massively it would grow the CFL's global brand if Commissioner Ambrosie is able to finalize a deal for the NFL Network to carry all CFL games???? The prospect is head-spinning and, reportedly, talks are well underway.

9 - Good on Tom Brady for calling out a WEEI Radio host for making disparaging remarks about his 5-year old daughter. It's about time people were held accountable for their hateful remarks (see: Kathy Griffin).

10 - I'm still simmering from a situation here at the resort where a guy asked me to hand him a drink. I replied "Yes sir" and he responded with, "Don't call me sir. I'm younger than you are."

What's wrong with people?? I had to point out that it's a sign of respect.

Y'er welcome,
RP
@rodpedersen

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

There's not much pats fans should worry about, just have buck up and take your lumps in a quick 1st round exit then 2 months later being walked over at the memorial cup.

Anonymous said...

CFL global brand lol , they don't even have a national "brand"

Anonymous said...

Good grief Durant and Glenn will long be retired before or better yet IF there's ever a team in Halifax. THERE'S NO STADIUM OR PLANS FOR ONE THE CITY HAS 0 INTEREST IN FUNDING IT EITHER.

Anonymous said...

You're behind the times, Rod. Sir is as out as Ma'am. And don't use "dear" either. It's now taken as if you're referring to an older person, thus the response you got.

Anonymous said...

I was intrigued after reading Rob Vanstone's article in last Friday's QC about the October 8, 1978 Rider home game he found on You Tube - a complete CBC broadcast of Ron Lancaster's last game on Taylor Field.

I have now watched it and it is everything Rob wrote about and more! A perfect time capsule of the special place that was Taylor Field and its fans (and as the west end upper level was then in construction which we recently saw toppled). Here are some other gems that can be seen on this broadcast:

- The CBC half-time special called Grandstand Quarterback. This feature for this particular game involved retired Stamp QB Jerry Keeling reviewing the 1971 Grey Cup film (Calgary against Toronto). A comment he made to Ernie Afaganis as they started out made me laugh: "Calgary had gotten to be known as the team that chocked under pressure. Every time we got to the Grey Cup we couldn't win it".

- Wally Buono, Montreal linebacker and punter, pounds a 78 yard punt with the wind.

- Montreal starting QB is Quebec born Gerry Dattilio who went on to be a CFL all-star.

- Classic commercials are worth watching, especially the ones with the '79 cars, including one with Guy Lafleur driving a Monte Carlo and the new Beta-max video machine.

- Excellent close-ups of Ron Lancaster at work, age 40.

- A shot of a player who was hit in the helmet ('knocked silly' as the commentator noted) and can be seen later on the bench getting a dose of smelling salts by the trainer to get him back in the game.

- the 'Rookie Section".

- the amazing half-time show in the field with numerous marching bands.

- Classic Rider Cheerleaders.

- Young and energetic Gainer the Gopher with his original CKCK collar.

- The old style CFL offense with no waggle by the receivers. Not many coaches on the sidelines.

Those who want to watch it and soak in that era when the grass was real, just go to You Tube and type in: October 8, 1978 CFL Game.

Anonymous said...

Hey Roddy where in Mexico did you go? I'm trying to decide on a winter getaway in the next few weeks,someplace safe.

Anonymous said...

James Wilder Jr. is stupid if he sits out 2018. Giving the RB market in the NFL,he has no shot at the NFL if he sits out of football for a year. The CFLPA most definitely has to address the CFL minimum salary in the next CBA. QB and Canadian OL contracts are big enough now. Time for other players to benefit.

Shakey Pickett said...

Good read, thanks Rod.
< Shakey Pickett >

Rod Pedersen said...

Answer #1:

- showing respect will never be "behind the times".

Answer #2:

- The Now Jade resort in the Mayan Rivera. Visit Uniglobe Travel.

The Waz said...

Respect will NEVER go away! Just like opening a door for someone. Spin it how you want but I'm not changing.

Joey BiShop said...

Never say "Die" Pats fans and players. 1989 Saskatoon Blades were host against Laval, Peterborough Petes and Swift Current Broncos. Saskatoon had ended up 2nd overall in the WHL that year and had a good hockey team. They ended up getting into the Final against a very tough Swift Current Bronco team that had only lost 16 games all season. Saskatoon took them to the Final in a spectacular hockey game losing 4-3 in overtime after Saskatoon had just hit a goal post seconds before Swift Current notched the winner. Over 12,000 fans there to see a real thriller. If the Pats can settle down and play some solid hockey going into the playoffs they can cause a lot of trouble for any team in the Memorial Cup. They just have to start playing their Hearts out and you never know what will happen when it is Cup time.

Anonymous said...

Stupidity is not a virtue.

Anonymous said...

Hateful remarks from Kathy Griffin. She is the example you came up with? Have you ever heard of a lunatic named Donald Trump? A lot of times you should just keep your trap shut and quit being so soft.

CM said...

Re: Sir comment - unfortunately there are jerks everywhere. You need to get back in the chair otherwise Scruffy may rename the show the Sportscage hosted by Scruffy with guest appearance from Rod P! Also tell Scruffy, Luc and Abou Jones traded Ja'Gared Davis rights for Blake Sims! Hosed again by Huf. Jonesy needs a good draft where he actually gets guys who will start in the CFL as opposed to being the lead dog for Cdn players perpetually looking for NFL tryouts.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rod. Check and see if the resort offers a "Swim with Sharks" tour. If they do let me know so I can call in my credit card for you to go for an hour or 2.(whatever it takes)

Anonymous said...

It's no damn wonder that Rod is fed up with being attacked all the time. Why bother even logging onto the blog if you have so much hate. Bored or what?

Anonymous said...

Back in 89 the Blades had a good team says it all. This years home team is not good and don't have a chance of being competitive let alone winning a game. They are at best practice fodder.

Anonymous said...

It's not respect if others don't see it that way. The lady that calls young & old "dear" at the grocery checkout is, however unintentionally, being condescending. In a bar where a complete stranger asks you to hand him a drink, your response could easily be seen as sarcastic, not polite at all. So he responded in kind. I've had the same thing happen to me. People are touchy these days.

Anonymous said...

CM, it is sad that Rod got the response he has but, if you travel in the US you will find that using "sir" is not necessarily polite. Don't believe me - google "when is sir appropriate" or anything like that. In the US & Canada for that matter, when you use "sir" or the female equivalent "ma'am" with persons in the 30'ish range, it is taken as you are saying they are older than you or look older. It can be insulting. The only place the formal "sir" & "ma'am" is in common usage in the US anymore is the southern US. James Franklin uses sir in almost every sentence & he comes from there. But, even there, it is used to address someone who is older or of higher rank or station than you, not someone younger. Rod was obviously trying to be polite but it wasn't taken that way. I learned this the hard way years ago chatting with a lady from South Carolina. It's a landmine.

Tim said...

I think there are always going to be overly sensitive or even paranoid people in the world. If your comment showing respect is meant as sincere, and the other person takes it the other way, I believe that is their problem, and should not discourage you from showing the respect you intended. I think there is WAY too much disrespect in the world.

Anonymous said...

Ron Lancaster still playing QB at age 40 was something to behold. Unlike 40 year old Tom Brady, Ron did not indulge in smoothies. Ron would relax and get focused at half time with a cigarette and as he neared the end of his career may have cut back on his beer intake during game weeks. Ron and George were a unique example of toughness.

Anonymous said...

Not one player in the Lancaster era could play now

Anonymous said...

I was in Sydney Nova Scotia six years ago. All the waitresses either called me dear or sweetie. I loved it.

Dyck Rubnutz said...

Ronnie also wasn't half the QB Tom is. George was a beast though

Anonymous said...

"Not one player in the Lancaster era could play now"

This is the dumbest thing ever. No kidding none of them could play now! They are all in their 70's and 80's.

Anonymous said...

Windsor wasn't an awesome team last year but they are defending Memorial Cup Champions. Lost in the first round of playoffs and sat around a couple months doing nothing. WON it all. They are recognized as Jr Hockey Champions. Hardly anybody remembers who the other participants were. It's always like that. The Pats are not far off either Moose Jaw or Swift Current. They were basically all one goal games. When the results start going the other way someone won't be happy. The Pats will play whoever they end up against. That likely means a visit to the Central Division. If they could prevail then they would have to play either Swift Current or Moose Jaw. One of those teams will be golfing by Memorial Cup time. When the Pats clean up a couple things, those one goal games will flip. Anything can happen in a short series. Paddock is still a better coach than either of the other two. Don't bet against a winner!

Anonymous said...

In their prime genius

Anonymous said...

Laughing at anyone who thinks Shit Current has a hope in hell of getting past the second round.

Anonymous said...

Yeah it's just a fluke the pats are 26 pts back of mj and 21 back of swift and have not beat either this year. Windsor may be the defending champ but they certainly don't deserve to be, result of a flawed format that's required to get tickets sold in the host city.

Anonymous said...

How about a lunatic named Trudeau? Look in your own backyard before poking your big nose into someone else's.

Anonymous said...

George Reed could have played in any era.

Anonymous said...

I'd bet it was the tone of voice in the 'yes sir'

Anonymous said...

I am curious why anyone thinks Paddock is a unreal junior coach? I'm not saying he is or he isn't but in his three seasons here i wouldn't say any of his teams overachieved. Last year any coach in the WHL could have coached the Pats. This year, what is the identity of his team?

Ken said...

#10-hey rod you forgot to mention that he was a midget!!

Morgan said...

Pats fans don't need to worry as their team has already qualified for the Memorial Cup! It's the Broncos, Warriors and Wheat Kings fans that should be worrying... only one of you losers will be allowed in to the big tournament!!! Go Pats Go!!! 2018 Memorial Cup Champs baby!!!

Rod Pedersen said...

I didn't think anyone would believe that part of the story!

Anonymous said...

They ain't making it...a team from the west will take these peashooters to the woodshed.

Anonymous said...

Go EAGLESSSSSS!!!!

Anonymous said...

Regina Pats ... Patricia's Regiment get to play in the 2018 Memorial Cup, end of story! Whoooo Rahhhhhh!

Go Pats Go!

Anonymous said...

0-3 outscored 17-4 a not so memorable memorial cup.

Anonymous said...

The notion that the CFL team on the east coast would be called the Halifax 'whatever' is nuts. BC and Sask did it right back in the day by having a provincial team. Given the small population base and tight geography in the Maritime provinces it can only make sense that the team is the Region's team, not just one city or province out there. So the Atlantic 'whatever' is the only play to make.
(In hindsight, it would have been so much better to have the CFL in Winnipeg be named the Manitoba Blue Bombers. Ditto for Montreal - should be Quebec's team.)

Anonymous said...

Riders are only Saskatchewan when they lose which is most of their history. It quickly becomes Regina when the rare wins occur.

Anonymous said...

Really