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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

10 THINGS I THINK I THINK

1 - We are one day into CFL Free Agency and the pundits are already saying the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are the winners. Didn't they win it last year? And the Riders the year before that? If memory serves, Toronto and Ottawa won the last two Grey Cups. I'd rather win November than February!

2 - The Riders look solid right now and although some knees are knocking over the offensive line, I'm not sure why. There's a stockpile of talent there already (Clark, Labatte, Coleman, Dyakowski, Bladek, St. John,  Zver, Adusei, Meredith, Sprukulis and Vaughn) and now we hear the Riders have landed prized FA Travis Bond. Panic if you must, but it's not necessary.

3 - When the Commissioner came through Rider Nation on Saturday, we steered clear of contract talk and labour unrest in the CFL. However it's evident that the 2018 season will be played under protest by the players, with considerable discontent. They're mad coaches' salaries are guaranteed and they get let out of their contracts to go to the USA while the players aren't. That's just two things they're steaming about. If this doesn't get looked at seriously, I can see a strike happening in 2019. (Which would be a first in the history of the CFL).

4 - Has anybody checked their Weather App? Mine says it's going to be -18 in Regina on Sunday, which is the day the Pats and Warriors were supposed to play outside at Mosaic Stadium. Pulling the plug on that concept might be the best idea of 2018.

5 - The Pats and Warriors collide in the Brandt Centre Wednesday night in the first of three between junior hockey's top rivals. Warrior coach Tim Hunter told the SportsCage on Tuesday that "The Pats are as good as anybody in the WHL but aren't playing as well as John Paddock would like". An hour later on the show, Pats forward Matt Bradley said, "I agree" with Hunter. SO WHAT GIVES? These next three games - IMO - will make or break the Regina Pats.

6 - One thing about sports fans in this town: They'll put up with losing but they won't put up with less than 100% effort. And that goes for all of our teams. The Pats seem to be working hard enough (at times), but they don't play like their life depends on it and that's a concern for the ticket-buying public. However captain Sam Steel gives everything he has every time he's on the ice and is worth the price of admission alone. He should go down as one of the all-time franchise greats.

7 - Is this the year a Saskatchewan team finally wins the WHL championship? It hasn't happened since the 1993 Swift Current Broncos. If it's going to happen this year, who's it going to be?

8 - Some people wondered how I can promote a sober lifestyle, yet support Duron Carter at the same time? Because - as I've said hundreds of times - I'm Pro Choice with your life. But when you've had enough of the drinking and/or drugging and want to quit but can't, that's where we can help. And that's why I say don't let substances take your life down the drain. Anyone can get help when they want to and no one is beyond hope. I'm living proof.

9 - The Saskatchewan Rush may be on the way to their best season ever as they only have one loss all year. Team owner Bruce Urban told Coach/GM Derek Keenan at the start of the season, "I only want you to do three things this year: 1) Win, 2) Win and 3) Win". At 15,000 fans per game at the SaskTel Centre, is Saskatoon proving they can support an NHL franchise with ease?

10 - So long to Manfred Joehnck. The television and radio news icon in this town was laid to rest on Monday and his Celebration of Life was jam-packed. As they say, you can tell a lot about a man by the number of people at his funeral. When I first walked through the doors of CKRM in 1995, I went to work with Manny, Lorne Harasen, James Allen, Fred King & Willy Cole, Perry Nyhus and Geoff Currier. That was a lineup as good as any in North America! And Manfred was the leader of the pack. Rest easy old friend.

Y'er welcome,
RP
@rodpedersen

30 comments:

OldBaldGuy said...

Sorry to disagree Roddy...but a six game season ticket for $399 is a far cry from a 41 game schedule for $4000 a ticket. Throw in this year's sub-zero blizzardy winter and the prospect of driving a few hours there and back (like a Rider game) on a Tuesday night in January to see Florida or Carolina or Arizona....and nah...to me it doesn't fit. Any NFL team will need fans outside Saskatoon to fly.

Anonymous said...

Knees should be knocking. Minus Dennis plus maybe Bond, it's the same guys we had last year. What bothers me is Jones' biggest tickets each year that come here have the curious habit of not being good enough & are gone as busts the next year, only to revert to form after they leave. Remember Lemon & Capicciotti? Big signings dimped & now playing real well elsewhere. Dennis was the biggest fish in the pond last year - gone. Everybody raves about Jones' eye for talent but there's 3 good examples of expensive errors in judgment. If the OL doesn't bring down the sack total, our big $$ signing this year, Zach, may be a gigantic bust as well.

Anonymous said...

You are assuming that Campbell will be back. At this point there is no news that he has been signed. Therefore, no left tackle.

Anonymous said...

if you wacth closely sam steel is actually part of the problem. he is a turnover machine that only cares about scoring goals.

Anonymous said...

john murphy wanting to be huff so bad signs ANOTHER stampeder castoff.

matt walters
jeff hecht
zach minter
glenn love
derek dennis

now hughes and messam. nice track record.

Anonymous said...

I say it over and over again. Put a AHL team in Saskatoon and get rid of the Blades and you will see great crowds every night. I'm not saying 15,000 to every game but I would say minimum 8,000 to 12,000 and sell outs for certain games. IT WILL WORK. ( NHL ? Not A Chance. )

Anonymous said...

Plus a $650,000,000 franchise fee and a new stadium. Don't you realize that pot is still illegal as you must be smoking it

Anonymous said...

I agree with OldBaldGuy...when the population of Saskatoon hits 750,000, then you can talk NHL franchise.

Anonymous said...

WOW CKRM in 1995!, yes there was Manny, Lorne Harasen, James Allen, Fred King & Willy Cole, Perry Nyhus and Geoff Currier. I recommend people read Lorne Harasen's autobiography it's really compelling. He has a quip there where he talks about these guys and others describing their strengths. The RM of the 80s/90s was pure class and that list was when giants roamed the Earth in terms of broadcasting talent. In 23 years not sure we'll be talking about the current roster in quite the same way aside from Jamie and Gloria, and Colin are the last of the breed.

Anonymous said...

The Rash are a winning team, AHL team would be moderately successful until the team starts losing. Then they would become the blades of the AHL. Travel for an AHL team would be a challenge with limited direct flights from toon town. Manitoba Moose season tickets range from $630 to $1050 for 38 games. Prices are reasonable but I don't see toon town making a commitment to 38 nights at the Government Owned Telephone Company Arena.Be happy with the Rash.

Anonymous said...

Explain to all of us why you feel you need to call the team The Rash?

We're you jaded by the team or someone in the organization at one point?

I read this and took you to be an uneducated fool who thinks he is funny.

Anonymous said...

Hey Bingo Head . So that amounts to $16.58 to 27.63 per game for some great hockey. How much are you going to dish out to see the Patsies get their asses kicked in the Playoffs (If they make it) and the Memorial Cup? Government owned arena? Now tell me did you pay for the new stadium in Regina out of your own pocket or did all of Saskatchewan including the Government not help ? Your a joke Buddy , we have an airport that makes yours look like one for Kites only so learn a little more before you spout off. And by the way Saskatoon is planning a new arena that will make the "BRUNT CENTER look like a Chicken Coop.

Anonymous said...

Hey Knees Knocking guy - exaggerate much. Lemon left on his own accord as he didn’t want to follow coaches plan. As for Capiccioti he is not exactly setting the league on fire. You cite poor examples for your poor argument.

Anonymous said...

With the death of Red Fisher last month, I thought I would grab his 1994 book "Red Fisher: Hockey, Heroes and Me" from the library. What an excellent book! More than a few times I laughed out loud. One of those books that you start reading and can't put down.

Anonymous said...

Seems to be a lot of movement during free agency, with a large number of 1 year contracts. I assume teams and players are waiting to see what collective bargaining brings in 2019. Free Agency in 2019 will be very interesting.

Anonymous said...

Saskatoon making fun of Regina. This is SOOOO cute!!

Anonymous said...

Crapigna, Bagg trade bait or outright release. Kickers a dime a dozen, Bagg ineffective slow.

Anonymous said...

For the record "all of Saskatchewan" contributed $80 million to the $279 price of New Mosaic. That's 29% of the cost. The rest is paid for by the Riders, the fans (so, essentially, the Riders) property tax payers from Regina.

Per-capita, "all of Saskatchewan not including Reginans" paid the lowest amount.

Anonymous said...

Anybody that thinks Bagg is ineffective and/or slow simply doesn't know what they're talking about.

Anonymous said...

Take a hike Eski bro!

Anonymous said...

Actually your wrong. The Province lent $80 million not gave. This is a roughrider and city funded stadium mainly paid for by rider fans that attend games. The provinces advance will be paid back over a 30 year mortgage.

Anonymous said...

All paid for by Regina Fans eh! What about the thousands that travel from all over the Province, do they not count or does that money all go into the Riders coffee fund ? Give your Head A Shake Bean Bag.

Anonymous said...

Wow that guy above is really worked up about Saskatoon eh! Somebody get him a pie! Apparently his Momma don’t make them anymore

Anonymous said...

Hey bean bag! city means city of regina, as in municipal government. Riders means Riders and the facility fee on tickets. thats who is paying for the vast majority of stadium. despite perception property taxes have minimal increase and impact from new stadium.

Anonymous said...

Mcdavid plays on a Canadian team, that’s why they never get any calls, it’s as simple as that, a Canadian team will never win a cup again. Worst move they made was moving the main office to New York . All the Canadian teams just can’t get the players , to fill out the roster, no one wants to play in Canada it seems.

Anonymous said...

No the $80 million from the province is a grant not a loan. It's not being paid back.

Anonymous said...

Hey anti Knees Knocking Anon. Top National in sacks this year - Capicciotti. Look it up. And Lemon had a contravt - can"t leave of his own accord. Now you've been educated. Try looking up some facts.

Anonymous said...

Lemon was Benched here down to 3rd on deoth chart . guessing he either asked to be out or quit playing because of the system so essentially he was not dumped he quit mr technical and cappicotti scares no one.. the thing about free agency is it's a crap shoot like the draft except there's a body of work on these guys but u can almost see the gms getting over excited to act and over pay instead of using hufgs model.. hate to say it. First year i give cj a mulligsn he had nothing.. theres something to be said for continuity and subtle change in my opinion .. scares me when u see gms get too excited to sign all thrse guys unless there's a glaring need. Even Dennis. We needed a good o lineman .. dollar wise swing and miss but he was serviceable. This year we got canadians. At first I hated losing muamba but let's face it he was over priced. Let's find a stud in camp. Can't wait for the season you bunch of belly achers!

Anonymous said...

You could afford Muamba if you didn't sign over-the-hill Messam, who you probably don't need if you have Richardson/Marshall/Thigpen or are you admitting you need to sign a 33 year old National because he's better than those 3? Kinda contrary to what you were saying about Messam in Calgary or your great RB's last year. As for Hurl, you couldn't get him out of Regina fast enough & now, years later, he's a possible starter? As for Lemon, he thought he came to Regina playing DE, not dropping back into DB coverage. Maybe "genius" Jones should have discussed how he would use him before he signed him. Isn't that the way it works? Capiccotti's sack total is only 1 less than Jefferson & at least 2 more than anyone else on the Riders so if Capicciotti scares no one, I guess other than Jefferson, the Rider DL wasn't getting anyone too worked up. Funny how getting away from Jones gets players back up to speed with their new teams. Jones is making head scratching moves again. Has he got a plan? It looks to me every time he signs someone he has to let another good body go. Good grief, make up your mind, man.

Anonymous said...

Agreed rushing 3 all the time our o 'line was not scary sack wise but to compare a player in a completely different d makes no sense to me either..capp didn't stand out to me last year at all sorry and I watch the games u can't compare him to wj. I think I have to agree to keep muamba cut Owens or something but our run d was last year was pretty pedestrian to garbage most games so maybe just maybe the coaches know something we don't and that's finding talent elsewhere cheaper down south. We all like to play gm. I love the guys who bitched about dumping henoc after free agency started .. it was in his contract bonus on 15th!@! Plus he got a bonus in January so he'll be just fine. We look pretty damn good right now. Almost too many changes for my liking as far as continuity but let's see who comes to camp it's only Feb guys!!!