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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

10 THINGS I THINK I THINK

1. It was fantastic to have Regina billionaire Gary Drummond on the SportsCage to shed some light on his Halifax CFL expansion dream. With CFL kingpins Randy Ambrosie, Wayne Morsky and John Ruddy in Drummond's group's corner, football fans in Halifax can start saving for season tickets. The only question is, "When will this team begin play?"

2. They could probably start play in 2020 - if they had a stadium - and that's going to be the biggest hurdle after being awarded a team. While it's virtually a slam dunk to count on money from the City of Halifax and Province of Nova Scotia, it says here that Ottawa should chip in a fair chunk as well (even though they didn't contribute a nickel to the palace known as Mosaic Stadium). With the millions to be earned in GST from ticket sales, food & beverage and merchandise over the next decades - not to mention the pride the franchise will instill in the region - it's about time the Federal Government does their part in building sporting venues in Canada. The same goes for Calgary.

3. It would be grand for Halifax to erect a temporary 30,000 seat stadium (like Vancouver did during the B.C. Place renos) so the team could begin play almost immediately but Nova Scotians tell me there is nowhere in the area for it to fit. We'll have to defer to their expertise. Meanwhile when you eventually head to the Maritimes to enjoy CFL football in the coming years, I suggest you strike Peggy's Cove from your Bucket List. To me it's the most overrated tourist attraction in Canada. Just MHO.

4. Riderville Arizona last week was fantastic and - dare I say - the most successful party yet. A big part of that was QB Brandon Bridge who spent hours chatting with fans, posing for photos and signing autographs. What he had to report on his off-season training was very encouraging. He's working out with Bengals QB A.J. McCarron in Alabama (one of the top 7 NFL free agents this winter) and says their skillset is very even. Brandon said the big difference between the two is the playing time A.J.'s had over his career. Remember: Bridge only signed a 1-year deal with the Riders so the 2018 season is pivotal for him. Can't wait to see how this all turns out.

5. Star Saskatchewan receiver Duron Carter created a buzz on Twitter when he said the CFL was boring before he arrived in 2013. Sorry Duron, but you're wrong there. The CFL has NEVER been boring. Although I'll agree, you've definately spiced it up a lot. Rider fans love him and fans of every other team hate him. But no one can get enough of Duron.
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6. Will James Wilder Jr.'s pouting get him what he wants? Reports suggest the embattled running back - who threatened to sit out 2018 unless the Argonauts allow him to sign in the NFL - has been offered a new deal by Toronto which would make him one of the CFL's richest running backs. The catch? He'd have to sign for 2019 too, which is likely unpalatable for him. Wilder Jr. seems so typical of Generation Z; thinking rules don't apply to them. This is another story which will be fascinating to watch play out.

7. As far as CFL labour unrest goes, it seems the players are getting little sympathy from the fans. At least that's the indication we've received from the informal polls we've run on the SportsCage. The average salary for Canadians is $51,000 per year and that's for a 40-hour work week, 12 months out of the year! So a lot of ordinary folks seem to think CFL players have it pretty good, working for 6 months and for only 20 hours per week at a minium of $56,000. My only point is if players are looking for support from the public in the event of a strike, they'd better think twice.

And don't get me started on the Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman whining on Twitter that he lost arbitration and will only make $6.5-million this year!

8. Move Review Time: The Post starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep was so dry that I almost walked out of the theatre. And I'm a media guy! I wouldn't suggest it, and offer one thumb down. However Game Night starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams gets a rollicking two thumbs up! It's worthy of all the positive press it's getting, and might even go again. And now with leather recliners and perhaps the best hotdogs in town (depending on the night), movie-going is making a huge comeback. I like industries that evolve!

9. The feud brewing between the Regina Pats and Moose Jaw Warriors is popcorn-worthy. After the Warriors' 3-2 win over the Pats in Moose Jaw on Saturday (which I was lucky enough to call on Access), Moose Jaw coach Tim Hunter basically patted the Pats on the head and said they'd been getting too big for their britches. He might as well have said, “They are who we thought they were.”

That seemed to catch everyone in the Pats organization off-guard, and to a man they said they have no idea where Hunter's comments are coming from.

I'm trying to keep my opinion on the Pats to myself but everyone keeps asking so here goes: The 2018 Regina Pats is a collection of 20 good or great players. But they're not a team and that was evidenced in Moose Jaw. Rarely do they make 2 or 3 passes in succession. They panic a lot. HOWEVER - I wouldn't want to play them in the playoffs because they're good enough to knock the Warriors or Broncos off and you can take that to the bank. Don't ever bet against John Paddock.

10. Shootouts in the NHL need to be changed and I've got just the idea how. This came to mind after watching Connor McDavid undress Ryan Miller in the shootout on Sunday in Anaheim. The NHL needs to put a "chaser" or a "trailer" after the shooter just like we did in hockey school way back in the day. This way, the shooter doesn't have all day to dilly-dally, wind in and out, and almost stop before deking the goalie. Actually I've gotta give credit for the idea to long-time Indian Head coach Doug McKell, and it should be passed on to Gary Bettman. They can call it the "McKell Rule".

Y'er so welcome,
RP
@rodpedersen


43 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looking for hockey to go watch? Tonight (Wed) 8:00 in Balgonie:
Balgonie Bisons (18-3-1) host the Grenfell Spitfires (21-0-0) in GM 1 of the Senior Provincial A South Semi-Final.
A couple notable players;
Balgonie
Harrison Ruopp - PA Raiders, Drafted in 3rd round by Arizona
Jesse Ross - Weyburn Red Wings, U of S Huskies
Tyler Henry - AJHL, U of R Cougars
Tyler Giebel - WHL, SJHL, U of R
Andy Desautels - WHL, BCJHL, U of R
Grenfell
Sanfred King - Brandon Wheat Kings, U of R Cougars
Mark Schneider - Brandon Wheat Kings, U of R
Brayden Metz - Regina Pats, SJHL, U of R

As well, there is over 20 other former junior/college players.
This is great hockey. Come out and take a look.

Anonymous said...


A chaser? That's ridiculous! Makes me think that Maguire goof gave you that idea because that is something he would come up with.

Anonymous said...

Our federal government will only contribute money to a stadium in Halifax if the team is made up of women, refugees, transgenders and LGTBQ+ players. If there's no chance to virtue signal, there is no money.

Anonymous said...

Not sure why people are so excite about these potential CFL owners. Didn't they almost bury the Coyotes?

Anonymous said...

Rod, you are becoming a wannabe three down nation. Duron didn't tweet that this week he tweeted it weeks ago. It has just been quiet so they need a Duron story for clicks.

Integrity is optional around here.

Rod Pedersen said...

The Anonymous poster comments on integrity.

😂😂😂

Anonymous said...

The federal government didn't pay and technically speaking the province didn't pay either. Mosaic is a City stadium.

The Prov. provided a $80M loan that is being paid back by essentially the Riders. The $12 per ticket fee will help pay back this loan. It is also worth noting that only Rider games get charged this fee. Concerts and other events don't.

So just remember who is paying for the majority of this stadium. Not the City, not your taxes, it is the Riders.

Geoff Perry said...

Not correct. The province provided $80M. The portion which is to be paid back from tickets is $100M of which the province guaranteed the loan.

Geoff Perry said...

Not correct. The province put in $80M. The portion that is to be paid by tickets is $100M, for which the loan was guaranteed by the province. The city put in $78M by way of the property and the Riders put in $20M cash. Total $278M

Clarkenstein said...

Rod the federal gov't should NOT put money into sporting venues anymore. This ship has sailed. Provincial gov'ts should contribute perhaps as it directly affects their economy. The last thing I want to have my tax dollars to do is help build stadiums in Quebec and Ontario.
And, no, Connor did not "undress" Miller in the shootout! He fired stick side over the pad and scored... something he rarely does in a shootout.
And after 40 years of talking about it the CFL has to be in Atlantic Canada!

Anonymous said...

I agree on Peggy's Cove. Don't waste your time. Plenty of other great things to see in the Maritimes. Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick is fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Huh?

“Funding will be provided by multiple sources; the government of Saskatchewan will provide a grant of $80 million, and a $100 million loan to be paid off through ticket surcharges. The city will provide $73 million in funding, which will be subsidized through property tax increases.”

I was absolutely against spending millions on the new stadium. In reality, it only provides tangible benefits to the direct stakeholders. And there are very few of these people. Eight to twelve games a year for that money??

The rest of the people get “intangible “ benefits, like “pride”.

Now that it’s here, maybe someday I’ll get there. It’s done nothing for me and the other million people in the province.

So no, the feds shouldn’t help out the millionaires.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Hunter in MJ should be more worried about his own team than the Memorial Cup host Regina Pats. They lost last night to a team with 27 points less that they have. Looks like the annual spring meltdown in MJ has started. I really do hope that MJ is in Regina in May because they do have some pretty great and loyal fans, but they are looking pretty ordinary right now...don't forget their last victory against the Memorial Cup host Regina Pats at home..they barley beat the Pat's back up rookie goaltender. This is going to be pretty interesting March

Anonymous said...

James wilder.

It’s a contract so he has an option to sit out and not get paid Seems like he made a reasoned decision.

If I had an opportunity to maybe make millions by giving up 6 months pay and work, I’d find a way to do it!!!

Teams exercise contract options so why shouldn’t players?

Anonymous said...

If he's a billionaire he should be able to build his own stadium!

Morgan said...

Anyone else see Tanner Nagel get one punched this past weekend by Colton Kehler? That punch was symbolic, the Broncos will soon be one-punched in the WHL playoffs!!!

Anonymous said...

2. No Federal Government money in Halifax, Calgary or anywhere else!
Why should the taxpayers pay for a stadium or rink so the billionaire can entertain and swing deals in his owners suite.
5. I've had all the Duron I need.
6. I'm on Wilder's side for this one.
7. that's for a 40-year work week?????

Tommy

Anonymous said...

Rod's proposition that the feds should help pay for a stadium in Halifax has Steven Harper spinning in his lazy boy!

Joey BiShop said...

Come on Rod Pedersen:::: "They can call it the "McKell Rule"." All we need is more stupid damn changes to the rules in this game. 'GET RID OF THE STUPID BLOODY SHOOTOUT AND THAT IS THE ANSWER. " ! SIMPLE AS THAT. Next thing will be GET RID OF THE REFEREES AND LINESMAN AND LET THE REPLAY CAMERAS MAKE ALL CALLS. The game is becoming a Farce with all the changes and probably more to come. Why not go back to the "overtime Until it's over rule". Keep the 3 on 3 overtime which is by far the best rule of all so far . You will never see any better hockey skills than 3 on 3. I'm still a believer for 2 points for a win and 0 points if you don't win and that includes overtime.

Anonymous said...

I agree 1000%!! No way a city or tax payers should pay a dime for a stadium for which millionaires and billionaires benefit from..especially after it's paid for. And even then, they whine because it's old and threaten to move if the city doesn't build them a new one. Rediculous!

There are enough mils and bils that can get together to say "hey, instead of a new maserati for each of us, let's get together and build a stadium and we can each have our own box and it can be a tax write-off"

Rod Pedersen said...

You can’t even spell “ridiculous”.

Why would I care about your thoughts on federal handouts?

RP

Anonymous said...

The shootout should go...my thoughts are extend the 3 on 3 it's the most exciting and entertaining thing in hockey right now...extend it to 10 minutes...I'm pretty sure a goal will be scored in that time..

Anonymous said...

Regina "billionaire" here's some sage advice, take a trip to Grand Forks/Fargo North Dakota, look at the stadiums built on miniscule budgets, give it due diligence, then build your own stadium on your own dime. Really? Are you that invested for the long term in Atlantic Canada, or just the short term?

Anonymous said...

Rediculous ..??rod is right..cmon man

Anonymous said...

"No one can get enough of Duron". Sorry to tell you that a lot of us have had more than enough of Duron Carter. We are not all enthralled by Duron and his "me first" attitude. I had enough of him when he was still in Montreal.

Anonymous said...

Take a look at Edmonton, a billionaire owner in a league with billions in revenue yet the owner only contributed 130 million towards the cost of the arena. Who is left paying the rest, the taxpayers. The NHL is a big business, where was their contribution? Nowhere, yet they say the Oilers are one of their biggest revenue generating franchises. If that's the case why wasn't the NHL contributing towards the arena. What would 5 million a year be for 25 years for the NHL, a drop in the bucket. Then you read that Katz is buying a 128 million mansion in LA. I know you can't compare the CFL and NHL. My point is there are lessons to be learned from this so be very careful when it comes to using taxpayer $$.

Anonymous said...

That, plus a goal will probably be scored faster than it would take to even scrape the ice before a shootout.

FG

Anonymous said...

There will be no money from the feds, the city of Halifax had repeatedly said they won't be contributing. If these guys want their toy they better pony up.

Dennis Campbell said...

No new stadiums in the east until we get oil pipelines east and west.LIKE how could the eastern provinces afford anything without Western money.

Anonymous said...

You want a federally funded stadium in Halifax you and any likeminded people can gladly volunteer to pay extra income tax to fund it.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the CFL team out in Atlantic Canada could rent out the stadium in Foxboro for home games from the Patriot's owner. Win, win for all concerned and good American beer to boot!

Anonymous said...

I'm not a Bronco fan and I did see the fight...I certainly hope you aren't making light of the fight and the fact that Tanner Nagel was hurt on the play...he could have been seriously injured..I'm hoping he is ok...when you see those situations you seriously begin to wonder if there is a place for fighting in hockey

Anonymous said...

A chaser would cause too many redo's due to hooking, slashing, etc. Why not have player start behind own blue line, start clock once they touch puck and give them three seconds to shoot. Or no shootout at all as suggested above.
LF (with goalie dad bias)

Anonymous said...

"Katz is buying a 128 million mansion in LA."

This is after the taxpayers of Edmonton built him a rink, and then of all things gave him control of it. Katz is not a tenant, he's the boss and he's so loyal to Edmonton that he threatened to move the Oilers to Seattle.

Anonymous said...

Katz pulling the Oilers out of Edmonton is utter devastation. Good on the taxpayer for funding. Give him his rink or Edmonton is done. Amazing how people don't understand how economic life works. The developments surrounding the rink more the makes up for the taxpayer contribution. Come on people, get with it already.

Anonymous said...

I presumed you were talking about a stadium for the Calgary Stampeders, not an arena for the Calgary Flames. I'm supportive of the federal gov't supporting CFL stadiums because the players do not make a ton of money and the owners don't earn enough revenue to support constructing new stadiums. But building new NHL stadiums, I have zero support for that. The NHL generates enough revenue and pays their players enough they should not get gov't fed support.

Anonymous said...

So how about I spend your money so I don't have to spend mine...

Anonymous said...

Typical of his people

Anonymous said...

You will get federal money if u promise Trudeau that he can get a selfie taken in front of it wearing his Indian costume.

What a tool.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rod how about the quote Hunter actually made? "He basically said" is pretty hard to draw a conclusion.

Anonymous said...

I think your assessment of the Pats is accurate, however I wouldn't bet on them in a seven game series against the Warrior's or Bronco's although I want to see them play the Ponies in the 1st round.

Anonymous said...

Good take on the Pats situation Rod.You indeed have a right to a say and you spoke the truth. Unfortunately your background and knowledge of the WHL and team building aren't the cornerstone for the team. They got lots of players for the team but they didn't get many "team players". Mostly guys from losing organizations and it shows.Guys who panic under pressure and throw away the the puck, or are too afraid to hand on a it and make a good play. You can't build a champion on January10th. Many teams have learned that in the past. Paddock will get to learn that this season.

Anonymous said...

Duron Carter... I see his selfish Me Me Me attitude never changes! Send the punk home. Can't win with him!