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Thursday, March 8, 2018

10 THINGS I THINK I THINK FOR FAMOSO PIZZERIA

1 - IT'S HERE: Stop for a moment and realize what's going on in the Queen City right now. For almost two years local organizers have planned for the Tim Hortons Brier with Saskatchewan's entry advancing to the Championship Round, and Dave Taylor's U of R Cougars hosting the National Womens University Basketball Championships at the CKHS. As of Thursday, it's finally here! If it wasn't for the umpteen metres of snow that have fallen on Saskatchewan's capital this week, I'd say the city's on fire. But really, it is!

2 - TAKE A BOW: No matter who advances to Sunday's finals of the Brier and the USports Basketball Championships, TSN and Sportsnet will be broadcasting national championship games from coast-to-coast right out of our proud city. Should Saskatchewan's Steven Laycock team and the Regina Cougars be featured in those matches, Regina will be coming off of its hinges. It makes your heart race.

3 - CURLING: It's no secret that I feel like a fish out-of-water at the Brier, as we broadcast the SportsCage live daily from the Brandt Centre. I don't even know how to watch curling! Just when I focus on one game, an ovation breaks out as the crowd reacts from a shot from three sheets over. It's like playing six different cards in one bingo game! But that doesn't mean I don't have a healthy respect for the sport and its competitors. I curled in high school so I know the game, but this is next-level stuff. Trying to grasp it has been fun, and the curling people have been extra hospitable in bringing me up to speed. Great people!

But my top sports remain football and hockey, and I'm seriously falling for the National Lacrosse League and the Saskatchewan Rush.

Arash and me at Famoso this week
4 - A SPECIAL PLACE: Sportsnet's Arash Madani was dropped in the middle of the madness on Tuesday, as he's here to call the play-by-play of the womens national basketball event. Saskatchewan has seemed more foreign to him than Pyeongchang, South Korea, where he recently covered the Olympics. Curling is top dog here right now? You GET this much snow? There's a lacrosse team in Saskatoon that draws 15,000 fans per game? People push each other out of snowbanks and offer free rides if someone's stranded? This is alien-type stuff for someone who calls Toronto home, but he's lapping it up. Yes, this truly is a very special place but sometimes hard to explain to anyone who's not from here.

5 - OUTDOOR NHL GAME: People are still buzzing over Sportsnet's report that the NHL is considering playing an outdoor game at Mosaic Stadium. In a Twitter poll I ran this week, respondents were split 50/50 over whether or not the concept could work in the Queen City but after this week, I think we've earned our spot on the national stage. The NHL has certainly noticed. For the 50% who said they're in favour of the idea, I'd love to see how many of them actually buy tickets. They might come out if it's a Leafs-Jets match-up but a Coyotes-Panthers clash would draw flies and the players might actually die due to the temperature drop. I'm not a fan of outdoor hockey games in any way, so I'm just watching the whole scenario unfold with amusement. I simply don't like to be cold.

6 - REMEMBER THE RIDERS?: Downtown Regina has been buried in show all week but I noticed on Wednesday that the Rider Store at Mosaic Stadium has been perfectly manicured by snow plows and machinery. Heck, they might as well have had red carpet and velvet ropes leading up to the front door because after all, we're Canada's Team. But once inside the Rider Store, I noticed the discussion fizzled when it came to the Green & White. Has Henoc Muamba signed anywhere yet? Has Eddie Steele been signed? What's Duron saying on his Twitter today? Beyond that ... crickets. Note to CFL marketers: March 1 is a deadspot on the football calendar so if you want to make some news and get everyone's attention, now is the time. It's definitely a great time to be hosting the Adidas Regional Combines.

7 - MARK'S CFL WEEK: After discussions with the CFL and CKRM management, we've declared that the SportsCage will be broadcasting from Fan Fest in Winnipeg on March 22 and 23. How could the CFL's favourite talkshow not be a part of that? Now what I'd like to know is .... how many of YOU are going? I think it's going to be a blast.

8 - HOCKEY: With all the hubbub that's going on locally, all you have to do is flip on TSN and Sportsnet to quickly realize that hockey is what's king right now in the Great White North. As the playoff race shifts into overdrive, one thing has struck me and it has to do with the Calgary Flames. If you believe you're a playoff-contending team but have to rely SO heavily on goaltending to get you there, then you're not really a very good team in the first place. Oh, and go Golden Knights!

9 - OK BLUE JAYS: Every year at this time I promise to really follow the Blue Jays for the upcoming MLB season but once Roughriders season starts, that plan gets blown to smithereens. However with all the injuries being reported out of Dunedin, it seems the Jays don't have much of a chance right out of the gate. Is baseball any different from all the other sports? Haven't we come to realize that if you blame injuries for your team's woes, you've done a crappy job of scouting and building depth? However as Arash Madani has pointed out, no back-up can adequately replace an injured Josh Donaldson.

10 - GO PATS GO: We haven't seen the Regina Pats at home since February 18 when they beat Moose Jaw 4-2 and I'm seriously going through Pats withdrawal. I miss seeing my favourite hockey team and analyzing their every move. They're playing eight straight on the road and carry a 3-game win streak into Kootenay on Friday night. Please Baby Jesus, let this be a sign that the Queen City Kids have found their mojo heading into the playoffs. We won't see them at home again until March 14 when they host the P.A. Raiders.
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ONE MORE: NHL great Owen Nolan will be the guest speaker at next Thursday's U of R Mens Hockey Alumni fundraising banquet at the Conexus Art Centre. I'll be the MC and the event will also raise funds for the Regina Pat Canadians hockey club. For tickets, call Sharky at 306-539-4089. This dinner has quickly become one of the top events on the Regina sporting calendar. Hope to see you there.
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Y'er welcome,
RP
@sportscage

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Please Baby Jesus, let this be a sign that the Queen City Kids have found their mojo heading into the playoffs"........ Ha, Ha.. Believe me Baby Jesus will have to be wearing his skates for this Patsy team to go anywhere in the playoffs. What a joke ... Ha ha ha .

Anonymous said...

i am glad to hear you will be at CFL week. THat's awesome

Anonymous said...

I hope the Rush are paying you a lot of money to continuously be pumping their tires. I mean Lacrosse, get off it - NO THANKS!

Rod Pedersen said...

Other people are allowed to have their own likes and dislikes, regardless of yours.

Anonymous said...

The frustrating thing with the Flames is they can play like a great team without the goaltending when they want to. Last night against Buffalo they dominated and Rittich barely had to break a sweat. If they had played like that consistently all year they’d be leading the conference. Guess we’ll see what happens moving forward.


Gunderson’s Yorkton

Jim said...

Lacrosse is a great alternative to hockey and football. There are two more teams coming into the league next year with billionaire owners in Philadelphia and San Diego. They want to expand to 16 teams over the next 5 years. Lacrosse enrollment is way up in the province and North American. If you don't like it that's fine but there are a lot of people that do, just ask the 1000 season ticket holders from Regina. We don't need people like you to tell us what and what not to watch. Geez!!

John Knight said...

I agree! Lacrosse is a very dynamic and fan friendly sport. Many fans have grown to like it and I know of people driving 200 miles one way to watch the games. Many nights there are no tickets available. Just because you have never seen a game, maybe you should go to one before you say it is no good

Anonymous said...

Lacrosse found an audience. The players are incredibly athletic, it's constant action, and it's fun.

Anonymous said...

No better time that March 22 to journey up the road to hockey mad Winnipeg, great food, great times, friendly people and Weston Dressler, plus no mosquitoes.

Anonymous said...

Philadelphia and San Diego are in next year. I remember a few weeks back when Regina was harping about not having a team and I read it right on here. Won't happen to such a Small Little City like that I am sure . One in this Province is enough and that is why Edmonton chose Saskatoon.

Anonymous said...

Guerrero Jr. Singles in his first at bat with the jays today , can’t wait till he is a regular in the Jays lineup.

Anonymous said...

Oh my isn't toontown full of itself. Can you imagine if they had a real pro team?

Anonymous said...

I know this has not been mentioned here but I am looking for a place to vent. There are two people who are trying to get the province to adopt a hockey team from Arizona to be our provincial team. How idiotic is this? We have two teams from Alberta and one from Manitoba. WHY would people here want to adopt an American team? NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!! I am sure the majority of people from Sask will NOT want our Premier to have this happen

Anonymous said...

They are trying to adopt the Golden Knights out of Vegas, which is in Nevada. The beauty of living in SASK is that without actually having an NHL team you can cheer for whoever you want.

Anonymous said...

Uh, buddy...the Las Vegas Knights are the team they are trying to get support for. And last time I looked Vegas is in Nevada, not Arizona....

Rod S in Saskatoon

Anonymous said...

Jealous much?

Morgan said...

Lol. No mosquitos? Clearly you haven't been to Winnipeg before!!! It's the mosquito capital of the world!!!

Anonymous said...

Weird... all this time I thought that’s Vegas was in Nevada...

Anonymous said...

Hockey Manitoba, Calgary, or Edmonton don't want or care whether anyone here supports them. Not in their business plan. Vegas welcomes and wants support from Sask but then again who reallly wants to go to Vegas.

Rush support. What took so long? Even the Riders could learn some marketing from this organization. Professional in every way. The fans travel well too.

Watching the brier it is good to see many fans in their rider green. Great job Regina!

Don't count out any team coached by Lisa T. If the country wants to witness true bedlam, imagine a Huskie Cougar final. The U of S would be there creating atmosphere as per usual, the U of R? Hopefully.

Anonymous said...

In the winter Morgan. In the winter.

John Knight said...

You are definitely correct about me stating the wrong state . Sorry but that doesn't change that we do not want our Premier to declare them as our NHL team