Wednesday, March 21, 2018
10 THINGS I THINK I THINK FOR FAMOSO
2 - I HAD A DREAM: At the risk of sounding like Friends of the Riders Lottery President Tom Shepherd, I had a dream earlier this week. In it, the Regina Pats won the Memorial Cup in their own arena. As time ran out in the championship final on May 27, the Pats bench erupted (they were wearing their maroon 100th anniversary jerseys) and they celebrated in the southeast corner of the Brandt Centre ice. This is what I dream about these days.
3 - MR. MAGOO: I was laughing so hard during Saturday night's Sports Dinner in Sedley, SK that I was wiping tears off my cheeks with a napkin. What was so funny? Former NHL referee Mick McGeough - who officiated 1,083 big league games - was the guest speaker. Granted, he swore enough to make Andrew Dice Clay blush but it's clear Mick makes no apologies for his language, nor for the way he is. His stories covered Wayne Gretzky, Steve Yzerman, Mario Lemieux, Gary Bettman, Al Arbour, Mike Babcock, etc. His best comments were regarding NHL video replay and goalie interference but unfortunately, that has to stay in the room.
4 - IT'S GETTING REAL: According to 3DownNation, the CFL Players Association filed a grievance against the CFL and its member clubs this week, seeking financial compensation for all injuries suffered while playing pro football in Canada. The grievance accuses the CFL and its teams of not properly warning the players of the risks of playing the game. The grievance is on behalf of all current and former CFL players. What a bomb to drop just before CFL Week!
5 - FAN REACTION: I wrote it on Facebook and Twitter last week - with plenty of reaction - and I'll write it here: I believe football fans are uncomfortable with the discussions around concussions and steroids. Frankly, I believe the majority just want to put on their jersey and cheer. As a metaphor, I just want to eat the hotdog. I don't actually want to know what's IN the hotdog.
6 - MARKS CFL WEEK: It begins today in Winnipeg and there will be big news this evening when the 2018 Canadian Football Hall of Fame induction class is unveiled. I believe organizers erred last year in Regina by not including any Roughriders in their announcement although the Huskies Brian Towriss was close enough. Will there be any Roughriders inducted in 2018? Tune in tonight to find out. 620 CKRM's SportsCage will be broadcasting live from CFL Week Fan Fest on Thursday and Friday. My co-hosts and guests include The Sports Doctor Dave Petrishen, Podcaster Winston Chapman and Mental Strength Coach Shayne McGowan. Honestly, I can't wait to get to Winnipeg!
7 - 2019 GREY CUP: I suspect the CFL Governors are wisely waiting for CFL Week to announce the host city for the 2019 Grey Cup. The decision was made over a month ago and when Commissioner Randy Ambrosie was through Regina on February 10, he promised an announcement "in a month". It's now been over a month, and we're still waiting. Has the announcement hit a snag? Not likely. But it would be a great tidbit of news for the marquee CFL event of the spring, which is this week.
8 - POWER RANKINGS: Another great part of this time of year in the CFL are the Power Rankings from seemingly anyone who's got a Twitter account, blog or radio show. What's even more entertaining are the rampant opinions from fans and players alike! Star Argonauts safety Jermaine Gabriel even Tweeted last night, "Tired of seeing all these bulls--t CFL Power Rankings." That's fantastic! It means we're getting a reaction. However they're a cheap imitation of Predictions. Power Rankings are simply where you think a team is NOW compared to where they'll finish at the end of the year. I'll officially make my 2018 CFL Predictions (the kind that make Mike Reilly's head pop off) on April 1 and that announcement will be sponsored. Apparently it's a big deal.
9 - IT'S KNIGHT TIME: A lady asked me at the Pats game the other night who my favourite NHL team is. I panicked and said it's the Arizona Coyotes. She wrinkled her nose up and said, "Arizona?" I said yes, we have ties to the team (or did) and they can use the fans. I should've said the Vegas Golden Knights but didn't want to appear like a bandwagon jumper. Plenty of people scoff that I change favourite NHL teams every few years but if the players can do it, why can't I?
10 - JUST NOTES: We caught the movie Red Sparrow this week and have to give it a robust two thumbs up! Jennifer Lawrence is becoming American's new sweetheart if she hasn't already. Howard Stern calls her "the most perfect woman I've ever seen". ... There are just a few seats left on the SportsCage's Rush Bus this Saturday to watch the Saskatchewan Rush host the Rochester Knighthawks in Saskatoon. $40 gets you a seat on the bus plus a game ticket. Reserve yours at CKRM reception ... Stay tuned for big news from Regina curler Braeden Moskowy who left Manitoba's Reid Carruthers team and WON'T be joining Alberta's Kevin Koe outfit. The news will come out within a week at the latest ... A study's been released that says Saskatoon requires a new $350-million downtown arena. I'm not sure I agree, but I'm all for it. If that's what they want, give it to 'em. Who's paying for it?