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Friday, March 23, 2018

SCRUFFY'S THIS N' THAT

Welcome to Friday.  Here are the usual weekly thoughts running through my muddled mind. As always, they come in no particular order.

--Its playoff time!  Safe to say I will be either glued to my TV watching Access 7 or listening to Phil Andrews as the Pats and Broncos go at it in what should be one helluva matchup starting in Swift Current tonight.  If these teams even come close to giving us what they gave us last Friday at the Brandt Centre, you'll want to throw away the remote.  It will be a "ring-a-ding-dong dandy".  I said a long time ago that I liked Swift Current to win the Eastern Conference.  I can't go back on that prediction now. My heart wants the Pats to win, but my head says Swift Current.  If my heart wins this series, I won't be crestfallen.  At the end of the day, I see Portland playing the Broncos in the league final.  A lot needs to happen for both teams to get there.

--Saskatoon wants a new arena. They say the 30 year old Sasktel Centre is at the end of its useful life.  Is that the age-limit on buildings now seeing the Saddledome is also around that age?  While the Brandt Centre certainly doesn't have the amenities that the newer rinks have, is it at the end of its useful stage?

One wonders if we would even be talking about this had Saskatoon done the smart thing many years ago and put then Saskatchewan Place downtown like it should have instead of screwing it up.  I think we know the answer to that question.  How will the building, which is pegged at 330-375 million when you add in a desired convention centre be funded?  The times are a little different now than they were when the shovel went into ground for Mosaic Stadium 2.0.  Does Saskatoon use some of the same template used when it came to who pays for what with Mosaic. Do they use their own template?

Saskatoon doesn't need a new rink if you ask me.....it just needs to have the existing one in a better spot.  That won't happen so a new facility will likely get built.  The mistake of many years ago is now coming back to hit Saskatoon in the wallet.

--There is no doubt Gerard Gallant is coach of the year in the NHL for what he has done with the Vegas Golden Knights but how much consideration should Yorkton's Jared Bednar get for what he has done in year 2 with the Avalanche. Speaking of the Avs, my vote for Hart Trophy goes to Nathan McKinnon if Colorado hangs on to make the playoffs.  As for the Connor McDavid-Hart Trophy talk - NOPE! I don't care if you lead the league in scoring again, if you are a player on a team that does not make the playoffs, you don't deserve the MVP honour. Sorry!

--Ilya Kovalchuk says he wants to come back to the NHL. Does the NHL really want Kovalchuk back though? I am guessing some team would pay whatever he wants to come back to North America, but his best before date has long passed.  I would just say thanks, but no thanks to Ilya.

--TSN asked this question this week. "If the Leafs are the lone remaining team in the Stanley Cup playoffs, will Canada cheer for them?" NO!!!! You can if you want, but I won't be and why would I even consider it. I wouldn't cheer for the Flames if they were the last Canadian team standing being an Oilers fan. A Toronto-Calgary Stanley Cup would be nightmarish for this blogger. I can live with a Grey Cup between those two cities, but not a Stanley Cup.  Why is there a thought process that we have to latch onto a Canadian team in the playoffs?  Montreal fans wouldn't cheer for Toronto and vice-versa, The same could be said for Edmonton and Calgary and everyone hates the Canucks still don't they?

--Will the play of the Winnipeg Jets have an effect on CFL Week? Will the event move the needle in Winnipeg with the way the Jets are playing the way it did in Regina last year.  For the league's sake, I hope it does.  They are excited about what the spring could bring when it comes to the Jets and they should be.  At what cost though.  I am thinking very few are thinking about the Bombers at this time,  You can't blame the CFL for this as they have no idea what is going to be happening in the NHL with the Canadian teams.  If hindsight was 20-20, they may have wanted to put it in Calgary or Edmonton this year seeing many are checking out from the Flames and Oilers-----and for good reason.

--CFL Week is a great idea and it is something that Christina Litz and others in the CFL office should be commended for.  As we saw in Regina last year, it is a great way for fans to get up close and personal with the stars of the game with many other CFL-designed events happening to get fans ready for the season. If the Jets should overshadow this year's event, I hope the league doesn't decide to re-visit the idea.  It needs to continue, and yes at some point it will have to go one of the big three cities where an attempt will have to be made to make it as big as possible.

--Congrats to Scott Flory for going to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Will the Regina native who played at the U of S and now coaches them want Sparky's to cater the meal at the induction dinner? Scott loves his Sparky's.  Can't really blame him!

--The CFL is talking about improving player safety.  The rules committee is proposing several changes aimed at that. I understand what is being done, but saying something and actually acting on it is another. Other leagues talk about player safety, but when push comes to shove player safety gets pushed aside.  What is good is the fact illegal contact on a receiver is no longer going to be challenged. There should be no more fishing expeditions now by a head coach who is searching for some illegal contact way away from the play.

--A lot of people are putting out their power rankings in this dead time for the CFL. I just go "MEH" to all of it. Let's talk about this some more once the draft is held and training camps are ready to get rolling.

--Jason Priestley (aka Brandon Walsh from Beverly Hills 90210) is coming to Regina for FanFest. Is he bringing Kelly Taylor with him? If that happens, I'll see ya there!

--When I spoke with Steve Laycock and Kirk Muyres after the Brier, they didn't give me a definite "we'll be back" statement which made me wonder if the most successful team we have seen in the 306 for the past little while would be back. They confirmed they wouldn't be on Wednesday night, I don't know what the plans for the four who thrilled the Brandt Centre crowd at the Brier, but if Kirk his brother Dallan and perhaps either Pat Simmons or Catlin Schneider joined Braeden Moskowy to form a Sasky super-team, I wouldn't be upset.  Moskowy told me the other night he would love to be the guy who ends the Saskatchewan Brier drought.  This would be a good start.  Moskowy also said the cost for a team each winter is around 150,000 dollars as they travel to event after event after event. Someone or some consortium of companies can surely step up to help make this happen.

--I am a WWE fan. Always have been, always will.  The Matt Hardy-Bray Wyatt "Ultimate Deletion" match was one of the stupidest things I have seen.  It was one or two levels above dumb! Anytime Matt Hardy comes on, I reach for the remote.  His schtick does absolutely zero for me.  With Wyatt being dumped into "The Lake of Reincarnation", I am guessing we will see a reboot for Wyatt since his character has gone nowhere.

--I don't know who is winning March Madness and frankly I don't care. I don't think anyone had the tournament going this way with one top seed after another going down. It's been fantastic! GO MICHIGAN or Mitchigan as I prefer to call them

Have a great weekend!

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Absolutely NO, NO, No to a downtown arena! First of all, they don't need one and second, there is no parking and too much congestion.
Look how bad it is at the new Mosaic stadium. I used to go to some games at the old Taylor field/Mosaic place and went to one game at new Mosaic and will not go again! It is a nightmare getting out of that place.
Downtown arenas are only there for merchants and businesses and not convenience for the people who buy tickets! THE FANS!!!
YES you should cheer for a Canadian team if they are in the playoffs. Where the hell is your NATIONAL PRIDE?
Don't try to shove your bias on other people. Not everyone thinks like you.

Anonymous said...

As a Flames fan, I would not cheer for the Oilers. I would expect Oilers fans (like Scruffy) to do the same. So to anon 1, tell me again why I should put down my hate and cheer for a team that I don't like. National Pride?! HA!

When the Leafs, Habs, Senators, Jets, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver start dressing a roster of all Canadian players, then we can have this discussion.

Until then, thanks for the two cents!


Chris

Anonymous said...

Anon 1 doesn't think there should be a downtown arena and feels we should all cheer for a Canadian team.

Anon 1 needs to stop sleeping with his head in a microwave.

Anonymous said...

Saskplace is good enough for the dub and lacrosse. I know Saskatoon is still in a lacrosse honeymoon, but the reality is that the entire league is basically a sideshow in existing hockey and basketball arenas. Some teams play in WHL venues. No one in their right mind would pay for a new arena to accommodate lacrosse.

Anonymous said...

to Anon 1 take the bus to the stadium there will be no problem. I get home faster than I used to at the old stadium.

Go Warriors!!

Anonymous said...

Anon #1 must have gone to a game at old Taylor field, long ago, when the stadium was half full. I have travelled in to go to games and find negligible difference leaving a game that is sold out between the 2 stadiums. Plus the 2 stadiums were built 3 blocks apart, its not like new Mosaic was built in a different part of the city.

Cheer for a team that is in a Canadian city is national pride? In the NBA should I cheer for the Raptors just because they are in a Canadian city, or should I cheer for Minnesota or Denver because they have a Canadian player on the team? How should my "national pride" be displayed in this instance? (I am a Raptors fan)

Anonymous said...


Scotty does love his Sparky's. That can't be argued!

Anonymous said...

Chris, just to let you know, I dislike the Flames very much. actually hate them, but would still cheer for them if they were in the playoffs

Anonymous said...

I was a child of the 90s, as soon as Priestly was announced I got tickets. My son is watching 90210 in reruns. Read his autobiography had there been social media his goose would have been cooked lol. He's a good guy and his character from They Call Me Fitz is more his real persona.

Anonymous said...

Leafs won't get past the Bruins in round one. So everyone can jump on the Jets bandwagon now, who could make the western conference final.

Anonymous said...

Scruffy... ARE YOU KIDDING ME ? WWE????? This is supposed to be a Sport's Blog . WWE is a kids show. It is soooooooo phoney it hurts. My son was a WWE fan but he grew out of it by the time he was 10. It's your turn NOW Scruffy.
Saskatoon does have a good possible set up for a downtown arena. Midtown Plaza will be on it's way out soon, now that Sears has gone and next will be the Bay. That leaves them with an Old Mall that could be completely torn down except for the UNDERGROUND PARKING. If that were to happen and they tear down the 50 year old Auditorium they would have tons of room for a 15,000 seat Arena and Auditorium all in one package with approx. 13,000 Parking stalls included. It will happen because they are looking ahead and Saskatoon continues to grow larger every year.

Anonymous said...

The free bus service for Rider games makes all the difference!

Anonymous said...

to Anon 1...
We park about 6 blocks away and have no issues getting out of the stadium to our vehicle and home. Only issue is when there is a train. Most new stadiums are getting built in downtown areas. Closer to hotels, bars and restaurants. Those who build out in the boonies are asking for trouble. Look at Ottawa!

@mrt_man said...

THE LACK OF ANY PARKING WITH DOWNTOWN ARENAS CONFOUNDS ME... WE WENT TO A GAME IN OTTAWA, AND IT WAS NEAT TO POP INTO A NEARBY RESTAURANT AFTER THE GAME... BUT IT WAS STILL A PITA TO CAB OVER THERE.

IT'S NOT AS IF WE HAVE A SHORTAGE OF LAND HERE?

I'M CURLING IN ASSINIBOIA THIS WEEKEND... SADLY, I DON'T THINK THEY WILL HAVE THE PATS/BRONCOS GAMES ON TV :(

FOR A SK MEN'S TEAM, IT KINDA JUST SEEMS LIKE A CHICKEN/EGG CART/HORSE SORT OF THING... IT HAS BEEN SO LONG SINCE WE HAD AM ACTUAL CONTENDING TEAM HERE THAT INDIVIDUALS WHO WANT TO TAKE A SOLID GO AT IT FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE TO LEAVE, SINCE NOBODY IS GOOD ENOUGH... YOU DON'T LEARN TO BEAT THE BEST BY PLAYING CRAPPY CLUB TEAMS IN REGINA/STOON. SHOCKINGLY, NOBODY HAS TRIED TO PICK ME UP FOR NEXT YEARS BRIER RUN YET LOL.

DON'T REALLY WATCH ANY NHL... KINDA WANTED TO CHEER FOR VEGAS, BUT NOW THAT THEY HAVE BEEN DOING WELL, I JUST LOOK LIKE A BAND WAGON JUMPING TOOL... MAYBE I WILL JUST CHEER FOR WHATEVER CANADIAN TEAM MOVES ON.

Anonymous said...

CFL power rating before week 3 or 4 are a big meh

Anonymous said...

I changed my mind about Canadian teams in 2004 when I realized that the Lightning had 2/3 Canadians on their roster. I didn't mind when they beat Calgary. How can you not be happy for guys like Andreychuk, St. Louis, Lecavalier, or even a home grown Saskatoon boy like Sarich?
Let's face it. All NHL teams are still Canadian.
LF

@mrt_man said...

DANGIT, NOW I WANT SPARKY'S

Anonymous said...


I'm a Houston Texans, Astros and Rockets fan. I guess I am not a Canadian from what Anon 1 says. What a moron!

As for the guy who dislikes the Flames and would cheer for them. You are in the same category as Anon 1.

Anonymous said...

The Pats will knock off the Broncos in 7 and the Warriors will knock off the Raiders in 6.

Looking forward to round 1 and round 2. This will beat the Stanley Cup playoffs by a longshot.

Go Warriors

Anonymous said...


WIth ya on the Matt Hardy thing. It was dumb in TNA, and it's just as dumb now. No thanks!


Adam

Anonymous said...

Agreed. Never have never will cheer for a Canadian based team just because of where they play. #stupid reason .

Anonymous said...

Please STOP SHOUTING! !!!!

Anonymous said...


WHY ARE YOU YELLING?!!!! SOOOOOOOOOO ANNOYING!!!

Anonymous said...


I guess Mr. Wrestling Hater didn't go to Saskatoon and see all of the people of all ages who went to the WWE show.

I guess Mr. Wrestling Hater doesn't watch shows where arenas are routinely filled with people of all ages.

As a 34 year old man, I enjoy wrestling tremendously and always will. Sorry if that doesn't meet up to your standards. You probably want to waste hours of your life watching golf or tennis.

As for the arena complex, anything is better than what we have now, but I do have to agree the debate might not be had if it was downtown already.

PS: Great shows from Winnipeg Roddy! Glad to know you were there so I didn't have listen to the other guys.



Colton in Stoon

Anonymous said...


At the end of the day, do we really care about Saskatoon? NO!

Anonymous said...


LOL ^^^^^^^