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Friday, March 9, 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:

- As the U of S Huskies put the finishing touches on Acadia to move into a national semi-final at the USports Canada women's basketball championship, I asked Huskies head coach Lisa Thomaidis if she realized what this win would do for the tournament and how many people might jam into the CKHS (aka: The White House) on Saturday night.

She just smiled and gave a little wink. How much fun will it be Saturday night when the Cougars and the Huskies meet for the second time in eight days with a lot on the line?  The U of R beat the U of S to win the Canada West title one week ago and on Saturday they meet with the winner going to the national final. 

If last weekend was insane, what will this weekend be with a spot to the championship going to the winner?  I can't wait and if Thursday was any indication, neither can the Regina basketball community that I'm sure will be joined by many who will make the trip from Saskatoon.  I don't know what the capacity of the White House is, but if they can sell a ticket they will to what will be a tremendous showdown

- There is no doubt as to what city is Canada's sports capital this weekend.  I don't know how many times over the years you have seen two big sporting events on the nation's two sports channels both originating from the same city.  You could say it happened earlier this year in Regina when Mosaic Stadium was hosting a Riders game while across the street at the Brandt Centre, Skate Canada was happening with both being on TSN at the same time  Those involved with the Brier have made it a first-class event as you would expect them to.  I haven't heard one complaint all week.

If there has been a complaint, it is the 16-team format which is being tested at this level for the first time.  Brad Gushue certainly didn't hold back when he gave his thoughts on it and I don't disagree with him. Gushue said the more he plays in it, the more he hates it with his reasons being many. The defending champ, who is a solid bet to repeat, says it is a format that doesn't work and Mike McEwen agreed with him by saying rinks are relegated before the week is over which is right.  I understand what Curling Canada wanted to do by including everyone, but there is a better way. That is the way they had it. They changed things just to make change.  There was no need to do that.  Too many cooks spoil the recipe and that is what's happened here. Go back to the drawing board.

- Line of the week at the Tim Hortons Brier .  Nunavut sucks, but when you wear the colours of the Calgary Flames, I guess you should expect that. BOOOOOM!  And yes this Oilers fan who fully realizes his team sucks this year still takes great pleasure in hearing that statement.

- The Brock Boeser injury basically hands the Calder Trophy to Matt Barzal right?  That's a tough break for the Vancouver forward as it was between those two for the award with both having a legitimate argument as to why they should win.   By the way, the new Seattle team whenever it gets awarded should do what they can to try and pry Barzal away from the Islanders. Imagine the marketing you could do with the former Thunderbird.  Of course the only problem is prying him away from the Islanders and that would cost a lot----even for Garth Snow.

- You knew the Edmonton Oilers would do the classy thing and salute Jordan Eberle on his return to Edmonton. Eberle got a standing ovation from the Oilers fan base. A fan base that turned on him in the playoffs. A fan base that I think forced the hand of Peter Chiarelli to make a deal.  Would Edmonton be better this year with Eberle in the lineup. The answer is probably not, but I'm guessing he would have been a 25 goal man this year which is what he will do this season with the Islanders.

- If and when Regina gets a new rink to replace the Brandt Centre, how big should it be?  That was a question posed on the Sportscage this week.  The NLL won't look at Regina as an expansion city (nor should they with the fanaticism the Rush has brought) because they don't have an arena that is 14,000 in size.  Regina doesn't need a rink that is 14000 in size.  Saskatchewan has one football stadium which serves the need and it has one hockey arena that does the same thing. Let's be realistic.  Saskatoon-Regina is not like Edmonton-Calgary.  The population base isn't there.   Having an arena of 10 to 15 thousand would likely hurt Saskatoon much like Saskatoon having a football stadium that seats 30-35 thousand would hurt Regina.   Is the Brandt Centre still a rink where many solid events can be held. Yes, but unless you fill it in at both ends, you are done with expansion.  I think that rink has many good years in it yet. 

If the desire is there to have a new arena in town, I wouldn't make it any bigger than 10,000 unless there is a hidden agenda that we don't know about.

That's all I got. Enjoy the Brier, enjoy the basketball!

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

So the NLL requires a expansion team have a arena with a capacity of 14,000. Toontown is the only team that exceeds that number in average attendance. Buffalo and Colorado average 13,000. Vancouver average attendance 3,600. Average attendance per game in the league is 9,500. It appears the Rush owners are getting good support from Southern Saskatchewan and don't want a franchise in Regina. 10,000 would be the perfect size for Regina.

Anonymous said...


The next time you have Urban on your show, can you ask him why the Rush have no desire to do anything in Regina? No practices, no player availabilities, no clinics, no nothing.

Imagine if the Riders did that to Saskatoon!

I get the team's popularity, and I think it is great, but I am not supporting this team when they do nothing here. They might as well just be the Saskatoon Rush.


Trevor

Anonymous said...

16 team Brier now---get rid of Team Canada and its 15, Get rid of Northern Ontario and have their rep play in Ontario and its 14. Have the three Northern teams play before hand for representation and its 12 and say goodbye to team Wildcard and its 11. 10 Round-Robin games against everyone. Problem solved.

Anonymous said...

Gushue, if he is the proud Newfoundlander he claims to be, might eat his words. Yes, he has been very successful at the Brier over the years, partially because he gets a free pass to get there. Newfoundland, once the Gushue team runs its course, will be a relegation round team most years...The other Newfoundland rink there this year kind of showed that.
Smitty

Anonymous said...

Why should Regina get a NLL Franchise ? Every time there is a write up on here about the Rush winning and getting huge crowds someone pipes up and brags that Regina is the only city in the Province that has a Professional sports Team and that of course is the Riders. They go on to say that Lacrosse is not a sport and now they are begging for a Franchise. It isn't going to Happen Regina. You Dug Your Own Hole.

Anonymous said...

10,000 rink would probably be fine, keep an end open for future expansion to 12,000?

6000 or more in the lower bowl so the upper tiers can be tarped off somehow and keep a bit of a 'full' look for Pats games.

Aside from sports, definitely talk with the concert and event promoters and ask about the ticket capacities they'd require to bring shows through the market. If 10,000 means you'll never see a big name but 11,000 gets you in the conversation for the circuit, build 11.

Anonymous said...

The Brier wants to include everyone which I understand but the talent just isn't there. It's hard for teams in the north to come down and compete when they just don't have enough competition and bonspiels to get the experience needed. You can only practice against the local beer teams so much. Koe from the NWT is the exception but of course he qualifies all the time as he has no other competition. This format isn't great, but the other one wasn't perfect either. If you're not a good team you could be out by Wednesday and just playing to play out the schedule. Old format only the top four make it unless their are tie breakers. In this format the top 8 make it, is that why the good teams don't like it? Makes it harder for Gushue to get to the final, even though he is the best team there? McEwen should like the format. If it wasn't for the wildcard spot he wouldn't even be in it.

mister winnipeg said...

Regina should do what Saskatoon did, build the shell of a large 17,000 seat rink but put in 10,000 seats to start and then add more as necessary.

For what it's worth there is no reason in the world a NLL team couldn't work in a 10,000 seat venue. If Abbotsford can make it work in a 5,000 seat building then hell, even the Brandt Centre would be good enough. It's the NLL, not the NBA.

Tim said...

My thoughts on a potential future Brier format.
The following teams have throughout history been a factor to make the Brier playoffs. They are, from west to east...
1. B.C
2. Alberta
3. Saskatchewan
4. Manitoba
5. N.O.
6. Ontario
7. Quebec

Make the 8th Team Canada. They deserve to be there because of winning the year before.

9th and 10th can be from a possible two options. They are..
1.Make the 9th the winner of an Atlantic Provinces tournament before they come to the Brier. From PEI, NB, NS and NL.
Make the 10th a similar tournament winner from the three Territories.

2.The 9th and 10th spots can come from a combined Territories and Atlantic provinces tourney. Two top teams move one. Territories tend to be weaker, so this might give a more competitive option, but travel could be an issue logistically for Territories teams.

Result: You have your 10 teams that play each of the other 9 teams once in a round robin. Four teams make playoffs.

Anonymous said...


I'm with Trevor

Anonymous said...

Buses are still getting stuck 5 days after a major snowfall the city of Regina has bigger fish to fry than building an arena it doesn't need.

Anonymous said...

That's nice - you two can then wear 'I'm With Stupid' t-shirts...

Anonymous said...

The current Brier format is using the test formats that Seniors and mixed and juniors have used - with most of those players saying they DO NOT like it.

This is just another on-going issue that is facing the Brier - a once mighty event that has turned into just another glorified bonspiel. Curling Canada has ignored the players for years and you can bet they are very concerned where the Brier is heading.

It all started when they turned a blind eye to non-Province players playing for another Province thus destroying the one thing that made the Brier great - Provincial rivalry. Now cash spiel teams (not Provincial teams) are winning and it is just another Grand Slam. Enjoy it while you can because the free fall will continue until they restore what made it great.

Anonymous said...

Isn't that cute, toontown thinks Regina is begging for a NLL team LMFAO

Anonymous said...

With so much sports going on in the city/province/world one can only wonder as to why CKRM does not start a new morning sports talk show with the fabulous Scruffy as host - maybe call it the Scruffy Hour - as a neat compliment to the afternoon Sports Cage. It seems to me that Mitchel Blair has served his time well in the sports community over many years and should no longer be an underutilized second fiddle to an over-worked Rod Pederson.

Joey said...

Hey Trevor.... How many Regina Fans go to Saskatoon to see the Rush versus how many Saskatoon Fans go to Regina to see the Riders? What do you want them to do put a Rush store in Regina? They don't even have one in Saskatoon. You want them to come there to practice? They don't even do that is Saskatoon. They are mostly all from out of town and come into Saskatoon and play and that is it. As far as people with your attitude, I don't think they need you. They put close to 15,000 or more in the seats for every home game so don't sit by your phone waiting for them to beg you to come to Saskatoon. It just won't happen.

Anonymous said...

The rush are winning the championship ..saskatchewans team..huge crowds great fans

Anonymous said...

There is a rush store downtown in Saskatoon.
Should have put a roof on Mosaic then a NHL franchaise would be awarded to hockey city. Eberle would probably come back to captain. Is Albert wide enough for a Stanley cup parade and a grey cup parade?

Anonymous said...

I believe this lacrosse thing is a novelity right now, just like Joey stated: players don't live in Saskatoon, they don't practice in Saskatoon, they don't have a store in Saskatoon, players fly in and play, ever game is a road game.
What happens when they have a losing season? What happens when the free rent deal run s out?
I bet half the crowd couldn't name 50% of the players

Anonymous said...

Real shame when someone has an opinion!

Anonymous said...

Regina Tim Hortons Brier = one big drunk fest. Got damn bozos!
RPS should be parked at every entrance in and out that venue doing their job looking for impared drivers.

Anonymous said...

Fascinating discussion on the jerseys. I don't know why anyone would wear a jersey to an event that isn't a football game. Do I see Habs jerseys at Rider games? Do I see Leafs jerseys at hockey games. Do I see TFC jerseys at Rider games? NO!

One of the yokels needs to explain why you do this. Why?


Murray

Anonymous said...

I would be very careful redrawing Brier layout or Sask could be on the outside looking in. If they had a play in game against AB or MB (smaller populations than a single ONT berth) on a regular basis they could easily go years without an appearance based on history for the last 20 years.

Anonymous said...

don't you dare bring a NLL team to Regina!

Anonymous said...


Trevor asks a very good question. It's a question Rod will never ask because he is in tight with the Rush. Thanks Trevor!

Anonymous said...


I want to see if someone answers Murray's question. FWIW, I'm with Scruffy (can't believe I said that). Wearing a t-shirt or a golf shirt with a Rider logo is fine because I think we all have one of those in our closet, but why the need to wear a jersey to something that isn't related to football. Is it like a suit and tie for some? Do you wear it to Costco on a Saturday?

It's cult-like is it not?

Anonymous said...

I agree 100 %, Mr. Scruffy should have his own sports radio shoe on 620 CKRM asap!

Anonymous said...

Seriously, if you took a pole in Regina to see if a franchise Lacrosse team. I would bet dollars to donuts it would be so lopsided to the “No” side it would be embarrassing.
Yes this is only my opinion. It’s not hard to figure out that there is zero interest here. Why would we want a Lacrosse team? A giant foosball game running around a rink with foot ware on. That sport has a ZERO look or professional feel to it.
I was sucked in to taking in a game in Saskatoon. All I witnessed was a Prairie field sport modified to look semi hockey. A lot of fans that were proud to take a franchise away from Alberta and show them how it’s done.
Regina has a real professional sports team that already gets grief from the likes of only NFL supporters. Plus this city is already dainty on the Pats. Just enough fans to keep a semi farm league baseball team going.
The very last thing this city needs is a team that plays a game that will never ever be looked at as a real proffesional sport.

Anonymous said...

You just nailed it with everything you just mentioned. It’s a temporary portable sport with temporary player participants. Far less overhead than any other sport. All the players live else where and fly in to play a game. There is no team there.

Anonymous said...

Irony: Some one on this blog giving out fashion advice to those wearing rider colours.
If you wanna dish out advice start with the ball cap, tee shirt ,jeans wearing population. Yikes. At least the jersey covers up the gut most seem to be proudly exposing.

Anonymous said...

Quit talking about your wife! ^^^^^^^^^

Anonymous said...

Totally agree with scruffy on the Rider jerseys. Makes me cringe when I go to a baseball/hockey/basketball/football game in the States and you see some clown there in a Rider jersey. How dumb can you be?

Anonymous said...


I know where Scruffy is coming from. I have two Rider jerseys. I wear one of them on game-day and when going to CFL games. I laugh when I see people wearing a football jersey at a non-football event much like I laugh when I see someone wearing a hockey jersey at a non-hockey event. Is it that hard to find a golf shirt or a t-shirt (one that properly fits)? The Garth Brooks concert in Saskatoon was a fine display of that. No reason for it in my mind.

At the end of the day, the choice is yours much like the opinion. I don't understand it though. It's now time to put on my Riders hat and start the day.

Clayton in Stoon

PS: GO HUSKIES!

Anonymous said...

I don't know why anyone would wear a sports jersey on vacation either. Nothing spells "tourist" like a sports jersey from your hometown. Unless of course you have the Hawaiian shirt, knee high white socks & a camera dangling 'round your neck. No you're not promoting your city, province, country with the team name splattered across your chest. The pick pockets will love you. Leave the sports jerseys at home. Just my opinion.

Anonymous said...

You Don't take poles, you take polls. So you want to be a one trick pony? Just because you don't like lacrosse, or cricket or rugby or soccer doesn't mean other sports don't have followings. Cricket & rugby have world wide followings for example & the money in those sports dwarfs the little old CFL. As for soccer, it's the biggest sport on the planet. Snubbing your nose at other sports is really funny. I happen to love the CFL but let's face it, if a soccer or rugby or cricket fan wants to turn up his nose at the CFL, there's not much you can say to prove our superiority. Those are the big leagues. Saskatoon has every reason to be proud of its franchise which is a lacrosse powerhouse. They may get to 5 championships before the Riders & in less than a century.