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Thursday, April 5, 2018

10 THINGS I THINK I THINK FOR FAMOSO PIZZERIA

1 - NOW WHAT?: The Regina Pats have nothing to hang their heads about. The 2018 Memorial Cup hosts lost a 7-game first round series to the 4th-ranked team in the country (Swift Current) by one goal. We never expected them to make a deep run in the playoffs anyway but they proved they can skate with the top teams in the country. However as of Monday's Game 7 loss, the Pats face a 46-day layover until they open the Memorial Cup on May 18 against the OHL champions. Now what?

2 - IN THE PADDOCK: After a 48-hour cooling off period, John Paddock met with the media on Wednesday and said they've got 3 different plans to attack this lengthy hiatus. However the Pats boss exercised his right not to divulge any of them. SportsCage listeners texted into the show with a variety of suggestions including playing local Senior AAA teams or assembling a team of WHL and NHL Alumni for the Pats to practice against (on QCSEG's dime). I'm just glad I'm not in charge of attacking this 46-day respite. Paddock said the players have been sent home until April 9 and then after that, we'll start to see what the plan is.

3 - ROUND 2: Many area hockey fans asked why I wasn't at the mic for Game 7 in Swift Current but the fact is I had a SportsCage show to host and didn't feel like uprooting Mike Abou-Mechrek and Luc Mullinder to the Frontier City. CKRM and the SportsCage come first. It still hasn't been decided whether Access will carry subsequent WHL playoff rounds and remember that Moose Jaw and Swift Current are Shaw communities - not Access - and the decision ultimately rests in the hands of the WHL. Stay tuned.

4 - WARRIORS OR BRONCOS?: Broncos or Warriors? It would be trite to say I don't care who wins the Round 2 TransCanada series so I'll say I'm cheering for both. Obviously Memorial Cup organizers would be pleased to see either team advance to the tournament in Regina because their fans will fill the Brandt Centre. I do business with both teams and have friends on both staffs. It was way more fun in the days of needing an RCMP escort into their arenas and receiving death threats from their fans but those days are long gone. I guess you need to grow up some time!

5 - OTHER JUNIOR HOCKEY: The Estevan Bruins are a win away from a Conference Final appearance for the first time since the turn of the millenium. They lead the Battlefords 3-1 in games in an SJHL semifinal series. Meanwhile in the other, Nipawin leads Humboldt 2-1. ... In the PJHL Saskatchewan final, the Regina Capitals lead the Delisle Chiefs 2-1 with Game 4 scheduled for Friday in Delisle.

6 - THE SILENCE IS DEAFENING: Since Marks CFL Week ended there has been a scarcity of 3 Down news. Which city will host the 2019 Grey Cup? What's happening with the Halifax expansion franchise application? We were led to believe there would be announcements on both by now. Rest assured there's a flurry of activity behind-the-scenes but silence doesn't sell tickets.

7 - THE SUNSHINE STATE: Wednesday marks 20 days until the Saskatchewan Roughriders' annual Florida minicamp at IMG Academy in Bradenton. 40-some players will participate (mostly CFL rookies) along with all of the Riders' veteran QBs. That means that will be our first good look at Zach Collaros in Green & White. The SportsCage will be broadcasting live from Florida on April 23, 24, 25 with Luc Mullinder and me and we'll have wall-to-wall coverage and analysis.

8 - CFL WEST PREDICTIONS: In the absence of meaningful topics, here are my 2018 CFL divisional predictions and the reasons why. 1) Saskatchewan. The Riders won 10 games without an entrenched starter last year and now with Zach Collaros, 13 wins aren't unreasonable. A Grey Cup appearance is expected. 2) Edmonton. Jason Maas and Brock Sunderland are becoming a formidable tandem and they employ the CFL's MVP. 3) Calgary. The Stampeders have lost some key pieces - mostly voluntarily - but they're still Calgary. They'll be in the playoffs. 4) BC. Ed Hervey is a proven GM and it's the Year of Wally. They'll be in the mix. 5) Winnipeg. Sorry Bomber fans, but somebody has to be last.

9 - CFL EAST PREDICTIONS: 1) Toronto. Marc Trestman and Ricky Ray. 'Nuff said. 2) Hamilton. They need to take a major step forward with their top-heavy football ops department, and will. 3) Ottawa. Rick Campbell is proven but Trevor Harris is not. They'll take a step back. 4) Montreal. Just going with the crowd here.

10 - FEEL THE RUSH: The Saskatchewan Rush are home to the Colorado Mammoth on Saturday night at SaskTel Centre and it's Ladies Night. From what I've seen at Rush games, isn't every game Ladies Night? Goalie Evan Kirk was very leaky in the Rush's 13-10 home loss to Rochester two weeks ago but owner Bruce Urban feels it's better to face adversity now rather than in the playoffs. Saturday night represents a huge bounce-back opportunity.

Y'er welcome,
RP
@rodpedersen

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Saskatchewan Rush?? Please keep your comments on Regina only sports.

Birddog said...

Keep reporting on Rush please we in Saskatoon and all of Saskatchewan support the Sportscage, the Riders, I always hoped this blog wasn’t for Regina only

Jack Upshall said...

Rod the Blue Bombers are dangerous. All the ingredients are there. The cook, o'Shea, just has to put it together. Edmonton is over rated. The head coach is not a leader. Hot head coaching over 18 games is not sustainable. The QB play covers this weakness. Calgary is searching itself after so many high profile failures. Lorne Richardson thinks it is the QB. Dickenson is befuddled. In the 1990s they were like this, maybe the air? Lions QB needs to regain form but holes are appearing. Could be last, could be first. If anybody can do it it is Wally and his under study Ed. Read you every morning. Keep up the good work. Jack

Anonymous said...

#1 anon When you see Rush in the title please stop reading/

Anonymous said...

Gotta root for Swifty, they took out the Pats and are move deserving in my eyes, and they're just slightly more tolerable than Warriors fans :D

Anonymous said...

Haha wow don't tell the man how to do his job. Piss off bud. The rush is sasks team as much as the riders are.

Anonymous said...

Is it just me, or do those new NFL Tennessee Titans uniforms look like a direct ripoff of the 2017 Grey Cup Champs Toronto Argonauts?

Anonymous said...

Predictions are just that predictions. I agree with your East picks, but the West standings will be changing every week....make the final:
WPG
EDM
SASK
CAL
BC
But not much separating the top 3 teams.

Anonymous said...

Why wouldn't we have expected the Pats to make a much deeper push into the playoffs? After all they traded most of their picks and prospects for years to come to get all sorts of big name players. All that for a first round exit? I don't think so. That doesn't include the ridiculous price paid last year for one d-man who was barely noticeable in this first round. This organization has been gutted and robbed for years to come and through it all a loss in the finals last season and a first round exit this season. Certainly not the stuff of excellence. Over the the last two years we've treated like mushrooms more than anything else. All the supposed talent and coaching but nothing to show for it. The Memorial Cup tournament is something they are invited to as the weak link, not something they've earned.

Anonymous said...


Riders TC in Saskatoon for 6th straight year.
Rush appearances in Regina ---- ZERO!

How much crying would there be if Riders hadn't done anything in Saskatoon in six years? Bottom line, I don't have any time for the Rush.

Anonymous said...

Quit your complaining. Ladies night isn't til Saturday!

Anonymous said...

…if they were expecting to lose right away they could have kept the lineup they had. Probably would have still been playing in the Central….

Eastender said...

Other than game three when North Battleford had their backs to the wall, the Estevan Bruins have been playing a very good team game. Didur in goal has been huge. If the Bruins do not finish it tonight, they will on Saturday. It will not go 7.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rod happened to not wasting your predictions for the CFL season and getting it sponsored? You made it the #8 topic in your usual column ... Also is think your predictions are misguided and not based on fact.

Rod Pedersen said...

Point?

@mrt_man said...

IT DOES SEEM ODD TO HYPE UP YOUR PREDICTIONS FOR A MONTH AND THEN NOT GIVE THEM THEIR OWN ARTICLE OR THE PROMISED RELEASE DATE.

I HOPE MONTREAL IMPROVES THIS YEAR... BUT IT IS HARD TO BE OPTIMISTIC

Anonymous said...

Shocker! You heard it 1st from me right here in your column Roddy. Riders #1 & Grey Cup bound would be your prediction. That's why you're a Rider broadcaster & not anyone expects to get an unbiased view from - you have to tow the company line. Collaros has never started more than 13 games any season. That OL doesn't look much different than last year & you're missing 3 veteran LB''s. But that's okay. Have your fun. LOL

Rod Pedersen said...

Just when you think you have the answers, I change the questions.

Anonymous said...

The Commish will be in town for the Regina Thunder dinner and by then I predict the world will know where the 2019 Grey Cup will take place. In the meantime hockey rules!

Anonymous said...

Riders TC in Saskatoon for 6th straight year.
"Rush appearances in Regina ---- ZERO!"... Training Camp in Saskatoon is because of the beautiful football set up that we have here in Griffith Stadium and Gordie Howe Bowl. I guess Regina just doesn't have that. Rush never, ever practice in Saskatoon , they just come here to play games . How in hell could they come there and play a game when your little Brandt Rink only holds 6400 fans. They draw 2 1/2 times that many fans at every home game which is over 15,000 usually . We don't do any thing for the Riders? Well first of all.. We welcome them every year to their Training Camp here in Saskatoon, Hundreds of fans go to all their home games from here and all over Saskatchewan and we have a Beautiful, always well stocked, Rider Store with everything that a Rider Fan needs and wants .

Anonymous said...

Reading up on Roddy Piper are you?

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone get upset over predictions? We don't know what's coming into camps and a CFL season is set up as first nine then next nine then playoffs. Nothing is absolute, but for regular season 2018 this is where I am thinking:

I factor in QB, Canadians, Kicking game, and never ever underestimate coaching.

West:
1 - Calgary
2 - Saskatchewan
3- Winnipeg
4 - Edmonton
5 - B.C

East:
1 - Toronto
2 - Ottawa
3 - Hamilton
4 - Montreal - quite possibly will go 0-18 it's going to be that bad

Playoffs:
West Final - Calgary vs Saskatchewan

East Final - Toronto vs Ottawa

Grey Cup - Saskatchewan vs Toronto

Grey Cup Champions - Saskatchewan

Duane Berry

Anonymous said...

I am not a Pat's fan, but I think they got screwed by the way the WHL seeds teams for the playoffs. The third best record in the conference shouldn't have to play the second best team in the first round. And there is no way Lethbridge or Red Deer should have such an easy path to the second round. Now you have the 2 best teams in western Canada/US meeting already in the second round. This is messed up. Reminds me of when the Stanley Cup winner was mostly decided in Alberta the first or second round between 1984 and 1990. I'm glad they fixed that.
LF

Anonymous said...

Ummm...staring QB to win 13 games. Is this the same guy that is on a twelve game losing streak? Stating he is a starting QB right now is all talk...he needs to prove himself and get rid of the horrible 12 lost games in a row first before he is recognized as a productive starter.

Anonymous said...

Sask has lost all their starting linebackers ,have a starting QB who has lost 12 straight games and have a very suspect offensive line.
Winnipeg
Edmonton
Calgary
Sask
Bc
I think top two will be a dog fight and 3,4,5 will be fighting it out to stay out of the basement
My Grey Cup prediction Eskies over Toronto with MOP Reilly is a close one over former Eskie great Ricky Ray.
Your 2018 Grey Cup Champs the Edmonton Eskimos
BOOK IT!

Anonymous said...

The 46 day layoff is the exact reason that the CHL has to change the Memorial Cup format. Get rid of the tournament and have the winners continue to playoff. East against west. The tournament format is only good for the CHL to try and rip off the host city.

Anonymous said...

The NCAA basketball tournament is how you do it - you win your league you go to the tournament end of story. The champions of the OHL, QMJHL, WHL get in. Then you can have a play in so the finalist of the OHL, QMJHL, and WHL have a chance to play back in and that's your 4 teams. Host it where you have to host it. This automatic birth stuff is lunacy and everyone knows it.

Anonymous said...

If you take into account the QB and the Canadians, I don't know how the Riders finish second in the west. Collaros is a big question mark as to whether he can regain his former status, particularly behind that O line. No proven left tackle. No major upgrade to the O line from last year when their O line was at times dreadful. Add Messam, who may be able to rack up some yards yet but is not a good blocking back. If the O line can open some holes for him to run. Remember in Calgary he had a very good O line to bust him out. Add to that, a question mark at safety and linebackers. And a corner back in Ojo, who also hasn't played much in the last few years. I can't see the Riders finishing better than third, and maybe lower at this point unless there are some major changes yet to come. Too many uncertainties at some key positions. A few positions have improved but some positions have been downgraded.

Anonymous said...

Warriors All the Way!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree the memorial cup format needs to change, unfortunately unless you have a host team the attendance will be pathetic. Canada likes to think its a hockey nation, far from it. With ridiculous ticket prices the tournament would be a disaster. NCAA has the frozen 4 and good crowds, a similar format would not work in Canada. IMO best solution is somehow have an best of seven between 2 best teams and play in the finalist cities.

Anonymous said...

Riders 1st, Grey Cup - 2016 prediction. Riders 1st, Grey Cup - 2018 prediction. Tell you what Rod, let's save some time. Riders 1st, Grey Cup - your 2019 prediction, Riders 1st, Grey Cup - your 2020 prediction. Rinse, repeat. There you go, Rod. You can take a break for the next 3 years. We all know what's coming. You're welcome. I do have a question for you, quite seriously. Who do you think will win 3 championships first in the 2,000's - the Riders or the Rush. That's an easy one. Go Saskatoon.