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Friday, April 6, 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:

--Round 2 of the WHL playoffs begins tonight and there is a tremendous argument brewing about the playoff structure.  You have two of the top five teams in Canada playing in one East semi when Swift Current takes on Moose Jaw and you have two teams who traded away players at the deadline as Lethbridge meets Brandon.  One of those teams will be in the league's final four while a good hockey team in either the Broncos or Warriors will be done.  Oh well! That's the way the cookie crumbles.  I'm not a fan of it either and the WHL followed the NHL as they always do, but that's the rule and while it is heavily slanted in favour of the East this year, one knows it won't stay that way.   It happens! Deal with it!

--John Paddock doesn't like what happened, and now he has to deal with it as do his players-----for a long time.  Yes, we are six weeks away from the start of the Memorial Cup and that means the Pats have 42 days before they play a game.  That is another argument for another time when it comes to the Memorial Cup format, but it is one staring the Pats right in the face.  If Paddock is as surly with the players as he was with the assembled horde at a media gathering on Wednesday, one can assume the players will be put through the paces by Paddock who knows exactly what he is doing.

--Henrik and Daniel Sedin will see their NHL careers come to an end tomorrow night in Edmonton as the season ends for both.  One can not deny what impact the two had on the Vancouver Canucks and the NHL.  Are they the best Canucks to ever wear the uniform. I don't know how you can't put Pavel Bure in that position and I wasn't even a Bure fan.  Yes, that stems from his days being in the same division as the Oilers.   The question now will be are they Hall-of-Famers and if so, will they go in together. One would think they should.  If success is measured by post-season glory though, will they get in.  Neither did win a Stanley Cup.  Henrik was named the league's best in 2010 so maybe he gets an advantage over Daniel. Who knows?  It's a great debate to have though isn't it?

--I keep thinking the Philadelphia Flyers could make a playoff run. Then I am reminded Brian Elliott is their goalie.

--Another great debate surfaced in the opening week of baseball.  Baltimore Orioles rookie catcher Chance Sisco in the 9th inning of a 7-0 game bunted for a single against the Minnesota Twins who had the shift on.  The Twins didn't like it because pitcher Jose Berrios was twirling a one-hitter. Would the Twins have done the same thing?  If they are down by seven in the 9th, are they just going to roll over and play dead as they are suggesting Baltimore do.  I think we all know the answer to that.  The Twins should also answer why they are in the shift if the game is supposedly over.   I like the Twins, but they are sooooooo far off base on this one it isn't even funny.

--Many of us are watching golf this weekend as the Masters is on.  The layout at Augusta National is iconic as is the event itself.  If you're watching, are you watching because its the Masters or are you watching because Tiger Woods is playing?   Tiger has certainly got his fans talking again and for good reason, but the game's young guns have taken over.  I will be watching to see how Tiger fares, but I'll also be watching to see how guys like Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and others perform. That is if the chance allows.  Once again, a lot of golf was missed because we had to see Tiger do this or do that.  When Tiger deserves the airtime then give it to him. When he doesn't, he doesn't.  It is as simple as that.

--Good on the Riders for heading back to Saskatoon for training camp.  I thought the days of heading up Highway 11 for camp might be done seeing the amenities of Mosaic Stadium.  It isn't like that dressing room couldn't hold all the players at camp.  I don't know how much longer Saskatoon will be the home of training camp, but it is good to see the Riders connect with their Saskatoon and area fanbase.
--What has happened to the CFL? It seems like the league has taken a vacation since CFL week ended.  Is now the time to go silent?  When is the 2019 Grey Cup announcement being made?  When is an announcement on a conditional franchise for Halifax coming? Will Montreal trade the 1st overall pick? We haven't even had a mock post-combine draft have we?

--Can someone please tell me what Conor McGregor was trying to accomplish?

--I am trying to get caught up in the Raptors hype, but I can't.  As good as they are, I just can't see them getting past Lebron and company.

--An Olive Garden in Harbour Landing? Yeah, that won't create any traffic problems.

That's all I got. Enjoy the weekend!

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is the Broncos/Warriors series going to be on access?? Anyone know?

Anonymous said...


If the playoff structure is the biggest problem the league has, then so be it. Seeing the final four makes you wonder why the Pats tried to catch Brandon knowing their path to the ECF was a lot smoother. Instead, they sit for 6 1/2 weeks.

Anonymous said...

Nice gift from Arizona to the Sedin Twins last night after being ahead 3-1. NO shots on goal in the 3rd period. NO shots on goal in the overtime, and the referee even threw in a penalty. Weird eh !
All in all the Sedins were Masters at hockey and were outstanding for 17 long years with Vancouver. Fans paid them a tribute last night that they will never forget and good on Arizona to stay on the ice and bid them farewell. They will be missed . So, Good Luck Twins and stay healthy and enjoy life wherever you are.

Anonymous said...

Question: would Mitchell Blair be unemployed if the CFL folded.
Answer: Yes
Fact: Rod Pedersen and Mitchell Blair only carry any sense of relevance because they are employed by the Riders radio rights holder.

What’s stopping scruffy from actually working and doing his own mock draft?
Here is the CFL’s SECOND mock draft https://www.cfl.ca/2018/04/05/mock-2-0-shepley-jumps-charts/

Roger Atkins

Anonymous said...


Not even an Olive Garden will make me go into Harbour Landing. Whoever planned that should have their sanity questioned!

Anonymous said...

If Eric Lindros got into the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Sedins should be in there.

Anonymous said...


Seeing Sergio pump five in the water made me feel good about my golf game. Now if the weather would allow itself to make me go out and play some golf, that would be grand!

Anonymous said...


HA HA HA at Roger! What a buffoon!

Anonymous said...

Lest we forget this Coyotes team is the result of the work done by the previous president of hockey ops. A Regina resident and hopeful CFL team owner.

Anonymous said...

The divisional playoffs makes the WHL bracket seem anticlimactic when there are strong divisions like the East and US (similar to Smythe and Patrick of the NHL 80's) The format assumes that geographic location is a big factor on regular season records and that certain divisions are actually better than their teams' win-loss tally. That argument is weak when you see Brandon and Tri City easily knocking out the top Central and BC division teams. I don't expect conference finals to be anything special. I'm hoping the finals will be as good as rounds 1 and 2.
LF

Elaine said...

Yes, enough with the Tiger love affair. Feature the guys who are actually golfing great.

Anonymous said...

Why does the host team get an automatic birth into the Memorial Cup ?

Bill Salloum said...

Regarding the question of whether the Twins should be in the HOF, let me pose a question for reader feedback: Given this era's large number of NHL teams and the inherent difficulty of ever winning the cup, how much should being a cup winner play in a modern player's HOF consideration? Should "gee they've never won a cup" even be a consideration anymore?

Anonymous said...

The host team is in, because its all about money. Not a lot to do with the best hockey teams. No way should the top 2 teams in the WHL be playing in the second round

Anonymous said...

It is tiring to hear people going on and on about the host team getting an automatic birth in the Memorial Cup. For sure it isn't a great system but it is in the end Jr hockey and without a host team ticket sales could be counted in the hundreds. It is simple economics, nothing more, nothing less. The Pats aren't the first team to go to the dance after a first round exit and they won't be the last. This isn't the NFL or even the CFL where fans travel from afar to join in on the party regardless who is playing. There aren't enough Puck Bunnies to fill the seats and thus the host team does and will always get to play.

The road to this Championship is one of the most difficult in sport. Many great teams get dumped along the way but it doesn't mean that they aren't good enough to win it all. We will find out in May if the Pats are one of those teams........And before the Speedy Creek and Moose Jaw faithful pile on...your teams are definitely great this year and one of them won't make it. A testament to how hard this championship is to win.

Anonymous said...


^^^^ If you don't the know the answer to that by now, there is no helping you. It's only been this way for the last what 15-20 years?

Anonymous said...

No sane person could try to make a case for the current WHL Playoff structure. It's stupid and rewards regular season incompetence. Like following the NHL is always the right thing to do. Then why not play 82 games? Maybe the more intelligent OHL should be looked at. After all we adopting their 68 game schedule next season.

Simply give the division winners the pennant and first round home ice. Rank them 1 and 2. #3 to #8 are ranked by regular season points and nothing else. It would be 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7 etc. After the first round all teams would be ranked on point totals. 1 bs 3, 2 vs 3. It's what the OHL does as they refuse to reward incompetence.

Saskatoon is rightfully seething that they have 77 points yet two teams with much fewer points gets into the playoffs. I doesn't mean anything about what division you're in nor should it. It should be solely about performance. It's certainly not about who has a strong division one year and who doesn't. That's stupidity. The best teams should make it. Highest place meets lowest place in the first round. How can the WHL or any bafoon try to suggest this is anOK system where better teams are excluded and two of the very best teams in perhaps the country will be gone. Sheer Lunacy!

Anonymous said...


Someone needs to explain the fascination of Olive Garden to me. I've had it and it's not what everyone says it is. Is it just me?

Richard

Anonymous said...

We have Luiggi's in Regina and people are talking about Olive Garden. Geesh.

Anonymous said...

Olive Garden, the only place it's considered gourmet is in Regina.

Anonymous said...

Was at an Olive Garden a few years ago in EDM and a large bug was crawling up the wall. Mentioned it to the server and she brushed it off like it was a regular occurrence. Will never go to one again. Food isn't that great anyway, we can make better pasta dishes at home.

Anonymous said...

Next year I hope the pats end up in the same situation as the blades did this year, 2 inferior teams getting in based on their geographic location. We'll see if you and Pedersen stick to your "it is what it is, deal with it" stance, doubt it though the 2 of you will be screaming bloody murder.

Anonymous said...

Hes right about Blair no question

Anonymous said...

Yes. It's just you.

Anonymous said...

Oskee Wee Wee,
Oskee Waa Waa
Holy MAKINAW!
Tiger Cats of Hamilton 2018 CFL's best.

Anonymous said...


HA HA HA HA HA!!

Anonymous said...

No, it's not just you. Olive Garden is a generic, bland chain. As far as chains go East Side Mario's is a million times better.

Anonymous said...

The HHOF let Eric Lindross in. That lets anybody in.