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Friday, April 13, 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:

--The tragic events that happened one week ago to the City of Humboldt and their beloved Broncos is still resonating throughout the province, the country and the world.  Sportscage's Jim Lang said Wednesday there may not have been another event in Canada that has galvanized everyone since Terry Fox as we see the love and support being thrown to Humboldt and the Broncos organization. I can't disagree.  The jersey day initiative that started in BC saw people around the world take part. Amazing!

To see the way everyone has rallied around Humboldt has been beyond incredible. Maybe we are not so bad as we think we are sometimes. There is a lot of good in everyone as evidenced by the amount of people contributing to the GoFundMe Campaign, the SJHL assistance program and the #SticksoutforHumboldt movement that TSN's (and Humboldt's own) Brian Munz got going.(two taps on the ice for Munzie on that one too) Sadly, it takes things like this to realize it.

--I applaud the SJHL and its member teams for voting unanimously to carry on. While some are likely against the move to continue with the playoffs,  I think the league made the right choice. It couldn't have been easy for those involved to make that decision.  Not playing isn't going to bring 16 people back.  Playing will help in the healing process, but it would be nice if Humboldt hockey fans had an opportunity to cheer on their Broncos sooner than later.  That won't happen until the start of the 2018-19 season and that is a long ways away.

--I had someone ask me what will be, and what should be done to honour those lost when it comes to a memoriam like what the Swift Current Broncos and the WHL did after they lost four players in 1986 in a day no one has forgotten. That person said it would be hard for Humboldt to do what Swift Current did and the same with the league considering the amount of people taken from us wayyyy too quickly.  I have no idea what is planned, but something will be done and it will be done right by all involved. It may take some time, but it will be done right.

--The Stanley Cup playoffs are underway. You knew it would be a scene in Winnipeg just like it was in Edmonton last year and Toronto when they got in as fans not only go crazy inside the arena, but outside as well.  While I love the Winnipeg Whiteout,  I think they should be wearing their whites when they play. I just think it looks dumb when everyone is wearing one colour and the team they are supporting is wearing the other. Then again, I think the home team should always be wearing whites on the ice.  I don't know who decided to change things up and what the rationale was, but they could change it back anytime as far as I'm concerned.

--With the arrival of the playoffs comes the scrutiny with hits. The Kings Drew Doughty is getting one game for a hit on Vegas' William Carrier in Game 1 of their series. It is one that is being debated because Doughty didn't get a penalty.  24 hours later, Nazem Kadri of the Leafs just does something stupid and gets 5 and a game for boarding Boston's Tommy Wingels.  If Doughty is getting one, Kadri needs to sit for at least two or more because his was wayyyy worse.  If player safety is the goal as the NHL claims it is, Kadri has to sit.  Knee to prone players head is not in the best interests of player safety the last time I checked.

-- Has anyone noticed what the Tri-Cities Americans are doing in the WHL playoffs? They are 8-0 and are looking very good.  The team is healthy for the first time in a long time and what people thought they would get during the season is coming now.  Tri-Cities is only halfway to the desired goal and the wheels could fall off quite quickly, but there is no doubt they are the best team in the playoffs right now and will be a tough out for what likely will be Everett in the West final.

--The numbers show the Toronto Raptors had the second-best win-loss record in the NBA this season. I didn't watch every game they played, but I watched a few. I just don't think they are a team that can go to the league final.  If they do, it will be great for basketball in this country.  The sport is getting bigger and bigger each year in Canada.  A championship could do what the Jays victories in the 90's did for baseball in Canada. Time will tell!

--Spring is coming right?

That's all I got.  Have a great weekend!
1881 Scarth St. Regina, 306-789-0011

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmmm?
no Sask Football God Mr.Kent Austin news?
Would be nice if he came home to the Roughriders. He's personally responsible for 3 of 4 Grey Cups the Roughriders own in a long drawn out history.

Anonymous said...


Kadri should get 3. He won't though because its the playoffs!

Anonymous said...

Thats just silly...

Anonymous said...

Two not three

Eastender said...

Completely agree with your Winnipeg whiteout comments. Looks cool but looks like they are cheering for the wrong team. Home should wear white so you get to see the visitor’s colours. Changed so they could promote 3rd jerseys at home. NHL needs to change this.... or at least Winnipeg should for the playoffs

Anonymous said...

The jersey thing can be simple - I can remember a lot of years where all I saw were the Pats home whites and thought omg do their road blues ever look good but we never saw them. - so play first half season in the home whites, colors on second half and playoffs higher seeded team chooses.

Anonymous said...

I agree with your first thought but view it a bit differently:
"Even if the world had no need, there would still be a need to give." (I think that's a John Wesley concept.)
I'm not sure if there is any good in us, but we seem to have a need to do good to others. Those who choose to live for themselves can never satisfy that need.
Good is an action not a status. At least that's what I have observed this week.
LF

Anonymous said...

The whiteout is simply another moment when Winnipeg sports fans are just being Winnipegish. Go Jets!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure they will do a memorial of some sort. It may not have the pictures of all those who perished. Perhaps the Broncos logo and list of names. If you can do a memorial in NYC after 9/11 with over 2000 names, I'm sure someone can figure out a nice memorial for 16.

Anonymous said...

Not playing isn't going to bring 16 people back.

What an inappropriate comment. As time moves forward people start to do whats best for themselves hoping others think its whats best for the people impacted.

I hope the real reason isn't forgotten.

Anonymous said...

KA is responsible for 3 out 4 Grey Cup Championships Saskatchewan owns, 1 as a player, 2 as a head coach. Think about. The last one he gave just to appease a long suffering riderville fanbase.

Anonymous said...

Last time i Checked Kadri didn't hit him with his knee.

Anonymous said...

You want them to wear WHITE at home with that WHITEOUT? No way. Remember what the LAFFS looked like in those all white outfits they had in the outdoor game? Nose bleeders couldn't even recognize them as players .