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Friday, April 20, 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 Moose Jaw Warriors didn't get it done-----again! What the h-e double hockeysticks was that in Game 7!  Yes, the Swift Current Broncos were the better team, but there was no pushback from the Warriors after Glenn Gawdin's goal late in the first period.  A team that had come back many times in the playoffs just seemed to say that's it once that goal went in.  I picked Swift to win the series, and I have had Swift Current to win the East and the league since before the playoffs started much to the disgust of some.  They were built for the playoffs and Moose Jaw seemingly wasn't---for the second straight year against Swift.  Give a lot of credit to Al Millar and Tim Hunter for building a team that won the Scotty Munro trophy, but as the Pats found out last year, that guarantees you nothing.  In fact, the SMT winner rarely wins the WHL crown.  As many told me who watched both the PA and SC series, MJ didn't turn it up come playoff time thinking they could just keep going the way they did in the regular season.  That obviously didn't work!

The question I have for Warriors fans is one I had for Pats fans last year.  With Regina having the success they had, the talk was "this is the best ever team they've ever had".  I said that honour goes to the 74 Memorial Cup championship team because they won and Regina didn't.  This MJ team was great, but they didn't get to the league final like the team that lost to Vancouver in 05-06.  That team got to the league final, this one didn't. I would have to say the 05-06 is still the one then.

WHL fans were spoiled thanks to the TV deal it had with SHAW.  We were able to see the Ed Chynoweth Cup final and many games until the ludicrous decision was made by SHAW to cut things like WHL and Canada West football.   While Access managed to broker a deal with IKS Media for Games 5-7 of the Warriors -Broncos series, it looks like WHL fans will be shut out of the conference final with perhaps the final as well.  In this day and age, surely we can find some way to get WHL playoff hockey into our living room. You can't stop now!  I thought the league said at the start of the year there would be a TV package.  The WHL in 30 is not enough at this time of year.

--Just to get this straight. The Knights had a four game sweep over L-A in which the total goals in the series was 7-3.  Boston beat Toronto 7-3 in Game 2 of their series.

--Nashville and Winnipeg are one game away from a second-round matchup against one another. Sign me up! That will be some good skatey-punchy as the guy in the commercial says.

--At the end of the day being an Oilers fan, I could care less about what the Flames do, but the firing of Glen Gulutzan is a sign of desperation.  Gulutzan didn't sign Jaromir Jagr, Gulutzan couldn't do anything about his team laying an egg when Mike Smith and Sean Monahan got hurt. Gulutzan did what he could with a team that thinks they are a lot better than they are.  He deserved better.  Some have suggested he would make a great assistant to Todd McLellan in Edmonton. If Todd stays, I'd be OK with that

--Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo like many are frustrated over the fact there have been so many games cancelled due to weather in April.  Rizzo is suggesting the baseball season start later and there be fewer games.  I would have no problem in starting baseball in mid-April and ending in mid-September.  The question I have is would players be happy if more doubleheaders were played and would owners be happy with less gates?  Cutting the season down by two weeks at the start and end of each season would be about 20 games.  You could play some doubleheaders to give you 150 games. The product wouldn't suffer.

--The Toronto Blue Jays had their game against Kansas City on Wednesday available only on Facebook. It wasn't on TV, it wasn't on MLB TV, it was only on Facebook.  Is this a sign of things to come? The younger generation is cutting the cord.  They are into the world of streaming and have no problems watching a game on their phone or a computer screen.  I understand that. I also understand that if I have a choice, I am going to watch a game on TV any day of the week.  Is the day coming that Twitter or Facebook can get a package of games from a major professional sports league and have those games exclusively. If that happens, we will be walking a very dangerous slope.   Some don't even have Facebook and have no desire to be on it. The same could be said for Twitter.  Thanks on this one, but no thanks.

--Speaking of Twitter, Stamps quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell announced this week he will not be bringing back his account because of the negativity social media can bring.  Mitchell had an entertaining Twitter account that showed some personality.  I am OK with that.  He chirped at Duron Carter and lost that battle with Rider fans ---fans whom he would troll coming back at him with full force. Did he yank his account or did the Stamps do it for him.  I'll let you decide on that one, but I know what way I'm leaning.

-- I can't be the only one surprised at the fact Bruce Campbell hasn't signed with anyone yet.

That's all I got.  Have a great weekend!

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Get a smart TV with apps on it and stream the game right on your TV ya dinosaur!

Anonymous said...

Calgary is just one of those franchises that litters the NHL landscape.

Anonymous said...

The Warriors are who we thought they were. When the going got tough, they got going!

Anonymous said...

for those stump fans, I agree with the comment on this article. It was the stamps that demanded BLM yank his twitter account. He was losing the twitter battles and it was counterproductive to his ability to play. The riders owned him on twitter, especially DC who truly showed him who the boss was in the end. Way to go Duron.

Peter said...

as a person of the "younger generation" i will say with Facebook and twitter streaming games and the whole discussion of watching it on your phones being a sore spot...realize that there is technology now that allows streaming from phone or tablet to be broadcasted on a television IE chrome cast, apple tv and just shear cords that allow you to plug your piece of handheld technology into your TV via HDMI.

i don't have access and through the pats play off run with a 20 dollar cord i had it up on my 65" flat screen streaming through whl live.

yes better quality internet is a must if you are going to do this consistently but with the savings of upwards to $100 dollars a month with having no cable a quality internet speed is easily attained

Anonymous said...

BLM had a great Twitter account. He wasn't afraid to throw it out there and I think he didn't mind getting chirped at because he was always trolling other fan bases.

The Stamps wanted him to shut things down so he is adhering. Too bad! Glad Jones doesn't do this with his guys (ie Carter)

Ryan

Anonymous said...


Having games on TV where I don't have to search for it is what I want. I don't want to watch a game by having to access my phone or my computer. If this is the way leagues are going to go, my support for them will wane.

I can watch every CFL game on TSN. I can watch every Jays game on SNET. There is a hockey game just about every night on SNET. That is the way I will watch.



Anonymous said...

I am going to say this again:

EWWWWWW, there is something rotten in Stamp land aka Stinks land

Anonymous said...

For once I enjoyed your blog even your comments about the Warriors. I am a Warrior fan and I agree they were not built for playoffs. They had lots of offence and were fun to watch all season but the Broncos built a playoff team that was able to shut them out 3 times in Moose Jaw. Kudos to Swift Current. I am looking forward to next season with the Warriors beating up the Pats and Broncos LOL.

Anonymous said...

How does Todd McLellan stay? a Stanley Cup finished 23rd overall. Awful.

Anonymous said...

There are a lot of us that do not do Facebook or other social media. There are good reasons for that 1) we do not waste our time reporting every thing we do or say to all our "friends" and when we have something worth saying we phone and talk 2) Privacy is important and that is not assured as has been shown recently.

WHL games on TSN, Sportnet, or community channels on Sasktel AND Shaw/Access would cover most fans.

The Warriors were a beat up team and headed into the playoffs with injuries and throwing out the rule book on crosschecking, holding and interference because it is "playoff" hockey did not help. There is not a separate rule book for playoffs so call it the same as regular season. SC was the better team in the end but is was a great ride for 86 games. Looking forward to next year when there maybe a new boss on the scene - PA looked real good and with only three 19 year olds.

Anonymous said...

As a Flames fan I could care less about what the Oilers do to fix their problems, which appears to be nothing. What are they without #93, not much even with him.

Anonymous said...


At no tine last year did the Pats ever get cocky with their play. MJ got cocky last year and they never even got to the Pats. They got cocky again this year and they don't even get to the league final. At least Regina got there.

MJ could take a real lesson in humility moving forward. Just shows you the difference between Paddock and Hunter. If Paddock was in charge of MJ, they would still be playing.

Anonymous said...

Jets/Preds could/should be the best series of the entire playoffs

Anonymous said...

Yeah ya ole dinosaur! and make sure its a Samsung 4G curve internet tv, awesome machine, awesome pic! Do not buy any tv with roku apps, roku sucks big time.

Anonymous said...

I talk to my samsung curve 4k smart tv, anything and everthing at my command. Kool w8cked picture!

Anonymous said...

The day I'm forced to watch sports through Facebook or any social media platform, is the day I no longer watch sports.

Anonymous said...


If I took Calgary's roster today and put it by Edmonton's, I would take the Oilers one in a heartbeat.

Anonymous said...

What a waste of the best player in the world in Edmonton sad really

Anonymous said...


Think the Oilers can survive without 93. 97 might be another question though.

Anonymous said...


It would be great to see some more WHL playoff action. Guess we won't though unless we pay $8 a game for it. Hey, maybe the WHL should make the games Facebook exclusive!

Anonymous said...

For as smart as all the social media types are, even when Big Brother is watching you are happily oblivious. Nice to be able to talk to your TV when you might want to actually talk to a real live person. As for Bo, stop the Stamp conspiracy theories. Maybe he's just tired of the morons in Rider Nation- no offence intended to the majority of Rider fans.