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Thursday, May 10, 2018

10 THINGS FOR FAMOSO PIZZERIA

1 - GAME 7: We all know what the City of Winnipeg's going through in advance of tonight's Game 7 between the Jets and Predators in Nashville. It's nauseous anxiety and their butterflies have been fluttering since Monday when the Jets failed to close the door in Game 6, losing 4-0. IMO that was their chance to win the series. The Preds will win Game 7, even though I'm pulling for the Jets and their Saskatchewan-raised GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.

Come down and watch the game at Famoso! I'd join you but I'll be speaking the Estevan Bruins Sportsmans Dinner Thursday night.

2 - FREE ADVICE 1: I saw on Twitter before Monday's game where Jets fans were cautioned that - when the Jets win Game 6 - "We're not Vancouver or Montreal. No rioting." Ummm ... those Tweets are best sent out in the waning moments of A WIN. It should be noted that the Tweet didn't come from a team account, but rather from one of the thousands of ahead-of-themselves fans.

3 - FREE ADVICE 2: The Swift Current Broncos are one win away from capturing the WHL Championship and advancing to the Memorial Cup. They outlasted the Silvertips 1-0 in Everett Wednesday night to grab a 3-1 series lead. From what I hear, Memorial Cup organizers are literally praying that the Broncos are in the tournament. The free advice? In the inexplicable absence of TV coverage of the WHL Final, the Silvertips or Broncos should be broadcasting the games on Facebook Live. I guarantee you'd be astounded by the amount of viewers, and the team OWNS the broadcast. Y'er welcome.
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4 - 2001: It was a long time ago when the Red Deer Rebels won the Memorial Cup in Regina, beating Val D'or in overtime of the final. That tournament featuring Red Deer, Val D'or, Otawa and Regina wasn't a "sexy" match-up and yet the Agridome was filled to the rafters. Why is it far from sold out now? Ticket prices? I don't think $75 per game for a national championship is unreasonable.

5 - GO PATS GO: Pats co-owner and Memorial Cup Chairman Shaun Semple charmed a lot of people and made a lot of sense on the SportsCage on CKRM on Tuesday. The Brandt magnate reasoned that his team lost a 7-Game series by one goal to a team which is likely to win the WHL title. The Pats are good enough. Meanwhile Shaun revealed there's a special red carpet opening ceremony featuring Brent Butt and other celebrities on the opening night of the Memorial Cup. The 100th edition of the tournament is going to be blow everybody's doors off. I can't friggin' wait for it!

6 - PLAZA: The announcement of the Roughriders Plaza of Honour inductees is one of my favourite days of the year because it illicits so much reaction from the Rider Nation. Jim Hopson and John Terry will be inducted this year and there are no gripes with that. Where the fight begins is with who's NOT in the Plaza and that includes 2007 Grey Cup champion and CFL MVP Kerry Joseph. He doesn't fit the criteria? Hogwash. And until K.J. goes into the Riders' version of a Hall of Fame, it will be incomplete. Period. And don't get me started on the absence of a media wing.

7 - THE SHIV: My Twitter poll asking if Roy Shivers should go into the Plaza was as polarizing as the former Rider GM himself. The result? 52-48 yes. Anyone who played for Roy in that era from 2000-2006 votes "yes". I think I do too. He brought this franchise back from the dead and set the table for the Austin-Tillman regime.

8 - A WOMAN: It's time for a woman to be inducted into the Plaza of Honour. 127 individuals have been inducted into the Riders' Hall of Fame and all are men. Now ... who should it be? My vote would be for Alan Ford's top aide Jill McDougall.

9 - THE DRAFT: The Plaza debate is infinitely more interesting than the CFL Draft and that'll always be the case. However we still follow the annual CFL Draft with interest and I like what the Riders did last week. Chris Jones rolled the dice with his first pick, taking OG Dakoda Shepley who many thought might go #1. When you roll the dice, you win big or you lose big. But playing it safe gets you nowhere. Meanwhile the NFL's NY Jets - who've already signed Shepley - posted to their website on May 4 that they waived the UBC product but have since deleted that transaction. This is where it gets confusing.

10 - SO LONG HARVEY: Football maven John Lynch called me in tears on Monday afternoon with the news that our good and long-time friend Harvey Johnson suddenly passed away, not long after the pair had lunch together. John was understandably shaken and my sympathies are with the Johnson family right now. Harvey did stats on Rider Radio broadcasts for 49 years but his claim to fame might've been announcing the JFK assasination to Saskatchewan listeners in 1963 over the CKRM airwaves. He had a baritone voice which a lot of Rider fans had fun imitating because "Harvard" would always recite the game stats on our postgame show. I've spent A LOT of time with Harvey Johnson over the years and always enjoyed it. He will be missed.

Harvey Johnson
Y'er welcome,
RP
@rodpedersen

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

2015 memorial cup in red deer cost 500.00 per seat for the entire tournament.

2017 edmonton vs carolina (saskatoon) cost 475.00 for 2 adults and 3 kids.

not going to the 2018 memorial cup.... priceless


With a wife and 3 kids, I am not paying( 750*5) 3,750.00 for 9 games or 400.00 bucks for 1 game.

Anonymous said...

There should be a text message arriving on Rod’s phone from Tom Shepherd right about now saying he’s no longer invited for coffee with the Old Boys Club because of that support for Shiv. No matter, Rod doesn’t need em!

Anonymous said...


Anon 1. Do you think everything has stayed the same price since 2001? Get out and live a little.

Don't worry. A lot of us will have a whole lot of fun and you won't be missed at all.

Anonymous said...

You cannot get into the stadium for $75. The obstructed view seats with the service charges are $90. It is not reasonable to sell the worst seat in the house for that much. The pricing will plague this championship tournament.

Anonymous said...

My husband has worked with Jill McDougall and agrees wholeheartedly.

IMAGIRL

Anonymous said...

Prices go up with inflation, and next year whoever is hosting will charge the same or more, just a fact of life. Wait till the Riders host the Grey Cup again and tickets will range from $350 - $500, if not more. The saving grace will be having the Broncos win the WHL. Their fans will buy and pack the Brandt Centre. Even if the Silvertips come back to win, their fans travel well and will scoop up the empty seats. Will be standing room only if it's Regina and Swift in the final!! Let's hope, what a game that would be. Let's Go Pats and Broncos!!!

Anonymous said...

The Memorial Cup tickets are priced way too high for junior hockey. It is no 75 for the championship game it is actually 135. I did buy tickets for two games at 65 a pop but did not buy Pat tickets as there is a 10 premium for those tix. Maybe if Moose Jaw was in and going to kick Pat butt I might have bought but I will let the Bronco fans enjoy that game.

I hope it does sell out but man those are crazy prices I agree with the first poster priceless

Boomer - Moose Jaw

Anonymous said...

oh rod. as a broadcaster you think you would know. teams dont have the rights to broadcast a playoff game on any platform. the whl OWNS the rights to all playoff games. your point is taken but your accuracy is off.

Anonymous said...

Sporting events are becoming too expensive for a family to attend many games. Only the rich or corporation are attending championship games/tournaments. Just a sign of the times. Most of us need to stay home and watch on TV

Anonymous said...

national championship or not it 75 dollars for junior hockey. overpriced.

ask anyone but sean semple, including the other owners, and they will tell you the same.

Anonymous said...

you can dress it up however you want, history will show the pats lost in the first round. any other view is a losers mentality.

Anonymous said...

are you still telling scouts skinner isn't a nhl caliber goalie?

Anonymous said...

haha, So clearly Rod is beefing with someone involved with the Plaza of Honour....

Anonymous said...

Why should there be a media wing? Doesn't media get paid by a private business to cover the Riders and drive profits for their employer? Should the City of Regina stadium employees be considered? The maintenance crew? The volunteers? Marketers, ticket office, sales people?

The Plaza is a RoughRider program. It should remain that.

Anonymous said...

I happened to know and work with Harvey Johnson at the Pioneer Group back in the 80's. He was a very fine individual who always had time to chat with me about the Riders. We will miss him.

@mrt_man said...

WHAT KIND OF SNOW FLAKERY IS #8... PUTTING IN A TOKEN WOMAN ISN'T GOING TO HELP ANYONE. PUT A WOMAN IN WHEN SHE PLAYS FOR AT LEAST FIVE YEARS AND DESERVES IT LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. EVEN IF JILL IS AMAZING, SUGGESTING SHE GO IN CUZ SHE IS A WOMAN MAKES THE WHOLE THING LOOK STUPID. GOOFY.

NOW A REAL HONOUR WOULD BE INVITING HER FOR A CHANCE TO DRIVE BIG BIRD.

#10 SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT HARVEY. (Would always recited?)


IT WOULD BE NICE IF A RIDER DRAFT PICK ACTUALLY DID SOMETHING... THE LAST 2 FIRST ROUNDERS WE HAVEN'T REALLY SEEN, SO THAT LIMITS MY INTEREST.

GO BRONCOJETS!

GOOD LUCK TO THE NEW GUY. IF HE DOESN'T FIGURE THINGS OUT, I'LL MAKE MYSELF AVAILABLE. I DON'T KNOW HOW TO WORK THAT EQUIPMENT EITHER... BUT WHEN HE FIGURES OUT THE LYCHISMS IT'S JUST GONNA BE FANTASTIC.

Anonymous said...

Go Swift Current Broncos!

Yes - Roy Shivers

Who is John Terry. I see he played for Riders for 6 years but no memory of him.

Hobbit said...

I had the good fortune of getting to know Harvey Johnson when you used to do the one night a week Rider shows from The Press Box Sports Bar and the Emerald Park golf course clubhouse and fans could attend. Harvey was always articulate, knowledgeable and rationale. And always a gentleman. I am sorry to hear the sad news. All the best to his family

Clay Paget said...

I grew up with Harvey Johnson, & attended school with him in Churchbridge.
He was a great athlete & great ball player even in those younger year’s. Great guy, & will be dearly missed by all that knew him.
Rest In Peace Harvey.
Clay Paget. Regina.

Anonymous said...

TO THE INDIVIDUAL WHO USES CAPS ...It doesn't make you look more important than anyone else..just dumber.

Anonymous said...

Regarding your free advice on Facebook live:

Right now the WHL has an agreement with a pay per view live stream provider that shares revenue with the teams.

Facebook Live doesn't allow third party ads, so while it would be awesome for fans, league members would be giving away a product for free and teams would lose money...and junior hockey teams can't afford to be losing money.

Hopefully some Facebook rules change and teams could monetize their own webcast on Facebook. They could do it on Youtube which isn't as sticky about third party ads.

RS

Jeff said...

Shivers - Yes. 2000-2006 saw a lot of improvement, hope, and respectability as young players were coming in, shining, and we were in the playoffs/WF repeatedly during that time. Was a key piece towards 2007 and beyond.

Anonymous said...

I am sure organizers are hoping for the Broncos to get in so they can have more people in the seats. The people that say it's not expensive if it isn't why else would fans not go to memeriol cup? The Plaza of honour not making money anymore wonder why? It has become the Plaza of those who played 5 years . I have no issue with Hobson going in but John Terry really. I guess it is like the Leafs legends row good players not great so in Raiders belief eg they are great cause we need it as fundraiser. Welcome to the Plaza of the Good

Anonymous said...

In an interview shortly after shivers took over I remember him saying he looked at the roster of what he was left with and was almost sick to his stomach lol.

Anonymous said...

Shivers similar to Omar Morgan woudn't even show up if they did put him in. I remember when he was fired he was asked who should the next GM be. His response on air, "Oh Mitchell Blair" ha ha love the Shiv.

Anonymous said...

Get started on a media wing. Who should be inducted?

Evergreen said...

Shivers to the Plaza of Honour - definitely. He built a team that Austin coached to Grey Cup Champions the year after Shivers left.

But I very often hear that Danny Barrett and Roy Shivers should both go to the Plaza. I disagree on Barrett. Shivers built a team that Barrett couldn't coach past mediocrity.

Anonymous said...

If you can't afford tickets, that's on you go out and get a better paying job, get the education and training in order to do so.

Anonymous said...

The reason people aren't buying tickets to the memorial cup is they have been gouged this year. Season tickets, outdoor game ( too expensive) eagles tickets, memorial cup tickets ( too expensive) and beer gardens tickets really $50 to go to the beer gardens. This is junior hockey, made for family's. we don't need to be paying NHL prices.

Anonymous said...

ROY SHIVERS> ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!! If he had a brain and dealt fairly with Burris, we would have won more grey cups! He was nothing but an arrogant toothpick chewing idiot

Anonymous said...

Tyical Saskatchewan way, leave the cupboard bare!
When Mr Roy Shivers arrived in Regina back in the day he immediately set in motion the organization foundation model to success. (Others successors need follow this footprint) He ran the Roughriders Football Club like a true professional football franchise worthy of any big time sports league. Is Mr Shivers worthy of induction to a Irrellevant small time Roughrider plaza of honor? why yes... he certainly is. Would he want in? Highly doubtfull.

Anonymous said...

Yep...preds sure won that Game 7 there last night Rod

Lewis Grant said...

Yes to Kerry Joseph, Roy Shivers, and maybe even a media wing.

No to affirmative action.

Anonymous said...

Morons Stick to broadcasting sports and not predicting outcomes ..Both yourself and pathetic prognosticator Pedersen Picked the Jets to lose..There was noway and I mean no way the Jets we're going to lose that game. Get on the bandwagon people friendly Manitobans will welcome you.

Anonymous said...

Go Vegas.