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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

10 THINGS FOR FAMOSO PIZZERIA

1- ROUND 8: The Regina Pats take on the Swift Current Broncos tonight at the Memorial Cup in Regina and although it's not for all the marbles, it's close. A Pats win eliminates Swift Current from contention for playoff weekend. If the Broncos win, my mind can't comprehend the logjam of scenarios for Friday's semifinals. So it's simple ... the Pats MUST win tonight (8:00 pm, Sportsnet/620 CKRM).

2 - MASSIVE GAME: Tonight's game is in the Top 5 games ever played in the Brandt Centre/Agridome by the Queen City Kids. (Guess the other Top 4: they include the 1980 Memorial Cup, 1984 WHL Final, 2001 Memorial Cup and 2017 WHL Final). How lucky am I to have been at them all? Until tonight.

3 - GET YOUR TICKETS: It's deflating that the #1 topic at this year's Memorial Cup is the empty seats at the games, rather than the quality and parity of play. I still don't have a clear opinion on the matter because I'd pay anything to watch the Pats in the Memorial Cup. ANYTHING. However it's long been established that I'm far from normal.


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4 - GOUGING: Junior hockey brass feel this year's tournament was over-priced and now everyone's pointing the finger of blame. Upon further review, it seems $50 should be the top-end cost for a junior hockey ticket. These are the same fans who'd pay ANYTHING to watch the Riders in the Grey Cup. It's a head-scratcher.

5 - THE RIDERS: There's no place I'd rather be than in Saskatoon, SK, covering my 20th Training Camp for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Canada's Team looks mean, lean and hungry. If anything, they're a tad cocky and Rider boss Chris Jones has mentioned he needs more out of his vets. To me, that'll be his biggest task this year: keeping the players focused and their eyes on the prize. They're good and they know it. Fortunately Chris Jones is the perfect man to handle them because he's been through this before.

6 - THE RING'S THE THING: It shouldn't be tough keeping Jerome Messam focused. On Tuesday the Canadian RB discussed the agony of losing the last two Grey Cup games with the Calgary Stampeders. At 33 years of age, he still hasn't won a CFL championship. I asked him on a scale of 1-10, how hungry is he to win it all this year? He yelled, "FIFTY!"

7 - KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES: A quote from Chris Jones on Tuesday seems to have caught fire. I believe it had to do with the players' casual approach to training camp this year. “We’re here to win a ring," Jones steamed to reporters. "We’re not here just to be a good football team and collect paycheques. We’re here to try to win a Grey Cup.” That should give the Rider Nation tingles.

8 - JOHNNY FOOTBALL: Like most everyone else, I'm stoked to have John Manziel in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and am pulling for him. Everybody loves a comeback. Now plenty of questions open up like: How long will he stay? When will he start? The Ticats visit Saskatchewan in Week 4 on July 5. If he's changed, he'll still be on the team by then. If he hasn't changed, he won't be.

9 - CONFERENCE FINALS: I'm starting to have some time for anyone who says the Vegas Golden Knights winning the Stanley Cup in Year 1 makes the NHL look bad. What the expansion team is doing is sheer insanity. Their systematic dismantling of the Winnipeg Jets in the Western Final was shocking. Meanwhile seeing the long faces and utter shock on the faces of the Jets and their fans doesn't provide any amusement for their prairie cousins next door in Saskatchewan. That loss ripped Winnipeg's heart out, and I truly emphatize with them.

10 - SOCIAL MEDIA: Thanks to everyone who showed up to the 3rd Annual Pedersen Media Inc. Social Media Training Seminar Tuesday evening at Saskatoon's Parkridge Centre! We filled the room and had a wide range of attendees from the industries of Sports, Construction, Ag, Health Care, Beauty and Service Clubs. Stay tuned for details on our next one, or how we can provide specialized training for your business, organization, league, charity, school, etc.


Y'er welcome,
RP

@rodpedersen

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pt 9. Vegas winning the Cup would show that the NHL has indeed become a joke of a league . An "expansion" team winning it all. A joke!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...


Say what you want but ticket prices are an issue. I know many who attend Pat games on a regular basis and are proud to support the team but just can't afford to dish out $95 per ticket. What are season tickets for 36 games...around $700, and now you want more than that for maybe 9 games. I know it's a special event, but let's be serious. If prices were around $50-60 the building would be sold out and they wouldn't lose as much money as they are about to. Why are their no children prices? Or upper seating is $50 and lower seating $65. Owners can say what they want but pricing of tickets was not well thought out, and as much as I love the Eagles there was no need to have this concert to kick off the event. A special event with about 25 former NHL stars who won the Memorial Cup would have been a better option.

Anonymous said...

$90 to watch Regina and Swift Current for the 10th time no thanks.

Jordan P said...

Pats Win Tonight

Pats Vs Hamilton (Semi)
Le Titan Vs Winner (Final)

Pats Lose Tonight

Pats Vs Broncos (Tie Breaker)
Le Titan Vs Winner (Semi-Final)
Hamilton Vs Winner (Final)

Anonymous said...

I think part of the problem is the Pats didn’t earn their way to the Memorial Cup whereas if the Riders were playing in the Grey Cup then they would have earned that honour and fans would be more likely to get behind them.

Rudyman said...

Although I do believe as the above poster mentioned ticket prices were just too high. I also believe the CHL's fee to host was a little ridiculous as well. 3.65 million to have the pleasure of putting on the event.

As well, the one game a day thing may be great for the players/teams. 2 games a day would have created a huge win for the concerts and beer gardens between the games.

It would have also made it economical for persons outside of the host city to come and watch the tournament. Nobody can take 10 days off work, or pay for hotel rooms for that long.

I do believe in having the host city present. There is no local encouragement for fans to go, if the host team isn't present in the tournament.

Good luck Pat's tonight!

Anonymous said...

It has nothing to do with a free ticket to the Memorial Cup. It is all about the ridiculous high price for a ticket plus the caliber of hockey is NOT the greatest I have ever seen. Pedersen says that he would "PAY ANYTHING TO SEE THE PATS IN THE MEMORIAL CUP" well that tells you that he has more money than brains and more money than a lot of regular fans that just can't afford it. If the Pats lose against Swift Current ( Which I Believe They Will ) you might think there has been small crowds well wait and see what is to come if your beloved Pats don't show up. "Go Swift Go " !

Anonymous said...

Attendance schemdance...who cares...what these prices did was weed out the casual hockey fan...the real fans are there. There has been exceptional entertaining hockey played so far this week. Why cant we talk about that...instead all the negative non-hockey people have to come on this blog and poop all over the entire event. It will not be back here for a very long time...probably not in my lifetime. Please try to enjoy it by going or watching on TV.

Anonymous said...

I beleive your opinion on Twitter was the pats miised the Mark on ticket pricing

Anonymous said...

Maybe the Pats didn't earn their way, but the way the Memorial Cup is structured if you don't have the host team in it then for sure you will have no fans at the games, especially at $90 per ticket! I don't think the Pats not earning it is the issue. There's always a chance that the host team may not go through their entire league playoffs and still be in the Memorial Cup. They've had trouble selling tickets since they announced the pricing months ago. Many bought Pats season tickets for the chance to have first option for Memorial Cup tickets and then they hit them with ridiculous pricing. Now watch for the 2018-2019 Pats season their season ticket base will drop by about 40% or more.

Anonymous said...

One thing that is very positive is that there are only 9 players at the Rider training camp over 30. Kavis Reed take note!

@mrt_man said...

HOW ARE THE MEMORIAL CUP CROWDS COMPARING TO STOON? KINDA LOOKING LIKE THE EVENT MIGHT NOT COME BACK TO SK FOR A GOOD WHILE, IF BOTH WERE POORLY ATTENDED. I'M BAF SO TICKET PRICING DIDN'T REALLY FACTOR INTO MY DECISION NOT TO GO. WISH 'EM THE BEST THOUGH. GO PAT'S/BRONCOS! HOPE THE GUYS DON'T END UP IN THE HOLE TOO BADLY.

DON;T PPL WHINE ABOUT THE MEMORIAL CUP BEING TOO PRICEY EVERY YEAR?

I DID MANAGE TO GET INTO THE EAGLES THING... THE CUP UNVEILING AND THE PRE-SHOW WAS AWESOME. SCREW TRADITION... BRING IN THE SMOKE AND FIRE FROM THE CONCERT TO THE CUP PRESENTATION AND MAKE IT THE MOST EPIC CEREMONY YET!

VEGAS WINNING MAKES ME THINK OF PLAYING TEXAS HOLD 'EM TOURNEYS... ALL THESE POOR OLD TEAMS WITH STUCK WITH HUGE CONTRACTS FOR DUD PLAYERS... WAA WAA WAA... GUYS CAN SIT OUT AND WATCH AS ALL THE PLAYERS MAKING BIG GOOFY BETS GET ELIMINATED EARLY... IF VEGAS IS IN A BETTER POSITION BY SITTING OUT AND NOT PLAYING THAN 30 OF THE OTHER NHL TEAMS, IT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE BEING RUN BY WSOP CHAMPIONS.

TRYING TO GET EXCITED FOR THE RIDER SEASON... BUT MY HEART IS STILL LIVING IN THE PAST... WHERE'S THE HEART/GRIT/DETERMINATION?

Anonymous said...

What are you concerning yourself with what Rod would pay to see the Pats? He followed that up with his line that he admits he is far from normal. If you've followed this blog since the inception you can see for yourself he has undergone transformation which works for him.

Tim from Kansas said...

I haven't watched Hamilton Tiger-Cats since I left (other than Rider games). Never cared for them. Even their name is dumb. But I'm going to watch every Hamilton game this year if Johnny Manziel is active. How can you not?

I so wish he was a Rider. I'm gonna hate it if Hamilton gets good only because Johnny turns out to be great.

Anonymous said...


A lot of waah, waah, waah going on here again today. You once again make Regina look pathetic. Stand up and take a bow!

Why will Regina and Saskatoon never ever be considered for the NHL? Take a look in the mirror!

You won't see hockey like this again in the Queen City for many, many years. To see you saw guys like Thomas, Dobson, Viel, Steel and others before they became NHL'ers is outstanding. Guess what, when you see them in the NHL, you'll be paying a lot more too.

Don't worry, we already know you're clueless, you just can't help it as you sit there thinking you're Mr Know it All.

Sheldon

Anonymous said...

Brutal CHL...
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/hosting-fee-caused-high-memorial-cup-ticket-prices-low-attendance-1.4674390

Anonymous said...


3.65 million dollars to host? I would think you would have to jack up prices somewhat. Too bad that Semple and Pats ownership tried to do a great thing for their team and hockey fans in southern Saskatchewan and have them get thanked by this.

The "yokels and inbreds" think if its more than 20 bucks its too much money. That's fact! Guns N Roses was too much money, the soccer game was too much money, Pats games are too much money, I could care less about the Rams. blah, blah, blah, blah. It's just one feeble excuse after another.

Once again Regina, you've embarassed yourself. Congrats! #nobetterthansaskatoon

Doug

Anonymous said...

Grew up cheering for the Ti-Cats in good old Saskatchewan. Angelo Mosca. Joe Zuger, Chuck Ealey. Great memories. Tim Tim Tim. You are living in Kansas, home to the Jayhawks, and you think the Tiger Cats name is dumb? Most sports team names are dumb.

Anonymous said...

Don't live in Saskatchewan but grew up there. Been watching the Memorial Cup on TV, very entertaining games. Tonight should be a great one!! Go Pats Go!!

Anonymous said...

Regina didn't do anything to embarrass itself and let me tell you why. Which Province produces the most NHL hockey players per capita? If they are not in the NHL then they head to the SJHL, WHL, CIS, AHL etc. Why do you think that is?

It is because from right after harvest to up to a few weeks ago we run steady with hockey. This means if you aren't at a game you're at a practice. The snow melts it's seeding time for the rural areas and city folks are on the golf course, the park, bbq'ing they are anywhere but inside a rink.

The other thing and I'll spell it out - there are other areas to put disposable income. The price for this was way to high.

Scott Thompson said...

I’ve lived in both cities for an extended period of time, and I don’t understand the hatred between the two. Just 2 medium sized cities in a small privince. Both have things going for and against them. #cantwejustgetalong?

Anonymous said...


Why do people bitch about the price of EVERYTHING in this town? Pats games (MC and regular season), meals at restaurants, clothing, other entertainment options?

Is there a large part of the population that thinks everything should come for free? Wake up people! The Memorial Cup won't be back here for a long time and frankly with the way people have bitched why would other events want to come here.

I am even hearing golfers at the Wascana are crying because they won't get their precious course for a while when the LPGA event comes here.

It really is sad to see. I thought Regina was better than this as a sports community, but its not. Unless the name "Riders" is attached to it, people walk around with their nose up in the air.

#embarrassing

Cal said...

Ticket prices too high is just a cop out. It's all a matter of priorities. Some people have no problem paying $50 a week for beer. I bought a 2 game package over a month ago. Was able to go togame last night because it came off of different pay check. Maybe there aren't as many hockey fans here as people think there are

Anonymous said...

Regina, don't worry. You won't have another Memorial Cup to go to again. If you don't support events then don't complain in the future about ever getting them. It's really that simple.

Anonymous said...


Ladies and gentlemen, here is a great excuse!!! You keep thinkin this pal!
How about you stop making excuses and get yourself to a game!


Regina didn't do anything to embarrass itself and let me tell you why. Which Province produces the most NHL hockey players per capita? If they are not in the NHL then they head to the SJHL, WHL, CIS, AHL etc. Why do you think that is?

It is because from right after harvest to up to a few weeks ago we run steady with hockey. This means if you aren't at a game you're at a practice. The snow melts it's seeding time for the rural areas and city folks are on the golf course, the park, bbq'ing they are anywhere but inside a rink.

The other thing and I'll spell it out - there are other areas to put disposable income. The price for this was way to high.

Anonymous said...


Go to the Keg, the Diplomat, Gulfs, any good steakhouse in town. The place is usually busy. People plop down 100 bucks for a good meal which lasts about an hour

They won't plop down 100 bucks though to spend 2 1/2 to 3 hours at what has been great hockey.

Just keep seeing one lame excuse after another on here today from people using the $$$ as why they can't (won't) go.

Dennis

Anonymous said...

Too much emphasis on 'sell-out' vs not. I could not 'afford' the games and many struggling fans couldn't as well. Quit dissing them or at least tell us your family income. Was about to buy tickets for one game even though it was a stretch but when going through the process the price kept climbing so dropped the idea.

Anonymous said...



It is from your competitor, but Newstalk has a good story from Jessica Guse in which she interviews Semple who justifies the cost or attempts to.

There is just too much negativism amongst Reginans when it comes to events. They have some notion they should not have to pay big money for big-time events. When you are paying over 3 million dollars to host this event, do you think you are going to charge 30 dollars a ticket. If you answered yes to that question, your IQ resembles that of a moldy grapefruit.

KJ

Anonymous said...

I would love to see the tournament become a 16 team field with single elimination. Qualifying teams would be twelve regular season division champions (would take a bit of realignment in the O and Q.) and the three league playoff champions plus the host. Two games per day until the semis. The time frame matches up. If a division champion wins the league then a wild card team is selected by a selection committee.

Benefits would be:

- More interest Canada wide
- Increased Economic boost
- Lower ticket prices because the added games would allow the organizing committee recoup costs quick
-Increased emphasis on regular season results

Downside:
Host team could be one and done
Ice conditions may suffer with two games per day for a week.

Anonymous said...

Maybe to make things viable and profitable for host cities the CHL shouldn't be charging 3.5 million for the rights to be the host. Drop it by a million or workout that the CHL receive a percentage of ticket and merchandise sales. If it cost 3.5 million to host and based on the capacity of the Brandt Centre and playing 9 games, they would have to sell tickets at around $61.00 just to pay the 3.5 million, not including all the other costs, like arena rental from the city and so on. I think the CHL needs to revisit what they are charging to host the event. No wonder smaller market teams who have arenas of 2500 - 3500 seats can never be a host.

Anonymous said...

People are funny and everyone spends money in a different way. I know a guy who's worth millions and won't spend $30.00 on a new shirt, he looks like a total bum. But won't hesitate to drop $300 on a bottle of wine or champagne, or hop on a last minute flight to Vegas to gamble away a few thousand over a weekend. But by a hockey ticket at the Memorial Cup...."are you crazy $90.00 that's outrageous!!" Then he says "See you Tuesday, I'm off to Vegas for the weekend" Priorities.

Anonymous said...

Do "struggling" fans get 2 or 3 cases of beer on a weekend? Curious?

Anonymous said...

$90.00 per ticket is a bargain, just wait till the prices come out for a ticket in Vegas for the Stanley Cup Finals!

Anonymous said...

Too bad about Regina, the event in Red Deer was stellar and profitable. Organizers made the most out of the Westerner grounds. From the rink to the pavilion next door (activities and exhibits) to the massive indoor beer garden and entertainment nightly. Even the games without the Rebels were well attended. I guess that’s why we got the CFR for the next 10 years and part of the Ivan Hlinka/Gretzky tournament. Go Riders!

Anonymous said...

Who are the biggest whiners? The people whining about ticket prices or the whiners about people who are whining about ticket prices?

Here is my useless opinion but maybe seeding and the nice weather on the long weekend had people looking to do other things besides going to the memorial cup? I also wonder if maybe there was just too much going on recently in Regina (brier, mem cup, eagles) that the market place can’t handle all these major events in a short time span?

Anon number 9

lee said...

Could it be the transportantion hub is coming into play with the pats poor ticket sales memorial cup poor ticket sales outdoor game not a sell out for eagles this is Saskatchewan not Ontario we do not forget

Anonymous said...

Vegas doing what they're doing doesn't make the NHL look bad, it makes the brains of the NHL look like fools. It shows the depth of the rut they are in. Other than Fleury, the Knights' roster has guys that were pigeon-holed as 3rd and 4th liners or 7th defenseman. With their old club they would never have had a chance to show what they could do because of the dinosaurs that run that league. It reminds me of the coaches and GMs that said Dominik Hasek was doing it wrong. They couldn't score on him but he was flopping way to much.

Anonymous said...

People can cheer for Vegas if they want. What gets really annoying is those who are so in-your-face about it. Like two certain goofs with a web show that Vegas is paying off to spread their gospel. I’m with Scruffy regarding his comments!


Gunderson’s Yorkton

Anonymous said...

The Pats guaranteed the CHL the 3.5 million to host the event, it wasn’t charged that by the CHL, huge difference

Anonymous said...

The right price is what the buyers will pay. Marketing 101. People get to spend their money how 'they' choose. Common sense freedom to choose.

@mrt_man said...

THE BID FOR NEXT YEAR'S MEM CUP WAS DRAMATICALLY LESS WASN'T IT? WAS THE COST JUST HIGHER DUE TO THE ANNIVERSARY YEAR?