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Friday, May 4, 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 CFL draft has come and gone.  How do you get more interest in it?  Well, there are a lot of different things you could do.  Is one of them having the combine earlier and then having the draft at CFL Week where fans could be in attendance.  You need to get the fans interested in the draft so why not? 

--I find it real sad that more people were talking about whether or not the Riders should continue to use "Bring Em Out" as its entrance music than talking about the CFL draft.  If Duron Carter had said he thinks the Riders should take ________ at pick 5, would that have had people talking about the draft?

--It must be football season in Saskatchewan. Within moments of tweeting out the Riders first selection, someone was criticizing it.  If the team has to wait for Dakoda Shepley, they are obviously willing to do so.  They could have taken another lineman, but they felt highly enough about the UBC product (who is a very good player) that they didn't want him coming back to the CFL and wearing another team's jersey.  Let's see how it turns out.

--It is ludicrous that in this day and age, the WHL final won't be on television for people across Western Canada to see.  You can't tell me the WHL doesn't have the resources to contract it out. If Access could find a way to bring us the final three games of the Moose Jaw-Swift Current series, then surely the WHL could find a way to get its final onto TV across Western Canada.  Sorry, but the WHL in 30 doesn't cut it. The league should be showcasing its product at this time of year and not shying away from it as they are seemingly doing.

--When I look at the final, I see Swift Current winning.  I think on paper they have a better group of forwards and defencemen,  I will give Everett the goaltending edge, but that drop isn't big from Carter Hart to Stuart Skinner.  That being said, a few have told me that Everett is a solid hockey team and that if you are going to discount them the way many discounted Seattle last year having not seen them, you will be making a mistake.

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--There are a lot of people shaking their heads and asking some very valid questions in the wake of the decision to cut men's volleyball and both wrestling programs.  I understand the need to cut some sports and going from 16 to 13 will be more sustainable.  However, the way in which this was done was very callous.   Those who know me know I have a soft spot in the old ticker for Cougar Athletics. I always have and I'm not an alumnus.  However, this was botched right from the get-go.  The kids that were affected did not deserve to be blind-sided by this.  They are the ones who are hurt the most over what has happened. Telling them earlier might have given them an option to continue elsewhere this year, but now they have nowhere to go.  That is just wrong.  I'll just leave it at that.

--I am intrigued over the new Canadian Elite Basketball League and the quotes that Western Canadian COO and director of operations Lee Genier is making when it comes to the team in Saskatoon.  Genier is confident he can sell-out SaskTel Centre.  Hey, if he managed to do it with a sport that many knew nothing about when he helped bring and market the Rush to Saskatoon, one would think he can do it with a sport that is established.

Genier has the template in his backpocket so if the appetite is there for the Saskatoon and Saskatchewan basketball fan, it should work.

When I asked him why Saskatoon and not Regina, his answer was Saskatoon has a 15000 seat venue.  I wonder if that will prompt talk of a new arena for Regina again.  It seems as if that chatter has gone away for a while.  I expect it to ramp up soon.

--Where has Kyle Turris gone in the playoffs? He is still a Predator right?

--Canada's goalies at the Worlds are Darcy Kuemper and Curtis McElhinney?  How many calls did Hockey Canada make to goalies before settling on that pair.

--I didn't think the Toronto Raptors were a championship material team despite the fact everyone said they were this year.  Even when they finished as the top seed in the East, I wasn't sold.  You had to beat Lebron James and the Cavaliers to convince me and while many went "PFFT, the Cavaliers aren't even close to being as strong this year as last, they can beat Lebron."  Ya might to re-visit that thoughts.  When Toronto had a chance to put on their big boy pants and show they belonged, they ran back to the sandbox and cried for Mommy as James and the Cavaliers are in full control of a Toronto team that just isn't ready for prime-time. 

If Toronto comes back to win this series, they will deserve it.  If they get swept, it will be a lonnnnnnnnng off-season!  And oh yeah, if Drake gets punched in the face for what he does on a nightly basis than so be it.  You might technically be an ambassador for the team, but you don't play for them so stay off the floor.   Does he think he's the second coming of Spike Lee? If he does then Lebron James can play the role of Reggie Miller.

--Thats all I got.  Have a great weekend!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...


One need only look at the person who decided to make the Cougar cuts to see what is wrong with Cougar Athletics. Vanstone's story on the volleyball player basically paints what a complete buffoon Harold Riemer is.

If I were an athlete or potential athlete at the U of R, I would have second or third thoughts.

Andrew

Anonymous said...

Mitch, I guess with wrestling they have a high turnover. The ones who stay end up going far and doing well, but they just were not able to keep kids in it. I was told wrestling is a dying sport. Hog wash, it's been around since biblical times, and will always be around just in a different format.

There are so many politics within a university. You have to balance academic freedom vs running a business. Then everything has to be equitable - so as many male sports, you have to have female sports.

I knew wrestling would go for a few reasons. Wrestling you have to be a maniacal different breed that can take and give any type of mental/physical punishment and it really weeds out the snowflakes. They wash out and then complain Leo is to hard on them. Rather than say buck up people Riemer and Timmons are more interested in creating safe zones to keep kids away from micro aggression.

This is the world we live in. Tell your kids to save their money learn a trade and get out into the world. Universities are obsolete.

Anonymous said...


1) Many different stakeholders have to take responsibility for fact CFL draft isn't a better event. From league to TV to teams. I like the idea of having draft at CFL week, but then its do you want to see the players before they get drafted or when they get drafted.

2) Two ways to get more money into Cougar athletics are chopping Harold Riemer's inflated salary from the books and selling the naming rights to the CKHS. Why that hasn't happened is a mystery?

3) Anyone thinking the Raptors were a championship team were fooled oh so badly.

Solid writeup today Scruff. Lookin forward to seeing you at Mem Cup!

Don

Anonymous said...

Scruffy, it's not surprising that Rider fans are not happy with their first round draft choice. After all, the one million general managers in Riderville surely know more than the actual GM and Head Coach.

Anonymous said...

I would sooner see them get rid of the Pirate song during the 4th quarter stretch!

Anonymous said...

It is absolutely terrible that they don't show the finals of the WHL on tv. Memorial Cup around the corner and we can't see what is leading up to it. Maybe instead of showing the same damn hockey game on 12 stations TSN could give us a break out West. But Don't hold your breath on that one.

Anonymous said...

All past/current corny hick music needs to be dropped asap at mosaic stadium ""moving forward"" at Roughriders games. Its embarrassing to hear green is the color and other ditties over and over again during national TSN televised programming. No wonder people of Saskatchewan are often referred precieved as redneck banjo pickin inbreds across the nation and beyond. Wake up people, its 2018.

Anonymous said...


Cougar Athletics needs more money?

Is Riemer too stupid to realize the CKHS could garner a lot of money for the U of R and Cougar Athletics if they put a corporate name to it?

Never mind, I just answered my own question.

What a black mark for the University. Very poorly handled, but those around the U of R will tell you that's not surprising considering the guy in charge.

Adam

Anonymous said...

Go Everett Go

Anonymous said...

"It is absolutely terrible that they don't show the finals of the WHL on tv. Memorial Cup around the corner and we can't see what is leading up to it. Maybe instead of showing the same damn hockey game on 12 stations TSN could give us a break out West. But Don't hold your breath on that one."

You're opinion is worthless. Sports Net holds the rights to CHL games not TSN! Sports Net also holds the national rights to university sports games. So are you people asking the right questions why things aren't being televised?

Anonymous said...

how much would CKHS naming rights be realistically valued at?

$25,000 year MAX! Thats if you get a sponsor with direct u of r ties willing to go top dollar. That doesn't go too far in big picture.

Anonymous said...


I hear ya Adam!

Anonymous said...


A convenient pass from Lebron right off Drake's head would be so enjoyable!