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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

10 THINGS FOR FAMOSO PIZZERIA

Photo: Riderville.com
1 - IT'S ALMOST HERE: After an exceptionally long winter and off-season, the 2018 Saskatchewan Roughriders season is set to kickoff on Friday night when the defending CFL champion Toronto Argonauts come into Regina (7:00 pm kickoff, TSN, ESPN2, 620 CKRM Radio Network).

The Argos are favoured by 1.5-points and the temperature calls for sunshine and 22 degrees Celsius (71 Fahrenheit, for our American friends). Frankly I'm shocked the Argos aren't favoured by more. They have little roster turnover and the Riders didn't look good in the 0-2 preseason.

- THE EXHIBITION: Question: WHY do we always get sucked into preseason results so much every year (good OR bad)? Answer: It's all we fans have to evaluate and it's better than practice or the mock scrimmage. Still, nothing should be read into preseason games nor their scores.

3 - TURNOVER: The Argonauts have the least amount of roster turnover from 2017 with 48 returning players from last year's Grey Cup-winning squad under Marc Trestman. That 9-month rebuild by Trestman and GM Jim Popp will forever be pointed to by CFL fans who upset with their own team. Meanwhile the Roughriders have the second-least amount of returnees with 31. Only B.C. has less (24). Meanwhile Montreal has the most rookies (18) of any CFL team.

4 - HISTORY: The Roughriders have lost their last three straight season-opening games including a 17-16 overtime heart-breaker in Montreal last year ... Saskatchewan is 6-4 in its past 10 regular season openers ... 2018 is the 105th season of Canadian football and officially the 61st for the Canadian Football League ... The West Division was 29-10 versus the East Division in 2017 however, again, an Eastern team won the Grey Cup.

5 - MAKING HISTORY: Thursday's 2018 CFL lid-lifter between the Eskimos and Blue Bombers in Winnipeg is the earliest regular season game in CFL history at June 14. Incidentally, the exhibition game in Edmonton on May 27 this year between the Roughriders and Eskimos was the earliest CFL game EVER. It was cool to be a part of that.

6 - MILESTONES: Roughriders defensive end Charleston Hughes has 99 career sacks so here's hoping he hits the century mark on the ageless Ricky Ray (39) on Friday night ... Meanwhile Rider poster boy Duron Carter is 80 yards away from 4,000 career and he should easily be able to surpass that this week ... Why oh why can't the Riders be facing Calgary in Week 1? Charleston Hughes and teammate Jerome Messam say they have an extra amount of payback ready for the Stamps. For that, we'll have to wait until July 28.

7 - SPEAKING OF WAITING: Rider coach Chris Jones wasn't fuming this week over the attention paid to his starting QB but he still can't figure out why it's such a big story. Perhaps he still isn't used to how things go in Riderville. What Chris Jones WEARS is a story, let alone his starting QB. There is still some doubt over who it will be on Friday but as TSN Radio's Troy Westwood said on the SportsCage, "I'd be shocked if it's not Zach Collaros". I think we all would be. Although Brandon Bridge is getting his share of reps so it wouldn't shock me to see him on the field from time-to-time in special situations.

8 - THE NEXT DIETER BROCK: That's what Winnipeg's hoping rookie Chris Streveler will be when he starts at QB for the Bombers against Edmonton Thursday night. FYI Streveler is the first QB to go directly from the NCAA to his first CFL start since Anthony Calvillo in 1994. Before that, it was Jeff Bentrim in Saskatchewan in 1987. The next Dieter Brock!

9 - FEEL THE RUSH: Shoutout to the Saskatchewan Rush for capturing their 3rd NLL championship in 4 years. I was so happy to be there in Saskatoon to see their clinching victory over Rochester live on Saturday. The Urbans - Bruce and son Brandon - are proving to be some of Canada's top sports owners. As the announcers said on the national broadcast, "This ... is a dynasty". The Urbans invited me onto the floor to celebrate with the trophy! But I declined. It's their trophy, and they earned the right to celebrate as a team. *They did, however, bring the Cup into Famoso on Wednesday.  ;)

10 - OTTAWA: These are the ONLY two weeks the NHL takes off on the calendar so it's a really bad time for the Senators to be in the news with one player's wife seeking a protection order against another's girlfriend for harrassment and cyberbullying. This tabloid news is front-and-centre but if it came during Draft week or free agency, people might not have otherwise noticed. Note to Mike Hoffman's fiance and to ex-76ers boss Brian Colangelo: no matter how anonymous you think you are, the authorities can ALWAYS find your identity online. The identity of trolls can always be found.

Y'er welcome,
RP
@rodpedersen
1881 Scarth St. Regina, 306-789-0011, Famoso.ca


23 comments:

Anonymous said...

I find it crazy how Saskatoon can't even sellout game 3 of the Lacrosse championship game and goes to show the fans in toontown are NOT the dedicated fans they think they are ,the fad is wearing off fast and are not the REAL fans that capital city REGINA. has ,Saskatoon will always be second fiddle to Regina fans.

Anonymous said...

Is the game sold out? If not black it out

Anonymous said...

After reading #10, I'm afraid to comment!
LF

Anonymous said...

LF: Why???? Are YOU a troll???????

Anonymous said...

I remember that season opening game 2017 vividly. Roughriders against the Alouettes for one thing and one thing only. The taunting after the game by Darian Durant. What a A-hole.

Mayor Big Ed Brunski
Moreland, Sask. Hyw 6

@mrt_man said...

4... I DON'T KNOW ANYONE THAT WAS TOO SAD ABOUT THE MONTREAL WIN.

HERE'S HOPING THE RIDERS CAN AT LEAST PUT IN A DECENT EFFORT TO OPEN UP THE SEASON. IT WOULD HELP ME TO FEEL A BIT LESS DEPRESSED OVER THE AXING OF OUR RELIABLE/EXPERIENCED RECEIVERS. WE WERE STACKED AT RECEIVER THOUGH.

SERIOUSLY... WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE THAT SOMEBODY OUTWORKED ROB BAGG.... #$%^ RIGHT OFF WITH THAT.

ANYHOO, I WOULD STILL FEEL BETTER STARTING THE SEASON WITH DD, SO I HAVEN'T BEEN KNOWN FOR MY SUPER OBJECTIVE OBSERVATIONS.

HERE'S HOPING CARTER GETS MORE RECEIVING YARDS THAN PENALTY YARDS!


SHOULDA LET THAT CRAZY OLD GUY FINISH HIS JOKE... WOULDA FINISHED SECOND IF HE WANTED TO SEE A HORSES @$$ BAHAHAHAHAA

THE QB CONTROVERSY THAT THE MEDIA IS TRYING TO STIR UP IS KINDA EMBARRASSING... BOTH WERE TERRIBLE IN PRE-SEASON... CHOOSING BETWEEN 2 EXPERIENCED GUYS WHO PLAYED AWESOME WOULD FEEL A LOT BETTER THAN CHOOSING BETWEEN 2 GUYS WHO DROPPED TURDS.

Anonymous said...

#3 It does make me mad to think that the Argos won the GC after only a 9-month rebuild for all 200 of their screaming fans. However the major point to make here is they had an ELITE QB and we did not. We go as the QB goes in this league and same goes for this year. - Curtis

Curt Dittmer said...

To the individual who felt compelled to take a shot at Saskatoon (methinks you protest too much)chew on these facts:

The Rush led the NLL in attendance this year with an average attendance figure of 14,639.

Attendance in the NLL traditionally declines in the months of May and June as the weather gets nice.

A large portion of the Saskatoon population disappears each weekend to the many nearby lakes. This is never going to change and does present a challenge to teams playing during the summer in Saskatoon.

The Rush season ticket base has grown each year. There are over 10,000 season ticket holders for the Rush. Hardly numbers that point to the Rush being a fad.

Bottom line the Rush are doing just fine in Saskatoon and are the model franchise right now for the NLL both on and off the floor.

Can you explain what Rush attendance in Saskatoon has to do with Regina sports fans? I don't see the correlation or the need for comparisons between the 2 cities in this regard. We have both have pro franchises which lead their respective leagues in attendance and fan support, pretty amazing for a relatively small province.

Scott Thompson said...

That’s a Bingo Curt, nice to see there’s at least one other adult online that can put their name to their posts. Cheers. Go Riders, Go Rush!

bobd said...

Curt Dittmer, your reply to the Regina troll was bang on. Personally, I would just have ignored him.

Anonymous said...

Bagg wasn't cut because he was out worked, he was cut because of his salary and age! There are several other receivers just as good but cheaper and younger . Why don't you read the reasons before you open your mouth. That said we will miss Bag and Owens and hope they land on their feet somewhere

Anonymous said...

Anon 1 have u ever been to a rush game..the worlds great fans in Saskatoon support not only our home town team the rush but supports Regina and the sask roughriders..we have a beautiful city..and would highly say Saskatoon is cream of the crop..😀

Anonymous said...

I think the Rush have great fans. However, they also have many University aged fans (which is common). Many of those University students that would've attended during the season are elsewhere for the summer. Not really a story there.

Anonymous said...

Why oh why do you feel the need to cause shit?

Both cities are good cities with great people. Time to stop this crap.

Anonymous said...

You and I both I guess, now that we are off topic and if someone else is getting all emotional about our exchange. (That's what I read after googling "troll")
LF

Anonymous said...

#7 QBs

If Chris Jones thinks he's going to catch Marc Trestman unprepared he must be going to start David Watford. LOL

Anonymous said...


Thanks Scott!

Willy said...

#1.... Poor crowds for a Championship Final in Saskatoon eh! How about Regina HOSTING THE MEMORIAL CUP ? How many empty seats for most of the games and that does also include the FINAL ?

Anonymous said...

Curt, the Regina crowd are the Vugaratti. Always tooting their own horn about how great they are. Massive inferiority complex. That's why so many laugh at them when they fall flat. People used to hate the Evil Empire because they won all the time. At least they could back it up. One more championship & you'll have a 4 time NLL champion. Didn't take 100 years to do it. Good for Saskatoon.

Anonymous said...

Saskatoon Rules much more than the Fools from Regina who think they can walk on water. Take away all the Government Offices and RCMP and what have you got? A GHOST TOWN OF COURSE.

Tim said...

Agree with Scott that there sure are a lot of anonymous posters on here. How about a united province for once, not these petty Regina vs Saskatoon comments. Save those to trash the Bombers, Stampeders and Eskimos, how about that? :)

Willy said...

Sounds like a great idea. Let's be like the Humboldt Broncos and start to be one Big Family . Let's be proud of what we have in this Province that we live in . Let's be proud that we have the Riders and the Rush. DAMN IT, LET'S JUST BE PROUD !

Scott Thompson said...

Sign me up Willy, enjoy the season!