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Friday, September 14, 2018


Welcome to Friday and the usual thoughts running through my muddled mind. As always, they come in no particular order.

--I will be the first to admit I was wrong.  I wasn't sure if the right thing was being done by showing the Humboldt Broncos return to the ice.  I didn't think there was a need for it.  As I had stated before, I just want the city,the organization and those affected to get a sense of normalcy in their lives. While I hope that still is the case, it didn't really dawn on me until hearing TSN's Ryan Rishaug say it before the game on Sirius/XM Radio and having Humboldt mayor Lee Muench and then Scott Thomas, the father of Evan Thomas--one of the 16 killed say it.  Thank you!  After having Saskatchewan, Canada and the world come through for the team in the wake of arguably the worst day in Canadian sports history, Humboldt wanted the stage to say thank you.  Did they ever! How could you say no?

You knew TSN would knock it out of the park and they did. While people may forget what the final score was as time goes on, I don't think anyone who witnessed the proceedings at the Elgar Peterson Arena will forget the post-game ceremony as banners commemorating the 29 who were on the bus were unveiled followed by what was a powerful address from Thomas as he thanked everyone on behalf of the families for wrapping their arms around them and showing support in one way or another whether it was donating to the GoFundMe page, leaving their sticks out or doing anything to show support in the wake of the tragedy.

Those of us in Saskatchewan know what hockey means to Humboldt and for many of us, we knew that on April 5.  What happened on April 6 and beyond only cemented what we knew, but now the world knows it as we remain #HumboldtStrong

--Rider Nation will fill up Mosaic Stadium on what will be a cool Saturday night to watch the green-and-white try to make it five in a row. Can they beat the REDBLACKS in a game that TSN/Sportscage contributor Chris Schultz labelled as "dangerous.  What scares me going into this one is the four-game win streak came against Western Division opponents---team you need to beat and have to beat.  You need to and have to beat Eastern Division opponents as well, but is the same intensity there. We will find out Saturday!  I'm not betting against them.  With Ottawa leading the East, is it too early to think of this as a possible Grey Cup preview.  Yes, it probably is.

--Is Brett Lauther the CFL special teams of the player at this point in the season? If he isn't, the guy on the other side, Ottawa's Lewis Ward is

--I don't know what is more baffling.  The fact the CFL did not recognize Willie Jefferson as one of the "performers" of the week for his effort against the Bombers in the Banjo Bowl or the fact his own team didn't nominate him for the player of the game award after.

--Former Riders GM Brendan Taman says in the Leader-Post this week that there are three tiers to the CFL at this time.  Tier 1 is Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatchewan.  Tier 2 is Hamilton and Ottawa with Tier 3 being the Bombers, Lions, Alouettes and Argos.   I can't disagree with this.

--What happened to the CFL in the Maritimes? Is that still happening? Is it dead?  An update is needed. Who's kidding who, the National Lacrosse League got to Halifax before the CFL.

--Is it safe to say Max Pacioretty went from playing on a crap team to a team where he can play craps after the game?

--Being an Oilers fan, I am not feeling very optimistic about the upcoming season.  Darnell Nurse begins training camp without a contract and teams in the Pacific Division have added the following players-----Pacioretty, Erik Karlsson, James Neal, Noah Hanifin, Paul Stastny and Ilya Kovalchuk while Edmonton has added Tobias Rieder and Kyle Brodziak.  YEESH!!

--If the bid to get the Olympics back to Calgary in 2026 doesn't have a new rink for the Flames and a new stadium for the Stampeders, it does not bode well for Calgary sports---especially the Flames. Could they end up in Quebec City, Kansas City, Houston?  How about going back to Atlanta? I bet that announcement made Flames ownership flip their collective lids.  Do the people of Calgary have the appetite at this time to have another Olympics knowing it will hit them in the pocketbook.  I am thinking the answer is no.

--Week 2 NFL Lock of the Week --  49ers over Lions
   Week 2 NFL Upset of the Week -- Jaguars over Patriots

--Why is it so many establishments have Monday Night Football  with big prizes yet I never see any place having a Friday night football promotion with a big prize on the line?  You are attracting the same demographic so why not?  I just don't know if that's a league thing, an advertiser thing or a sponsor thing though.  Its likely a combo of all 3.  I don't know why you wouldn't want to get people inside your business on a Friday night knowing someone could walk out at the end of the year with a trip to Grey Cup.

--Speaking of Grey Cup, we must be getting close to an announcement on the halftime show.  I am going to go out on a limb and say Brett Kissel.

--Curling on TSN isn't the same when Vic Rauter is doing the p x p.  I don't know who is calling the action at this event overseas that has been happening, but its not Vic thus its not right.

--That's all I got.  Enjoy the weekend.  Go check out the Rams tonight and the Riders tomorrow.  Going to be another great September weekend of football in the YQR.


Dan said...

Calgary guy here. Nope....not interested in spending 5 billion dollars to host the Olympics. Not money well spent.

As for a new stadium for the Flames. It still hasn’t been properly explained why the Saddledome doesn’t work for hockey. I know it’s old-ish but NYC seems to be okay with renovating Maddison Square Gardens at a fraction of the price.

Joe said...


You say they are renovating MSG at a fraction of the price. A fraction of the price of what? A new building?

It cost more than 1 billion dollars USD to renovate Madison Square Garden.

The Saddledome is an embarrassment by NHL standards. You can now go to virtually any other building in the league and see for yourself.

Calgary misses out on gigantic concerts because of the Saddledome roof. The Flames/Hitmen/Roughnecks lose revenue opportunities because of a lack of suites. Other buildings have rows and rows of LED screens. Big deal, right? These screens are used for advertising which means more revenue. The club level and restaurants are weak. Duttons is minuscule. There are no spaces for social gathering before or after a game. Newer, bigger (and yes, more expensive) amenities are necessary to generate more revenue. You want people to get there early, leave late and spend a whole bunch of money in between. Running an NHL team is not cheap.

Fans want bang for their buck. It's already expensive to go to an event at the Dome. It's ridiculous that there are thousands of 300 level seats (that aren't cheap) and you can't see the scoreboard. The food and drink available is about as basic as it gets and still costs an arm and a leg. Want to go to the bathroom at intermission? Prepare to line up in the concourse and miss the first 5 minutes of the period. Trying to leave after the game? Prepare to get stuck in a bottleneck just walking on the concourse then another 45 minutes in the parking lot (where it costs $15 to park).

The gameday experience is getting worse and worse and fans are becoming more and more inclined to watch a game at home in HD on an 80 inch screen, all the food they want, bathrooms, no parking and no winter to deal with all at a fraction of the cost of a ticket.

I don't hear many people pining for Northlands Coliseum or Taylor Field. Adapt or die. The Flames are getting left behind.

...and so are the Stamps but that's a whole other can of worms.

John Knight said...

Dan, you are totally correct. Why should taxpayers fund arenas for rich men. The Flames are not going anywhere anyway

Football Fan said...

Calgary guy here. The IOC hasn't had a great reputation in recent years so we shouldn't bid for the Olympics at any cost, but the current bid looks reasonable and all the polls suggest that the majority of Calgarians favour it. The 88 games were a HUGE benefit to Calgary and have paid the city back many times over. They put Calgary on the map as a world class city. We've have World Cup events held here every year in many sports because of those facilities. I believe something like 40% of our national winter Olympic athletes live and train here because of the facilities. Many local kids have become Olympic athletes because they had access to those facilities. Many foreign countries have located certain teams of theirs here because of the facilities, most notably the skating oval and the bobsled track.

The new stadium and arena will be a joint project between the city and the Flames organization, and they are still in the negotiation stage to so there is nothing to announce. This bid is essentially part of that negotiation. What the city is saying is that they don't need new facilities to make the Olympic big work, so they can't be held hostage by the Flames, but also the amount of money they are looking at spending on upgrades could also be their contribution to the new arena and stadium. Given the current economic climate it may be a another couple of years before a deal gets done, however.