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Friday, January 25, 2019

10 THINGS I THINK I THINK

1 - A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS: That steely glare behind a set of Oakleys typifies Jeremy O'Day. With all the hubbub of the past week, we never fully examined the hiring of the newest General Manager of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. With impeccable character and a backbone as straight as rebar, Canada's Team is in great hands with the Irishman from Buffalo, NY. People in Edmonton tell me O'Day was passed over for the Eskimos GM job because he intimidated President Len Rhodes in the interview. That's easy to see because JEREMY'S INTIMIDATING! But now is finally his time and he is truly ready to make his mark.

2 - HIRE #1: O'Day's first hire as head coach likely will be the most important he’ll ever make during his tenure in Saskatchewan. He has to get this right, and he knows it. Fortunately there are a lot of good people available. However one thing is for sure: We'll never know which names make up O'Day's shortlist. He is Fort Knox with information and trusts himself to make the right decision. He doesn't need to lean on anyone for advice. The only question now is, who's the coach going to be?

3 - HIRE #2: If a football franchise has a strong coach and a strong QB, it's in good stead. However, as of today, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have neither and that's a good to reason to panic. But more critical than the next head coach of the Green & White is who's going to be behind centre in 2019. Why do I say that? Because in 2018 the Riders boasted the Coach of the Year but couldn't even advance out of Round 1 of the playoffs. Great players make great coaches but, clearly, great coaches can't produce a championship team without a star pivot. This signing is more important than the head coach IMHO.

4 - C.J.: We'll be talking about Chris Jones, and the C.J. Era, forever around here. Heck, we still talk about Don Mathews and Danny Barrett while the oldtimers still discuss Eagle Keys. The one thing that irks me is the suggestion that Jones took a "lesser" job in Cleveland. It may be "lesser" in terms of responsibility, but all that matters is the paycheque. When you reach a certain age - as a former NHL coach once told me - all that matters is your bank statement every two weeks.

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5 - MODERATELY SUCCESSFUL: Jones departs the Wheat Province with a career record of 27-27. Given the state of the team he took over - which was 3-15 in 2015 - Jones' career .500 record is understandable and certainly explainable. Therefore it's disrespectful to refer to his time here as "moderately successful", just as it was for Jones to refer to Darian Durant's 58-54-1 career mark with the same term. Darian played on good teams, and he played on bad teams. But he couldn't do it alone and neither could Jones. Perhaps Doubles gets a chuckle out of having a better career mark here than Jones.

6 - FEEL THE RUSH: Are you still following the Saskatchewan Rush? For some reason I get the sense their profile is slipping a tad in the southern part of the province however they're still packing SaskTel Centre during their 3-1 start. A preseason game in the Brandt Centre certainly would've got people more turned on in the Queen City. Regardless, the past two champions of the NLL collide Sunday in Duluth, GA as the Saskatchewan Rush take on the Georgia Swarm. You can watch it on Bleacher Report Live on your mobile device.

7 - GO PATS GO: The Regina Pats sit 5th in the 6-team WHL East Division at 12-33-1-1 and are 0-9-1 in their past 10 games. Fans are restless and some are howling for the head of head coach Dave Struch. Sighhhhh. You can't make chicken salad out of lemons and in a second-straight locale, Struch is left to pick up the pieces of a franchise that went for it all as Memorial Cup hosts, and didn't win it. He's a coveted, sought-after head coach and the best person for this job. As a Pats fan, my advice is to just go with it. I concede that the Leader Post's Greg Harder was right. This is a painful rebuild. But it's fun to watch the rebirth and tomorrow night's Pats-Wheat Kings game is on Access TV live from the Brandt Centre. Watch for yourself!

8 - THAT'S SILLY: Kudos to former NHL'er and Pats great Mike Sillinger (1,049 NHL GP) for taking some time to talk with the Langley, BC Tier I peewees in a meeting room at Western Pizza on South Albert Wednesday night. The sons of former Pats voice Kevin Gallant and NHL'er Denis Pederson are on that squad, and their team heard from Silly for an hour on what it takes to make The Show. When one kid asked what the best part of making the NHL was, Sillinger quipped, "I didn't have to take anymore s--t from my Dad!"

9 - THIS IS OIL COUNTRY: The Oilers waited as long as they possibly could before toasting General Manager Peter Chiarelli. By Tuesday night, there was absolutely no doubt that he had to go. The list of potential candidates for Chiarelli's replacement is tantalizing, and it's led by Kelly McCrimmon. But as TSN's Pierre Lebrun said on Thursday, "Right now it's good to be Kelly McCrimmon". Crim is going to have plenty of offers in his inbox (if he hasn't already), and he remains the ideal candidate to get the Seattle Metropolitans off the ground after what he helped accomplish in Vegas last year. But going into that shark tank in Edmonton as the next GM is a trap.

10 - RANDOM THOUGHTS: Two thumbs up from the MMG for the movie The Upside starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston. Hart plays a reluctant caregiver for a quadriplegic (Cranston). If you haven't seen it, the plot is hard to explain! But it's a true story and definitely worth the time. And you're dense if you leave the theatre without a lot to think about in your own life. ... We've mowed through the first two seasons of Breaking Bad on Netflix. Why didn't we start this earlier?! Netflix seems to be the biggest adversary of the WHL and SJHL at this point in society. ... Until Friday I’d never laid eyes on Bryan Cranston. Now I see him more than my own family! ... The average ticket price for Super Bowl LIII is $2,750 US. And people are paying it! You're better off to join us at Sober Bowl II for just $20 CDN at Famoso.  :)

Y'er welcome,
RP
@rodpedersen

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

If there was a world that I got approached to be GM of the Oilers, I would tell Bob Nicholson I’d take the job under one condition. The day before I start is the last day for Lowe, McTavish and Gretzky.

Neither of those will happen. And the Oilers will continue to spin.

Anonymous said...


Hope you are bringing back the MMG!

Anonymous said...

This is just going to be fantastic.

SWC said...

Why are you still pumping Chris Jones' tires? He jumped ship! He's gone!

Anonymous said...

SWC - because Chris Jones is a heck of a football coach. You don't go to the NFL is you aren't. People need to realize that and forget about his way of doing things. Everybody does it differently. Nobody likes Belichek and he has won 5 Super Bowls. We had nothing before he got here. 3-15. He found it all besides a QB and over half of the NFL teams can't find one either.

Aaron Anderson

SWC said...

Aaron, he was 'moderately successful' at best and certainly shouldn't be compared to Bill Belichek and the fact remains he's gone.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Yes, I don’t know why your so pumped about him, he left, who’s going to finish the job for him, he’s not here, like I said 3 years ago, he wouldn’t make year 4, there’s no garantie that the people he left in charge can get the job done, in fact he forgot to instil the most important part of a football team, the quarterback.

Anonymous said...

Saskatchewan Rush losing interest from Southern Fans like Regina etc? I didn't think there were many fans in the south who even cared about the Rush, I do remember when it was announced that the Rush was moving to Saskatoon with a Lacrosse Franchise that they were the laughing stock of the Province from their Southern Provincial Rivals and that they would maybe last one year. Well, how do they look now? If the Saskatchewan Roughriders LOST most of the Northern Saskatchewan Fans including Saskatoon, then you would have something to worry about. The Rush will be around for a long time. People just love watching it and it's a great fun game to attend with non stop cheering and fun. Why not take a game in ? That is if you can get a ticket other than the Nose Bleed.

Anonymous said...

"In Jones We Trust"

Anonymous said...

Word on Elphenstone Street...
BOB DYCE.

Anonymous said...

Toon Towners pumping there tires about the Rush ..... yawn.
The Rush will survive but will the league?
Rush have a way's to go before they achieve the stature of the Riders, a provincial and Canadian treasure.

Anonymous said...

When you're done Breaking Bad the prequel is Better Call Saul and that is just as incredible. It takes place 6 years to the main series focusing on his lawyer Saul Goodman, and includes Mike Ermantraut and then Gus Freen.

Anonymous said...

One guy mentions the Rush on here and you attack all 'Toon Towners' Huh?

Anonymous said...

Saskatchewan Rush have under 15,000 fans in attendance, which yes is good for lacrosse but to the anonymous that said if you wanted a ticket you may have to take nose bleeds. With under 15,000 fans you shouldn't even mention nose bleeds, really funny even mentioning nose bleeds with that attendance bahahaha.

Anonymous said...

Tough times for the Pats. Regina, Swift Current and Moose Jaw all loaded up last year. Swift has a long rebuild ahead of them, similar to Regina, but at least won a championship for their efforts. Moose Jaw probably had the best team going into last year and didn't have to empty the cupboards to the extent Regina and Swift did. They also returned some studs from last year. They'll continue to be an average team playing for a tepid fan base.

Regina can hang their hat on being good hosts for the 100th Memorial Cup, but that's it. No surprise that the worst fan base in the league is calling for heads to roll.

Anonymous said...

Toon town makes the usual "Riders would be in trouble without Saskatoon and northern fans" and wonders why those comments are attacked. When you pay your athletes more than $30k a season and play in a fabulous new stadium you need the whole province to support the team. But whatever, keep doing that goofy chest thump toon town..

Anonymous said...

Why wouldn't you need nose bleed tickets ? The arena holds over 15,000 so do you think your going to get court side tickets bonehead.? Oh so now with the new stadium you are admitting that the Riders need Saskatoon and Northern Fans. Well I'll be damned, it finally got through. Go Riders and Go Rush.

Steve said...

Lets get outa the coaching & QB box for the Riders.
Canadian & Saskathewans favorite pro football son.
Punter Jon Ryan is rumored to want to continue playing football.
He has already gotten his payday in the NFL.
The Riders have got be be a place where he would like to end his career.
With all that said. He would be able to take the CFL minimum salary. Still would be a top CFL punter.
& from a promotional stand point....
He wuld have it all