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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

10 THINGS I THINK I THINK

1 - WAVE 2: We are into Week 2 of CFL Free Agency and things have slowed to a trickle. The biggest news on Tuesday was the BC Lions re-signing Canadian receiver Shaq Johnson. That wasn't even big news in Johnson's own house! Someone once told me CFL Free Agency is broken down into three waves. The huge names go in Wave 1, which we saw last week. We are currently in Wave 2, and Wave 3 doesn't happen until June.

2 - WHAT'S LEFT: It may be quiet now, but there's still some cannonballs left for the pool. For instance, why has it gone so quiet with Brandon Bridge, Kevin Glenn, Travis Lulay and the other QBs left on the market? And does Drew Willy fit into Wave 2 or has he slipped to Wave 3? (The players signed just before - or during - training camp and the early parts of the season).

3 - OTHER POSITIONS: The list of remaining players on the CFL's official Free Agent Tracker reads like a Who's Who. A potential Hall of Fame ballot! Rob Bagg, Ricky Ray, Chip Cox, Weston Dressler, Adarius Bowman, Marquay McDaniel, Chris Williams and Eddie Steele are still available. It also reads like a used car lot. There are a ton of miles on these models. When a team needs someone dependable, that's when these players' phones will ring.

4 - TRUTH & RUMOURS: Interesting that Duron Carter is a Category 1 free agent after being signed by the BC Lions just days into Free Agency. It took 2 weeks for Toronto to sign him last August after the Riders had had enough of him. As the story went, Wally Buono and his staff had meetings on Duron at the time, and elected to pass. Clearly new Lions boss DeVone Claybrooks feels the juice is worth the squeeze.

5 - MORE T & R: In Jovon Johnson's farewell letter to fans last week, he mentioned dysfunction in the Roughriders locker room in 2018. Meh, it's likely no more than any other pro football team. However players did grumble to me that Chris Jones had too many duties on his plate, and was spending too much time on managerial tasks rather than game-planning and 1-on-1 coaching. They felt that hurt the team, particularly in the playoffs. I suppose it doesn't matter now but fortunately that organizational structure has been scrapped for a more traditional one.

6 - THE AAF: It's too bad the Alliance of American Football is in the news this week for falling on hard financial times just two weeks into their inaugural season. Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon reportedly had to fork over $250-million to keep the league afloat, and a lot of it was payroll. If this is true, it’s the league’s own fault for paying too much and offering 3-year contracts. It's a shame because the football has been great and we're seeing what a national TV contract can do for a league's exposure. Their only slip so far is having two teams wear basically the same colour uniforms in the game Sunday evening in San Diego.

7 - DROP ANCHOR: Like everyone else, I'm optimistic about the CFL adding a 10th team in Halifax. Didn't they actually NAME the team at last year's Grey Cup? However influential media is now questioning whether this ship will ever leave the harbour and doubts are growing. Remember it was this ownership group's inability to get a new arena deal done in Phoenix which led to them selling off the Arizona Coyotes. At what point do they cut bait in Halifax, and stop beating their head against the wall with local, small-minded politicians? 

8 - PAYLESS NO MORE: We hear daily in the news that Payless Shoe Source is closing its 2,500 stores by the end of April, and going bankrupt. Of course they are! You haven't been able to "pay less" there for at least a decade. I remember in Spokane, WA in 1993 I bought a pair of dress shoes for $12. Then-Raiders coach Donn Clark quipped, "A buck an inch" for my Size 12's. Payless was perfect for a starving radio guy like me back then, but they got too expensive long ago. You may as well go to Walmart.

9 - ICE, ICE BABY: The Kootenay Ice will make their last-ever visit to the Brandt Centre Wednesday evening as beginning next year, they'll be the Winnipeg Ice. I'll be going tonight to pay my respects to the franchise, but will also remember their previous life as the Edmonton Ice. They played out of the 4,000-seat AgriCom from 1996-98, across the street from Northlands Coliseum. I remember one time Glen Sather came onto the bench to watch the Pats' morning skate and we all almost fainted. Good times. It’s Wiener Wednesday. 

10 - RANDOM THOUGHTS: You know you live in Saskatchewan when you see -14 in the forecast and are thankful for a reprieve. ... What a soap opera the Edmonton Oilers have become. ... Kudos to the NLL's Saskatchewan Rush who are hosting the Colorado Mammoth Friday on Agriculture Appreciation Night. Has any other Saskatchewan team or league ever done this? Comemmorative jerseys have been produced with a tractor on them. I suppose every Rider game is Ag Apprecation Day. ... Kudos to P.A.'s Marc Habscheid for collecting WHL win #500 last week. He's a great coach and that's rare company. ... If you've ever had a steak in Mexico, you'll appreciate Canadian Beef EVEN MORE. We produce the best beef in the world right here. We're headed back to Mexico on Tuesday thanks to CTV/Bell Media. ... What's grosser than a Band-Aid floating in the pool? ... We are wrapping up Breaking Bad on Netflix and will be looking for a new series by week's end. Any suggestions? ...

Y'er welcome,
RP
@rodpedersen


27 comments:

Richard from Saskatoon said...

Netflix series to watch: "Better Csll Saul", the back story of Breaking Bsd character Saul Goodman. And Fargo, the TV series BTW Bob Odenkirk stars in both of these two shows

SWC said...


5 - MORE T & R:

It must be a relief for you Rod, to be able to have an opinion rather than toeing the line.

Dennis said...

Netflix original series I have enjoyed are Stranger Things, if you enjoyed growing up in the 80's,you will love this show. Bloodline was also very good, about a family in the Florida keys with some dark secrets some well known actors in this one.

Keith Z said...

Netflix series to watch: Ozark, Jason Bateman is Awesome.

Anonymous said...

Better Call Saul and The Ozark. Easily the 2 best series on Netflix. The rest is garbage

Dex YQR said...

Watch the Australian version of Rake.

Shayne said...

A good series to watch on Netflix is Longmire.

Larry said...

Ozark, Godless and The Oath.

Anonymous said...

JO must be getting hounded daily by those outside the organizations who are of the opinion about getting “back to the brand” to sign Dressler and Bagg. Here’s a novel idea: why don’t we go out and develop new stars? Relying on old vets because of the idea to sell jerseys and tickets puts the actual football on the back burner and leads to disaster. I’ll take a team of new faces that wins over a team of established names that loses any day of the week. It’s about the S on the jersey, not any one player.


Gunderson’s Yorkton

JackD83 said...

6. Like when the REDBLACKS played the red & blacks in the Grey Cup?

Ron from Pigeon Lake said...

If you have Amazon...try "The Man in the High Castle"...which is about a world if the USA lost World War 2 and Germany-Japan carved it up. Lots of good things on Netflix and Amazon. Ignore the "rest is garbage" comment.

As for Rider commentary, unless Glenn makes it to Riderville, I'm hoping that the Riders make a trade for Antonio Pipkin. Capable backup, young with upside, buried behind Manziel in Montreal. Would need to give up a Canadian though. Maybe sign Eddie and trade him.

Dobson said...

Ray Donovan, Blacklist

Rod Pedersen said...

Jack - at least in the Grey Cup we could tell which team was which.

Anonymous said...

Justified is a great series on Amazon prime

Anonymous said...

Why not pick up Chris Williams? A vet receiver who has shown blazing speed who can open up both the long ball and other receivers like Roosevelt.
Agree about Ozark , great series.

Anonymous said...

National Geographic's "One Strange Rock" is on Netflix: a limited series of 10 episodes that is must watch family viewing. Beautifully filmed with unforgettable images and insights by astronauts who spend significant time in the space station. Chris Hadfield and others. Outstanding series!

Anonymous said...

Netflix -Black Mirror, Russian Doll
Crave/HBO -Crashing

Anonymous said...

What are the odds that someone has a Payless Shoes story? I love that.

Anonymous said...

If you just finished Breaking Bad then the prequel Better Call Saul is must watch TV.

I did catch shows long after they went off the air. Downton Abbey is good and I'm watching season 8 of Shameless.

If you want nostalgia and to feel good after you watch it. Look up Michael Landon's series Highway to Heaven. What a great show that was in terms of just a simple feel good message.

LF said...

...or any one coach/gm
LF

Tim said...

The West Wing

Anonymous said...

Shows how ho hum the Rider free agents were when everybody is talking about Netflix & Amazon. So much for the rabid fans fron RNation.

Lyle Pederson said...

So who did the business plan for the AAF! Unfortunately too many business plans are done more on hope than realty. An old saying ... "estimate your expenses and then double them".

Lyle Pederson said...

Sure hope someone gives Bridge a shot. Still puzzled how he could save the day in '17 and have so much trouble in '18. Can't get over thinking he was hamstrong to play avoiding a mistake. (Worried about a pick ... probably throw too far from defender and your own guy) Recall Reilly once saying McAdoo's style was to tell you where each foot should be. Would be tough for a Bridge type.

Anonymous said...

The most thrilling and best series on Netflix by a country mile is Narcos!!

Anonymous said...

GC host cities;
Hamilton 2020,
Montreal 2021.

Intheknow.

Anonymous said...

Getting worried about sportscage, no rider talk anymore on the show, it’s all hockey, and even baseball. Who watches baseball in Regina ?