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Friday, February 22, 2019


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

--Nailed it!  As so many including myself had predicted, Randy Ambrosie made fans in Saskatchewan and Hamilton happy yesterday as the CFL decided to "go for two" and announce the 2020 and 2021 Grey Cup hosts.  It was just a matter of who gets what game and almost right up until the announcement was made, it wasn't really clear.  It became a little murkier when a text from someone in Hamilton said it was us in 21 and them in 20 about 15 minutes before the actual announcement. That was quickly followed by a "I guess not". 

It doesn't matter when the game is coming, but that the game is coming and football fans now can't wait for November 22, 2020 when the 108th Grey Cup will be the first Grey Cup at Mosaic Stadium.  What a show it will be. With everyone gathering at Evraz Place for what should be an outstanding festival leading up to the game, it will show everyone again what Regina can do when the big events come to town.  We did it for the Brier and we did it for Memorial Cup.  When Regina is called to shine, we do.  Its the way we roll!   It is going to be a great few months in YQR getting ready for the game.  It will also be up for Jeremy O'Day and Craig Dickenson to have a team that can be in that game. What do they have up their sleeve moving forward.  Yes, the talk goes right back to the quarterback. 

Perhaps it is time for O'Day to make a splash and get a quarterback that is here for this year and beyond.  It is time to get that guy.  It won't be Reilly and Mitchell.  Forget about Nichols and forget about Harris too. Streveler isn't your guy and let's not even bring up Manziel. See what the asking price is for James Franklin and give Hamilton a call and see what they would give up for Jeremiah Masoli.  Masoli just might be the guy the Riders need.  What's it worth? A call needs to be made

--Randy Ambrosie will be at Mosaic Stadium for Randy's Road Trip 2.0 on Sunday afternoon.  I will be interested in seeing where Rider Nation goes with the questions he is asked and what is front and center on their minds.  Is it the schedule? Is it CFL 2.0? Is it officiating? Is it the CBA?  What will be main topic of discussion be?.  Ambrosie will be ready for all of it so for those who are going bring it on!

I would think the CBA is the most pressing issue, but fans don't want to know about what goes on behind the scenes, they want to talk about the product they see with their own two eyes. I am guessing we will get more people interested in things like officiating, player safety and possible rule changes ahead of whether or not we will play on time.  I guess we'll know on Sunday.

--Has anyone noticed we haven't been inundated with the Ford HotShots commercials during the Scotties?  It took me a couple of days to realize that.  Going back, I see Ford is no longer a major sponsor so that would explain it.  The question I have is why?  I am also hearing rumblings TSN may be wanting to get out of the curling game altogether and that Sportsnet is ready to jump in.  I don't know if I would be OK with that considering how much of a staple Vic Rauter has become to the game. As I have said many times, if it weren't for Vic Rauter, Ray Turnbull and Linda Moore, the sport in this country would not have the exposure it does.  Russ Howard and Cheryl Bernard have taken the torch left them and they've run with it.  Sportsnet does a great job and I like their personalities, but its not what TSN gives me.

--Jennifer Jones ahead of Sandra Schmirler when it comes to the all-time skip in Canadian women's curling. Puh-leeze!  The fact a member of the Jones rink took three of the four spots makes me wonder how many of the 31 who voted come from Manitoba.  Most of us in Saskatchewan know Sandra is the best all-time skip and we don't need verification of that.   I would love to see a best of seven between Sandra's squad and Jennifer's squad.  I think those of us in the 306 know who would take that and it wouldn't go seven!

--If the Canadian curling fraternity didn't know who Robyn Silvernagle was before, they do now.  She goes into the last day tied for first.  I think a lot of us knew she had a playoff-capable team,but I don't know if we thought her and her team would be as good as what they have been in their first Scotties.  She was understandably nervous in her first game and it showed against Jones.  She's not nervous now, but she is making other teams feel that way.  She should have a spot in the Page Playoffs.  If she wins, she will be Team Canada for the 2020 event in Moose Jaw.

--Regina will host the 2020 Grey Cup and an NHL game later this year and Moose Jaw is hosting the 2020 Scotties.  What is it about southern Saskatchewan that brings all these great events? No, I haven't forgotten about the World Under 17's in Swift Current either.  While its not Southern Saskatchewan, look for Saskatoon to get the 2021 Olympic curling trials with that announcement coming this weekend.   It doesn't matter the sport, they want to be in Saskatchewan.  There is nothing wrong with that!

--Yes, when I saw the Montreal Canadiens beat Philadelphia 5-0, I automatically thought Cam Talbot had made his debut in Philly orange.  While I didn't address the topic in Monday's column, I couldn't have been happier to see Talbot leave Edmonton.  Many praised him for his community work and that he was a nice guy.  Nice guys work for the Kinsmen Club!!  Cam Talbot needed to make some saves and he didn't make them. He had to be sent packing and he was.  While goaltending wasn't the number one issue plaguing the Oilers, there were games they could have won but didn't because he just didn't make the save.  Some might miss him, I won't.

--Dave Taylor's Cougar women's basketball team went into Calgary Thursday night and punched the Dinos right in the mouth.  So much for Calgary's 17-game win streak.  There is still a long ways to go in this best of three matchup, but one has to like Regina's chances after what happened Thursday with Regina's top player--Kyanna Giles, not having a big impact.  Michaela Kleisinger more than made up with that with four three-pointers which this blogger has no complaints about.

--On paper, it will go down as a 5-4 shootout win, but that win might have been the biggest of the year for the Regina Pats because of how it was achieved.  They were down 4-0 until the final couple of minutes in the second before storming back to tie it and win it in the shootout.  It is victories like that that can be huge moving forward for this team as they prepare for next season.  While the win-loss record isn't pretty this year, one has to see what this team is developing and think better times are ready to return.  I don't know if Regina is a playoff team next year, but they will be a lot closer to that than this year.

--Jets fans should not worry about Patrik Laine.  Once he gets his next goal, he will start lighting it up the way he usually does.

--The city of Regina has installed red-light cameras at Albert and Sask Drive, the Lewvan and Dewdney and Albert and Parliament.  May I request them to put one up at Fleet and Victoria? The amount of people that run the red on Vic going both east and westbound at that intersection is amazing. Is that intersection still one of the most dangerous in the city?

--That's all I got.  Have a great weekend!

(Follow Mitchell Blair on Twitter at @ScruffyRegina)


Anonymous said...

Jeremiah Masoli, I'd vote for him.

Anonymous said...

Why would Hamilton even consider trading Masoli to the Riders when they are hosting the 2021 Cup? Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

Anon 2 is on the same track as me. Why would Hamilton consider trading Masoli? They are in the same boat as the Riders.

A QB is needed and Collaros is not the one.

Anonymous said...

Stephen Merchant's hilarious new film opens in Regina at the Southland theater today. Called 'Fighting with the Family" it involves pro wrestling and stars "The Rock" and Vince Vaughn,among others.

Anonymous said...

haha my thought exactly. Why in the world would Hamilton trade him? They would then be in the same position as the Riders...

Anonymous said...

Sandra Scmirler's rink was great but she passed too soon. Hard to call someone the best ever based on what could have been. Hall of fames are full of folks that competed at high levels for a long time, they may not have been the best every year but they were in the mix every year for a long time. Her foundation has done far more to be proud of than curling ever did. In some ways her legacy is the foundation & the sandra Schmirler day at the tournament of hearts for the next 50 years. Quit whining about how she's not being respected and look at the fact her name is said every year long after she passed

GardenGnome said...

Anon 2 - you got it. Franklin is unlikely to be traded now unless they get someone who can start right away. As for next year, Franklin was quite clear when traded to Toronto he wasn't going to the Riders had he waited until free agency. In a later interview the reason why came out - namely the berating he took from the coaches after being pulled on Labour Day in Calgary. It wasn't said who that was but it came from the offensive side so leave that to your imagination. He's a free agent next year but, should he meet his potential, why leave Toronto? If not why would Riders want him & why would he want to go to Regina with the same coaching staff minus Jones? Time for Riders to give playing time behind Collaros to some young guy they think can take the reins after auditioning for a year. The problem here is the big 3 are locked up &, if the ones available next year like Jennings, Manziel, Pipkin plus the other 2 above have success this year, why leave for the Riders? It's obvious good QB's want to go to teams with a good offence - money in their pocket. If the Riders surprise everyone with a great offence, then worry about keeping Collaros. If they flame out good luck attracting a good QB to the team. All the more reason to work a young guy you believe in into your lineup. If a new stadium & a rabid fan base was the drawing card we would have got somebody better thus year. Guess what, Franklin plays in a new stadium, so does Masoli & so does Jennings. As Caretaker Bob said after Hamilton got the game for 2021, he doesn't think Mosaic is the best. He's biased but a lot of teams have nice stadiums to play in.

Anonymous said...

Its worth making a call to see what the pricetag is for Masoli. I am guessing Hamilton will make it too expensive for O'Day's liking, but where else do you turn.

There are only two marquee quarterbacks in this league and both are signed and sealed and not coming here anytime soon.

Anonymous said...

Well yeah, there’s really nothing so special about the riders, They just think there is.

Albert Patenaude said...

I don't get the love shown James Franklin??? What has done? How is he even better than Brandon Bridge? I think the next great Rider QB will be someone new and someone who will be with the Riders for a long time! Maybe that's just wishfull thinking!

Anonymous said...

Because the Riders have been awarded the Grey Cup, that doesn't mean they have a team in it unlike the Memorial Cup. There are four other teams out West who will have something to say about it. All four have better QB's than the Riders and by next season a few may have better teams over all.

Masoli will never be traded by the Ti-Cats unless he gets hurt or someone in their organization steps up and takes the job away. Franklin may or may not ever come here. I mean if he has another season like last year where he was either hurt or had his butt stapled to the bench, who knows. Odds aren't great. The Riders need a QB but there are none available. Laughingly Collaros may be their best if not only option. Really!!! This year if he comes in and does another act as last season with poor performance and injury issues, they have nothing else at this point. Right now a rickety Travis Lulay may be a required optional insurance policy. He probably knows it and will want good money to leave his situation in BC to come here.

Right now the Riders have issues this year and they may be compounded by next season.

Anonymous said...

Yes they have issues alright, they’ve left the offence at a standstill for 3 years, while they should have been training the next starting quarterback. Right. Next up.?

Anonymous said...

Who cares about the CFL Rod Pedersen belongs in the NFL with Chris Jones not some amateur tier 3 football league. Court Adjourned !

Anonymous said...

If anything was proven the past week it's that just because the Riders think they have the best fans or the best park doesn't make the team a destination point for all the best players. It's not that easy. Comvincing a Grey Cup winning coach to break his contract for bags of money didn't result in 1or 2 Grey cups or even 1 appearance in the game. If only it was that easy. The season isn't even started & already RNation is obsessing about who they can sign up to QB them NEXT year as if wishing it will make it come true because, well, we have the best fans & best stadium. Maybe that's part of the problem. We believe we're entitled to our entitlements. Except, obviously, we're not.

SWC said...

Bringing up a QB can't even start until we're rid of McAdoo.
Thanks to Jones locking in McAdoo this will be another wasted year. Do you want him grooming and nurturing along our next 'franchise QB'?

3RD and 1 said...

I agree 110% with Anon comment #2
Why in the H E double hockey sticks would Hamilton give up their QB when they need him and also have a Grey Cup the following year. That makes zero sense. Besides this teams fans have run so many QBs out of town. The loud uneducated football fans in the Province are relentless. With our history this team is almost the last team a CFL QB should want to sign with.
The truth is it’s the Riders turn to find and develop a QB. The last one was Kent Austin. In typical Rider fan fashion. Come the year of the itch (year 7) we ran him to the point he asked to be traded. So play Collaros as long as you can. While you build a Bo Levi or a Mike Reilly. But get yourself a hell of a QB coach.