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Friday, March 1, 2019


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

--Johnny, Johnny, Johnny!

Are we really surprised that Johnny Manziel has been told his services are no longer needed in the CFL after he broke the rules he was to abide by? There is a lot of speculation as to what Manziel did to get himself a one-way ticket out of town. I would just say there was a reason why Manziel had "the flu" so often over the past few months. What he said and what he did may have been two different things and if that is the case, it is too bad.

One has to think this is it for Manziel when it comes to football.  I can't see the AAF wanting him and while the XFL might, will he basically be playing because Vince MacMahon wants to use his name and exploit him. If he does, it won't help the demons Johnny is fighting.

He needs help and one can only hope he gets it. In the meantime as predicted, his tenure in the CFL was like the rest of his pro football career---a failure.

--How do you feel about Saturday CFL playoff games? I love it! I have said before the Grey Cup game should be played on a Saturday night, but the league doesn't want to go that far. Sunday eliminates you from going head-to-head against the NFL which is something the league is doing after the NFL season starts. I think a Grey Cup on a Saturday night would be tremendous as well. A 5 o'clock kickoff would leave many in a party mood. Would it really be any different than the usual festivities on a Grey Cup Saturday. It would mean some could get home for Monday as well and their head wouldn't be pounding as they boarded their plane or got in their car as the case may be after Grey Cup Sunday. I say try it!

--Without Access Communications covering the Regina Pats, we wouldn't be seeing a lot of WHL Hockey on our TV screen. The Pats aren't making the playoffs so does that mean the TV coverage stops? I would hope not, but I can't see Access going to Saskatoon, Moose Jaw or Prince Albert. Maybe Moose Jaw but that would be it.

While Access has done games from all those venues, they have done it to showcase the Pats. That is great, but WHL fans deserve to see more than one team especially come playoff time. I hope WHL fans aren't shut out at playoff time just because Regina is not involved. If we are, it's something you can pin on the league and not Access. One of the things the WHL needs to do is establish its own TV network.  If Canada West can do it, the WHL can!

--As the NHL season starts to wind down, there is a solid chance we could have an all-Canadian Western final with the Jets and Flames going at it. How much would the NHL love that? If that isn't a drawing card for the Winnipeg-Calgary game at Mosaic Stadium in October I don't know what is.  When do tickets go on sale for that event anyway?

--We will know when the Stanley Cup is handed out who the winner and who the loser was at the NHL trade deadline.  Right now, you might say the Columbus Blue Jackets are in the running for both. The Jackets definitely made a splash at the deadline, but if they don't win some series or even make the playoffs it may not bode well.  I love the fact Winnipeg got Kevin Hayes and some depth players and didn't have to give up any of their solid prospects. Nashville literally stole Wayne Simmonds and the fact Calgary did nothing makes me wonder if they have enough when push comes to shove. We'll start getting answers soon.

--There are many good guys (and gals) in the Saskatchewan curling community. That's something many of us know. One of those guys at the top of the list is Kirk Muyres. His new rink has shown they can curl with the big boys in this country and that is what he will do starting Saturday in Brandon. I am sure much like Robyn Silvernagle no one is giving Saskatchewan a chance to be in the playoffs with the likes of Gushue, Koe, McEwen and Jacobs in the field.  I understand that, but don't be surprised to see Team Saskatchewan make a run at the Brier.

--During this week's taping of Locker Talk, we had Len Antonini from Regina Minor Football on as they start preparing for spring league.  How can RMF not be the best minor football program in all of Canada? If there is one better, I would like to see it.  What Len, Kelly Hamilton and many others have done to make that organization what it is tremendous. That statement really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has had any involvement with RMF at all.

--Bryce Harper will make 330 million over the next 13 years in Philadelphia.  If Harper is getting that, where does the bidding start for Mike Trout?

--Don't look for the WMBL to me calling Grande Prairie home anytime soon.  A group was looking at putting a team there, but that project has been put on hold.  Those Grande Prairie to Fort McMurray trips would have been fun.....NOT!

--Former Pats goalie Damien Ketlo is going to be on Canada Big Brother 7.  Tell me how it ends up.  As I have said before, reality TV is sports and not the crap that gets spewed across our TV screens like Survivor, the Bachelor and Big Brother.  How many bars put on the Bachelor or other reality TV shows?  Imagine walking into your favourite sports bar and seeing "Survivor" on all of the TV's. No thanks!

--It isn't Toronto-Montreal, Riders-Stampeders or Canada-USA in womens hockey, but there might not be a better rivalry in Canadian university sports than the Cougars and Huskies in women's basketball.  They will go at it tonight in Saskatoon for the Canada West title for the 4th straight year. Should be a great night in Saskatoon.  See ya there!

--I want to see the Leafs play the Islanders in the first round!

--Good riddance February!! Signs of spring will come in March right? Right?

--Now that Jason Witten is leaving the broadcast booth to go back to the Cowboys, can we expect Cowboys fan Luc Mullinder to do the same?  Cmon big man, give us the scoop on the Cage Monday?  :)

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

(Follow Mitchell Blair on Twitter at @scruffyregina)


SWC said...

--"I want to see the Leafs play the Islanders in the first round!"

John Tavaros sure got his needings from the Islanders fans last night. He's got it coming too, that charade made me think of the way Andy Fantuz toyed with Rider fans knowing full well that he was going to jump ship.
What's with the Islanders? Is it Barry Trotz or the fact Tavaros is gone or a bit of both.

Anonymous said...

Johnny Football in the CFL, turns out he also was a less than mediocre qb, just like Darian.

John Knight said...

Are you totally nuts? It's very cold in November and the only slightly warmer time is during the day and you want the game to be played at night? Wake the hell up

Anonymous said...

HAHAHA!! Imagine the estrogen flowing at the Four Seasons with Big Brother on all the TV's with cooler specials and dainties on special.

Maybe there could be a yoga class going where the pool tables are.

That's a great one Scruffdog!!

Kim K. said...

"How can RMF not be the best minor football program in all of Canada? If there is one better, I would like to see it." Want to see it? Take a drive north on Highway 11 and come here to Saskatoon and see what Saskatoon Minor Football has going on. SMF has football programs for kids from age 4 to 18, including girls tackle football, and a development academy for older aged players. Sorry Scruffy, but on this one Saskatoon Minor Football has Regina beat by a mile.

3RD and 1 said...

Kim K what do you know about Regina Minor Football. Obviously you didn't even go the RMF Website. Had you done that you would have seen the same things that your talking about.
Mighty Mites League, Atom League, PeeWee League, Bantam League
Spring League Mid-April to mid-May
U16 Program... Age Open to players aged 14 or 15 (Born in 2004, 2005). This is an All-star team selected from all players in South Sask. With No weight limit. U16 has camps in April, May & June
Season Mid-Apr to June. Players from this team will be eligible to try out for the U16 Team Sask
Teams-Female Victoria.
Regina and Yorkton has joined the first junior girls tackle football league along with Melville and Moosomin

Anonymous said...

A stark picture is placed before us with the story of Travis Lulay and his attitude toward coming from a failed NFL attempt to succeed in the CFL, and that of Johnny Manziel's failure and lost potential as a CFL star. It is all about character.

Cory Huber said...

Yeah, 3rd and 1 has it correct Kim. I coach in the RMF league and not to be rude, but you should have checked your facts before putting them down.
I can not comment on SMF as I do not coach there, but RMF is without a doubt one of the best leagues out there.


Anonymous said...

All for Saturday Grey Cup and in fact I think Saturday evening league games would be good for league. CFL would own an early evening time. Young people don’t go out early, old guys could stay awake until it’s over. Those so inclined will have Sunday to rest.
Too bad Toronto based TV dictates scheduling especially since they don’t give a damn about the CFL unlike us fans.

Anonymous said...

Approved for CFL playoff play.
Semi finals, Division finals played on Saturday with Grey Cup game remaining Sunday. End of subject.

SWC said...

Travis Lulay---Johnny Manziel----That's a 180 in every way possible.

Anonymous said...

3rd and 1 might want to do their homework.

Anonymous said...

Haha at Mr. Knight's comment.

He doesn't get it. It won't be any colder on a Saturday night than it is on a Sunday night. I'm all for a Saturday night game with a late afternoon kickoff.

The CFL is trying to attract a younger demographic and this is a way to do it.

Wake the hell up John!!


Anonymous said...

Manziel first of all broke code so he would get kicked out so he could pursue other leagues because his contract didn't have the option to pursue other leagues, secondly a team is not made around one player and maybe not the coach or him being gone...the two goalies are both 2.26 GAA and just about 93 save percentage, I think that is more the reason. The fans were quite ignorant to Tavares in my opinion, he left for his home town team so get over it.

Anonymous said...

Saturday Grey cup would be the great for bars to have parties, it would be better for home parties on a Saturday night instead of Sunday but I see the organizing / host not likely it as it would be 1 less day to have the venues open selling 10 dollar beer.

Anonymous said...

Scott Flory is another fabulous Regina Minor Football alumni…playing where??

Anonymous said...

Not sure about Saturday playoff games and Grey Cup. Yes, you're not competing with the NFL, but more people work on a Saturday which could affect your TV viewing numbers. Stands will be full as those who can will take the day off if they want to go, but not many will take a day off to watch on TV. Pros and Cons to both Saturday and Sunday playoff games. I guess you try it for a year and see what kind of response you get and look at the TV numbers. Sometimes it also depends on who's playing.

Anonymous said...

I think I said 3rd and 1 earlier had to take their head out of their you know what.

My apologies. It should be Kim K doing that.


Anonymous said...

Leafs and Islanders in the Playoffs. Well if the Leafs keep wearing down Anderson in the net as they have been and Sparks has to play it would probably end up like it did last night . You would think that at this time of the year with very few games left the # 1 Goalie would be used all the time unless of course they were playing a weaker team which New York Islanders have shown that they are not that at all.

Anonymous said...

When do tickets for the NHL game go on sale? I am waiting for Joe Regina to complain loudly when tickets are more than $39.99

Anonymous said...

Grey Cups were always on a Saturday until the change was made to Sunday in 1969. The last Saturday Grey Cup was in 1970

Anonymous said...

Johny’s Gone , same place as the very mediocre jones went. Back down south.

Anonymous said...

Either that or have the cbc buy the game from tsn and put on Sunday afternoon for free for everyone, like it used to be , 60,000 fans all the time

Anonymous said...

Tavaros knew all along that he was going to Toronto and that's okay. What the Islanders fans are upset about is the fact he kept feeding them hope that he'd re-sign with them when he had no intention of doing so. They are better off without him anyway and nothing would please me more than the Isles whipping the Laughs in the first round.

Brady Y said...

Uh...John I sure I understand your point, do you recall the Grey Cup in 2013? Do you what time the kick off was? It was 5 oclock? The game will be played at night for TV. Does it matter if it is Saturday or sunday? Sorry if I am missing something here can u please help me?

Anonymous said...

I like my Regina NHL game tickets at $31.99 each which includes the applicable taxes and stadium fee. None of this bs $39.99+

Mr Joe Regina

Socialmisfit said...

Lol reading some of Blair’s garbage and some responses, has Mitchel Blair ever checked out any other football programs or does he just have his head shoved up his his Regina butt because the guy from RMF was telling him the good things they are doing. I know that Regina and Saskatoon both have outstanding minor football programs and I know other smaller Centers like Yorktown, estevan, weyburn, Moose Jaw for their budgets have good programs as well. I am pretty sure there are many good football programs in the country outside of Regina. Much like his comment about the women’s basketball being the biggest rivalry, has he had a feel for every rivalry in the country or is he just spouting off?

I gotta enjoy his rambling about the whl and Regina Pats on tv I guess he’s never heard about WHL live as a streaming service where you can watch any whl game? It’s been around for a while now and is not a bad way to watch any whl game not just the Regina Pats games.