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Friday, March 8, 2019


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

--Are the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers coming to Mosaic Stadium?  That is what people are talking about since Sportscage CFL insider and's Justin Dunk reported it Monday.  I don't see it happening.

Who is going to pay for the revamping of the field? Does Mosaic Stadium have holes for the US goalposts to be put in? From what I hear, the answer is no. I can't think the CFL would really be happy with this either.  Unless it is Week 3 of the NFL pre-season when the starters play a majority of the game, this will be a glorified CFL game with no Canadians being mandated.  Don't get me wrong, I would love to see it and if it happens. I will be there. However, if you think you are going to see Aaron Rodgers, Devante Adams, Clay Matthews, Derek Carr and, and, and ....well you get my point, you will be sadly mistaken. What I do know is there is a major concert coming to Mosaic in August.  The sooner that gets announced (although I think many of us already know who it is), then this story will probably go away.

--Some that I speak to think the BC Lions are now the class of the West now that Mike Reilly is there. This just in: The Calgary Stampeders are still the class of the West. Much like the New England Patriots, everyone hates them and wants to write them off, but they still have Bo Levi Mitchell and others that have kept them atop the CFL ladder for years. They aren't going anywhere anytime soon.  Yes, that bothers me as well, but like the Patriots. you can respect them, but you don' t have to like them and in Rider Nation, we don't like them.

--If - and it's a big if because I think he will find CFL employment and could be back in Saskatchewan - but IF Weston Dressler calls it a career, will he do what Tristan Jackson did and retire as a Rider? I would hope so. I just wonder what the relationship between Dressler and the organization is after his release. Then again Chris Jones is no longer here,

--The complaints have started about the NHL playoffs. With three of the NHL's top four teams residing in the Atlantic Conference (Tampa, Boston, Toronto), some are wondering why the NHL simply wouldn't go back to the 1 vs 8 format?  The NHL wanted the format they have to spark division rivalries. I'm OK with either, if the truth be told. In the second round, you are still going to likely get a matchup that will see some two of the top teams facing one another if they aren' t victim to a first round upset. A lot of this posturing comes from Toronto it would seem. God forbid if their beloved Leafs had a tougher time in getting to a place where they haven't been for a number of years.

--Who is the second best team in the NHL right now?

--It's been a fine showing for Kirk Muyres in Brandon at the Brier. Some will say he's beaten the teams he should have beat and has lost to the ones he should have. That's a fair statement, but Muyres has played these teams before and has been successful. The Brier is a different animal. This isn't a cashspiel in Medicine Hat. Some teams are used to the bright lights and others may not be. If that is what has happened to Team Saskatchewan this year, they will be better for it next if they get back.  The rivalry that Muyres and Matt Dunstone will have over the next few years will be one of the best we have seen in Saskatchewan men's curling in a long time. That might be the best news of all. By the way, I fully expect Brad Gushue to be hoisting the trophy again Sunday night.

--Down 13 points at the half and without their best player, it looked grim for the U of R Cougar womens basketball team at the nationals in Toronto. They found a way to make a game of it though. Sadly for Dave Taylor's group, another great look at the basket didn't result in what would have been a game-tying basket at the end as Carolina Gonsalves couldn't make the shot and Regina lost 65-63 in a game that had a similar ending to the Canada West final last weekend in Saskatoon when Michaela Kleisinger's shot wouldn't fall at the key time giving the Huskies the win.  Another appearance at the nationsls is nothing to sneeze at, but one year it would be nice to see that team go all the way.

--If you haven't seen the documentary on former Humboldt Bronco Logan Boulet and how being an organ donor saved six lives, go watch it. It is 40 minutes that will be well spent. Greg Bishop (who I spoke with on the Sportscage Thursday) and crew did an amazing job both with the documentary and the article.

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

(Follow Mitchell Blair on Twitter at @scruffyregina)


SWC said...

You're right Scruff, the Stamps are still the class of the west. But, I don't dislike them, I envy them. Boy would it be nice to have that kind of organization playing at Mosiac.

Anonymous said...

I’m just glad that JO is running the team as he sees fit and resisting calls from the “nameless, faceless organization” crowd to bring back Dressler. If JO feels that moving on without Dressler is the thing to do that is his prerogative and nobody else’s. Let’s move on and develop some new stars.

Kirk and the boys have had a decent go at the Brier but when you have teams like Koe, Gushue and Jacobs playing out of their minds like they are it’s tough to get past that. Crazy how in a curling mad province like ours we are forty years without a Brier win. That’s not any one’s fault but it is kind of embarrassing.

Gunderson’s Yorkton

Anonymous said...

I'm with you on the NFL game. It would be cool if they came here, but the players in the jersey wouldn't be worth the money.

Tim said...

Wasn't Mike Reilly in Edmonton last year? Didn't they still miss the playoffs last year? I think he's the best QB in the league, but that doesn't guarantee you the class of the league. Nor do I think having Trevor Harris and Ellingson in Edmonton make them jump a few spots in the standings. They might just do that, but no guarantees. I still think their fans should still be concerned about their coach JM too.

3RD and 1 said...

Yup, Stamps will continue to be the class of the league until someone actually dethrones them on the field. Not on paper!
I respect them, I envy them and I dislike them. Why? Mainly because Bo Levi Mitchell’s self appointed spokesperson of the league.
When ex commissioner Jeffery Orridge was on a dangerous mission setting precedence on massive fines to the Riders for something every other team has done at one time or another. Chris Jones didn’t just make up those procedures. He learned them from all the teams he coached on. Montreal, Calgary, Toronto and Edmonton. It was bad enough with what was taking place from a puppet Commissioner. His actions to appease a very few blew up the Riders. Then to have Mitchell hit social media with all of his comments directed at the Riders just pissed me off. It was none of his business. His HC and GM had to reel him back in. That was also the reason why Jones told Dickenson to win with class. Meaning you may be the top team but look after your own back yard. Don’t be allowing your high profile player to be bashing the Riders.
So that’s one of the main reasons for my dislike of Calgary.

Anonymous said...

Point one - FINALLY puts common sense to this whole NFL craziness. Don't get me wrong, I'd be pumped if the timing was correct but its not. Scruffy is right, everyone knows there is a major concert coming. That is why Mosaic and the Riders have the window open in August. An NFL game and the field changes that come with it would require its own window. It is not happening people!

John Gormley and Justin Dunk got played on this one. I'm about "75% sure."

Bill Salloum said...

I don't mind the best teams facing each other in the first couple of rounds of the NHL playoffs. That just means the best hockey is done by Victoria Day, after which I can ignore the NHL and be outside enjoying myself.

Anonymous said...

3rd & 1. You can't have it both ways. Whenever a decision doesn't go the Riders' way (coaches CAP most recently), it's a "Rider rule" designed to destroy the Riders. Then you hear how much influence the self-proclaimed "Canada's Team" has at the league table. Which is it? As for Jones, talk about the pot calling the kettle black. He's been the most fined football guy in the league the past 3 years in Regina with his shenanigans. Regina's only the 3rd team he left with a contract in place.

Anonymous said...

Who is the rumoured concert act?

Football Fan said...

BC has had waaay too many changes this year to be anointed the class of the west, but before you trumpet Calgary for that spot have a look at their depth chart on defence. Huff has been very good at replacing one or two stars every year, but literally half their starters on defence are gone this year including Johnson, Davis, and Vaughters on the DL alone, Singleton and Thurman in the LB corps, and Evans, Adeleke and maybe Davis as well in the secondary. And remember that Singleton and Adeleke are Canadians. There is no way he’s rebuilding all that in a year, especially the Canadians. The only question is how far will they fall?

And no to Dressler. He wouldn’t make this team this year anyway - nor would he have made it in either of the past two years - and as far as I’m concerned he can retire a Bomber. He refused to take a pay cut when he was possibly the most overpaid player in the cap era of the CFL, making somewhere way north of $200k when he was never more than a second tier in the league guy, so he showed no loyalty to us. As it turned out he had to take less money from Winnipeg anyway, and less again on his next contract. And he was never as popular with the fans as he was with the media and old cronies from the swamp. He was a good receiver not a great one, and he had no real personality either. We’ve moved on. End of story.

Socialmisfit said...

Just curious how many people should show loyalty to their employer by taking a pay cut especially in a business as cruel as professional sports and teams will not blink to cut a player, trade a player, tarnish a players value on the way out of the door. Weston dressier should only have loyalty to himself and his family not to the fanbase of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and if your butthurt by his lack of loyalty to the Riders, would you take a pay cut to stay with your company if they asked you to, and if there werebother opportunities in your profession?

SWC said...

@Football Fan

First off Weston Dressler was not offered a pay cut he was simply released.
Who do you think you are saying he was never popular with the fans? There's probably more #7 jerseys at Rider games than any other number and they have the name Dressler on the back not Jefferson.

I hope WD7 signs a one-day contract and retires a Rider in spite of caustic fans like you.

Football Fan said...

Lots of people take less money to stay in a situation they believe in, or just like. He didn't have to take a pay cut of course, even considering that he was massively overpaid at the time, like 50% overpaid. He had every right to play it the way he did, but having done so he should expect no loyalty from the Riders or Rider nation. He took less money to play for the Bombers, and having done that he should expect to retire a Bomber.

3RD and 1 said...

Wrong Anon... The fines came from an American Puppet Commissioner. That knew nothing of the CFL and how it’s been run.
You obviously didn’t read my comment. You skimmed over it. I guarantee you that no other Commisdioner would have fined Jones for doing what has been done on many teams in the not so distant past. When Jones was the DC and Asst Head Coach in Toronto. He waTched Baker pull a lot of the same stuff to win the 2012 Grey Cup at home.
I hate Bo Mitchell because it’s not a players place to comment on any other team. Or make it personal by commenting directly on the HC and GM of another team.
There no having it both ways here.

Anonymous said...

Dressler must have stiffed Football Fan an autograph or something!

Anonymous said...

Reading 3rd & Fan's comments on the Riders is like listening to my teenage daughter talk about the Kardashians. Don't DARE leave the Riders. Don't DARE criticize the Riders. Dressler was well worth the money in 2016 with 1003 yards in 14 games. Better than the duds we got in free agency like Chiles & Mo Price (remember Mo, took your money & laughed). Chick was too old @33 at the same money which Hughes is getting who, of course, is not too old @ 35. Looked a little worn out with 2 sacks the last 7 games last year. Chick, by the way, had 13 sacks in 2016 & was an East & CFL All-Star. His replacement, Lemon, left after a couple of games to record 14 sacks & an All-Star selection. As for the fines, they were legit, the Riders paid them & even the Regina media gave Jones a rough ride over the continuous fines. Get over it, guys. SWC has it right.