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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

THROWIN' ELBOWS WITH BRENDAN MCGUIRE

1. LULAY WOULDN’T HAVE HELPED RIDERS ANYWAY: Very nice to hear all of the well-wishers come out to praise Travis Lulay in the hours and days following his retirement. But don’t think for a minute he would’ve upgraded the Riders quarterbacking stable. The B.C. Lions have had their own problems in that area and whether it be because of injury, Lulay wasn’t the solution in Vancouver any more than he would have been the solution here. Missing out on Bo Levi was a big swing and a miss. Missing out on Travis? Meh, not so much.

2. ALL-TIME FAVORITE ROUGHRIDER: Mike Saunders. His first game was my first game in the front row behind the bench the day after the Blue Jays won the ’92 World Series. A recent cut of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Saunders ran the ball and returned kicks to the tune of nearly 200 yards and 2 touchdowns wearing number 33, rather than the number 32 he would later make famous. In an era when good players would suck with the Roughriders and then star somewhere else again, Mike Saunders was the exception. My all-time dream jersey is to somehow snag one of those “Canada125” beauties with number 33 and ‘SAUNDERS’ on the back. Where’s Norm Fong when you need him?

3. RAIDERS IN REGINA: No interest in buying a ticket for that whatsoever and I hope they make the NFL play on a CFL-sized field in retaliation for making our CFL teams play on those crappy, undersized U.S. fields in the 90’s. Tit-for-tat, how do you like that?

4. JOHNNY MANZIEL: I’m really heartbroken about this. Guy had a world of sizzle waiting to be unleashed in this game. All the tools, but in the end, no toolbox. We love the comparisons to Doug Flutie but sometimes we forget there are plenty of athletes as good as Flutie, but none with the heart or the brilliance of Flutie. Johnny Manziel has neither.

5. KAVIS REED: He’s taking a beating over the Alouettes dysfunction and deservedly so. No-one admires Kavis and his character for accepting responsibility over the 13th man fiasco of Grey Cup 2009 more than I do. And while I see a good guy/smart football mind doing things to appease his owner and head coach, a point comes where you have to know better and take a stand against irrational choices. Danny Maciocia did it when he turned down the job to begin with. Kavis needs to start making his own choices to save his own credibility here.

6. VINCE YOUNG: Looks heavier each time he’s photographed and his latest DUI doesn’t help. What a dumb idea those Chris Jones-signing-NFL retreads turned out to be. Aside from maybe Marcus Thigpen, not one of them made a serious impact up here.

7. ALLIANCE SUGAR DADDY: I heard new Alliance of American Football chairman Tom Dundon try to rationalize his decision to pump 250 million dollars into this league by explaining it’s long-term potential. The reality is, this bozo would have a lot more fun and a lot more time before the money disappears, had he invested that money into one of the CFL teams in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver. This AAF is a sinking ship, just like the XFL will be in 2020.

8. DID YOU KNOW: Saskatchewan has the longest drought of any province who has ever won the Brier dating back to Rick Folk winning in 1980 when they still used corn brooms? Unbelievable.

9. THE RUSH KNOW HOW TO MARKET: From the cheesy “Baby It’s Cold Outside” promotion to rallying around David Assman, the Rush are better than anyone at reminding us sport was never meant to be serious.

10. PATS SHOULD BE IN PLAYOFFS NEXT YEAR: Jared Dumba thinks so and I agree. I asked Director of Hockey Operations, John Paddock about that to which he scoffed, “It’s too early to project that.” I’m happy to report this post-Memorial Cup rebuild looks short and sweet. See you in the playoffs at the Brandt Centre in 2020.

(Follow Brendan on Twitter at @brendanhowardmc)

20 comments:

Helix said...

6. Yes I agree with this one. Turning over stones down south was a waste of time that should have been spent finding and grooming Canadian talent

Anonymous said...

A Raiders vs Packers pre-season game would be huge for Regina in terms of bringing into the city a lot of Packer and Raider fans who live in Canada, and bring attention to our fine new stadium. It would be a good thing for sure and all part of keeping our stadium used and viable.

Football Fan said...

6. Crezdon Butler and Nick Marshall have played very well for us. Richardson played will in limited time. Too bad that that custody issue kept him from leaving the US again. Mason looked very good last year too. I’m looking forward to what he can do this year when he gets back from injury. The only one who didn’t end up playing a regular season game for us was Young, and there was certainly nothing wrong with bringing him in for a look.

Anonymous said...

Minute by minute Regina stadium sits wide open deteriorating in a harsh Saskatchewan climate. What a shameful selfish waste, only used for a 9 game CFL schedule. Stadium looking old and outdated already. Any usage to that venue good thing.

CM said...

Dude interesting read but your opinion is way off base! Lulay would definitely help considering you have Fajardo and Watford on the roster lol. Watford possibly the worst passer in pro football. NFL in Canada is great, brings more eyeballs to Canada. As for Kavis being smart? lol. Are you kidding me? The guy has proven to be inept. Hard to name 1 good move or trade hes done. And Football Fan is right on #6 all those ex NFL guys are great players up here. Keep promoting how good Sam Hurl and Josh Stanford are.

Football Fan said...

Two other ex-NFLers who've played well for us are Shaq Evans and Phil Blake. And I also think Lulay would have helped us, particularly if we could have gone into the season with Collaros AND Lulay. I'm still holding out hope that we can talk him out of retirement at some point this season.

Anonymous said...

THEY MUST HAVE STARTED SMOKING THAT NEW STUFF PRETTY EARLY AND EVEN BEFORE IT BECAME LEGAL TO THINK THAT THE PATS WILL BE BACK IN THE PLAYOFFS NEXT YEAR. They have a terrible record sitting almost at the bottom of the standings and are very inconsistent but the Regina people get all excited when they win 2 or 3 in a row and I guess that is why they think they will be contenders. Maybe in another 2 or 3 years after that they can start blowing their horns. But don't waste your breath until then.

Anonymous said...

Your bias NFL comments make me want to barf all over that jersey you’re wearing.

Cory Huber said...

I would agree with your take on Mike Saunders.

On the Raider game well, if it happens you know for sure that the Star impact players will not play. True it would be an NFL game in theory, but what quality?

AAF, I watched a couple of games... There is nothing superior or better. Announcers, lets just say this.. I am not a fan of ROD Black, but he is the cats ASS compared to AAF announcers.

Anonymous said...

John Paddock is correct when he calls it too early to project anything. He knows he has too many hard hats and not enough surgeons. In order for the Pats to have a sniff next year they needs three or four key additions. They need to look at the Import Draft where they will have a top 10 pick. They have a lot of 3rd and 4th line guys but not much else. Defence will be young and inexperienced. Hopefully the goaltending doesn't wait till Christmas to start playing. As someone who sits in the building for 34 games a year I see what's there. Most fans who listen to Jared Dumba don't put too much stock in his acumen. It will be Paddock who has to do some surgery to this lineup and bring this thing back. The young guys alone will not win a playoff spot. The Pats have tried that before with better talent.

We had a generational chance to build a world class facility with a covered roof, but didn't. Someone in the Riders has his fingerprints are all over that. Those charged with doing the right thing really dropped the ball.

Anonymous said...

#6 was okay until you started generalizing it. Jones found another excellent "retread" in Armanti Edwards as did Taman in Roosevelt. But I agree that SOME have flopped.
LF

Anonymous said...

Like most WHL teams the Pats will be a year older and stronger next year. We have some good building blocks, how much they improve will determine how well we do next year. PA was horrible 2 years ago, they stayed the course players improved and look where they are today.

3RD and 1 said...

>>> Minute by minute Regina stadium sits wide open deteriorating in a harsh Saskatchewan climate. What a shameful selfish waste, only used for a 9 game CFL schedule. Stadium looking old and outdated already. Any usage to that venue good thing <<<


Complete Jack Ass statement.

Anonymous said...

I think Brendan is referring more to NFL re-treads, so to speak, who actually started a few games, not those who sat around idly on a team before being released. Butler kicked around the NFL for half a dozen years but actually only started 3 games, Marshall 2 years & started 1 game (www.pro-football-reference.com). They were NFL players in name only. Jones had a love affair with NFL "name players" attempting to get Michael Vick before Young, Richardson, Manziel & so on. Probably thought resurrecting their careers would gain him a look in the NFL. You can look at the Riders now & see a bunch of reclamation projects as well.

SWC said...

6. VINCE YOUNG:

Agreed it was stupid, but he tried to bring in two or three wife-beaters also. So that might be stupider.

Anonymous said...

John Paddock is correct. It's too early to determine if the Pats will make the playoffs next year or not. The Pats currently have 11 rookies on the roster along with a few journeyman veterans, so it's difficult to gauge how good the team will be next year. I think we have to wait and see if John Paddock can find some good players to add to the roster and we have to see what the team looks like next year before we'll know if they're good enough to make the playoffs or not.

Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers would be a good match up. Not too sure about the Raiders.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Chad Moats decided to show up with his usual stadium bashing. How’s that working for ya little buddy?

Football Fan said...

@ Anon Re 6.
I don’t know why it would matter if a player started games or not, but that’s not what he’s talking about in any event, because he also mentioned Thigpen and he didn’t start any games in the NFL.

On the first point, however, what’s your thinking? Are you thinking that the more NFL starts a player has the worse he must be? That doesn’t make a lot sense, does it? Does it make you feel more insecure the more NFL starts a player has? Obviously this “NFL retread” thing is just name calling, and there no logic behind it, so what’s the real reason that players like Vince Young makes you feel uncomfortable?

Anonymous said...

Babbling again? An enemy behind every door? If you have to point out every player thst ever stepped into an NFL dressing room to debunk Brendan's comment you'd be here all day. Starter, non-starter, to-may-to, to-mah-to. Good ex-NFL"ers, bad ex-NFL-ers. Plenty of both. Who cares.

Anonymous said...

Hey CLOD, the statement is a obvious fact.