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Friday, April 26, 2019


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

--Can someone get the Vegas Golden Knights some diapers after they soiled themselves in Game 7? Choking away a 3-0 lead midway through the third period and losing in overtime was bad enough, but this team than lacked the fortitude to look in the mirror and blame themselves.

Yes, the Knights got royally hosed on what should have been a minor penalty to Cody Eakin on the Joe Pavelski injury instead of a five-minute major.  They didn't.  Deal with it.  It's like they have never been on the positive end of a bad call. They didn't deal with it as they gave up four, yes FOUR power-play goals and then they still had almost a period to win it in overtime and didn't.   That isn't the fault of the referees or the NHL, it is the fault of every player and coach on the bench.  Perhaps we should place the blame on Mark Stone who turned the puck over at the blueline leading to Barclay Goodrow's goal. That would be too easy though right?  Those damn officials probably shouldn't have counted Cody Eakin's 2nd period goal either, but no one was complaining then right boys?

--It was only fitting that Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs ended with an overtime game. What a first round it was. It will be very tough to match that whether it be this year, next year or the year after that.  What we have found again is that all you have to do is get in and you have a realistic chance at winning the Stanley Cup.

--What team comes out of the Western Conference?  I am thinking we see a St. Louis vs Colorado Western Conference final and I would have to go with Colorado. That being said, one would think Jordan Binnington beats out Phillip Grubauer in the goaltending battle. The bottom line is who knows?  A Twitter poll I put up Thursday asking what teams you think will come out on both sides ended up seeing Boston and St. Louis.  Why not!

--Jim Hopson is heading to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. It had to be a no-brainer. What Hopson did for the Riders during his decade as president/CEO is immeasurable. We are going to Mosaic Stadium 2.0 to watch the green-and-white play because of Hopson's efforts to make this team the CFL's elite franchise. He may have come around at the right time, but he has to be given a lot of credit for making the team what it is today. We will never know what someone else might have done on the job, but I am guessing the same results wouldn't have been achieved.

--What will the 2019 Riders miss more? Chris Jones the head coach or Chris Jones the defensive co-ordinator.

--When is Jon Ryan going to make a decision on what CFL team he will be calling home?  I would be shocked if the Regina native isn't doing his thing for the Riders this year.  If the money is right, how could he not "come home"?

--Speaking of JR -  Canada West is starting a Hall of Fame.  It begs the question as to what U of R Cougar athletes/people should go to the conference HOF.  Just off the top of my head, I would say Chris Biegler, Cymone Bouchard, Noah Picton, Jon Ryan and Dick White.  I would also add the late Crystal (Heisler) McGregor to that list.  I know there are many more who would be deserving.  I also go why hasn't Canada West had one before?

--Patrick Mahomes is the cover boy for Madden 20.  He is one of the NFL's brightest young stars.  What young star (under 27) would you put on the cover of a CFL video game?

--There is a lot of excitement for Vladimir Guerrero Junior as he prepares to make his major league debut for the Blue Jays.  The game's top prospect will be on full display on both sides of the border tonight.  Some believe he isn't physically ready as his weight is a concern.  I guess we will find out starting tonight if this guy is "it" or not. I just hope the hype isn't too much for him.

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


Anonymous said...

Maybe someone should have also handed out some diapers to Riders fans after all the whining we heard last season after Collaros and Bridge were both knocked out of games. I seem to remember the refs being blamed in those cases also.

concience said...

I disagree with you on the Cody Eakin penalty. He got what he deserved, no question about it. A minor penalty, give your head a shake.

Anonymous said...

No one will miss head coach Jones, but Jason Shivers has big shoes to fill. I sure hope he does it though!


Anonymous said...

Chris Jones the DC will be missed most. As HC he is responsible for the offence as well which stunk. He isn:t coach of the year if he didn:t put the defence into the position it was to make plays and win games. As much as the talk is of the coaching staff being the same it isn:t. Take Belichek off the Patriots and leave behind the rest of the staff and see what happens. Jones is unique. You can run the system with the same players but it:s all about when to do it. There:s a certain art to it. I am not at all convinced having the bulk of the same staff in place will produce the same results.

Larry said...

High Impact Wrestling Spring Meltdown 2019 is tonight....gonna be a barn burner!

Anonymous said...

Lets call a spade a spade Vegas got hosed in an elimination game. You can not give that type an advantage to one side and not expect to hear about it.
Jesse in Stoon

SWC said...

The NHL has apologized to Vegas and the two refs from that game are not scheduled to work any second round games.

Anonymous said...

The Riders signing Ryan makes no sense. He's 3 years older than Bartel. You might get 2 years out of him at best compared to 5 - 6 more out of Bartel. Just because the fans want it doesn't make it the right move.

SWC said...

Junior might be okay as a DH. Anything more than that is like entering a draft horse in the Kentucky Derby.

Fanboy said...

Chris Jones the DC was totally dependant on Chris Jones the GM,who stacked the defense at the expense of the two other phases of the game and parlayed that defensive output into an NFL gig. Wont miss any of the four CJ's. He failed to deliver on expectations,and produced three seasons of terribly boring football. Next!

Anonymous said...

This beats the crap Brendon McGuire puts out on a weekly basis.

concience said...

I didn't read anywhere that the league apologized to the Knights and will not use those two ref's in anymore games in the second round.
You may be correct but I highly doubt it. The penalty was totally deserved and there should be a suspension added also.
If the league was serious about head shots, there would be. It is not the fault of the referees for doing their job and the Knights choking after taking a dumb penalty.

Mike Stackhouse said...

I'm not a huge follower of CanWest anymore, but back in the late 90s I used to watch Chris Warnecke and Kevin Gilroy play some really good games against the Brandon Bobcats. Warnecke, I thought, was a two sport star as well. He should go in, but that's my low information opinion.

SWC said...

@conscience; It's on TSN, the one ref has worked the second round for 10 years, but not this year.

Anonymous said...

Agree the knights had their Cinderella season, with a much stacked bettman team, now they can fight it out like the rest.

Mick Panko said...

Many of those great Cougar athletes you mentioned were never a part of Canada West, rather, played in begs the question on what the criteria might be.

Anonymous said...

@Concience you think that was a headshot... you think it was suspension worthy.. what are you watching I think you are in the extreme minority.
If he gets right back up thats not even a minor in the playoffs. be real
in Stoon