I'll tell you what. Buck Pierce may not win any awards, but the guy should get a purple heart. He is without a doubt, one of the toughest quarterbacks I have ever seen. The Riders beat this already beaten guy up on Friday night, but he kept getting back up and in the end, he celebrates victory as the Lions beat the Riders 19-16 in one of those games where B.C managed to make the big play at the end.
Give the Riders credit as they marched down the field when they absolutely had to to tie the football game, but they left Pierce with too much time and he got it down the field for rookie Sean Whyte to make the game-winning kick.
The defence will take some heat this week for not stopping B.C. on that last drive, but overall, I thought they played very well --especially on the goal-line where they had two goal-line stands including one where Rey Williams showed you what a strong s-o-b he is as he froze Martell Mallett in his tracks.
Darian Durant will take some heat for throwing two interceptions including a costly one in the 4th quarter right after the Riders had gotten a turnover, but one must also acknowledge that when the chips were down, Durant drove the team down the field for a game-tying touchdown.
Bottom line in this one is I think the Lions were just a little hungrier for victory. They knew they had to have this one if they wanted to stay in the Western playoff race. Give them credit for bouncing back after the Riders came back to tie it. Saskatchewan had hung around all night and for a short moment it looked like they were maybe going to steal one.
How close are these two teams. Friday's game was the 13th between the two that has ended with the winning margin being three or less since 1999. When these two play, you know that there's a good chance of it coming right down to the end.
A lot of people said don't be surprised to see Winnipeg beat Edmonton. I didn't think it could happen, but it did. The Bombers beat Edmonton to get back into the playoff race in the East and perhaps stop maybe the Eskimos from being the crossover team. Its win number 2 in a row for Winnipeg. Don't go making parade plans down Portage and Main Bomber fans. Speaking of Bomber fans, they sent a message loud and clear to management that they don't like what is happening as just 22-thousand showed up. Remember those days Rider fans!!
Jordan Eberle's return has the Pats playing much better hockey. After getting nine in P-A on Wednesday, they got six more on Friday beating the Broncos 6-1. Eberle had two giving him four goals in two games. Newcomer Killian Hutt also scored his 2nd in a Regina uniform. GM Brent Parker may have gotten a steal in this kid. Red Deer visits tonight.
I love TSN's hockey coverage, but I was left disappointed on Friday. It was great that they gave us both games from Europe, but they had Gord Miller and Pierre McGuire do the game from inside a studio. You can't do hockey like that and it showed---especially on Chicago's first goal when they didn't see Patrick Kane swoop in until the last minute. Could TSN not send two crews over the pond? Could they not pick up the Versus feed like they are known to do? Lets just say it wasn't a banner moment for TSN---at least not in my mind.
I have grown sick of the Brett Favre last second TD pass last week to give the Vikings that win over San Francisco. If I hear Paul Allen's call again, I may get physically ill. Someone please drag out the archived film of his call when Arizona scored on the last play a few years ago knocking the Vikings out of the playoffs. While everyone is quick to praise Favre for what happened last Sunday, will someone come out and say it never would have happened had Greg Lewis not made a fantastic catch and then have the whereabouts to get both feet down. Lewis deserves more if not all of the credit on that play.
Has Sidney Crosby started growing his playoff beard yet?
I also received some sad news on Friday. A man who basically defined what radio was and the man that helped bring me back to Regina has died. Barry Davies was an icon. There is no arguing that. When I first met Barry, I knew I was in the midst of radio greatness. He helped bring me back to my hometown from Peace River, Alberta by getting me on what was then known as 62 Kool. Who's kidding who, he was 62 Kool at the end as it was a morning show and then taped stuff for the rest of the day. Barry and Dale Isaac are two people that taught me more about radio than what some other people tried to preach. In fact, Barry could probably teach those people a thing or two about the business. His passing leaves me with a huge loss today. If you knew Barry, you know what I am talking about. He lived life hard and I'm sure he went out swinging. Rest in peace Barry! Thank you for seeing a talent and bringing him home. Its something I've always appreciated.