Its pretty quiet on the blog beat these days. There isn't a lot going on. Many thoughts continue to whirl through though. Here are some of them
--Why hasn't the hammer been brought down on Patrice Cormier yet?
--If he does not get the same punishment that Michael Liambas received, what will it say for hockey?
--While this might be an unpopular statement amongst those at City Hall, downtown Regina really does need some life injected into it. I had a lunch appointment downtown today and as I was walking past the Cornwall Centre, I realized I haven't been in there in over a year. In fact, I have not spent a dollar downtown(parking meters excluded)in over a year. There is nothing downtown that I desire. I can find everything I need in my part of the city. In talking to some other people today about this, they tell me the same thing.
--One thing about downtown Regina that is good though is the Newtown Chinese restaurant buffet. I used to visit that place about twice a month when I was at CJME, but I got back there for the first time yesterday to chow down and chat with a good friend of mine. If you haven't tried it, I'm telling you to do so.
--Are the men taking over the weather desk? JC Garden at CTV and now former CJME co-worker Dan Reynish at CBC, nothing against Twylla West at Global, but maybe its time for Tom Vernon and the weather over there! Come to think of it, Tom is the only male reporter over there....I'm guessing Tom isn't complaining, but I'm also guessing he gravitates towards Woodsy and Meyers quite a bit.
--I heard someone bemoaning the loss of John Chick the other day and belittling Cal Murphy for stealing another one of our players for the Colts. I don't know about you, but I would rather have players worthy of stealing than having players that will have no shot at the NFL. I know it doesn't make Rider fans happy, but if Chick is that good he deserves to take a shot at football's premier league making a helluva lot more money than he is now. When you are good, you must realize that other teams will start plucking players off your roster or your coaching staff. Its how you rebound from those moves that is key. The Riders managed to do it last year and they will this no matter who is the GM.
--Until Chick signed with Indy, I didn't think Stevie Baggs would be back. I'm thinking he will be now but knowing Chick is no longer here, has his price gone up and if so, how much!
--If Brendan Taman is going to be the Riders GM, why is he still a candidate in Winnipeg? I'm thinking his name would be off the table in Winnipeg if he was going to be Eric Tillman's replacement.
--Askmen.com has named its 99 most desirable women of 2010. The number one woman is Emmanuelle Chriqui. Who is Emmanuelle Chriqui? Is this just a sign of me getting old?
--Fox Sports Radio told Steve Czaban his show was no longer needed as they replaced him with Stephen A. Smith. Stephen A. Smith's show might be the worst sports talk radio show I have ever heard. Thank god Colin Cowherd is still on ESPN at this time. Of course, there is no better show on satellite radio right now than "The Dan Patrick Show".
--Should the Pats retire the number 7 jersey worn by Jordan Eberle when he is done. As much as I like Jordan, has he had the impact in a Regina uniform that guys like Doug Wickenheiser, Dale Derkatch and Dennis Sobchuk had. Then again, it might be a long time before Regina sees another player of Eberle's calibre so maybe they should. I wonder what type of year Eberle could have had back in the 80's when the game wasn't so structured and defensive. Could he have surpassed Ray Ferraro's 108 goals set back in the 83-84 season. I doubt it. If Ferraro were playing junior today, would he have had a 60 goal season. Once again, I doubt it!
--Why can't we see hockey the way it used to be played in the 80's? We will never, ever see numbers like that again unless a major overhaul is done to the game.
--I love NFL mock drafts. I would love CFL ones too if there were more than eight teams.
--The Seahawks have hired John Schneider to be their new GM. Was he Bo or Luke Duke?
(Yes, I know its not the same person)
--Where in Regina can you still buy "Pro Football Weekly".
--If you were to encounter a genie that said you could have three wishes, would you ask one of your wishes to be "I want a thousand wishes!" Then you'd have 1002 wishes at your disposal.