Thursday, January 27, 2011
500 For Mooner!!
Congrats to Lorne Molleken. One of my favourite guys in the game achieved a coaching milestone last night when his Saskatoon Blades beat the Edmonton Oil Kings. It was win number 500 in his legendary WHL coaching career. He's only the 5th man to achieve that mark. Hopefully for Mooner and the Blades organization, they can have a long successful run in the playoffs this year. If anyone deserves to have their moment in the sun, it is Lorne.
Speaking of coaches that I like, the CFL has named Ken Miller as a finalist for the 2010 CFL coach of the year award. He will go up against Marc Trestman and Jim Barker. I really thought Miller deserved this award last year and I hope he can get it this year although I'm guessing Trestman will because he coached the Grey Cup champs. That's the way it seems to go.
The Blackhawks and Oilers are going to play an exhibition game in Saskatoon. Buyer beware. You would hope both teams would play their best players, but there is no guarantee. Remember that!!!
Rod Pedersen is going to have both Principal Richard Pound and Big Daddy Kash in the Sportscage this afternoon from 4-5. What chaos could ensue? Both Pound and Kash will be in the ring tomorrow night when HIW has its first card of 2011. From what I understand, it could be a red-carpet evening as several of Regina's "finest" are expected to attend. For some, it might be a life-changing or eye-opening experience.
Speaking of the Cage, we had Rams coach Frank McCrystal on yesterday to talk about a variety of things. One thing I asked Frank and I really don't know the answer to the question is what school has put out the most football players in the CIS since the Rams started playing University ball. I would think they would have to be top 3 if not number one overall. Just look at some of the guys that have come out of the program that are dotting CFL and NFL rosters. If anyone has that stat available, I would love to see it.
Interesting comments from former Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce yesterday. Pierce was speaking with ESPN's Scott Van Pelt and he said a season isn't a successful season unless you win the championship. The comment sparked a lot of discussion. Every player wants to win a title of some sorts, but there are some players that just won't on said team in said season. I'm sure the Regina Pats would love to hold the Memorial Cup high at season's end, but they know that wouldn't happen when they took to the ice for the first time. Not many expected the team to make the playoffs but they might. If Regina makes the playoffs, but doesn't win the Mem Cup, does that mean it wasn't a successful season. I would think if the Pats made the playoffs, they would be downright giddy at the Brandt Centre.
Can anyone really tell me the Cleveland Cavaliers thought they would win the NBA title this year when they lost Lebron James? Does that make their season a failure? Looking at their record, the answer is already yes.
Would the Riders consider their season to be a failure after getting to the GC and losing? Pierce was a fierce competitor during his day and I can understand his warrior-like mentality in making that statement, but I just don't think it applies. What in your mind makes a successful season?
Roger Goodell says if there is an NFL work stoppage he will reduce his salary to one dollar a year. I know the move is one of PR, but I love it.
An editorial in I think it was Tuesday's Leader-Post suggested the highway between Regina and Weyburn be made a four lane highway. I've been urging that for years. I hate that road at the best of times. With all the truck traffic on that highway, I think that should become a priority when it comes to highway talk in this province.
"Don't count the days, make the days count."