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Monday, May 26, 2014

Something To "Mitch" About


If you are a Riders fan and you haven't gotten this, go out and get one. If you are a Riders fan from outside of this fine province, order one and get someone to get one for you and send it to you a-s-a-p. If you have already witnessed it, I'm sure you were impressed just like me at the 70 minute documentary.

I don't want to spoil it for all of those who haven't seen it, but the Riders video team and the organization themselves should be very proud of this production. If you have seen the highly successful and popular "America's Game" done by NFL films, this rivals it in many ways.

It brings back a lot of great memories of not only the season, but the Grey Cup festival and many other things. My favourite part is when head coach Corey Chamblin makes a comment about the crowd on Grey Cup Sunday and how it was more than a home game.

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This still takes a while to get used to, but at least that helmet has an arrowhead on it and not a horse. That would be wrong! As someone said to me this weekend. the NFL and the Chiefs may have to give discounts on people from this province ordering Dressler jerseys because there will be many if he makes the team. Hell, I'm buying one and Mrs. Scruffy says she wants one too. Actually, Mrs. Scruffy doesn't want one because she wants to keep using the green 7 jersey she has now with hopes Weston will return.  She's just being selfish.
 
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The UFC experience made a stop in Regina this weekend and by all accounts it was extremely busy in downtown Regina as UFC fans stopped in to see a variety of things. Business kept me from being in attendance as much as I wanted it to, but Reginans and Saskatchewan proved we love the UFC and we want to see it live in our province soon. If Saskatchewan's Mitch Clarke can be on that card somehow, it would be that much better. There is no doubt Credit Union Centre would be the first locale to stage a UFC card whether it be a pay-per view or a fight night, but one has to think a big event would come here once the new facility at Evraz Place opens.

Speaking of UFC, I didn't get a chance to catch UFC 173 Saturday night, but TJ Dillashaw defeating Renae Barao has to be one of the bigger upsets in the history of the sport. Barao hadn't lost in a decade and I don't think anyone was giving Dillashaw a chance to win the belt.

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I don't think he is going to author a Cinderella story, but has Dustin Tokarski showed enough in limited time under the spotlight to garner a starting job somewhere in the NHL. You can't tell me he isn't better than what a lot of teams have----Calgary and Winnipeg come to mind right off the bat. Someone needs to ask Steve Yzerman why he got rid of the Watson native in the first place.

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Dan Carcillo gets 10 games for what didn't look to be extremely physical contact with the linesman, yet the NHL gives Brandon Prust gives two games for a big-time cheap shot that breaks the jaw of another player. Where is the justice in that? People wonder why the NHL disciplinarians don't get a lot of respect. Prust should have gotten a minimum 5 if not more and I don't care if he is a so called first offender.

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Does it matter to you that Canada hasn't won gold at the World Hockey Championships in a long time. It doesn't bother me since we don't send our "A" team. When that starts to happen and we don't produce, call me!

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TSN will have its last national hockey broadcast on tonight when Chris Cuthbert calls the Hawks-Kings game. The rest of the series will be on CBC and with the Stanley Cup being on CBC, the end of an era happens as the NHL on TSN comes to an end as we know it. I hope to god the people at Rogers have some kind of clue as to what they are going to do because as it stands now, the TSN presentation is still miles better than what we get on a nightly basis from Sportsnet.

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Congrats to the Edmonton Oil Kings. Its great having the Memorial Cup back in what I biasedly believe is the best major junior and developmental hockey league in the world.

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I will say it at the end of this Memorial Cup and every other one until it happens. The tournament needs to expand. If the RBC Cup,  the Western Canadian Junior A championship. the Telus Cup and the Esso Cup can have a five team tournament, then figure out a way to make the Memorial Cup a five team tournament.

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The debate is heavy when it comes to the CFL labour dispute and where the blame lies. I think right now the majority of people I have spoken with are blaming the players for being too greedy. I just want a deal to get struck so that we have football. If we don't, I think it hurts the league for a long time. It won't here where we will come back to the game much like fans of the Winnipeg Jets and Canadian hockey fans in general came back after the NHL lockout, but the CFL isn't the NHL.
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There might be one good thing if there is no CFL season-----it will mean no Humpty's ads!!

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Its good to see some other CFL teams get on the food bandwagon and start selling products bearing the likeness of their hometown football players. The Edmonton Eskimos announced Mike Reilly potato chips this week. I have to assume when you open up the bag, the chips are all pounded into dust much the way Reilly was in 2013.  There is also Corn-ish flakes cereal in Calgary. Let the comments on that start.

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While I understand the excitement the Toronto Blue Jays are creating as we hit the end of May, may I just remind you there are 111 games to be played yet. Make no doubt about it, Toronto is playing probably the best baseball out of any team right now, but there is a lonnnnnnng ways to go and the Jays still need to make some moves to create some noise. One of those moves is finding a way to get another starting pitcher and if that pitcher isn't Cubs righthander Jeff Samardzija then GM Alex Anthopoulos will have some explaining to do. Anthopoulos let Ervin Santana get away from him before the season started and he can't afford to let a glorious opportunity get away.

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I end this one with a line from WOLF 104.9 morning man Ballsy. His quip in the station the other day "Jordan Eberle won "Sticks on Rose" last year which is the only thing he has won with a hockey stick in his hands over the past few years. Sadly, I can't argue that statement.

That's all I got. Its going to be a great week!!!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

rogers has a monopoly on nhl now, their production was amateurish compared to tsn now no competition i dont see it improving very much, theres no incentive to be better.

Anonymous said...

THey should have had Cornish toilet paper since the guy is an ass!

Anonymous said...

CFL teams stealing more Rider promotional ideas (food items). Can't these teams do something original?


Rob

75flyersbestteamever said...

Elliotte Freidman was yakking on Calgary radio that Dustin will be Price's back-up next year so
Peter Budaj "can you spare me another team"
is hitting the bricks.
..selling a goalie while he's hot might benefit the Habs but they must consider two elements
.. #1Budaj and Devin Dubnyk would remain in the farm system as the back-ups unless they drafted well
..#2 if Price stumbles then D.T. could create the Vancouver scenario all over again by rising to the occasion next season too.
Ginette Reno may even by quiet on what to do.

Anonymous said...

The DVD is outstanding.

I agree with the guy on the Cornish toilet paper.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rob:

Forget about Flutie Flakes? Who's copying who now? Setting you straight man!

Anonymous said...

The DVD is fantastic. Watched it twice already. I just wish the game was available on DVD somewhere.


Anonymous said...

If Rogers throws Rob Kerr and Kevin Quinn at me again next year, I will be sick to my stomach. Those guys are god-awful.

When is your buddy Pederson announcing his departure to Calgary. Its no secret!

Anonymous said...

How about creamed Corn-ish because when he played us in the WF, he was creamed.



Anonymous said...

or you could use a rider flag or jersey

Mike from Vita, MB said...

The Cornish flakes r put out by co-op in Alberta. Wise marketing move in all CFL cities by co-op