Friday, May 30, 2014
This And That
What and I many others thought was a joke a few months go is now reality. The CFL is going to be hit with a players strike barring some last minute settlement. While a strike is now reality, it doesn't change the fact that the league and the players will pay for this. Say what you will about the CFL, but its not big-time. Its not a millionaires boy club like the other pro sports are. Here in Rider Nation, we will painfully and patiently wait for the game to return but I don't know if that's the case in other centres. The question now is how long does this go. I have heard the players want to send a message and that they would be content in losing the first exhibition game and having an abbreviated camp. We will see. I still think the players are being a little unreasonable in their salary cap demands as you don't go from driving a 79 Pinto to a brand new Lamborghini overnight. They have to pull back a little and have the CFL increase things a little. An 11 or 12 percent hike in the salary cap would work for me.
In the meantime and in between time, what are you going to do Rider fans without your daily dose of football now that football season has arrived. You can't watch the Grey Cup every night----well you can, but you know what I mean.
I think Marwan Hage was a little overdramatic when he stated no CFL football this season at all, but the man is entitled to his opinion as we all are.
At least we don't have to worry about any Humpty's ads for a while.
Other thoughts running through my muddled mind in no particular order...
--Dustin Tokarski deserves a starting job with some NHL team next year. He gave Montreal a chance when no one thought they had one against the Rangers once Carey Price went down. If only Montreal had some offence.
--PK Subban is not and will never be an elite defenceman in this league in my mind with all the giveaways he has. He's another Mike Green!
--Can we just admit the Hawks and Kings are the closest thing we have to an NHL dynasty and do we as hockey fans deserve that series to go 7. What a great matchup that has been.
--Am I the only one who thinks the Canadian Tire guy is a real d-bag?
--WWE fans, I think the next step for John Cena is to become a member of the Authority.
--I want to know what the numbers are for the National Spelling Bee. Who is watching that when you have the NHL and NBA playoffs on along with MLB. CMON!!!! That's C-M-O-N!!
--The Kansas City Royals have hit 21 homers in the month of May with two days to go....Edwin Encarnacion has hit 16 in May alone.
--Jose Bautista throwing Billy Butler out at first base from right field last night was just awesome!
--While I understand the excitement of Blue Jays fans, I caution them that there are still 100 games to be played. A lot can change. If they are on top in mid-July, start getting excited.
--Start getting excited for the Regina Red Sox. They play their home opener Sunday afternoon against Swift Current. Scruffette has a ball tournament in Moose Jaw that wraps up Sunday, but its over by noon, I'll be at Currie for sure on Sunday.
--I had been told by two sources that former Saskatoon Blade Jason Christie was going to be the team's new head coach, but I had cold water thrown on that notion by two people Thursday.
--In 2000, the first Swedish goalie drafted was Mikael Tellqvist by the Leafs. 120 picks later, the Rangers grabbed some guy named Lundqvist. Oops!
--I really wonder how Canucks fans feel knowing Alain Vigneault is off to the SC final.
--Is the winner of the Chicago/LA series the closest thing we have to an NHL dynasty these days. Then again, if you don't do what the Habs of the 70's, the Islanders of the 80's and the Oilers of the 90's did, is it really a dynasty?
--I find it rather embarrassing that Regina High Schools seem intimidated by out of city teams thus they don't want them participating in their leagues anymore. Its a joke that Lumsden and Balgonie have been given the boot. What school led the high and mighty charge on this?
--Tiger Woods has let another major go by because of his bad back. It just cements the thought Tiger will not pass Jack Nicklaus for most majors won.
That's all I got. Have a great weekend!