Yeah, its a little late today, but I have some days off from the mighty RM as I have some things going on. The fact it coincided with American Thanksgiving meaning a solid weekend of football was a big factor in scheduling what needed to get done, but hey that's OK!
While watching the Turkey day games south of the border, I am keeping my eyes glued on what is happening north of the border in Vancouver as well so without further adieu, here are some thoughts running through my muddled mind as we get ready to enjoy Grey Cup weekend and as always they come in no particular order.
--Sounded like Rod Pedersen and Luc Mullinder were having a good time doing Saskatchewan's #1 sports show---the Sportscage--from the heart of the action in Vancouver. I turned on my radio yesterday afternoon and heard the Rider pep band doing its thing as Commissioner Marc Cohon paid a visit. I'm guessing the boys will have another solid two and a half hours of programming today.
--Who is going to replace Cohon? I have no idea. Can they find someone as charismatic as him? Can they find someone who will relate with the fans as well as he can? Yes, there is much more to the job than being charismatic, but despite some negatives that have surfaced near the end of his tenureship, Cohon has done more good for this league than bad. He will hold his state of the league address with fans today in Vancouver as well as doing his thing with the media this morning. The bit with the fans last year at the Delta was my favourite part of Grey Cup week leading up to the game. I learned more from his chat with the fans than I did with the media chat. Cohon and the entire program was much less formal. I hope his successor keeps this tradition up.
--Congrats to Riders president and CEO Jim Hopson for being recognized by the CFL for his years of work with the football team and the league. There's no secret here how much respect I have for Hoppy and what he has done for this organization. There are many things he has done as well that aren't publicized to raise the profile of the football club. I'll miss seeing him on the sidelines and wherever next year.
--To the game itself and I think this year's game either has a Calgary blowout or a tight Hamilton win attached to it in my mind. On paper, Calgary should destroy the Tabbies with ideal field conditions and weather, but we don't play the game on paper as we all know. I will be very interested in seeing how both quarterbacks handle their first championship game, but in the end, I see the X factor being Ti-Cats running back Nic Grigsby. If he can allow Collaros to have a manageable distance on second down, I see Hamilton keeping it close. I don't see that Ti-Cats defence being able to consistenly stop Cornish who will get 100 yards. The chess game between Hufnagel and Austin will be great. In the end, I see Calgary winning this one 31-20. If that is the case, I won't be happy for the ever-cocky Stamps, but it will be nice to see Brett Jones and Marc Mueller with GC rings on their fingers.
--Congrats to Rams receiver Addison Richards who is off to the East-West Shrine Bowl. He will get to show his stuff to American coaches and scouts at the game in St. Petersburg, Florida in January. Could it get "Addy" an NFL invite somewhere? I think its safe to say he has caught his last pass in a Rams uniform.
--How about the Seahawks last night!! DOMINATION!!!! Colin Kaepernick learned again you don't mess with Richard Sherman! One has to wonder seeing how Kaepernick has regressed this year if the Niners will look at switching things up next year. It seems to me as if defences have figured out Colin.
--Week 13 (or what's left of it) NFL Lock of the Week ----Steelers over Saints
Week 13 NFL Upset of the Week ---Vikings over Panthers
--Did even the most optimistic Raptors fan see this start coming? They look great! Speaking of great looking basketball teams, the Cougar men and women play Brandon tonight and tomorrow starting at 6 both nights. Get down to the CKHS and enjoy some great University basketball.
--We almost got to the first of December with no real snow. I guess I'll take that. Sounds like it will be a nasty weekend weatherwise so stay safe.