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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Something To "Mitch" About


--In the words of the legendary sportscaster Jack Buck "I don't believe what I just saw" and as his son Joe so eloquently says at the end of this "Seattle is going back to the Super Bowl".

 I'm not going to lie, like some of those who left CenturyLink Field early, I thought it was over with 4 minutes to go and the Seahawks down 19-7 after Russell Wilson threw his 4th INT of the game. However, Seattle found a way and thanks to the brick-like hands of Packer tight end Brandon Bostick, the Seahawks got the game to overtime where they won it on the first possession much to the chagrin of those who hate NFL overtime the way it stands now. Did Seattle deserve to win? NOPE! Did they win or did Green Bay lose it? I'll argue the latter.

 Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy made one mistake after another in this game starting in the first quarter. They had a 4th and goal at the 1 and a 4th and 1 at the 2 in the first quarter and decided each time to eschew the TD for a FG. WRONG!! McCarthy showed no faith in his potent offence and MVP quarterback in decisions that came back to bite him in the you know where.

McCarthy should also be quizzed about why the Packers at no time challenged all-world defensive back Richard Sherman when it was obvious he was not 100 percent. McCarthy had to test Sherman out by throwing one towards Jordy Nelson. He did not!

Arguably the play of the game came from one of our own. How about the fake field goal with Jon Ryan hoisting one to a wide open Garry Gilliam for a TD. It perhaps has spawned an early candidate for photo of the year.

 
 
 
That arguably was the play that turned this game around and it may be a play that ends up with Seattle winning back to back titles. Jon can kick, catch and he can throw it too. Yes, the guy is more than just a punter. What I want to know was did that play cause an earthquake --RYANQUAKE, PUNTERQUAKE, CANADIANQUAKE???
 
 
It will be Seattle against New England for the Vince. The game has an early 'pick-em' for the spread.  New England looked at the top of their game in clubbing Indianapolis. Tom Brady versus the Legion of Boom. Can't wait!
 
Thanks to George Yannitsos at the Four Seasons for looking after me during yesterday's Seahawks game. There was never any worry George. OK, maybe a little.
 
Elsewhere....

--The University of Regina did not handle the Bernie Schmidt situation well. The long-time offensive co-ordinator of the Rams was told his services were no longer needed last week, The word didn't come down from new coach Mike Gibson, it came down from the University. What's wrong is that there was no notice of this. Schmidt deserves much more than that. Much more! No release, no nothing for someone who like Frank McCrystal spent many years with the Rams. There should be some red-faces at the U of R for handling the situation poorly. As for Bernie, I am not saying he should move over because Stefan Endsin is doing a fine job with the Thunder, but someone of Bernie's ilk would make the Thunder a better team.

--Speaking of handling things badly, Eskimos GM Ed Hervey in the release which announced the Fred Stamps trade said " Fred's on-field accomplishments are well-documented. We thank him for his contributions to the organization and wish him the best." Did Fred get fired? I think his time in Edmonton deserved a little more than that. That trade is an interesting one considering Stamps will be a free agent in a short time. The Alouettes are gambling by making this move, but they aren't giving up a lot for Stamps. This would seem to indicate SJ Green's days in Montreal are over.

--Congrats to the Regina Capitals for being named the host team of the 2016 Keystone Cup "Junior B" Western Canadian Championship. There's no junior A team in town because the SJHL is afraid to come into the big city so this is the next biggest team behind the Pats. Self-admittedly, I have maybe been to one or two Junior B games in my existence, but I'm told its good hockey and if you have the champs of all the Western provinces and northwestern Ontario coming, it should be something you'll want to watch.

--The Saskatchewan Hockey Association named a huge group including Wendel Clark, the 2002-03 Humboldt Broncos and Tiger Williams  as its 2015 Hall of Fame inductees.  Congrats to all, but a question for the S-H-A. With the CAMECO Hockey Day in Saskatchewan festivities happening in Carnduff, why not make that announcement there as well instead of Saskatoon?

--Granted the team they were playing isn't exactly a major draw with their record, but was there anyone at Saturday's Oilers-Panthers game in Florida? How can the league keep this team in Miami when there are markets that would actually go out and watch the club play.

--The Blue Jays say it is not intentional, but they could start the season with three Canadians starting at their respective positions--Russell Martin at catcher, Michael Saunders in left and rookie Dalton Pompey in center. With all Jays games on TV in Canada, this will surely spark a huge increase in kids playing the game. It worked with basketball and kids watching Vince Carter play for the Raptors and now we are seeing that with the amount of Canadian players in the NBA. I'm certainly OK with this.

--Analytics in hockey. The Leafs, Oilers and Devils were the three teams in the NHL that had it at the start of the season and all three have fired their head coaches. Hmmmmmm!!

--A great discussion was had on the Dan Patrick show this week. Tom Brady has never constantly had great receivers to throw to and yet the Patriots continue to win. If Brady is the best ever QB to have a lack of talent at receivers, than who is the best receiver to not have great quarterbacks to get the ball to him. The argument ended at Larry Fitzgerald, but I wonder who that distinction would go to in the CFL. Would Don Narcisse fit in there? He had Kent Austin throwing to him in 1989, but after that it was a dogs breakfast.

--I almost forgot. Rams receiver Addison Richards showed he can play with the big boys Saturday in St, Pete's Florida. Richards caught a pair of passes in the game for 19 yards and saw a lot of action in the first quarter. He also got some praise as did the Rams from NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. It would be nice to see Richards get an NFL opportunity and I'm sure he spoke or will speak with several teams.

--If you are a UFC fan and you stayed up late Sunday night, you saw Conor McGregor destroy Dennis Siver in their featherweight bout with the feisty Irishman then hopping the octagon and getting in the face of champ Jose Aldo. McGregor is one tough little leprechaun and Aldo will be in tough in what should be a classic cage matchup.

--That's all I got. Have a great week and yes that includes you Cheezheads!





29 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a moment for Johnny. Next to winning the Super Bowl, that might be his biggest NFL memory. The look on his face is outstanding!

Anonymous said...

Who decided to get rid of Bernie? Was it the Rams or the University. Seems odd it would be the U of R as the story seems to go.
The situation was handled poorly.

Anonymous said...

Completely unrelated to today's post, but I was told by good authority on weekend Heenan is about to sign a deal with Ravens. Do you know anything about this?

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75flyersbestteamever said...

As a fan of the Bears nation (insert joke here) I couldn't be more happy to see the Packers cough up the hairball the way they did.
One rhetorical question...was every type of weather experienced during the game? Its rainy, its sunny, looks cold, looks warm.
Why did Seattle Councillors decide long ago to take the good people of Seattle from the weatherproof conditions of Kingdome and not replace with another indoor refuge, and, treating fans to mandatory gear up like Captain High-liner just to watch a game at a few hundred bucks a pop.
--once again thanks Seahawks and hoping nobody ever drowns at a "hawks home game.

Anonymous said...

The other Packer bone-head decision took place when there was all kinds of room to run and gain yards on the 4th interception, yet the player decides to fall on the ground as if it is the last play of the game. A real head scratcher that one.

Anonymous said...

Mike McCarthy should be fired. End of story! That was pathetic!

peter dalla riva

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Anonymous said...

Conor McGregor is awesome!

Anonymous said...

Your Seahawks are so f-in lucky. You KNOW they don't deserve to be going to the Super Bowl. I hope New England crushes them!

Anonymous said...

The Rams aren't the Riders. Tell me why they should announce the release of Bernie Schmidt?

Anonymous said...

Jon Ryan = AWESOME!

Anonymous said...

Bernie would be a great fit for the Thunder if an opportunity ever arises for him to join their staff.

Anonymous said...

Heenan to the Ravens? Yeah right!


Doug R

Anonymous said...



REGINA, Sask. – Dick White announced Friday morning he will retire after 20 years as the University of Regina’s director of athletics and 34 years at the university overall.

“For close to three decades, Dick White has been instrumental in the extraordinary development of the athletics programs at the University of Regina,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons. “He has shown tremendous commitment to our University and to our students, and has played a major role in the academic and athletic success of countless students. I want to take this opportunity to personally thank Dick for his years of service and his longstanding dedication to the University of Regina.”
BECAUSE ITS THE RIGHT THING TO DO REGARDING BERNIE SCHMIDT!!!!

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Anonymous said...

Bernie at the very least should have been given a $6.00 meal deal...but then that's mean you need to speak to him, can't have that.

Anonymous said...

Last year everyone beat Heenan like he was a rented mule. He would have been benched if not for his citizenship. You better take your green glasses off if you think he's NFL quality.

Anonymous said...

Hey Scruffy.....can you do us all a favour and tell Ballsy to go f### himself. He was rippin on you today because you're a Seahawks fan. The best thing that will ever happen to the WOLF is when that a-hole is done!

Calvin

Anonymous said...

Bernie deserved a much better fate than what he got. The U of R should be embarrassed and so should the Rams.


Anonymous said...

Mike McCarthy----IDIOT!

Anonymous said...

(insert joke here)
(Riders nation?)

thanks Roughriders and hoping nobody ever drowns at a "riders home game in their new stadium.

Anonymous said...

Bernie resurfacing with the Thunder is a tremendous idea. I wonder if Scotty would bring him on.

Steve

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't expect anything less from the U of R. Garbage institution. Lost my grandmother and father during finals in 09 and 10. They accused me of dodging tests and weren't going to let me write them! I could go on and on. After attending Ivy League it's night and day.

Anonymous said...

Great Scruffy, just great.

Anonymous said...

Who cares if nothing was said about bernie. Its a U oF R program. Jeesh get over it. I hope they change the name to Cougars soon. Its an absolute joke that alum still have a hold of a university program.

Anonymous said...

You really shouldn't be calling yourself an idiot! It's bad for your self esteem.

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Anonymous said...

ha ha , dumbest facial expression ever - even Jimmy Kimmel had a ball with that pic last night.