The moves have been made and while many are starting to come around and see the moves to release Weston Dressler and John Chick take the Saskatchewan Roughriders out of salary cap hell, there are still some who believe Chris Jones might be one of the biggest buffoons in Rider history when he hasn't coached a game.
There are questions being asked after Weston's statement to the Rider Nation via Twitter on Friday morning like did the team want him around, what offer if any was made and what offer would have been enough to get him to stay. We may never know the answers to those questions, but when Dressler and Chick sign with another team, what will their salary be.
The other question being asked to me is "What's next?". As has been stated before, when you are 3-15, you make changes and while those changes have started, one would have to think more are coming, but how many can you make. If you take a look at the 2013 roster that won the Grey Cup, these are the only players left.
Darian Durant, Rob Bagg, Chris Getzlaf, Dan Clark, Chris Best, Xavier Fulton, Brendon Labatte, Corey Watman, Tearrius George, Alex Hall, Levi Steinhauer, Paul Woldu, Kevin Regimbald and Spencer Moore. That's it! Some of those guys are free agents so they may not be back. The turnover has been quick and it has been immense. It's almost like the Riders truly are starting over and have an expansion feel to them. Again, this is what you get when you finish 3-15 which is far below the expectations set by Craig Reynolds and company. The talk has started about what Durant's future is. When you have Brett Smith (Keith Price is a free agent) who is learning the job, but still isn't ready, you have some leverage, but that leverage could come to a quick end if Trevor Harris comes here via free agency or if a trade for James Franklin happens---and with Jones' familiarity with Franklin, I could see that happening.
To the NFL playoffs and just when you think they can't get any better when it comes to drama and the bizarre happenings they bring, it does. I don't think there has ever been a wilder 15 minutes in a game than what Green Bay and Arizona treated us to. What had been a great football game turned into one of the best games of all-time as Arizona goes ahead on a deflected pass that may have been intercepted which results in Green Bay getting not one, but two Hail Marys to tie it to a botched coin flip to a Hail Larry as the Cardinals prevailed in overtime.
It has renewed the overtime rules talk in the NFL again. As I have stated many times before, I have no problem with the rule. The job of the defense if they are on the field to start overtime is to prevent the other team from getting in the endzone and giving your team a shot. If you can't, you don't win. It's as simple as that. Green Bay still had a chance to extend overtime when Larry Fitzgerald was stopped at the 4. Didn't New England win a Super Bowl with an endzone stop last year? Yes, that was in regulation, but it can be done. If and I say if you are going to change the overtime rule and I have said this many times and it would apply to the CFL as well. You give each team a possession, but you put the ball at midfield and make the offense get a couple of first downs. Putting the ball in a spot where you can basically kick a field goal without gaining a yard is dumb.
I thought Kansas City could beat New England, but they were just clueless with the football when it mattered while Tom Brady was anything but. He had that look on Saturday afternoon and when he has that look, you don't beat him. Tom made it look wayyy too easy----again!
As for Sunday, the Seahawks couldn't recover from the first 5 minutes against Carolina as they were down 14-0 before they knew what hit them.
Russell Wilson tried to bring them back, but he just didn't have enough time while Denver outlasted Pittsburgh in a game that was closer than I thought, but a game where Peyton Manning just looked too slow. We will see another Brady vs Manning battle, but Peyton needs to be a lot sharper in my opinion as he looks for one last Super Bowl. This has to be it for him doesn't it?
Mike Gibson is gone as U of R Rams head coach. I was told by many this was the wrong hire and those people appear to be correct as he turned out to be exactly what many said he was. I have also been told there are many players who are very happy over what has transpired. It is now up to the University and the football club to right a wrong and not to fall for the guy with the flashiest resume and bring someone in who can get this program to where it needs to be.
There should be a lot of red-faces in the NHL over the John Scott story. The story and the impact it is having is told perfectly in this outstanding article. John Scott didn't ask for this, but he got it and he accepted. What could have been the weekend of his hockey-life has now turned into a nightmare because of the NHL. The league needs to rectify this situation because they look real bad in allowing this to first happen and now taking action against the player when he has done absolutely nothing wrong.
Sportsnet's Mark Spector revealed Friday the Oilers did indeed dangle Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to the Nashville Predators for Seth Jones, but Preds GM David Poile said no and took Ryan Johansen from Columbus instead. Spector then surveyed some GM"s with more saying they would have taken Nugent-Hopkins. While RNH isn't gone from the Oilers yet, one would think the decision has been made as to what one of the big three will be dealt as Edmonton looks to improve themselves on the blueline. I think Peter Chiarelli will make his move during the all-star break, but what team does he dance with.
Patrick Kane had never had a regular season hat-trick until Friday in Toronto. That is hard to believe!
Connor Hellebuyck has been a godsend for the Winnipeg Jets. He may have made Ondrei Pavelec expendable and that could help them keep Andrew Ladd or Dustin Byfuglien.
The Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings alumni will play a game at Coors Field before the teams of today play in another outdoor game. The players who will suit up were announced on Friday and the game will see Claude Lemieux and Kris Draper on the ice against one another. Could this be an alumni game with fireworks? Who knows? If Mosca and Kapp can still have issues with one another many years later, so can Lemieux and Draper!
The womens basketball team at the University of Connecticut is 99-1 in their last 100 games. Not bad!
Congrats to two Sasky athletes. Weyburn's Graham DeLaet finishes tied for 7th at the PGA's Sony Open---his first event of 2016 and Strasbourg's Nick Schultz played his 1000th NHL game last week and was honored by the Flyers for doing that before their game Saturday against the Rangers.
That's all I got. Have a great week!