Sunday, November 19, 2017

Depth Charts For CFL East Final

620 CKRM begins its game day coverage at 9 with the play-by-play at noon. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Duron Carter Lives Up To His Promise

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While in Ottawa this week, Riders receiver Duron Carter hinted he would like to do something Saturday in Toronto with Rider Nation like go to a movie.

He confirmed that would happen on Saturday morning by saying he is footing the bill for a showing of "Justice League" at a Toronto theatre close to where the team is staying in advance of Sunday's Eastern Final against the Toronto Argonauts.

There was one condition though.

When asked in Toronto, what member of the Justice League he would be. Carter answered by saying "I would be the guy that you don’t see, I’m the guy on the intercom, the communications guy, safe in the ship, away from everybody just telling them where the enemies are, I’m not part of the fighting.
“I want to stay safe and chill, I want to do the celebrating with the justice league, the justice league party I’m definitely there.”

Friday, November 17, 2017

This And That

Welcome to Friday!  Here are the usual weekly thoughts running through my muddled mind, and as always they come in no particular order.

--Attention Canada:  Saskatchewan will be closed for about three hours starting at Noon on Sunday. We hope you understand! Would I be correct with that statement?  Rider Nation will be glued to their radio, their TV, their tablet or whatever as the Saskatchewan Roughriders look to advance to the Grey Cup for the first time since that magical night at Taylor Field in 2013 that many of us still remember oh so well. Can they do it? Can they knock off the Argos to represent the East in the Grey Cup.  All I know is I need to visit Mark Habicht at the Rider Store to get a 2017 "East Division" champion shirt if it should happen.

By the way, how did no one come up with the BEL13VE slogan before now? What a great slogan! Who gets credit for that?

--Is this a sign of things to come.  The Riders have won their last four division finals.  (2007, 2009, 2010, 2013).  We know what their record is the week after, and yes the two losses are against the guy who will be coaching on the other sidelines (Marc Trestman) with his defensive co-ordinator (Corey Chamblin) being the guy who guided them to the 2013 title.

--TV ratings for the playoffs were up (especially the East semi), and the Argos are already pronouncing they will have their biggest crowd of the year.  It's not hard to see what the common denominator is.  The Riders are Canada's team. They are good for business.  Right TSN? Right Toronto? Will there be more Rider fans than Argo fans at BMO Place when kickoff hits. It wouldn't surprise me one bit.

--If its a Riders/Eskimos GC Final, will the story be the first time two Western teams have played for the Grey Cup? Remember in 2007, Winnipeg was technically in the East. While I would say yes, you know the Chris Jones defection to Regina after the Eskimos won the 2015 Cup will be brought up again and could end up getting top billing.

--If two Western teams qualify for the Grey Cup, will this make the CFL decide to get rid of East vs West and go with the top six teams making the playoffs?

--The Bombers are upset at the fact they let a good season get away. A team who is seemingly on the upswing has a lot of work to do in the off-season. Guys like Chris Randle, TJ Heath, Weston Dressler and Stanley Bryant are free agents.  Add Justin Medlock to that list too.  Yes, every team has its fair share of free agents, but there are rumblings the Bombers could be the team that gets hit the most once mid-February rolls along.

--The Eskimos name debate is raging again.  An Edmonton radio station has put out a survey asking listeners if the team was to change its name, what would you like it to be.  The "Energy"and "Elk" are both leading the way.  The Edmonton Elk.  Imagine!

--Imagine the CFL being a 10 team one with that 10th team being situated in Halifax. That news broken by TSN's Dave Naylor got the attention of CFL fans far and wide. I'm very interested to see how this ends up.  I can't help but think it would be a huge success.  Would it be safe to say the Bluenosers would love their football team as much as the people in the Wheat Province?

--Week 11 NFL Lock of the Week -- Saints over Redskins
   Week 11 NFL Upset of the Week --  Bears over Lions

--Are the Eagles really the best team in the NFL? Their record says yes, but one has to think they would have their hands full with the Patriots, Steelers, Rams etc etc etc.

--Alex Anthopoulos became the GM of the Atlanta Braves this week.  It is already said if the Blue Jays don't get Josh Donaldson signed, sealed and delivered that AA will take a run at getting the 3rd baseman to move to Georgia. With a good young farm system, the Braves are poised to take over from Washington as the best team in the NL East in short order.  Blue Jays fans should just shake their head at how he just walked away thanks to the buffoonery that is Mark Shapiro.

--The Leafs don't need Auston Matthews it would appear.  It would appear as if Habs fans are ready to call it a season after losing to Arizona. Meanwhile, I am guessing the Oilers store at Rogers Place did not make any Mike Camalleri jerseys.  By the way, is the guy who looks like "Blue"from Old School that has shown up at Rogers Place the homeless guy that Ovechkin helped.  Who is that guy?

--That's all I got.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

CFL Looking At Halifax

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The Canadian Football League has responded to a report by TSN’s Dave Naylor regarding the league’s interest in expanding to Halifax, NS in the near future.

The league said Thursday afternoon that it can “confirm the CFL has had discussions with a group interested in securing a Canadian Football League franchise for the city of Halifax.”

“We can confirm the CFL has had discussions with a group interested in securing a Canadian Football League franchise for the city of Halifax. While this group has been professional, enthusiastic and impressive, these conversations are relatively new and a very thorough process of due diligence must be put in place and completed before we can fully assess the viability of the project. We want to publicly thank this group for its passion for the CFL and we thank the members of the media for their interest.”

In his report, Naylor stated that “a group of businessmen with ties to Eastern Canada would like to make the Canadian Football League’s dream of a tenth franchise come true in Halifax.”

The group is headed by New Brunswick native Anthony Leblanc. He was most recently the former president and CEO of the Arizona Coyotes. Another member of the group is Regina's Gary Drummond who was president of hockey operations for the club.

The group has met with officials in Halifax, the Nova Scotia government and commissioner Randy Ambrosie.

It is their hope to have a conditional franchise granted by the beginning of the 2018 season with play commencing in 2020.

Week 11 NFL Capsules

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Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers are home to the Tennessee Titans to open Week 11 of the NFL season.  A complete look at the game and others this weekend can be found right here. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mitch Picton Added To Riders Practice Roster

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The football season is not over for Mitch Picton.

After seeing his university eligibility get exhausted earlier this month when his Regina Rams were beaten by UBC in a Canada West semi-final football game, the Saskatchewan Roughriders added him to the practice roster Wednesday morning as the team gets ready for the Eastern final in Toronto.

Picton is coming off a season where he caught 53 passes for 761 yards and eight touchdowns.

He was the Riders 5th round draft pick, 37th overall, in the 2017 CFL draft.

Monday, November 13, 2017

NHL Three Stars Of Week

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Zucker led the NHL with six goals and seven points in four games (6-1-7) to power the Wild (7-7-2, 16 points) to a pair of victories. He collected one assist in a 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins Nov. 6. Zucker then scored each of the next six goals for the Wild, beginning with two in a 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Nov. 8. He added his first career hat trick, including the decisive marker, in a 3-0 triumph over the Montreal Canadiens Nov. 9 and then capped the week with the lone tally in a 1-0 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers Nov. 11. In doing so, Zucker became the first NHL player to record six straight team goals since Boston's Glen Murray in 2003-04. The 25-year-old Las Vegas native - who is one shy of matching the League record for consecutive team goals scored - paces Minnesota with nine tallies and 14 points in 16 contests this season.


Kucherov ranked second in the NHL with 2-5-7 in three games to propel the League-leading Lightning (14-2-2, 30 points) to a perfect road trip through California. He posted 1-2-3, including the winning goal, in a 5-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks Nov. 8. He added another 1-2-3 performance in a 5-2 triumph against the Los Angeles Kings Nov. 9 and picked up one assist in a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks Nov. 12. The 24-year-old Maykop, Russia, native paces the NHL with 16 goals and ranks second with 30 points in 18 games this season. He and Steven Stamkos (8 23-31) are the first set of NHL teammates to each record 30 or more points before their club's 20th game of a season since 2005-06, when players from both the Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Flyers achieved the feat.

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Holtby went 3-0-0 with a 1.27 goals-against average and .952 save percentage to backstop the Capitals (10-7-1, 21 points) to three wins in four contests. He opened the week with 24 saves in a 3-2 overtime victory against the Arizona Coyotes Nov. 6. Playing his 319th career game, Holtby made 27 stops to earn his 200th NHL win in a 4-1 triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins Nov. 10. In doing so, he became the second-fastest goaltender in League history to record 200 victories, behind Ken Dryden (309). Holtby added 29 saves, plus three shootout stops, in a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers Nov. 12. The 28-year-old Lloydminster, Sask., native - who has won six straight games - shares second place in the NHL with 10 victories in 13 outings this season (2.35 GAA, .927 SV%).

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Pats Make Deal With Kootenay

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The Regina Pats Hockey Club has acquired Montreal Canadiens prospect defenceman Cale Fleury from the Kootenay ICE.
In exchange, the Pats send 18-year-old defenceman Jonathan Smart, 16-year-old forward Cole Muir, a 2nd round pick in 2018, a 6th round pick in 2018 and a conditional pick in 2019 or 2020 to the ICE. The 2018 2nd round pick was acquired from the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Jordan Hollett trade and the 6th round pick was originally from Kootenay for goaltender Kurtis Chapman.
“We are excited to add Cale to our team,” said Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock. “He is a high end defenceman and will fit nicely with our group.”
Fleury, drafted 87th overall in the third round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, has scored six goals and has 10 points through 17 games this season. For his career, Fleury has played in 218 games, scoring 26 goals and 86 points.
Originally a fourth round bantam draft pick, the Calgary product represented Team Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 2014. 

The Pats see action Wednesday at home against Calgary before heading out on a West Coast road trip. 

Something To "Mitch" About

--The Saskatchewan Roughriders still have one, and maybe two big football games to win this season. If they play like they did Sunday in Ottawa, they just might come back to Regina with the Grey Cup.  What an effort by the green-and-white.  They beat the REDBLACKS from pillar to post in the Eastern semi-final.  Where do you start?

Kevin Glenn was magnificent. He threw for 252 yards with a touchdown while running for another. Glenn was in control from the first snap of the day.

Marcus Thigpen shocked the CFL universe. His 75 yard scamper in the 3rd quarter was a dagger. Many wondered why Chris Jones was bringing him off the scrap heap. Wonder no more!

Bakari Grant made up for his guffaw at home against Montreal by having a solid contest with some big catches.

The offensive line was masterful. They opened holes for Thigpen and kept Glenn clean for the most part.  That group was the star of the game as far as this blogger is concerned.

While Christion Jones did have a big fumble, he also had a big return on some trickery by special teams coach Craig Dickenson. Jones once again became a field-flipper.

While Trevor Harris did throw for 457 yards, I thought the Riders D basically held him in check after a highly entertaining first quarter that looked like the two were ready to march it up and down the field all day until Sam Eguavoen picked him off deep in Saskatchewan territory. That was maybe the play of the game.

All around, this was the best collective effort of the year by the Riders. Can they keep it up? I don't think the Argos pose as big a challenge as what Ottawa did. I thought it would be a slobberknocker that came down to the end.  In the end, there was no drama at all.  Yes, Toronto has the likes of Ricky Ray, James Wilder Junior and SJ Green. They also have Marc Trestman, and we know what type of coach he is. That being said, I just don't think Toronto matches up well with the Riders.  Are they going to become the first Western team to win the East? I wouldn't bet against them.

--The Chris Jones hate remains amongst certain factions of Rider fans, but it comes in spots.  The Riders HC was chastised by many for yelling at a TSN cameraman to "get out of my face" while he was trying to deliver some defensive signals.  If that is what you have to hang your head on, then go at it hoss! You might also want to look at how he took a team that wasn't very good when he took over and didn't improve much in year 1 has gotten to within a win of the Grey Cup in year 2.  His plan is working. If you don't want to admit that, go ahead and keep hating.

--Can the Riders QB rotation be known as "Glennbridge Energy"? 

-- The Western semi-final looked like it might be a playoff thriller, but Mike O'Shea who has changed games with trickery changed this one too albeit in a negative fashion for the Bombers. O'Shea called for a fake punt that failed giving Edmonton the ball at the Winnipeg 40.  It was 10-10 at the time. There was no need for that at that point of the field.  It is a call O'Shea will be second-guessed on all off-season as a promising Winnipeg year went up in smoke.  While the momentum changed on that play, it did seem though as if Edmonton was the better team so in the end it may not have mattered.  In the end, Edmonton beat Winnipeg and it wasn't the Oilers beating the Jets in a Smythe Division playoff game.

--Were the New England Patriots that good Sunday night or were the Denver Broncos that bad? What a performance by Brady and company?

--Do we look into what happened with Atlanta as a snapshot of the Cowboys without Ezekiel Elliott for the next five weeks?

--Talk that Auston Matthews should be a candidate for the Hart Trophy is laughable.  That conversation starts and ends with either Steve Stamkos or Nikita Kucherov right now.

---The Warriors didn't have Brett Howden or Josh Brook this weekend and they took two from the Pats. I am guessing John Paddock took notice of that.  One wonders how much longer it will be until a contender pries Jake Bean from the Calgary Hitmen.  If the Warriors add him to Brook, Jett Woo and the gigantic Oleg Sosunov, they may be setting up a Memorial Cup matchup against the Pats. Wouldn't that be something.  Of course, you wouldn't read about it in the local paper since the Times-Herald will no longer be in operation. Don't get me started on that.

--A 59 year old FG to win the Hardy Cup?  If Calgary's Niko Difonte had done that against the Rams, I can think of one broadcaster who may have thrown a headset or uttered an f-bomb or 8. What a kick! It's a shame a game like that wasn't on more Canadian television sets. More University sports is needed on Canadian network TV.  Once again the fact we have so many TSN's and so many Sportsnets and we don't get more USports games is terrible.

--What a black eye to USports Canada and university football the situation surrounding the Loney Bowl has become. It is shameful this issue had to go to the courts and now the Atlantic champion will play on Tuesday afternoon with the winner having to play again Saturday. That's completely embarrassing and a joke. If unaware of what I am talking about, click here and then shake your head.

--Really liked what I saw from Steve Burrows' Cougar mens basketball team this weekend as they beat Fraser Valley twice.  Really looking forward to what the rest of the season holds.  I am also really hoping that those going to games will learn how to cheer as well.  The Cougs are dunking the basketball, hitting threes and providing an entertaining evening and those in attendance sit there and clap as if Dustin Johnson sank a 20 foot par putt. It's OK to cheer and get loud.  Why is Regina so bad for that? 

--Don't know how many places in Regina or across Saskatchewan do so, but I was impressed Saturday to hit the Victoria Square Shopping Centre around 1130 only to find the mall closed until noon to show respect for Remembrance Day.  That was great to see!

--I'm hosting the Sportscage all week since Rod Pedersen is going to stay out East with the Riders. What should dominate the conversation? Hmmmmm!!!

--Have a great week! Enjoy the holiday Monday. The next long weekend is because of Christmas. Have you started shopping yet? SIGHHHH!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Depth Charts for Sunday's Eastern Semi-Final

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620 CKRM's game-day coverage begins at 9 Sunday morning with the play-by-play at noon with Rod Pedersen and Luc Mullinder

Friday, November 10, 2017

This Week In Cougar Athletics

Home Schedule – Friday
Women's Basketball – vs. Fraser Valley, 6 PM (Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport)
Men's Hockey – vs. Manitoba, 7 PM (The Co-operators Centre)
Men's Basketball – vs. Fraser Valley, 8 PM (Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport)
Home Schedule – Saturday
Men's Hockey – vs. Manitoba, 3 PM (The Co-operators Centre)
Women's Basketball – vs. Fraser Valley, 6 PM (Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport)
Men's Basketball – vs. Fraser Valley, 8 PM (Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport)
Away Schedule – Friday
Men's Volleyball – at Mount Royal, 6 PM MST (Calgary, Alta.)
Women's Hockey – at Manitoba, 7 PM CST (Winnipeg, Man.)
Women's Volleyball – at Mount Royal, 7:30 PM MST (Calgary, Alta.)
Away Schedule – Saturday
Men's Volleyball – at Mount Royal, 2 PM MST (Calgary, Alta.)
Women's Volleyball – at Mount Royal, 3:30 PM MST (Calgary, Alta.)
Women's Hockey – at Manitoba, 4 PM CST (Winnipeg, Man.)

Away Schedule – Sunday
*Cross Country – at U SPORTS Championship, 1 PM PST (Victoria, B.C.)
Women's Basketball (U SPORTS Ranking: No. 1) – The Cougars jumped up to the number one ranking in the country after 85-48 and 72-69 wins over Manitoba on the road last weekend. With four players averaging double-digits in scoring, Regina will open up the home schedule this weekend with a pair of games against the Fraser Valley Cascades.
Cross Country – The Cougars will finish off the 2017 season this Sunday at the U SPORTS Championships in Victoria. The U of R will send a full team on the men's side, led by returning All-Canadian and fifth-year veteran Adam Strueby. The team also consists of fourth-year runner Marc Turmel, third-year harriers Alex Eiswerth, Greg Hetterley, Matthew Johnson, and Quinn Legare, and second-year runner T.J. McBride. Tianna Dodds will be the lone runner for the U of R on the women's side.
Men's Basketball – The 2017-18 Canada West regular season will meet the CKHS for the first time this weekend as the Fraser Valley Cascades (1-1) are in town. The Cougars split a pair of games with a tough Manitoba team last weekend, falling 84-73 on Friday before taking an 89-87 win on Saturday thanks to a last-second shot from Alex Igual.
Men's Hockey – The Cougars return to action this weekend following the conference-wide bye week, as the Manitoba Bisons are in town. Regina sports a 1-6-1 record to this point, after being edged by No. 1 Alberta at the end of October. The Cougars and Bisons met twice in the pre-season, each taking a game in Winnipeg.
Rams Football (U SPORTS Ranking: No. 9) – The Rams' comeback bid fell short in a Hardy Cup semifinal last Saturday, as the UBC Thunderbirds held on for a 28-21 win over the visiting Rams. Atlee Simon set a Rams playoff record with 222 rushing yards in the losing effort. Rookie linebacker Nick Cross was named the Canada West Rookie of the Year on Thursday morning.
Women's Volleyball – The Cougars shocked the No. 1-ranked Alberta Pandas last Friday, taking a thrilling five-set comeback win at the CKHS. Alberta responded with a win the following night, as the Cougars sit at 2-4 on the season. Rookie hitter Jessica Lerminiaux leads the Cougars with 76 kills on a team-high 227 attacks. Regina will visit Mount Royal University this weekend for a matchup with the 3-1 Cougars.
Wrestling (Men's U SPORTS Ranking: No. 9 / Women's U SPORTS Ranking: No. 4) – The women's team competed at the Simon Fraser University Clan Invitational on the weekend, capturing three podium finishes. Olivia-Ann McDonnell placed second in the 72-kilogram class, while Amber Wiebe (50kg) and Inga Hammer (76kg) both finished third in their weight classes. The Cougars will have a weekend off before both the men's and women's teams are back in action for the Cougar Invitational on Nov. 18.
Swimming – Seven Cougars hit U SPORTS standards at the Colleges Cup in Vancouver on the weekend, including Bree Crookshanks who shattered the U of R record in the 200-metre breaststroke. Etienne Paquin-Foisy, Lexy King, Georgia Kaluznick, Eva Madar, Jong Hoon-lee and Noah Choboter also hit national standards. The next action for the Cougars will be the Canada West Championship, hosted by the University of Victoria from Nov. 24-26.
Women's Hockey – Regina is back on the ice this weekend after the Canada West bye week, set to take on the Manitoba Bisons. The Cougars (4-2-1-1) enter the weekend with same amount of points as No. 6 Manitoba, after splitting with the top-ranked Alberta Pandas two weeks ago in Edmonton. Jaycee Magwood and Bailey Braden lead the way for Regina with four goals and three assists apiece.
Men's Volleyball – The Cougars fell to 0-6 on the season after losing two tightly-contested matches with No. 8 Alberta last weekend. The Golden Bears took 3-1 and 3-2 wins over the Cougars, who will refocus for road matches against Mount Royal this weekend.

This and That

Welcome to Friday!  Here are the usual weekly thoughts running through my muddled mind, and as always they come in no particular order.

--In the words of former UFC announcer Mike Goldberg "Here we Go!"  Do the Saskatchewan Roughriders have what it takes or do they like every other Western team that has crossed over fail to win the East.  I don't know about you, but I think we are in for a great game.  These two teams played two one point thrillers in the regular season. Can we expect anything different in this one?

What is known is the "experiment" to play Duron Carter on the defensive side of the ball has to come to an end.  We have seen what he can do as a defensive back, but we also know what he can do as a wide receiver.  He is here to catch passes and not defend them.   Remember that the highly polarizing Carter had over 1000 yards receiving and he was hardly used if used at all in the last three games of the season. It is as if he became the forgotten man. Why?  This team is better when Carter is doing his thing.

--Who sits and who doesn't? I think it is safe to say Rider Nation awaits the roster on Saturday to see how it looks and then debate it from that time until kickoff. 

--As the season starts to wind down, there is talk of extending the contract of Chris Jones. Why not?  He has done what was asked! He inherited a bad (and that's being kind) football team and has gotten it back to a level of prominence.  Jones will go into the last year of his contract next year.  I think it would behoove the higher-ups to sit down with him once this season is over whenever that may be and hammer something out so that this is not hanging over the organization's head going into 2018.

--We know it is going to be a busy off-season for CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie with many things on his plate. Where do you start? What issue is the most pressing? You have marketing, dwindling attendance and interest, scheduling, the playoff format, refereeing,  What have I missed! The myriad of issues is dizzying! I think many connected to the league are confident Ambrosie can turn things around, but how much is too much?

--Week 10 NFL Lock Of The Week -- Steelers over Colts
   Week 10 NFL Upset Of The Week -- Bills over Saints

--I am damn glad Russell Wilson is on my team. The guy re-defines spectacular.  With a bigger field, one wonders what he could do in the CFL.  We'll never know!

--I think my reaction Tuesday afternoon echoed that of many when it came to Roy Halladay.  When word came down that a plane that belonged to him had gone down, we were all thinking the worst, but hoping and praying it wasn't "Doc" that was inside. When it became official, the baseball world had taken a gigantic gut-punch.

If you are a Jays fan or a baseball fan, you know how good of a player Halladay was.  He was arguably the best in the game for a while.  Toronto did the right thing by trading him to Philadelphia so he could get a shot at a much-deserved World Series. All he did in his first playoff start was throw a no-hitter.  He is the 2nd best Blue Jay in history behind Robbie Alomar.  I know the Regina Red Sox had floated his name for a possible guest at one of their highly successful sports dinners. Had that come to fruition, they may have had to go somewhere bigger than the Turvey Centre because the place would have been packed.

 What many are saying about him as they pay tribute are not just sugarcoated words.  He will go to Cooperstown, and he will likely do so wearing a Jays hat. Sadly, he won't be able to soak in the adulation he deserves.

On Tuesday afternoon after word of his death, I sent out a tweet saying the Jays had best realize no other player should wear "32" and a retirement ceremony should be held on opening day. If it isn't to happen then, it needs to happen in late August when the Phillies are at Rogers Centre.

--Congrats to Rams LB Nick Cross for being named Canada West rookie of the year. Rams DC Sheldon Gray must smile from ear-to-ear when he realizes Cross and Nick Dheilly are around for a long time. Those are two guys to build around.

--Going to be a good Friday night in #YQR.  The Pats and Warriors meet in the first of a home-and-home while at the U of R, the Cougar basketball teams open conference play at home against Fraser Valley.  Methinks it will be another exciting year of hoops at the CKHS.

--That's all I got. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Week 10 NFL Capsules

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Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are in Arizona Thursday night to start Week 10 of the NFL season. For a preview of the game and all of the games in the NFL this week, click here

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

CFL Divisional All-Stars Announced---5 Riders Selected

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The CFL has named its divisional all-star squads and five members of the Saskatchewan Roughriders have made the grade.

On offence, there are three players on the squad---receivers Duron Carter, and Naaman Roosevelt along with offensive lineman Brendon Labatte.

Carter and Roosevelt each had over 1000 yards receiving this season while Labatte, who will not play this weekend against Ottawa in the Eastern semi-final due to injury, started all 18 regular-season games for the Riders, splitting time between centre and left guard. He was named the team’s most outstanding offensive lineman.

On defence, the two making the team were defensive lineman Willie Jefferson (pictured) and defensive back Ed Gainey.

Jefferson had eight quarterback sacks and 37 pressures this season while Gainey led the CFL in interceptions recording 10.

The complete list of all-stars can be found here

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Former Blue Jays Pitcher Roy Halladay Killed In Plane Crash

 Two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay was killed in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday

The plane   as an ICON A5 light sport aircraft - went down 10 miles west of St. Petersburg, Florida around 1 p.m., the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

The 40 year old  became a pilot after he retired from baseball after the 2013 season.

Halladay recently received his pilot's license and tweeted photos last month of himself standing next to a new ICON A5 plane, which was the model of aircraft that was recovered Tuesday in the Gulf.

Halladay was an eight-time All-Star and went 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA in his 16-year career with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. He threw a perfect game during the 2010 season and a no-hitter that postseason.

"We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay's untimely death," the Phillies said in a statement. "There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along our condolences to Brandy, Ryan and Braden."

Caleb Holley Staying With Riders

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced international wide receiver Caleb Holley has signed extension to remain with the team through 2018.         

Holley (6’4 – 200 lbs.) is in his second season with the Riders after joining the team in August, 2016. Through 24 regular-season starts, the 26-year-old Alaska native has registered 95 receptions for 1,263 yards and seven touchdowns.   

Holley was eligible to become a free agent in February.

(Ryan Pollock/Riders PR) 

Eberle Excited To Play Oilers Tuesday Night

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Like most players after they're traded, the first thing New York Islanders forward Jordan Eberle did on June 22 was check the schedule to see the first time he'd get to play against his former team.

"If anything, you want to beat them," said Eberle, who will face the Edmonton Oilers for the first time at Barclays Center on Tuesday. "It's a team that didn't want you, so you want to bring your best, play your best and get your teammates going so they can try and help you out for a win. I think that's the biggest thing. Anytime you have friends on an old team, you compete a little bit harder."

Eberle, 27, was Edmonton's first-round pick (No. 22) at the 2008 NHL Draft. He was a five-time 20-goal scorer with the Oilers and had 382 points (165 goals, 217 assists) in 507 games before being traded for forward Ryan Strome.

Eberle began the season with the Islanders as expected, on their top line next to center John Tavares. But coach Doug Weight has since separated them, and Eberle scored twice playing with rookie center Mathew Barzal in New York's 6-4 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday. Eberle has four goals and seven assists in 14 games, and two multipoint games in the past four.

"It's figuring out the system, figuring out the style of game that we want to play," Eberle said. "That all comes with time. It's nice to score. I think you get chances, you want to put them in. It starts to frustrate you a bit, but now they're going in. You want to just keep riding it and keep doing the things that got you to that point."

Weight believes Eberle will produce more as he becomes more acclimated to playing in New York after seven seasons with Edmonton.

"He's a guy that we watch a lot of [video] with," Weight said. "You've been in an organization for seven or eight years, I wasn't in those tunnels. We stay on him in a positive manner and support him and try to get him out there in places to succeed.

"He's a heck of a player. It's always good to see him get on the board and contribute. I think he's going to get better and better for our team and be more comfortable. I learn more about him every game. It's definitely good to see him score."

Whether Eberle is reunited with Tavares on the top line remains to be seen, especially considering the chemistry Eberle and Barzal have shown. Barzal, a first-round pick by New York (No. 16) at the 2015 NHL Draft, had five assists Sunday and has a five-game point streak.

"He's been awesome," Barzal said of Eberle. "I sit with him on the plane. We talk lots of hockey together. He loves the game. It's been fun. He's a super nice guy and really approachable.

"He's super easy to play with. He's super smart, always in the right spot, really skilled. He likes to use his speed. He's been great for the team. I really like playing with him."

Edmonton won 47 games and qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season for the first time since 2006 and reached Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round before being eliminated by the Anaheim Ducks. But the Oilers have scored 30 goals in 13 games this season and are off to a 4-8-1 start.

"I haven't watched them enough to see what's going on," Eberle said. "With how the success happened last year, it's a little bit shocking, I think. I think it's probably shocked the League, not just myself. But they've got a good group over there and they've got a great coaching staff. I'm sure they'll figure it out."

They'll have to do it without Eberle, who insists there is no lingering animosity from the trade to New York. Perhaps he'll say hello to a few of his former teammates during warmups, but he'll be all business once the puck drops.

"Lots of fond memories," Eberle said. "No bad blood at all. I think like any player, there's people that you want to compete against over there. That's the best part of the game. You enjoy doing it."

(Brian Compton

Monday, November 6, 2017

NHL Three Stars Of Week

Stars of the Week, Crawford, Bailey, Jones

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey and San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 5.

Crawford went 2-1-0 with a 0.68 goals-against average, .979 save percentage and two shutouts to lead the Blackhawks (7-6-2, 16 points) to a pair of wins. He opened the week with consecutive shutouts, making 35 saves in a 3-0 triumph against the Philadelphia Flyers Nov. 1 and 24 stops in a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild Nov. 4. It marked the fifth time Crawford has registered consecutive shutouts in his NHL career (394 GP) and first such instance since Dec. 11-13, 2015. He then finished the week with 33 saves in a 2-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Nov. 5. The 32-year-old Montreal native owns a 7-5-0 record in 13 appearances this season, pacing the NHL with a 1.77 goals-against average, .945 save percentage and two shutouts (tied).

Bailey collected a League-leading seven assists in three games to guide the Islanders (8-5-1, 17 points) to a 2-1-0 week. He matched a career high with three helpers in a 6-3 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights Oct. 30. Bailey then posted two assists in each of his next two outings, a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals Nov. 2 and a 6-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche Nov. 5. The 28-year-old Bowmanville, Ont., native has 2-14—16 during a career-high, nine-game point streak, the longest by any Islanders player since 2013-14 (Thomas Vanek: 5-10—15 in 10 GP). His 15 assists share second place in the NHL this season (3-15—18 in 14 GP).

Jones picked up three victories in three starts, compiling a 1.30 goals-against average and .938 save percentage to backstop the Sharks (8-5-0, 16 points) to a perfect week. He made 16 saves in a 3-2 triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs Oct. 30, 19 stops in a 4-1 victory against the Nashville Predators Nov. 1 and 25 saves in a 2-1 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks Nov. 4. The 27-year-old North Vancouver, B.C., native is 7-3-0 in 10 appearances this season, ranking second in the NHL with a 1.98 goals-against average and fifth with a .930 save percentage.

(NHL Media)

Something To "Mitch" About

--The regular season is over, the playoffs have arrived and those who wanted the Saskatchewan Roughriders to get to the Grey Cup through the East have had their wish granted. 

Because of the Rams game in Vancouver, I did not see a play of the season finale against Edmonton. From what I hear, I didn't miss much. The words "putrid", "awful", "lackadaisacal" and "bad" were used to describe the 28-13 Eskimos win.  It means the Riders and Ottawa will meet in the playoffs for the first time since the 1976 Grey Cup.  The older demographic knows what happened in that last meeting. I will just leave it at that. If you don't know, learn something today and google it.  You will understand!

We will see the Riders battling Ottawa next Sunday with the /=S=/ wanting to make a return trip to TD Place on November 26 while putting an end to the REDBLACKS quest of being repeat champs and winning it all on their own floor.  How did the two teams do in the regular season.  Yes, each team won by one in the other teams venue.  That's about as tight as you can get.  The Riders go into the playoffs having the better record, but with Ottawa being the home team, I say they are favoured by  1 1/2 to 2 points when the line comes out. 

--Yes, if Canada's team is to hoist the Grey Cup it will mean having to win three straight games out East.  However, the fact remains that instead of preparing for a home game in the playoffs, they will go on the road.  If the CFL would go 1-6 which I feel is the way it should be even though others don't, you would have this scenario 

1) Calgary and 2) Winnipeg get first round byes 
3) Edmonton hosts 6) Ottawa and 4) Saskatchewan hosts 5)Toronto

I just find it unreal that two Eastern teams will get home playoff games and a gate while the Eskimos and Riders have to go on the road despite having the 3rd and 4th best records in the CFL.   How the CFL can sit there and say the Argos and REDBLACKS deserve a home playoff game baffles me.  You might be able to sell me on Toronto because they did technically win the East, but when once again the home team will have a worse record and fewer points than the home team, it does nothing for the CFL's reputation and only enhances it when it comes to those looking to shovel you know what over it.   Some are fine with the current format, and some think its embarassing. You know what camp I am in.  Let's just say Commissioner Ambrosie has a lot on his plate this winter, and this is an item which must be addressed.  It isn't the biggest issue in the room, but it is one that can't continue to be brushed under the carpet.

--What has happened to the Calgary Stampeders?  That team has become very ordinary all of a sudden and saying they are ordinary may be a compliment!  Rider fans chortle at Calgary's misery and for good reason.  That team has been soundly trounced at home in its last two games and they go into the playoffs riding a three game win streak. Can they turn around the ship in a one-game showdown against either Winnipeg or Edmonton.  You know both teams have lost any fear they may have had about walking into McMahon.. The same could have been said for the Riders had they not squandered their opportunity to stay West on Saturday. 

--What happened to the BC Lions? Their season went right down the toilet after the Riders bounced them at Mosaic one week after getting thrashed.  Something happened in the week leading up to that game in Regina it would seem as the Leos were never the same. I would be shocked if Wally is back on the sidelines, and it wouldn't surprise to see Wally say goodbye before Grey Cup week begins.  Who takes over? The rumour mill continues to suggest Geroy Simon will be the guy. We'll see!

--What will happen to the Montreal Alouettes?  Year 1 of the Kavis Reed era was a huge bust, and he will inexplicably get more time to turn around a team that was getting worse and not better.  What does Kavis up his sleeve? I have a few ideas, but I'm not going to name names at this time.  Let's just say Kavis can't afford to hit an infield single with this hire.  It has to be a homer!

--I think its safe to say that Steve Bryce doesn't have a real fondness for the UBC Thunderbirds.  Bryce's two years as head coach of the Rams has come to an end at the hands of UBC.   On Saturday, Regina fell 28-21 in a game that might have been different had they had a better start  Regina was down 26-7 at the half before completely clamping down on the T-Birds offence. 

While Regina did have a couple of chances to tie the game in the final moments, UBC got the plays they needed to have and advanced to the Hardy Cup final. If Regina could have the first 10 minutes back, they might be preparing for a conference championship game in Calgary next weekend.   As was the case last weekend in the regular season finale, when UBC got rolling, they were tough to stop and that was what happened in the first quarter on Saturday.  By the time Regina got their footing underneath them, it was too late. 

--Were there any good football games on Sunday as Week 9 of the NFL played itself out.  There were some games that were close, but were any of them ones that kept you glued to the TV.  The Rams and Eagles blew out their opponents as did New Orleans.  None of the games that were close ones were riveting ones though.  That is rare for the NFL.

--Congrats to the Campbell Tartans. They found a way to beat Leboldus in a city final preventing them from winning six in a row. Leboldus has nothing to hang their head over.  That was one helluva run and one that maybe you won't find happening across the country----at least not where there are programs as competitive as what Regina's high school loop is.  Campbell will now look to add a provincial banner Saturday at Mosaic. 

---Why did the Houston Astros have their World Series parade on the same day and at the same time that the Texans were playing?

--Why did the BC Lions schedule their last home game at the same time as the Canucks were playing Pittsburgh at Rogers Arena? Do these teams not work together? It's obvious they don't.  I just don't understand it. I don't think I ever will. 

--How many goals has Connor McDavid scored since his opening night hat-trick. Yes, it is hard to fathom, but number 97 has to take some blame for what is or isn't happening in Edmonton. 

--The Arizona Coyotes have won one of 14 games. Where are those people who said they would be better than Vegas?  

--The Blue Jays have declined their option on Jose Bautista making him a free agent.  Shocking isn't it! Toronto was the only team that had any desire to re-sign Bautista last year and that favour was repaid by Bautista by him basically having one of the worst-ever years for a Blue Jay in club history.  If no one wanted him last year, how and why would anyone want him this year. My feelings on this guy are well-known.  If he never makes another MLB plate appearance, it won't break my heart one bit. 

--That's all I got. Have a great week! 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Jorgen Hus and Marcus Thigpen Sign Contract Extensions With Riders

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced national long snapper Jorgen Hus and international running back/receiver Marcus Thigpen have signed extensions to remain with the team.       

Hus (6’1 – 230 lbs.) has signed a two-year extension to remain with the club through the 2019 season. The Saskatoon, SK native is currently in his third season with the Riders after originally joining the team in 2015. The 28-year-old has played 45 career regular-season games for the Green and White. 

Thigpen (5’9 – 195 lbs.) signed a one year extension to remain with the club through 2018. This season, the 31-year-old played two regular-season games with the Riders, starting one at running back. Along the way, Thigpen picked up seven carries for 32 rushing yards and a touchdown, and two receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown. He also added three punt returns for 77 yards and one kickoff return for 53 yards. 

Both Hus and Thigpen were eligible to become free agents in February.

(Ryan Pollock/Riders PR)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Rams Season Ends In Vancouver

A late comeback came up just short on Saturday night as the University of Regina Rams fell 28-21 to the UBC Thunderbirds in a Hardy Cup semifinal game at Thunderbird Stadium.

The Thunderbirds end the Rams’ season for the second-consecutive year and will advance to the Hardy Cup final next weekend, for a familiar scene at McMahon Stadium against the Calgary Dinos.

The Rams fell into an early hole on Saturday night, as UBC used a 16-point first quarter to jump out to an early lead and take a 23-2 advantage at one point in the second quarter. The Rams scored two majors in the second half while holding the UBC offence off the board, but a last-second hail-mary from Noah Picton was batted down by Trivel Pinto as the T-Birds punched their ticket to the Hardy Cup.

Michael O’Connor was 17-30 on the night with 259 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air. Ben Cummings had 10 touches for UBC, totaling 70 yards of offence. Atlee Simon was the star of the show for Regina, setting a Rams playoff record and tying for third on the team's all-time list with 222 rushing yards on 26 carries. Simon and Frankie Gray provided the Rams with a rushing touchdown each. Noah Picton finished the game with 162 yards and two interceptions on 13-32 passing.

Regina scored first on a UBC safety, but Alex Morrison hauled in 66 and four-yard touchdown receptions from Michael O’Connor in the first quarter to jump out in front. A 76-yard completion from Picton to Ryan Schienbein near the end of the first quarter sparked the Ram attack, but the play was negated due to an illegal block penalty.

O’Connor struck again at the start of the second quarter after the Rams conceded another safety, finding Pinto from 28 yards out to stretch the lead to 23-2. A 17-yard completion to Brady Eurich and a 13-yard gain from Atlee Simon led the Rams into field goal range, where Daniel Scraper converted from 29 yards away. UBC gave up another safety just before halftime, making the score 23-7 heading into the break.

Regina surrendered its third safety of the night in the third quarter, but after UBC went two-and-out the Rams got the ball back. A 47-yard scamper from Simon on a nifty cutback move took the Rams into the red zone and five plays later Gray came on to sneak it in from the one-yard line. After a handful of punts from each team the Rams found the endzone again. UBC had Regina stacked up on a third down, but a holding penalty on the Thunderbirds gave the visitors a first down. Simon made them pay on the very next play, going 46 yards right up the middle for the major.

The Rams had two drives with a chance to tie the score but a combination of penalties and timely UBC pressure on Picton forced Regina to punt both times. The Rams got the ball back with 36 seconds on the clock deep in their own end, but after short passes to Thomas Huber and Schienbein a bomb to Mitchell Picton was batted away by Pinto, sealing the win for UBC.

Nick Cross had a team-high six tackles for the Regina defence, while Nicholas Dheilly broke through for two sacks. Layne Hull also had a sack for the Rams. Ben Hladik posted 9.5 tackles for the Thunderbirds, while Spiros Katsantonis and Malcolm Lee recorded interceptions.

The Thunderbirds will meet Calgary in the Hardy Cup for the third-straight season, with the Dinos taking a 46-43 decision over UBC in 2016 and UBC coming up with a 34-26 win in 2015.

Depth Charts for Saturday's Riders-Eskimos Game

Game time from Mosaic is 5 PM with the pre-game show on 620 CKRM starting at 2/ 

Friday, November 3, 2017

This and That

Welcome to Friday!  Here are the usual weekly thoughts running through my muddled mind, and as always they come in no particular order.

  Welcome to Friday!  Here are the usual weekly thoughts running through my muddled mind, and as always they come in no particular order:

- It's your last chance to see the Riders at home this weekend in person. Win or lose, it is the last home game of the year.  Some, it would seem, have already had enough.

Can someone please tell me why it is so many blame the Riders for their own problems?  "I blame the Riders because I can't park and have to take the bus".  "I blame the Riders because it's too hot and there's not enough water fountains".  "I blame the Riders because I have to have my bag searched before I walk in".  Now, it's "I blame the Riders for having three night games after October 1 and it's too cold".

ENOUGH!  Are we not supposed to be tough on the prairies and in this province?  Never mind, I already know the answer to that and it certainly isn't the way it used to be. Then again, perhaps it's the vocal minority of complainers making the most noise. I know Rider Nation is passionate, and I know the faithful will be out to make the game day experience the best one in the CFL.

- Mosaic Stadium is the envy of this nation because it is ours. There is nothing else like it in the country.  You are part of the reason for that.  Now some of you are using excuse after excuse after excuse not to go and watch your favourite football team close things out against Edmonton in what is an important game for both.

Yes, if the weather is absolutely horrific and travel is a concern then stay at home. If you can give your tickets away to someone in Regina or someone else who may be less fortunate and would love to attend a Rider game in the shrine known as Mosaic Stadium, then do so.  You can also go to for the ticket exchange feature. It's that easy.

- As the playoffs hit, it is a strange world in the CFL. The Stamps are struggling and Bo Levi Mitchell won't play as the starting quarterback role will go to Andrew Buckley Friday night against Winnipeg. This Just In: this blogger will be rooting for Buckley to have a huge night not only for himself and the Stamps, but the future of the Canadian QB.  Yes, I just said I'll be rooting for Calgary. I do feel somewhat dirty having admitted that. Sorry!

- Are the Bombers done? The injury bug came at the wrong time for our friends to the East. I can't see them going far without Matt Nichols. Add the fact that Winnipeg has been hit by several other injuries to key personnel and it doesn't look good for them.

- Edmonton has gotten back on a roll, but are they back to being considered a Grey Cup contender?

- Then there are the Riders who have just gone about their business and won 10 - and maybe even 11 - games this season. As one loyal Rider Prider said to me this week, they should have this home playoff game if it weren't for the first two weeks. He's not wrong! Like Chris Jones or not, the plan is working for him.

- Sportscage insider Arash Madani was bold enough to say we should take the Argos to win the Grey Cup. He says in a one-game showdown why not? Is he wrong?  A Marc Trestman-led Argonauts squad would be one very tough team to beat on Grey Cup Sunday.  If Toronto finishes first in the East, I would not want to play them.  Considering what Trestman has done with a team that he catapulted himself into without free agency or anything is somewhat amazing.

- By the way, good on the Riders for announcing this week they are not raising prices for season ticket holders. I applaud that measure. Who knows, season ticket holders might get one more game this year than last as well. I wouldn't bet against that right now.

- While the final week of the CFL season plays itself out, I will be in Vancouver with the Rams for the second straight weekend hoping they can exact revenge on a UBC team that spanked them last weekend to get the right to host a Canada West semi-final between the two.  UBC won last week by 29. I don't see that scenario repeating itself this weekend much like I don't see Alberta beating Calgary by 50 like they did last weekend.  If Alberta plays Regina for the Hardy Cup next weekend at Mosaic, it will send Canada West off the cliff.  The game will be on CKRM2 (620 at 4 o'clock Saskatchewan time.  Addison Richards and I will have the call.  As always, he will be the calm, collected one.

- The Deshaun Watson injury in the NFL is one that has sickened many.  A non-contact play resulted in the Houston Texans rookie suffering a torn ACL. He is done for this year and likely the start of next. This guy was a shoo-in to be NFL Rookie of the Year.  The Clemson grad is/was special and was providing a nice distraction to some of the other crap happening in the NFL.  I was looking forward to seeing how far he could take the Texans, now I am just looking for him to come back and be as good as he has shown us he can be.

- Week 9 NFL Lock of the Week --  Eagles over Broncos (sorry Vanstone!)
  Week 9  NFL Upset of the Week --  Bengals over Jaguars

- Perhaps the Edmonton Oilers need to ditch those god-awful orange jerseys and go back to the blues.  That team is not even close to being good. What has happened?  The goaltending is sub-standard, the secondary scoring is non-existent and without saying it was the wrong move,  GM Peter Chiarelli has indicated the acquisitions of both Ryan Strome and Jussi Jokinen were transactions he wishes he could have back.  After last year's run, Edmonton hockey fans aren't waiting anymore. Winning hockey appeared to be back, but was it just a mirage.  We will know by the end of November.

- Was the Houston Astros' win over the LA Dodgers in the World Series the best Fall Classic ever? It is a question being asked after two nailbiting contests with one being the talk of the sporting world.  I have to say no. I'm biased because of what happened in 2016, but the Cubs-Indians series was far more compelling and dramatic than the Astros-Dodgers. Game 4 might have been one of the best WS games ever played, but there were some games like Game 7 that turned out to be duds.  Congrats to the Astros though.  That is a young team that isn't going away.  There will be many good teams taking the field for the 2018 season.  The Blue Jays likely won't be one of them.  I don't really see them getting rid of Josh Donaldson, but I also don't see them being a contender in the AL East. As far as I'm concerned, Mark Shapiro has wrecked that team so let's see what he does.

- High school football doesn't get a lot of ink these days, but if you are a football fan and you are looking for something to do in Regina Friday night, may I suggest the city high school football final between Campbell and Leboldus. Leboldus is looking to make it six straight city titles and provincial championships. That team is one of the best high school squads in the country.  Campbell is right up there as well having played Leboldus to a tie earlier this year. Many of these players will end up on the Rams or Thunder and some could be CFL'ers some day. Game time at Mosaic Stadium is 6.

- Why is it some drivers slow down to a snail's pace when the snow comes down while others just continue to zip along as if it is mid-summer? And why do most no matter the conditions still refuse to use their signal light? Cmon people, let's be smart out there.

- Regina and Saskatchewan came through for the Harvard Childrens Hospital Radiothon. 450-thousand is what came in for the annual affair. Nice job! Helping kids is something I think we all realize and know is the right thing to do. Again well done Saskatchewan!

- That's all I got. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Four Regina Rams Named Canada West All-Stars


Centre / Levi Hua / UBC / 4th / Abbotsford, B.C. / Arts
Guard / Justin Lawrence / Alberta / 4th / Spruce Grove, Alta. / Phys. Ed. & Recreation
Guard / Ryan Sceviour / Calgary / 4th / Calgary, Alta. / Arts
Tackle / Mark Korte / Alberta / 4th / Spruce Grove, Alta. / Business
Tackle / Dakoda Shepley / UBC / 4th / Windsor, Ont. / Arts
Inside receiver / Trivel Pinto / UBC / 3rd / Toronto, Ont. / Arts
Inside receiver / Mitch Hillis / Saskatchewan / 5th / Saskatoon, Sask. / Kinesiology
Outside receiver / Nathan Rowe / Alberta / 1st / Calgary, Alta. / Engineering
Outside receiver / Michael Klukas / Calgary / 5th / Calgary, Alta. / Arts
*Running back / Ed Ilnicki / Alberta / 5th / Spruce Grove, Alta. / Business
Running back / Atlee Simon / Regina / 4th / Regina, Sask. / Education
Quarterback / Noah Picton / Regina / 4th / Regina, Sask. / Business Administration

Linebacker / Boston Rowe / Calgary / 4th / Calgary, Alta. / Business
Linebacker / Micah Teitz / Calgary / 4th / Calgary, Alta. / Arts
SAM Linebacker / Nick Cross / Regina / 1st / Regina, Sask. / Kinesiology & Health Studies
Interior lineman / Connor Griffiths / UBC / 3rd / Langley, B.C. / Arts
Interior lineman / Brett Wade / Calgary / 5th / Regina, Sask. / Arts & Education
End / Cory Robinson / Calgary / 5th / Airdrie, Alta. / Arts
End / Nicholas Dheilly / Regina / 2nd / Regina, Sask. / Arts
Cornerback / Will Maxwell / UBC / 4th / Calgary, Alta. / Arts
Cornerback / Adam Laurensse / Calgary / 5th / Sherwood Park, Alta. / Arts
Halfback / Malcom Lee / UBC / 3rd / Surrey, B.C. / Arts
Halfback / Jayden McKoy / Manitoba / 4th / Winnipeg, Man. / Engineering
*Safety / Stavros Katsantonis / UBC / 3rd / Bakersfield, Calif. / Arts

Special teams
*Punter / Sean Stenger / Saskatchewan / 4th / Saskatoon, Sask. / Engineering
Placekicker / Brad Mikoluff / Manitoba / 4th / Beausejour, Man. / University 1
Kick returner / Trivel Pinto / UBC / 3rd / Brampton, Ont. / Arts
Kick returner / Jamel Lyles / Manitoba / 2nd / Surrey, B.C. / Arts

NOTES: * denotes unanimous selection; italics denotes tie


UBC Thunderbirds – 8
Calgary Dinos – 7
Alberta Golden Bears - 4
Regina Rams – 4
Manitoba Bisons – 3

Saskatchewan Huskies – 2 

Week 9 NFL Capsules

Week 9 of the NFL season begins Thursday night at MetLife Stadium as the Buffalo Bills battle the New York Jets in an AFC East battle.  For a complete look at that game, and others this week click here

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

NHL Three Stars For October

Stars of the Month, Stamkos, Kucherov, Schwartz

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov and St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of October.

Stamkos led the NHL with 18 assists and 24 points (6-18—24) in 13 games to power the Lightning (10-2-1, 21 points) into first place in the League standings. He registered at least one point in 12 of his 13 outings, highlighted by an 11-game streak to open the season (4-17—21) as well as eight multi-point performances. Stamkos, who picked up his 600th career point with 1-3—4 Oct. 21 vs. PIT, also paced the League with 10 power-play points (4-6—10). The 27-year-old Markham, Ont., native – who was limited to 17 games last season – ranks second in the NHL with 327 goals and 11th with 606 points since making his League debut in 2008-09 (599 GP).

Kucherov topped the NHL with 13 goals and placed second with 21 points to help the Lightning reach 10 wins faster than any other season in franchise history. He scored in 11 of his 13 contests, including seven straight games to open the campaign (8-5—13) – the longest such streak by any player since 1992-93. Kucherov also began the season with an 11-game point streak (12-7—19), making him and Stamkos the seventh set of teammates in League history – and first since 1992-93 – to achieve the feat. The 24-year-old Maykop, Russia, native paces the League with 53 goals and ranks second with 106 points over the past two seasons (87 GP).

Schwartz placed third in the NHL with 8-9—17 in 13 games to lift the Blues (10‑2‑1, 21 points) into first place in the Western Conference. He collected at least one point in 11 of his 13 appearances, highlighted by five multi-point efforts and his third career hat trick Oct. 18 vs. CHI. Schwartz’ 17 total points were the most by any Blues player in October since 2000, when Pierre Turgeon posted an equal number (4-13—17 in 12 GP). The 25-year-old Wilcox, Sask., native has registered 97-132—229 in 331 career games since making his NHL debut in March 2011.