Well it seems like forever since my schedule has been “normal.” With that being said there is a lot happening in the world of sports. So here is a quick look at More »
Well it’s been a little slow around here for a couple of weeks thanks to me taking some time off! It’s been eventful since I’ve been gone. The Riders picked up their More »
A terrific crowd was on hand for a warm Saturday evening of hot racing at Wyant Group Raceway. Three local divisions joined the Sky Financial Super Late Model Series for some edge of your seat racing. The Sky Financial Series topped off the evening with 150 exciting laps in the Mark McGregor Memorial Dairy Queen 150.
Blake Erb piled onto his points lead in the Saskatoon Shrine Club Legends. Erb’s #21 Flaman Group 1934 Ford Coupe took the top spot in qualifying, heat race and the feature. AJ Morrison, in the #84 Mark’s Auto Body Ford Coupe picked up the qualifier race win and third in the feature. Jody Stewart picked up second in the Legends feature in his
#27 Country Style BBQ Ford Couple.
In the Law Enforcement Guardian Bandolero division, #47 Cale Heilman had a great night, picking up wins in the heat and the feature. #14 Ty Stewart took the qualifier win, while the #20 of Caiden Willey and #33 of Jasmine Speidel followed Heilman across the finish in the feature.
Points leader Curtis Houben had a close call in the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks. He blew the transmission in his #81 RPM Camaro, putting any chance at the championship in jeopardy. However, he was able to get his replacement car in and safety tech’d before registration closed. He would have to start at the back all night as this was not the car that qualified for the starting positions, but he was only in maintenance mode of his points lead.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed national quarterback Brandon Bridge. As per team policy, details of the contract were not released.
Bridge (6’5 – 225) is currently in his second CFL season after being selected by the Montreal Alouettes in the 4th round (31st overall) of the 2015 CFL Draft. Last season, the 24-year-old dressed for 11 regular season games completing 26 of 40 pass attempts (65.0%) for 282 yards and two touchdowns while adding 18 carries for 59 yards. The University of South Alabama product dressed for four 2016 games for the Al’s registering three carries for two yards.
The University of Saskatchewan Huskie football team’s quest for the 2016 Vanier Cup begins this weekend as the team opens fall camp at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.
All fans, supporters and alumni are invited to attend any of the practices during the camp that runs August 13 to August 26. The camp will feature more than 90 returning Huskies, new recruits and walk-on players.
The Huskies will travel to Edmonton for a controlled scrimmage with the Alberta Golden Bears on August 20th.
Saskatchewan begins the Canada West regular season on September 2 hosting bitter provincial rival the Regina Rams at 7 p.m. at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.
Season tickets and individual tickets are on sale now. For more information, call 306-966-1111 or visit huskies.usask.ca.
Well it seems like forever since my schedule has been “normal.” With that being said there is a lot happening in the world of sports. So here is a quick look at what’s going on! AND in no particular order my Top 10 on this Tuesday.
10 – Hank Barking Away Well we start with the spouting off of Henry Burris to TSN’s cameras at halftime of their game on Saturday against Edmonton. The reporter in me (AKA the guy who has had to hold a microphone at that exact instant) is ticked off that a professional athlete would use that platform in-game to try and convey a message to a rights holder. I had a similar situation occur to me (albeit not on the air) my first game on the Rider sidelines! A Calgary Quarterback who used to play for Saskatchewan was poised to become the Stamps new starter and when I requested he join me for a post-game interview he in no uncertain terms told me how he would never appear on the Rider Radio network after feeling like he was slighted. (The language was kind of colorful)
Well it’s been a little slow around here for a couple of weeks thanks to me taking some time off!
It’s been eventful since I’ve been gone. The Riders picked up their first win of the Chris Jones era on Friday night, the Toronto Blue Jays stumbled a bit coming out of the All-Star Break, they reached the halfway point of the Wyant Group Raceway, and Team Canada won gold at the World Junior Football Championships in China.
With all of that being said here is my take from the World of Sports and a look inside the Toronto sports scene after spending some quality time in the ‘Big Smoke.’ So in no particular order here’s today’s Top 10 List:
10 – How about this first? For the first time in Toronto sports history the Toronto Argonauts and the Toronto Blue Jays played a home game at the same time. Since moving to separate facilities this off-season this was the first time that it has happened and the numbers are not pretty for the Argos. The Boatmen drew 16,048 fans or 59% of BMO Fields capacity while the Jays across downtown brought in 41,483. SO of the total paying sports customers in Toronto on a Monday night 72% chose MLB over the CFL. Further inside the numbers the Blue Jays over the weekend drew 138,000 fans not including Monday’s draw. I’m just sayin’
9 – Doing the Argos no favors are the CFL schedule makers, who by the way are the Argos owners (TSN who factor in big time in broadcast timing). The Argos after opening BMO went not only out on the road but also away from Toronto for two straight games as they stayed in Western Canada between games in Regina and Vancouver (Hard to create buzz about the team when they are not around). In addition, the league scheduled home games for the Boatmen on a Wednesday, Thursday and Monday (thus far this season) which are not exactly big nights to draw fans. Now the Argos will point to the weather being so nice that people didn’t want to sit in a stadium on a summer night. That’s hog wash as the 138,000 fans for Blue Jays baseball on the weekend sat through Humidex factors of 42+ degrees. Not to mention sitting in the afternoon, the hottest time of the day and not in the evening or under the shades of BMO.
Single-game tickets go on sale Tuesday morning for the SaskTel Fall Classic, a Canada West clash between the University of Regina Rams and the Saskatchewan Huskies on Oct. 1 that will be the first football game played at the new Mosaic Stadium.
Tickets will be available beginning on Tuesday at 10 a.m. through www.reginarams.com, the Rams administration office (306-585-5480), www.riderville.com, www.ticketmaster.ca, and in person or via phone through the Saskatchewan Roughriders box office (1-888-4-RIDERS).
“There’s been a lot of interest in both flex packages and single-game tickets for this game,” said Chris Briltz, director for the Rams. “With attendance limited to 16,500 for this game, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to be a part of history at the first game in the new stadium.”
The Rams are extremely pleased to have SaskTel recently come aboard as the major sponsor for the game.
“SaskTel is a long-time supporter of both the University of Regina Rams and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, so we are especially pleased to be able to be the title sponsor for the SaskTel Fall Classic,” said Darcee MacFarlane, SaskTel’s vice president of corporate relations.
Flex packages remain on sale at $80 each and include five adult tickets (one exclusively for the SaskTel Fall Classic and four which can be used interchangeably for any of the other three home games), eight child tickets (can be used for any of the Sept. 8, Sept. 23, or Oct. 21 home games), entry into the Football Dream Trip draw, and the immediate ability to purchase up to three additional tickets for the SaskTel Fall Classic.
The weather Gods were with us on Saturday as you couldn’t have asked for a better day for racing at Wyant Group Raceway. A heavy downpour passed by the track mid-morning and the skies remained threatening for the next few hours and you could see rain pass through the city, but by the time the gates opened it was blue skies all around the track.
The Super Trucks made their second and final stop in Saskatoon for 2016.
A little light on the count as several trucks were heavily damaged in Edmonton a couple of weeks ago. Only five managed to patch things up enough for this weekend.
As always though, the Super Trucks showed they are competitive and pretty well any of them can win the race. Given a 40 lap feature, the
#18 of Ron Elder Jr. came out on top at the end, being chased down by Terry Kovacs’ #43 truck and the #19 of Cody Lang.
It looks like the racing bug may have bitten Chelsey Wilson again as she had her #13 Sportsman out for the second time in as many weeks. Damen Meier was also able to hit the track as his crops mature, so the Shell V-Power Sportsman had a good car count and put on a terrific race program
Running a 75 lap Shell feature race, it wasn’t until the final couple of laps the finishing order would be settled. At the checkered flag though, it was Cale Siemens in the #28 Lucky Bastard Distillers Pontiac Grand Prix claiming its third feature win in a row. Nicole Sheetka was second in the #42 Rainbow International Restoration Grand Prix and the
#49 Northern Lights Casino Monte Carlo of Ben Busch was third.
Canada and the U.S. have faced one another in each of the first four U19 World Championship finals.
With a victory in the latest installment, Canada has evened up its U19 World Championship finals record at two wins and two losses. Canada previous captured gold at the 2012 worlds in Austin, Texas to go along with a pair of silver medals from the inaugural 2009 event in Canton, Ohio as well as the 2014 edition in Kuwait.
The latest win also marks outgoing head coach Warren Craney’s final game as head of the program. Craney served as defensive coordinator in 2009 and 2012, before first adding the head coach responsibilities in preparation for the 2014 worlds.
“I’m very proud of these men, they overcame a lot and worked their butts off!” said Craney of this team which faced both Mexico and the U.S., the defending bronze and gold medalist, twice during tournament play. “They executed the game plan to perfection.”
The win is even more impressive considering that early on, Canada looked to be in serious trouble.
Following a failed Vincent Blanchard field goal from the 32-yard line, quarterback Lindell Stone found a wide open U.S. receiver down the sideline, however, linebacker Nick Cross (Regina, SK) had other ideas. He neutralized the threat as he forced and recovered a U.S. fumble at the Canada 24-yard line.
It was a wild night on the race track Wednesday night as it seemed there was more black flags flying than checkered flags. Racers had asked for a clamp down on rules after the wreck-fest in the Sky Financial Series race a couple of weeks ago, so clamp down they did.
Ryan Fredrickson was tossed from the Street Stock feature race, while Alex Leschenko, Aaron Anderson and Bill Zubrecki were all sent to the pits during the Pro Truck feature.
By the end of the night Brad Wrennick took home the Tiger Automotive Pro Truck feature flag, proudly posing for pictures with his first flag since moving to pro trucks last year. The #88 Prairie Dent Repair Silverado was moving the right direction all night, forward instead of backwards. It was only a matter of time for Wrennick to claim a win, which he did Wednesday night.
The #49 of Shantel Kalika took second place and rookie driver Cpl William Stelzner brought the #14 Silverado across for third.
In the Golf’s Car Wash street stocks, substitute driver Alex Leschenko showed the #81 Camaro owned by Curtis Houben knows how to win races, taking the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stock feature. #18 Mike Rea was second, with Kevin Mclaggen bringing up third in the his #63 Chevelle.
The WSSL Auto Parts Super Late Models were looking bright and shiny as usual, considering the number of them that went home in pieces and with pieces missing only a couple of weeks ago. Kenny Heintz was shining too, picking up the feature win in the #62 Floorit Monte Carlo. The win had him dancing on the rooftop, grinning ear to ear.
Rookie Matthew Shirley picked up second in his #12 Saskatoon Co-op Chevy and Rob Janzen in the #17 J&A Heating and Plumbing Chevrolet was third.
Next racing action is Saturday with the Shell Nitro Plus Sportsman running the 100 lap Race for the Cure Feature. Also here on Saturday is the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks and the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks.
This race is in place of the rained out date of June 25. Front gates open at 6:00, with racing starting at 7:00pm on Saturday.
The Red and White are final bound at the Under-19 World Football Championship in Harbin, China. The Canadians were on the field early this morning (Saskatchewan time) taking on the Mexicans, who they opened the tournament with a victory over.
From the onset it was very evident that the Red and White were prepared and ready to go. Early in the contest the Canadians would move the ball into scoring position and come away with a field-goal to open the scoring. Canada 3 – Mexico 0.
To the second Quarter, and after trading possessions and field position, Canada would move the ball into the score zone to see their drive seemingly stall. That’s when the Canadians would execute a perfect fake field goal. The ball ended up in the hands of Regina’s Nic Cross, from LeBoldus, and he would scamper 20-yards to pay dirt to give Canada a 10-0 advantage.
Canada wasn’t done there as the defence came up with a big play of their own. University of Saskatchewan Huskie,