Monthly Archives: July 2013

Young Racer Looking For a Sweet 16 In Saskatoon

Cameron Hayley is an up and coming racecar driver promoted by NASCAR in the USA as one of the future stars of the sport. He is heading back to his home country of Canada to compete in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.

At only 16 years old Hayley will be competing against the veterans in the top Canadian NASCAR Series at Vernon BC and again in Saskatoon SK on July 13th and July 17th respectively.

Add to that he will be racing in another race in Saskatoon’s “Bryce Mann Memorial” Super Late Model Series on July 16th as well! Hayley is serious about his career in motorsports and can be found racing around North America anytime he can get the chance.

It’s Not How You Start It’s How You Finish? Week 3 CFL Picks

Ok, so week 2 didn’t go my way. After a 4-and-oh start to the season my prediction powers eluded me in week two going 1-and-3.

Overall my record sits at 5-and-3, yes just one game above .500. Looking to improve that record here we go with what I’m expecting in Week 3:

Saskatchewan Roughriders (2-0) at Toronto Argonauts (1-1)

Both teams are entering on very different ends of the emotional spectrum. The Riders are coming off of a very impressive home win over the Stamps to remain the only undefeated team in the league. Meanwhile, Toronto sputtered and couldn’t get a lot going in Vancouver to drop their first loss of the season.

Raiders Add Tender

The Kamloops Blazers have announced that they have traded 20-year-old goaltender Cole Cheveldave and a fourth round WHL Bantam pick in 2015 in exchange for 15-year-old Jake Kryski and a seventh round WHL Bantam pick in 2014.

Kryski was the Raiders first round, 13thoverall pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. He spent last season with the Burnaby Winter Club Bantam A1 team finishing with 59 goals, 59 assists and 118 points in 58 games. He was tied for the scoring lead in the provincial playoffs with 23 points. He is listed at 6’0” and 170lbs.

Saunders Gets Special Honour

Saskatchewan Roughrider kick returner Jock Sanders has been named the CFL’s Gibson’s Finest Special Teams Player of the Week.

Sanders had an impressive performance in Friday’s 36-21 victory over the visiting Calgary Stampeders. The 25-year-old St. Petersburgh, Florida native had 10 special teams touches totaling 174 return yards.

Let’s Count ‘Em Down: The Top 10 Thoughts of the Week

Another look at ten of my top thoughts from the week that was in the world of sports.

10 – BIG win for the Saskatchewan Roughriders over the Calgary Stampeders on Friday night. There is room for improvement but for now enjoy all the positives that come from that dominating 36-21 win over their West Division rivals. To me the most impressive point in the game afterwards when Head Coach Corey Chamblin mentioned that they had to make some adjustments at halftime in order to counter the Calgary offence. What a refreshing perspective knowing that the team executed those changes in blanking the Calgary offence.

Why a Saskatoon Blades change of ownership may make cents!

I’ll preface this by saying that I have no inside knowledge as to whether or not the Saskatoon Blades are indeed for sale or even if there is anything imminent. What I will say is when Blades co-owner, President and Governor, Jack Brodsky called our radio company to say that, “we’re considering our future options and the Saskatoon Blades are committed to the people and the city of Saskatoon,” to me means that there is a least something to the latest rumour on coffee row.

Backing the truck up so to speak, I became a member of the Saskatoon Blades broadcast team in September of 2001. Since that time I have heard numerous accounts on how the Saskatoon Blades were for sale with perspective buyers thought be the likes of various Blade Alumni members, (two of which have their jersey numbers hanging at Credit Union Centre) various local business people and even True North Sports and Entertainment (the owners of the Winnipeg Jets). None of these people, I don’t believe, have ever been asked point blank whether or not they would be interested in owning the Blades. All we do know for sure is that the TNSE has made at least one overture at the WHL level about acquiring team, again nothing has ever been made public tying them to the Saskatoon Blades. It is clear, however, that the business model used by the Calgary Flames/Hitmen, Edmonton Oilers/Oil Kings and to a lesser degree the Vancouver Canucks/Giants (the two Vancouver teams are not owned by the same ownership) is working in those markets.

BIG Crowd And A BIG Win For the Riders

More than 36 thousand saw the Saskatchewan Roughriders improve to 2-and-oh on the young CFL campaign with a 36-21 win over the Calgary Stampeders.

The 36,259 was the largest crowd for a home opener in Rider history.

Kory Sheets had another big day on the ground, while Darian Durant threw two touchdown passes as the Riders exploded in the second half en-route to a 36-21 win over the Stamps at Mosaic Stadium.

Down 21-14 at the half, the Roughriders buckled down defensively from there on, pitching a second-half shutout. Durant and Sheets took care of the rest, as the Roughriders scored 22 consecutive points to send a sold out gathering at Mosaic Stadium home happy.

Sheets ran for 133 yards and a touchdown, while Durant looked unstoppable on 26-34 passing for 253 yards and a pair of touchdown passes to Weston Dressler and Chris Getzlaf.

Riders Set To Welcome Stamps: Complete Game Preview

Tonight’s battle between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Calgary Stampeders is an early season battle for West Division Supremacy as both teams are coming off of week one wins.

The teams are at opposite ends of the points for and against numbers. The Stamps 44 points that they put up against BC was best in week one in the CFL. While, the Riders were the only team to allow fewer than 30 points.

This will be the second visit of the Stamps to the Queen City in 15 days at Calgary scored a 24-23 win over the Riders in the teams’ final pre-season tune up. In four head-to-head meetings last season Calgary won the series winning two of the three games in the regular season and also ended the Riders season in the Western Semi-Final in Calgary.

Calgary has three individual statistical leaders entering play tonight. Jon Cornish lead the league in rushing entering week two with 172 yards on the ground, while Charlston Hughes leads the league in sacks with 3, and Jonathan Hefney is the CFL leader in tackles with 10.

Here’s how the teams break down against one another;

Wrapping Up The Week In Style With Some of Dis N’ Dat!

A random collection of thoughts to end the week or as I like to call it a little of Dis N’ Dat…

Well just when I thought I figured the CFL out Montreal lays an egg at home and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers find a way to squeak out an ugly 19-11 win. There goes my perfect prediction streak.

Here’s hoping I’m wrong with the Riders tonight. Yes I picked Calgary, BUT if the Green and White can find a way to shut down Jon Cornish like they were able to do in their lone victory against the Stamps in 2012 the Riders will have a great chance to improve to 2-and-oh.

Staying with the CFL and you have to admire the character displayed by Edmonton Head Coach Kavis Reed. The final play of the first half where his team gave up a pick six to the Riders changed the entire complexion of the game. Instead of blaming his young quarterback or offensive coordinator he took the high road and shouldered the blame. Unfortunately another mistake like that may cost him his job.

Winning Not Getting Old For Young!

Anna Young has done something that hasn’t been done since 1975, win the Saskatchewan Amateur Women’s Championship four straight years.  Young shot a final round 72 to finish three strokes ahead of Thea Hedemann who finished with a 2-over 74 taking the silver medal.

Young, Hedemann and Lloydminster’s Kimberley Risulmi (bronze medal) will make up Team Saskatchewan that will compete at the national championship later this month.

Denise Wilson continued her strong play by recording a final round 84 to win the Senior Women’s Championship by five strokes over Warman’s Tammy Bezaire. Bezaire (silver medal), Ann Kirkland (bronze medal) and Robin Acton will make up Team Saskatchewan that will compete at the national senior women’s championship later this summer.