Monthly Archives: May 2014

Round Two Set At ACMS

Auto Clearing Motor Speedway along with their corporate sponsors are ready for another great weekend for racing!

This Saturday, May 31st at 2:00pm is McDonald’s Family Day! Get your $10 off Family Admission Coupon from any McDonald’s locations in Saskatoon today!

Divisions racing for that checkered flag include: the Brock Salvage Street Stocks, the MidWest Combustion Sportsmans, the Sask. Legends, the Bandoleros and the WSSL Auto Parts Plus Super Late Models.

Rider Vet Calls It A Career: Green And White Announce Camp Times

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today non-import linebacker Mike McCullough is retiring from the Canadian Football League.

McCullough is a veteran of eleven CFL seasons playing 185 career regular season games – including a streak of 110 consecutive – ranking him 16th on the franchise’s all-time games played list. The Kingston, ON native was originally selected by the Green and White in the third round (23rd overall) of the 2003 Canadian Draft

Last season, the 34-year-old played the final nine regular season games, after suffering an injury in training camp, registering 24 defensive tackles, four special teams tackles and two quarterback sacks. He also started the West Semi-Final, West Final and Grey Cup at linebacker.

For his career, McCullough totaled 187 defensive tackles, 113 special teams tackles, 11 quarterback sacks, and one interception.

Dis N’ Dat And A Change Coming!

He we go with another smattering of thoughts on the week that was in the world of sports…

We’ll start with football and more importantly the board room where the CFL Labour talks broke off yesterday. Due to strike laws in Alberta it appears as though players will in good faith report to training camp this weekend . The prevailing though, however, is that players may pull the pin if the talks do not resume between themselves and the league ASAP. A better bet according to some players that I have heard from is that they may go through training camp and strike before the regular season. I’m not sure about the validity of the statement but this has the potential to get very messy.

One thing that is for sure is that my support seems to sway between both sides depending on the numbers and article I read. For a great break down on the situation click here.

So with what seems to be a labour disruption will that be Marc Cohon’s legacy? I honestly thought it would be bringing a 10th team to the CFL. I’m just not sure that I can see him recovering from any kind of work stoppage. I guess I should keep in mind that Gary Bettman is still gainfully employed by the NHL.

Other news from the CFL this week was the fact that the Toronto Argonauts are once again looking for a new home. The Boatmen will be sunk at Rogers Centre in three years when the Toronto Blue Jays install grass in the venue. The easiest solution was to move to BMO Field, home of Toronto FC, but that won’t be the case as the soccer team’s owners are not going to wait around for federal funding to renovate their stadium and in turn won’t expand for the Argos. Could this spell the end for the Argos in Toronto? I’m not sure but it definitely sinks their aspirations to be in downtown T.O. Some will argue that the league cannot survive without a franchise in Toronto as big advertisers want their product exposed to the large Southern Ontario audience. My thought is that Zoomies (the seemingly key advertiser on TSN) won’t care and other national brands like Scotia Bank and Tim Horton’s will continue to support this national entity.

Huskies Welcome Old Face To Coaching Staff

Huskie Athletics head football coach Brian Towriss is pleased to announce the hiring of former University of Saskatchewan quarterback Laurence Nixon as the team’s quarterback coach.

Nixon had a successful playing career as a member of the Huskies football team from 2006-11. During his time with the Huskies, Nixon was named Canada West Most Valuable Player and a CIS Second Team All-Canadian in 2010. Leading the Huskies to the Hardy Cup final in 2009, Nixon sits second on the program’s career passing yards list with 7,345 yards and pass completions with 535. He threw 36 touchdowns in his five seasons.

“We are very excited to have Laurence join our coaching staff,” said Towriss who is entering his 31st year as head coach. “Laurence’s experience as a successful quarterback in the CIS provides him with a tremendous understanding of offence at our level. He has stayed current with both our team and the league, which will prove to be a huge benefit.”

Riders Name Guest Coaches

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are pleased to welcome a group of guest coaches to the 2014 Training Camp beginning June 1st at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

Kahlil Carter is a veteran of four CFL seasons (2005-2008), appearing in 35 career regular season games. The Arkansas product entered the league in 2005 with the Toronto Argonauts before joining Montreal for the 2008 season where he recorded a game eight tackles in winning his first Grey Cup. Carter will help Barron Miles work with the secondary.

Rider Roster Moves

The Saskatchewan Roughriders were able to come to terms with six of the eight players that they drafted earlier this month. Additionally the Riders added some experience with free-agent signings.

Here is the complete rundown;

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today they have signed six of their 2014 Canadian Draft selections. Receiver Alex Pierzchalski, kicker John Mark, receiver Kristopher Bastien, defensive back Matt Webster, offensive lineman Kyle Paterson and linebacker Travis Bent have all agreed to contracts. Financial details of the signings were not released.

Top Ten Thoughts On A Tuesday: Including Your Chance to Be A WHL GM!

Yes it’s a Tuesday and there is a lot going on in Toon-Town and beyond and here is my take on what’s happening with my random thoughts in no particular order.

10 – The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced that Omar Morgan and Chris Szarka will be the latest inductees to the team’s Plaza of Honour. Starting with the “Canuck Truck,” who played 14 seasons in Green and White, Szarka was a leader on and off the field. Szarka had that “it” factor that saw fellow players and fans levitate to him. Heck Rider Nation constantly called for him to be a bigger part of the Rider offence. Yes, they wanted their fullback to get the ball more. That says a lot about the respect and regards the fans had for him.

9 – Omar Morgan was a find of Roy Shivers and came into the league during the Danny Barrett era. Morgan was great on the field covering the likes of Geroy Simon, Milt Stegal, Ben Cahoon and many more elite pass catchers in his time. What set Morgan apart from the rest was his ability to lead on the field. Many former team mates would testify that it was like having an extra coach on the field. His ability to make adjustments on the fly in my mind makes him one of the best ever to suit up in the Rider secondary. The lone blip on Morgan’s record was the 2007 season when he signed with the Edmonton Eskimos. The one year with the Double-E was rough on Morgan who never found his footing in the Alberta capital but perhaps rougher considering that he missed out on the Riders 2007 Grey Cup victory and his opportunity to get a Grey Cup ring.

8 – Back to Roy Shivers and should he not also be in the Plaza of Honour? The majority of the 2007 Grey Cup winning team was assembled by Shivers. His downfall as the General Manager of the Riders many will argue was not replacing Head Coach Danny Barrett when the team seemed to be stuck in a rut. The word that comes in to play when assessing the Barrett coaching tenure in Saskatchewan is loyalty which cannot be said for a lot of GM – Head Coach relationships in professional sport. I digress; Shivers should be named to the Plaza simply for the work that he did to make Saskatchewan an attractive place to play football!

Riders Extend Radio Rights

PHOTO COURTESY: Phil Andrews

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have extended their broadcast relationship with the Roughrider Radio Network which I am a proud member of.

CKRM Regina, CJWW Saskatoon and GX 94 will remain the home for Roughrider play-by-play in the province.

The extension also means that I will once again have the opportunity to patrol the sidelines a Mosaic Stadium for another season.

It’s an exciting day! Here’s all the details.

Riders Forge Ahead With Camp Plans In Toon-Town

The Saskatchewan Roughriders will open their 2014 training camp at the University of Saskatchewan next week. Two-a-day workouts will start on Sunday, June 1st on the turf at Griffiths Stadium.

The Riders have teamed with Groundforce Drilling on a two year presenting partnership for what will be known as the Riders Training Camp presented by Groundforce Drilling.

The team is scheduled to return to Regina for the June 14th preseason game and start regular practice at Mosaic Stadium beginning Monday, June 16th.

IMPORTANT TRAINING CAMP DATES

Saturday, May 31:

Riders Add Two To Plaza

Today the Saskatchewan Roughrider Plaza of Honor Committee announced two new members will be inducted into the Plaza of Honor. This year Chris Szarka and Omarr Morgan will have their names forever etched into Saskatchewan Roughrider history.

Besides being Saskatchewan’s most prestigious sporting dinner, the Plaza of Honor Dinner has contributed over $6 million to the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club.

The Plaza of Honor Dinner presented by SaskTel has inducted 116 individuals who have made major contributions to the proud tradition of the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club. The club has also inducted the 1966, 1989 and 2007 Grey Cup championship teams.