Monthly Archives: July 2014

Another Rough Week For the CFL Predictor: Undeterred Here’s Week 6 Picks:

The Blue Bombers proved they are for real, Calgary showed their experience and depth and the Saskatchewan Roughriders exposed a bad Toronto team. What does that mean to me? A 1-and-3 week for the predictor which drops my overall record to 9-and-11.

Time to get on track and focus so here we go with a look at week 6. Feel free to agree or disagree!

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (4-1 T1st West) LW: 23-6 win at BC
Hamilton Tiger Cats (1-3 T1st East) LW: 33-23 win vs. Ottawa Week 5 CFL Power Rankings: Not A Big Jump For Team Green

The deck has once again been shuffled with some interesting results in week five of the Canadian Football League season.
One thing for sure is that there is a lot of parity in the East Division with teams battling for what may only be one play-off spot with a West Division cross-over looking very likely at nearly the third way mark of the season.

Here’s how the teams rank from where I stand!

9 – Montreal Alouettes (1-3) BYE – Last Ranking #8
Pretty hard to slip to the basement in the standings on a bye week but the Als did just that. The turmoil surrounding their offence and lack of a quarterback to throw to one of the most talented receiving corps in the league is troublesome to say the very least. There is a long way to go in Montreal but truly nowhere to go but up.

A Holiday Special Top 10 Tuesday:

Firstly, my thanks to those who have inquired! Yes, I am OK and everything is fine. I’m vacationing from the radio station again this week so yes updates have been/will be sporadic but exciting things are on the horizon thanks to your loyalty to this site!
So, without further ado here are my 10 thoughts from the week that was in the world of sports in no particular order.

10 – Test driving the Ford: Well, Will Ford was the latest to play in the Saskatchewan Roughrider offensive backfield. He was also the third back this season to run for 100+ yards in a game. If you said the Saskatchewan Roughriders the day after Kory Sheets signed with Oakland that they would be able to add Will Ford to the position they would gladly have made that deal. However, Ford did make mistakes in his season debut on Saturday night at Mosaic mainly in the blocking game and on a couple of play action plays. That being said he had a great burst through holes opened up by the Rider offensive line, more so that what I have seen from Anthony Allen thus far this season.

CFL Legends: Gary Lewis

The View From the Sidelines and Toon-Town Communications are proud to present CFL Legends.

This week we continue our look at the 1989 Grey Cup winning Saskatchewan Roughriders.

While the team celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the win at the brand new Skydome in Toronto, we had a chance to catch up with one of the key pieces linebacker Gary Lewis.

Lewis played for the New Orleans Saints in 1983 before joining the Ottawa Roughriders in 1985. The following season he was dealt to the Saskatchewan Roughriders and played the remained of his 10 year CFL career in Green and White.

Since his playing time in Regina, Lewis has officiated High School Football back home in Oklahoma. Additionally, he has spent a great deal of time in prison.

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The Boys Are Back!

After a bye week for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Dave Thomas, Michael Ball, and Mike McCullough are back to take you inside the Canadian Football League with this weeks podcast.

Additionally, they will be joined by the Voice of the Ottawa REDBLACKS AJ Jakubec to talk about the success of Ottawa’s return to the Canadian Football League.

Additionally the boys will be joined by Steve Simmons from TSN and the Toronto Sun with the inside on what’ not working in the league’s biggest market and what he sees as an impending disaster.

Also back for another week the boys will chime in with their thoughts on Tooned-In and Tooned-Out, including why Mike McCullough may get a little sick in his mouth when he hands out his weekly salute.

Hear it all right here! The View From The Sidelines:

Bounce Back Week! The CFL Predictor: Week 5 Picks

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers let me down as well as a sold out Investors Group Field in week four when they laid an egg at home.

However, a respectable 3-and-1 week has moved my season record to .500, 8 right and 8 wrong. I’ll look to get on the plus side of the ledger for the first time this season with my week five picks.

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Another interesting week has come and gone in the CFL with a couple of blow-outs and a couple of close games that I’m not sure anyone would have anticipated them being as close as they were. That being said this week can be defined as more is less and actually doing nothing is the most. See what I mean in this week’s edition of the Toon Town Sports CFL Power Rankings.

9 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-3) LW: 10-7 loss at Calgary – Last Ranking #9 (3 Weeks)
Think Kent Austin wishes that he had Henry Burris back in the fold right now? Wow! Zach Collaros is going to miss another week and his back-ups were none to impressive in Week 4 in Calgary. The receiving corp looked great! The lack of using CJ Gable in the run game is a mystery to me while the defence showed some pride. However, until the Ti-Cats can break into the win column they will stay at the bottom of the heap.

8 – Montreal Alouettes (1-3) LW: 41-5 loss at B.C. – Last Ranking #4
How ugly was the loss in week 5 in Toronto for the Als? The dropped from the upper echelon in the league to the basement in one week! The offence has yet to find an identity and the defence looked old and confused. Granted Montreal never plays well in Vancouver but a bye week to work on self-evaluation is exactly what the team needs during their bye week.

Dave’s Dis N’ Dat For The Week That Was!

It’s Friday and the start to some downtime for myself and the family!

That doesn’t mean that there isn’t a lot going on in the world of sports. To head into the weekend here are my random thoughts on the week that was.

What did Winnipeg do to the CFL? Three home games ALL on Thursday nights, geesh no wonder a lot of Bomber faithful are coming to Investors Group Field dressed as seats!

When the Saskatchewan Roughriders return to action next weekend they will play a second consecutive game under the Saturday Night Lights at Mosaic Stadium. While fans in Regina love the late starts what about those travelling into the game?
Anyone else vote that we strap a couple of flags to the sides of CFL Quarterbacks? I have no idea what is and isn’t roughing the passer and whether or not the quarterback can even be tackled anymore.

Reach For the Top! The CFL Predictor Is Looking To Bounce Back:

Mediocrity was again the name of the game for the predictor in week two!

Two wrong and two right in week three saw my overall record move to 5-and-7 through 12 games. Undeterred, here are my week four thoughts.

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Edmonton Eskimos (3-1 T1st in West) LW: 27-11 win vs. Ottawa
Winnipeg BlueBombers (3-0 T1st in West) LW: 34-33 win at Montreal

Steckly Thinks Prairie Velocity 250 Is The Pitts:


A beautiful night at the race track was equalled by a beautiful night on the track at the annual stop for the Nascar Canadian Tire series at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway!

A huge thanks to Burco Electric and RS Racing for inviting my crew out to the track to take in the night.

First to the race where the 250 lap feature got off to a slow start with a number of cautions in the opening 75 laps and eight different drivers taking the lead at various points. The racers then found their groove on the oval posting some very impressive lap times.

The most impressive, perhaps was the #22 of Scott Steckly. His car was the fastest for the majority of the evening, however, a late decision cost him the race.

With six laps to go the caution came out after a spin in corner three. During the caution, Steckly as well as five of the six cars on the lead lap came in for tires for the sprint to the finish.

L.P. Dumoulin, who had pitted earlier in the race for tires, decided to gamble and took the lead out of the re-start with just two laps to go. In the sprint to the finish Dumoulin was able to hold of the hard charging Steckly, who would end up in third, and Jason Hathoway.

The win by Dumoulin gives him the outright series lead as circuit moves to Autodrome St. Eustache (Quebec) this weekend.

The full race recap is below.

First, hats off to the Saskatoon Stock Car Association and the series for an outstanding event.