Monthly Archives: July 2014

Toon-Town CFL Power Rankings Week 2:

Well, week two in the Canadian Football League was definitely a homer’s week as no road team won. Yes that means there were a couple of surprises especially in Montreal and Toronto.

How will that factor into this week’s Power Rankings? Well the biggest drop of the week is at the top of the ranking, while the biggest drop may be an unlikely team.

Check it out below and agree or disagree if you wish:

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It’s Tuesday And Here Are This Weeks Top 10 Thoughts

Well it has been a very interesting seven days in the world of sports he’s make take on what is making headlines.

10 – Is the sky falling in Riderville? The Saskatchewan Roughriders were thumped 48-15 on Saturday in Toronto. Not a lot to draw on for the coaching staff except perhaps a reality check that the Green and White need after a lack-luster second half against Hamilton and a disinterested look against the Argos. Saskatchewan will be OK, they just need to get back to work.

9 – My phone blew up yesterday after the Riders dealt Dwight Anderson to the Toronto Argonauts for a conditional draft pick. To be truthful I don’t know much more than the facts. 1) D-A was traded, 2) He allowed touchdown passes to receivers he was covering in both week one and week two, 3) He is a high maintenance player on the field, 4) He was traded away the day after a loss, 5) Coach Chamblin alluded to the fact that the deal was a pre-emptive strike and that there were no on-field or off-field issues., AND 6) He was kept around after training camp when the team could have decided to replace him with other talent. So, if you can draw any conclusions please be my guest.

8 – Amazingly while some where happy to see Anderson dealt, see the comments section, others say that getting a conditional draft pick from the Argos isn’t enough. Two thoughts on this one, firstly a conditional pick is truly just a step above an outright release where the Riders may have been required to pick up some of his salary. Secondly, it is hard to make in-season trades in the CFL as maneuvering around the cap is very tricky. Additionally, look at what Edmonton got in return for Quarterback Ricky Ray, arguably, the best player in the league. Basically, the Eskies ended up with kicker Grant Shaw!

Roughriders Set To Paint The Whole World Green

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today the 2014 Riderville Pre-Game Party Tour which will make seven stops in CFL cities, including the 102nd Grey Cup Festival in Vancouver and the Labour Day Riderville Cabaret in Regina.

Riderville events have been a staple at CFL Grey Cup Festivals for years. In 2013, Riderville pre-game events went on the road to Edmonton and Vancouver. The 2014 Riderville Tour will make pre-game stops at five Rider away games in Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary.

Sponsored by Tourism Saskatchewan, Riderville pre-game events will welcome fans of all CFL teams and will include music, food, refreshments, special guest speakers and MC’s, door prizes, contests and other giveaways. Each event will also raise funds for a local charity. In 2013, the Edmonton Burn Treatment Society and Ronald McDonald House of British Columbia benefitted. This year, the first tour stop will be in Ottawa at the Aberdeen Pavilion on August 2. Funds raised at this event will support the Military Family Resource Centre.

Riderville tour stops are free to enter and open to all ages and all jersey colours.

Canada Cup Skills Competition Results:

Players at the 2014 Football Canada Cup had the chance to display their individual abilities in the annual Skills Competition. Any player is eligible to compete in one of four categories to test speed, strength, throwing accuracy and kicking ability.

FASTEST PLAYER @ 40 yards
First was Ontario’s Matthew Romain with a time of 4.81 seconds. Second was Saskatchewan’s Dryden Kalesnikoff in 4.90 and third was Alberta’s Josh Quarles in 4.96.

CLUTCH KICKER
Nova Scotia’s Greg Hutchins won the competition with a 45 yard kick and then proceeded to extend to 55 yards before missing.

STRONGEST PLAYER – determined by number of bench press reps at 225 lbs
First was Alberta’s Cam St. Amand with 16 reps. Quebec’s Dominic Brazeau was second with nine and third went to Nova Scotia’s Josh DeGruchey with 8 reps.

MOST ACCURATE PLAYER
The “golden arm” award goes to Ontario’s Kyle Gouvieau.

Riders Deal D-A

The Saskatchewan Roughriders pulled off a shocker this morning trading Dwight Anderson to the Toronto Argonauts.

Here’s the release from the Green and White:

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today they have traded international defensive back Dwight Anderson to the Toronto Argonauts in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2015 CFL Canadian Draft.

Saskatchewan Teams 1-1 Football Canada Cup: Day 1 Recap

Great weather and fantastic competition were the stories of the opening day of the Canada Cup of Football at Griffiths Stadium on Sunday.

Alberta opened the tournament hammering New Brunswick 76-0. In game two the defending champions from Quebec were victorious over Saskatchewan (White) 25-7. Ontario then topped Nova Scotia 36-nothing in the third game of the day. Opening day action then concluded with Team Saskatchewan Green topping Manitoba 20-2.

Teams are off today preparing for their next games on Wednesday at Griffiths Stadium.

Those games will see:

New Brunswick vs. Manitoba at 10am.
Saskatchewan (White) vs. Nova Scotia at 1pm
Quebec vs. Ontario at 4pm
Alberta vs. Saskatchewan (Green) at 7pm

Despite there not being any game action today players will be putting their skills on display through a specially designed skills competition that starts at 4 this afternoon at Griffiths Stadium.

Harmon The Man At Dakota Dunes Open

Grand Haven, Michigan’s Matt Harmon kept the field at bay to capture his first PGA TOUR Canada victory on Sunday, firing a final round 6-under 66 at Dakota Dunes Golf Links to win the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel.

The 29-year old began the day with a five stroke lead and hardly gave his pursuers a chance, carding seven birdies on the day and never letting anyone get closer than within two shots, winning by three over Will Kropp of Edmond, Oklahoma. Harmon moves to 2nd on the Order of Merit through four events, in position to earn one of three RBC Canadian Open exemptions available after the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel in two weeks.

“I knew I was playing well and that good results were coming. You never know when you’re going to win, so this feels incredible,” said Harmon.

The win comes at a special time for Harmon and his wife Pagiel, who had their 10-week old son Eli on hand for the first time in his career, making the win even more memorable for the young Harmon family.

“You can’t really describe it. She flew up here with him all on her own. I’m just so thankful that we can be together and be able to travel and share this moment,” said an emotional Harmon after the round. “To have them here is just incredible.”

24-year old Kropp, a rookie on PGA TOUR Canada, made the strongest charge of the day, carding a 10-under 62 and getting within two shots of Harmon late in the back nine. Harmon, a former Michigan State Spartan, responded with three birdies in four holes in the middle of his back nine to keep his chasers at bay and secure the title.

“I played well today and made a few putts, but if you start seven back and he shots 6-under that’s pretty tough to catch. Kudos to him,” said Kropp, who captured a win on the NEC Series – PGA TOUR Latinoamérica earlier this year at the Abierto OSDE del Centro.

Harmon, who played full time on the Web.com Tour in 2012 and 2013 and finished runner up at the 2012 TPC Stonebrae Championship, said he’s looking ahead to the rest of the season with an eye on maintaining his spot on the Order of Merit.

“Fortunately I’ve gotten off to a nice start. I’m looking forward hopefully to that RBC Canadian Open exemption if you’re in the top three through Thunder Bay, so the next two weeks I’ve got my eyes set on that,” said Harmon.

One shot behind Kropp was Kalmar, Sweden’s Robert Karlsson, who joined Kropp in the charge to catch Harmon before a bogey at the par-5 16th derailed his chances. Karlsson’s finish was his third top-10 of the season and moved him to fifth on the Order of Merit.

BROWN TAKES FREEDOM 55 FINANCIAL TOP CANADIAN HONOURS
With a final round 64 to finish tied for seventh, Peterborough, Ontario’s Ted Brown earned Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Canadian Player of the Week honours, taking home a $1,500 prize.

Brown edged out Airdrie, Alberta’s Riley Fleming on a tiebreaker, with the pair finishing together at 16-under par. Each week on PGA TOUR Canada, the top Canadian on the leaderboard earns the award, with the top Canadian on the Order of Merit at season’s send taking Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year honours and a $10,000 prize.

NEXT WEEK ON TOUR
PGA TOUR Canada heads east to Winnipeg, Manitoba for The Players Cup at the venerable Pine Ridge Golf Club, a 102-year old Donald Ross design. Last year, Carlos Sainz, Jr. claimed his first PGA TOUR Canada title before moving on to the Web.com Tour this season.

Notes:

  • Weather: 21 degrees (26 degrees with Humidex). Sunny. Winds 10 km/h.
  • Harmon’s 24-under par total is the lowest of the PGA TOUR Canada era. His 264 total is tied for the lowest with Mark Hubbard (-20) at The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial in 2013.
  • Harmon’s 24-under total was one off the tournament record set by Will Wilcox in 2010.
  • Harmon is the third consecutive player to convert a 54-hole lead into a win on PGA TOUR Canada.
  • Despite the low scores, no player shot in the 60s all four rounds at Dakota Dunes.
  • Order of Merit leader Joel Dahmen shot a final round 64 to finish tied for 35th
  • Montgomery, Alabama’s Hunter Hamrick fired a final round 62, tied for the low round of the day with Kropp, to finish tied for 17th.
  • Will Kropp’s NEC Series – PGA TOUR Latinoamérica victory came by a shot over Angel Cabrera, who win The Greenbrier Classic on the PGA TOUR Sunday.

Skys Clear, Green Flag Drops At ACMS

The weather finally relented, though not until the last minute, and we managed to get a full night of racing in Saturday at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. With almost a month of rain outs, drivers were anxious to hit the track and lay down some rubber.

Drivers from Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and Montana descended on Saskatoon to kick off the Dakota Dunes Western Canada Super Late Model Championship Series season with an exciting Old Dutch 150 race where it was still anybody’s race right down to the wire. The mini stocks showed that even with limited racing this year they are already improving and there will be several challengers for the top spots, and the pro trucks rounded out the night with an exciting, as always, 40 lap feature.

Afternoon rain cancelled the second practice for the Dakota Dunes late models, but that didn’t stop Jim Gaunt from peeling around the track in the #55 Sky Financial Mortgage Machine Impala SS at a time faster than the local track record at 14.192 seconds. Unfortunately for Jim this does not move his name to the track record chart as this was not a local WSSL division race. Ryan Wells, pulling all the way from Hingham Montana timed in second at 14.210 seconds and Dusty O’Connell from Lloydminster was third fastest at 14.392 seconds in Doug Fisher’s #99 Big Bore Drilling Chevy.

Three races in the Kreepy Kritterz Mini Stocks, three different winners.
Robin Boomsma took home the heat race in the #95 CnR Motorsports Neon.
Jamie Tataryn was first in the qualifier race in the #41 Streetwise Racing Neon and the Feature winner was Shawn Magee in his #4 St. Solo Racing Prelude. Jamie was second and Robin rounded out the top three.

CFL Legends: Tom Burgess

It’s hard to believe that it has been a quarter-century since “The Kick” propelled the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a 43-40 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 77th Grey Cup.

All season long View From The Sidelines will revisit the heros that made Saskatchewan’s second ever Grey Cup Championship a reailty.

We started with the man responsible for getting the team to the championship game. No not Kent Austin, who would go on to win the Most Valuable Offenisve Player Award, but his back-up Tom Burgess who came on in relief of an injured Kent Austin in the Western Final and helped lead the Riders past the 16-and-2 Edmonton Eskimos to the 1989 Grey Cup.

Football Canada Cup Set To Kick-Off

For the second time in five years the best Under-18 football players from across the country will be in Saskatoon for Football Canada’s, Canada Cup.

The premiere event will kick off today at 10am as New Brunswick takes on Alberta. Saskatchewan White will then take on Alberta at 1pm with all youth football participants wearing their team jersey admitted for free. Nova Scotia will then play Ontario at 4pm before the opening day wraps up with Manitoba taking on Saskatchewan Green at 7pm. All of the action goes at Griffiths Stadium.

The Football Canada Cup (FCC) is the premiere pre-university football tournament in Canada which annually showcases the top under-18 football players from across the country. 
Four of the last five CIS Rookie of the Year Award winners are alumni of the Canada Cup. Last year’s recipient, Danny Vandervoort (McMaster) participated with Ontario East in 2011. 2012 recipient, Shaquille Johnson (McGill) participated with Ontario West in 2010 as well as in 2008 in the U17 division, 2011 winner Tyler Varga (Western) participated with Ontario West in 2010 while 2009 winner Linden Gaydosh (Calgary) participated with North Alberta in the 2007 U17 division. Additional alumni include Ben Heenan, Israel Idonije, Kirby Fabien, Andy Fantuz, Dan McCullough, Jason Pottinger and Matt Walter.