Monthly Archives: July 2014

Valkyries Make It Four-For-Four

For the four time in as many seasons the Saskatoon Valkyries are the Champions of the Western Women’s Canadian Football League.

In Saturday night’s final they ran rough-shot over the Lethbridge Steel, 53-0, at Griffiths Stadium.

The Valkyries scored early and often as Ehjae Chan got the ball rolling for the defending champions with a 63 yard punt return to open the scoring.

The Valks would extend that lead to 29-nothing by the end of the half.

Boatmen Sink The Roughriders: AND Top Ten Rider Thoughts

(PHOTO COURTESY: cfl.ca)

The Toronto Argonauts picked up their first win of the season while handing the Saskatchewan Roughriders their first loss, 48-15 Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

The Argonauts came out early building a 17-1 win in the first half before coasting to their first win of the season in front of a small crowd at Rogers Centre.

The Riders gained some momentum in the third quarter with fourteen early points however, a late touchdown by Toronto snuffed out their momentum.

The Riders are back in action on Saturday when they host winless B.C. at Mosaic Stadium. Now in no particular order here are my ten thoughts on the game.

10 – Credit has to be given to the Toronto offensive game plan as the Argonaut offence keyed on the Saskatchewan Roughrider linebackers and aggressive defensive line. Seeing how the Riders pinned their ears back and got after the quarterback in week one the Argos used a lot of screens and delayed draws to allow the Riders to rush up field and create separation. Additionally, Ricky Ray was able to influence the young Rider Linebackers and by doing so create running lanes for himself to use to pick up first downs.

View From The Sidelines Episode 4

Week Two of the Canadian Football League’s Regular season is underway and back at it for another week is View From the Sidelines.

Dave Thomas, Michael Ball, and Mike McCullough will once again discuss all things CFL.

Additionally, they will be joined by Peter King, the Monday Morning Quarterback for Sports Illustrated and an analyst on Football Night in America Sunday Nights on NBC during the NFL season.

Also, keep an eye out for Legends of the game. This week View From The Sidelines begins our look at the 25th Anniversary of the Saskatchewan Roughriders 1989 Grey Cup win. This weeks special guest will be the man responsible for getting the Green and White to the big game. No, not Kent Austin but instead Tom Burgess.

So without further ado sit back and have a listen to the View From the Sidelines.

Some of Dis N’ Dat To Wrap Up The Week:

Well what a week it was in the world of sports… Here’s my take on some of Dis N’ Dat….

Grass Genie: How about Eugenie Bouchard at Wimbledon. She has become the first Canadian to reach the final in singles at a grand slam! Pretty cool stuff. Perhaps the more dominant statistic is that the only female to have advanced to the semi-finals in all three grand slams this year!

Point For Milos: Yes Milos Raonic is now on the clock as he is set for his semi-final match. It’s funny how perception changes. If you had told the average sports fan that he would make it to the semi-finals at the All-England club most would be satisfied. However, now with the success of Bouchard it seems that public perception of his accomplishment will change if he doesn’t advance to the final.

Capital Notion: Well for the first time in 3,163 days football fans in Ottawa had a chance to cheer on their team. The REDBLACKS first ever game was played in Winnipeg last night. Unfortunately the expansion team could not hold on to an early 21-7 lead to make it a Cinderella story, but there were some positives for the REDBLACKS to build on.

What the heck?

Back To The Track This Weekend At ACMS

Auto Clearing Motor Speedway along with their corporate sponsors are ready for another
great weekend of racing!
This Saturday, July 5th at 6:00pm is The Dakota Dunes Casino Western Canadian Super
Late Model Series Old Dutch 150!

Divisions racing for that checkered flag include: The Kreepy Kritterz Pest Control Mini Stocks, The Ffun Motor Group Pro Trucks and the Dakota Dunes Casino Western Canadian Super Late Model Championship Series!

Gates open at 4:30pm with racing at 6:00pm!

CFL Lowers The Boom

The Canadian Football League has imposed its maximum fine on Montreal Alouette Kyries Hebert following an illegal and extremely dangerous tackle while trying to dislodge the football from his opponent. Hebert was penalized on the play and ejected from the game.

“We are committed to fostering a culture of health and safety in all we do as a league, including the standards we set through player discipline,” said Mark Cohon, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.

A hearing took place earlier today that included Hebert, representation from Canadian Football League Players Association (CFLPA), and representation from the CFL including Cohon. Following the hearing and after reviewing the play on video from every available angle, the Commissioner has decided to impose the highest fine allowed under its collective bargaining agreement with the CFLPA, the equivalent of half of a player’s game cheque.

The CFL also announced today the following discipline arising out of Week One of play:

– Edmonton Eskimo Thaddeus Coleman has been fined for hitting an opponent (with his arm) in the back of the head.

– Calgary Stampeder Corey Mace has been fined for delivering a punch.

– Saskatchewan Roughrider Rob Bagg has been fined for delivering a punch.

– Hamilton Tiger-Cat Craig Butler has been fined for using his helmet to deliver a blow to an opponent’s helmet.

CFL Predictor: Week 2 .500 Means I was Half Right, Right?

Week one was all about the upset! Winnipeg and Edmonton came to play in week one and surprised me as well as many other Canadian Football League observers.

Week two will see the first ever game of the Ottawa REDBLACKS and will provide B.C. and Hamilton an opportunity to rebound from disappointing opening week efforts. The biggest question may be whether or not they can rebound. Undeterred after a 2-win, 2-loss opening week here are my thoughts for week 2.

Ottawa REDBLACKS (0-0 1st in East) LW: BYE
at
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1-0 T1st in West) LW: 45-21 win vs. Toronto:

Three Keys:

The Need For Walker To Be a Runner: AS will the case be all season, Ottawa will need running-back Chevon Walker to carry the load offensively. The former Hamilton Tiger-Cat has shown the ability to be a game changer. If he can do that consistently the REDBLACKS will have a chance to succeed.

Hustlin’ Hank: In week one Winnipeg was able to disrupt the timing patterns of the Toronto offence. This week Henry Burris will need to use his mobility to extend plays and put pressure on the Winnipeg secondary.

Blades Add A Pair In Import Draft

The Saskatoon Blades have made a pair of selections in the 2014 CHL Import Draft.

The Saskatoon Blades entered the day with the 9th overall selection in the annual draft, using it to take 1997-born forward Nikita Soshnin of Russia. He’s listed as a centre.

“Nikita is a very fast and skilled player,” said Blades general manager and head coach Bob Woods. “We received some great reports on him from the Under-17’s and was one of the standouts for his team at that event. He has the same agent as Nikita Scherbak and he’s never steered us wrong and knows what we need on our team. He’s a player we really wanted and we’re excited to have him.”

The left-handed shooting Soshnin is 5’10 and weighs in at 169 pounds. The forward is from Lipetsk, Russia, which is less than 500 kilometres away from Moscow, the hometown of Saskatoon Blades leading scorer Nikita Scherbak.

Soshnin put up 4 goals and 22 assists for a total of 26 points in 38 games for Irbis Kazan of the MHL’s B Division in 2013-14. He also added 12 PIMs and put up a +8 rating.

Big Mike Coming To Town For Off The Leash Luncheon

The sixth annual “Off The Leash Luncheon” to benefit Huskie Men’s Hockey will be held 6 November and will feature former Prince Albert Raider and National Hockey League standout, Mike Modano. A certain Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, the all-time most productive American-born NHL performer, spent twenty-one of his twenty-two professional seasons with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars organization. He holds team records for most seasons, games played (1459), most goals (557), most assists (802), and most points (1359). His number nine has been retired by both the Stars (2014) and the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders (2013).

During his three full major junior seasons with the Raiders, the Livonia, Michigan native performed in 176 games and notched 118 goals with 176 assists for 294 points. In 1988 he was the number one overall pick in the NHL amateur draft, and signed by Minnesota. He played one more year in the “Dub” including selection to the East all-star team before making his professional debut in 1989-90. In his first season at “the show” he made the all rookie team.
The classy forward’s lifetime NHL numbers were outstanding, as he collected 561 goals, 813 assists, and 1374 points in 1499 games primarily with the Stars except for his final season which was spent with his home-state based Detroit Red Wings. A highlight in his two decade career was being part of the 1999 Dallas Stanley Cup winning team.

Toon-Town CFL Power Rankings Week 1:

Join us every week as we use cybermetrics, gut instinct and a lot of experience to rank all nine teams in the Canadian Football League.

Week one sees a familiar team atop the ranking while there is a surprise in the middle check it all out and feel free to agree…. or disagree