Monthly Archives: September 2014

A Top Ten Tuesday To Toot My Own Horn Among Other Thoughts!

In no particular order here are my biggest ten thoughts from the week that was in the world of sports.

10 – I told you so! How nice for the newspaper, tv and some radio in Regina to hop aboard the Henry Burris to Saskatchewan story yesterday. It was two weeks ago that I reported here first that the Roughriders had approached Ottawa about the availability of Quarterback Henry Burris. Rider Nation that is called due diligence! At the time the Green and White feared that Darian Durant was done for the season and why not explore other options with more experience than what they have on the current roster!

9 – I tell you now. That’s not the only quarterback that the Green and White have looked into! Again it’s due diligence and the Green and White very appropriately are covering all the bases. They are in this to win so why not what is the harm?

Blades Wheel And Deal With Numerous Roster Moves On Monday

General Manager and Head Coach Bob Woods announced Monday that the Saskatoon Blades have acquired ’96-born defenceman Cole Bevan and a 2015 seventh round draft choice from the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for defenceman Ayrton Nikkel.

Bevan, a 6-foot-1, 208-pound product of Cloverdale, BC, has appeared in 18 career games with the Broncos, recording two assists and nine penalty minutes. The 18-year-old was originally drafted by the Broncos in the 10th round – 213th overall – in 2011.

Nikkel, 19, appeared in 60 career games with the Blades, posting five goals, 15 points and 95 penalty minutes.

“We want to think Ayrton for his contributions to the Blades organization,” Managing Partner Colin Priestner said. “He’s been a warrior for us and we wish him nothing but the best in Swift Current.

Dinos Forfeit Win

The University of Calgary announced Monday that the Dinos football team will forfeit its Sept. 5 victory over the University of Alberta as a result of academic ineligibility of two student-athletes.

The infraction was the result of an administrative error within the athletic department. Upon the football program’s discovery of the error, it was immediately reported to Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and Canada West, where automatic sanctions include forfeiture of competitions in which ineligible student-athletes have played. Additional sanctions will be confirmed once CIS has concluded its discipline process; however, the University of Calgary elected to take this initial step.

The error stemmed from anomalies in the recognition of course credits from 2013-14 where the courses were passed but ultimately not able to contribute to the 18 credit hour requirement to maintain eligibility for the 2014-15 season under CIS regulations. This was not caught when the athletic department performed its eligibility checks for the football team.

“Our football program has a reputation for excellence, and in this situation we failed in our responsibility to our players, Coach Nill, the coaching staff, and everyone associated with the program,” said Dinos Athletic Director Ron Wuotila. “We are profoundly disappointed by this regrettable mistake, and we will work diligently to re-evaluate our compliance systems to ensure a situation like this does not happen again.”

The result of the game, originally a 71-3 victory by the Dinos, will now be officially recorded as a 1-0 win for the Alberta Golden Bears. All statistics for the game remain intact, with the exception of those recorded by the ineligible players.

CFL Legends: Henry ‘Gizmo’ Williams

ICYMI: CFL Legends is a weekly feature on the View From The Sidelines podcast.

This week we sat down with CFL Legend Henry Gizmo Williams.

Henry “Gizmo Williams” came to the Edmonton Eskimos in 1986 and never looked back.

The CFL’s greatest kick returner of all time over came the odds as his 5′ 6″ frame was deemed too small to play football. Despite his size he would set numerous CFL records for punt and kick returns including the career record of 26 punts returned for a major.

His story, however, is all about over coming the odds. When Henry was a small boy his mother passed away from MS. The disease would also take the lives of 7 of his 10 siblings.

ACMS Wraps Up The Season In Style

It all started last winter when Mike Schroeder, an owner with Always Towing presented an idea to the Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association, to have a race with cars from multiple divisions on the track at the same time. At first it was just another crazy idea but as the presentation went on people began to realize the lap times and speeds of the pro trucks, the street stocks and the sportsman cars weren’t that far apart. A few rule changes to equalize things and the Windchill was born.

Sportsman cars of Dan Shirley, Tim Kammer, Rick Schurmans, Matthew Shirley and Mike Slaney were up against the pro trucks of Ben Pogoda, Damen Meier, Andy Clewes, Luc Haukaas, Alex Leschenko, Aaron Anderson, Kevin Dyck and Neil Schneider, along with the street stocks of Mike Schroeder, Wayne Osbourne, Ryan Fredrickson, Kevin MacLaggin, Nicole Sheetka, Justin Tooley, Derek Ronsom and Craig Katelnikoff.

The heat races to set the Windchill 100 line up were fairly tame, with the winners coming out Kevin Dyck, Matthew Shirley and Alex Lescheko, putting Leschenko and Shirley on the front row to start the 100 lap showdown.

Matthew Shirley took the lead in the first lap but was overtaken by Alex Leschenko in the second lap. Alex held a quite comfortable lead into the first caution in lap 11 when something on the front end of #51 Luc Haukaas from The Pas broke, also causing some contact between #22 Ryan Fredrickson and #44 Craig Katelnikoff, causing Katelnikoff to pull into his pit for the day.

The next caution flew in lap 30 when the sportsman of #27 Rick Schurmanns from Melfort tangled with the street stock of #42 Nicole Sheetka. Nothing major came out of that and the cars quick got  underway with the #46 of Dan Shirley taking over the lead. They kept it relatively clean going into the competition caution at lap 50 with Dan Shirley in the lead.

While fueling, crew chief Rob Howlett walked around the #46 Co-op Grand Prix of Dan Shirley and noticed a tire going down. This would mean having to take the car behind the wall and resume the race from the back of the field. The #93 pro truck of Neil Schneider also had to pit.

That gave the lead going back to green to #12 Matthew Shirley and he took advantage, pulling away from the #19 pro truck of Aaron Anderson.  Caution again in lap 56 as #53 Damen Meier and #27 Rick Schurmanns got together, ending Schurmann’s day.

Breakage on the #9T of Justin Tooley brought the caution out again a couple of laps later, causing Tooley put his car to bed for the day.

Big Win, Big Shock – Hilltops Tied For First In PFC

A big win at home and a big surprise on the road have the Saskatoon Hilltops sitting atop the Prairie Football Conference Standings.

The Saskatoon Hilltops blasted out to a 34-nothing halftime lead on the visiting Winnipeg Rifles at Saskatoon Minor Football Field yesterday before coasting to a 48-23 victory. The Toppers would put up 341 yards in total offence in building the lead.

Hilltop Head Coach called it the best half of football that his team has played all season.

However, With the Hilltops substituting liberally in the second half the Rifles were able to cut into the lead outscoring the Toppers 23-14 in the final 30 minutes.

Meantime, while the Hilltops were scoring at home the Calgary Colts picked up just their second win of the season with a 20-13 upset victory over the Thunder in Regina. The loss drops the Thunder to 4-and-2, tied with the Hilltops for first in the PFC with 8 points.

Huskies Score Come-From-Behind Win In Regina

The University of Regina Rams led for almost the entire second half, but couldn’t hang on as the No. 7-ranked Saskatchewan Huskies got a late touchdown and a key interception to escape with a 21-16 win.

Huskies quarterback Drew Burko engineered an eight-play, 74-yard drive that was capped by a five-yard touchdown pass to Shane Buchanan that gave the Huskies a five-point lead with just under two minutes left. The Rams got the ball back with 1:05 left and Noah Picton led them downfield with back-to-back strikes to Riley Wilson, but an attempt to the end zone for the game-winning touchdown was tipped and intercepted by Keegan Arnyek to put the game away for Saskatchewan.

Burko finished the game 30-for-46 for 343 yards and two touchdowns, with John Trumpy catching nine balls for 111 yards and Kit Hillis ending up with six receptions for 85 yards. Arnyek, Chris Friesen, and Richard Zacharias all had interceptions for the Saskatchewan defence.

Huskies Set To Lock Horns With Rams


Game Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014, 2pm
Game Location: Mosaic Stadium
Live Stats/ Live Webcast:

For the lone time in 2014, provincial rivals the University of Regina Rams and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies will battle on the football field.

– Saskatchewan (No. 7) is one of three Canada West teams to hold a spot in the CIS Top 10. Calgary (No. 2) and Manitoba (No. 10) join the Huskies in the national rankings.

Blades Look To Harvest Wheat Kings: Game Preview

OFF THE TOP: The Blades kick off a two-game road trip tonight in Brandon, facing the Wheat Kings in the first of eight meetings this season. Last year, the Manitobans had the upper hand on the Blades, winning six of eight, all in a row after dropping the first two by a combined score of 8-4. Coming into tonight’s matchup, Brandon sits atop the WHL’s Eastern Conference standings with a perfect 2-0 record after handing the Regina Pats back-to-back losses last weekend, outscoring them 10-3. Eighteen-year-old centre Duncan Campbell currently paces the WHL in rookie scoring, co-leading the Wheat Kings with three points (1G, 2A) in two games so far this season.

LAST GAME – SEPT. 20, 2014: For the second straight night, veteran winger Nick Zajac opened the scoring early to give a Blades a 1-0 lead, but that was all she wrote on the offensive side of the ledger. The Prince Albert Raiders stormed back with three unanswered (Tomas Andrlik, Dakota Conroy and Reid Gardiner), spoiling the Blades’ home opener with a 3-1 win in front of 6,337 at Credit Union Centre. Making his WHL debut, Blades goaltender Trevor Martin made 27 saves in a losing cause.

The Blades remain winless in 2014-15, sporting a 0-2-0 record heading into tonight’s contest.

The East Was Not The Least Tripping Up The Predictor: Week 14 Picks

Wow! That’s all I can say about last week’s results. I am not sure that anyone saw the East winning three of four against the west. Is the East coming on or did three of four western teams under-estimate their opponents?

It will be interesting to see who can bounce back in Week 14 CFL action.

Back to last week for one final time and the Rider win allowed me to salvage one quick prediction on the week. So my 1-and-3 week sees me slip to 29-20 on the season.

Here’s my shot at week 15!

Montreal Alouettes (4-8 T1st East) LW: 31-15 win vs. Calgary
Ottawa REDBLACKS (1-10 4th East) LW: 35-32 OT Loss at Saskatchewan