Monthly Archives: October 2014

WEEK 18 CFL Predictor:

Well depending on how you look at it the Montreal Alouettes surprised me or the Toronto Argonauts tripped me up. Regardless my prediction of Toronto topping Montreal was my only wrong prognostication of the week.

So a 3-and-1 week 17 brings my overall record to 46-23 for the season.

Still striving for perfection here are my week 18 picks!

Montreal Alouettes (7-8 T1st in East) LW: 20-12 win at Toronto
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Ottawa REDBLACKS (2-13 4th in East) LW: 16-6 loss at Hamilton

Emotions will be high in Ottawa and will be very powerful. Meanwhile, the Montreal Alouettes are rolling and seem to be a force to be reckoned with down the stretch. My heart says go with the REBLACKS to complete the story book ending but my head says take the Als. In this instance the heart is going to win out and I say the REDBLACKS win 24-22, heck even on a last second field-goal. Why not?

Dave’s Dis N’ Dat To Kick-Start The Weekend!

First off a tip of the cap to first responders and all those who worked tirelessly on Wednesday to ensure that the Nation’s capital returned to safety.

It truly hit home for me listening to A-J Jakubec, the play-by-play voice of the Ottawa REDBLACKS, describe his day on Wednesday. His entire thoughts in this week’s edition of the View From the Sidelines. The comment that has stuck with me was describing the mood around Ottawa where he said, “I’m pissed off! They took something away from us.” Again the conversation is a must hear. Check it out below.

More football and I floated he question as to whether Darian Durant’s season is over. The Saskatchewan Roughriders placed their star pivot back on the 6-game injured list on Thursday. What does that mean for sure; He won’t dress in Calgary, his salary will not count against the cap this week or during the team’s bye week, and he cannot practice with the team for four weeks, AND he can be pulled off the list early as the Riders do still have a “save,” left if you will. What it could mean is an entirely different ball of wax. All I know is that I will be curious to find out what the definitive meaning of the move is this weekend.

Darian Done For The Season?

If the Saskatchewan Roughriders are going to repeat as Grey Cup Champions they are most likely are going to have to do it with Quarterback Darian Durant.

The team returned Doubles to the six game injured list this morning.

Originally the team had hoped that Durant, who injured a tendon in his throwing elbow in the Banjo Bowl, would be able to return in time for the play-offs.

Durant was working out with the team prior to their game last week against Edmonton but was not throwing the ball.

View From The Sidelines: Riders/Stamps And Helping Ottawa Heal

This week’s countdown to CFL football takes a moment to pay tribute to the heroes in Ottawa from this past week.

Dave Thomas, Mike McCullough and Michael Ball will be joined by former Ottawa Rough Rider quarterback and CFL Hall of Famer Damon Allen.

As well, A-J Jakubec the Voice of the REDBLACKS will share his experiences from Wednesday and just what Friday night’s game in the Nation’s Capital means.

You can hear it all on this weeks edition of, “The View From The sidelines.”

Riders Ink Pair

The Saskatchewan Roughriders today announced international kick returner/running back Steven Miller and international linebacker Alvin Bowen have been added to the team.

Miller (5’7 – 172) signs with the Riders after attending training camp with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League where he appeared in three preseason games registering two receptions for 39 yards. The 23 year old Appalachian State product spent part of the 2013 season on the Lions practice roster after originally signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in April, 2013.

Bowen (6’2 – 225) will join the Green and White’s practice roster. The Iowa State product spent the 2013 season with the Calgary Stampeders where he appeared in 11 regular season games registering eight special teams tackles, three defensive tackles, and one interception. He also played two regular season games for the Stampeders in 2014 recording two special teams tackles.

Blades Freeze Out Ice

(Courtesy saskatoonblades.com)

In life as a hockey player, nothing is as sweet as your first win.

Except for the sugary tang of shaving cream, of course.

Spread generously on a disposable paper plate, that was Nik Amundrud’s reward after a spectacular, 31-save performance in a 5-2 win – his first in the Western Hockey League – over the Kootenay Ice on Wednesday night at SaskTel Centre.

His face caked in a hazy blue glow, Amundrud addressed the media after a curious crowd (scallywags masked as teammates) dished it out, bellowing in laughter.

It’s clear. After their fourth win in five games, the Blades have become one – a team as tight-knit as can be.

“It’s pretty cool seeing yourself up on the big screen making those big saves,” Amundrud said. “It’s really exciting. It took a while, but I’m happy to get [the win].”

“He was good,” Head Coach and General Manager Bob Woods added. “That’s what we’re looking for out of him. When he gets his opportunities, he’s got to make the most of it. Tonight, he made the saves that we needed at key times.”

Blades Set For Ice

(Photo Courtesy STEVE HISCOCK)

BLADES vs. ICE
7:05pm – SaskTel Centre

OFF THE TOP: The Saskatoon Blades (3-7-0) play the third of a six-game homestand tonight as they face off against Kootenay Ice (3-8-0). … The Blades and Ice are tied for 10th in the east with six points, one back of the Red Deer Rebels for ninth and four back of the Prince Albert Raiders for the eighth and final playoff spot. … The Ice coming off a 3-2 loss to the Raiders last night. … Kootenay is led in scoring by Jaedon Descheneau, who has five goals and four assists for nine points in nine points.

LAST TIME OUT: Led by Andrew Koep and Blake Orban, the defending Memorial Cup Champion Edmonton Oil Kings handed the Blades a 6-4 defeat this past Saturday at SaskTel Centre. Koep and Orban each recorded a pair of goals, while Dysin Mayo and Cole Benson did the rest offensively. In goal, rookie netminder Patrick Dea made 25 saves in the victory, snapping Saskatoon’s three-game winning streak. For the Blades, Alex Forsberg scored a pair on the power-play – his third and fourth goals of the season – while Ryan Graham and Austin Adamson chipped in with singles, the latter fuelling a late Blades rally, but it wasn’t enough. Alex Moodie suffered his first loss in four consecutive starts, surrendering six goals on 35 shots.

Week 17 CFL Power Rankings:

How far did the Argos slide? Where will Hamilton surface?

Find out this week in the Toon-Town Communications Power Rankings:

9 – Ottawa REDBLACKS (2-13) LW: 16-6 loss vs. Hamilton – Last Ranking #9 (8 weeks)

The good news is that the REDBLACKS continue to keep pace with their opposition. The bad news is that they don’t have the horses to pull ahead. The team is continuing to improve but it still is an uphill battle. I don’t anticipate a lot of movement from the REDBLACKS but in no way do I see them throwing in the towel.

8 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-10) LW 33-23 loss vs. Calgary – Last Ranking #8 (2 weeks)

The Bombers decline continues. The release of Nic Grigsby last week is a head scratcher and the play of both of the offensive line and defensive line shows that you can out scheme your opponent but eventually your talent level will show. There are a lot of positives to take away from the season but for now the Bombers are playing out the string and trying to solve some of their personnel issues.

Riders Release Pair Of Vets

RIDERS TRANSACTION ALERT

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced the following transactions:

* RELEASE international running back Will Ford

*RELEASE international quarterback DeNarius McGhee

* RELEASE international receiver Eron Riley

 

A Football Fill Is In Store On This Week’s Top 10 Tuesday:

Once again in no particular order I present my thoughts on the week that was in the world of sports in no particular order.

10 – Number ten should actually be number forty-one. Kerry Joseph at the age of 41 did what a pair of raw quarterbacks nearly half of his age didn’t do. He lead the Saskatchewan Roughrider offence back into respectability by using his smarts, his arm and his ability to avoid the rush and move the football.

9 – Canning Cortez. I can’t believe that there still is a vocal majority that want to see Offensive Coordinator George Cortez canned. His job is to make a cake out of the ingredients provided by General Manager Brendan Taman. Those ingredients are thinning, however, due to injury but let’s face it the Grey Cup winning coordinator form a year ago didn’t forget how to coach last night.