Monthly Archives: October 2014

Ti-Cats Add RB In The Nic Of Time

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed international running back Nic Grigsby.

The team made the announcement this morning.

Grigsby, a 5-11, 195-pound native of Los Angeles, California, started 14 games for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this year, rushing for 744 yards and eight touchdowns on 162 carries while catching 55 passes for 444 receiving yards and a score. He was released by the Blue Bombers on October 15.

The University of Arizona product has also spent time with the BC Lions, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

CHL Responds To Lawsuit

The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) is the world’s premier development hockey league and the number one supplier of player talent for the NHL, Canadian university hockey and Canada’s national hockey teams. Our players are some of the best amateur student athletes in the world and we are proud to provide them with the support, programs and tools to ensure they have the best player experience.

As the CHL we have worked hard over the last decade to continually review, refine and improve the player experience. This player experience, funded by our member teams and leagues, now includes:
• an education program, unmatched in amateur sports, that promotes academic success both during their time in the CHL and after, including post-secondary scholarship programs,
• extensive health and safety, anti-doping and mentoring programs that support our players whether they continue with the sport or pursue other careers,
• a comprehensive mental health program in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, and
• out-of-pocket expense coverage, equipment, billeting and travel costs.

In all three CHL member leagues, the Commissioners have spent much time dealing directly with players and their parents on team-specific issues. The Commissioners are always available to respond to any concerns raised by players or their parents. We will also continue to review and refine our programs through research and talking to our players, their parents, and our teams. We believe that our players are amateur student athletes.

Hilltops Head To PFC Final

(PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock)

Two semi final games in the PFC this weekend. Last night in Regina the Calgary Colts rallied a fourth quarter two minute come back to Beat the Regina Thunder 20 to 17.

In the other games today at SMF field the Saskatoon Hilltops defeated the Winnipeg Rifles 43 to 13.
Next Sunday October 26 at 1:00 PM at SMF field the Saskatoon Hilltops will host the Calgary Colts in the PFC final.

Out in BC there were two semi finals. Last night the Kamloops Broncos tried to come back from a 30 point deficit but fell short to the Langley Rams by a score of 48 to 46.

In the other game the Qkanagan Sun knocked off the Vancouver Island Raiders 47 to 16.

Huskies Fail To Lock Up Home Play-off Spot

The University of Manitoba Bisons shutout the No. 8 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies in the fourth quarter en route to a lopsided 41-8 victory Friday night at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg.

With the win, the Bisons improve to 3-3 on the season. Saskatchewan drops to 4-2.

With just a Saskatchewan rouge scored in the first quarter, Manitoba’s offence caught fire to score 17 points in the second, 14 in the third and 10 in the fourth. Matt Sawyer tallied two touchdowns for the Bisons, while quarterback Jordan Yantz and Kienan LaFrance also scored touchdowns. Ryan Jones added two field goals – from 36-yards and 40-yards – in the win, while Nic Demski scored on a 76-yard punt return.

The Huskies lone touchdown in the game was on an 11-yard run by Shane Buchanan at 10:52 in the fourth quarter.
Yantz went 15-for-20 in the game with one touchdown and 189 yards. Backup Theo Deezar also saw time completing 6-of-12 passes for 66 yard and one touchdown. Demski and Alex Vitt each tallied 57 receiving yards to lead the Bisons. Sawyer finished with 40 yards on five catches and two touchdowns. LaFrance led the Bisons offence on the ground with 117 yards on 16 carries.
Huskie quarterback Drew Burko was 14-for-27 for 164 yards in the game. Kit Hillis was the leading receiver with 49 yards on two catches, while Buchanan had 30 yards on nine carries.

Blades To Paint The Rink Pink

The Saskatoon Blades will be joining the fight against cancer this Saturday, Oct. 18 against the Edmonton Oil Kings at SaskTel Centre.

As part of the initiative, the Blades will be debuting a special-edition, one-off jersey to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research, as well as to honour those who have lost their battle with cancer of all types. Accenting the primary logo, which features a unique Blades crest and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation ribbon, the bottom of the sweater will include the names of friends and family members of the Blades and season ticket holders who have been affected by the illness, all as a special tribute to the cause.

The game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off during and after the game, with the proceeds benefitting the C95 Radio Marathon for Breast Cancer Research. All money raised will be donated to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, funding a number of local research projects.

Time To Raise A Paw

Raise a Paw Brunch an even better deal this year

With the Canada West women’s basketball season less than a month away from tip-off it’s time to mark your calendar for the annual Raise a Paw brunch.

This year’s event is set for Sunday November 23, 2014 at TCU Place in Centennial Hall A from 10:00 a.m. to noon. There will be a silent auction along with a heads and tails competition with all the proceeds from the event going to the team’s scholarship fund.

While the Huskies captured their third Canada West championship in team history, competition for the brightest and best women’s basketball players is increasing which means the need for sufficient scholarship funds to bring these student/athletes here is growing.

Huskies Look To Lock Up A Play-Off Spot

Game Date: Friday, October 17, 2014, 6 p.m. (SK time)
Game Location: Investors Group Field
Live Stats/ Live Webcast:

The No. 8 University of Saskatchewan Huskies will look to secure a 2014 Canada West football playoff spot with a road win over the University of Manitoba Bisons in the first game after bye-week.

Week 17 CFL Predictor:

Hamilton and Saskatchewan losses in week 16 saw my overall record slip to 43-and-22 for the season.

Week 17 should see some separation in the east. While home field play-off spots could be determined in the west. Where do I see the chips falling? Check it out here:

Ottawa REDBLACKS (2-12 4th in East) LW: 41-3 loss at BC
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6-8 T1st in East) LW: 34-33 loss vs. Toronto

I hate to say it but the smell from Steel Town won’t be the factories on Friday night. Instead the weekly CFL showcase game could be awful. Hamilton has something to prove after coming unraveled late against Toronto, while Ottawa is starting to evaluate for next season. I don’t see this game ending well for the REDBLACKS! Take Hamilton in a walk 38-3.

Dave’s Dis N Dat To Wrap An Interesting Week:

Well it was quite a week in the world of sports…. Here is my run down from the week that was.

Welcome back KJ: Kerry Joseph at the age of 41 is appears poised to return to the starting line-up this weekend when the Riders host the Edmonton Eskimos. While I don’t know what the impact of his return to the field will be I do know that he has the confidence of the coaching staff which may allow him to throw the ball.

Week 16 CFL Power Rankings

Some teams have a lot to be thankful for while some just looked like plain turkeys on Thanksgiving weekend in the CFL.

What does that mean to the CFL rankings. Well, definitely a couple of big tumbles were in order this week. See who dropped and who’s on top this week with the Toon-Town Communications Power Rankings.

9 – Ottawa REDBLACKS (2-12) LW: 41-3 loss vs. B.C. – Last Ranking #9 (7 weeks)

The REDBLACKS inconsistency continues to plague them. However, it is to be expected with a young team. That being said Ottawa should have been more competitive in year one instead they are still looking for an identity and something to hand their hat on, on both sides of the ball.

8 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-9) LW 41-9 loss at Edmonton – Last Ranking #7

They are who we thought they were? The rebuilding Blue Bombers haven’t just come back to Earth they’ve crashed into the Forks! The defence no longer has teeth, the offence has no creativity and you are starting to see the growing pains of a young quarterback. Additionaly, team discipline has come off the rails. There is still a lot of work to do in the Peg.