Monthly Archives: October 2014

No Leftovers On This Top Ten Tuesday:

Hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving weekend and took time to remember all of the things that you are thankful for.

I extend thanks to you for checking in here for the latest on the Saskatoon Sporting scene.

Now to the turkeys or at least my top 10 thoughts on the week that was in the world of sports, in no particular order.

10 – Well that was ugly. The Saskatchewan Roughriders were blasted 40-9 by Montreal. None of the three phases of the team will be spared criticism this week as it was an all-around team loss. The question begs to be asked whether or not the team has hit rock bottom or is there more pain to come with a match-up against Edmonton this Sunday at Mosaic.

9 – So was it all Tino’s fault? The Riders offence sputtered once again but it seems as though the game plan was simply to keep the ball on the ground and keep the clock moving. However, once the Alouettes adjusted and loaded up the box the Green and White could not take advantage. So now what? That’s the big question.

8 – Is there a trust issue in Riderville? It appears to me that the Green and White don’t have a lot of confidence in Tino Sunseri’s ability to execute the passing game. The truth is that the team’s running game is tops in the league but without at least a threat to throw the ball the running games effectiveness is going to be short lived.

Hilltops Set To Plunge Into Playoffs: A Pictorial Look

Firstly, I want to thank Steve Hiscock. There is no better smile in sports than Steve and he once again has allowed me to share his work. The images that he captures at any event he covers show emotion, and incredible detail to a moment in time. Thanks Steve for allowing me to share your work!

On to the game and the story was simple going in, a win for the Hilltops and a first place finish in the Prairie Football Conference would be assured. Meanwhile, the Edmonton Wildcats knew that they had to find a way to win and get some help to qualify for the post season. Despite a valiant effort that desperation would not pay off for the Wildcats as the home-town Hilltops would score a hard-fought 28-23 victory.
The Toppers would open the scoring off of a Brett Thorarinson 35-yard field goal, his first of four on the afternoon.

After stopping the Cats on their 3rd and 1 from their goal line the Hilltops would be forced to surrender a safety and that’s how the opening quarter would end with Saskatoon in front 3-2.

CFL Legends: Al Bruno

This season on the View From the Sidelines one of the focuses of our CFL Legends segment was the 25th Anniversary of the Saskatchewan Roughriders 1989 Grey Cup victory over the Hamilton Tiger Cats.

Our pursuit of some of the key personnel of the game lead us to then Hamilton Head Coach Al Bruno.

Bruno coached in the CFL from 1983-1990, appearing in three consecutive Grey Cups from 1984-1986. He would win the 1986 Grey Cup over the heavily favored Edmonton Eskimos.

His final appearance in a Grey Cup would be in 1989 when his Ti-Cats faced the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Bruno, passed away in his home last Sunday but he did share a few moments in what would turn out to be his last interview with us on the View From the Sidelines. You can hear our entire conversation below:

View From The Sidelines: Episode 17

This week on the View From the Sidelines Dave Thomas, Michael Ball and Mike McCullough discuss what is happening with the Saskatchewan Roughriders Quarterback situation.

Additionally, Mike McCullough gives one of the most likely Tooned-In nods of the season.

Also the Coach Kavis Reed joins to discuss his close friend Kerry Joseph joining the Saskatchewan Roughriders this week. As well he’ll take you inside the coach’s office to talk strategy late in the season.

Plus you won’t want to miss the final media interview with Al Bruno the legendary Head Coach of the Hamilton Tiger Cats.

It’s all this week on the View From The Sidelines.

Toon-Town Sports Week 16 CFL Predictor:

Week 15 was the week of the upset in the Canadian Football League, or was it? This predictor went four-for-four including upset victories by Toronto AND Ottawa.

So the perfect week has improved this predictor’s record to 41-and-20 for the season. So without further ado here are the ToonTown Communications Week 16 CFL picks.

Hamilton Tiger Cats (6-7 1st in East) LW: 19-17 win vs. BC
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Toronto Argonauts (5-8 T2nd in East) LW: 33-23 win vs. Edmonton

Dave’s Dis N’ Dat To Wrap Up The Week:

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

What’s Old Is New Again! Great to see Kerry Joseph back with the Riders. I think the leadership that he brings to the group is huge and there seems to be a lot of confidence in his ability to provide stability at Quarterback with the loss of Darian Durant.

Will he play? I’m not sure if we will see Kerry on the field this weekend or not as realistically he has only had a couple of days to learn the Rider playbook. That being said Kerry is a very bright quarterback and he very well could have a series or two of plays designed specifically for him.

Tooned-IN. You have to hear this weeks edition of Tooned-In and Tooned-Out on the view from the sidelines. Mike McCullough’s tuned is incredibly astute and gives some overdue credit for the Riders secondary and their conduct on the field. (View from the sidelines will be available here tomorrow)

K-J Is Back

The Saskatchewan Roughriders today announced international quarterback Kerry Joseph has signed with the team. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not released.

Joseph (6’0 – 225) will enter his twelfth CFL season and second tenure with the Green and White. The McNeese State product originally entered the league with the Ottawa Renegades in 2003, where he spent three seasons. The Riders acquired Joseph in the 2006 CFL Dispersal Draft. The Louisiana native was named the Most Outstanding Player in 2007 on his way to leading the Riders to their third Grey Cup in franchise history.

For his career, Joseph has played 175 regular season games, with 108 starts, while compiling 27,491 passing yards and 144 touchdowns. He has also added an impressive 4,539 rushing yards and scored 55 touchdowns. He has also spent time with the Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Argonauts.

Blades Set For Throwback Thursday

OFF THE TOP: The Saskatoon Blades (0-5-0) square off with the Tri-City Americans (4-3-0) for the first and only time this season. The Americans are in the midst of a season-high seven-game road trip, which began back on Sept. 27 in Spokane, and will come to an end on Saturday, Oct. 11, in Swift Current. Sitting second in the WHL’s US Division coming into tonight’s contest, the Americans are led in scoring by Brian Williams (4G, 4A) and Parker Bowles (2G, 6A), both recording eight points in the Ams’ seven games so far this season.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING… The SaskTel Centre has never been kind to the visiting Americans. Outscoring their opponents 89-57 all-time in Saskatoon, the Blades have won all but one game at home to the Americans (losing 7-1 on Feb. 27, 1996).

LAST TIME OUT: The Blades are coming off an 8-1 loss on the road to Medicine Hat Tigers on Oct. 3. Matt Bradley, Ty Schultz, Markus Eisenschmid, Chad Butcher, Cole Sanford and Trevor Cox each recorded multi-point nights as the Tigers raced out to a 4-0 lead on the back of three power-play goals in the opening 20 minutes. The Blades’ leading-scorer, rookie Wyatt Sloboshan, broke the gooseegg with a man-advantage marker of his own with less than seven minutes to play in the third period, but the damage had already been done. Recently reacquired goaltender Alex Moodie was charged with the loss, allowing six goals on 25 shots before making way for Nik Amundrud in the third period. Amundrud stopped 14 of 16, while at the other end, Nick Schneider answered 20 overall, securing the win for the Central Division’s top-seeded team.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Blades are back home, playing only their second game of the season at SaskTel Centre, and first since Sept. 20 against the Prince Albert Raiders.

PFC Hands Out Weekly Honours

The Canadian Junior Football League and the Prairie Football Conference announced their players of the week tonight.

Saskatoon Hilltop running back Wayndel Lewis was singled out as was Regina’s Brandon Whitehouse on defence and Calgary return man Keiko Kelly.

Here is the full run down of this weeks players of the week.

Offensive Player Of the Week:

Running back – #22 Wayndel Lewis – Saskatoon Hilltops

Memorial Cup Stays In The East In The West

The Western Hockey League announced today the Red Deer Rebels, the City of Red Deer and the province of Alberta will host the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup following a vote by the WHL Board of Governors.

The Red Deer Rebels will host a media conference on Thursday, October 9th after earning the right to host the event. WHL Commissioner Ron Robison, Rebels players and representatives as well as local and provincial officials will be in attendance. The 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup will mark the first time Red Deer has hosted the event and the first time since 1974 that the Canadian Hockey League’s national championship has been held in the province of Alberta.