Monthly Archives: November 2014

CFL Predictor: Division Final Weekend

To be truthful even though I was 1-and-1 last weekend, to set my season record at 55-and-28, there were a ton of surprises.

I was shocked at the lackluster performance by the BC Lions in Montreal. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that the Alouettes would pile up 50 points on the Grey Cup hosts.
Meanwhile in Edmonton the upstart Eskimos played a patient and poised game en route to an upset, in my eyes, of the defending Grey Cup Champion Saskatchewan Roughriders. The surprise to me in that game was the inability of the Roughrider offence to move the ball on the ground or through the air.

With all of that being said what will Grey Cup Semi-Final have in store for us?

See what the predictor thinks below!

EAST DIVISION FINAL:

Montreal Alouettes: (9-9 2nd in East) LW: 50-17 win vs. B.C.
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Hamilton Tiger Cats: (9-9 1st in East) LW: BYE

Head-To-Head:
Week 11 at Montreal: Montreal 38 – Hamilton 31
Week 20 at Hamilton: Hamilton 29 – Montreal 15

View From The Sidelines: A Look Back At The Season That Was In Riderville

This week on the View From the Sidelines, Dave Thomas, Mike McCullough and Michael Ball will break down this weekends CFL Division Finals. Additionally, with the Saskatchewan Roughriders eliminated from the post-season the gang will take a look back at the season that was in Riderville. They’ll also take a look at what fans can expected headed into 2015.

Joining the boys this week is Hall of Famer Don Narcisse, one of the greatest players to ever wear Green and White will provide his analysis of the Rider offence and tell you about an exclusive chance to join him at the Grey Cup.

And former Rider player/General Manager and Commissioner of the Canadian Football League Bill Baker will talk about a personal connection that he has with the town of Delisle.

You can catch it all here on the View From The Sidelines.

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

Well it’s been another interesting week in the world of sports… Here are some of my random thoughts heading into the weekend.
Riders Done: Well it is still hard to believe that the Saskatchewan Roughriders season is over. The Green and White fully anticipated being in Calgary this weekend and to be truthful so did I. The off-season will be very interesting as the word rebuild has been thrown around where I think it is more of a retool situation.

Coach Bene Is Done: The reaction that I have seen and heard from Rider Nation is generally negative towards the BC Bench Boss. One thing that I have seen firsthand is that the Lions players love him. He is a player’s coach and has a great deal of respect from his players. Unfortunately that admiration did not translate into discipline and performance, especially in the post season.
Will Wally Come Back?: That was the question I posed on social media, yesterday. I think a more likely candidate may be Paul LaPolice if he wants to return to the sidelines.

Blades Deal Winger To Raiders

Blades trade Cory Millette to Prince Albert Raiders

The Saskatoon Blades have traded left winger Cory Millette to the Prince Albert Raiders for a 2016 5th round draft pick.

The 19 year old from Storthoaks, Saskatchewan started his WHL career with the Red Deer Rebels, before spending the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons with the Blades.

Millette had 17 goals and 34 points last season with the Blades, and currently sits second on the Blades in team scoring this season, with five goals and 14 points.

Lions Coach Will Roar No More

(PHOTO Courtesy bclions.com)

The B.C. Lions have parted company with Head Coach Mike Benevides.

Numerous sources are reporting that the Lions have canned their coach after a disappointing 9-and-9 season that saw the Grey Cup hosts drop into the East Division Cross-over, a 50-17 loss in Montreal last Sunday.

Benevides succeeded hall of famer Wally Buono after the winningest coach in CFL history retired from the sidelines following the 2011 season.

Benevides had been with the team since 2003 when he joined the team as the Special Teams Coordinator and Linebackers Coach.

Here is the full release from the Lions:

A Questionable Top 10 Tuesday Including A Post-mortem On The Rider Season That Was:

Well the quest for the Grey Cup is down to four teams with BC and Saskatchewan joining Toronto, Ottawa and Winnipeg on the sidelines. With a look back at the season for the Riders and observances from around the Canadian Football League here are my top 10 thoughts from the week that was in no particular order.

10 – Should Rider Nation be upset at Kerry Joseph for his handful of interceptions in the West Semi-Final? My thought is absolutely not! Joseph at the age of 41 (I hate having to say that) could have easily continued with his post-football plan in New Orleans instead he decided to come back and try to help the team that he loved in defence of their Grey Cup. I’m not sure where the Green and White would be had they not signed Joseph.

9 – Will it ever be Tino Time again? The pending free-agent struggled, in my mind, from training camp on. I’m not sure if he wasn’t prepared for the season or if the Riders underestimated where his development was at. For whatever reason, Tino was given numerous opportunities to take the ball and run with it (literally) and couldn’t produce. Will he get a second contract in Green and White?

View From The Sidelines: Play-off Edition

Dave Thomas, Mike McCullough and Michael Ball are back to get you set for CFL Play-off action.

The quest for the Grey Cup begins in Montreal with the Alouettes taking on the BC Lions. Then it’s the Saskatchewan Roughriders heading to Edmonton to take on the Eskimos.

The boys will take you inside the dressing rooms to get you set. As well, find out the latest on the Rider roster as they reveal their starters for Sunday’s game.

Also joining the crew will be former Rider and Eskimo Craig Ellis AND you will hear from Winnipeg Blue Bomber Head Coach Mike O’Shea.

Plus did all of Eastern Canada miss the boat? Find out on Tuned-In and Tuned-Out… All this week on the View From the Sidelines.

CFL Predictor: Semi-Final Round

Well the Montreal Alouettes were the lone team to trip me up in week 20 of the regular season. The Als lose to Hamilton was a surprise and could have cost them a shot at the Grey Cup by not hosting the East Final.

The three correct predictions, however, closed out my regular season record at 54-and-27.

Here are my thoughts heading into the division semi-finals this weekend:

B.C. Lions (9-9 4th in West) LW: 33-16 loss vs. Calgary
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Montreal Alouettes (9-9 2nd in East) LW: 29-15 loss at Hamilton

Some of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat on A Friday Morning:

Well after a trip to Langley with the Canadian Champion Saskatoon Hilltops and Remembrance Day observances in the middle of the week it’s time to catch up. So here are my scattered thoughts from the week that was in the world of sports!

First Congratulations to the Saskatoon Hilltops! Their 17th national title was a big turnaround for a team that started the season 1-and-2. The Toppers composure and character was the biggest difference in their victory over the Langley Rams.

What it means! What the Saskatoon Hilltops mean really hit home for me on the way into Langley. It’s all about opportunity! The countless hours put in by volunteers and coaches makes the team a reality. That dedication produces much more than a winning product on the field. The players learn lessons in accountability and character that are sometimes lost in this day and age. Even more than that the Hilltops provide young players opportunity. For example, one of the players had never been on an airplane before the teams trip into Abbotsford and he wasn’t even that phased by the turbulence.

K-J Gets The Nod

The Saskatchewan Roughriders practiced outdoors today in preparation of their West Division Semi-Final with Edmonton on Sunday.

Despite his best efforts Darian Durant’s recovery was slowed which means that the Green and White will start Kerry Joseph under center on Sunday.

Coach Corey Chamblin announced his starter following today’s practice.

Joseph has started the last three games for the Riders.