Monthly Archives: November 2014

Week 20 CFL Predictor:

An upset by Winnipeg and some blind faith in the Ottawa REDBLACKS cost me a perfect week and sees my overall record slip to 51-26.

Looking to finish strong here are my picks for the final week of the regular season:

Ottawa REDBLACKS (2-15 4th in East) LW: 34-25 loss vs. Hamilton
Toronto Argonauts (7-20 3rd in East) LW: 17-14 loss at Montreal

The Argos will be without Quarterback Ricky Ray but need a win and some help to get into the post season. The REDBLACKS continue to audition for next year and seems to be that they have plateaued as far as their progress is concerned. That’s why I will take the Argos, yes without Rick Ray, to win a tight on 18-10.

Huskies Set To Battle Bisons In Post-Season


Game Date: Friday, November 7, 7 p.m.
Game Location: Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park
Live TV Broadcast: Shaw
Live Stats/ Live Webcast:

For the third time in 2014, the No. 8 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies will battle with the University of Manitoba Bisons, this time as the beginning stop on the road to the 50th Vanier Cup.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park on Friday. The game can be watched live on Shaw Cable.

View From The Sidelines Episode 20: What To Do With Darian/Inside the Saskatoon Hilltops Huddle

This week on the View From The Sidelines, Dave Thomas, Michael Ball and Mike McCullough will preview the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Edmonton Eskimos regular season finale.

Also up for discussion what the Riders Should Do with Darian Durant and the player of the year nominees.

As well, Head Coach Tom Sargent of the Saskatoon Hilltops will join the crew and discuss his teams preparations for the 107th Canadian Bowl Championship.

And be sure to tune in for CFL Legend Danny McManus.

It’s all here on the View From the Sidelines.

Week 19 CFL Power Rankings: Well They’ve Moved On Up!

There is some movement in the middle and at the top as the play-off picture and rankings are becoming clearer as the CFL regular season winds down.

Who is new at the top?

Check it out in this weeks’ Toon-Town Communications CFL Power Rankings

9 – Ottawa REDBLACKS (2-15) LW: 34-25 loss vs. Hamilton – Last Ranking #9 (10 weeks)

Well believe it or not despite only two wins on the season the Ottawa REDBACKS get to play in a meaningful game in week 20. It doesn’t mean a lot to them except for evaluating and perhaps finding some answers heading into the post season but they could help determine Toronto’s play-off fate.

Top Ten Tuesday: From Will He To Should He? And Should The Raiders Have?

It’s been a wild week in the world of sports here are my thoughts from the week that was in no particular order!

10 – Darian Durant was on the field throwing the ball for the first time in 8 weeks yesterday. Does that mean that he will suit up in the Riders regular season finale or be available for the play-offs? I have no idea! I do know that some of the conversation has shifted from will he play to should he play.

9 – If you ask View From The Sidelines co-host Mike McCullough he is 100% against Darian Durant playing. McCullough feels that the Riders need to protect their franchise player and not think about the now but instead think about the future.

8 – As you will have heard I don’t subscribe to his theory. Sports are a win now business and hence the team has to do whatever it takes to give them the best chance to win and if that’s Darian Durant at 75% so be it. That being said medical advice cannot be overlooked.

Huskies Win Set To Herd Bisons In Final

Vancouver – A 31-point first-half hole proved too deep for the UBC Thunderbirds to dig themselves out of on Saturday, as they dropped their season finale against the Saskatchewan Huskies 38-18 at Thunderbird Stadium.

The T-Birds needed a win to force a three-way tie for the final playoff spot with Alberta and Regina. UBC would have held the tiebreaker in that scenario and been through to the playoffs, but the ‘Birds were unable to recover from an all-Huskies first half that saw them fall behind 31-0.

The T-Birds were pitching a second-half shutout until midway though the fourth quarter. They had cut the lead down to 31-17 and seemed to have all the momentum when a high snap on a Huskies punt attempt led to it being partially blocked, giving UBC the ball at the Saskatchewan 27. But they weren’t able to take advantage of the field position, fumbling a snap of their own before settling for a field goal attempt. Then some confusion with the field goal unit personnel led to a time violation penalty for the ‘Birds, moving them back out of field goal range.

The ‘Birds scored a rouge on the ensuing punt from Quinn van Gylswyk to make it 31-18, but the Huskies were able to respond soon after with their first successful drive of the half. They moved the ball efficiently on the ground and through the air, finishing with a 15-yard touchdown run by Tyler Chow for a 38-18 lead.

New Boss In PA After Raiders’ Clouston Walks The Plank

he Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League are pleased to announce that Marc Habscheid has been hired as the 14th Head Coach in the team’s history and will make his debut in Prince Albert tonight when the Raiders host the Saskatoon Blades at 7:00 PM. Habscheid has been signed for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

Habscheid, who hails from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, has an extensive playing and coaching career at many levels, including the NHL. As a player, he was a member of the Blades and Kamloops Junior Oilers from 1979-83 and was a 6th round NHL draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 1981. Habscheid would play 345 games in the NHL for the Oilers, Minnesota North Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Calgary Flames from 1981-92. As a player he also represented Canada twice internationally at the 1988 Olympics and 1992 World Championships. He also played in the AHL and overseas before retiring in 1996.

Habscheid’s coaching career started in the SJHL with the Melfort Mustangs. He then went on to be the Head Coach of the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL from 1997-99 before taking over the Kelowna Rockets as Head Coach from 1999-2004 including winning the Memorial Cup in 03-04 with current Raider Assistant Coach Kelly Guard as his goalie. In 2003 he was named the CHL Coach of the Year, the same year he coached Canada at the World Junior Championships. He was then named by Hockey Canada as an international coach, winning gold at the World Championships in 2004 and silver in 2005. He served as an assistant coach for the 2006 Olympics.  Habscheid then was an Associate Coach with the Boston Bruins of the NHL in the 06-07 season before returning to the WHL to be the Head Coach and GM of the expansion Chilliwack Bruins from 2009-12 including the transition year of that organization when they moved to Victoria to become the Royals in 11-12.  After the 2012 season he joined the Royals parent company GSL Holdings in an executive role and has been ranching south of Swift Current.

“This is a very exciting day for me as I look forward to returning to coaching in my home province”, said Habscheid. “I am very grateful to have the opportunity to join the Raiders and be part of this community”.

Huskies Close Regular Season Against UBC

PHOTO COURTESY (Steve Hiscock)

Game Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014, 2 p.m. (3 p.m., SK Time)
Game Location: Thunderbird Stadium
Live TV Broadcast: Shaw
Live Stats/ Live Webcast:

The No. 8 University of Saskatchewan Huskies will close out the 2014 Canada West football season with a road date against the UBC Thunderbirds Saturday in Vancouver.

Kickoff is 2 p.m. (3 p.m. SK time) on Saturday. It can be watched on Shaw. It is also available live on CK750 or or via webcast at