Monthly Archives: January 2015
The Saskatchewan Roughriders today announced international wide receiver Weston Dressler has agreed to a four year contract extension to remain with the team. As per club policy financial terms of the contract were not released.
Dressler (5’7 – 179) has spent his entire seven year pro career with the Green and White after originally entering the Canadian Football League in 2008. He again re-signed with the team as a free agent in August, 2014 after attending training camp with NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.
After 107 career regular season games the 29-year-old sits third in franchise history with 469 receptions and 6,856 yards, while his 44 receiving touchdowns rank fifth all-time.
The Bismarck, North Dakota native has surpassed the 1,000 yard receiving mark in five of his seven seasons, has been named a West Division All-Star four times (2009, 2011-13), a CFL All-Star twice (2012-13) and won the 2013 Grey Cup championship.
Well the lead up to Superbowl is in full swing and to say it has been a dull past seven days in the world of sports, would be an understatement.
So, without further ado here’s my take on the week that was:
The Bonehead of the week award has to go to Marshawn Lynch…. The talented Seattle running-back made a fool of himself when he announced to reporters that the only reason that he was at media day was, “You know why I’m here, so I won’t get fined!” He then continued to answer any question coming his way for the same response for five plus minutes. I get it you don’t want to be there or do the media availability but guess what Marshawn? We all don’t like everything we have to do for our job. So grin and bear it!
When it comes to the Superbowl my head says New England but my heart wants Seattle to repeat. Unfortunately, my head usually wins out.
Love the move by the Saskatchewan Roughriders this week to acquire the talented but injury-prone Cory Watson.
The National receiver will provide much needed experience to the Rider receiver corp. and he will allow the Riders to further adjust the ratio.
The Saskatoon Blades have called up forward Brayden Uhrich and defenceman Mackenzie Dwyer.
The 1997 born Uhrich is the younger brother of Blades forward Josh Uhrich, and has played one game earlier this season with the Blades. He provides a gritty, energetic style and is not afraid to play a physical game.
The 1997 born Dwyer is a product of Winnipeg, and plays for the Portage Terriers of the MJHL.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have acquired national receiver Cory Watson and a 3rd round pick (26th overall) in the 2015 Canadian Draft from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
In exchange the Riders have sent national receiver Kris Bastien, a 2nd round pick (15th overall) in the 2015 Canadian Draft, and the rights to a negotiation list player to the Bombers.
Watson (6’3 – 212) has spent five seasons in Winnipeg after the Blue Bombers selected him in the 2nd round (9th overall) of the 2010 Canadian Draft.
Last season the 30-year-old Quebec native registered 21 receptions for 287 yards and three touchdowns in 12 regular season games.
The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that veteran receiver S.J. Green has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the club, which will allow Alouettes fans to keep watching one of the most spectacular receivers in the CFL for years to come.
Green (6’03”, 220 lbs.) has once again been a true leader on the Alouettes’ offence in 2014 in what was yet another productive season for the 29-year-old international receiver. Green concluded the season ranked seventh among the league’s receivers, amassing 835 receiving yards on 53 catches as well as four touchdowns in only fifteen outings. The eight-year veteran had playoffs to remember saving one of his best career-performances against the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton for the Eastern Division Final as he registered three touchdowns and 126 receiving yards. He tallied another touchdown a week before in a decisive 50-17 victory over the BC Lions in the Eastern Division Semi-final. As it’s been the case throughout his career, Green multiplied spectacular catches all through last season and has showed what a fearsome offensive weapon he is, as well, all while developing good chemistry with quarterback Jonathan Crompton.
Things are starting to get very interesting as the build up to Superbowl is on, and the heat is on CFL General Managers to shore up their free-agent wish list.
With that in mind here are my top ten scattered thoughts from the world of sports.
10 – Foley To T.O. You have to love social media! The haters were out in full force on Saturday when the Green and White dealt fan favorite Ricky Foley to Toronto for Shea Emery. Despite his gruff tattooed exterior, Foley was pure gold on and off the field and the heartbreak of the deal was felt by him as much as it was by Rider Nation. The deal in a small way was reminiscent of the late 90’s decision to release Bobby Jurasin. In this instance the Riders will get a key piece back in a much coveted middle-linebacker that is four years younger than Foley.
9 – Brack is Back…. The Green and White’s decision to sign Tyron Brackenridge was in a lot of ways a no brainer. You have a player that wants to stay and is a big part of your defence. Brackenridge was also the heavy hitter on the defence punishing the opposition constantly… Throw in the addition of Emery and the league will now need to be weary when heading through the middle.
8 – So who is next?
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed the first of their big three free-agents coming to terms with Tyron Brackenridge.
Details are below. That leaves Ben Heenan and Weston Dressler from the club’s big-three pending free-agents to sign before they hit the open market February 10.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today international safety Tyron Brackenridge has signed an extension to remain with the team. As per club policy, details of the contract were not released.
Brackenridge (6′ – 190) will remain with the Green and White for his fifth CFL season after originally signing with the team as a free agent in October, 2011. He also re-signed with the Riders as a free agent in February, 2013.
Last season, the California native collected 64 defensive tackles, ten special teams tackles, three interceptions, three forced fumbles, three tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks and one blocked field goal in starting all 18 regular season games. He was named a West Division and CFL All-Star for the second time in his career and second consecutive season.
For his career, the 30-year-old Brackenridge has recorded 196 defensive tackles, 16 special teams tackles, nine interceptions and two quarterback sacks in 59 career regular season games. He won his first Grey Cup in 2013 as a member of the Riders.
Saskatoon’s Stefanie Lawton is heading back to the Scotties tournament of Hearts.
Ten years after winning her first provincial title in Assiniboia, Lawton returned to the site to capture her fourth provincial championship.
Lawton defeated Regina’s Michelle Englot 6-4 in yesterday’s title to claim her purple heart.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today they have acquired national middle linebacker Shea Emry from the Toronto Argonauts.
In exchange, the Riders have sent national defensive end Ricky Foley to the Argonauts.
Emry (6′ – 228) is a seven year CFL veteran; originally selected by the Montreal Alouettes in the 1st round, seventh overall, of the 2008 Canadian Draft. The Richmond, BC native spent six seasons with the Als before signing with the Toronto Argonauts as a free agent in February, 2014.
In his only season with the Argonauts Emry led the team with 72 defensive tackles while also adding five tackles for loss, four pass knockdowns, one forced fumble and one quarterback sack in starting all 18 regular season games.
For his career, the 28-year-old Emry has recorded 333 defensive tackles, 43 special teams tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 11 quarterback sacks and four interceptions in 112 regular season games. In 2012 he was named a CFL All-Star while also being nominated as the East Divisions Most Outstanding Defensive Player and Most Outstanding Canadian.
Another interesting seven days has come and gone in the world of sports. Here’s my take from the week that was…
Deflate-Gate… Well all football eyes south of the border are not looking ahead to the Seattle, New England SuperBowl nor are they gazed upon this weekend’s Pro Bowl. (Yes, that defacto all-star game with the flawed school yard pick ‘em to determine the teams). Instead the football community is focused on the New England Patriots and the under inflated footballs they used in the AFC Championship game last weekend. Were the Patriots cheating and doctoring the balls before the game? Absolutely! This is a team that has been busted in the past for cheating. Not sure if the NFL will actually do anything, however, as my View From the Sidelines Co-Host Michael Ball would say, “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying!”
Now time for a reality check!