Monthly Archives: June 2015

Rider Final Cuts Includes Pair of National Vets

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have made the following roster moves:



  • National wide receiver Melvin Abankwah
  • National defensive back Kwame Adjei
  • National wide receiver Alex Carroll
  • National defensive back Michael Carter
  • International linebacker Jake Doughty
  • International defensive back Jeremy Gray
  • International wide receiver Greg Hardin
  • International offensive lineman Jermarcus Hardrick
  • National offensive lineman Gord Hinse
  • International defensive back Tyree Hollins
  • National fullback Ronlee King-Fileen
  • National defensive lineman Tyler Langlais
  • International defensive back Junior Mertile
  • National offensive lineman Brad Nehring
  • International defensive back Marrio Norman
  • National kicker Hugh O’Neill
  • International running back Sam Ojuri
  • National offensive lineman Kyle Paterson
  • National wide receiver Alex Pierzchalski
  • International offensive lineman Randy Richards
  • International wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt
  • International defensive lineman Robert Singletary
  • International linebacker Phillip Steward
  • National offensive lineman Matt Vonk
  • International wide receiver Devin Wilson
  • National defensive back Paul Woldu



Dave’s Dis N’ Dat To Wrap The Week: Plus WATCH Riders vs. Stamps Here!

It’s Friday morning and here is my take on the last seven days from the world of sports.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders will close out their pre-season schedule tonight when they host the Calgary Stampeders tonight at Mosaic Stadium. The Green and White will suit up 70 players for the game with a number of positions still up for grabs. Some of the pundits are suggesting that former Huskies Scott McHenry and Paul Waldu could be on the bubble. However, one of many problems that the Riders had last season was when the special teams tanked after a number of injuries to key veterans, not the least of which was McHenry. I think the Riders noticed that and I am sure will take that into account in their final evaluations.

If you are looking for tonight’s game you won’t see it on TSN BUT you can see it here.

SMF Field Adds Anonymous Teammate: Still Work To Do

With the clock ticking down, the Friends of the Bowl Foundation are pleased to announce an anonymous donor who is keeping this drive alive.

“We have received a cheque for $900,000,” says Foundation Chair, Bryan Kosteroski. “The donor – a supporter of the Saskatoon Hilltops and of football at all levels – wishes to remain anonymous but we can’t thank them enough for keeping this project on track.” The money will be used to continue work on the Clubhouse.

“Make no mistake,” added Kosteroski, “we still need a further $600,000 to bring this project to completion. We are hoping another donor or donors will step forward and seal the deal.”

Riders Continue To Roll Off The Field

The Saskatchewan Roughriders held their 2014-15 Annual General Meeting in the Schumiatcher Room at Conexus Art Centre.



During her report, Tina Holtby, the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Director of Finance, revealed the Football Club reported a profit of $2.2 million. The Club recorded operating revenues of $42.4 million.


Gate receipts generated $15 million in revenue for the 2014 season down slightly from the prior year mainly due to Mosaic Stadium returning to its regular capacity after the removal of extra seats that had been installed for the 2013 Grey Cup.


WHL Announces Anniversary Plans

The Western Hockey League concluded its Annual General Meeting today in Vancouver, highlighted by the announcement of a series of plans and special events associated with the WHL’s upcoming 50th anniversary season. The WHL was established in the 1966-67 season.

The WHL’s 50th anniversary season will officially open on Thursday, September 24th in Moose Jaw, SK when the Warriors host the Regina Pats. The East Division is considered the birthplace of the WHL and Moose Jaw is the home of the first ever WHL championship team. The Moose Jaw Canucks became the first League champions when they defeated the Regina Pats to close the WHL’s inaugural season of 1966-67.

“We are excited to celebrate the rich history of our League next season,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “We have been fortunate to have many talented players, excellent teams and exceptional people in the WHL since 1966, and we truly look forward to honouring these individuals and sharing the story of our League throughout our 50th anniversary season.”

The WHL also announced that a commemorative 50th anniversary season book will be published which will detail the history of the League as well as its Clubs, builders, players and key members. The book will be released in September.

UFC Coming To ToonTown

The UFC® makes its debut in the province of Saskatchewan on Sunday, August 23 at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon. UFC FIGHT NIGHT™: HOLLOWAY vs. OLIVEIRA will feature a five-round main event pitting two of the top featherweights as fifth-ranked MaxHolloway (13-3, fighting out of Waianae, Hawaii, USA) takes on seventh-ranked Charles Oliveira (20-4, 1NC, fighting out of Houston, Texas, USA by way of Sao Paulo, Brazil) in a bout that could determine the division’s next title contender. Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT™: HOLLOWAY vs. OLIVEIRA go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 26 at 10 a.m. CT.

Currently riding an impressive six-fight win streak (including three knockouts and two submissions), Holloway has made the leap from touted prospect to dangerous contender. Meanwhile, victorious in his last four outings, Oliveira now sits at fourthplace for most submissions in UFC history with seven (mixed martial arts legend Royce Gracie still holds the record with 10). Not only are there potential title implications in this bout, but both Holloway and Oliveira are currently tied with Dustin Poirier and Chad Mendes for the most finishes in the UFC’s featherweight division. An emphatic victory for either competitor will establish a new benchmark for the weight class. With these two skilled finishers lined up, Saskatoon fans are in for an explosive main event.

Tino Toast In Riderville

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced their first round of cuts on Sunday evening.

Among the cuts was 2014 second-string quarterback.

The full release is below:

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced the following roster moves:


To The Point: Rider Wrap – Has the CFL Destroyed Their Game?

The Saskatchewan Roughriders dropped their opening game of the 2015 season, albeit pre-season, 31-24 to the Edmonton Eskimos in Fort McMurray on Saturday.

While the result may not count in the standings the game was far from meaningless with a number of players auditioning for jobs on both sides of the ball.

It was also an opportunity for the Canadian Football League to show off some of their new rules aimed at increasing scoring and the flow of the game.

Here are some observations from the Northern Kick-off in Alberta.
– The pre-season opener was a short one for receiver Ryan Smith. The sophomore from Notre Dame made one reception and then left the game after what in my opinion was a blatant head shot from Adam Konar. The analysts described the hit as a good one, however, in my experience when a defender leaves their feet to deliver a hit that should be called a spear. Not sure why this one wasn’t.

– Any doubt that Darian Durant may not be ready to go should be laid to rest. The veteran pivot stood in the pocket and delivered the ball a number of times in the opening quarter. He also on a couple of occasions took a hit to deliver the ball. That’s extremely encouraging.
– At the other end of the spectrum should there be some concern regarding the offensive line? The Eskimos had a lot of heat on the Riders all night and completely disabled the Riders running game. Yes Edmonton’s defence is tough but the O-line needs to be better.

– What’s with all of the early game fumbles by the Riders? They have put the ball on the ground three times thus far but have gotten it back all three times. Early season fumble-itus was a concern at the start of 2014 as well. Ask Anthony Allen!

– Jamel Richardson appears to be a nice reliable target for Darian Durant. The two seem to have some nice chemistry. It should be noted that Richardson was playing in the spot normally inhabited by Weston Dressler.

– Full marks to Fort McMurray for the construction of the Shell Place Complex. The facility, not just for football, looks outstanding.

– As top notch as the facility appears it is disappointing that the 15-thousand seats only appear to be two-thirds full.

– That being said a two-thirds full stadium I’m sure would be an upgrade on a Toronto regular season crowd at Rogers Centre. The Argos have their “home opener” in Fort Mac in week one against the Eskimos.

– The Riders John Chick has just racked up his first sack of the campaign. The man is a beast! That being said did you notice that his sack came on a three-man rush from the Riders!

– The penalty flags continue to fly at an alarming rate. Yes it is the first pre-season game but there is a lot to clean up.

– On second and long the Riders have called a screen play. Some things, I guess, never change as that was a major criticism of George Cortez’s 2015 offence.

– That being said why is the team inviting pressure towards Darian Durant in a pre-season game. Yikes.

– Kevin Glenn now comes into the game to lead the Rider offence. You can see his veteran presence immediately as he has commanded the huddle just like Double-D.

– Should Tino Sunseri be worried that Glenn is getting number 2 reps?

– Taj Smith has just made a nice over the shoulder catch. Taj is going to have to come up big for the Riders in 2015. His 1000-yard 2013, was followed by a distraction-plagued 2014. First there was his injury abbreviated campaign where he suffered a broken clavicle. Secondly there is his on-going legal battle after a brawl outside of a Regina night-club that has yet to be resovled almost two-years after the incident.

– Jerome Messam is showing that he not only can carry the ball. Looks good in a protection scheme and has hauled in a couple of passes. They weren’t the smoothest receptions in the world but he got the job done. Will he be the feature back and ratio changer for the Rider offence?

– So the Riders defence is now being torched not by the Eskimos offence but by the officials. These new rules for DB’s (no contact beyond 5 yards) is incredible. If a receiver slows down and you bump into him you are at fault. If I’m a Quarterback the throw-behind pass is my new best friend.

Great Night For Racing At ACMS

The weather has been unsettled the last few days, but it didn’t stop the sun from shining down on Auto Clearing Motor Speedway on Saturday night as the Irv’s Westside Auto Super Trucks, WSSL Super Late Models and both the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks and Mini Stocks added to the trek towards the championship.

The Irv’s Westside Auto Super Trucks quickly showed why they continue to be a favorite racing series in Saskatoon. Rookie racers Kyle O’Connell and Brian Morrison immediately showed they fit right in with the fast and tight racing style of the super truck series. They were right in the mix with the veterans from the drop of the flags.

Heavy rains through week washed some of the rubber buildup off the track, and the trucks have changed tires from last year so there wasn’t any track records in danger this weeks. Dean Braham from Lloydminster started things off, timing in the #44 Cave Inspections Ltd Silverado quickest at 14.954 seconds.

The #00 Heartland Auto Supply Silverado of Sherwood Park’s Kevin Mclean pick up the first win in the super truck heat race, with the #27 of Scott Lucas and #07 of Brian Morrison in short chase. Calgary’s Wade Lee was back in front for the qualifier with his #74 Chase Motorsports Silverado, followed by Dean Braham and Scott Lucas.

In the Irv’s Westside Auto feature, the Academy B.O.P. 75, Dean Braham was back out front at the end of the exciting 75 laps race, bringing the #44 Cave Inspections Ltd Silverado first to the line, followed by Prince Albert’s Scott Lucas in the #27 Prairie Dodge Dealers Dodge Ram and Outlook’s Mike Schroeder in the #9 Always Towing Chevy for third.

Taking the track for their third race of the season, the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks showed it’s going to be a battle right to the end of the year for champion. Tanner Reimer and the #25 The Results Team Honda Civic picked up the first heat win ahead of #41 Jamie Tataryn and #92 Brennan Kirton.

In the mini stock qualifier, #41 Jamie Tataryn with the Street Wise Service Neon took first, with #92 Brennan Kirton in second and #25 Tanner Reimer in third. Jamie also picked up the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stock feature in the #41 Streetwise Service Neon, with the #23 of Cole Nixey in second and #25 Tanner Reimer rounding out the top three.

The #28 Ghost Transportation Camaro of Brennan Forseille picked up the heat win in the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks, getting home just ahead of #3 Kevin MacLaggan and #81 Curtis Houban. Kevin MacLaggan picked it up a notch, getting the #3 BDI Canada Trans Am to the line just ahead of the #28 Brennan Forseille in the street stock qualifier race. #18 Mike Rea rounded out the top three.

The Golf’s Car Wash Street Stock Feature race proved to be as exciting as every other race on the night. Leader Brennan Forseille was holding off challenger Kevin MacLaggan, but an outside-inside deek by MacLaggin found Kevin beside Forseille. It was MacLaggan by a foot when the white flag dropped, Forseiile was ahead through corners three and four, but MacLaggin powered ahead out of four, giving the #3 BDI Trams Am and Kevin MacLaggan the checkered flag by about a half car length. #28 Brennan Forseille was second and #42 Nicole Sheetka rounded out the top three in the Golf’s Car Wash feature.

The WSSL Auto Parts Plus Super Late Models put in their second race meet of the year, warming up for the first Sky Financial Series race in three weeks. #17 Rob Janzen picked up the win in Heat A in his 2015 J&A Heating and Plumbing Toyota Camry. Dave Bone and his #38 Acklands Grainger Chevrolet took Heat B.

In the Qualifier A race it was Jared Reddekopp and the #97 The Legends Golf Course Ford Fusion taking the win and Jason Gervais in his #88 Commercial Sandblasting Ford Fusion picked up the Qualifier B win.

It was Rob Janzen though, taking home the commemmorative ACMS checkered flag in the WSSL Auto Parts Plus Super Late Model Feature, piloting the #17 J&A Heating and Plumbing Toyota Camry to the line first. #56 Howie Crossman took second, with #55 Jim Gaunt third.

Things change course a little next week at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, as rather than all the familiar faces we are used to on the race track, the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience takes over the race track next weekend, and it’s the race fans who get the chance to get behind the wheel of a NASCAR or Late Model car and try their hand at the track.

We’re back for a weeknight race, on Wednesday, June 24th with the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks, the WSSL Auto Parts Plus Super Late Models and the Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks. Front Gates open at 6:00pm, with the first green flag at 7:05pm

Race fans are also reminded to pick up their tickets for NASCAR week as we have three exciting nights of racing coming in mid July. Tuesday, July 14 will see the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks running the Wes Skakun Memorial race, the WSSL Auto Parts Plus Super Late Models run the Bryce Mann Memorial and the Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks will run the Tiger Automotive 100.

Wednesday night, July 15 will see the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 presented by Bayer Crop Science and we finish the week off Saturday July 18 with the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stock, the Earth Works Sask Legends Series, the CrimeStoppers Bandoleros and finally, the Shell Nitro+ V-Power Sportsman, running the Race For A Cure 100.
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Dave’s Dis N’ Dat: To Wrap Up The Week

It’s time once again to share some scattered thoughts from the past seven days in the world of sports.

In no particular order, away we go:

– The Saskatchewan Roughriders open their pre-season this weekend against Edmonton. The most important thing to come from the game is to remain healthy.

– Second to that is the battle on the offensive line. Cory Watman and Dan Clark have gone all out to try to earn the starting center spot. With live bullets it will be interesting to see who can come out on top.

– Kicking…. I know what you are thinking how can that be a key in the first pre-season game. Simply put the Riders gave up a lot of yardage with both their punting and kicking games. It is going to be interesting to see if incumbent kicker Chris Milo can come out on top.

– Speaking of the kicking game with 45-year-old Paul McCallum being dumped by the B.C. Lions some in Rider Nation have called for the Green and White to sign him. With that being said McCallum doesn’t kick-off or punt, the two specific areas that the Riders needed to be improved.

– More Riders and the release of National receiver Alex Anthony was a big surprise among the Rider training camp observers. That being said I think that it was a very classy move by the Green and White to realize that he won’t factor into the teams plans which will give him a chance to latch onto another team. Watch for one of Toronto, Winnipeg or Ottawa make a bid for the young receiver.

– Back to the Riders-Eskimos pre-season game and the Eskimos appear to be taking this exhibition game in Fort McMurray very seriously!