Monthly Archives: July 2015
Well here we go with my scattered thoughts from the last seven days in the world of sports..
Start off with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Green and White will look to break into the win column against the team I feel is the best in the entire league, the Edmonton Eskimos. The Eskies defence is ferocious, their offence will come around with the return of Mike Reilly from the injured list and Grant Shaw seems to have found consistency and is playing well in the kicking game.
More on the Riders and is it time for Brendan Taman to make a pivotal decision? Darian Durant is done for the year. Kevin Glenn likely won’t come back. So is it time to try and swing a deal for a QB that has had at least some CFL success? (Trevor Harris, Thomas DeMarco, Johnathan Crompton, etc.) To be honest I think the Riders need to give Brett Smith and possibly Tino Sunseri. It’s not so much in fairness to the players though. But rather the Riders have invested in the players by developing and grooming them. Now is the time to see if that investment has paid off.
Will the Riders win? Not many are giving them a shot at tough Commonwealth Stadium. However, I think it’s a case of now or never. Can the team circle the wagons and come out firing on all cylinders? OR will they fall flat similarly to how they did last year after Darian Durant went down? Honestly I have no idea which way it will go but I do know that it all starts with the Rider ‘D’.
Last one on the Riders the players aren’t throwing in the towel on the season, obviously. The question is who can the Riders pass to make the post-season? With there being no cross-over to the East this season the Green and White will need to surpass two western teams to get in. Who can they catch. I would speculate that BC is a candidate but with the Lions sweeping the Riders already this year that means a season series loss for Saskatchewan which could be tough to overcome. So who is next? Winnipeg? Calgary?
The hits keep coming for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Yesterday the club moved injured Quarterback Kevin Glenn to the 6-game injured list.
Glenn tore his pectoral muscle making a tackle in Sunday’s loss to B.C.
The Riders will now turn to rookie Brett Smith to take over the offence. Tino Sunseri will serve as the back-up.
The Green and White did make a roster edition yesterday.
It’s that time of the week for my random thoughts on the world of sports.
From fixing the Saskatchewan Roughriders to figuring out what the Toronto Blue Jays are doing heading into the trade deadline is all here…. In no particular order.
10 – So the Toronto Blue Jays have made a major deal prior to the deadline, check. (Last night the Jays dealt Short Stop Jose Reyes and prospects to Colorado for Troy Tulowitzki, and some bullpen help). However, they didn’t address their glaring need for pitching instead helping their defence and adding another bat. Here’s hoping that this is the first of more moves for Alex Anthopolis.
9 – So the MLB trade deadline is this Friday, I do appreciate the new Commissioners thoughts that the deadline needs to be pushed back to further separate buyers and sellers. I hope he’s thinking of mid to late August.
8 – Before I get to the Saskatchewan Roughriders oh-and-five start to the season how about the CFL? I mused in my To The Point thoughts yesterday that the CFL may be changing their rules mid-season. There was a drastic drop in illegal contact on receiver penalties from week 4 to week 5 which makes me think that the CFL is changing its’ stance on zero tolerance on contact beyond five yards from the line of scrimmage. OR have the players adjusted that well and that quickly? I think the CFL recognized the problem after backlash from the media and fans through the opening two months of the season, pre-season included.
Another week has come and gone in the CFL and once again the week ends with a disappointing Rider loss.
Here are my running thoughts from this week’s action including an argument that the CFL is listening to its fans and changing rules mid-stream.
Here We go:
Hamilton 31 – Saskatchewan 21:
The contest starts with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats moving the Ball into Rider territory. The drive stalls at the Rider 51 and instead of trying to pin the Riders deep Kent Austin elects to go for a 58-yard-field goal. Obviously, Kent feels the Riders are a fragile bunch and he knows an early lead will help his offence enormously.
A nice return by Weston Dressler can turn the tide in the Riders favor if they can capitalize which they do with a Paul McCallum Field goal.
McCallum’s consistency is a hug plus for the Riders.
Scanning the Riders sideline and Taj Smith is on the bench. I thought the Riders really didn’t want much to do with him for the rest of the year. Interesting that he is back around the team.
Commentators on TV are continuing to talk about how little things are adding up into big things for the Riders. Right on cue Chris Getzlaf seems to lose his place on the field and cuts his route off short of the yard sticks. The completion is made but the Riders have to kick. Down and distance awareness has to be more of a priority for the Green and White.
Opposite end of the spectrum, what a great decision by Weston Dressler. After a botched lateral pass he throws an incomplete pass instead of taking a 13-yard loss. That’s a great heads up play!
The Rider injury carousel has taken another spin as National Full-Back Spence Moore heads to the Rider locker room. Done for the day.
Have the Riders outcoached themselves this game by not giving the football to Jerome Messam? I personally would have made Hamilton stop him before moving away from him. The Rider ‘O’ hasn’t afforded that opportunity to the league leader in yards from scrimmage.
Another seven days have come and gone which has meant some more R & R for yours truly.
That has meant for a bit of a slower time here at toontownsports.net but it has been anything but slow in the sports pages. So, here is a look back at the past seven days with my take and some cold hard truth. Can you handle it?
Kicking things off this morning is the Saskatoon Hilltops. I had the opportunity to literally drop in on their golf tournament and ring ceremony at the Dakota Dunes Casino and Golf Links yesterday. One of the reasons I feel so privileged to have been working with this team for the last decade is the family philosophy that they have built. The supporters that were on hand last night to salute the 2014 Canadian Champions, one last time, were oozing with pride.
Staying with football and the word from some in Regina and around the CFL is that “apparently” Head Coach Corey Chamblin’s job may be on the line after an oh-and-4 start to the campaign. Wow! With more than 12 players on the team’s 6-game injured list and a combined 12 points being the margin of defeat how can anyone blame the Head Coach? Literally the Riders are three plays away from being 3-and-1.
Unfortunately those three plays have been defensive ones. That being said the Riders are missing the quarterback of their defence Shea Emry. In the off-season the Riders identified a young group of Linebackers that would be utilized in 2015. To address the need the Green and White acquired Emry from Toronto. Unfortunately, Emery has missed all but two quarters of the season. I guarantee that if you insert him back in the line-up the defensive group looks a lot different.
The 2014 Saskatoon Hilltops took one last look back at their 17th National Championship in franchise history, on Thursday night.
The Toppers held their annual golf tournament and Ring Presentation Ceremony at the Dakota Dunes in front of more than a hundred supporters.
The Club bid farewell to their handful of graduating players and honored those who will return in 2015 looking for the repeat.
The 2014 Jostens National Championship rings features the Hilltops Golden ‘H’ surrounded by blue.
One side of the ring is personalized with a name and the player number.
The opposite side features the message: “Perseverance,” and “4-in-5,” symbolic of the team winning national championships four of the last five years.
It’s Friday and about time, dare I say, as I am not sure that I can handle any more negativity coming out of Riderville after an oh-and-3 and a subsequent, perceived, blow-up by Rider Head Coach Corey Chamblin.
AND that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Here are my scattered thoughts from the week that was in the world of sports.
Ok let’s start in Riderville and perception has to meet with reality in the Saskatchewan Roughriders oh-and-3 start.
Rider Nation has to realize that two of those losses came in overtime. Yes, the Green and White squandered late leads in both games but in reality the games could have gone either way.
The one concern that I most certainly have within the oh-for start is that the Green and White are oh-and-2 at home which is troublesome especially when you see that Riders road schedule is back loaded.
Staying in Riderville and some are upset that Head Coach Corey Chamblin sounded off about fans and media that were criticizing him. He knows that he has his neck on the line every week, especially since taking over the defense.
However, it should be noted that people who are tired of sports clichés and want raw emotion are the same ones condemning Chamblin for doing just that. You can’t have it both ways and I for one am glad that he spoke his mind.
Oh, and for what it’s worth I predict another nail-biter at Mosaic tonight but look for the Riders to seal the deal in regulation.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today international defensive back Weldon Brown has suffered a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
Meanwhile, the Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed national defensive back Dan West to the roster. As per club policy details of the contract were not released.
West (6’2 – 201) wil l join the Riders after spending his first three seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after signing with the team as a free agent ahead of the 2012 season.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have lost another veteran for the rest of the season.
Former University of Saskatchewan Huskie Levi Steinhauer, who suffered a season-ending torn pectoral injury last year, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
Here is the official word from the Riders:
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today national defensive end Levi Steinhauer has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
Meanwhile, the Green and White added a pair of players yesterday:
Week three in the CFL came to a close last night with a rare Monday nighter. A look back at week three in the CFL. Plus the games that nobody wants, apparently, opened on the weekend.
A look at those as well as random thoughts from the week that was in the world of sports are here in no particular order.
10 – So week three in the Canadian Football League wrapped up with a rare Monday night contest between Calgary and the Argos and by all accounts attendance at McMahnon Stadium seemed alright, albeit on fan appreciation night. It is now going to be interesting to see what the television numbers from the game were. If they are alright it may be the start of Monday night football in Canada, at least until the NFL season begins.
9 – Please note while I think the Monday night idea may be a good one especially in Toronto and B.C. I don’t think it will work in Regina as too many fans traveling into a game wouldn’t make the journey on a weekday and the Riders know it. That’s why they were 100% against Thursday night football games at Mosaic Stadium.