Monthly Archives: July 2015

To The Point: Riders Lose 35-32/D Gets An F?

Another tough one for the Saskatchewan Roughriders who drop to 0-3 on the season after an overtime loss in BC on Saturday night. Here’s my running analysis from the contest.

1st Quarter:

Weston Dressler despite his small stature has started out fearlessly going over the middle against the BC defence.
Riders first offensive possession comes to a close after a failed second and long run by Kevin Glenn. The play would have gone for naught though as the Riders Chris Best was flagged for holding. The second penalty for the Riders in the opening 3 minutes. The first came on the kick-off return.

Perhaps the first mistake of the game. Despite Ray Early’s punt drifting into the end zone the Lions, inexplicably, run the ball out. First and ten inside their own ten for B.C. Can the Riders defence make a statement early?
First BC offensive play is scrubbed by an offensive penalty back the Lions up again. Objectionable conduct is an interesting call and an even less impressive penalty.

After a pair of first downs the BC offence stalls with a dropped pass and the Riders offence can go back to work.

Riders Officially Add Price And National LB

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed national linebacker Nathan Kanya while adding international quarterback Keith Price to the practice roster.

Kanya (6’2 – 210) joins the Riders and will enter his fifth CFL season. The UBC product spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with Hamilton Tiger-Cats before joining the Edmonton Eskimos for the next two years. The 27-year-old has collected 42 special teams tackles in 63 regular season games while adding three more in four playoff games.

Price (6’1 – 202) re-joins the Riders after originally signing with the team in September, 2014 appearing in four regular season games as a backup. The 24-year-old California native had spent the previous four seasons as quarterback of the University of Washington Huskies.

Top 10 Tuesday: Extending The Pre-Season And Are The Riders Playing Scared?

Here are my scattered thoughts from the week that was in the world of sports in no particular order.

10 – The ugly side of football has definitely reared its’ head in the early stages of the CFL season. Serious injuries are up across the board especially with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. With that being said the game is a performance based business and one of the all-time good guys was let go by the Green and White yesterday. Chris Milo who was 1-for-2 in the field goal department in week one was cast away by the Riders yesterday after Paul McCallum came in and went 4-for-4 in his season debut on Sunday. It’s a cruel business sometimes but Milo was up against the wall after only 72% field goal proficiency last season.

9 – When it comes to the injuries in the CFL there was an interesting point that I posed to a pair of former players last week. Do they feel that the pre-season should be extended to help prevent early season injuries? The reasoning behind my query was simple, with the number of strains, and pains in the opening weeks of the season would it not be better to ease into full 60-minute game mode as opposed to having to find that gear after generally three quarters of playing time and a two week training camp. If you think about it the pre-season is primarily an evaluation tool as opposed to a preparation tool in the CFL. Unfortunately, the business of the sport dictates that it won’t work as fans don’t come out to see pre-season games and in a league reliant, for the most part, on attendance that’s a red flag. Not to mention the fact that some feel the season is too long already. So, while the athletes would like the extended time to get their body’s right the money involved won’t work!

Riders Punt Milo

From the Saskatchewan Roughriders:

RIDERS TRANSACTION

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced the release of national kicker Chris Milo.

ACMS Rundown: A LONG Night At The Track

If there was one consensus coming out of Saturday night’s race at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, it was that we need to find a way to shorten the Sky Financial Series races. The caution plagued 150 lap race took one hour and fifty-four minutes to run, about 45 minutes longer than it should on a bad day, an hour longer than it should on a good day.

The #17 of Rob Janzen brought the field around for the first lap, but before the entire field could get across the line the caution was flying as the #2 of Ryan Funk and the #27 of Scott Lucas, making his super late model debut, tangled on the front stretch, sending Funk into the inside wall and Lucus into the outside wall.

Attempt number two saw the race get underway, sans the two cars, this time with Dusty O’Connell’s #76 led the way, a lead he would hang onto until the caution was brought out again when the #1 of Tony Mikulcik and
#88 of Jason Gervais got together sending the dust flying. Gervais tapped out (said he was the cause), giving the #1 his position back, but the #1 pitted, negating that call.

On the ensuing green flag Kenny Heintz was loose with the #62 bringing out another caution flag. The cars get rolling under green again and were sorting things out by the 20th lap. By this point it was still Dusty O’Connell in the lead with the #97 of Jared Reddekopp challenging.
Rob Janzen and Dave Bone were still in the mix at the front. The #8 of Kelly Admiraal and #55 Jim Gaunt had moved up from the back of the field to sixth and eighth positions respectively.

Caution was out again in lap 27 as the #8 of Kelly Admiraal and #17 of Rob Janzen tangled. Janzen tapped out giving Admiraal his position back, which again was negated by the #8 pitting. The race did have its first Lucky Bastard though, as the #62 was sent around the pace car on a free pass.

While Dusty O’Connell had been leading the race, Jared Reddekopp got the jump on green, running for his life for the next few laps with O’Connell in chase. By lap 31 O’Connell reclaimed the lead, a lead he held until the yellow came out again in lap 60 as the #36 of Grant Brown was spun out by the #51 of Nick Jewel.

Jim Gaunt took over the lead when the green flag dropped, showing Dusty the way around the track until Clay Wagner took the #95 for a loop, bringing yet another caution. On the restart it was ruled the #55 jumped the green flag, making them have to try again. This time #76 came out ahead and led the field again for the next 43 laps when Grant Brown and #12 Aaron Deagnon tangled up in lap 110.

With the field thinning out, the #76 of Dusty O’Connell continued to lead up to the next caution in lap 127. Kelly Admiraal took over the lead in lap 128 and continued to lead through cautions in laps 134, 135 and 142. An hour and fifty-four minutes after it started the race was finally over with the #8 of Kelly Admiraal coming all the way from the back row to win the race, giving him a $1,000 bonus over the $1,000 first place payout for the Lakeview Insurance 150.

Jim Gaunt (who started last) in the #55 Sky Financial Impala was second, #76 of Dusty O’Connell was third, Tony Mikulcik making his super late model debut was fourth and local racer Dave Bone managed a fifth place finish in the #38 Acklands Grainger Fusion.

And for the record, Admiraal’s #8 car ran out of gas doing his victory lap.

The Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stock Feature was just as exciting without all the caution flags, In fact, they ran a caution free race. Tanner Reimer jumped into the lead off the green and pulled away from the field. Jamie Tataryn had his eyes on the front right from the start of the race though, moving the #41 Streetwise Service Neon through traffic and taking the lead from Reimer with three laps to go. Reimer wasn’t done though and coming around to take the white flag he gave the #41 a little bumper coming out of corner four. It wasn’t enough though as Tataryn continued to lead. A little more bumper through corner four again for the final time. This time the #41 moved just enough for Reimer to dive the #25 Results Team Honda Civic under Tataryn, to beat him to the checkered flag by ¼ of a second. Cole Nixey was third in the #23 33rd Street Auto Acura Integra.

It’s 10:00 now and we have one feature race to go, the Tiger Automotive Pro Truck Feature. With 25 laps on the board Ken Bone took the lead from the green flag showing Alex Leschenko the way around the track.
Caution was out in lap three though as the #19 of Aaron Anderson and #51 of Luc Haukaas tangled up. Quick to the restart, Alex Leschenko took the lead and didn’t look back until the checker flag flew for the #01 Family Pizza Ford F150. Andrew Hardy was second in the #15 D&S Developments Dodge Ram and Ben Pogoda picked up third in his #94 Speedtech Racing Development Toyota Tundra.

We have a busy week as the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway is transformed for the Canada Remembers Our Heroes Air Show and Display next weekend, July 11 and 12. Then it’s three days of NASCAR action as we’re back to racing Tuesday July 14th with the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks running the Wes Skakun Memorial, the WSSL Auto Parts Super Late Models run the Bryce Mann Memorial and the Tiger Automotive Pro Trucks take on the Family Pizza 100.

Gates open at 5:30 on Tuesday, with racing action at 7:05pm

Wednesday, NASCAR rolls into town and it’s the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series running the Bayer Crop Science Velocity Prairie Thunder 250. Gates open at 1:00 on Wednesday July 15, with the Velocity Prairie Thunder green flag at 7:30pm

We wrap up race week on Saturday, July 18 with the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks, the Earth Works Sask Legends, the CrimeStoppers Bandoleros and the Shell V-Power Sportsman Divisions. The Sportsman Division will be running the 100 lap Race-For-A-Cure feature, raising funds for cancer research.

Racing Saturday July 18 starts at 6:05, with the front gates open at 5:00pm.
Complete Results
Saturday, July 4, 2015

To The Point: Game Recap And Analysis: Toronto 42 – Saskatchewan 40

A tough loss for the Saskatchewan Roughriders (42-40 Toronto) sees them fall to 0-2 on the season and perhaps more significantly 0-2 at home. Here are my thoughts from the contest as it played out.

The Rider defence appears to begin strong as Alex Hall collects a sack on Toronto’s opening drive.

Long field goal from Argonaut youngster Ronnie Pfeffer to cap impressive first drive. Riders I’m sure wish they had a young player that could come in and connect from 50 yards out. 3-0 Toronto.

Impressive opening drive for the Riders. Questionable decision on second and short to move Messam laterally instead of North-South towards the end zone. Despite that the play call shows some creativity.
Paul McCallum comes into a nice ovation and connects on a chip shot to tie the game. Tie-game 3-3.
Second Toronto drive has them once again moving the ball on a porous Rider defense.

The only way the Riders are getting pressure is by blitzing safety Tyron Brackenridge. How long before the Argos take a shot deep?

First quarter ends 3-3 with Argos marching. Riders to get the wind in the second quarter.

Argos cap off another impressive drive this time with a major. No pressure on the Quarterback and Kevin Elliot is allowed to cross the formation to take the dump pass for the major. A long extra point attempt into the wind is good and Toronto takes a 10-3 lead.

Second Rider possession ends with a Rob Bagg reception short of the first down. Kevin Glenn heads towards Bagg as the two leave the field. No doubt the conversation has to do with knowledge of down and distance.
Riders illegal formation on the ensuing punt negates a 60 yard-punt. Ouch. A big return by Chad Owens is negated by penalty and the Argos are starting deep in their own end.

Dave’s Dis N’ Dat! Back In The Saddle/Request For Help/Join The Team

First off, thank-you for the inquiries well wishes, and your thoughts through the last couple of weeks.

It’s been a rough go but I am well on the way to recovery and happy to be back.

Well I’m not even sure where to start from the last fourteen days in the world of sports. Perhaps there is no better way than to dive right in with my assorted thoughts in no particular order.

– I can’t imagine the emotional state of Darian Durant. Heck I was devastated when it was confirmed that he would miss the remainder of the season after injuring his achillies in week one vs. Winnipeg. Doubles worked his tail of preparing for 2015 with a new offence and new enthusiasm. This injury is shattering.

– I don’t want to say that I told you so but I knew almost immediately the extend of Darian’s injury. When Coach Chamblin came off the field and told Assistant General Manager Jeremy O’Day what was happening with Durant on the field you could see the emotion all over O’Day’s face.

– Is Kevin Glenn a curse? Hamilton, B.C. and Calgary are all stops that Glenn was dubbed the back-up but was forced into action when the incumbent starter was seriously injured. I don’t think he is a curse but rather a solid insurance policy.

– That being said I wonder if this isn’t the last chance for Glenn to win a Grey Cup being a significant role player? Father time is not on Glenn’s side and you know the motivation to succeed is through the roof.

– Speaking of motiviaiton it has to be through the roof for Tin Sunseri. I will be truthful, I am shocked that the Riders asked him back and that he came back. Yes he knows the offense but is he the future. That is for him to prove and the Riders to find out.

– Is the future now for Rider pivots? I am not the first to suggest that perhaps the time is now for the Riders to find their Quarterback of the future. Who knows how Durant will come back from the Achillies injury and the recovery could last well into the 2016 season.

– Losing Darian I don’t feel is anywhere near as devastating as the loss of two quarterbacks in Montreal in week one or Mike Reilly in Edmonton in their curtain raiser. I would suggest that Montreal may have the best receiving corp in the league. Not sure that anyone can now get them the ball.