Monthly Archives: November 2015
Four Super Bowls, Eight Pro Bowls, Two MVP awards, and one trip to Saskatoon. The Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon is proud to announce that hall of fame quarterback Joe Montana will headline the 56th annual Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner on February 19th, 2016 at TCU Place in Saskatoon.
Any conversation about the greatest quarterback ever starts with Montana and on February 19th he will share stories from his career which included some of the most memorable moments in football history.
Montana started his NFL career in 1979 with San Francisco, where he played for the next 14 seasons. While a member of the 49ers, Montana started and won four Super Bowls and was the first player ever to have been named Super Bow MVP three times. Montana was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, his first year of eligibility. Montana was nicknamed “Joe Cool” and the “Comeback Kid” for his ability to come up clutch, safe to assume that on February 19th he can share his thoughts on a play simply known as “The Catch” where he led the 49ers to victory after a 92 yard drive with only 36 seconds left.
Not sure that I can handle the hours of pre-game coverage but James Duthie should be on the network as much as they can get him. He is outstanding!
I love the Insiders statements that TSN produces for both the NHL and CFL. However, I really think that the insiders are really trying hard on this segment. They are speculating on their speculations. Saying that Chris Jones may go to Saskatchewan and if he does Jason Maas may go to Edmonton. There are a lot of ifs and buts in that statement.
One interesting note to come out of their discussion was that Toronto will play with 17 yard end zones at BMO Field next year. What a joke! Truthfully they should just fold the Argos now and see if TSN or Bell or whomever would invest in a team in Atlantic Canada.
Can anyone tell me what Brian Williams adds to this broadcast? The league is trying to cater to a younger audience. They have to have younger hosts!
That being said Williams did grill the commissioner pretty good. Thought it was interesting how the Commish downplayed the ratings basically saying that TV was outdated. I’m sure network executives are cringing! Not to mention one of nine owners in the league.
I guess we can call it the Saskatchewan Roughriders affect. Neither team will be individually introduced before the game. The Riders blew it up prior to Grey Cup 101 when they elected to come out as a team. To me the player introductions are a cool part of the game. Too bad I guess.
Another seven days has passed in the world of sports. With my take on all things sporting here’s today’s Dis N’ Dat…
CFL Concern 1 – Only 26,306 took in the West Semi-Final last Sunday at McMahon Stadium between Calgary and B.C. For those keeping score that’s just 57% of capacity. It didn’t look good on TV and definitely didn’t look good for the Stamps financial statement.
CFL Concern 2 – Less than 1-million people watched either the East or West Final. That’s a big problem with the league relying on TV money from TSN.
Mr. Jones and me?
The Midas Classic Returns to the CN Curling Club
The 2015 edition of the Midas Classic senior men’s bonspiel returns to the CN Curling Club this weekend. Twelve of the top senior men’s teams in northern Saskatchewan will battle for over $5,000 in prize money, with the A event winner going home with the $1,500 top prize.
Midas on Circle Drive in Saskatoon is once again the title sponsor for CN’s annual senior men’s event. Mike Obrigewitch, owner of the Circle Drive Midas location and himself an avid curler says “The game brings me a great deal of enjoyment every year so supporting the game of curling in Saskatoon, to me, is a no-brainer. If I can offer provide support for an event like the Midas Classic senior men’s in addition to the assistance I also provide to the City’s Women’s Bonspiel, it allows groups like the CN Curling Club and Curl Saskatoon to continue to promote the game, and hopefully, get more people involved and playing.”
It has been an interesting week, to say the least, in the world of sports. The Huskies and Hilltops seasons came to very different closes, the 2015 Saskatchewan Roughriders season mercifully came to a conclusion while the Blades, Jays, and CFL all made news this week.
Here’s a quick look back on my thoughts from the week that was:
Huskie’s Set To Huddle Up – Last weekend’s loss in Calgary wasn’t a shocker for Brian Towriss’ Huskie football team. However, the club gave the top ranked team a run for their money and a heck of a scare. Unfortunately, for the Dogs matched up against anyone else in Canada West that effort would have given the Dogs a win. Instead, the Huskies are now starting the off season with some holes and roles to fill on defence, while the offence appears to be in good hands with some minor modifications needed on the offensive line.
Pure Class! One more on the Huskies and you have to hand it to the Dogs for the professionalism that the entire program carried itself with this season. AS my first as the play-by-play voice of the Dogs I couldn’t have anticipated a warmer reception from the staff, players and alumni. Look forward to doing it again next year.
Speaking of top drawer! Hats off to the Saskatoon Hilltops
The Saskatoon Hilltops won their fifth Canadian Bowl in the last five years and 18th overall with a 38-24 win over the Okanagan Sun Saturday afternoon at Saskatoon Minor Football Field.
A late first half blocked punt by Okanagan allowed the Suns to get back into the game but 21 second have points including a late touchdown pass to Evan Turkington was the difference.
In the end Saskatoon racked up 439 yards in offence while quarterback Jared Andreychuk was brilliant completing 18-of-23 passes for 369 yards.
The Saskatchewan Huskies handed the top-ranked team in the nation all they could handle, but the University of Calgary Dinos found a way to hold them off and came back to win 37-29 Saturday afternoon in a Canada West football semi-final.
The No. 1 Dinos, now 9-0, will face the UBC Thunderbirds in the 79th Hardy Cup next Saturday, Nov. 14 at McMahon Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon MT, live nationwide on Global Television, with the winner advancing to the CIS Uteck Bowl against the champions of the Atlantic.
Calgary had to come back from an eight-point halftime deficit, which followed an uncharacteristically quiet first half by the explosive Dinos offence – but a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns were enough to stave off the tenacious Huskies.
“They shut down our run early in the game and came away with some points on offence,” said Dinos head coach Wayne Harris of the Huskies’ quick start. “They used their weapons effectively, and it was a good challenge for our team. You need those challenges if you want to go on in the playoffs.”
With Calgary’s offense sputtering early, the Huskies wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Kyle Siemens found Jarvis James on a shovel pass for a 27-yard touchdown just 5:29 into the contest. The Dinos responded with Mercer Timmis’s five-yard TD early in the second, but couldn’t manage much else in the opening half. Tevin Godfrey found the end zone on a 28-yard play with just 1:14 left in the second quarter, and Saskatchewan took a 16-8 lead into the break after holding Calgary to just 245 offensive yards and 42 on the ground.
Back from half time, however, the Dinos’ run game began to assert itself as Timmis began to find his stride. The offence started to gain momentum and, after Johnny Mark had cut the lead with a field goal on the opening drive, the Dinos pulled even at 19-19 late in the third quarter after a 17-yard Brett Blaszko touchdown catch. Calgary took its first lead 4:50 into the fourth when Timmis burst through the line for a trademark 24-yard touchdown, and Jimmy Underdahl added a one-yard plunge with less than two minutes to play.
A number of questions have cropped up in the week that was in the world of sports. Here’s an attempt to answer some of those questions as well as some observations from the last seven days in the world of sports, in no particular order.
10 – Instant Thriller: Well if you told me at halftime on Friday night at Mosaic Stadium that the University of Saskatchewan Huskies would be heading to the post season for a 15th consecutive season I would have called your bluff. The Dogs, trailing 23 points in the third quarter, pulled off the Miracle a Mosaic chipping away at the winless Rams lead and never saying die. The difference in the ball game was not only that determination and belief by the Dogs but also the change in mentality of the Rams. Instead of playing to win the ball game, Regina played not to lose. Huge difference in philosophy and mind set.
9 – So should I issue an apology to the officials? If you tuned into the broadcast there were a few times that I was critical of the officiating. With that being said I pride myself in trying to remain neutral and offering the benefit of the doubt to officials of all stripes. With that being said, late in the opening half Regina scored a disputed touchdown to extend their lead and seemingly stomp on the Huskies Hopes. The play unfolded, as I saw it, with the Rams snapping the ball prior to play being whistled in. When that whistle sounded the Dogs stopped allowing a Regina receiver to end up wide open in the end zone to haul in a Noah Picton. UPON FURTHER REVIEW, the confusion in the play came with the Regina receivers approaching the line of scrimmage prior to the play being blown in from the official. The film then shows the snap of the ball either simultaneously with the whistle if not a hair after. With that being said nine-out-of-ten times the play would be stopped. Not in the case! Apology pending… lol.
The Calgary Dinos capped off a perfect 8-0 regular season Saturday with a convincing 64-28 win over the Alberta Golden Bears and as usual, quarterback Andrew Buckley and kicker Johnny Mark played starring roles.
Thanks to their efforts over the weekend, Buckley and Mark are the Canada West offensive and special teams players of the week respectively, while Saskatchewan Huskies defensive back Vince Greco took home the Week 8 defensive award.
Buckley, who tossed 463 yards against Alberta to end the regular season with 3,162 passing yards and set a new CIS single-season passing record, has now won the offensive player of the week award four of eight weeks.
Along with Buckley, Mark has also won his respective conference award four times, after adding to his own CIS career records for points (535) and field goals (91) in Calgary’s league finale.
For his part Greco completed his rookie Canada West regular season in style with an interception and fumble recovery in Saskatchewan’s thrilling 38-37 win over the Regina Rams. The victory kept the Huskies playoff hopes alive, with Alberta’s Saturday loss officially sending the Sled Dogs to the Hardy Cup Playoffs.
All three weekly award winners are in action Saturday, November 7, as the Road to the 79th Hardy Cup opens with Saskatchewan heading to the Stampede City to take on the Dinos.
UBC and Manitoba are also in action, as they kick things off Saturday at 12 p.m. PT (2 p.m. CT) with a national television audience tuning is, with the game broadcast live on Global. Calgary and Saskatchewan can be seen exclusively on Canadawest.tv, with kickoff slated for 1 p.m. MT (2 p.m. CT).
OFFENCE – Andrew Buckley
6-0, 201, 5th year
Playing in the final conference game of his brilliant U of C career, Buckley passed for 463 yards, including a mind-boggling 410 in the first half, to set a new CIS single-season record with 3,162.
Needing 437 yards on the day to shatter the previous national standard of 3,136 yards set last Saturday by Ottawa’s Derek Wendel, the reigning Hec Crighton Trophy winner moved past Wendel with a 49-yard touchdown pass to Rashaun Simonise 93 seconds into the third quarter, and was taken out of the game after the scoring play which made it 41-7 Dinos.
Buckley, who was selected by his hometown Calgary Stampeders in the seventh round of the 2015 CFL draft, ended up completing 20 of 27 passes for three touchdowns and his first interception of the season to finish the campaign with a remarkable 19-1 TD-to-interception ratio and a Canada West-record 72.0% completion percentage (177 of 246).
DEFENCE – Vince Greco
Thanks to an incredible come-from-behind win in Regina on Friday night and an Alberta loss to Calgary on Saturday afternoon the University of Saskatchewan Huskies have qualified for the post-season for a 15th straight season.
Here’s the recap from Friday:
The University of Regina Rams led by 23 points late in the third quarter, but were unable to hang on and suffered a 38-37 defeat to Saskatchewan on Friday night at Mosaic Stadium.
Saskatchewan took its first – and only – lead of the game with 20 seconds left after Jarvis James punched it in from one yard out to cap an eight-play, 73-yard drive that was set up mainly by a 43-yard screen pass to Andre Lalonde.