A Questionable Look At 2014 On This Top 10 Tuesday

Under the heading of better late than never….Here’ are my top 10 thoughts on this Tuesday Morning…. #autopublishfail.

With many great friends and family who celebrate with the Julian Calendar I wish you all the best today as you celebrate Christmas.

With those holidays in mind I figured it was time for a look ahead to 2014 in the Bridge City… So, here are my top 10 questions that I can’t wait to see answered in the next 12 months in no particular order.

10 Will the Saskatoon Hilltops bounce back and regain their PFC Crown? After an upset loss to Regina in last year’s final there is no doubting the player’s motivation to get back to the top of the hill. However, double digits on the graduated list will make it a tough ascension. Not to mention the question at Quarterback and whether or not Jared Andreychuk is ready to take over the offence.

9 Can the Saskatoon Yellow Jackets make it back to the post season? I have stated numerous times here before that the brand of baseball in the Western Major Baseball League is outstanding. They just need to let more people know about it. A disconnect between the league and media is not indicative of the play. Here’s hoping all the success on and off the field for the Jackets.

8 Can they continue to pack the track at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway? The action is fierce and the competition for top spot in every division seems closer than ever. I read once that the asphalt at ACMS is maturing along with the drivers who have one of the best tracks in Western Canada to perfect their trade on. The teams are already working on the 2014 season which once again will be edge of your seat action.

7 Can the Saskatoon Blades new ownership unlock the secret to Saskatoon sports fans. For whatever reason in the decade that I have lived in this city sports fans will generally support events but the same cannot be said for the community’s mainstays. One of the biggest challenges I foresee for the Mike Priestner lead Blades is getting the casual fan to, stealing a phrase from yesteryear, Bleed Blue.

6 On the ice for the Blades can they avoid what many are calling a dramatic downturn for the franchise? Observers are very critical of what Lorne Molleken had to give up in pursuit of a Memorial Cup last year. The Blades General Manager has done everything in his power to recoup the picks and prospects that he surrendered in an attempt to avoid a downturn similar to the early 2000’s. Time will tell but some of the youngsters on the Blades current roster do show a lot of promise.

5 Back to the grid iron and can the University of Saskatchewan Huskies get over the hump. The Dogs seem to be caught in a quagmire of offensive inconsistency and bad timing. The roster looks deep and despite some big departures due to graduation the time may be now for the Huskies to pounce on Canada West.

4 What will the legacy of the University Cup be? The varsity men’s championship laid an egg in our city last year. As the host the Huskies were eliminated before weekend competition. On top of that a resistance to change by the CIS means that the same flawed tournament format will be employed in Saskatoon once again this March. That being said schedule re-jigs by the University Cup Committee and some promise in their opening weekend of 2014 and Dave Adolph’s young team are ready to change the script from last year.

3 Speaking of Huskie hockey and will 2014 be the year that the University of Saskatchewan, City of Saskatoon and Saskatoon Minor Hockey finally get on the same page and build a new home for the hockey Huskies and more much needed ice in Toon Town? A drool over the Cooperators centre by this broadcaster in November in Regina opened my eyes to the urgent need for a similar facility.

2 On the subject of infrastructure, will 2014 indeed be the year that Gordie Howe Bowl gets much needed upgrades? The Friends of the Bowl Foundation vow to have turf on the field in time for the start of football season along with a new score clock. How long now until the change room, washroom and concession facilities can also be upgraded?

1 What will the next big sporting event be for the city of Saskatoon? A missed opportunity to host the Vanier Cup in 2014 I fear may haunt this city for a while. However, another Brier has been mentioned but with the lack of sellouts the last time the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship was here has left a sour taste in some organizers mouths. The World Juniors will not be coming back for a long, long time if ever and the same can be said for a Memorial Cup. The lone hockey event to have perhaps eluded this city that I have heard whispers of is a potential bid for the Men’s World Hockey Championship.

The only answer that is for sure is that 2014 will be a very interesting one in Toon Town!

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