A Questionable Top Ten Tuesday:

From the gloom and doom in Riderville to play-off talk in Toronto. It has been a whirlwind week in sports.
Here are my top 10 thoughts from the week that was:

10 – Are the Saskatchewan Roughriders really an oh-and-6 calibre team? Hate to say it but the Riders are what the record shows. The defence let the team down in four very winnable games at the start of the season and now with the struggling offence the Green and White are up against it.

9 – Should Brendan Taman have to address the status of his coach? First I fully am on board with Taman defending his coach, Corey Chamblin. CFL “Insider,” Gary Lawless was doing what he had to do to grab headlines and report what he heard, I get that too! However, I’m not sure that a GM should ever have to address the status of a coach. Both are under contract until otherwise noted. Having to answer the questions to me seems ludicrous.

8 – Is where there is smoke is their always fire? Gary Lawless? One more on the “firing” of Corey Chamblin and it doesn’t take a supreme intellect to figure out that the Board of Directors is not happy with the team’s oh-and-six start. They are competitive people. However, they are also realistic people. The team’s starting quarterback went down in the first half of the first game. The insurance policy has now also been lost for six games. Add to that, that the Riders went younger on defense, in particular at linebacker and in the secondary and it has been the perfect storm for the coaches.

7 – Is there a quick fix for the Riders this season? Elaborating on my point above I wish that there was a quick way to fix the Riders but with the injury woes that they are suffering from this could be a long season in Riderville unless a youngster can emerge to right the ship at quarterback.

6 – Why can’t the Riders have Harris or Cato success at Quarterback? That is a question asked to me over the weekend. Firstly the Riders were trying to develop a pivot similar to Toronto’s Harris or Montreal’s Cato but that QB, Brett Smith has now been thrown square into the line of fire. As for other players coming in keep in mind that Harris was third string in Toronto behind Ricky Ray and Zach Collaros and has been in the Argos system for four seasons. Meanwhile Cato, has had a full training camp and has had the benefit of many more reps that Smith would have seen in Rider camp behind Kevin Glenn and Darian Durant, primarily because the Riders were implementing a new offence.

5 – Is Tim Horton’s the new “hardest place to play,” in the CFL? With a week 6 win the Hamilton Tiger-Cats remained perfect at their new home. Hard to dispute the energy in the building and the success that the Tabbies have had their. The only question is will the fans continue to come out? Of course the obvious answer when it comes to sports marketing is W-I-N!

4 – Will the Hilltops repeat as PFC and CJFL Champions? Well training camp kicked off for the defending champs on the weekend and with more than a dozen fifth years a lot of signs could point to this being a walk for the Toppers. The only thing the club needs to guard against is complacency and a couple of early season match-ups with Regina will show us where the team is at early on in the season. Especially considering the rivalry that has re-developed between the two clubs.

3 – Will the Toronto Blue Jays make it to the post-season? That is a good question. The Jays are riding momentum after the acquisitions of last week. That being said the offence is good enough. Now if the starters can get into the sixth or seventh inning consistently I think the Jays have a shot at the Wildcard.

2 – Did the Jays give up too much to get the players they did? At the end of the day the price was definitely high BUT if the Jays can start to draw 35,000+ fans per night I don’t think Rogers will mind as their purse strings may loosen.

1 – Is the Price right? David Price made his debut for the Jays yesterday and to be truthful I was worried that all the hype would lead to a rough outing and perhaps an early call to the bullpen. AKA worst case scenario. That being said Price lived up to his billing and if the Jays could find a way to keep him past the end of the year these big crowds and expectations could continue.