Category Archives: Football

Bombers Sink Brink Add Two Pivots

Winnipeg Blue BombersThe Winnipeg Blue Bombers made a pair of pivotal moves on Monday morning.

Dave’s Dis ‘N Dat:

Its Friday

Well here we go with another look back at the week that was in sports…

Lions Keep Kabongo/Tigers Get Canadian Content

CFL Logo The BC Lions Football Club announced Thursday morning that offensive guard Patrick Kabongo has signed a contract extension with the team.

Three Dogs Headed East

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Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Wednesday the rosters for the 11th annual East West Bowl, presented by Under Armour. The all-star showcase is set for Saturday, May 11, 2013 at TD Waterhouse Stadium on the campus of Western University in London, Ont.

Tuesday’s CFL Notebook

CFL LogoToronto bolsters their defensive line in a deal with the Leo’s and Hamilton adds some depth. Details inside today’s notebook!

Taman Da Man For the Riders

Brendan Taman

Saskatchewan Roughrider President/CEO Jim Hopson announced today the contract extension of General Manager Brendan Taman. The new two-year extension will see Taman continue in his role with the organization through the 2015 season.

 

“Brendan has proven himself to be a valuable member of our organization. By completing this extension we have created continuity within the Riders Football Operations,” stated Hopson. “We feel Brendan is continuously increasing the talent level of this team and we are excited to move forward under Brendan’s direction.”

 

Taman is entering his fourth year as General Manager of the Riders and fifth season since returning to the club in 2009. Taman took over complete control of the football operations department in November of 2011.

 

“I am once again grateful for the vote of confidence shown to me by Jim Hopson and the Riders Board of Directors,” stated Taman. “I understand and welcome the expectations and responsibilities that go along with having this position. My job is to keep moving this team forward and I am confident we have the people in place to do that.”

 

Taman had a busy winter heading into the 2012 season. He filled a vacancy by hiring current Head Coach Corey Chamblin and completed an overhaul of the previous year’s roster  by adding CFL veterans like Dominic Picard, Brendon Labatte, and Jock Sanders while adding new talent like Kory Sheets, Xavier Fulton, Terrell Maze, and Drew Willy. The 2012 Canadian Draft saw the Riders select stalwarts Ben Heenan and Sam Hurl.

In January 2013, Taman orchestrated a trade acquiring Geroy Simon, the CFL’s All-Time Leading Receiver and then locked up free agents Tyron Brackenridge, Dwight Anderson, Weldon Brown, Ricky Foley and Renauld Williams.

Taman is entering his 26th season in the CFL and has appeared in three Grey Cup Championship games in the past six years.

Dave’s Dis N’ Dat

This And That

Wow what a week! Here’s MY take on the week that was.

Firstly, the disappointment of the entire Saskatoon Blades organization can’t be measured. From top to bottom the organization will comb through absolutely everything in the wake of their sweep from the WHL play-offs by the Medicine Hat Tigers. The good news is they get a Mulligan on the season when they host the Memorial Cup, the bad news is that they’ll have a little better than 6 weeks to try and put things back in order.  Where to start? We’ll I’ll let you begin that analysis. Throw a comment in the section below!

Next the remake of the Saskatchewan Roughrider defense continued with the signing of Rey Williams this week. The addition of the import middle linebacker earlier this week lead to the release of Joe Lobendahn. There is no doubting the popularity of Williams in his first go around with the Riders, I do though worry that a great deal of leadership was lost in the deletion of Lobendahn. In being on the sidelines last season I was afforded the opportunity to hear some of the defensive “calls” being made by Lobendahn prior to the snap. He was a very vocal player which I believe in addition to his physical play allowed the Riders to shore up an early-season porous run defence. All that being said I still have a great deal of trust and faith in Brendan Taman and his operations staff and am more than willing to give him more than the benefit of the doubt.

Back to hockey, and I feel for the frustration of the Swift Current Broncos and their fans. After an overtime goal by Calgary’s Victor Rask was allowed despite an obvious glove pass, the Broncos remained on the ice to protest the non-call while their fans littered the ice to show their displeasure. While, neither act should be applauded I do recognize the passion that both possessed in the situation.  It was a missed call! Officials are human! Did they want to make a mistake? Of course not! However, you do have to give credit to the WHL head office for at least acknowledging that an error was made, in a release they sent out Wednesday.  Obviously there is nothing that can be done to right the wrong. At least, the league which is renowned for developing world class players has taken another step to develop world class officials. The acknowledgement didn’t throw the officials under the bus, nor did it change the outcome of the play. What it did do was recognize the error and show the league and its fans that officials are held accountable albeit normally behind closed doors.

AND Jarome Iginla is off to Pittsburgh. It was an interesting cross-section of Flames fans I came across this week. Some felt he shouldn’t get to pick where he goes (thanks to his no move clause), others believed that he perhaps should have been moved sooner when the return for the captain could have been greater, still others believe the Flames still have a shot at making the play-offs this season.  In the end an Iginla deal could/should spark an entire makeover of the Calgary Flames organization. From a floundering AHL affiliate in Abbotsford to some questionable free agent signings there is a lot of work to be done. Perhaps the biggest questions are will there makeover be quicker than that in Edmonton AND will Calgary fans have the patience to see through a rebuild…

Thanks for reading!

Dave

Huskies Announce Top Dog Nominees

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Huskie Athletics is proud to announce the nominees for the Major 7 Awards to be handed out at the 2013 Huskie Salute on April 5 at TCU Place.

The Major 7 Awards are handed to those athletes who have had outstanding seasons for the green and white, as well as made big contributions on the field, in the classroom and in the community during their time with the Huskies. Huskie Athletics will also honour Canada West All-Stars and Major Award Winners, CIS All-Canadians and Major Award Winners and fifth year athletes, as well as hand out the Trainer of the Year award.

And the nominees are…

Howard Nixon Trophy – Male Rookie of the Year

Starting all but one match as a rookie in midfield…
Mitch Bauche, Soccer

Leading rookies in conference scoring…
Jimmy Bubnick, Hockey

Winning three conference medals…
Alex Fedyk, Track & Field 

Pat Lawson Trophy – Female Rookie of the Year

Canada West silver medalist…
Tye Buettner, Track & Field

Leading the Canada West in saves…
Cassidy Hendricks, Hockey

Averaging 16 minutes per game off the bench…
Desarae Hogberg, Basketball

Leading her team with eight goals to a first-ever playoff appearance…
Jenelle Zapski, Soccer

E. Kent Phillips Trophy – Male Athlete of the Year

Leading the Canada West in scoring….
Kyle Bortis, Hockey

Leading the Canada West in assists…
Chris Gilbert, Volleyball

Setting two school records, while leading the Canada West in receptions…
Kit Hillis, Football

Canada West MVP and leading scorer…
Stephon Lamar, Basketball

Starting all matches and scoring a conference second-best 15 points…
Brett Levis, Soccer

Mary Ethel Cartwright Trophy – Female Athlete of the Year

Capturing two Canada West medals…
Amanda Banks, Track & Field

Leading the Huskies in scoring and rebounds…
Dalyce Emmerson, Basketball

Winning her third straight CIS silver medal…
Koren Pitkethly, wrestling

Rusty McDonald Trophy – All-Round Male Athlete

A captain, all-academic and five-year HAC representative…
Jeff Grant, Volleyball

A Canada West champion track athlete, soccer player and master student…
Nick Clarke, Track & Field

A captain, All-Canadian and Huskie Athletics ambassador…
Bryce McCall, Football

Three-time All-Canadian, an All-Academic and HAC President…
Landon Squires, Wrestling

Valerie Girsberger Trophy – All-Round Female Athlete

A three-time All-Star, CIS Major Award winner and All-Academic…
Natasha Kramble, Wrestling

An all-star, leader for her team and All-Academic…
Morgan Sawatzky, Track & Field

Colb McEwon – Coach of the Year

This award’s winner will be announced at Salute

Doors open for Huskie Salute begins at 7 p.m. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. Guest are encouraged to show their Huskie Pride and include a splash of green in their outfit.

Tickets are available for teams through a HAC representative or by calling 306-966-1023. Ticket prices are $10.

Williams Back In Green and White

Rider LogoIt’s official!

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today they have signed free agent import linebacker Renauld Williams. Financial details of the signing were not released.

Williams (6’0 – 228) re-joins the Green and White after spending the previous two seasons with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Last season the 32-year-old recorded 94 defensive tackles, eight special teams tackles, three quarterback sacks and one interception in 18 regular season games. He was named a 2012 East Division All-Star.

The native of Westbury, New York had previously spent three seasons (2007-09) with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, where he recorded 98 defensive tackles, 29 special teams tackles, six quarterback sacks, five forced fumbles and one interception in 31 regular season games.

The Hofstra product missed the entire 2010 season after suffering an injury while attending training camp with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. The nine year pro has also suited up with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns.

The Riders also announced they have released import linebacker Joe Lobendahn. Last season, the 30-year-old played nine regular season games after joining the team in August.  

Rey Of Light For the Rider ‘D’?

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders appear to have made another off-season addition to their defense. Numerous sources are indicating this morning that the Saskatchewan Roughriders will announce the signing of Middle Linebacker Rey Williams today. Williams spent a pair of seasons with the Riders before bolting to Hamilton as a Free Agent. The Tabbies, released Williams earlier this year.

The addition of Williams seems to spell the end for Joe Lobendahn who was brought in for the final nine games of the Rider season in 2012 to shore up a prous run defence.