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Top 10 Tuesday: An Apology? Hope For the Huskies? The Meaning of Marketing?

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.

Huskies Greco Top Dog in Canada West

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, with kickoff slated for 1 p.m. MT (2 p.m. CT).

OFFENCE – Andrew Buckley
Calgary Dinos
6-0, 201, 5th year
Calgary, AB

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
Saskatchewan Huskies
Defensive back
Calgary, AB

Huskies Are Post-Season Bound

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.

A Scary Top Ten Tuesday At The End of October?

Well it has been anything but boring over the last seven days in the sporting world in our province. Here are my top thoughts from the week that was. In no particular order.

10 – New gunner for the Huskies…. Well talk about a debut Kyle Siemens was the surprise starter for the Dogs on Friday night as they hosted UBC. I don’t think that anyone could have predicted 520 yards and 3TDs in his first CIS start. (The fourth best game by a Saskatchewan Quarterback all-time) The lone down-side to the performance, aside from dropping the contest to UBC, was the fact that only 150 of those yards came in the second half where the offence sputtered at times.

9 – The Huskies loss was obviously a huge blow to their play-off hopes. The Dogs are in danger of missing the post-season for the first time since 2000 and need a win in Regina on Friday night and loss by Alberta to Calgary on Saturday afternoon to get in. I won’t lie I fully expected the Huskies to pull out a win over UBC at home on Friday, however, the BPI (big play index) was in complete favour of the Thunderbirds and gave them the advantage. So the Huskies will be playing their rivals to wrap the campaign and the Rams would love nothing more than to end the Dogs season. Meanwhile, Calgary can pick the type of roster they wish to field on Saturday and essentially pick their opponent should Saskatchewan win on Friday night. All of which are scary scenarios.

Huskie Pivot Takes Canada West Nod

Manitoba defensive lineman David Onyemata, Saskatchewan second-year quarterback Kyle Siemens, and Calgary kicker Johnny Mark are the Canada West Football Players of the Week for the period ending October 24.

Onyemata, who was ranked second in the CFL Scouting Bureau’s initial rankings behind Iowa receiver Tevaun Smith back in September, is the Canada West Defensive Player of the Week after registering a season-high 9.5 tackles, along with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble and recovery in Manitoba’s 29-7 win over Alberta Friday night in Winnipeg.

Despite falling 41-36 to the UBC Thunderbirds over the weekend, the Saskatchewan Huskies got a big performance from Siemens, who is the Offensive Player of the Week. Taking the place of Drew Burko as the Huskies’ starter, Siemens went 44-of-67 for 520 yards and three touchdown passes. Siemens’ 44 completions set a Saskatchewan single-game record, while his 520 yards was the fourth most by a Huskies QB in a game.

Mark etched his name further into the CIS history books Saturday, going 3-for-5 on field goal attempts, taking sole possession of the CIS career field goal mark with a 16-yard kick in the second quarter. The win marks the third time this season the Calgary kicker has been named conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

OFFENCE – Kyle Siemens
Saskatchewan Huskies
5-10, 179, 2nd-year
Saskatoon, Sk

Toppers Tops Again

The Saskatoon Hilltops defended their PFC Championship this afternoon, and, once again, will be representing the conference as they defeated the Calgary Colts 38 – 16 in Saskatoon. The game was close in the first half, but the Hilltops pulled away in the second half.

The Colts set a new PFC record for pass completions in a Conference Championship game with 27 completions, and set a CJFL record with 47 attempts in this type of game. Their Yards Passing was 3rd most in PFC history with 375 yards. They also had the most penalty yards assessed against them in a PFC championship.

Riders Deal Mess!

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have traded national running back Jerome Messam and the fifth round selection in the 2016 CFL Draft acquired earlier in the day to the Calgary Stampeders in exchange for national kicker Tyler Crapigna, a 3rd round selection in the 2016 CFL Draft, and the rights to a negotiation list player.

Crapigna (5’7” – 166) was originally drafted by the Stampeders in the fifth round (40th overall) in the 2014 CFL Draft. The McMaster product graduated as the CIS all-time leader in field goals with 84.

To Saskatchewan:
National kicker Tyler Crapigna
3rd round selection in 2016 CFL Draft
Negotiation list player

To Calgary:
National running back Jerome Messam
5th round selection in 2016 CFL Draft (acquired by Riders from Montreal on Oct. 14)

Glenn Gone From Riderville

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have traded international quarterback Kevin Glenn to the Montreal Alouettes in exchange for a fifth round selection in the 2016 CFL Draft.

Glenn signed with the Riders as a free agent last February. In nine games this season, Glenn has completed 171 of 257 pass attempts for 2,174 yards and nine touchdowns with ten interceptions.

To Saskatchewan:
5th round selection in 2016 CFL Draft

To Montreal:
International quarterback Kevin Glenn

Top 10 Tuesday: Putting Us In Our Place One Point At A Time

Sometimes things aren’t always as they appear… Sometimes they are!

So whether we like it or not here’s how things are in the world of sports from the last seven days.

10 – I’m pretty sure that it has never been done but a solid case could be made to replace John Gibbons in the middle of a play-off series. The Toronto Blue Jays manager didn’t have his team ready to play in game one of their ALDS series with Texas as the team was not focused and gave away the game with their ace on the mound. Game two an extra inning, lack luster effort could have gone either way. After refocusing his team for game four he lost it in game five. With his team ahead by six runs in the fifth inning ‘Gibby’ trots out his ace David Price to pitch the next three innings all but eliminating the possibility of having his best pitcher starting in the deciding game. Yes I know that you have to get there BUT Marcus Stroman is left to start. The sophomore looked good in September but that’s the only month he pitched after missing most of the season with a knee injury.

9 – More on the Jays and it is going to be an interesting off-season for the team. Marco Estrata and Dionner Navaro a great combination are set to become Free-Agents while Jose Bautista will become one at the end of 2016. I know that you are not thinking about it now but another base running bluff by Jose in Game four yesterday shows me that he is not the player that you want to hang your hat on. Instead split his projected money for Estrada at the very least to keep a good young pitcher in the fold.

Dave’s Dis N Dat: Why The Jays Are In Trouble – Feeling For Buck And Pat

The long weekend is in sight and it is a fun time to be covering the world of sports… Here are some of my thoughts from the week that was.

Bleeding Blue: Had a chance to take in both Saskatoon Blades games this week. (A OTL to Vancouver and a big win over Kootenay on Wednesday) The thing that stood out to me in both games is that while the Blades are continuing to work hard every game that isn’t what they are hanging their hat on. No longer is the team hoping to give their opposition a good game. The fully to expect to win every night which I think is a major step forward in the team’s rebuild.

Crowded Crease: The Bridge City Bunch are trying to find consistency between the pipes, unfortunately, with three goaltenders still in camp the margin for error is razor thin for the three back-stoppers. End of the day it is a pressure that all goaltenders have to face. It is going to be interesting though to see who can rise to the top of the depth chart.

Puck Dropped: The NHL season is underway and on night one we had an opportunity to see the coach’s challenge used.