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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.

A Tuesday Top 10: Fire Gibbons? Time To Blow Up The Riders? Should the Dinos Apologize?

It’s back! My weekly musings on all things from the world of sports from the past seven days.

So in no particular order here are my scattered thoughts.

10 – Well that was ugly in BC. The Saskatchewan Roughriders were trounced 46-20 in Vancouver on Saturday night.There was very little intensity and the care factor seemed to be nil. In the Green and White’s defence there are some key veterans on the sidelines. However, with that being said it is time to blow the team up from the leaders to the underachieving rookies. If you are not performing the time is now to make some tough decisions. The Riders will get carte blanche for a season before heading into the new stadium, so the time for change has come.

9 – Staying with the CFL and I was a little leery when it was mentioned that Henry Burris could be in the CFL Hall of Fame. To be honest Henry has never raised the calibre of talent around him. However, something has to be said when it comes to his longevity, ability to stay healthy and the display that he put on last week! A record 45 competitions in his dismantling of Montreal last week was impressive if not to say MOP and HOF worthy.

8 – More football and full marks to the Calgary Dinos on their big win over the Saskatchewan Huskies on Saturday.Their 59-19 win showed their big play capability and their poise and patience waiting to capitalize on their opponent’s mistakes.

Seal The Deal For SMFF

The Aviva Community Fund is hosting an online promotion with the prize of $100,000 for a community development project that gathers the most votes. Friends of the Bowl Foundation is asking your help to spread the word and encourage everyone to vote for the Field Goal Campaign to finish the redevelopment of the football facility at Gordie Howe Sports Complex. So far the field, lights, sound system and score clock have been replaced. The final stage is the completion of the 12,000 sq foot Clubhouse at the south end. With $600,000 left to raise, this contribution from the Aviva Community Fund would be a huge step.

Voting takes place from October 6 – 23 and everyone is encouraged to vote daily.

Huskies Back In Top 10

The high-scoring University of Calgary Dinos are the top-ranked team in CIS football for the third consecutive week.

For the second straight week, the Dinos (4-0) were a near unanimous choice for No. 1 in the national media poll as they received 28 out of a possible 30 first-place votes and 295 points from the Football Reporters of Canada panel. Calgary had earned 26 first-place nods last Tuesday.

The rest of the Big Five once again remains unchanged in the fifth poll of the campaign with the Laval Rouge et Or (4-0 / 260 points), Western Mustangs (5-0 / 244), Montreal Carabins (3-1 / 208) and Guelph Gryphons (5-0 / 190) following in order. Laval and Western split the remaining first-place votes, meriting one apiece.

Rounding out the new Top 10 are the No. 6 Manitoba Bisons (2-2 / 114 / up two positions), No. 7 McMaster Marauders (3-1 / 113 / no change), No. 8 Saskatchewan Huskies (2-2 / 82 / previously unranked), No. 9 Sherbrooke Vert & Or (2-2 / 69 / previously unranked) and No. 10 UBC Thunderbirds (2-2 / 46 / down four).

After setting a single-game Canada West scoring record two weeks ago in an 80-18 rout of Alberta, top-ranked Calgary travelled to Regina on Saturday and crushed the Rams 72-8 thanks in large part to the stellar play of fifth-year quarterback Andrew Buckley, who had 478 yards and four touchdowns through the air. At the midway point of the regular schedule, the reigning Hec Crighton Trophy winner is averaging a conference-best 369 passing yards per outing – good for second in the nation – and has yet to throw an interception.

Meanwhile in Quebec City, No. 2 Laval and its top-ranked defence (8.8 points per game) had their most convincing performance of the season in a 64-0 interlock success against StFX. For its part, No. 3 Western dominated visiting Carleton 70-14 to keep its status as the highest-scoring team in the country (65.4 ppg vs. 61.8 for Calgary).

The Last Top 10 For September

Another Tuesday is here and here is a smattering of my thoughts from the last seven days in the world of sports. From the Huskies to Riders, Blades to Jays they all make an appearance in this week’s top ten.
In no particular order:

10 – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies showed what momentum and confidence. The Dogs played their best game of the season, thus far, scoring a big win in Vancouver over the sixth ranked team in the nation the UBC Thunderbirds. Despite having six different starters on defence from week one the Huskies played a dominant 60 minutes. Never out of control the team made plays when opportunity presented itself and proved that they are a team to be reckoned with.

9 – One thing I have learned covering sports teams is that surrounding yourself with winners is a huge intangible. For example, linebacker Justin Filteau, who drew into the starting line-up last week, has won at every level of football he has played not to mention his prowess on the judo mat. That ability to win culminated in him being the Canada West Defensive Player of the week.

Huskies Filteau Takes Canada West Salute

For the second consecutive week, Calgary Dinos quarterback Andrew Buckley is the Canada West offensive player of the week.

Buckley, who led the Dinos to a Canada West record 80-point performance two weekends ago against Alberta, posted another remarkable outing on Saturday. The fifth-year veteran led the No. 1-ranked Dinos to a 72-8 win over the Regina Rams.

Calgary’s 72-point effort is the fifth most in Canada West history.

Also earning a conference honour this week is Manitoba Bisons running back/returner Jamel Lyles, who earns his second special teams player of the week award this season after sparking the Bisons’ 42-32 come-from-behind win over Alberta with a 73-yard punt return touchdown on the final play of the third quarter.

Lyles has now won a player of the week award in three of his first four weeks, as he was also the offensive player of the week to open the season.

Rounding out this week’s winners is Saskatchewan linebacker Justin Filteau, who is the defensive player of the week after helping the Huskies earn their second consecutive victory.

Filteau racked up 13.5 tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception return for a touchdown in Saskatchewan’s 45-29 win over UBC.

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

Andrew Buckley was at it again on the weekend, leading the No. 1 University of Calgary Dinos to another lopsided victory – this time 72-8 over the Regina Rams.

Playing three quarters, the fifth-year pivot completed 21 of 29 passes for 478 yards and four touchdowns as the Dinos’ air attack took hold at Mosaic Stadium. It was the fifth-best single game passing performance in school history and just 24 yards off his career high of 512 yards.

Now second in the nation in passing yards per game, Buckley will look to keep the Dinos’ undefeated streak intact when they host the Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday afternoon at McMahon Stadium.

DEFENCE – Justin Filteau