Dave’s Dis N’ Dat AND D-Day For the Saskatoon Blades????

Friday is here and it could be a history maker for the Saskatoon Blades organization. Here are my thoughts on that and other random ones from the world of sports as I take a look at the week that was:

OK to start with the Saskatoon Blades and management announced following the teams last game of the season on Saturday night that the future of the hockey operations department would be determined today. There are a number of whispers on the street as to what will happen from a major overhaul to a minor tweak. The one thing that is for sure is that no one seems to know for sure what the future will hold, especially for General Manager Lorne Molleken and Head Coach Dave Struch.

More WHL and the annual Shaw broadcasters’ play-off pool is underway. The prognostication pool that I am a repeat winner in has gotten off to a tough start for me with Kootenay’s convincing win in Calgary, last night.

Here were my other picks for round one;

Edmonton defeats Prince Albert in 5 games.
Brandon defeats Regina in 5 games.
Calgary defeats Kootenay in 6 games.
Medicine Hat defeats Swift Current in 5 games.
Kelowna defeats Tri-City in 5 games.
Portland defeats Vancouver in 4 games.
Victoria defeats Spokane in 7 games.
Seattle defeats Everett in 6 games.

Staying with hockey and the University Cup opened at Credit Union Centre last night. Day one has to be considered a success! The host team didn’t play but there was a buzz in the building and the action on the ice didn’t disappoint. The Huskies will take to the ice for the first time in the tournament tonight and the event’s success just may rest on their performance. Here’s crossing your fingers for Dave Adolph’s Hustling Huskies.

Over to football and the Riders continue to bolster their training camp roster with the additions of a pair of defensive linemen yesterday. The Riders aren’t the only team adding to their roster but I blows my mind that teams are doing this without a working arrangement between the league and the CFLPA. Even more mind boggling is that teams are doing this without a working knowledge of what the salary cap will be.

Staying with the CFL and it blows my mind that the league is considering adding pass interference to their video replay repertoire. Word is that a pass interference call will be eligible for a coach’s challenge. I get that the league wants to “get it right.” However, it doesn’t appear as though coaches’ can challenge non-calls. So wouldn’t it make more sense for a flag to be thrown even if there is no PI? OR does it make more sense not to throw the flag on what should be a marginal infraction? Either way at the end of the day it seems to me as though the league has muddied the waters in attempting to make things black and white.

Lastly, to a different field where the Toronto Blue Jays are a week away from opening the 2014 season. I never put too much stock into Grapefruit League games’, however, the Jays rotation is definitely subpar! I’m not sure if GM Alex Anthopolis can turn chicken “you know what” into chicken salad with his rotation but he better figure out something soon or the Jays will be out of the race in June!

That’s it for now… If anything happens with the Blades you will see it here!

Enjoy the weekend!

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