Dave’s Dis N’ Dat And Da Quote Of The Week!

Here are a random collection of thoughts from the week that was in the world of Saskatoon Sports…

SPRING HAS SPRUNG: With the opening of the Saskatoon Hilltop and University of Saskatchewan Huskies this weekend it is a true sign that spring is here. The Hilltops have a lot of holes to fill while the Huskies introduced some very promising recruits at the Dogs Breakfast on Thursday. Will those recruits help the Dogs take the next step!

IT’S ALL ABOUT TIMING: I feel bad for the National Synchronized Swimming competition that is on the city this weekend. They haven’t received a lot of attention due to the WHL Bantam Draft, Dogs Breakfast, and the opening of football spring camps. The competition is expected to be a top drawer event. Swing by and check it out at the Shaw Centre if you can.

THE BOYS OF SUMMER ARE COMING BACK: The Saskatoon Yellow Jackets will have a new Head Coach heading into the upcoming season. Michael Duschane will lead the YJ’s into the new campaign. No pressure but it is paramount for the Jackets to find a way into the post season to capture the imagination of the Saskatoon sports community.

THE BOYS IN T.O. MAY BE DONE BEFORE SUMMER: The Toronto Blue Jays are lauding their improvement from last April to this year’s team. Truth be told the club won two more games and instead of being 8.5 games out of the AL East lead like they were a year ago now it’s only a 3.5 games deficit. If last weekend’s series against Boston showed nothing  else it should have given GM Alex Anthopolis a clear indication that his group cannot compete with the big teams in the AL East.

THE FINAL IS HERE: The WHL final will open in Portland tonight. For the record I am taking the Winterhawks to repeat as champs in six games. Yes the Shaw pool is on the line as I trail by four points entering the final. Come on Portland…

SPEAKING OF WINNERS:  So, the Saskatoon Blades made 12 selections at yesterday’s Bantam draft and acquired a former first rounder in Waldheim’s Alex Forsberg. The 19-year-old has battled through injuries and instability in Prince George in his three year WHL career thus far. The Blades are betting on him finding his lofty status among 1995 born players.

PICKING ON THE BLADES: As far as the draft selections are concerned the rumblings that I have heard from around the league are that the Blades did the best with what they had.

HAY DAY IN KAMLOOPS: Legendary coach Don Hay is heading back to Kamloops. The former bench boss of the Blazers lead the franchise to a Memorial Cup title before trying his hand in the NHL. For the past 10 seasons he has coached the Vancouver Giants. Throughout that time he has maintained a residence in Kamloops but the intriguing part of the move is how he became expendable in Vancouver. Is this a trade? Or did Hay simply want out OR did the Giants make it known to Kamloops, who was in search of a Head Coach, that Hay was available. Sadly we will never know those answers.

GET ON WITH IT: I will be the first to admit that I am not an authority on basketball and that lack of knowledge has led me to overlook the game. However, with the Raptors hosting a crucial game five in their series with Brooklyn earlier this week I thought I would try to take in some of the game. I wasn’t able to tune-in until the final two minutes. Apparently, I didn’t miss much as those final moments took 41 minutes to watch. Yes it is the most dramatic time of the game BUT come on 41 minutes out of the three hour broadcast for the final two minutes… No thanks!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: I will preface this by saying that I have never had the opportunity to catch my colleague and friend Rod Pedersen at a speaking engagement. I have heard nothing but outstanding reviews! He offered up the quote of the week at the Dog’s Breakfast Thursday morning. In lauding the intelligence of Darian Durant he mentioned that the speakers of the event were sponsored by Prairie Mobile Communications. He said that Darian was so smart that he has two phones. He then quipped that, “if Tiger Woods was that smart he would still be the number one golfer in the world!”

Well Done!!!!!

Enjoy the weekend and keep an eye out for everything Saskatoon Hilltops this weekend as I will be attending all of the team’s workouts.

DT

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