Dave’s Dis N’ Dat! Back In The Saddle/Request For Help/Join The Team

First off, thank-you for the inquiries well wishes, and your thoughts through the last couple of weeks.

It’s been a rough go but I am well on the way to recovery and happy to be back.

Well I’m not even sure where to start from the last fourteen days in the world of sports. Perhaps there is no better way than to dive right in with my assorted thoughts in no particular order.

– I can’t imagine the emotional state of Darian Durant. Heck I was devastated when it was confirmed that he would miss the remainder of the season after injuring his achillies in week one vs. Winnipeg. Doubles worked his tail of preparing for 2015 with a new offence and new enthusiasm. This injury is shattering.

– I don’t want to say that I told you so but I knew almost immediately the extend of Darian’s injury. When Coach Chamblin came off the field and told Assistant General Manager Jeremy O’Day what was happening with Durant on the field you could see the emotion all over O’Day’s face.

– Is Kevin Glenn a curse? Hamilton, B.C. and Calgary are all stops that Glenn was dubbed the back-up but was forced into action when the incumbent starter was seriously injured. I don’t think he is a curse but rather a solid insurance policy.

– That being said I wonder if this isn’t the last chance for Glenn to win a Grey Cup being a significant role player? Father time is not on Glenn’s side and you know the motivation to succeed is through the roof.

– Speaking of motiviaiton it has to be through the roof for Tin Sunseri. I will be truthful, I am shocked that the Riders asked him back and that he came back. Yes he knows the offense but is he the future. That is for him to prove and the Riders to find out.

– Is the future now for Rider pivots? I am not the first to suggest that perhaps the time is now for the Riders to find their Quarterback of the future. Who knows how Durant will come back from the Achillies injury and the recovery could last well into the 2016 season.

– Losing Darian I don’t feel is anywhere near as devastating as the loss of two quarterbacks in Montreal in week one or Mike Reilly in Edmonton in their curtain raiser. I would suggest that Montreal may have the best receiving corp in the league. Not sure that anyone can now get them the ball.

– So who is out there? Well to be truthful I would be surprised if John Hufnagel’s phone wasn’t ringing regarding the availability of Drew Tate. Tate was re-signed by the club in the off-season in a surprising move according to most (yours truly included) but he seems to be comfortable now backing-up Bo Mitchell in Cowtown. Will the Stamps sacrifice that comfort to bolster their depth?

– Quarterbacks were not the only injuries for week one in Riderville. The loss of Shea Emery at middle Linebacker, Keenan MacDougall at safety and Nic Demski from offence and special teams all hurt, especially considering they are all Canadian. The loss of MacDougall and Emery in my opinion were major reasons that the Rider ‘D’ was shredded by the Blue Bombers in week one.

– One more on the Riders and interesting that Chris Milo was cut loose after one miss! The Riders challenged Milo throughout training camp and he won back his job but with the experience of future hall-of-famer Paul McCallum available the Riders made the move. Bold decisive and with Ray Early able to both punt and kick the Riders seem to be well covered in the kicking game now.

– Staying with football welcome home to Donovan Dale. The Defensive lineman is returning home to suit up for the Saskatchewan Huskies this season after a year at UBC after playing junior for the Hilltops. His presence, leadership and enthusiasm will be big plusses for the Dogs.

– To the NHL and I had a blast listening to Toronto television and radio pundits that say that they didn’t get enough for Phil Kessel in the trade that sent him to Pittsburgh. Those same pundits wanted him run out of town at the trade deadline are now on the other side of the fence. Can you say no win situation?

– When analyzing all of the moves in the NHL the last couple of weeks the big winner has to be the Calgary Flames, shoring up their blue0line for years to come and adding another big forward to help them move ahead. Yes the Oilers got McDavid but watch out for the Flames.

– Back at home the Saskatoon Blades grabbed a big Czech defenceman with the second overall pick in the CHL import draft. If anything I have learned in trying to analyze these picks you have to wait to see the whites in their eyes in September before passing any judgement in the agent driven draft that is the Import Draft.

– Congratulations to Lorne Molleken in landing the Vancouver Giants Head Coaching job. I had the opportunity to catch up with Lorne at the rink a few times last season and his passionate for the game was as evident as ever and I think he will be a good fit on the West Coast.

– Back in Toon Town Congratulations to the organizers of the World Men’s Fastball Championship. I actually heard a couple of sporty types in the Bridge City scoffing at yet another international tournament coming to Saskatoon. However, with more than 7,000 fans in the stands for some games it is proof in the pudding that this event matters to Saskatoon sports fans.

– YOUR HELP this is where I need some help. Having been laid up for the last couple of weeks I have let some kids down in the Bridge City in getting them some equipment for the upcoming hockey equipment. Please check out all the details here if you or your company can help in any way.

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That’s it for today. More is in store as I’m back at it. Thanks again for your support and kind words.
Enjoy the weekend!

Dave