Dave’s Dis N’ Dat: The Numbers Game AND A Heartfelt Thanks

It must be tax time or something!!!! Numbers are floating around everywhere. With that in my I decided to grab a few that were rattling around in my brain to wrap up the week. Enjoy!

16 WHL teams are left in the WHL season. Play-offs open tonight. Here are my first round picks.

4 Games for Kelowna to defeat Tri-City.

5 Games for Victoria to defeat Prince George.

5 Games for Everett to defeat Spokane.

6 Games for Portland to defeat Seattle.

4 Games for Brandon to defeat Edmonton.

6 Games for Swift Current to defeat Regina.

5 Games for Calgary to defeat Kootenay.

6 Games for Red Deer to defeat Medicine Hat.

16 Wins will be collected by Kelowna on their way to winning the WHL title.

20% of players in the WHL were not selected in the bantam draft according to Commissioner Ron Robison. 80% do, that is why I think the WHL needs to do something to protect their member clubs from themselves and stop the trading of first round picks and instead mandate prospect trades to include players already selected (which would allow them to be in the recipients team line-up the following season).

2,239 was the average attendance in Kootenay per game this season, a number that Commissioner Robison says needs to change in order for the franchise to be feasible in Cranbrook.

2,167 was the average attendance in Swift Current this year and nothing has been mentioned by the league regarding those numbers.

4th time in three seasons, that’s the frequency for the Vancouver Giants and searching for Head Coaches. With the mutual parting of the ways this week between Claud Noel and the Giants the club is once again in the market for a bench boss.

1 too many coaches at a Regina practice this week. Apparently Swift Current Assistant Coach Jamie Heward was spotted lingering around the Brandt Centre this week while the Pats, the Broncos first round opponents, were practicing and was asked to leave the facility. Now that’s funny!

20 yards is the increase that the CFL rules committee is proposing for point after attempts. Meaning that a field goal would be attempted from 32 instead of 12 yards after a touchdown.

2 yards is the difference for two point conversions proposed by the same committee. That means that a two-point convert would begin from the 3 yard-line as opposed from the 5 yard-line.

30 seconds is the proposed new play clock for the CFL. The committee feels that the extra 10 seconds would speed up the game. Not sure that I understand that math even though the league is adamant that the play would be blown in sooner.

13 years is the sellout streak that came to a halt for the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre back on Monday night. I guess Leafs Nation ran out of jerseys to throw on the ice so decided that they would no longer pay to watch to see if anyone else had one?

Too Many To Count.. Thank you one and all for the congratulatory tweets, text messages, e-mails and likes regarding the Huskie play-by-play announcement from earlier this week. I am flattered and extremely excited for the upcoming season. In addition to thanking my entire team at Saskatoon Media Group for bestowing their confidence in me, I also would like to acknowledge the trust placed in me by the University of Saskatchewan Huskies to represent them and their brand on the air and tell the story of the current team, the athletes moving forward and the proud alumni that have dawned the Green and White.

3 the biggest thank-you has to go to my biggest supporters. My wife Kathryn and my boys Will and Alex have had to make more than their fair share of sacrifices in order for me to pursue my passions that have granted me numerous amazing opportunities. There have been times those opportunities have forced some “creative time tabling” for their unwavering support and understanding I thank them! Making them #1 in my books.

Larry And Gary

(Kathryn and the boys surprising me by showing off their Huskie Pride after this week’s announcement!) (BTW Kathryn is holding the camera…. lol)

That’s it for today! Have a great weekend. Talk to you soon.