Dave’s Dis N’ Dat To Wrap Up The Week

Some of Dis N’ Dat….. To wrap up an incredible week in the world of sports…

Well let’s start with the big news out of the CFL and the Saskatchewan Roughriders decision to release Weston Dressler so that he could beat the rush and sign with an NFL team. (presumably Kansas City) Firstly, class move by the Roughriders. Secondly, you have to give credit to Dressler. His six seasons have been nothing short of magical and to be truthful we’ll be left wondering what might have been when it comes to his all-time Rider numbers as you have to believe that he would have challenged all franchise receiving records.

Where does that leave the Roughriders? Well they have an opportunity to play Geroy Simon more, Chris Getzlaf will once again need to elevate his game while Robb Bagg needs to stay healthy and Taj Smith needs to pick-up where he left off last year. Additionally, General Manager Brendan Taman will need to find another import interior receiver.

The other news of the week came out of Hamilton where they signed Zack Collaros after he was released by Toronto. The Ti-Cats then promptly dumped Henry Burris. This move is a head scratcher to me. Yes Hank will be 39 by the time next season rolls around but the only teams with unproven starters at the end of the year were Montreal, and Winnipeg and you can see how their seasons ended. General Manager and Head Coach Kent Austin obviously sees the potential in Collaros but his field of work is only 8 games in duration. Time will tell.

Speculation now is that Henry Burris will head to Winnipeg to quarterback the floundering Blue Bombers. I say not so fast! Jim Popp and the Montreal Alouettes may very well provide Smilin’ Hank with a more attractive offer. There is no doubt that Troy Smith is the future of the Alouettes, however, a presence like Henry Burris would only help further his learning curve but also provide a solid alternative and back-up. And to be truthful looking at the rebuild that is going to have to happen in Winnipeg who in the twilight of their career would want to go and start that process.

Having said that if the Bombers let Henry go the entire football operations department should be let go as there have been no fewer than four quarterback upgrades that the Bombers could have at least acquired by trade or free-agency and they passed on them all.

Speaking of pivots and Kerry Joseph has been released by the Edmonton Eskimos apparently in order to sign with the Riders and then retire in Green and White. Some are calling the move odd considering he was only in Green and White for two seasons. I’m OK with it as the connection that he had with the fan base and the fact that he is one of only four quarterbacks to lead the franchise to a play-off win means that he in my mind is more than entitled.

One more football note and with the Super Bowl set this weekend for New York City my prediction; I will go with Denver by at least 7. Payton Manning will flex his muscles in the big game and I think that he will be able to better adjust to the conditions and what the Seattle defence gives him better than anyone thinks.

To hockey and how would you like to be Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman. He has to watch his super star Steven Stamkos battle to try and be ready for the Olympic Games. Meanwhile, he has a disgruntled Martin St. Louis waiting to fill in should an injury prevent any of the forwards going to Sochi. You know they Stevie Y wants Stamkos in Russia but at what cost to his NHL team? AND if he can’t go how does he shutout St. Louis once again.

Lastly on the pebbled ice where the Saskatchewan Curling Association has a dilemma on their hands. The Provincial Men’s tankard is on this week in Shaunavon, an event that you can see with myself Heath Mulligan, and Eugene Hritzuik on Sasktel Max. The pink elephant in the dressing room is where the players that are curling to represent our province actually reside. Some in the SCA were very upset that Scott Virtue’s foursome that won last year’s event in Melfort actually had two members that they classified as non-residents playing in the provincial championship. Meanwhile, Saskatoon’s Bruce Korte has gone on record saying that competitiors need to answer, “where do you pay your taxes?” if the answer is somewhere outside of the province then you should be disqualified from the event. It will be interesting to see if the question gets answered or maybe more interesting to find out whether the question gets asked.

Enjoy the weekend!

Talk to you soon!

DT

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