Dave’s Dis N’ Dat To Wrap Up The Week! Including A Junior Football Surprise

Here are some of my thoughts from the week that was!

HIGHS AND LOWS: Well to say that the news isn’t good between the CFL and CFLPA this week, with their very public spat, is the understatement of the century. Most pundits say that there will be some form of work stoppage. Here’s hoping that it can be resolved soon. What will take time to heal are the wounds and mistrust that information “leaks” have caused.

HIGH PART 1: There was some exciting football news. First and foremost the unveiling of the new Mosaic Stadium in Regina. The facility looks very, very good. However, I still say that our province is missing an opportunity to build a state of the art retractable roof facility. That would put Saskatchewan in a class with Vancouver and Toronto as the only sites with such a venue in Canada. I’ll also stick to my guns and say that 3000 – 4000 more season tickets would be sold by the Roughriders to Saskatoonians with a climate controlled environment not to mention the benefits that there would be for other user groups across the province and western Canada. I digress it is an exciting day for the province and I can’t wait for the facility to open.

HIGH PART 2: I had the opportunity to see the Riders “All In” DVD that is now available through Rider and Federated Co-op Stores. The behind the scenes look at the 2014 season was VERY well done and it would made a great gift for any Rider fan. Heck yours truly even made the final cut for the movie. Did you catch it?

BACK IN TOON TOWN: Quite the shake-up with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies football team. Long-time Offensive Coordinator Bren Schneider announced that he is leaving the team. It will be interesting to see which direction the team takes moving forward. Schneider has always been great to me, heck he even saved me from freezing my tail off while waiting for someone to open the press box prior to last year’s PFC final. He is going to be missed.

MORE FOOTBALL: Interesting times for Junior Football as well. There has been no formal announcement from the Prairie Football Conference nor the Canadian Junior Football League for that matter. However, it appears as though a third of the CJFL has folded. The OFC will not play in 2014 so there will no longer be an Inter-Gold Cup National Semi-Final. Instead the winner of the BCFC and PFC will square off for the Canadian Bowl.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE: Things appear to be troubling in Edmonton. Clarke Stadium the home of the Wildcats and Huskies is no longer going to be available to the teams as Edmonton FC has taken ownership of the facility that is transforming into a soccer first (only) facility. As of now no word on where the Edmonton teams will play.

TO THE DIAMONDS: Great to hear news from the Saskatoon Yellow Jackets, from player signings to the hiring of a head coach things are falling into place for this season. Here’s wishing them the best of luck this season as they begin to gather this week.

ON THE TRACK: The Auto Clearing Motor Speedways season opens up this weekend. If you’re at the track make sure to cheer on the ACE Motorsports team. You can’t miss their paint job and they will be the ones at the front of the pack. All the best to all competitors!

NOT SO FAST: OK I have been critical of the Blue Jays all season for not doing enough in the off season to address their needs. However, after a convincing sweep of the floundering Red Sox this week the Jays enter the weekend atop the A-L East Division. Yes time to give credit where credit is due. However, can they hold off the inevitable purchase of players by Boston and the Yankees.
That’s it for today… Enjoy the weekend!!!

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