Dis N’ Dat On A Friday Morning Before The Storm!

As we batten down the hatches in ToonTown anticipating 5-10cm of snow tomorrow there are a number of questions and thoughts that are stuck in my mind from the week that was in the world of sports.

Here’s what I have on this Friday morning… OR some of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat.

I raised a few eyebrows this week when I relayed that the BC Lions may look to play a pre-season game in Saskatoon this season. The suggestion wasn’t mine but I was somewhat surprised by the results thus far in the poll on the right. As of right now 45% of voters say that they would attend that game even if the Riders weren’t playing. Skeptically, I would be interested to see where that number would be if people had to put their money where their mouth was.

Speaking of coming up big. The University of Saskatchewan Huskies Football Foundation look to have scored a touchdown with the announcement of Ronnie Lott as their guest speaker for this year’s Dogs’ Breakfast. It’s hard to believe that this will be the 15th anniversary of the scholarship fundraiser. What was maybe a bigger eye-opener was the realization that more than 300 student athletes have benefitted from the money raised through the event.

More from the Huskies and the Riders signing of U of S free-agents Brad Nehring and Denton Kolodzinski had a lot of quality moments when they made the announcement outside the Rider Store Thursday. The coolest to me was seeing their families off to the side looking on with great admiration and pride that their boys were recognizing their dreams. Pretty neat stuff!

More football and I think that there have been some big winners thus far in CFL free-agency. The Roughriders bolstered their Canadian talent and signing rush end Alex Hall was a coup for Brendan Taman et all. In Winnipeg, the Bombers did a real nice job of shoring up their porous offensive line. Meanwhile, Ottawa has certainly bolstered their receivers group which was a big concern for them in 2014.

The next need the Riders, in my mind, have to address is their quarterback depth as Tino Sunseri has yet to sign and Dan LeFevour and Kevin Glenn are still free-agents.

On the ice and you have to be careful what you wish for. Evander Kane wanted out of Winnipeg since the Thrashers became the Jets. His wish came true after being a less than stellar teammate and pulling the shoot on the team’s quest for a play-off spot. So he got his wish, welcome to Buffalo. I’m sure that is what he had in mind, though.

To the WHL and my colleague Les Lazaruk brought up the contention that every WHL team needs to play in every building with the Spokane Chief’s biannual visit to Sasktel Centre this week. I’ve long been a proponent of getting a chance to see the league’s brightest stars every year in my backyard. Alas not this year but wouldn’t it be great to see the top team in the West in Kelowna this season and allow for a home coming for Leon Draisaitil and Josh Morrissey to Prince Albert?

Speaking of Spokane, the Chiefs, and Silvertips were in front of a government committee this week trying to implore the state to not change labour laws where they would have to pay their younger players like regular employees. The teams not in favour pointed to the scholarship programs and other benefits their players get. The outcome from the panel will be interesting but the one panelist that cheered, “Go T-Birds Go!” might be an indication of where they are leaning.

That’s it for this week.

Enjoy the weekend! Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day Kathryn!

Dave