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It’s that time of the week for my random thoughts on the world of sports.
From fixing the Saskatchewan Roughriders to figuring out what the Toronto Blue Jays are doing heading into the trade deadline is all here…. In no particular order.
10 – So the Toronto Blue Jays have made a major deal prior to the deadline, check. (Last night the Jays dealt Short Stop Jose Reyes and prospects to Colorado for Troy Tulowitzki, and some bullpen help). However, they didn’t address their glaring need for pitching instead helping their defence and adding another bat. Here’s hoping that this is the first of more moves for Alex Anthopolis.
9 – So the MLB trade deadline is this Friday, I do appreciate the new Commissioners thoughts that the deadline needs to be pushed back to further separate buyers and sellers. I hope he’s thinking of mid to late August.
8 – Before I get to the Saskatchewan Roughriders oh-and-five start to the season how about the CFL? I mused in my To The Point thoughts yesterday that the CFL may be changing their rules mid-season. There was a drastic drop in illegal contact on receiver penalties from week 4 to week 5 which makes me think that the CFL is changing its’ stance on zero tolerance on contact beyond five yards from the line of scrimmage. OR have the players adjusted that well and that quickly? I think the CFL recognized the problem after backlash from the media and fans through the opening two months of the season, pre-season included.
Another week has come and gone in the CFL and once again the week ends with a disappointing Rider loss.
Here are my running thoughts from this week’s action including an argument that the CFL is listening to its fans and changing rules mid-stream.
Here We go:
Hamilton 31 – Saskatchewan 21:
The contest starts with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats moving the Ball into Rider territory. The drive stalls at the Rider 51 and instead of trying to pin the Riders deep Kent Austin elects to go for a 58-yard-field goal. Obviously, Kent feels the Riders are a fragile bunch and he knows an early lead will help his offence enormously.
A nice return by Weston Dressler can turn the tide in the Riders favor if they can capitalize which they do with a Paul McCallum Field goal.
McCallum’s consistency is a hug plus for the Riders.
Scanning the Riders sideline and Taj Smith is on the bench. I thought the Riders really didn’t want much to do with him for the rest of the year. Interesting that he is back around the team.
Commentators on TV are continuing to talk about how little things are adding up into big things for the Riders. Right on cue Chris Getzlaf seems to lose his place on the field and cuts his route off short of the yard sticks. The completion is made but the Riders have to kick. Down and distance awareness has to be more of a priority for the Green and White.
Opposite end of the spectrum, what a great decision by Weston Dressler. After a botched lateral pass he throws an incomplete pass instead of taking a 13-yard loss. That’s a great heads up play!
The Rider injury carousel has taken another spin as National Full-Back Spence Moore heads to the Rider locker room. Done for the day.
Have the Riders outcoached themselves this game by not giving the football to Jerome Messam? I personally would have made Hamilton stop him before moving away from him. The Rider ‘O’ hasn’t afforded that opportunity to the league leader in yards from scrimmage.
Another seven days have come and gone which has meant some more R & R for yours truly.
That has meant for a bit of a slower time here at toontownsports.net but it has been anything but slow in the sports pages. So, here is a look back at the past seven days with my take and some cold hard truth. Can you handle it?
Kicking things off this morning is the Saskatoon Hilltops. I had the opportunity to literally drop in on their golf tournament and ring ceremony at the Dakota Dunes Casino and Golf Links yesterday. One of the reasons I feel so privileged to have been working with this team for the last decade is the family philosophy that they have built. The supporters that were on hand last night to salute the 2014 Canadian Champions, one last time, were oozing with pride.
Staying with football and the word from some in Regina and around the CFL is that “apparently” Head Coach Corey Chamblin’s job may be on the line after an oh-and-4 start to the campaign. Wow! With more than 12 players on the team’s 6-game injured list and a combined 12 points being the margin of defeat how can anyone blame the Head Coach? Literally the Riders are three plays away from being 3-and-1.
Unfortunately those three plays have been defensive ones. That being said the Riders are missing the quarterback of their defence Shea Emry. In the off-season the Riders identified a young group of Linebackers that would be utilized in 2015. To address the need the Green and White acquired Emry from Toronto. Unfortunately, Emery has missed all but two quarters of the season. I guarantee that if you insert him back in the line-up the defensive group looks a lot different.
The 2014 Saskatoon Hilltops took one last look back at their 17th National Championship in franchise history, on Thursday night.
The Toppers held their annual golf tournament and Ring Presentation Ceremony at the Dakota Dunes in front of more than a hundred supporters.
The Club bid farewell to their handful of graduating players and honored those who will return in 2015 looking for the repeat.
The 2014 Jostens National Championship rings features the Hilltops Golden ‘H’ surrounded by blue.
One side of the ring is personalized with a name and the player number.
The opposite side features the message: “Perseverance,” and “4-in-5,” symbolic of the team winning national championships four of the last five years.
It’s Friday and about time, dare I say, as I am not sure that I can handle any more negativity coming out of Riderville after an oh-and-3 and a subsequent, perceived, blow-up by Rider Head Coach Corey Chamblin.
AND that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Here are my scattered thoughts from the week that was in the world of sports.
Ok let’s start in Riderville and perception has to meet with reality in the Saskatchewan Roughriders oh-and-3 start.
Rider Nation has to realize that two of those losses came in overtime. Yes, the Green and White squandered late leads in both games but in reality the games could have gone either way.
The one concern that I most certainly have within the oh-for start is that the Green and White are oh-and-2 at home which is troublesome especially when you see that Riders road schedule is back loaded.
Staying in Riderville and some are upset that Head Coach Corey Chamblin sounded off about fans and media that were criticizing him. He knows that he has his neck on the line every week, especially since taking over the defense.
However, it should be noted that people who are tired of sports clichés and want raw emotion are the same ones condemning Chamblin for doing just that. You can’t have it both ways and I for one am glad that he spoke his mind.
Oh, and for what it’s worth I predict another nail-biter at Mosaic tonight but look for the Riders to seal the deal in regulation.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today international defensive back Weldon Brown has suffered a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
Meanwhile, the Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed national defensive back Dan West to the roster. As per club policy details of the contract were not released.
West (6’2 – 201) wil l join the Riders after spending his first three seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after signing with the team as a free agent ahead of the 2012 season.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have lost another veteran for the rest of the season.
Former University of Saskatchewan Huskie Levi Steinhauer, who suffered a season-ending torn pectoral injury last year, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
Here is the official word from the Riders:
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today national defensive end Levi Steinhauer has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
Meanwhile, the Green and White added a pair of players yesterday:
Week three in the CFL came to a close last night with a rare Monday nighter. A look back at week three in the CFL. Plus the games that nobody wants, apparently, opened on the weekend.
A look at those as well as random thoughts from the week that was in the world of sports are here in no particular order.
10 – So week three in the Canadian Football League wrapped up with a rare Monday night contest between Calgary and the Argos and by all accounts attendance at McMahnon Stadium seemed alright, albeit on fan appreciation night. It is now going to be interesting to see what the television numbers from the game were. If they are alright it may be the start of Monday night football in Canada, at least until the NFL season begins.
9 – Please note while I think the Monday night idea may be a good one especially in Toronto and B.C. I don’t think it will work in Regina as too many fans traveling into a game wouldn’t make the journey on a weekday and the Riders know it. That’s why they were 100% against Thursday night football games at Mosaic Stadium.
Another tough one for the Saskatchewan Roughriders who drop to 0-3 on the season after an overtime loss in BC on Saturday night. Here’s my running analysis from the contest.
Weston Dressler despite his small stature has started out fearlessly going over the middle against the BC defence.
Riders first offensive possession comes to a close after a failed second and long run by Kevin Glenn. The play would have gone for naught though as the Riders Chris Best was flagged for holding. The second penalty for the Riders in the opening 3 minutes. The first came on the kick-off return.
Perhaps the first mistake of the game. Despite Ray Early’s punt drifting into the end zone the Lions, inexplicably, run the ball out. First and ten inside their own ten for B.C. Can the Riders defence make a statement early?
First BC offensive play is scrubbed by an offensive penalty back the Lions up again. Objectionable conduct is an interesting call and an even less impressive penalty.
After a pair of first downs the BC offence stalls with a dropped pass and the Riders offence can go back to work.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed national linebacker Nathan Kanya while adding international quarterback Keith Price to the practice roster.
Kanya (6’2 – 210) joins the Riders and will enter his fifth CFL season. The UBC product spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with Hamilton Tiger-Cats before joining the Edmonton Eskimos for the next two years. The 27-year-old has collected 42 special teams tackles in 63 regular season games while adding three more in four playoff games.
Price (6’1 – 202) re-joins the Riders after originally signing with the team in September, 2014 appearing in four regular season games as a backup. The 24-year-old California native had spent the previous four seasons as quarterback of the University of Washington Huskies.