Springing Into A Friday With Some of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat

Some random thoughts on this Friday morning to provide you with a little of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat!

Start with great news from the family of Tim Bozon. While the Kootenay Ice forward is a long ways from being out of the woods in his battle with meningitis, the news that he is making improvements is definitely a great sign.

Staying with great health news and word that Rich Peverley is going to be alright after collapsing on the bench with Cardiac Arrest in Dallas earlier this week is good to hear. The medical professionals are rightly getting their due and more. However, their comments regarding how he decided to put off treating his heart arrhythmia because he was joining a new team with a new coach and GM and new contract gives you a small glimpse into the head of a professional athlete and their livelihood.

More hockey, and the Vancouver Canucks appear to be sinking and sinking fast. The GM’s track record isn’t looking that good while the coach hasn’t been able to steer the ship clear of turmoil. You pick who is to blame but one thing that is for sure is that status quo will not work in Van City.

Closer to home and the Star Phoenix’s Daniel Nugent-Bowman had the courage to ask about the future of Saskatoon Blades Head Coach Dave Struch. In my opinion the work ethic and passion that the rookie Head Coach has brought to the team has been reassuring. Will that be enough to keep his job? It should be but it may not be. The Priestner’s inherited the hockey operations staff when they officially bought the club in August. Therefore their desire to hire their “own people” may be what makes changes come in the off season.

To Riderville and talk about a good deal! The Saskatchewan Roughriders made a big commitment to Head Coach Corey Chamblin signing him to a deal through the 2017 season. In turn Coach C has made a commitment to the Green and White with the deal that will see him turn 40 and not take a shot south of the border prior to then.

More CFL and there seems to be a lot of speculation that the season may start late due to labour unrest. Yes the CFL and CFLPA are a long ways apart in making a deal. However, both have to know the importance of getting the season going on time with a new franchise in Ottawa, new stadium in Hamilton and new TV deal with TSN that will have them focusing on the league like never before after their were shutout of NHL rights. That’s why I say there may be a small delay to the start of training camp but both sides will come together and get a deal done with no games missed.

On a different field the Toronto Blue Jays lost out on pitcher Ervin Santana. Last weekend, it seemed as though Santana would sign with the Blue Birds, however, good on his part to find a deal and a fit with Atlanta using as much leverage as he could to sign a one-year $14-million contract. It does prove the theory of Jays GM Alex Anthopolis that trading is a better way to bolster your roster than free-agency, however, he needs to get on his horse and find a starter or two to bolster his rotation or it will be a long summer in the Big Smoke.

Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year Milos Raonic scored a big win over Andy Murray at an ATP event this week but then dropped a semi-final to a lesser light failing to make the final. I respect his abilities as an athlete but if he weren’t from Ontario would he still get the same amount of coverage and consideration? Imagine if Graham DeLaet were from Kingston. Maybe then he would get his just due.

Back in Toon Town I admire the efforts of the University Cup organizing committee. They are challenged with the task of promoting an event with a weak host team that lost out early in the post season. (Sound familiar)They are going above and beyond in attempting to get seats filled next week at Credit Union Centre. If those initiatives don’t pan out it could be an awful long time before any form of national championship returns to the city.

That’s it for today! Enjoy the weekend!

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