The Last Top 10 For September

Another Tuesday is here and here is a smattering of my thoughts from the last seven days in the world of sports. From the Huskies to Riders, Blades to Jays they all make an appearance in this week’s top ten.
In no particular order:

10 – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies showed what momentum and confidence. The Dogs played their best game of the season, thus far, scoring a big win in Vancouver over the sixth ranked team in the nation the UBC Thunderbirds. Despite having six different starters on defence from week one the Huskies played a dominant 60 minutes. Never out of control the team made plays when opportunity presented itself and proved that they are a team to be reckoned with.

9 – One thing I have learned covering sports teams is that surrounding yourself with winners is a huge intangible. For example, linebacker Justin Filteau, who drew into the starting line-up last week, has won at every level of football he has played not to mention his prowess on the judo mat. That ability to win culminated in him being the Canada West Defensive Player of the week.

8 – Speaking of learning to win that is one thing the Saskatchewan Roughriders have not mastered. Despite their win over Montreal on the weekend the Green and White were never able to put their opponents away. That is learning how to win.

7 – One more on the Riders and I was called out for making the statement that there are a lot of delusional Rider Fans. I’m sorry the team is not going to make the play-offs but the reality is the team has to evaluate what they have on the roster and start to build not for next season but more importantly for 2017 in the new Rider stadium.

6 – Last one on the Riders and it was a pleasant surprise to see Saskatchewan have a good day defensively. That being said they were up against a weak Montreal offense that is struggling to find an identity. None the less it was a building block.

5 – To hockey and good on the Edmonton Oilers. The Oil dressed phenom Connor McDavid in their pre-season contest at Sasktel Centre last weekend. If I were a betting man I would have bet against that ever happening. McDavid is who the Oiler fans in the Bridge City wanted to see and Edmonton delivered. That’s called gorwing your brand and I am sure that good will, will pay off for the Oil down the road.

4 – To the big smoke and Blue Jays Fever is sweeping Toronto and the nation. I will admit for the first time I believe that the Jays have a shot not only at the AL Championship but also the World Series. The Jays are finding ways to win which I wasn’t sure that they were going to be able to do. They still need a lot of things to go right in the post season but it sure is exciting.

3 – Back in the Bridge City and the NLL’s Saskatchewan Rush season tickets went on sale to pthe public last week. By all accounts there is a lot of support for the city’s only professional sports team. You know that there are perspective AHL owners looking on with great anticipation so it will be interesting to see what attendance settles in at.

2 – Speaking of waiting and seeing that’s the feeling that I get regarding this year’s edition of the Saskatoon Blades. While I haven’t had a chance to catch a game this season initial returns are that they club is going to be fast and exciting and may be poised to pushed for a play-off spot.

1 – Not sure that they jury is out on 3-on-3 as fans seem to enjoy the fast and furious action that the new format is creating. That being said the NHL and WHL aren’t worried about what the fans want as the majority to me seem to like the shootout. However, what has to be done away with are the loser points for the shootout or overtime loss. The time has come for 3-points for a regulation win, two for an overtime-shootout win and nothing for a loss of any type.