Top 10 Tuesday: An Apology? Hope For the Huskies? The Meaning of Marketing?

A number of questions have cropped up in the week that was in the world of sports. Here’s an attempt to answer some of those questions as well as some observations from the last seven days in the world of sports, in no particular order.

10 – Instant Thriller: Well if you told me at halftime on Friday night at Mosaic Stadium that the University of Saskatchewan Huskies would be heading to the post season for a 15th consecutive season I would have called your bluff. The Dogs, trailing 23 points in the third quarter, pulled off the Miracle a Mosaic chipping away at the winless Rams lead and never saying die. The difference in the ball game was not only that determination and belief by the Dogs but also the change in mentality of the Rams. Instead of playing to win the ball game, Regina played not to lose. Huge difference in philosophy and mind set.

9 – So should I issue an apology to the officials? If you tuned into the broadcast there were a few times that I was critical of the officiating. With that being said I pride myself in trying to remain neutral and offering the benefit of the doubt to officials of all stripes. With that being said, late in the opening half Regina scored a disputed touchdown to extend their lead and seemingly stomp on the Huskies Hopes. The play unfolded, as I saw it, with the Rams snapping the ball prior to play being whistled in. When that whistle sounded the Dogs stopped allowing a Regina receiver to end up wide open in the end zone to haul in a Noah Picton. UPON FURTHER REVIEW, the confusion in the play came with the Regina receivers approaching the line of scrimmage prior to the play being blown in from the official. The film then shows the snap of the ball either simultaneously with the whistle if not a hair after. With that being said nine-out-of-ten times the play would be stopped. Not in the case! Apology pending… lol.

8 – With all of the above said the extraordinary effort of the Huskies should not be overlooked. Two great offensive play calls; a screen to Andre Lalonde and a swing pass to Mitch Hillis were momentum changers and sparked the offence and the entire team.

7 – So is there hope for the Huskies? The Dogs qualifying for the post season comes at a cost. A first round meeting with the top team in the nation in the Calgary Dinos! That being said there are a number of points that could fall in the favour of the Huskies. Additionally, 99.9% of observers are saying that that the Canada West Championship will go through Calgary anyways so you may as well take your shot early while you are at your healthiest.

6- One more on the DInos; Listening to the webcast out of Alberta on the weekend the words, “over-confident,” and “classless,” were thrown out regarding the Dinos and their celebrations, “chatting” with the fans and trash talking after the whistle. To steal a quote from Rod Pedersen, “if you don’t like it, stop it!”

5 – Staying with football and the Saskatoon Hilltops are set to take another run at the Canadian Bowl on Saturday when they host the Okanagan Sun. It will be the first Canadian Championship at Saskatoon Minor Football Field. The weather looks like it will be spectacular for early November which will hopefully lead to a big crowd taking the game. With that being said, I am sure there is a small piece of the Toppers that I am sure would love a cool and borderline ugly afternoon to welcome the Sun from Kelowna.

4 – To the CFL and great news for Saskatchewan Roughrider fans yesterday. Quarterback Darian Durant went in front of the microphones and announced that his recovery is ahead of schedule and he will be “better than ever,” come training camp. The timing of the announcement is coming under scrutiny as the Riders season ticket renewal campaign has launched after a disappointing effort in Calgary on the weekend. I say that’s marketing genius, which is why the Riders are one of the top brands in the nation.

3 – One more from the CFL and the feud is on between the Hamilton Tiger Cats and Ottawa REDBLACKS. Simone Larence’s hit on quarterback Henry Burris in my opinion was a dirty one. Let’s face it everyone knows that Hank’s knee is compromised and when you have teams meeting in back to back weeks with play-off positioning on the line the optics are horrible. We shall if the CFL cracks down.

2 – On a different field, the Toronto Blue Jays are moving in a new direction naming a new President and not coming to a contract extension with Alex Anthopolis. That being said change may be good as the Jays are at least two starting pitchers and a bullpen away from being legitimate post season contenders.

1 – With that being said what is the top priority of the Jays? I can’t believe that it was re-signing manager John Gibbons. His mismanagement of the bullpen in the play-offs was baffling. That being said the Jays have exclusive negotiating rights with David Price and Marco Estrada at the moment and giving them a competitive offer would be tops on my list.