Top Ten Tuesday: After A Historical Monday:

Another busy week in the world of sports in Saskatoon here are my top ten thoughts in no particular order including;  A big tip of the helmet to the Football Saskatchewan grid iron crew. Plus a questionable golden goal.

Here we go!

10 – For the first time since the three game-Senior Bowl format was introduced the North topped the South in all three inter-provincial games at Saskatoon Minor Football Field yesterday. In the Six-Man game the North topped the South 22-8. Meantime in 9 man action it was the North downing the South 47-13 while in the 12-man Ed Henick Bowl game the North topped the South 53-29. The three games were all held at Saskatoon Minor Football Field and featured the top seniors in the province.

9 – Congrats to the Football Saskatchewan for making the weekend a must attend event for all players and fans alike. The backdrop of SMF Field was spectacular and the athletes did not disappoint.

8 – One more on football and Saskatoon Minor Football Field has become the crown jewel of football in ToonTown. The Field’s use is spectacular with all types of programs from Rush Girls Flag Football to the U16 and U18 Academies to the Tikes on Spikes program. Those with the vision to make the facility into what it has become deserve a big pat on the back.

7 – To a different green and the Saskatchewan Rush are doing it right on and off the field. The Rush defended their NLL Western Conference Championship on Saturday night completing the sweep of the Calgary Roughnecks. Off the field the game was once again the biggest attendance for any sporting event at Sasktel Centre with just over 15,100 fans in the building, which certainly says a lot. There were some skeptics openly questioning how the team would draw on the May long weekend (yes, that would be me) BUT I am glad to say that I was wrong.

6 – To the ice and quick can you name the final four in the Stanley Cup play-offs? Just checking as the NHL is being buried in our country.

5 – One on the events burying the Stanley Cup Play-offs was the World Championship that was held in Russia and saw Canada win gold for a second straight year. In a lot of ways this tournament is ho-hum for many (me included) as it truly isn’t a best-on-best tournament. That being said with TSN holding the Hockey Canada rights, and being their only relationship to broadcasting live hockey games, the hype machine for the tournament will be on MAX for the foreseeable future.

4 – The golden goal? Connor McDavid’s goal would stand up to be the winner for Canada in their 2-nothing victory over Finland in the winning game and a number of media types are anointing the tally as a Golden Goal. Come on! Puh-leas! Yes it was a game winning goal but in no way shape or form was the goal as monumental in Canadian Hockey history as Sydney Crosby in 2010 in Vancouver or Paul Henderson’s strike in the 72 Summit Series. See the aforementioned comment regarding the hype machine as to why the goal is being called golden.

3 – More hockey, and the London Knights appear to be invincible at the Memorial Cup in Red Deer after two blow-out wins. Firstly it’s hard to fathom that the event was in Saskatoon just three years ago. Secondly, it is interesting reading and hearing reports from those “in the know” who feel that London’s Mitch Marner, a Toronto first round draft pick, won’t be a hit in the NHL. Yes he only lead the OHL in play-off scoring in a big way putting up points like Connor McDavid and only has nine points in two games at the Memorial Cup. Yikes, I’m sure there are 20+ teams that would love to have him if the Leafs and their media experts don’t.

2 – Staying in the arena and are you behind the Raptors now? I was speaking with a retailer and he commented that jerseys are flying off the shelf and he couldn’t believe the surge in popularity. I asked the demographics that are making those purchases and his comment was older than you think.

1 – Finally a quick note on the Toronto Blue Jays and the club is pounding their chest that they took three of four games from the (11-win) Minnesota Twins. The weekend, though, saw manager John Gibbons ejected again. Josh Donaldson in the midst of more bad blood with another team after needlessly mixing it up with the Twins. Additionally, the Jays in a desperation move slotted Jose Bautista in at the lead-off spot. This turmoil and the view from the outside that the inmates are running the asylum doesn’t give me a lot of confidence in the Blue Birds.

BONUS: Congrats to my buddy Ryley Shneider in his AGI Insurance, Burko Electric Bandalero. He took his first wins over the weekend in the Banderlo Division. A full recap of the weekend racing action is below.