Top Ten Tuesday: January 20

First off thank-you for the many shares, likes and comments on my thought’s around the Weyburn Red Wings on Friday. Great to see the community rally around the team with a great crowd on the weekend.

It should be pointed out that the plight of the Red Wings is not an isolated situation as an informal survey around junior hockey in Western Canada shows that other teams are similar if not more dire circumstances.

Definitely something to consider when making choices for your entertainment dollar!

Anyways, we move on this Tuesday morning with my 10 random thoughts from the week that was in the world of sports.

10 – On The Wings of A Seahawk! How about the finish in Seattle with the Seahawks stealing a win away from Green Bay on the weekend? If you would have told me that punter, and Regina native Jon Ryan would have had a better passer rating than Russel Wilson and the Seahawks would still win I would ask for a blood alcohol content reading. Wow! It is going to be an interesting Superbowl when they come up against the Patroits.

9 – Working Overtime in The NFL! The extra-time ending in Seattle was dramatic on the weekend but was it fair? The NFL’s overtime format is flawed! Seattle won fair and square with a touchdown in their first possession of overtime but by not allowing Aaron Rogers and the Green Bay offence an opportunity on the field in the extra session seems ridiculous. While the CFL’s OT format isn’t perfect it at least gives both teams a chance at victory and doesn’t have the game come down to a coin toss.

8 – Under the radar… The Saskatchewan Roughriders were able to re-sign another pending free-agent last week in defensive back/linebacker Weldon Brown. Some analysts have raised their eyebrows at the signing pointing to a drop in his statistics from 2013. Yes his numbers were down in 2014 in part because of an outstanding 2013 campaign. However, I think that opposition offences were scheming away from him last year. Couple that with the time that the entire defence was on the field after Darian Durant’s injury and I think everyone suffered.

7 – Stamps with a new postal code… Well if you tuned in at any point this past season to the View From the Sidelines it is very apparent to all observers that Fred Stamps was going to be on his way out of Edmonton but his reliability and new address were always points of contention. The move to Montreal I think will do him well and the Eskimos return on the former 1,000-yard receiver was very good. The one question I have is where is Ottawa. The REDBLACKS are desperate for pass catchers and I can’t for the life of me figure out why they couldn’t come to the table with a package of prospects or draft picks.

6 – Als well.. The other news out of Montreal this week is the hiring of Kavis Reed as the teams Special Teams Coordinator. Coach Reed will inject some life into Monteal’s “Teams” not to mention he will bring some great insight for Tom Higgins and his coaching staff.

5 – Only the fans were shutout…. Add another loss to the Leafs column last night. The team’s predictable collapse out of a play-off spot has Leafs Nation ticked. More jerseys rained down from the rafters as Toronto dropped its fifth straight. I think it’s time to blow it up and begin a long rebuild in the Big Smoke. From a Leafs’ perspective here’s hoping it won’t be as long as the Oilers rebuild has been.

4 – Quick Question… In watching the sports networks over the weekend I was lead to believe that I care about the Toronto Raptors and MLS soccer. I’m not sure that I do. Should I?

3 – I like it! Took in the Blades/Kootenay game on Saturday night at Sasktel Centre and talk about a thrilling win at home as Saskatoon scored the winner with just 10.8 seconds left. There is a little bit of buzz about this group of youngsters that seem to be able to adapt their play to counter what the opposition throws at them. There still will be some growing painsas you can still see the inexperienced “deer in the headlights” look from time to time but the opposition will definitely not look past the Bridge City Bunch any longer.

2 – There is a but… The only drawback Saturday was the number of empty seats. Most are in the middle of the rink in the bottom bowl which I presume means that they are paid for unfortunately, the best seats in the house are empty which takes away some of the atmosphere.

1- On The Pebbled Freeze… Interesting notes from the world of curling… Michelle Englot is throwing all her brooms in for a provincial title this year. She’s hired retired men’s great and TSN analyst Russ Howard to help her to the top of the women’s game this weekend in Assiniboia. Meanwhile at the men’s tankard next month Bruce Korte won’t be there. The perennial powerhouse and fan favorite was eliminated at the northerns over the weekend.