This Week in The Hockey News magazine: March 9, 2015
Posted on 10 February 2015 | 7:15 pm
FOOTBALL IS BACK!!!
The Saskatchewan Roughrider 2015 Rookie Camp schedule has been released. On field workouts on Wednesday and Thursday at Mosaic Stadium are open to the public! All times are approximate and subject to change.
Posted on 27 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
Posted on 27 May 2015 | 5:55 am
Masters champ Spieth eyes Texas title
Masters champion Jordan Spieth will get another chance to give home fans the victory they're longing to see when he tees it up at the Byron Nelson Championship this week. The 21-year-old from Dallas finished tied for second on Sunday at Colonial in nearby Fort Worth. Spieth entered the final round five shots behind leader Kevin Na, but stormed into contention with four birdies in his first six holes before settling for his share of second behind Chris Kirk.
Posted on 27 May 2015 | 10:44 pm
Swiss police arrest 6 soccer officials at request of U.S. authorities ahead of FIFA congress
Posted on 27 May 2015 | 5:42 am
Titans sign former Bill, S Searcy
Posted on 11 March 2015 | 9:12 pm
G47: Red Sox at Twins, 1 PM
Red Sox -Rick Porcello / Phil Hughes
Pedroia, 2BNews: Eduardo Rodriguez will be called up from Pawtucket and make his major league debut starting against the Rangers in Arlington tomorrow night.
Posted on 27 May 2015 | 5:04 pm
Riders Inducting Two More in 2015 To Plaza of Honor
- Born in Moose Jaw, SK in 1978
- Played nine seasons in the CFL – all with the Roughriders
- Played his college football at the University of North Dakota
- Originally selected in the 1st round (1st overall) of the 2001 Canadian Draft
- Played 128 regular season games
- Played in 11 playoff games
- Won the Grey Cup with Saskatchewan in 2007
- Named the Riders Most Outstanding Canadian in 2005 and 2006
- Finished his CFL career with 168 defensive tackles, nine tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.
- Sits sixth all-time in franchise quarterback sacks with 35.
- Was known for the “Moose Jaw Stomp” sack dance
- Born in Waycross, GA in 1960
- Played seven CFL seasons; five with the Roughriders
- Played collegiately at Tulane University
- Was acquired from Ottawa on June 21, 1986
- Played 70 career regular seasons games … 54 with the Riders
- Played in four playoff games … three with the Riders
- Won the Grey Cup with Saskatchewan in 1989
- Was named a West Division All-Star in 1989
- Was named a CFL All-Star in 1989
- Finished his Rider career with 519 carries and six rushing touchdowns. Currently sits seventh on the franchise all-time rushing list with 2,898 yards.
- Had 171 receptions for 1,538 yards and seven touchdowns.
- Also added 81 kickoff returns for 1,829 yards putting him in ninth all-time.
Posted on 26 May 2015 | 6:50 pm
Video Game Review: Life is Strange, Episode 3
Posted on 25 May 2015 | 8:14 pm
Monday Morning Sentimonies: So Close You Can Smell It
But hope is on the horizon as training camp officially opens on Sunday May 31. Hooray!! In a somewhat odd case of corporate sponsorship, camp this year is being presented by Coors Light. Not sure about an event dedicated to physical performance and fitness being sponsored by beer. If Coors was really serious about this they would offer a training camp for fans where we could get our livers back shape for the season. Now that would be smart marketing. In fact the idea is so good, I might have to steal it for myself. Patent Pending!
If you are as football starved as me, you have been and will continue to read pretty much any Rider news you can get your hands on. If you are as football starved as me you have also pondered ways to create a fantasy football league based on your kids' flag football league... but I digress. In the coming days, you are likely to read a lot about "training camp battles to watch". Today I will be writing about things to watch in camp but rather than rehashing the obvious (i.e. Watman vs. Clark at centre, outside LB, Durant's arm). Today I want to focus on five not so obvious things to keep an eye on when camp opens on Sunday.
1. Back-Up O-Line
Our starting 5 is set: Fulton and Adcock at tackle, Labatte and Best at guard, the winner of Watman/Clark at centre (I am pulling for Watman because if he doesn't win then using the 4th overall pick on him in 2013 will have been a huge waste). For me the more interesting thing is the back-ups. Whoever loses the centre battle will likely be the 6th OL but my question is, who fills in at tackle if someone gets hurt? No one jumps out as me as the logical fill in. Unless the plan is to insert Hugh O'Neil and hope would-be pass rushers get lost in his beard. We will also need at least 1 of Vonk, Patterson Hart and Hinse to be a viable depth option.
2. Can Taman recruit a reciever?
Ernie Wheelright, Terrence Nunn, Eron Riley, Chaz Schillens, Sinorice Moss... I could go on but this gives you a taste of the "quality" of receivers Taman has managed to bring to Saskatchewan in his tenure. It would be nice if he could find one, just one decent import receiver. Okay, let me clarify... just one decent import receiver without a series of legal distractions. Hopes are high with the likes of Namaan Roosevelt and Greg Hardin (who I'm desperately trying to avoid hyping as that is akin to the kiss of death for Rider prospects). We have an opening among our starting 5 receivers so now would be the perfect time for Taman to deliver.
3. Where do they fit?
Brackenridge, Brown, MacDougall and Harris will most likely be starters on D... as for what spots I have no clue. All signs point to Brack staying at safety (which I like) and auditioning MacDougall at linebacker (in a Butler-type role). Brown and Harris can play LB, halfback or out on the corner. While I expect a lot of moving around in the Chamblin/Quick defense but I'm really curious to see where everyone's "home" position is.
4. The Ratio
We need to start 7 Canadians. Five of those will come on offense (3 interior OL, 2 receivers) that much is pretty solidified. We also know that 2 starters will be on defense. Emry for sure at MLB and likely MacDougall at OLB. But we don't really have much depth behind Emry. Gesse has the size but in 4 years has yet to prove he's anything more than a special teams guy. So that makes me wonder whether we will just cross our fingers and hope Emry stays healthy or whether we start 8 Canadians by starting Rory Connop at defensive tackle. That would give us a lot of flexibility but given that we already have a proven DT in Derrick Walker its a risky plan. We may even start a Cdn DT and then use MacDougall as a rotation guy instead of a full-time starter. I'm hoping training camp will help start to clear up exactly what the plan is.
5. Rotational Defensive End
Chick and Hall will be manning the edges on our D-line and amassing many a sack in process. But they will need to take a play off every now and again and at this point I have not clue who we would rotate in. I'm hoping we sign a couple more d-lineman because by default it looks like it might be Markus White by virtue of him being the only other import DE. The other option is to have a Cdn back-up and go with Ainsworth or Steinhauer. That would fit in nicely if starting a Cdn DT was the plan.
Honestly at the end of the day, I just happy to have football back.
Posted on 25 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
Fucale, Remparts can send Rimouski home: the coast-to-coast
Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...
Josh Morrissey's summation of Kelowna being held to a singleton by Oshawa: "They did a good job of boxing us out. I think from our side we've got to want to get in there a little more. I think you saw that in the later parts of the second and the third but you can't expect to play 30 minutes at this time of year and expect to come away with a win." (Kelowna Capital News)
There is no pressure on new Kootenay Ice coach Luke Pierce. He just has to extend the club's skein of seasons above .500 (16 seasons) and playoff appearances (17) without Sam Reinhart and Tim Bozon, among others. (Cranbrook Daily Townsman)
Indeed, Kelowna could finish second with a 1-2 record. And they're not even in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. (Castanet)
Today's should-read: Cody Nickolet's detailed draft ranking of Western League players. (WHL From Above)
Brandon's Ryan Pilon was enconsced in NHL draft hype very early. (Mile High Sticking)
Didn't someone say Montreal Canadiens first-rounder Michael McCarron would need a year to adjust from the U.S. national team development program to the OHL? (Le Soleil)
Generals goalie Ken Appleby continued his pattern of rarely having two meh games in a row. (Soo Today)
Promising forwards Owen Tippett and Michael McLeod together in Mississauga: can't wait to see that. (Mississauga News)
New Peterborough Petes assistant coach Jake Grimes, on the switch from Belleville: "Part of the pain of the franchise leaving is I'm a 14 year alumnus of the Belleville Bulls which no longer exists. It's easy to dwell on that but it's a lot better to think of what kind of family I'm joining." (Peterborough Examiner)
Who knows what wacky adventures await the Niagara IceDogs in Year 2 of their Meridian Centre era. (IceDogs This Week)
"I'll take Things That Have To Do With Connor McDavid for $200, Alex." Attendance likely won't come close to matching the 2003 Cup in Quebec City. (London Free Press)
As if Zach Fucale will let his team lose three elimination games to the same guys. Two, maybe. (Le Journal de Quebec)
The Quebec Remparts are highly motivated to oust Rimouski. (Le Soleil)
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Posted on 27 May 2015 | 3:26 pm
The NHL has reached the Conference Championships in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Posted on 17 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
Josh Donaldson hits three-run walkoff homer to give Blue Jays wild 10-9 win
Posted on 27 May 2015 | 6:51 am
DAY 1 RIDER ROOKIE CAMP NOTES
Some quick thoughts from Day 1 of 2015 Roughrider Rookie Camp at Mosaic Stadium on Wednesday. More coming up on the SportsCage today on 620 CKRM:
- First and foremost, rosters weren't provided so that made things a crapshoot. Someone said there were 44 players on hand so we'll go with that.
- The two QB's in helmets were Brett Smith (Wyoming) and Noah Picton (Regina). Smith showed that he's got some pro experience - with the Argos last year and the Riders' Florida minicamp - and he had a burst when he rolled out. He's got an arm, but Noah's is deceptively strong.
- Tino Sunseri watched in a t-shirt and shorts. Darian Durant and Kevin Glenn are here, but didn't come onto the field.
- Noah had to handle some bad snaps and said he didn't know who the centres even were. On one, he found an open Nic Demski as a safety outlet. Picton said there was no way to prepare for the increase in speed of the defenders but figures he'll get used to it. He's already taken more snaps than I thought he would and Coach Chamblin advised me to make sure I got a photo.
- Rider GM Brendan Taman said, if he had to pick one rookie standout, it would be first round pick REC Nic Demski (pictured above). Demski was sensational making acrobatic grabs and holding on field goals.
- When pressed, Taman said he predicts a 12-6 record for his club this year.
- There will be at least one opening on the roster at the receiver position. Taman reported veteran Chaz Schilens has informed the club he plans to retire. The 7-year NFL veteran saw spot duty with the Riders in 2014.
- There were two kickers attempting three-pointers including the one from the U of S. There will be big competition there but the Riders have confidence in veteran Chris Milo. Now it's up to him to show it.
- So now we know by some point this year the Riders could have a starting Canadian nose tackle on defense. The rookies who play that position, including Rory Connop, are salivating at the golden opportunity. Maybe by Labour Day, we'll have a Keith Shologan-type of player in there.
- Rory Connop is big, but not as freakishly-so as has been portrayed.
- RB Melvin Abankwah from St. Mary's says he's sorry for using PED's and promised it won't happen again. He had the lecture from Ass't GM Jeremy O'Day this morning.
- #10 got the work at tailback and I can only assume it's incumbent Steven Miller.
That good for now?
Posted on 27 May 2015 | 9:44 pm
Bears chairman George McCaskey addresses Ray McDonald situation (Yahoo Sports)
When you sign a player with off-field red flags, publicly rationalize the move with bad logic and then the player gets in trouble, you end up in a mea culpa press conference to explain what went wrong. Will the Chicago Bears, and specifically chairman George McCaskey, learn anything from the Ray McDonald situation? Maybe. McCaskey certainly spoke like he would, two days after the Bears cut McDonald following an arrest over a domestic violence allegation. But, many executives talk like character matters, until they need a pass rusher or red-zone threat. “I’ve asked myself that question a lot: ‘What more could I have done? Is there somebody else we could have consulted with? Should I have taken more time to make a decision?’" McCaskey said on Wednesday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley . "I don’t know. We thought we had a good structure, a good support system. We thought we had safeguards in place in case something like this happened.” The Bears heard what they wanted to hear as they debated whether to sign McDonald, which every team does when it justifies signing someone with off-field issues. The Bears tried to sell the public on bad reasoning, like how McDonald impressed them by buying his own plane ticket for a meeting, and that they talked to McDonald's parents and they vouched for him. It's always tough to tell if a team is trying to fool its fans or themselves in these situations. Either way, it turned out bad, and ended shortly after McDonald was arrested on Monday morning. The previous statements on why it was OK to sign McDonald probably made the situation worse. But it's not like the Bears haven't acquired someone with serious red flags before . This wasn't some first-time experiment. It's hard to imagine it's the last time they acquire someone whose off-field record isn't clean, either. But, after this public shaming, it might be a while until they try again. “The overriding emotion for me was sadness," McCaskey said, via Finley. "Sadness for the child, for the child’s mother and for the entire situation. Domestic violence is a vexing social problem. The NFL has had some high-profile cases, including this one. “And the NFL — because it’s a leader in society — is called upon to take action, which we are doing. We’re not going to do it by ourselves but I think we have an opportunity to make an impact.” Whether the NFL is really a "leader in society," rather than a football business, can be debated. But the Bears wanted to move on quickly from this embarrassment. McCaskey said that he wasn't even consulted on Monday when the Bears cut McDonald because " They knew what needed to be done and did it." He detailed some other regrets. But it really just came down to McCaskey admitting a mistake for approving McDonald's signing, after general manager Ryan Pace asked for permission. "As a I said, we had safeguards in place," McCaskey said, according to the Sun-Times. "(General manager) Ryan (Pace) came to me for permission. So we have the reinforcement of that process. I just need to make a better decision.” - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
Posted on 27 May 2015 | 7:22 pm
Changes At Rogers Sportsnet Fan 590
Posted on 26 May 2015 | 5:08 pm