Thursday, March 26, 2015

Locker Talk Lineup for March 24

Okay, I'm really late in getting this posted this week - sorry!  Anyway, here's the lineup for this week's show. It aired Tuesday night and repeats Saturday at noon. As always, it will be available via On Demand for Access customers as well.


Locker Talk Guests for March 24/15
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair


1.  A post mortem on the 2014-15 season for the University of Regina wrestling team. Guests: Indyhra Linares (Canada West silver medalist – 59kg) & Jacob Luczak (CIS bronze medalist – 100kg).

2.   The O’Neill Titans celebrate back-to-back city and provincial boys and girls team wrestling championships. Guest: Cassy Davis (Wrestler – city champion 60kg).

3.   A post mortem on the 2014-15 season for the University of Regina track and field team. Guest: Tevaughn Campbell (Cougars sprinter).

4.   A post mortem on the 2014-15 season for the Regina Rebels female midget AAA hockey club. Guests: Santana Gravelle & Zoe Istace (Rebels players).

5.   The Blair Necessities.  Mitch’s weekly sports commentary.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Locker Talk Lineup for March 10

Another dandy collection of guests on this week's show! Here's the lineup. As per usual, the show airs tonight at 9 pm and Saturday at noon. This week's show will also be aired next week at the same times. Only on Access 7 in Regina!

Locker Talk Guests for March 10/15
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair


1. A post mortem on the 2014-15 season for the University of Regina women’s basketball team. Guest: Dave Taylor (Head Coach).

2. Registration opens soon for the 2015 Credit Union Queen City Marathon. Guest: Shawn Weimer (Race Director).

3. A preview of the 2015 Battle of the Prairies amateur boxing event on April 24th. Guest: Frank Fiacco (Lonsdale Boxing Club President). 

4. Locker Talk Fitness File. For March. With hosts Daniel Ince and Michelle Espino (Driven Lifestyle Group).

5. The Regina Thunder is preparing for another run at a national junior football championship in 2015. Guests: Scott MacAulay (Head Coach) & Kris Calcutt (Thunder rookie receiver).

6. A look back at the tenure of the first President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Guest: Jim Hopson (Rider CEO – retired).

7. A preview of Unbreakable, the March card (and Access 7 TV taping) put on by High Impact Wrestling in Regina this Friday night. Guests: Mike McSugar &Michael Allen Richard Clark (Wrestlers).

8. The Blair Necessities. Mitch’s weekly sports commentary.

 

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Locker Talk Lineup for March 3

Here's the lineup for this week's show. It aired last night and will repeat on Access 7 in Regina at noon on Saturday. It'll also be available On Demand later this week. So...have fun with it!


Locker Talk Guests for March 3/15
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair
 
1.   Registration is open for the 2015 Baseball Regina season. Guest: Leo MacDonald (Baseball Regina Board Member).

2.   A post mortem on the 2014-15 season for the University of Regina women’s hockey team. Guest: Triston Riemer (Cougars captain – graduating).

3.   Access 7 Sports Plays of the Month. For January.

4.   A preview of the 2015 Don Narcisse All-Star Football Camp. Guest: Don Narcisse (Camp Director – Rider legend).

5.   Local athletes are getting ready for the 2015 outdoor track and field season. Guest: Carla Nicholls (Excel Athletika Head Coach).

6.   The Blair Necessities.  Mitch’s weekly sports commentary.



Friday, February 27, 2015

Locker Talk Lineup for February 24

Here's the lineup for this week's show. It aired Tuesday night at 9:00, and hits the Access 7 airwaves again Saturday at noon.


Locker Talk Guests for February 24/15
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair


1.   The Leboldus Golden Suns celebrate their first-ever Luther Invitational high school basketball tournament victory, and set their sights on a second straight city and provincial senior boys title. Guests: Chan DeCiman & Carter Millar (Golden Suns players).

2.   Saskatchewan finishes fourth at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts national women’s curling championship. Guest: Stephanie Schmidt (Team Saskatchewan).

3.   A Regina rink captures the Saskatchewan senior men’s curling championship. Guests: Glen Despins & Brad Law. (Team Saskatchewan curlers).

4.   The Film Room. Locker Talk sports movie reviewer Carlo Palazzo offers his thoughts on another cinematic classic. This time: Miracle.

5.   A post mortem on the 2014/15 season for the University of Regina men’s hockey team team. Guest: Todd Johnson (Head Coach).

6.   A post mortem on the 2014/15 season for the University of Regina men’s basketball team. Guest: Steve Burrows (Head Coach).

7.   The Blair Necessities.  Mitch’s weekly sports commentary.



Locker Talk Commentary for February 17

With Mitch/Scruffy away for a couple of weeks, I got to dust off my commentary/editorial skills. Here's the text of the one that aired on the 17th.




You may not have heard, but the past and the future have been butting heads – not unlike what Rams do in the animal kingdom – over the current state of the University of Regina Rams. Many alumni members of that fine organization – dating back to when the Rams ran roughshod over other junior football teams before graduating to university action in 1999 – are up in arms these days.  They’re angry at the slights – real and perceived – they’re suffering from the current board and the people that run the athletics department at the University of Regina.

It all came to a head recently when long-time head coach Frank McCrystal and his top assistant Bernie Schmidt left – or were shown the door, depending on who you ask. As always, the truth likely lies somewhere in between. Well, that didn’t sit well with the old boys club. Frankly, if you’ll pardon the unintentional pun, they liked things the way they were…the Ram way.

Which, I’ll grant you, worked just fine when the team was the cream of the crop in junior football. But, answer me this – and be honest – how’s that been working out for the Rams lately? Aside from that one run to the Vanier Cup in 2000 – with a roster full of 25-something men – have the Rams been a legitimate championship contender since moving to university football? Really? Seriously?

No, they haven’t. It was time for a change. It was time for a new way of thinking, with a new way of doing things. I don’t know if new head coach Mike Gibson is the man to lead the Rams to the CIS Promised Land, but why not give the man a chance?

Could the transfer of power from McCrystal and Schmidt have been handled better by the University? Absolutely. Was it necessary? I think so.  Remember: What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The Ram way was great, IN ITS DAY.  But make no mistake, this is not your daddy’s junior football team anymore.

So, I’m sorry to those members of the alumni – many of whom I respect a great deal as football men, and as human beings – that are feeling slighted these days. I hope that the relationship can be repaired – and I acknowledge it’s going to take some time – for the benefit of both sides, and for the benefit of the rest of us who would love to have a top CIS football program to cheer for every fall. Maybe the new way is in fact the right way to update the Ram way. Whattya say we give it a chance?