Wednesday, December 31, 2008

So long, 2008!

It's time to bid adieu to 2008, and look ahead to '09:

  • The Saskatchewan Roughriders lost their head coach (Kent Austin) last January. However, the 2008 season wasn't lost until Michael Bishop rolled into town.
  • Would Marcus Crandell have flourished with a healthy receiving corps in 2008?
  • Seriously, did anyone think Michael Bishop was the answer? Seriously?
  • Rider slotbacks Jason Clermont and Andy Fantuz will battle for the CFL's Outstanding Canadian award in 2009.
  • The Regina Pats bowed out of the 2008 WHL playoffs with barely a whimper, losing to a much faster squad from Swift Current.
  • This year's edition is faster, but, outside of Jordan Weal, name me one bonafide, honest-to-goodness blue-chip young prospect on the Pats. Okay, I suppose Damien Ketlo would qualify too.
  • I really enjoyed my first taste of coaching minor football in 2008. I'd say the atom Cougars are stuck with me with another year, for better or worse.
  • My kid likes having me as his coach, which is all the endorsement I could ever need.
  • Young Jacob may not be a natural star athlete, but his work ethic is outstanding. Suffice to say I'm proud.
  • I wonder what changes Access will throw at us for SportZone in 2009? I've said it before, but Corey Matthews really is doing a fine job as the full-time co-host.
  • I'd also like to thank the other community co-hosts for their contributions in 2008 - so thanks Tim Hubic, Carlo Palazzo, Alynn Brischuk and Brandon Brooks!
  • Please be safe while ringing in the new year tonight. The fun starts with Canada vs the U.S. at the world junior tournament in Ottawa.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A last-minute list

Thank goodness for email and that new-fangled interweb - I think I can still get my Christmas list to Santa in time for tonight. Here's what I'm hoping the jolly old elf brings:

  • A pink slip for Packers general manager Ted Thompson
  • A professional hockey team in Toronto
  • An end to this cold snap!
  • A goal for Brad, Jacob.
  • A star quarterback for the 2009 atom Cougars
  • An offensive line for that quarterback to play behind
  • Cheese, and lots of it
  • Did I mention I want Ted Thompson gone?
  • My October paycheque from Access! November and December too, please.
  • A hard rock defenceman and a veteran centre for the Regina Pats
  • Maurice Lloyd back in Rider green in 2009
  • A salary cap in major league baseball
  • A consistent backhand in tennis
  • A break from injuries - getting old sucks!
  • A new domed stadium for Regina
  • A new communications gig
  • Halle Berry
  • Another year of smiles and hugs from the munchkin
And if Santa can't fit all that on the sleigh, just send over Halle Berry with a cheese tray. That'll do!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Friday thoughts

A little gray matter shuffling is in order, on the verge of a long weekend:

  • Did everyone in gov't take an EDO today? You could swing a dead cat in here today and not even hit a bureaucrat!
  • My latest term gig runs out at the end of March. Better polish up that resume over the holidays, I suppose.
  • Given recent events, I'd say landing a new gig has become a priority.
  • Mats Sundin is a Vancouver Canuck. First Sundin refuses to waive his no trade clause last year, so the Leafs can't get anything for him. Then he takes half of this season to pick a new team. Swedish drama queen?
  • Or, given his Swedish heritage, more like Dancing Queen?
  • I almost wonder if the Regina Pats wouldn't be better off dealing their most marketable veterans at the WHL trade deadline, in an attempt to stock up for next year. Or are they really only a player or two away from competing with Vancouver and Calgary?
  • Now that Jason Clermont is a Saskatchewan Roughrider, he won't be making his annual appearance on SportZone. It's a Rider/Access thing.
  • Oakland Raiders fans now know what it was like to cheer for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 80's. Just waiting for the crazy old man to die...
  • Wow, I really need to rekindle my Christmas spirit! Thankfully, a weekend with the munchkin will do just that. So, on that note...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Hall joins Evil Empire

It's official. Saskatchewan Roughriders' Defensive Coordinator Richie Hall is the new head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos. Read all about it here.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Monday musings

Maybe thinking can generate some heat:

  • Why yes, it is in fact cold enough for me. Thanks for asking.
  • Congrats to Jordan Eberle and Colten Teubert for cracking the Team Canada roster for the world juniors.
  • Without those two, the Pats look like a very good team. A very good midget AAA team.
  • The first rule of media relations is to return calls/messages in a timely manner.
  • After spending all weekend in a classroom setting, I'm another step closer to being an NCCP level one certified football coach.
  • In case I forgot to mention it, Corey Matthews is now the full-time co-host of SportZone on Access 7. And doing a fine job, by the way.
  • Seriously, this weather is completely unacceptable.
  • Boy, good thing the Green Bay Packers got rid of Brett Favre and Jon Ryan huh? What a trainwreck that team has become.
  • I get to attend a four hour meeting this afternoon. Pray for me.
  • My kid plays defense like Brad Marsh. I love him anyway.
  • I think I saw a brass monkey crying this morning.

Pats duo to wear Team Canada jerseys

Congratulations to defenceman Colten Teubert and forward Jordan Eberle of the Regina Pats, who made the final Team Canada roster for the world junior hockey championships. The news release from the WHL is below.


OTTAWA, ON – Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) announced on Monday the 22 players that will make up Canada’s National Junior Team for the upcoming 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ottawa, from December 26, 2008 – January 5, 2009.

12 of the 22 players announced to the roster are from the Western Hockey League, including 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medalists Zach Boychuk (Lethbridge Hurricanes) and Thomas Hickey (Seattle Thunderbirds).

Also, for the fourth time in the last five years both goaltenders named to Team Canada ply their trade in the WHL, arch rivals during the regular season will become teammates over the holidays as the Spokane Chiefs’ Dustin Tokarski and the Tri-City Americans’ Chet Pickard are named to the roster.

To view Canada’s 2009 National Junior Team’s full roster, go to .

Canada will play its first game of the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day, December 26th versus the Czech Republic.

TSN, TSN HD and, along with RDS, RDS HD and have live coverage of the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship, airing December 26 to January 5 from Ottawa.

Canada has medaled in 10-straight World Junior Championships including: gold medal performances in 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005, silver medals in 2004, 2003, 2002, 1999 and bronze medals in 2001 and 2000.

For more information on the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship, or Canada’s National Junior Team, visit Hockey Canada’s official website

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

SportZone lineup for December 10

Here's the lineup for this week's show, airing Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 3 p.m. on Access channel 7:

SportZone Guests for Dec 10/08
Community Co-Host: Corey Matthews

1. (Event profile) A preview of the 2008 Regina Youth Curling Bonspiel. Guest: Jan Betker (Curl Regina Youth Coordinator). (

2. (Regina Sport Spotlight) Two members of the University of Regina Men’s Hockey Team will represent Canada at the 2009 Winter Universiade. Guests: Brant Hilton (Cougars Goalie) and Kyle Ross (Cougars Forward).

3. (Fitness/Lifestyle segment) A profile of Regina’s Lonsdale Boxing Club. Guests: Frank Fiacco (Lonsdale Club President) & Shyloe Davis (Boxer).

4. (U of R segment) A profile of the University of Regina men’s basketball team. Guest: James Hillis (Head Coach).

SportZone trivia: Who is the Cougar men's basketball career leader in points scored? Email your answer, and your contact information, to:

Monday, December 08, 2008

Monday musings

Let's clear out some space upstairs:

  • The Green Bay Packers should fire general manager Ted Thompson. Among other boneheaded moves, he completely bungled the Brett Favre situation and cut Regina's Jon Ryan. Favre is on the verge of taking the Jets to the playoffs, Ryan is punting the cover off the ball in Seattle, and the Packers have gone from 13-3 last season to a playoff wannabee this year.
  • I'm giving head coach Mike McCarthy the benefit of the doubt, for now.
  • Jason Clermont as a Saskatchewan Roughrider? What's not to like?
  • Seriously, his skills, experience and leadership abilities are a perfect fit for what could be a very young receiving corps next season.
  • The Regina Pats have become predictable lately. They generally beat the teams below them in the standings, and lose to the teams ahead of them.
  • What a revelation Brett Leffler has been! He and Matt Strueby are piling up the points on Regina's second line.
  • Can I get a prorogue at work?

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Eberle and Teubert get the call

Congratulations to Regina Pats forward Jordan Eberle and defenceman Colten Teubert, who are among the 38 players invited to take part in the national junior team selection camp later this month. The news release from Hockey Canada is below.




OTTAWA, ON – Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) announced on Wednesday that 38 of Canada’s best junior-aged hockey players (born in 1989 or later) have been invited to take part in Canada’s National Junior selection camp from December 11-15, 2008 at the SBP Arena in Ottawa, ON and the Robert-Guertin Arena in Gatineau, QC.

Among the 38 players invited, 18 are currently playing in the Western Hockey League, including 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medalists Zach Boychuk (Lethbridge Hurricanes) and Thomas Hickey (Seattle Thunderbirds). Of the players selected to participate at Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp, only six are eligible for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft including Western Hockey League NHL Top Prospects Evander Kane (Vancouver Giants) and Brayden Schenn (Brandon Wheat Kings). In the past 10 years WHL players have made up 40% of Team Canada’s National Junior roster, and 60% of Team Canada’s defenceman, in the last 10 years, played in the WHL.

Four of the 38 players invited won gold medals at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Thirty-one of the players named to the selection camp roster were drafted in either the 2007 or 2008 NHL Entry Draft, including thirteen first-round selections and eight second-round picks.

Hockey Canada may add additional players prior to the opening of the selection camp on December 11, in the event that any NHL teams loan Canada’s National Junior Team junior-aged eligible players currently playing in the NHL.

“On behalf of Hockey Canada, I would like to congratulate the players named today, along with their club teams, their parents and all the minor hockey coaches and officials who helped them along with the way,” said Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s senior director of men’s national teams. “I would also like to make special note of the great partnership that Hockey Canada has with the Canadian Hockey League, which is essential to the success of the Program of Excellence.”

“Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, which includes our under-17 and under-18 programs, has provided many of these players with the preparation and experience for to deal with the rigors of the upcoming World Juniors and high paced international competition,” said Al Murray, Hockey Canada’s head scout for men’s national teams. “The quality and skill of the 38 players invited to the camp next week is a testament of the hard work, commitment and development of all those involved in the Canadian minor hockey and junior hockey system.”

Murray traveled coast to coast during the first part of the 2008-09 hockey season assessing players in preparation for the selection camp.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

(Day after) Monday musings

Truth be told, I needed an extra day to recover from a weekend jaunt to Vancouver...
  • I'm no Stephen Harper fan/apologist, but I'm pretty sure Canadians did not vote for a coalition government this fall.
  • Seriously, Prime Minister Stephane Dion? Are we going to change the name of the country to Wuss-ovia?
  • Will the new national anthem be recorded by Rene Simard?
  • (Taliban) Jack Layton for Foreign Affairs Minister anyone?
  • Vancouver - nice city, but the rain would drive me bonkers if I had to live there.
  • Sure is a nice place to visit though. Lots and lots to see and do within easy walking distance of our hotel on Granville St.
  • AC/DC can still rock!
  • My ears have finally stopped ringing!
  • Do members of the Richie Hall fan club know there's a difference between being a coordinator and a head coach? Quite a different skill set, actually.
  • Having said that, if Richie does have the necessary attributes, nobody deserves an opportunity more than he does.
  • Not a successful road trip for the Pats so far, unless you count getting Prince George's coach fired a major accomplishment.
  • What has happened to Matt Strueby's production? He was lighting the lamp at a fantastic pace the first month of the season. Not so much since.
  • I wonder what Brian Burke's first big move will be as Leafs GM. I suspect it won't involve a trade with the Edmonton Oilers.

SportZone lineup for December 3

Here's the lineup of guests for this week's show, airing Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 3 p.m. on Access channel 7:

SportZone Guests for Dec 3/08
Community Co-Host: Corey Matthews

1. (Athlete/team profile) A profile of the Leboldus Golden Suns junior boy’s basketball team. Guests: Rob Pyne (Head Coach) & Joe DeCiman (Player).

2. (Regina Sport Spotlight) The Campbell Tartans celebrate a provincial senior boy’s volleyball championship. Guests: Calvin Toffan (Head Coach), Roger LePage (Assistant Coach) & Connor Burns (Team Captain).

3. (Fitness/Lifestyle segment) A profile of Regina’s New Line Boxing Academy. Guests: Moses Ali (Executive Director).

4. (Event profile) A preview of the 2008 provincial Learn-to-Ski weekend in Saskatchewan. Guest: Terry Hooper (Alpine Saskatchewan President).

5. (U of R segment) A profile of the University of Regina men’s volleyball team. Guest: Greg Barthel (Head Coach).

SportZone trivia: How many matches did the Cougar men's volleyball team win in the 2007/08 season? Email your answer, with your contact information, to:

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

SportZone lineup for November 26

Here's the lineup for this week's show, including an on-air appearance by one of our youngest guests/panellists yet. The show airs Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 3 p.m. on Access channel 7.

SportZone Guests for Nov 26/08
Community Co-Host: Corey Matthews

1. (Event profile) A preview of the 2008/09 Regina senior boy’s high school basketball season, and the 2008 Balfour Classic tournament. Guest: Glen Fekula (Head Coach, Balfour Redmen), Ryan Tulloch & Tanner Forrester (Players).

2. (Event profile) A preview of the 2008 world junior racquetball championships. Guests: Christine Richardson (Competitor) & Ross Richardson (Coach).

3. (Regina Sport Spotlight) A Regina swimmer is named the 2008 Special Olympics Canada Male Athlete of the Year. Guests: Michael Qing (Swimmer) & Pete Wilkins (Coach).

4. (Fitness/Lifestyle segment) A profile of the Regina Ski Club. Guests: Greg Brewser & Isabel Azzopardi (RSC Executive).

5. (Youth perspective segment) A general sports discussion with a nine year old fledgling athlete/broadcaster. Guest: Jake Paczko (Sports enthusiast).

Monday, November 24, 2008

Monday musings

A busy start to a short work week:
  • The Calgary Stampeders were the class of the CFL this year, and reinforced that fact by shutting down Montreal in the 2nd half of the Grey Cup game.
  • What will Anthony Calvillo's legacy be, given that he has lost five times in the CFL championship game, while only winning once?
  • I suppose Henry Burris is capable of winning when it counts.
  • A fun thought to ponder - If Roy Shivers hadn't chased Hank out of town, would the Riders have won their second straight Grey Cup this year?
  • I'm loving my home theatre set up. Thanks again to Joe and the gang at Radio Centre!
  • A Paczko family tradition - putting up the Christmas tree while watching the Grey Cup. Do I know how to party, or what?
  • Memo to Hockey Regina (tier) coaches: Please don't use your team as a vehicle to further your own kid's "career". It makes you look like an ass.
  • No such issues to report from the rec divisions, at least not yet.
  • The Regina Pats annual Agribition road trip is off to a less than stellar start. Latest in a series.
  • Ever notice how often the announcers on CJME say "Uhhhhhhh"? Wow. That's some serious ad-libbing talent over there!
  • And yet, I keep listening.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Pats beef up on blueline

Those fans who wanted the Pats to add some veteran toughness on defense will probably like this development:

Pats add a 20 year-old

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats have filled their vacant 20 year-old roster spot today by picking up Scott Gabriel off waivers from the Portland Winter Hawks. The 6’5” defenceman had one assist and 21 minutes in penalties in eight games, and was an assistant captain, before he was put on the waiver wire by Portland. Last season, he played in 60 games with a goal, 5 assists and 244 minutes in penalties.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

SportZone lineup for November 19

Here's the lineup for this week's show, still airing Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 3 p.m. on Access channel 7:

SportZone Guests for Nov 19/08
Community Co-Host: Corey Matthews

1. (Fitness/Lifestyle segment) A profile of the Regina YMCA. Guest: Patrick Ash (Downtown Centre Manager).

2. (Athlete/team profile) A profile of the Regina Pat Canadians midget AAA hockey team. Guest: Norm Johnston (Head Coach).

3. (Event profile) An update on the 2008/09 Prairie Junior Hockey League season, via a profile of the Pilot Butte Storm, the defending league champs. Guests: Chris Lewgood & Karl McNish (Coaches).

4. (Regina Sport Spotlight) The Leboldus Golden Suns celebrate a provincial 4A football championship Guests: Adam Ralko & Brett Wirachowsky (Players).

5. (U of R segment) A post mortem on the University of Regina Rams’ 2008 season. Guest: Teale Orban (Rams Quarterback).

SportZone Trivia: When did the Leboldus Golden Suns capture their last provincial high school football championship prior to this year? Email your answers and contact info to:!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday musings

Here's what's filling the cranial cavity today:

  • I'm thinking of getting winter tires for my SUV. Any recommendations? Any sweet deals to be had?
  • Plus 7 tomorrow? Believe it when I feel it.
  • I caught the UFC battle between Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar Saturday night. Lesnar is a freak of nature. And of course I mean that in a good way.
  • If you're wondering how the upheaval at Access Communications will affect SportZone - so am I!
  • Jacob's hockey team might be in for a very long year. They've only managed to score five goals in four games (all losses, of course).
  • Is it too early to start planning for the 2009 RMF season?
  • Speaking of football - I think I may be a Montreal Alouettes fan this Sunday.
  • It's not that I hate the Calgary Stampeders, I just. . . dislike them strongly.
  • I'm still not convinced the Tennessee Titans are the real deal. C'mon, Kerry Collins? Seriously?
  • Laval has a 4-0 record in the Vanier Cup. My Western Mustangs will bring the Quebecois back down to earth this weekend.
  • 11 days until AC/DC in Vancouver.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Trivia question

Silly me, I forgot to post this week's SportZone trivia question:

In which year did the U of R women's basketball team capture their only national championship?

Email your answer, and contact info, to: First correct answer earns you the moniker of smartest viewer of the week!

Friday thoughts

Draining the brain on a snowy Friday:

  • Snow beats the heck out of freezing rain.
  • I expect Calgary and Montreal to win their respective CFL division finals this weekend.
  • A Grey Cup featuring Henry Burris vs Anthony Calvillo could be a heck of an airshow!
  • I didn't even know there were oblique muscles on our backs! Someone I found a way to strain mine.
  • It'll be interesting to see what the Regina Pats learned from that one-sided loss to Calgary this week.
  • The play of Jordan Weal and Matt Strueby has to rank as the best surprise of the WHL season so far for Pats fans. Or is that two surprises?
  • Do you think the global economic downturn will nix any hope of Regina getting a new football stadium? Sure hope not. Mosaic Stadium really is a dump.
  • My hair stylist tried to convince me to go with a bit of a faux hawk this time around. That was a short-lived discussion.
  • Interesting times over at Access Communications. Very interesting indeed.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

SportZone lineup for November 12

SportZone Guests for Nov 12/08
Community Co-Host: Corey Matthews

1. (U of R segment) A profile of the University of Regina women’s basketball team. Guest: Dave Taylor (Head Coach).

2. (Event segment) A preview of the Bob Adams Foundation annual awards dinner. Guests: Ken Adams (Event Chair) & Janine Polischuk (Guest speaker).

3. (Regina Sport Spotlight) The Leboldus Golden Suns celebrate a high school boys’ 3A soccer championship Guests: Alex Woshik & Taylor Haid (Players).

4. (Fitness/Lifestyle segment) A profile of Puckmasters, a unique hockey training facility in Regina. Guest: Trevor Lakness (General Manager).

5. (Athlete/team profile) A profile of the Regina Rebels midget AAA female hockey team. Guests: Doug Folk (Head Coach) & Patricia McGauley (Player).

Monday, November 10, 2008

Riders to send Bishop packing

Well, this didn't take long! The Michael Bishop experiment is officially over in Riderville.

Okay Rider fans, what was your second wish?

Pats clear logjam in goal

Prokop a Pat, Bosch a Warrior

Regina, Saskatchewan - The best rivalry in hockey just got a little more interesting today. The Regina Pats have resolved their goaltending situation by dealing 18 year-old goaltender Jeff Bosch to the Moose Jaw Warriors in exchange for 18 year-old centre Neal Prokop.

Prokop, a native of Winnipeg, was the Warriors first pick in the 2005 WHL Bantam draft (5th overall), and was at Columbus Blue Jackets training camp this past summer as a free agent. He is in his third full season in the WHL and is coming off a 2007-08 season where he posted a career best 13 goals.

"This has been a long difficult process that has gone on much longer than I could have imagined. All three of the kids have handled this in a very mature and professional manner and I thank them all very much for that", Pats General Manager Brent Parker explains. "Jeff is a tremendous young man and a talented goaltender and we wish him all the best, having said that we believe that we have received fair value in return. Neal is player that we coveted during his bantam draft year when he was taken 5th overall and we think his skill and vision will be a perfect fit for our style of play."

Neal Prokop will make his Regina Pats debut on Wednesday night at 7pm, as the top team in the Central Division, the Calgary Hitmen pay a visit to the 'Dome to meet the East Division's top team in the Pats.

Monday musings

  • Can we now say the Michael Bishop experiment is finally over?
  • The Riders were thoroughly manhandled on Saturday, but were also largely the architects of their own undoing.
  • People calling for the heads of Ken Miller and/or Eric Tillman are stupid. There really is no way of sugar-coating that one.
  • With an above average quarterback and a legitimate outside threat (sorry Adarius Bowman, it's not you), the Riders would be travelling to Calgary this week for the west final.
  • Players who may have played their last game in Rider green: Michael Bishop, Darian Durant, Chris Szarka, Matt Dominguez, D.J. Flick, Scott Gordon.
  • Positions requiring an upgrade in the offseason: quarterback, short-side receiver, defensive (boundary) end, defensive tackle and safety.
  • Less than seven months to training camp!
  • My mood brightened considerably upon returning home from Mosaic Stadium in time to watch the Leafs throttle the godless Habs.
  • Hey, how about those Regina Pats?
  • The Pats have moved into first place in the WHL's east division, and are playing up-tempo, exciting hockey. I'm looking forward to Friday night's game against Seattle.
  • What sucks worse than getting up at 5 am to take your son to hockey, only to find out his team's goalie didn't show up for the game? Answer: not much!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Friday thoughts

Idle thoughts on a busy Friday:

  • Oh my is Mosaic Stadium going to be loud tomorrow. At least it should be!
  • If Michael Bishop repeats his playoff performance from last year, the Riders will be in for a very long afternoon.
  • If Bishop plays like he did in the 2nd half of the regular season finale, it'll be the B.C. Lions having a long afternoon.
  • Key players for the Riders: John Chick and Wes Cates.
  • Young Jacob has a hockey game at 7 am on Sunday. Beautiful.
  • The atom Cougars had a grand total of one (1!) representative at last night's RMF end-of-season shin-dig. Love that team spirit.
  • The pie at the 4 Season's was excellent last night. Bring on the cheese!
  • Pats vs Medicine Hat tonight. It'll be interesting to see how Derkatch's crew responds to a 4-1 home ice loss to Everett on Wednesday.
  • What's with my Sirius radio cutting out every time I drive under a bridge? I thought satellite radio was better than that. Or is that just XM?
  • Channel 103 on Sirius is some damn funny stuff.
  • How am I surviving without listening to Regina radio? Just fine, thanks!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

SportZone lineup for November 5

Here's the lineup of guests for this week's show, featuring a glitzy new set, and airing Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 3 p.m. on Access channel 7:

SportZone Guests for Nov 5/08
Community Co-Host: Corey Matthews

1. (Athlete/team profile) A profile of the Regina Capitals junior B hockey club. Guests: Rob Dowie (Head Coach) & Tom Skelton (Goalie).

2. (Event segment) A preview of the 2008/09 Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League season. Guest: Laury Ryan (SJHL President).

3. (Regina Sport Spotlight) The Campbell Tartans celebrate a high school girls’ 3A soccer championship. Guests: Nikita Senko & Meagan Cormier (Players).

4. (U of R segment) A profile of the University of Regina women’s hockey team. Guests: Kelsey Graham & Gina Campbell (Players).

5. (Fitness/Lifestyle segment) A Regina company is offering bicycle tours through France next fall. Guest: Gerry Harris (Ghar Cycle Tours).

SportZone trivia: Who holds the career points scored (133) record for the University of Regina women's hockey team? Email your answers to: First correct response wins the much-coveted title of SportZone's smartest viewer for the week!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Crappy Tire strikes again!

Well, one thing you can say for Canadian Tire - at least their service is consistent. Consistently awful!

Today's misadventure started at the north Regina store, where I was in search of a transformer/controller for my Noma Moonrays outdoor lights. You know, the little black pagoda lights people place along walkways, paths, etc.

Well, the good folks at the north store didn't have any in stock. But a very helpful (must be a new employee) young man looked on his computer and found out that the south Regina store had four in stock.

To the south store I went, almost breathless with anticipation. I marched straight to customer service, and presented them with the product number. Sure enough, their computer also indicated they had four in stock.

Here's where it gets fun. Nobody on their top-notch staff could figure out where to find them! I had already looked in the minuscule section devoted to outdoor lighting, so I knew it wasn't there. After several minutes of searching, the store staff collectively shrugged their shoulders in the legendary Crappy Tire "oh well, what can you do?" style and said "Sorry, we don't know where they are".

And thus, the legacy of Crappy Tire continues...

Friday, October 31, 2008

Friday thoughts

An assortment of Hallowe'en goodies:

  • It's rare to see a team self-destruct as badly as the Toronto Argos did last night, in their 45-38 loss to the Riders.
  • Neal Hughes and Stu Foord should be the poster boys for Regina Minor Football. Actually, you can add Jason Clermont to that list too.
  • It's a rare end of October weekend without minor hockey around the Paczko homestead. Bring on the yardwork!
  • This week's episode of SportZone was a definite improvement on last week's.
  • We still don't have a winner for this week's SportZone trivia question. The question is on the post below. The only requirement for eligibility is that you can't have won in the past two months. Sorry Devin!
  • This is odd. All my old Hallowe'en costumes seem to have shrunk in storage. Weird.
  • I think I need to get a personal chef. I'm okay with the working out, but the nutrition - not so much.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

SportZone lineup for Oct 29

Here's the lineup for this week's show, airing Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 3 p.m. on Access channel 7 in Regina:

SportZone Guests for Oct 27/08
Community Co-Host: Brandon Brooks

1. (Athlete/team profile) A profile of the city champion Miller Marauders high school girls’ soccer team. Guests: Kassy Ulrich, Erin Payette & Adrianna Morrison (Players).

2. (Event segment) A preview of the 2007/08 Hockey Regina season. Guest: Blair Watson (Hockey Regina Executive Director).

3. (Regina Sport Spotlight) A Regina triathlete captures his third straight World Championship Guest: Milos Kostic (World Champion Triathlete).

4. (Fitness/Lifestyle segment) An update on the transformation of the Regina Court & Fitness Club into Gold’s Gym Regina South. Guest: Brittany Warren (Director of Personal Training).

5. (U of R segment) A profile of the University of Regina men’s hockey team. Guest: Blaine Sautner (Head Coach).

SportZone trivia question: What year did the first Gold's Gym open in Venice, California? Email your answers to First correct response receives fame and recognition beyond your wildest dreams!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Monday musings

A quick clearing of the cranial cupboard:

  • We still don't have a winner for last week's SportZone trivia question. The question: For which U.S. college did former Rider Ventson Donelson star before launching his CFL career? Email your answer (along with your contact info) to:
  • I don't know how the Riders managed to steamroll Edmonton so completely Saturday night, but I'm not complaining.
  • Andy Fantuz looked like he hasn't missed a game, much less 11 weeks.
  • The defense is starting to resemble the early season version that was so impressive.
  • I purchased my playoff tickets this morning. Here's hoping.
  • The Pats outscored the opposition 13-6 this weekend. That's also impressive.
  • Young Jacob's hockey team has a former NHLer as an assistant coach. Nothing wrong with that!
  • My fantasy football team sucks.
  • I went to my first Krav Maga class in four months on Saturday and lived to tell about it.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday thoughts

Gotta clear out the cranial cavity for the weekend:

  • I'm not saying this week's edition of SportZone on Access 7 was a complete disaster from a production standpoint, but...well, actually that is what I'm saying. Wow.
  • Things can only get better.
  • You want to know about karma? Co-host Corey Matthews was talking off-air about an embarrassing coughing fit he had on-air a year or so ago. A few minutes later, Corey had a coughing fit on this week's show. Eerie, actually.
  • Steven Jyles may never get a better opportunity to become a starting quarterback in the CFL than the one he's been given tomorrow against Edmonton.
  • Beating the Eskimos never gets old around here, does it?
  • I'll make a decision on purchasing playoff tickets after tomorrow's game.
  • So I email the Director of the Atom Division in Hockey Regina, asking for the contact info for young Jacob's coach this season. So she sends me the info for the coach of another team. I politely point this out, and I get no response. A well-oiled machine, that HRI!
  • Listen up you illiterate goober's! Every word that end's in "s" doe's not automatically have an apostrophe before the "s". Okay? Sound's good? Dumb as's. (Apostrophes added for sake of sarcasm)
  • I heartily recommend Tim and Joe at Radio Centre for all of your electronic needs. Great prices, amazing service and they're a couple of hardcore Rider fans. What's not to love?
  • Tim and Joe are setting up my home theatre as I write this. I'm just a little excited about that!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

SportZone lineup for Oct 22

A brand new season of SportZone on Access 7 launches tonight. We've been tinkering with the format - let me know what you think. In the meantime, here's our guest list for the first episode:

SportZone Guests for Oct 20/08
Community Co-Host: Corey Matthews

1. (Athlete/team profile) A preview of the Regina Kids of Steel youth triathlon club. Guests: Patrick Ash (Triathlon Coach), Christina Gee, Aidan Katz and Sean Hooper (Youth triathletes).

2. (Fitness/Lifestyle segment) A profile of Regina’s First Tee indoor golf centre. Guest: Jim Johnson (Managing Partner).

3. (Regina Sport Spotlight) A former Saskatchewan Roughrider leads his team to a 2nd straight city championship in the atom division of Regina Minor Football. Guests: Ventson Donelson (Canadians Head Coach) & Shermar Donelson (Player).

4. (Event segment) A recap of the Regina Wheelchair Rugby Club’s annual Crash Test Tournament. Guests: Jason Hubbs & Cory Harrower (Regina Wheelchair Rugby Club.

5. (U of R segment) A preview of the regular season finale for the University of Regina women’s soccer team. Guests: Sarah Novak & Randi Schmeichel (Players).

Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday musings

This is shaping up to be one darn busy week:

  • Thank you Hockey Regina for scheduling young Jacob's next hockey practice at the same time as the Riders' final regular season home game. That's terrific.
  • Were the Riders lucky to knock off Hamilton 30-29 yesterday? Yes they were. Did they still play better than the Tabbies? Yes they did.
  • I jokingly told the folks sitting next to us that Steven Jyles will start at quarterback next week. Now I'm not so sure it was a joke.
  • Personally, I'm hoping Darian Durant gets another shot.
  • The Regina Pats are still searching for their identity. But now they get five straight home games to figure it out.
  • Damien Ketlo will be a starting goaltender in the WHL by the end of this year.
  • It's fun to write a 25 page keynote address that nobody wants to provide me background information for! Fun!
  • Regina Minor Football has openings on the board of directors. Contact Kelly Hamilton or Len Antonini at the RMF office if you're interested.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday thoughts

A little venting, and a little musing:

  • When did CFL football become English soccer?
  • Here's a tip for all "fans", not just numb-nutters in Rider jerseys. Don't grab at a cop while he's trying to arrest someone. Or ever.
  • The actions of a few morons this season have sullied the reputation of Rider fans everywhere.
  • Darian Durant has a golden opportunity on Sunday to entrench himself as the starting quarterback for the Riders.
  • I have to admit, Michael Bishop has handled his demotion with class. That, or he doesn't understand what "demotion" means.
  • Jacob's hockey team (this year we're Sharks fans) has a practice next Saturday at 4:45 pm. The Riders host Edmonton at 5 pm. I hope the Sharks aren't expecting a big turnout at practice.
  • Damn you M & M Meatshop for selling fettucine alfredo in a 2 lb serving! Damn (burp) you!
  • It's back to active duty with Krav Maga and tennis next week. Pray for me.
  • SportZone returns to the airwaves next week also.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Monday musings

Since I have no interest in watching the final minutes of the Riders' blowout loss in Calgary:

  • Snow on Thanksgiving. Lovely. Just friggin' lovely.
  • Michael Bishop couldn't look off a defensive back if his life depended on it.
  • Weston Dressler is a phenomenal talent.
  • The Riders' special teams were embarrassingly inept. No blocking on kick returns, boneheaded returners, and feeble kick coverage. Yuck.
  • It's pretty sad when your fullback has the hit of the game for your team.
  • First place in the west will have to wait for another year. I'm still not certain the Riders won't be the crossover team this year.
  • Having said all that, it's not like they're the Hamilton Tiger Cats or anything. At least Saskatchewan will be in the playoffs.
  • I see the Pats blew another lead the other night. That's becoming a habit.
  • A four day weekend with the munchkin ends in the morning. Forget the Riders and Pats, that's some really bad news!
  • When I spoke to my mom earlier today it was sunny and 26 degrees in London. It's not fair, I tell ya!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Back in the saddle

Just because I know you're breathless with anticipation . . .

SportZone on Access 7 returns for a new season the week of October 20th. We've played around with the format a bit, sharpening our focus on amateur sports and recreational activities. I can safely say it'll be unlike anything else on the air in Regina. Check it out for yourself.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Monday musings

Is it the long weekend yet?

  • Michael Bishop. Chris Getzlaf. Who knew?
  • Is it just me, or did Getzlaf look a lot like Andy Fantuz in the way he played in the win over Calgary Friday night?
  • Don't look now, but the Regina Pats have won three in a row. And rookie sensation Jordan Weal continues to shine.
  • Damien Ketlo got the start last night. Are the Pats showcasing him for a trade, or determining whether he's ready to be the full-time backup? I'm going with option number two.
  • The New York Giants look scary good right now. I suspect all three front-runners in that division (Giants, Dallas and Washington) will make the playoffs.
  • I'm not so sure the Packers will get back to the postseason, despite playing in a weak division.
  • I suppose I should pick my NHL playoff team now, since the know.
  • I saw former police chief Cal Johnston out door-knocking this morning. He's the Liberal candidate in Regina Palliser. He'd probably win that riding if he was running for the Tories, or even the NDP.
  • 54 days until AC/DC in Vancouver.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Friday thoughts

Gotta keep the old synapses firing somehow:

  • Forget Ken Miller, how long a leash are the Mosaic Stadium boo birds going to give Michael Bishop tonight?
  • Do you think Coach Miller might be getting some pressure from the general manager to play Bishop (who he traded for) ahead of Darian Durant (who he inherited from the Roy Shivers regime)? Just a thought.
  • Jacob can't come to the game tonight, so my buddy Kelly is making the drive in from Moose Jaw. Please don't hit him with beer cans.
  • Congrats to Brady Chuley from our atom Cougars, who is the U of R Rams 13th player tomorrow afternoon.
  • The Pats are in Brandon tomorrow night. That should give us a pretty good idea of where Dale Derkatch's crew rates in the WHL eastern conference pecking order.
  • Is that seven goal outburst against Moose Jaw this week a sign of things to come?
  • Or, are the Warriors just that weak this year?
  • Maybe I'll see you at the Brandt Centre Sunday night. Don't forget to say hi.
  • I hate trade shows. I'm just saying.
  • Bill Belichek sure could use a quarterback. Think any NFL general manager would trade with the (video taping) Patriots? Yeah, me neither.
  • Memo to all former Moose Jaw mayors and Regina police chiefs (ie: the candidates in Regina-Wascana). Quit phoning. Right now.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


First off, sincerest condolences to the Davis family on the passing of Eva. The wife of Football Reporters of Canada Hall-of-Famer Darrell succumbed to cancer on the weekend. I never had the pleasure of meeting Eva - by all accounts she was an amazing woman.

And now, the Rider family is hit with the news that defensive line coach Ron Estay is battling cancer as well. Obviously my best wishes go out to the "Swamp Dog" and his family. All this comes on the heels of the death of Rider legend Ron Lancaster, also because of cancer.

When will we finally be rid of this awful, awful disease? On a personal level, my mom battled colon cancer a couple of years ago (so far, so good), and Jacob's grandmother on his mother's side lost a battle with cancer eight years ago. How many more good people do we have to lose before someone comes up with a cure? Enough!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Monday Musings

A few thoughts while I recover in sick bay. Stupid fall colds.

  • The offenses of the Riders and the atom Cougars were almost identical yesterday. Generated plenty of yards, but couldn't close the deal.
  • No medals, or plaques or anything for the players at the end of the RMF season? What's up with that?
  • Coaching minor football is one of the more challenging, yet most enjoyable, things I've done in sports. I highly recommend it.
  • I especially recommend it if you're an offensive guru - boy have I got an opportunity for you!
  • Michael Bishop isn't the answer. Hell, chances are he'll forget the question!
  • The Regina Pats haven't exactly stormed out the gate this season. I wonder which of the three (Rowat, Bosch, Ketlo) goalies will be dealt.
  • The Pats' young blueliners look........well, young.
  • With Dallas' loss to Washington, are the Philadelphia Eagles the class of the NFC right now? Or is it the Giants?
  • Are the Tennessee Titans the best team in the AFC?
  • How can someone sleep until 2 pm and still be tired? Stupid fall cold.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday thoughts

The munchkin and I are both off today, so there's not much time for blogging:

  • Anyone know how to inspire a group of 9-11 year olds to play the football game of their young lives? The atom Cougars have been a little..............distracted........of late.
  • Cougars vs Eskimos, for all the marbles, Sunday morning at the ungodly hour of 8 am!
  • A Rider win in Montreal this week would be a big upset. How many weeks has it been since we called a potential Rider win an upset?
  • It would seem obvious that Michael Bishop ain't exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer. Not being able to decipher the plays on his own wristband? Yikes.
  • The Pats looked like a pretty good team at their home opener last weekend. Mind you, they looked like a pretty good midget AAA team. Things should look a lot better when the five vets are all back from NHL camps.
  • Does anybody still say thank you when you hold a door open for them anymore? I've started bellowing "You're welcome!" to the ones who don't. Chances are the point is lost on them.
  • Are we finally done discussing last weekend's Beergate episode at Mosaic Stadium?
  • The people who refuse to refer to the facility as Mosaic Stadium should probably extricate themselves from the 1970's. Yes, times were simpler then. Get over it.
  • Mind you, they are doing a fine job of propagating the stereotype that Saskatchewan is allergic to change.
  • I suppose using a taser probably isn't recommended as a way of firing up the atom Cougars?

Monday, September 22, 2008

Pats rookie is WHL's best in week one


CALGARY, AB. - The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is forward Jordan Weal of the Regina Pats.

Weal picked up five points, scoring one goal and four assists to go with a +3 rating, in two games over the WHL Opening Weekend.

On Friday, September 19th, the Pats travelled to Brandon to face the Wheat Kings at Westman Place. Weal picked up two assists in his first ever WHL regular season game which saw his Pats lose to the Wheat Kings 5-3. He was also named the games 3rd Star.

On Sunday, September 21st, in the second half of the home and home series with Brandon to kick off the WHL’s 43rd Season, the Pats hosted the Wheat Kings at the Brandt Centre in Regina. Weal scored his first WHL goal and added two assists in a game that saw the Wheat Kings fight back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Pats 4-3 in the shoot-out. Weal was also named the games 1st Star.

Weal, a 16 year old from Vancouver, British Columbia, is in his first season of play in the Western Hockey League. He was selected by the Regina Pats in the 4th round – 79th overall during the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft and spent last season in the BC Major Midget League with the NW Vancouver Giants scoring 39 goals and 100 points.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Embarrasing performance

No, I'm not talking about the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who lost 27-21 to the B.C. Lions tonight. I'm talking about the idiots masquerading as fans at Mosaic Stadium.

How impressive to have to listen to leather-lunged mouth-breathers shout out pointless drivel during the moment of silence for Ron Lancaster. Yeah, that was a real valuable contribution. Thanks.

I'd also like to thank the white trash teenagers who sat in front of my 9 year old son and I tonight. Thanks for getting up every two minutes for more beer. The folks trying to watch the game behind you in section 26 sure appreciated having to watch your drunken butts stumble down the aisle. But hey, at least you managed to impress my son - and the other young fans nearby - with your awe-inspiring and versatile use of f-bombs every few seconds. Here's a thought; maybe you should go racing up and down McCarthy Boulevard tonight.

And then, let's make sure to thank the multitude of MENSA members who reacted to Dante Marsh's classless decision to fire a ball into section 26 by hurling full beer cans onto the playing surface. I appreciate having to cover my kid's head, in case one of you limp-wristed dolts managed to hit him with your can of liquid courage.

I'm not proud to be a Rider fan tonight. Not a bit.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday thoughts

Another collection of random thoughts:

  • I look forward to the tribute to Ron Lancaster at tomorrow night's Rider game. Let's celebrate all that he meant to the team, and this province.
  • I'm getting tired of fourth quarter comebacks (and almost comebacks). I hope the Riders jump out to an early lead, and keep the pedal down until the final whistle.
  • Speaking of which, I'd sure like it if the Atom Cougars did the same thing tomorrow morning against the Lions. Hopefully it's a bad weekend for all teams named Lions!
  • AC/DC tickets for the Vancouver concert go on sale in less than a hour. Here's hoping...
  • Gold's Gym - nice place, if only they could get a few more posers to join up!
  • I think I'll have to check out the Pats home opener Sunday afternoon against Brandon.
  • I honestly don't know what to expect from the Pats this season. It should be interesting, at least.
  • If the U of R Rams lose this weekend, it's next-year country already.
  • Sarah Palin may actually make George Bush Jr. look like a statesman. How scary is that?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Requiem for a Rider legend

Lancaster dies of lung cancer

HAMILTON - Ron Lancaster, a CFL legend known during his playing days as the Little General, has died. He was 69.

He died Wednesday night, a Hamilton Tiger-Cats spokesman said Thursday. A former player, coach and team executive, Lancaster was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this summer and had been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy to treat the disease.

Lancaster, who survived bladder cancer in 2004, had been working as a colour analyst on Hamilton Tiger-Cats radio broadcasts this season before receiving the diagnosis. He was also serving as the Ticats senior adviser to organizational development.

"As much as I love the game of football, there are some things more important than what happens on the field of play," he said in a letter to fans on the Tiger-Cat website in August in confirming the cancer.
Lancaster was born in Fairchance, Pa., but grew up in the blue collar steel town of Clairton. He excelled as a high school quarterback but due to his small stature was overlooked by the big U.S. colleges. He instead played for tiny Wittenburg University in Ohio and while he was ignored by the NFL, the CFL's Ottawa Roughriders gave him a shot.

His illustrious CFL career began in 1960 in Ottawa where he won a Grey Cup in his rookie year. After the 1962 season, the Rough Riders dealt him to Saskatchewan where he spent 16 years, leading the Roughriders to their first-ever Grey Cup title in 1966.

Known for his on-field smarts, Lancaster excelled in the pass-happy CFL and captured the Schenley Award as the CFL's outstanding player in 1970 and '76. He finished his 19-year playing career with 3,384 passes for 50,535 yards and 333 touchdowns.

Lancaster became Saskatchewan's head coach immediately after the 1978 season but was let go after consecutive 2-14 seasons.

Lancaster then joined the CBC, where he worked as a colour analyst for the network's CFL broadcasts. He also served as a basketball colour commentator at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

Lancaster returned to football in 1991 as the Edmonton Eskimos head coach. He spent seven seasons there, winning a Grey Cup in 1993.

Lancaster became the 17th head coach in Ticats' history on Nov. 26, 1997 and served as the club's coach from 1998 to 2003. He led the team to Grey Cup appearances in 1998 and '99, winning the latter.

He returned to the sidelines as Hamilton's interim head coach in '06 after Greg Marshall was fired.

During his heyday, Lancaster earned a reputation of being a player's coach. He'd often give his troops the latitude to have fun, but demanded discipline and dedication on the field.

His 142 regular-season wins place him fifth on the CFL's career list.
Popular and respected in CFL circles for his integrity and up-front demeanour, Lancaster was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.

Lancaster is the third Hall of Famer to die in recent months. Earl (Earthquake) Lunsford died on Sept. 4 while B.C. Lions president Bob Ackles suffered a fatal heart attack in early July.

He is survived by his wife Bev, three children Lana, Ron and Bob and his four grandchildren.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Monday musings

Thoughts that filter through the haze, as the anaesthetic wears off:

  • Thanks to Rod Pedersen for the lift to and from the GH today. Much appreciated!
  • Now that that's over, bring on the solid food!
  • Aaron Rodgers is helping Packers fans get over the way the Brett Favre fiasco was handled.
  • However, I'm still angry at the Packers for dumping Jon Ryan. I wish Jon tonnes of success in Seattle.
  • I'm starting to think we've seen the last of SportZone on Access 7. If so, it's time to line up another freelance gig!
  • It's back to the drawing board this week for the Atom Cougars, after a 20-0 loss on the weekend to the first-place Gaitors.
  • You really have to wonder about a minor football coach who would jump onto the field to celebrate a hit that knocks an opposing player out of the game. Said coach almost got carried off on a stretcher himself.
  • Any Gold's Gym members out there? How big a culture shock am I in for, after so many years at Carm's Regina Court and Fitness Club?
  • Mike Reich eye gouges Victor Bartley in an exhibition game. And the Pats/Blades rivalry gets turned up another notch.
  • The beds at the Delta Bessborough in Saskatoon are the most comfortable. . . ever.
  • Dallas vs Philadelphia in the NFL Monday nighter. Can't wait!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Friday thoughts

Back to some semblance of regular blogging:

  • Gas prices go up 12 cents /litre because Texas might get hit by a tornado? What a soulless existence it must be to be the CEO of an oil company.
  • Far be it for me to advocate violence, but if said CEO were to get hit in the nards really, really hard (like spitting up blood hard), I would laugh. Oh yes, I would.
  • The Atom Cougars take a two-game winning streak into Sunday morning's showdown with the unbeaten Gaitors. Time to see what we're made of!
  • Young Jacob loves football, despite being stuck on the offensive line for the 2nd half of the season. He's a keeper.
  • Apparently Michael Bishop may be a keeper too. Who'd a thunk it?
  • Weston Dressler is a fan favourite in his first year. Where are the "experts" who wondered what Dressler had done to warrant making the team after training camp?
  • Is this the best Rams team ever? No. No it is not.
  • I bid a sad farewell to SportZone producer Terry Bell, who is leaving the employ of Access Communications. Could this spell the end of the line for SportZone as well?
  • They sure are going through a lot of people in the production department at Access these days. Yep, they sure are.
  • Are the Regina Pats going to be any good this year? I can't help feeling pessimistic. Hopefully I'm wrong.
  • Now that my Court Club membership is kaput, I bit the bullet and signed up at Golds Gym today. Pray for me.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday thoughts

Idle thoughts on day one of a four-day weekend:

  • Gas prices went up on the Thursday before a long weekend. Quelle surprise!
  • I really feel badly for Marcus Crandell. The guys playing receiver for the Riders these days should feel worse.
  • Michael Bishop? Oh well, these same coaches (with one very noticeable exception!) made Kerry Joseph a star. Maybe lightning can strike twice.
  • Anyone have any tips on motivating the softest offensive line in atom football? Outscored 24-0 in two games. Sheesh.
  • Then again, maybe it's the lousy coaching, specifically the head coach.
  • Riders by six over Winnipeg.
  • Atom Cougars by 12 over Estevan.
  • Do you think my kids are pumped to play on Taylor Field Monday?
  • Did you catch the picture in the L-P of the Lululemon shoppers lined up outside the Brandt Centre? I'm sorry, some people should not be allowed to buy/wear that stuff.
  • Why is it when you do your job well, others expect you to do theirs for them too?
  • SportZone on Access 7 - new and improved, and coming to a tv near you soon!
  • My deepest condolences and best wishes to Darrell and Eva Davis and their family. Darrell's a darn fine reporter, and even better husband and father.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Betting on Bishop

The Saskatchewan Roughriders, mired in a two game losing skid, have acquired veteran quarterback Michael Bishop from the Toronto Argos in exchange for a conditional draft pick. Expect either Marcus Crandell or Steven Jyles to be traded or released in the days to come.

Does this constitute pushing the panic button? Well, I don't know - can Bishop throw to himself? Without a serious upgrade at receiver, all this means is passes will now be dropped 50 yards downfield, instead of 20 yards.

However, at least the Riders are acknowledging the importance of having a quarterback who can stretch the field with his arm, and his legs. Hey, didn't we have a guy like that around here recently? Kerry something-or-other?

Friday, August 22, 2008

Friday thoughts

Thoughts on a soggy Friday in the big city:

  • The Cougars dropped a 6-0 decision to the defending co-champs in our season opener last night.
  • Great to see Perry Nyhus at the game last night. One of the real gentlemen in the broadcasting biz. Sorry about hammering your kid Perry, but that 's what you get for letting him play quarterback!
  • Due to the defensive nature of the game, some folks think we should introduce a bunch of new plays on offence. To 9-10-11 year olds, who are having a hard enough time remembering the plays we already have. Uh, no.
  • Speaking of armchair quarterbacks, now the campaign has started to dump Marcus Crandell as quarterback, following the Riders' 27-10 loss in Edmonton last night.
  • Yeah, I'm sure Crandell was to blame for all the dropped passes and missed tackles too.
  • A weekend with no pressing engagements until Sunday night. I may actually get to the gym for a refreshing change!
  • Apparently, when it comes to the Olympics, Canada is a second half team.
  • No big news out of Pats camp yet, but thank goodness Victor Bartley wasn't a no-show. He's going to be a key guy for the Pats this year.
  • When can we expect one of the goaltenders to be traded? I'm guessing next week.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Monday musings

A little of this, a pinch of that:

  • I see the New York Jets' new quarterback led his team to victory on the weekend. For the life of me I can't remember his name.
  • I also see the Packers soiled the sheets in their preseason opener. I hope this doesn't mark the beginning of a trend.
  • Hey RMF, thanks so much for scheduling our season opener at the same time as a Rider game. At least it's not a home game, I suppose.
  • The Atom Cougars are starting to come together. We'll see how we do in practice without our guest coach from now on. Yikes!
  • A big thumbs-up to Calvin at Krazy Kiley's for solving my car stereo snafu on Saturday.
  • Madden '09 definitely gets the seal of approval from both Paczko men.
  • I want to play tennis. Please help me find some time!
  • A federal Liberal candidate resigns, and now faces censure from the Law Society of Saskatchewan. Pretty much sums up the fortunes of that party in Saskatchewan these days.
  • The provincial Liberal party has a new leader. And the band plays on.
  • I can't get excited about the Summer Olympics. Ever since Ben Johnson broke our hearts I've had a hard time getting worked up about the Summer Games.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Regina's Mitchell leads the way

PIESTANY, Slovakia - The Canadian under-18 hockey team is halfway to gold at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament.

Regina Pat Garrett Mitchell had a goal and an assist Wednesday as Canada edged defending champion Sweden 4-3.

Taylor Hall, Casey Cizikas and Cody Eakin also had goals for Canada (2-0). Nathan Lieuwen made 20 saves to pick up his second win of the tournament.

Patrik Cehlin, Jacob Josefson and Magnus Paajarvi replied for Sweden (1-1), which got 47 saves from Robin Lehner.

Canada wraps up the round robin portion of the event against Slovakia on Thursday. A win in that game will advance them straight to Saturday's gold-medal final. (Canadian Press)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Vanstone the psychic!

Did you catch Rob Vanstone's piece in the Sunday Sun this weekend? I swear to God, he stole his material directly from the deep, dark recesses of my brain!

In a nutshell, Rob stated that most amateur sports organizations in the city, and the province, do a poor job of keeping the media informed re: scores, standings, story ideas - but often complain about a lack of coverage after the fact.

Rob's solution: Some enterprising communications/media relations practitioner should offer his services to sports groups/leagues (for a fee, of course). The arrangement would end up being benefiting everyone concerned, including the media.

I swear, I've been thinking about doing that very thing for some time now! I'm wondering if sports organizations would see the benefit in such an arrangement? For a reasonable annual fee, their organization would see and hear their results, standings and news items in print and on the airwaves much, much more often. The benefits (think about how much it would cost to pay advertising rates for that space!) would far outweigh the costs.

Anyone have any thoughts? Anyone interested in discussing the idea?

Friday, August 08, 2008

Friday thoughts

Random thoughts on a sleepy Friday after a late night at the Rider game:

  • We didn't honestly think Burris, Reynolds and the Calgary receivers would stink the joint out again, did we?
  • Memo to Adarius Bowman and Michael Palmer: Please hold on to the football. Thanks.
  • Another broken fibula (Belton Johnson). Is it time to start looking at the footwear? I'd be asking the folks at Reebok some questions.
  • Did you see where Eric Tillman stopped the blindfolded fan taking part in an on-field promotion from running into the side advertising boards? Clearly ET has seen enough injuries this year!
  • Tonight we introduce tackling to the atom Cougars. Should be a most interesting evening!
  • A very public thank you to John Makie Sr. for helping this rookie coach get his team organized. Team manager Sonia Banin deserves some kudos as well!
  • So the wackos from the Westboro Baptist Church plan to picket at the funeral of Tim McLean in Winnipeg? I hope it doesn't, but this could get ugly.
  • Maybe I'll swing by the Folk Festival after practice tonight. I hear Jully Black wants to meet me!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Monday musings

Idle thoughts on a busy long weekend:

  • Why do four day weekends fly by so much faster than four day work weeks?
  • Jacob's Regina Minor Football team starts practicing this week. I'll let the Riders know if we have any receivers they can use.
  • Seriously, how can the Riders keep winning with this number of starters on the injured list? Unfathomable!
  • I didn't get to hear John Lynch's colour commentary Saturday night. However, I'm told Lynchie did a bang-up job!
  • The same cannot be said for TSN play-by-play man Rod Black. He's......not so much.
  • The broken thumb responded well to the "tennis test" on Saturday. A return to active duty is imminent.
  • I'm still looking for a good (and affordable) general contractor or odd job specialist. Any recommendations?
  • Just wondering: are tattoos a requirement for admittance to Buffalo Days? Holy ink festival!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

SportZone lineup for July 30

Here's the lineup for this week's show, the final one of the summer. Following this week, we'll be airing SportZone "greatest hits" shows for the month of August. The new and improved SportZone launches in September. In the meantime, the show still airs Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 3 p.m. on Access 7.

SportZone Guests for July 30/08
Community Co-Host: Tim Hubic

1. The Regina Pats have a new head coach. He’s also the franchise’s career scoring leader. Guest: Dale Derkatch (Pats Head Coach).

2. Regina gets set to co-host the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championship with Saskatoon. Guests: John Lee & Reid Pedersen (Organizing Committee).

3. A Saskatchewan under-15 girls’ soccer team wins the prestigious USA Cup tournament in Minnesota. Guests: Bob Maltman (Head Coach), Tristal Cherkovits & Adrianna McCullough (Players).

4. A preview of a pair of rhythmic gymnastics summer camps in Regina in August. Guests: Kendra Dodd & Julie Lavasseur (Coaches). (

5. A preview of the 2008 Canadian Masters Track and Field Championships, starting August 1st in Regina. Guests: Selina Coward & Laurie Meloche (Organizing Committee).

6. A preview of the 2008 University of Regina Rams training camp. Guest: Jordan Sisco (Rams receiver).

A preview of the 2008 SaskCentral Queen City Marathon. Guest: Doug Russell (Race Director).

Monday, July 28, 2008

Monday musings

It's getting crowded upstairs. Time to clear out some room:

  • I don't know how the Riders manage to keep winning with the ridiculous number of injuries they've accumulated over the first five weeks of the season. What a testament to depth and coaching.
  • I hated watching the last three quarters of the game on tv, as opposed to being in the stadium. But, my kid is genuinely afraid of thunderstorms, so we bolted at the end of the first quarter.
  • Yesterday I was reminded how frustrating it can be to have Kerry Joseph as your starting quarterback.
  • Steven Jyles. There may be hope for him yet!
  • Wow, there sure are a lot of people who aren't pleased about the Pats selection of Dale Derkatch as the new head coach. I get that, I really do. But I'm trying to keep an open mind. Check back with me around November!
  • Training camp starts in 8 days, and I still haven't put together any practice plans for Jacob's RMF team. Yikes!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thursday news

Well, the Regina Pats have hired Dale Derkatch as the new head coach, replacing Curtis Hunt. Derkatch is the Pats all-time scoring leader, and coached the Notre Dame Hounds to a provincial midget AAA title last year.

The Riders have announced that Darian Durant will start at quarterback Sunday against the Toronto Argos. Marcus Crandell's hamstring is being given plenty of time to heal, especially in light of Durant's performance the last three games.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

SportZone lineup for July 24

Here's the lineup for the "big show" this week. As per usual, it airs Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 3 p.m. on Access channel 7:

SportZone Guests for July 24/08
Community Co-Host: Alynn Brischuk

1. A preview of the 2008 Saskatchewan Summer Games. Guests: Dale Reed (Zone 2/Regina Chef de Mission) & Colin Kostiuk (Archer).

2. A look ahead to the 2008 season for the Regina Thunder junior football club. Guest: Erwin Klempner (Head Coach).

3. The head coach of the University of Regina women’s hockey team is named head coach of the national women’s under-22 team. Guest: Sarah Howald (Cougars Head Coach).

4. The Royal Regina golf club hosts the 100th Saskatchewan men’s amateur championship this week. Guest: Ian Shields (Chair, Host Committee).

5. An update on the local junior racquetball scene. Guests: Ross Richardson (Coach) & Jordon Banin (Boys 8-and-under national champ).

6. Saskatchewan’s only NFL player looks ahead to the 2008 season. Guest: Jon Ryan (Green Bay Packer punter).

Monday, July 21, 2008

Monday musings

Time to get back to a semi-regular posting schedule around here:

  • What an exciting (and maybe a little bit lucky) win for the Riders over Montreal Saturday night!
  • The Riders have simply owned the 4th quarter against their opponents in the four games this year - a tip of the hat should probably go to strength and conditioning coach Joe Womack.
  • Marcus Crandell gets the start at quarterback against Kerry Joseph and the Argos Sunday. Personally, I think Darian Durant deserves to keep playing, but I do respect coach Ken Miller's loyalty to an injured starter.
  • Are any local high school or university football players interested in helping coach a minor (age 9-11) football team, even on a part-time basis? Let me know!
  • Does anybody know a good (ie: affordable, competent and honest) general contractor or handyman? My guy moved to Alberta last year, and I'm looking for a new "go to" guy - or gal!
  • I imagine the Pats will name their new head coach this week or next. I have no idea which candidate Brent Parker favours, but I suppose Marc Habscheid is the top choice of most fans.
  • Lots of football discussion, including two high profile guests, on this week's edition of SportZone on Access 7. Don't miss it!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

SportZone lineup for July 16

Here's the lineup for this week's show, airing Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 3 p.m. on Access channel 7:

SportZone Guests for July 16/08
Community Co-Host: Corey Matthews

1. A preview of the 2008 training camp for the Regina Thunder junior football club. Guests: Jason Janssen & Scott Assie (Players).

2. An update on the Regina Pats, including the departure of head coach Curtis Hunt. Guest: Matt Strueby (Pats forward).

3. The University of Regina women’s hockey team adds a well-known local coach to the staff. Guest: John Smith (Cougars Assistant Coach).

4. A profile of a Regina-based pro wrestler and aspiring UFC combatant. Guest: Phil Koldyk (Mixed martial arts competitor).

5. The Executive Director of the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association calls it a career. Guest: Larry Lafrentz (SHSAA Executive Director).

Monday, July 14, 2008

Monday musings

Now that holidays are over, I suppose I should go about updating this blog:

  • Southern Ontario is still home, and I'm reminded of that for two weeks of every year.
  • I really don't miss the humidity back home during this time of year. Standing still should not be a reason to sweat!
  • London seems have made great strides in tackling its graffiti problem. Maybe Regina could pick up a few pointers?
  • It only took 7.5 hours in the emergency department of one of Canada's most highly-regarded hospitals to have my broken thumb taken care of. And they say Saskatchewan's health care system is in trouble?
  • I injured myself water-sliding with Jacob. There, I said it.
  • Do you have any idea how many things we use our thumbs for? I'm learning.
  • Toronto remains an awesome place to visit ( we hit the Hockey Hall of Fame, the CN Tower and a Blue Jays game - thanks Scott Clark! - all in one afternoon/evening), but I really have no urge to live there.
  • The Jane/Finch area of Toronto scares me, even in broad daylight.
  • Was anyone really surprised that Curtis Hunt chose to join Craig Hartsburg in Ottawa?
  • If Dale Derkatch is handed the Pats' head coaching job, does assistant coach Terry Perkins stick around?
  • Can someone please tell me who thought Steven Jyles was a better quarterback than Darian Durant? I've been pulling for DD since the first exhibition game of this year.
  • Would previous editions of the Riders have survived the rash of injuries incurred by this year's team? Eric Tillman has done a tremendous job of stockpiling talent.
  • Where are all the people who wondered why Weston Dressler made the roster now?

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Pats roll the dice at import draft

Hmm, the write-up on this kid reminds me of the guy who recommended him - former Pats forward Karel Mosovsky.


Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats have made their 1st round draft pick in the 2008 CHL Import Draft, selecting left winger Tomas Hricina with the 27th overall selection.

Tomas Hricina (6’2”, 198lbs), a native of Slovakia, spent this past season with the Kosice Jr team. In 57 games Hricina collected 28 goals and 22 assists for 50 points and also had 62 penalty minutes.

"Hricina was one of the Slovaks best players at the recent World Under-18 Championship in Kazan, Russia. He enjoyed a fine regular season leading his Kosice Jr. Team in goals with 28 goals in just 57 games. Good Size player with a nice touch around the net. Has long legs, but his strides are short and intensive. Has long reach-he is a strong penalty killer. His slapshot is very hard and accurate. Logged a lot of ice time. Reliable in the d-zone. – Reported by the ISS.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

SportZone lineup for June 25

Here's the lineup for this week's show, airing Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 3 p.m. on Access channel 7:

SportZone Guests for June 23/08
Community Co-Host: Carlo Palazzo

1. A former Regina Pats star looks back at his first year as a full-time NHL goaltender. Guest: Josh Harding (Minnesota Wild goalie).

2. The University of Regina men’s hockey team has landed a half-dozen recruits this off-season, and is running a unique summer fundraiser. Guest: Blaine Sautner (Head Coach).

3. A profile of the Queen City Striders long distance running club. Guests: Steve Gersten (Head Coach) & Kendra Schaaf (Distance runner).

4. The Touch Regina Youth (TRY) football league gears up for the 2008 season. Guest: Mark Budinski (League Commissioner).

5. The Saskatchewan Cycling Association is running a couple of cross-province bicycle tours this summer. Guest: Don Wilson (Organizing Committee Chair).

6. A review of the 2007/08 season in Regina high school athletics. Guest: Greg Johnson (RHSAA Commissioner).

7. A preview of the annual Canada Day Regatta hosted by the Wascana Racing Canoe Club. Guests: Stephanie Robertson (Head Coach) & Tiera McLeod (Paddler).

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

SportZone lineup for June 18

Here's the lineup for this week's show, airing tonight at 6 p.m. and tomorrow at 3 p.m. on Access channel 7:

SportZone Guests for June 18/08

Community Co-Host: Brandon Brooks

1. A post-mortem on the 2008 season for the Prairie Fire rugby team. Guest: Jered Kirkland (Captain).

2. An update on the Regina Red Sox baseball club. Guests: Cory Hall & Eric McKinney (Players).

3. The Miller Marauders capture the city high school girls (large schools) softball championship. Guests: Tara Fischer (Head Coach), Alicia Eger & Erika Baron (Players).

4. A Regina native signs his first pro hockey contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. Guest: Garret Klotz (Flyers prospect).

5. A preview of the 2008 Regina Minor Football season. Guest: Kelly Hamilton (RMF President).

Monday, June 16, 2008

Monday musings

Scattered thoughts on a scatter-brained Monday:

  • Rider fans are hoping local product Neal Hughes earns the back-up tailback spot. Based on his performance in the first exhibition game, it's an idea that is not without some merit.
  • The University of Regina Rams hope to have tailback Stu Foord carrying the ball this year, but he may be playing himself onto the Riders roster.
  • Will Curtis Hunt join his Team Canada buddy Craig Hartsburg with the Ottawa Senators? Don't bet against it.
  • If that happens, who do the Pats select as their new head coach? I would suggest Terry Perkins (Hunt's assistant) deserves some consideration.
  • Jacob's baseball season could be over by next weekend. Wow, that didn't take long!
  • 13 more sleeps until the munchkin and I jet off to Ontario. Can't wait!
  • Dear Toronto Blue Jays - please quit sucking by the time we arrive at the Rogers Centre on July 8. Thanks for that.
  • My tennis racquet is starting to acquire dust. Are we done with the rain for a few days?
  • Hands up everyone who hasn't heard the rumour that Gold's Gym will be moving into the space currently occupied by the Regina Court and Fitness Club. Say it ain't so, Carmelo!
  • Cadillac CTS. Someday you will be mine. Oh yes, you will be mine!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Riders roll past Lions

Some thoughts on last night's 33-13 exhibition victory over the B.C. Lions:

  • Quinton Griffin was outperformed by Neal Hughes. And Stu Foord. Who would have thought?
  • Anton McKenzie and Renauld Williams can definitely play linebacker.
  • John Chick has a motor that just doesn't stop.
  • Nobody really stepped up at the other defensive end spot.
  • Darian Durant outplayed Steven Jyles in the competition for number two quarterback.
  • Jyles, to his credit, came back strong after serving up a couple of ill-advised interceptions.
  • Marcus Crandell looked sharp on short and medium range routes. Not so much on the long ball.
  • Adarius Bowman - he'll only be here a year, probably. But what a year it could be!
  • Denatay Heard had a great night on the corner with two picks.
  • No burgers at the concession stands on the east side, along with other food-related foul-ups. Not impressive!
  • What's with the old dude in the east side parking lot who takes up two spots every game? A little trouble keeping it between the lines, gramps?
  • I liked the half-time flag-raising ceremony. Two thumbs down for the Lions, who came out of their locker room before the event was done. Classy.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday thoughts

Here's what is keeping the synapses firing on yet another rainy Friday:

  • Is tonight's exhibition game between the Riders and B.C. Lions a sellout?
  • I've heard four home games are already - or virtually - sold out. Do you think this province was ready for a winning team?
  • How loud will the ovation be when Teale Orban takes the field for the Riders in the 4th quarter?
  • Is there a young man who deserves it more?
  • I suspect I'll be watching some Little League baseball on Father's Day. Seems kind of appropriate, I suppose.
  • Why can't the owners of the Pats and the folks at the Regina Exhibition Association get along? Will they ever?
  • It would be a nice Father's Day treat to watch the Celtics finish off the Lakers in the NBA final.
  • Did the Celtics' Paul Pierce really call the post-game interviewer "Babe" last night? That's............not entirely appropriate.
  • Anyone getting tired of the navel-gazing by Moose Jaw city council? Build the damn rink, or say goodbye already!
  • How much more of a star would Alexander Ovechkin be if he played in a major hockey market like..........for instance..........Toronto? A guy can dream, can't he?

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Pats ink new lease deal with Ipsco Place

I have to admit, the following news release - issued by the Pats this afternoon - doesn't exactly inspire a tonne of confidence. Or am I being overly skeptical?

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club has signed a three (3) year lease which was presented by the Regina Exhibition Association. This now enables the WHL Club to continue having the use of the Brandt Centre.

The Hockey Club has been requesting that IPSCO Place provide them with a five to ten year lease, to no avail. The two parties have been in negotiations since mid- March.

Pats President, Russ Parker, said “Our Organization is not pleased with the overall lease; however, we intend to do our utmost to be successful under the terms of this document. Furthermore, under one of the terms of the lease, we are prohibited from discussing any further aspects of this document.”

The signed lease now allows the hockey team to provide available dates to the Western Hockey League Office, in order for them to proceed with Monday’s scheduling meetings in Calgary.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

SportZone lineup for June 11

Here's the lineup for this week's show, which airs tonight at 6 p.m. and tomorrow at 3 p.m. on Access channel 7:

SportZone Guests for June 10/08
Community Co-Host: Alynn Brischuk

1. A preview of the 2008 Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame induction weekend. Guest: Sheila Kelly (SSHFM Executive Director) & Ed Bankowski (2008 inductee – Regina Rams).

2. A preview of the regular season finale for the Prairie Fire rugby squad. Guest: Fausto Rodriguez (Player).

3. The Usher Unicorns capture the city high school girls (small schools) softball championship. Guests: Sara Stochmal & Ashley Senft (Players).

4. A Reginan is elected to the board of Basketball Canada. Guest: Joe Ralko (Basketball Saskatchewan President).

5. A preview of the 2008 SaskCentral Queen City Marathon. Guest: Doug Russell (Race Director). (

Monday, June 09, 2008

Monday musings

Time to squeeze out the contents of a rain-soaked brain:

  • It's hard to say who is looking forward to Jacob's first Toronto Blue Jays game more; Jacob or his grandfather.
  • Hopefully young Jacob's little league game isn't rained out tonight.
  • North Regina Little League wouldn't be foolish enough to schedule a makeup game for the same night as a Rider home game, would they?
  • Ironman - cool flick!
  • Hairspray - wasn't bad either.
  • A polish citizen scores two goals to lead Germany to a 2-0 victory over Poland at Euro 2008. Is that the definition of irony?
  • Rafael Nadal. Best clay court tennis player ever?
  • I hope the Boston Celtics sweep the L.A. Lakers, and Kobe cries like the little bee-otch he is.
  • Does anyone know what Jack FM's format is this week? Pretty sure rock stations don't play Frankie Goes to Hollywood!
  • Ever notice how lousy ratings and constant format flips never get blamed on inept management?
  • We're off to Ontario in 20 days. Can't wait!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Friday thoughts

Here's what's keeping the brain functioning this morning:

  • I enjoy the coverage from Rider camp, but I honestly can't bring myself to invest the time needed to check it out for myself. Alert me when they cut some players, and the first-teamers get the majority of the reps.
  • Rain all weekend? Perfect. Apparently Jacob and I are destined to not play tennis together this summer. Or practice baseball/football.
  • Speaking of football, the folks at RMF are still threatening to make me a head coach this year. Hopefully an experienced coach will step forward in Uplands. Think of the children!
  • Is the Stanley Cup final over? How did the Leafs do?
  • Ah, so yesterday's story about the HNIC theme was just a bit of contract negotiating through the media? Well, hopefully the public outcry got the point across. That music is a piece of Canadiana, plain and simple.
  • Krava Maga - it hurts so good!
  • If you're thinking about renting Meet the Spartans this weekend, save a few bucks and give yourself a concussion or lobotomy. Same effect.
  • Red Sox bench boss Guido Aspeitia could become my favourite Regina sports figure. Dude knows how to play to his audience, that's for sure. He hasn't lived here a month, and he rattled off the names of all of Regina's "high profile" sports teams on this week's SportZone show. Impressive!
  • Last year at this time, Rider fans were outraged that GM Eric Tillman would let Nate Davis, Andrew Greene, Jackie Mitchell and Davin Bush (among others) get away. Today, the playing days of all four of those gentlemen appear to be over.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

HNIC theme silenced

The CBC, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to stop using the iconic Hockey Night in Canada theme song. Read about it here. While I'm the first to acknowledge things usually need shaking up after 40 years, this seems to be just another example of change for change's sake. Rarely has a television theme song so clearly identified a television program, especially anything produced in Canada. Hell, how many other Canadian television themes are used as cell phone ring tones by thousands of people? Once again, the CBC has its finger firmly on the pulse of Canadian sports fans - not!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

SportZone lineup for June 4

Here's the lineup for the "big show", airing tonight at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 3 p.m. on Access channel 7:

SportZone Guests for June 4/08
Community Co-Host: Corey Matthews

1. A review of the opening weekend of the season for the Regina Red Sox baseball club. Guests: George “Guido” Aspeitia (Head Coach) & Clayton Dill (Player).

2. There will no repeat national championship for the Prairie Fire rugby squad this year. Guest: Caine Elisara (Player/Coach).

3. A preview of the 2008 Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame induction weekend. Guest: Nancy Kerr (2008 inductees).

4. A profile of the Regina Rowing Club. Guests: Rasna Madhur (Learn to Row Coordinator) & Garett Mathiason (Novice Men’s Coach).

5. A preview of the 2008 Regina AAA Super Series minor hockey tournament. Guests: Corey Morrison (Tournament Director), Curtis Meger & Kye Steinke (Players).

6. A preview of the 2008 Regina Hoop Factory basketball camp. Guest: Joel Hunter (Camp Director).

Monday, June 02, 2008

Monday musings

Finally, a few free moments to compose my thoughts:

  • Football Saskatchewan put on a pretty good Level 1 technical clinic in Saskatoon on the weekend. I like that town, although not enough to live there again.
  • Who knew the Detroit Red Wings would dispose of the Pittsburgh Penguins so quickly?
  • T.J. Stancil - what happened?
  • Other than that, no huge surprises in the early going at Rider training camp.
  • Starting a new job and going to a job interview on the same day. Never a dull moment around here!
  • I drove past that big accident near Lumsden Saturday afternoon. I felt just awful for the injured people, until I heard they were driving a stolen car. Thankfully they didn't hurt anyone else.
  • Jacob's ball team went 1-2 in their tournament this weekend. Back at it tonight!