Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tuesday stuff

A day late, and probably a dollar short!

  • Oh my Lord did the Riders collapse/soil the sheets Saturday against Edmonton! That should have been a 30 point win for the home team.
  • Unbearably hot. The home team gave the game away. And my kid got squeezed out of his seat by annoying university students. Not the best time ever!
  • I'm really looking forward to individual seats in the new stadium. A lot.
  • So, what happens this week in Calgary? The Stamps are starting to regain their swagger, while the Riders are headed in the opposite direction. This could get ugly.
  • I'm not ready to give up on Darian Durant as the starting quarterback. But I haven't seen happy feet like that since Nealon Greene called the plays for the green guys.
  • Every summer I have my kid all to myself for two whole weeks, 24/7. And then I don't see him at all for the following two weeks. The second half of that equation really sucks!
  • Oh well, at least I get to work on my tennis game during my free time. I suppose that's a good thing.
  • So how much should I expect to shell out to have a two car garage built? My mortgage is up for renewal, so I'll probably just add the amount of that project onto the mortgage.
  • Opponents of a new stadium for Regina have come up with some ridiculous arguments to support their cause. And some people wonder why this province lagged behind the rest of the country for decades!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday thoughts

The usual assortment of odds and ends:

  • Things are coming together quite nicely for the 2009 edition of the RMF Atom Cougars. Thanks to everyone who made it out for a very well-attended parents' meeting last night!
  • I can't wait for the administrative stuff to be done, and the real coaching to begin!
  • I honestly don't think Dave Ridgway's absence from this weekend's anniversary celebrations for the '89 Grey Cup champs is worth some lame attempt at radio news coverage. And lame it was.
  • Call me crazy, but I prefer my football coverage from people who may have actually been in a huddle once or twice in their lives.
  • I was going to wade in on the domed stadium "controversy" today, but I'll save those thoughts for next week.
  • I hope the east side fans don't trash Richie Hall tomorrow. Despite the fact he coaches the Eskies, Richie will always be a member of Rider royalty.
  • Now, if you want to let Mo Lloyd or Kitwana Jones have it, be my guest!
  • If the Riders can get some heat on Ricky Ray, they should have a fairly easy time getting past Edmonton. If not, it could be a long afternoon.
  • Would Anthony Calvillo's career have gone in a different direction if he signed with the Riders instead of Montreal back in 1998? It almost happened, you know.
  • Mind you, the Riders were such a mess back then, it probably wasn't that tough a decision for Calvillo.
  • Arland Bruce III is a piece of work. But I don't know if Bart Andrus is much better. That's quite a gong show they have going in Toronto.
  • Speaking of the "big smoke", if the Jays don't trade Roy Halladay they might as well resign themselves to also-ran status for the next five years at least.
  • The J-man's summer holidays are now half over. How fast did that fly by?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Monday musings

A return to semi-regular blogging, after a highly enjoyable holiday:

  • I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Riders run roughshod over the Argos in Toronto last weekend. I find a domed stadium to be a pretty fine place to watch a football game.
  • Having said that, it was even better when the roof opened for the second half of that game. So, put me down for a retractable roof for Regina's new facility.
  • A very good team (Montreal) dismantled a pretty good team (Sask) Saturday afternoon. It's not the end of the world, but it does point to some glaring deficiencies (O-line and/or quarterback) in the play of the guys who suited up in the white retro jerseys.
  • I expect a much better result Saturday against Edmonton.
  • Will Richie Hall get booed by the east-side leather-lungs? Will Mo Lloyd?
  • I understand the weather was pretty awful while the J-man and I were in Ontario. You're welcome for bringing the sunshine back with us.
  • Anyone know someone who can hook up a ceiling fan for me? The one in the master bedroom literally flamed out this morning!
  • Speaking of services required, any recommendations on a company to build a new garage? Providing it can be done without literally costing an arm and a leg, of course!
  • I'm going to have a tough time keeping the J-man out of the quarterback spot for the Atom Cougars if he keeps playing the way he did yesterday. Apparently our training program is paying off!
  • Well, it's paying off for him. I got a pulled hamstring out of the deal (damn windsprints)!
  • I'm happy to report the brown derby ice cream cone at Merla-Mae in London, Ont. is still the best in the business. Several tastings were required to confirm this analysis.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Friday thoughts

A quick breather to compose a few thoughts:

  • Having a wedding rehearsal on the night of the Rider home opener sucks. There, I said it.
  • I hope the J-man and his granddad have a great time at the game.
  • The Argos looked pretty good last night. The Ti-Cats, Esks and Bombers did not.
  • Is anyone still missing Kitwana Jones or Fred Perry? Those two were invisible last night.
  • I hope Jason Clermont has a monster game against his former team tonight.
  • I can't even begin to imagine how much pressure is on the shoulders of Darian Durant tonight. In a way, I wish this game was on the road - for Durant's sake.
  • Mind you, if he starts out strong, DD will have the home crowd solidly in his corner.
  • Mike Komisarek, Colton Orr and Garnet Exelby. Woo-hoo, start planning the parade route down Yonge Street, the Cup is coming to Toronto!
  • Or.........you know...........not.
  • In 48 hours, the J-man and I will be sitting down to some home cooking at grandma's house. Can't wait!
  • Blogging will be sporadic over the next couple of weeks, as the boy and I spend our holidays rocking the 519.
  • Hopefully I don't come back with any broken body parts this year!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Say it ain't so, Rosco!

The reigning Male Athlete of the Year at the University of Regina won't be back to defend his crown in September. I ran into Cougar hockey star Kyle Ross today, and Rosco tells me he's transferring to the U of S, to pursue his goal of attending the College of Law in Saskatoon. The former Regina Pats stalwart led the Cougars in scoring and was an Academic All-Canadian the past two seasons. Needless to say, his departure leaves a huge hole in Blaine Sautner's lineup. Good luck in S'toon, Kyle!