Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Locker Talk lineup for December 21

Here's the lineup for the Christmas extravaganza episode of the big show. It airs tonight at 9 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m., and then will be repeated (frequently?) over the holidays on Access channel 7 in Regina. We'll be back with a brand new episode on January 11th!

Locker Talk Guests for December 21/10
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair

1. An update on the junior racquetball scene in Regina. Guests: Ross Richardson (High Performance Director, Racquetball Saskatchewan) & Zoe Hanson (2010 World Junior bronze medalist).

2. An update on the Regina Capitals, who are having a terrific season in the Prairie Junior (junior B) Hockey League. Guests: Rob Dowie (Co-Coach) & Ryan Husband (Capitals forward).

3. Our Man Carlo. Locker Talk movie reviewer Carlo Palazzo takes a look at another sports cinema classic. This time: Dodgeball.

4. A look ahead to the 2011 season for the Regina Red Sox baseball club. Guest: Bernie Eiswirth (General Manager).

5. A couple of local speed skaters are having terrific seasons. Guests: Kali Christ & Taylor Leugner (Speed skaters).

6. Media panel. A review of the highlights of the Regina sports scene in 2010, and some predictions for 2011. Guest: Derek Myers (Global TV Sports).

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

Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday thoughts

The last day before two weeks of holidays. It's amazing that I can form thoughts at all, so take what you can get:

  • A big thumbs up to everyone at St. Gregory school for a stellar Christmas concert last night.
  • Of course, the kindergarten munchkins stole the show (as they do every year), but the J-man's class did a pretty darn impressive dance number. My kid, the dancer. Who knew?
  • I would have loved to congratulate him in person after the performance, but...that's another story.
  • We have a lot of leftovers from yesterday's office Christmas party. Who's hungry?
  • If there's a charity that wanted to pick up some of this stuff, I imagine that could be arranged.
  • So, a Montreal newspaper is reporting that neither Doug Berry nor Richie Hall are in serious contention for the head coaching job with the Riders. Interesting, if true!
  • I'm going to place my faith in the three wise men (Brendan Taman, Ken Miller and Jim Hopson) on this one. Seems appropriate, given the time of year!
  • It looks as though the makeover of the Regina Pats is almost complete. Will it pay off? We don't know that until next year at the earliest.
  • In the meantime, it'll be another season without a playoff berth. This has to be getting really, really old for season ticket holders.
  • Dion Phaneuf doesn't deserve to wear the C for the Toronto Maple Leafs. There, I said it. Okay, typed it.
  • Mind you, he is Brian Burke's type of guy. All bluster, with no substance. Or tangible results.
  • I think we'll be announcing the winner of the first annual Locker Talk Regina Athlete of the Year on next week's show. It's an idea that's long overdue, in my opinion.
  • "But hey, isn't someone else already planning to present an award like that?" True, but is there a problem with providing even more recognition for local athletes? The Oscars and Golden Globes seem to be able to coexist. I don't see a problem.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

In the spirit of the season, here's a look at who has been naughty (and not in the fun way), and who has been nice over the past seven days.

  • Locker Talk guests. Let's face it, people are very busy this time of year. We certainly appreciate it when folks take time out of their busy lives to talk sports on a local community channel tv show, especially at Christmas time.
  • Paul Woldu. I may not be thrilled that the Montreal Alouettes have won the last two Grey Cups, but knowing this young man (from Regina, no less) is about to collect his second championship ring softens the blow a bit. He's a class act.
  • Deja Vu. I made my first trip to this Moose Jaw eatery last weekend. The service and the food were excellent.
  • Sears Canada. The great treadmill saga continues. Six weeks and counting. Inept isn't even a strong enough word to describe the staggering, mind-numbing incompetence I've been subjected to.
  • Sports message boards. They are overrun by the dregs of society, including the chronically bitter and the exceptionally unintelligent. And yet, I keep reading them. What does that say about me?
  • Regina sports organizations (one rhymes with"Rats") that can't be bothered to return phone calls. Impressive? Not so such.
Want to add some names to either list? Go ahead, 'tis the season!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Ho Ho Ho...ly crap!

Apparently Santa needs to keep his medicine cabinet locked!

Forget about Rudolph, this is the guy I wouldn't want joining in any reindeer games!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Locker Talk lineup for December 14

Here's the lineup for this week's show, airing tonight at 9 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m. on Access channel 7.

Locker Talk Guests for December 14/10
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair

1. An update on preparations for the 2011 World Men’s Curling Championships in Regina. Guest: Derek Boe (Event Chair).

2. The Campbell Tartans celebrate a city championship in senior boys large schools volleyball. Guests: Calvin Toffan (Head Coach), Andrew Nelson & Jakaeden Frizzell (Players).

3. The University of Regina cheerleading team celebrates a gold medal performance at nationals. Guest: Thomas Rath (Head Coach).

4. A review of the first half of the athletic season at the University of Regina, and a look ahead to 2011. Guest: Dick White (U of R Athletic Director).

5. A Regina native celebrates a second straight Grey Cup championship. Guest: Paul Woldu (Montreal Alouettes defensive back).

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

Monday, December 13, 2010

Monday musings

It's Monday. Things can only get better!

  • I suspect the collapsed roof in Minnesota will at least prevent anyone from pitching a "bubble" roof as a compromise in the debate over a new stadium for Regina. Yikes!
  • It's very, very fortunate that no one was hurt when the roof collapsed at the Metrodome this weekend.
  • So the Giants and Vikings will play in Detroit tonight. It's a rare opportunity to watch two NFL teams at the same time in Motown.
  • Yes, I realize the Lions beat the Packers yesterday. Shut up.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs still stink, but at least they have bragging rights over the Habs until the teams meet again on February 12th.
  • With Carter Ashton gone, who will be the next Regina Pat to be dealt as part of the rebuilding project? Probably Brandon Davidson, but I'm thinking Thomas Frazee might also be attractive if a team is looking to upgrade a 20-year old roster spot.
  • Georges St-Pierre made Josh Koscheck's face into his personal punching bag on Saturday night. Koscheck looked like Sylvester Stallone in the first Rocky movie ("Cut me, Mick!") after the fight.
  • Did you see the yahoo fan at the Bell Centre try to get at Koscheck on his way to the octagon? I'm guessing security laid a serious beat down on that clown.
  • Is this the week the Riders announce their new head coach? I suspect it might be.
  • The J-man's basketball team finally won a game on the weekend! I have to commend the coaching staff on the job they've done with these kids. They're finally starting to look like a team.
  • The presents are all wrapped, the cards should have all arrived at their destinations by now. Bring on Christmas, I think I'm ready!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Goodbye to a Bud

I was saddened to read this morning about the sudden passing of Mark (Bud) Budinski of Regina. Bud was a regular guest on my Access sports show, in his role as Commissioner of the Regina youth touch football (TRY) league. He was also in charge of programming at the Regina Court and Fitness Club, and always greeted folks warmly at the old court club.

Rest in peace Bud, you'll be missed!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday thoughts

The things I think about, assuming I think at all:

  • Kavis Reed is a CFL head coach? For real? Well, we'll see how that works out for the Edmonton Eskimos.
  • I wonder if Paul LaPolice is trying to get Richie Hall to take over his defense in Winnipeg?
  • I have a nagging feeling that Doug Berry will be the Riders' new head coach. I'd be very surprised if he isn't.
  • Apparently Peyton Manning isn't quite washed up yet! However, the same cannot be said for Randy Moss. When a guy with Hall of Fame credentials is only contributing one catch a game, something isn't kosher.
  • Anyone checking out the UFC pay-per-view this weekend? I'm not normally a big fan, but I do want to see how Georges St-Pierre does against Josh Koscheck.
  • My hometown was hit with more than 130 cm of snow this week. It almost makes a Regina winter seem not so bad. Almost.
  • I think the Toronto Maple Leafs might actually be getting worse. I didn't think it was possible, but it looks as though it's happening.
  • Is it safe to say Brian Burke's tenure as Leafs G.M. has been less than an overwhelming success?
  • As for the local junior team, the Regina Pats look like they're a long way from being a playoff team, much less a contender.
  • When will the Pats start dealing assets? Probably in another week or so.
  • We're heading into a deep freeze around here this weekend? Awesome. Looking forward to it.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

Consider this the blogging equivalent of Santa's naughty and nice list. You do believe in Santa, don't you?

  • Mark's Mini-Tune. Mark found me a replacement bag for my leaf blower for significantly less than an online supplier wanted. Thanks Mark!
  • Regina Automotive Warehouse. Roy set me up with a fantastic set of Toyo snow tires. These things are amazing in the snow, and - even more impressively - on the ice. Me like!
  • Lakeview Fine Foods. They don't have the selection of a big supermarket, but it's a great place to stop for a few essentials. And the staff are super-friendly.
  • On-line shopping. With free shipping, I no longer have to elbow your grandma out of the way in the mall. That's a plus.
  • Sears. Five weeks and still no resolution to my treadmill issue. This just in - they suck!
  • Randy Moss. When I started the NFL fantasy football season with Moss and Atlanta's Roddy White as my starting receivers, I thought things looked pretty good. Apparently Moss had other ideas.
  • Ron Wilson. I'm not saying a coaching change will make the Toronto Maple Leafs a contender, but it seems obvious the players hate this guy. In that case, let's welcome our next contestant.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Locker Talk lineup for December 7

Hey folks, we've got a brand new episode of Locker Talk for you this week! You've been waiting a while for it, but now it's finally here. (Granted, you have to watch a LOT of Access 7 programming to get the humour in that one...)

Anyway, here's the lineup for this week's show. It airs tonight at 9 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m. on Access channel 7 in Regina.

Locker Talk Guests for December 7/10
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair

1. A look back at the 2010 CFL season for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and a look ahead to 2011. Guest: Murray McCormick (Regina Leader Post sports reporter).

2. An update on the 2010/11 season for the University of Regina men’s volleyball team. Guest: Greg Barthel (Head Coach).

3. Our Man Carlo. Locker Talk movie reviewer Carlo Palazzo gives us his thoughts on another sports movie. This time: The Replacements.

4. A preview of the 2010 Balfour Classic high school basketball tournament. Guests: Glen Fekula (Balfour Boys Head Coach), Brandon Bodnar & Jeremy Zver (Players).

5. An update on the 2010/11 season for the Regina Rebels female midget AAA hockey club. Guests: Doug Folk (Head Coach) & Nicole Mitchell (Player).

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

Monday, December 06, 2010

Monday musings

Admittedly, there's not a lot to offer today. I've been quite distracted.

  • Is Dave Dickenson really ready to be a CFL head coach? Most Rider fans seem to think the cerebral ex-quarterback should take over from Ken Miller.
  • Granted, the last time the Riders put a cerebral ex-quarterback in charge, things worked out pretty well. But Kent Austin had more coaching experience than Dickenson does.
  • I could live with either Doug Berry or Richie Hall in that position, although I'll admit neither option excites me terribly.
  • Another parallel to Austin's hiring in 2007: By the end of the 2006 season, the Riders had reached a plateau, having gone as far as Danny Barrett was capable of leading them. Some might say the team is in a similar position now. So, maybe a fresh perspective would help.
  • If Montreal had to win the Grey Cup, at least it's some consolation to know Als defensive back Paul Woldu of Regina is a terrific young man. Congrats Paul!
  • Hmm.....the Riders' starting Canadian corner (Leron Mitchell) suffers a devastating injury in the Grey Cup. Woldu may be ready to move into a starting position, after backing up other players in Montreal for three years. Is there a little synergy there?
  • It's December, and the Regina Pats only have eight wins to show for their first 29 starts. Is this season still salvageable, or is it time to think seriously about unloading assets?
  • I would imagine Pats forward Carter Ashton's value will only rise if he cracks Team Canada's roster for the World Junior Championships.
  • Mind you, the teams ahead of Regina in the race for a playoff spot aren't exactly setting the hockey world on fire, so I'm sure that complicates things a bit.
  • Ron Wilson's days with the Toronto Maple Leafs appear to be numbered. Good.
  • I may have to re-think my position on Leafs rookie Nazem Kadri. He's still terrible in his own end, and ridiculously easy to knock off his skates, but at least he demonstrates a bit of offensive creativity. That puts him in rare company in Toronto.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

This week's installment is brought to you by the letter F (as in eff you!):

  • Ken Miller. Despite his 0-2 record as a head coach in the Grey Cup, Coach Ken was a tremendous leader for "the men", and leaves his successor with some pretty big shoes (Hush Puppies?) to fill.
  • Anne Hathaway. The star of Love and Other Drugs must have saved the producers of the movie lots of money on wardrobe costs by appearing in so many scenes sans clothing. What a team player!
  • EB Games (Moose Jaw). Their excellent customer service is worth the short drive to the Band City.
  • Cornerstone Inn Pub & Eatery (Moose Jaw). Darn fine nachos, and apparently the rest of the menu is pretty fine as well.


  • Sears Canada. The antithesis of good customer service. Latest in a series.
  • The "fans" who want to pin the latest Grey Cup loss on Riders quarterback Darian Durant, or Ken Miller.
  • The classless individuals on the Montreal Alouettes who couldn't bring themselves to show their opponents any respect following the Grey Cup. Fortunately, head coach Marc Trestman made up for it with his respectful and articulate comments.

Coach Ken packs it in

I just received a text alert from TSN, saying Ken Miller is stepping down as head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Riders have called a news conference for 11 am.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday musings

Thoughts in the aftermath of the Riders' 21-18 loss to Montreal in the 2010 Grey Cup:

  • Yes, Darian Durant's last minute throw (that ended up as a Billy Parker interception) was a remarkably poor decision. It's not the reason the Riders lost, though.
  • The Alouettes receivers exposed a sub-par secondary (especially on the corners), and that was the deciding factor in the game.
  • Cornerback Donovan Alexander's confidence is shot. Completely. The score would have been much more one-sided if he had stayed in the game, actually.
  • I predicted Wes Cates would be named Grey Cup MVP. If Saskatchewan had come back to win, I may have looked pretty smart.
  • Cutting down on turnovers should be the number one priority for Darian Durant next season. Frankly, he was lucky to only be picked off once yesterday.
  • Was yesterday's game the CFL swan song for a few key members of the Riders? It wouldn't surprise me if 3-4 retirements were announced in the off season.
  • So, what improvements need to be made? Well, special teams is an obvious starting point.
  • Was anyone really surprised the Alouettes would be able to successfully pull off a fake punt? Nope.
  • It might be time for an upgrade (or two) at cornerback. An impact defensive lineman (or two) wouldn't hurt either.
  • Coaching changes? I think at least 1-2 assistant coaches will be gone, and it wouldn't surprise me if Ken Miller decides to step away from his head coaching duties.
  • Changes on the offensive line might be unavoidable, and are probably necessary. I could see Makowsky and O'Day riding off into the sunset together, as did Aldag and Poley after the 1992 season.
  • Speaking of o-lineman, congrats to Marc Parenteau on his touchdown catch in the 4th quarter. Nice job, Marc!
  • And thank you to the Riders for an exciting 2010 season. There were lots of peaks, and a few valleys, along the way - but it was a fun ride from start to finish. Thanks Riders!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday thoughts

It's the eve of Grey Cup weekend. Frankly I'm just grateful to be able to form any thoughts - lucid or otherwise.

  • Congrats to the Riders' Andy Fantuz on his first CFL Outstanding Canadian award. There should be more to come.
  • Fantuz beat out Dave Stala, who the Montreal Alouettes basically tossed on the football scrap heap following the 2008 season.
  • I had no idea (or maybe I just didn't care enough to find out) that Stala was born in Poland. We're practically home boys!
  • Mind you, Fantuz and I went to the same university - so we're obviously very tight as well!
  • Henry Burris wins the league MOP and the incessant whining stops. For one night.
  • On Locker Talk this week, Mitch Blair made Weston Dressler his pick for the 2010 Grey Cup MVP (do you really need to ask who Mitch is picking to win the game?).
  • I'm going out on a bit of limb here, but I'll pick Wes Cates.
  • The game's outstanding Canadian? Fantuz. But Chris Getzlaf is a definite possibility also.
  • So yeah, I guess I'm predicting a Rider victory as well. I won't embarrass myself by trying to predict the final score.
  • One fearless prediction I can make with 100% certainty. Cheesy treats will be consumed and enjoyed while watching the 2010 Grey Cup. Enjoy (burp) the game!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

Oh yes, we're back with another installment of the much-ballyhoed Cheers and Jeers. Can't you just feel the excitement? Let's do this thing...

  • (no brainer) The Saskatchewan Roughriders, for advancing to their third Grey Cup in the past four years.
  • The many Rider priders who are making the trek to Edmonton to cheer on the boys in person this Sunday. Be loud and proud at the game folks!
  • The U of R men's basketball team. The squad is back in the Locker Talk good books, after an appearance on this week's show by head coach James Hillis. Extra bonus points for Coach Hillis who (after being unable to secure a commitment from a couple of his players) took time away from his large and busy family to hang out with us. Much appreciated!


  • Sears (latest in a series). Their inability to service a one year old treadmill would be comical if it wasn't my one year old treadmill.
  • The Door Store. Gosh, it only took an exasperated email to the company head honchos to get a return call from their service department. Apparently the phone calls and voice mails that preceded said email weren't enough to get their attention.
  • Dwight Anderson and Brandon Browner. The Calgary Stampeders' dynanic duo of cornerbacks were about as classy as a case of stomach flu in a crowded hot tub following their elimination by the Riders in the CFL west final. Couldn't happen to a nicer couple of fellows.

Anybody have something to add to the list? Fire at will!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Locker Talk lineup for . . .later

Here's the lineup for this week's show. Alas, due to a WHL game tonight this week's edition of Locker Talk will only air once - Thursday night at 6 p.m. I know, I feel your outrage. (Edit: We're not taping a show next week, so Locker Talk will also air next Thursday - Dec 2 - at 6 p.m.)

Locker Talk Guests for week of November 23/10
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair

1. The Campbell Tartans celebrate a 4A high school football provincial championship. Guests: Ron Cherkas (Head Coach), Connor Bloom & Linden Clark (Players).

2. A recap of the CFL west final and preview of the Grey Cup showdown between Saskatchewan and Montreal. Guest: Matt Dominguez (Rider broadcaster/alumnus).

3. A post-mortem on the 2010 season for the University of Regina Rams, with two of the seven Rams named conference all-stars. Guests: Adrian Charles (Rams running back) & Bruce Anderson (Rams linebacker).

4. The Riffel Royals celebrate a city senior girls large schools volleyball championship. Guests: Lexia Chamryk & Alyssia Kajati (Players).

5. An update on the 2010/11 season for the U of R men’s basketball team. Guest: James Hillis (Head Coach).

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

Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday musings

Is it Grey Cup Sunday yet? Is it Sunday yet? Is it? Huh? Huh?

  • Congrats to the Saskatchewan Roughriders on an exciting 20-16 come-from-behind win over the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL west final.
  • Could a crushing defeat happen to two nicer (and classier) individuals than Dwight Anderson and Brandon Browner?
  • Kudos to Darian Durant and Doug Berry for figuring out the Stampeders defence after falling behind 11-0 in the first half. The Stamps were able to stymie the Riders' offense for most of the opening half by rushing three on second down and dropping nine men into coverage.
  • For a change, Rider fans have absolutely nothing to complain about from Andre Proulx and the officials. Not a thing.
  • Chris Getzlaf has made the Stampeders his bitch. How else would you describe it?
  • Henry Burris is now 0-4 against Saskatchewan in the playoffs.
  • Ryan Grice-Mullin tried to give the game away by dropping another ball on a punt return. I assume he won't be back next year? Hopefully?
  • Linebacker Jerrell Freeman saved Grice-Mullin from becoming one of the all-time villains in Rider history by falling on his fumble in the end zone. Freeman just seems to get better every week.
  • So now it's the Grey Cup showdown everyone (outside of Calgary) wanted to see. Which also means the 13th man jokes will be picking up again. Oh joy.
  • Mind you, that's a pretty small price to pay for a return trip to the Grey Cup!
  • Hands up everyone who thought - while watching the Riders beat Montreal in overtime in the first game of the season - "Wow, I sure hope this is a Grey Cup preview!"
  • The Riders are on a three game winning streak. This run of success must be particularly upsetting for some of the drama queens who inhabit Rider Nation (and a certain fan website). What are the Negative Nellies going to complain about this week?
  • Some simpleton actually suggested last week that the Riders should dump head coach Ken Miller and replace him with Richie Hall. Immediately.
  • The brain power that went into that suggestion is staggering to think about.
  • Is it Sunday yet?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Here's why you don't make your own kid the quarterback

The Western Mustangs blew a golden opportunity to advance to the Vanier Cup today, thanks to some of the most inept quarterbacking I've ever seen at the CIS level. The Mustangs lost 13-11 at Laval in the national semi-final, with 'Stangs quarterback Donnie Marshall completing just 9 of 19 passes for a meagre 61 yards and four interceptions!

So, why didn't the Mustangs replace young Marshall when it was obvious he was in way over his head? Maybe because his dad (Greg) is the head coach. Not a good scenario.

In the meantime, Western's championship dreams lay dashed on the jagged rocks of nepotism...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

Back by popular demand - a weekly look at the good, the bad and the downright fugly from the previous seven days.

  • The 20,000 + fans who made Mosaic Stadium one noisy place during last Sunday's CFL west semi-final. The noise definitely rattled the visiting B.C. Lions, and likely helped the Riders advance to the west final in Calgary.
  • The Deli Llama restaurant. This week's special (soup and sandwich for $10) is unbelievable. You won't be disappointed!
  • The J man. Congrats to the boy on a fantastic report card. Straight A's, with the exception of a B+ in phys ed. Nothing wrong with that academic performance!


  • The leather-lunged buttheads at Mosaic Stadium (and elsewhere) who can't be bothered to remove their hats for the national anthem, or keep their mouths shut during the anthem or the moment of silence for our veterans. Here's a newsflash - you are neither funny nor original. How about a nice, refreshing cup of STFU?
  • Sears. Worst customer service in the history of retailing. Seriously. And then, at the end of a pointless conversation with a call centre lackey in some god-forsaken outpost, said lackey actually asks if I'm interested in a Sears Mastercard! You've got to be kidding me.
  • The Overhead Door Store. My garage door has been wonky ever since a power outage on Monday. It's been about 36 hours since I called their service department, and still no return call. That's not acceptable.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Locker Talk lineup for November 16

Here's the (jam-packed!) lineup for this week's show. As per usual, the extravaganza airs tonight at 9 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m. on Access channel 7. You should watch.

Locker Talk Guests for November 16/10
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair

1. The Saskatchewan Archives Board has published a special commemorative magazine celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Guest: Nadine Charabin (Saskatchewan Archives Board).

2. The Regina Thunder is already planning for a return trip to the PFC final (and beyond) in 2011. Guests: Erwin Klempner (Head Coach) & Scott MacAulay (Assistant coach).

3. The O’Neill Titans celebrate a provincial 3A high school football championship. Guests: Jason Duczek (Head Coach), Meyan Piok & Brandon Ricketts (Titans players).

4. A post-mortem on the 2010 season for the University of Regina cross country team. Guests: Dale Wig & Iain Fyfe (Cougar runners).

5. The new head coach at the Regina Diving Club returns to her roots, and has big plans for her program. Guest: Laura Lunn (RDC Head Coach).

6. A profile of the University of Regina women’s volleyball team, looking for a return trip to the national championship tournament this year. Guests: Tiffany Herman (Setter) & Roxanne Olynyk (Outside Hitter).

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

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday musings

Some idle thoughts in the aftermath of a thriller at Mosaic Stadium:

  • Give the Riders full credit for their 41-38 overtime victory over the B.C Lions in the CFL west semi-final. The Riders came out like gangbusters in the second half, and held off the Lions for the win.
  • Some media outlets are calling it a double overtime win. Is that right? It was the second of two mini-games, so why would that make it a second overtime session? Wouldn't the second overtime start with the beginning of the third mini-game? Yeah, I know. I need a life.
  • Darian Durant had a terrible first half. But give the guy credit for bringing his A game out of the locker room for the second half.
  • Anyone calling for offensive coordinator Doug Berry to be fired can zip it. The play calling yesterday was outstanding. If Durant was on in the first half, the Riders would have blown out the Lions.
  • It appears Wally Buono has found his franchise quarterback in Travis Lulay. It was a treat to watch him duel with Durant yesterday.
  • What is it about the Riders' inability to defend Hail Mary passes against B.C.? Geroy Simon killed Saskatchewan with one a few years ago. Emmanuel Arceneaux caught one on the final play of regulation yesterday. And Ryan Grice-Mullin had one go through his hands that would have won the game for the Lions a couple of years ago. Scary stuff.
  • So now it's the game everyone wanted to see - a conference final matchup with the Calgary Stampeders.
  • Can the Riders win? Sure. Would it be considered an upset? Yes.
  • We can talk about schemes and other individual matchups all week long, but I really think it comes down to this: If Durant outplays Burris, the Riders will win. If he doesn't, they won't.
  • Congrats to the Campbell Tartans (4A) and O'Neill Titans (3A), who gave Regina high school football bragging rights for the year by winning their respective provincial finals this weekend.
  • Representatives of both teams will be on upcoming episodes of Locker Talk. Yet another solid reason to watch Regina's pre-eminent local sports show!
  • If the Toronto Maple Leafs are hoping Nazem Kadri will turn their season around, they'll be waiting a long, long time. The kid is softer than my midsection.
  • What the hell was with the chants of "Looou" every time Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo made a save on Saturday night? In Toronto? That's messed up.
  • I guess it's time to pull my Chicago Blackhawks hat out of the closet again. Life as a Leafs fan would be pretty depressing if there wasn't a plan B, let me tell you.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday thoughts

Hey, rumour has it there's a football game in town this weekend! Here's what I think about that, among other topics:

  • The Riders need to contain two players in particular: Jamal Robertson and Geroy Simon. If those two don't have huge games, the green guys should win.
  • Saskatchewan's offense showed signs of waking from its month-long slumber last week. Hopefully the trend continues on Sunday.
  • Let's all cross our fingers and hope the game doesn't come down to the Riders lining up to kick a last second field goal for the win. I'm sure Warren Kean is a fine person, but...
  • Let's hope Barrin Simpson's ankle injury isn't an issue. The Riders will need all hands on deck to shut down B.C.'s running game.
  • A high of plus 2 for Sunday? We'll take it.
  • I may have picked the wrong year to skip the annual year-end Regina Minor Football volunteer appreciation/awards night. I won the Coach of the Year award!
  • In the event anyone who voted for me reads this blog - thank you! And thank you to the Cougars assistant coaches, players and parents for a fantastic season.
  • Here's the scenario for next year: Reigning atom division coach of the year moves up to pee-wee to take over a team that finished 0-9 the previous year. And...winning ensues? We'll see!
  • Apparently I don't need to make plans to be in Toronto in June for the Stanley Cup victory parade.
  • The Leafs are playing like crap and the Montreal Canadians are atop their division. Yep, that's about as bad as it gets!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Locker Talk lineup for November 9

Here's the lineup for this week's show, airing tonight at 9 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m. on Access channel 7:

Locker Talk Guests for November 9/10
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair

1. The Saskatchewan Hockey Association makes plans for outdoor hockey fun in Regina, and picks a site for the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame. Guest: Kelly McClintock (SHA Executive Director).

2. A post-mortem on a successful 2010 season for the Regina Thunder junior football club. Guests: Reid Quest (Thunder quarterback) & Joey Todd (Defensive back).

3. A post-mortem on the 2010 season for the University of Regina women’s soccer team. Guests: Bob Maltman (Head Coach), Catherine Lukan & Molly Glass (Players).

4. A profile of the Regina Speed Skating Club. Guests: Bruce Hope (Club President) & Bill Christ (Coach).

5. A preview of the CFL west semi-final between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and B.C. Lions. Guest: John Lynch (Rider Broadcaster).

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

Monday, November 08, 2010

Monday musings

Seriously, who needs a psychiatrist's couch when we have the interwebs? Thank you Al Gore for creating them!

  • Okay, so maybe reports of the Saskatchewan Roughriders imminent demise were a bit premature. The Riders looked okay (as opposed to great) in beating Edmonton 31-23 Saturday evening.
  • Congrats to the following Roughrider league leaders in 2010: Andy Fantuz (receiving yards), Darian Durant (passing yards), Wes Cates (touchdowns), Barrin Simpson (tackles) and James Patrick (interceptions). Methinks Brendan Taman will be forking over some cash in performance bonuses this year!
  • How long before the Eskimos are in the market for a new head coach? I predict Eric Tillman will send Richie Hall packing by the time the Grey Cup rolls around.
  • You don't suppose ET is trying to woo Kent Austin back to the CFL, is he? Yeah, good luck with that.
  • Speaking of coaches whose current employment is on life support...how long before Wade Phillips is gassed by the Dallas Cowboys? (EDIT: not long! Phillips was fired today)
  • The Cowboys looked awful against the Packers last night. As a fan of the Green Bay gang, that did not sadden me.
  • You have to think Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers will get another shot at a head coaching gig soon. He's done a masterful job with an injury-riddled group this year.
  • Packers linebacker Clay Matthews may be the second consecutive Green Bay player to win defensive player of the year in the NFL. Maybe he'll be able to afford a haircut with the accompanying contract bonus?
  • Seriously Clay, cut the hair. You look ridiculous. Take A.J. Hawk with you.
  • At the mid-way point of the NFL season, who are the favourites to meet in the Super Bowl? I'm going with Baltimore from the AFC (only because I hate the Steelers so very, very much) and the Giants in the NFC.
  • Both Saskatchewan teams came up short in the CIS Canada West football semi-finals. The Rams spotted the U of C a huge lead, while the Huskies blew a huge lead against Alberta.
  • It looks like it's going to be a loooong season for the J-man's basketball team. Oh well, there's still plenty of time for them to turn it around, I suppose.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

It was a fast, and largely uneventful, past seven days. Let's see what we can come up with though:

  • Darian Durant. The Riders' quarterback is a public relations dream come true. He buys a house in Regina. He says all the right things. Now he just needs to start making better decisions with the football and life will be grand.
  • Regina Thunder. Thumbs up to the Thunder for advancing to the PFC final for the first time in team history. Hopefully next year the boys will take the next step in the process.
  • Mark's Mini-Tune. They're the small engine specialists on Hill Avenue. They found me a replacement vacuum bag for my leaf blower for about half of what an online supplier wanted me to pay.


  • U of R Men's basketball team. The boys didn't show up for a scheduled interview Tuesday night, and there's been no word from them since. Not cool.
  • Randy Moss. Not only have two teams grown tired of his act already this season, but his lack of production is killing me in fantasy football!
  • Saskatchewan Roughriders' special teams (or lack thereof). This one's pretty self-explanatory. And repetitive.

Okay, your turn!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Locker Talk lineup for November 2

Here's what is happening on this week's show, to be broadcast in technicolour tonight at 9 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m. on Access channel 7.

Locker Talk Guests for November 2/10
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair

1. The LeBoldus Golden Suns capture another city 3A girls soccer championship. Dynasty ensues. Guests: Ben Leung (Head Coach), Adrianna McCullough & Celia Michaud (Players).

2. The Mustangs capture the Regina Minor Football pee wee division title. Guests: Darren Finkeldey (Head Coach) & Kai Finkeldey (Mustangs Player).

3. Our Man Carlo. Locker Talk sports movie reviewer Carlo Palazzo reviews another cinematic classic. This time: BASEketball

4. An update on the U of R women’s hockey team. Guests: Laura Olsen & Triston Riemer (Players).

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

Monday, November 01, 2010

Monday musings

Let's start the week with a clean slate, so to speak:

  • The Saskatchewan Roughriders have now lost four in a row, with one game remaining in the regular season. Will the Riders rest some starters this week against Edmonton? I'm guessing not.
  • Many Rider fans have progressed from anger and disappointment to making jokes about the recent follies of their football heros. This is not a good sign.
  • Seriously, when your fan base is laughing at you, things are not going well.
  • Will the Riders turn things around in time to salvage the 2010 season? Crazier things have happened, although none come to mind immediately.
  • Some members of the Vancouver media refer to the Riders' (and formerly the Lions') fumble-prone kick returner as Ryan Grease-Mullins. Now that's a handle that fits.
  • The Rams, Thunder, Pats and Leafs all lost this weekend as well. Thank goodness for the Green Bay Packers, or I'd be thoroughly depressed!
  • Brett Favre is becoming the punch line in a very sad joke. Seriously Brett, it's time to walk away.
  • However, the thought of watching the Minnesota Vikings continue to stumble and bumble their way through the season doesn't exactly sadden me.
  • Hey Jerry Jones! Do you still think your Cowboys are going to play in their own Super Bowl this season?
  • Did you get many kids for Hallowe'en this year? 20 trick-or-treaters came calling at the Paczko estate this year. That's about half as many as last year. Anyone want some leftover candy?

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Well, that sucked!

What a lousy weekend this was for Regina sports teams! To recap:

  • The University of Regina Rams were crushed 52-29 in Saskatoon Friday night, costing the Rams a CIS home playoff game. The Rams will travel to Calgary for a Canada West semi-final next weekend.
  • The Regina Pats saw their three game winning streak come an abrupt end, as the Pats were destroyed 11-1 by Spokane at home Saturday night. When you can't keep the game within ten goals, things aren't so good.
  • The Regina Thunder lost the PFC final 32-24 in Saskatoon. It was the Thunder's first trip to the league final in the ten year history of the club. They'll be back.
  • The Saskatchewan Roughriders' losing skid has now hit four games, after a 23-17 Sunday afternoon loss in B.C. The Riders will try to stop the bleeding in the regular season finale at home to Edmonton next Saturday.
Further thoughts on the Riders, and their "performance" today:
  • Anyone who cannot see the Riders' special teams are staggeringly inept is either blind or an idiot. It really has become that obvious.
  • The Riders gave up their fourth special teams touchdown of the season this week. On the bright side, Ryan Grice-Mullin only fumbled one kick (yay!), and it was even recovered by the Riders. Sure, linebacker Sean Lucas was injured on the play, but you've gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet! (sarcasm off)
  • Darian Durant isn't in the top three quarterbacks in the league. Not yet, anyway.
  • Durant might have better luck if he didn't have to run for his life in crucial situations. As an example, left tackle Joel Bell was a complete turnstile on the final play of the game.
  • Defenses must love playing the Riders right now. You can get great pressure on Durant with only 3-4 guys, and drop the rest into coverage. Bonus!
  • The defense only gave up 16 points this week. Most weeks, that should be good enough to win.
  • Wes Cates may have just posted the least impactful 1,000 yard rushing season in CFL history. That's not a knock on Wes, but the running game (there is one?) in general.
  • An increasingly large percentage of the fan base has lost confidence in the ability of the Riders' brain trust to right the ship. I'm on the verge of joining them, frankly.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday thoughts

Well, we've all managed to survive the week - despite the nasty first taste of winter weather in this part of the world.

  • The University of Regina Rams face a tall order tonight. They can earn a CIS home playoff game, but they have to beat the U of S Huskies in Saskatoon. That's never easy.
  • The Regina Thunder face a similar challenge Sunday. They have to beat the Hilltops in Saskatoon to earn their first PFC championship. Good luck to both Regina squads!
  • The Saskatchewan Roughriders look to snap a three game losing skid in Vancouver on Sunday. Expect Lions running back Jamal Robertson to get the ball early and often.
  • If the Riders can finally hold a running back under 100 yards (it's been six games since they did that), they can win. If not, it'll be another looong game.
  • The J-man plays his first game of the RCBA season tomorrow. His basketball team has decided to name itself Chuck Norris. Odd.
  • The who's who of Regina will convene at the Victoria Club tonight for the latest installment of the cultural phenomenon known as High Impact Wrestling. The Palazzo man and I will join the denizens of the area affectionately known as degenerates row.
  • The Regina Pats will try to extend their winning streak to four games when they host Spokane tomorrow night. I almost wish I didn't have other plans, as I'd like to check out the action for myself.
  • Well, it looks as though the Stanley Cup parade down Yonge Street will have to wait a while yet. It was fun while it lasted though. Sigh...
  • Any chance we could hook Graham James and Russell Williams up as cellmates? And then throw away the key?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

It's a bit of a challenge to find things to be cheery about this week, as the weather is just ugly. But, we'll try!

  • The Regina sporting community. It is a pleasure meeting so many interesting and committed people through the Locker Talk program on Access.
  • The Regina Pats. I think we all know they aren't Memorial Cup contenders this year. But hey, a three game winning streak is a step in the right direction!
  • Clark's Luggage and Shoe Repair. For the cost of one lower-end pair of shoes, they're breathing new life into four pairs of shoes I already owned. Works for me!


  • The venom with which some "fans" have reacted to the Saskatchewan Roughriders' three game losing skid. Nobody is happy about the team's performance, but some of the on-line comments have crossed all lines of acceptable public discourse.
  • The weather. Snow should be outlawed until at least Remembrance Day. Who's with me on that one?
  • The weather, part two. Dexter the dog took one look at the snow yesterday and decided his bathroom break could be accomplished in much comfortable (ie: indoor) surroundings. Damn!
  • Regina drivers. Inevitably, the first snowfall of the year brings out the worst in local motorists. I'm pretty sure it's not a phenomenon that's unique to this city, but it sure is annoying!

Again, feel free to contribute your jeers and cheers. It's very therapeutic!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Locker Talk lineup for October 26

Here's the lineup for the "big show" this week. In case you missed the extensive and expensive advertising/promotional campaign (ha!), it airs tonight at 9 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m. on Access channel 7.

Locker Talk Guests for October 26/10
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair

1. A preview of the 2010 World Men’s Curling Championships, coming to Regina. Guest: Derek Boe (Event Chair).

2. A Regina team captures the silver medal in the elite division at the recent national touch football championships. Guests: Deron Kuski & Jordan Hardy (Megalomania touch football club).

3. Eng segment. The University of Regina Rams prepare for their regular season finale, with first place in Canada West on the line. Reporter: Mitchell Blair.

4. The high school football program at Martin Collegiate is on life support, but still dreaming of better days ahead. Guests: Perry Leitner (Head Coach) & Jake Buzila (Monarchs player).

5. A Regina track and field coach saves an athlete’s life at the recent Commonwealth Games in India. Guest: Carla Nicholls (Athletics Canada Coach).

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

Saturday, October 23, 2010

You read it here first

I took in the U of R Rams game last night. Unfortunately, the Rams lost 35-27 to the Calgary Dinos. Fortunately, I was able to observe the coming-out party of Rams first-year slotback Jared Janotta. Remember that name, folks. #21 for the Rams might be the next Andy Fantuz, only faster.

If this kid can stay healthy, I would not be surprised to see a Hec Crighton award in his future. Not unlike #83 for the Riders (Fantuz), who starred at slotback for the University of Western Ontario Mustangs before launching his CFL career.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

I haven't had much to complain about lately. So, either life is good or I need to get out more often! Anyway, here's my list for the week. As always, feel free to add your own cheers and jeers in the comments section:

  • Advanced Auto Cleaning. Chris and his crew do a darn fine job. Granted, it ain't cheap! But if you want your ride looking spiffy clean, I'd certainly recommend them.
  • Amazon.ca. Actually, most on-line retailers. With discounts on shipping (or free shipping in many cases), Christmas shopping has never been easier!
  • Dexter the dog's sitter. Nancy runs a darn fine doggie daycare (for smaller dogs only) for a darn reasonable price. It stinks that Dexter never wants to leave with me when I pick him up Tuesday nights, but I suppose that's an indication of how much he likes it there!


  • Sears.ca. I was looking for a pair of brown oxfords (ie: shoes) a few months back. Found a pair on the Sears site, but they were out of stock. Went back this week. Same shoes are still on the site, and still out of stock. WTF?
  • Saskatchewan Roughriders. No running game, run defense or special teams creates the perfect storm of football suckage. Please fix that. Thank you.
  • Colonel Russell Williams. I'm not generally a proponent of the death penalty, but I might be willing to make an exception in this case.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Locker Talk lineup for October 19

Here's the lineup for this week's show. It airs tonight at 9 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m. on Access channel 7.

Locker Talk Guests for October 19/10
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair

1. The Regina Thunder football club gets set to host the first home playoff game in team history. Winning ensues! Guests: Dwayne Masson & Andrew Sinclair (Assistant Coaches)

2. A profile of the University of Regina men’s and women’s wrestling teams. Guests: Kirk Ackerman & Steven Schneider (Cougar wrestlers).

3. A profile of the University of Regina cross country team. Guests: Graeme McMaster (Coach) & Kelly Wiebe (Cougars runner).

4. Our Man Carlo. Locker Talk movie reviewer Carlo Palazzo reviews another sports movie. This time: Major League.

5. A look back at the first place showdown between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Calgary Stampeders, and look ahead to the final weeks of the CFL season. Guest: Murray McCormick (Leader-Post Rider reporter). (www.leaderpost.com)

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

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday musings

What can I say, I've been busy today!

  • There's really nothing new I can contribute to the discussion and hand-wringing following the Saskatchewan Roughriders' loss to Calgary yesterday. It's all been covered by others.
  • The question is - what's worse: The Riders' matador run defense, the anemic running game, or the (not so) special teams? Pick your poison, I guess.
  • If the Riders end up hosting Edmonton in the west semi-final, does Eric Tillman make the trip to Regina with the Eskimos?
  • How much of a media circus would that become?
  • Congrats to the Regina Thunder, who will host Calgary in a PFC semi-final Sunday afternoon.
  • The Thunder's regular-season record of 6-2 ties the best mark in team history, set back in 2002.
  • The late Randy Shaw was honoured as CJFL coach of the year that season. Should Erwin Klempner start working on his acceptance speech?
  • Speaking of, should Frank McCrystal be a leading candidate for coach of the year in the CIS?
  • Frank has his troops in first place in Canada West and they should be in the top three when the weekly top ten rankings come out. Not bad for a team predicted to finish sixth in Can West!
  • Let's hope the Riders find a way to secure the services of the Rams' dynamic duo of Adrian Charles (running back) and Akiem Hicks (DT). We already know they look good in green!
  • Expect some rain in the Regina area tomorrow. I'm getting my vehicle professionally cleaned, so that should pretty much guarantee rain. Sorry about that!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday thoughts

It's time to blog about a little of this, and a little of that:

  • If the Rider defense can make life uncomfortable for Henry Burris on Sunday, Saskatchewan will be in first place in the west by Monday morning.
  • That doesn't mean the defense has to sack Burris. Just make him uncomfortable.
  • I suspect we're going to see lots of pictures of smilin' Hank in a black bra at the stadium Sunday. I could do without it, but whatever.
  • The CFL won't allow players to wear pink, not even for one game, during breast cancer awareness month? That's not a well thought out strategy.
  • It's becoming increasingly obvious that a portion (thankfully, not the majority) of the Roughrider fan base is insane. When the team loses, they want players cut and coaches fired. When the team wins, they don't feel the victory was convincing enough.
  • Frankly, even if the team won every game by 50 points, some folks would still find things to complain about. Wow.
  • Good luck to the Regina Thunder in Winnipeg this weekend. The Thunder can clinch the first home playoff game in team history with a win over the Rifles.
  • The University of Regina Rams are also in the Manitoba capital this weekend. The 4-1 Rams take on the 1-4 Bisons.
  • The Regina Pats are on the road this weekend. I guess their remaining two thousand fans will have to find something else to do.
  • Regina Sports Hall of Fame inductee Jamie Heward was a guest on Locker Talk this weekend. Seriously, how is Hewie not working in hockey in some capacity? It boggles the mind.
  • How would you like to show up for a game in the Adult Safe Hockey League and find out Jamie Heward and Mike Sillinger are playing for the opposition? Yikes!
  • If you haven't heard about it, the rivalry between Regina and Pilot Butte in the PJHL (junior B) is getting pretty heated. It might be worth swinging by the Al Ritchie arena on November 24th to check out the next battle between these two clubs.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

Oh yes, it's time for another installment of Cheers and Jeers. Me first!

  • The Toronto Maple Leafs. A 3-0 start doesn't mean it's time to plan the parade route, but at least it's a step in the right direction.
  • The Co-Op grocery store on Rochdale. The J-man and I were in there a few days ago to pick up our Fantuz Flakes. Nice store and helpful staff. Imagine!
  • Huffy Sports. I sent them an email asking for instructions, fully expecting to never hear back. The instructions were in my inbox the next morning. Nice!


  • The Toronto Maple Leafs. For the inevitable losing skid that is sure to follow this 3-0 start to the season. I've seen this movie before, and it always ends the same damn way!
  • The Saskatchewan Roughriders' special teams. Really, I don't think an explanation is required.
  • Casey Printers. The guy had the physical skills to be a star in the CFL. Instead he'll be remembered as a one-hit wonder. Sad. But then again, based on the photo Rod Pedersen dug up and posted on his blog yesterday, I suppose the Lingerie Football League is still an option for Printers! (My eyes! It burns!)

That's my list for this week. By all means, if someone/something has impressed or depressed you - let us know!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Locker Talk lineup for October 12th

Here's the lineup for this week's show. It airs tonight at 9 pm and Thursday at 6 pm on Access channel 7 in Regina.

Locker Talk Guests for October 12/10
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair

1. A profile of the Pilot Butte Storm junior B hockey club. Guests: Chris Lewgood (Head Coach) & Sean Delwo (Storm forward).

2. A profile of the Regina Capitals junior B hockey club. Guests: Cliff May (Assistant Coach) & Mike Brodziak (Capitals Captain).

3. A profile of the Saskatchewan Field Hockey Association. Guest: Aaron Demyen (SFHA Executive Director).

4. A profile of the University of Regina men’s hockey team. Guests: Neal Kodman & Matt Strueby (Cougars forwards).

5. A former Regina Pats star celebrates his induction into the Regina Sports Hall of Fame. Guest: Jamie Heward (2010 RSHF Inductee).

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

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

It was kind of a quiet week, but let's see what sort of a list we can come up with:

  • Roy Halladay. The best pitcher in baseball throws the first post-season no-hitter in over 50 years. This just in: he's pretty good.
  • Boston Pizza (north Albert). Not to be confused with fine dining, but the food and service were both good last night. That's all I ask, really.
  • Regina Minor Football. The amount of work Kelly Hamilton and Len Antonini put into that organization is amazing. I'm already looking forward to next season.


  • Randy Moss. He really is the poster child for the era of selfish, petulant pro athletes. Enjoy not getting to the Super Bowl with Favre in Minnesota, Randy! (but feel free to score me many, many points in fantasy football in the meantime)
  • 2-4-1 Pizza. I thought I'd try something different for our football coaches meeting the other night. Which just proves the point that different is not always good!

That's all I've got. Feel free to send in your own lists!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Locker Talk lineup for October 4th

It's still a work in progress, but here's the latest version of the lineup for this week's show, airing tonight at 9 pm and Thursday at 6 pm on Access channel 7 in Regina:

Locker Talk Guests for October 5/10
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair

1. An update on the Regina Thunder Junior Football club, and the quest for a PFC home playoff game. Guests: Erwin Klempner (Head Coach) & Dan Clark (Offensive lineman).

2. Just in time for Christmas, a new book about the 1989 Grey Cup champion Saskatchewan Roughriders hits the shelves. Guest: Rob Vanstone (Author/Leader-Post Sports Coordinator).

3. Our Man Carlo. Locker Talk’s new segment featuring reviews of sports movies, by our resident movie buff Carlo Palazzo. This week: Slap Shot.

4. A profile of the O’Neill Titans high school football team. Guests: Mason Dick (QB), Terry Giovannetti (OL/DL) & Spencer Zwarych (OL/DL).

5. The Regina Gaitors capture their second consecutive Regina Minor Football atom division title. Guests: Jeff Stusek (Head Coach) & Oliver Bolsteri (Offensive lineman).

6. A profile of the Riffel Royals high school football team. Guests: Brad Grywul (RB) & Max Ziegler (OL).

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

Monday, October 04, 2010

Monday musings

Might as well start the week off right, by getting rid of some leftover thoughts:

  • The Riders defense should be commended for making the second half adjustments necessary to shut down the Argos Saturday afternoon. The Riders D was bad in the first half. Tackling was particularly poor.
  • Darian Durant had a fantastic game against the Argos. I wondered how it was possible to combine the attributes of a gunslinger and a surgeon at quarterback. That performance proved it is possible.
  • If the season was over, who would you pick as the Riders' candidate for league Most Outstanding Player? That's a tough, tough call. At this point, I might go with Andy Fantuz over DD (but just barely).
  • Regina post-secondary football teams went 3 for 3 on the weekend, as the Rams and Thunder both posted easy victories.
  • Has any city ever been home to the Grey Cup, Vanier Cup and Canadian Bowl champions in the same year? Wouldn't that be something!
  • Rans quarterback Marc Mueller ran for 75 yards against the U of A, including two long touchdown runs. When did Mueller become Michael Vick?
  • Tonight I get to dissect the atom Cougars season with my offensive and defensive coordinators. Should be loads of fun! Wanna bet the discussion focuses on the two losses at the end of the year, rather than the five consecutive wins to start the season?
  • Let's hope this darn fine weather sticks around long enough for the J-man and I to dust off the tennis racquets one more time. Which would bring our grand total of tennis games for this year to two.
  • There's an interesting debate brewing today about whether the Riders have more than their fair share of obnoxious fans .
  • I'm not sure about that one. However, there does seem to be a significant increase in fans in the younger demographic (17-25) in recent years. And, unfortunately some of those nouveau fans seem to use Roughrider football as a convenient excuse to talk smack on the internet and get drunk and stupid at home games.
  • Mind you, that's a very small percentage of the total fanbase.
  • And, it still beats the heck out of 1999, when the team finished 3-15 and you couldn't give tickets away.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Friday thoughts

It's been a while since I posted on a Friday. Let's see what falls out when we shake the cranial tree:

  • It's a local sports smorgasbord this weekend! You could go to the Pats game tonight, or attend the cultural phenomenon known as High Impact Wrestling. Tomorrow afternoon, it's the Riders vs Argos on the tube. In the evening, the University of Regina Rams are home to the University of Alberta. On Sunday afternoon, the Regina Thunder is home to Winnipeg in junior football action. Wow!
  • And if you're into curling, the Tartan Club hosts the Horizon Laser Vision Classic all weekend long.
  • Somehow I have to get yardwork done in the midst of all that. Should be interesting!
  • If the Riders can keep Argos tailback Cory Boyd at bay, they shouldn't have too many problems with the Boatmen. They do need to get some pressure on quarterback Dalton Bell though.
  • Where are all those "experts" who thought the Riders were crazy to start James Patrick at safety instead of the long-gone Scott Gordon? Wanna bet they're the same "people" who've been dumping all over the coaching staff this season?
  • So, if the Pats are not holding down a playoff spot by the time the WHL trade deadline rolls around, it seems obvious they would (or should) trade Carter Ashton for prospects. What about Jordan Weal?
  • I think Weal will be back in the WHL next year, so I'm not sure if I'd "weal and deal". (sorry)
  • LeBron James is playing the race card in explaining the negative response to his departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Really? Just when you think somebody can't possibly look like a bigger douche than they already do.
  • Henry Burris wears a bra as a gag at a birthday party. Somebody takes pictures. Okay, I get that. But why did the woman in the photos have her shirt off? Just wondering...
  • RiderGirl disappears, and Mitchell Blair reappears on the airwaves. Coincidence? I kid!
  • Speaking of the airwaves, we're still looking for a volunteer roving reporter for Locker Talk on Access 7. If you're interested, let me know!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

Once again this week, we take a look at the memorable performances from the world of customer service, and other folks deserving praise or criticism. Feel free to add your own to the list!


  • Regina Minor Football. The lousy weather in September made for some scheduling challenges, but once again Kelly, Len and the gang came through. It's a very well-run league, despite allowing people with dubious credentials (ie: me) to coach!
  • Regina real estate agent Merv Andersen and the town of Southey. Their generous sponsorship made the atom Cougars' year-end windup even more of a success. Thanks folks!
  • Eriksen Construction. Dave did a great job with my new garage. I've already got him booked to replace my deck in the spring.


  • City Wide Security Systems. They installed the alarm system in my house, so I called them to do the same with my garage. Weeks later, I still haven't had the pleasure of talking to anyone - so let's move on to our next contestant!
  • Toronto Maple Leafs. They're teasing us long-suffering fans with some decent performances in the NHL preseason. But I won't be fooled - I've seen this movie before!
  • Sears (Cornwall Centre). I was thinking about buying a pair of shoes from there yesterday. I spent about a half hour in the shoe department. You'd think that would be enough time for a salesperson to make their way over to me. Guess not!

Okay, who or what is on your list this week?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Locker Talk lineup for September 28th

Barring any last minute changes, here is the lineup for this week's show. It airs tonight at 9 pm and Thursday at 6 pm on Access channel 7 in Regina.

Locker Talk Guests for September 28/10
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair

1. A preview of the 2010/11 WHL season for the Regina Pats. Guest: Shaun Sutter (Assistant Coach).

2. A Regina resident captures his first national championship in the Highland Games heavy events competition. Guest: Jason Johnston (2010 Canadian Heavy Events Champion).

3. A preview of the 2010/11 season for the Regina Rebels female midget AAA hockey club. Guests: Bob Brennan (Assistant Coach) & Brooklyn Moskowy (Rebels forward).

4. ENG segment. An update on the 2010 season for the University of Regina Rams football club.

5. A preview of the Horizon Laser Vision Center Curling Classic at Regina’s Tartan Curling Club. Guest: Clint Krismer (Tartan Club President).

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

Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday musings

A few thoughts on a few things:

  • Don't look now, but the Saskatchewan Roughriders have closed to just two points back of Calgary in the CFL's west division. Kudos to the Riders for a comeback victory in Hamilton Saturday.
  • Weston Dressler's touchdown catch at the end of the first half was pretty sweet, but Montreal's SJ Green still has the catch of the year in the CFL.
  • While the Riders were roaring back against the Tabbies, the atom Cougars were taking one on the chin in their RMF playoff/bowl game against the Bears.
  • Despite that, congrats to the J-man and all the Cougars for a terrific season. A 5-2 record is nothing to hang our heads about!
  • Also, thanks to the assistant coaches and team managers for making me look better than I deserve to.
  • Next year we move up to the pee wee ranks. A longer season and an extra practice a week. Should be fun!
  • Don't look now, but the U of R Rams are tied for top spot in the Canada West standings, and will likely be in the top five in this week's CIS top-ten rankings. Nice!
  • The Regina Thunder have slipped to 3rd place in the PFC standings, after back-to-back losses in Saskatoon and Calgary.
  • The Regina Pats have been awful on the powerplay, which is a major reason why they've opened the WHL season with two losses.
  • You would have to think the Pats will be better on the PP with Carton Ashton and Jordan Weal back from their respective NHL training camps.
  • I suggest we are owed this nice weather, after that miserable excuse for a summer we just endured. Let's get outside and enjoy it!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

Has it really been a week already? Alright, here's my list. Feel free to contribute your own!

  • Andy Fantuz and Darian Durant. This dynamic duo led the way in the Riders' stirring 43-37 overtime victory over league-leading Calgary last Friday night.
  • The atom Cougars. The dream of an undefeated season died last weekend, but the kids returned to practice last night fired up and determined to finish the year on a high note this week.
  • The atom Bengals. Great job by those kids and coaches in handing us our first loss of the year. Very impressive.


  • An atom football coach who would scream out "these guys are NOTHING!" in reference to their opponents during a game. Uh, those are 9-11 year old kids you're trashing. Settle down there, Vince Lombardi.
  • The Ken Miller-bashing brigade. The Rider coaches' strategy of trying to punt through the end zone for a win didn't pan out. However, they still won the game. Let's move on.
  • Jason Jimenez. The Ti-Cats o-lineman has no respect for the game, or his opponents. I can't wait until karma catches up with this clown.
  • People who have already written off the Regina Pats before the puck drops for the first regular season game. I'm not expecting much, but let's let them play a few games before passing judgement!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Locker Talk lineup for September 21st

Here's the lineup for this week's show, airing tonight at 9 pm on Access channel 7.

Locker Talk Guests for September 21/10
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair

1. A discussion with the new Commissioner of Regina high school athletics. Guest: Chuck Toth (RHSAA Commissioner).

2. A profile of the University of Regina women’s softball team. Guests: Mike Smith (Head Coach) & Amanda Foraie (Cougars Catcher).

3. A member of Regina’s kart racing community gets set to race at an event in Italy. Guest: Keith Miller (South Sask Kart Club).

4. Regina’s Lonsdale Boxing Club hosts a Canada Games tune-up competition this weekend. Guests: Frank Fiacco (Lonsdale Club President) & Don Racette (Head Official, Boxing Saskatchewan).

5. A preview of the annual Sandra Schmirler Charity Curling Classic. Guest: Amber Holland (Organizing committee co-chair).

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

Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday thoughts

Let's call these thoughts, for lack of a better word:

  • There's no real reason to think the Saskatchewan Roughriders will beat the Calgary Stampeders tonight. So, they probably will.
  • All Rider receiver Cary Koch has to do tonight is catch one pass and actually fight for a first-down, and he'll probably get a standing ovation. You know, because he's replacing PR.
  • The atom Cougars will try to cap off an undefeated regular season tomorrow afternoon against the Bengals. I'm so nervous it's ridiculous.
  • I'd be feeling a lot better about tomorrow's matchup if we had decent practices this week. Oh well, I hope 1/3 of our offense enjoyed the Justin Bieber concert last night!
  • A couple of great provincial football rivalries are renewed tomorrow night, when the U of R Rams host the U of S, and the Regina Thunder visits the Saskatoon Huskies.
  • I'd put the quality of post-secondary football in Saskatchewan up against any other province in Canada.
  • Meantime, Regina Pats training camp continues. Hurray.
  • It's official, my offspring is hanging up the blades (at least for this season) in favour of basketball sneakers. I have to admit, I'm not heart-broken!
  • I suppose it was a good idea to put that backboard up over the garage door this week after all!
  • Yes, the great garage-building caper (scheduled to start right after the May long weekend) is finally drawing to a close. Amazing!
  • I almost forgot: Do you fancy yourself as Canada's next great sports journalist? Or, do you have an interest in sports and a little time on your hands? Locker Talk is looking for someone (or a couple of someones) to file one story a week for our Access 7 sports show. Interested? Let me know through the comments section and I'll get you the contact information.
  • Enjoy the weekend. Hopefully it doesn't snow or anything ridiculous like that!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

We're back with another wildly popular installment of Cheers and Jeers, where we get to draw attention to noteworthy performances (positive and negative) over the past week. Here's my list:

  • Access 7. I'm really liking the new set and new graphics for Locker Talk. Now I guess the hosts have to pick up their game accordingly!
  • Saskatchewan Roughriders. For finally admitting defeat on the Prechae Rodriguez and Dominique Dorsey experiments. Now, about that o-line upgrade...


  • The never-ending debate over Eric Tillman's departure from the Roughriders. He's in Edmonton now. Let's all try to move on.
  • Justin Bieber. 4-5 of our players are skipping football practice because of Bieber fever tonight. Further proof that JB is the antichrist!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Locker Talk lineup for September 14th

Yes, that's right. A new name. A new set too, I'm told. But one thing that hasn't changed is our commitment to local sports coverage. Check it out for yourselves, if you are so inclined!

Locker Talk Guests for September 14/10
Co-host: Mitchell Blair

1. An update on the red-hot Regina Thunder junior football club. Guests: Stefan Endsin (Offensive Coordinator) & Shawn McCall (Defensive Coordinator).

2. A look back at a very successful season for the Regina Red Sox, including the team’s first appearance in the WMBL final. Guest: Bernie Eiswirth (General Manager).

3. The University of Regina Rams and Regina Minor Football join forces on the “Future Stars” program. Young RMF players will participate in skills competitions at Rams home games this season. Guests: Len Antonini (Regina Minor Football) & Dennis Losie (Rams Board Member).

4. The SJHL gets set to kick off the 2010/11 season, including the Game of the Week on Access 7. Guest: Laury Ryan (SJHL President).

5. An update on the women’s soccer team at the University of Regina, fresh off their first weekend of the regular season. Guests: Dana Renneberg, Adrianna Bonutti & Megan Florizone (Cougars Players).

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

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

Really? It's Thursday already? Alright then, here's my list:

  • My chiropractor, Scott Bitz and his lovely bride Shyla. Congrats you two - have a blast in Europe!
  • Regina Automotive Warehouse. An excellent choice if your vehicle needs repairs, or just routine maintenance.
  • The Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Thanks for the two points. Can we trouble you for another two this weekend?


  • The nightmarish driving and parking conditions due to the construction projects in downtown Regina. Yeah, I know - short-term pain for long-term gain. But it still sucks royally.
  • Mother Nature. Seriously, enough. Last winter was miserable. Spring was a myth. The summer was virtually non-existent. Can we please have a break you crotchety old bag?
  • Walmart SuperCentre in Harbour Landing. Big store. Lots of space. Nothing in stock.

Don't be shy, let's see your list!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Over to you, green dudes

The atom Cougars continued the Labour Day football festivities with a dominating 62-0 win over the Lions Saturday night at Mosaic Stadium. The J-man was a force at fullback, steamrolling through the Lions defense for big yardage. He also notched his first ever touchdown, and got back into the end zone on a two-point convert. His efforts earned him the nod as Cougars Offensive Player of the Game. Way to go son!

So, let's review how the Labour Day weekend has gone. Rams beat the U of M. Check. Cougars knock off the Lions. Check.

Now, it's up to the Saskatchewan Roughriders to complete the hat trick by taking care of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this afternoon. Let's get 'er done, green guys. See you there!

Friday, September 03, 2010

Friday thoughts

Another week chugs toward an inevitable conclusion, and the world keeps on spinning...

  • Is there any reason the Riders shouldn't lay waste to the Bombers in Sunday's Labour Day Classic? None spring to mind immediately.
  • The Riders have a healthy, but struggling, quarterback. Winnipeg has reasonably effective, but injured, quarterbacks. Edge goes to the Riders.
  • They might want to move the start time of the game back a couple of hours. The turf should still be scorching hot from the atom Cougars' game on Saturday night.
  • The Cougars will look to run their record to an unprecedented 4-0 by (hopefully!) knocking off the Lions on the Taylor turf.
  • I think it's also time for the J-man to celebrate his first touchdown. He got a taste of the end zone last week by scoring on a two-point convert. Now it's time to take it up a notch.
  • I really, really enjoy coaching minor sports. A lot.
  • I have also thoroughly enjoyed (from a distance) the squabbles between warring factions of Rider zealots over the past week. The Scruffy vs BigSexyDawg battle is shaping up to be a classic, followed closely by Obama vs Scott. Good times...
  • The Bombers are coming to town and Rider fans are fighting amongst themselves? WTH?
  • Mind you, the battle of the media bloggers (Pedersen vs Drinnan) has been pretty heated too. Maybe the whole world needs just an enema or something.
  • Good luck to Cougars Offensive Coordinator John Makie, as he gets set to lead his "other" team (Miller high school) into battle against Notre Dame today.
  • Access 7's new sports talk show will be on the air in less than two weeks. It was a nice break, albeit a brief one!
  • The 9th anniversary of 9/11 is coming up in less than a week. It still seems like it happened just yesterday.
  • Do you have any songs that instantly take you back to another time in your life? Apparently "If You Leave" (OMD - Pretty in Pink soundtrack) is one of those tunes for me. Who knew?

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

Yet again, a look at bright lights and dim bulbs encountered over the past week:

  • The atom Cougars. They're buying what we coaches are selling, as our record currently sits at 3-0.
  • The J-man. Took it upon himself to hold a players-only meeting to get the Cougars back on track after a couple of bad practices. Not bad for an 11 year old!
  • Transmission Warehouse. Looking for a good place to get your vehicle serviced? Look no further. Roy, Ken and the crew will take good care of you.


  • The ridiculously angst-ridden segment of the local fanbase I've taken to calling Rider AbomiNation. Seriously, relax. Football teams occasionally lose. It'll be okay.
  • Online retailers who process your purchase, then send an email after the fact advising the product you ordered is no longer in stock. So why exactly is it still advertised on your site?
  • TSN. Your new smartphone app looks pretty cool. Any reason you only made it available for iPhone users?

That's my list. Who or what is on yours?

Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday musings

The start of a new week. For some, the start of a new school year. What better time to wipe the slate clean?

  • Judging from the reaction of the less lucid residents of Rider AbomiNation, you would think Saturday night's loss in Edmonton was the seventh sign of the Apocalypse.
  • Granted, it was a nose-plugger. But, it was game eight of an 18 game regular season. Stuff happens.
  • The offensive gameplan (assuming there was one) seemed to be to get Prechae Rodriguez the ball as many times as possible. Darian Durant's performance (such as it was) was not helped by a case of tunnel vision.
  • While everyone rushes to condemn the offensive line for what they perceive as porous pass blocking, here's another perspective to consider: maybe the quarterback hangs onto the ball too long?
  • While it was obvious to anyone watching that Durant was having an off night, would pulling him have been a good move? Without a proven back-up, and in a tight game, I'm not so sure.
  • Fun fact: Three of the teams in the CFL's west division have exciting up-and-coming back-up quarterbacks. Drew Tate in Calgary, Jared Zabransky in Edmonton and Travis Lulay in B.C. The Riders have a journeyman (Ryan Dinwiddie) at #2 on the depth chart.
  • The Riders were pretty good on kick coverage in Edmonton. Kick returns remain a rumour.
  • The atom Cougars improved to 3-0 with a 30-14 victory over the Panthers at Mosaic Stadium Saturday morning. We're back on the Taylor turf this Saturday for a showdown with the Lions.
  • The J-man continues to improve daily at fullback. He had a strong game Saturday, including crashing into the end zone on a two-point convert. Atta boy!
  • Dexter the dog continues to be an absolutely delightful addition to the Paczko clan. I can't believe you guys were stressed about it!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

Once again this week, we look at impressive (and not so impressive) performers from the world of customer service - and elsewhere.

  • The atom Cougars. The harder we work them, the harder they (well, most of them) work. Sounds simple, but it really isn't.
  • Southland Safeway. They actually stock the products they have listed on the shelves! I know, it shouldn't be a radical concept, but for some retailers (Hi Walmart!), it is.
  • A little guy (first year player) on the Cougars, who comes up to the coaches after EVERY practice - just to thank us for putting the team through their paces. That's very, very cool.


  • The lower life forms who race around downtown Regina (generally on the sidewalks) on their (very likely stolen) bicycles. Called one a douche bag this morning. Felt pretty good.
  • Petcetera. If you never have any of a particular dog food in stock, perhaps you might want to order more of it? Just a thought.
  • The various individuals and businesses listed under "Appliance Repair" in the Yellow Pages. I need my stove fixed. You fix stoves. Any reason you can't return a phone call? Too busy riding your bikes downtown? Douches.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday musings

It must be a rainy Monday, because there just isn't much happening upstairs! Here's a glimpse at what little there is:

  • Don't look now, but the atom Cougars are 2-0, following a 28-12 victory over the Eskimos. The victory would have been even more one-sided if we hadn't been stopped inside the opponents' five yard line on a couple of occasions.
  • Oh well, that gives us something to work on in practice this week.
  • As we dispose of the Eskimos, the Riders prepare to do the same Saturday in Edmonton.
  • This is the sort of game that used to scare me under the Danny Barrett regime, when the Riders had a penchant for losing to the CFL's weaker sisters.
  • And really, you shouldn't look past any team that has Ricky Ray at quarterback, regardless of how bad the Schmoes have looked this season.
  • With games against Edmonton, Winnipeg and Winnipeg again the next three weeks, the Riders are poised to run their winning streak to four games, heading into a huge home date against Calgary on September 17th.
  • That's good, because Calgary has an awfully soft schedule between now and then as well.
  • Does Montreal fall back to the rest of the pack in the east if Anthony Calvillo is out of action for up to a month? Probably.
  • Congrats to the Regina Thunder, who opened the PFC season with a 32-14 win over the defending champion Edmonton Wildcats.
  • The Regina Pats open their training camp in a few days. And hope springs eternal.
  • Know anybody that repairs appliances? My stove could use a little help.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday thoughts

We all have our own thoughts and ideas. Here's a few of mine:

  • Really? That haze over the city is smoke from forest fires in B.C.? Either that or a Cheech and Chong concert, I suppose.
  • Because of the haze, will the highly anticipated RMF showdown between the Cougars and Eskimos tomorrow morning turn into a fog bowl?
  • Doesn't it seem highly coincidental that a kid would call in sick for football practice the night after getting bawled out for not paying attention at practice? Yes, it must be a coincidence.
  • Anthony Calvillo was taken off the field on a cart during last night's CFL game. Will Montreal turn to Kerry Joseph as an emergency replacement?
  • Which team is worse: Winnipeg, B.C. or Edmonton? The Eskimos get my vote.
  • I think a team with 4-6 wins will get into the CFL playoffs this year. That ain't good!
  • Will anyone be surprised when Garrett Mitchell is named the new captain of the Regina Pats? Didn't think so. He's been the captain-in-waiting for three years.
  • What do you think of the Pats' new heritage/retro jerseys? I like 'em. I could see the J-man getting one for Christmas.
  • If Dan Plaster didn't get a significant raise for adding the radio play-by-play duties to his workload with the Pats, there should be an inquest.
  • I am reminded on at least a weekly basis how much I do not miss working in the media full-time.
  • I almost turned my furnace on a couple of nights this week. It's August. That is unacceptable.
  • Is it just me, or are there more douchebags than normal driving around town these days? You know, the type of organism that drives a 1990 Sunfire like it's a Formula One race car? Yeah, they're awesome.
  • I'm really busy these days. Could I maybe just pay you to work out for me? Thanks, that'd be great.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

Has it been a week already? Okay, it's time to list those that impressed/depressed us over the past week. Here's my list:


  • The atom Cougars, for opening the RMF season with a win. About half of our players were playing their first ever game of tackle football. That's pretty cool.
  • My son. For reasons too numerous to list.
  • Track and Trail. An excellent selection of running shoes (among many other things) and very good service as an added bonus!


  • Brett Favre. I worshipped him in green and gold. Now he's just an annoying diva.
  • People who air their personal dirty laundry on Facebook. It's a website, not a therapist's office!
  • The CFL bye week. Good for the players and coaches. Sucks for the fans.

Now, the interactive portion of our program. Who or what is on your list this week?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday musings

Time to start the week with a clear cranial slate! So, here goes:

  • The Edmonton Eskimos are bad, and getting worse. The Riders visit Edmonton next week. This could be fun.
  • It's time to call a spade a spade. The Riders goofed by getting rid of quarterback Drew Tate. He provides Calgary with a very solid back-up to smiling Hank.
  • I guess the Toronto Argos are for real. The question is: does anyone in Toronto care?
  • The atom Cougars opened the Regina Minor Football season with an 18-8 victory over Weyburn. The J-man was a solid contributor on offense from the fullback position.
  • Next up, we take on a very tough (unlike their CFL namesakes) Eskimos squad this weekend.
  • After watching some of the final round of the PGA championship, I can conclude that football has far better looking sideline reporters than golf.
  • It's the middle of August, and I have yet to play tennis at the club I belong to this summer. Something is not right with that picture!
  • Access Communications will have a local sports program in the new broadcast season and yours truly will be involved. However, SportZone is dead. Further details to come.
  • I'm afraid to go visit my friend Kelly in Moose Jaw now. He has a new big screen LED tv. Of course I'm going to want one after I watch sports on his.
  • Dexter the dog looks like he lost half his body weight during his latest visit to the groomer. He's looking lean and mean. Great job Kendra!
  • Who knew Platinum Blonde song lyrics could cause such controversy in the blogosphere? Perhaps next week I'll quote Glass Tiger or something...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

A long overdue post-vacation edition of Cheers and Jeers! Are you sitting comfortably? Then let's begin: (bonus points for whomever can name the song lyric the last two lines were "borrowed" from)

  • Regina Minor Football. Kelly, Len and the rest of the crew really do a fine job. I can't wait to see/coach on the new Leibel Field!
  • The businesses/individuals who have donated prizes in support of our team's Cougar of the Week program.
  • STC/Greyhound courier service. I shipped a parcel by bus from Ontario on a Sunday, and it arrived in Regina two days later! Not bad.

  • Parents who sign their kids up for minor football, pay the deposit, talk to the coach, and then drop out without bothering to inform anyone. You suck. Hard.
  • Air Canada. A better flight schedule into/out of Regina than WestJet these days, but I could do without the three hour delays!
  • Blue Bird Cafe at Regina Beach. The quality of the legendary fish and chips is down under the new ownership.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Monday musings

Back in the saddle, after two weeks away. Here's a collection of thoughts. Do with them what you will.

  • I had a feeling Darian Durant was "off" the past few games. Now I guess we know why!
  • Having said that, Durant's performance was not the reason the Riders lost in Montreal on the weekend. Granted, he missed a few throws, and made a really awful decision/throw that resulted in one of two interceptions.
  • So, here's a question for you: Is the offense better off with DD at 80%, or with a bit of relief work from a 100% healthy Ryan Dinwiddie?
  • Three practices into the season, and it looks to be a challenging year for the atom Cougars. Players are dropping out, and others are having trouble making the weight limit. Fun.
  • And I fail to understand why people take holidays during the very time-compressed RMF season. Here's a helpful tip: if your kid is going to miss an entire week of football practice, he/she won't be playing that week! Got it? Good!
  • The J-man and I enjoyed our vacation immensely, including the almost 11 days spent in southern Ontario.
  • No broken bones or other injuries for me this year, for a change. Although my boy did suffer a badly sprained finger while we were tossing the pigskin around on grandma's front yard. The Paczko holiday curse continues!
  • Anyone who thinks London is a possible location for an expansion CFL franchise some day has never lived there. Then again, I never thought the (OHL) London Knights would draw 9,000 people a game either!
  • Thanks to LL for taking such great care of Dexter the dog while we were away. I think he misses his three new lady friends. Is it okay to call them Dexter's bitches if they're dogs?
  • I'll be meeting with the folks at Access this week to talk about the new show that will succeed SportZone on Access 7. I assume that means they want me to be a part of it!
  • A very interesting email was waiting for me in my inbox at work today. Can't say much more right now, other than I may need to brush up on what's happening in CFL markets outside of Saskatchewan. Could be interesting!
  • Alright, time to resume catching up on emails and other exciting things...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

Here it is, our weekly report on those that suck, and those that suck not:

  • Air Canada, for hopefully getting the J-man and I out of here on time tomorrow morning. Ontario, here we come!
  • A boss who lets his staff bail out early this afternoon.
  • Everyone who helped make the past (almost) ten years of hosting SportZone on Access 7 a pleasure, more than a chore.


  • Anyone who thought they were too "big time" to spend a few minutes on a local cable sports show. If people like Jon Ryan and George Reed can find the time, and they actually are a big deal...
  • The days immediately before, and immediately after, a vacation. These are the days that define "going through the motions".
  • Gold's Gym Regina. A darn fine place to work out. But the music? Not so much.

That's my list. Did anybody impress or depress you over the past while? Tell us about it!