Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Locker Talk lineup for December 13

Here's the lineup for this week's show, airing tonight at 9 p.m., Thursday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at noon on Access channel 7. It really is must-see tv!

Locker Talk Guests for Dec 13/11
Co-host: Mitchell Blair

1. The University of Regina cheerleading team captures a silver medal at the national championships. Guests: Thomas Rath (Head Coach), Madeleine LePage & Evangeline Allison (Cheerleaders).

2. Locker Talk roving reporter Arielle Wood reports on the slam dunk competition at the Balfour Classic high school basketball tournament.

3. Elite Boxing News. Locker Talk boxing correspondent Moses Alli drops in with his monthly report on local and provincial boxing news.

4. A profile of the University of Regina track and field team. Guests: Ethan Gardner, Tait Nystuen & Tevaughn Campbell (Cougar runners).

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

Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday Musings

Here's what the world looks like from this corner of it:

  • Ricky Ray is a Toronto Argo? I guess the boatmen are serious about competing for the Grey Cup in their own backyard in 2012!
  • Steven Jyles is heading to Edmonton in the trade, but I really can't see him starting for the Eskies. Henry Burris, perhaps?
  • The Regina Pats are back in familiar surroundings, and starting to string a few wins together. Good to see.
  • Jordan Weal seems to have kicked his game into another (even higher) gear after getting snubbed by Team Canada for the World Juniors.
  • Will Weal finish the season as a Regina Pat? If he keeps leading the team to wins over the next month, he very well might!
  • Tim Tebow? Really? We'll know if he and the Broncos are for real when they host New England next weekend.
  • The Green Bay Packers are 13-0, and Aaron Rodgers holds the new team single season record for touchdown passes. Life is good.
  • The stars of High Impact Wrestling did not disappoint on Friday night. A good time was had, although the sight of Santa beating a second Santa to a pulp in the ring was enough to scar any children in attendance for life!
  • Only two more episodes of Locker Talk left for 2011. This week's episode promises to be a dandy, followed by the Christmas Extravaganza next week!
  • It's going to be very, very nice to have my Sirius radio back up and running when I pick up my vehicle after work. Nothing against the hard-working people in Regina radio, but...well, you know.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Friday thoughts

Assuming there are 1-2 functioning (ie: not frozen) brain cells up there:

  • I don't know who the next head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders will be. I do, however, know that whenever a fan opines "We should hire..." I want to respond with "Based on your extensive knowledge of what exactly?"
  • It'll play out the way it plays out. In the meantime, it's fun to speculate.
  • The Regina Pats must wonder what it takes. For the second straight year, the Riders' search for a bench boss is receiving extensive media coverage during the CFL off-season.
  • Mind you, in some of the past few years the play of the Pats had pretty much made them irrelevant by December anyway.
  • The Pats travel to Moose Jaw tonight for the first meeting between the two clubs since the Warriors' Tanner Eberle "fought" Pats star Jordan Weal. It could get interesting.
  • Speaking of wanton violence, the stars of High Impact Wrestling invade the Victoria Club again tonight. The upper crust of Regina's social elite will be in attendance.
  • If there were such an award (and there really should be), who would you vote for in the competition for Regina amateur athlete of the year? I'd probably go with curler Amber Holland.
  • Jason Ackerman (mixed) also won a national curling championship. After that, who else shone on a national or international stage?
  • So, the J-man's school holds its annual Christmas (not Holiday!) concert next week, but only the K - grade 5 kids are performing. That's odd.
  • I normally look forward to the show, but with a kid in grade seven there's really no point in attending!
  • My holidays start in six days. Mentally, I'm already gone!
  • I'm getting really good at doing your job! How about you give it a try for awhile?

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

Jeers are becoming harder to come up with. Either it's the festive nature of the season, or I need to get out more!

  • Thumbs up for Rod Pedersen, who returns to hockey broadcasting in a big way over the holidays. "Rodzo" will be the radio play-by-play voice of Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships.
  • District Fitness Studio. Eating healthy sucks, but the new training regimen is pretty cool.
  • U of R cheerleading team. Congrats to the crew on a silver medal performance at nationals last weekend.


  • Regina drivers. If traffic is backed up on the Ring Road, that doesn't mean you get to pass on the shoulder, ya maroon!
  • 7 am workouts. A necessary evil, but so very, very unpleasant!
  • SportMart (Albert Street). Some good deals to be had, but absolutely no customer service.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Locker Talk lineup for December 6

Here's the lineup for this week's show, which aired last night at 9 p.m. on Access channel 7. But don't be distraught, you can still catch it Thursday at 6 p.m., Saturday at noon, or through Access' On Demand service. Heck of a deal, really!

Locker Talk Guests for Dec 6/11
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair

1. A preview of the Balfour Classic high school basketball tournament. Guests: Glen Fekula (Tournament Chair/Balfour Senior Boys Coach), Brandon Buttazoni & Tanner Brightman (Players).

2. Regina athletes return from an international karate competition in Chile. Guests: Todd Parker, Mike Tchozewski & Heather Nelson (Team Canada - Karate).

3. A profile of the University of Regina women’s hockey team. Guests: Stephanie Sawchuk (forward) & Courtney Mish (defense).

4. The Dundee Wealth Regina Super Curling League is into the home stretch, with the finals on Access 7 next week. Our resident curling guru previews the match-ups. Guest: Mark Lang (Curler/commentator).

5. A Regina rink celebrates a national mixed curling championship. Next up, the world! Guests: Jason Ackerman (Skip) & Colleen Ackerman (Lead).

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

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Thursday Cheers and Jeers

Running into any exceptional, or abysmal, service on your Christmas shopping (or other) exploits? Make sure to tell people about it, right here! Tell you what, I'll go first:

  • Joe Kapp and Angelo Mosca - the battling septuagenarians may very well have provided the highlight of the 2011 Grey Cup. The game itself? Meh.
  • Hill Avenue Drugs. Andrew, Mike and the gang provide exceptional service. Without fail.
  • Legends Sports Memorabilia. Despite his woeful taste in pro sports teams (Flyers/Patriots), Trent will probably have something for the hard-to-shop-for sports fanatic on your list.


  • Washington Capitals. It's sad when a decent coach (Bruce Boudreau) loses a power struggle with a whiny "superstar" (Alex Ovechkin). Oh well, that's show biz!
  • Walmart (south Regina). Do they ever have anything in stock?
  • Toronto Maple Leafs. Yet again, the Boston Bruins expose the Leafs' matador defense and porous goaltending. Burke's boys have a long way to go before they can be considered legitimate contenders.