Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Locker Talk Lineup for January 29

Here's the lineup for this week's show. It aired last night at 9 p.m., and will hit the airwaves again Saturday at noon. It's also available On Demand for Access customers.

Locker Talk Guests for January 29/13
Co-Host: Mitchell Blair

1. A profile of the University of Regina track and field team. Guests: Lex Ewen, Codey Pakula & Kelsey Bohawchewski (Cougar Athletes).

2. Have you already given up on your 2013 fitness resolutions? It’s not too late to get back on track! Guest: Dan Farthing (Level 10 Fitness).

3. Our Man Carlo. Locker Talk sports movie reviewer Carlo Palazzo is back with his thoughts on another cinematic classic. This time: Trouble with the Curve.

4. The Queen City Kinsmen Club gets set to host its annual Sports Celebrity Dinner on February 8th. Guest: Les Francis (Queen City Kinsmen).

5. University of Regina Athlete of the Month. Locker Talk reporter Arielle Zerr interviews Mitch Toupin and Kristin Slinn from the U of R cheerleading team.

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

Be sure to mark this Saturday, February 2nd on your sports calendar. The Regina Boxing Club hosts an Olympic style boxing card at the Riddell Centre at the U of R. The first five people to send us an email win a free pair of tickets - courtesy of Locker Talk and the RBC!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Patrick Punches Out - Veteran Safety Moving On

It looks as though James Patrick's days as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders are done. The veteran safety sent out a message on Twitter this afternoon, thanking members of Rider Nation for their support, and said that it was an honour for him to play here.

Patrick was still under contract, so I assume that means he's been released. It'll be interesting to see if the five year CFL vet gets offers from other clubs. I'm guessing yes, although at age 31 time isn't necessarily on his side.

Patrick's release clears the way for Canadians Craig Butler, Graig Newman and Bryce McCall to battle it out for the starting safety spot. Butler was the west division all-star safety two years ago.

Cortez Climbs on Board

George Cortez has been named the Offensive Coordinator of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Cortez comes on board after one year as the head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  The tabbies led the league in many offensive categories last year - they just couldn't stop anybody.

This is a pretty impressive addition to the staff.  Under Cortez, Henry Burris has played the best football of his career - first in Calgary, then last year in Hamilton.

Last year's OC Bob Dyce remains with the team.  Head Coach Corey Chamblin will meet with the media this afternoon to explain how that all shakes down.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Locker Talk Lineup for January 15

Another star-studded lineup of guests (I certainly wasn't referring to the hosts!) for this week's edition of Locker Talk on Access 7.  The show will air in dazzling technicolour tonight at 9 p.m. and Saturday at noon. Tune in, and you'll understand what the cool kids are talking about down at the malt shop tomorrow.

Locker Talk Guests for January 15/13

Co-Host:  Mitchell Blair

  1. Members of the Regina Riot women’s football team are working out in preparation for the upcoming WWCFL season. Guests: Darren Fisher (Head Coach) & Aimee Kowalski (Riot Quarterback).
  2. A preview of a long track speed skating competition hosted by the Regina Speed Skating Club this month. Guests: Gail Horst (Club President) & Bill Christ (RSSC Coach).
  3. Fitness File. Locker Talk fitness guru Trevor Folgering is here to help you stay on track with your New Year’s fitness resolutions.
  4. An introduction to the new head coach of the Regina Red Sox baseball club, the two-time defending Western Major Baseball League champions. Guest: Jay Livingston (Red Sox Head Coach).
  5. A preview of the January 18th Darkness Falls card put on by High Impact Wrestling in Regina. Guests: Joey Vendetta & Brett Evans (Wrestlers).

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

Under the A for Eberle

Former Regina Pats star Jordan Eberle has been named an assistant captain by the NHL's Edmonton Oilers. The Oil are going with a young leadership group in support of captain Shawn Horcoff, as the other A will alternate between Nick Schultz (the pride of Strasbourg!) and Taylor Hall.

Congrats to Ebs!

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Locker Talk Lineup for January 8

You know, I really should get back to blogging at least semi-regularly. Is it too late to make that a New Year's resolution?

In the meantime, here's the lineup for this week's show - our first of 2013. It airs tonight at 9:00 and Saturday at noon on Access channel 7 in Regina.

Locker Talk Guests for January 8/13 Co-Host: Mitchell Blair

1. The Pilot Butte Storm are in a familiar place – atop the standings of the PJHL’s South Division. Guests: Taylor Clark & Casey Pirio (Storm players).

2. An introduction to the new head coach of the Regina Thunder junior football club. Guest: Scott MacAuley (Thunder Head Coach).

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

4. The presentation of the first annual Access 7 Locker Talk Regina Athlete of the Year award. The winner: Kelly Wiebe (U of R cross country/distance runner)

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

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Dickenson Moves On

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are in the market for a new special teams coordinator, after the abrupt resignation of  Craig Dickenson.  Dickenson has dramatically improved the Riders special teams units over the past two years, leaving some big shoes (cleats?) to fill.  He says he's leaving because of a scheduling conflict with an offseason commitment.

I wonder if one of the Riders two defensive backs (Barron Miles and Richard Kent) coaches will be asked to take over special teams? Stranger things have happened. Including have two defensive backs coaches on the roster!