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Friday, July 29, 2011

TGIF


The Bombers continued their strong start to the season winning 25-20 over the woeful BC Lions. It was all for Coach Richard Harris last night and I think his defense did him proud. 6 sacks and a forced fumble not to mention numerous plays in the backfield made for another stellar performance by the leagues best defense. I thought Alex Suber played a great game in the secondary for the Bombers. The Lions defense played really well, definitely their best game of the season so far. having given up over 30 points in the first four games they kept the Bombers to 25 but it still wasn't enough to get their first win. I thought the Lions D line did a great job and they came up with 4 sacks and a couple forced fumbles. Oh and did i mention they knocked Buck Pierce out of the game. Man that guy takes a lot of hits and good on him for getting back up every time but wow. how do you expect to keep an injury prone quarterback healthy if he gets hit 10 times a game. They weren't little pillow hits either. Pierce had a pretty good game going completing 11 of 18 for 206 yards and  TD. But his counterpart Alex Brink came in and threw a touchdown as well and played pretty well securing the win for the Bombers. Winnipeg sits first in the East at 4-1 but Montreal will get a chance to tie that record tonight in Hamilton. BC on the other hand is 0-5 and in desperate need of a win. Especially if Sask can win at Mosaic tomorrow.

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The Riders will look for their first home win of the season tomorrow at Mosaic. they are 0-2 so far at home, something that is unheard of in the last few years. The Stamps have been inconsistent both on offense and defense and on top of that they always have trouble playing in Saskatchewan. Henri Burris and the Calgary offense has struggled finishing drives and making plays when they need to on second down. In my opinion they are lucky to have 2 wins on the season. The Riders might be without Wes Cates for Saturday as he is listed as doubtful and will be a game time decision. Hugh Charles would get the start in his stay probably sharing some reps with Brandon West. Chris graham wont be playing either after an ankle injury last weekend. This is a big game for both clubs, The Riders have a chance to jump into a tie for second at 2-3 while the Stamps are looking to right the ship so to speak. The Rider defense is going to need to duplicate their effort from Sunday and Darian will have to play well. I don't expect anything less from either side of the ball.  Should be a great game to watch, or listen too, catch it on 620 CKRM.

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The Jays took the series over the orioles last night with an 8-5 win at the Rogers Center. Cody Rasmus made his Blue Jay debut in center field but had a bit of a tough night at the plate. John Ferrel had him batting in the number two spot ahead of Jose Bautista and he went 0 for 5 with a couple of strikeouts. Today is another day however and the Jays are taking on the Rangers. Bautista went 1 for 4 on the night and he still hasn't hit a home run since coming back from his injury. Tonight Brett Cecil will try and duplicate his last start on the mound when he pitched a complete game shutout against the Rangers. Cecil is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA over his last three starts. He will be up against Alexi Ogando for Texas. The Jays lost 2 of 3 in Texas last week but they should have won 2, giving up a lead in the 9th inning to lose in game 2 of the series. First pitch is at 705.

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Tiger Woods tweets that his left leg is OK and he's returning to the PGA Tour next week at the Bridgestone Invitational on one of his favourite courses. The former Number 1 will end an 11-week injury-forced absence at Firestone Country Club, where he's won seven times during his career.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday

Week 5 kicks off tonight with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at home to the BC Lions. The CFL and the Bombers have had a rough week with the death of coach Richard Harris. I feel that Winnipeg will be playing in honor of their coach and will come up with a big and emotional win tonight at home. The Bombers are 3-1 and sit tied with the Allouettes for first in the East. Buck Pierce is coming off his best game of the season throwing for well over 300 yards and 3 second half touchdowns in a win over Toronto. The Winnipeg defense has been lights out all season and I don't expect any less against Travis Lulay and the Lion offense. The Lions have been slow starters in every game so far this season and I don't see them getting win number one tonight on the road. Both sides of the ball have been inconsistent for the Leo's. Lots of talk about whats going to happen about Wally Buono should this losing streak continue. Milt Stegal even said it on TSN last week that he felt the winningest coach in the CFL should be let go. I'm not so sure yet, Buono was able to salvage a 1-7 start last year to take the Riders to double OT in the West Semi-Final. I think he is a capable coach but that injuries and mental errors have plagued his squad so far this season. At the same time maybe its the coaching that's causing those errors...who knows besides the people in and around that dressing room and I'm not one of them. Could we see him let go after a loss tonight??? Time will tell. Game time is 6 o'clock.

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A good day of practise yesterday for the Riders in preparations for Saturday night. No Wes Cates in the backfield and no Chris Graham at Linebacker. Wes is a little sore and didn't participate and Graham hurt his ankle in Sundays game with the Allouettes. I expect Kye Stewart will fill in his spot this weekend if hes not ready to go. The backfield reps were shared between Stu Foord and Brandon West but hopefully Cates is back at practise today. There are a lot of players on this squad who had connections with Coach Richard Harris and that was the topic of many interviews after practise finished. Barrin Simpson spent time playing under him when he was in Winnipeg and he said he was a great guy and that it is a huge loss for the Bombers. Head Coach Greg Marshall was best friends with Harris and he got choked up as he said "I am the oldest of 7 kids...I never had an older brother....he was my older brother." Talk about tugging at the heart strings. Its been an emotional week in the CFL from fines to death and I imagine that emotion will show in every game this weekend.

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Well the Jays made some moves yesterday and from my perspective and many others they were winning moves. They were apart of a three team trade that sent P Octavio Dotel, P Edwin Jackson, OF Corey Paterson, P Marc Rzepczynski and three players to named later and some cash to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Jays acquired pitchers Brian Tallet, Trevor Miller, and P J Walters, 3rd baseman Mark Teahen and most notable infielder Cody Rasmus (shown above). The White Sox got Pitchers Jason Fraser and Zach Stewart in the deal. The Jays bullpen got a little lighter but the acquisition of Rasmus is absolutely incredible. He was a first round pick in 2005 with some huge potential. He was batting .240 with 11 home runs and 40 RBI so far this season with the Cards, in his 385 games over three seasons he is batting .259 with 50 homers and 158 RBI's. Brian Tallet will come the the Jays for the second time in his career and as Scruffy said yesterday on the sportscage, "If you already have Frank Fransisco why do you get Brian Tallet, that's just like pouring gas on the fire, hes horrible. Now I agree that he wasn't good when he was in Toronto but I haven't been following him since then so I have no idea if hes improved or not, but I will take Scruffy's word for it. Tonight the Jays will look to take the series over the Orioles at the Rogers center. They won yesterday 3-0 on a stellar start by Ricky Romero who pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings. Carlos Villinueva gets the start for the Jays and the O's will counter with Brad Bergesen. First pitch 505 PM.

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Lots of moves in the NFL yesterday and today, Reggie Bush is on the way to Miami along with Kyle Orton, Hasselbeck to the Titans while the Seahawks acquire Sidney Rice. Kevin Kolb on his way to Arizona and Haynesworth sent to the Patriots (No surprise the Redskins didn't want him anymore). A lot of guys signing as DeAngelo Williams and Steve Smith stay in Carolina, Mason Crosby signs a 5 year deal with the Packers, Weddle becomes highest payed safety in the league in San Diego, Santonio Holmes signs with the Jets, Tom Coughlin signs extension with the Giants, and Matt Lienart signs with the Texans. there are plenty more and even more to come but I will try to keep up to date on the significant ones. Man I'm glad the NFL is back, had my fantasy draft yesterday and I'm pretty happy with my picks. Doesn't get any better than this.

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NBA owners and players will resume talks toward a new collective bargaining agreement Monday, a month after the lockout started. Though both sides have been talking and met on multiple occasions since July 1, this will be the first meeting to include commissioner David Stern, union executive director Billy Hunter, owners and players. Courtesy the Canadian Press.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wednesdays Sports


The Regina Pats officially announced the hiring of head coach Pat Conacher yesterday afternoon. The team is very excited to have Pat behind the bench and he brings a plethora of playing and coaching experience to the club. As a player he spent 571 games in the NHL with the Rangers, Oilers, Devils, Kings and Flames finishing with 139 points. He won the Stanley Cup in 1984 with the Oil and went to the finals with the Kings in 93. The year my Leafs should have went but that's another matter all together. He also played 459 games in the AHL scoring 362 points. Pat also has a lot of coaching experience in the NHL, AHL and WHL including time as an assistant with the Pheonix Coyotes. Most recently he was assistant GM and assistant coach with the Chilliwack Bruins. He pursued this job like crazy and it seems he will be a good fit for the organization. Its been three straight seasons without making the playoffs for this hockey team, hopefully Pat can turn it around.


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The Riders hit the practise field today for the first time after a huge 27-24 win over the Allouettes on Sunday. All three phases of the game were much better for the club over the weekend and they will be working hard to make sure that happens two weeks in a row. This weekend is a chance to prove that this last win was for real and that the Riders have what it takes to be the elite team we've become accustomed to. The Stampeders are a team that are coming off a loss to the Edmonton Eskimos, largely because of their own mistakes. Henry Burris hasn't looked his regular self and he always seems to have trouble at Mosaic. We will see if the crowd and the defense can get to him. Big game this weekend and I'm looking forward to the halftime show, its been 3 weeks since the last home game.


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My condolences go out to the family and friends of Winnipeg Blue Bomber assistant coach Richard Harris. He collapsed in his office yesterday and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. I never knew or met the guy but from what I've heard he was a great coach and an even better man. The Bombers play tomorrow against BC.


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The Jays got lit up by the last place team in the AL, the Baltimore Orioles last night 12-4. Brandon Morrow had plenty of issues on the mound only making it through 3 1/3 innings giving up 7 runs 6 earned. Just when the Jays got back in the game 4-3 on a Adam Lind 3 run homer, the O's pulled away scoring 3 in the 4th and 3 in the 5th. A scary moment when Jose Bautista was hit in the head with a 91 mile an hour fastball, luckily it hit his helmet. He said after the game that he was fine and didn't feel dizzy or like he had any problems. The Jays will get another chance tonight at the Rogers Center with Ricky Romero on the mound up against Alfredo Simon. Also this just in the Blue Jays acquired pitcher Edwin Jackson and infielder Mark Teahen from the Chicago White Sox for reliever Jason Frasor and pitching prospect Zach Stewart this morning.


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David Beckham and Wayne Rooney face off tonight as the best of Major League Soccer battles Manchester United in the annual MLS all-star game in Harrison, New Jersey. Beckham, a former Man U star, now plays for the LA Galaxy of the MLS. Meantime, Toronto FC hosts Real Esteli in Champions League action.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Week 4 Review


Well is was a crazy weekend for football not only for the Riders but for a number of teams in the CFL. The Hamilton Tiger Cats won their second straight game of the season beating BC on Friday. It seems Kevin Glenn is finding his stride and clicking with his offense, how about Chris Williams, is he good enough or what?? The Ticats looked to be in the same boat as the Riders, the expectations outweighed the ability to win. But as always in the CFL the unpredictable becomes reality. On the other side of that game the BC Lions dropped to 0-4, losing at home again. This is a team that many thought (including myself) would challenge for first in the West, they currently sit in last place in the league. Its been a tough start for the Leos not only to the season but in every game so far, they fall behind early and have to claw back. They have made some valiant efforts including week 1 against the Al's and more recently against Hamilton. I still think they will be a tough team to beat down the stretch. Now most people in our sportscage pool, I think everyone except me actually picked the Argos to beat the Bombers. Now I'm not patting my own back but I have no idea why anyone would pick the Argos without Cory Boyd. Cleo Lemon left with an injury and it was good to see Dalton Bell get it done out there but this is a team that needs to run the ball more than they pass. Winnipeg on the other hand is 3-1 and has what looks like the most dangerous defense in the league. The have constant pressure on the quarterback and the secondary has played really well. Look out if Buck Pierce can stay healthy and perform like he did in the second half this weekend. They deserve the tie for first in the East. The battle of Alberta resumed for the first time in 2011 and Calgary is not the same team as last year, Edmonton neither. The Eskimos have the best record in the league??? I don't think anyone dreamed of that before the season started. Ricky Ray and Fred Stamps are the most dynamic duo so far this year and on top of that the defense is playing well. Beating Calgary in Calgary for the first time in 7 matchups is a huge feat and really solidifies their place as a serious opponent for any team. Calgary on the other hand looks tentative, uneasy, nervous, prone to mistakes. The analysts around Saskatchewan were right on this one so far, that the Stamps would not be as good as previous years. Burris has yet to find his groove and the offense looks inconsistent. The defense has lost a lot of starters and they look good at times and not so good at others. In my mind the West is completely up for grabs even with Edmonton undefeated, you have to think they will hit a rough patch at some point this season and leave an opening for another team to overtake them. However there is no sign of that happening yet. The Riders made a break through on Sunday beating Montreal and optimism is abound again in our province. The next step is duplicating that effort on Saturday at home against the Stampeders. I think this team knows that they aren't out of the woods yet and that they have to continue to work to win. The Allouettes on the other hand suffered their first loss and their biggest question is will Anthony Calvillo be back next week. Its been said already but minus their Hall of Fame quarterback the Al's are just another team. In conclusion who would have thought the the Eskimos and Bombers would be at the top of their respected divisions this year and that's why we all love the CFL, anything can happen.

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While I'm at it might as well preview the next Series between the Blue jays and the Orioles which kicks off tonight. The Orioles are 4-4 in their last 8 games while the Jays have won 9 of 13. Most recently dropping 2 of 3 in Texas. Jake Arrietta goes for Baltimore tonight and has struggled as of late, he hasn't gone more than 5 innings in 4 of his last 5 starts. In his last start however he pitched well against the Red Sox giving up only 3 runs over 7 innings in a loss. Brandon Morrow gets the start tonight for the Jays and he has been lights out in his last month of pitching. He hasn't lost since June 11th against the Red Sox and most recently pitched 7 strong against the Mariners giving up 3 runs and striking out 7. Morrow has returned to the form that fans saw at the end of last season. Yunel Escobar has been swinging a hot bat as of late in an average over .400 in his last 21 games. Jose Bautista will get the start at third base and word is Brett Lawrie is starting to find his game in AAA Las Vegas coming back from an injury. Game time tonight is 505 at the Rogers Center.

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The Red Sox moved to 30-10 with a 19-7 win over the Weyburn Beavers on Monday night at Currie Field. Mitch MacDonald and Josh Young led the way with three hits apiece, while Tyler McWhirter earned the win working 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. After an off-day Tuesday, the Red Sox return to action on Wednesday in Weyburn. The regular season wraps up on Thursday night at Currie Field, and the playoffs begin on Saturday at 2:00 with the Red Sox hosting an opponent to be determined.

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I am so excited the NFL is back, things will be crazy this week with about 5 months of off season moves crammed into a few days. There are about 1 thousand veterans, draft picks and undrafted rookies that need to be signed by the 32 clubs.  I am not complaining whatsoever, Ive already signed up my fantasy football team and look forward to Sundays this season.

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Kris Draper has called time on his playing career. The veteran Detroit Red Wings forward retired today after 20 seasons in the NHL. The 40-year-old helped the Wings win four Stanley Cups and was named the NHL's best defensive forward in 2004.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Win Number 1



How about dem apples. What a win for the Riders beating the Allouettes in Montreal 27-24 last night. The Defense looked good from the start of the game and after a field goal forced the Allouette offense to three straight 2 and outs. Later Dario Romero would lay the boom on Anthony Calvillo as he was throwing the ball and it was picked off by Sean Lucas. Calvillo was hurt on the hit and didn't return to the game, talk about a break for the Riders. Apparently he suffered a scratched cornea so Adrian Mcpherson came into the game and did OK but he is no Anthony that's for sure. The Riders played much better than the week before and they had their first lead of the season in the first quarter 4-3. Talk about a longtime coming. I had an inkling all week that this team was going to surprise everyone so I picked them in our sportscage pool and what do you know I was right. Durant did a good job, Dressler looked good, and the offense looked much more in sinc than it has all year. Though Darian only threw for 177 yards he was smart with the football and I think more importantly he ran with it. Analysts and fans alike all talked about how Durant cant be a drop back passer on every down and they were right. When Darian uses his legs big things happen and last nights win was HUGE. One question I do have however is why in hell we didn't kneel down 3 times to end the game with 46 odd seconds left. Hugh Charles fumbles and gives the Allouettes some life, but Effrim Hill came up with the big odd side kick recovery after a Mcpherson TD run. The 1-3 Riders are in sole possession of third in the West just 2 points behind Calgary for second place with the Stamps in town on Saturday. A Rider win would put them in a tie for second place. Talk about a turn around from last week.

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The Jays salvaged a win in Texas last night over the Rangers in a 3-0 shutout. Brett Cecil continues to improve since coming back up from the minors pitching a complete game 4 hit shutout on a very good offensive team. He struck out 7 batters in the game. Jose Bautista got his 70th RBI in the 6th inning, Encarnacion and Snider picked up RBI's in the 6th as well and they were the only runs of the game. 3-0 Final. Next action for the Jays is tomorrow when they kick off a three game set with the Orioles at the Rogers Center. Brandon Morrow will start the first game up against Jake Arrieta.

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The Regina Red Sox got another home win yesterday against the Mellville Millionaires 5-2. The Sox are now 29-10 and are 9 games ahead of the Millionaires for first in the East Division. They are home again tonight at Currie Field taking on the Weyburn Beavers at 705 PM.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday Night Football



The Riders are in Montreal for 5 o'clock today looking for their first win of the season against the best team in the league. The Al's lit up the Riders at Mosaic in week 2 scoring 39 points highlighted by Anthony Calvillo's 5 TD performance. The defense played better in week 3 but the offense let them down big time. Its going to take a full team effort if they even have a sniff of making this game a close one. Jamal Richardson is back in the lineup for Montreal and he is always a threat alongside S.J. Green, Brian Bratton among others. Brandon Whitaker had his best game of the season in week 3, so basically what I'm saying is the defense is going to have to play outstanding. Luc Mullinder is getting the start on the end while Dario Romero has been moved inside to the tackle position. Remond Willis is the other end looking to get some pressure on Calvillo. Tristan Jackson gets the start at corner in place of the recently released Tad Kornegay. Craig Butler will sit this one out. On the other side of the ball Darian Durant and his receiving core are going to have to really step up their game. I'm glad to see that Jason Clermont will be playing at slot back tonight, I think he will be much more effective at that position. I also think that establishing the run early will go a long way in helping Durant make plays as the game goes on. Hugh Charles is back in the lineup after his hamstring injury so hopefully he can get into the game and make some plays. Kickoff is 5 o'clock on 620 CKRM.

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The Edmonton Eskimos made it 4-0 on the season last night with big in in Calgary over the Stampeders. It was a good game to watch, Ricky Ray had a decent game, nothing special when it comes to his numbers but he was able to make plays when he had to and got the win over their Alberta Rivals. He finishes 12-27 for 229 yards 2 TD and 1 INT. For Henry Burris number wise he looked good completing 28 of 46 for 372 yards and 2 TD but there were a number of key second downs where he missed his throw or his receivers let him down. The Stamps looked flat in the first half not moving the ball very well and giving up some big plays on defense. In the second half however their D stepped up and gave them a chance to win but the offense just couldn't score, a couple of missed field goals and some missed plays and the Stamps fall to 2-2. They are probably lucky to have 2 wins because they have not looked good in any of their 4 games.

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Buck Pierce apparently had a great game, I was golfing and didn't get to watch this one but he threw 3 second half touchdowns to rally Winnipeg to a 33-24 win over the Argos. He finished with 361 yards passing and those 3 touchdowns. Finally he had a good game because prior that Bomber offense was stagnant. Look out for Winnipeg if they can continue that because I think they have one of the best looking defenses in the league. Now I cant say much about yesterdays game because I didn't watch but by looking at the stats the Argos faded in this just like they seem to do every week. Cleo Lemon looked good to start the game going 5 for 5 on a TD drive but had to leave after a hit to the head by Linebacker Joe Lobendahn. Dalton Bell replaced him throwing for 169 yards 1 TD and 2 picks. The absence of Corey Boyd really hurts this offense which doesn't really have a good quarterback.

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The Jays bullpen let another one get away last night. Carlos Villenueva started the game for the blue birds going 5 and 2/3 giving up 3 earned runs on 10 hits. Bautista got his 69th RBI of the season and the Jays were up 4-3 heading into the 9th. Mark Rzepczynski came into the game and walked the first batter he faced than the next batter laid down a bunt which he bobbled but recovered and threw him out at first......but the ump called him safe. On the replay Lind stretched keeping his foot on the bag but the umpire said he was off and so runners at first and third with no out. In comes John Rauch who gives up a run on bunt and then Micheal Young delivered a walk off double to end the game and hand the Jays their second straight loss to the Rangers 5-4. They get another shot at them tonight at 6 o'clock with Brett Cecil on the mound against Alexi Ogando.

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The Regina Red Sox are in action this afternoon at Currie Field taking on the Mellville Millionaires. First pitch is at 2.

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It's the final day of the RBC Canadian Open and Bo Van Pelt has everything to play for. Van Pelt stormed to the top of the leaderboard with a third-round 5-under 65. Standing in his way will be Canada's Adam Hadwin. Hadwin trails by one stroke after hitting a 68. A victory makes him the first Canadian in 57 years to win the tournament.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saturdays Sports


What a game last night between the BC Lions and the Hamilton Tiger Cats. The first quarter the Ticats jumped out to an early lead 14-0 and in the second 21-7 but the Lions wouldn't go away and tied the game at 21 with a few minutes left in the half. The Cats got the ball back and got just past midfield, instead of throwing for the endzone or taking a knee out comes Justin Medlock for a 55 yard field goal. He nails it with probably 3 or 4 yards to spare. Pretty risky call by Hamilton because that could have come back the other way but I guess when you have a kicker that is that good you can take those risks a little easier than some teams. How about the Ticat rookie Chris Williams, the guy weighs like 40 pounds less than me, that's saying a lot because football players are much bigger than I am. Yet he found a way to put up over 160 yards in the first half alone with a touchdown. His speed and catching ability is quite amazing to watch, it seemed every time he touched the ball that he was going to score a TD. Chris Cuthbert said something during the broadcast about how the CFL is a great place for those guys who are undersized yet very talented who wouldn't otherwise get a job. Great game becoming the highest 1 game receiver with 189 yards. In the second half we saw some great defense to start the third with knockdowns and sacks. Hamilton did score another TD on a pass to Dave Stala his second of the game to go up by 10. But back came the Lions, first a Jamal Robertson TD run and then a Paul McCallum Field goal. 31-31. 2 minutes left the Ticats have the ball and march it down to set up a 25 yard Medlock field goal. He misses his first of the season but does get the single point, 32-31. The Lions proceed to turn it over on downs, the Ticats score a Avon Coburne TD run the very next play and give the Lions the ball back with 45 seconds down by 8. Lulay did what he could but in the end it wasn't enough, final score 39-31. I can tell you the Riders look a lot worse at 0-3 than the Lions do at 0-4. BC did make mistakes but they competed the whole game and were never out of it. The Riders need that kind of effort come Sunday.

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The Jays got spanked 12-2 by the Texas Rangers last night. Jo Jo Reyes was lit up and didn't look good at all. The bats didn't show up for the Jays while Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis had a good game. Pitched a no hitter into the 6th until J P Arencibia finally snapped his 0 for with a solo home run, the first of two on the night and the only Jays runs. Can say enough about Nelson Cruz who drove in 8 runs yesterday. He was clutch every time he came up to bat and was the difference in this one. Next game between these clubs in tonight at 6 o'clock. Carlos Villinueva gets the start against Matt Harrison.

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The Regina Red Sox took a rare loss at Currie Field last night 8-7 to the Yorkton Cardinals. I wasn't there so i cant tell you what happened. Next action is Sunday at home to the Melville Millionaires 205 at Currie Field.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Winnipeg Jets Unveil New Logo

I think they will take a little while to get used to but they look pretty good. I want to see a jersey before I make the final assessment.

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Its the last day of practise before a plane ride and a second date with the best team in the league on Sunday. The Allouettes have yet to lose while the Riders have yet to win this season. I think this is a key game in the season for the Riders who could go 0-4 for the first time since 1995. I'm not saying they have to win but I am saying they need to have a good game and compete with Montreal. It will be a tall order to go into their stadium and get a win but if the Riders can muster some emotion and leave everything out on the field I think it will be a close game and something that the team can build on. Its time for players to step up and play like they can as a team. The offense, defense and special teams need to be better and I believe they will be, how much better I'm not sure. Darian Durant will have a bounce back game, he has always rebounded well from lackluster performances. Confidence will be key and as Weston Dressler said after practise yesterday once they get that ball rolling the cconfidence will build. I'm looking for energy out of these guys this weekend and some serious fight, who knows we could win, you never know in this league. What a turnaround that would be.

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The Jays completed the sweep of the Mariners yesterday with a 7-5 win. That was the Mariners 12th straight loss and the Jays 10th win in 15 games. Ricky Romero pitched 7 strong innings giving up only 1 run but when he came out in the eighth got a single out and proceeded to load the bases. He was then pulled in favor of Casey Janssen who gave up a first pitch grand slam home run which tied the game at 5. Amazingly John Rauch was the man who cleaned up the mess in the eighth and ended up getting the win. The Jays went to bat in the eighth tied at 5 and after a Mike McCoy double and a Yunel Escobar Walk Rajai Davis stepped up and hit a 2 out 2 RBI double to retake the lead for the Jays. Rauch came in and closed the game in the 9th to secure the win. The Jays now travel to Texas for a three game set with the Rangers that starts tonight at 6. The Jays have been good against them winning 10 of their past 13 meetings. Jo Jo Reyes will look for his third straight win on the mound while Texas counters with Colby Lewis.

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The Regina Red Sox were winners in Swift Current last night taking on the Indians. The Red Sox boast the best record in the league and will look to win their fourth straight game tonight at home to the Yorkton Cardinals. After tonight the Sox have just 4 games left before the playoffs start. First pitch is 705 with my main man Big Red doing the public address. Your not going to want to miss this.

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So I'm hoping this labor dispute in the NFL gets resolved. I know the owners have approved a new CBA along with revenue sharing but whether the players vote in favor of it is another story. I just want NFL football this year and I hope training camp starts soon and everything is fine and dandy. The agreement in question is a 10 year deal.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday


The Riders are practising today at Mosaic preparing for the Allouettes for the second time already this year. I was at practise yesterday and Luc Mullinder addressed the players before it started and told them that they cant mix emotion with the business. That was in response to Tad being placed on waivers, he was later released. Mullinder said that Tad was one of his best friends on the team but the focus HAS to be on week four and beating Montreal. Lance Frazier also said some good things about how something like this can either have a positive or negative effect on the team. He said right now its hard to let go of someone who everyone liked and was a leader but at the same time they cant let this tear apart their dressing room. I'm paraphrasing. Both Brenden Taman and Greg Marshall said that this move wasn't about sending a message to the players but simply a business decision. At the same time it will have an effect on the players and the dressing room. Maybe guys will start showing up and playing hard because they want to stay with the Green and White, who knows. But one thing I do know is that this team needs a spark.

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The Jays got another win over Seattle last night to extend the Mariners losing streak to 11 games. 11-6 was the final score. Brandon Morrow got the win pitching 7 strong giving up only 3 runs and striking out 7. Jason Vargas took the loss for Seattle. The Jays are underway this morning looking for the sweep with Ricky Romero on the mound against Doug Fister.

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The Red Sox will look for their 28th win tonight in Swift Current against the Indians. Next home game is Friday at Currie Field against the Yorkton Cardinals.

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NFL owners are meeting in Atlanta to discuss, and possibly vote on, a deal to end the lockout that began in March. The league has said it hopes to have a final agreement with players ready for ratification before the day is done. At least 24 of 32 owners would need to OK the deal. Commissioner Roger Goodell  is on hand.

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They're on the course in Vancouver where the RBC Canadian Open is just getting underway with Round 1. Top ranked Luke Donald is in the field, as is Masters champion Charl Schwartzel. There's 17 Canadians in this year's tournament.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Kornegay Placed on Waivers


According to Tad's twitter account he was placed on waivers as of midnight last night and is no longer a Roughrider. Now I know things aren't going well on the defense and things need to change but I was not expecting Kornegay to be the guy to go. A veteran of 5 seasons with the Green and White and a leader on the team just doesn't seem to make sense to me simply because there doesn't seem to be anyone to fill his spot. Jackson has shown some bright spots at corner but other than him who else fills that spot if things dont work out? No credible names come to mind. Now I will agree with those who say he isn't as good without Etch at defensive coordinator. Kornegay was used last year as a sort of hybrid linebacker slash halfback and had the best season of his career. Looking back before 2010 he wasn't a premier back in the league but he wasn't bad by any means, same goes for this year in my mind. I guess now is the time for someone to step up and make plays. Also I wonder if this will give the rest of the team a spark knowing that unless there starts to be some results, heads will start to roll. Not that there's really anyone to bring in to replace the starters we have. Basically the story is the same as yesterday. This is the team we have and we have to start winning with it......minus Tad Kornegay.

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The Blue Jays won in a marathon last night 6-5 over the Mariners. After 7 innings both starting pitchers had given up 5 earned runs and that's where it would stay until the 14th when John MacDonald hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Rajai Davis from third base, which he had previously stolen. The Mariners hadn't scored 5 runs in a game in a long time but the Jays got the win and that's all that matters. Great to see Jose Bautista back in the lineup. He hit in the DH spot going 1 for 6 with an RBI. Not the most impressive numbers but that RBI tied the game in the 7th inning with 2 outs. Amazing how he always comes through in clutch situations. Casey Jansen got the win for the Jays while Jamey Wright took the loss for the Mariners. Seattle has lost 10 straight and the jays will try to make it 11 tonight at 7 o'clock. Brandon Morrow is up against Jason Vargas.

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The Regina red Sox were 6-3 winners at Currie Field last night over the Weyburn Beavers. The Red Sox are in a tie with Medicine Hat for home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Pete Ontiveros got his 9th save of the season. Next action is tomorrow in Swift Current.

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All signs point to a nearing resolution of the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987. But the deal isn't done yet. Two people familiar with negotiations tell The Associated Press the players' executive committee has reviewed portions of a proposed deal to end the lockout, but hasn't voted on it. Courtesy Canadian Press.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

CFL Players of the Week

Gibson’s Finest CFL Offensive Player of the Week
Brandon Whitaker
RB – Montreal Alouettes
Montreal Alouettes’ running back Brandon Whitaker made an impressive contribution to the Als’ 40-17 win over the Toronto Argonauts on Friday night. Whitaker’s strong running game, including 16 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown, earned him Gibson’s Finest CFL Offensive Player of the Week. Whitaker was also a valuable member of the Als’ receiving corps registering 11 receptions for 94 yards.

Gibson’s Finest CFL Defensive Player of the Week
Chip Cox
LB – Montreal Alouettes 

Montreal Alouettes’ linebacker Chip Cox capitalized on a Toronto Argonaut fumble on the Als’ two-yard line in the final minutes of the division match-up. Cox returned the ball for a 108-yard touchdown, tying the record for longest fumble return previously set by Omarr Morgan in 2009 and securing the Als’ third-straight victory. Cox also registered seven tackles and intercepted a pass made by Argos’ quarterback Cleo Lemon, returning it 47 yards.

Gibson’s Finest CFL Special Teams Player of the Week
Justin Medlock
P/K – Hamilton Tiger-Cats  


Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ kicker Justin Medlock was awarded Gibson’s Finest CFL Special Teams Player of the Week for contributing 15 points in the Ticats 33-3 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Medlock connected with all four field goal attempts and three extra points, and had four punts for 140 yards on Saturday afternoon.

Gibson’s Finest CFL Canadian Player of the Week
Jermaine Reid
DT – Edmonton Eskimos 

Edmonton Eskimos’ defensive tackle Jermaine Reid earned Gibson’s Finest CFL Canadian Player of the Week registering four tackles and one sack against the BC Lions on Saturday night. This is Reid’s first year with the Eskimos after playing four seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Courtesy CFL.ca

Tuesdays Sports



Well the Rider have the day off again today, the players are probably OK with that because its ridiculously hot outside. But on the other hand they are in need of some practise to get these issues ironed out before they head to Montreal. The team has lost a lot of its swagger, the offense seems so mediocre and that doesn't help the defense who is on the field for 3/4 of the game.  The Allouettes on Sunday are going to be tough and the Riders are looking at 0-4 with Calgary in town the next week. Hopefully the fact that its Montreal the Riders will step up and be competitive and show some pride in their game because last week was quite a let down. I do have faith that this team will turn it around. I thought Rods comment on the Sportscage was interesting yesterday about how a lot of Rider fans haven't experienced the losing days because this team has had a good decade. I am apart of that demographic, the worst days I have lived through were the Roy Shivers, Danny Barrett and Nealon Greene seasons where they were consistently 9-9. I guess we've come to expect success because that's all we have known in watching this team. I liked Luc Mullinder's tweet the other day after the loss. "If your jumping off the bandwagon, just know that your not welcome back on it when we turn this around...CAUSE WE WILL TURN THIS AROUND." Touche, We as Rider fans need to learn how to win and lose because both are going to happen. Personally I am going to wait for a while before I do any jumping because as much as it sucks to lose, its great when they win.

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The Jays had the day off yesterday after splitting a 4 game set with the Yankees. Now Seattle hits the Rogers Center for three straight. The Mariners are in a current nosedive having lost 9 straight and falling 11.5 games back of the division lead in the AL West. The team has only scored 15 runs in its last 10 games, the Jays scored 16 last week against the Yankees. The big story for the Jays is will Bautista return to the lineup tonight? If so the Mariners could be in pretty tough if the Jays can continue to play good offense. The Mariners as a whole have only hit 24 more home runs than Bautista, talk about a struggle. But pitching is their strong point and tonight is no different with Micheal Pineda on the mound up against Brett Cecil of the Jays. The rookie Pineda is 8-6 with a 3.03 ERA this season while Brett Cecil is 2-4 with a 5.66 ERA but he is coming of a very impressive outing against the Indians giving up only 1 run over 6 innings of work in a 7-1 win. First pitch tonight is at 5:10 PM.

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The Regina Red Sox clinched their division last night with a win over Weyburn 8-5 and a Mellville loss in Saskatoon. Chris Untereiner hit a 3 run homer in the second inning which was his third in four games. Drew Parker pitched 6 innings to get the win and Pete Ontiveros got his 8th save of the season. The Red Sox play Weyburn again tonight at Currie Field at 7:05 PM.

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The NFL and its players are making progress in their labour talks. The league has told team executives they'll get a look at a new labour contract as early as Thursday. The players' association is discussing recertification and will gather its leadership for a potential vote. All this suggests the four-month-old lockout might be ending. Talks resume Today.

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Despite all the uncertainty surrounding next season, the NBA is expected to release its 2012 schedule today. Nearly three weeks ago, the league locked out its players. The two sides have yet so resume labour negotiations, increasing pessimism regarding whether the upcoming campaign will start on time, if at all.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Monday Musings


The Riders are back in Regina after a thrashing at the hands of the Hamilton Tiger Cats. The consensus among the fans is that things need to change. I agree that this team needs to be better and I believe they can be but I don't think a new coach or new players is the answer right now. I've heard the calls come in on the sportscage after hours line and some people are bashing Marshall and the entire coaching staff. Now I don't want to make any excuses because Saturday was an embarrassment but I think it was a case of players having a bad game. Durant and the offense were so out of sinc it was unbelievable yet we all know what they are capable of. People are harping on Darian left right and center saying he cant play and should be let go. They guy led the league in passing last year for christs sake and led his team to two Grey Cups. I'm not saying in have any answers because to tell the truth I have absolutely no idea whats wrong. This team isn't new, players are back from last year yet somehow they have lost all passion and desire to play hard and win. Its going to be a long week and a tough game in Montreal on Sunday. I don't see things turning around this week.

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After winning the first two games against the Yankees to start the second half of the year the Jays lost the next two. Last night Carlos Villenueva pitched 6 innings giving up 5 runs on 8 hits getting the loss. Phil Hughes got the win for New York. Man do the Jays need Bautista back. They have the day off today before Seattle comes in tomorrow.

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By Barry Wilner,Howard Fendrich

Two people familiar with talks to end the NFL lockout tell The Associated Press that if an agreement is ratified by Thursday, team executives will be updated on the deal's terms that day.

The people said the league's 32 clubs were told Monday that topics would include the rookie salary system and guidelines for player transactions. They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the process is supposed to remain confidential.

Owners are meeting in Atlanta on Thursday, when they could ratify a new deal if one is reached by then.

Lawyers for players and owners are meeting Monday in New York in an attempt to end the four-month lockout.

(The Associated Press)

Fingers crossed my friends.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

TIGER CATS 33 RIDERS 3

Wow. That is all i could say yesterday watching the Rider offense play like my high school football team would in the CFL. 5 two and outs to start the game when the defense was playing well. Hamilton had great field position and the D was able to keep them to 3 field goals in the first quarter but the offense could not keep them off the field. It was just a matter of time before the defense got tired and they gave up two TD's in the second. Thougth they were aided by some iffy penalties all the same the offense has to be better. A lot of people wanted to blame Durant for the first couple games well now i think he deserves some criticism. He just could find a rhythm and his passes looked absolutely brutal. This was definitely the wrong time to have his worst game as a Rider. I do agree that he needs to start getting outside the tackles and using his legs more to make room for his receivers and himself. Also i thought Ballsy made a good point on the Round Table last night about the whole bring back Tillman because Taman sucks argument. He said its not like Taman is just sitting around doing nothing about getting a new D end its just that a lot of players are holding out for the NFL. Now its off to Montreal and the Riders could be looking at 0-4. Wow.

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The Eskimos moved to 3-0 last night beating the Lions 33-17. Ricky Ray passed for over 300 yards and 2 TD's and continues to have a great start to his season, he also rushed for almost 50 yards. Fred Stamps lit it up for 104 yards and a touchdown. BC's Geroy Simon went for 107 and TD along with a fumble. The Riders and Lions sit in last place at 0-3.

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The Jays lost their first game of the second half yesterday 4-1 to the Yankees. Bautista was not in the lineup and Ricky Romero suffered the loss on the mound. He continues to get no run support from his team. C.C. Sabathia got his major league leading 14th win of the season pitching 8 strong. Next action today at the Rogers Center in the fourth game against the Yankees. Carlos Villenueva is up against Phil Hughes.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Its Gameday in Hamilton



The Riders are set to face the Tiger Cats for the first time this season looking for their first win. The Ti-Cats are also without a one in the win column. It will be a battle of two desperate teams who many pegged to be first or second in their respective division. Not to say that is impossible, the season is still very young but if there's a time to start turning things around now is as good as any. The Riders will be without Nick Hutchins and James Patrick for today's game. Craig Butler will get his second start at safety which doesn't concern me too much. Butler played very well in his first start against Montreal picking up his first interception of his career and making some good hits. Unfortunately one of those hits resulted in a suspension which in the appeal process. The defense has the biggest question marks for the Green and White. They are facing an offense that has been ineffective thus far in the season scoring only 26 points but I dont think that will last for long. Though they will be without star receiver Arland Bruce for today's game. I was watching Macel Bellefeuille's interview yesterday and he said that Bruce practised at full speed, told the staff that he felt 100 percent and that he was ready to play, yet they have decided to sit him for the game. Now i understand being cautious with your star receiver but if he says he is 100 percent and you believe him as Marcel said he did than play him. The team is oh and 2, just doesn't make much sense to me. Anyways that's a boost for the Riders not having to cover a guy who historically plays very well against the Riders. I think we see a 27-24 win for Saskatchewan.

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Last night in the CFL the Montreal Allouettes stomped the Toronto Argonauts 40-17. Anthony Calvillo tossed his 365th and 366th touchdowns of his career and passed Damon Allen for the most all time. He also threw for over 300 yards for the third time this season, hes only played three games. He sits 39 completions away from being the leader all time in that category and about 3000 yards passing. I wont have to go out on much of a limb to predict that is going to happen this season. I didn't get to watch the game last night as i was enjoying Doc Walker and Johnny Reid at Craven but i do know that the Argos have a lot more questions than answers, especially without Cory Boyd. Toronto turned the ball over 4 times and against the Allouettes you are finished if that happens. Whitaker rushed for 120 yards for Montreal and a TD.

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The Blue jays won their fifth straight game last night 7-1 over the Yankees. Jose Bautista was out of the lineup with his ankle injury but the Jays took advantage of some New York Errors and got a big win at the Rogers center. The Jays are now 9.5 games back of Boston for the AL East and 8 games back of the Yankees for the wildcard spot. That would be quite the feat to come back and make the playoffs but i doubt that will happen especially if Bautista continues to be out of the lineup. Brandon Morrow got the win yesterday going 6 and 2/3 innings giving up only one run while Freddy Garciaworked 5 innings and was saddled with the loss. The Jays and Yanks go at it against today at 11 with Ricky Romero up against C C Sabathia.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday Friday

The Stamps squeaked out another win lats night 21-20 over the Bombers. The Stamps are 2-0 and have won their two games by a total of 3 points. It would have been nice if they Bombers defense could have won that game but the offense just couldn't get it done. Buck Pierce was injured in the first half and didn't return. His backup Elliott did a decent job in his stay but couldn't win it. The Stamps have lost a lot of their dominance but not their swag which really pisses me off. Like Rambo caught one pass for 15 yards and a first down and its like he won the Grey Cup. Same with Nik Lewis, one catch for a first and he spins the ball and makes a big deal out of it. Like cmon your offense played like $#!@. The only reason you won that game was because your defense made a play at the end otherwise it was over. Henri Burris did manage one TD drive but this is not the same offense from a year ago. The Bombers drop to 2-1 and the Stamps improve to 2-1.

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The Jays spanked the Yankees 16-7 last night but lost Jose Bautista along the way. The Jays star sprained his ankle sliding into third base. Next action is tonight.

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The Regina Red Sox gave up 12 8th inning runs to lose 16-12 last night.

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At the British Open  Lucas Glover and Darren Clarke are the leaders after 2 rounds at 4 under.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Riders Release New Ice Cream

The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Saskatoon’s Jerry’s Food Emporium are proud to announce the Riders’ first-ever ice cream flavour and ice cream cakes. What started as a fun Facebook contest in honour of the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ 100th Anniversary last season, Jerry’s is now the Proud Supplier of the new Rider Pride ice cream and ice cream cakes.  

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The Riders practised for the final time at Mosaic this morning before they hit the road to Hamilton. Craig Butler was fined 750 dollars by the league for a hit to the head on S J Green in last weekends game. I don't remember seeing the hit so I was surprised to hear about the fine. Apparently he is appealing the decision. Coach Greg Marshall says it doesn't look good for James Patrick this weekend with his leg injury so it looks like Butler will get his second start. On the other hand Chris Getzlaf looks good to go which is key for the team not only with his skill set but also with the ratio. The Riders will practise tomorrow in Hamilton ahead of the game Saturday at 2PM. You can listen on the Cooperators Rider Radio Network.

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The Stamps are in Winnipeg tonight to kick off week 3 of the CFL season. The Bombers are 2-0 to start the season and are tied for first in the East without any help from the offense. There defense is number 1 in the league in points allowed and takeaways. The squeaked out a win in week two at BC. Henry Burris has been inconsistent to start the season. Special teams has been the best thing going for Calgary so far this season with Larry Taylor returning kicks. game starts at 6pm at Canada Inns stadium.

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The Jays are back in action today following the All-Star break. The Yankees are in town for a three game set. Jo Jo Reyes (4-7) is up against Bartolo Colon (6-4). Reyes is coming off a win in his last start prior to the All-Star break, throwing 5 2/3 shutout inning against the Indians. He last faced the Yankees on May 25, giving up five runs on three innings. Colon has won four of his last five decisions. The Jays are 10 games behind the second place Yankees.

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An amateur golfer is leading the British Open so far. Tom Lewis shot a 5 under 65 in his first round along with Thomas Bjorn. The favorite Rory Mcllroy shot a 1 over 71 while my main man Dustin Johnson shot par but did get a hole in one on the par 3 16th. The wind was howling at Royal St. Georges today as per usual at the Open but players were able to shoot low which is always fun to see.

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The judge declared a mistrial today in the Roger Clemens perjury trial after prosecutors showed jurors evidence the magistrate had ruled inadmissible. Judge Reggie Walton said Clemens couldn't be assured a fair trial. Walton has scheduled a September 2nd hearing to determine whether to hold a new trial.

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In some NHL news Peter Lombardias is no longer the play by play voice of the Flames. Here comes Roger Millions.

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Also thanks to Matt James of Light 92FM I was able to attend Katy Perry's concert last night. I was surprised at how talented she was as a singer, apparently shes not just a pretty face. Here are some pics from my very crappy cell phone camera.







Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sports for Wednesday


The Riders hit the practise field again today with a new receiver on the squad. James Robinson was cut in training camp by the Toronto Argo's earlier in the year. (I saw it on the Extra Yard). Robinson entered the league in 2007 with the Argos and played there through the 08 season.. Than he spent 2009 with a number of NFL squads, the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins. He played in a total of four preseason games with the Dolphins and caught one pass for 8 yards. Coach Greg Marshall says he has the skill and it will just be the matter of learning the play book before he can make a difference on the field. I wasn't at practise yesterday but apparently Robinson had some trouble holding on to the ball. He wrote it off as some jitters playing with a new team. On the other side of the ball the defense is going to have to step up big this weekend. The Hamilton Tiger Cats are just as desperate for their first win as the Riders are. Plus that offense is bound to break out. Barrin Simpson said yesterday that they have struggled with giving up big plays. He said that they have played well in spurts but then lapsed at other times. He says in order to get it right they need to make sure to be in the right places covering the right guys because there were a lot of assignments that got lost in the first two weeks. Simpson said this is a critical game and that its time to get it done. Well I hope its as simple as making sure players have their assignments and executing them. Chris Getzlaf has a sore tendon in his hamstring but Coach Marshall says they are confident he will be ready to go on Saturday.  Game time 2PM on the Cooperators Rider Radio Network. Unfortunately no halftime show for me on the road games.

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The MLB All-Star game went last night. I didn't get to watch the first four innings because I was out playing my own sport but the NL pitching was dominant from what I saw. Allowing only 9 hits against a stellar AL lineup is more than impressive. The Texas Rangers C.J.Wilson got the loss while the Washington Nationals Tyler Clippard got the win. Unfortunately we didn't see Ricky Romero get into the game but I didn't have my hopes up. Jose Bautista went 1 for 2 in his second All-Star game and made a very impressive catch in right field. How about Heath Bell running from the bullpen and sliding into the mound, that was hilarious. Also really liked how he gave that kid a backpack with signed baseball and some other stuff. Its great to see professionals reach out to the fans. The National League won for the second straight year 5-1 and secured home field advantage in the World Series. Prince Fielder was the MVP hitting a 3 run homer in the 4th inning which was all the NL needed.

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The Regina Red Sox went to extra innings for the third straight game last night but this time they got the win. The night before Swift Current won in walk off fashion in the 12th but this time Jason Veyna hit a walk off home run in the 10th for a 4-3 victory. Veyna went 3 for 4 in the game. Next action is tonight at Currie Field against the Medicine Hat Mavericks.

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Another round of NFL labour talks is underway with the negotiations hitting a critical phase. Deadlines are coming up next week to get training camps and the pre-season started on time. The two sides have not been able to reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement. Players have been locked out for four months.

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Opening arguments are underway at Roger Clemens' trial on charges of lying to the US Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs. Prosecutors say needles and cotton balls Clemens' former trainer says he used to inject the pitcher tested positive for Clemens' DNA and anabolic steroids. Clemens' lawyer has accused the former trainer of fabricating the evidence. Clemens insists he was only ever injected with vitamin B-12 and Lidocaine for his joints.

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The United States and France are underway in the Women's World Cup semifinals in Germany. The top-ranked Americans are trying to reach their first World Cup final since 1999 the last time they won soccer's biggest prize. Japan meets Sweden in the late semifinal. Canada did not make it out of the first round.








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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tuesday Sports


The Riders hit the practise field today with Saturdays game in Hamilton just 4 days away. I think its unrealistic to think this team will be firing on all cylinders come the weekend but i do think they will play better. The Riders are in need of a win plain and simple, Edmonton is home to the Lions on Saturday with the chance to go 3-0. However the green and white are taking on another desperate team in the Tiger Cats. As many people picked the Riders to win the west, many thought or still think i guess, that Hamilton would challenge for first in the East. It seems that its only a matter of time before they turn it around especially on offense. They have only scored 26 points in 2 games and when you look at the roster you know that's not going to continue to happen forever. Kevin Glenn has yet to play well, Colburne has been shutdown for the most part and so it will be key for the Riders to continue to shut them down. The defense and offense will have to be better and I expect they will but by how much I'm not sure. This is a key juncture in the season for the team, looking ahead its Montreal again on the road and then Calgary at Mosaic. They need to win at least one of these two next road games just to stay competitive in the West standings. But like Durant said on Sunday, you only need to finish top three in this league and your in the dance. Here's hoping they do better than that. On a seperate note Anthony Calvillo, Joe Lobendahn, Rene Paredes and Jerome Messam were named the CFL Players of The Week
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Make it two straight 12th inning losses for the Regina Red Sox. Last night in Swift Current the Indians won the game walk off style on a solo home run. Its a quick turnaround for the club and a chance at some revenge tonight at Currie Field. The Indians are in town, first pitch at 705.

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Robinson Cano is Home Run Derby Champion. Cano's dad pitched to him throughout the competition in which he blasted long Ball after long ball. He hit 12 homers in the Final round against the Red Sox, Adrian Gonzales who hit 11. Cano dominated the entire night and set the record for most homers in the finals with 12. I was pretty excited to see what Bautista would do but you never know when it comes to these things. Sometimes the guys you think would win for sure just cant get it done. Bautista started string hitting two homers right off the bat but couldn't hit anymore until late and he finished with only 4. Disappointing but I'm ok with it, at least he leads the majors. How about the AL dominating the NL 76 - 19 in homers hit. Tough night for the National League that's for sure. In total State Farm donated 603,000 dollars to the Boys and Girls Clubs. The All-Star game is tonight at 6PM with the Phillies Roy Halladay starting for the NL and the Angels Jared Weaver starting for the AL.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Mondays Musings

Its another day off for the Riders before preparations for Saturdays first road game of the season in Hamilton. To be honest I'm feeling confident the green and white will get a win this weekend in a building where they typically don't play very well. No matter what the Tiger Cats play us hard in their home building and they are a team just as desperate as the Riders, going 0 and 2 after some pretty big expectations coming into the season. Still I think that Head Coach Greg Marshall said it best in his post game interview. "There is a good football team in that locker room its just a matter of getting it to show up." Its a short week of practise to get the ship righted but progress has been made since week one and I think things will get turned around. I haven't lost faith. Practise resumes tomorrow at 11AM.

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The Jays won three straight heading into the All Star break, should have been four, but nonetheless they have played good baseball. Starting pitching has been good, Jose Bautista has been unreal, and the rookies have stepped up with some production in the last couple of weeks. When i look back at the first half of the season it has been an up and down ride for the Jays, pitching has been inconsistent outside of Ricky Romero, the offense has come and gone but has been good. Jose Bautista continues to blow away the competition and set records, he now has more home runs at the All Star break than any other Blue Jay in history with 32 and hes got 65 RBI's as well. Hitting .334 he has been the leader on and off the field for this club. I know a lot of people say that this is a team built for the future and I agree it is but at the same time I think they are a closing pitcher away from challenging for the AL East. I look at the numbers and the Jays have 15 blown saves through half of the season, they are 20 for 35 in save opportunities. So say we have a closer who gets 10 of those back, that puts the team at 55 wins and 37 losses, roughly a game back of the Red Sox for first place. Now I know that's a lot to ask of a closer to go 30 of 35 in save opportunities but even if he gets 7 of the blown ones so far things look a whole lot different moving forward. To think that the Jays were winning 15 more games in the late innings but lost because pitching couldn't get it done is sad but also encouraging that the team has been giving itself a chance to win. In my mind the Jays are a lot closer to playoff contention than a lot of people think. Oh and Bautista is going to be awesome tonight at the Home Run Derby. Just Saying.

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The Regina Red Sox suffered just their 6 loss of the season last night to the Medicine Hat Mavericks. The Sox are first place in the East Division with a 21-6 record. They are 8 games up on the second place Mellville Millionaires. The Red Sox have 5 players in the top 10 in batting in the league including Mitch MacDonald who leads the league at .447. Next action is tonight in Swift Current at 705.

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Looking forward to the US Ope this weekend. Rory Mcllroy is favoured to win his second straight major tournament and he is in a group with Ernie Els and Ricky Fowler for the first two rounds of the Open. Tiger Woods will not be playing and there was rumors that he would be making some sort of an announcement but that seems to be just that a rumor.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

ALLOUETTES 39 RIDERS 25


Tough night for the Riders who fall to 0-2 on the season good for 4th place in the West Division. Things looked good in the first half, The defense was able to get some stops and the offense got some things done, not consistently mind you but the game was tied at the half 17-17. Wes Cates scored his second TD of the year after a 75 yard kickoff return by Tristan Jackson in the first quarter and than Neal Hughes punched in a TD in the second quarter. Eddie Johnson added his third field goal of the season late in the second. Craig Butler the rookie safety came in and played really well in his first game picking up an interception in the first half. I though Remond Willis the new D end looked good too getting some pressure on Anthony Calvillo. Coming out of the half, again the Riders looked slow and the defense couldn't get a stop. Calvillo picked apart the secondary mainly over the middle with countless conversions on second and long. On top of that the Rider offense couldn't move the ball so Montreal had possession for most of the third and it showed on the scoreboard 32-17. The Riders would get a single and trade TD's in the fourth with the defending champs and when the comeback was on the line, two turnovers on downs sealed the deal. Overall the Riders played better, which is scary because that second half the Allouettes were in a league of their own. Its becoming more and more evident that the youth on this team are going to need some time before they can perform like they need to. Terrence Nunn had a couple of big drops that would have been for 1st downs but resulted in punts and ultimately points the other way. Who knows what happens if those drives continued especially the one in the third quarter. Another big factor for both teams was how horrible the refereeing was. I think there was probably 3 or 4 pass interference calls that should have went against the Riders. Also a number of unnecessary roughness calls were left alone, late in the game Marc Parenteau took a punch and a shove to the ground right in front of the official who turned a blind eye.....next play a turnover on downs for the Riders. Excuses aside the effort wasn't there in the third quarter and now they are in a hole. At least it seems the Ti-Cats are struggling as well and maybe a win on Saturday will be what this Rider team needs to get on track. Game time is 2 PM.

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The Eskis are 2-0???? Who would have thought that, not me, not most people. After a huge overhaul both in personnel and coaching staff most thought this was a team that would finish 4th in the West. Now I'm not saying that they are off to the races but have played some good football to start the season. Ricky Ray looks like the Ricky Ray of old as Edmonton beat Hamilton 28-10 last night.

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The Regina Red Sox got their 21st win of the season over the Saskatoon Yellow Jackets last night at Currie field. The first place Red Sox will look for number 22 tonight at home to the Medicine Hat Mavericks.

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Jose Bautista isn't letting up before the all-star break. The leading vote-getter for Tuesday's all-star game led off the tenth inning with his second homer of the night to push the Toronto Blue Jays past Cleveland 5-4. Bautista leads the majors with 31 homers.

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Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has become the 28th member of baseball's three-thousand-hit club. His milestone hit was a home run

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Its Gameday



The Riders are just hours away from their week two match up with the Allouettes. There are some big questions coming into today's game the biggest of which is on defense. Will they be able to muster a pass rush and how will the secondary play with returnees, Freeman, Mackenzie and Kornegay. The Riders added Remond Willis earlier in the week at the end position, he says he can play and I hope he brings his game today against a really tough offense. Also James Patrick will be a game time decision. I think that the offense is going to play well and take care of the ball. Game time 2PM at Mosaic. Or you can listen on 620 CKRM, halftime show with yours truly.

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The Argos and Bombers went at it in the early game last night, the game showcased the leagues two worst starting quarterbacks in my opinion. Both offenses looked lackluster. Cleo Lemon just doesn't seem to have what it takes when the game is on the line. Sure he threw for 250 but no touchdowns and an interception. Buck Pierce had a tough night with only 165 yards in the air and an interception. When you look at the offensive numbers for both teams its pretty sad. Though both teams do have good defenses the lack of production falls to the offense. Winnipeg 2-0? who would have thought. Final 22-16.

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The late game between the Stamps and Lions started slow with turnovers gallor. Both offenses were brutal with Burris and Lulay struggling big time. Lulay had only 25 yards passing at half time. and the score was 7-6 for Calgary. Then both teams woke up and scored on command throughout the third and fourth quarters. it came down to a final drive for the Lions who were down 8 points with a couple minutes left. Lulay drove the offense down and scored a TD. The two point conversion was for the tie but Geroy Simon dropped the ball in the end zone. The game was over....so i thought. Calgary got the ball after an attempted onside kick and on the first play from scrimmage Burris with a bad hand off to Reynolds and he fumbles and Elimimian recovers for the Lions with a minute left on the clock. Lulay got one first down but couldn't get another so incomes Paul McCallum for a 55 yard field goal which was wide and short. Stamps win 34-32.

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I just watched Jeter hit his 3000th hit, a solo home run in the 3rd inning off of David Price. What a milestone for a guy who I dont really like all that much simply because hes a Yankee and I'm a Jays fan but at the same time its impossible not to marvel at such an amazing feet. I'm getting goose bumps because of the reception hes getting at Yankee Stadium. Good for Jeter, a great career with more to come I'm sure.

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I didn't get a chance to watch the Jays last night because of football but Jo Jo Reyes got his 4th win in a 11-7 victory for the Jays. That after a heartbreaking 9th inning loss the night before. Notables Travis Snider hit a home run in the 6th.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Fridays Sports



The Riders have there final walk through this morning ahead of tomorrows match up with the Allouettes. Expect here could probably be a few changes to the roster from last week. With Tad Kornegay, Jerrell Freeman and Chris Mackenzie practising all week I expect them to get into the action, as well James Patrick will be a game time decision so rookie Craig Butler could get the call. Also newcomer Remond Willis could replace Luc Mullinder at defensive end. Yesterday Willis was asked why he was cut in Winnipeg and he said he didn't know. He said he did everything he was asked and got a couple sacks in pre season. I think it was a case of the Bombers already had their crew in place. D Line coach Mike Walker said yesterday hes excited about Willis saying hes fast and has great skill. Here's hoping he can play like he talks, big. Jason Clermont will probably start at receiver with Wheelwright taking the knee injury. Aside from the possibility that Patrick wont play I am excited to see this defense play a lot better tomorrow. Game time 2 o'clock on 620 CKRM.

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Two games tonight in the CFL starting with the Bombers home to the Argos and then later the Stamps are in BC. I have picked the Bombers to win over thr Argos, I just dont think that with the crappy quarterback play of Cleo Lemon that they will be able to pull off a win on the road. The Argo defense will have to play huge and Chad Owens and Cory Boyd will have to carry the team if they have a sniff at winning this one. On the other side Buck Pierce survived week one....barely. Somehow TSN was talking about his resiliency last night on Sportscentre. Not sure that's a good word to describe a guy whos never played an entire season in his career. I guess he came back every time but I would say bandaid is a more appropriate adjective. The Winnipeg season will live or die by the play and health of Buck Pierce. Winnipeg gets the win in this one 21-17. The Lions will be looking to rebound against Calgary tonight after a disappointing start to the season last week. Calgary lost its first game as well to the Argos because of missed field goals but with the injuries they sustained I don't see them pulling off a win in week 2 either. Kenyon Rambo is out, and they have a new place kicker after Maver aggravated a leg injury last week. Burris looked less than impressive last week as well but I would think he bounces back this week. The BC defense will have to play well and I think they will as the Lions win 30-28.

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The Blue Jays lost a heart breaker last night to the Indians 5-4. Carlos Villenueva started the game for the Jays and pitched well. He did get into trouble quite a bit but was able to pitch out of it. He went 6 innings giving up 6 hits and no runs. Jose Bautista had the highlight of the game on defense with an amazing snag beyond the third base line and making a hell of a throw to first for an out. Also he hit his 29th home run of the season in the 9th inning to give the Jays a 4-0 lead and it seemed that the game was over. Not to be. Frank Fransisco came in and loaded the bases with the first three batters he faced. Leaving Luis Perez with an uphill battle to save this game. Perez got the first out than gave up a single that scored a single run. Than Travis Hafner stepped up to the plate. At this point my wife says "so if he hits a home run the games over right ?" I said yes and what do you know first pitch fastball and he hammers it out of the park for a walk off grand slam home run. So when the dust settled I realized this is all my wifes fault. You can blame her too. 5-4 final. Game 2 of the 4 game set is tonight at 5PM. Jo Jo Reyes (3-7) gets the start against Mitch Talbot (2-5).

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A 39 year old Rangers fan is dead after he caught a baseball and fell 6 meters over the railing onto concrete.
Josh Hamilton of the Rangers tossed him the ball and as he reached for it he couldn't stay on the railing and fell. Shannon Stone was a firefighter who was at the game with his son who witnessed him fall.. Talk about a sad story.

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Apparently the NFL's bigwigs are all gathered in an effort to close this deal and ensure football is played this season. July 15th is the day that the lockout really starts to effect teams off-season. Here's hoping they get it figured out.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday



Another Day of practise for the Riders today and hopefully we will see the same guys on the field that we did yesterday. Jerrell Freeman, Tad Kornegay and Chris Mackenzie were all practising in full gear seemingly ready to start against the Allouettes on Saturday. That would be a huge boost to the secondary to have those guys back and hopefully it would correct a lot of the coverage issues they had in week one. Still one resounding question on defense however, will we muster a pass rush against Calvillo. If theres a team that is nearly impossible to get sacks against its the Allouettes, they play a lot of timing football with three step drops and the ball is gone. The Riders will have to play a solid game on D this weekend. Durant said yesterday he feels a lot better about his game last week than he did immediately after the game. Yes he did turn the ball over but he threw for 339 yards and had a completion rate over 70 percent. He said he let a couple throws get away from him but that it wasn't all bad. That's a good sign that hes moved on and is poised to play better. Game time is Saturday 2PM on 620 CKRM. Not sure yet who my half time guest will be.

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Ricky Romero continued his struggles against the Red Sox last night. He lasted only 4 and a third innings giving up 9 hits, 2 of which were homers for a total of 6 earned runs. That was all the Sox would score as the bullpen pitched well allowing only 2 more hits and no runs. The Jays however could only muster 4 runs in the game and fell 6-4. Jose Bautista picked up his 59th and 60th RBI's on the season and Lind and Escobar also drove runs in but it wasn't enough in the end. Romero has a whopping ERA over 8 for his career against the Red Sox, its a team he just cant seem to beat. Granted they have some of the best batters in the league but Romero who is usually dominant no matter who's at the plate just cant seem to find his groove when the Jays play this team. Post game he said he doesn't know why but maybe that hes giving away his pitches at release or something. I will chalk it up to a mental thing along with the fact that some teams just love certain pitchers. Next action for the Jays is tonight in Cleveland against the Indians. Carlos Vilenueva (5-1) gets the start versus Zach McAllister (0-0). First pitch 5:05 PM.

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The Regina Red Sox won in a battle of a game last night 9-8 over the visiting Moose Jaw Miller Express. Chaz Determan started the game for the Sox and he threw 5 innings to get the win, while the bullpen hung on in the later innings. Randy Ramirez and Mitch MacDonald hit back to back home runs in the 6th and that was all the Sox needed to get the win. Moose jaw was able to make it close with three runs in the eighth to make it close but couldn't complete the comeback in the ninth. The Sox next game is tomorrow in Weyburn.

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Jury selection in the Roger Clemens' perjury trial in Washington is expected to continue today and could go into next week. Clemens, the former fireballer who won 354 major league games and is one of four hurlers with more than 4,000 strikeouts, is charged with lying to Congress on the issue of performance enhancing drugs.

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Derek Jeter will be going for 3,000 career hits back home in the Bronx tonight as the Yankees open a four-game series against Tampa Bay. Jeter is three hits away from becoming the 28th major leaguer to reach the hallowed milestone and the first purebred Yankee to do it.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wednesday Sports



The Riders hit the practise field today at 11 o'clock. Yesterday practise started with a tongue lashing from Head Coach Greg Marshall. I imagine it will be a get down to business kind of practise as the team tries to rebound from a very poor showing over the weekend. The response from most players is that they need to get and will be better this weekend. The biggest concerns for me are at the offensive and defensive lines, there needs to be some kind of pass rush from the front four so that quarterbacks like Calvillo and Ray cant pick apart our secondary. Also Darian needs more time to throw the football, he was hurried for most of Sundays game and its a good thing hes so good at evading or the loss could have been even worse. I think establishing a good running game will be big on Saturday, and I wonder if Brandon West will get some reps because of Hugh Charles hamstring injury. West looked explosive and capable of breaking a big play in the pre season. Overall I think we can expect a better effort on Saturday and if the Allouettes aren't enough motivation for these guys to win I don't know what is.

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The Blue Jays played in a thriller last night. Well the last inning was a thriller. Up until the 8th and 9th there really wasn't any threat to score for the club. Brett Cecil made his second start since coming back from the minors and pitched pretty well, giving up 3 runs over 8 innings of work. But that was all th3e Red Sox would need for the win. John Lester pitched 4 innings of no hit ball until he abruptly left the game without any signs as to why. Lester looked dominant from the start of the game and didn't look to have an injury at all but he left none the less. At this point I thought the Jays had a chance to come back and win this game because there was no way they were putting up many runs against Lester. Bautista hit a 2 run shot in the 9th for his 28th of the season over the green monster at Fenway. Than with two men on Johnny Mac came to the plate and hit a little looper into left field, Encarnacion came from second trying to score but catcher Jason Varitek took the perfect throw from the outfield and blocked the plate well and tagged a sliding Edwin to end the game. Close call but I think it was the right one. Brett Cecil got the loss after pitching his first career complete game (8 innings). The Jays fall back to three games below .500 and are 10.5 games back of the Yankees in the AL East. The rubber match with the Red Sox goes today at 5:10 with Ricky Romero getting the start against the Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.

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Former star pitcher Roger Clemens goes on trial today to fight allegations that he used drugs to enhance his power on the mound. The former Blue Jay has not been charged with drug crimes but instead is accused of lying about drug use. Today will focus on jury selection.

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The Leafs resigned a couple players yesterday, Center Tyler Bozak and Clarke MaCarthur. Big signings for the team for good terms and numbers. Clarke set career high in games and points last year and was an integral part of the Leafs top line of Grabovski and Kulimen. Bozak showed promise but was inconsistent, cant expect a centerman to be dominant so early in his career especially playing on the first line. He wont have to do that this year with Tim Connolly in the mix, unless of course he gets hurt. The Carolina Hurricanes continued to pick up ex-leafs with the signing of Thomas Kaberle to a three year deal worth just over 12 million dollars. Steve Dangle tweeted the number of players on the Canes roster that used to be Leafs and I think it was about 6 plus Coach Paul Maurice. The Jest signed their captain Andrew Ladd to a 5 year deal which is huge for the club. Ladd is a 2 time Stanley Cup Champion (Carolina 06 and Chicago 10) who played really well last year scoring career highs in points and goals. Kieth Yandle will stay a Coyote for 5 years unless of course they move elsewhere. And Troy Brouwer has inked a 2 year deal with the Caps worth 4.7 million dollars.

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Team Canada is going home disappointed after losing all three of its group stage matches at the Womens World Cup in Germany. Canada managed to score only 1 goal and that was in their first game and gave up 7. The Canadians were pegged at 6th in the world coming in and I imagine they will drop down after a showing like that, especially losing to Nigeria yesterday 1-0 a team that was supposed to be ranked over 20 places below them. I guess it is a learning experience for the team, and I'm glad at least someone form Canada can qualify for the World Cup.

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South Korea will be the site for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Do they play Hockey???