Monday, 6 July 2015

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Do Dumb Penalties Count As Agression ? Week Two in the CFL

Ok who would have thought.  The second year expansion Ottawa RedBlacks have won their opening two games of the season after going with only two wins and sixteen losses last year.  And the Saskatchewan RoughRiders ?  Well they open the season with two straight losses and find themselves mired at the bottom of the Canadian Football League standings.

Toronto 42  Saskatchewan 40  in overtime.
The quarterbacking appears to be in good hands with Kevin Glenn taking over for the injured Darian Durant.   The defence not so much.  Ritchie Hall was axed last season as head coach Cory Chamblin wanted a more agressive defence.  Well if penalties count as aggression the head coach has his wish.
For the second straight game the defence was awful and this time the team contributed to the downfall with a steady string of undisciplined penalties.   The result was a rookie quarterback picking apart the Riders secondary on route to the win.  Harris completed 30 of 38 passes for 267 yards and four touchdowns.  Kevin Glenn had a good night as well except for one errant pass that was returned 90 yards for a touchdown.  Glenn went 33 for 40 for a whopping 477 yards with two touchdown passes.
Rookie receiver Ryan Smith led the Riders with 8 catches for 174 yards and one touchdown.

Costly penalties, undiciplined play and the inability to stop Trevor Harris led to the Rider downfall.
Elsewhere on the weekend.
Ottawa 27  BC Lions 16
Henry Burris off to a great start completed 23 of 29 passes and three touchdowns.
Hamilton 52  Winnipeg 26
Another quarterback injury as Drew Willy took a vicious hit to the head and could be out for awhile.
In the other game
Montreal 29  Calgary 11
Quarterback Rakeem Cato making his first start in the CFL led the Alouettes to the win.

Next week
Ottawa at Edmonton
Montreal at Winnipeg
Saskatchewan at British Columbia
Toronto at Calgary

My picks
British Columbia

Fire On Russell Road In Saskatoon

A Smile A Day - July 5th

                                                  At Waskisieu on Friday

                                               Around the pond

                                                     At the world mens softball championships

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Smoke Gets In My Eyes - June 30

The city of Saskatoon is covered under a blanket of smoke from the forest fires that are raging to the north of us.  We need rain badly.  Apparently this smoke is drifting as far south as Tennessee so it carries a long way causing lots of problems