Sunday, 31 August 2014

Saskatchewan RoughRiders - August 31st

Went to the Saskatchewan RoughRider game today in Regina.  The Riders pulled out a very entertaining 35 - 30 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  Here's a novel way to get into the stadium.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

A Smile A Day August 31st

                                              The world's oldest and largest Wombat

Today In The CFL - Win A Relief For Tom Higgins

Everybody knew it.  Tom Higgins knew and he answered the question after the Montreal Alouettes defeated Ottawa 20 - 10 last night.

"The one question I'm looking forward not having to answer is: What if you didn't win?" "It's nice to win. It has been a long time since the last one."   Tom Higgins Coach Montreal Alouettes 

We are paid to win, and right now we are just not getting it done, Guys have to start practising better habits because, right now, when we get in a game and we do those things, we are not going to win any games if we continually shoot ourselves (down) with penalties and things like that. 

Meanwhile you better not cry, you better not pout (Ottawa), I'm telling you why,
Kevin Glenn is coming to town.   One week the toast of the town, taken by the Ottawa RedBlacks in the expansion draft, signed to a three year contract and told he was the number one quarterback…and then….Ottawa signs Henry Burris…
 He’s the consummate pro, he’s a team guy – Rick Campbell on Kevin Glenn on the day he was taken by Ottawa in the expansion draft.

"Everybody knows the situation in Ottawa,". "I was kind of blindsided into what was going on because, not getting into everything ... they knew that I wanted to be 'the guy' in order to be in Ottawa." Kevin Glenn 

“That’s a part of football,’’ “You just have to line up and play. If you play with fear, those things always happen because you’re thinking about them. We just move forward and play football.’’  Corey Chamblin on Darian Durant playing with an injured hand.

I plan on being out there," "So, I'm looking forward to the game and being out there with my teammates.  That’s all I’m going to say
Drew Willy on whether he will play on Sunday

And for the Blue Bombers it has been nine long years of labour pain trying to win at Mosiac Stadium on the September long weekend

Friday, 29 August 2014

A Smile A Day - August 30th

The Ice Bucket Challenge…on a horse…yeah that's probably not a good idea

A Look At Anthony Allen - Today In the CFL

“It ain’t no chirpin’, that’s what them guys do. They always talk,” “They talk to get themselves going, we don’t care about what they say. I mean, if that’s what they want to do to get themselves going, then let them do it.  Edmonton Eskimos defensive end Odell Willis on the always yappy Calgary Stampeders.

He isn't 100 (per cent)," "But he's getting close to where I feel comfortable that he can actually run a huddle and run a game. Corey Chamblin on Darian Durant’s hand injury

In Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly was on the practise field with his hand wrapped in protective gear.  He eventually discarded the wrap but did not take any reps with the team leaving his status in doubt.

Hearts went racing when QB Drew Willy got his hand caught up with another player but coach Mike O'Shea said he will play against Saskatchewan.
He got his hand caught up in another player," said O’Shea. "I just talked to him, he said he’s good."

They're on their way and it will be a fun time Sunday at Mosaic Stadium 

Looking back at another Saskatchewan RoughRider….running back Anthony  Allen who played for Georgia Tech.
Oct 28/2010  
With the score at 20-14, Tech was looking to make that winning margin bigger, and responded Anthony Allen rushing for 66 of the 80 yards for the touchdown drive. Allen finished the drive with an 18-yard touchdown run. The drive was a quick six plays, taking just under three minutes off the clock.
March 4/2011
Three Tech football athletes were invited to the NFL combine in Indianapolis, Ind. to showcase their skills. Anthony Allen, Jerrard Tarrant and Mario Butler performed in several workout drills to try to improve their draft stock.
Allen appeared to have helped himself by finishing as a top-10 performer in all seven of the drills. His 41.5 inch vertical jump was the highest mark for all running backs since 2006.Among running backs, Allen was third in the 20-yard shuffle and fifth in the three-cone drill. Allen posted times of 4.06 and 6.79 seconds, respectively. He also posted a time of 4.54 in the 40-yard dash, a quick speed for a back of his size. Allen was listed as weighing 228 pounds on the day of the exercise.

To round out the drills, Allen finished sixth in the 60-yard shuffle and broad jump and seventh in the bench press.
Allen was projected as a late round pick, but he separated himself from the majority of his competition in the workouts. A total of 39 running backs attended the combine.

Today In The Canadian Football League

"I can't really put it down to one thing other than I didn't want to play against (Roughriders defensive end) John Chick    Weston Dressler on signing with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"There's just a lot here, there's a lot I've gone through with this organization, with a lot of guys on this team, coaches and players," he said. "Everything here, it really does mean a lot to me."

“We’re winning, so what is there to complain about? What is there to cry about?” “You handle it the best way you can handle it and that’s enjoying the wins and enjoying the ride.  Fred Stamps on sitting out of the Edmonton lineup

We still have a great nucleus who has been with the Als since 2009, experiencing the Grey Cup championships and good times. “Look at our roster from top to bottom, you can’t tell me we’re 1-7.”  Jerald Brown on the Alouettes record.  (news flash Jerald – we checked you are 1 - 7)

"I don't see it as 'Ottawa is an expansion club so it's a must-win.' "We must win every game. We must be there and clinch first place in the East and go into the playoffs with momentum. We have to get out of this black hole we're in right now." Luc Brodeur-Jourdain Montreal Alouettes on two 1 & 7 teams meeting

“At some point somebody’s gonna have to start separating themselves," during a conference call this week. “Going against each other, teams are gonna have to step up and decide who’s gonna be the one to take this thing.”  Argos coach Scott Milanovich on the East Division ( can we call it a race )

It's a guarded secret in Edmonton.  How badly injured is quarterback Mike Reilly's thumb.  Eskimos aren't talking about.  Reilly talked about it.

“We’ve had a lot of time to rest it,” Reilly said of his injured thumb. “The swelling went down pretty quickly, but until you really start to push it, it’s hard to say how things will react.

And in Winnipeg coach Mike O'Shea was pretty steamed when QB Drew Willy suffered an injury to his throwing hand in practice.
Asked if witnessing his starting QB go down led to an ‘Oh crap…’ moment,
"I wish I was that polite. It’s practice. Things happen in practice. I’m glad he’s feeling better or will be fine. But, yeah, there’s a moment there where you assess the situation and I’m trying to run through my head what we would normally do because I don’t normally differentiate between quarterbacks and anybody else… but I 
                                                                                    realize I have to.

Back in time….see any similarities here.  
June 2012 Rider quarterback Seth Doege has a four touchdown performance as  his Texas Tech Red Raiders defeat Oklahoma.