Wednesday, 27 August 2014

They Said It - Today In The CFL

Well the buzz in Saskatchewan is all about Weston Dressler.  Cut by the Kansas City Chiefs and waived through the National Football League, Dressler has about ten options in front of him.
Option number 1 - wait a couple of weeks and see if any other NFL team will come calling or
Options 2 - 10 - sign with any of the nine Canadian Football League teams.  So far we are told that Saskatchewan RoughRiders have extended an offer to Dressler…however some say it is short of the $250K reportedly being offered by the Ottawa RedBlacks.  The problem for the Riders is apparently quarterback Darian Durant is making somewhere between $250 and $300K.  So if you add Dressler in at about $250K, what do you do when guys like Chris Getzlaff or Ty Brackenridge come calling for a significant raise.  To my mind if Dressler wants $250K and is determined that it is all that or nothing, best let him go to Ottawa.  One wide receiver does not a whole team make.

Regarding Dressler, "I think there will be some pretty lofty offers for him and it all depends on how a team is set with the salary cap. He's gonna command top dollar. I also don't know if either he or Hall will come back right away. A lot of these guys when they commit the time and energy to try the NFL they don't want to jump right back in the CFL because so much can happen with injuries and they might get another shot in the NFL."    Mike O’Shea Bomber coach
“We’re going to wait until after the final round of cuts this weekend and then try and see if we can find a practice-roster spot on another team around here somewhere,” Gaydosh said. “If not, after a week of waiting, I’ll be going up to Hamilton.”  Linden Gaydosh defensive tackle & 1st overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft cut by Carolina Panthers

"When I was in the air, it felt like 10 minutes,''. "More than anything, it was just, 'Hold on to the ball.' I didn't care what happened after that.''
Dan Clark on his TD against the BC Lions.  Offensive lineman turned tight end

 “You’ve been around me enough to know I’m a very confident individual,”. “We put the work in throughout the week and we grind. We’re confident and we know we can make plays and put us in position to win a game.”  Tino Sunseri on replacing Darian Durant
Wins) all count the same in the regular season," "but you see the way the West Division is shaping up... To get back on that winning track and just basically get us going as a team in that second half and get some momentum going into Saskatchewan is big for us.
Drew Willy Bomber QB

Whit’s the starter. He’s the guy. He hasn’t done anything to relinquish any carries,” “He hasn’t done anything to forfeit anything over to me.
Tyrell Sutton on Brandon Whitaker

A Smile A Day - August 27th

                     Homer Simpson takes the ice bucket challenge

Saskatoon's Cory Sarich makes long road back to recovery

Free agent defenceman gives up cycling after horrendous collision with truck

By Kristen Odland
Mowing the lawn and driving the boat at their family’s summer home in Windermere, B.C., Cory Sarich is, by all accounts, leading a pretty normal life.
About a month ago, however, that was not the case for the former Calgary Flames defenceman and current free agent.
Sarich had gone out for a morning ride on July 21, taking his hybrid bike along Windermere Loop Road — a challenging, 40-minute training session on a quiet road.
He approached a descent and spotted an oncoming grey Ford F-350 Ford truck. The driver made a left-hand turn in front of him without signalling. Sarich used his brakes and tried to stay in control of his bike but skidded and ended up sliding underneath the vehicle on his stomach.
The driver’s right rear tire had driven over his back, nearly crushing his body. Sarich suffered five cracked vertebrae, burns on his shoulder and wrist from the truck’s muffler, a swollen left arm and leg, a large laceration on his head, and a serious case of road rash.
Shaken, shocked and bleeding extensively, Sarich still managed to stand up and called for help.
The first thing in my mind was, ‘I’m not going to die here right now, so let’s get this thing moving,'” recalled the Saskatoon native, who was drafted 27th overall in the 1996 NHL entry draft. “I wasn’t sure of the severity of my injuries. I’d worn off all the ends of my fingertips. I was bleeding from everywhere, I had so much road rash.
“My helmet was busted up in probably seven or more pieces. It was just in pieces hanging by the chinstrap and was actually choking me, so good thing I had that on because it helped in saving my life.”
Luckily, a jeep carrying four people approached who were able assist and called his wife, Reagan.
After being carted away on a stretcher to the hospital in Invermere, Sarich was airlifted by STARS Air Ambulance to Calgary.
It is unclear whether the RCMP will press charges against the driver. Following the accident, the Invermere Valley Echo reported the RCMP said alcohol was not a factor and the investigation was still ongoing.
Right now, Sarich has other priorities.
“My diagnosis was, pretty much, as good as it gets (for a situation like that) … a bit of a mess, but I’m doing well now,” he said. “It’s been four-and-a-half weeks and it’s been a slow recovery.”
His condition is improving although he has a lingering knee issue and suffered a staph infection in his elbow, requiring more hospital time for intravenous therapy.
He gets sore often and sleeping at night is difficult as the compression is painful when he lies on his chest, back or sides.
When the on-scene police officer called to return Sarich’s bike, shoes, sunglasses, heart rate monitor — anything else on him that day — he told him to get rid of it all.
Sarich’s cycling career is officially over.
“I just said take it all to the dump and I’ll keep my helmet as a teaching aid,” Sarich said. “Other than that, I don’t think you’ll ever see me on a bike again. I was reluctant to even start (cycling) and I had kind of got comfortable because I was riding in Denver on the trails with no vehicles involved. It’s just one guy’s opinion, but I always thought cyclists were nuts. I enjoyed the workout … and I just let my own personal guard down.”
As for resuming normalcy in his on-ice life, Sarich, who had been traded last summer to the Colorado Avalanche along with Alex Tanguay for David Jones and Shane O’Brien, had already been behind in his training schedule after undergoing back surgery in Denver and a knee scope.
After a quiet free agency period (his two-year, $4-million deal had expired at the end of the season), the 36-year-old had been preparing for the start of the 2014-15 campaign in hopes of picking up a job.
Then the accident happened.
“Something like that kind of makes you rearrange your priorities,” said Sarich, a father of three. “My agent obviously had made some calls and I was busy living a normal life again. I was just starting to golf again, working out, riding the bike, running, all that stuff.
“This has thrown a big wrinkle into it and I don’t know what’s going to happen. But right now, my priority is to get healthy. I want to get myself back in shape regardless if hockey is an option moving forward. I’m just going to play it by ear from here.”
When the accident happened, Sarich received an outpouring of support from friends and family, including the NHL. Flames captain Mark Giordano and forward Matt Stajan passed along their messages of concern.
“My family has been unbelievable,” Sarich said. “My wife, it was pretty shocking for her obviously. She had to do a lot of the dirty work … it was incredible the amount of phone calls and texts I received. Way back to my coaches and GM in Tampa, the guys in Calgary, guys from Denver, teammates, it was pretty crazy … it’s neat how tight the hockey community is when things like that happen.”
A veteran of nearly 1,000 NHL games (and 377 of those during his six seasons with Calgary), Sarich had 21 goals and 137 assists in his career between the Buffalo Sabres, Tampa Bay Lightning, Flames, and Avalanche.
Doctors told him that if he’d gone under the truck on his back and the front of his body had been run over, the outcome could have been different. And should he not have been wearing a helmet …
Sarich feels lucky to be still standing.
“That’s all that matters,” he said. “I’m definitely not losing focus of that — I’m here.
“I’m extremely fortunate, I definitely realize that.”

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

A Smile A Day - August 27th

We asked the question.  In light of the West Divisions dominant record of 24 wins 3 losses this year is it time for the Canadian Football League to go to a one division nine team league.

Today I feel lazier than the dude who designed the Japanese flag.
Come on Aiko come up with something good. Make it exciting

Inside a brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

My Favourite Pictures From Milwaukee