Morning Water Cooler

It’s been a while since a post like this has been made in this space but it is good to be back!

This was definitely a weekend to remember.  First, big congratulations to my good friends Lyle Ostapowich and Kim Christiansen on their marriage over the weekend in Wadena, SK.  I was honoured to be asked to emcee the night and we had a ton of laughs, drinks and good times.  They’re in Hawaii enjoying their honeymoon for the next 10 days.  Simply great people.

I made it back home in time to watch the Riders and BC Lions in Sunday’s West Division Semi-Final.  What a game.  I sent a tweet out after the Riders’ failed 3rd down gamble that went a little something like this:

Why would you ever be in the shotgun on a play like that? #TSNturningpoint

…. I don’t know what they were thinking but it seems as though that play WAS the TSN Turning Point.  The Riders’ defence stood tall on the next series and never looked back.  The Riders’ came back with a dominating 4th quarter from Darian Durant and are off to Calgary.

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Big congratulations to the Regina Thunder on their Canadian Bowl Championship.  This is the first CJFL Championship for the Thunder and caps a remarkable year for the program under a new head coach.

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Tough weekend for the U of S Huskies men’s hockey team as they dropped a pair of games in Calgary to the Dinos.  The Huskies lost 3-1 and 2-0 in tight-checking, hard fought games.  The Dinos improved to a perfect 10-0-0 on the season while the Huskies dropped to 4-6.

Four of the six losses for the Huskies have came against Alberta and Calgary but each of those games were separated by mere hairs.

Are you confident that this team can win a University Cup?  The 4-6 record has some people questioning but I think this team is right there.  Right now they are just a hair behind Alberta and Calgary.  Is there help coming at Christmas?  Time will tell.

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Plans are in place for College Quarter at the U of S and now reports surface that say those plans include a new rink.  There has been endless talk about the need to replace Rutherford Rink and now it finally appears that is in the works.  There is no definitive plan with dates or any potential designs but there is a plan to have a rink built in College Quarter.

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If Anthony Calvillo announces his retirement from professional football the Allouettes will be in good hands with Troy Smith.  Can you believe that he has been on Montreal’s neg list since 2005?

Over the weekend Calvillo said that he is favouring retirement at this point and concussion symptoms are still present.  So sad.

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CTV’s Kevin Waugh is now on twitter.  Give him a follow @kevinwaughctv

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One of the best parts about being part of the Saskatoon Blades radio broadcasts is getting to watch Nakita Scherbak.  This guy is an absolute treat to watch and a very gifted hockey player.

The NHL.com is projecting him to be one of the top three Russian prospects in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.  He should be a slam dunk for Team Russia in the Subway Super Series.

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The Saskatoon Blades are back in action tonight in Prince Albert.  The Blades are coming off an overtime loss against Moose Jaw but have five points in their last three games.

The Blades currently sit in 8th place in the WHL’s Eastern Conference a point up on Brandon and two up on Red Deer but both have a game in hand.

I did some quick number crunching and last season it took 72 points to make the playoffs in the East and just 57 to make it in the West.  Over the last seven years it has taken an average of 74.7 points to make the post season in the East and just 59.57 points to make it in the West.

The Blades are on pace for 69 points this season.

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Ok, one more note about the playoffs.  The biggest spread came ’07-’08 when the 8th place team in the Eastern Conference had 88 points while the 8th place team in the Western Conference had just 58 points.

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Back on the air with the Blade hosting Brandon on Wednesday night at CUC then it’s off to Rutherford to call the Huskies and UBC on Friday night at CanadaWest.TV and Saturday it’s back to CUC for the Blades and Kootenay Ice.

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That’s enough for today!  We will talk again soon.

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