Morning Water Cooler

Let’s start with this: this is not a figment of your imagination. This is actually a blog post. I’m as surprised as you are. Let’s get over the shock and get going this morning! morning water cooler

First, this site may soon become the Jason Wagar hate page. I’m kidding of course. The Saskatchewan Huskies men’s hockey assistant coach enjoys giving me a rough time and was all over me for wearing a v-neck sweater under my suit as oppose to the more traditional collared shirt and tie. The wardrobe, combined with the way I did my hair and he dubbed it “Euro Trash.” He tells me it’s a compliment.

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Speaking of the Huskies, after a quick 4-0 start behind solid defensive play and nearly perfect goaltending, the team has dropped its last four games and now sit sixth in Canada West. Nobody was pegging this team as one who would be perfect but there is work to do. They are in the toughest stretch of the season and the four losses were two each to Manitoba and Alberta. It doesn’t get any easier for the hockey dogs as they are in Calgary this weekend for a pari. A split is crucial.

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Keeping with the Huskies but moving to football and it was a stinker in Manitoba for the gridiron dogs on Friday as they Huskies were blown out but still hold their heads well above water in Canada West. There are still two games left in the season and by all accounts the team needs just one win to clinch second place and a home playoff game. They have Alberta and UBC on the docket and that is good for the Huskies.

With that said, the team needs to find itself soon and that starts with the offence. Drew Burko needs to grab hold of the reigns and if he does this team could make a run.

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I’ve been quite busy since we last spoke and I’ll try and recap what I have been up to.

If you haven’t seen the show yet, I am hosting a show called Pizza Hut Huskies All-Access. It’s a weekly half-hour television show on Shaw TV Saskatoon and Shaw TV Prince Albert on the U of S Huskies football team.  It’s been one great ride so far and you can catch the show every Wednesday at 7pm and Thursday’s at 6pm and 11pm.

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I’ve also had a few appearances on Shaw’s sports coverage of the CIS and WHL.  I was covering sidelines at Griffiths for the Huskies and UBC Thunderbirds during the Blackout game.

Darren_KitHillis_smokeAfter an unbelievable halftime fireworks show the smoke from the fireworks hung around and delayed the start of the second half.

It was great for photographers and this is one pic that was snapped of me having a chat with Kit Hillis.

I’ll be back on the sidelines on Saturday when the Regina Rams host the Manitoba Bisons.  Catch the game across the Shaw network with kick-off set for 1:30pm.

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The Saskatoon Blades got off to a franchise worst start but have since recovered somewhat. The team won three in a row before dropping Saturday night’s contest at home to Edmonton.

There has been plenty of public assessment on the job of rookie head coach Bob Woods but we will leave the analysis here for another day.

Did you manage to make it to Sasktel Centre for Pink the Rink night? The team had special edition uniforms and the ice was painted pink in support of breast cancer and C95’s radio marathon for breast cancer research.  The pink ice was a disappointment for the most part but there was a very cool story that took place that night.

Cory Millette lost his father to cancer not all that long ago and on Saturday night the team decided it would be appropriate to hand Cory the captaincy for the night.  An emotional Millette took to centre ice to take the game’s ceremonial faceoff that was fittingly dropped by Cory’s mother.  A tearful Millette exchanged a big hug with his mom and the teams played 60 minutes for an Edmonton victory.  The best part? I found out after the game that Cory’s mom ended up winning the 50/50 jackpot that I believe was well over $4,000 maybe even reached $5,000 that night.

Very cool.

The Blades will welcome Kootenay to the Sasktel Centre on Wednesday night.

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What will be made of the Prince Albert Raiders? The team is now without last year’s 30 goal man Dakota Conroy. The 20-year-old Conroy was off to a tough start with just a single point and has reportedly left the team and requested a trade. The Raiders have since suspended him and the situation continues to play out.

Eighteen-year-old Colton McCarthy has also left the team and requested a trade. It should be noted that McCarthy has also been off to a slow start and is said to be unhappy with his role on the team.

Credit to Kelly Friesen of Yahoo! Sports for this story.

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Every once in a while you need to do something a little different. For me it was waking up on Saturday morning and going to the movie theatre at 9 o’clock in the morning.

It was Ciniplex Community Day and movies were free that morning and snacks were $2. Proceeds from the morning were to support the Free the Children charity so naturally we had to have pop, M & M’s and popcorn bright and early in the morning!  They weren’t playing new releases but the movie we saw was Divergent and I hadn’t seen it until then. Yes, it was a lot like The Hunger Games but I really enjoyed it.

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Logo_1The Movember Classic is quickly approaching and you need to get your team registered. I’m on the organizing committee and people are starting to get excited. You can register online and get all the details at www.MovemberClassic.ca.

Teams are only $250 each and can have up to 10 players. The tournament plays 4 on 4 with proceeds supporting men’s health and men’s health awareness through the Movember campaign.

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I don’t want to get burnt out on the first day back so that’s all for now!  Enjoy this great weather because I have a feeling that winter is going to kick the living s#*t out of us!

Cheers,

dd

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