Morning Water Cooler
Ok, it may not be quite this bad in Saskatoon but you can be sure everyone will be talking about the snow that stuck around last night even if it’s gone by tomorrow.
Truth is, I love it! I tweeted earlier this morning that we are pretty lucky in Saskatoon to have the first batch of snow show up on November 3rd. How often does that happen? I love the winter and can’t wait until we have 6 feet but I might be the only one.
Hopefully there isn’t TOO much snow the rest of the week heading into the weekend and the first annual Movember Classic at the Sasktel Centre. The event is coming together nicely and will be an exciting first event on Saturday. Big shout-out to the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon for their support and contribution. The club is a major sponsor of the event and very instrumental in getting this thing off the ground. The committee is still accepting teams right up until thursday morning and you can register at http://www.MovemberClassic.ca.
Another tough weekend for the Blades and Huskies on the ice. The Blades dropped a pair and so did the Huskies.
The Huskies fell 2-0 to Calgary Friday night while outshooting the Dinos 29-27 and followed it up with a 2-1 loss on Saturday night while outshooting the Dinos 29-19.
We knew this team was going to have trouble scoring goals and clearly that is the case. Is there a Derek Hulak-type coming back at Christmas time? Only time will tell. The team is great defensively and has some of the best goaltending in the country but they need to find someone to get the job done up front.
One more quick CIS hockey note: previously winless Lethbridge swept the Manitoba Bisons. Yep, that happened. Great job Horns!
The Blades also dropped a pair of games over the weekend in Regina and Prince Alberta both by a 5-2 score. The Raiders are rolling after dismissing head coach Cory Clouston last week. Marc Habsheid is now the man in charge and I think it’s a good move. He’s been hired for just the remainder of the season and it’s unknown whether he is the man of the future or not. So far so good though.
The Blades are back in action on Tuesday at Sasktel Centre when they host the Calgary Hitmen, another real tough test.
Can Canada West football get any better than it is right now? Heading into the final weekend of the regular season all six teams were alive in the race for the playoffs and the weekend didn’t disappoint!
The U of S Huskies had secured a playoff spot and so had the Calgary Dinos but that’s it. The Dinos, in an upset, lost to the Manitoba Bisons which secured a playoff berth for the Herd.
The Huskies also knocked off UBC which eliminated the Thunderbirds and then the game of the week took place in Regina. The Alberta Golden Bears led for most of the game until Atlee Simon continued his incredibly hot play scoring on an 11 yard run to give the Rams a 35-31 win. The teams ended the season tied in the standings and each had one a game in their head-to-head season series. The tie-breakder went to points and the Bears won the first game of the season series by two so the rams needed to win by three. They won by four. Incredible.
That set’s up the playoffs as such: The U of S Huskies will host the Manitoba Bisons at Griffiths Stadium on Friday night while the Calgary Dinos will host the Regina Rams on Saturday.
Both games will be carried across the network on Shaw and I’ll be patrolling the sidelines on Friday in Saskatoon.
I love Snapchat. RELAX! I know what you’re thinking but it is an unbelievably great social media tool. The updates from different events around the globe are phenomenal and over the weekend there was a series of updates from the New York City Marathon.
Another one of my favourites to follow is Ryan Seacrest. You can find me at Dupont2.0.
I was lucky to have a mini SJHL play-by-play tour this past weekend. I was asked to do Notre Dame Hounds broadcasts in Kindersley and North Battleford. If you don’t know, I was the voice of the Klippers back in 2006-’07 and 2008-’09. It was some of the best times of my life.
It was also great to run into North Stars voice Mike Feeney whom I know from my days in Dawson Creek. Incredibly talented guy. It was his birthday on Saturday night and this is what happened during the post-game hot stove the Stars host up in the lounge.