CFL Week Kicks Off

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Veteran QB Kevin Glenn was front and centre at day 1 of the inaugural CFL week in Regina. I asked the Riders quarterback what he thought when he heard Vince Young had signed with the team.

KG: I wasn’t overly shocked when I heard and I didn’t think it was ridiculous. I wouldn’t want to people to question the team signing me. You know kind of  like why did they sign that guy he’s in his 17th year, it’s his third time here he’s old news! We all have to still go out and compete for the job. It’s just another name and I’m not taking anything away from Vince Young the person because I don’t know him but we are all just football players trying to make a squad. Honestly the first thing I was thinking was if Vince Young makes our team we will get more exposure in the U-S and then more of my family and friends can watch ME play. ( laughs)

Me: Is this Kevin Glenn’s team to lose then?

KG: I wouldn’t say that. What I would say is that I’m confident enough to know that I can go out and be a starter in this league if I do what I need to do. After that it’s up to Chris Jones and his coaching staff. If it’s not Kevin Glenn then I have to support whoever they put on the field just like I’ve done all my career. But I’m really excited and may the best man get the job. Now get out of my way because I going across the parking lot to look at the new stadium!

 

It’s An Opportunity Not A Comeback!

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That’s how the newest Rider described his latest chapter in football.

The Vince Young era in Rider Nation has officially begun. The Riders announced the signing of the former Texas Longhorns star today. Young, 33, is returning to professional football after having last played in a regular-season game in 2011 with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.

“He certainly can make all the throws, he’s got a tremendous arm,” said Chris Jones, the Riders’ coach/GM. “But I think it’s much more than just his physical tools.

“He brings a lot of intangibles that winners bring. And his record in the NFL speaks for itself as he was 31-17 as a starter. And I don’t care what league you are playing in that’s pretty good!”

For his part, Young had a gracious and humble tone at the press conference.

“I know we’ve got a lot of good quarterbacks on the roster so I’m here to compete,” Young said. “The main thing is I want to tell my teammates that it’s not all about Vince.

“I don’t want them to think I’m coming here big-headed . . . it’s all about the team, it’s all about the city and whatever we can do to win.”

Young  will come to camp and compete with 37 year old veteran Kevin Glenn,  Canadian Brandon Bridge and Americans G.J. Kinne, Jake Waters and Bryan Bennett.

I had a chance to chat with veteran CFL coach Gary Etcheverry about this signing. Etch has an interesting perspective since he spent half of last season as a consultant with the team. ” If Young is going to be successful it will be with this coaching staff,” said Etcheverry. ” I think if they allow him to be the Vince Young we remember from his Texas and Tennessee Titan days then he has a chance to be successful. There are lots of moving parts here. It appears he’s motivated so that’s a great sign. Can he get back into game shape and how quickly? And how fast does he pick up the 3 down game? A lot of it is going to come down to coaching.  I would like to add to have a winning record in the NFL isn’t easy so he brings a great winning background to the table. And if he gets going look out because over half of the linebackers in this league won’t be able to tackle him!”

Some Rider fans wanted the team go YOUNG at quarterback. It looks like they are getting their wish.

 

 

What’s On Your Bucket List?

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What do you want to do before you die? I want to retire somewhere warm like Hawaii.  Some think tank looked a Facebook profiles to determine the most common bucket list items.
1.Learn an instrument ( I’d like to be able to play the drums)
2.Run a Marathon ( No thanks)
3.Go streaking ( nobody wants to see that)
4.Defy Gravity.  Doesn’t matter what you do, skydive, parasail or fly across a canyon.  ( Even though I’m afraid of heights I’d like to do this)

5.Visit every continent – All of them even Antartica.
6.Climb a Mountain
7.Visit the Amazon Rainforest: Since it’s slowly disappearing before our eyes, see if before it’s gone.
8.Take a Road Trip across Canada
9.Make Love Somewhere You’re Not Supposed to
10.Seeing the 7 wonders of the world.

Red Tuesday!

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Today is “Red Tuesday”… The day you’re most likely to get DUMPED!

Today is “Red Tuesday”… The day of the year you’re most likely to get DUMPED, because it’s exactly one week from Valentine’s Day.

The cheating website IllicitEncounters.com did a survey, and found 30% of people have broken up with someone a week before Valentine’s Day.

80% said the main reason they did it was so they wouldn’t feel guilty FAKING their way through Valentine’s Day next week.

And 55% said they broke up with the person face-to-face . . . 28% did it over the phone . . . 12% did it over text . . . and 5% did it on social media.

What the Patriots Can Teach All Of Us!

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Like them or not the New England Patriots are the greatest sports dynasty in the history of sports. In the era of free agency, which is designed to keep teams from being dominant they’ve stayed at the top of their of sport. Here’s a few things that I picked up on yesterday watching the pregame hoopla. ROBERT KRAFT owner of the Patriots said something at the end of his interview. he said “Most people don’t finish the last 5 to 10 percent of any task.” He said, “We learn to finish and work hard to finish and that’s why we are successful.” You know when you are running and that last lap or that last mile is usually the hardest because you can see the end is near and you start freaking yourself out? It just made me think to follow through more. I also heard  Kraft say that JEALOUSY AND ENVY is a disease and they work hard to be the recipients of those two things. They want people to be jealous of them and to envy them. I am personally so jealous of Tom Brady that I want him to lose. Then, there’s Bill Belichick the head coach. He said something so basic that the entire team and office staff live by. DO YOUR JOB. That’s all. He says all day long and on the sidelines during the game to remind his team to DO YOUR JOB. What that means to me is to not get lazy and to not think the other person will cover for you. Like them or not we can all learn from the Patriots. And remember your life isn’t over till the final whistle, so keep at till the end!

How about this prop bet?

 

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You can place a bet on just about ANYTHING concerning the Superbowl, but so far, this one seemed to slip through the cracks. Perfect! 

Will President George H. W.  Bush drop the Superbowl coin during the coin toss?”

Yeah, it’s probably disrespectful and a little mean, but c’mon!
He’s 92 years old. He’s in a wheelchair. He was just released from a 2 week hospital stay– including time in the ICU. I’m saying this MIGHT not go as planned. (Picture Mr. Burns from the Simpsons).

Bush did a coin toss at the Lions/Texans game this past October. Guess what? He flipped it into his lap and had to do it again. There you go, now go out and make some money!!! But remember to share….

 

Are you going to a SuperBowl Party?

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Sunday at the Turvey Centre The Wolf, Ducks Unlimited and Budweiser are hosting a Super Bowl 51 party. $69.50 gets you in plus all the food and drinks you can handle. We will have designated drivers on standby as well. Get your tickets online at www.ticketor/turveytickets. It’s going to be a blast and should be a great game!  You should come to our party because the other ones will be horrible!

 

THE TOP SIGNS YOU’RE AT A BAD
SUPER BOWL PARTY

If you’re going to a Super Bowl party, you expect it to rock.  But, it might suck.  Here are The Top Signs You’re at a Bad Super Bowl Party.

If you leave, even temporarily, you’re barred from coming back in without extreme vetting.

You’re the only one there who isn’t just watching the game for Lady Gaga.

After eating half a bowl of what you thought was guacamole, you realize it was actually last year’s cheese dip.

It doubles as a baby shower for Beyoncé.

There’s a swear jar.

Ben Roethlisberger just followed your girlfriend into the bathroom.

The guy in the Raiders jersey just realized the pate knife is perfect for stabbing.

No one’s interested in joining your Oscar pool.

Your liberal friends keep insisting that the Russians are hacking the scoreboard.

There’s no halftime orgy.

It’s Ground Hog Day!

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THE TOP THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT GROUNDHOG DAY

Punxsutawney Phil and Wiarton Willie make their annual appearances today.  And you know that if they see their shadows and return to their hole, we’ll have six more weeks of winter-like weather.  But here are The Top Things You Didn’t Know About Groundhog Day.

Whether Wiarton Willie sees his shadow or not, you’re an idiot for thinking it matters.

It opened the door for other adorable weather predictors.  Like Jeff the Pig Spleen eating weather expert.

Like everyone else in Ontario, Willie is lured from his home with methamphetamine.

This will be the first year Phil refuses to leave his hole because of who’s in the White House.

If the groundhog sees his shadow, it’s four more years of protest marches.

Amazingly, “Gobbler’s Knob” is the name of Punxsutawney Phil’s home . . . and NOT a bar frequented by Andy Dick.

To many Americans, Punxsutawney Phil is a national icon.  To many rural Americans, he’s a tasty entree.

The Making of a Dynasty

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In the era of free agency what the New England Patriots have done since 2000 is maybe the greatest sports accomplishment ever. I don’t like them but I think the Patriots have to be considered the greatest dynasty especially if they win next Sunday against Atlanta.

 

“USA Today” noticed that there are a lot of, quote, “eerie similarities” between this year’s New England Patriots team the Patriots team that beat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 38 back in 2004.

There’s 13 . . . because 13 is such an “eerie” number.  (???)  Here they are:

1.  Both Patriots teams played, or will play the big game in Houston.

2.  Both played or will play an NFC South team in the Super Bowl.

3.  Both teams went 16-2 to get to the Super Bowl.

4.  The Super Bowl 38 Patriots were two seasons removed from beating an NFC West team (in that case the Rams).  The Super Bowl 51 Patriots are two years removed from beating an NFC West team (the Seahawks).

5.  Both Patriots defenses finished FIRST in the league in points allowed . . . meaning they allowed the LEAST points of any team.

6.  Both teams were the #1 seed in the AFC playoffs . . . and managed to avoid the #2 seed, the Chiefs, in the AFC Championship.

7.  Both teams finished first in the AFC East with a 14-2 record.  The Dolphins finished second with a 10-6 record both times.

8.  Both teams suffered their first loss of the season by being shut-out by the Bills.

9. During the 2004 playoffs, Tom Brady threw five touchdowns and two interceptions.  Entering Super Bowl 51, he’s thrown five touchdowns and two interceptions in the playoffs.

10. Before playing Super 38, the Patriots hadn’t trailed in a game since Week 12.  The current Patriots team hasn’t trailed since Week 12.

11. This year’s Patriots beat an AFC South team that plays in Houston (the Texans) in the divisional round.  The Super Bowl 38 Patriots beat an AFC South team that used to play in Houston (the Titans) in the divisional round.

12. Both teams beat the Jets in Week 16 . . . then another divisional opponent in Week 17 to finish the season with a record of 5-1 in the AFC East.

13.  And #13 is . . . these two seasons are 13 years apart.  (Mind BLOWN!  Just kidding.  I added this last one because I wanted to have 13, and couldn’t find any other similarities.  In 2003, Tom Brady DIDN’T miss the first four games because he was being punished for cheating.)

Glenn is in, Burris is out and Super Bowl fun!

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The Riders announced the signing of veteran QB Kevin Glenn. The 17 year vet, who has a history with head coach Chris Jones, is making his 3rd stop in Regina. I don’t mind the signing if he comes with a low price tag. I’ve never considered Glenn a starting QB but he is a great insurance policy in the player/coach role.

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Meantime in Ottawa a great football career comes to an end as Henry Burris walks retires. Burris ends his career on top after leading the Ottawa Redblacks to a Grey Cup title last season.   The 41-year-old guided the Redblacks to a dramatic 39-33 overtime win over the favoured Calgary Stampeders in the CFL championship game. If you remember he  suffered a knee injury in the warm-up – but still threw for 461 yards and three TDs while rushing for two more en route to being named the game’s MVP. One game I will always remember is the 2004 West Final in BC when Smilin Hank played out of his mind in a losing effort. Of course that was the game Paul McCallum missed the 18 yard field goal.

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Online sportsbooks are always offering random Super Bowl ‘prop bets,’ which let you bet on all the nonsense that surrounds the game.  One site has already got their lines up, and here are 10 highlights . . .

1.  The odds that LADY GAGA has a wardrobe malfunction that, quote, “must expose an intimate part of the body” . . . 15-to-1.  That’s actually written into the description:  “Must expose intimate part.”  (???)

2.  There are odds on her hair color . . . ranging from the most likely ‘Blonde / Yellow’ at 1-to-5, to the least likely ‘Purple’ at 25-to-1.

3.  There’s been talk that she wants to do something on the stadium ROOF.  The odds of that happening are just 12-to-5, or about 29%.

4.  The odds that Gaga says the word “Trump” at any time during the Super Bowl halftime show . . . 9-to-5, or about 35%.  That seems like a bit of a trap bet.  She’s always compared to Madonna . . . but I don’t see this happening.

5.  Since the Atlanta Falcons are playing, the odds that any player does a “Dirty Bird” touchdown celebration . . . 10-to-13, or about 57%.  There’s a decent chance it’s done by a member of the evil Patriots, and that WOULD count.

6.  Over-under on the times ‘DeflateGate’ will be said during the broadcast:  2.5.  There’s no way it’s under, right?  I would set the over-under at 25.

7.  Over-under on the times ‘Dynasty’ will be said during the broadcast:  3.5

8.  Over-under on how many commercials Peyton Manning will appear in during the broadcast:  1.5.  That also seems low, Nationwide and Papa John’s seem like absolute locks.

9.  Over-under on the number of times Tom Brady’s wife Gisele Bundchen is shown during the broadcast:  1.5

10.  Odds that Joe Buck or Troy Aikman mention that Tom Brady was drafted in the 6th Round of the NFL Draft during the broadcast . . . 1-to-2, or about 66%.

(By the way, one sportsbook says no one wanted to bet on the Atlanta Falcons to win the Super Bowl back in September.  The only team that got FEWER bets was the Tennessee Titans, so that means more people bet on the BROWNS than the Falcons.  Although, those were probably small ‘lottery ticket’ bets to take advantage of the Browns’ long odds.)