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In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 47: Tarnish on the golden boy

Is the shine coming off the golden boy?

Justin Trudeau is under the gun these days for what appear to be, if not lapses in ethics, at least some questionable activities. The Liberals have stretched the fundraising rules to the breaking point, engaging in cash-for-access fundraisers where well-heeled folks get to hobnob with government ministers . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 47: Tarnish on the golden boy

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatchewan Mentioned in Latest BadLipReading NFL Video

"We might have to get biscuits in Sask…Sask…Saskatchewan." – @BadLipReading https://t.co/CR3KBRhoFe #NFL#ExploreSK — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) February 3, 2016 There are many other great lines in this, including confirmation that Krypton isn’t a planet. . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Saskatchewan Mentioned in Latest BadLipReading NFL Video

In This Corner: Talking about the CFL: Hey, don’t stop reading!

With Grey Cup CII upon us, I thought this week I’d write something about the venerable old Canadian Football League, even though I know I risk losing most of my readership. I could drop to single digits here, from my usual double.

I’m an unapologetic fan of the CFL, and have been for years and . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Talking about the CFL: Hey, don’t stop reading!

In This Corner: Woe Canada: When the CFL tried to conquer the USA. A book review.

Considering how long the venerable Canadian Football League has been around, remarkably little has been written about its turbulent history. That lack of information makes End Zones & Border Wars all that much more of a delight for fans of the seemingly indestructible league.

End Zones & Border Wars, by Vancouver Province sportswriter Ed Willes, . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Woe Canada: When the CFL tried to conquer the USA. A book review.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Let’s Tear This Town Aparrrrrt!

This evening I pushed a Co-op cab off an ice median at Kramer and Hillsdale, with the Regina cabbie I was riding with, and another driver who stopped after. The Co-op guy wrecked his front bumper though by failing to negotiate the turn. I tore a piece off it so it wouldn’t rub on his . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Let’s Tear This Town Aparrrrrt!

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

Far too often throughout the latter half of the 2013 season, the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ early-game offensive struggles partially masked their greatest strengths.

Particularly after Alex Hall arrived in a mid-season trade, the ‘Riders were built ideally to hold leads. The defence boasted enough elite pass-rushers to pressure quarterbacks while leaving plenty of extra coverage to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Harper In Regina

Bonus points for someone who manages to compliment the Prime Minister for the nice scandals he’s wearing.

He’s downtown for the Grey Cup Party, obviously. After the Grey Cup fanfare wears off, it’s going to be a long week for him in Ottawa, as he adjusts to documents last week from the RCMP that show . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Harper In Regina

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

Last week, I noted that the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ semi-final win against B.C. reflected a team just barely adjusting to an opponent who thoroughly neutralized its strengths. But in case there was any doubt whether the ‘Riders could play exactly their preferred type of game against a playoff-ready opponent, Sunday’s win over Calgary should put that . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

In This Corner: Eskimos need new brains at front office as well as on the field.

For the first time in recent memory, the Edmonton Eskimos appear destined to not lead the league in attendance. With Mosaic Stadium in Regina on steroids in preparation for the Grey Cup, the Riders have enjoyed even larger crowds than usual. With the entire Eskimo organization giving off the fetid stench of decay, it’s hardly . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Eskimos need new brains at front office as well as on the field.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: GopherNado

Thanks to the Hamilton Tigercats for this amazing SharkNado spoof of the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ mascot Gainer the Gopher.

Hat tip to John Gormley

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Justin Bieber and Chris Brown

Justin Bieber at the Grey Cup wasn’t the only ‘interesting’ pop music story of yesterday. I’m not a Bieber expert (Belieber), but I did watch his biopic a few months ago, and he’s certainly got some real musical talent. How he is as a human being will probably degrade with his over-worldly fame, but he […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Justin Bieber and Chris Brown

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bleeding Green

Mitch Alexander writes:

What kind of council does the city of Regina have. You best believe that I won’t be going to that stadium. I think everyone should just boycott the new stadium indefinitely. It won’t be able to last if nobody goes…

That’s not the best strategy Mitch. If the Riders don’t sell out, . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Bleeding Green

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Regina City Council – Stadiumapalooza #YQRcc

Check out my presentation here, or on Access 7 replay later on. CTV, Global, and LP mentioned me, but the CBC reporter they sent wasn’t interested in a quote even though she sought one from Conrad who is running against me in the upcoming election. She probably liked his cool glasses more than my naked . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Regina City Council – Stadiumapalooza #YQRcc

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

The Saskatchewan Roughriders’ third win of 2012 involved a rather different path than the previous two.

Instead of dominating the line on either side of the ball, the ‘Riders’ win over B.C. featured a Lions team that largely controlled both sides of the ball. Travis Lulay put together a fairly stellar passing performance, while Saskatchewan’s . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

Glorious video of James Yurichuk’s day with the Grey Cup

This is something special. Take a helicopter, the Rocky Mountains and the Grey Cup. Shoot it all in spectacular HD with breathtaking angles and vistas. Instant classic. Thanks to BC Lions Linebacker James Yurichuk, we can all see how the Grey Cup spent its day higher than its ever been.

BC Place, the Lions and the CFL: a ballet in incompetence. Roof not open on sunny Vancouver evening for Grey Cup.

The sun came out in glorious fashion this afternoon shortly before festivities began at the Grey Cup. It was a gorgeous late afternoon like only Vancouver can provide. It was in fact serendipitous. It could have not been more elegant and opportune timing.

With all the wisdom of a leaky roof, the retractable roof was . . . → Read More: BC Place, the Lions and the CFL: a ballet in incompetence. Roof not open on sunny Vancouver evening for Grey Cup.

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

Yesterday’s win over Hamilton has raised at least a few questions as to where that ‘Riders team has been all year. But I’m not sure there’s much difference between what we saw yesterday and what the ‘Riders have managed at many points throughout the se… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

Sadly, due to the ‘Riders’ choice to play most of their veterans in Friday’s loss to Calgary, we didn’t get to learn much about the team’s prospects. But if nothing else, the loss did prove educational about the players currently holding down a few lin… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

New BC Place dazzles, disappoints, promises bigger things. Roof opens quickly, too!

Well, I was wrong; it wasn’t a disaster. The roof opened like a charm, very quickly too. Unfortunately for the Lions, the CFL plays its games at night. While it was so much better looking up into the darkness of the night sky than the drab old roof, th… . . . → Read More: New BC Place dazzles, disappoints, promises bigger things. Roof opens quickly, too!

Accidental Deliberations: Bonus ‘Rider Blogging

Since even the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ most reliable boosters seem to be declaring the 2011 season over, let’s provide a bonus ‘Riders post to point out that there’s still plenty to play for.After all, the CFL introduced its crossover rule (providing… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Bonus ‘Rider Blogging

Prayer and the CFL

The genesis: US college gridiron prayerFootball players aren’t the brightest people in the world.  Unlike with other sports, football coaches are like little gods who warp sculpt their wards, guiding not just decisions but shaping a player’s moral… . . . → Read More: Prayer and the CFL

Lingerie Football League – words escape me

Although to be fair, there really should be an Underwear Football League for men. Then you could have inter-league games. I’d pay to see that.Man, there’s some serious hitting going on here. That clothesline at :25 is killer. . . . → Read More: Lingerie Football League – words escape me

Is Solomon Elimimian the Cameron Wake of 2011?

Solomon Elimimian, CFL defensive rookie of 2010 is tearing it up for the BC Lions this year. He and Geroy Simon on the offensive side are almost single-handedly pulling the indolent Lions up by their boot strings and inspiring the rest of the team. Eli… . . . → Read More: Is Solomon Elimimian the Cameron Wake of 2011?

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

In the wake of Friday’s loss to Calgary, there seem to be some stunningly short-sighted theories flying around. So let’s point out that the game featured plenty of good news when it comes to building the ‘Riders for this season any beyond – even if it … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning ‘Rider Blogging

Once again, the ‘Riders’ latest loss was more a story of missed opportunities than poor play overall – particularly in the third quarter, when Saskatchewan’s near-total dominance on both sides of the ball led to a grand total of one point. But there’s … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning ‘Rider Blogging