Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday morning water cooler

The engins are up running here at the MMWC but I gotta admit it was pretty nice to shut it down for the weekend.

My BlackBerry went dead sometime early Saturday and I never bothered to charge it. Leaving the phone off for a couple days is one of the most relaxing things you can do. It's on now though and there is a bit of a weekend recap to come.


Great to see that 7,646 took in Brayden Schenn's debut with the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday night. The Bridge City Bunch knocked off the Calgary Hitmen 5-1 with Schenn picking up a single assist.

That attendance figure topped the WHL for the weekend and I hope it continues. The Blades are a top notch product on the ice and it's time the city realized it.


The Saskatchewan Huskies men's hockey team was idol over the weekend and as a result dropped from 2nd into a tie for 4th in Canada West.

The Alberta Golden Bears were swept in a weekend series for the first time since 2008. The Dinos beat the Bears 3-2 and 1-0 in a home and home and now sit in a tie for 2nd place in Canada West and are just 4 points back of Alberta.

The team the Dinos are tied with is the Manitoba Bisons who swept the Lethbridge Pronghorns over the weekend. UBC also completed a weekend sweep over Regina keeping their slim playoff hopes alive.

So here's how the Canada West standings break down as of Monday morning.

Team - Points - (games remaining)
Alberta 28 (8)
Calgary 24 (9)
Manitoba 24 (10)
Saskatchewan 22 (10)
UBC 22 (8)
Lethbridge 18 (9)
Regina 13 (8)

Here's the remaining teams the Huskies face in order: Calgary, UBC, Alberta, Lethbridge, Manitoba.

It'll be a big weekend at Rutherford this weekend when the Dinos are in town. Games go at 7:00pm both nights. Plan your weekend accordingly.


There's a battle raging between TSN and Sportsnet or CTV Globe Media and Rogers.

Earlier last week Rogers outbid TSN for the services of Damien Cox who joins the team at Sportsnet and The Fan 590. Cox leaves his post at TSN's The Reporters and word is that Sportsnet is working on launching a similar program on their network of stations.

Following the Cox announcment it was said that Mike Richards was leaving his post as morning man at Calgary's The Fan 960. He was snatched up by TSN to run the morning airwaves in Toronto on TSN's new sports radio station that is set to launch in the near future.

It's been in my head for sometime now and I've said it on more than one occasion that Saskatchewan needs sports talk radio and you would have to think that it's only a matter of time now.

I mean the hype around the Riders is big ticket stuff and would attract most of the attention but imagine the expanded coverage of local sports including university athletics.

Dare to dream.


I admire the way the Jets came out and made a game of it in the second half last night in Pittsburg. They never should have been down by so much at the half but they stormed back. Some questionable play calling in the fourth quarter may have cost them their chance but I'm happy to say I was a Jets fan for the past month.

As far as the Super Bowl goes it's hard to bet against the Packers the way Aaron Rodgers is playing but I think I'll be in the Steelers corner in two weeks but I am not 100% decided yet.


If you follow tennis at all you will likely have been tuned into the Australian Open and been captivated by an unseeded Canadian making his mark.

Milos Raonic finally ran out of magic and upsets down under. The Canadian saw his run come to an end early Monday after he lost out in the fourth round to No. 7 seed David Ferrer.

I believe at some point during the Open John McEnroe said that Raonic is the next big thing in tennis. If it's true then it's great news for this country.


Former Saskatoon Blades goaltender Braden Holtby is enjoying some success in the NHL. The 21 year old Holtby was in net when his Washington Capitals knocked off the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Saturday night.

Another former Blades goaltender, Anton Khudobin, is enjoying success in Minnesota's system. Khudobin has played in four games with the NHL's Wild going 2-1 with a 1.59 GAA and a .940 sv % including one shutout. He's 13-9-1 in the American league with a 2.51 GAA and a .913 %.


That's all for this morning. Enjoy the week!

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