So I got to thinking about the Broncos first round playoff opponent today. I know nothing has been clinched yet and the schedule is tough but is it wrong to start preparing myself for playoff mode?
So, as I see it both the Regina Pats and the Brandon Wheat Kings are good teams. Brandon has more offense but has limited depth on the blueline. Regina is a fairly well rounded team with plenty of depth. They don't have the snipers the Wheat Kings do but have a active and mobile defense that loves to contribute offensively
Both teams are well coached. Both teams play very well on home ice. Bottom line, they are both very good teams. But, honestly for myself and our fans, please let it be Brandon.
The tie-breaker for me was the Regina media vs the Brandon media.
If we play the Pats in the 1st round, the Regina Pats propaganda will be blasted right into our living rooms and our coffee tables daily from various media sources. CTV Regina won't give the Broncos a sniff. They will be rah-rah Pats all the way on the nightly sportscasts. The trio of sports anchors still can't pronounce half our roster. I don't want our fans to be put through that. They comment enough on the lack of anything Broncos from that station.
The Leaderpost won't be much better. The only way I'll be able to stomach the read will be if Rob Vanstone is assigned to the series. It's wishful thinking, Greg Harder is the WHL beat reporter. Vanstone is great at what he does but he ends up being the "jack of all trades" in his role.
Other media sources like Rod Pedersen's (Voice of the Pats) blog: http://www.rodpedersen.blogspot.com/ will have to be read with an open mind. Once the playoffs take over, Roddy will grab the Pats pom-poms and it'll be a runaway of half truths at the best. Roddy, you read this sometimes. Don't tell me that won't be the case. We are programmed that way from day one. We are the "home team broadcasters" and act as such. Me included. We sometimes more resemble the famous Iraqi Information Minister when it comes to our team.
I'm sure Regan Bartel in Kelowna faced the same thing when the Rockets took on the evil empire in Vancouver. The Moose Jaw folks know exactly what I'm talking about from last year's league championship series.
I feel like it will be me against the world when it comes to the "media battle". Who else will help out in Swifty? Oh well, I'll be up for it if it. It's what I do best.
I know one who will step up like he always does. Be it on his radio show on Magic 97 or on the Broncos broadcast, or on his blog at www.ryanswitzer.blogspot.com , he'll be there keeping them honest and having some fun.
In other news I talked with Clare Thoring today, Cody's dad. He says Cody doesn't have a broken pelvis but it has shifted somewhat. He says they will no more on the back problems by the end of the day. I plan to have a chat with Cody at some point this week if he's feeling up to it.
For all intensive purposes, the Warriors season is on the line tomorrow night. They play in Prince Albert in a crucial game against the Raiders. Prince Albert has a five point lead over Moose Jaw for the final playoff spot in the east. The Broncos lead Moose Jaw by 8 points and play them twice to close off the season. A Warriors loss and they can kiss the post-season bye-bye.
Broncos and Pats Wednesday night from the Brandt Center. A Broncos win would all but lock up a playoff spot.