Bring on the long weekend....
- It's the Broncos and Warriors tonight in the first home exhibition action of the pre-season.
I'm not expecting much tonight with a young line-up on the ice... presumably for both teams. But with that said we are only two weeks away from the regular season and the Broncos have a long way to go to get to where they want to be.
Face-off at 7:30pm.
We have received some calls and emails regarding our first broadcast on the Eagle 94.1 FM. There is a slight chance we will broadcast next Friday's exhibition game. If that isn't the case then we will be on the air for the season opener against the Warriors two weeks from tonight.
This is my last chance for a break before the grind of the season begins. One last chance to do something other than hockey before seven straight months of wall-to-wall stick and puck and the work that goes into it.
It's funny, most people don't know what they will be doing from weekend to weekend. Love it or hate it, I know I'll be in a rink somewhere and in a broadcast booth the next 28 weeks plus playoffs with a small reprieve at the Christmas break.
This doesn't just go for me, it's the same for the players, management and coaching staff for every WHL team.
Sure you miss out on some things but when I think about it, what else would I rather be doing?
My weekend begins tomorrow with a Charity golf tournament with friends in Regina at the Joanne Goulet Golf Club and then rolls into Labour Day football festivities from there.
I've heard Molson has donated 200 beer for the weekend. No joke.
Stop by the Sandercock household - 1746 Boyd Street on Regina's east side. It's all in the name of charity for the Regina Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
As for the Riders game on Sunday? I have a bad feeling about this one. Namely because the Riders inability to stop the run and the Bombers' Fred Reid who churned out 260 yards on the ground in his last outing.
The Riders have had the Bombers number lately in the Labour Day Classic, hopefully it continues.
Lots of football fans at the Comp Field for the Comp Colts season opener yesterday. The Colts held their own against Moose Jaw Peacock - last year's provincial champs. Peacock went on to a 15-1 win. The Colts should be just fine this season. I got a text from the coaching staff last night saying they were encouraged with their effort.
Just a side note here. One of the Colts players was attempting to fire up the west side stands for most of the game. While I appreciate his efforts, when you get stuffed in your own end zone and give up a safety, it's not the time to look over to the stands and ask them to get on their feet.
"How are the rats?"
It's a question I get daily from out-of -towners through email, text or facebook.
Truth is, I've seen only one...and it was about a month ago.
The City has gotten a bad rap for this...people outside the city think we are crawling with them. From my perspective alone it's not something I see or think about on a daily basis.
It does grind my gears a little to see reporters and media outlets from CBC TV/Radio, CTV, Global, CHAT, etc. invading our city for wall-to-wall rat coverage. But, we have some individuals in our city who keep feeding the media frenzy so they keep coming back. These people were even hanging outside the City's news conference waiting for reporters to exit so they can get get that craved attention. It's become like a drug. They need that fix... that picture in the paper, name in the headlines, voice on the radio. "Look I'm on the TV!"
I'm not kidding, such a thing does exist.
What the outside media doesn't see is a long-standing grudge by some against the city and it's elected officials.
I love this city and it's people and I don't appreciate being thrown under the bus.
Ryan Switzer reminded me of a quote the other day.
"The fire that burns some keeps others warm."
Is there a rat issue? Yes. Does it deserve national media attention? The hell it does.
Please don't feed the addiction.
Have a great long weekend!