Wednesday, September 29, 2010


This is absolutely mind boggling and, more simply, stupid.  I know of news and sports reporters who have been fired for plagiarism.  Even in my blogs, I take plagiarism very seriously and make sure I attribute any statement that isn't mine to the right person.

In today's world, it now appears as though students (in Saskatoon) are simply allowed to have a do-over without a significant academic penalty?  I wonder if Scott Taylor would have liked a do-over when he was accused of plagiarism in his final days with the Winnipeg Free Press?

I like how the CBC story says there other consequences.  What other consequences could there be?  The ability for teachers to actually use teeth when disciplining a student went out the window years ago.

It's almost impossible to fail any grade in school now.  Incredible.

Here are a few comments from people on the CBC website:

My favorite is BJfromSask, who writes:  I am sure that whoever came up with this idea was hugging a tree a little bit too long OR smoking a little bit too much weed underneath that tree. Get with the REAL world. How in the world will these students ever keep a job??? This better be shot down immediately! Does the Director of Education have any power??? Where are the school board members' comments???

Dolosus:  If there is no penalty for Plagiarism, then why don't the kids just copy someone elses diploma and sign their name to it?? Next week I'm going to be a doctor.


David Frost is working at a hockey school in California.

Meanwhile, a couple of items donated by hockey players for the Yorkton Harvest Fantasy Hockey Draft were rejected at the border because there wasn't an assigned value placed on them.  Is this a matter of national security?  Before someone hits me with 'rules are rules', I go back to my first statement......David Frost is working at a hockey school in California.

This is why people that work at borders are disliked by the general public.  A hockey sweater is of no threat to the peace and security of either Canada or the United States.  But, it gets rejected because someone trying to do something nice wasn't aware of the i's and t's.

Meanwhile, Frost uses a fake name and comes into contact with young boys.  Hard to believe there are parents on this continent that would allow their son(s) to interact with him.  Wow.

And, how about this for a Wow?  I'm chatting with a woman today about the border crossing silliness and she tells me about crossing this summer and having 9 grapes and 3 strawberries in her vehicle (not original package).  Carrying fruit and vegetables across the border isn't allowed when loose like that, but is it practical to tear apart the woman's vehicle over the 9 grapes and 3 strawberries?



If you want in on this, let us know TODAY.

Provincial licensing rules state this has to be open to Sask residents only......

The Yorkton Harvest will hold their 1st Annual NHL Fantasy Hockey Draft on Sunday, October 3 at 5:30pm in the Wellington West Room of the Gallagher Centre (immediately following the Yorkton Harvest 2010-11 home opening weekend).

There will be a maximum of 25 teams (no more than 4 people per team) and cost per team is $200.  Your entry fee gets you supper and the top three finishers will get cash prizes.  First place will receive 40% of the total monies collected on the entry fees, so if we sell out at 25 teams, first prize will be $2000.

An auction is planned with autographed merchandise from various Yorkton Harvest alumni players.  Donations have already been received by NHLers Brett Carson and Nick Schultz.

Here's the skinny on the draft:

12 rounds with the first round being wide open for all teams to select any NHLer they want.  So, if 20 teams choose Sidney Crosby for a first pick, 4 choose Alexander Ovechkin, and 1 selects Henrik Sedin....then the draft will begin with round 2 and those three players will come off the board.

Your worst point producing player will not count toward your cumulative total. 

Points are decided as follows:  goals are worth 1, assists are worth 1.  Keeping it simple.

Draft format will be modified snake.  If you pick 1st in round two, you'll pick 25th in round three.  We'll redraw picks for rounds four and five, six and seven, eight and nine, ten and eleven, and twelve.

Four members of the Yorkton Harvest Executive are organizing the draft and are NOT eligible to enter a team, but may participate in the auction.

If you have any questions, email Me (Mike) at .  Or, call 621 2539.

To enter, a $50 deposit (non-refundable) is required. 

Yorkton Harvest
PO Box 583
Yorkton, SK
S3N 2W7


I see there is a lot of sympathy out there for Wade Redden, who is pretty much out of luck to return to the National Hockey League due to the 4-years and over 6-million dollars per season remaining on his contract.

The Rangers have farmed him to the AHL in order to avoid his salary counting against the cap.  There is very little chance of him playing in the NHL for the next four years, and now his NHL career could be over.

Did Glen Sather make a bone head move by signing him to that much money?  Yes.  Is Redden at fault for taking the money?  No.  However, Redden didn't even come to within the same solar system of living up to his contract.  It's one for Cristobal Huet to get a 5 million dollar contract and play like a 2.5 million dollar goalie.  It's another for Redden to get over 6 million and play like the league minimum.

I don't feel sorry for him.  I've met him a few times and I always thought he was nothing short of classy.

If he loves the game, he'll play in Hartford to the best of his ability and if Wade Redden has 30-points in 30-games anchoring the AHL's best powerplay by January.....he'll be back.  6-million and all.


Admittedly, I don't see nearly the number of MJHL games that I used to, but I still follow the Sherwood Division pretty close and when I do get to games, it involves Waywayseecappo, Dauphin, or Swan Valley as those are the three teams closest to me, geographically.  The Wolverines, in particular, have become a very good customer of mine with Source Embroidery so I, naturally, root for them and Barry Butler is one of the all-time gentlemen you'll meet in the game of hockey.

Having said that, here are a few thoughts:

--Dauphin is going to be good again.  Many people thought they'd hit the cellar based on how good some of the other teams were going to be and also the turnover due to last year's RBC Cup finalist squad.

--Portage is usually good season after season and they are off to a good start.  They are, consistently, one of the best run organizations in the league.

--OCN is in a make-or-break year if you believe some of what's coming out of their community with regards to finances.  I like their coaching staff, professionally and personally, and think they'll be in the mix.

--Swan Valley stunned the league last year by competing near the top of the division.  For some reason, hopes were conservative again this year; but this club is going to be a handful.

--Neepawa is the team I'm watching with great interest.  Their offseason moves symbolize extremely high hopes.  It's early, so 1-and-3 is nothing to panic about; but when looking at the four teams ahead of them that are off to great starts, it's tough to envision who might go through a prolonged struggle.

--Waywayseecappo is also off to a slow start, but the feeling is that with their team speed they should be okay, eventually.  Hopefully they don't fall too far behind that making up ground becomes an impossible task.

One thing is for sure, there are no longer any easy nights in this division.  There used to be a time that the top three teams would be competitive with one another and, subsequently, beat up on the bottom three.  That's not going to happen this year.  Parity is alive and well in this division.

In the SJHL, parity is the story every year.

--Estevan loaded up over the summer, so their hot start is not surprising.

--Humboldt is building toward the 2012 RBC, so their 4-and-0 start is mildly surprising.  If they keep this up, they will be so far ahead of everyone else in 2012 what will be the point of playing?!

--Yorkton is proving me right so far.  They will be good despite heavy turnover and it's expected they are going to lose another player in the next few days as part of the Winnipeg South Blues Troy Smukowich trade from January.

--Flin Flon has had strong seasons every year since Mike Reagan took over.  Their test will be come playoff time.

--Kindersley will be better once they solve their goals against issue.

--Melfort, to me, is a wildcard.  So far so good.  I know they are very conscious of the slow starts of years past and want to avoid it.

--Weyburn is at .500 after four games and I suspect they will flirt with that mark for most of the year; although the Wings have a way of rising to the top even when you don't expect them to.

--La Ronge has won two of three, but I put them in the Kindersley class.  Gotta give up fewer goals.

--The last four teams are off to slow starts and in this league, you can't fall too far behind early.  Of the four, only Battlefords is a surprise to me.  I had them pegged at #1 before the season started.  I guess it shows what I know!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


--I see Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Ken Miller and quarterback Darian Durant have addressed the handful of 'too many men' penalties that have been called against the team since last year's Grey Cup.

I'm not going to spend a lot of time on this other than to say if I was coaching a team that lost the Grey Cup based on a 'too many men' penalty, I would have measures in place for real tough in-house penalties for such guilty parties that result in the team taking those penalties the following season.  While that may be in place, the Riders just about lost the season opener because of a 'too many men' penalty late in the game and had two of them called against them last week.  I talked after the 31-2 loss that 'accountability' is something I wanted to see from the powers that be.  I think that question was answered very well against Calgary and also in the win over Hamilton.   But, the frequent 'too many men' calls have become so funny words cannot describe.

--My son had a couple of fillings done at the dentist today.  I'm not sure if Ken Cottenie is taking patients, but if you need a dentist, Dr. Cottenie comes highly recommended from me.

--I'm going to write more later on the MJHL and SJHL.  I have a few observations now that the first two weekends are over and I'll share them, hopefully, later tonight.

Monday, September 27, 2010


This will be in my column for Yorkton This Week, but because it is of extremely high interest to our community, I'm posting it here for the handful of people that check the blog.....

Mark Butchko stopped in to see me at Source Embroidery Monday morning with an ear to ear grin ready to pronounce plans for his Dairy Queen store.  “We are going to demolish the store within the next month.  The new store will be built and I’m only tendering it out to local contractors.  I will be asking Weber’s and Logan-Stevens to bid on the job.  We have been approved for a Grill and Chill. An Orange Julius will also be included and a drive-thru.  At some point, we will have provisions for a full breakfast menu, but will not start that part until we have everything else operating efficiently.  We hope to be fully operational by July or August (2011).  We will need to hire approximately 30 new staff members (full-time and part-time).  People can expect to see the new building start to go up in January or February.”  Butchko added, “I would like to give a special thanks to the City of Yorkton, who have been very co-operative on all aspects to this date.  All inspectors have been a big part of making this happen for me.”

The current store, essentially destroyed by the July 1 flood, was 2060 square feet and this one will be 2800 square feet.  Contrary to rumours circulating around Yorkton (Yorkton?  Rumours?) the new store will be on the existing property.   Butchko says, “We’ve made arrangements with neighbouring businesses for extra parking.” 

Butchko also says he’s very appreciative and overwhelmed at the phone calls, concerns, and cards he’s received from general public.  “It makes me feel very good that people are sympathetic and that goes a long way.  I do have a good memory.  What goes around comes around,” he jokes.

On a personal note, I find Mark to be an amazing community contributor in several ways.  For example, it doesn’t get publicized, but it’s fairly well known Mark makes frequent visits to the hospital and leaves treats for staff and patients.  He (and his wife) is one of the true good guys.  

Feel free to leave a comment for Mark to let him know what you think about having a drive-thru.  If you can't comment (some have emailed me and said the comment thing doesn't work, but others don't seem to have an issue) then send me email to 

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Just got back from the Gallagher Centre where my son was at his speed swimming session.  I spent most of the time in the lobby visiting and sipping a coffee, but I watched a lot of parents try unsuccessfully to get into the pool area because every single door is locked.  Why is this?  If the powers that be are worried about people sneaking in and catching a free swim, could I suggest a wrist band for those that pay?  I thought this was the case already though.  It's extremely frustrating for parents who need to get into the pool area to attend to their kids, but can't.  I don't blame the folks at the kiosk as that door really should be locked.  It leads into the locker room area.  But, the front doors should be open, and maybe staffed by someone if the concerns about folks sneaking in to swim are serious.

I was in Melville last night for the SJHL Game Of The Week on Access 7.  It was my second trip in as many weeks and both times the scoreboard died on the side facing the player benches.  It's a good thing the city is building a new rink.  It can't be ready soon enough with the bad scoreboard and some other factors that have come into play lately which may be affecting the players a bit.  Melville Stadium's life span has pretty much expired!

The game last night was a good one.  All three that we've done on television so far have been excellent.  The Mils fell behind early, but looked to take over after going ahead 4-2.  Nipawin scored a shorthanded goal to make it a nail biter right down to the final buzzer.  The previous night, Yorkton stormed back from 3-1 down against Kindersley to win.

I'm not sure why, but there have been a ton of goals scored through the first week of the SJHL season.  La Ronge has three players averaging almost three points a game and Brayden Metz put up two goals and three assists in last night's Melville victory.  Joel Danyluk was the SJHL Goalie Of The Week last week and he allowed seven goals in two games.

Friday, September 24, 2010


Just for fun, pot to be shared by winners.  Nobody's making anything off of this.....


New Fan590 morning man Andrew Krystal took a nice shot at Winnipeg yesterday after he had Gary Bettman on his program talking about the possibility of Quebec City and Winnipeg getting NHL franchises.

After Bettman was finished, Krystal was bantering with another announcer.  "I was in Quebec City for four days this summer and I love Quebec City.  It is an expanded marketplace from where it was previously.  It would be amazing.  Everybody still has Nordiques shirts there.  They still use that logo."

"What bothers me is Winnipeg.  That is the most boring city on the planet.  The provincial bird in Winnipeg is the mosquito.  If I was offered a job in Winnipeg, I wouldn't take it.  I'm not interested in ever going to Winnipeg.  I wouldn't go if The Fan moved to Winnipeg.  I went to Halifax when I wanted a change from TO.  I wouldn't go to Winnipeg.  You have the worst of a continental climate.  Winnipeg, there's nothing for me there.  I would maybe set up a business if someone else runs it."

I suppose I should help clarify for Andrew that if the mosquito is, in fact, the provincial bird, it would be the provincial bird for Manitoba as Winnnipeg is a city and not a province.  Also, it doesn't sound like Andrew has been to Winnipeg recently, so I'll let him know that there is quite a bit of Jets merchandise still kicking around too.  I haven't been to Quebec City, so I can't comment on the ease of buying something Nordiques.

My thought is that both of these cities are dreaming in technicolor.  The NHL isn't coming anytime soon. 



--We had a conversation at work today about schools that have the Lord's Prayer as part of a morning routine.  Sometimes, paranoid individuals step up and scream about religion being shoved down the throats of children and object to such a practice.  However, these same parents would be the first ones to look to the sky and say a prayer in the event something terrible takes place at school.

--I took a drive up Agricultural Avenue yesterday to get a real close look at the condemned house.  What an eye sore. Shouldn't open doors and windows be boarded up?

--Former Regina Pat Canadian player charged in relation to the death of a student in Wisconsin.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


I hope I'm wrong, but I have a concern about downtown Yorkton developing a rat problem.  In the wake of the July 1st flood, there are a number of 'condemned' homes in the area and to my untrained eye it would appear as though there is a potential feeding ground for rats.  At least one other person who is connected to that area echos my sentiment.  So, if you know a homeowner in that part of town, mention to them that they should have their property fumigated or, at least, set out some rat poison.  It also wouldn't hurt to have windows and doors boarded up.  It was in late-August 2009 that Swift Current dealt with a rat infestation.  I also remember getting calls (while I worked on the radio) from residents in Moosomin a few years ago who said there was a major issue with rats; although I don't believe it was ever confirmed by town officials. 

Here's something I dislike about media:  A young woman in Winnipeg has been charged in connection with some robberies and the Winnipeg Sun has identified her as the adoptive daughter of a local judge.  I wonder if this same woman arrived home from a humanitarian mission overseas if she would also be so identified?  Come to think of it, it may not even make the paper.  To me, this is a form of sensationalism.  The connection by the paper gives us an indication that we should be extra offended because the mom should have been able to curtail the young woman's behaviour based on the fact she's a judge.  That's simply not the case.  Not all preachers' children grow up to be ministers and not all descendants of convicts turn out to be criminals. 

Shania Twain is about to further capitalize on her marriage to famed music producer Mutt Lange.  The two are now divorced, but as a couple there were always snickers/jokes/questions about how a guy like Mutt ended up with a woman like Shania, and the answer lies somewhere between how good looking she is and how much money he has.  Anyway, Mutt had wondering eyes for Shania's former assistant and the marriage was, subsequently, over.  The question I have is:  What does this former assistant (Marie-Anne Thiebaud)look like?!  An autobiography is coming out detailing the sordid affair.  Guess who Shania is hooked up with now?  Thiebaud's ex-husband!  Poor guy.  His wife left him and he gets Shania Twain.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Contrary to popular belief, it wasn't that long ago that I went to school. 

I can only imagine the trouble I would be in if a teacher found some naked photos of me or someone else in my class if something had to be confiscated from me.

I always felt, and still do, that schools have a place in the discipline system just as much as they do when it comes to educating youth.  However, the power to discipline has been taken away, almost completely.

There is a ridiculous case out of the UK today where a high school student had her cell phone taken by a teacher and the teacher discovered nude pictures of her on the hard drive.  The girl was suspended, but she countered with a civil law suit and was awarded $33,000 in damages.

Some liberals out there will say the phone is private property and the teacher had no business looking at the phone.  I disagree.  If you are a high school student and take a cell phone into the class room and are looking at it while you should be learning, then it's fair game.  To compare it to when I went to school, it would be like me flipping through a magazine in the middle of class and the teacher catching me with it and asking me to turn it over, however I throw it in my backpack that's sitting on the floor next to me.  Is that magazine now off limits to the teacher because I put it in my backpack before he/she could get it?  I would suggest it isn't, and if that magazine happens to be pornographic, then I think I deserve added punishment.

Schools should have a right to protect other students in the event this girl was bringing her cell phone to school and showing other kids the x-rated pictures.

This monetary award in damages is ridiculous.  The girl acted very inappropriately at school and still gets a five figure cash deal.  Wow.

Monday, September 20, 2010


Hi Folks,
Luke's stem cell transplant went well Friday.  No unexpected effects and by evening he was feeling really quite well overall - the Rider win helped round out a really good day for him.  Saturday was tougher as expected also - the new stem cells in his system made him feel like he had the flu.  Today (Sunday) he is feeling pretty good overall - has gone for a few laps in the hallway and is eating well again.  The chemo he was on pre-transplant will cause irritation to his digestive system, so he's trying to eat and exercise as much as he can now.  Days 12-16 after transplant are considered the toughest, but the recovery begins gradually thereafter.  Given where he has been so far, he is certain he can handle what's to come.
Thank you all for your incredible support, thoughts, and prayers.
We'll keep you informed as things progress.
-Brian - on behalf of Luke, Jeannine, Brittany and Paul. 


CBC Sports has hired Brad May as analyst.

It's a good hire.  They need someone to figure out what goes through the minds of the Michael Liambas' of the world.

May was as filthy as they come as far as hockey players go.

He was once suspended for 20 games for slashing a guy across the bridge of his nose and also got 3 games (should have been way more) for sucker punching a defenseman in a playoff game, knocking the victim out of the series.

He is also linked to the Steve Moore/Todd Bertuzzi incident through a supposed dressing room bounty.

For fun, join CBC Sports on Facebook and see how I'm getting shredded by Brian Burke (he employed May at just about every stop) lovers today.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


The Saskatchewan Roughriders played the best game I've seen in the last two months, and perhaps the entire season in defeating the Calgary Stampeders 43-37 on Friday night.

There was a lot that I liked about this, including the decision to have Eddie Johnson punt with no time left in the fourth quarter.  Luca Congi has not been automatic this season.  I know a 35-yard field goal seems simple.  Still, he was iced twice (once by his own team!).  Johnson has been the best punter we've seen at Mosaic Stadium in quite a long time.  It looked like Johnson stepped back a further ten yards to prevent a Calgary block.  Turns out, he shanked his punt and it was one of the worst boots he's had since becoming a Rider.  I guess you could call the coaching decision bizarre, but I'm happy to report the team was actually 'coached' for a change.  If Johnson had executed, the Riders would have gotten the single point.  I suppose the same could be said for Congi if given the chance to kick the field goal.  From what I've seen the last three or four weeks, I have more confidence in Johnson than I do in Congi.

The third quarter touchdown drive that ended with Hugh Charles scoring on a 30-yard run was fantastic.  The coaching staff utilized Jason Clermont and then surprised Calgary by removing Wes Cates from the back field and giving the ball to Charles, who made a cut and went outside for his successful scamper.  I'm watching a replay of the game on television as I write this and even Chris Cuthbert made the mistake of calling Cates' name when Charles got the hand off.

I thought this was the most well coached game Saskatchewan has had in quite a while.  If you think about it, what's the biggest strength on this team?  The receivers.  So, the game plan was to send the receivers down field and let Darian Durant sling the ball to them.  Furthermore, they found a way to get Andy Fantuz and Weston Dressler more involved.  I'm not so sure Durant had more time behind the offensive line, but he certainly got rid of the ball much quicker than in recent weeks.

As far as Calgary is concerned, I think there is probably not a team in the league that can compete with them when they are on their game.  Tonight, they had a handful of key players that were more concerned with communicating with the Roughrider fans and trash talking.

Unfortunately, Roughrider fans do something embarrassing on a regular basis and tonight was no different as they showered the field, briefly, with beer cans on a supposed missed pass interference play.

Friday, September 17, 2010


I just listened to Colin Cowherd’s radio program from Wednesday and he addressed this issue about the Mexican female reporter in the New York Jets locker room.  He couldn’t be more right. 

“Players are meatheads and inappropriate.  But, nobody touched her, no felony was committed and she was never threatened.  What she wants is our sympathy.  I’m not giving it to her because she’s a fraud and a disservice to every female journalist in this country (United States).  There are women like Suzy Kolber who work hard, are attractive and don’t need to look like a night club act when they walk into a locker room.  Go on You Tube and see what she was wearing when she went on Fox News.  Four buttons unbuttoned down to the sternum.”

“Go ahead and drive through a horrible part of town wearing $800 000 worth of bling driving a Bentley.  Now, nobody has a right to rob you but when you get robbed, you won’t get my sympathy.  It’s one thing if a lion jumps out at a zoo and mauls a child, it’s another thing if a teenager has a piece of meat and is swinging it in front of a lion and taunting it.”

Thursday, September 16, 2010


They say common sense is quite uncommon and that's the case here where this Mexican sports reporter has taken issue with the way she was treated by the New York Jets.

Another example of political correctness, equal rights, etc. that has been carried way too far.

Honestly, a woman should not be in a locker room if the men inside that locker room are not dressed properly.  If they are dressed properly, then I say it's fine.

But, let's put the shoe on the other foot.  What are the chances of a man being let into a female locker room where there are possibly 20 women walking around in various stages of dress?

A man who coaches a female hockey team is not able to go into the dressing room to talk to his team until he gets the 'okay' from someone who says that it's good to go in.

The same should apply to female reporters who cover male sports.  I'm sorry, but they should not get the go-ahead until it's deemed that the men in the room are dressed appropriately.  What would be so wrong to have a separate room for the women to wait and then when the subject they wish to interview is fully dressed, he could go to that room and the interview could take place.

Look at the picture of the female reporter that's involved in this story.  That's her at the top of this story.  I would suggest she's dressed inappropriately for the job she's assigned to do.  I don't know what she was wearing on Sunday and some would say it doesn't matter.  But, I would also suggest it's tough to take a woman who looks like this (see above) seriously when she enters a male locker room where there are men in various stages of dress.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

STACKHOUSE SOAPBOX (Sept 15 Yorkton This Week)

‘Rider Banjo Bowl effort disappointing | Columnists | Yorkton This Week, Yorkton, SK


Brian Boechler, Luke Boecher's dad, provided an update (through email) today on the status of the Terrier goalie, who is slated for a blood stem cell transplant on Friday....please read:

Thought it would be a good time to provide you with an update on Luke's health situation.  After numerous delays Lukes blood stem cell transplant is confirmed for Friday, September 17, 2010.  While frustrating at the time, the delays may well be a blessing in disguise - Luke is now the healthiest he has been since first getting sick at the end of January 2010.  The Leukemia has remained in remission, he is eating well and has gained back some of the weight he lost during the first four rounds of chemo.  He has been walking about 6 KM a day and the liver damage incurred from the last round of chemo (which was the cause of one of the delays) has healed and everything appears to be back to normal.  So all in all, he is going into the transplant as healthy as he could be - which would not have been the case at any time previous.  The stem cells are here in Calgary now after being collected from the donor and cryogenically frozen in Germany last week.  The conditioning chemo he is receiving will destroy his existing bone marrow which is producing the Leukemic blast cells and will prepare his body to accept the new "graft" stem cells from the donor.  Today (Wednesday) is the first day he will have to remain in hospital overnight as he will receive a new form of chemo which will help minimize any long term negative effects of the transplant.  Luke will be the first patient in Calgary (and Canada) to undergo an entirely new technique for total body radiation (which will destroy any remaining fast growing cancer cells not destroyed by the chemo).  On Friday, he will have the stem cells administered in two separate transfusions (same process as a blood transfusion) and may even be able to go home for a day or two.  From what we are told, the toughest time will be around day 12 to day 14 after the transplant after which his levels will begin to climb and hopefully he'll be released from hospital by day 30 at the end of October.  He will then have to remain in Calgary for about two more months for tests, monitoring, and treatment if necessary.  Hopefully, he'll be home by Christmas.

Luke would like to pass along his sincerest appreciation to everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers and support over the past seven months - everything you have done is appreciated more than you can ever know.

-Brian ... on behalf of Luke, Jeannine, Brittany and Paul.

(Feel free to leave Get Well comments for Luke and I'll pass on the link to the Boechler family so they can see them...MIKE)

Craig Stein also has a great page for that on his blog too, so you can also, or instead of, leave remarks over there.


99% of us like to take responsibility and shuffle it off onto someone else.

I'm going to do that myself today as I share my grocery experience with you.

I go to WalMart last night and pick up a few things.  Usually, upon checkout, the clerk will ask if I want my milk in a bag (I always say 'yes').  Anyway, last night she didn't ask and I just grabbed the bags and left.  I get home and there is no milk.  I left it at the checkout.  So, off to the convenience store to pay $6.75 for 4L of milk.

You are welcome for the donation.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


If you are like me, you probably have about a dozen websites you frequent on a regular basis for one reason or another.

I'm the same way and thought I'd share a few in case you are looking for something a little fresh in your travels. 
If you want Saskatchewan news, in a nutshell, this website has it.
Similar to the Leader-Post.
For fantasy sports fans. It's the best there is.  Unfortunately, it's a subscription based site.  But, one of the few out there that's well worth it. 
This is a, relative, new one on my list.  There's something for everyone.
I've become addicted to downloading tv shows and movies to my ipod.  This site is easy to use, legit (from what I can tell), and cheap!
High-end shopping at decent prices.  You have to be a member though.  If you want me to invite you to become a member, let me know.  A friend invited me and I can't forgive her as I've sunk a bit of cash into this site in the last few months.


So, the Saskatchewan Roughriders stepped up and made two major moves today by releasing wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez and shelving return guy Dominique Dorsey by burying him on the 9-game injured list.

Both of these transactions should come as a shock to nobody.  In fact, it's too bad coaching/management waited this long before making a decision.  Personally, I would have liked to have seen Rodriguez benched a number of weeks ago when it appeared he was less than 100% in the effort department.  I wonder if it would have motivated him at all.  Instead, fans were treated to 10 rather uneventful games from him and will now watch him go out the door.  I also can't help but wonder if he was miscast somehow.  I guess if he never materializes as a CFL star anywhere else, we know the answer to that question.

As far as Dorsey is concerned, I also would have liked to have either seen him benched or maybe utilized as a change of pace back to Wes Cates to see if he could get going somehow.  But, that was weeks ago and this decision is hard to argue.  Hugh Charles will now handle kick returns and Weston Dressler is now the punt returner.  It will be interesting, to say the least, to see how much the results differ.

Even with these two subtractions, the result Friday night will be no different unless some in-game changes are made with regards to schemes and effort level.  I am a bit bothered by Darian Durant saying on The Sports Cage that he was not embarrassed by Sunday's 31-2 loss, but rather disappointed.  I know he's trying to put on a professional face and say 'the right things', but I've always felt if you show me a good loser, I will show you a loser.

Monday, September 13, 2010


At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down
  Finally , the guys' side of the story.
must admit, it's pretty good.)
We always hear 
the rules"
From the female side....
  Now here are the rules from the male side.    

These are our rules!
Please note.. These are all numbered "1 "
1.   Men are NOT mind readers.
1. Learn to work the toilet seat.
You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down.
We need it up, you need it down.
You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1. Sunday sports, It's like the full moon
Or the changing of the tides.
Let it be.

1.. Crying is blackmail.

1. Ask for what you want.
Let us be clear on this one:
Subtle hints do not work!
Strong hints do not work!
Obvious hints do not work!
Just say it!

1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem 
only if you want help solving it. That's what we do.
Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument.
In fact, all comments become Null and void after 7 Days.

1. If you think you're fat, you probably are.
Don't ask us.

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the 
  other one 

1. You can either ask us to do something
Or tell us how you want it done.
Not both.
If you already know best how to do it , just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials..

1. Christopher Columbus did 
NOT need directions and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings.
Peach, for example, is a fruit, not 
color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is. 

If it itches, it will be scratched.
We do that.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," We will act like nothing's wrong.
We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle..

1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, Expect an answer you don't want to hear.

1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine... 

1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as Football
Or Hockey.

1. You have enough clothes.

1. You have too many shoes.

1. I am in shape. 
  Round IS a shape!

1. Thank you for reading this.
Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight;

But did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping.

Pass this to as many men as you can -
To give them a laugh.

Pass this to as many women as you can - 
 To give them a bigger laugh.

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Now, before you call me crazy, I would suggest with decent evidence that over the last 3 weeks, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have been, in fact, the worst team in the CFL.

They lost to an Edmonton Eskimo team that responded after their 17-14 win over Saskatchewan by losing 52-5 to the Calgary Stampeders.  With smoke and mirrors, the Riders defeated Winnipeg on Labour Day and then, today, put out the exact same effort as a week ago and were met with predictable results (31-2).

I took some heat for criticizing Saskatchewan after their big win a week ago, but maintained throughout the last seven days that the same effort at Canad Inns Stadium would result in a big loss and I was proven to be right.

There was very little different when looking at the two games against Winnipeg.  At the end of the day, the Bombers didn't provide the Riders with any gifts in the form of turnovers and that was the difference.

Here's my take, for what it's worth:

--There have been absolutely zero adjustments by the coaching staff as they go through the league a second time.  Teams are taking away Andy Fantuz and Weston Dressler.  They are really putting pressure on the Saskatchewan offensive line, and the running game remains a bland 'up the middle' and nothing else type of style.

--It's too late now, but the Riders are bound to finally cut Dominique Dorsey this week.  Another fumble by Dorsey sucked any possible wind the team may have had in their sails today.  I think Dorsey fumbled every single ball kicked to him today.  He was, eventually, replaced on punt returns by Dressler.  Other than the fact he actually caught the ball, the outcome was the same.  Nowhere for the returner to go.  Further to the embarrassment, the Riders gave up 30 yards on one particular punt return despite getting called for no yards.  I don't  proclaim to know the ins and outs of CFL economics, but I heard that Dorsey has to be paid his full salary if released after September 1st.  It was obvious to the entire province he was a failure before September 1st.  This one is on management and coaching as much as it is on Dorsey.

--Darian Durant has regressed as a quarterback.  I'm a huge Durant supporter, and he and the Riders will try and tell you to ignore the stats, but you can't.  5 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in the last eight games.  It's unacceptable.  I know he doesn't have enough time to release the ball on most snaps because the offensive line has not held up their end of the bargain, but Durant is less of a quarterback today than he was a year ago.  Doug Berry's fault?  Ken Miller?  Durant himself?  I'll say all three share the blame on this one, but I wonder if Durant hasn't fallen in love with some of the headlines he was reading two months ago.

--Prechae Rodriguez and Jason Clermont also should get pink slips.  Rodriguez was supposed to be a deep threat, but I don't recall him catching a deep pass this season.  Clermont hasn't been used, therefore what's the point of having him around.  I'd be big-time peeved if I was him, and maybe he is.  He's too classy to say something.  Oh, but wait.  It's past September 1st so both get full salaries.  Again, misjudgment on talent.  This gaffe is on management and coaching.  It's not Rodriguez's fault he's not sent long.  It's not Clermont's fault he doesn't get to see the field.

--When the game is 31-2 in the fourth quarter, wouldn't you expect to see some back-ups?  I would.  If Durant is the future at QB, he doesn't need to be subjected to a needless injury (like Matt Dominguez was in 2007).  Not only was Durant still playing well into the fourth quarter, but the rest of the first stringers on both offense and defense were in there.  The ironic thing about replacing Dorsey on punt returns is that they chose their best receiver (Dressler) to return punts in a game that was well out of reach by the time he was installed.  So, now Dressler is at further risk of injury too.  It's one thing to put Dressler in the game as a returner if you still have a chance to win.  This game was lost well before Dorsey was removed.  Furthermore, if Durant is to get injured at any point this season, wouldn't you want to know what Ryan Dinwiddie is going to give you?  If there is no faith in Dinwiddie, then make Cole Bergquist the back-up and put him in to see what he can do.  This comedy of non-action errors falls on the coaching staff.  They took the easy way out and did nothing when they could have sent some messages to a few of their players.

--This team is quickly squandering a huge opportunity.  The CFL is very weak this year and Saskatchewan's talent level is at or near the top of the league.  How disappointing.

--Don't expect to see many changes for Friday against Calgary as management and coaching has been stubborn to a fault in not amending the game plan or changing certain player personnel.  The Riders are going to be destroyed on Friday.  It will be ugly.  Unless some of what I've outlined above changes.

--This has already been a longer write-up than originally planned, but to summarize I would say the coaching staff and management team have not put the players in the best possible situation to win.  The players, meanwhile, have become so complacent they look like they could give two hoots whether or not they win or lose.  The players know the coaching staff is loyal to a fault and they've taken advantage of it.

Curious non-football thought of the day:

Saskatchewan's 50/50 draw was for $47,000 last week.

With, roughly, the same number of people in attendance in Winnipeg today the 50/50 pot was $20,000.


Saturday, September 11, 2010


I'm in Winnipeg this weekend and plan on going to the Banjo Bowl tomorrow.  I was going to head down to the dragonboat races in support of the Canadian Cancer Society today, but maybe I'll just stay in.....

I'm watching the BC Lions and Toronto Argonauts on tv and just witnessed an optical illusion as Ronald Flemons somehow dropped the football one yard in front of the goal line as he headed in for a touchdown despite there not being a player within 20 yards of him.

Wish I could say I feel bad for him, but I don't really.  Didn't he refuse to report to Saskatchewan after being acquired in the Kerry Joseph trade?  I can't remember.  I could wish for something similar to happen to Scott Flory, but since he's from Regina I would get lambasted.  Still, his bizarre signing, followed by remorse still puzzles me.

Well, here's a site that seems to have raised the ire of Rider fans.

The domain was claimed by the Winnipeg Sun and is dedicated to bashing the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Frankly, I find it hilarious.

I'm a Rider fan, but there is zero harm in this site.  It's not going over so well with other Rider fans though, who have taken this humorous site personally.

I love it when people make fun of the fact Saskatchewan has won just three Grey Cups in a hundred years, but the reality is that this regime has been in the championship game twice in the last three years and was a missed 18 yard field goal (thanks Paul McCallum) from being in a third Grey Gup in the last six years.  Let's all have a good laugh at previous Saskatchewan Roughrider management teams, but this team has been looked after very well in the last half dozen seasons.  How many times has Winnipeg won a Grey Cup in the last six years?

What your team did 50 years ago really isn't relevant to today.  I also love it when Montreal Canadiens fans brag about their 26 Stanley Cups or whatever it is that they've won over the years.  Well, first of all there were only six teams in the league for the longest time and they had first dibs on all the good French Canadian players, so they better win more than the average team.  But, also answer this question:  How many times has Montreal won in the last fifteen years?  The answer is as many times as the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Thanks, now go away with your 26 Stanley Cups.  Oh, and enjoy that all-star calibre goaltending this season that you'll be St. Louis.


The last couple of times we've gone from Yorkton to Winnipeg, we've decided to take the longer geographical path that leads through Langenburg, south to Moosomin, and onto the Trans-Canada Highway where we head straight east into Manitoba.

It's about 50km longer to go that way as opposed to the Yellowhead Highway (#16), but the increased speed limit of 110km/h on the four lane highway into Virden makes up for the difference in time.  Not to mention, Sunday drivers don't clog up the road as you have the benefit of the eternal passing lane.  If the Manitoba Government could be convinced to up the limit from 100 km/h to 110 km/h then it would be even speedier.

If you travel between Yorkton and Brandon at all, it's worth noting the time is about 2h45m no matter which way (Trans-Canada or Yellowhead), although the #1 is about 20km further.  I think when going to Brandon or Winnipeg, I'm finished with the Yellowhead (which, by the way, should be twinned).

Friday, September 10, 2010


The Yorkton Harvest will hold their 1st Annual NHL Fantasy Hockey Draft on Sunday, October 3 at 5:30pm in the Wellington West Room of the Gallagher Centre (immediately following the Yorkton Harvest 2010-11 home opener).

There will be a maximum of 25 teams (no more than 4 people per team) and cost per team is $200.  Your entry fee gets you supper and the top three finishers will get cash prizes.  First place will receive 40% of the total monies collected on the entry fees, so if we sell out at 25 teams, first prize will be $2000.

An auction is planned with autographed merchandise from various Yorkton Harvest alumni players.  Donations have already been received by NHLers Brett Carson and Nick Schultz.

Here's the skinny on the draft:

12 rounds with the first round being wide open for all teams to select any NHLer they want.  So, if 20 teams choose Sidney Crosby for a first pick, 4 choose Alexander Ovechkin, and 1 selects Henrik Sedin....then the draft will begin with round 2 and those three players will come off the board.

Your worst point producing player will not count toward your cumulative total. 

Points are decided as follows:  goals are worth 1, assists are worth 1.  Keeping it simple.

Draft format will be modified snake.  If you pick 1st in round two, you'll pick 25th in round three.  We'll redraw picks for rounds four and five, six and seven, eight and nine, ten and eleven, and twelve.

Four members of the Yorkton Harvest Executive are organizing the draft and are NOT eligible to enter a team, but may participate in the auction.

If you have any questions, email Me (Mike) at .  Or, call 621 2539.

To enter, a $50 deposit (non-refundable) is required. 

Yorkton Harvest
PO Box 583
Yorkton, SK
S3N 2W7


--Britney Spears' former bodyguard is suing for sexual harassment.  Poor guy.  I can't imagine what he had to go through.

--Avonlea won Riderville with 80,000 votes.  Call me a cynic, but I don't believe in these 'vote' style contests.  As long as it's, relatively, close the prize is going to go to whoever the organizers want.  The mayor of Avonlea is Alex Getzlaf, Rider WR Chris Getzlaf's uncle.  Go figure.  Frankly, I feel all of these tv shows that ask you to vote (American Idol, America's Got Talent, Dancing With The Stars, etc.) are rigged. 

--Another tidbit from Dave Zinczenko today:  women who are the breadwinners in their household are 40% more likely to divorce.  On the topic of marriage, another study shows 33% of all women feel their pet is a better listener than their spouse.  And Zinczenko has another fact to pass along that may motivate you to control your weight:  body fat stores pesticides and dumps them into your bloodstream when you lose weight.

--I blame a lot of this controversy over the American minister threatening to burn a koran on the media.  Just ignore this quack and he'll go away.  Apparently, a renegade pastor performed a similar stunt in 2008 but nobody outside of his little cult knew about it because it didn't garner media attention. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


As most people know, I'm no longer doing the SJHL website and therefore the SJHL Power Rankings will be done by Mitchell Blair.

However, I am still going to issue my own, from time to time, throughout the season.

Here is a preseason look based on nothing other than my own personal opinion.

1-Battlefords North Stars
They return a healthy mix of scoring, defense, and both goaltenders from a team that was pretty close to being championship calibre last season.  Potential newcomers to watch:  Colin Phaneuf (20 yr-old forward should help out with scoring) and Kyle Hall (former Estevan Bruin prospect impressed as an AP call-up with Bruins late last year)

2-Kindersley Klippers
Larry Wintoneak will need to make sure Josh Thorimbert is, adequately, replaced.  Otherwise, this is a very strong group coming back from last season.  Potential newcomers to watch:  Pearce Gourley (goal scoring forward from the Saskatoon Blazers) and Justin McDonald (rookie goalie from Beardy's).

3-Estevan Bruins
Karry Biette is loading up his team.  I like their offseason trades.  They, apparently, have a former NHL draft pick to go with Joel Danyluk in goal.  So they are as strong between the pipes as they've ever been.  Crucial year for this franchise as far as on ice success is concerned.  They need to start making some headway.  Potential newcomers to watch:  Troy Hunter (key component of trade with Dauphin Kings last year) and Ben Findlay (20 year old veteran acquired from La Ronge).

4-Humboldt Broncos
The Broncos are putting the puzzle pieces in place for the RBC year of 2012.  Make no mistake, they'll be plenty good this year too.  Potential newcomers to watch:  Matt Hrynkiw (bright prospect in goal that posted 2.56, .910 with Saskatoon Contacts) and Matt Glowa (destroyed the Keystone Junior Hockey League in Manitoba during the playoffs with 15-22-23-45 numbers).

5-Yorkton Terriers
This is where I will be called a homer.  Consensus around the league seems to be the Terriers won't be strong as they'll struggle to score and won't be nearly as airtight defensively.  I guess I simply disagree with that assessment.  Potential newcomers to watch:  Kyle McLeod (big scorer in the Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League) and Robbie Ciolfi (WHL vets right were acquired at trade deadline last year and he's expected to play for the Terriers).

6-Flin Flon Bombers
Goaltending has to be a concern, but PJ Musico gives reason for optimism.  There appear to be a few more holes than usual since Mike Reagan took over, but that maybe only because nobody has heard of some of his roster.  Potential newcomers to watch:  Riley Storzuk (led Yorkton Harvest in scoring last year) and Jesse Mychan (flirted with the Bombers last year, but was ultimately ended up back at Midget AAA).

7-La Ronge Ice Wolves
Defending champs lose a lot of key guys (Dustin Stevenson, Danyluk, Mike Alexander, Findlay, Liam Brennan, Colton MacPherson) but still have that championship moxy and a few vets sprinkled throughout the roster, including key netminder Adam Bartko.  Potential newcomers to watch:  Skyler Hladun (played sparingly last year before finishing with Prince Albert Mintos) and Nathan Boyer (filled in during their magical playoff run when injuries struck up front).

8-Weyburn Red Wings
Water is wet, the sky is blue, and the Weyburn Red Wings always are in the mix for first place in the Sherwood Conference.  These things are a given in life.  However, replacing the likes of Bly, Wrigley, Penny, Perrault, Whiffen, and Erickson won't be easy.  Potential newcomers to watch:  Mitch Kilgore (netminder was eligible to play last year and showed tremendous patience waiting for something to break with 20 year olds Whiffen and Erickson) and Zane Weal (69-points at the Midget AAA level would make him an instant threat in the SJHL as a rookie).

9-Melfort Mustangs
Mustangs need to avoid their proverbial slow start.  You won't find many all-stars, but you will find a team that has a lot of depth.  The good news is that the Bauer Conference is wide open so they don't need many breaks to move up.  Potential newcomers to watch:  Brody Haygarth (picked up from Flin Flon as futures in the Deven Stillar trade) and Stefan Herrington (speed demon missed most of last year with an injury).

10-Melville Millionaires
The Mils badly needed stability in goal last year, so they traded last year's leading scorer to ensure they have it this year in Kyle Jahraus.  Should Zach Rakochy come back from the WHL, they figure to have one of the best tandems in the league.  But who will score?  Expect the Mils to build with an eye toward moving into their new arena in 2011. Potential newcomers to watch:  Andre Parker (the latest in the Parker family line to wear a Mils sweater will bring a mix of toughness and skill, but he's still just 17) and Roger Tagoona (led the Norman North Stars in Manitoba Midget AAA with 25-goals in 41-games).

11-Nipawin Hawks
Another new coach for the Hawks.  If Doug Johnson can bring stability to the franchise, they should be able to have some success.  The low ranking is based more on the unknown than it is on lack of talent.  There are no sure things in the Bauer, so Nipawin could surprise with Matthew Spafford leading the offense and a some stalwarts on the back end in Hodgins, Brkich, and Becker.  If they buy in, they'll be fun to watch.  Potential newcomers to watch:  Eli Lichtenwald (centreman was a top five scorer for Saskatoon Blazers) and Stephen Klein (still 17, but was impressive between the pipes for the Blazers last year).

12-Notre Dame Hounds
 The Hounds will need last year's youngsters to step up as the likes of Janke, Smith, Ireland, Williams, and Stevenson are gone.  Trevor Cameron should anchor the offense and goaltending is strong with Russell Abbott and Matthew Smidt.  Carson Grolla is intriguing on defense.  Potential newcomers to watch:  Paul Brisebois (steady defensive defenseman who played for the Telus Cup winning Hounds last season) and Catlin Foley (had 10-goals and 26-points in 35-games despite being a depth player on a very deep offensive team that won the Telus Cup).

After looking at this, I am now struggling putting Nipawin and Notre Dame down as 11th and 12th, but not sure who else can go there.  Fact remains, this league is going to be real strong AGAIN from 1st to last and two pretty good hockey clubs are going to miss the playoffs come next March.

You can see the SJHL live on Access 7 next Thursday night when Estevan plays at Melville to kick off the regular season.

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To further Lyle's point, I really believe the fans should accept tickets that are game specific. Burning your season tickets on the last two games of the year cripples the club. When people do that, the actual revenue of that particular game doesn't even cover the ice rental. Think Saskatchewan Roughriders. If you have a season ticket for the Riders and miss a game, you can't then go back and use that ticket on a future game.

Honestly, I also feel a game ticket to watch Yorkton play Melville should have more value. I would like to see a tier system where games against teams from the north maybe aren't as much because there isn't as much fan interest; while games against Melville cost the most.


Michael Liambas, who was suspended twice in two different leagues last season, is getting a tryout with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Liambas was suspended from the OHL for the season after a brutal hit on Ben Fanelli that left him with skull and facial fractures.  Fanelli still hasn't returned to hockey.  After Liambas found a league that would tolerate his Slap Shot style (IHL), he went about a month before getting suspended again.  This time it was for a hit from behind that resulted in Jason Lawmaster rupturing his spleen and spending four days in the hospital.

For those that don't know a lot about hockey, the IHL is nowhere near the NHL.  However, Toronto General Manager Brian Burke sees something in Liambas that may make him a bonafide player at the NHL level, apparently.  It can't be his actual hockey playing ability.  The guy had 5-goals and 8-assists in 124-games at the major junior level. 

The NHL is a league based on a combination of size, skill, and speed.  Liambas has none of those qualities.  But, I guess he fits the mold of 'truculent', a term Burke has often used as being a characteristic he would like his teams to have.  Still, this is an awful message.  No matter how you spin this, there is no way you can sell me on the merits of giving Liambas a shot at the National Hockey League.  He's dangerous and offers zero qualities that a team in the NHL should be looking for.  We see, all the time, a skilled player get, essentially, black balled from the NHL because he can't skate or isn't big enough.  Well, I can't speak for Liambas' skating but I know he's not big enough (5'9") so why go the extra mile for this guy?  He doesn't deserve it.  Even if you throw out those two suspensions from last year, you can see plenty of video on the man's style on You Tube.  No respect for the fellow player whatsoever.

Burke isn't exactly a guy who appears to have respect for the rules, despite what he may say.  Burke is the man that seemed to take Brad May everywhere he went.  May was once suspended for 20 games for slashing another player across the nose.  May was also charged for assaulting a police officer.  May is also better known for being the player who allegedly put a bounty out on Steve Moore.  In 2007, May punched an unsuspecting Kim Johnsson in the face during game four of their playoff series. He got a 3 game suspension.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


I have no problem admitting I have voted for the Saskatchewan Party in each provincial election since I moved to Saskatchewan and I have been a steady Conservative Party voter for most of my adult life (at least ever since the Conservate/Reform merger).

While I admit to supporting these parties with votes, I also have to say my support stops at the ballot box.  I will not ever donate cash to a political party when canvassed over the phone by a telemarketer.  Frankly, I find those kinds of calls insulting.  The major parties all have a war chest of money and don't need my $200. In fact, I told one gentleman who was looking for a donation that if he continued to get pushy with me I would be phoning my representative's office and letting him know my support come election time may go somewhere else because I didn't appreciate my 'no' for an answer was not taken at face value.

Speaking of politics and telemarketers, I have absolutely no update to report on the harassing phone calls I had been receiving, apparently from Health Canada.  I emailed Health Canada looking for some sort of explanation and I haven't heard back.  It's been about a week.  Nobody is so busy that a simple email can't be replied to within this amount of time.  Nevertheless, I haven't been called by that phone number since.


National Hockey League goalie Dan Ellis discovered how sensitive people are when millionaires complain about losing money today when he made a comment on his Twitter account that, quickly, grew legs and garnered nationwide attention in both Canada and the United States.

Ellis tweeted (I so hate that word) "If you lost 18% of your income would you be happy?  I can honestly say that I am more stressed about money now than when I was in college."  The comment is laughable, and the mainstream media picked up on it right away.  A subsequent comment is as follows, "$ in no way makes u more happy or makes life easier."

Well, I have a proposal for Dan Ellis:  Let's trade salaries for one month and let's see who's happier and whether or not life becomes more or less easy for each of us.

I have something else to say to Mr. Ellis.  Hopefully he doesn't ever play goal for a Canadian team in the NHL because he will soon find that on top of the 18% salary he loses in escrow, he'll also lose another 40% or so to the taxman.

What's too bad about this is that Ellis is entitled to his opinion and I found the remarks to be quite entertaining.  One thing we have to get over in society is that we need not think making a ton of money is a sin.  I think people get a little wound up when they see a millionaire hockey player belly aching about having to turn over some of his earnings that he feels he's worked hard for and should be able to keep. 

Even in my line of work (sales), I'm not sure how often I've heard someone say, "Well you are making money on this."  Yes, I am making money on this.  I have to make a living and the intent is to make as much money as I can by working as hard as I can.  Anyone who subscribes to that type of philosophy doesn't owe an apology to anyone.

Sunday, September 5, 2010


I contacted Dean and Tricia Shyiak over the weekend and inquired about what's happening with their store as there were a couple of stories going around and there is good news to report.

In an email response, Dean says, "We are to begin work on September 7th.  The anticipated timeline is about three months from that point, if everything goes well.  We are trying to get some pictures made up to put in our WalMart McDonald's to try and show what the finished product will look like so that everyone can be informed."

Thumbs up and best of luck to them as they rebuild.


The Saskatchewan Roughriders defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 27-23 today, camouflaging what has been a couple of causes of concern for the last seven weeks:  inconsistent play on offense and inept special teams.

Darian Durant threw another interception and also fumbled, resulting in two of Saskatchewan's three turnovers.  The third came on return man Dominique Dorsey's drop on a punt return.

I'll start with the offense:  it looks to me as though opposing teams are taking away Andy Fantuz and Weston Dressler and basically saying, "Beat us some other way."  To this point, Durant hasn't been able to utilize Prechae Rodriguez, Rob Bagg, and Chris Getzlaf in a manner that calls for teams to pay more attention to them.  Wes Cates had two touchdowns today and he leads the league in TDs.  For the most part, Cates has been fantastic, but he was bottled up for just 15 total yards on the ground today.  There were times it appeared as though Durant was rushed because the offensive line just didn't buy him enough time.  But, there were other instances when he simply hung on for too long.  Either way, his numbers in the last seven games are uninspiring:  5 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions.  Somehow, the Riders are 4-and-3 in these contests.  I can assure they won't go 4-and-3 in the next seven if he keeps up that ratio.  Even if they do go 4-and-3 in the next seven, that would still be disappointing.

Now for the special teams:  this is beyond embarrassing.  I don't know how many times Jim Daley can be a coach in the Saskatchewan Roughriders organization before the club determines he isn't for them, but this is, at least, his third kick at it.  I'm not a Rider historian, but I would assume he failed miserably in his first two stints (seeing as how he was, obviously, fired).  So, why is he back again?  It's time to cut bait on Daley and Dorsey.

Ken Miller should also be singled out for challenging Durant's fumble.  Durant encouraged him to challenge, but let's be honest.  Miller had a television timeout to review the play with his press box crew, but he didn't wait that long.  He, immediately, threw the flag on what was an obvious fumble.

You would think the Riders lost judging by this write-up, but I am somewhat frustrated to see an effort that is simply mediocre on a weekly basis.  They needed to play with more urgency today and didn't.  They still won and for that we should all be happy.  But, mark my words that this team will lose the Banjo Bowl next week if the effort isn't better.  To this point, I have no reason to believe that I'll witness a lights out performance, but the pieces are there to do it.  Talentwise, this is as good as a Saskatchewan Roughrider team is going to get.  I maintain they win most times in spite of their coaching and today was one of those days.

Friday, September 3, 2010


The Manitoba Junior Hockey League announced a partnership with NCI-FM this week that will see former National Hockey League broadcaster Curt Keilback call the play by play and former Winnipeg Free Press sports reporter Scott Taylor provide color commentary.  Taylor is the current Sports Director of NCI.

The MJHL is often criticized by its own fans for a lack of just about anything.  Often times, I find it unfair.  The MJHL does a lot of things right and it's often ignored by those same anonymous message board posters (people with keyboard courage, I call it).  The league has had a real strong success at sending players towards National Hockey League dreams with several hearing their name called at the NHL Entry Draft, and I'm seeing more and more attention being paid by mainstream media in Winnipeg, which is something the league has long desired.

Now, with the announcement of Keilback and Taylor working on 10 radio broadcasts this year, it will sound as if MJHL players are already in the NHL!  You would be hard pressed to find 5 better play by play guys in North America when it comes to calling hockey games.  To me, I rank Jim Hughson and Chris Cuthbert as the cream of the crop.  After that, Keilback is right there.  It's a shame he's not working somewhere in the NHL.  Maybe that's his choice?  I have met him a few times and I find him to be a quality individual and they say imitation is the best form of flattery....well, I admit to attempting a few Keilback impersonations in my lifetime.

Taylor can be a polarizing figure, but the bottom line is that he's been around the block a time or two and despite a 2004 incident that resulted in his no longer working for the Winnipeg Free Press, I find him to be a credible name for the MJHL to hang its hat on.  He'll definitely bring opinion to the broadcasts and, therefore, they will be interesting.

I will even say Keilback and Taylor will be more entertaining than anything on Sportsnet (Oilers, Flames, Senators, Canucks) or TSN (aside from Cuthbert).

Two big thumbs up for the MJHL on this one.

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Well, 514-789-1990 called me again.

This time I was on the phone like white on rice.

1/2 a ring.  I answer.  Nothing.  I yell into the phone a second time 'HELLO!'

A dud on the other end says, "Oh, uh, hi."

Anyway, he goes into a spiel about being a representative of Health Canada.

Yep, that's right folks.  A government agency is placing harassing phone calls.

Do you think our tax dollars would be better served going into actual 'care' or are we better off phoning residents three times over the span of three hours?

I'm going to fill out the form on the bottom of this site to complain.  I would suggest you do the same in the event you get similar calls.

I suppose there is always a chance it's not really Health Canada.  Well, hopefully Health Canada will have more of a pull than Mike Stackhouse and these people can be shut down.

Here's what I wrote:

 I was called 3 times today by 514-789-1990.

Two times, there was nobody on the other line.

A third time, after I yelled into the phone a couple of times I finally got a human being.

He told me he was with Health Canada.

Surely, there has got to be a better way to do market surveys.  Honestly, I would do the 12-minute survey; but not after you've called me twice in the previous two hours only to hang up.

As a private citizen, I could face criminal charges if I phoned someone 3 times in 3 hours  and hung up twice!

How can a government office get away with this?

I should point out I have been called, an estimated 12-15 times in the month of August and each time (as far as I know) there has never been someone on the other line.  Tonight was the first.


I, admittedly, have a modest following on my blog.

I would say, on average, I get about 100 people a day checking it out and just about all of those hits are from Yorkton and surrounding area.

My busiest day ever is today.  Why?  Because people want to see or read about Manitoba judge Lori Douglas.

As of 5:30pm Sask time, I have had over 750 people look at my blog today and guess how many are from Yorkton?  4!

My most popular cities today for visitors:

Winnipeg (not a surprise, since Douglas lives and works there)

I can also see what people are googling before they click on my site.

Most popular:
Lori Douglas photos (158)
Lori Douglas (131)
Judge Lori Douglas (27)
Lori Douglas nude (9)

There are three entries that are along the lines of 'Where Can I Find Nude Pictures Of Lori Douglas'.

The funniest one Googled is 'Who Appointed Lori Douglas Judge' and that individual read my blog.

For those that have read today, Thank-You.

To Lori Douglas:  I am sorry you are going through this if these pictures ended up being distributed without your knowledge.  It's not a crime to have fun with your spouse and profession shouldn't matter.  I remain of the opinion that the only issue is 'did she know these pictures were going to be posted' or 'did she know the pictures were posted and decided to leave that information out when she applied to be a judge'?  If the answer in either case is 'no', then let her get back to work.


I am on the warpath with a particular phone number that keeps calling my house.

It is 514-789-1990.  Sometimes, it's 514-789-1991.

Everytime I answer, there is silence and then he, she, or it simply hangs up.

I called SaskTel to see if anything can be done.  Apparently, there really isn't...for now.  If you get these calls, you are supposed to dial *57 immediately and that puts the number into the system for a trace.  Once you get five of them, you can contact SaskTel security.  What happens next, I'm not sure.  I just logged my first one for trace.

Here's my take on it, though:  if I started making random phone calls and hung up on every person that answered on the other line, how long do you think I'd be doing these juvenile tricks before somebody from the phone police would be getting into contact with me?  I bet it would be long before I make 5 to the same number.  I'm thinking 5 total might get me in some hot water.

Google 514-789-1990 and you'll see I'm not the only one getting the nuisance calls.

I get the marketing firms.  I don't like them, but I get them.  I understand they have a job to do, blah, blah, blah.  Because of that, I'm willing to put up with the odd one.  I'll answer surveys when contacted.  I'm not hard to get along with in that regard.  But, I hate the hang-ups.

If you get a call from this number, do the *57 and after five, contact SaskTel Security (the number is given out after you dial *57) and let me know what happens.  Once I get five (and I will) I will post on this blog what direction I get from SaskTel.


Since when does a person's sexual habits become an issue as to whether or not he or she is qualified to sit as a judge?

The story about Judge Lori Douglas in Winnipeg and the fact she removed herself from the bench while an investigation takes place about some racy online photos that her husband put on a website designed for sexual encounters between white women and black men is without a lot of substance after you get through the racy details of what Douglas' husband was trying to do and the, all of a sudden, high moral conviction of this man the husband was trying to get to have sex with his wife.

The fact of the matter is that there is no evidence Douglas knew her pics were going to be posted online, and there is no reason to think a judge should be punished for having sex in a position other than missionary.  Sure, the details are juicy and we like to read them because of that, but Douglas committed no crime and she did not knowingly compromise her moral standing if she wasn't party to having the pics posted.

I hope the issue stays with 'did she know the pics were on the site'.  That's the only issue.  Her ambitious sexual habits should not have anything to do with this.

Here's a story, if you haven't already heard about this


When I worked for Fox FM, we did a promotion each year which surrounded a January getaway to a hot destination.

Obviously, it was my favorite part about working at the station as this kind of 'work' was extremely easy!

Twice, we went to Mexico and the more I think about it, the more foolish I was.  There were a couple of nights I wandered throughout Puerto Vallarta on my own in the wee hours of the morning just making my way back to the resort and there were other times I was in a very small group doing much the same thing.

The reality is that I could have been a victim of a very serious crime or been accused of a very serious crime and there wouldn't be anything anybody would be able to do about it.

More and more, we are hearing of violence against tourists in Mexico and I am perplexed as to why we, as Canadians seeking a holiday, continue to go there when there are plenty of other options that appear to be much safer (Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Aruba, Hawaii, Honduras).  Sure, all these places have their pitfalls, but Mexico seems to be the place where trouble finds you a lot sooner than you find it.

Just yesterday, it was reported eight people died in Cancun when a bomb was hurled inside.  Tourism officials in Mexico will spin this and say the hotel is nowhere near the hotel zone in that city.  But, do you want to take the chance?  In Monterrey, there have been widespread kidnappings and some have been told to take their kids home.

This has nothing to do with crime, but in Puerto Vallarta there is a bridge that connects the city to Riviera Nayarit.  Well, that collapsed yesterday and travellers found themselves stranded.

Here are some incidents that occurred against Canadians and before you say 'well, look at the crime in Winnipeg or Regina and it's no worse' consider how many times you have read a newstory about a murder at Regina's or Winnipeg's hotels.......ummm, never????

February 2007:  Two Ontario residents killed when a mystery man walked into a hotel lobby in Acapulco and fired shots.

January 2007:  A Canadian tourist killed in a hit and run in Guadalajara.

September 2009:  Two men from Kamloops found shot to death in Puerto Vallarta.

May 2008:  Canadian tourist found shot to death in Cabo San Lucas.

February 2006:  Well publicized double killing of the Ianieros in Playa Del Carmen.

I'm sure there are more, but I found these four incidents on a quick Google Search.

The whole reason for me writing this is a story that came out this morning about a woman heading home after a holiday on the beach when her vehicle was stopped by carjackers.  Luckily she got away, but not before her SUV was filled full of bullet holes.

For me, next hot holiday I take will probably be back to the Dominican.  We've been there twice and had a great time in each case.  It's a third world country, so the people really seem to appreciate the tourism industry and the impact it makes on their economy.