I once hurt myself reading this roundtable
Authors: suzanne barber, matt wincherauk, john loeppky, kyle leitch, brady lang – Carillon Sports Hall of Fame
1. Quarterback controversy! After Cayman Shutter went down vs. Alberta, Noah Picton came in and put up big numbers, and continued with another solid performance vs. the Huskies in their 21-16 loss. Who should start in Calgary?
Barber: I thought Picton looked strong against the Huskies on Saturday. Although there were a few miscommunications, I think his performance earned him a start against Calgary.
Wincherauk: I’d really like to see Picton continue to play, as I think he’s incredibly entertaining to watch play, but I feel Shutter should play the remaining games if healthy. He was their guy at the start of the season, so he should end it.
Loeppky: Given that Picton himself has said that Shutter is the starter, I can’t see the job not going back to him. That being said, with how Noah has been performing, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him under centre next week.
Leitch: I say throw caution to the wind. We’re halfway through the season; let’s have some fun with it! Start the kicker as QB.
Lang: I like the way Picton carries himself on the field. I think they’re both legitimate starters, so a QB controversy is going to improve them both and push them to improve and be better.
2. Derek Jeter had his final game in Yankee Stadium last week, and hit a walk off to perfectly cap things off. What are your thoughts on the Captain’s last season, and do you #RE2PECT him?
Barber: Love him or hate him, that finish is what baseball fans dream of. He played twenty years for the Yankee franchise and will go down in history as one of the best. For that, he has my respect.
Wincherauk: Well, I’m a Red Sox fan, so it’s kind of my job to dislike him, but he was pretty good. I’m more impressed with his track record with women. He was a better playboy than baseball player.
Loeppky: I think Jeter went out in the best way possible. He was cheered by the Boston fans over the weekend, which is a testament to his talent and composure over the years. That being said, the Yankees had a less than stellar season, one that was clouded by number two’s impending departure.
Leitch: I don’t really think I re-two-pect him; however, I do pronounce words with numbers in them phonetically so people realize just how damn stupid that is.
Lang: Huge Red Sox fan here, but I love everything about Derek Jeter. He’s the greatest shortstop of all time and in my opinion, Jeter is the greatest Yankee of all time. We will never see a player like him in our lifetime.
3. It’s October, and that means one thing… Playoff baseball! Who do you guys think will take home the World Series in this year’s Fall Classic?
Barber: Oh man, I’m really not much of a baseball fan unless it involves beer in the dugout. I’ll just go with what Matty said.
Wincherauk: Personally, I’d like to see the A’s win, so Lester can get another World Series, but my pick is the Nationals. Good combination of pitching and hitting, but it really is a toss up.
Loeppky: I would love to see the Dodgers win, just to hear Vin Scully pontificate about the opposing players’ personal stories as Matt Kemp pounds the last pitch over the wall for the win against the Orioles.
Leitch: Is Geddy Lee still frequenting Blue Jays games? If so, give the series to him. If not, then give the Milwaukee Brewers the series, just for shits and giggles.
Lang: I wish I was saying the Red Sox. But instead, I’ll go with Oakland for Lester and Gomes. Lester for life.
4. The Cougars men’s hockey team was shut out in their CIS opener vs. the Huskies on Friday. What are your expectations for the men’s team? Can they match the success of their counterparts in the women’s hockey team?
Barber: I went to high school with the captain, Liam Brennan, and I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a great leader and a great hockey player. I think the men’s team will have a really successful season.
Wincherauk: I’m not exactly sure, but I feel like it’s going to be a pretty average season. They also have to compare to the great women’s team, so that doesn’t help things.
Loeppky: It seems to me that it will be tough sledding again this season for the team. It seems to be difficult for both the male and female sides of same sport to succeed at the same time. Here’s hoping that isn’t true this year.
Leitch: I think they’ll be hard pressed to match the success of the women’s team from last year. Even though the women technically lost, no one will ever forget the marathon they put on in their final game.
Lang: They’re a strong team and I believe they’re going to do great this year. They ran into two hot goalies and they couldn’t put the puck in the net. This team will do wonders.
5. Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch tore his ACL last Sunday while celebrating with a sack dance at the expense of the Packers. What’s the most embarrassing sports injury you can recall?
Barber: That is a pretty sad injury, especially to blow something major like a knee. In high school, one of the basketball players broke both his wrists in a slam-dunk competition. That was pretty embarrassing and hilarious.
Wincherauk: I’m going with the original “celebrate too hard, tear your ACL” play in Martin Gramatica. It’s all the more hilarious that he was a kicker. Kickers make everything in sports funny.
Loeppky: Other than the time I sprained my calf playing wheelchair basketball, I don’t know about embarrassing, but Adrian Peterson dove into the end zone when he didn’t necessarily need to once and broke his collarbone, costing him the rest of the season.
Leitch: Being drafted to the Detroit Lions in the first place. BURN!
Lang: I’m going to go with my own personal most embarrassing sports injury. I caught when I played baseball back in the day and I missed a curveball in the dirt. Funny thing is it bounced up and hit me right in the tenders. I’ll bounce out a new term for you guys; it got me in the “under-cup”. I can still feel the pain I experienced at that moment to this day.