Participants: Taylor Sockett, Brady Lang, Paige Kreutzwieser
The Regina Rams are off to an 0-2 start to the season, what needs to be done for the team to get their first regular season win?
Sockett: The Rams had a valiant effort last week in a loss against the Dinos. Dropped passes killed our favourite team in this particular loss, with the game-tying touchdown being dropped in the end zone at the end of the game. However, I have the answer. In conjunction with the university science department, the Rams should begin cloning experiments. If we can successfully clone Kolten Solomon, we could be Vanier Cup champs. Kolten has been clutch for the Rams so far and if he keeps up his play, they will be fine.
Lang: I think that the Rams just need time. After a great season in 2012, expectations may have been set a little too high. I’m not saying they’re a bad football team, I think that the Rams just need some time. They’ve shown a lot of potential to this point and I think if they regroup, they can knock off the lowly Alberta Golden Bears next week.
Kreutzwieser: Turns out I almost pulled a Miami Heat fan move on Friday. Almost. To answer the question, I think it’s just lack of team experience. I could be wrong. I’m watching my Bills lead in the 4th against the Patriots, meaning I’ve had a few beers so I’m probably wrong.
Who has been your unsung hero for the Saskatchewan Roughriders this season?
Sockett: As a guy who played defensive end my whole life, this is borderline painful for me to say, but I have to go with offensive tackle Xavier Fulton. With Durant boasting the best QB rating in the league, this can be attributed to the minimal time he spends collecting himself on the turf. If you are watching a game, you will notice you never hear Fulton’s name. As an O-lineman, that means you’re doing your job well. Charged with protecting Durant’s blindside, Fulton is not only our best O-lineman, but one of the league’s best.
Lang: Definitely Rider guard Dan Clark. His whopping eight yards receiving and one receiving touchdown – one more than Winnipeg’s Terrence Edwards – makes him the obvious pick. I fully expect him to challenge Weston Dressler for the team lead in receiving yards in the second half of the season.
Kreutzwieser: Tearrius George. He has the coolest backwards name ever–am I right? George Tearrius, Tearrius George. That is totally overlooked. But, in all seriousness, I really do think he’s doing some good things for the team this year.
Hockey Canada will be releasing a new jersey for the team on Oct. 8 but pictures of it have already leaked. What are your thoughts on team Canada’s new look?
Sockett: These jerseys are dog ugly. The greatest country in the hockey world and that’s the best we can do? Team Canada’s going to look like their wearing their Grandpa’s hand-me-downs.
Lang: I think they could be wearing Canadian tuxedoes – jean jackets for some of the readers who may not know – as jerseys because it really won’t matter once that gold medal is around their necks.
Kreutzwieser: They’re red, have a maple leaf, what more do you want? If we’re going to talk about hideous uniforms, let’s talk about Oakland’s throwback jerseys…just Google it. Once your team wears something like that, you will feel my pain. Then and only then will I allow anyone to complain about jerseys.
After Manning’s stunning 7-touchdown performance, do you think the Bronco’s will be serious contenders this season?
Sockett: What Manning did to the Ravens wasn’t even fair. Seven touchdowns? Really? He sure made Flacco look like the overrated, overpaid, sad excuse for a starter he is. Manning opened my eyes in last Thursday’s game. He showed that he is still an amazing quarterback that can dismantle defences. Everyone in the league is watching Denver now. The next couple weeks should show just how good of a team they are.
Lang: The Bronco’s are in the easiest division in the NFL and will have a cakewalk to the Super Bowl, then immediately thereafter losing to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 47 – with Kaepernick throwing 8 TDs in the Super Bowl.
Kreutzwieser: He’s Peyton Manning. That is all. However, there is this thing in life called revenge. Makes for great entertainment in sports. The Broncos wanted it and it’s like Baltimore decided to just not show up or something. But all in all, Peyton Manning is clearly just God.
The Calgary Flames have announced the hiring of Brian Burke as president of hockey operations. What do you think of this move?
Sockett: In the words of Burke himself, “They won a God damn lottery”. Now when Burke said this he obviously wasn’t talking about himself, but it’s how I feel. I don’t know how every team in the NHL wasn’t jumping up and down to sign this guy. Burke is a hockey mastermind and has created some very good teams, including a Stanley Cup champion Ducks team – which he has never been given credit for but that’s besides the point. Calgary will be a better team with Burke on their staff, after all they can’t get much worse.
Lang: I am a big Flames fan and I love this move. Burkey is an architect when it comes to building successful, big, tough NHL teams, and I believe that he will mold the Flames into a legitimate contender. The one thing that may need to happen is Jay Feaster to be canned as GM. Oh yes, and Burke can trade in his undone bow tie for a brand new lariat. No more uncomfortable pressers.
Kreutzwieser: At first I thought, “Maybe I should get more drunk before I answer because then I can waste my time thinking of something clever to say!” Then I thought, “Meh, I’ll just give a completely pointless answer that nobody cares about. Then I’ll get more drunk.” You’re welcome Carillon readers.