July 24, 2006

"Hey Mom, We Got To Dance Right Next To A Dead Guy"

As if it wasn't bad enough that Roughrider's defensive tackle Scott Schultz hammered Toronto quarterback Spergon Wynn hard enough to rip off his helmet and lay him out on the field for 20 minutes (before being taken by ambulance to hospital.)


Then they sent in 200 little girls to finish him off...




Email to John Gormley LIve;

Hey John, funny story about that halftime show. My nephew was sitting in the section with a lot of those little girls who did the cheerleading, and he overheard one of them telling her mother "Hey mom, we got to dance right next to a dead guy!"

More here plus video!

Posted by Kate at July 24, 2006 11:56 AM

Somebody had pretty good seats, looks like 40 yard line maybe 15 rows up.

Posted by: jwp at July 24, 2006 12:14 PM

I heard this blog post mentioned on John Gormley Live.
I missed the "beheading" of the quarterback, as I left for the lightless facilities just before halftime started. I wonder if SaskPower sponsored the game...

I'm not with Gormley on this topic. I think the girls should have gone ahead, as long as they weren't in the way of the medical crew. People get injured in football, and as long as they aren't clearly dead, it's not disrespectful to go on with the event.

Posted by: Saskboy at July 24, 2006 1:16 PM

...HEY, I see my ol' Uncle Binney...over on the other side, if you look 3rd section from the left, 12th row from the bottom, see the blue shirt he's wearing?


Wow, look at all the people, didn't realize there were that many left in Sas...

Dang! Said I woulnd't make another Sask joke.

Posted by: tomax7 at July 24, 2006 1:38 PM

In all this, I haven't heard a single word about how the RR got beat by the backup to the backup Argos QB. That's third string. Third.

Of course, if Pinball's crew takes any more injuries, the entire team on the field is going to be the third string.

Posted by: Damian at July 24, 2006 1:52 PM

Amen on that thought Damian. The Stamps QB situation isn't much better, and they are all walking.

Posted by: ajincalgary at July 24, 2006 1:56 PM

Actually, there's been lots of talk about their lacklustre performance. The baby cheerleaders are only going to steal their thunder for a few more moments before attention returns like a lazer beam to the future of the coaching staff.

Posted by: Kate at July 24, 2006 2:14 PM

If you want to see a video of the halftime show, go here:

And that third string quarterback? Oh yeah, Eric Crouch, former Heisman winner at Nebraska. Crouch, ain't no slouch.

Posted by: Peter D at July 24, 2006 2:16 PM

never criticize a CFL quarterback , he could be on your team next year. Im still waiting for Matts Dunigan and Doug Flutie to dress again.

Posted by: cal2 at July 24, 2006 2:19 PM

You mean it aciualy took them 20 minutes to get him on the ambulence? and were there any ambulence chasing layers following close behind?

Posted by: spurwing plover at July 24, 2006 2:57 PM

Don't joke, cal2. On my commute in to T.O. this morning, the sports radio guys were speculating about bringing back Doug Flutie to the Double Blue, and Adam Rita wouldn't rule it out in an interview. Egad.

And as far as Crouch is concerned, Heisman or not in college, he's an NFL washout and a third-string CFL pivot until he proves otherwise. Yesterday was a good start.

Posted by: Damian at July 24, 2006 2:58 PM

Never made it Regina for the game. Don't plan to for awhile, either.
Was a season ticket holder 'til the end of the 2004 season. Never saw a whole lot of positives on the horizon with DB and RS in the house. I told the marketing people with the Riders (after they had phoned to remind me I only had 2 days to renew or lose my precious Section 25 seats) that as long as DB was on the sidelines, I'd take my chances and put my money into a golf membership.

At least when I'm on the golf course and get upset at something stupid, I can't just tee it up and rip it on the next hole. Something tells me that Mosaic Stadium security staff wouldn't appreciate a Taylor Made R7 Quad and Pro V being pulled out of the bag in the first quarter.

How bad has it been? I never even bothered listening to the game on Saturday. You know your team sucks when thoughts of listening to it on the radio give way to watching a Holmes on Homes repeat, followed by a re-run of CSI.

Someone let me know when they finally turf Barrett & Shivers so I can resume watching the game I love!

In the meantime, I'll be out back with my lob wedge and a cold beer listening to the Jays...(baseball...ugh)

Posted by: pissed off at July 24, 2006 3:03 PM

Too bad the hit isn't on the CFL's "hits of the week" ( As for Smiling Hank here in Calgary, he stuck the ball in teh guys hands, the recieving corp just dropped them too many times at key times.

Although, a 50 yard field goal, with out the wind helping, has got to be worth the price of admission.

Big Red is still in first place.

Posted by: HaySeed at July 24, 2006 3:18 PM

...I know I'll get flak from teary eyed howlers out there, but maybe it's time to think of revamping 'our game' to fit the US version.

Watched the Edm/Wpg CFL game and got a little bored with run/pass/kick, run/pass/kick, pass/pass/kick.

Sure the final few minutes were exciting (dunno why Edmonton decided to blitz when they had Wpg deep in their end zone).

Let's use 4 downs, field at 100 yards, move goal posts to the end of the 10 yard end zone, and use smaller footballs.

Keep the 5 yard kick rule, smartest thing CFL has done.

That way there will be more integration with the NFL, the evolution of the game. Just like how hockey has changed (still waiting for European sized rinks, but alas, not economically feasible - doesn't fit into the greed picture) so too the CFL must change.

Would be nice to have more games or best of 3 finals.

Posted by: tomax7 at July 24, 2006 3:18 PM

its the happenings of a league of between 8 and 9 and sometimes 12 teams when there are only 6 starting quarterbacks to go around.

wheres Eagle Day?

Posted by: cal2 at July 24, 2006 3:44 PM

I'm just going to hazard a guess that you haven't been to a CFL game in some time Tomax. My suggestion to you is buy NFL Sunday Ticket and stick to commenting on topics you seem to know something about, like politics.

Posted by: A. Cooper at July 24, 2006 3:45 PM

Tomax7: One word. No.

The CFL is the most exciting brand of football around. 4 downs and a smaller field will completely remove the elements of the pass that make it exciting.

The wider field is an impetus for the pass, allowing only 3 downs forces the teams into a throwing offence. Excitement is not watching some brute push up the middle over and over.

It's watching a scrambling qb make a fifteen yard throw and a receiver run for twenty more.

As a rider fan, I can tell you that a running qb with no arm will not win in the CFL. Run sure, but you have to have the arm to move the ball.

There is plenty of opportunity to watch four down football in the fall, there is no reason to upset 100 years of history just because they do it differently.

You were bored with run/pass/kick and pass/pass/kick because there wasn't a run/1stdown/pass/reception/td etc. That isn't the fault of the game, that's the fault of the team.


Posted by: lance at July 24, 2006 3:52 PM

A Cooper. - Oooooohhh a burn! Besides sounding like a screeching nails on a blackboard, is there any other wisdom you can pass on?

I'm so unworthy.

Posted by: tomax7 at July 24, 2006 3:54 PM

still waiting for European sized rinks, but alas, not economically feasible - doesn't fit into the greed picture

Have you turned communist all of a sudden? Greed is good!

Posted by: Drago at July 24, 2006 3:54 PM

Lance: true, miss the Stamps/Esk rivalry, especially the Labour Day classics, and agreed with cal2, too few good QB's with an arm.

Drago: ;-) I think wider rinks would make the game faster - but then again it might bring back the clutch/grab game as the slower types would have to revert to those, uh, skills.

I do miss when the ref's put the whistle away in the 3rd.

Posted by: tomax7 at July 24, 2006 4:01 PM

'CFL is most exciting' can be debated.

AS for passing, NFL passes a lot, albeit the stats are due to more games played than CFL.

Posted by: tomax7 at July 24, 2006 4:09 PM

So I don't get filtered for double linking in same post, CFL stats:

CFL stats:

Posted by: tomax7 at July 24, 2006 4:10 PM

CFL plays 18 games, NFL plays 16 a season.

Posted by: jwp at July 24, 2006 4:14 PM

Tomax7: And I win the point:

Posted by: lance at July 24, 2006 4:17 PM

...i stand corrected, CFL 18, NFL 17 games.

Posted by: tomax7 at July 24, 2006 4:24 PM

Sorry tomax, 17 weeks, 16 games, each team gets a bye during he season. :), although I wish they's play 18 or even 17, love all football, but especially NFL.

Posted by: jwp at July 24, 2006 4:30 PM thing I see the CFL is starting to look more and more like the European hockey teams - being plastered with advertising on jersey's, helmets, and so on.

Kinda distracting watching human billboards run/skate around, but yes, they have to raise money somehow.

As for not touching the CFL game, remember the days when on a kickoff no one could block for the receiver?

Posted by: tomax7 at July 24, 2006 4:47 PM

...sorry, i think it was on a punt return.

Posted by: tomax7 at July 24, 2006 4:58 PM

I don't think moving the CFL game to mirror the NFL would be a good thing. I enjoy both brands and love the differences. If the CFL became more like the NFL it would become redundant and likely fold. The beauty is the difference. The NFL is like a chess game. The 4 downs creates a lot more opportunity to get those 10 yards, creating more problems for the defence to stop them. The CFL is faster paced and the 10 yards is harder to get running the ball, therefore we have scramblers and more of a passing game. In the NFL scramblers usually have short careers (McNair, who seldom runs now) or move north (Flutie for example).

Posted by: jwp at July 24, 2006 5:00 PM

...very good analogy jwp. Thanks, chess game, never thought of it that way.

Appreciate the rational discourse btw.

Posted by: tomax7 at July 24, 2006 5:06 PM

"but maybe it's time to think of revamping 'our game' to fit the US version.
Would be nice to have more games or best of 3 finals."

I can't agree with you on anything, not even football. Those are both NUTTY ideas. Lance has the right ideas.

Does the NFL let anyone online pay to watch a game? Try and for $10 you can watch any game, anywhere in the world there is highspeed [is what I've heard].

Posted by: Saskboy at July 24, 2006 5:11 PM

"Hey mom, we got to dance right next to a dead guy!"

Ralph Klein was there? :-o

Posted by: Sean at July 24, 2006 5:58 PM

Roughies could easily be 4 nd 2 if Joseph could start the way he finishes, or at least play 3 quarters.By the way, who the hell turned him into such a "pocket" passer?! His strength was always rolling out(thus increasing his chances to run or pass without getting sacked FIVE times a game{or was it six? I lost count!})

Posted by: Bruce B. at July 24, 2006 6:18 PM

Posted by: Rob at July 24, 2006 6:58 PM

Amusing, but the Riders still suck rhino. When is the BOD going to do the honorable thing and fall on its collective sword?

Posted by: djb at July 24, 2006 8:38 PM

considering how few cfl teams there are they need to rethink the strategy of trying to KILL the q'back before the game is complete.

Posted by: Robert J at July 24, 2006 11:35 PM

Just once during a game at Mosaic, I'd like to see Schultzie, Jackie or Freddie "accidentally" mistake Barrett or Shivers for an opposing QB, the end result an earth-shaking "Spergeon"...

If someone can handle the crowd control duties, I'll organize the halftime show....because, after all, the show must go on regardless of who's dying out there.

Posted by: pissed off at July 25, 2006 7:03 PM

Hey, I can see me!! Waaaayy up top on the second tier. That's a LONG walk. Gotta be in shape.

Posted by: Soulfood at July 26, 2006 4:37 PM

Glad to see I can share a laugh with some crazed right-wingers....I was there ob the side taking pictures (professionaly) and I couldn't stop shooting the irony of all these kids dancing around a guy who looked like he was in some serious pain....go figure none of those shots ran......Surprise!!!!

They shoulda got the little buggers to pick him up and carry him off...would 've saved the paramedics back's one more heave.

Posted by: aguyonthesidelinetaking pics at July 26, 2006 11:34 PM

A few years ago at high school football game a player for the opposing side was injured he was on the ambulence and on his way to the hospital some 26 miles away im much less then 20 minutes they in CANADA need to hurry up their medical response

Posted by: spurwing plover at July 27, 2006 9:50 AM