It's my Parting Shot for my reactions to the headlines in today's Star-Phoenix Sports Section...
First headline...Veterans set the pace for surging Roughriders. My reaction...For the first time since the middle of the 2014 season, when Darian Durant was cold-cocked in Winnipeg...ending his year, Saskatchewan has veterans actually standing up and leading. Both on and off the field...and that is refreshing!
Next headline...Hilltops say good-bye to 10 seniors. Reaction...the headline and accompanying story would seem to suggest that the Toppers are in for more of a tough go than a "Drive for Five" straight P-F-C and Canadian championships. However, the loss of 10 seniors didn't seem to dampen the enthusiasm of head coach Tom Sargeant about Saskatoon's prospects for next season. And, if there is one thing we have grown to learn about Sarge and the Hilltops..."the next guy up" is very good and ready to follow the team's traditions!
Last headline...Goalie Maier here to stay with Blades. My reaction...after starting 16 of the first 18 games, and not starting all 18 only because of an injury, Ryan Kubic not going to seriously threaten the Saskatoon franchise record for games played in a season by a Blades' goaltender...set by future N-H-Ler Dave Parro back in the 70s at 69 games. I wouldn't be surprised if Nolan Maier makes a start this week...next week at the latest!