First up for sports fans is Offsides is returning to CFRC tomorrow afternoon at 4pm. Tyler King back in the chair and Neate Sager is our first guest back. Neate now runs the Junior Hockey blog for Yahoo Sports Canada. I’ll be doing my usual technical producer duties and getting the guests on the phone. So for those who used to listen that means the day has changed. Will air on Thursdays at 4pm as opposed to the old Friday slot.
Queen’s is 0-1 and the home opener is Sunday afternoon at 1pm. I will not be doing the game. After 4 full seasons of doing every game I’m taking some off this season. Ironically my work schedule is much easier in 2010, don’t have to work Fridays. I read this post again about the 2009 season and wonder how exactly I pulled that off for a full Vanier Cup run.
Back to the NFL picks, after a slow August on the blog. Did this last year so doing it again. Think we will stick with a name a listener in Connecticut gave in 2009. Cat gave the name to use on a radio segment or something along those lines. She came up with “Carnell Knowledge”. A good title especially since someone else came up with it. Lot of these “pick segments” on radio or tv have a title. But this one has a better pun. Makes you stop for at least a second.
Carnell Knowledge Week 1
Thinking of a new wrinkle this season. Might have other people pick the weekly winners as well against me. People I know through the radio show, Facebook, Twitter, etc. With the first week starting on a Thursday I’ll try that idea for Week 2. I’m not a big fan of the Thursday game myself. Friday night would make more sense for me.
Listed are the games, and after them the team I’m picking this week followed by whatever thoughts I have about the game.
This week starts early with the Thursday kickoff game which is…
Minnesota at New Orleans. SAINTS.
Rematch of the NFC Championship game or the “Favre gives the Minnesota fan base a stomach punch” game. Most memorable thing that night was working late that night and checking out blogs of Green Bay Packer fans. The joy from them was insane. Not surprising. Either Brett was going to lose in a heartbreaking end to a season or get to a Super Bowl. That’s a ‘feast or famine’ situation if you are a Green Bay fan.
As for this game I’m going with New Orleans. It’s last year’s Vikings but without Sidney Rice for a few weeks and Brett’s bum ankle of course.
Miami at Buffalo. DOLPHINS.
Preseasons aren’t always a good barometer. This year the Bills didn’t look horrible and Miami didn’t look great so I could see Buffalo winning. Week 1 is always weird. Strange things happen as it’s like when you went back to school after the summer. First week you’re getting back into the swing of things. In this case that means one team can be surprised quite easily. Still going for Miami since not much of a home field advantage for Buffalo in early September.
Detroit at Chicago. LIONS.
Picking Detroit to win a season opener in Chi-town. At least they have had the same QB and system from last season. Bears have Jay Cutler but Mike Martz on staff now so a different offense. See some growing pains there.
Oakland at Tennessee. TITANS.
Raiders do look like they might finally get up to mediocrity in 2010. That’s saying a lot for them. Jason Campbell at QB who always had a raw deal in Washington. I’m a Redskins fan and they changed things so much from year to year he never had a chance. I can see the Raiders getting better as the season goes along since their division sucks. But Titans will be too much for them right now.
Cincinnati at New England. PATRIOTS.
Battle of the QB’s with knee surgeries. Palmer has never been the same since that Steelers playoff game. Brady had a good year last year and threw for over 4000 yards. Most people don’t view it like that. Playoff loss against the Ravens was a bad one however not enough to make me think the Patriots are done.
Carolina at New York Giants. GIANTS.
A game I will not be watching, unless I want to see the new stadium.
Atlanta at Pittsburgh. FALCONS.
Falcons over the backup QB. Like how people are saying Big Ben has behaved himself. A few months without bringing a college girl into some dingy bathroom and have a guy block the doorway. What an outstanding citizen. Golf clap from everyone.
Cleveland at Tampa Bay. Ugh [Part 1], I mean BROWNS.
Jake Delhomme is getting more money this season then Tom Brady and Peyton Manning COMBINED. Wrap your head around that. A little over $19 million for Jake.
Denver at Jacksonville. BRONCOS.
With Tebow being a Bronco it will seem like a Denver home game even if he doesn’t play a down. I don’t see him being a great QB but why Jacksonville didn’t draft him is head scratching. Most famous QB in Florida would help sell tickets and merchandise for a team no one cares about. That’s not anything about how good the teams are. I just don’t have much of an opinion on either one. Word I can come up with is “middling”.
Indianapolis at Houston. TEXANS.
If Houston is finally going to make the playoffs this is the game they better win. A chance to knock off the Colts at home. They’ve had the chance before and choked it away. Sage Rosenfels decided he was a hurdler and jump in the air while they had a lead near the end of a game. And he’s a QB by the way. Saw this game live on TV. Shook my head a few times as the Texans blew another one.
Move onto the 4pm games.
San Francisco at Seattle. Ugh [Part 2], 49ERS.
Not buying San Fran and Seattle is rebuilding with a lot of young guys.
Green Bay at Philadelphia. PACKERS.
Green Bay offense is running on all cylinders so they should overrun the new look Eagles.
Arizona at St. Louis. Ugh [Part 3], CARDINALS.
Maybe it will be a tie. Arizona was a playoff team with Kurt ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Warner now they’re dropped off a cliff. The Rams are the Rams. Nuff said.
Dallas at Washington, Sunday Night. COWBOYS.
McNabb playing? Probably but you never know. Even if he is I’d say Dallas has his number after the end to last year. Which ended my 13 year running joke of Dallas not winning a playoff game. Thanks Donovan.
2 Monday Night games, Baltimore at New York Jets. RAVENS.
Early pick for the most overrated team during the offseason in a long time is the Jets. Playoff run consisted of Jets beating the Bengals, the exact same team who gave up in Week 17 against NY which got them into the playoffs. Then defeating San Diego who are the San Jose Sharks of the NFL. Chargers/Sharks always lose earlier than predicted. It’s a way of life with those Californian teams. Speaking of SD they play the late game on Monday.
San Diego at Kansas City. CHARGERS.
However the late Monday game was weird last year. Raiders looked good in it last year and almost beat the Chargers. San Diego might be half-asleep to start a season again.
So the longest blog post in a few months. ‘Offsides’ Thursday at 4pm, ‘Salt Water Music’ Friday at 6pm and ‘Queen’s Football’ Sunday at 1pm.
Didn’t watch one second of the Canada-US game on Sunday. Getting up early to watch a game where both teams automatically get in the playoffs? Nah. Plus not a fan of pros in the Olympics so waking up 3 or 4 hours early wasn’t going to happen. My Mom has watched a lot of the Olympics, and she didn’t watch either. Said she watched Desperate Houswives, Women’s Curling and didn’t even see the hockey score till Monday morning. Not everyone in the country watched.
Bad results continued. Ski cross, bobsled, hockey. Did get a Silver in speed skating but the World Champion faltered and didn’t medal. Canadians patience is running out. CTV is not helping people’s expectations with graphics and promos like this for Monday: “Golden Opportunity: Virtue and Moir Go for Gold” Have they learned nothing so far? At this point aim for any medal.
The late Women’s Curling match was great. Although I’m sure you were asleep. Canada-China was close with the Chinese winning in 11 ends. Canada still first as it was only their first loss. Don’t file that under “bad results”. Does show how good the new Red Machine has come in Curling though. Betting Chinese sports officials looked at sports they can become competitive quickly in. Women’s Curling isn’t as deep as say downhill skiing. With over a billion people that’s a deep talent pool. The Chinese women are the defending World Champs who also live and train in Canada during the season. Curling is also their full time job as the government pays them just to do that. That’s an edge that is hard to beat.
Was going to take a day off from making fun of Olympic Morning but today they took the cake. In the first 30 minutes they had two people from MTV Canada on. Unbelievably they talked about the Australian commentator who got in trouble for homophobic comments during men`s figure skating. Couldn’t believe that since Canadian broadcaster RDS is in trouble for the exact same thing.
“Gay rights group to launch complaint over ‘homophobic’ comments by RDS analysts”
Among the quotes was ‘We should make him (Weir) pass a gender test at this point’. Classy. And a lot of gall for CTV to point out the Australians doing it but not mention RDS at all. Any thought of CTV getting better as they went along was thrown out the window around 6:20am. Even discussed a Facebook group about the Aussie getting in trouble called ‘Eddie McGuire is ruining the 2010 Winter Olympics coverage’. It would be like making fun of another country’s broadcaster doing body shots during a taped piece. Oh right, MuchMusic did that for CTV. Almost forgot.
CFRC alumni Neate Sager with a couple of articles, you can find more on the Yahoo Sports blog. William Houston is also writing for them. Neate also not a huge fan of CTV’s coverage. I do remember CBC’s “on the cheap” attempt in Italy. Where Brian Williams was hosting from Toronto. Not their brightest moment.
Back tomorrow morning. Try and find some music links from all the East Coast artists that are playing in Vancouver.
Time for a blog entry with all the interviews from 2009. One of those things where I knew there was a few but once I added them up it got to be a longer list than I though. [Added Allison Crowe which got lost in all the copy and paste I was doing]
Thanks to all those who gave time to be interviewed for the show in 2009. Time to go “Romper Room” and say thanks to Sora, Fergus, Ray, Andrea, Melanie, Tim, Melissa, Bryan, Ian, Toni Marie, Robin, Allison, Neate, Laurie, Gerry and Kirsten. Whew. Close to 18 hours of radio here so many weeks worth of listening if you missed some of them.
Sora on her latest CD and her music for this episode.
Fergus O’Byrne from the legendary Newfoundland group Ryan’s Fancy joins the show.
Ray Johnson from Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers before their tour stop in Kingston.
Andrea Wittgens, the first Queen’s graduate to join the show. Originally from Antigonish, NS and currently living in Seattle.
Melanie Samson a singer/songwriter from Newfoundland who sings in English and French. And she’s also a schoolteacher and we discuss that and her experience at the ECMA’s.
Tim Baker from Hey Rosetta! in an interview where he was walking around Toronto on a day off on his cellphone. Put together at the last minute before they came to Kingston last spring but it worked out well.
Melissa DiMarco from Out There before an episode where she visited Nova Scotia.
Bryan Page from Faded Blue on the 2 year anniversary show of the radio show. Interview was done live during the show as opposed to the usual taped scenario.
Ian Foster joined the program for the 3rd time before his 2009 tour. This time he drove from Newfoundland to Ontario, then flew to British Columbia for some dates.
Toni-Marie Wiseman from NTV who interviewed me for the Newfoundland Herald and helped get the Fergus O’Byrne interview. We talk about how she started out in radio and then moved to TV. Cover a lot of topics including her favorite songs.
Allison Crowe and her music for 2 hours.
Neate Sager on the Queen’s Golden Gaels Vanier Cup run.
Robin Meade from HLN’s Morning Express joined the show during her book tour. Day we taped it she was doing a book signing that night in her native Ohio.
Two Olympic torchbearers from the Kingston area, Laurie Walker and Rev. Gerry Moore. Then with Kirsten Mihailides from the Coca-Cola side of the Torch relay organizers.
Thanks again to all those who joined the show during 2009. Going to be hard to top that list of guests in 2010, but I’ll see who I can bring to the airwaves.
Queen’s Hockey tonight at 7:30pm against RMC. Friday the show will be a bit shorter due to another hockey game at 7:30pm followed by Queen’s Basketball Saturday at 8pm. Busy week of University sports on the station.
Both hours from Friday night are now online.
Hour 1 with brand new music from Teresa Ennis’ CD Stars. Then Amelia Curran’s album which is up for some ECMA awards. Including a song called The Mistress, which made for an obvious Tiger Woods reference. End the hour with some songs from Jenn Grant’s recent concert in Kingston.
Hour 2 we move to pop/rock side of things with In Flight Safety and Hey Rosetta!. End the hour with a chat with Neate Sager about the Queen’s Golden Gaels Vanier Cup winning season.
The return to doing the show live is on Friday night. Back to regular schedule for me for the first time since…. August! Did have one live show between then during a playoff bye. But it was only an hour leading up to a Queen’s hockey game. That 10-1 loss to McGill.
Wrap up the Golden Gaels’ football season on Friday as I air an interview I did with Neate Sager. About 30 minutes or so. Might divide it up into parts during the show.
Then new music that I’ve gotten over the last few weeks. Got a lot of artists to find through the internet as well with MusicNL handing out their awards and the ECMA nominations coming out. So next few weeks will be easy to program.
The scheduled CFRC hockey broadcast for Saturday is not happening. Game will be added in the new year. It was a road game in Ottawa and after the long football season I think another road trip would a bit much. Need to give the guys a bit of a break.
Here are couple of links for University sports fans to visit.
Weather co-operated so the Regatta is going on today. First up today a link to another blogger originally from Newfoundland. Nadine’s blog is called ‘Missing the Rock’.
“I am one of the many Newfoundlanders living and working away from The Rock, and I miss it dearly. Home is a constant image in my mind, even though I haven’t lived there in over 9 years.
There is something about the Island that seeps into your soul, and never allows you to truly leave. It makes life away difficult. Lonely. But, I, like so many others make the best of it. I married my best friend, I have a sweet little boy, and a job I enjoy (ok maybe enjoy is a bit of a strong word).
So in many ways I have been very lucky. This blog is for anyone out there who longs for home, and far flung family and friends. I tend to prefer more interactive elements of the internet- and so I encourge you to leave a comment, or two. Let’s have a conversation.”
Add that to your bookmarks or Blogreader. Great posts on there. Nadine is part of the NL Blogroll which I just found. Now here is a LOT of Newfoundland blogs. Too many to even start with a list.
Over to sports with The CIS Blog. CIS is the name for Canadian University Sports. Used to be called the CIAU but they changed that a few years ago. Bit of news from my Twitter account on there.
Matt Bisson sent me a message on Facebook that we are doing the preseason game on the radio. Which I didn’t know about so I passed it along on Twitter last night. Queen’s is traveling to Toronto for a game Monday, August 31st with a 7pm kickoff . In a way that’s a bit of Monday Night Football on CFRC.
Back to the CIS Blog, Neate Sager is one of the editors there. Former contributor to Offsides on CFRC. Or should the wording be, contributor to a “former” sports show on the station. Hmmm. Either way he also has the Out of Left Field blog as well.
Staying with Queen’s Football, one of its newest members is on Twitter and has a blog. Shomari Williams transfered from the University of Houston to Queen’s this year. Nice to see one of the Gaels online.
Would’ve linked to Shomari anyway, but he’s a fellow Washington Redskins fan. A good reason to put it up as quickly as I can. 🙂
Finally a friend from high school has started a blog. Found Mellowdee Krieger Cliffe on Facebook before my radio show started. She told me about a script for a film she was working on. 2 years later it’s getting closer to reality. I’ll grab a paragraph from her first blog post about it. Her blog is called ‘Mellowdee’s Mindclutter’.
“Part of the reason I decided to start this ‘public’ blog is because some friends n’ family have suggested that it might be a neat idea to record this period of our lives.
For those I haven’t told yet, our script has entered ‘development’ – the first phase towards making it into a film for theatrical release. So yeah, it might be fun to write about this whole process, because I honestly don’t know what to expect on this journey into film and writing.”
All right I think that’s it for today. Busy post for mid-week.
I worked all long weekend, so I have today off. Get to watch the Regatta coverage on NTV today. Hope the weather stays nice.
Too many different topics, so I pull out the ‘Potpourri’ title from Jeopardy for this post.
New CD in the mail so that will be on Friday Night. Some rock from Halifax with the band ‘Brite Vu’. And some more new stuff.
Haven’t decided when I’ll do the ‘official’ 2 year anniversary show. It was middle of May so it will air sometime this month. 🙂
Good luck to fellow blogger Bart Given and his family on the move to Vancouver.
Hasn’t the statute of limitations run out on the ‘glass desk’ joke? LOL. [For non-sports fans don’t worry it would take a while to explain it anyway.]
Jody started working in radio so really is a full circle going back. Good for Bart since it will be easier for him to baseball being on West Coast time. Jays game at 4pm for example.
Congrats to Chris Zelkovich on the scoop. Tyler had him as a guest on ‘Offsides’ last year so that always get him bonus points if you’re part of a CFRC show.
If everything goes according to plan Bart will be a guest on Offsides this Friday at 4pm EST on CFRC. So tune in then, or watch Out of Left Field for the interview once it’s posted.
Saw Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers concert last night with my Mom. Very good and a packed house at the Grand Theatre in Kingston. Leaving the concert we were behind a car who apparently drove from Belleville for the show.
Here is the website for the band, wrapping up the Ontario part of their tour this month. They mentioned recording songs for a new CD, so I’ll keep my eye out for that.
That’s it for now. Covered a lot. 🙂