An Oil Slick


It appears three times is the charm for the Calgary Stampeders as they exorcised their demons by defeating the Ottawa Redblacks in the 106th Grey Cup in Edmonton. After being the heavy favourites to win the last two Cups but coming up heartbreakingly short both times, MVP of the game Bo Levi Mitchell, took matters into his own hands and made sure GG Lord Grey’s mug returned to Cowtown.

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No major surprises down south in the No Fun League with the New Orleans Saints (10-1) still holding on to their number one status, thanks to their big win over the LA Rams. The Kansas City Chiefs, led by their sensational sophomore QB Patrick Mahomes, and of course Super Tom (Brady, New England Patriots), aren’t that far behind. Can you believe the Cleveland Browns, who were 1-31 the last two years, have already won four games this season, thanks to their rookie of the year candidate, QB Baker Mayfield?



Looks like Ron Hextall’s days in Philadelphia, with ex-Wheat Kings Nolan Patrick and Ivan Provorov plus Elkhorn’s Travis Sanheim in the line up, are over as the GM was fired this week after a not so desirable start to their season. The deciding factor must have been the 6-0 loss to the Maple Leafs.

Speaking of the Leafs, the William Nylander saga will be resolved one way or another as Friday, Dec.1 is the deadline for “something” to happen; sign him, trade him or let him play in the KHL. My guess, because he wants too much money, is that they’ll trade him for a good defenseman… Florida?



As we approach the midpoint of the season, the Oil Caps (11-11-1) are playing better hockey as of late and have climbed up to seventh place in league standings led by Kolten Kanaski (29 pts) and Ben Dalke (23 pts). Next home game for the Caps is this Monday when the Selkirk Steelers come to TOGP for a 7:30 tilt. By far the biggest surprise of the season has to be the stellar play of the Swan Valley Stampeders (19-4-1) who occupy top spot in the league after years of living among the cellar dwellers. The Portage Terriers sit only one point behind.


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The Southwest Cougars (11-2-2), off to one of their best starts in years, are currently sitting in third place in the competitive 13 team league and the future looks bright for the hard working squad. With locals Hunter Andrew, Grady Lane, Braeden Lewis and Oak Lakes’ Hunter Wallace contributing immensely to their success, good things await the Souris based team.



The much anticipated made-for-TV golf $9 million showdown between Phil (Mickelson) and Tiger Woods, played in Las Vegas and won by Phil on the 22nd hole, didn’t receive too many accolades for its presentation or excitement. In fact, many who paid to watch this spectacle said that the best part of the whole exhibition was the hefty “side bets” that were placed between the two. Over $700,00 was wagered on numerous “closest to the hole” competitions, most of them won by “Lefty”, with the money going to his favourite charity.

Until next time....

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