Sunday, 24 April 2016

OFFSIDES. Purple Rain Edition

This episode of OFFSIDES was cut on Friday, the day after the news that legendary musician, PRINCE, had passed away.  It's also the first podcast that Coach Etch and I have done since his "unproven quantity" assessment of Darian Durant's career heading into the 2016 season.  That comment raised some eyebrows with former teammates, fans, and media but the after affects for this show have yielded an extra 1/2 hour of content during todays offering.  #BonusBall

After a brief PRINCE segment where we pay our respects to one of the more colourful characters in the music game, we address the main topics on every CFL plate last week which were the new NFL/CFL Development Program for Officials, and the brand spanking new CFL drug-policy.  I really enjoyed leading the show off like this and I think you guys will love what our views on the development program are. 

The discussion regarding the CFL Drug Policy was a fun one as well, where among other things, Etch brilliantly reminds us that performance enhancing substances, 'Do not do anything for ones football IQ..." and he's dead on.

Next up we talked about Justin Dunk's 2010 CFL "Re-Draft" that he posted on, and I wanted to use it as a look into the unparalleled ability of Jim Popp's scouting ability however Etch ends up giving you an awesome look into the way the whole Shomari Williams draft debacle went down!
This is by far one of the more valuable aspects of having a former coach co-host this show, because our listeners are going to enjoy hearing how Saskatchewan may have gotten "duped" during the 2010 CFL Draft.

To close out the Purple Rain edition of our OFFSIDES podcast, we absolutely had to go back and put last weeks rather controversial show to bed.  As you guys know, I (along with heaps of others) didn't agree with coach Etcheverry's view on the face of thee franchise here in Saskatchewan, and I challenged his view from where I saw Doubles' former teammate.  Not as an analyst, not as a member of the media, but from the viewpoint of a guy that has gone to war with #4.
It's very apparent, after listening to our lengthy discussion, that players and coaches see the game very differently at times.  For Etch's sake, he just wanted people to understand where he was coming from and felt that he was wrongly portrayed by many after his remarks.  I just wanted Etch to know that when you go to battle with a guy, it's never about stats in the end, it's about the unknown details that aren't in numbers.  The leadership in the film room, in the locker room, on the sidelines etc etc.  To me and many of his other teammates there's so much more to Durant's career that makes him anything but "unproven.

You guys be the judge.  We go at it for a while in this podcast all in an effort to put the whole thing to bed.  I will say this...June can't come quick enough!!!  Hope you enjoy the show!!!



  1. Coach Etch should also be saying that BL Mitchell and Mike Reilly are also unproven as they each had their only success with their respective OCs and head coaches. Take away the years when they were successful and they are unproven too. A QB is paid to lead and Durant does that just as Ron Lancaster dis although Lancaster also threw a few interceptions. Ex-coach Etch is taking too narrow a perspective!

  2. Unproven: not established as true by evidence or demonstration.
    Fact: the past is the past. So, in regards to the future 2016 season, Darian along with the others, as of yet set Roughrider 2016 team, is not proven. Here's hoping for the best to come.
    Fact: When Jimi Hendrix was asked on the Tonight Show by Johnny Carson how it felt to be the greatest guitar player ever, Hendrix responded: "I don't know. You'd have to ask Phil Keaggy."
    Fact: Prince was extraordinary...the doves are crying.

  3. You guys need Producer Sam to break up fights.