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Dog Breakfast XI Announced

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 13, 2011

It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies football team and is expected to be as big as ever again this year. The Dogs Breakfast will take place at Prairieland Park on Thursday April 28th and will start at 7:30 AM. This year’s guest speaker will be professional football’s all-time leading passer Damon Allen. The Calfornia State University – Fullerton product has amassed 72 381 yards passing in his career, mostly recently with the Toronto Argonauts where he retired in 2008. The amazing thing about Allen is that he is also the 3rd leading rusher in CFL history behind only Mike Pringle and George Reed. The Dogs Breakfast has an impressive list of ex-quarterbacks who have been key-note speakers such as Matt Dunnigan, Ron Lancaster, Russ Jackson and Warren Moon.

It’s an event that many of us wait for all year with anticipation. The money raised goes towards the Huskies football scholarship fund. As for the importance of the event, head coach Brian Towriss said, “We’re hoping to raise in excess of $100 000 dollars in scholarship money and tuitions going up every year all across the country, we are paying out to our cap right now or pretty close to it with the support. We wouldn’t be able to attract the top student athletes without doing that. It’s absolutely huge in that regard and just to raise the profile of our program and the city as well, I think its come a long way in doing that.” BT also talked about what a “thrill” it is for many of the recruits to be announced and walk up to receive and put on their jersey in front of 2000 onlookers.

So far, the Dogs Breakfast has raised over $800 000 dollars and will most likely sell out quickly once again this year. Tickets are $100 each or you can purchase a table of 8 for $800 dollars. For more information or to order tickets, you can go to http://huskiesfootballfoundation.com/. One of the bonuses about the breakfast is that you should be out and at work for 9:00 AM. City police help with parking and traffic flow to make sure everything goes smooth. Can’t wait, we’ll see you there!

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Hawks Eliminated; Broncos Clinch 3rd; Stangs Struggling

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 13, 2011

There were a few things settled this past weekend with our 3 coverage teams. Starting with the Nipawin Hawks, they lost their 8th and 9th straight games (0-8-0-1) and are now officially eliminated from playoff contention. Despite the disappointing streak the team is on right now, I thought head coach Doug Johnson showed a lot of class after Friday’s 5-1 loss in Humboldt. He went on the ice after the game and shook hands with Dean Brockman and Murray Brookbank, then went to the Broncos coaches office afterwards to wish the team good luck in the playoffs. This is the 2nd staright season that the squad has missed the playoffs and they have played just 3 post-season games total in the last 3 years. Meanwhile, Humboldt is the 2nd hottest team in the SJHL right now next to La Ronge. The Broncos have won 2 in a row, 6 of their last 7 and 8 of their last 11 games. This young squad is starting to learn how to win without their 20 year old’s and may be a scary team to play in the playoffs. They clinched 3rd place this weekend which means they avoid the survivor series and will play Melfort in one of the Bauer Conference semi-finals. Speaking of the Mustangs, they are struggling right now. They have just 2 wins in their last 7 games (2-4-0-1). Granted, they haven’t had a full line up but this is a team that prides itself on its depth. I couldn’t see last night’s home loss against Notre Dame because I was at a fundraiser but I do see that Charles Corsi, Brett Kipling, Carter Berg, Nick Angelo, Johnny Badura and Spencer Mault all never dressed. Darrell Mann is just as concerned about having a healthy team for the playoffs as he is winning these meaningless games as the end of the season approaches. The only thing left to decide in the Bauer Conference is whether Flin Flon or Battlefords gets home ice advantage in the survivor series. Thank goodness there is still one good race down the stretch. The North Stars hold a 1 point advantage over the Bombers and have a game in hand. The 2 teams split a pair of games in the Flon and now play each other again on Tuesday in North Battleford.

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