Roundtable – Women’s hockey is top dog, while Rams get locked in the basement

The Marky Marc era comes to a close /image: Arthur Ward

The Marky Marc era comes to a close /image: Arthur Ward

Participants: Taylor Sockett, Brady Lang, Paige Kreutzwieser, Autumn McDowell

The women’s hockey team is currently 5-1 in regular season action. Will they still be top contenders at the end of the season? [Editor’s note: This question originally read 5-0, and was sent out before the team lost on Saturday.]

Sockett: Sports Editor McDeezy cursed the lady cougars at the moment she finished typing this, they lost their first game of the season. The Cougars look very good this year, as long as they keep up the way they’re playing and McDeezy does not further jinx them, they could finish on top.

Lang: As long as their goaltending holds up and they keep working as hard as they are, the sky is the limit for the Cougars.

Kreutzwieser: Way to jinx the girls Autumn! I’m going to keep my mouth shut on this one. Not because I still know nothing about hockey, but because I just don’t want to take the flack for being some bad omen. I’ll leave that to our sports editor, she’s doing a good job already. I kid.

McDowell: Let me explain why everyone is preceding to use this opportunity to hate my guts in their answers. When I sent out the questions, on Thursday, I used the team’s current record, which was 5-0. Then, they lost on Saturday and everyone called me out for it. I hate all of you.

After their loss to Calgary on Friday night, the Rams will officially be kept out of post-season action. Which of the fifth year players do you think has what it takes to play at the next level?

Sockett: Kolten Solomon should definitely get another look in the CFL. The Rams and the U of R will miss Kolten dearly, having him playing for the Rams was a greater investment than a first rate million dollar sign for a second rate University.

Lang: Brady Aulie seems like a player that could possibly play at a higher level yet you can’t ignore Soloman’s play throughout his career with the Rams.

Kreutzwieser: Kolten Solomon is the obvious answer. Plus, he has a decent professional athlete’s name. If he sounds like he plays, and he actually plays pretty good, which he does, than you got to go to the next level. That’s logical, right?

McDowell: Ryan Wellman should get another look. He had a good camp with the Riders, and at six foot seven, he is difficult to miss. And, with that golden mane he has been sporting, he would have fit perfectly as a fourth member to the Saskatchewan “Hairforce”.

What song do you think best describes the Riders season so far?

Sockett: Hot n’ Cold by Katy Perry because that’s how their offense has been playing since the bye week. Let’s hope that at the end of the season, I can change this answer to We Are The Champions.

Lang: I spent a lot of time thinking about this and it must be Hot n’ Cold by Katy Perry. Individually, Taj Smith and Dwight Anderson are definitely dubbed with I Fought the Law by Bobby Fuller.

Kreutzwieser: Hate, I Really Don’t Like You by the Plain White Tees if they don’t do well in the post season. Yes, I may have Googled “songs about hating things” to get this answer, but if you read the lyrics you’ll hopefully get a giggle thinking about Rider fans.

McDowell: The obvious answer is simply the Cops theme song. But, I think my relationship with the Riders is best described with Hate That I Love You, by Rihanna and Ne-Yo. Dammit Riders, every year you break my heart, and every year I come crawling back for more.

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo will not be returning from injury this season. Do you think this is the end of the Calvillo era?

Sockett: It is a shame to see, but much in the same way the great Damon Allen went out I believe Calvillo will share the same fate. These old warhorses need to go out when they’re on top. I’m sick of my last memories of these great players being Damon Allen riding the pine or Calvillo sitting on the bench not knowing where he is.

Lang: Is there a rule in the CFL that states you aren’t aloud to bring a walker on the playing field? I think not. He’s got ten years left in him if that holds up.

Kreutzwieser: If it is, I’m sure @ZuckRightOff – the instigator in the Durant Twitter scandal – won’t be too happy.

McDowell: I have to be honest. I never liked Calvillo. The only person that may hate him more than me is former sports writer Braden Dupuis, and that’s saying something. With all of my hatred aside, I do believe this is the end of Calvillo, once and for all. Should have retired on top, like I told him.

Just for fun, what is your favourite sports movie?

Sockett: Any Given Sunday mostly cause I get so sick of the NFL trying to make their athletes look like upstanding members of society. I defy you to watch football on Sunday without hearing “he had some off field issues” which is the NFL’s way of saying “he’s a fucking criminal”. Any Given Sunday portrays that perfectly.

Lang: Jerry McGuire comes to mind off the top of my head. Cuba makes the movie in my opinion, yet the kid who flips Jerry the bird really puts the icing on the cake. Bull Durham without a doubt is second, “Breathe through your eyelids Meat!”

Kreutzwieser: In the words of Kid President, “What if Michael Jordan would have quit? He would have never made Space Jam!” He makes a good point, and for that I would like to say Space Jam deserves a nomination right up there with Fever Pitch – can’t ever go wrong with Fallon.

McDowell: Oh, don’t make me choose just one. On instinct I wanted to say Three Ninjas, but then I remembered kicking ass isn’t a sport. I have fond memories of the movie Slap Shot, so it’s definitely up there. But in the end, I think I have to go with Remember the Titans.

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