1 OH NO! WE SUCK AGAIN! Well, it is the first preseason game, but the sight of not just B.C.’s first-stringers manhandling the Riders’ first-stringers, but B.C.’s backups outplaying the Rider backups, should be cause for concern.

2 IT’S BECAUSE STEPHEN HARPER SAYS SO. THAT’S WHY That radical organization called the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development says Canada may be suffering from ‘Dutch disease.’ But somebody not named Stephen Harper said it, so every newspaper and mainstream media outlet still has to report that Thomas Mulcair must be burned at the stake for being a witch.

3 UH, MIKE, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT CITY HALL? Michael Fougere’s mayoralty platform is here. Tumbleweeds and all. It must be taking his brain trust that long to try to convince people that a new football stadium is the answer to all Regina’s problems.

4 BILL C-38 VOTE GOES ON AND ON AND ON You can’t say Stephen Harper’s secret agenda is all that secret any more.

5 REGINA REGIONAL OPPORTUNITES COMMISSION SAYS THEY WANT TO HEAR FROM ‘EVERYBODY’ And when people want to talk about preserving the library system, or getting more bike paths or make Regina not such a boring place to be, my bet is that they’ll put their hands over their ears and yell, ‘la-la-la-la-la, can’t hear you.’

6 ANYONE READING ABOUT CANADIAN SOCCER? ANYONE? ANYONE? BUELER … Euro 2012 limps on. The soccer’s been wonderful, the fans, not so much (Think of it. UEFA issued more punishment to Russia for rioting soccer fans than the UN has for Russia’s support of the Syrian regime.) But Canada is also involved in the slow, meandering process to qualify for the next World Cup, to be held in Brazil in 2014. Yeah, it’s early. But we’re doing better at this stage now than we did during the last qualifying round, which isn’t saying much.

YOUR MUSICAL MOMENT OF ZEN Bob Mould has signed with Merge Records and has a new album out in September. As well, his Sugar back catalogue is also getting reissued. And if you’re not as excited about this as I am, you’re either not of my generation of (if you are) you have an incompatible musical taste with me. Here’s what I’m talking about: Bob Mould live at the Mod Club in Toronto in 2008 with The Act We Act.