Rosie’s Waterlogged Top Six: Someday The Cathedral Village Arts Festival Will Give Up And Move The Event To Another Date, Leading To The Sunniest May On Record

Before I start, I owe an apology to the other Seattle Seahawk fans in Regina, and especially ‘Hawks punter and University of Regina Ram alumni Jon Ryan. But to me, this local interest in the Hawks – which isn’t all that great – is much like Canadian interest in the NBA outside the GTA. When Steve Nash retires, nobody cares, and when Ryan moves on, most of those ‘diehard’ Seahawk fans will be at River City or Jersey City getting a new jersey for ‘their boy.’

You know the types – they’re holding up a table at most of the sports bars in the city on NFL Game Day, talking about ‘their’ Cowboys or Vikings or Raiders while having no understanding about the community from which the team is based, or its history. And every three years or so, they get a different $150 jersey. Kind of like the way pre-teen boys follow the WWE.

What made me interested in the ESPN article about the Seattle Sounders, the MLS team in Seattle, is just how explosive the growth has been in the team’s popularity in Seattle. With an average attendance of about 37,000 a game, the Sounders would be in the middle of the pack of Premiership attendance – and that’s with a team whose entire payroll would pay for one or two players in the EPL, and whose quality of play is closer to England’s third division. Why have people in Seattle embraced this club with a fervour matched in few other places in North America? It would make a good dissertation for a marketing honours paper, and something I’d like to sit down with Blair over wings and beer sometime. Assuming, of course, that Mitchell Blair pays any attention to MLS, or soccer in general.

Speaking of which …

1 SOMEWHERE IN GENEVA, THE PEOPLE DETERMINING FIFA’S RANKINGS ARE LAUGHING THEMSELVES SICK A team that’s gone winless in Major League Soccer play is now the Canadian champions of the sport. Triples all around, and put it on Maple Leaf Sports And Entertainment’s tab!


3 GUESS THINGS GOT TOO HOT FOR THEM The Heartland Institute, the group of global warming deniers masquerading as scientists, is going out of business. They’ll probably be back in six months, under a new name, and stiffing their creditors.

4 THIS MAY NOT BE A GOOD IDEA WHEN THE ARGOS SUCK THIS SEASON A bad football team? Internet posters authorized by the club? What could possibly go wrong? Well, it could be worse. Take Hockey Night In Canada’s latest effort to attract female viewers, which is … ummm …. Yeah.

5 WHATEVER IT IS OR WHOEVER IT IS, IT’S STILL WRONG Hustler gives the Rush Limbaugh treatment to a conservative woman columnist who doesn’t like Planned Parenthood.

6 SUDDENLY EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE AT CITY HALL On the surface, two wanna-be Regina city councillors may have chosen a date when Regina’s media were somewhere else when they announced their candidacy. But I’m pretty sure that John Klein, aka SaskBoy and Shawn Fraser, executive director of Carmichael Outreach, figure their respective constituencies are a lot different from those who are more interested in royals-watching. Good luck, gentlemen!

YOUR MUSICAL MOMENT OF ZEN A couple of weeks ago at a SaskFilm rally I ran into Amy Matysio, whose web series inSAYSHAble is farking hilarious (why do I never meet women like her at the gym?). For reasons best known to my total inability to relate to people, we ended up talking about an Australian sketch comedy show called The Money Or The Gun, which, during its two season run Down Under, always featured a rendition of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven, as interpreted by … well, there’s an opera version, a Doors tribute band version, a Beatles tribute band version, something that sounds like a Steve and Edie outtake, pirates, and of course an Elvis impersonator. But we must honour the skill, the art, the sheer majesty … of Rolf Harris.

The wobbleboard Harris used in this video is now in Australia’s national museum.

Author: Stephen LaRose

2006 winner of the Canadian Association of University Teachers's Award of Excellence in Journalism for a bunch of prairie dog stuff. Invited into the best homes in Regina. Once.

12 thoughts on “Rosie’s Waterlogged Top Six: Someday The Cathedral Village Arts Festival Will Give Up And Move The Event To Another Date, Leading To The Sunniest May On Record”

  1. Think there are a lot more Lebron, Kobe etc. fans than Steve Nash. Nash is a great player but he hasn’t played on a relevant team in a while, yet I don’t see NBA interest outside the GTA waning. I say that with no evidence whatsoever, just my own opinion.

  2. Also, why as an NFL fan would you have to be a fan of your favourite team’s community? I know there are a lot of rednecks and oil barons in Dallas, but I still cheer for the Cowboys because they were an entertaining team when I started following the sport. And the team colours lent themselves well to a sick Starter Cowboys jacket I wore forever.

  3. One good way to support Mr. Fraser would be to spell his first name correctly…and then there’s “Carmichael”. Journalists; I ask you.

  4. A minor issue with your comment regarding seattle sounder football club.

    To say they play football akin to DIV 3 EPL is erroneous. MLS may not be top flight, but it is certainly no lower than DIV 2 EPL. In fact, one could argue that the top teams in MLS would compete quite well with the bottom half of DIV 1 EPL.

    It is always good to see soccer on the PDOG Blog though

  5. Mabye the Argonauts need a cute mascot.
    I hear that Raccoons have become Toronto’s prairie dog.

  6. Well spotted, Barb. Shawn is correct.

    And I included a typo in my second comment too. One for on. Free typos for everybody!

  7. 6. No one seems to be interested in asking David Loblaw where his passion for municipal politics went. For some reason our journalists have decided that asking why you’d drop out after appearing so motivated for two years is akin to “prying” so they just take at face value Loblaw’s mumble-mouthed, Eleventh Grade “uhh, sorry, slept in” excuse. Either they harbour a misplaced notion that his reasons are none of the public’s business, they just don’t give a shit, or they’re too effing lazy.

  8. Actually, Loblaw reminds me of a kid who’s told in Grade 9 that he’ll never make the team, so who works out and trains real hard through Grades 9 & 10, who then makes the team in Grade 11 and becomes a decent prospect, only to then drop out 4 games into the season cuz he’s decided that football isn’t for him anymore and that he’d rather learn the drums.

    Oh well, each to his or her (not) own. I’m probably not voting anyway, unless we get a candidate who understand that “cutting taxes” and “increasing services” is an oxymoron.

  9. When someone withdraws from public life of their own volition, they’re entitled to their privacy and to have their statements taken at face value. There’s been a lot of animosity leveled at underdogs in the lead-up to the civic race, while the front runner has so far kept as low a profile as possible.

  10. Agreed, Emmet. There’s no reason to think that Mr. Loblaw’s withdrawal was motivated by anything other than what he has said.
    No doubt you’re disappointed, Talbot, but you know, shit happens, and people’s plans change. Abusing Mr. Loblaw is hardly the best way to channel your energies. Why don’t you run for office yourself? Or would you rather dish it out than take it?

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