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• The Saskatchewan Roughriders are to formally induct Weston Dressler, Mike McCullough and Ken Miller into the Plaza of Honour on Aug. 19, during halftime of a CFL game against the B.C. Lions at Mosaic Stadium. With all the objectivity I can muster — as a member of the Plaza’s selection committee — I must applaud those choices. Now, who’s next?
• This scribbler’s list of eminently worthy players includes Rob Bagg, Chris Best, Tyron Brackenridge, John Chick, Darian Durant, Kenton Keith, Paul McCallum, Steve Molnar, Ken Moore and Kory Sheets.
• Builders? Also in alphabetical order: Dr. Jack Alexander, Darlene Brunskill, Corey Chamblin, Maureen Johnson, Phil Kershaw, Dan Marce, Jill McDougall, Cheryl McLean-Keil, Wayne Morsky, Don Powell, Roy Shivers, John Solilo, Brendan Taman and Fred Wagman. (As evidenced by some of the names on this list, the induction of a female is long overdue.)
• Mortal locks for induction once they have been out of the CFL for a sufficient period: Dan Clark, Ed Gainey, Richie Hall, Brendon LaBatte, Jeremy O’Day and Naaman Roosevelt.
• Still building Plaza credentials: Craig Dickenson, Mike Edem, Cody Fajardo, Shaq Evans, Charleston Hughes, Jorgen Hus, Brett Lauther, A.C. Leonard, Nick Marshall, Derrick Moncrief, Kyran Moore and Craig Reynolds.
• I still think they could have been Plaza-worthy: Tron Armstrong (1986, 1987), Leroy Campbell (1983), Greg Hudson (1977), Jim Hunter (1985), Freeman Johns (1978, 1979), Bobby Johnson (1986), Eddie Johnson (2010, 2011), Willie Jones (1984), Sam Olajubutu (2008), Dave Petzke (1980), Tommy Reamon (1977), Danny Sanders (1979, 1980), Brett Smith (2015), Fred Williams (1977) and Robert Woods (1981).
• Back in the days when programs were sold at Roughriders games, I became familiar with Dr. Carl Bolen. His good name and image invariably appeared in a Roughriders-related insert, which provided a regular reminder of his varied and tireless contributions to the community-owned club. In addition to being the team’s dentist, Dr. Bolen volunteered at the Roughriders’ annual fund-raising dinner and served as the director of membership. Moreover, he was a season-ticket holder for 40 years.
• Although I never had the honour of meeting Dr. Bolen, I felt like I had lost a friend upon discovering that he had passed away on April 26, at age 93. One can only imagine how many lives he enhanced during a lengthy, rich life. In addition to reaching the peak of his profession during a 50-year career in dentistry, he contributed to the community in countless ways. Sincere condolences to his wife of 70 years (Betty) and the Bolens’ eight children (Bernard, Kathryn, Christine, Carol, John, James, Douglas and Joan), 20 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
• The re-signing of 38-year-old defensive end Charleston Hughes after a one-season stint with the Toronto Argonauts is a no-lose proposition for the Roughriders. If the future Canadian Football Hall of Famer can recapture even 80 per cent of the form he demonstrated in 2018 and 2019 — seasons in which he led the CFL in sacks — he will make the Roughriders a better team. If he proves to be washed up, he can simply be released.
• Could the arrival of Hughes be a good omen? The last time Regina was the host city for a Grey Cup game, the victorious Roughriders’ lineup included 38-year-old Geroy Simon, who caught Durant’s first two touchdown passes in a 45-23 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Hughes turns 39 on Dec. 14 — 24 days after the CFL’s championship game is to be held at Mosaic Stadium.
WANDA’S A WONDER
• Wanda Harron is truly a marvel. On the afternoon April 30, for example, she was spotted at Leibel Field, busily photographing a Western Women’s Canadian Football League game between the Regina Riot and Winnipeg Wolfpack. That being done, Wanda motored back to her home base of Estevan in time to capture priceless images of Game 5 of the SJHL’s championship series. The Flin Flon Bombers and Estevan Bruins ended up emulating Wanda by working overtime. Estevan prevailed 3-2 when Olivier Pouliot scored 12:13 into sudden-death play. Of course, Wanda emerged with fantastic photos of the victory celebration, even though she had spent a long day peering into a lens.
• Here is the dilemma facing this seasoned Winnipeg Jets fan: The signing of Barry Trotz as head coach would automatically improve the team, possibly to the point where it is a Stanley Cup contender. But the style of, er, hockey played by the Jets under the regimented Trotz would border on the unwatchable.
• Nice people who deserve a plug: Betty Bolen, Fred Wagman, Kellie Anderson, Dave Symon, Gord Tweed, Teena Tweed, Wanda Harron, Angela Prawzick, Bill Addie, Jeff Fairholm, Mark Furlan, JP Farago, Alan Jackson, Kirk Leech, Don Huggins, Bob Terichow, Warren Dodds, Jeremy Geddert, Jason Rumpel, Frances Olson, Bill Brownridge, Beth Brownridge, Barb Butler, Pat Patton, Gail Chilman, Arlene Mantei, Ben Kramer, Jeff Pierson, Shawn Saxon, Aaron Murphy and Lynette Evans.
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