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THE REPORT

5:15 PM COACH’S COMMENTARY

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Say what you will, Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer in history.

Considering that after all the crap he went through, some of his own making, most of it the media’s making, Woods went out and shot a first round 68 at the Masters yesterday. It was his finest opening round ever at the Masters. The first time he ever had two eagles in the same round. It doesn’t matter what happens the rest of the way. Nobody plays the game better than Tiger Woods. Period.

THE REPORT

5:15 PM COACH’S COMMENTARY

Hi everybody, it’s the coach Scott Taylor and it’s time now for the 92-CITI-FM Afternoon Coach’s Commentary. For Rondex Limited, your 3M-loyal dealer at 177 Isabel Street. Where people, paint and performance come first.

So the Bombers lost $1.2 million in 2009. Hmmmm. Considering they paid out $982,000 in severance payments to two coaches and slew of former employees, dropped $673,000 in corporate sponsorships, ticket sales and merchandise sales and fell another $150,000 in expected CFL revenue, they did pretty well to lose only $1.2 million.

Considering everything that happened, the real question is this: How did the CFL lose $150,000 per team in revenue when the league’s popularity has never been greater.

THE REPORTS

7:15 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE REPORT

Hi everybody, it’s the Coach Scott Taylor and it’s time now for the 92-CITI-FM National Hockey League Report. Brought to you by MAACO Collision and Auto Painting at 983 Wall Street.

If you were a team in the Eastern Conference, would it scare you just to think that Martin Brodeur was playing his best hockey of the year?

Tuesday night, Brodeur recorded his second straight shutout while Winnipeg’s Travis Zajac scored a goal and was one of the best players on the ice as the New Jersey Devils whipped the Atlanta Thrashers 3-0 to eliminate Atlanta from playoff contention. Brodeur now has 600 career wins and two straight shutouts. Look out for the Devils in the post-season

8:15 NASCAR REPORT

Hi everybody, it’s the coach Scott Taylor and it’s time now for the 92-CITI-FM NASCAR REPORT. For Rondex Limited, your 3M-loyal dealer at 177 Isabel Street. Where people, paint and performance come first.

After a week off, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to action as the teams battle it out at Phoenix International Raceway for the Subway 600.

Mark Martin is the defending champ while Jimmie Johnson won the fall race at Phoenix. Both drivers will be tough on Saturday night at 7:30 on Fox.

5:15 PM COACH’S COMMENTARY

Hi everybody, it’s the coach Scott Taylor and it’s time now for the 92-CITI-FM Afternoon Coach’s Commentary. For Rondex Limited, your 3M-loyal dealer at 177 Isabel Street. Where people, paint and performance come first.

Don’t believe it’s such a bad thing that the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were $44,687 over the cap last season. Considering that with all the money promised or pre-paid by Brendan Taman, much of it to players who were already departed, the Bombers started the season $300,000 over the cap and played almost the entire season with their own cap of $3.9 million, not $4.2 million.
With a record of 7-11, the Bombers did extremely well – under the circumstances.

THE REPORTS

7:15 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE REPORT

Hi everybody, it’s the Coach Scott Taylor and it’s time now for the 92-CITI-FM National Hockey League Report. Brought to you by MAACO Collision and Auto Painting at 983 Wall Street.

Friday night I was sitting with Dallas Stars assistant GM Les Jackson at the Lightning-Rangers game in Tampa and he made an interesting comment. He believes the NHL needs to add eight more teams to the playoffs every year, not just for competitive reasons but for business reasons.

According to Jackson, if more teams made the playoffs fewer would lose big money. Makes sense. And with some thought, it could be practical, too.

8:15 NASCAR REPORT

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The Sprint Cup drivers are getting set to drive hard and fast at Phoenix International this weekend and as we head into the seventh race of the season. After six, Jimmie Johnson leads the Sprint Cup standings by 14 points over Greg Biffle.

Matt Kenseth is third, 16 points back while Kevin Harvick is fourth 61 down. If Johnson is hot this weekend, that fifth straight title could start coming into focus.

5:15 PM COACH’S COMMENTARY

Hi everybody, it’s the coach Scott Taylor and it’s time now for the 92-CITI-FM Afternoon Coach’s Commentary. For Rondex Limited, your 3M-loyal dealer at 177 Isabel Street. Where people, paint and performance come first.

Saying he expects to win the Masters, Tiger Woods met the media at Augusta National Golf Club yesterday, and apologized to the fans and to his fellow professionals for, and I quote “what they had to endure” by being asked questions about Woods since his been away from the game.”

That’s it. The end of the mea culpas. Now it’s time for Tiger to play golf. The crowds loved him on Monday. They‘ll love him even more if he plays well and makes the cut.

Monday, April 5 2010

THE SCOTT TAYLOR REPORTS

7:15 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE REPORT

Hi everybody, it’s the Coach Scott Taylor and it’s time now for the 92-CITI-FM National Hockey League Report. Brought to you by MAACO Collision and Auto Painting at 983 Wall Street.

Sure, just about everyone you talk to in the NHL these days believes Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett will easily win the Coach of the Year Award. But could it be that Tippett is merely the illustration required to show that Wayne Gretzky was a horrible coach.

Saturday night, the Nashville Predators locked up a playoff berth with a brilliant 4-3 win over the Red Wings in Detroit. Tippet is worthy, but Barry Trotz is the best coach in hockey.

8:15 NASCAR REPORT

Hi everybody, it’s the coach Scott Taylor and it’s time now for the 92-CITI-FM NASCAR REPORT. For Rondex Limited, your 3M-loyal dealer at 177 Isabel Street. Where people, paint and performance come first.

When you think of Kevin Harvick, you usually think of the Daytona 500 or the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, but he’s a pretty darn good Nationwide driver, as well.

Saturday night, Harvick stuck with a couple of old tires and outduelled four drivers with fresh tires as he won the Nashville 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. It was his second Nationwide win of the year and the 36th of his career.

5:15 PM COACH’S COMMENTARY

Hi everybody, it’s the coach Scott Taylor and it’s time now for the 92-CITI-FM Afternoon Coach’s Commentary. For Rondex Limited, your 3M-loyal dealer at 177 Isabel Street. Where people, paint and performance come first.

It’s just about the perfect way to start a brand new baseball season. Yankees-Red Sox at Fenway? It doesn’t get any better than that.

And last night in Boston, in the first night time opener at Fenway Park in 98 years, it was a thriller. Kevin Youkilis scored the winning run on a passed ball after his third extra base hit of the night as the Red Sox came back from a 5-1 deficit to beat the Yankees 9-7. What a way to start the season.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Scott Taylor’s CITI Sports Reports

As expected, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ new stadium will be under construction as early as this summer. Premier Greg Selinger announced he would float a loan of $90 million to David Asper and the Blue Bombers in order to start construction on a new football stadium at the University of Manitoba. Asper has to pay back the loan by 2016. If he can’t, school and property taxes derived from the site of the current stadium will be used to repay the province.

There were seven games in the National Hockey League last night… and it was a big night for Calgary

Calgary 2 Phoenix 1
The Flames, winners of two straight, are right back in the playoff hunt, only two points behind eighth place Colorado in the West.

Anaheim 5 Colorado 2
The Avs lost 5-2 to Anaheim last night. Teemu Selanne had a goal and an assist for the Ducks.

Carolina 2 Montreal 1
Eric Staal scored the winner, his 24th of the year.

Chicago 4 Minnesota 0
The Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak as Jonathan Toews scored his 23rd of the year for Chicago.

Buffalo 6 Florida 2
Buffalo has now won seven of its last eight.

Dallas 5 San Jose 1
Steve Ott had his first career hat-trick for Dallas. Injured Joe Thornton missed his second straight game for San Jose.

Tampa 2 Pittsburgh 0
Steven Stamkos scored his 46th of the year, tied with Alexander Ovechkin for second in the NHL one behind Sidney Crosby.

The Manitoba Moose return to action on Friday night when they face the Marlies in Toronto.

It will be Michigan State against Butler at 5:07 p.m. and Duke vs. West Virginia at 8 in the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball championship next Saturday in Indianapolis.

And the 2010 Major League Baseball season begins on Sunday night. The New York Yankees meet the Boston Red Sox live on Rogers SportsNet at 7 p.m. The 92-CITI Sports Machine will be live in Fenway.

7:15 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE REPORT

Hi everybody, it’s the Coach Scott Taylor and it’s time now for the 92-CITI-FM National Hockey League Report. Brought to you by MAACO Collision and Auto Painting at 983 Wall Street.

Last week, we talked about the Ottawa Senators as the toughest fifth-place team in the NHL. Well, heading into the weekend, it was pretty hard to argue that the toughest sixth-place team was the Detroit Red Wings.

The Wings, who were banged up for most of the season, have now won six in a row and moved from ninth to sixth in just 10 days. The Wings started the weekend only six points out of first in the Central Division. Look out.

8:15 NASCAR REPORT

Hi everybody, it’s the coach Scott Taylor and it’s time now for the 92-CITI-FM NASCAR REPORT. For Rondex Limited, your 3M-loyal dealer at 177 Isabel Street. Where people, paint and performance come first.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup boys are headed to Phoenix for the Subway Fresh Fit 600 one of the longest races on one of the smaller tracks.

Phoenix is a one mile oval built in 1964 and those four big turns will leave more than a few tired drivers after 600 laps. The big race goes this coming Saturday night under the lights on Fox

5:15 PM COACH’S COMMENTARY

Hi everybody, it’s the coach Scott Taylor and it’s time now for the 92-CITI-FM Afternoon Coach’s Commentary. For Rondex Limited, your 3M-loyal dealer at 177 Isabel Street. Where people, paint and performance come first.

Manitoba will have a new football stadium but it will be incumbent on David Asper to make his new mall at Polo Park a success or the taxpayer is going to be on the hook for the entire $137-plus million.

I’m one of those guys who wants a new football stadium, but I’m not sure the deal that was announced yesterday is the deal we were after. From 91 per cent private to potentially 100 per cent public, all based on David Asper’s business acumen, is a scary scenario

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are going to get their new stadium. Better late than never.

More than three years after David Asper presented a plan to the Bombers to build a new stadium at the current Polo Park sight — then changed the deal to have it built at the University of Manitoba — Premier Greg Selinger said yesterday that the government of Manitoba would provide Asper with a $90 million loan to get construction going as early as next month.

The province will provide the bridge financing while Asper will get his 33,000-seat stadium built. However, if Asper can’t complete his planned commercial project at Polo Park, the project that is expected to pay the bills, the city will take all the tax money it earns from both the sale of the land where the current stadium is located and the property taxes it garners from that site in future and use it to pay the province until Asper’s $90 million debt is paid off.

It’s a risky deal and there is a real chance taxpayers’ money will be used to foot the entire bill, but it’s great news for the football club and for Asper.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Scott Taylor’s CITI Sports Reports

There were nine games in the National Hockey League last night… four Canadian teams were in action…

Vancouver 4 Phoenix 1
Vancouver made a statement against another playoff bound Western Conference team. Henrik Sedin remained No. 1 in scoring in the NHL with a goal and two assists. Sedin now has 104 points.

Atlanta 3 Toronto 2
The Thrashers remain two points behind Boston, Montreal and Philly in the race for the final three playoff spots in the East.

Ottawa 5 Washington 4
Alex Kovalev scored the OT winner as the Sens won their fifth straight. Jason Spezza had two goals and two assists for Ottawa while Winkler’s Eric Fehr dished out his 17th assist of the season.

Detroit 5 Edmonton 4
Detroit blew a 4-0 lead at home, but Brad Stuart scored the winner with 1:07 left in regulation.

Boston 1 New Jersey 0 (OT)
Canadian Olympian Patrice Bergeron scored the winner with 19 seconds left in overtime as the Bruins remained in eighth place in the East.

NY Rangers 4 NY Islanders 3
Marian Gaborik scored his 40th of the year as the Rangers remained four points out of the final playoff spot in the East.

St. Louis 4 Chicago 2
Winnipeg’s Alexander Steen had two goals, including the winner and added an assist. Winnipeg’s Jonathan Toews had two assists for the Hawks.

Los Angeles 2 Nashville 0
The Kings first win over Nashville since of October of ’07.

Columbus 3 Tampa 2
Canadian Olympian Rick Nash scored twice, he has 33 this season.

The Abbotsford Heat beat the Manitoba Moose 2-1 last night as the Moose split another two-game series, this time on the West Coast. The Moose will play in Toronto on Friday night.

The Bombers, who will have themselves a new stadium, sooner not later, added five prospects to the team’s training camp roster yesterday: Import defensive lineman Remond Willis, import wide receiver Kenny Strickland, import linebacker Henti Baird, non-import defensive lineman Deji Oduwole and non-import defensive back Jerry-Ralph Jules.

It will be Michigan State against Butler at 5:07 p.m. and Duke vs. West Virginia at 8 in the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball championship next Saturday in Indianapolis.

7:15 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE REPORT

Hi everybody, it’s the Coach Scott Taylor and it’s time now for the 92-CITI-FM National Hockey League Report. Brought to you by MAACO Collision and Auto Painting at 983 Wall Street.

With a 5-4 overtime victory over the powerful Washington Capitals on Tuesday night, the Ottawa Senators have now won five in a row, solidified their hold on fifth place in the East and find themselves eight closing in on Buffalo and New Jersey.

If there was one team in this league that is playing its best hockey of the year heading into the playoffs, it’s the Senators. Right now, the Sens could be the scariest fifth place team in NHL history.

8:15 NASCAR REPORT

Hi everybody, it’s the coach Scott Taylor and it’s time now for the 92-CITI-FM NASCAR REPORT. For Rondex Limited, your 3M-loyal dealer at 177 Isabel Street. Where people, paint and performance come first.

It’s a week off for the NASCAR Sprint Cup boys. They won’t head to the start/finish line again until the Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix International Raceway on April 10.

In the meantime, Jimmie Johnson is back on top of the Sprint Cup standings. Is it possible? Could he really win five straight championships? Now that would be a dynasty.

5:15 PM COACH’S COMMENTARY

Hi everybody, it’s the coach Scott Taylor and it’s time now for the 92-CITI-FM Afternoon Coach’s Commentary. For Rondex Limited, your 3M-loyal dealer at 177 Isabel Street. Where people, paint and performance come first.

Does Winnipeg need a football stadium? No question about it. Should three levels of government pay between $115 million and $135 million of public money to do it? Sure, why not? The government of Saskatchewan is going to spend a heck of a lot more on its new stadium.

Reality: The federal government takes your taxpayers money and spends $1 billion every single year on the CBC and CBC executives still can’t balance its budgets. I’d rather have a new football stadium in Winnipeg for a one-time investment of $135 million than a billion dollars a year on the CBC.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Scott Taylor’s CITI Sports Reports

A report in yesterday’s Phoenix Business Journal said that the National Hockey League was working with David Thomson, the major shareholder in True North Sports and Entertainment to purchase the NHL-owned Phoenix Coyotes and move them to Winnipeg IF a deal cannot be struck with either Ice Edge Holdings or Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf to buy the Coyotes and keep them in Glendale, Arizona. In written release yesterday, NHL vice-president Bill Daly said yesterday afternoon: “Our focus continues to be on completing a transaction with local ownership that is committed to operating the team in Glendale.” In the meantime, there is smoke and fire.

There were five games in the National Hockey League last night… no Canadian teams were in action…

Buffalo 3 Boston 2
Boston remains in eighth, two points ahead of Atlanta in the race for the final playoff spots in the East because…

Carolina 4 Atlanta 1

Nashville 3 Florida 2 (OT)
Barry Trotz’s Preds are now three points ahead of sixth-place Detroit in the West.

Minnesota 3 Los Angeles 2

Anaheim 3 Dallas 1
Former Jet Teemu Selanne picked up another assist.

The Manitoba Moose went into Abbotsford last night and drilled the Heat 5-2. The two teams meet again tonight in Abbotsford, B.C.

In CFL news, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger says it would take $52 million to repair Canad Inns Stadium and that’s why he wants to get a new stadium for the Blue Bombers built at the University of Manitoba.

It will be Michigan State against Butler at 5:07 p.m. and Duke vs. West Virginia at 8 in the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball championship next Saturday in Indianapolis.

Denny Hamlin won yesterday’s rain-delayed NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway while Ernie Els won yesterday’s rain delayed Bay Hill Classic in Orlando. It was Els second straight PGA Tour win.

7:15 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE REPORT

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Toronto Maple Leafs fans can criticize the deal Brian Burke made to acquire high-scoring Phil Kessel, but they’d all be wrong.

Sure, the 22-year-old Kessel cost the Leafs a first-round pick, but this weekend, he became the first Leaf to score 30 goals in a season since 2002. And he’s playing with virtually nobody. At 22, Kessel is a star. Boston won’t get a star right away no matter where that first round pick falls.

8:15 NASCAR REPORT

Hi everybody, it’s the coach Scott Taylor and it’s time now for the 92-CITI-FM NASCAR REPORT. For Rondex Limited, your 3M-loyal dealer at 177 Isabel Street. Where people, paint and performance come first.

Denny Hamlin had the lead, stopped to pit and then won the rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia yesterday.

Hamlin gave up the lead with less than 10 laps left in order to pit for tires. Then with four new ones on his car, he rallied from ninth place to the lead in a span of just four laps. An incredible finish and an incredible comeback win for Virginia’s own Denny Hamlin.

FOR WEDNESDAY

Jimmie Johnson was ninth in the rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville on Monday, but that didn’t mean the four-time defending Sprint Cup champion lost any ground in the stanings.

In fact, Johnson moved up two spots in the standings and took over first place as Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick faltered. Now Johnson has a 14-point lead over Greg Biffle. Not surprisngly, Johnson seems quite comfortable on top.

5:15 PM COACH’S COMMENTARY

Hi everybody, it’s the coach Scott Taylor and it’s time now for the 92-CITI-FM Afternoon Coach’s Commentary. For Rondex Limited, your 3M-loyal dealer at 177 Isabel Street. Where people, paint and performance come first.

We’ve been talking about it for months, the people of Winnipeg have been talking about it for months and the mainstream media has been saying, “Absolutely Untrue.” Well, what started as a rumour in February has now been validated by the mainstream media. Not in Winnipeg, of course, but in Phoenix.

Could the Jets be coming back? Even Scott Brown, the director of communications for True North Sports and Entertainment, won’t deny it in a story that ran yesterday in the highly-regarded Phoenix Business Journal. Check it out at rivercitysportsblog.com.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Scott Taylor’s CITI Sports Reports

There were six games in the National Hockey League last night… three Canadian teams were in action…

Calgary 5 Washington 3
Rene Bourque had a goal and two assists to lead the Flames while Steinbach’s Ian White scored his 11th goal and added an assist. The Flames are four points out of the last playoff spot in the West with six to play. Alexander Ovechkin had a goal and an assist and reached the 100-point plateau. He’s had four 100-point seasons in his five in the NHL.

Pittsburgh 5 Toronto 4 (SO)
Sidney Crosby had two goals in regulation and the winner in the shootout. Crosby now leads the NHL with 47 goals. Winnipeg’s Colton Orr scored is third of the year for the Leafs.

St. Louis 2 Edmonton 1
Former Jet Keith Tkachuk scored the winner on his 38th birthday. It was his first goal in 15 games and his 13th of the season. Winnipeg’s Alexander Steen assisted on the winner.

Philadelphia 5 New Jersey 1
Philly snapped a five-game losing streak. Portage’s Arron Asham dished out an assist and had a fight with the best name in hockey Pierre-Luc Letourneau-LeBlonde.

Columbus 4 Chicago 2

San Jose 4 Colorado 3
The injured Joe Thornton missed his first game since Oct. 18, 2005.

The Manitoba Moose return to action tonight against the Heat in Abbotsford, B.C.

Team Canada’s Jennifer Jones finished third at the World Women’s Curling Championship in Swift Current yesterday with a 9-6 win over Sweden in the bronze medal game. Germany beat Scotland 8-6 in 11 ends to win the gold.

It will be Michigan State against Butler at 5:07 p.m. and Duke vs. West Virginia at 8 in the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball championship next Saturday in Indianapolis.

And the weather was not very good in the south yesterday. Both the NASCAR race in Martinsville, Va., and the PGA Tour event, the Bay Hill Classic in Orlando, were postponed due to rain. They are slated to go today.

7:15 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE REPORT

Hi everybody, it’s the Coach Scott Taylor and it’s time now for the 92-CITI-FM National Hockey League Report. Brought to you by MAACO Collision and Auto Painting at 983 Wall Street.

It was just one of those interesting things that happens in the NHL from time to time.

Former Jet Keith Tkachuk scored the winning goal in a 2-1 St. Louis victory over Edmonton on Sunday afternoon on his 38th birthday. It was his first goal in 15 games and his 13th of the season. Winnipeg’s Alexander Steen assisted on that winning. Early in his career Tkachuk benefited from a lot of assists handed out by Alex’s father Thomas. You know you’re getting old when…

8:15 NASCAR REPORT

Hi everybody, it’s the coach Scott Taylor and it’s time now for the 92-CITI-FM NASCAR REPORT. For Rondex Limited, your 3M-loyal dealer at 177 Isabel Street. Where people, paint and performance come first.

(Rained out yesterday, the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 will be run on Monday)

5:15 PM COACH’S COMMENTARY

Hi everybody, it’s the coach Scott Taylor and it’s time now for the 92-CITI-FM Afternoon Coach’s Commentary. For Rondex Limited, your 3M-loyal dealer at 177 Isabel Street. Where people, paint and performance come first.

It will be interesting to see what happens with the Free Press’s Saturday story on Premier Greg Selinger’s promise to build a football stadium for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, with Manitoba taxpayers’ money and with or without David Asper’s input.

We know the story is true because the Free Press will always write exactly what the provincial government tells it to write. Still, the story had no follow-up on Sunday and none of the people involved knew anything about the Premier’s plan. Guess we’ll have to wait for the news conference.