Sunday, January 25, 2009

Mike Abu Mechrek IP

The Riders will send out certain players each winter to promote reading in Saskatchewan. Mike Abu Mechrek visited our town to the delight of hundreds of school kids. Of course, it was more special after the 2007 Grey Cup Win. The sponsor is the store that pays for the player to visit the community and in turn, the player will visit the store to be with the fans. Mike is a great guy, funny and a real class act.

Pink Cutter Gloves-Szarka and Makowsky

Mike Abu-Mechrek and his wife did an excellent job in fund raising for breast cancer this year. The Riders used some pink Cutter football gloves which the CFL said was illegal in game use. So the Riders used them in the warmup and pratice. Abu-Mechrek auctioned off the entire teams gloves. 5-6 Players' gloves were auction off each week. I ended up buying Gene Makowsky and Chris Szarka's gloves. Boy, when I got them you could tell they were used, if you know what I mean.

Signed Saskatchewan Roughriders Football

Usually in May, the good ole Green and White come to Saskatoon for a couple of workouts during training camp. They have an autograph session before the practice for fans. This year there was approximately 1000 people that turned out to welcome the Riders. We had two footballs, a CFL ball and a Rider Logo ball for signing. I lost my wife about 10 mins into the session. It was informal with the team just positioned around the stadium. I walked up to a very young looking player and asked a picture with him. He was extremely polite and said sure. After a picture and signing my ball we walked away. No one heard of this player so there was very few lines to get him; #7. The CFL Rookie of the Year, Weston Dressler. Congrats on a great season Weston!
I told her to focus on a few players and she managed to get all but about 10 players. She had the camera and when I found her she was laughing, she managed to get pictures with Andy Fantuz and Gene Makosky. When the day was said and done, we had two signed balls and really neat pictures.