The True or False game is simple!

No electronic devices, internet or fancy apps are required; this is a good old-fashioned agree-disagree opinion based on several statements in sports.

Sorry about the lack of complication or technology… HERE WE GO!

 

PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS WILL BE SELLERS AGAIN AT THE WHL TRADE DEADLINE

FALSE = It is obvious by the standings (last place) that the Cougars will not be buyers, but it is doubtful they will deal three of their top players like last season.

Keep in mind, their top guys this year will not command as much in return.

The Cougars have been one of the few WHL teams mostly quiet on the trade front since Mark Lamb took over as General Manager in the summer.

They may make a move or two to get younger but with Prince George in contention for a playoff spot, a blockbuster is highly unlikely.

 

PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS ARE BETTER THAN LAST SEASON

FALSE = Sure, the Spruce Kings lead the BCHL with an impressive 23-8-1-2 record with four games to go before their Christmas break but December standings don’t necessarily reflect on who will capture the Fred Page Cup.

The Spruce Kings won the 2018 Coastal Conference championship and just to equal that Prince George will have to win three grinding rounds in the playoffs.

 

NHL EARLY SEASON COACHING CHANGES HAVE PAID OFF

FALSE = Yes, the Edmonton Oilers are 8-2-2 since Ken Hitchcock took over behind their bench but LA, Chicago and St. Louis have shown no signs of improvement.

The Kings are 31st, the Blackhawks 30th and the Blues 28th out of 31 teams in the NHL.

In addition, Chicago just snapped an eight-game losing streak on Wednesday with that 6-3 victory over Pittsburgh.

 

UNBC TIMBERWOLVES WILL GET A HOME CANADA-WEST BASKETBALL PLAYOFF GAME FOR THE FIRST TIME

TRUE = The Timberwolves need to place in the top eight (out of 17 teams) to secure at least one home playoff basketball game.

The 6-4 UNBC women are seventh in their standings, while the 6-4 UNBC men are eighth in their Conference as the Christmas break.

Teams 1-4 get a first-round bye while 12 plays at 5, 11 at 6, 10 at 7, and 9 at 8 on February 8th weekend.

The Timberwolves have been excellent at home (women 4-0, men 3-1) and have six of their remaining 10 games at the Northern Sport Centre.

One of the two teams, if not both, should be able to secure at least a top-eight finish.

 

TORONTO RAPTORS ARE THE BEST TEAM IN THE NBA

TRUE = For the moment they are, especially going 2-0 this season against Golden State.

After 30 games, Toronto is a league-best 23-7 but we all know this record just builds massive expectations for the playoffs.

I’ll grant you the Raptors will be the favorite to come out of the East, but I would still bet on the Western Conference champions (Warriors again?) come June when the pressure peaks.

 

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS WILL FINISH WITH THE TOP RECORD IN THE NFL

TRUE = The Saints and Los Angeles Rams are 11-2, while Kansas City and the LA Chargers are 11-3 after the Chiefs stunning 29-28 loss to the Chargers.

New Orleans holds the tiebreaker over the Rams because they beat them head to head.

The Saints last three games are at Carolina, home to Pittsburgh and home to Carolina.

The Rams host Philadelphia, visit Arizona and host San Francisco.

On paper, LA has the easier schedule, but I would still bet on the likely MVP Drew Brees over Rams QB Jared Goff.

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This is Week 12 of ‘Hartley’s Cat Scan.’

The podcast, introduced in September, predominately features the Prince George Cougars.

My guest this week is Cougars Director of Player Development Nick Drazenovic.

Nick reflects on his time as a player with the Cougars, including the surprising playoff run in 2007.

He also discusses his lengthy minor-league pro career and the many injuries that came with it and working with this season’s Cougars team.

You can also find this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, and TuneIn.

 

FROM THE QUOTE RACK:

Now it’s Stephen Curry who says the moon landing was faked. Is it time to start checking NBA players regularly for concussions?

*Comedy writer Janice Hough of Palo Alto, California www.leftcoastsportsbabe.com

 

Stephen Curry does not believe we landed on the moon. NASA said they would show him some moon rocks, and Curry asked if they looked like the bricks that Shaq used to put up from the foul line.

*Comedy writer TC Chong

 

Steph Curry says that he was just joking when he questioned the moon landing and will accept an invitation to visit NASA. He says he’s never been to the Bahamas.

*Contributor Bill Littlejohn of South Lake Tahoe, California

 

Clippers guard Patrick Beverley got ejected and fined $25,000 for throwing a bounce pass at a courtside fan who heckled him in Dallas. Flummoxed statisticians were hopelessly torn: assist or turnover?

*Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times http://www.seattletimes.com/author/dwight-perry/

 

Free agent reliever Adam Ottavino says he would “strike out Babe Ruth every time.” Mostly because the Bambino has now been dead for 70 years.

*Comedy writer Jim Barach http://jokesbyjim.blogspot.ca/

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Ten Illinois high-school football players got the bright idea in October to run naked across the school’s field with Oreos wedged between their buttocks. This earned them a three-game suspension including the state championship, which their team lost. And that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

*Canadian comedy writer RJ Currie www.Sportsdeke.com

 

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Hartley Miller is the sports director and morning news anchor for 94.3 the GOAT.
He also is the 94.3 radio colour commentator for P.G. Cougars home games.
His column appears Fridays on myprincegeorgenow.com.
Send along a quote, note, or anecdote to hmiller@thegoatrocks.ca.
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Listen to him on his weekly podcast: Hartley’s Cat Scan.