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All nerves for Ryan clan as Jon Ryan heads into the Super Bowl

It’s been a wild few days for Barb Ryan and her family. But just moments before the Super Bowl began, she was a bundle of nerves.

“So nervous,” she said. “The whole families got butterflies like you wouldn’t believe.”

Ryan’s son Jon is the first football player from Saskatchewan to ever play in the Super Bowl. He grew up in Regina and played for the University of Regina Rams as a kicker and receiver. But now he’s punting for the Seattle Seahawks and taking on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos for football glory.

Blades give up nine PPs, lost 4-1 to the Wheat Kings

The Saskatoon Blades couldn’t stay out of the penalty box, falling to the Brandon Wheat Kings 4-1 on Saturday night.

Similar to the game in Regina on Friday, the Blades managed to hold their opponents scoreless through 20 minutes. The Wheaties broke the deadlock 90 seconds into the second period as Rihards Bukarts potted his 20th goal of the season and fourth powerplay goal.

The Blades took nine minor penalties in the game, leaving little chance for offence. Eric Roy shot one past Troy Trombley at 13:48 in the second, again on the powerplay.

Students and world class athletes meet at KofC Indoor Games

Young aspiring Olympians and running enthusiasts packed into the Saskatoon Field House at the University of Saskatchewan this weekend for the 49th annual Knights of Columbus (KoC) Indoor Games.

More than 2,500 elementary students took turns running relays around the oval.

They were joined by 200 athletes who sprinted, hurtled shot put balls and leaped over the high jumps and hurdles in the all things track and field meet.

The event is held every year in January or February.

Pats blank Blades 6-0

Following a 10-6 loss to Prince George on Wednesday, the Saskatoon Blades were in Regina Friday trying to right the ship.

However, the Pats had a different idea, as they blanked the Blades 6-0 at the Brandt Centre.

A scoreless first period put the Blades in good shape, despite being outshot 15-7. But the Pats would surge in the second period.

Chandler Stephenson opened the scoring midway through the middle frame, potting his 22nd of the season.

Dressler fans looking for NFL merch with his name; not getting it

It hasn’t taken very long for fans of Weston Dressler to inquire about getting a jersey of his new team.

The Riders announced on Thursday they had released Dressler to give him the opportunity to sign with an NFL team. That team is reported to be the Kansas City Chiefs.

Within a day, Jersey City in Regina’s Northgate Mall had nearly a dozen people calling or coming in to see if they could either get a Riders Dressler jersey or even one from the Chiefs.

Store employee Jenna Schaffer said it’s rare for customers to ask about Kansas City merchandise.

Regina's NFL fans not all cheering for Jon Ryan and Seahawks

Reginans might have some added interest in the Super Bowl this year, with local punter Jon Ryan competing for footballs highest honour. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that all NFL fans in the Queen City are rooting for Ryan’s Seattle Seahawks.

“I kind of have an extreme hate for Seattle,” said Erin Lord who said she’s still licking her wounds since her San Francisco 49’ers lost to the Seahawks in the semi-final. “Not the player, but the team.”

“I don’t like the Seahawks,” said one man who said he liked Peyton Manning. “They suck.”

Kerry Joseph speaks out over low points of his career

The soon to be retired Kerry Joseph spoke out for the first time exclusively on the Green Zone Friday afternoon.

Joseph was released by the Edmonton Eskimos on Wednesday paving the way for him to end his career by likely signing a one-day contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"I knew the time was going to come," said Joseph. "I knew the direction they were going to go in."

Rams coach remembers punter Jon Ryan's talent as a receiver

Super Bowl 48 on Sunday will be extra special for Regina Rams head coach Frank McCrystall because it will be the first time he sees one of his former players on the field in the NFL final.

Jon Ryan will become the first player from Saskatchewan to ever play in the Super Bowl, and McCrystal couldn't be happier for him. After playing with the Rams and a few seasons in the CFL, he wasn’t surprised to see Ryan make his mark on the NFL first signing first with the Green Bay Packers in 2006 before going to the Seahawks.

VIDEO: Rider Nation reacts to Dressler's departure

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced Thursday afternoon that they had released Weston Dressler so he could sign a deal with an NFL team, sending shockwaves through Rider Nation which has grown accustomed to his game saving catches and gritty, determined play.

“He’s the person who can execute when it really matters,” said one man who had just learned the news. “And, I mean, he’s a small guy, but a big player.”

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