It would be remiss not express some support for Canada's junior women's basketball team, which has two critical games within the next 36 hours at the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women in Thailand.
In FIBA's argot, Canada, whose roster includes Laval's Elyse Jobin, Saint Mary's rookie Justine Colley and Western guard Jenny Vaughan (a transfer from the University of Denver who'll become eligible in 2010-11), is into the eighth-finals. They play Spain Tuesday at 8:45 Eastern time, then face China around 4:15 a.m. Wednesday morning. They need to finish at least fourth in their group to make it to Friday's quarters.
A few people across the country will surely be up early for the Canada-China game. For some of us, even an 8:45 a.m. tip-off is too early.