Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Around the web: Leaner (and meaner) Martin and Idonije, Doornekamp feels no pain

Football
  • Javy Glatt (UBC) has been replaced as the B.C. Lions' starting middle linebacker. Is it any consolation to B.C. fans to know their team is the winningest pro football team named Lions? (Vancouver Province)

  • Slotback Andy Fantuz (Western) might miss the Saskatchewan Roughriders' next game, too. (Rider Rumblings)

  • It's been mentioned before, but Chicago Bears D-lineman Israel Idonije (Manitoba) came to camp at 266 lbs. after playing at 306 last season. He apparently lost only 7 lbs. of lean. (Chicago Tribune)

  • Vaughn Martin (Western) is a curiosity in the NFL as a Canadian-trained D-lineman, which means you get the hockey references in the first three paragraphs. Nevertheless ...
    " 'He's going to be a great player," Chargers coach Norv Turner said. 'I don't have any sense of the time it is going to take, but he's been doing great.'

    "Martin not only has freakish athletic ability - he has run the 40-yard dash in under 5 seconds and hoisted 225 pounds in the bench press 33 times - he also has some serious brains controlling all that brawn. Martin scored an impressive 38 on the NFL's Wonderlic test, 10 points higher than Peyton Manning's score.

    Martin, who has shed about 20 pounds since being drafted - 'I'm at the weight the coaches want me to be at.' - is smart enough to know he has a lot to learn."




    By the way, San Diego scout Tom Gibbons can take a hit like a champ. That clip has been seen 50,000 times on YouTube. (North County Times)

  • CFRC 101.9 FM, Kingston's community station located on the Queen's campus, will broadcast the Aug. 31 Golden Gaels-U of T exhibition game (7 p.m., Varsity Centre). CFRC host Rob Carnell (Salt Water Music) announced it on his Twitter.

    The two Old Four teams miss each other in the OUA's schedule rotation, so they're playing an exhibition.
Basketball
  • Mark Wacyk has plenty of goodies, including info on Windsor's games vs. the NCAA teams (Ohio State and Georgia Tech in October. (cishoops.ca)

  • If there's any consolation to the NCAA eliminating trips to Canada for basketball teams during the academic year, it's the story about IUPUI coach Ron Hunter trying to keep the practice alive.
    "Hunter has teamed up with Crocs to gain access to 2 million shoes over the next two summers for teams to take with them when they go on a foreign trip. IUPUI will be in Costa Rica from Aug. 13 to 19. The Bowling Green women's team and the Bethune-Cookman men's team will be visiting the Central American country at the same time. Hunter contacted both schools and said they're on board to deliver shoes on the trip."
    At least there is some good to come from it, as much as fans in Canada will miss seeing college basketball royalty occasionally come to town. (Andy Katz, ESPN.com)

  • Canadian national team forward Aaron Doornekamp (Carleton) is feeling no pain after the Italian incident that has been discussed to death over the past 48 hours. Good comments, everybody. (Kingston Whig-Standard, Ottawa Sun)
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