Friday, September 04, 2009

Football
  • Generalists everywhere rejoice: Saskatchewan Huskies defensive back Grant Shaw is going to be handling placekicking and punting on Friday night vs. Calgary. Laurier has a running back, Rashad LaTouche, doing its placekicking. (Saskatoon Star-Phoenix)

  • The Alberta Golden Bears are putting a lot on QB Quade Armstrong. Who is more aptly named, the QB named Armstrong or the Calgary linebacker, Chase Moore? (Edmonton Sun)

  • Jim Mullin had the best line on the premiere of SSN Canada's CIS Touchdown: "You never know what you're going to get with Manitoba. (ssncanada.ca)

  • Mac coach Stefan Ptaszek would not want to play for a Yates Cup this weekend, but maybe in 10 weeks' time ... (Hamilton Spectator, which will have its OUA preview on Saturday)

  • Sherbrooke, under coach Andre Bolduc, has been a team of tomorrow for quite some time. (Rue Frontenac)

  • Queen's also has a fifth-year quarterback who has looked pretty good in training camp: Dan Brannagan is on pace to surpass Matt Connell as the most prolific passer in CIS history.

    This is the first time it's been reported in traditional media that Brannagan was coming off a concussion when Queen's lost to Ottawa in the OUA semi-final.

    Pat Sheahan
    's line about Brannagan in a conversation earlier this week: "There is no throw that intimidates him." (Kingston Whig-Standard)

  • Saskatchewan Roughriders fullback Neal Hughes (Regina) and d-back Leron Mitchell (Western) are due off the nine-game injured list next week. They will have to watch have Sunday's Labour Day Classic between the 'Riders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, just like Pac-Man Jones.

    Another CIS alum on the nine-game list is Toronto Argonauts wideout Andre Talbot (Laurier). (Regina Leader-Post)

  • It is quite a feat to run an advance story on the Guelph-Queen's game without identifying a single player on either team, getting the score of both teams' 2008 season-ending losses wrong and calling the Queen's Golden Gaels "Queen's Gaels." (Guelph Mercury)

  • More confirmation that defensive end Vaughn Martin (Western) will make the San Diego Chargers 53-man roster, ahead of their final exhibition game on Friday. Whether he is a full-fledged member of the defensive line rotation remains to be seen:
    "He's been just as advertised. A beast at times, but an inconsistent one. Everyone is hoping that more time in the NFL and in the Chargers defense will help him develop more consistency. If he can show enough progress and push people around on Friday night, he'll be a part of the defensive rotation. If he can't do that, he'll be a third-stringer and a project that will be inactive and ride the pine in 2009." -- Bolts From The Blue

  • A CFL beat writer believes the Andy Fantuz-trying-the-NFL story has legs. Please keep in mind the former Western Mustang does have the same representation as Martin. (Rider Rumblings)

Basketball
  • Six-foot-eight forward Clint Wickham, who was the B.C. college player of the year last season, has joined Trinity Western. (Langley Advance, via cishoops.ca)
Hockey
  • OHL veterans Yves Bastien and Stephen Blunden (who had a good overage season with his hometown 67's) head Carleton's newcomers. (press release)

  • Laurier and Waterloo will play China's Olympic women's hockey team Oct. 9 and 14. The Chinese team is making a 21-game pre-season tour, so chances are it might also play some other CIS squads. (K-W Record)
Media
  • John Bower has put untold hours of work into launching a football newsmagagine show, CIS Touchdown, which premiered last night at Streaming Sports Network Canada. John has interviews with the coaches of all four defending conference champion, plus media veterans such as Jim Mullin (CKNW, Vancouver) and Mike Hogan (FAN 590, Toronto). (ssncanada.ca)

  • Norman James of of AM980's The Hook out of London is promising an interview with Western QB Michael Faulds on Friday at 8 p.m. ET and with our own Andrew Bucholtz at 5:30 p.m. Satuday. (Norman James Sports)

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