Morning rounds ...

  • Western's tailback platoon of Da'Shawn Thomas and Nathan Riva are being called "Da'Riva" in headlines. Clearly, someone in London added the apostrophe to avoid paying a certain blog-writing Queen'sman royalties.

    The irony is not lost! (Sun Media)
  • A lot of goodies from Jim Thomas:
    "The surprise team in the CIS this winter will be Trinity Western who have an outstanding recruiting class coming in including several transfers from American universities. UBC and the University of Victoria have long been the CIS powers in B.C. but that is about to change. It will take Trinity Western's new roster a while to gel but come January they will be a force to be reckoned with on the West Coast.

    "There are several outstanding recruiting classes coming into the OUA West this year and overall the conference teams had their best recruiting year ever. In contrast, the OUA only has two recruiting classes in Carleton and Ottawa that would be considered among the top fifteen classes in the CIS. This does not bode well for future competition between the two conferences and could lead to a big disparity in competition down the road if the OUA East teams don't do better on the recruiting trail this winter."

    It would be nice to believe this site was ahead of the curve with Trinity Western, since it sang their praises last season.

  • Canadian national team player Ryan Bell, the former Carleton guard, is apparently playing in Finland. (

  • Mark Wayck's spin around the hoopsgeist continues with a look at new coach Roy Rana's rebuilding Ryerson Rams. Everyone knows about Boris Bakovic in the post, but their X-factor is likely the backcourt, where Mark notes Josh Budd is coming in his own at point guard and Ryan McNeilly is a solid two-guard.

  • Retired Alberta coach Don Horwood's roast was a whole lot of fun. (The Gateway)
  • Nipissing officially had 3,693 for the Lakers' first exhibition game last Saturday. (North Bay Nugget)

  • Carleton went 3-0 and outscored the opposition 9-2 in a season-opening three-game road trip to play OUA teams. One does wonder how the Ravens and Ottawa Gee-Gees would fare in the OUA, but bloggers cannot be choosers.

  • Not CIS, but a girls high school team in Woodstock, N.B., received a human rights award for the way it rallied around two gay teammates who were being harassed by opposing players.
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  1. Jim Thomas is right man. TWU is SOLID. Watch out UBC, the Spartans and the Spartan Faithful are coming for you!

  2. Since the sporting world is one of the last segments of society where people are encouraged to bash gays, and others who are different, I congratulate the high school girls team from New Brunswick mentioned in the last link. And thank you Neate for highlighting this story. It's the first mention that I have seen of it.

  3. At Anon. 7:50 a.m.: You are welcome, although I cannot take any credit for that group of young people standing up for their friends.

  4. Concerning the HS girl's hockey team story....
    I would really like to know what the coach of that team that taunted them and then refused to shake their hands had to say about his/her team's ignorant behavior.
    As appalling as their actions were, I am even more disturbed that their coaches apparently allowed this to happen.
    Unfortunately, it is true that sports seems to be the last frontier when it comes to acceptance and tolerance of gay people.
    I believe this team, coaches as well as players, should receive counseling on acceptance of those who are different from them.