Morning rounds ...

  • Cesar Sanchez-Hernandez seems likely to be Laval's starting quarterback vs. Montreal on Sunday. (Le Journal de Québec)

  • Being resilient has helped Western win 20 of its last 21 OUA games. (Sun Media)

  • Chris Ioannides, one of the few true tight ends in the OUA, has been an X-factor for Queen's through the first half of the season. (Kingston Whig-Standard)

  • In Tim Switzer's considered view, the Alberta Golden Bears and Calgary Dinos should have a pretty nice little Saturday ... go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, maybe beat Manitoba and UBC and create some separation in Canada West. (Campus Chatter)

  • Not CIS, but the St. Louis Rams safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, of Windsor, is apparently dating the daughter of San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary. (Pro Football Talk)
  • Read into the scores what you will (it's October, after all), but has recaps posted on a couple OUA East-QSSF non-conference games, Queen's 73-57 home win over defending Q champion Concordia and Ottawa's 93-72 win over Laval. Gaels forward Mitch Leger and Gee-Gees swingman Warren Ward each recorded double-doubles.

    Laval is at Queen's on Saturday. It is kind of neat to see those matchups, since up until 2001-02, the OUA East and QSSF had an interlock in the regular season.

  • Mark Wacyk takes a look at the UFV Cascades, whose talented but young nine-man rotation includes all-name team candidate Zeon Gray, a point guard from California. Sam Freeman, of course, is UFV's big scorer, coming off a rookie-of-the-year season. (

  • Calgary-based 'court reporter' Wayne Thomas lists off the top men's recruiting classes in Canada West. (
  • McGill might have a decent team. The Redmen had 58 shots on goal in a 4-1 exhibition win over Ottawa on Friday.

  • Lakehead coach Joel Scherban won his pre-season debut, 7-3 over Guelph.
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  1. While it is only October and it is only exhibition b-ball,
    you have to wonder a little about the the relative strength of the QSSF this season.
    Queen's was only 7-15 last year, barely qualifying for the OUA East playoffs.
    Concordia was the league champion of the Q with a 12-4 regular season record.
    But the final score in this game flattered the Stingers, as Queen's led 39-14 at the half.
    The Ottawa-Laval game was also a case of total domination and even though Laval was missing its best player you got the feeling it wouldn't make any difference if he was there.
    Hopefully, these two teams will improve significantly before November, when the season kicks off.
    Otherwise, it will be difficult to justify giving any Quebec team an obligatory top ten ranking.

  2. The QSSF conference season and playoffs produce some very exciting, tooth-and-nail basketball ... like you say, though, outside Quebec their teams do not fare as well.