Linking the country ...

  • It's only on a message board at this point, but there's buzz about another player eligibility controversy involving a Canada West team. (

  • Western defensive coordinator Paul Gleason, who noted, "I'm so glad I don't have to prepare for (Justin) Dunk ever again" and his troops got top billing in the Mustangs' win over Guelph.

    The Philadelphia Phillies' Brad Lidge should provide the type of relief pitching backup QB Donnie Marshall did when he completed a 65-yard pass on his only attempt. How many times have you seen the backup QB unloose a long pass and take the defence by surprise? (London Free Press)

  • McMaster coach Stefan Ptaszek has already turned the page on his first playoff win heading into a rematch vs. Queen's. Mac has the OUA's No. 2 rushing attack going against the top rush defence; Queen's No. 2 passing game is facing No. 4 pass defence (by yards-per-pass). (Hamilton Spectator)

  • No. 1 Laval had 13 of the 28 QUFL all-star selections (there was a tie at quarterback between the Rouge et Or's Benoit Groulx and Concordia's Robert MacKay) . What's up with second-place Montreal rating only three? Allez Les Bleus and its commenters are apoplectic. Montréal didn't have an O-lineman picked, despite the fact it seemed to do pretty well creating openings for Rotrand Sené. (Le Soleil)

  • Queen's shifted a soccer playoff game away from Richardson Stadium to try and preserve the field for the McMaster-Golden Gaels OUA semifinal. (Kingston Whig-Standard)

  • Guelph only had six players whose eligibility expired with that playoff loss to Western (none were starting on defence) and 10 who could potentially play a fifth season, including LB Adam Dunk and leading rusher Nick Fitzgibbon. Of course, that info is in danger of still being pertinent two days after the game, so it's well-concealed beneath 1,119 words of banality. (Guelph Mercury)

  • Saint Mary's kicker Justin Palardy, should he play a fifth season, is five field goals away from former Western kicker Frank Jagas' national record. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald, which apparently believes federal cabinet minister Peter MacKay's love life is news)

  • A great should-read about "The Forgotten Ghosts of College Football," one-time powerhouses turned non-entities in football such as the University of Chicago, which was a charter Big Ten team (yes, the Big Ten was a major conference once).

    How many CIS schools could be included in such an article? (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Brock's fabulous frosh, Clinton Springer-Williams, will get a good test on Saturday when the "thrill-a-minute" Badgers host defending national champion Carleton. He went off for 35 points vs. Ryerson on the weekend.

    The hoopophiles probably already knew, but Brock has a 6-foot guard named Mike Cruickshank who becomes eligible in January, whom coach Ken Murray says, "will be the quickest player I've ever coached." (St. Catharines Standard)

  • Legendary UVic coach Ken Shields takes his place in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday. (press release)

  • Mark Wacyk unveils a new Top 10 for the week. (
  • It would be glib to suggest Montreal is a one-line team, but Annie-Claude Dumas, Kim Deschene and Marie-Andree Leclerc-Auger managed to combine for 11 points in a game where the Carabins women's team scored four goals.
More to come as events warrant. Personally, between having two teams win this week, the real-life Minnesota Vikings and the NBA fantasy team, Sager Bombs, it was a good Sunday.
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  1. Our blog is smoking hot with comments, and most of the people, including all Laval fans, don't understand their 3 O-Lines choosen against nil for us.

    And we have a lot of problems with the field goal kicker PP Gélinas, returner Frank Bruno and RB Rotrand Sené being overlooked...

    Let's say that's a lot of people left at the alter...

  2. A case could also be made for Sébastien Lévesque instead of Rotrand Sené to replace Andrew Hamilton at RB. Lévesque has 9.3 yards per carry, two full yards more than Hamilton and three full yards more than Sené. Other than that, I agree Gélinas, Bruno and at least one Montreal OL should have been named on the Québec all-star team.