Linking the country ... Regina regroups; H1N1 prep

If this seems messy, it's because we're typing this from the ledge after Syracuse lost to a D-2 team.

  • The Regina Rams have been through a "complete 180 of emotions" in QB Marc Mueller's phrasing, going from season over to preparing to face Saskatchewan in a Canada West semifinal. (Regina Leader-Post)

  • How about the role rookie starters such as O-lineman Cam Redl have played in the U of S Huskies' success? (Huskies Football Outsider)

  • Windsor alumni help lay former coach Gino Fracas to rest. (Windsor Star)
  • Lakehead's standout power forward Yoosrie Salhia has the swine flu, which might hurt his team's chances this weekend. That's one item in a story about how teams in general are dealing with the pandemic. (

  • has accounts of the CIS vs. NCAA games on Tuesday; Trinity Western beating NCAA D-1 Utah Valley State is a highlight. The Spartans play Brigham Young on Wednesday, which is probably a bit more of a challenge.

  • Carleton's margin of victory in its 70-46 win at Ottawa might surprise a few, since they received similar levels of support in the first coaches' Top 10.

    Ines Jelic (14 points, nine rebounds), Kendall MacLeod (double-double with 12 and 10) led Carleton, which had 86% free-throw shooting and retrieved half of their own missed (20 offensive rebounds to Ottawa's 22 total boards). Gee-Gees post Hannah Sunley-Paisley's 20 points kept it from being totally one-sided.
  • Nipissing's Andrew Marcoux, the OUA goal scoring leader, counts Kings of Leon and Dumb and Dumber among his faves. (North Bay Nugget, which has a liveblog for Friday's Lakers-Carleton Ravens game)
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  1. Carleton's rather lopsided win over Ottawa might raise some eyebrows, but really, it shouldn't.
    Not after last week's dramatic 69-68 win over #10 Alberta,
    reigning CIS bronze medalists.
    Looking back to last season, Carleton had its best regular season ever with a 14-8 mark.
    But even so, the Ravens could have had a much better record had it not squandered leads very late in several games.
    By my count, there were five games that Carleton should have won that were lost literally in the last minute.
    They include losses to McMaster, Lakehead, Toronto and Ryerson all at home and of course that now infamous 53-52 loss to Queen's in Kingston.
    Convert those losses to wins and the Ravens would have been 19-3, winning the East handily with home floor advantage throughout the playoffs.
    Unfortunately, they lost all of those games which cost them dearly in the long run.
    This season it seems the lack of poise that cost them so many winnable games has been replaced by a newfound maturity.
    It wouldn't surprise in the least to see Carleton dominate the OUA East like their male counterparts have this year.

  2. Taffe's team had a similar result vs. Alberta in non-conference play in 2008-09, too.

    The rub of 14-8 with five close losses is there were some close wins. So 19-3 might have been a stretch, but 16-6 and 17-5 was possible. A record like that maybe chances their fate and their ranking.

    Still, Ottawa did get to nationals last sesaon and return key players, so a 24-point margin was surprising, especially considering Carleton lost Perry.

  3. It is early. Ottawa lost to Carleton twice in the regular season last year, but finished ahead of them in the standings and beat them in the playoffs when it really counted. Andy Sparks will adjust as necessary and will make it an interesting season for Ottawa and the OUA East,