Linking the country ...

  • Calgary coach Blake Nill pulled out the, "last time I checked, this is a free country," when asked about star QB Erik Glavic transferring from Saint Mary's.

    Huskies fans no doubt are reminded of that line about how, "patriotism is the first refuge of ..." (Metro Canada, Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

  • With 18-of-25 starters either in their fourth of fifth seasons, Queen's coach Pat Sheahan notes it was "Yates Cup or bust" for his Golden Gaels. (Kingston Whig-Standard)

  • No one is a cynic after the moment Michael Faulds delivered at the end of the Western-Queen's Yates Cup. (London Free Press)

  • Laval linebacker Frédéric Plesius, who almost went to Montréal, thought the Carabins were a bit chirpy («Ils (les Carabins) parlaient trop dans les médias») prior to the Dunsmore Cup. (Le Soleil)

  • Saskatchewan has a 6-foot-8, 230-lb. frosh QB named Matt Busse waiting in the wings. He's also a starter on the Huskies volleyball team, which is an interesting quandary. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)
  • The Brock-UOIT game which was cancelled due to H1N1 concerns will be played Dec. 1 in Oshawa. (St. Catharines Standard)
  • A little CIS history in Laval's 3-2 comeback win over McGill in the men's soccer gold medal game: It was the first all-Quebec national final. Rookie forward Louis-Charles Laliberté scored the game-winning goal.

    Trite soccerphobe joke: It was also the first championship soccer game that did not go to penalties after a scoreless tie.

  • Speaking of, that's exactly what happened in Trinity Western's victory over Montreal in the women's final. Spartans 'keeper Kristen Funk not only stared down shootouts in both the final and semifinal vs. Queen's, but she converted penalty attempts (speaking as a soccer dilettante, it's always cool when the 'keeper takes the penalty). (Little Man on Campus)

  • Queen's ended up being Team Heartache. The Gaels were a couple minutes from taking out TWU in the semifinal, only to give up an 87th-minute goal, lose on penalties and then lose the bronze-medal game.
(By the way, apropos of nothing, this has to be pointed out: Global B.C. referred to the B.C. Lions' CFL playoff win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a "catfight." Ugh, it calls to mind that time on How I Met Your Mother when Robin Scherbatsky, a news anchor, finally snaps after reading another cheesy pun-filled script.)
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