End-of-the-year accolades!

Some end-of-year, end-of-decade accolades for CIS athletes and teams:
  • The Score chose Queen's Yates Cup win over Western as the game of the year. The Golden Gaels also finished fourth in the voting for The Canadian Press Team of The Year, which is pretty high for a CIS squad.

  • The National Post included a team of a certain ornithological variety among the Top 10 basketball moments of the decade:
    "The Dynasty: University sports routinely are ignored in Canada. But the Carleton Ravens could not be overlooked, winning 87 straight games from 2003-06. The Ravens also won every national title from 2003 on, with the exception of 2008."
  • Dave Perkins' year-end wrapup in the Toronto Star got the name of Queen's football team right, if not that of their star quarterback. Close enough!
    "Two great QBs: Danny Brannigan, the quarterback for Queen's, and Western's Michael Faulds stirred up dreams of another Canadian QB in the CFL. Both were sensational in setting passing records, Brannigan's Golden Gaels eventually winning the Vanier Cup 33-31 over Calgary."
  • A-Channel London had Faulds' season, where he set single-season (3,033 yards) and career (10,811) passing records while playing with a torn ACL, as its No. 3 London sports moment.

  • Toronto Sun baseball writer Bob Elliott, a Kingston native, had a nice sentiment that Brannagan, not Stanley Cup-winning Sidney Crosby, was Canada's athlete of the year. That is a stretch, but it was great to read.
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