Linking the country ...

It is Jan. 5, long past time to get back in the swing of things.

  • Saint Mary's beating No. 3 St. FX 71-66 in the final of the Rod Shoveller tourney in Halifax adds another wrinkle to the five-team AUS horse race. The Huskies have the talent to beat anyone in the conference, but St. FX had been rolling.

    It's a good file-away to note SMU and X play two four-point games in the second half, one in each school's gym. Those could have a lot of sway over seeding for the AUS Final 6.

  • Lost in the shuffle amid SMU winning is that Acadia's fab frosh had some big games; Anthony Sears had a 20-point night vs. Laurier and Owen Klassen had a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) in the same game. Freshmen will have nights when they look like, well, freshmen, but that's a great young group in Wolfville.
  • Sam Giguère (Sherbrooke) earned praise from the one of the local beat writers after making his NFL debut on Sunday:
    "Have the Colts found a kick returner? It was only one game, but Sam Giguere looked like he was more explosive, even in these conditions, than Chad Simpson. He returned five kicks for an average of 24.4 yards, no small feat on the giant skating rink.
  • The scuttlebutt on the dot-org is that Preston Huggins, a 220-pound linebacker with some serious scoot, has committed to Western. Huggins helped the London Falcons win the Ontario Varsity Football League title last summer.
Media dealies
  • Tyler King, who called hockey, football and basketball for CFRC 101.9 while attending Queen's, called his first professional game last Saturday. King filled in for SportsRadio 620 WHEN during an AHL game between the Syracuse Crunch and Albany River Rats.
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  1. what... no love for Lakehead's 2 game sweep of the far superior Canada West conference's Manitoba Bisons?

  2. Was figuring on doing a series of "Where were we" posts on the two divisions of men's hockey and hoops. We'll talk about it then, OK?