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We'll have more on the Laval/Montreal game soon, and how to reconcile this result with last week's disappointing loss by les Carabins, but for now we can say that the point differential in the game means Laval only has to beat Bishop's (at home) and Concordia (away) to avoid playing in any other team's stadium the rest of the year.
McMaster/Windsor looked close, but from what I saw in the first half it wasn't nearly as close as the score indicated, and the second half proved that to be true. At one point Mac had been whistled for 40 objectionable or unnecessary yards in a four-play period, yet after those plays still had possession inside the Windsor 40 ... and that kind of sums up the day. They were 24.5-point favourites based on our calculations, and ended up winning by 21.
From Friday, we learned of more eligibility issues, this time in men's soccer. St. F-X and UPEI each forfeit a win and a tie after using a player "who had also participated with a foreign team within the past 365 days as a 21-year old." The release doesn't name the players, which is silly, because the UPEI coach already has and it's not really a secret, to anyone. And especially because the players—Michael Hojdar for X and Mark Behan for UPEI—will be allowed to play the rest of the year, in one of those only-in-CIS situations where the importance of eligibility varies depending on the wind. (Hat-tip to Robert Murray.)
A disappointing second half (outscored 16-0 in 30 minutes, otherwise known as a "half-Waterloo") led to a loss by the 5th-ranked Queen's Golden Gaels. After a pick-six, Queen's drove precisely 22 yards in four minutes (yards per minute: 5.5), then watched Guelph gain 76 in 63 seconds (yards per minute: 72.3). So that didn't go well, and that was pretty much the game. Once again, very solid lede in the Metroland paper's game recap. (Wouldn't "Hello, good bye" work better?)
A proud day for Waterloo alumni everywhere as Ottawa beat them 61 to 0. (Amazing what dominating a terrible team can do for expectations.) Nick Anapolski was a one-man offence for the Warriors, but ultimately not in a good way. (Hat-tip to Neate Sager.)
Saint Mary's lost to Mount Allison, 25-12, this time with Jahmeek Taylor though, despite his "battling a painful turf toe". (This story came out the day after we asked what happened to him.) That makes two wins in four games since someone suggested the Mounties should be removed from the league.
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