Monday, March 9, 2009

Settling For Silver

25 hundred people packed into the Centre for Kinesiology Health and Sport Sunday night—most of them cheering for the hometown U of R Cougars ladies basketball team. The CIS championship flag was in the house as was “The Bronze Baby”. In the end though the number one ranked team in Canada spoiled the party and are taking home that flag and that trophy. The Cougars are once again the bridesmaid as for the second straight year and for the third time in five years they fail to win the CIS championship. Simon Fraser beat Regina 68-62 in what was a tremendous final. One that went down to the final few moments. Lisa Tindle basically extinguished any hope of a Regina win late in the 4th when she hit a deep three pointer when it looked like Regina had forced a 24 second violation. The game was the last for five members of the team who I’m sure don’t feel very good today but Dave Taylor and everyone connected with that team should hold their head high for showing Regina what Cougar basketball is all about. There’s no shame in losing to the number one team in the country. It would have been great to see the Cougars get that championship flag and trophy on their home floor but it just wasn’t to be on this night.
The Pats beat Moose Jaw 7-2 but a 3-2 Edmonton win over Lethbridge means Regina’s elimination number is now 1. That means another Pats loss or an Oil Kings win and the season is over for Regina. Regina scoring six times on the power play en route to the win. They are in Prince Albert Wednesday before finishing the season with a home and home against Swift Current.
Joel Jordison is still looking for his first Brier win. He was clobbered by Kevin Martin Sunday night by a score of 11-3. Martin stealing 4 in the 5th to break this one open. Predictably, Martin and Ontario’s Glenn Howard are 3-0 while Jordison is 0-3. He will be on the TSN game this morning as Team Saskatchewan faces Prince Edward Island.
Looks like the names of Jamall Lee and Jim Allin will be prominent come the day of the CFL draft. Here’s the final write-up on the CFL evaluation camp this weekend

Toronto, ON - (March 8, 2009) - The 2009 CFL Evaluation Camp in Toronto this weekend was highlighted with new records set by Jamall Lee in the vertical jump and 40-yard sprint and Jim Allin in the short shuttle.
Lee's first record came on Saturday when he leaped 44 inches, surpassing Samuel Giguere's mark of 42 inches from last year, giving him the highest jump on record.
The running back from Bishop's University continued his stellar performance today by running a 4.39 40-yard sprint. The previous fastest time on record was 4.41 seconds set in 2004 by Jean-Fredrick Tremblay, a wide receiver from Laval.
Lee entered the weekend as the second highest ranked prospect by the CFL's Scouting Bureau and was excited to hear that he set two new benchmarks.
"It's been a lot of hard work and a lot of sacrifice and it just feels great to do well in front of such a big crowd at such an important time," said Lee.
While confident, the son of former CFL running back Orville Lee knows that he has to continue working hard towards the 2009 Canadian Draft and hopefully into a CFL training camp in June.
"This weekend definitely gives me a lot of confidence but it also makes me want to work harder to maintain that level, and even surpass it one day."
Allin, a defensive back from Queen's University, posted a top score of his own when he was clocked at 3.97 seconds in the short shuttle, surpassing the previous record set by Mathieu Proulx (4.07 seconds) in 2005.
In total, fifty top Canadian football prospects participated this weekend in a series of strength and agility tests in front of general managers, head coaches and scouts from all CFL teams.
In addition to the testing, players were also interviewed by teams, an exercise that provides clubs with valuable information as they prepare for the 2009 Canadian Draft on Saturday, May 2.
"Each team has the ability to select 20 of the 50 players here to interview them personally," said Bob O'Billovich, General Manager of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who currently hold the first and third draft selections overall. "This allows us to get a pretty good feel about the players who are here. It's important because it gives us a good heads up that helps get the process started for the Draft."
Also with two of the top four picks in this year's draft are the Toronto Argonauts. Click here for the full 2009 CFL Canadian Draft Order.
Complete results from the 2009 Evaluation Camp are available at
Telemiracle was another huge success. The 33rd 20 hour telethon to help those less fortunate get the special equipment and assistance that they need raised 3.8 million dollars. It seems that every March this province remembers to “ring those phones”. Even in these tough economic times, Saskatchewan comes through.
Finally its been a month since I started doing this and it would appear a lot of you are checking things out. Again I ask do you have nothing better to do with your meagre little lives???. Anyways, I thank you for checking things out. I had 68-hundred visits in the first month so lets see what month two brings. Thanks again and feel free to make any comments.

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