Saturday, October 03, 2009

Western and Laurier share with Queens

Since the Mauraders of Mcmaster won four straight, the Yates Cup, the oldest still existing sports trophy in North America that surpasses the professional Canadian Football League Grey Cup and college Little Brown Jug of Michigan and Minnesota fame in longevity, has been kept by just three clubs. A repeat by the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks from 2004 to 2005, once by the University of Ottawa Gee Gees in 2006 and then another repeat by the University of Western Ontario Mustangs from 2007 to 2008, this little factoid is why I had picked in the preseason Queens University Golden Gaels for the 102nd Yates Cup win this year, bringing the provincial pigskin prize back east, only for it to come back west next year in another repeat. But fact of the matter is, no matter who takes it here in Ontario, no Vanier Cup is coming here for awhile yet, I would however love a fight between the Pacific West's University of Calgary Dinosaurs and the Atlantic East's Saint Mary's University Huskies for the Cup nationally this year, though I know in my heart of hearts it will be Quebec's Laval to lose yet once more.

Not sure between Laurier and Western exactly who Queens would face, I kind of left it up to who would win the first game of the year on the Scores University Rush, which was won by Western 30-7 in London against Laurier. As it stands, past the halfway mark in the season, CIS # 4 Queens is 5-0, while CIS # 2 UWO fell to Mac this weekend 42-35 in London, making them 4-1, CIS # 8 WLU who beat Mac last week 30-14 in Hamilton, fell down to 3-2 with CIS # 10 Guelph, Ottawa and Mac. Mac, along with these other clubs, seems to be part of the middle of the pack group that will make the playoffs, but clubs like the York University Lions at 0-5, Toronto at 1-4 along with Waterloo and Windsor at 2-3 will be on the outside looking in as predicted.

Losing the 40th Argo Cup 45-27 in the Red and Blue Bowl, after coming within a couple of seconds of winning against the Lancers 17-14 as Jason Marshall returned a missed field goal 125 yards for a touchdown with 40 seconds left in the game but no onside kick was tried, thus now the Lions' losing streak continues at 16, picking up from the 2001 to 2008 Varsity Blues of Toronto's 49, although York previously owned it at 47 from 1988 to 1995, with off season woes like a three month faculty strike and one week training camp affecting it. York will need more than 26 year old, 440 pound and 6 foot 8 inch rookie DT Duane Mark who currently wears size 18 shoes, former Australian rugby PK Adam Moretti who can kick 60-yard field goals, projected starting QB Patrick Hooey who backed up 2007 Hec Crighton Trophy Erik Glavic and Ted Abraham on 2007 Saint Mary's Huskies Vanier Cup team and 31 year old Michael Hyatt, formerly of the Concordia Stingers making a possible comeback. No, a hardcore dose of some real hard smash mouth hitting football is what any hard luck squad needs to get back into the game, old school action that no program seems to work into, like the kind of in the gym training Duke uses in the final Rocky Balboa film of the saga, yeah, let us start building some hurting bombs, indeed!