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  1. Even with their current level of investment, they...

    Even with their current level of investment, they were able to win AUS quite handily for a few years, also also put up the most competitive result in a Bowl game that AUS has had in quite some time...
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    Western

    Western
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    People thought the same thing last year regarding...

    People thought the same thing last year regarding Ottawa's chances against Calgary, but it didn't turn out as expected.
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    The Hilltops have been quite impressive. Lately,...

    The Hilltops have been quite impressive. Lately, their best competition has been in conference. It isn't surprising that Ontario couldn't compete, but I'm not sure why BCFC has taken a step back.
  5. Can you really blame a school for making those...

    Can you really blame a school for making those choices? University budgets aren't exactly fat right now. It'd be tricky to justify spending money on the varsity football team while cutting elsewhere...
  6. AUS was a lot more competitive before the 5 in 7...

    AUS was a lot more competitive before the 5 in 7 rule and later the age rule came into place. They did a pretty good job of attracting former junior grads from across the country, just like they...
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    The thing is, nearly half of OUA will miss the...

    The thing is, nearly half of OUA will miss the playoffs every season. Gains from some teams will come at the expense of others. Not having perennial doormats who get blown out week after week would...
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    Acadia - Surprisingly tough given the big spread,...

    Acadia - Surprisingly tough given the big spread, especially given how unlikely it is the underdog can win and provide bonus points.
    Calgary - Calgary would win this game outright, so I'm taking the...
  9. I was at a tournament last fall where the warm up...

    I was at a tournament last fall where the warm up for everyone consisted of shovelling snow off of the field (or for those who didn't have shovels, rolling some giant snowballs around to pick it up)....
  10. Thread: BRRRRR

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    They used to have varsity swimming, but cut it...

    They used to have varsity swimming, but cut it for some reason. It couldn't have been costing them much to run the program given that they already operate two swimming pools. All they would've been...
  11. Thread: BRRRRR

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    It is really unfortunate that the weather got so...

    It is really unfortunate that the weather got so cold that day. I think it created a negative sentiment towards doing any more Vanier Cups out west (aside from indoors at BC Place). An average...
  12. Seems a little harsh to move X to RSEQ over this...

    Seems a little harsh to move X to RSEQ over this ;)
  13. As the SMU situation shows, even if USports...

    As the SMU situation shows, even if USports cleared X to practice, another team can complain that it is against the rules and have it looked into. If Acadia had Montreal's legal team, they'd already...
  14. Thread: BRRRRR

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    If I remember my Canadian geography, Ottawa is in...

    If I remember my Canadian geography, Ottawa is in Ontario, not Quebec.
  15. Thread: BRRRRR

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    It'd be somewhat amusing if the end result of...

    It'd be somewhat amusing if the end result of RSEQ's courtship was that Ottawa stays put but McGill is admitted to OUA.

    I'm not sure McGill still has interest in such a move though. Reuniting with...
  16. Thread: BRRRRR

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    If only there were a 6th team in Quebec ;)

    If only there were a 6th team in Quebec ;)
  17. USports hoping that SMU loses in Acadia to solve...

    USports hoping that SMU loses in Acadia to solve the problem for them.
  18. I don't discount the AUS champion yet. Any given...

    I don't discount the AUS champion yet. Any given Sunday (or Saturday or whenever).

    It is highly unlikely that either of SMU or Acadia WINS the Vanier. Not only do they need to get by one another...
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    If it weren't for Guelph's inconsistent results,...

    If it weren't for Guelph's inconsistent results, OUA would be relatively easy to rank. Most teams had at most 1 game where you would wonder how the result turned out as it did. Guelph had a bunch of...
  20. Thread: BRRRRR

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    Seems like an awful lot of trouble for pretty...

    Seems like an awful lot of trouble for pretty much no gain. Cost savings would be basically non-existent, and they'd be entering a conference with two giants and three have-nots. It is a conference...
  21. Thread: BRRRRR

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    Also substantially reducing revenue by losing the...

    What about reducing substantially their travel expenses? That would give them more money for full-times coaches, improved facilities and enhanced recruiting efforts, etc.[/QUOTE]
    Also substantially...
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    SMU at Acadia -3.5 UBC at Calgary -13.5...

    SMU at Acadia -3.5
    UBC at Calgary -13.5
    Montreal at Laval -13.5
    Laurier at Western -23.5
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    Also almost 10x bigger than they need for current...

    Also almost 10x bigger than they need for current crowds. Hard to justify the expenditure at all right now, unless it is going to be for soccer.
  24. Thread: SMU Forfeit

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    I seem to recall a former NHLer playing hockey in...

    I seem to recall a former NHLer playing hockey in AUS. In fact, a lot of former WHL and players from the lower junior leagues go there to play a few more years of hockey too. They've always recruited...
  25. Etcheverry was a spectacular failure. That was...

    Etcheverry was a spectacular failure. That was quite something to watch.
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    Great Western did not sell very much cold beer...

    Great Western did not sell very much cold beer that day. A lot of spiked hot chocolate though.
  27. Thread: SMU Forfeit

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    I'm a bit surprised that was allowed, given that...

    I'm a bit surprised that was allowed, given that CJFL works with CCES for drug testing. CCES wouldn't be too impressed with any of their clients giving second chances to drug cheats.

    I know the...
  28. One thing I can say about all those Carleton...

    One thing I can say about all those Carleton upsets in the Panda Game is that they've turned it into quite an exciting event. In the long term that could help with attendance and revenues, even if it...
  29. Thread: SMU Forfeit

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    Good luck convincing guys making NFL PR money to...

    Good luck convincing guys making NFL PR money to come play for a college team for free. Besides, you'd have to get in line behind the CFL if you're looking to grab Canadians cut by the NFL.

    As for...
  30. Thread: SMU Forfeit

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    Perhaps, but that isn't the rule. Only dressing...

    Perhaps, but that isn't the rule. Only dressing for a professional game (outside of the pre-season) automatically ends a USports football career. Football may be the only sport to have that...
  31. Thread: SMU Forfeit

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    What exactly would they communicate right now...

    What exactly would they communicate right now when there is apparently no violation? There is nothing to report.

    Legit organisations don't make a habit of reporting on every internal discussion...
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    Okay, I took a bit of time off of doing these,...

    Okay, I took a bit of time off of doing these, but I'm going to take another crack at doing a top 10.

    1. Laval - I think their win against Montreal is impressive enough to give them back the top...
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    The counter argument would be that the rest of...

    The counter argument would be that the rest of the game will tell you a lot about a team's depth and how well coached they are as a unit. If they can continue to produce while the bench players are...
  34. Thread: Q all-stars

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    How did the best defence in the country not have...

    How did the best defence in the country not have any all-stars? ;)
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    They may have good line play, but Laval's tends...

    They may have good line play, but Laval's tends to be better. 2006 Vanier Cup was the ultimate cold weather game, which worked out well for Laval too.

    In the cold weather, I suspect the Dinos have...
  36. Bingo! Plus even fans who don't pay for a...

    Bingo!

    Plus even fans who don't pay for a ticket will visit the concession and add to the atmosphere for everyone.
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    It'd be a shame if this is true. SMU looked to be...

    It'd be a shame if this is true. SMU looked to be building something. They're the one AUS school might be able to build a nationally competitive team year after year, rather than just in their up...
  38. Expanding it much further wouldn't make a lot of...

    Expanding it much further wouldn't make a lot of sense anyhow. If they need a lot more seats, they can use THF. Keeping the venue smaller and intimate makes more sense for them.
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    The Dinos have typically done well in cold...

    The Dinos have typically done well in cold weather as they often dominate line play, but the success that the Bears have rushing with Ilnicki could make it interesting.
  40. Wouldn't most athletics departments in Canada...

    Wouldn't most athletics departments in Canada also take ticket revenue from football and apply it to the athletics budget overall? Of course, those schools that bring in a lot of revenue from...
  41. Don't most schools in NCAA lose money on football...

    Don't most schools in NCAA lose money on football rather than make money? Some of the big programs make a lot of money at football and basketball, and use it to spend a lot of facilities and coaching...
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    Alberta at Calgary -14.5 Regina at UBC -9.5...

    Alberta at Calgary -14.5
    Regina at UBC -9.5
    McMaster at Laurier -10.5
    Guelph at Western -8.5
    X at SMU -5.5
    Concordia at Montreal -14.5
    Sherby at Laval -23.5
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    I was way too busy to follow the games this...

    I was way too busy to follow the games this weekend. When I first saw the box score which showed the Huskies giving up 3 TDs in just over 3 minutes of play to lose the game, I thought it was a...
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    Going by the track record of the new USport site...

    Going by the track record of the new USport site so far, the old site is likely to be correct. Not that it matters now that this week's results are in.
  45. It is too bad the Moncton junior team died off.

    It is too bad the Moncton junior team died off.
  46. I'm not sure that 6 high school teams in Moncton...

    I'm not sure that 6 high school teams in Moncton is really that many, given the population.

    Two possible solutions that don't require any changes to the school system (which is difficult to do):...
  47. Disappointments: Windsor was never a...

    Disappointments:

    Windsor was never a powerhouse, but they really took a step back this year. Carleton's uneven results cost them a playoff spot.

    Saskatchewan's biggest issue under Towriss was...
  48. Yes, we're past where anyone should be saying "he...

    Yes, we're past where anyone should be saying "he just got his bell rung". That terminology was used to justify putting the players back in the game, back before we knew any better. Now if a...
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    Manitoba's ranking is even funnier.

    Manitoba's ranking is even funnier.
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    Queen's at McMaster (-5.5) Guelph (-4.5) at...

    Queen's at McMaster (-5.5)
    Guelph (-4.5) at Ottawa

    I'll take a chance on Ottawa keeping it quite close. The mid-tier of OUA has played a lot of close games this year. However, I also wouldn't be...
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