Thursday, 13 March 2008

Articles from this morning

All the teams have arrived in Ottawa and a full day of practices are scheduled at both the Raven's Nest and Scotiabank Place today as we are a day away from lifting the curtain on the CIS Final 8. The long-awaited media blitz has started in earnest as the Ottawa Citizen has several pages of coverage and the Ottawa Sun has a comprehensive preview to which CISHOOPS.CA was asked to contribute in a collaborative effort with Sun's Neate Sager. Apparently, over 34,000 tickets have been sold for the tournament thus far with observers estimating that 40,000 tickets sold when all is said and done isn't an unrealistic objective.

Wayne Kondro of the Ottawa Citizen has been very busy filing several long and informative stories including a peek at this evening's CIS All-Canadian awards which also appears in the National Post Doornekamp to be named CIS Player-of-the-Year

In Bringing the Nationals to Capital right thing to do, Kondro revisits the tenacity with which former Carleton Athletic Director Drew Love approached the bid process for the Nationals with the CIS, ultimately bringing the Final 8 to Ottawa for 3 years.

TOURNAMENT PREVIEWS: Neate Sager of Sun Media breaks down the tournament with a little help from CISHOOPS.CA Ottawa Sun's tournament preview plus Wayne Kondro's comprehensive tournament preview Everybody wants to be a Raven's slayer

Morris Dalla Costa from the London Free Press has a detailed piece on the #6 seeded Western Mustangs Mustangs have come a long way

Jim Wallace of the St. Catharines Standard presents the Brock perspective in Badgers will need balanced attack against UBC

Robin Collum of the Gateway, the University of Alberta's campus newspaper, provides the Alberta perspective 8th seeded Bears to tip off against defending champions

The Scrum has their latest Podcast up on the site which features an interview with Arash Madani, long-time supporter of CIS basketball who has arrived in Ottawa to be part of the SCORE's coverage of the tournament

Another note from the CIS Blog regarding webcasting of the Nationals Note the part that says viewership for last week's CIS women's Nationals were exceptional.

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