Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Articles of note

OUA PLAYOFF TELEVISION COVERAGE: According to Alain Ouellette, a producer at Rogers Television in Ottawa, the Ottawa/Brock game will not be televised locally in St. Catharines (Cogeco is the local cable company) and thus fans in Ottawa and elsewhere wishing to watch the game live will only one option: Streaming Sports Network on Saturday at 2 PM. Ouellette intimated that had Cogeco decided to produce the game, Rogers in Ottawa would likely have picked it up. With respect to SSN's coverage of Brock basketball, both play-by-play man Sean McCort and colour man, long-time St. Catharines high school basketball coach Larry Miller, have done a fine job all season long. Even more positive has been the feed originating from the Bob Davis Gymnasium which has been excellent all season with all games I had a chance to watch free from interruption and clearly visible. Conversely, toward the end of the season, Windsor Lancers games were unavailable, going from full video/commentary coverage (well done with ex-Lancers head coach Mike Havey doing a great job on the colour), to audio-only for the Brock and Windsor game to nothing for at least 2 of the final games of the season. It was not clear whether this was an issue with SSN (the webcasts worked for other games not originating from Windsor) or locally with the Lancers but suffice to say a number of OUA/Lancer fans I know were disappointed down the stretch when these games could not be viewed for whatever reason. The Wilson Cup game between Western and Carleton, emblematic of the OUA championship, to take place Saturday night at 8 PM from the Raven's Nest will be broadcast live in Ottawa and in London on Rogers Television. For others in Rogers Television areas, please check local listings for game availability. Eastlink will be televising the semi-finals and championship game of the AUS Final 6 tournament live this Saturday and Sunday (preview from Eastlink) The games are said to also be available via webcast on the Eastlink site

Windsor's 6'8" Greg Surmacz was recently named co-MVP of the OUA West and a series of articles were written celebrating this honour (from Greg's hometown of Peterborough) and Mary Caton's piece in the Windsor Star Surmacz wins OUA West award

The Charlatan, Carleton's campus newspaper, has a piece on a pair of Kingston natives, 6'3" Stuart Turnbull and 6'2" Rob Saunders, as they and the Ravens prepare for the Wilson Cup Turnbull/Saunders article

A piece from earlier in the week by Howard Tsumura in the Vancouver Province about UBC's victory in the CW championship

A final note... still not clear as to when the OUA East All-Stars and other season-end honours will be announced - those in charge must feel shelf life for this type of news is unlimited - although, frankly, it's gone so far now that, with this weekend's games and Nationals seedings/wild card, interest levels in OUA East all-stars unfortunately have waned dramatically. We look forward to and will post them nonetheless when they become available.

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