Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Bite Sized Recap of the Weekend in Sports.

Not the happiest weekend in sports for me, but thankfully I was thoroughly distracted all throughout. In fact, I am still a bit distracted now, but I will quickly recap what's important:


Monday was Canadian Thanksgiving and thus there was a rare treat for us Americans- a CFL doubleheader on TV! In game one L'Alouettes romped the Riders 35-8 on a fantastic day by Anthony Calvillo that ended worryingly with injuries to Robert Edwards and Ben Cahoon. The Als looked strong all throughout and the win clinched a spot in the Scotiabank playoffs. That Saskatchewan had two busted up QBs doesn't need to be brought up. Neither does Toronto's 28-23 win over Edmonton which means Edmonton is all but eliminated from the playoff race, needing to win out and hope for a string of bad luck to head to Regina. 11-4 BC had no trouble beating up on the Stampeders by 26 points in a battle of 1 vs 2 out west, and few really think the Lions won't be headed to the Grey Cup in Winnipeg. By not playing, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats had one of their best weeks all season.

Euro 2008 qualifying:

France, Wales and Iceland all lost. Next.

European Basketball

In Serie A, Michael Jordan (of Penn fame) led Pallacanestro Cantu past defending champions Bennetton Treviso on opening day by a 70-69 scoreline. Bennetton feature Richie Frahm and Angelo Gigli, neither one of whom started. Frahm played 19 minutes without scoring a single point. Whoops! Taylor Coppenrath played 16 minutes for Angelico Biella, who lost to Legea Scafati by 2. Tyus Edney's last second shot put Climamio Bologna past Whirlpool Varese by a score of 80 to 78.

In France's Pro A league, ASVEL Lyon-Villerubanne made up for their loss to the San Antonio Spurs by taking out Hyeres-Toulon by 3. Cyril Julian's 23 points improved Nancy to 3-0 with their win over Clermont Basket. Pau Orthez's uncharacteristic poor start got a little worse with a 3 point loss at home to Gravelines. American John Gilchrist is apparently very unpopular with Pau's fans and could be headed out some time soon. In Pro B, Brest, the pride of Brittany are 2-1 after a sad loss to Sainte-Etienne.

In Espana, Barcelona are now off to an 0-2 start despite beating a sloppy Philadelphia 76ers team after losing 74-71 to Gran Canarias, the early surprise package in the Spanish league, although they do feature former Trail Blazer Joel Freeland. Superteams Real Madrid and Tau Ceramica are still unbeaten.

In Iceland, Keflavik defeated Njardvik to win the Powerade Cup, seemingly the FA Cup of Icelandic Basketball. Keflavik were led by 25 points by Thomas Soltau, a double-double by Jermaine Williams and 11 points by Arnar Freyr Jonsson

Japanese Rugby Union:

Suntory Sungoliath 57-7 Secom Rugguts
Toshiba Brave Lupus 55-25 IBM Big Blue- if a team is brave enough to take on lupus, they can probably kick the ass of a chess playing computer in a full contact sport.
Ricoh Black Rams 18-27 Kubota Spears
Yamaha Jubilo 40-22 World Fighting Bull
Kobe Kobelco Steelers 38-31 Toyota Verblitz
Fukuoka Sanix Blues 15-52 Sanyo Wild Knights
NEC Green Rockets 12-3 Coca-Cola West Red Sparks

American Rugby Union:

A 33-7 victory over Uruguay has put the USA into next year's Rugby World Cup. Paul Emerick and Vaha Eskia had two tries a piece, which should make them folk heroes. Hopefully my Vaha Eskia bobblehead will appreciate in value.

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