The Golden Gaels are the 2009 Vanier Cup champions after erasing a 25-7 deficit at halftime to beat Calgary 33-31. First win since 1992 and Queen’s fans on Twitter exploded at the end of the game. Searched “GAELS” and there was a tonne of messages.
CFRC hit the maximum amount of online listeners within a few minutes of kickoff. If we could have had more listeners we would have since TSN’s technical difficulties caused a lot of headaches. Their feed wasn’t working at the start of the game and it went out 2 more times in the 1st quarter. Little embarrassing for “Canada’s Sports Leader”.
Glad the refs didn’t decide the ending because that was a bad officiating crew. At halftime on CFRC we had someone from the Calgary broadcast drop by and he also agreed about the blown calls by the refs.
But back to the positives, congratulations to the team on the victory. It looked a little bleak at halftime. I did say to someone at the station “holding Calgary to some field goals in the first half is a good thing”. Queen’s took over the second half and holding Calgary to less points in the 1st half was a big difference in the game. Made the deficit a manageable one.
In my 4th season of working on the Queen’s broadcasts they win the entire thing. That means I can’t put the win in in perspective as Alumni or fans can. But you can search on Google for those who have been fans for a long time. They can put the victory in words better than I can.
I’m glad the season is over since I can get a regular amount of sleep on Saturdays before work again. Whew.
Another post coming up, thought I’d separate them.
The Queen’s Golden Gaels are the 2009 Yates Cup Champions. Back and forth contest which lived up to the hype the last few days. I’ll write a more detailed post later on. After that 5 hour broadcast including pre-game and post-game I’ll wait a day to talk about it. LOL.
One thing though, CFRC is the ONLY place to catch the game live next week between Queen’s and Laval. Kickoff at 1pm, but on TV it is on at 3:30pm. Confused? TSN got the rights to the Churchill Bowl but they are airing it on a tape delay next Saturday. The Score was doing a great job and then TSN drops the ball in a huge way like this. Amazing.
Off to the NFL picks which I wrote on Thursday night.
Went with Bears over 49ers, that didn’t work. I’m just glad I didn’t decide to watch that game. Ugh.
Falcons over Panthers. Battle for the scraps in the division with the Saints so far in front.
Dolphins over Bucs. The Bucs’ creamsicle uniforms didn’t look too bad. Plus they finally won which helped. But their streak should end at one.
Vikings over Lions. 7-1 vs 1-7.
Jets over Jags. Both 4-4 so not much to say, they’re middling.
Bengals over Steelers. Might meet again in the playoffs, I’ll pick the Bengals in this matchup.
Saints over Rams. Don’t even pay attention to that game.
Bills over Titans. No clue on this game. I think Buffalo will lose, but since they’re a backwards team I’ll pick them to win.
Broncos over Redskins. Can we send the Skins home for the rest of the season?
Game of the Week. Chiefs over Raiders, someone has to win. Unless they tie somehow.
Cards over Seahawks. Arizona is maddening to figure out this season.
Cowboys over Packers. Tony ‘it’s still November so I’ll play well’ Romo over Aaron ‘how many times will I get sacked this week’ Rodgers.
Chargers over Eagles. Andy Reid sucks as a coach, just look at the end of the Cowboys game. Decisions that make no sense.
The real Game of the Week. Patriots over Colts. Colts have squeaked by the last few games. Barely beating Houston and San Fran?
Baltimore ‘formerly the Browns’ Ravens over Cleveland ‘wishes they were a team other than the’ Browns. Browns on Monday Night Football, go watch a DVD that night or something.
Quick post late on a Friday night. Queen’s vs McMaster starts at 1pm Saturday on CFRC. Game might go longer than usual since The Score is broadcasting it which means more stoppages in play with TV timeouts.
During Friday’s show I had to make my prediction. Went with Queen’s 26-23. Tough to pick since the previous matchup had different QBs at the helms and was a game where neither team got into double digits in points.
Will write my usual late Saturday/early Sunday morning post on the weekend.
OUA playoffs started on Saturday, I saw none of it. First time I’ve had a full amount of sleep before working in 7 weeks. With a week off for Queen’s thought I’d pass along how my Saturdays have gone.
7am – Get off from work. Which explains why I’ve been taping Salt Water Music during the week. Saturdays are a long day.
7:45am – Get home after taking the city bus home. Very quiet on Saturday mornings, sometimes even more quiet than Sundays.
8am-11:30am – Watch TV and try and relax. Thought I could do a nap in between that and leaving for football. But after one week I gave that up. Knowing you have to wake up in a couple of hours doesn’t help trying to have a nap.
11:30am-12pm – Leave for the station. Game doesn’t start till 1pm but I try and get there a little bit after noon.
12pm-4pm – At CFRC until the football game is over. Luckily this season they games haven’t gone long that often.
4:30pm-5pm – Get home around that time. Get some food in me then head to bed.
5-10pm – Hopefully getting a good 5 hours of sleep.
11pm – Back to work on Saturday night.
7am – Off work on Sunday morning, but no city bus till later in the morning. So I walk a few blocks and call a cab home.
Get to bed a couple of hours later. Even after all of that I can’t get to sleep right away. You get home from work you probably don’t go to bed that quickly either. Same thing.
It’s November now? Thought the Queen’s students just got back. 7 Saturdays in a row of that crazy schedule makes the time fly by.
Does mean I’ve only caught the Sunday Night NFL games this season. Oh well, the better games are starting. I will be able to watch Packers-Vikings Sunday afternoon.
Back to sports, Queen’s will be hosting McMaster next week here in Kingston. 1pm kickoff on CFRC. The Golden Gaels beat McMaster earlier in the season and in the playoffs 3 years ago.
However the last 2 seasons the number 1 seed in the Ontario has lost their first playoff game. Queen’s was the team last year when they were undefeated.
Neate Sager pointed out to me in 1997 they also had clinched “home field till the Vanier Cup” and didn’t win the OUA either. Last Vanier Cup for Queen’s in 1992 they had to go on the road.
Last week’s loss could be a good thing though. I thought they hadn’t been challenged much at the end of last year which cost them in the playoffs. One of the Golden Gaels agreed. Quote in the paper from centre Dan Bederman about what happened last year.
“Last year, we were 8-0 and I think we kind of thought we were the cock of the walk. We know we have things to improve on the next two weeks to be ready for the playoffs.”
McMaster won on the road Saturday in Ottawa in a game with wet conditions and high winds. Queen’s beat the Marauders 8-7 in September in a game I’ve hopefully erased from memory. Defensive struggles aren’t exciting to hear on the radio as you can imagine.
Onto the NFL Week 8. Almost halfway through the season? And for quite a few teams they wish it was already over. Start the picks with the a game to watch if you are a glutton for punishment.
Rams [0-7] at Lions [1-5]. Detroit can win this one. Would make the Rams the losers of 16 in a row by the way. Thinking of the TV crew working on this one, they pulled a short straw this week.
Broncos over Ravens. Watch I finally pick Denver and they’ll lose.
Bills over Texans. Both teams are Jekyll and Hyde so flip a coin.
Bears over Browns. I can’t see picking Cleveland at all this season.
Dallas over Seattle. Seahawks decimated with injuries…. it’s their 2008 season all over again.
Colts over 49ers. Last time San Fran went to Indy was historic. Not for the game but the post game press conference from Colts coach Jim Mora. Someone asked if the Colts would make the playoffs. Yes that game was the reason for the infamous, “Playoffs? Don’t talk about playoffs” rant. I don’t think Manning will throw 4 INT like he did in that game.
Dolphins over Jets. Beat them on Monday night so I’ll go with Miami.
Giants/Yankees over Eagles/Phillies. Going with both New York teams to win on Sunday.
Chargers over Raiders. Although Oakland played them very tough in Week 1 on Monday Night Football. 10:30pm EST start that night so you probably didn’t see it.
Jags over Titans. I would’ve picked the Titans but now Vince Young is the starter again.
Vikings over Packers. Main part I took away from the earlier game was Green Bay’s offensive line not showing up. Rodgers has been sacked 25 times in 6 games. He’s on pace for 67 sacks this year. If he’s not injured between now and the end of the season.
Cardinals over Panthers. Arizona won in Giant Stadium on a Sunday night game. I saw it and still didn’t look right.
Saints over Falcons. New Orleans keep the streak going on Monday night. By the way no Sunday night game due to not wanting to compete with the World Series. I’d rather watch football.
Halloween is over for another year. Never been a big fan. Even as a kid I wasn’t that into it. Probably because I never had a sweet tooth. Candy? Eh. Liked getting chips and chocolate bars but not many houses gave them out. Now I just see the day as lame. Not if you have kids of course, that makes sense. But seeing drunk grownups the last 2 nights in costumes in downtown Kingston just backs up my opinion. Yep, they were out on Friday and Saturday night at the bars. You can’t stretch it to 2 nights. Don’t even do that for Christmas. LOL.
Spent most Halloweens growing up just being a “chaperone” for my younger sister as she went door to door. She’s the opposite. Loved candy and would go out for a long time if she could. Since my Dad was in the army, every year I did the laziest costume. Grab some army gear from him and I’m a soldier. Piece of cake.
Since I just passed 1000 words I should stop for the night. It’s 1:55am and it will be again in an hour since the clocks go back in 5 minutes. No extra hour of sleep for me as I’m at work. 🙂
Queen’s lost their first regular season game since October 2007 today against Laurier. Laurier was playing to get a 1st round bye which they ended up getting. So you know they were going to go all out. Win or lose Queen’s had nothing to gain and I thought they should sit a lot of starters in the 2nd half. Especially after last year’s injury to Mike Giffin.
Which they didn’t do. Assume part of that was wanting another undefeated season, but trying to help Brannagan get the passing record might’ve been part of it. When your QB is still in the game in the 4th quarter of a meaningless game for the team there has to be a extra reasons. Especially since he’s had 2 concussions in the last 2 seasons. Should play it safe. Luckily no big injuries out of this game.
My pre-season prediction was 6-2 for Queen’s so I was close.
Brannagan did have the all time CIS passing record, for about half an hour it sounds like. Michael Faulds of Western passed him with 550 passing yards as Western hammered Toronto.
Next game is November 7th in Kingston as Queen’s host the lowest seed out of the remaining teams. Which will be McMaster, Ottawa or Guelph. 2 out of those 3 teams gave Queen’s a fight earlier in the season.
Guelph was involved in that crazy 52-49 Labour Day game which the Golden Gaels won on a last second field goal. Few days later McMaster came to town and it was an opposite type of game. 8-7 win for Queen’s, in what might have been the worst game I’ve been a part of in 4 seasons. Sitting through that one was a chore.
We have Queen’s hockey next Friday night, so my return to doing Salt Water Music “live” will be a shorter edition. About an hour or so as Queen’s plays McGill at 7pm.
Onto NFL Week 7 picks. Try to buzz through these ones.
Packers over Browns, 49ers over Texans, Chargers over Chiefs, Vikings over Steelers, Colts over Rams, Patriots over Bucs [in England], Panthers over Bills, Jets over Raiders, Bears over Bengals, Falcons over Cowboys, Saints over Dolphins, Giants over Cardinals and Eagles over Redskins.
Not picking Redskins for the rest of the season after this dumb week. Even dumber than usual for Washington. Pulling the play calling duties away from the head coach in an effort to make him quit. Thanks to Hall of Famer Steve Largent for getting the story out on what happened.
Still think Zorn will be fired but this has made the management look more horrible. Now I’m glad Zorn didn’t quit because that was Dan Snyder’s way of not wanting to pay him. Since when does Dan care about spending? $100 Million on one player in the offseason says otherwise.
Could be worse, Redskins still aren’t as bad as the Maple Leafs have been so far. Ouch.
Very early on Sunday morning. But time for a post.
Queen’s beat Windsor 42-13. Score doesn’t indicate that the Lancers were putting up a good fight until halftime. Blocked a punt and returned it for a TD at the end of the 2nd quarter to get within a touchdown of Queen’s. But the Golden Gaels figured out the bad weather conditions and adapted well to finish them off.
Kingston was sunny and a high of 17, couple of days after it was 3 degrees when I came home from work in the morning. Windsor was cool, wet and windy. Combine that with a 9 hour bus trip on Sunday might explain the slow start this week.
But at least Queen’s recovered from some sluggish play. Upsets in the OUA across the province. The number 2 ranked team in Canada, Western lost at home to McMaster. Won’t be number 2 for long after that performance. Fell behind 28-0 at halftime! They tried to come back but it was too big of a hole and lost 42-35.
No. 8 Laurier was upset as well at home. They fell to Ottawa 27-25. Which means Queen’s is the only unbeaten team in the OUA now. So book a playoff date for them. Not exaggerating as 6 out of 10 teams in the province get in the playoffs. Like the CFL, but not in a good way. 4 would be a better number but that’s me.
Better get to the NFL picks. Bye week for Philly, Carolina, Arizona and Atlanta. Makes no sense to have a week off so early in the season. Which I’m sure those teams would agree with. Injuries pile up later in the year.
Tough week to pick, a lot of games with teams that are in the middle of the pack.
Bears over Lions. Almost picked Detroit last week on air, but couldn’t do it.
Bengals over Browns. Browns are horrible.
Texans over Raiders. Both 1-2 but can’t pick Oakland.
Colts over Seahawks. Picking against Seattle just for those horrible neon green uniforms they wore last week. Good lord.
Jags over Titans. Would make Titans 0-4 but I think it will happen.
Giants over Chiefs. KC in the running for worst team in the NFL.
Ravens over Pats. Can’t pick against Baltimore with the way they’ve played so far.
Bucs over Redskins. I should just pick against Washington till they get a new coach.
Bills over Dolphins. Gotta pick one.
Saints over Jets. A game I don’t care about.
Cowboys over Broncos. Denver is not good at all, 3-0 but 2 bad teams and a fluke win.
49ers over Rams. San Fran. would be undefeated except for that Favre pass last week.
Chargers over Steelers. Both teams I think will be scratching to even make the playoffs.
Vikings over Packers. One time I’m glad we don’t have ESPN in Canada. Couldn’t stand the all day Favre hype. Game should be great but all the crap beforehand not so much.
Thus ends a long sports post.
Later tonight the return of Golden Gaels Football on CFRC. I assume we will not have the confusion this season over the word “Golden” in the nickname. Long story, which I won’t go over here. Google it. 🙂
Pre-season action Monday as Queen’s travels to Toronto to face the Varsity Blues. Kickoff is 7pm. I’ll be handling the technical producing as usual. Get the game on air, play the ads and do something during halftime. Few sports scores and some music during the halftime show is the plan.
Post game I might be playing some more music, depending on the length of the game and what show is on after. I man the fort till the next program begins.
Here is a preview of the football team at the CIS Blog from Neate Sager. CFRC alumni and frequent guest of ‘Offsides’ the last couple of years.
‘Offsides’ is no more by the way. Tyler King is at Syracuse as we speak taking a journalism course there. So Queen’s Athletics will escape Tyler’s wrath this season. I could bring him on my show to talk about the team at some point in the year.
Last season I did my weekly NFL picks between the 1st and 2nd hour so I do talk sports for those new to the show. Thanks to a listener in the U.S. named Cat I have a good name for the segment now. Mentioned it earlier in the year. “Carnell Knowledge”. Yes, a bad pun. But it’s memorable especially since I didn’t come up with it.
Tuesday night I’ll be taping a phone interview with Allison Crowe. That should air next Friday night. Good way to start Labour Day Weekend with her music for most of the show. The incident at the airport in the UK of course will be a topic. But we’ll cover a lot of things.
She’s in Corner Brook right now before heading to BC as part of recording her new album. So at least we’ll chat during one of her breaks this year.
Friday I will be in LIVE doing the show. Looks like a lot of taped shows once the football season starts. New shows but on tape. During the week I’ll explain my crazy schedule during the football season. You’ll understand why I’ll be taping the program.
I’ll start the NTV/Rogers Facebook group this week, had to pushed it up a bit. Worked all weekend which ate a lot of time. With football and the Allison Crowe interview to prep for I thought I’d wait a bit to get that started.