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  1. Ignorance of rules and protocols is not an excuse. They should be banned. You are responsible for what is in your body. If you want to play at the highest levels, you have to assume the risk and liability of what you put into your body. If you KNOW a product <i><b>might</i></b> be harmful to you or make you test positive, why would you risk it? If they want to eliminate drug use in sports, you have to be firm. If 5 Canadians tested positive, I would strongly believe that the 'message' from CONCACAF/FIFA would be that 'you are responsible for your bodies'.
  2. A new soccer show on Team 1200 (Ottawa) will have Stephen Hart as it's guest this coming Saturday morning. From 830am to 9am. I haven't listed before as I think this is only the 1st or 2nd episode, but it is getting enough plug on the radio during the day that the radio station will hopefully promote it. http://www.team1200.com/ Listen live. Cheers, PEACH
  3. To perhaps clarify things: Simon Fraser is a member of Canadian University Sport, competing in 6 sports. They are: Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Football, Women’s Volleyball, and Men’s and Women’s Wrestling. They are an NAIA member as well, and compete in SOME sports at that level. When SFU first came to Canadian athletics a few years ago, there was some concern about the integration of a program that had been competing in the US. Most of those fears did not materialize, however SFU did win the Women's basketball title this year, no? My research while a student did look at scholarships and the like for Canadian athletes, and I have been following some of the current debates since. As the D1 parent states, there is a moratarium on new D1 programs. However, it is rare that any new program would go the D1 route initially. Most spend a few years competing at the lower levels to build a program (in any and all sports) and then move up in the right sport at the right time. Hockey, football and basketball programs have done this.
  4. Something came up on Tuesday, and i'm out of town tomorrow... strangely enough I may get to make it to Gilette for the US game on Saturday night. Jambo, I'll get that scarf real soon!
  5. JamboAl, I'm hoping to get out on Tuesday for at least part of the match. Could you bring the scarf?
  6. peachgrinder

    Garber in Ottawa

    From CBC.ca Lack of stadium hurting Ottawa's MLS bid Last Updated: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 | 7:58 PM ET The Canadian Press With four other cities in the running to land a Major League Soccer expansion franchise, the biggest threat to Ottawa's bid may come from its own backyard. MLS commissioner Don Garber and president Mark Abbott were in the nation's capital Tuesday and gave a glowing review to the city's bid for one of two spots available for the league's 2011 expansion plans. However, it's the lack of approval for a soccer-specific stadium to be built in Ottawa that appears to stand in the way. "That's really the biggest hurdle that needs to be overcome for us to be able to approve an expansion team here," Garber said during a news conference at Scotiabank Place, home of the Ottawa Senators. It's the NHL club's owner, Eugene Melnyk, who is in talks with government officials to secure both the land and partial funding required to build a proposed $110-million stadium near the NHL team's Scotiabank Place home in the city's west end. At the same time, a group led by Jeff Hunt, owner of the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67's, has been granted a conditional Canadian Football League franchise and is also looking for the city's approval to redevelop Lansdowne Park in its downtown area. It's been made clear to all parties involved that the city will give the go-ahead to either soccer, football or neither. "The drawback is we don't yet have a definitive stadium resolution, and that's the biggest drawback," Garber said after spending Monday and Tuesday in meetings with Melnyk's group and officials from all three levels of government. "We have really great admiration for Eugene and his team. They came in to our board meeting at the end of November and really blew us away with their presentation. But we don't have a place to play." 5 cities vying for franchise Ottawa is the last of five cities vying for an expansion franchise to be visited by MLS representatives. Vancouver, Miami, St. Louis and Portland, Oregon, all have done so already and Garber expects to make an announcement by April. Originally, seven cities submitted an official bid by the league's Oct. 15 deadline, but Montreal and Atlanta have since dropped out of the running. With both the MLS needing an answer on Melnyk's proposal for a 20,000-seat stadium by March and the CFL group, whose conditional offer expires in the middle of that month, also waiting to find out whether it can go ahead with its redevelopment plans, it's up to the city to decide things. Melnyk is confident that the soccer group will win out. It will cost them a $40-million U.S. franchise fee and, although he wouldn't disclose how much of his own money he'll be putting into the stadium, he did say it would be a "substantial" amount. "All I can say is that the conversations [with the city] have been very, very positive," Melnyk said. "There's enthusiasm. They clearly understand the choices that have to be made and I think we agree, we walked away from all three meetings that we had." With about 90,000 registered players in the region, Garber was impressed with Ottawa's grassroots community and its group's plans for a stadium development, which, among its inclusions, would also provide playing facilities for public use and an academy setup. Vancouver's bid group is backed by billionaire Greg Kerfoot and NBA player Steve Nash. "We talked in the U.S. about it becoming a soccer nation. Well, we believe Canada is already a soccer nation," Garber said. "It doesn't make sense to put odds on it, but we do want more teams in Canada. If it doesn't happen in the short term, it will happen in the long term, but that decision hasn't been made yet." _____ It should be noted that on camera yesterday, Garber's rhetoric was that: "It is not if Ottawa gets a franchise, but when". I'm sure someone can find the CBC news feed from yesterday and see for yourselves. PEACH
  7. He did mention that Vancouver and Miami, were, in his mind, the front runners. He was very confident (though how can you not be). Other than what's posted above and what has been posted on this board, not much else in the interview that was new. PEACH
  8. Garber and his cronies are in Ottawa today. Eugene Melnyk will be on the radio at about 835-840am today to discuss the bid (though you may have to listen to some Sens talk). Listen here: http://www.cfra.com/listen/default.asp PEACH
  9. Richard Starnes blog from the Ottawa Citizen weighs in on the situation (first link). Not much new, but the article in today's paper was much lengthier (second link). http://communities.canada.com/ottawacitizen/blogs/beautifulgame/default.aspx http://www.ottawacitizen.com/recovering+hume+eager+back+game/1070581/story.html
  10. The idea of more competition for each place is likely what Mr. Sutton was saying. When you dress 16/18, only a few guys are being dropped with only marginal 'cover' at some positions. Some guys need to have someone behind them, itching to get on the field, in their place. There is a reason, for example, that the hockey World Junior Team has invited enough so that there are 4 goalies competing for 2 spots, 12 defensemen competing for 6/7, 20 forwards competing for 12 spots. Pat Quinn publicly stated that he wanted competition at each spot and wanted enough bodies to do so in camp. The first thing someone does when they try out for a team is see who their competition is ON THE TEAM. Many players publicly state that they won't sign for certain teams, etc. because there is not enough chance to play. While it is great to assume that they will always work to their potential, there is a reason why some coaches are better than others. People need to play at a top level at all times to keep their job in the side - I don't think we can say that this is an issue for Canada, unfortunately, and keep the pressure on those who donned the jersey. I think Sutton is being quite diplomatic and well-stated, actually, and is refreshing to hear this style of voice rather than the typical "I'm not playing". PEACH
  11. In any sport, to use a common analogy: A few bad apples can spoil the whole bunch. You must trust and believe that the players you are playing with are in it for the same reasons you are: it is painfully clear, to me at least, that something needed to be said and that having certain people removed from the dressing room changed the dynamic. Every team must work within the dynamic that is created by the players and the coach. While Mitchell is not my (nor just about anybody's) choice, I don't think he is solely the problem. I'm quite interested to see what will happen against Jamaica. PEACH
  12. FIFA.com has both Gerba and Gerbi... and they referred to Radz's goal as 'classy'. Wish I could have watched this one. PEACH
  13. Dobson wanted to talk about this, but never did... almost like he realized the can of worms he'd be opening up to the general public.
  14. Well said. Why does it take getting back into a corner? Was it because the dissenters (Brennan/DeRo) were not in the locker room? Food for thought.
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