KCBL final has the makings of a long series
The UPEI athletic department surprised a lot of the sporting crowd with announcements that it planned on expanding into other university sports like rock climbing and other such endeavours.
At a time when there is no money to support the present programs, the idea or suggestion of expanding seems ludicrous to me. Right now, if it wasn’t for the booster club support of some of the programs, some sports could not exist. I would like to see how much of UPEI’s budget is allocated to athletics as compared to Saint Mary’s, St. F.X., Mount Allison, UNB or other regional universities.
Is UPEI contributing its fair share to maintaining athletic programs at the university? Students should not have to be constantly fundraising for their own teams. The university has a major role to play and it’s about time it started.
There are plenty of other pressing athletic problems at the university before thinking of adding additional costs. The soccer field, for example, is in terrible shape and I would be surprised if it lasts another two years. In the original business plan for the field, a percentage of the rental for the soccer pitch was to be set aside for a new field down the road. To my knowledge, nothing has been put away for this and the last I heard a new surface will cost in excess of $500,000. It would be neat if UPEI could stage a national soccer tournament in 2014 and perhaps tap into the pot of money set aside for the 150th anniversary of the P.E.I. conference of 1864, but that may be too late.
One day soon, UPEI must realize it cannot be all things to all students. Isn’t that what this administration wants?
Defending champion Stratford 3 Points Athletics meet Peakes Bombers in Stratford at 2 p.m. Sunday in Game 2 of the Kings County Baseball League final.
The A’s have pitching depth with Corey Dougay, Kyle MacDougall, Josh Kirkpatrick and Tyler Johnston and plenty of hitting with Shawn MacDougall, Randy Taylor, Marshall Ellis, Andrew MacNevin and Adam Smith, among others.
The Bombers will rely heavily on the pitching of Josh Coffin and Rob Phelan. Matt Bradley and Jeremy MacDonald are key in the lumber department.
Should be a long series. Next week, I’ll preview the major league playoffs.
The Holland College Hurricanes meet Dalhousie Tigers today at 1 p.m. at UPEI in an Atlantic Football League game that could decide second place in the four-team league.
The Hurricanes and Dal are both 1-1, trailing first-place UNB Saint John, which is 2-0 while defending champion UNB Red Bombers are 0-2.
Holland College has invited the P.E.I. division of the Canadian Cancer Society to participate in the opening kickoff as the College shows their interest in the society’s activities that prevent cancer, save lives and support Islanders living with cancer. Holland College’s Brian Landry, who is a cancer survivor himself and a strong supporter of the Holland College Hurricanes Booster Club, has volunteered to do the opening ceremonies.
This should be a very competitive game since Dal beat UNB 25-6 while Holland College came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat the Red Bombers 27-20. In that game Hurricanes quarterback Christian Hackney found receivers Jeff Hillier and Rodney Blaise with key passes in the final minute for the thrilling victory. Game time is 1 p.m.
Live harness racing at the Charlottetown Driving Park continues tonight with a 12-dash card getting underway at 6 p.m.
The $2,200 open mares goes in Race 11 and it includes, from the rail out Brodys Leona, Veronicavermillion, J K Special, Lucky Boot Cam, Bunny Mach, Dirt Track Momma, General Lucky Percy and Stayouttamyaffair.
Two divisions of the Meridian Farms-sponsored Island Pacing Championships go Sunday afternoon at Summerside Raceway. The first heat goes in Race 8 with Leading Candidate, Creighton Hanover, Narragansett, Wild Dragon, Balanchine and Big League entered. The other $3,500 division goes in Race 11 with Touch of Lightning, All Turain, Windemere Express, Oakrock Almighty, Lucky Encounter and Cambest Kisser.
The Mohawk card is available at the CDP via simulcast this evening and it’s loaded with horses and drivers with Island connections.
Eight $200,000 Super Finals are on the card. Bugger Bruiser (Anthony MacDonald), who took a two-year-old stakes record of 1:50:3, drew Post 5 in the two-year-old pacing colt division against Crafty Master (Jody Jamieson), Three of Clubs (Doug MacNair), Falcon Justice (James MacDonald), Cluster Hanover (Paul MacDonell) and five others.
In the three-year-old trot colt final of $200,000 Buddy Hally, who was broke and trained down at the Earl Watts training centre in Hampshire a year ago, has drawn Post 4 for driver Doug McNair. He is one of the favourites and he looked some sharp in winning his last start in 1:53:4 for co-owners Greg McNair, Blaine MacPherson, Reg MacPherson and Wayne MacRae.
Porsche Seelster (James MacDonald) in the two-year-old pacing fillies division for trainer McNair and Up Up and Out (Anthony MacDonald) in the three-year-old colts for Erv Miller are co-favourites among numerous other shots in the lucrative stakes.
At Yonkers Raceway tonight, Mark MacDonald has shots
in five of the eight $225,000 events.
Warrawee Needy qualified in 1:52, last half in 53:3, at Pocono Downs Thursday morning for driver Mark MacDonald and trainer Mark Ford. David Shea, who owns Silent Swing with Ford, is one of the new co-owners with Warrawee Needy. Bolt the Duer (Mark MacDonald) goes Sunday in Lexington.
The NFL heads into Wekk 4, and if this weekend is anything like the previous one, there should be numerous upsets. It was the Sports Prophet’s worst week in 30-plus years which goes to show even the great sports handicapper’s have off days.
Seattle (3-0) at Houston (2-1) – Seattle is a three-point favourite visiting Houston, which is very fortunate to be 2-1. Seattle is the best defensive team in the NFL and it’ll eat the Texans just as the Ravens did. Jump aboard the Seahawks’ bandwagon.
New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs – After last week’s 38-0 disaster at Carolina, the Giants are in a state of chaos. The Giants have no running game and no offensive line, and Eli Manning has no time to find his receivers. The Chiefs are four-point favourites and have a great pass rush defence. They’ll easily cover the spread.
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars – Indianapolis looked terrific in blasting San Francisco 49ers at home 27-7. The spread is just eight points, are you kidding me? This is an early Christmas present.
Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills – The Bills were a huge disappointment last week in the 27-20 home loss to the Jets. Baltimore may be tougher defensively than last year. It should be a rough day for Buffalo rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel. Take the Ravens.
As always, pay the mortgage first, the picks are for fun.
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