Monday, March 12, 2012

Lad of the Week

Monnnndaaayyyy!!!! Another punch in the face, another Lad of the Week.

On hour 11 of the 16 hour trek home from Halifax I found myself in a very reflective mood. I begun by questioning many of my decisions from the weekend past. A $100 bar tab at a small Irish pub seemed like a good idea at the time. Now the thought of checking my bank account online causes me to vomit in my mouth a tad. Choosing to drive to Halifax as opposed to fly also seems a little questionable, especially the part where I went bar directly to car at 4 am on a Monday morning (I slept for the first leg of the voyage). Needless to say, I was able to find few certainties in this reflective state. The only thing that was perfectly clear was the fact that what I witnessed while in Halifax was nothing short of amazing.

In between the Garrison Reds and Gin and Tonics I found time to take in a few basketball games. On this particular weekend Halifax was the proud host of the Canadian Inter-university Sports National Championship tournament for Men's Basketball. As a proud Carleton University Alum, I donned my red and black and forked over the $20 per match to cheer on the perennial favorites. I consider myself an educated fan with a clear bias, so it was no secret I was expecting CU to win, but the ease in which they did it was something I could not have predicted.

The Ravens would go on to win each game by double digits, for an average margin of victory of 17 points over 3 games at nationals. Not bad. Sunday's win against the University of Alberta capped off an undefeated season for the Ravens who finished a perfect 34-0 against Canadian competition. Holy Moly! The win Sunday also made it 8 national championships over the past 10 seasons for the Ravens. What'chu talkin' 'bout uncle Hal!?!?! Now I'm no encyclopedia, but as a fan of professional and university sports in both the US and Canada, I'm not sure I've heard of a decade that dominant.

As players come and go over the course of a decade, the lads of Latch have decided to bestow the Lad of the Week uopn the man at the helm of the dynasty, Coach Dave Smart. What Dave has been able to accomplish over the past 10 years is a result of hard work and determination and may be the closest thing to perfection sports fans will ever see. Congrats Dave! If you see Dave out and about (which you won't), slide the man a rye and ginger would ya!

"Here's to a great ten years"

"How many times do I have to explain myself? Its banter, THEN
Bacon! Not the other way around!"

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