8/26/09

Break Out The Red And White

Not much going on in Raptorland. So for next couple days you might want to shift your basketball attention to Team Canada. They are trying to qualify for the World Championships next year. You can catch them in action on The Score tomorrow as they open up against Mexico. I give The Score credit for stepping up and broadcasting these games they did the same last year for the Olympic Qualifier. It is part of why I have some pride in that logo on the top of the blog. The Score truly does the most for basketball fans on all levels in terms of coverage of the sport. NBA, NCAA and CIS as well as Canada Basketball all get coverage on The Score. So here is the Schedule for Canada in the round robin portion of the tournament.

vs Mexico August 27- Live @ 4pm on The Score (Replay @ 10pm)

vs Virgin Islands August 28th- Live @ 4pm on The Score (Replay @ 10pm)

vs Uruguay August 29th- Live @4pm Replay on The Score (Replay @ 10pm)

vs Puerto Rico August 30th- Live @ 9pm On The Score ( Replay Mon @ 3pm)

This is an important tournament for Canada and for the future of coach Leo Rautins one has to believe. Should Canada not find a way to qualify it would likely mean the end of the line for Leo as coach of the team. Here is the roster he will be counting on to get it done.

4 Jermaine Anderson* Guard 6’2 Toronto, ON Tuebingen (Germany)
15 Joel Anthony* Centre 6’9 Montreal, QC Miami Heat (NBA)
6 Ryan Bell Guard 6’5 Ottawa, ON Schalke (Germany)
7 Jermaine Bucknor Forward 6’7 Edmonton, AB Maurienne (France)
11 Aaron Doornekamp* Forward 6’7 Odessa, ON Carleton University (CIS)
8 Carl English* Guard 6’5 Patrick’s Cove, NF Gran Canaria (Spain)
9 Olu Famutimi* Forward 6'6 Toronto, ON Khimik (Ukraine)
14 Levon Kendall* Forward 6’10 Vancouver, BC Panionios (Greece)
5 Tyler Kepkay* Guard 5’10 Vancouver, BC University of Utah (NCAA)
13 Kyle Landry Forward 6'9 Calgary, AB Mons-Hainaut (Belgium)
10 Andy Rautins* Guard 6’5 Syracuse, NY Syracuse University (NCAA)
12 Jesse Young* Forward 6’10 Peterborough, ON Murcia (Spain)




The * indicates those players were on the 2008 team that tried to qualify for the Olympics in China.

The Dino Blogger will be watching and in fact I am going to live blog the games as well. For now it will be here on the Dino Nation Blog if that changes in terms of venue I will let you know. But if you want to join some basketball fans or you can't get to a T.V and want to follow team Canada you can do so with me here at the Dino Nation Blog.



I will also talk some Canada Basketball this week on DNB Radio. There will be lots of chance to talk Raptors but at least for a few days the Dino Nation Blog is going a different red and white. Go Canada Go!!!

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