NBA Hall of Famer visits Carleton

Carleton may have a storied history of basketball success, but a living embodiment of what you can accomplish as a basketball player visited the school earlier this week. Gary Payton, a National Basketball Association (NBA) hall of famer and basketball legend, made an appearance at the Ravens’ Nest on Sept. 4 to help out with the Carleton-hosted NBA Campus Pass event. Carleton was the first stop on a tour that Payton and the NBA are currently embarked on to help promote the league and the sport of basketball as a whole at different Canadian post-secondary institutions. The tour is part of an ongoing initiative by the NBA to grow the game internationally outside of the United States. Payton was selected to the […]

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Carleton named twice in top 50 Ottawa sports moments

Joining the wave of Canada 150 celebrations across Canada, the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame revealed the top 50 moments in Ottawa’s sports history at its yearly induction gala on June 2. Carleton was mentioned in two of the top 50 moments, etching Carleton’s athletic feats into the city’s history. The moments chosen were the Ravens men’s basketball championship dominance and the first-ever Panda Game in 1955. Ranked as number 13 on the list, the tradition began when a University of Ottawa student donated a stuffed panda bear named Pedro to be used as the trophy for the annual football game between the rival schools. Following a 14-year absence after the Ravens football program was cut in 1998, the rivalry […]

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Letter: Dave Smart has a shot at NCAA coaching

March Madness has now become the one month of the year where college basketball fans can rejoice and watch their favourite teams compete for the title of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Champions. It’s become a platform that every aspiring college basketball team hopes to attain by the end of their season, and has been known to bring attention to some of the brightest coaching minds in the game. But this year, the spotlight is shining bright on Dave Smart, Carleton Ravens men’s basketball head coach. Despite being with the Ravens since 1999, Smart has shown no signs of losing his winning touch, as his team was able to win their seventh straight national championship this season and 13th championship […]

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Sports Blog: How to get the most out of intramural sports

Over the last four years, I’ve started to amass a small collection of Ravens League-branded intramural team shirts. From soccer and Frisbee to volleyball, basketball, dodgeball and flag football, I probably have at least 20 of these shirts in my closet. It’s safe to say that I love intramurals. So much so that I usually end up signing up to play at least two sports every semester. They’re a great way to get active and to meet new people. If you’re nervous about joining a league all on your own, don’t worry. Everyone who signs up individually usually get put on the same team, so you and your teammates will all be in the same boat. If you’re worried about […]

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Editorial: Rivalry Series needs to grow

The annual Panda Game between the Carleton Ravens and University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees broke the attendance record once again, and it was the largest attendance for a regular season Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) football game in over twenty years, according to the CIS. But while the popularity of the Ravens-Gee-Gees rivalry is thriving on the football field, it is struggling elsewhere. Carleton is promoting a “Rivalry Series” of games between the two schools, but aside from Panda Game, the advertising has been minimal at best. The men’s hockey rivalry will reignite in the Colonel By Classic on Oct. 19, but promotion has been weak in comparison to the Panda Game. While it’s logical to mark the return of […]

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