Football team loses again, but remains optimistic

The coaching staff of the Carleton Ravens football team remains focused on improvements rather than wins and losses, according to head coach Steve Sumarah. The Ravens lost 50-10 to the University of Toronto Varsity Blues Sept. 27 at Varsity Stadium in Toronto, allowing a score in every quarter and giving up 583 total yards, the most since their first game of the season against the Western University Mustangs. At this point in the team’s development it is more important to concentrate on playing fundamentally-sound football, rather than the opposition, Sumarah said. “We’re not worried about the other team. We’re still in our infancy. You have to grow and develop on your own first,” he said. “At this point we need […]

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The Ravens sports calendar

If you follow sports then you’ll want to remember these dates for the near future. When the Ravens take to the field you can be there to cheer them on. Sat, Sept. 7 @ 1 p.m. (Home opener for football team’s return) Sun, Sept. 8 @ 1p.m. and 3:15p.m. (Home openers for men’s and women’s soccer teams) Fri, Sept. 27 @ 4p.m. (Home opener for women’s hockey team) Sat, Sept. 28 @ 7p.m. (Home opener for men’s hockey team) Sat, Oct. 5 @ 1 p.m. (Return of the “Panda Game” between Carleton and UOttawa’s football teams, at UOttawa) Fri, Nov. 1 @ 6p.m. and 8p.m. (Season and home openers for men’s and women’s basketball teams) Fri, Nov. 29 @ 6p.m. […]

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Stuffed Panda once brought Ottawa together

You might not know it, but there’s a tradition that lies dormant under the rubble of Ottawa’s Lansdowne Park. Once a year between 1955 and 1998, students, alumni, friends and family packed inside the once-prolific stadium to bear witness to a pigskin contest between the Carleton Ravens and University of Ottawa Gee-Gees. What was once just another game on the schedule at the beginning of the season soon reached an almost playoff-like feel, and the fans in the stands and the rumble on the field resembled more of a national title match than a homecoming game. It marked the first and last time in history that an entire city’s attention was on a little stuffed panda named Pedro, the game’s […]

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Editorial: Every team needs a Panda Game

The annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic is a great way to both display the best of Ottawa university basketball teams and get Ottawa university students excited about Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Each year, it’s a huge success in both areas. Before the team folded, the Carleton Ravens football program had a similar event, dubbed the Panda game. Since 1955, every year the Ravens and Gee-Gees football teams would face off at Landsdowne Park, and the winner would get to take home “Pedro the Panda” until the following year’s Panda game. Pedro has an interesting history: he has parachuted into Landsdowne, been kidnapped by the Panda Liberation Front of Queen’s University, buried in a soccer field, nominated for president of the […]

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