The Vanier Cup: Friday on TSN

This Friday TSN will show live coverage of the 47th Vanier Cup from B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. The game features the Quebec University Football League champion Laval Rouge et Or facing the Ontario University Athletics champion McMaster Marauders. Here is TSN’s press release.

With decisive victories this past weekend, the McMaster Marauders and Laval Rouge et Or head to BC Place in Vancouver for the highly-anticipated 2011 Vanier Cup. TSN’s live prime time coverage of the biggest football game in Canadian Interuniversity Sport touches down on Friday, Nov. 25 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

With the game being held at BC Place just before the 99th Grey Cup (airing Sunday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. ET on TSN), TSN’s special coverage of the 2011 Vanier Cup includes an overhead cable camera that gives fans the best possible views of the game and stadium. This marks the first time ever that an overhead cable camera will be used in a Vanier Cup broadcast.

Rod Black handles the play-by-play duties in the broadcast booth alongside analyst Duane Forde, while Lee Jones reports live from the field level. Rod Smith hosts the live coverage on-site from BC Place alongside analyst Mike Morreale, Saint Mary’s University Huskies head coach Steve Sumarah and University of Manitoba Bisons head coach Brian Dobie.

Vancouver’s Team 1410 will carry the 2011 Vanier Cup live locally and nationally online on TeamRadio.ca, with Jim Mullin doing play-by-play, Jerome Erdman handling colour commentary and Moe Khan and Matt Baker reporting from the sidelines. Team 1410’s live broadcast of the game will also be available on TSN Radio 990 in Montreal.

As the #1-ranked team in CIS football this season and reigning national champion, the Laval Rouge et Or are competing for their record-setting seventh Vanier Cup title – all won in the past 13 years. The powerhouse football program defeated the #2-ranked Calgary Dinos 41-10 during last Friday’s Mitchell Bowl held on the Dinos’ home turf. With a perfect 6-0 record in the national finals, Laval hits the gridiron in Vancouver determined to walk away with the 2011 Vanier Cup title.

The #4-ranked McMaster Marauders toppled the #9-ranked Acadia Axemen 45-21 in last Friday’s Uteck Bowl held in Moncton, NB. Anchored by quarterback Kyle Quinlan and a dynamic offence, McMaster is on an incredible nine-game winning streak. Making their first Vanier Cup appearance since 1967, McMaster heads to BC Place in hopes of ending Laval’s dreams of making CIS football history.

It’s nice to see that TSN will use a completely separate on-air crew for the Vanier Cup, compared to the Grey Cup. Morreale, Sumarah and Dobie all have specific knowledge of university football. This should improve coverage from previous seasons, when the Vanier Cup was part of TSN’s Grey Cup Saturday broadcast, which resulted in more Grey Cup talk than Vanier Cup talk.

2 thoughts on “The Vanier Cup: Friday on TSN

  1. Agreed. The last couple years, the Vanier Cup didn’t feel important at all, because all the talk was about the Grey Cup. Having it on a Friday this year, and with a different crew (but Rod Black? Come on, TSN!) will hopefully give it a different feel.

    Personally, I would’ve had Rod Smith do play-by-play, and someone else, maybe Rod Black, host the panel.

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