Thunderbird Stadium was packed to the rafters Saturday as UBC beat Saskatchewan on homecoming weekend. (Richard Lam/UBC athletics)
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My Top 6 UBC football takeaways, highlighted by huge crowd numbers and Prez Santa’s presence

My biggest takeaways from Saturday evening’s UBC football game which featured the biggest crowd I have seen for a university sports event in the 16 seasons since I got off the NBA beat:

UBC's Trivel Pinto (1) was unstoppable Saturday in the 'Birds win over Saskatchewan. (Richard Lam, UBC athletics)
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Pinto-powered ‘Birds roll Huskies, UBC coach Nill: “I think he could be the No. 1 pick of the CFL draft”

VANCOUVER — Trivel Pinto is playing football like he is the best university player in country and on Saturday, one of the largest and most appreciative crowds in the history of Thunderbird Stadium headed to the exits convinced of the fact.For over three hours, in front of a UBC Homecoming crowd announced at 9,542, the […]

Doing what comes naturally, SFU's Brad Lyons (right) swoops in for a tackle last season against Central Washington. (Ron Hole/SFU athletics)
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SFU’s Brad Lyons travels long road to the shortest path, now life’s a rush for the Clan defensive end

BURNABY — As a pass rusher, Brad Lyons has always looked for the shortest and the quickest path into the opposition backfield.Yet it wasn’t until he finally settled on the school that is the shortest and quickest path from his high school days in Port Coquitlam that the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Lyons finally found the place […]

Simon Fraser's Adam Jones has helped re-define the most sought-after traits in Clan soccer recruits. (Ron Hole, SFU athletics)
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Why Adam Jones has helped revolutionize the recruiting process for SFU men’s soccer

BURNABY — In mid-November of last year, on the heels of the program’s fifth GNAC championship title and yet another run to the NCAA playoffs, the Simon Fraser men’s soccer program received one of the biggest individual honours in its sport.

UBC's Brianna Cairns navigates a steeple at the 2017 Western Washington University Ralph Vernacchia Track and Field Meet at Civic Stadium in Bellingham. (Wilson Wong/UBC athletics)
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Always making a splash, UBC’s Brianna Cairns tracks a career in marine biology

VANCOUVER — This is the story of a girl who has never been afraid to get her feet wet.In fact if you listen for the sound of a splash, you know that Brianna Cairns can’t be too far away.That’s the most apparent commonality when you’re talking about a UBC student-athlete who has followed the seemingly […]

Pure freshman linebacker Elliot Graham of the UBC Thunderbirds puts the pressure on Manitoba QB Theo Deezar Saturday at Thunderbird Stadium. (Bob Frid/UBC athletics)
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Tsumura: My Top 4 takeaways from UBC football’s 32-18 victory over Manitoba

VANCOUVER — How do you flush the feeling of last week’s season-opening 36-20 loss at Regina?If you’re the UBC Thunderbirds (1-1), you usher in the home portion of the 2017 Canada West season Saturday with a decisive 32-18 win over the Manitoba Bisons (0-2) at Thunderbird Stadium.Here’s my four biggest takeaways from Saturday’s win:

Glenn Steele has been chosen the greatest UBC Thunderbirds football player of all time. (Photo -- UBC athletics)
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The Man of Steele: UBC running back Glenn Steele picked No. 1 on list of ‘Birds all-time 100 players

VANCOUVER — The greatest player in the history of UBC Thunderbirds football is asked to remember his favourite moment from the game which propelled his team into the 1982 Vanier Cup national final.All these years later, Glenn Steele remains the ever-humble ‘Bird, yet even his best attempt at a simple recollection winds up sounding a […]

(File photo by Ron Hole, SFU athletics)
SFU head coach Kelly Bates saw his team battle in the fourth quarter of an eventual loss Saturday in Phoenix. (File photo by Ron Hole, SFU athletics)
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SFU’s makeshift O-line, QB Richardson impress, but Clan football falls in season opener

In keeping with the theme of last-minute school supply shopping, you could say that the offensive line that the Simon Fraser Clan debuted Saturday night in Phoenix was being held together by paper clips and scotch tape.Except when Clan head coach Kelly Bates marched out two pure freshmen and two converted defensive linemen, the makeshift […]

UBC head coach Blake Nill had nothing to smile about after his team fell by 16 points in its Canada West opener Friday in Regina. (Glen McMurchy photo for UBC athletics)
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‘Birds boss Nill pulls no punches, announces gut-check time after UBC falls in penalty-fest fashion at Regina

It was a conference-opening effort that tried to dispel the notion that the UBC Thunderbirds had actually held practices before they took to the field on Friday night at Regina’s new Mosaic Stadium.Of course they had, and of course they remain one of the nation’s most talented teams.Yet the No. 7-ranked ’Birds (0-1) can’t exactly […]