Big East teams seem to love coming to Ottawa.
Sources say the St. John's Red Storm will be coming to the nation's capital for one of the cross-border college basketball games around Labour Day weekend that have proven very popular.
St. John's is coming off a 16-18 season and a first-loss to Richmond in the CBI post-season tournament. The Red Storm would be the third team from their conference to come up in the past four years. Louisville came up in 2006 and Villanova visited in '07. There's no word yet about dates. Having the Ravens and Gee-Gees play a doubleheader at Scotiabank Place on Labour Day Saturday worked very well last season. However, Scotiabank Place is booked for an Aerosmith concert that weekend.
There is also talk that Carleton has a game arranged with the Towson Tigers from the Colonial Athletic Association. (All this author knows about Towson is that it was Elaine Benes' alma mater on Seinfeld.)
Also, the Toronto Raptors are coming for training camp. Doug Smith had it on his blog some time back:
"Oh yeah, did I tell you that we’re coming to Ottawa for sure for training camp next fall?"C'est la vie for Ottawa sports coverage that there has not been a story in either daily. You would think someone on the Senators asked for a trade.