For those who won't be able to attend Saturday's showdown of St. Joe's at Canisius (this reporter is one of them due to a family event), there is a chance to watch the action.
Canisius is doing a web broadcast of the game as it launches what it is calling its "CHS Sports Network."
The game will be called by past Canisius parent John Murphy, the voice of the Buffalo Bills and sports anchor at WIVB Channel 4, and current parent, Jack Armstrong, the color analyst for the Toronto Raptors television broadcasts and the NBA on TSN.
The showdown of the No. 1 large school Marauders, who are coming off a stunning upset home loss to St. Francis, and the No. 2 Crusaders, who won in overtime at Bishop Timon-St. Jude the same night, is the third of three games at Canisius' Bernard J. Kennedy Field House. The freshman game is at noon with the JV game at 1:30 p.m.
As Canisius' press release advises, fans should get there early. The gym "traditionally reaches capacity before the tipoff of the varsity matchup at 3:30 p.m."
The broadcast is a great idea, and I'm not just saying that because I'll be out of town. For schools like St. Joe's -- which has been a leader in school broadcasts as it has done web radio for both football and basketball the last few seasons -- and Canisius, it is certainly a great way to share their biggest games with their extensive alumni in Western New York and beyond.
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