You know how sometimes I say "second place is the first loser" or something in the ballpark? But then other times I say, finishing not in first but somewhere lower can also be a great achievement, depending on the situation?
Well, Lyons Brook resident Kendra MacKinnon and her Under-15 basketball teammates with the provincial girl's basketball team captured a bronze medal at nationals recently. And when you consider that Nova Scotia's talent pool is significantly lower than that of most other provinces, finishing third at a national competition and having a bronze medal slipped around your neck is good work, indeed.
Nothing about that says "loser".
MacKinnon, the only player from northern Nova Scotia on the provincial team, said in an article in The News this week that she loves basketball and wants to play at the university level. Her strengths on the court are said to be size and her ability to nail three-pointers (what coach doesn't love that combination?), and those attributes combined with her dedication to the game could take her where she wants to go.
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Non-Sports Thought of the Week:
All right, we've looked at the video. From what we can tell, there's a guy holding off police with a knife. No one in imminent danger, there's plenty of opportunity to get this under control. Cop shoots him anyway. Nine rounds fired, then with Sammy Yatim lying on the floor of the streetcar - dead or dying - they Taser the guy just in case nine rounds from the barrel of a gun wasn't enough to do the job. Sounds like murder to me.
Most cops are good people of course, doing an admirable job in an honourable and dangerous profession (would you want to get a domestic disturbance call, then knock on a door, never knowing what's the other side? Pretty sure you wouldn't). We need to support the police because without them... well it would be a grand old time downtown on a typical Saturday night. And not in a good way.
But it's a good thing the Toronto police-shooting incident was caught on video, or else the accused officer might have gracefully skated right through. The courts will decide his guilt, but if nothing else, there is a growing movement that police agencies need to evaluate how they handle such situations, and that's a very good thing because too often, people needlessly die at the hands of the police.
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Quick hits, lots of topics, keep the ball rolling because the attention span starts to waver right about now.
Mine, I mean.
#1. After Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster kept throwing at disgraced New York Yankees' star Alex Rodriguez last Sunday until he finally plunked him, I almost started to feel sorry for A-Rod. I think that might have a lot to do with the fact that I hate the Red Sox and the dull-witted fans of many Boston teams, but geez, the list of cheaters is a lot deeper than A-Rod.
#2. The Saskatchewan Roughriders are the best team in the Canadian Football League right now; The Toronto Argonauts are the only good team east of Regina. In the CFL however, it's not about July and August, it's about November.
#3. Brett Lawrie may be baseball stupid (Google it if you don't know and care enough to want to find out. Trust me, he's not smart about baseball), but at least he can play defence and finally started hitting as summer heated up. Too late to help the Jays reach their long-dead goals for 2013, but at least there's hope that the Canadian born-and-bred Lawrie won't turn into a complete disaster.