HEADLINES AND SIDELINES BY KEVIN ADSHADE
The Boston Red Sox, you see, are a baseball team that you either love or hate (*cough me hate cough*). It was nice that they ended their 86-year World Series drought back in 2007, but once was enough – I really don't need to see another World Series title anytime soon for the Red Sox. (A guy who used to hang around the office liked to call them the Red Sux. Ask a Sox fan how the Red Sux are doing and you might be able to sneak that one by them. Hell, I've done it more than once. It is tremendously hilarious.)
That's neither here nor there. I yawn at the thought of baseball in May or June, but the 2013 Major League playoffs have shown what is so great about baseball: with much at stake, the drama rises from inning to inning, pitch to pitch. There have been masterful pitching performances this October, and a 1-0 pitching duel is just as entertaining as a 12-10 slugfest.
There's nothing like playoff baseball, even if the Red Sox are involved. That said, Go Detroit Tigers! Win it for me, because I despise the Red Sox and all Boston sports teams, really! Win it because the tired, overused phrase Boston Strong is not even close to being as cool as Detroit Rock City.
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Non-Sports Thought of the Week: The stabbing of Scott Jones on a downtown New Glasgow street last weekend has provoked a lot of discussion, which of course can lead to much jumping to conclusions. Some of what reportedly went on that night leading up to the attempted murder points to the possibility that Jones was attacked because he's gay, but to just say that without having the evidence to back it up seems disingenuous. I understand that certain groups have an agenda to push and I get why they do it, but even if it was a hate crime, does that make what happened to Scott Jones any worse?
Maybe Jones was stabbed because he's gay and maybe he wasn't; what we can ascertain with near certainty is that his attacker is off his nut, as the British say.
A young man is paralyzed from the waist down – probably for life – and that's the only important part in all this, the tragedy that a person's life has been drastically altered by the cowardly act of a lost soul. (It hardly matters, but you can't get more gutless than stabbing someone in the back. That's big-time cowardice, and all things considered, that’s the lowest of the low.)
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And Another One: starting next week, those who browse this newspaper's website are going to have to belly up to the bar to get their local news. Yup, the freebies are over, Pictou County. Everybody likes free stuff of course, but do you really think this website just magically appears out of thin air? I know it will pain some of you to spend 10 whole dollars a month to get the local news online – although you will get six free news items monthly, so hey, you're at least getting something for nothing, but as Vancouver Canucks fans would tell you – and someday, maybe your wife will say the same thing – the good times don't last forever.
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You know how statistics sometime lie? Well, they don't always. I think it's obvious why the Major Bantam Crushers sit in 11th place in a 12-team league: they're giving up goals at a hellacious rate: 52 goals in eight games, or 6.5 goals per outing. Add to that, they're second-last in goals for across the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League, with just 16.
Lucky for them the season is a long one and there's still time to get things pointed in the right direction. Bantam-age hockey players can improve swiftly and the Crushers have a good coach in Jeff Green, and if anyone can coach ’em up, Green can.
Kevin Adshade is a sports columnist for The News.