HEADLINES & SIDELINES: Happiness is a warm sun

Published on April 14, 2017

By Saturday morning, the Pictou County Junior Scotians will either be preparing for another trip to Liverpool for Game 7 in their playoff series, or still celebrating their Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League championship (the sixth game in the series was Friday night).

One of the neat things about the Scotians playoff run is that hardly anyone saw it coming.

Except for maybe coach Al Whidden, who last December, with his team struggling to find their way, made a bold proclamation, stating that while people might think he’s crazy, he believed the Scotians could win a league championship.

As of this writing, they haven’t done it yet, but it was still a gutsy call. Not quite crazy, maybe just half-crazy.

No matter how it all turns out this weekend, for the people who care about the fortunes of the team, or even for those who like a feel-good story, the Scotians are another example of one the best things about sports: we never know how things are going to play out.

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Other Random Notes:

• The Junior ’A’ Crushers traded New Glasgow native Nate Leger to the Yarmouth Mariners in January 2016, and Leger missed out on the Crushers’ MHL championship a year ago. The 20-year-old landed with the Truro Bearcats last summer and found a role there in his final year of junior eligibility. Leger, who didn’t get anywhere in hockey without a lot of hard work, has two goals and an assist in 10 playoff games for Truro. The Bearcats open their league championship series on Saturday against the Miramichi Timberwolves.

• Heading into Friday night, all of the five Canadian NHL teams who are still playing had lost their opening game of the Stanley Cup playoffs, a year after no Canadian team even made the playoffs.

• Sergio Garcia finally won a major golf title when he came back late to win the Masters on Sunday, putting to bed the idea that’s he’s too emotionally fragile to win a big one.

Aside from being arguably the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world (some say the biggest is the British Open, you could argue it either way but it doesn't much matter), it also symbolically heralds the start of the golf season, especially in eastern Canada.

The big problem with winter to me isn’t the snow or the cold, it’s that it is too long: it gets here way before Dec. 21 (when the calendar says it should be here), and hangs around like an over-served houseguest who won’t leave. We could shave off a month or two of winter and that would suit most of us just fine, I’d imagine, although at least we don't live in Flin Flon.

Spring time, so nice to see you. Sure, it was officially here a few weeks ago but it never truly felt like it.

Kevin Adshade is sportswriter with The News. His column appears each Saturday.