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HEADLINES & SIDELINES: Figures never lie, liars figure


Published on July 14, 2017

Through research via social media, we discovered some controversy regarding the Harvey Dickson Memorial Lob-Ball Tournament, which is going on in Trenton this weekend, as it has since 1990.

Seems there was concern about women being allowed to play in what has always been a men’s tournament. Frankly, I don’t care either way, but had to run it by Mr. Loc, a local one-time ballplayer and observer of issues that affect society – I felt it was important to get his opinion so it could be relayed to the masses.

Mr. Loc said that back in his playing days (past his prime now and sadly, is developing a paunch that he’ll only lose with hard work and, thusly, will never lose it), he took part in that tournament a few times, and is fine with the idea of women playing in it “as long as they can hang with the big boys,” and if they can’t “hang,” he wants them playing on a team he isn’t playing on.

“But Mr. Loc,” I says, “aren’t you afraid you’ll have Anna Maria Tremonti of CBC Radio on your back if what you just said hits the media?”

Mr. Loc says he doesn’t have the time to worry about that sort of thing because he’s got important business decisions to consider, ones that require his utmost attention.

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The most recent available figures indicate that 942,926 people live in Nova Scotia, with 43,748 of them in Pictou County. That is about 4.6 per cent.

This county has placed five athletes on Nova Scotia’s 38-member track and field team that will compete at the Legion nationals this summer, about 13.1 per cent of the team.

Pictou County also has eight track and field athletes competing at the Canada Games this summer for Team Nova Scotia, which has 58 athletes heading out to Winnipeg.

That’s 13.7 of the team coming from here (and by the way, Nova Scotia: you’re welcome).

Pictou County Athletics also just won its fourth straight provincial championship and, word is, our track club is starting to be like the New England Patriots: always winning titles, inspiring jealousy and borderline hate amongst members of other clubs, people who want to see us falter. In sports, being hated means you’re dominant.

 

REASONS FOR SUCCESS

There are probably a variety of reasons the county excels at track and field. Good coaching is the first thing that springs to mind, plus we have a nice, centralized clubhouse and track facility.

And, there are truly a lot of good athletes here (although every region would say that about itself, I’d think), and not all of them are obsessed with hockey almost to the point of being mentally ill (parents I mean, not the players) and they want to try something else.

I have a newfound appreciation for the culture of track and field: very sportsmanship-like, a friendly, family-type atmosphere for the most part. It's also a relatively inexpensive sport to get into, which for some people is an absolute deal-clincher.

All that and plus, once they’ve been to the new (old) mall and Melmerby Beach a couple of times, teenagers have pretty much seen and done everything in Pictou County, so track and field gives them something to occupy their time, lest they go carousing, chug Colt .45, wreck things for no reason and start trouble. That’s what I hear, anyways – not saying it’s true.

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