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HEADLINES & SIDELINES: September's here, and all is well

September is the best month ever.
Allow me to offer a few examples as to why: 
• The kids are back at school, so they won’t be out late at night, hooting and hollering while carousing through the streets (in theory).
• The weather is to most people’s liking, where the heat isn’t so intense and the nights are soothingly cool. Great golf weather, I always say and there’s usually less traffic on the golf course.
• The Junior A Crushers are getting ready to start the season, and while I often say they should wait about three weeks before they get the season going, I don’t make those decisions so I’ll try to stop complaining about it.
• The Major League Baseball playoff races are hitting the home stretch, so baseball is more interesting than it for the first five months of the season.
• The U.S. Open tennis tournament is in full swing, and 18-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu has barreled her way into the quarterfinals (she was due to play Sept. 4, so she might be ousted by the time this hits the newstands). 
Andreescu is trying to become the first Canadian player to win a Grand Slam title, and has an interesting style of play: she is partly a steamrolling slam-banger and part artist, too, with a variety of deft shots and wicked angles in her arsenal. She’s also fearless, and fearlessness, perhaps more so in individual sports, is vital. Often, it can make all the difference in the world.
* And then there is the start of the National Football League season, which is one for the best days of the year. God made Sundays to allow for a day of rest (so it’s said), but Sundays are also good for sitting down and watching the pre-game shows, followed by the games themselves, then the post-game shows for analysis of what that Sunday’s games mean for next weekend’s games.
Non-Sports Thought of the Week:
A female Canadian navy officer (sub-Lt. Aidan Brownlee), recently pleaded guilty in a Halifax courtroom to three counts of ‘behaving in a disgraceful manner’. 
Behaving disgracefully is when you get liquored up and drive your mini-bike around town, but most people would consider what she did to be sexual assault (no need to get into the details) but for some reason, that didn’t apply here. 
Subsequently, Brownlee was fined and received a “severe reprimand”, but she should have been kicked out of the armed forces – after a stint in a military prison – for her actions.
• Hurricane Dorian is heading our way, and should reach Nova Scotia on the weekend. How powerful it will be when it arrives is unknown to scientists and other armchair meteorologists, but expect supermarkets and other stores in Pictou County to be swamped with people stocking up for the Apocalypse. 
Another Random Sports Thought:
If you go by what you see on the Internet (be careful in there), the Junior A Crushers have some competition in the “best uniforms in the Maritime Junior Hockey League” department. 
There is no accounting for taste, but the Fredericton Red Wings, who are at Pictou County to open the regular season on Sept. 12, will be sporting old-school jerseys that are freaking sensational. They borrowed heavily from the Detroit Red Wings of course, but they put their own unique stamp on it.
I borrowed this photo off the league’s official website:

Fredericton Red Wings.
Fredericton Red Wings.


Is that classy, or what?


The Crushers’ sweaters are also quite snazzy:

Pictou County Crushers
Pictou County Crushers


Kevin Adshade is a writer with The News. His column appears each week.

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