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HEADLINES & SIDELINES: When success calls for a celebration

Random Sports Thoughts: 
• Westville Boxing Club coach Aaron Kinch called it a very successful night when the club hosted its first ever boxing card on Sept. 21 at Northumberland Regional High School. He estimated that 200 paying customers showed up, which is a very good number. It could have been better though, and here’s why: it was a ‘dry’ event, meaning no beer or alcohol sales, and that simply won’t cut it, mister.
Guys like to have a frosty or two and watch the fights, women like to have a glass of wine or two and watch the fights. This is just coming from anecdotal evidence, but when attending other boxing cards over the years, we’ve noticed that women generally treat it as a “night out”: while the guys just go with whatever they happen to be wearing that day, the women dress smashingly for the most part and sit at tables and chat while sipping their beverages. 
Don’t get me wrong, they pay attention to the boxing as much as the guys, and some of them probably know as much about boxing as male fight fans. But let’s be honest: while boxing is a ‘sweet science’ and requires a certain degree of intelligence from its participants (most of the time), it doesn’t take a ‘rocket scientist’ to figure out the basics.
So, pour us some beers and clang the bell.
• Five games into the Maritime Hockey League regular season, it’s too early to say much about the Junior A Crushers, who have won three of those four games. But, let’s do it anyway.
1. Until their 5-2 win on Oct. 3 overf the Valleyt Wildcats, they'd been having a bit of a problem putting the puck in the net, averaging less than three goals per game (11 in total). A couple of the players attribute much of that to the fact they’re not yet accustomed to playing with each other, which is reasonable, and while it hasn’t been a catastrophe, it’s something worth keeping an eye on.  
2. They work hard and are willing (maybe even highly enthusiastic) to be physical with the hitting. Collectively, they’ve got some sandpaper to ’em, and that’s always a good thing. Sooner or later, it will show up on the scoreboard. 
Update from Cleveland:
Something’s wrong here – the Browns, Cleveland’s perennial sad-sack football team, is in first place in their division. Mind you, they’ve won just two of their four games, but that’s good enough to have them sitting atop the AFC North and most assuredly, Browns fans aren’t used to this kind of success.
Non-Sports Thoughts of the Week:
• It might be interesting to know how much potential marijuana revenue is being lost to the black market. Because I was talking to a guy the other day who seems to be on top of the issue, and he was saying that not only are the NSLC prices too high, but the weed isn’t that good, either. So, it has resulted in some people turning to the black market.
Quote of The Week:
Kansas City Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid, after his team barely beat the Detroit Lions on Sunday:
“Not all of Mozart’s paintings were perfect. The end result, though, is that sucker’s gonna sell for a million dollars.”
We all knew that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a prolific and gifted music composer, but I believe most of us were unaware that his paintings are in high demand, as well. Mozart certainly was a multi-talented human being, if you go by what the football coach says.

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

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