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Jim always big in sports and life

We all have our stories — big stories — about Jim Sears. It couldn’t be any other way when it comes to the biggest guy in town. When I reached grade nine at New Glasgow High School in 1952, Jim was in Grade 12, already established in such activities as gymnastics, basketball, volleyball and track...

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The final link to my days at X

The lyrics are as familiar today as they were the first time I nervously walked onto the St. Francis Xavier University campus as a freshman more than six decades ago. They’re from the university’s rousing “battle song,” Hail and Health, a chant that has been proudly sung at sports events and other Xaverian social gatherings...

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Why so many ugly defeats?

Two Saturdays ago, I had a scheduling conflict. I could have stayed at home, sat in front of the big screen all afternoon, and watched this year’s Uteck Bowl from Quebec City, featuring the St. Francis Xavier X-Men and Laval Rouge et Or. Being a St. FX alumnus, the game had my interest. Otherwise I...

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