‘Scotch doubles’ was a fun format

Though I’m well into my 67th year of writing for newspapers, I’ve always preserved time for a hobby. Nowadays — and for the past 20 years — fantasy hockey and baseball leagues have engulfed my enthusiasm in my spare time. Playing general manager, making draft picks and proposing trades with friendly and not-so-friendly foes, turns...

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The NHL goalie who didn’t come to town

Behind the scenes, in the manager’s office at New Glasgow Stadium, a potent coup for the New Glasgow Rangers and their Pictou County fans appeared imminent. Being present during negotiations, I was convinced the necessary elements were in place to have a pretentious signing by the local Nova Scotia Senior Hockey League club. A goaltender,...

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‘A new day dawning’ for Maple Leafs?

I’m beginning this week’s column with some friendly advice: Embrace the 1,000 words with a wee bit of caution. Alright, the more caution, the better. My observations are expressed — free of charge, of course — with excessive optimism by an old soul who has been a card-carrying Toronto Maple Leafs fanatic for 74 years....

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A remarkable guy reaches a milestone

It’s a date I wasn’t going to miss. For several months, there’s been a conspicuous red star on my kitchen calendar to signify the importance of this Wednesday — and it has nothing to do with COVID-19 or the arrival of a vaccine. But yes, it’s a day worth noting. A remarkable guy — and...

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Hockey mishap didn’t stop Kevin Murphy

When Kevin Murphy was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for the Eastern Shore riding in the 2013 provincial election, he made a comment that really caught my attention. Anybody, he said from his wheelchair, can overcome physical disabilities “to achieve anything at all.” He was speaking from personal knowledge. That observation came...

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So many of us have lost a special friend

Muhammad Ali, the greatest of them all, once said, “If you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” Right on, Champ. Martin Luther King, Jr. put it this way: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Is there anything in...

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Safety, above all is key in our arenas

The invasion of COVID-19 has been tough for all of us. As the virus interrupted our lives in just about everything we do, we’ve struggled to get through a very unusual period. We stayed the blazes home, we distanced ourselves from friends and everybody else, we wore masks, we avoided our favourite restaurants, we found...

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It’s not possible for everyone to be first

The Sunday morning sermon was a game winner. Like many of the congregants of Woodlawn United Church in Dartmouth, rather than sitting in a pew wearing a mask, I was at home watching the live virtual service on my iPad. That’s a religious exercise seven months into COVID-19. The guest preacher was Padre Roland Murray,...

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What Pictou County was like in 1954

I was a pretty excited teenager when the Evening News arrived at our home in New Glasgow on Oct. 21, 1954. Sixty-six years ago today. I flipped to the sports section and there, in front of my eyes, was a story about a high school rugby game the previous day between New Glasgow and Stellarton....

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Leafs once again turn to Antigonish

I’ve been told, on more than one occasion, that I live the words of the late Prince Edward Island singer-songwriter Gene MacLellan in his hit Turn Back the Pages of Time. Maybe the interpretation does fit. I certainly believe the old saying that, the older you get, the more your mind turns back the calendar....

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