Save me the chase

At least a couple of times per year, my choice of a column topic is made easy for me—and I truly wish it wasn’t.
While I know much of what follows will just be whistling in the wind to those of you who choose to ignore it, I’m hoping what I have to say pricks up the ears of at least some of you—even one of you—who contribute to the situation known as “Tuesday Madness.”
This condition is a natural part of my work week. Each Tuesday, the editorial staff here faces the demands of producing not only the Daily Bulletin, but also the Sports and Country Living sections for the following day’s edition of the Times.
But the condition is made worse due to the lack of communication and co-operation I receive from some of the assigned providers of information from various sectors of the local sporting community.
In layman’s terms, I need the people whose duty it is to bring the game sheets, meet results, transactions, and other sources of statistical and other sports information to try and help make my job a little easier.
I need to get more information brought to me on Mondays, and less on Tuesdays, where I’ve had the “glorious” opportunity several times to experience the challenges of the 18-hour-plus workday.
Let me preface this by saying that some factors involved are unavoidable, and therefore not the fault of those associated with getting me news on the athletic front.
Obviously, any games played on Tuesday cannot be dealt with until that day itself. In a perfect world, the SIJHL, NorWOSSA, and other sports entities would feel my pain, refrain from scheduling games on Tuesdays, and move them to Mondays or Wednesdays.
But that’s out of my hands, unless I one day become president of the SIJHL or the director of NorWOSSA. As it stands, I have a better chance of taking over the job as host of “Survivor” (if you can call what Jeff Probst does a job, that is. Dousing torches, counting votes, refereeing goofy athletic challenges . . . how does this man manage to get through such torturous days?)
What I’m referring to specifically is representatives of teams and/or individuals who take part in competition over the course of a weekend.
Somewhere, somehow, there has to be a way to get me that weekend information between the end of the competition on Saturday or Sunday—long before Tuesday even becomes a twinkle in Mother Nature’s eye.
The wonders of modern technology offer the options of fax (274-7286) or e-mail ( My telephone is always ready to take your call (274-5373, ext. 237). Drop by and see me in person, if you choose. I’m always glad to meet the sports-minded folk of this town—old faces and new.
If you, as a coach or other type of team rep, are unable to get me the information yourself (because life does go on outside of sports, and things can crop up unexpectedly), have a back-up plan.
Recruit a parent or a sibling or a friend who knows someone associated with your particular team or individual athlete to get me the information, instead.
I’m not being mean-spirited about this, folks, and I’m not asking for the world. And do you know how I know that?
Because there are plenty of sports-related people in the area who actually do get me information on Mondays about what happened on the weekend. People who have jobs and families and other obligations, but still find the time to supply me with what I need to write the best story possible.
If they can do it, it shouldn’t be beyond the rest of you to do the same.
I thank very much those of you who do take the time to get me the sports information I need sooner rather than later.
I’m not pointing the finger at specific sports, specific organizations, or specific individuals as culprits in this matter. This is an all-points bulletin to the general population here in Rainy River District for whom sport matters.
If more of you understand where I’m coming from, the better I can be at bringing the highlights of the sporting community to you each and every week.
And then, unlike most athletic competitions, everybody wins.
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A mix-up between myself and local badminton coach Lawrence Alexander led to a denial of proper glory to high school player Zack McBride.
I had McBride and teammate Kari Parsons from Winnipeg’s Wildwood Club losing in the consolation final to the Winnipeg duo of Biglow/Sutherland by a 2-0 margin (15-11 and 15-8).
It seems as though either through a mistakenly circled scoresheet or my illiteracy (I’ll bank on the second one), I read the result wrong. In fact, McBride and Parson were the winners of that final.
Just something a little “birdie” told me.
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A five-pack of hockey hotshots from Fort Frances will be an integral part of the Kenora Stars Midget ‘AAA’ squad’s run to the Air Canada Cup national Midget championship April 19-25 in Kenora.
Forwards Tyler Barker, Scott Bridgeman, and Tanner Kaemingh, joined by defencemen Dan MacIntyre and Cody Dittaro, make up almost a full one-third of the Stars’ roster.
This will be the biggest year of their young hockey lives as Kenora already has qualified for the Air Canada Cup because of its role as tournament host.
The Stars had a slow start to the season, but recently have risen above the .500 mark for the first time after a pair of wins Dec. 6-7 that put them in eighth place in the 12-team league with a current record of 9-8-2-2.
The team does have at least three games in hand on all the teams ahead of them, however, so a move up the standings may be imminent.
The Air Canada Cup has been the springboard for such NHL luminaries as recently retired goaltending legend Patrick Roy, and current stars such as Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings and Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche.
Most recently, junior phenom Sidney Crosby participated in the event.
Early-bird passes for the Air Canada Cup currently are on sale. For more ticket information, call toll-free at 1-800-347-9617.
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The Oldtimers’ Hockey Challenge coming up Jan. 13 here has had its venue switched.
The game originally was scheduled for the Ice for Kids Arena, but due to the Muskie boys’ previously slated exhibition game that same night in the same rink against the Lake of the Woods Bears (Baudette), the Oldtimers’ contest has been shifted to the ’52 Canadians Arena.
Such famed former NHL warriors as Bryan Trottier (New York Islanders) and Tiger Williams (Toronto Maple Leafs) will lace up the blades for the Legendary Hockey Heroes team against the Fort Frances Law Enforcement hockey squad, with a portion of the proceeds going towards the Fort Frances Northwestern Ontario Crime Stoppers organization.
Telephone canvassers should be contacting local residents soon about purchasing the tickets, which go for $20 each or $60 for a family of four.
Tickets also will be available at the door that evening.

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