By TONY SEED*
HALIFAX (31 January 2008) – SOME teams wear black armbands. Some players wear their teammate’s number on their shoe. Just before tip-off that Sunday afternoon, John Prince, generally a man of few words, stepped into the circle, briefly explained a tragedy that had just occurred the night before in Bathurst, New Brunswick, and asked for a moment’s silence. Continue reading
By way of introduction
By TONY SEED
Shunpiking Magazine, October-November 2007
Watercolour by Bob Semple
ONE’s mind plays tricks with creeping age, or dementia. And so it was this past December in a wet locker room at Dalhousie’s Studley Gym, as I asked a group of fellow basketball players just when our “old mens’ league” had been formed. Most had been founding members. The discussion was hilarious. Answers ranged from 1978 through to the early 1990s. We referred to wedding registers, children’s birth certificates, school graduations, gyms and tournaments. Continue reading
Here is my first and last “letter to the editor”, sent to the Halifax Daily News, 15 June 2007, at the request of colleague and prominent sportswriter A.J. Walling. I’m told by Alex that numerous other letters were also sent. The Transcontinental Inc.-owned Daily News is a media sponsor of the Halifax Rainmen franchise of the American Basketball League. None of the letters were published. – TONY SEED
HALIFAX – SOME sober questions arise from Alex J Walling’s well-researched and provocative article on the American Basketball League which is desperately trying to expand into Canada (“The ABA is a league full of holes,” 11 June 2007). Mr Walling is a veteran sports journalist, independent freelancer and columnist. He carried this investigation entirely on his own initiative and time. Continue reading
Teams often fail to turn up, pay players a pittance, and disappear without notice. (See also the companion article, “The Crisis in Canadian Basketball” by Tony Seed, on this website)
By ALEX J. WALLING*
HALIFAX (11 June 2997) – THE STORY is like taking a car trip across Canada. You never know what will take place along the journey, and you may never reach the end.
The Halifax Rainmen are slated to launch their professional life this November in the American Basketball Association.
Last week, they started selling season tickets. Continue reading
… yet another press conference. Yet another born-again “Moses” (in the words of the National Post) had arrived from the United States to deliver Toronto to the Promised Land – this time from the Arizona desert.
By TONY SEED
(11 March 2006) – THE ONE GAME that the mistake by the lake excels at winning is the press conference. They sure can sell hope.
How can you miss winning? The game is played on your court. You own some of the best players on the other team. Rather like playing the Washington Generals, giving new meaning to “full court press” as an offensive strategy. Continue reading
The first Debra Dixon Memorial Basketball Tournament for Bantam and Midget boys teams kicked off April 12, 2002 at the Community Y and St. Pat’s Alexander School in Halifax’s North End. North Preston Bulls and the Aricville Lakers captured the championships on April 14 in a packed gym. It was hosted by the dynamic new Africville Lakers’ youth program.
By TONY SEED
IF YOU SHOP in the North End of Halifax, you’ve probably been approached by one of the players with the blue-jacketed Africville Lakers for a donation to support their junior basketball program. That’s how I first encountered young Tirrell Carvery and later his dad, David Carvery, the driving force behind the program, its founder and coach, and a native of Africville. Continue reading
By TONY SEED
I’M not so involved in sport these days. I play some masters’ basketball on Sunday nights during the winter and some cricket during the summer.
But, once a year, I fold up my tent, take five days off and travel to eastern Dartmouth and Cole Harbour. My time is no more than the selfless contribution of a legion of other families from the community, who also take this time off, enough to staff and run nine gyms. Here’s why:
There are tournaments and tournaments … and there is the Justin Coward Memorial, held each March just before the school break. Continue reading