Disinformation of the mass media insinuates that basketball in Canada begins and ends with the Toronto Raptors and the entrance of the NBA into our country. James Naismith, the Ontario-born doctor who invented basketball, called the Grads the “finest team that ever stepped on the floor.” They went 27-0 in four Olympiads and won games by an average score of 69-11 | MARTY KLINKENBERG
The Edmonton grads riding a float in the 1920s as part of a celebration of their wins.
(June 21, 2019) – While the rapture over the Raptors swept the country last week, a display that pays homage to the greatest basketball club in Canadian history was quietly being completed.
Rather than the professionals in Toronto, the exhibit honours a remarkable group of trailblazing women who dominated the game at a time when sport was considered the exclusive domain of men. Continue reading
By DAVID LEONHARDT*
Basketball is more fun to watch when a gym is closer to full than empty. High school games can feel electric with only a few hundred people in attendance. Pro games can feel depressing with thousands in the arena if there are more empty seats than full ones.
So I was excited when the Washington Mystics, my local W.N.B.A. team, recently moved to a new, smaller arena. Women’s basketball doesn’t draw as many fans as men’s basketball and can feel subdued in a cavernous N.B.A. arena. But the Mystics have a devoted, diverse group of fans — maybe the most racially diverse fan base I’ve ever seen — and moving to their new 4,200-seat arena in Southeast Washington was a great idea. Continue reading
Essay by MIKE MARQUSEE, Frontline
Though’t be a sportful combat
Yet in the trial much opinion dwells.
– William Shakespeare, in Troilus and Cressida
EVERYWHERE TODAY, sport commands an increasing proportion of the public discourse – in advertising and politics, newspapers (front page as well as back), television and the Internet. More Londoners watched the telecast of the England vs Germany football confrontation in Euro 2000 in June than bothered to vote in the recent first-ever elections for a London Mayor. Continue reading