Volume 93, Issue 101

Friday, April 7, 2000


The Chairman of the board

Misty water coloured sporting memories

The good ole Mustang game

Still dreaming the impossible dream

Still dreaming the impossible dream

I'll let Frank Sinatra give me an intro. "And now the end is near and I face the final curtain, my friends I'll state my case of which I'm certain."

Well this is it ladies and gentlemen, the end of the year and the end of my time as a Sports Editor. So now is my last chance to reminisce about the year which has passed.

"I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption." That's what I would like to think in the end. Lets see – there was the men's rugby team and their Ontario University Athletics championship. I was able to learn something about rugby and head coach Gerry Slattery was always good for a story.

Then there was my highlight of the year – travelling to Victoria to watch the men's soccer team win national gold. Sure, none of the pictures turned out, but it was some of the best soccer I've ever seen. Women's volleyball was great and I even think head coach Dean Lowrie got used to me hanging around.

These were the three biggest sports I covered and to borrow a catch phrase from Wes Brown, "Good times all around."

I think some of the most rewarding articles I wrote this year covered some of Western's smaller teams. For instance, field hockey and synchronized swimming. While being an editor for the most part is a thankless job, the teams always let me know the coverage was appreciated.

Add to that all the crushes I had on a few of the team captains and a coach or two and all in all it turned out pretty well. Then there was my crew – it wouldn't have been the same without the other two musketeers, Chad and Wes. I never want to play football against the unstoppable force that is Wes, again (that short bastard). Good times.

"Regrets I've had a few but then again too few to mention." Maybe recruiting more writers would have been nice. Letting Dave run by me for a touchdown at the The Gazette Cup – that's the last time I'll ever be nice to him.

Overall, the one thing I wished for was to meet the few people who responded to my columns by saying my opinions were wrong because Sports Editors should only be writing sports. Sorry to break it to you, but I didn't just spend four years in politics and English to only write sports stories.

And now this is it, the end of the road. My replacement is Jessica Leeder, a young fireball who looks to carry on the glorious sports tradition.

"What's more, what's more than this, I did it my way." As the sun sets on the Sports Editor career of the Man of La Mancha I close with this – dream the impossible dream – I know I will.

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