Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Cross Border Challenge ~ Saturday, April 12 @ DAC

We have all heard the saying that “all good things must come to an end”. I suppose it does, but it doesn’t have to end just yet, right? Surely we can squeeze out one more victory (at least!) over our Canadian buddies to make it five in a row? After all, they took us for seven in a row before we started our roll. Its only fair we returned the favor – in spades.

It’s a little odd that this rivalry has been so streaky. But seven wins in a row is hardly earth shattering stuff. Unlike the rivalries in the real sports world. Even in squash. World number 1 Nick Matthew, for example, holds a 20 match to 5 advantage over his biggest British rival James Willstrop having won their last fifteen encounters! Willstrop – world number 5 – hasn’t recorded a victory over Nick since 2007. Or take Navy Football. They lost to Notre Dame 43 times in a row. But even that pales in comparison to the Washington Generals who haven’t beaten the Harlem Globe Trotters since 1971 – the year I was born. Reports have it that the overall score is over 13,000 wins to the Generals 6. I was actually surprised to read that they had won any at all. Even the Detroit Lions feel like winners compared to that!

We have a long way to go to top 13,000 victories over Windsor, and it would take 6 and half thousand years to do it even if we never lost. Chances are, I won’t be around that long. (John Dunwoody may be, but I won’t… J) Let’s work on one victory at a time. I’m concentrating on 5…

To be a part of the action, all you have to do is e-mail me your interest in playing. It does not matter what playing level you are. Beginner to top club standard. Together with Windsor’s pro Graeme Williams, we will try to match you up with one of their members. Unfortunately, I cannot 100% guarantee an opponent, it will depend on who from Windsor steps up. We need singles players and doubles players. Surely we can get 3 doubles teams together?

Matches will start at 2pm at the DAC. A keg will be available for compulsory consumption. Make sure you oblige. We should be done around 5pm. There is no cost to play. Even if you don’t have a match, come on down and enjoy the crowd, the squash, and the libations. Registration deadline is Monday April 7.

And then we’ll have 12,995 victories to go.

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