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By Fred Wallace


On the side of the road, where the United States meets Canada, Marcus Carroll and I were able to laugh about being members of an exclusive 3 member club.

Andy Brown, Marcus & I are the only two-time losers when it comes to being stranded on the roadside during an Attack road trip to the United States.

The most recent event for our little club was Sunday morning at 12:15 am at Canadian Customs, which touched off a never ending, 7 & 1/2 hour, backbending, anxiety filled wait between Buffalo & the border.

Our initiation to the club took place 3 years ago on November 10th, 2006

Heading to Plymouth, riding a healthy 3 game road winning streak at the time, the Attack bus broke down 4 times between Owen Sound & Goderich.

A replacement bus got us to Plymouth that night, where the Whalers promptly snapped a 5 game losing streak with a 5-0 win.

On the way back, the replacement bus malfunctioned just over the border at Sarnia, and left the team stranded.

In sports, in business and in life, I firmly believe, the trend is your friend.

From the moment Plymouth popped Owen Sound that night, the Whalers were unstoppable, going on to take the OHL title that year.

Meanwhile, the 2006/07 Attack had high expectations, but truthfully, after the bus fiasco, they were never very good again.

Not that season. Not since really.

My problem with following the trend is determining whether this latest breakdown is the signal for another spiral downward, or does the second stranding indicate the end of a 3 year cycle and the start of something better ahead ?

I'm Fred Wallace

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