GO/NITRO: NCAA Basketball with Syracuse Orange (Brittney Sykes, Alexis Peterson)
So uttered, the iconic line from the famous Historica “Canadian Heritage Moment” TV spot is burned into the nostalgia of Canadians growing up in the 80s and 90s.
For those outside of Canada, the “Heritage Moments” were mini-dramas, 60 seconds in length, that depicted important moments in Canadian history.The spots, which aired during commercial breaks of popular television shows of the time, are fondly remembered — and one of the most famous of these was that of none other than the founder of basketball, Dr. James Naismith.
The spot depicts the seminal moment when, while teaching at Springfield College in Massachusetts, an exasperated maintenance man laments having to climb a ladder to retrieve the ball while Naismith works out the mechanics of his new game of basketball with a spirited band of students.
One player lobs the ball into the basket — and, lodged there, a bleet of the whistle. Game stops.
“Is this some kind of Canadian joke, sir?” laments one student as the maintenance man begrudingly trudges up the ladder.
“It sure gets tiring having to climb up here each time,” grouses the man.
A bemused Dr. Naismith leans forward. “Then let’s cut the bottoms out of the basket.”
“But I need these baskets back!”
Naismith was born in Almonte, Ontario – a small Canadian town about half an hour’s drive from Ottawa, Canada’s capital city (itself only about a 3 1/2 hour drive from Syracuse, New York). He moved on to teach physical education at the Springfield YMCA, where the harsh weather meant students needed an indoor game to blow off steam. Trouble was, it didn’t exist. His boss, tearing his hair out, gave Naismith an edict — come up with a new indoor game to calm these kids down — and a deadline: 14 days. The result: basketball.
Naismith lived to see the development of the NCAA, and the first Division I championship, in 1939.
And so, it made only sense to partner with our friends and colleagues at one of the greatest Division I teams in the NCAA: the Syracuse Orange. And this Masterclass couldn’t have better professors:
Brittney Sykes and Alexis Peterson, point guards for the Syracuse Orange Women’s team, make up America’s best backcourt.
The backcourt is the last line of defense to win the game and keep the opposing team out. In our two-part basketball series, co-hosts Emily Fulford and dual Olympic Gold medallist Carolyn Waldo get a full workout on the court learning what it takes to be the best and why the backcourt is such a crucial part of the game.
Filmed entirely in 4K, witness basketball as you’ve never seen it before. A special behind the scenes, one-on-one basketball masterclass with two of the greatest athletes ever to play the sport. Even if you’ve never played a game of basketball in your life, after watching this one you’ll be burning to try the game. And if you already watch basketball or play it…well, Sykes and Peterson will show you some top level secrets to up your game.
Don’t miss this one.
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