BASA STAFF: What's Up Canty?
Canty: What's Crackin Basa? I'm
maintaining, protecting and worshipping my lil ladies; awaiting
BASA STAFF: Can you feel some Magic in the air for 2006?
Canty: When I don that uniform, often times
I feel mystical, but as far as Magic; I don't believe in it; with a
pilot like mine you don't need Magic.
BASA STAFF: South Ga. Magic is one of the
most talked about teams on the BASA message board, why do you think
Canty: Ha Ha, Because of the talent we
possess and the wins we have accumulated along the way. I think
teams are beginning to respect us. We are still newcomers and it
don't hurt that I run my big mouth on occasions. LOL
BASA STAFF: The Young Dudes appear to be
one of your big, yet friendly rivals for 2006, and it appears to
have started online. Now their side of the story says you
specifically called them out, what is your side of the story?
Canty: No, I did not call them out. They
mentioned our name in a post dealing with the Browns. We are trying
to let the Lou know that GA will not falter. Just like the rivalry
between the Braves and Cardinals.
BASA STAFF: Speaking of rivals, if you HAD
to lose to either the Young Dudes or the Blazers, which would it be
Canty: Ha Ha, I would rather kick some Ga
Clay on both teams but if I had to..... Hmmm I guess it will be the
Blazers because we'll have several opportunities to redeem
ourselves. We refuse to lose to an out of state team.
BASA STAFF: We have over 20 Rec teams
pre-registered for Aiken including you and your previously mentioned
rivals, do you think the depth of your roster will provide an
advantage for you that early in the season?
Canty: I think with the roster we posted,
no one in the rec division will be able to beat us in 2006, including our
mentioned rivals and not mentioneed rivals (Eastside Playas).
BASA STAFF: It was announced you guys made
a big pickup in the off-season; can you elaborate on your roster
Canty: We made several big pick-ups this
year. We added power, reliability, knowledge, and speed. The pieces
we have now should take us beyond glory.
BASA STAFF: You guys did not win the
Worlds in 2005, but you had some big wins along the way, which do
you remember the most?
Canty: I really don't remember the wins as
much as the heartbreaking losses. We short gamed the first five
teams we played at Worlds and then lost by two to Worth and Sunday afternoon lost
to the Eastside playas (where we were up 9-0 in the fourth). So I
remember losses rather than wins. I won money and lost my voice off
the Storm/Derrty game though.
BASA STAFF: So are the pieces in place to
seal the deal this year?
Canty: Of course the pieces are in place
this year and with the added members (who I want to give a shout out
to). I believe winning the World will be the least of our
BASA STAFF: You were undefeated in the
uniform battles in your division in 2005 is that correct?
Canty: That’s correct. My philosophy is if
you look good, you feel good, and if you feel good you will perform
at a higher level.
BASA STAFF: Who makes your uniforms?
Canty: Our coach Trick.
BASA STAFF: A vast majority of teams may
have a couple pair of pants and a couple of jerseys, what do the
players of South Ga. Magic get to start the season?
Canty: We start the first tourney with two
uniforms and then expand throughout the season.
BASA STAFF: How long have you been with
Canty: 2 years
BASA STAFF: How did you get started in
Canty: I was a Student Athlete at Savannah
State college (where Earl “Squirrel" Bryant was our assistant
coach). We won the SIAC threes in a row while I was attending. I
watched him hit balls after practice. After college I played in the
leagues in Savannah. My mom also dragged me to games in the early
BASA STAFF: You also seem to be pretty
active on the political stage, is that correct?
Canty: Yes, I just feel like there were
strong people before me who put their lives on the line for my
future; I’m trying to put my life on the line for our children’s'
future. I have a passion to make changes like my forefathers before
BASA STAFF: Was their a
defining moment that got you so involved on the political front or
did you grow up with it being a part of your civic duty?
Canty: I grew up in the projects and seeing
my family being mistreated by the court system, police and probation
officers. Just observing suffering amongst blacks throughout the
United States. My first week in college, I ran for Vice President
and won; the political bug has stuck every since.
BASA STAFF: Give us your
thoughts on BASA as it stands today.
Canty: This is my first year really paying
any attention to the different organization. In Ga, more USSSA is
played but analyzing the two; BASA is the best organization hands
down. The forum you guys provide for us is awesome. I love to see us
come together as a Big Family.
BASA STAFF: As we always ask, if you could
make one change in BASA, what would it be? And you can’t say play
all the games at one location LOL.
Canty: I think I have posted my thoughts
plenty.... I would like a ranking system similar to the BCS and then
have a tournament of the top ten teams from each division. A
preseason ranking and a ranking after every tournament would shut a
lot of mouths.
That just about
wraps it up, any shout outs?
Canty: I would like to give a shout out to
my two beautiful angels because without them I could not and would
not be the person I am today. Also, I would like thank and praise
BASA for the terrific job you guys are doing. My South Ga. Magic
family, Church, YD#2, NKO, Dinsum, Smallz, Wolf, Zone, Twan, Wade,
D12, Sexyslim#1, Flip, Roach, THill, Ms LA, Shneka, Davida, Big
Swole, Squirrel, W.Brown, Ray, T. Holland, Spanky, Homecoming,
Exodus, Titeman, and all the teams participating in BASA this year.
My last and final shouts go out to our fallen Soldiers. Support Our