I am a huge sports fan. When I was young, I watched all sports on TV and secretly whished I could do them all. I’m convinced I learned how to play golf and curl by watching the pros.
Growing up, our town did not have much in terms of sport facilities. Before they built the arena, kids helped clear the outdoor skating rink to play hockey and broom ball. Our high school gymnasium was the size of an official volleyball court. I remember attending tournaments in bigger cities with gyms that held 4 courts. That was something.
It’s a real treat now to live on the West Coast where we can attend top end professional sporting events. The Maritime Provinces have always been deprived of the big leagues. There has never been any major team of any kind, be it football, baseball, hockey, soccer or basketball.
Last Thursday my husband and I went to Vancouver and attended a CFL football game between the BC Lions and the Edmonton Eskimos at BC Place. Currently, Edmonton is on top of the leader board in the west division. We chose this event because we both enjoy football. We keep track of both the CFL and NFL, especially during playoffs leading to the Grey Cup and Super Bowl respectively. My husband is a huge Calgary Stampede fan and I, a Montreal Allouette fan. At this game, we cheered for the hometown team.
We enjoy live sports but sitting inside this building, after being in the wilderness for almost 2 months, was a bit overwhelming and very noisy. There is way too much distraction; cheerleaders, music, a drum section, prizes being shot into the crowd and crazy fans getting you to cheer louder and make even more noise. At the same time, it was fun to take in the pre-game events and watch the game without commercial breaks. It’s colorful, alive and you definitely get into the game more. “Touchdown” and everyone is on their feet cheering and yelling.
Most of the game seesawed back and forth, with the odd touchdown and convert. Eskimos were leading by the half 23 – 10. Lions had to come out stronger and start completing their passes if they wanted to get on the scoreboard. At the 3minute mark in the 4th quarter, Eskimos were in the driver’s seat. BC had possession but threw an interception. Fans were leaving looking dejected.
The Lions got possession of the ball again and quarterback, Travis Lulay threw a pass to Andrew Harris, “touchdown!” They finished it off with a 2 point conversion giving them the win or at least get them into overtime should Eskimos respond with a 3 point kick. No such luck, ball is intercepted and Lions take possession again and that’s all she wrote. [Lions 26 – Eskimos 23]
Like the saying goes, “It ain’t over until the fat lady sings”.
Too bad those fans left because the last 3 minutes were the best part of the game.