AS a hero returned home to be honoured, his former squad failed to protect the house Geroy built.
After spending 12 season with the BC Lions and taking home Grey Cup Championships with the Orange and Black, no one will ever wear Superman’s #81 for the Lions again. Geroy Simon one of the greatest honours a club can bestow on a player when his iconic #81 was retired in a half-time ceremony during the Lions game against Winnipeg this past week. For anyone watching the game, the half-time ceremony was the only thing worth watching.
As the BC Lions awaited their opponents in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this week, fans in this province looked to the last two games from the Lions and were feeling pretty good this week. Having outscored their opponents 67-18 the Bombers delivered a rude awakening to everyone inside BC Place. The only scoring that fans saw for nearly 3 quarters were 6 field goals as they fell 23-6. Unfortunately for BC fans, only two of those came from the Lions and that was all they would get through the entire 60 minutes. Although it felt a lot more than 60 minutes.
Yes, there were some plays that got the crowd on their feet such as Courtney Taylor turning a short yardage catch to a 28 yard run by breaking over 3 tackles along the way. Tim Brown had an exceptional night as well with 99 yards in return attempts but other than that, there wasn’t much on the positive side to the Lions offensive game. Kevin Glenn was more than sub par, getting sacked 6 times and throwing 2 interceptions. You can argue that he didn’t get much help from the offensive line who had more holes than Swiss cheese but Glenn was not seeing the full field. At one point in the 1st he even looked over an open Marco Iannuzzi to attempt a throw at a double covered Emmanuel Arceneaux. He was inconsistent and if this is any indicator of what may be coming, the Lions may have to either look down the depth chart or elsewhere because they can’t depend on a strictly run game.
BC heads into Calgary this Friday to face the undefeated Stampeders who will be missing superstar running back Jon Cornish, but have QB Bo Levi Mitchell riding a 7 game unbeaten streak to start his career. Not the easiest game to try and get back in the win column.
– BY NICHOLAS BASRAN