Monday, September 12, 2011

First & Last!

 It was the first time in many years that I could sit nestled under the canopy of the Empire Stadium.
Years back when I was just a little tyke...
I remember my Dad purchasing a TV, so that we could watch Football, Hockey and Bonanza!
The Lions played their very first game in the Empire Stadium in 1954. 
I can still remember the days of these retired players...I was so impressed with their long yard runs.
I was probably about 10 years old...but I will never forget these names.
#15 Willie Flemming 1959-1966
#22 Joe Kapp 1961-1966

Years later when we were married...we had seasons tickets, but only till the babies came along.
#30 Jim Young 1967-1979
#5 Lui Passaglia 1976-2000
These were prominent names of the next era!
 When one looked over the outdoor stadium...one new whose team was playing.
The color orange was proudly worn by the BC LIONS fans.
This was the Lions last game in the stadium.
The Lions bid adieu to the Empire Stadium over the Toronto Argonauts 28-6.

It was truly an amazing afternoon to think back of the many years where we packed our hot
chocolate and blankets and cuddled under the cold rainy nights.
But today was different.
It was warm, hot and sunny, and we shared the view of the North Shore Mountains as a back drop.
During half time they paraded the historic athletes from years gone by.
Yea! Jim Young!I believe that young athlete is 68 years old.

 The pep band also played the tunes from many years back.
 Go Lions Go!
We could still whistle along with the tunes.
To the right of me sat a young women who was attending her very first game.
So I politely explained the reasoning about the rule,  "Three down and 10 to go!"
She cheered, she clapped and then asked me,
"What did that mean?"
But she always knew what direction the Lions were running.

As always, men sat with their binoculars staring at the Lions Cheer leading squad....
Theystill bring many smiles and chuckles to their audience.

This day was memorial as all the players were leaving their jerseys with the die hard fans.
I decided to grab the jersey from Geroy Simon.  He was my pick of the day.
Simon led all receivers with 117 yards on six catches.
The touchdown was his 88th as a Lion, setting a franchise record, passing Willie Fleming.
So we salute the Empire Stadium only to cheer on our next game in the newly renovated
BC PLACE!
See you all there!

7 comments:

  1. dervaIt is always nice to remember and a little difficult to change.

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  2. I'm sure it will be the scene of many triumphs and lots of fun!....and I think I recognised that new girl at the game!

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  3. It was my first game as well...and I also sat to your right...but where was the young woman sitting? It was such a fun experience...that first game for me and the last one at Empire Stadium!

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  4. Looks like loads of fun. I'm glad you were there to explain things to Judy!

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  5. Hmmm, the last footgame game I attended was (mumble,mumble) years ago at The Coloseum in LA: Rams vs Cowboys. (Hint: my oldest was an infant.) I'm glad you had a great time!

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  6. I love this. ."she always knew which way the Lions were running". I am about that football smart.

    I'm so glad you all had such a good time with the other young couple.

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  7. You and your young girlfriend do some fun things together with your guys......I'm sure she was glad to have you keep her up to speed. Sounds like you had lots of fun.

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