In my continual series of confessionals, I have to admit I watched an entire CFL game last night. After years of training us to watch Hockey Night in Canada, the CBC has realized that Saturday night in the summer can be a sports night, too. About time.
The game was at the recently expanded McGill Stadium in downtown Montreal between the Allouettes and the BC Lions before a full house. It sits in the downtown The two coaches in CFL history with the most and the second-most all time wins faced each other, Wally Buono and Don Matthews.
The game was won by BC on a field goal from the middle of the field by a rookie named Head, a kid with a twangy US accent, with no time left. What made it even better was his first attempt at the field goal was short but he was hit on the follow through and scored on the replay granted on the penalty. What also made it good was the score was 2-0 at one point, the Als getting a rouge.
My buddy Gary says you can only be a CFL fan if you can name five players. Well, I think I can already name 4 coaches this year and, despite the retirement of Terry Baker, who was two years ahead of me at high school and was at best the second-best field goal kicker after the majestic Colum Armstrong (who was injured playing for Acadia in the game before the Vanier Cup and never played again), I do know over five players.
Sadly, the Ti-Cats suck so far this year but next week's show is Montreal v. Calgary, again in Montreal before the big crowd.