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Grey Cup a what-if moment for B.C. Lions 0

By Guts McTavish, 24 hours Vancouver

B.C. Lions Paris Jackson sits on the bench after his team was defeated by the Calgary Stampeders during the second half of the CFL's Western Conference Final football game in Vancouver, British Columbia, November 18, 2012. (REUTERS/Andy Clark)

B.C. Lions Paris Jackson sits on the bench after his team was defeated by the Calgary Stampeders during the second half of the CFL's Western Conference Final football game in Vancouver, British Columbia, November 18, 2012. (REUTERS/Andy Clark)

The B.C. Lions may be watching Sunday’s Grey Cup between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Hamilton Tiger Cats and undoubtedly there will be a few looks at each other in realization of just how close the team came in their final push to the big show.

The Leos fell just four points short in their playoff loss to the Riders and believe me no Western conference defence wanted to test the two-headed running game of Andrew Harris and Stefan Logan with a much-healthier Travis Lulay at the helm.

Looking back at how the season went, the Lions were just that close to being a difference maker on the playoff road. In the end, however, injuries cost everyone on the team in their quest to get to the 101st Grey Cup.

As for the game itself, I can only hope it's memorable. I must admit I do love a great narrative and see sports often in a more romantic way when the situation begs for it.

I wanted to see the Boston Red Sox win their recent MLB title at home. I was watching on TV when the crowd at Fenway lifted anyone with a pulse at that two-strike moment and allowed us to peek over the fence and celebrate their first home win in 95 years.

Sports titles come and go and some are nationally recalled, others more regionally. Some are demanded and some, every now and then, become pieces of us regardless of fan base.

The Saskatchewan fan base owes the CFL nothing. In return, the country that loves their football owes so much to that model franchise.

If the Riders manage to win at home and gift their fans with a Grey Cup I'll look at the game far more romantically. It’s impossible not to.

Who am I kidding — I want to.

 

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